Saturday, July 28, 2007

You know you're in LA when...

You Kow You're From L.A. When...
You're driving on the 101 and see a clear cut definition of where the smog begins and ends

You go to a karaoke bar and battle with seven year old divas-in-training who are trying to steal your thunder

You begin to "lie" to your friends about where you are (i.e. "Yeah I'm like 20 minutes away") - when you know that it'll take you at least an hour to get there).

You eat a different ethnic food for every meal

You look around at the nice cars around you during traffic, thinking it'll be your favorite Laker or WB star.

You make a conscious choice to watch Jay Leno over David Letterman

You know it's best not to be on the 405 at 4:05 pm.

Getting anywhere from point A to point B, no matter what the distance, takes about "twenty minutes".

You've inadvertently learned Spanish.

You've got to bring the cat/plants in when it drops to 55 degrees.

In the "winter", you can go to the beach and ski at Big Bear on the same day.

You've bumped into a celebrity at El Pollo Loco.

You know what "sigalert", "PCH", and "the five" mean.

Your pizza delivery guy is also on contract with Warner Bros.

If your destination is more than 5 minutes away on foot, you're definitely driving.

You have a gym membership because it's mandatory.

Your TV show is interrupted by a police chase.

You can't fall asleep without the lull of a helicopter flying overhead.

When tourists ask where they can get souvenirs, you direct them to Venice Beach.

You know someone named Freedom, Rainbow, Persephone or Destiny.

You've trespassed through private property to get to the "Hollywood" sign.

You've partied in Tijuana at least once.

You know Hollywood has a "lake".

You don't stop at a STOP sign, you do a California Roll.

You've lost your car in the Century City Shopping Center parking lot.

You've ever bought oranges, flowers, cherries or peanuts on a freeway off-ramp.

You think that Venice is a beach.

You drive next to a Rolls Royce and don't notice.

You've started crossing a street and returned to the curb when the DON'T WALK sign started flashing.

You've never listened to NPR.

Calling your neighbors requires knowing their area code.

You have a favorite Thai restaurant.

You think Johnnny Rocket's is an accurate depiction of a diner.

You think Manhattan is a beach.

You eat pineapple on pizza.

You've been to Disneyland more times than Downtown.

When giving directions , you follow up with the phrase: "With/Without traffic."

You classify new people you meet by their Area Code. An "818" would never date a "562" and anyone from "323" or "213" is ghetto/second class. Best area code: "310."

You know that if you drive two miles in any direction you will find a McDonald's or a Starbucks.

Your cell phone has left a permanant impression on the side of your head.

You never, ever go into the water at the Beach. You barely touch the sand.

Everyone you know has 3+ phone numbers. Home, Office, mobile, pager, two-way, voicemail.....

It is not unusual for your waitress at a restaurant to have blue streaked hair, a dragon tattoo and tounge piercing.

You are awakened in the middle of the night by a moderate earthquake. Your reply: "That ain't even a 5-pointer" and go back to sleep.

You think you are better than the people who live "Over the Hill". It don't matter which side of the hill you are currently residing, you are just better than them, for whatever reason.

You live 10 miles from work. It takes you 60 minutes to get home.

Walking out of Jamba Juice, you see that a movie is being shot on-location across the street.

You are not happy, or even slightly exited that there may be a movie star there. You just say, " They f*ckin better not be blocking my parking space."

You have to yell at your bank teller through a 2 inch thick wall of plexi-glass.

That last one goes for your local convienience store man, too.

You go to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway and the whole trip cost you $50.

You personally know at least 5 people with agents.

You personally know at least 3 people who have been in a movie or TV show.

You know what In N Out is and feel bad for all the other states because they don't have any.

You know that not everyone in Beverly Hills is a millionaire.

You've done something on a street corner in an attempt to get money (i.e. sang, tap danced, told jokes).

You've gotten parking tickets from parking in the red zone in front of your house.

You say you live in LA when really you live in a subsection of a subsection of a subsection of southern LA.

Any major movie star is picking out the best portobello mushrooms next to you at the grocers and you don't notice.

The guy at 8:30 in the morning at Starbucks wearing the baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney IS George Clooney.

You really can never be too rich or too thin.

The gym is packed at 3pm...on a workday.

The workday starts at 10am...or whenever you get out of your therapy session.

Any invitation comes with, "Starts at 8pm or as soon as you can get through traffic."

You have never met a waiter that wasn't really an "Actor."

You never go to a coffee house without a copy of a script - any script.

It's sprinkling and there's a report on every news station about "STORM WATCH '99"

You call 911 and they put you on hold.

You have to leave the big company meeting early because Billy Blanks himself is teaching the 4:30 tae-bo class.

The three hour traffic jam you just sat through wasn't caused by a horrific 9 car pile-up, but by everyone slowing to rubberneck at a lost shoe lying on the shoulder.

A nurse can look at you in all seriousness and ask, "you don�t drink or smoke, right?"

All the "cool gyms" allow pedestrians on the street a full-view of those working out. Literally, you can�t drive by Wilshire without staring into L.A. Fitness. Perhaps a new form of window shopping?

The waitress asks if you'd like "carbs" in your meal.

Bars card. For real.

You've been passed by a bus at a busstop

You've gone to a store only to realize it's closed (during store hours) for a celebrity to shop

Like, totally, and tight are part of the average teen's vernacular.

You know that "Tight" means awesome (even thought it means angry in NY)

Parts of the beach are closed off to surfers

"Winter" is when it rains a lot

You or someone you know has a pool

You know Hollywood isn't actually glamorous at all

you and everyone else you know wear chucks. and yes, they’re called 'chucks'.

you know what 'spanging' is

diversity is something you’ve actually experienced

you pass at least 5 insane people (that are usually yelling incoherently) every day, and for some reason it would feel wrong if they weren’t there

at every major intersection, someone either tries to sell you something while you’re in your car, or there’s a bum with a cardboard sign asking for money

you keep a bathing suit in your car/purse at all times... just in case

the only extra article of clothing you’ll ever need is your hoodie, and you don’t even own a raincoat

When you know who the bearded man in black spandex rollerblading around third and robertson is.

Every single substitute teacher under the age of 35 is an "aspiring actor." Some over 35 too.

You can easily find a nail shop, fast food spot, or mini mart/ liquor store on every corner, gas station, and/or 7-11 on every corner

You pronounce Rodeo Dr. ro-dee-o or ro-day-o.

You call Target tar-zhay.

You shop at Whole Foods

Jamba Juice, Starbucks, and bagel shops are always in the same shopping center.

It doesn't surprise you to see someone carrying their dog in the grocery store or mall

Its common for dogs to have an outfit with matching hair accessories and nail polish

You hardly know anyone that hasn't had some type of plastic surgery work done.

When Coffee Bean is next to every Starbucks

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Los Angeles.

Friday, July 27, 2007

friday's short list

  1. NOO!!! I wanted Kathy G! Boooooo...maybe Barbara really doesn't like her...

    Never shying away from a woman with a point of view, The View is in the final negotiation stages of making Whoopi Goldberg a full time panelist. According to Variety, the negotiations with Whoopi are ongoing, as well as with standup comic Sherri Shepherd, and ABC could end up making an announcement it has signed both women to the show, which would bring it back up to its original complement of four plus Barbara.
  2. Some bad news for NASA continuing missions. Aren't Astronauts super-humans?
  3. A Note to Politicians...America is made up of Snowmen, embrace it. We're a goofy country. Do you want some votes? Then answer our questions that are presented in a creative way.
  4. Marijuana increases risk of being a schizo?
  5. I need to watch me some Freaks and Geeks.

I'm keeping this a short list for now, until my caffeine kicks in and I wake up a little more.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday's List

  1. Courtney and Pat are brilliant geniuses...

  2. It's not my fault I gain some weight. I'll just blame it on my friends!
  3. David Beckham, not just another soccer player? Or is that a good thing?
  4. Time to buy some stock in Apple, Computers!
  5. The Grammar debate rages on, and on.
  6. Another kind of shock and awe in Oakland, CA
  7. Photosynthesis is a favorite word of mine to say when speaking about science.
  8. Who the hell is Sherry Shepard anyways? I want my Whoopie and Kathy G!
  9. In cased you missed it on CNN. Why would you miss Anderson Coop, the man, the mystery...
  10. it is again.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Maggie's Top Ten Morning Links

  1. Women riding Harley Davidsons? Hellz yeah! That's what I'm talking about. If Harley's were more affordable, sleek, small, and easier to ride I'd totally consider that among my list of brands to look at.
  2. Were expectations a little high for the iPhone? Eight million new subscribers? Really? Do you know 8 million people with $500/$600 to blow on a phone? I didn't think so.
  3. Watch your iPhone's back! Just because it's an Apple product, doesn't mean it's immune to hacking, or successful hacking.
  4. can do no wrong. You wouldn't either if your profits tripled this quarter.
  5. BIG, BIG is all they can do for this yellow family of five. Watch for the end of the turns from the Simpsons to Anna Nicole Smith. Smooth USA today, Smooth.
  6. Is Hilary Clinton funny? How about Obama?
  7. Jay Leno makes some cracks at Lindsey Lohan's expense...well hey...she did leave him high and dry, well not so much the dry part.

I'm going to leave these last 3 open for the rest of the afternoon to fill.Link

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

To Do list

There are a number of things I've been meaning to blog about here....

  • Transformers - Shia Leboeuf, strong female characters, and Optimus Prime
  • Hairspray - John Travolta, Zac Efron
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - meh...I saw it in IMAX...with 3d glasses
  • Drew Carey/Price is Right - wrong, wrong
  • My new Job!
  • Victoria Beckham: Coming to America
  • America's Next Producer
Oh...annnnd I want to completely change the look of this blog. I think it could be more fantastic than it already is.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Superstar Golfers

After Maryland, Ashley and I hit the road once again and stopped in Nashville (see facebook for photos) and then were off to Texas!

We stayed with my Aunt Karen and her family. And thought we were arriving early enough to stop at their house before a soccer game.

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This visit also involved an early morning trip to a golf course near Waco, Texas for the Starburst Junior Golf Classic to see my Cousin play. The plan was to not make so much noise or make a big fuss about my being there so as not to distract her from playing.

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