Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wednesday Wickedness -- George Clooney

Each of this week's 10 questions is based on a quote from George Clooney.

1. "I grew up in the world of bad television, on my dad's sets and then as a young schmuck on dating shows and so on." What is your all time worst TV show and why?
Welcome Back, Kotter. In addition to being completely unbelievable, it was also completely unfunny. "Up your nose with a rubber hose." Shudder.

2. "I'm certainly the last person to give advice on, well, anything." Where do you get advice? From my friends. I am fortunate enough to have diverse people in my life, so I get a variety of opinions based on a variety of life experiences.

3. "Run for office? No. I've slept with too many women, I've done too many drugs, and I've been to too many parties." What celebrity do you think could make a run for office? I read that Sean Duffy, the silly lumberjack who smoked and partied his way through the firehouse during Real World Boston, is now a DA and has been endorsed by Sarah Palin in his quest for higher office. So I guess anyone is a possible candidate!

4. "The only failure is not to try." Tell us about a recent failure. In 2009, I lost 10 lbs. pretty quickly. While I haven't gained it back, I have also unfortunately failed to lose another ounce this year. Oh, I've tried, but apparently not hard enough!

5. "After doing One Fine Day and playing a pediatrician on ER, I'll never have kids. I'm going to have a vasectomy." If you have kids, tell us about them. If not, would you want them? This has worked out for me exactly the way it's supposed to. I'm a good aunt, but I'm not sure I'd be a good mother. I suspect I'd be over protective.

6. "You have only a short period of time in your life to make your mark, and I'm there now." Have you made your mark yet? I truly have no idea. Unlike George, I don't have that objective perspective on my own life.

7. "I don't believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It's a mean thing, life." Do you believe in happy endings? Every life has so many ups and downs that I agree with Orson Welles, "If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop the story."

8. "I was in a bar and I said to a friend, 'You know, we've become those 40-year-old guys we used to look at and say, 'Isn't it sad?'" Have you ever felt that way? I think about this often, but conversely. I suspect that today's 52-year-old Gal would find yesterday's 26-year-old Gal pretty obnoxious.

9. "I'd think, 'In a relationship, we should never have this kind of fight.' Then, instead of figuring out how to make it work, I looked for a way to get out of it. The truth is, you shouldn't be married if you're that kind of person." Have you ever left a relationship that you later regretted? Yes. I was in an abusive relationship and promised myself never to let anything get that complicated or dramatic ever again. As a result, I think perhaps I haven't put enough work into subsequent romances for fear that I was repeating that pattern of victimization.

10. "I'm the flavor of the month." What celebrity is your flavor of the month? Robert Downey, Jr. Like Hugh Grant, he's an actor I'm desperately hot for when I'm looking at him -- and he's promoting the new Iron Man movie now -- but I kinda forget about when he's got a lower profile.
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I remembered this Rolling Stone cover because I thought Michael Douglas looked particularly yummy but also because it was so sweet and helped sum up how fragile our world is, which is one of the points made by the movie the proud papa was promoting, The China Syndrome.

I was sad today to read this about that innocent bare-assed baby:

Michael Douglas’ son was sentenced today to five years in prison on drug charges. Cameron Douglas, 31, was arrested last July at Manhattan’s Gansevoort Hotel for possession of heroin and dealing both methamphetamine and cocaine. He pleaded guilty to those charges in January. In a letter written to the judge, the actor had asked for leniency for his son, stating, “I have some idea of the pressure of finding your own identity with a famous father. I’m not sure I can comprehend it with two generations to deal with.”

The Queen's Meme

The American Idol Meme. You be the judge!

1. Do you watch American Idol? Yes. It's appointment TV for me.

2. Who is your favorite judge? Simon. Because he's usually right.

3. Who is your favorite contestant this season and why? Lee DeWyze. Because he's got a nice bluesy note to his voice, he's good looking and he's from Chicagoland.

4. Who is your least favorite contestant this year and why? Of all the finalists, Andrew Garcia. He suffers from a charisma deficit. But since he's gone home, now my least favorite is Big Mike. There's something rather insincere about his histrionics.

5. Have you ever actually voted via text message? No.

6. Is there a part of the show you find really annoying? Those Up with People opening numbers. And the car commercials. Painful!

7. What is your overall opinion of the show this season? It's not my favorite season, but I'm enjoying it.

8. Do you like Simon Cowell as a judge? What do you think of his judging style? See #2.

9. Is Ellen DeGeneres qualified to be an American Idol singing judge? As qualified as Paula. Love and miss Paula, but she was no great shakes as a singer. I think what both she and Ellen bring is the empathy of someone who has performed onstage live.

10. If you could pick a song to sing on the show this week, what would your song choice be and why? This week is inspirational week, tied to Idol Gives Back. So I'd do "If I Could Dream," but nowhere near as well as Elvis did.

11. Who is your favorite all-time American Idol winner? If you like, post a video of their performance. My favorite is still Taylor Hicks, because he was my first. A girl never forgets her first, and the McPhee/Daughtry/Hicks season was when I got hooked on the show.

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By the way, I included the photo of Queen Victoria
so we would all appreciate how lucky we are
to have Mimi as our monarch.