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Do as I say, never as I do

Might I suggest an alternative method of transport

Posted by AllieB on September 9, 2010

I never thought that I would appreciate MARTA, or that it could possibly be the better option in comparison to another city’s public transit system, but I stand corrected.

Perhaps the concept of personal space simply doesn’t exist in Japan – that’s the only explanation for the apparent tolerance of this inhumanity. I’m having an anxiety attack just watching it. BOUNDARIES, PEOPLE.

Oh my god.

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I’m sorry, what?

Posted by AllieB on September 9, 2010

I have never heard of, a web site that claims to “discover America’s best places to live,” but it is clearly run by a bunch of dillholes who don’t know anything about anything.

In a recent article, Top 10 College Towns: Great Places for School and Life After Graduation, they ranked cities based on the following:

College is about more than getting a degree, it’s about establishing a life. That’s why this list isn’t a ranking of colleges, but rather a ranking of great cities that are home to some of the nation’s best colleges and universities.

Explain to me, then, why on earth they have listed Athens, Georgia as #2 and GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA as #1. WTF??

The description of Athens is totally on point:

Don’t be fooled by Athens‘ southern charm. Underneath a genteel exterior lies the rockin’ city that spawned such legendary rock bands as R.E.M, the B-52’s and Widespread Panic, thanks in part to Athens’ role as home to theUniversity of Georgia. Students and residents alike enjoy a downtown area boasting an eclectic mix of independently owned retail stores, restaurants and coffeehouses. At night, Athens’ thriving music scene comes alive at venues like the Caledonia Lounge and 40 Watt Club.

When I read the description of Gainesville, the only parts that stood out to me were the phrases “warm weather” and “swamp.” Neat. I SO want to go to there.*

*I actually think most of Florida is great,  it’s really only Gainesville that I do not prefer.

To add insult to injury, it just so happens that Rev. Terry Jones, the mastermind behind the plan to publicly burn the Quran on 9/11, resides in Gainesville. How nice to have such an admirable man as your city’s spokesperson.  (I will say, if this guy goes thru with this abhorrent act, I will not hold Gainesville responsible – it’s terrifying that people like him exist.)

Note to livability: you might wanna reassess.

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Posted by AllieB on September 8, 2010

Venus has really nailed the whole idea of functional athletic attire:

  • camel-toe: check!
  • see-thru mesh with bedazzling: check!
  • revealing open back: check!
  • my god that camel-toe is really obtrusive
  • I’m definitely going to have nightmares about the camel-toe

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drivin’ and cryin’

Posted by AllieB on September 8, 2010

Time spent in the car is time I allocate for me – it’s AllieTime. I don’t prefer to talk on the phone, and I don’t like to listen to people talking at me (I’ve never been a fan of The Bert Show – blasphemous, I know).

What I do like to do, however, is listen to music and, from time to time, even add my own harmonization. My favorite tunes along with to sing:

  1. Taylor Swift – I’m not particular, any one will do
  2. Breathe (2 am) by Anna Nalik; not especially uplifting –  it’s better for a, shall we say, less happy occasion where perhaps you just need a little release…or something…so I’ve heard…
  3. I think I have to stop making this list because I’m realizing my sing-a-long choices are kind of weird and more than a little embarrassing. Instead I’ll just mention Hilary’s favorite, which is Celine Dion.

Turns out AllieTime is more confidential than I realized. Note to self. Anyway, I would like to share with you this moving rendition of Les Miserables “I Dreamed a Dream” from Glee. This may or may not be on my sing-a-long list.

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That’s enough, Tenley

Posted by AllieB on September 7, 2010

Summertime TV is not my favorite thing. Networks – especially those of the cable variety – have done a good job of spacing out their programming so that there’re some decent shows during the months that all the major networks are on hiatus, but it’s still tough going. I found Bachelor Pad to be among the worst of these filler shows, and I’m thankful that soon How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl, and 90210 will return to my Monday evening line-up.

That said…fall is near; new tv is almost here!! This site provides a complete, comprehensive list of premiere dates, and here are some especially worth noting:

  • Gossip GirlMon Sept 13: I hear it’s going to be better than last season – let’s hope so
  • 90210Mon Sept 13: will Annie come clean? Will Naomi’s cruel older sister continue to ruin her life? We shall see…
  • Top Chef: Just DessertsWed Sept 15: I love all things Top Chef
  • Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaThurs Sept 16: there are no words that could even remotely convey my excitement
  • How I Met Your MotherMon Sept 20: I’m about ready to meet this mother, myself
  • GleeTues Sept 21: there’s going to be an episode featuring B. Spears and her music this season, and I cannot wait
  • Running WildeTues Sept 21: this new sitcom from the producers of Arrested Development stars Will Arnett and Keri Russell (LOVE Keri Russell – she’s just so pretty, and I really liked her Emmy outfit, too). There are especially high expectations for this one, and a recent blurb in the Wall Street Journal said that the pilot was not a huge hit with a case study group, so cast and script changes were to be made. I will for sure watch.
  • The MiddleWed Sept 22: surprisingly hilarious, comes on before Modern Family – it’s worth a watch
  • Modern FamilyWed Sept 22: obvi
  • Cougar TownWed Sept 22: I love the cast of this show – they have great chemistry. Jennifer Anniston guest stars in season premiere as Jules’s (Courteney Cox) therapist.
  • 30 RockThurs Sept 22: der
  • Grey’s AnatomyThurs Sept 23: I still watch this program and it’s really good, esp now that Katherine Heigl is gone
  • My GenerationThurs Sept 23: a new drama on ABC – people reconvene at a ten year high school reunion, secrets are revealed, pots are stirred…could be good
  • The OfficeThurs Sept 22: Steve Carrell’s final season…sometimes my hyper-sensitive secondhand awkwardness has difficulty with this show
  • Saturday Night LiveSat Sept 25: Amy Poehler hosts and Katy Perry will provide the music
  • Desperate HousewivesSun Sept 26: it just keeps getting better, IMO
  • Brothers & SistersSun Sept 26: the season finale was heart-wrenching – can’t wait to see how things turn out
  • The Good Wife Tues Sept 28: last year’s first season was a huge success, it’s one of my favorites

A gem from Modern Family – it gets real good around 1:08.

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