Thursday, June 17, 2010

The art of wearing shoes...

And yes, gentlemen, (the ladies are already aware) shoe wearing is an art.

See, a girl can't just find a pair of shoes she likes and buy them -- even though us gals wish it were that easy, it isn't.

Before we buy them or even try them on, we must first analyze them and figure out which category they fit into.

And again to the gentlemen, yes, lady-shoes fall into different categories. Here they are:

Walking shoes -- you can wear these all day and still be comfortable.

Standing shoes
-- you can stand around in these for hours making them perfect for cocktail parties, but you can't walk very far.

Three hour shoes
-- you can do anything in these -- walk, stand, dance, you name it -- but only for three hours at a time. At the end of three hours, the comfortable factor stops working.

Sitting in the corner and looking cute shoes
-- the heels on these are generally really high and really slim, so you need to either use the valet service, or get dropped off in front of your location because no way in hell you can walk the few blocks from where you parked. No way you can stand for long periods, either. You can, however, easily make it to your seat and back out again, later.

Dancing shoes
-- you can dance all night.

"My feet hurt" shoes
-- these one's hurt your feet no matter what you do, but they're so cute, you wear them anyway and get drunk so you don't feel the pain.

Bedroom shoes
-- these one's are self-explanatory. (and if they are not, then I think I may feel sad for you... )

Trick shoes
-- you can look at a pair of these and think they'll be appropriate as standing shoes, but then you try them on and realize they tricked you. They aren't standing shoes, but "sitting in the corner and looking cute" shoes, so now you have to decide whether the price is worth it and whether you have any outfits to go with them in their new category.

Ah, shoes. Gotta love shoes! Wondering why I have shoes on my mind?

Huh? Are you?

Yup, you guessed it! Mama's got a new pair of shoes. Earlier today, these little beauties followed me home.

Can we all please take a moment and appreciate how frickn' HOT these shoes are...?
Ah... thank you. I feel the love.

Anyhow, to answer your question (yes, I know you are asking it in your mind, right now), these ones fall into the three hour category.


Friday, June 11, 2010

The Cove

So, I finally got around to watching the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary, THE COVE.

If you're wondering why I, who seriously loves well-made documentaries, took so long to watch it, it's because I knew the subject matter -- the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

Cruelty to humans or animals not only upsets me, it also hurts me deeply. Shit, I can't even go to the zoo (haven't been for YEARS) because I can't stand to see the sad little animals in cages, so you can imagine how much I had to prepare myself before I could watch dolphins being slaughtered.

No matter how much I prepared myself, though, if the documentary would have just been two hours of cruelty to dolphins, I would have had to turn it off.

Thankfully, it wasn't.

It was really interesting and shed light on an atrocity that I didn't even know went on in our world. It also made me really appreciate the film makers who put their own safety at stake to expose what happens in the cove and the fact that the Japanese government is not only quite aware of it, but condones it and also covers it up.

The actual footage of the slaughters I did find distressing and as much as the world needs to know what goes on, I'm glad the film makers didn't exploit it for shock value, and instead gave us just a glimpse of the horror.

At least this way, when I close my eyes tonight, I won't have the images of the bloody sea in my head.

Instead, I'll have thoughts on why there aren't more people in the world who care enough about the suffering of those who are defenseless and choose to make a film about it.

Speaking of making films...

I can see exactly where I'm heading one day -- making these types of documentaries.


Who knows when and who knows what they will be about, but rest assured, one day...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

LIFE and the BBC

In late 2009, the BBC aired a 10 episode nature documentary called Life, narrated by David Attenburough, and in early 2010, the Discovery channel released the same series, narrated by Oprah Winfrey.

A couple of months ago, I caught the first two Oprah-narrated episodes on Discovery and after the show(s), the channel claimed that the remaining episodes would be aired every Sunday, starting that week.


They lied.

All week long the advertisements were everywhere about the upcoming episode that Sunday, but then Sunday came, and the promised episode didn't air.

Needless to say, I was choked. I really enjoy documentaries (seen every episode of Ross Kemp on Gangs, at least twice) and I was pumped about this one. From what I saw of the first two episodes, the HD footage is just stunning.

Besides looking absolutely beautiful, the series is quite interesting. It takes you to every "corner" of the world to witness the behavior that livings things have evolved to, in order to survive.

Anyway, for the past two months, everyone around me has had to listen to me bitch about the Discovery channel and how I feel that they should be ashamed of themselves for "false advertising".

Getting people all excited for the next show, then not following through, c'mon!

So, apparently my dear friend Mike got tired of my bitching about Discovery because guess what he gave me today?

The whole series on DVD. 'Course, after he gave it to me, he told me he didn't want to hear "anything about that fucking show", ever again.


So, guess what I am doing tonight? You guessed it! I'm watching as many episodes as I can squeeze in before I get sleepy, so I should be good for about four of them.

Guess what else I'm doing? Ignoring my work. Oh, man, at any given time I probably have at least 4-5 projects happening -- specs, assignments, research, whatever. But I am ignoring it all in favor of watching this show.

That should tell you how fascinating I find the series. It is not often that I ignore work.

If you are like me, and happen to enjoy well-made interesting documentaries, then I highly recommend you check out the series.

Here is a link for more information.