Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:55 AM
As reported earlier this month, something was horribly wrong with my iPod. Everyone kept trying to reassure me that it was probably nothing serious, that it probably just needed to be reset. But a parent knows when something is seriously wrong with his or her child. (It's a feeling in your gut.) Yesterday at the Apple store in SoHo, my worst fears were confirmed. My iPod was pronounced dead on arrival. The cause: SiDS (Sudden iPod Death Syndrome). My little iPod was barely two months old. The nice guy (Patrick) at Apple said that it looked like I "had taken really good care of it," but there was just nothing that could be done.
Apple is sending a special container for the remains so I can ship it to its final resting place. I'll be getting my replacement iPod in the mail within a few weeks, I suppose. But I know deep down it will never be the same. You never forget your first.
My iPod and me in happier times.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 7:59 AM
Monday, February 27, 2006
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs (of Bangles fame) have transformed into Sid 'N' Susie for a collaboration album of their favorite '60s pop and folk tunes. "Under The Covers Volume 1" will be released via Shout! Factory on April 18 and features the two singers doing their own takes on songs by The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Who, The Beach Boys as well as other popular and obscure tracks.
Covers albums by established artists frequently deliver mixed results, but I've already heard a bunch of tracks off this one and I've gotta say that there are some instant classics here. Susanna's versions of "Different Drum" and "Sunday Morning," plus the duo harmonizing on "Run to Me" are all just delightful. They've certainly picked an impressive collection of songs that seem to suit their styles nicely. Susanna, whose solo work has been sorely overlooked, has recorded a vast amount of material that has never seen proper release. It's really a shame. But I'm glad that this album will be coming out soon -- a long-awaited return from a true pop princess ...
Tracks: "I See The Rain" (The Marmalade) "And Your Bird Can Sing" (The Beatles) "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Bob Dylan) "Who Knows Where The Time Goes?" (Fairport Convention) "Cinnamon Girl" (Neil Young And Crazy Horse) "Alone Again Or" (Love) "Warmth Of The Sun" (The Beach Boys) "Different Drum" (The Stone Poneys) "The Kids Are Alright" (The Who) "Sunday Morning" (The Velvet Underground) "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" (Neil Young And Crazy Horse) "Care Of Cell .44" (The Zombies) "Monday Monday" (The Mamas And The Papas) "She May Call You Up Tonight" (The Left Banke) "Run To Me" (The Bee Gees)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:18 AM
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:16 AM
My boyfriend is the least spontaneous man I know. If he doesn't have 24 hours' notice about anything I want us to do, forget about it.
So imagine my surprise on Saturday afternoon when Michael proposed -- out of f**king nowhere! -- that we go see a Broadway show -- that night.
A). We don't go to Broadway shows
B). We don't do things spur-of-the-moment
"Tonight?" I asked -- repeatedly. Surely he was talking about some Saturday in June, maybe for my birthday. "Yeah, tonight. Do you have any interest in seeing 'Barefoot in the Park'?" he asked. "Do I?!" I replied.
"Barefoot in the Park" is one of my favorite films of all time, and I hadn't even heard that it was back on Broadway. Then when he informed me that Amanda Peet, Patrick Wilson, Jill Clayburgh and Tony Roberts were the principal actors, I really couldn't wait. (Can I reiterate that I'm still in shock about this outing more than 24 hours later? If you know anything about the play's Paul Bratter then you know what I've been married to for the past four years -- only Paul's more easy-going!)
And so we went to the Cort Theater to see the first-ever revival of Neil Simon's classic (and first) hit. What an evening: The sets were wonderful! The Isaac Mizrahi costumes were pure '60s heaven! Neil Simon's one-liners still delivered 40 years later! Amanda Peet -- whom I've loved since her days on "Jack & Jill" and who is the most adorable actress in Hollywood -- encompassed Corie's spirit perfectly. Patrick Wilson -- who is a stage favorite also known for his role as the Hot Mormon in "Angels in America" -- brought to Paul the perfect blend of uptight yet still completely lovable. Tony Roberts is a fave since the Woody Allen days and Jill Clayburgh, although miscast as Mrs. Banks, still delivered the biggest laughs.
We loved everything about it -- or so we thought. You see, we're not theater people (the last play we saw was "Taboo" and we loved that, too). So when I got home I had to see what Ben Brantley of the NY Times had to say our evening's entertainment. Oh, dear. After reading this review I'm beginning to think that we didn't have a good time after all ...
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:01 AM
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
I'm wearing my ascot at half-staff this evening with the passing of the great Don Knotts. He was best-known for his role as Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show," but I was of the era that loved him for his portrayal of Ralph Furley (he was the best thing to ever happen to "Three's Company"). Knotts also starred in dozens of films. I remember loving him in those old "Apple Dumpling Gang" movies, and we never let my little sister, Jennifer, live down the time she claimed to be too scared to go to bed one night after seeing "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken." (It's easy to understand why: Knotts played a typesetter(!) who dreamed of becoming a reporter by spending the night in an alleged haunted house! Talk about spooky!)
Thanks for all of the laughs, Mr. Knotts. Rest in peace.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 11:22 PM
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:31 AM
Friday, February 24, 2006
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 9:10 AM
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 5:35 AM
Thursday, February 23, 2006
I saw a story about this on "Nightline," but have found that most people hadn't heard about it. Given my earlier post about the accidental e-mail to the world, I thought it only right to share this. One thing first, though: would you really want to work with someone who can't spell "blah, blah, blah"?
2 e-mailers get testy, and hundreds read every word (Boston Globe)
Once again, a friendly reminder: The next time you're tempted to send a nasty, exasperated, or snippy e-mail, pause, take a deep breath, and think again. Then consider the tale of local lawyers William A. Korman and Dianna L. Abdala.
Korman was miffed that Abdala notified him by e-mail this month that, after tentatively agreeing to work at his law firm, she changed her mind. Her reason: ''The pay you are offering would neither fulfill me nor support the lifestyle I am living."
In his e-mail reply, Korman told Abdala that her decision not to have told him in person ''smacks of immaturity and is quite unprofessional," and noted that in anticipation of her arrival, he had ordered stationery and business cards for her, reformatted a computer, and set up an e-mail account. Nevertheless, he wrote, ''I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors."
Her curt retort: ''A real lawyer would have put the contract into writing and not exercised any such reliance until he did so."
His: ''Thank you for the refresher course on contracts. This is not a bar exam question. You need to realize that this is a very small legal community, especially the criminal defense bar. Do you really want to start pissing off more experienced lawyers at this early stage of your career?"Abdala's final three-word response: ''bla bla bla."
That's when the exchange, confirmed as authentic yesterday by Korman and Abdala, began whipping through cyberspace, landing in e-mail in-boxes around the city and country, and, eventually, across the Atlantic.
In short order, it has become yet another cautionary tale that you should definitely not put in an e-mail anything you wouldn't want the rest of the world to read.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 4:50 PM
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 1:33 PM
First off, I've read that hunky "American Idol" alum Alan Ritchson, who played the role on the WB's "Smallville," was not even considered for the role (apparently the word on the street was nice body, not-so-nice acting abilities). Then the unknown Will Toale was dubbed the new Arthur Curry just last month. When word leaked out yesterday that "Passions" stud Justin Hartley was in and Toale was out, the rumor mill had it that the merger of UPN and the WB had led to some new CW executives entering the picture, and these new execs met Will Toale (who looks way too much like Matt Damon to be Aquaman, in my opinion) and didn't care for his "arrogant attitude."
I've arranged a line-up of the the three Aqua wannabes -- along with the one and only original. So who do you think would be best-equipped to fill those tights?
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 9:02 AM
The British press are reporting that a "27-year-old pedophile posed as a teenager in a gay chat room to rape a 14-year-old boy." The man has since been convicted and sentenced to eight years in jail. Although I tend to think of pedophilia as involving children who are prepubescent -- not those who are around the age of consent (a heterosexual marriage between two people of these ages is considered completely normal in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia) -- I'm glad this guy was caught and certainly believe anyone who commits a rape deserves to be punished.
However, after reading what the victim's parents had to say about the ordeal -- they picked the perpetrator up at the train station, took him out for the day, made him a spot of tea, then invited him to stay the night -- is it any wonder this happened?
His 58-year-old father said: "We never suspected Lloyd was an adult. He didn't have stubble or a deep voice. He wore a baseball cap and pretended to be very naive. But we never left them alone and ensured they slept in separate rooms."
The boy's 56-year-old mother added: "We accepted him in our home. I can't believe he had the cheek. [She said "had the cheek!"] This has been a tough lesson. No matter how many precautions you take, pedophiles will find how to worm their way into their victims' lives.”
Good lord. If they'd taken any more precautions they'd have dropped the poor kid off at Gary Glitter's house for a sleepover.
And what kind of news organization wrote this, anyway? They don't even say if the 27-year-old was hot.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 7:58 AM
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 6:49 AM
We've all done it. You immediately get that sick feeling in your stomach the second you hit the Send button. You've accidentally sent an e-mail to the wrong person. A friend of mine in California sent me this play-by-play last night. Suddenly that accidental e-mail I sent to my co-worker (whom I affectionately called) Brown Tooth seems so harmless by comparison (God I love shit like this!):
This drunk mess, Jill, who has her own resellership with her live-in boyfriend Scott for us, sent 4 emails out to her first love -- Dru -- telling him how much she still thinks of him and all about the cute house she lives in by the beach now. She sent it to EVERYONE in her address book!!! She even says she got in a small car accident and "i'm drinking to dull the pain..." then something like, "Well I'd better go before this buzz really kicks-in and I get in trouble." LOLOL THEN- shen she realized what she did, she sent an e-mail around claiming someone hacked her YAHOO account, even though she sent these from her work e-mail!!! She said "Scott is on the phone with Yahoo right now trying to figure out what's going on!" And she claims only PART of what was written was not from her?!! LOLOL she is so screwed! Here's her attempt at a cover-up email:
Subject: Please ignore!!!Hi guys,
Someone broke into my Yahoo! Account and sent all these emails out thatwere NOT from me. at least parts. so, please ignore the email you received earlier and beware of those sneaky jerks!!!Thanks, Jill
Subject: Fwd: FW: Whorebitchsays what?
Taylor and another 5 year old here all weekend driving me crazy. We had fun, but they wore me out. Then, I went to go have lunch with my friend today and some jackass hit my car! I attached pictures…but at least I have an excuse to get a new one! I’m thinking an Audi A6, but at least I still have my truck to use in the meantime. There was more frame damage than anything, but it’ll cost more for me to fix it then to get a new car…plus, I’m been over that car since the second month I had it. Just sucks. So, I’m now having some beers to dull the pain. J It’s workin! ....I’m gonna go drink a few more beers and play darts in the garage…take it from me, never play darts barefoot or in flip flops…it’s a bitch when they get stuck in your foot!Anywho, just thought I’d see what’s shakin. I’m gonna go before my buzz really kicks in and gets me in trouble (or bore the hell outta you with my babble).
Hello love! So, it's been raining here, but you know what that means for me...kick ass surf! So, as I was paddling out in Huntington, I started to think about you. Manny just told me that you were over there and a swarm of emotions came to me...scary shit I tell ya!...I actually startedto cry when I thought about you getting hurt and me never being able to tell you so many things that I've wanted to. We've always been pretty honest with eachother and I have to tell you, while writing my book, I realized how much a part of my life you've been, unintentional or not, and yeah, maybe off and on, but regardless of how long it'd been since I'd seen you, we always just picked right up and I've always known that there is you. You were my first everything, especially love. For me to still think about you all of the time, after all of the bullshit, distance and growth, 16 years later, you still have a piece of my heart.
I would love to try to see you soon. It would be the ultimate test for my willpower, but I miss your mug and would love test it. J I’ll be traveling a lot over the next 3 months, but hopefully we can arrange something for after then? I have some pretty big deals and if I can close them, I will finally be able to take time off to write. It’d be sweet, so it’s taking all of my spare time, but will hopefully pay off. Then I booked a cruise for a “team building trip” for my sales gurus and their families to the Bahamas, then another trip to Jamaica in March. After then, things should be more mellow, so let me know a good time for you…I know you’re probably all over the map too. "That is such a LIE! She makes almost NO money! Unless she's using drug money or something. Her reps ALL got this e-mail! I'll bet they're packing for their trips to Jamaica and the Bahamas with their families!!! they've had like one sale in the past 2 weeks!!! (MY FRIEND SAYS SHE ACTUALLY MAKES NO MONEY AND THERE IS NO SUCH TRIP. I SAID THAT IF I WERE THE OTHER EMPLOYEES, I WOULD SHOW UP TO WORK TOMORROW IN HAWAIIAN SHIRTS WITH MY BAGS PACKED AND SAY TO HER, "WHEN DO WE LEAVE FOR THE CARIBBEAN?")
Subject: My apologies
Hello, Just wanted to give you all an update. Yahoo! is investigating the email fraud, I closed that account and wanted to again apologize for that email. Someone has too much time on their hands and will pay for it. I hope this did not effect you negatively and I apologize if it did. Thank you and Sorry for the inconvenience!
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 2:02 AM
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
For starters, he loves Apple Jacks (that, alone, makes us a perfect couple: we would never fight over what kind of cereal to buy). Secondly, he's an undefeated ping-pong player -- something I'd be happy to change for him. It's really cute how he reacts when this female photog runs him around on the practice court, too. (Oh, and wait till you hear how he pronounces chimichanga.)
The show reaches its, uh, climax when some queen photographer decides it would be a good idea for Robby to pose in nothing but a white towel in Robby's racquet club sauna (why is Robby never parading around like this at New York Sports Club?)
The Malcontent has just delivered this freshly added photo of the sauna incident -- along with glorious MalcoVision footage -- so now you can see firsthand what all the hoopla was about (woof! woof!)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 9:36 PM