Sunday, November 12, 2017

An Elliptical Contest: Round Eleven

Ah yes. The special Thanksgiving round to which the world has been looking forward.

For this round, plan a Thanksgiving gathering.

Name five famous guests (real or fictional, but famous) you would invite and explain why.
Name five foods / beverages you would serve - real or fictional.

Name five blogs you would catch up on while waiting for the Cowboys to lose.

Where would it be?  The beach?  The Mos Eisley Cantina?  Please post a pic or a link to a pic.  (If it would be at your house, a pic of your city or area is fine.  You don't need to post a pic of your house.)

Deadline:  November 22 (end of)

Three points for the winner.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Film Friday

Films featuring actors who irritate me politically.

The American: George Clooney. The book is good and so is the film.  Different endings too.

Barbarella:  Jane Fonda.  Because I still have to see Klute and I've only seen part of Barefoot in the Park. Campy sci-fi.

Bug: Ashley Judd.  I've recommended this before, so Ruby in Paradise would be the back-up choice.

Casino:  Robert De Niro.  Godfather 2, Taxi Driver, and Heat are good as well.  

The Falcon and the Snowman:  Sean Penn.  Based on actual events.

Jacob's Ladder: Tim Robbins.  Freaky stuff.

A League of Their Own:  Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell.  Funny stuff.  Based on a real league.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show:  Susan Sarandon.  Not a great film, but a cult classic for a reason.

Sweeney Todd:  Johnny Depp.  Helena Bonham Carter though. :)

Whip It:  Ellen Page.  Roller derby.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Elliptical Contest Standings

Ericka:  14
Tex:  8
Birgit:  5
Erin Burnett:  0

Two rounds remaining.

Will the young upstart hold off the defending champion for the title?

Will the defending champion hold off the feisty Canadian for runner-up?

Will a celebrity participate?

Will Amber tell Colt she's carrying Ethan's baby?  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Elliptical Contest: Round Ten Answers

1.  "I Feel Lucky" - Psycho - Mary Chapin Carpenter

2.  "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" - Nightmare on Elm Street - Kathy Mattea

3.  "Whoever's in New England" - It - Reba McEntire

4.  "Screw You, We're from Texas" - Friday the 13th - Ray Wylie Hubbard

5.  "Friends in Low Places" - The Shining - Garth Brooks

6.  "Any Man of Mine" - Jaws - Shania Twain

7.  "Amarillo by Morning" - From Dusk 'til Dawn - George Strait

8.  "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" - Scream - Vicki Lawrence

9.  "Who's That Man?" - 1408 - Toby Keith

10.  "Highwayman" - The Cube - The Highwaymen

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

An Elliptiical Contest: Round Ten

October is Halloween. It is also Country Music Month.

For each snippet of butchered country song lyrics, name the song, the horror movie, and the singer who made the song famous.  First and last names are required where applicable.

Three points for the winner.

Deadline: October 30

1.  I feel crazy
I feel crazy, yeah
No blonde bimbo's gonna stand in my way
Mom, I feel crazy today

I did some taxidermy then rented her a room
Watched her through the peephole before she met her doom
The moral of the story is simple but it's true
Sinning women lie, but mommies never do 

2.  Eighteen dreams and a dozen murders
Six more kids that he needs to kill
The same old hat on his ugly head
And he'll spend the rest of his life
In crappy sequels

3.  When whoever's in the sewer is through with you
And the clown finds better things to do
You know it's not too late 'cause you'll always have a reboot
When whoever's in the sewer is through with you

4.  Now I love the outdoors, and the other camps - ah they're ok
Crystal Lake is the place I want to be and I don't care if I ever go to North Star anyway
Cuz we got a serial killer and Monopoly and a guy in a wheelchair
We got an archery range and Mrs. Voorhees and girls in their underwear   

So screw you, we're from Crystal Lake

5.   Blame it on this hotel, I'm not feeling well
Something is wrong with my brain
The first one to crack, the first to attack
I was the first one to go quite insane

Cuz I see dead people in the halls
My son writes redrum on the walls
I love my wife, but I'll end her life
Hey, I don't like how this story goes
Think I'll take a walk out in the snow
Cuz I see dead people don't you know

6.  Any shark of mine better swim the line
Better show me a bitin', bleedin', feel-good summertime
I need a shark who knows how the movie goes
He's gotta be a real-lookin', scary-seemin'
Boat-wreckin' dangerous kind
Any shark of mine

7.  Mexico by sunrise
Down from Abilene
Every crime that we did
Were just crimes that criminals do

When the moon is high in that desert sky
We'll be drinking at a vampire bar
Mexico by sunrise
Mexico isn't far

8.  That's the scene in the garage with the killer
That's the scene where he murders Rose's character
Don't trust your role to a Hollywood writing team
The director of the film's a Neve fan, so it seems

9.  Checked into the old hotel
They say this room belongs in Hell
It hasn't changed since O'Malley's suicide
55 others have died

They broke the doorknob to keep me here
Made the other rooms disappear
It was getting weird
Even worse than I feared

That's a ghost and that's my wife
Why's this dream haunting my life?

10.  I am a doctor
At a clinic I'm employed
But I'm paranoid
I fall into the gap and there I die
Quentin could've saved me if he tried     

I'm an escape artist
My nickname is The Wren
I can't be locked up like other men
I enter a room I think is safe
But the acid seals my fate

I am an architect
I designed the outer shell
For what purpose my employer didn't tell
I see the light which means I can go free
But I have no more faith in humanity

I am a student
Mathematics is my skill
But one mistake might get us killed
At the end, I almost walk away
But I linger so forever I will stay 

Note:  One of the songs is more of a country - blues hybrid than pure country.

Ryman Auditorium - Nashville



Friday, October 13, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Eleven Questions and Maybe Eleven Answers




asked 11 questions each and I have decided to pilfer half of them.  Let us arrive at it.

Q1.  Do you have any weird blogging habits?
A1.  I write a lot of rough drafts and partial posts without finishing / posting them.

Q2.  What do you do when you're not blogging / reading?
A2.  I watch news shows, hike in the park, wander the internets.  I listen to podcasts, hang out at the cafe where my lesbian crush works.  Nothing interesting. 

Q3.  What is your favorite romance that isn't cannon?
A3.  Lady Brett Ashley and Jake Barnes, from The Sun Also Rises.  If that's too obvious, Princess Leia Organa and Lando Calrissian.

Q4.  Most binge-able TV show?
A4.  Seinfeld

Q5.  What's the story behind your blog's title?    
A5.  I live on the third floor.

Q6.  What are some of your favorite book covers?



Q7.  Your to-be-read shelf is overflowing with unread books. How do you choose what to read next?
A7.  I tend to read shorter books before longer ones.  If I just read a serious book, I might go with a lighter read next.  

Q8.  What are the best and worst books you were forced to read in school?
A8.  Best:  1984 and the two Alice books.  Worst:  To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies.

Q9.  How do you stay motivated to keep blogging?
A9.  Apparently I don't. Ha.  I committed to a contest though, so I'm posting for that. Also, I don't have a life.  So I need to do something with my time.

Q10.  If you could move anywhere, where would it be?
A10.  A better apartment building with management that isn't morally bankrupt.

Q11.  What book has been sitting on your to-be-read shelf the longest? Why haven’t you read it yet?
A11.  Rod: The Autobiography.  It's about 360 pages, hardback, and not a book that I chose.  I won it at a spin-the-wheel thingy at an arts fair.  I'm mildly interested though.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Elliptical Contest Standings

Ericka:  14
Tex:  8
Birgit:  2
Hilary Rhoda:  0

So with three rounds remaining, the title has come down to Ericka vs. Tex, with the young upstart holding a six-point lead over the defending champion.

Second place is still up for grabs, even for people who haven't scored any points yet. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

An Elliptical Contest: Round Nine

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 17th. 

Predict the winners of the categories listed below.

Winner will receive 3 points.

Deadline: The beginning of the TV broadcast. 

1.  Best Drama Series

2.  Best Comedy Series

3.  Best Reality-Competition Program

4.  Best Variety Talk Series

5.  Best Actress in a Drama Series

6.  Best Actor in a Drama Series

7.  Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

8.  Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

9.  Best Actress in a Comedy Series

10.  Best Actor in a Comedy Series

11.  Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

12.  Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


An Elliptical Contest: Round Eight (Closed)

August is Romance Awareness Month.

Name the celebrity couples who are / were romantically involved with each other.

Three points for the winner.

1.  Her:  Uptown Girl
     Him:  Piano Man

2.  Her:  Outspoken swimsuit model.
     Him:  Musician with an arrogant name.

3.  Her:  Australian actress who's been French, American, and Irish in films.
     Him:  A couch-jumping Scientologist.

4.  Her:   Star of Rosemary's Baby.
     Him:  One of the best directors of all-time.

5.  Her:  Frequent Playboy model.
     Him:  Motley Crue drummer.

6.  Her:  Victoria's Secret and SI Swimsuit model.
     Him:  Guns N' Roses lead vocalist.

7.  Her:  Lori Singer's bff in Footloose.
     Him:  Ferris Bueller

8.  Her:  Depression-era bank robber portrayed by Faye Dunaway.
     Him:  Depression-era bank robber portrayed by Warren Beatty.

9.  Her:  Posed pregnant and naked on a Vanity Fair cover.
     Him:  Moonlighted, died hard.

10.  Her:  Blonde talk show hostess.
       Her:  Blonde actress.

11.  Her:  Also was involved with Arthur Miller and JFK.
       Him:  Yankees center fielder.

12.  Her:  Star of legendary Pepsi commercial.
       Him:  Allegedly did nasty things with gerbils. 

13.  Her:  British / Lebanese human rights lawyer.
       Him:  Actor famous for dating younger women. 

14.  Her:  Spice Girl.
       Him:  English soccer star. 

15.  Her:  Brazilian super-model.
       Him:  Super Bowl winning quarterback.

16.  Her:  Sexy and controversial comedienne.
       Him:  Late-night talk show host.

17.  Her:  Playwright and controversial memoirist.

       Him:  Blacklisted and imprisoned mystery novelist. 

18.  Him:  Saw the best minds of his generation destroyed by madness...
       Him:  Authored a poetry collection; should have stuck to farming.

19.  Her:  Best-selling female musician of all-time.
       Him:  Two-time Best Actor Oscar winner. 

20.  Her:  Crazy Japanese "artist".
       Him:  A Beatle.

Deadline:  August 15

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Clearly, I need to stop scheduling posts before they're finished. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Elliptical Contest Standings Update

Through seven rounds:

Ericka - 11
Tex - 5
Birgit - 2
Nikki Haley - 0

There are five rounds remaining, with three points per round.  So the U.S. Ambassador to the UN still has a chance, as does anybody else who hasn't scored yet.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

An Elliptical Contest: Round Seven

For this round, I want your Mt. Rushmores. But instead of dead presidents, please pick four Americans who were not President. Living or dead is acceptable.  Please include a brief explanation of why you chose each person.

Three points for a valid entry.

Deadline: July 8

Monday, June 5, 2017

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic: A Review

She's a talented writer.  But the problems start with the title itself.  As Hopper admits, it's not even true.  The highest profile piece in the collection seems to be Hopper piggy-backing on the work of a man.  Two of the back cover blurbs are from subjects of her articles.  She was employed by another.  She also worked for Pitchfork, which presents more ethical problems (see: R. Kelly).  She seems more interested in making bank off feminist credentials than actually earning those credentials.  Perhaps the saddest part is that she has enough skill as a writer to make it on her merits.  

"It's a song of failure.  It's realizing that sometimes the best you've got to give isn't much of anything at all."  (re: Van Morrison's "T.B. Sheets")
- "I Have a Strange Relationship with Music"

"I want it. I need it. Because all these records, they give me a language to decipher just how fucked I am. Because there is a void in my guts which can only be filled by songs."
- "I Have a Strange Relationship with Music"

"Emo's yearning doesn't connect it with women - it omits them."
- "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't"

"I've never seen a woman so naturally give less of a fuck."  (re: Anya Davidson, of Coughs)
- "Viva La Filthy Noise! Coughs' Secret Passage"

"A lot of art, great art, is made by despicable people." - Jim DeRogatis
- "Conversation with Jim DeRogatis Regarding R. Kelly"

"So we're not talking about rock star misbehavior, which men or women can do.  We're talking about predatory behavior.  Their lives were ruined." - DeRogatis
- "Conversation with Jim DeRogatis Regarding R. Kelly"

"She's playing it like a rebel, but she's simply being who we've goaded her to be."
- "Miley Cyrus / Bangerz"

Thursday, June 1, 2017

An Elliptical Contest: Round Six

June is GBT Pride Month.

In a strange coincidence, round six is all about famous peeps of the g, b, or t persuasion.

Identify the people in the pics. First with a perfect score earns three points. If no perfect score, the first entrant with the most right gets the points.

Deadline: June 15














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