May 16, 2007

Hello from Cupertino, which someone described to me earlier this evening as: “If you think of the Bay Area as a wang, you’re in the glands right now—Cupertino is like the taint.” I have no idea if this is geographically or philosophically accurate, but our drive here from the airport was quite pleasant. I saw a deer, even.

It always feels so weird to be in a hotel room by myself, like I’ve been transported to some other universe where everything is made out of veneered balsa wood and the bathroom fan is bizarrely loud and everything familiar is a million miles away. It’s lonesome. I miss my family.

And at the same time WOO HOO! I’M ALL ALONE! I have free wireless and a can of macadamia nuts filched from the ‘refreshment center’ and a pile of magazines and I can sleep sideways on the bed if I want. O, the luxury.

3 random things:

Thing the First

The internet is freaky. I saw Mighty Girl had linked to Sarah Hepola, who is a writer I have long admired (and was too shy to approach at JournalCon in Austin) and is thankfully now blogging again (you must read!), and then I followed a link from Sarah’s blog to one of her articles at the Morning News, where she linked to a video of my good friend Jen’s son Theo (Theo is totally a viral video star now, by the way). So random! Six degrees of the blogosphere.

Thing the Second

I have long resisted Battlestar Galactica, despite my similar resistance to Firefly and my eventual total devotion to that show. Well, I watched one episode on my iPod earlier (from season 1) and wow, it was REALLY good. I hate it when I drink the Koolaid so late in the game.

Thing the Third

JB said Riley asked for Mama tonight, and oh man, you have no idea how good that makes me feel. Sometimes I think I’m just a cherry on the delicious sundae that is JB, but that’s okay. As long as my boy loves maraschino, too.


38 Responses to “Dispatch from the taint”

  1. Emily on May 16th, 2007 10:11 pm

    I have ONE degree of blogosphere for you: some chick on Xanga linked to both of our sites in the same post — craaazy! Also, I am now craving macadamia nuts. DAMN YOU.

  2. Ashlea on May 16th, 2007 10:13 pm

    “I can sleep sideways on the bed if I want.” HELL YES. I do that anyway at home in the mornings.. but yeah. I can’t do that at School. Little thing called LOFTED beds… and they aren’t fulls like mine is at home. >>; I can however, FLOP between classes >D!

  3. Lavinia on May 16th, 2007 11:50 pm

    “I have long resisted Battlestar Galactica…”

    Give in to the dark side, baby. I don’t even know why it’s so good, so addictive. But it is! Go quench your thirst – totally worth it.

  4. angela on May 16th, 2007 11:55 pm

    I am with you on the Battlestar Galactica thing. I still haven’t watched it but from what my friends say (some of whom DO NOT like SciFi, so that’s gotta tell you something right there), I know I’ll love it. I need to get the DVDs so I can watch from the beginning. It will make me fit in since I totally missed the bandwagon on X-Files. Don’t ask me where I was when that show was on, I just don’t know.

  5. Lesley on May 16th, 2007 11:59 pm

    Battlestar is one of those must-see shows. Intelligent, compelling, allegorical. The writing’s really good.

  6. Lesley on May 17th, 2007 12:02 am

    P.S. Great baby, but I still love this little guy.

  7. Laura H on May 17th, 2007 4:12 am

    I attempt to sleep sideways anyway…and it doesn’t work out very well. I don’t know why he gets so upset. Enjoy your time away and look forward to how excited Riley will be when he sees you walk in the door. Daddy should cease to exist for at least 2 and a half minutes.

  8. Jan on May 17th, 2007 6:02 am

    I agree with one of the above comments – get the DVDs for all the seasons of BSG (yes, I am a geek and we call it that) and watch them. You have to do that in order to really appreciate the character development. And Firefly – oh, yeah. If you liked that and the characters in it, you should watch the old seasons of both Buffy and Angel. Joss Whedon’s characters are like friends you have or wish you could have. If you take my advice, give Buffy a good, long chance. I almost gave up after the first few episodes were kinda campy. But hang in there. It’s worth it.

  9. Ang on May 17th, 2007 6:29 am

    Aw. He asked for Mama!!!!! I know you think that you are a chump compared to daddy, but, I promise you….Mama will always be NUMERO UNO! (Even when it doesn’t seem that way.)

  10. Omu on May 17th, 2007 6:35 am

    Don’t doubt the power of the mama. Little boys love their mamas like no one else.

    I’m heading to the bliss of a hotel room tonight and won’t be home til Thursday. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve gotten sad at the thought of leaving my little bean. Bean needs his mama just as much as mama needs her horse shows. Still, I’m looking forward to the thought of shooting some pool tonight.

  11. Gillian on May 17th, 2007 6:36 am

    So, what did you end up entertaining yourself with on the plane ride?

  12. Susan Getgood on May 17th, 2007 6:36 am

    The good news for you on Battlestar is that while the rest of us a “jonesing for a fix” that we basically have to wait until next January for, you can catch up!!!

    I came late too, at the beginning of the 3rd season, and am now a total addict. If you are want to rewatch or catch an ep you missed, SciFi is in the middle of a marathon repeat showing of the last season, started yesterday, ends tomorrow.

  13. Colleen on May 17th, 2007 6:58 am

    Love Firefly. We didn’t watch it while it was on… we bought the dvds after the fact. We did that because we were obsessed with Buffy and Angel (we own the entire set of both of those series) We such nerds. Maybe we’ll have to try Battlestar.

  14. Operation Pink Herring on May 17th, 2007 7:09 am

    My boyfriend slowly dragged me into BSG, and i will freely admit to the world that I LIKE A SCI-FI SHOW… as soon as they stop with the “frack”. It’s so jarring.

  15. Sarah on May 17th, 2007 7:12 am

    Ah, Cupertino. I used to live in Sunnyvale for 10 years. I miss it a lot (even if it is just a big sprawl of development, I loved it!). Have fun!

  16. Swistle on May 17th, 2007 7:29 am

    I LOVED Battlestar Galactica when we tried it (I still totally choke if I think “SO SAY WE ALL!”), but eventually we both got so sick of the sweaty wussy twitchy character of Gaius, we couldn’t stand it anymore.

  17. HEATHER on May 17th, 2007 8:49 am

    So it might not be exactly 6 degrees of blogosphere, but it is still a little weird. Not only did I finish reading a book just this morning that was set in Cupertino, but I also just learned as of Tuesday night what taint was. So your entry gave me a bit of a chuckle this morning, thanks!

  18. Heather on May 17th, 2007 8:53 am

    cupertino is most definitely the taint. not that i EVER leave the city, but still. i’ve heard.

  19. GoingLoopy on May 17th, 2007 9:20 am

    I will second that emotion on watching Buffy…I thought the whole idea was idiotic, but my boyfriend has converted me to the dark side. We’re almost through the last season, so it will be on to Angel next…

    And honestly, I am a huge fan of bandwagon-jumping late in the game, so you can watch the whole thing with no commercials and no cliffhanger-y waits. I think this is why I have long preferred books to TV…I can see how the book ends RIGHT NOW and not have to be on someone else’s schedule. (Impatient much? Me? Heh.)

  20. warcrygirl on May 17th, 2007 9:22 am

    OMG, I love that laugh! It’s pure enough to stop depression and cure cancer!

  21. Sarah on May 17th, 2007 9:50 am

    Awww, good for Riley! :)

    As for Battlestar Galactica: YOU MUST WATCH NOW. Starbuck’s crazy-expressive face (I have a bit of a girl-crush) and Apollo’s rock-hard bod… It’s just all so geektastic. I have all three seasons on my AppleTV (I know, I know, but you know what I’m married to!) and I have been steadily zooming through them.

    One major word of advice: Watch the 4-part miniseries. It’s important.

  22. Sarah on May 17th, 2007 9:53 am

    Oh, and I have to agree with Operation Pink Herring: Jon and I now constantly yell “FRACK!” and “OH MY GODS!” at each other. And then die laughing.

  23. ginger on May 17th, 2007 10:24 am

    I am compelled to point out that the testes are glands (i.e. they secrete hormones) and the head of the penis is the glans. So if Cupertino’s the taint, then the glans of the Bay Area is clearly the City, and the glands of the Bay Area are like, maybe the region between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz (which isn’t the Bay Area proper, but neither are the balls really part of the penis.) Also, that makes Oakland and Berkeley the belly button, I guess?

    I can think of better candidates for the asshole of the Bay Area than San Jose, though.

  24. Kristin on May 17th, 2007 11:25 am

    OMG Battlestar! It’s the best show on TV. Not the best sci-fi show, the best show, period. You must watch now. And yes, watch the miniseries first, it’s important. As a bonus, you’ll soon find yourself involuntarily saying “frak”, which works out well for you, what with the trying not to curse in front of the baby.

  25. MRW on May 17th, 2007 12:07 pm

    I too resisted BG for the first half of the first season. Then I got my husband the DVD set for Christmas and now we are completely sucked in. I LOVE that damned show! Just another reason I hardly get to the movies anymore, TV+ TiVo is just too good to leave the house ;-)

  26. Josh on May 17th, 2007 12:58 pm

    Firefly is great. Honestly though, the best part is just watching that hottie mechanic chick. I don’t know what they feed em in space but hot damn she’s a looker. I still don’t want to watch Battle Star Galactica though. I am not huge on the drama shows. (except 24, I’ve got a terminal man crush on Mr. Jack Bauer) I think drama ruins a lot of non drama shows that start off well and try and atract more viewers with a bunch of sappy bull shit writing that makes me feel like I’m watching the equivalent of eating potpourri. Case in point: Buffy, the X-Files, the King of Queens, every Star Trek ever, you get the point.

    I haven’t got time to follow your links right now, but I always love them. They are my third favorite part of your blog, right after your sense of humor, and of course, long discussions about weight loss and womens clothes and beauty products. Oh wait … forget that last one. The point is I’ll chesk out your links later, keep em coming.

    Good luck swimming in other peoples bodily fluids in the bay area chode. I hope it is as relaxing for you as my Thirsty Thursday night at the Garden Gate Cafe will be. (it’s actually just a bar named Judds who changed their name and bought lawn chairs to try and atract less people like me and my friends, HA fuckers, try again)

  27. Eliza on May 17th, 2007 1:47 pm

    I just want to echo what Sarah and Kristin said above just in case you missed it…that’s how obsessed I can be about Battlestar Galactica. The miniseries comes first. It comes before season 1. This confused me deeply at first, I’m not sure why. Maybe it was something about the way it was described at Netflix. But season 1 picks up where the miniseries leaves off, so watching the miniseries first is key. Plus, the miniseries is awesome and not to be missed. Better late than never.

  28. Michelle on May 17th, 2007 7:01 pm

    This has nothing to do with your post but you MUST go look at this because of your zombielove.

  29. Melanie on May 17th, 2007 8:58 pm

    Yay, mama is awesome!!! That’s great. :)

  30. Jem on May 17th, 2007 11:11 pm

    Um, the cherry bit is the best and I always eat it last, if that helps. I have a feeling it doesn’t really help, just makes me sound kinda creepy.

  31. TB on May 18th, 2007 7:39 am

    BSG – you really HAVE to watch. There are all manner of gorgeous humans and cylons, intrigue, adventure and all round sci-fi fun.

  32. Bianca on May 18th, 2007 1:42 pm

    Hope Ebisu wasn’t too bad. Enjoy Poopertino. We’re having nice weather and the South Bay is always nicer so you came at a good time.

    BTW, I know you’re a David Sedaris fan but are you an Amy Sedaris fan (more importantly Strangers with Candy)? If not, you must watch that show. Seriously. JB too.

  33. fuzzy on May 20th, 2007 9:14 pm

    Ohhh, Battlestar is good. I held out for over two years, resisting my husband’s siren call to join him in his geeky obsession.

    But then I got sucked in, and now he downloads episodes for me on his video ipod and I watch them greedily. And have dreams about the characters. And am scared of what I will do with my tv time once I catch up and can’t watch new epidsodes several times a week.

    I hate sci-fi, but the story is amazing, and so is the pace. You never know what wild turn the plot will take next– but it’s always a good one that you hadn’t anticipated.

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