Pirates = Fun

Pirates of the Caribbean was just fantastique. A big, dumb, fun romp. Johnny Depp was absolutely delightful (though Scott has seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas so many times, apparently it looked to him like Hunter S. Thompson playing a pirate). I can see why the ladies like Orlando Bloom, because he is indeed a good looking guy. But he also seems a bit … nonthreatening and effeminate. He’s got those big moist doe eyes and frequently looks like he’s about to cry. After watching The Invisible Man last. . . Read More!

Tales from the Jury Room, Day Three

Judge: Madam Foreperson, has the jury reached a decision?Missy: We have, your honor. Day three turned out to be my last day of municipal jury duty. We started out in the jury assembly room, and our bailiff arrived to take our party of six down to our own jury deliberation room. The trial, which began yesterday afternoon, recommenced at about 9:30am. It was an assault case involving a man and a woman, with the man being the defendant. We heard yesterday afternoon from the responding police officer, then today heard. . . Read More!

Tales from the Jury Room, Day Two

Rolled into the Municipal Justice building to find that the baggage x-ray machine was broken, so all bags were being searched by hand. We all had to wait in a sizeable line, but because I’m habitually early, I still made it to the jury assembly room before our 9am call time. A panel was called almost immediately, but I was not on it. After sitting around for a while, another panel was called at around 11am. Again, not so much with the Missy. I was sitting across from a truly. . . Read More!

Tales from the Jury Room, Day One

Got to the Municipal Justice building at around 8:15am this morning. Scott drove me in, which was much quicker than the bus. I realized when he pulled up that this was not the same building in which I served jury duty last August. I passed through security with flying colors and rode the vomit-vator (I don’t do well when I have to travel more than a few floors… you should have seen me going up to the top of the Columbia Tower, 85th floor) up to floor 12. I check. . . Read More!

All in the Details

When I was a kid, I didn’t know what “auto detailing” was. Well, I thought I knew, but it turned out later I was wrong. There was only one business in my neighborhood that advertised “auto detailing.” And their sign had some cheesy airbrushed flames and a hideous lion on it. So I always figured that “detailing” a car meant getting flames or animals or those placid lakeside scenes painted on them. It was only when I was about 20 that I learned that “auto detailing” meant just cleaning the. . . Read More!

Misanthropy

The last two days have been absolute heaven as far as my morning walks are concerned. Not only has the weather been perfect, but I’ve changed my workout shirt. My regular one is waiting patiently in the laundry bin, so I’ve had to dig another one out of my t-shirt drawer. The one I selected was given to me by a buddy who does t-shirt design: it’s an eye-catching yellow with “BITE ME” prominently displayed across the boobs. The reason I love this is because now the other exercisers leave. . . Read More!

Best… Watch… Ever

I realized today that I’ve had my current watch for something like 2-1/2 years. It’s still running, it still looks cool, and I haven’t had to change batteries in it. Usually my watches die out after less than a year. What kind of endurance watch is this, you ask? Swiss Army? Rolex? Cartier? No, my friends. It’s the simple yet very very cool Lego Creator. Sure, they have Lego watches in other color combinations, but this one is by far the coolest, employing the classic Lego shades of blue, red,. . . Read More!

Hooray for Mike McCready!

Pearl Jam Guitarist Goes Public with Crohn’s I have so much respect for this guy for coming out about his disease. Crohn’s can be such an embarrassing topic, it’s hard to be open about just how sick you can be. I’m glad to see someone in the public eye speaking out about the disease. You can damn well bet that if I’m ever famous in any way, I’ll be more than open about my Crohn’s, because I know only too well the shame and pain and feeling of being alone. . . Read More!

Who Will Be… YOUR… American Idol?

Clay did absolutely lovely tonight. Here, There and Everywhere is one of my favorite Beatles songs. Plus his Bridge Over Troubled Water was absolutely fantastic. But both Scott and I got the feeling, from the writing and production, that the producers want us to vote for Ruben. So I’ll be interested to see tomorrow’s results. Best comments of the night come from Randy Jackson: “You blew your brains out with that song, man. You sang your face off.” Oooh, double ouch. In other news, we went to see The Matrix:. . . Read More!

Shut Your Pie-Hole.

Well, it was a successful thrifting weekend for this Missy. Went out Saturday to my local Value Village and came away with just a top and a skirt. I thought my thrift karma was somehow off… usually I find more good stuff than that. Well, never fear, the karma is back. Today I went down south to the Renton Value Village and the Goodwill in Tukwila. First stop, Renton VV. Found some great items, tried them on, many of them fit very nicely. So after leaving the fitting room, I. . . Read More!