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Moving is done!
Jul 21st, 2010 by Dr Karma

I don’t have it together enough to send out change of address cards, but let me know if you need the new info.

The moving is done (the unpacking is not). The strangest thing we found? Well, when the loveseat was moved, there was a pile of cat toys underneath, including a really realistic bird. I noted that the cats didn’t have a bird-shaped toy. Yes, the realism was created by realism. It was a new kill, though–no decomposition, no smell.

I’ve managed to unpack the kitchen so far, which is amazing, considering that I’ve moved into a kitchen about 1/6 of the size of the last one. As Dan noted, my new kitchen is smaller than the bathroom I share with the boy.

In other news: my new column on movie villains is up: http://www.matchflick.com/column/2206

Also, one of the first blogs I ever posted was on why you shouldn’t read all of the Sookie Stackhouse novels at once. I received a comment from “joker” who vaguely disagreed with me, but thanked me for reading. I wondered if Charlaine Harris had been googling herself. On my last trip to Canada, I read the latest novel. All of the flaws in the series were fixed. Did I actually add something to the world through literary criticism? I’d like to think so.

Finally, I’m performing my only stand-up show of the year at Luna’s in Sacramento at 8 p.m. tonight. Margaret France is headlining; it’s her last show before she moves to Turkey. Even though I’m exhausted and my back is locked up, I couldn’t say no to performing with my girl tonight.

Okay, off to find my underwear–they’ve got to be here somewhere.

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Packing to Move
Jul 10th, 2010 by Dr Karma

I’ve been packing for my upcoming move across town for a week and a half, including 6 hours this morning (6 more hours after this short break and I get to stop!).
I thought I’d gotten rid of a lot of stuff (half my books) before, but I’ve gotten rid of tons of crap this week. Of course, it doesn’t seem to be making a difference when I look at the boxes, but then, it never does.
Some things I’m discovering in the process–
a. it is impossible to follow physical therapist instructions and move at the same time. Technically, I’m not supposed to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk (this little rule gets broken almost every day I go to class). In theory, I’m not supposed to have to bend down or to stretch up to retrieve anything–I have yet how to figure out how to live my life with everything at counter level, though. Although my back hurts every day, it’s screaming at me about these rules right now, though its voice is muffled by necessity.
b. everything in my house has decided to break–nothing major, just a few things I have no idea how to take care of and all at once and irritating.
c. I have a bunch of stuff that I can’t really explain. Why would I have a bottle of dry vermouth and a bottle of sweet vermouth when I don’t drink anything that needs either?
d. I have trouble getting rid of potentially useful stuff. I’m usually (99% of the time) too lazy to take my eye makeup off and thus have three full bottles of eye makeup remover. I should really throw them all out, but I could possibly use them all up by the time I’m dead. Maybe. So I saved the most full bottle and threw out the other two.
Sigh.

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Roasting vs. Microwaving: A Note to Comedy Central
Jul 7th, 2010 by Dr Karma

I’m in the midst of packing (and teaching, etc), so I only have a moment, but I wanted to bitch a bit–Comedy Central is polluting the airwaves with its ads for the new roast of David Hasselhoff.

I’ve loved Comedy Central since its early days. The first things they used to show were reruns of SNL, Monty Python, and, wait for it . . . stand-up! Now the network is anchored by the best news shows on tv and other original programming. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough actual comedy sometimes, but it’s still a great place to land on in the shuffle of life.

Except that they really don’t seem to know what a roast is. A roast is when friends of a comedian tear the comedian a new one and then the comedian tears back.

It is NOT when some comics the network is trying to feature (some of whom have never met the roastee) gather around the easiest target in the world and make the most predictable jokes in the world. That’s not comedy–that’s laziness. Shoving some unseasoned potatoes in the microwave won’t give you roasted goodness.

Can you roast Chevy Chase? Yes, and they have, but in recent years they have featured such amazing non-comedians as flavor-flav, (I’m not googling that to make sure I spelled it right), William Shatner, and Pamela Anderson. We can do better than this–didn’t Obama’s election teach us anything about striving higher or about hope?

In other news, my new matchflick column is up: http://www.matchflick.com/column/2199

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