July 27, 2003
LA Freaking Sucks

I went to LA to see Dave Matthews and visit with Jade this weekend. Both were fun. Jade got a kitty so I got to play a lot with small fuzzy animals (more info to follow on the kitty on The chinaman and Dave was fantastic as always.

Now I have been know to say that traffic in the Bay Area is getting as bad as LA. I recant any time I have said that. I was stuck in traffic near the LA Airport for an hour. I went two miles in one hour, at 12am in the morning! There was an accident. If there had been an accident in the Bay Area at 12am there would be a bit of a slow down, but there wouldn't be enough cars on the road to cause a complete standstill. Not so in LA. It sucked. I didn't get home till 2:30am. I dislike LA. Never let me live there.

Dave Matthews was awsome though. Next time I'm going to be closer. On the floor and closer. I'm making my way towards the stage. One day I'll get close enough so that he looks more life size. sigh.

Posted by nuala at July 27, 2003 10:17 PM

hear, hear! i generally spearhead the "l.a. sucks, don't move there ever ever EVER" movement in any case. i shall be happy to continue to do so.

Posted by: dianna on July 27, 2003 11:17 PM

i'll agree that the traffic makes l.a. a bit of a chore at times, but at least every l.a. freeway moves sometimes, and there's ALWAYS traffic on the 101 N toward downtown SF. ALWAYS.

but i'm leaving l.a. anyway.

also, nuala, i'm not sure if you managed to keep up with get fuzzy over the weekend, but the capricious bucky uttered your titular phrase yet again on saturday:


Posted by: holohan on July 30, 2003 05:21 PM

Thanks for the tip Matt. I hadnn't seen it yet. I love that cat.

Posted by: nuala on July 30, 2003 08:00 PM

it was beautiful. i said, "go bucky, go! you get your monkey. you get him. stuff it to "the man"."

Posted by: michele on July 30, 2003 09:57 PM

i like the previous day's strip where bucky runs toward the chimp cage saying "monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey."

Posted by: holohan on July 30, 2003 10:28 PM

Please refrain from negative comments about LA, especially while down there visiting. Pacify them. Lead them on that LA is fanatastci, so they'll stay down there.

Did you finish Dune yet? I love that book, but I wish they would re-do the movie. The David Lynch film sucked. Too much internal monologue. They should redo it, only make it like 5 hours long.

Posted by: shoe fly on August 1, 2003 11:44 AM

the lynch film sucked because they excised all the sociology, philosophy, and religious and political commentary and left a dopey shell of a science fiction story. the internal monologue was the least of its problems.

but dean stockwell? oh, yeah...

Posted by: holohan on August 1, 2003 11:52 AM

Good point. It was all-around a very well crafted novel, worthy of a deeper exploration on film. The special effects industry could also sink their teeth into a remake. A good film version of Dune would be a double whammy. So many modern sci-fi flicks are void of plot. (Matrix II, T3, etc.). Where have all the good sci-fi flicks gone? I'll watch Bladerunner over and over before renting most new sci-fi releases. Anyway, I'm rambling. However, Nuala generally likes it when I ramble. She's very fond of my rambling. In fact, I suspect at this very moment, she's all doe-eyed and giddy.

Posted by: shoe fly on August 1, 2003 12:02 PM

giggle. maybe she's swooning.

how against that dune miniseries that they made are you? because i didn't think it was all that bad. and children of dune miniseries wasn't terrible either.

Posted by: michele on August 1, 2003 12:12 PM

well david lynch films in general just suck. ever seen blue velvet? gag.puke.roll around in abject misery. i know, as an artist, i'm supposed to think lynch is the best thing since existentialism, but no, he just makes me want to puke. i refuse to see mulholland drive.

Posted by: jade on August 1, 2003 12:47 PM

but there's lesbians! and a cowboy!

Posted by: holohan on August 1, 2003 02:11 PM

The miniseries is great! I'm not sure what to say about William Hurt's performance, but other than that it's the best miniseries ever made in the Czech Republic. Seriously, I liked it a lot, and I'm glad they completed the first trilogy on film because you get to see the characters grow and evolve. Except for poor Feyd...I wish they would bring back his ghola. I'd trade a year of spice to buy a tame (i.e. non-slave killing) version of that one.

And holy f**k, Leto II turns into a sand worm! How freaking cool is that???

All the good stuff comes from the Sci-Fi Channel these days, believe it or not. I mean, they're the folks who brought us Farscape, for which we are so grateful .

Posted by: Cody on August 1, 2003 02:44 PM

Aaron if you haven't seen the mini series version you should because I highly enjoyed it and it was why I read the book, which I enjoyed by the way. I finished it about a month ago. I just finished I, Claudius yesterday. That took me forever. Now I'm reading Dune Messiah.

I'm with cody William Hurt was a little bizarre in that role, but that character in general is kinda off standish and hard to get to know since he's killed so quick.

No swooning here.

As for David Lynch, he's interesting. I still enjoyed Twin Peaks even though I haven't finished watching the series. Mulhulland Drive was just bizarre and I don't think I got it.

Blade Runner rocks. I love Harrison Ford and the guy that plays the main androids (they were androids right?) Anyways I enjoy watching him. I think he's the same guy from Ladyhawk.

Matt - I loved the day before as well with the Monkeys Monkeys! I'm sure it will eventually make an appearance on my site.


Posted by: nuala on August 1, 2003 05:08 PM

Cool. I'll check out the Dune mini-series. I'm feeling sort of out of it here. I mean, I don't keep up on stuff. I should probably read the pink section or something. You guys are all pretty up on things so maybe I should just do more blog-hopping.

I never saw mulholand drive, but I liked blue velvet. I generally appreciate any movie which has a plot, moreover, a plot of which I'm clueless about how it might be resolved. I just saw "28 days later". Although it was basically a zombie flick, at least I was wrong in my guesses about the ending. Not that I'm raving about it or anything, but (and at this point I'm getting a bit rambly) it was better than 90% of what's out there. I don't care a lick for the horror genre, but this was ok. Could wait for it on video though. Warning to Nuala: There are no singing and/or dance routines in this movie.

Posted by: shoe fly on August 1, 2003 11:07 PM

Mock me if you like, but I love it when people on the screen randomly break into song and dance. It's freaking brilliant. If only real life were like that

Posted by: nuala on August 2, 2003 01:54 PM

aaron- i own both the dune and children of dune miniseries on dvd and would prob be willing to loan them to you if you like. maybe i could have kristen put them in your mailbox in cory or something. do you like i how i volunteer you kristen? do you like it?

Posted by: michele on August 2, 2003 03:42 PM

Yes. Now if only you would volunteer Nuala to me. Auuuughhhhhh.

Yep, that would be splendelicious. I guess if Kristen is willing, my mailbox is in 558 Cory, but only if this is convenient. Do you have a massive DVD collection? Or was this just coincidental?

Posted by: shoe fly on August 4, 2003 09:11 AM


I apologize for bashing you're fondness for musicals. No need to get defensive. Some people enjoy eating liverwurst. I really cannot stop them, nor is it really my place to do so. Anyway, I got to thinking about it, and realized that I do actually like a musical. In fact, I found myself humming the song in the shower this morning. I found the lyrics online:

"We're Knights of the Round Table.
We dance whene'er we're able.
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impeccable.
We dine well here in Camelot.
We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.
We're Knights of the Round Table.
Our shows are formidable,
But many times we're given rhymes
That are quite unsingable.
We're opera mad in Camelot.
We sing from the diaphragm a lot.

In war we're tough and able,
Quite indefatigable.
Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable.
It's a busy life in Camelot.

I have to push the pram a lot."

So you see, I guess I'm just as freakish as you.

Posted by: shoefly on August 4, 2003 11:16 AM

massive dvd collection. not as massive as my brother's. but i do own holy grail and now feel the need to watch it, thank you very much. i will give the dvd's to kristen on wed possibly and then maybe they will be in your box thursday. then you can give them back to her box when you are done.

i'm curious to see if someone will now have read this and stalk out your box and steal the dvd's. that would show gumption.

what would you do with nuala if i got her for you? do you think nuala will smack me for this question? i think she will.

Posted by: michele on August 4, 2003 01:17 PM

You've got a serious streak of troublemaker running through your blood, Michele. It's really great. I like how you're provoking and coaxing me, at Nuala’s expense. Let's see now, what would I do with Nuala... Well, this is her site, so above all, I guess I should be somewhat respectful (?) I think I'd possibly impose a daily quota of lemon bars. For my own sake, it would be two, but I'd permit her the option of making more. There are many other daily tasks, which come quickly to mind. Let us call them "checklist items". (Is anyone listening? This is getting good). For the sake of maintaining my lofty and admired position amongst countless surrounding bloggers, I won't go into detail, however, primarily I would torture Nuala with horrible little song and dance performances. As I recall, she was generally delighted with what glimpses I provided into my vast repertoire. Typically she'd be at her desk, doing her best to appear to be ignoring me. However, I saw right through all that and knew for certain that from the corner of her eye she was watching my spins and playful twists. She liked to fashion a business-like appearance, but at its core was a little girl, balanced precariously at the edge of her ergonomic chair, watching my every move. She was also always secretly delighted by my lengthy stories that seemed to have no beginning, and no end. I would provide many such stories, amusing her to no end.

I found a page with MP3 versions of several Python tunes including Knights of the Round Table:


It's great how they simultaneously navigate the nutty lyrics.

Posted by: shoefly on August 5, 2003 02:48 AM

I do miss the dance recitals that happened at random points of the day. It was like watching a 1 year old try to find his balance before falling flat on his face. Brilliant and highly amusing.

Posted by: nuala on August 6, 2003 12:20 PM

i am wiling to deliver things. i only just caught up with this thread.

Posted by: didofoot on August 6, 2003 01:10 PM