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Thursday, July 27

Hasselhoff To Star In Musical Based On His Life
First of all, we are NOT making this up. David Hasselhoff – star of Knight Rider, Baywatch and the new hit variety show America’s Got Talent told us today that he is heading to Australia to appear in a stage production based on his life.

David Hasselhoff: The Musical will include sets inspired by The Young and The Restless, Knight Rider and the songs of Teddy Pendergrass. “I am also doing a heart-rendering set on my life and the mistakes I have made,” the star says. “It sounds like a bad joke, but it is really going to be a good show…totally campy. It’s written by the same people who wrote Bette Midler’s show and produced by the people who produced Chicago in London.”

The production - which features dancers from both Chicago and Jeckyl & Hyde - will open in Melbourne (date to be determined) before hopefully coming to America. “If it ends up in Vegas, how great would that be?” he says. “I want to entertain people. Sammy Davis (Jr.) was my hero.” Hasselhoff, 54, will also release his autobiography, Making Waves, on September 10.
Let me know if you want to join us when the show comes to Vegas.

Wednesday, July 26

In other news, heard at work yesterday:
It's enough to bum you right the fuck out.
Things are way busy these days, but it's not so bad that we don't keep our sense of humor (and thus our sanity). For instance, the phrase "It will just work" can send us rolling on the floor in tears of laughter.

For those keeping track, I'm feeling muuuch better these days. The cough only appears at strange random times and doesn't stick around. This is good. Good enough that I am trying to plan outings in the future:

1) North Beach Jazz Festival this weekend - anyone want to go with me?

2) Keane is coming to town on Sunday, October 8 - I'm hoping this is an evening concert, as that is also my mom's birthday weekend and I'll be returning from celebrations at Home on Sunday. Again, anyone want to go with me? I can get tickets starting tomorrow, and would rather get them sooner rather than later.

3) and remember, you can still get your ticket to join us at the Def Leppard/Journey concert on Aug 26.

I'm also going to Dallas for a week in August. I know! Why would someone go to Dallas for a vacation, you ask. Well, I'll be hanging out at my dad's house for most of that time while he and his wife are at work, eating, relaxing by the pool, and sleeping. Basically being a teenager on summer break. The past several months have been fairly stressful and I need to get away in a big way and do a whole lotta nothing (and not have to pay for a hotel to do it). I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this.

Also, I watched Team America: World Police the other night, and holy crap, that was funny. There were two parts in particular that were hard to get through, but the theme song and trust jokes were hi-larious.

And, I have been trying to get out walking lately, and 1) it's freaking hot out there and 2) trying to walk 3.5 miles after being fairly stationary for a month is kind of hard. My feet/legs are adjusting, but they're doing it slowly. When I went out on Thursday, it was the first time in a month that I had been outside for more than 5 minutes. Friday, I could hardly move.

Oh, and I finished my scarf by knitting till I ran out of yarn. I am told this was not wise and they introduced to the term 'casting off'. Bah. Now I have to figure out something to do for my next project.

Finally, check out these t-shirts. My favorite so far (and I only got to page 2) is

And how have you been??

So I'll admit it, I went to see Nacho Libre tonight. I mean, why not? It's playing at the Parkway and it's Wednesday night, which means you can get 2 people in for the price of 1. And do you know how much 1 person's admission comes to? $5. Five buckaroos. And that means that on Wednesday, if you have any friends, or even acquaintances who are willing to do you a favor, you can see a movie for just what it's probably worth.

And guess what? It was SOLD OUT. I guess I wasn't the only one who had that idea.

So instead, we went for fried chicken and waffles.

I hella {heart} Oakland.

Friday, July 21

Sleepless in California:
"Life is half delicious yogurt, half crap, and your job is to keep the plastic spoon in the yogurt."

Wednesday, July 19

Cryptic moment: it's really sad to watch a relationship dissolve via MySpace.

In other news, Bossa Nova is a delightful movie.

Sunday, July 16

I think someone just hit a skunk on the street outside my open front window. Holy crap that smells bad.

So I thought that with the new drugs, and the fact that I was able to sleep all of last night and most of today, that I would be well enough to go out and mingle with regular folks tonight. Sadly, that was not the case. Rather, I had a repeat of last Friday, but at someone else's house, and I'm not sure that I can face these people again. Too bad I work with most of them. It was awful. At least the plumbing there is better than mine, so nothing was clogged up, but ... yech. So yeah. I am not committing to any more social events till I can make it through the day w/o coughing.

Coughing = bad.

Friday, July 14

It's Friday night and I have no life, so I'm going to blog about my health. Again.

I decided a week of waking up every night because of a sore throat was a Bad Thing and managed to get a last-minute appointment with my doctor this afternoon. I was not impressed with her during our first meeting last week when she stuck a tongue depressor in my mouth and told me to say 'ahh' and then almost fell to the ground when I started coughing at her, trying to get away from me. She's a doctor!

This time, I got what I really wanted: prescription drugs. Say hello to Mr. Antibiotics and Mrs. Inhaler. She says I probably have bronchitis. I'm not sure what gave her this idea. Maybe it was a clue from the information sheet on the wall? Maybe she just had to say something different from 'virus', which was last week's diagnosis? I don't know, but it sounds good to me - and hey, antibiotics mean clear skin, and that's always a good thing.

Hopefully this means I'll be Healthy soon. Maybe. At least I don't have to take the terrible dehydrating decongestants any more. Woohooo!

Wednesday, July 12

How rich are you? >>

I'm loaded.
It's official.
I'm the 55,923,010 richest person on earth!

[via Dave]

I'd like to modify my earlier stance on reality tv. Earlier stance:

reality tv sucks and I'll never watch it.

Modified stance:

reality tv sucks, but I'll watch it with a group of friends who all enjoy making snarky comments about the participants.

Actually, that goes for a lot of things that I would normally avoid, like horror movies and golf.

PS: I arrived home from work today to find that my tub drain was finally unclogged. The world rejoices, as does my hair. Woohoo!

Tuesday, July 11

Happy NyQuil morning!

I would never do something so foolish as to say that this is the last sick-person post I'll write for this round of coughing/hacking, but I do feel like I'm nearing the end of this ordeal. As general symptoms subside, however, I am left with very specific points of irritation, like that spot just behind my tongue and to the right, where it feels like something is boring a hole from the inside of my throat out. It's this specific pain, which I somehow manage to mostly ignore during the day, that has been keeping me up at night lately. Sunday night I tossed and turned for too long before realizing I needed some big guns to kill the pain, so I had to just wait it out. Last night, I roused myself from a fitful doze at 11:30 p.m., and realized I had enough time to take some NyQuil and still be functional in the a.m. Woohoo!

Well, mostly functional. I've been at work for over an hour today, and haven't accomplished a damn thing except to get caught up on my flickr favorites.

I hate medicine. I mean, it's great when it takes away the pain and discomfort. But when you're left walking around in a cloud, unable to think or operate heavy machinery ... well, sometimes the choice between a clear head and lots of discomfort or less discomfort and a fuzzy head becomes less clear. Maybe because of the fuzzy head. I don't know. I can't wait till this is over.


Sunday, July 9

I should also mention that early on in the sick days, when I really really really didn't want to deal with the trying to trick my body to go to sleep before the next coughing fit ordeal, I updated the museums page. I have included many east bay museums and made sure all the links work. I must admit that I left out some of the south east bay museums, and any museum you need to go through a tunnel (not counting the bart tunnel) to get to, because really, this is for me and it's unlikely I'm going to go that far be more cultural.

Also, I got The Very Best Weblog Writing Ever By Anyone Anywhere In The Whole Wide World, Vol. 1 in the mail yesterday and I'm almost finished. It's fun! You should buy it.

Saturday, July 8

Hello there! I'm still sick, so that's what I'll continue to talk about. Sore throat continues and all that. Today is a breakthrough, however, in the sense that I last took medication at noon, and have not felt the overwhelming need to keep it up all day long. Not even a cough drop. I'm hoping that staying away from the decongestants for a bit will allow my body to finally deal with whatever is attacking it and get rid of it. I have spoken to two people today (hi Suzan! hi Kristy! thanks for calling!), and I sound awful. Hopefully, I will not still sound awful on Monday. (yes, holding breath and keeping all digits crossed.)

In the meantime, I am out of 1) clean underwear and 2) quarters. I haven't done laundry since I was last at my parents' (father's day weekend) and I'm starting to regret it. I tried to buy quarters at the supermarket today, but they weren't selling, dammit.

On an equally regretable note, last night was very bad in the full stomach + stomach-upsetting-cough world, and I lost my dinner and everything else I ate most unexpectedly. So unexpectedly, in fact, that I wasn't quite able to make it to where you normally take care of that sort of thing, and both my sink and my tub drains decided that would be a most opportune time to get stopped up. I have since managed to get the sink working again (yay for vinegar and baking soda and boiling water and a plunger), but the tub is being stubborn (even with the addition of bleach to the mix). What this means is that I haven't been able to shower today, and this is Not A Good Thing. Clean clothing is at a premium, clean Kristin is as well.

So I'm making cookies. I'd invite y'all over to share, but I licked the spoon and there's no telling what might happen if you get my germs.

Short of calling a plumber, how do you unclog a drain??

Tuesday, July 4

Happy Independence Day!

This year, I celebrate my independence from any social commitments I might have made, as I have had to cancel every set of plans since last Thursday.

I went to the supermarket yesterday to stock up on more cough drops, kleenex and congestion medication, and everyone else in line was getting beer and chips and other party paraphelia. Next year, maybe that'll be me.

(Do you know why elves live so long?? Because they do everything in slow motion. I bet if I did everything in slow motion, I'd live longer too. Maybe even indefinitely. - I have been watching a lot of movies this week, including the entire set of LotR.)

Oh, and when it comes to congestion medication, Benadryl Allergy and Cold is the shit. I have tried Claritin and Chlor-Trimeton and my cough syrup with codeine (mmmm... codeine), and not a single one worked. This stuff has cleared up almost all of my symptoms overnight, especially the sore throat. Now if I can just shake this cough, then I will actually be able to talk to others. It's been a lonely lonely 6 days, I tell ya.

Sunday, July 2

This is the only thing that has made me laugh since ... Tuesday? Shatner's Seven [via OpenBrackets] By the way, what she says about Canadians and their celebrities is totally true.