Monday, 29 October 2007

Spooky Night!

Hello all. Whoo, for the first time in what seems like forever, something eventful has happened in the life of dreary Nick. Tonight (Sunday) saw a Halloween-themed author appearance at Borders bookstore for three of the Get Spooked! writers, Madame Guillotine, Vintsen De Sade and yours truly, Freaky Nick. Oy vey. Just in case you're wondering, those are pseudonyms. Arf arf. Anyway, the evening saw us getting into costume so as to preserve our anonymity (oops. My bad. Oh well) and then wandering about the bookstore trying to get the kids and grown-ups to venture to the section of the store where we'd be doing a reading, followed by book-signing and face-painting for the kids. All of which was done in costume, which allowed for some strange looks, but it was okay since I was hidden to begin with. The Ku Klux Klan in orangy-red was a nice, if slightly disconcerting, touch. Heh.

Anyway, we did the readings, and if I may say so, I reckon, in all humility (do I hear 'yeah right's springing forth??) that I was the most compelling reader, heheh... the kids were rapt, and even jumped and cringed at certain points when I was doing the SFX of accordion doors flapping open (yeah, my story had accordion doors which flapped open. Funny, that). Though at one point, I was meant to read "clench her eyes shut" and it came out sounding closer to "clench her arse shut". My mate Terry, who was in the audience, swore he had to bite his lower lip to keep from laughing out loud. He's such a bitch... who's to say I didn't mispronounce it on purpose, huh? Huh??

Oddly enough I never thought our target audience was kids -- and apparently it isn't supposed to be, but rather the series is meant for young adults and grown-ups, but I guess this was the best they could come up with taking into account the venue and the time of day and whatnot. Go figure. Either way, it was a pretty successful evening I reckon, sweating and sweltering in the KKK outfit aside, even though in typical Malaysianness nobody ventured forth to buy any books but rushed forward for free candy. Trick or treat, cheapskates! (I had a bit of fun handing 'em out to the kids, uttering in a dull, bored-ish monotone: "Bwa. Ha. I. am. scarey. Fear. me.") And some of the kids ran away screaming and crying. It was both terrible and hilarious. Okay, I'm a big meanie. Sue me. ;)

What I liked most about tonight was that for a brief moment, just 5 minutes or so that it took me to read my story, it felt like I was performing again. On stage, getting dramatic, with an audience. Gawsh I miss it. I really do. And now with the back 95% healed THANK GOD, maybe it's time. It's time to get back in the game, boys and games. Look out world, Freaky Nick will be unleashed upon the stage again! Bwa-ha! BWA-ha-hahahahahahahaaaaa!!!!! *raises arms up in the air in triumph. Lightning flashes; thunder roars. Close-up on Freaky Nick's victorious face frozen in gleeful, evil laughter, from three different camera angles.*

*cough*


I leave you with pics, click for bigger view, yea? Oh, and Terry snapped these shots, and apparently looked so convincing as a journo-photographer that people asked him which media outlet he was with. (The radio, he said, even though that raised eyebrows. "Um. I didn't think the radio had photographers???" Foooooo!!) Heh. Go Terry. Okay, buh-bye. And if I don't blog before Wednesday, happy Halloween!!! Hope you get spooked!! ;)))

Freaky Nick in Ku Kux Klan Kostume

Madam Guillotine, with her wild hair

Vintsen De Sade, looking glamorous

Below, from left: Freaky Nick during the reading; handing out candy to the kiddies; freaky fotos with the kids and the kooky krew; Freaky Nick wanders about the store; books on display; a different perspective of the reading; Terry and Hairy; killing Terry; KKK kostume klose-up




Trick or treat!

Friday, 26 October 2007

Random Observations & Tight Spaces

Hello peeps. it's been a crazy week alroight. Firstly, we just finished our latest issue of the mag at 1:30am this morning (Friday, the 26th) -- and our deadline was Tuesday the 16th, making us 10 days overdue, arf arf. Once the weekend is over we're going to have two weeks to finish our next issue, HAHAHA. Yea right. I highly doubt it's gonna happen. But whatever.

There's really nothing much to report right now, between work and a drab life at home. But it's not all that bad. Oh wait. I lie. It kinda is, *snarkle*.

Here are some totally random things I learnt over the past few days:

i) That if sneeze while you pee, it can get kinda painfully messy. Less so if you're a chick, I suppose. But if you're a dude standing up, make sure the aim's right. Oy.
ii) That there's nothing more fascinating than watching a dog come into your bedroom, stand still with her nose in the air twitching, and then start moving about the room with nose still twitching, scanning her surroundings until she stops directly in front of the spot where you've placed a bag of takeout hamburger; and
iii) That Walls (or Streets if you're in Aussieland) Cornetto drumsticks are a devil to eat while you're driving a manual car; between drippiness and trying to get the wafer out from the tedious wrapper, it's a recipe for swerving-all-over-the-road driving.

I hope that added value to your day.

Speaking of cars (which I vaguely referred to above), today the funniest thing happened. (Actually, it was the most frustrating thing, but anyway.) My car was being blocked in by an inconsiderate numbskull who had parked his truck behind it. The more frustrating thing is that he'd parked it in a way that only the very last few inches of rear bumper was in my way. However, I was in a position where no matter how I tried, I couldn't get past that bit of bumper -- not without the front of my car hitting the side of the car next to me. So I sat there, cursing, honking my horn repeatedly, ignoring the looks of the passersby who reckoned there was enough space for me to get out (hey, they weren't behind the wheel! fooo!), until a couple of dudes finally walked up, looked at the space between me and the offending vehicle -- and gave the truck a light push, a mere slap on the rear, causing it to move forward two inches and thereupon freeing me from my spot.

How embarrasing.

Jeezus, is this what Malaysian drivers are doing these days? Parking behind other cars and leaving their handbrakes off so that the cars can be pushed out of the way??? Crikey. I kinda wished, in my own mean-spirited way, that the road had been sloping so that the truck would've run down it. But it was wishful thinking. Yes, yes, it was mean, but a little vengeance goes a long way. Oh well. Was kinda funny now that I think about it, but I sure felt annoyed to hell (and a little bashful!) then. Get me out of here, somebody!! Get me out of here!!!

Bye.

Monday, 22 October 2007

True Quote #8

Terry describes how the electrician had to drill holes in the wall of his new apartment to install his airconditioner.

Me: Is that allowed?
Terry: My God, yes, it was very loud!

True quote, people.
True quote.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Shorty #2

She smothered me with a pillow as we made love. I died and went to heaven.

If you're wondering what this is all about, check out Shorty #1 here!

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Geek Alert!

Ok, time to introduce some of the new shows that I've currently got my eye on! One common thread seems to link these together: that they each feature a geek (or geeks!) in the lead roles, LOL. Here we go (click on some of the pics for bigger views, ya!):

Pushing Daisies: The quirky, colourful, charming, heartwarming, totally strange romantic comedy about Ned the Pie-Maker (Lee Pace) who has the bizarre gift of being able to bring dead people (or animals or plants) back to life with one touch, and uses his gift to solve mysteries with a money-hungry detective. The downside? He can only bring 'em back for one minute, otherwise something or someone else has to die to take the place of the one he brought back to life. And the other downside? If he touches them a second time, they'll return to being dead - this time permanently. Which is exactly what has happened with his cute dog Digby and his cute girlfriend Charlotte. Oy vey - poor Ned has to scratch Digby with an extendable doggy-scratcher (and he probably does the same to Charlotte, LOL!). Half the fun is watching Ned bring dead people back to life to solve mysteries; the other half is in watching him and Charlotte try to express themselves non-physically or with the aid of gloves, plastic sheets, body bags (yes) and what-have-you to make sure they don't touch. And the other half the fun (yes, three halves, go figure) is watching the wonderfully quirky Broadway diva Kristin Chenoweth as Ned's pie-shop worker Olive, who has the hots for Ned and apparently is willing to do plenty to make sure she has him. Not to mention Charlotte's strange aunts, two mutually codependent women who have no social lives and who have decided, following a series of improbable mishaps in episode one, to venture out into the world for the first time in a long, long... time. Definitely a keeper, this one!



The Big Bang Theory: A hilarious sitcom about a bunch of nerds - scientists, computer geeks, obsessive-compulsive, antisocial and inept at functioning outside the online world, no offence to anybody - whose lives are shaken when a beautiful girl moves to the apartment next door and makes their dorky hearts go a-flutter. Some of the classic lines? "Hey, I've got a social life! I have 212 friends on Myspace!!" and "Let's see Battlestar Galactica Season 2." "But we've already watched the DVDs." "Not with audio commentary!" ROFL. As the hot blond chick is a certain Kaley Cuoco, who was oh so irritating as the blond bitch in the final season of Charmed and even in Eight Simple Rules, but who is actually funny and very likable in this half-hour series. And Big Bang has already caught some famous people's attention. As reported on tvguide.com:

Robyn Asimov, daughter of the late Isaac Asimov ("the prolific writer, scientist and charismatic geek," as she herself puts it) talks about CBS' The Big Bang Theory, and shares her especially qualified affinity for the show about a pair of quirky physicists. "[It] is delightfully witty, a brilliant mix of intelligent dialogue with comedy, and absolutely spot-on regarding the wonderful, cerebrally sexy world of nerds," she said.

Asimov — who in 2004 countered film critics with her support of the big-screen take on her father's I, Robot short-story series, and now is chairman and trustee of his estate — referenced this week's episode, saying that "discussing my father’s Three Laws of Robotics during the hysterical conversation among three of the cast members, theorizing if one was a robot — and would he want to be told — was priceless."

In closing, she shared her wish for The Big Bang Theory's success and offered "cheers to [the show] for making geeks truly lovable — as lovable as I found my father to be."

In response to the very special rave, Big Bang's taken-aback cocreator Bill Prady told TVGuide.com: "We are our characters, so we are as thrilled to hear from Ms. Asimov as Sheldon and Leonard would be!"



Reaper: A supernatural hour-long comedy about a nerdy guy at a hardware shop named Sam who, upon turning 21, is told by his folks that his soul was promised to the Devil (the charmingly manipulative Ray Wise) and the time has come for the evil dude to be in charge. Next thing you know, poor Sam is forced to be a bounty hunter for the Devil, capturing escaped souls from hell who are wreaking havoc upon the earth. Sam only has his two close friends from work to help him out... plus a weekly 'vessel' sent by the Devil to help him: everyday objects turned soul-trappers - a mini vacuum cleaner, a remote control car, a toaster, etc. Strange, funny and occasionally scary, definitely worth checking out!!



Chuck
: Another hour-long comedy with a nerd in the lead: Chuck, who also, oddly enough, works in a hardware store, finds his humdrum everyday life turned upside down when confidential secrets belonging to the FBI and CIA are inadvertently downloaded into his brain, making him a walking, talking, hapless computer of the country's deepest, darkest skeletons in the closet. Naturally this means he is now a target for both protection by two members of the secret service, the sexy Sarah and the brutish agent whose name escapes me at the moment, and assassination by evil spies hellbent on wiping out his knowledge... and him with it. Entertaining and very, very promising.



Aliens in America: A half-hour sitcom that will never see the light of day here in Malaysia due to its references to... well... you'll see. The basic premise? A nerdy highschooler is constantly being tormented by his schoolmates, so his folks believe he'll fare better with a foreign exchange student in his life, preferably someone blond and blue-eyed who will rub off positively on the poor geeky bastard. Cut to the arrival of Raja, a wide-eyed, idealistic Pakistani Muslim whose unlikely friendship with the lead nerd signals the advent of laughs and politically incorrect humour intended to point out (so the producers say) the ignorance and prejudices inherent in American society today. Good examples? When Raja's bigoted teacher says snottily, "Who isn't glad that Raja is joining us? We can now learn more about... um... Muslimism." And another girl pipes up, "He makes me angry. His people brought down the twin towers." OoooOOO. A highlight? When Raja and lead nerd boy (whose name escapes me too) are caught on their knees in the bedroom. Shocked Mom (a wonderful Amy Pietz, from 90s' sitcom Caroline in the City fame) exclaims, "What on earth are you doing?!" and the lead nerd looks up innocently and replies, "Um. Praying to Mecca." Score!!!



Well, that's about all, folks. The other show still waiting to be checked out is the Bionic Woman remake, which my mate Terry is raving about but which I've yet to watch (though it's been downloaded), so I'll rave or ignore it as appropriate once I've seen it. But yea, if you get the chance, check out the abovementioned nerdy shows. Nerds seem to be taking over. It's beauty and the geek: the TV trend. Maybe some of us have a hope yet. Arf arf. Okay, byebye!! ~N

Friday, 12 October 2007

It's Nice To See You Again!

Well, at long last - my TV shows reviews - some of the latest shows from the States that I'm currently watching and which I think have some great potential! But first, a nice, big WELCOME BACK to some of my older favourites -- if you want, you can revisit my earlier blog post on these shows; and you can click on the titles for links and on the pics for bigger views. Anyway, here we go: beware, SPOILER ALERTS:

Brothers & Sisters: Welcome back, Walkers! Season two kicks off with more over-the-top drama and heartwarming comedy with the wonderful antics of recent Emmy-awardwinning Sally Field as the mother of five rambunctious kids. The season opener kicks off with Nora (Field) waiting for news about former druggie Justin (Dave Annable) who has left to Iraq for the war. In the meantime, Kitty (Calista Flockhart) is celebrating her birthday on the anniversary of their father's death. The party is not unexpectedly a shambles, but in the end they wind up having fun... until a phone call reveals that Justin's unit has been hit by a bomb. Episode two shows one of the most moving scenes in the series: Justin, back at home and with a mangled leg, in excruciating agony but refusing to consume any of the addictive painkillers. He writhes around and sobs in bed, and his mom comes in to hold him, in what is easily another Emmy-winning scene. Tearjerking stuff, I swear. Totally awesome.

Ugly Betty: Welcome back, Betty and Gang! Season two kicks off... um... with more over-the-top drama and heartwarming comedy with the wonderful antics of recent Emmy-awardwinning America Ferrera as the duckling turned swan in a fashion magazine. Season two kicks off with the continuation of all the madness: Betty's love-of-her-life having left her to be with his pregnant girlfriend; Betty's sister Hilda grieving over the supposed death of her husband-to-be and father-of-her-son also named Justin; Justin starting an internship at Mode; Daniel and Alexis Meade in hospital after a horrific car crash, with Alexis suffering from amnesia and not knowing that 'he' has since become a woman; the evil Wilhemina plotting to marry Bradford Meade to take over the magazine, but with Bradford's wife Clare having escaped from prison and on the path of violent vengeance; Amanda having discovered she is the daughter of former editor-in-chief Faye Sommers and is now battling weight gain and is bent on finding her real father; and Ignacio, Betty and Hilda's dad, stuck in Mexico with no visa back to the States and also the target of a vengeful party of bandits. When will it all end? Awesome stuff.

Supernatural: Welcome back, Winchesters! Sam and Dean kick off season three by going after seven (yes, count 'em, seven) of the bad thingies they let loose out of hell at the end of season 2. A newcomer to the scene, a mysterious blond, is stalking them and is kicking butt. Who the hell is she? What does she want with the guys? Why is her name in the cast, when for two years the show has always been a two-person vehicle?! Certainly a strong opening episode, with the guys battling demonic incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins (my favourite is Sloth, who made a family sit on a couch in front of the tv and not move until they literally starved to death)... but I hope the writers are able to write in the new chick validly and convincingly, and not let it wind up like the catastrophe that was season eight of Charmed. Oy vey, I did not just say that, ROFL. Moving right along. Regardless: Awesome stuff.

Heroes: Welcome back, heroes! Season two kicks off with more disjointed misadventures of the people who discovered they have special powers. Mohinder, Parkman and Noah Bennett are still trying to bring down the Company while trying to battle a virus that is taking down some of the Heroes; Bennett has taken his family, including indestructable Clare, away to start life anew in a new location, but will Clare be found out by the mysterious new boy in school who can apparently fly?... Hiro is trapped in the late 1600s and now has to fix history that he inadvertently messed up by being there, by helping his childhood hero Kinsei to become the hero that he is historically meant to be; Peter is alive and has some how wound up in Ireland; and some evil thingy is now targeting the older generation of heroes, including Hiro's dad, Peter and Nathan's mum, and, in episode three, Noah Bennett himself (oooo!) Meanwhile, two new heroes are introduced, a Mexican-speaking duo whose powers kill people by making them bleed from the eyes (and bring them back to life by stopping the eye-bleeding. Go figure). While the show is still interesting, I'm fast losing interest in Hiro's mindless Japan-in-the-1600s subplot; they unnecessarily brought back Sylar; Peter seems to have too much power and his mysterious 'what's-in-the-box' plot isn't all that interesting; and Clare's romantic entanglement with the mysterious flying boy is getting annoying. Sigh. Disenchantment is setting in, unfortunately. I'm still very intrigued by the older-generation plot, though, so there's lots of hope yet. Verdict: Still great. Less than awesome, but great.

Ghost Whisperer: Season three! Jen Love Hewitt as Melinda, the cleavage-bearing chick who talks ghosts into the afterlife. With the addition of Jay Mohr to the cast as the skeptical, intrigued, wise-cracking, flirtatious Prof Payne, the show is still successfully intermingling shocks and horror with emotional tearjerking scenes... and though we could do with more of Melinda's husband Jim, and Delia, her friend at the antique store played by the grossly underused Camryn Manheim, this show still scares and entertains. Pretty awesome. Check out episode two's freaky Bloody Mary episode. Yikes.

Stargate Atlantis: Season four! Solid opening episodes after the events of last season that had Atlantis leaving the planet they'd been on for three years following an attack by a destructive Replicator ray, and getting stranded in space with not enough power to get them anywhere. Meanwhile, in the chaos of take-off, Elizabeth Weir was devastatingly injured in a blast. Now the new episodes have had her healed by 'Nanites', micoscopic Replicator cells that have brought her back to life but that make her a link to the Replicators and subsequently trap her on the Replicator home planet with no idea if she is dead or alive. Oy vey, a repeat of the Lt Ford incident of season two, when the poor guy was Wraith-ified and never to be seen again. Hopefully Weir comes back. But Amanda Tapping's Lt Samantha Carter is set to take over Atlantis, which not everyone is happy about, but I'm quite thrilled to see what's going to happen next. Verdict: Still pretty awesome.

My Name Is Earl: Season three! Earl, still trying to please karma, is now in prison taking the fall for a crime his pregnant ex-wife Joy (recent Emmy-awardwinner Jaime Presley) committed, while the rest of the gang tries to cope without Earl in their midst. By letting Earl remain in prison it opens up some interesting storylines, but I hope they don't keep him in there for too long, so as to let him go back to the roots of the story, i.e. trying to cross off items on his karma list!! Anyway, not as awesome as it used to be, but still pretty great. :)

How I Met Your Mother: Season three starts off with Ted, now split from Robin and officially single, trying his hand at the dating game again. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily are now married and are trying to deal with their new life as a newlywed couple; while Barney is... well, Barney, LOL. Still a pretty great show, though not as awesome as before... now that Ted and Robin have split, there doesn't seem to be much point to Robin's existence on the show (as demonstrated in episode three, where she had the most insipid subplot on her own), but hopefully, as many fans hope, she will soon hook up with the flirtatious, lustful Barney. Heh. That would be legen - wait for it - dary!

Coming up next: the new shows I'm watching!! (which will appear above this post, so this announcement won't really make sense for those who check in after I've put up my next post. Heh. Oh well.) :)

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Star Struck & Symbiosis

Hi everybody! Wat's been going on? Well, recaps: on Tuesday I headed to KL for my interview with Siti Nurhaliza. Was quite nervous, after all, she's Malaysia's biggest pop icon, and one of the most famous in this part of the world, too. But she turned out to be very, very lovely, very down-to-earth and even a bit shy upon meeting us. We did a photo shoot, somewhat spontaneous, so instead of looking like the hot, heavily-made-up pin-up girl that audiences here are used to seeing, she looked very natural, sweet, demure... the real person, not the stylized version. I think it's going to be a pretty cool cover. Did I mention it's going to be a cover story? Whoohoo. Awesome!

On that day I also got to see a rehearsal in progress of P Ramlee: The Musical held at Istana Budaya, and got to meet and speak to the lovely Tiara Jacquelina. Two celebrities in one day, not bad at all! And Sean Ghazi was there, too, but I didn't get to speak to him as he was needed onstage (though I've already interviewed him for our cover story earlier this year. Good times.) It's such a shame that I didn't think of bringing my camera with me... it would've made for some quite nice memories of the day. But ah well. It's all good. I'm back down on earth now. LOL.

Well, it's a long weekend - Friday to Monday hols - but I've got a ton of writing work to go, so I'm going to make this another short entry. On another note, I've finally begun seriously getting into the writing of my musical The Edge, and it's looking... rather... interesting.... if I may say so, haha! I'll put up more stuff on it as and when it's developed. Okay, I'm going to go now. Oh yeah, today Terry and I had a Vietnamese dinner and it was deeeeeelicious!!! It was also in the same building as my new gym/pool place. Man, all the restaurants... I guess it's a symbiosis: you eat and then work it off, or you work out and get hungry and then go eat. Heh. Either way, good call.

Ok I go now. Byebye!

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Siti and Gym

Ello boys and girls. Whassup? A quicky from me (erk, that sounded wrong). Tomorrow (well, today, really, since it's 1am now) I'll be interviewing Malaysia's most popular starlet, Siti Nurhaliza, for the magazine, so that oughta be really exciting! (Hmm. Should I not have posted that up on my blog? Hush hush and all that? Oh well. Too late now. And the delete button on my keyboard's gone wonky. Really it has. See. I'm trying to delete this sentence but I can't. Tra la la. Eh, what can you do.)

Anyhoo. Today I did the unthinkable and went back to the gym! Whoohoooo! Within ten minutes my back was a little achy all over again, but it wasn't too bad. And the gym has a pool, so I went for a little dip after. Shame that the pool is pretty small... when there are lotsa people in there, there's barely any room for any real exercise, so it becomes more like, well, a hotel swimming pool, really. Arf. And it kinda feels that way, too... it's on a rooftop, and there are all these deckchairs and palm trees around it, plus there's cheesy boyband music playing from the loudspeakers around the yard and in the water, I kid you not! Truly, there are these round waterproof speakers in the pool, so when you dip yer head under the water, you hear the music in full watery amplification! Pretty cool stuff. :)

Well, that's really all for now... gotta get some shut eye in preparation for tomorrow. Wish me luck, boys and girls!! Oh, I'm still gonna blog about tv shows, I haven't forgotten. Will do it as soon as... well, as soon as I get round to doing it, ROFL. Take care, ciao!!

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Outside Da Box

Hi everyone, how's it going? It's Thursday afternoon and I'm sitting in a Starbucks after an interesting interview with some theatre people this morning. Good stuff. More details if things develop, LOL. Meanwhile, my boss has implemented this whole "working outside the box" thing, which basically allows us (theoretically) to not have to be in the office to work on our assignments. The problem with that, I'm finding, is that it's a lot easier to slack off and do other things apart from work, even though I personally find it more conducive to work, say, sitting in a Starbucks than sitting in the office with the bright gaudy office chairs, LOL. Anyway. Just thinking aloud there...

Anyway, yesterday I did the most joyous thing in the world: I walked from my house to the shops and back again. Yes. Joyous. JOYOUS! Because it was the first time in about 10 months that I've done it without feeling pain in my lower back and leg, slipped discs bedamned!! YAYAY! Now, I don't want to jinx it, but isn't it kinda sad that it takes pain for you to appreciate simple things like WALKING? Sigh. My right leg's noticably weaker than the left though, in the sense that it gets tired more easily (eg weary muscles, like if you've been working out and your legs are ready to give in)... but I think a bit more walking, a lot more exercise and one more visit to the acupuncturist (eeeek!) might do the trick. Hey, I don't know if it's really the acupuncturist who has helped, but can it be a coincidence that it has twice markedly improved after twice getting needles jammed into my lower spine?! ROFL. Oy vey. Anyway, here's hoping it'll all get well 100% soon. And I can start focusing on losing all this depression weight, sigh. Moving right along.

.... To nothing. That's really all I wanted to say, arf. I'm still catching up on TV shows, so I'll give ya a rundown of my new favourites etc etc soon, but I hope everyone's enjoying season 2 of Heroes and Ugly Betty and oooo Season 2 of Brothers and Sisters mentioned Malaysia and made it sound like this godforsaken improverished war-torn country in need of missionary help from America... but I love that show, so I forgive them. (It was even really rather funny, hahahaha!) Okay that's all for now - until next time - be good!! ~nick ;)

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Blearghle

Hi all. Yup it's been a while. I've come down with an icky case of food poisoning, so am basically out of commission and am stuck at home, which isn't all that bad, since the new TV seasons have begun and I'm entertained by new seasons of old favourites and brand spanking new shows to boot. Will blog more about these premieres soon. Right now I'm just dropping in to say "I'm alive!" (barely!) and... well... yeah, that's really all. Am going to the doctor's soon. Made an appointment for lunch with a mate, but I don't think there's going to be much eating going on. I should cancel, but I feel bad since I've rainchecked so many times before. Ah well. Okay then, I go now. Be back later. Cheerio, ~N