Saturday, June 28, 2008

Second String

As I had mentioned previously, we're going to a wedding on the Fourth a July. And no, we're NOT HAPPY about this. A friend of mine commented that only very rarely does a Fourth of July happen to fall on a long weekend day and to take away that long weekend from everyone who has to be at the wedding (guests and also the catering staff) is not okay. Fine. Fine. Fine. Enough ranting about this stupid freaking wedding already!

Yesterday, Peter got invited to the bachelor party, which of course, is being held on Saturday. That's right. 2 days notice.

I mean, which is ruder? Not getting invited to an event or getting invited two days before the event? You might as well tell the person that a lot of other people couldn't make it and now you're calling the second string people. I'm annoyed whenever people are phony and I think this is a completely asshole thing to do. Just man up and not invite a person at all instead of using the "I invited him two days before the event so I invited him" rationalization.

Every day I get more and more annoyed that this wedding is going to be on the Fourth.

But I'm not the only one. Peter's nephew put down a "plus one" on his response (according to his grandmother) so I asked him who he was bringing.

"Oh. I'm not bringing anyone."

"You can't do that! They have to pay for that plate!"

"Uhm. They're getting married on the Fourth of July. That's my 'fuck you' in return for their 'fuck you.'"

Isn't family grand?

Friday, June 27, 2008

Thank God It Wasn't Acoustic

One of my many 35th birthday presents this year were two tickets to the 15th anniversary of Liz Phair's "Exile in Guyville" concert. 15 YEARS!!!! Yah, we're old.

When Peter and I first met, he loved that album. And then when he met me, it was one of the only CDs I ever kept in my car, so we would listen to it over and over and over again. Finally, it got to the point that he declared that we must exile "Exile in Guyville." It's truly one of the best angsty break-up albums ever created. I love breakup albums. Listening to those songs has the same effect as reading my stupid journal entries from college. Nostalgic and sad and happy all at the same time.

Right before we left the house for the concert, Peter went on the internet and found this website announcing that Liz Phair was going to play an acoustic show.

Peter was VERY upset and said he NEVER WOULD HAVE BOUGHT the tickets if he had known it was going to be an ACOUSTIC show. How the hell is she supposed to play all those songs acoustically?

When we got to the concert venue, Peter asked me if I could see a drum kit on stage. There were a zillion million people there and I'm shorter than he is, so I don't know why he was asking me. He ran up a set of stairs and came back with a HUGE smile on his face because the drum kit? IT WAS THERE!!!!


The awesome thing was that there wasn't a terrible opening band. Liz Phair came on a few minutes after showtime and played the whole album. She looked adorable and halfway through the concert, she took a few steps back and I saw that she was wearing the teeny-tiniest pair of shorts. Yes, it took me about an hour to get a glimpse of her legs because of all the tops of heads in front of me. Why do all the tallest people insist on being right up front at a concert? Tall people suck.

It was an awesome concert. I loved my birthday present.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

What's Wrong With Liz Cho's Feet?

Every week I get about 15 people on my website because they put in the keywords "Liz Cho Feet." It's the second most popular keyword phrase for my website. I didn't think anything about it, because I know that there are foot fetishists out there, so I'm sure "blah-blah-famous-celebrity" plus "feet" would rank high on any list of words searched.

However, today I was telling someone this story and she said, "Well now I'm worried. Is there something wrong with Liz Cho's feet? Maybe she has really deformed feet."

Now I'm worried too.

I'm also worried about her hair. Those people at ABC News don't know how to make Asian hair look nice.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

That is Incredible

My favorite shows growing up were Little House on the Prairie and The Incredible Hulk. They were the perfect bookends to my school week. Little House on Mondays and Hulk on Fridays.

I became obsessed with The Hulk ever since my parents took me to the Universal Theme Park in Hollywood, CA where I actually got to meet The Hulk. I begged and begged my parents to buy me The Hulk dining set, which included; a plastic plate with three grooves cut out for your basic food groups, a plastic cereal bowl, and a plastic mug. All emblazoned with The Hulk in various states of Hulkiness.

My parents were not cheap, but when we first arrived in this country, my father didn't earn much money, so I didn't have many things growing up. It was pretty amazing whenever I asked for something and actually got it. I got a lot of mileage out of that purchase because for years I would not eat one meal without using that dining set.

I am convinced that I met the actual Hulk, but Peter insists that it must have been a stunt guy. After I met him I got to lift up a yellow and orange van with my mother. These events are as clear to me as something that happened two minutes ago. I'm pretty certain that it was the actual Hulk no matter what he says.

I love The Hulk as if he were a member of my family. And every week, as I watched the last few minutes of the show -- hearing that sad musical refrain (do doo do doo do dooo) as Bill Bixby walks with his head bent low down a dirt path -- I would be close to tears.

A few years ago, I was extremely excited to experience Ang Lee's "Hulk." Oscar-award-winner director, my favorite television character of all time, Jennifer Connelly, etc. etc. This was going to be the greatest cinematic feature of all time!

Of course, the first sign of trouble was Eric Bana, he of the ruination of all things cinematic. Only he could make revenge-seeking Jewish assassins boring (Munich). But I was still keeping that flame of hope alive...until I went to see the movie. Which was the biggest disappointment EVER.

So now, there's this new Hulk movie, and I had extra-bigger-high-hopes for this one. Ed Norton's in it, and he doesn't ruin movies! He's in Fight Club and Red Dragon and he's been nominated for Oscars...

ALAS! I hear through the grapevine that this new Hulk movie is even more of a disaster than the original. So I asked my sister yesterday while she was over my place:

"Why can't they make a good movie about The Hulk? I mean, it's all there...The gamma-radiation, the great protagonist, the villain who thinks he's doing the right thing even though he isn't, it's like The Fugitive on ACID. This movie can practically write itself. Why can't people just put it together properly?"

"I know," she said. "What's so INCREDIBLE about THE INCREDIBLE HULK is that they can't make a great movie out of this. That's the INCREDIBLE part."

Monday, June 23, 2008


We've been taking the dogs to the Kensico Dam for early evening walks this spring. It's good exercise for us and the dogs and it's actually brought us all closer together. The dogs have been happier and they're actually more affectionate.

Walks are bonding. Cesar was right!

The great thing about this park is that they have dog poop bag dispensers all over the place and yesterday I got one and noticed that it was bio-degradable! This is very good news because I've just been made aware of all the terrible plastic that's going in landfills everywhere to never break down and piling up all over the planet.

So when Rocky pooped, Peter picked it up with the bio-degradable bag and said, "Gross! This bag almost broke on me!"

I guess that's the thing with bio-de-breakable-degradable bags.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Worried About Making Friends

My sister Jenny is heading off to Africa in a few days, a continent that no one in my immediate family has ever set foot on. I have no idea why she's even interested in this kind of thing, but she's been taking Swahili for the past few years and now she's taking her new language skills out on a test run.

As the day of her departure approaches, I get more and more nervous.

Because I'm so much older than her, I feel a bit more parental toward her than the normal sibling relationship: kind of like a third parent, but one with no power, sort of like a step-mother. I remember when we brought her home from the hospital -- my mother held Jenny in her arms as we rode the car home. Internally, I was freaking out because I felt that it was highly unsafe for this fragile baby to be transported in the car without any protective gear. But I kept this to myself. My parents were not the type of people who liked to be told what they ought to be doing by a teenager. And by my parents, I mean my father.

When we got her home, my father placed her on the crib mattress on the floor in the living room so that we could all look at her. She hardly weighed anything at all when you held her; it didn't seem normal. That day, I kept rushing to her side to check to make sure she was breathing. It's a good thing that she was a pleasant baby because I jostled her about five times an hour during her first few days of life. I think my paranoia irritated my parents.

Watching her prepare to leave for Africa, I get the same kind of feeling I got when we brought her home. I want to stuff her in a car seat and surround her with a dozen air bags, but she still has to go out into the world on her own. And the world she wants to go to is Africa.

The other day I asked her if she was scared.

"Yeah, I am scared," she admitted. "I'm scared that I'm going to be really lonely there and I'm not going to make friends. Or that no one is going to like me."

"WHAT? You're scared you're not going to MAKE FRIENDS? Aren't you scared that you're going to get robbed or mugged?"

"Uhmmm... Yeah, I guess I'm a little scared of that too."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Suitcase Story

When my sister came over our place to help out with our tag sale, she saw that I had two of my mother's suitcases in the basement. I told her that one of them was broken, which we didn't discover until I tried to close it while the taxi was already waiting at our front door.

"Oh," she said. "That suitcase has been broken for a while. I knew about that."

Which begs the question: Why did my mother lend me a busted suitcase?

This is the sort of things she does, which makes me think that she lives in a parallel universe, one in which suitcases miraculously fix themselves.

This busted suitcase caused Peter and me a tremendous amount of stress. Do you have any idea how frustrating it is after spending two hours finally managing to squeeze everything we wanted to bring into the suitcase -- only to discover that we couldn't lock it? All this so that we could check our bags for once in our lives.

(This came after an hour-long conversation on checking vs. not-checking, with me always on the side of not-checking because I grew up as a paranoid New Yorker. I haven't checked a bag in about fifteen years. I have really bad luck with checking because my bags are always sent to Alaska whenever I'm going to any other location. Peter finally won the debate by saying, "I will BUY YOU a new WHATEVER GETS LOST if we can PLEASE CHECK THE STUPID FREAKIN' BAGS!)

Luckily (I thought), I had borrowed not one, but TWO suitcases from my mom for precisely this event. But as it turns out, I should have borrowed THREE suitcases because the other one was missing its keys, keys my mother forgot to include when she lent me the suitcase. So we ended up having to not-check our bags. And we are now going to buy our own suitcases so that we will know what our suitcase situation is at all times. And no one is allowed to borrow our suitcases because that would put the knowledge of our suitcase situation into jeopardy once again, and we can't have that.

However, I did find a couple of my dad's bank statements and some important papers in his suitcase. When I told my mother about it, she said, "So THAT's where it went! Your dad is SOOO disorganized. We would NEVER have found that paperwork if you hadn't borrowed the suitcase!"

The sad thing is that I have inherited my father's keen sense of organization. Which drives Peter Up. The. Wall.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Is That a Bat?

Tonight Peter steamed some cauliflower and totally forgot about it. About half an hour later, we're watching late night television and we hear this squeaking and whistling noise. Peter keeps saying, "Pause the TV!" and, "What's that noise?" The best one was, "Is that a bat?"

I told him that it sounded like a rice cooker.

Finally, he got up and walked around the apartment, something a normal person would have done the second he heard that noise. When he got to the kitchen, he said, "Oh yeah! I'm steaming cauliflower!"

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Help Us!!!!

Today I went to see Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

It was bad.

You know it's a bad movie when everyone sitting around us is checking their watches every few minutes.

My sister and I went to the theater at 62nd street and Lex. It's one of those strange movie theaters in NYC that go up and up and up. It's more vertical than horizontal, and when we walked in, the ticket taker told us that the restrooms were on the first floor, which is downstairs.

I needed to pee because I always need to pee. Peter says that I have the bladder of an 80-year-old woman.

We went to the bathroom and took the escalator up, but when we got to that level, the only other escalator was coming down to us. We tried to run up the down escalator, but then other people started to come down.

Immediately, I scream at these people:

"Get help! We're STUCK! Don't come down! Get help!"

And only in New York would this group of people completely ignore us and walk past open the exit door located right behind me.

Monday, June 09, 2008


Two days ago, on the hottest day ever created, my condo had its annual tag sale. I thought that it would be a great opportunity to get rid of stuff that I didn't want to move into my new place.

My very first problem was that I didn't have any tables to put the stuff on, so my sister suggested that I put towels and blankets on the floor. She is a veteran of many tag sales and garage sales, so that's what I did. She was also oh-so-nice enough to actually come and help me with the sale since Peter said in no uncertain terms that he would NOT be helping me AT ALL and that I WAS CRAZY to even try to attempt to sell my junk.

At around 9:42am, I called my sister, who said she would be here at 8:30am - she's usually punctual, but when I called, her sleepy voice said, "Oh, crap."

At 10am, I laid down a dozen towels and loaded all my stuff onto them... BY MYSELF while Peter was sleeping soundly in bed. Although he did at one point open up one eyelid and say, "You aren't going to ask me to help you, are you? Because this is a really stupid idea and you are ON YOUR OWN."


Jenny got there by 10:30am and said, "Hey! I brought all my crap...uh...I meant...GREAT STUFF!"

After she laid all her stuff out, we had a mass of people come by who bought some clothes, a bar of soap, my 4 tubes of Aquafresh toothpaste, and a bunch of rags. As I looked at all my things, I said to Jenny:

"Y'know. When I put all this stuff together, I thought it was great stuff, but now that they're all laid out on the asphalt, it kind of looks like just a bunch of crap no one is going to want."

"Don't feel bad," Jenny said. "I mean, if it was stuff you wanted, you wouldn't be trying to sell it."

"I just wished I had better things to sell...but why would I want to sell my good things?"

"My point exactly."

Our big accomplishment of the day was selling a HUGE stuffed dog Jenny's friend won at Great Adventure, and has been sitting in our house for 4 years causing my parents mountains of distress. But whenever we told them to just throw it out, my mother wouldn't because she said that some kid out in the world is going to LOVE this stupid stuffed dog, so she felt bad just chucking it out.

Well, we found her. This little girl asked me how much we were selling the dog for and I said, "A Dollar!"

Her mom smiled and gave me a dollar and the look on that little girl's face was priceless. This whole tag sale idea was worth it if only to see that expression on her face, because after 6 hours of standing in 95 degree sunstrokey weather, we made about 80 dollars.

At 4pm, I told Peter, "You know what valuable lesson I learned from all this? I learned that I should just throw out my junk because it just isn't worth all this effort for 80 bucks."

"You couldn't of figured that out before?"

I guess not.

Friday, June 06, 2008

It's Gonna Be a Rude Wedding

A few days ago, I went to an editor's meeting at the magazine I work for and someone said something about the 4th of July. I said, "Oh, I can't go to that. I have to go to a wedding that day."

"A WEDDING on the FOURTH OF JULY!!!! HOW RUDE!!!!" One of the interns practically shouted this in my ear and I almost passed out from the fright.

Someone else said, "Who has a wedding on the fourth of July?"

The intern said, "Well, I hope you didn't get them a GIFT because you OBVIOUSLY aren't GOING!"

I said, "Well, I kind of have to go because it's my husband's nephew's wedding. And not only do I have to get them a gift, I'm going to have to give cash."

This reaction was really strange to me. More so because the intern who thinks it's SO RUDE is actually Australian, and it's kind of funny that his ire got all tangled up in his panties. The general consensus all around the table was that this person who is planning his wedding on the Fouth of July should be punished forever and mean things were said about him by complete strangers. Things like:

"He doesn't want people to attend. That way he gets the gifts without having to pay for meals."
"He wants to ruin everyone's weekend."
"He's cheap."
"He is really self-centered."
"He wants you to sit in traffic for a million years."
"He wants everyone at the wedding to resent him."

I am very upset that I have to give up my fourth of July because this is the only holiday I have with my family. My parents own a restaurant that is open on Christmas (because they have a lot of Jewish customers) and New Year's. The fourth of July is the only day they close the restaurant and we all get together to have dinner at a nice place and watch the fireworks. The fact that I have to go to this wedding really makes my sister mad and every time it gets mentioned she whines and says, "But that's OUR holiday! They get Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas! They can't take the fourth of July too! It's not fair!"

Those Catholics are so damned selfish.

I guess it's a good thing no one in my culture gets married in July, because it is the Month of Death and a very unlucky month for marriages. Plus, the number 4 in Chinese actually sounds like "death." So no Chinese person would EVER get married on the fourth of any month, least of all the Month of Death, but then again, fireworks is good luck so perhaps they cancel each other out?

But I wouldn't chance it by having a fourth of July wedding. Hey, 1.3 billion people can't be wrong, right?

What do you think Internet? Is it extremely rude to have a wedding on the fourth of July?

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Late Night Shenanigans

The other day I was taking the dogs out at three in the morning. Which is pretty normal in our household because we're up until 4am almost every other day.

One time a friend of mine who claimed to be a night owl came over our house and when he started to nod off at 2am, I complained and he said:

"I said I was a NIGHT PERSON. I never claimed to be a PRE-DAWN PERSON!!!!"

And I had to be all, "Sorry dude."

Anyway, so I am walking over to the garbage can with a plastic bag full of poop and I maneuver past all these cars that are parked along the garbage bin. I do this illegal thing where I toss the bag over the fence and it lands into the bin. The tossing over the fence is AGAINST THE CONDO ASSOCIATION RULES, but we live like rebels.

As I maneuver back out of the line of cars, I almost DIE OF A HEART ATTACK!!!!

The reason I nearly dropped dead right on the spot?

Some creepy guy with googly-eyes in parking spot #22 is talking on a cell phone and looking at me with the eyes of one of Satan's minions.

I let out a stifled scream. It was a scream that started in the back of my throat and was muffled right away by the fact that I remembered that it was 3AM IN THE MORNING and did not want to wake up everyone in Mt. Kisco.

I'm actually quite proud of my scream. In high school, my friends said it was a total Vickie-Vale-played-by-Kim-Basinger-sampled-by-Prince-in-his-Batman-song kind of scream. A genuine horror-flick scream.

Although now that I think about it, maybe I should have just let it rip because then THAT MAN'S WIFE would wake up and see whatever the hell this guy was up to. Because if you're hiding in your car talking on your cell phone in the middle of the night - you are so not living your life right.