October 9, 2009

In shocking news (that’s a joke), there was a national poll and the phrase that people found most annoying in the English language was (drumroll please)…”whatever.” 47 percent of all Americans said that there’s no phrase more annoying than “whatever.” (Runners  up were “you know,” “it is what it is” and “at the end of the day.”) Interestingly, the Midwest was more bothered by “whatever” than the Northeast (55% vs. 35%).

This is hilarious because Ken and I outlawed each other from saying this to one another many years ago — we literally have a “whatever” ban. (By the way, I tend to pronounce it in two distinct syllables for the most effective punch of attitude: “What. Ever.”)

Apparently most of the country should ban it from their vocab as well.

The Motherload

You may recall several weeks ago I predicted that the discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s would have a bonanza of good wares given the dismal retail sales most major stores have been experiencing these last few seasons. Well, get yourself to Loehmann’s — apparently Barneys unloaded all of the stuff that rich people didn’t buy over the spring and summer, and there are some sweet deals. We’re talking clothes, shoes, bags and sunglasses. For sure the Loehmann’s in NYC and Los Angeles were blessed with the goods; check out others and see if they got anything worthwhile.

Can it Be That Time of the Week Already???

If it’s Thursday, that means only one thing: Ken is here with the Single of the Week:

It ain’t easy being British. First, you come up with a great line like “the sun never sets on the British Empire,” and after a little while, the sun sets on the British Empire. Your lasting legacy to your colonial outposts is indiscriminately drawn nation state borders that inflame ethnic and tribal tensions for centuries to come…and cricket. And some yahoos at a town hall in Kansas are bashing your National Health Service as a model of bureaucratic and socialistic ineptitude. So you start a band that aims to be emotive and heartfelt, but you end up being termed wispy and spineless. Hang on, world! All Brits are wispy and spineless – you just have to get past that and see the substance underneath. Case in point: Animal Kingdom and their new release Signs and Wonders – an album that pulls from influences from around the pop/indie spectrum. Tin Man is but a taste:

Wake Up America

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been off the health care reform bandwagon lately. But Nicholas Kristof has a great piece in the Times today about taking away health insurance from Congress so they can see what it’s like to live life as many of their constituents do. The paragraph that most struck me is this:

“When nearly 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, we began wars and were willing to devote more than $1 trillion in additional expenses. Yet about the same number of Americans die from our failed insurance system every three weeks.”

Something to think about. If you want to read the full article, click here.


I’ve been laughing all day every time I think about the NJ governor’s race. It has gotten so ugly that Corzine is now doing ads poking fun at Christie’s sizeable heft. Stuff about how he “throws his weight around.” Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

I love being on the cusp of a Friday — so much promise to the weekend! Hope you all have something fabulous planned. Enjoy!


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