Crazy Like A…Person Trying to Avoid the Holiday Crowds

December 11, 2009

I’ve been having these annoying reverberations in my sinuses when I speak — it’s like having an echo in your head — and it’s driving me crazy!

Have you all had it with the holiday shopping? I sure have. So why not go to the movies? We took Austin to see Fantastic Mr. Fox, and we all enjoyed it.The stop motion animation is flat out beautiful, and the vocal talent is top notch — George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray are all stand outs. I am not a huge lover of kids movies, but I do appreciate a well crafted film, whatever the target, and this sure qualifies. The dialogue is very fast-paced and I wasn’t sure Austin (who’s 5) was catching everything, but when we discussed the film afterwards, he had a true grasp of the plot and the finer nuances. So maybe most filmmakers underestimate their kid audiences! (Come to think of it, most filmmakers underestimate every audience. That’s why there’s Fast and Furious 2. And 3. And 4.) Thumbs up! Few things are truly fun for the whole family, but this just might be. Give it a try.

Single of the Week

Here’s Ken:

I was going to write about “Hard” by Rihanna and featuring Young Jeezy but felt that sticking to Jeezy would be the way to go. A few years back, his album “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101” made it clear that the south ruled the hip-hop universe. The single “My Hood” is a summertime favorite of mine, its sweet steel drum-like hook pounding out of the open windows of my Corolla with my kids safely restrained in their car seats in back. As a follow up, Jeezy only predicted with startling accuracy the global financial meltdown with the release of his album “The Recession” the day after Labor Day 2008. Check out how an economic savant drops his beats:

Maybe You Should Switch to Kashi

General Mills gave word this week that it will reduce the amount of sugar in 12 of its popular kids cereals, including Cocoa Puffs. Those cereals, even with less sugar, are just like giving your kids a bowl of sugar in the am. It’s so gross. They say it’s because sugar has been linked to so many health problems. Given that, maybe we should all find an alternative for those bowls of Cookie Crisp cereal.

Welcome to Times Square, George

George Stephanopoulos is taking over for Chris Cuomo and JuJu Chang is taking over for Diane Sawyer (or maybe it’s vice versa) over at Good Morning America. Guess Anderson Cooper is locked into his CNN contract! I’ve met both George and Robin Roberts, and she is going to tower over him! Good luck on that, camera men. I think he’ll be standing on a lot of apple boxes.

Etc.

It has been a weird day. Someone was shot dead by the cops outside of my office building this morning — apparently he shot first — so that kind of set an odd tone. When I went outside around 2:30, the whole block was still cordoned off with police tape.

This weekend is seriously jam-packed. If I get done all that I need to get done, I should get some sort of prize! (Any excuse to buy something.) We’ve got the whole family coming over for Hannukah, which should be fun.

Happy Hannukah to those of you who celebrate! Delicious latkes with sour cream and apple sauce to all. Hope you get some nice little treats!

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