Monthly Archives: January 2009

my life on the D list

the 20/20 special was fun. while i barely showed up (two stills below taken with DVR playback pause and my iphone), pal christa got a prominent spot — they zoned in on her nametag and showed her laughing and talking with a dude. the show was interesting, and seeing video of the event was hilarious. between this and aretha’s appearance on cute with chris (thanks to John for submitting), we might even have :30 seconds of fame this week!

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TONIGHT, on 20/20

2020Back in July I attended a dating event hosted by Chemistry.com and ABC. It will be part of an ABC 20/20 special that airs tonight. I didn’t make any love connections there and, God help me, I hope I didn’t do anything dorky in front of the cameras.  I may not even show up in the segment, but you never know.  The special is titled “Why Him? Why Her? The Science of Seduction” and air tonight – Friday, Jan. 30th at 9 p.m. ET.

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col trivia

i wrote this up for facebook, but then i decided not to post there. it’s annoying. i don’t want to tag people and all that shit. so here you go, 25 random things about moi. xoxo

1)       I’ve had my hair all different colors – dark brown, light brown, platinum blonde, red. You name it, I’ve tried it.

2)       I think the iphone is overrated. Mon Dieu!

3)       I just finished watching the HBO original series “the wire.” It was incredible. I got so hooked I was staying up late at night watching multiple episodes back to back. My two favorite characters are Omar and Bubbs. Absolutely brilliant show, incredible, heartbreaking insights into the enduring presence of poverty and drugs in American cities.

4)       I love pranks. The more elaborate, the better. Please let them involve wearing wigs and tricking people into saying and doing absurd things.

5)       Some artists and thinkers I admire and feel connected to: Andy Warhol, Langston Hughes, W.H. Auden, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Albert Einstein.

6)       It is extremely difficult for me NOT to be online/connected.

7)       Ellen DeGeneres is my hero. What a talent. One day I want to go with Beth and Christy and be in the studio audience together.

8)       I am not in shape right now. I have fallen out of the mix and keep saying I will get back but I haven’t quite gotten myself there yet. I know I will – I always do. But for now I am like a veal in a wooden crate.

9)       I wrote my master’s thesis about how the notion of journalistic objectivity is a sham. The excessive media coverage of the media itself is testament to that. Not only in volume but in perspective. We are moving into a world where that’s becoming more apparent … and where everyone is an information broker – we all just have different perspectives (and motivators) and levels of expertise. So choose your sources wisely!

10)   I still keep in touch with my Australian pen pal, Sarah, who I started corresponding with in third grade. We wrote letters, sent pictures and tapes for years. She came and visited me ten years ago and we had an absolute blast. Now we connect over email, Facebook and AIM and threaten to Skype though that hasn’t happened just yet.

11)   My nephew Liam is the light of my life. He is a chubby, hilarious smiley boy. A good snuggle with him and all is well in the world.

12)   My favorite color is purple.

13)   The first crush I ever had was on a boy named Christopher Rose. We were classmates at Zion Lutheran preschool in Westwood, NJ. He made my little heart go pitter patter.

14)   I have deep knowledge of old school and 1990’s East Coast hip hop. I loved it (still do). I was obsessed.

15)   I watch The Bachelor. It makes me very uncomfortable. How awkward. How sad. But I love love love it.

16)   I live in a 4 floor walk up. My own daily Stairmaster.

17)   I love comedy. Watching it, enjoying it. And I admire those who can do it, and speculate about the misery of their souls.

18)   A poem I love: “Motto” by Langston Hughes: I stay cool, and dig all jive, / that’s the way I stay alive. / My motto, / as I live and learn, / is / Dig and be dug / In return.

19)   My cat plays fetch.

20)   My goal for 2009 is to stop trying and just allow myself to BE.

21)   I have a big brother and a little brother and exhibit many middle child qualities. Embarrassing but true.

22)   Coming up with 25 things is a struggle. Ostentatious bragging is embarrassing… how to come up with this many nonchalantly self-reverential notes ain’t easy!

23)   I am not a fan of most breakfast foods – eggs, sausage, French toast. Don’t like it, won’t eat it!

24)   My signature shoes are Vans, boots and flip flops. I don’t like heels or anything else that causes me pain and bad posture.

25)   I don’t read novels anymore. I get my fiction and fantasy via video these days – movies and television.

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the cat in the hat

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my darling cat, aretha, sporting the inauguration hat worn by her namesake, the Queen of Soul.

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monday morning dance party!

it’s cold as a mofo out there in NYC. but it’s hot here on colsblog.

stop the hate, appreciate! “i’m hot” by erik sermon.

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the big 4-O

wedding

today is my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. amazing. and man they did keep those vows — for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. not that it’s been easy, but they did what they said they would and i am proud of that. congrats mom & dad!

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letting go

The trade-off for not feeling lonely and being close to others is that on occasion, some of those people, a small minority of them, will fail us. Some people that we think well of will let us down. And some times in a few very rare instances, that connection to that trusted person will be irreparable. This price is worth it though when we look around at all the people we have trusted and loved and can appreciate how full and rich our lives are as a result of those people.

And there is one additional bright side to betrayal as well: it opens the way for us to make room for others who will come into our lives some time down the road. I think of it as clearing out the cobwebs, getting my priorities back in line. We no longer need to invest in someone who disappointed us – we can just let them go.
And there’s always Joan Jett’s take:

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