la Ketch

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Thursday, March 30, 2006


Friday, March 24, 2006

Lu Lu Eightball by Emily Flake

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

American Idol Recap

I can honestly say that this is the by far the best American Idol season so far. The competition is stiff people! Last night's show was so good with many top notch performances. My only regret is that I now have to concede to the fact that Ace is bound to get axed soon. He's still cute but he's just not good enough and he's nervous and stiff as hell. You may remember that early on I picked Paris to win it. She'll definitely be in it to the final weeks but I think it's going to be Mandisa & Katherine in the end. I know that everyone has their panties in a bundle about Chris but his "own style" is going to get boring after a while and Mandisa and Catherine are simply better singers. Paris too has an amazing, amazing voice and she's a fabulous performer but her, as Simon put it, "wind up doll" way of presenting herself may hurt her in the end.

It's still anybody's game. The performances last night were really consistently good. Taylor was not the best last night but he'll stick with it. I think Bucky is going to get cut this week. It's got to be him. He was horrible.

So here's my revised list:

Top Five:


To Win:

Either Mandisa or Katherine - I can't tell yet.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Top o the Mornin!

Update: I bought the ticket, not on priceline. It wasn't sooo cheap but I'm going and I'm excited to see my friend Rachel and also to spend a couple days in Jolly old England. Perhaps we'll go to "Ye Old Cheshire Cheese", where Dup and I went with Rodley when we were there on our honeymoon. The ghost of Charles Dickens will join at your table if you are lucky.

My cousin and his wife are coming to visit us this weekend. It's a little overwhelming to have house guests, expecially with Eliott because he howls incessantly at intruders. It's cute for about the first five or six howls, then it becomes uncomfortable like, "huh, is this beagle ever going to stop howling?" He does eventually. Stop. I'm excited to get to spend some time with my cousins though. It's going to be a whirlwind but I think it will be fun.

Today I'm wearing bright green pants and everyone in the office is like, "hey! green pants!"

Thursday, March 16, 2006

don't buy these shoes

Damn bitches, it feels like friday but it's thursday! I'm so bored that I almost just bought a plane ticket on priceline to pass time. I really came so close. I pulled out my wallet and was typing my credit card number in there. My inner monologue, "Don't worry, you'll never get the ticket at this low of a price." Something stopped me though. I was finally like, "You are most certainly going to regret this." So I closed out of it. I'm glad I did. It wasn't completely random. I want to go visit my friend in London and I've been planning it but unable to find a cheap fare. I probably should go Priceline but what if they make me lay over in Iceland?

Today is my SIX YEAR anniversary living in New York. I moved on March 16th, 2000. I had a very heavy heart when I moved for I was leaving behind my sweet true love, THE DUP, the only man who has ever treated me right, that hot hot hunk of burning love. I hoped and prayed that he would follow me out here and we would move in together and get married and guess what?! That's exactly what happened.

Now I'm hoping he follows me back West... oh la Ketch! Will ye ever be satisfied?!

I'm a little upset that Ace ended up in the bottom three last night. I'm talking about American Idol Bitches! He's too cute to go out so soon. Thank God he ended up being safe. We all knew Melissa would bite it but you never know. America votes and America is stupid!

I wish American Idol was on every night so that I could feel alive like that more than twice a week. Tonight I will be forced to read my Russian Classic Novel, which actually I love and I'm nearly finished with and it has me hanging on the edge of my seat. It's a little book called, "Crime and Punishment." Heard of it? Well believe the hype! It's good! I'm sure you've already read it... don't tell me how it ends. I'm kind of guessing he gets away with it though...

Speaking of getting away with it and Crime and Punishment, this is old news but Dup and I went to see "Match Point" a couple of weeks ago and I was really excited to see it and it blew me away. I loved every single part of it. Even stuff that should have bugged me or been unbelievable didn't bug me because I just loved this film. I was completely in it, completely, to the point that when we came out of the theatre, I had forgotten which theatre we were even at. I don't mean like theatre 3 or 4. I mean, I thought we were at the Angelica and we were at the Lowes by Union Square. I was out of it from being so into it. A couple of days before we watched "Match Point", we watched "Crash". I hated "Crash" when we were watching it, even though I loved Matt Dillon, and watching "Match Point" made me loathe "Crash", especially the use of music. I really resented the crappy, syrupy music that played under every scene in that crappy, syrupy movie, music meant to manipulate your emotions and force you to cry about the state of humanity. FUCK YOU STUPID MUSIC. Then there was the music in the film "Match Point" that to me seemed like an actual character in the film, that was intrinsic to the film. The fact that "Crash" won best picture and "Match Point" wasn't even nominated just makes the Academy Awards stupider than ever. What morons!!!

Eliott has a God Mother who is the girl who lives downstairs in our building who walks him during the week while we are at work. She took him to get blessed at the church she goes to. He got water thrown on him by the priest. Now he is for sure going to heaven. I will not be seeing him there. She is eleven and she has recently become obsessed with fashion and labels. All of her friends are getting Ugg boots and she wanted me to buy her some on the internet with my credit card and she would give me the money. For whatever reason, I just really didn't want to do this. I told her, "You know you're going to spend all of your money on these boots and they are going out of fashion. Next year, you won't want to wear them, trust me. Ugg boots were popular when I was in the 8th grade and then they fell out of fashion. Now they are popular again but they will fall out of fashion soon." I didn't have the heart to tell her that they already are out of fashion but I was implying it with my tone. Then, last night she was over hanging out with Eliott and I, chatting us up (she talks non-stop) and she said to me, "Yesterday we had to write an essay in school about things that used to be in style that are in style again and I wrote about how Ugg Boots were popular in the 1980's and now they are popular again. It's so nice when you tell me things about history."

History?! I think she was making it up but I still laughed. "I got an A for it," she said. History indeed!!

Tomorrow is Friday. TGIF. My vacation really is over now. Time passes! Life goes on! Uggs go in and out of fashion. Whatever you do people, please, please for the love of God do not buy Crocs. They are so fucking ugly. Please, don't buy them.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Charlize Theron Attacks!!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Thinkin' dirty thoughts about the fat man indeed...

Alas, we have not got the cable. I wonder if I've ever lamented this fact as much as I do today. Especially because I'm SICK with this stupid chest cold and would love to just sit and watch good television and ALSO especially because "BIG LOVE" is premiering right afterwards and it looks so good. What a brilliant premise for a show. The drama is built right in.... ho hum.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006


photos from the trip

la Ketch @ the airport in St. Thomas
View of Maho Bay where our camp was
Dup @ "Skinny Legs" over rated hippy reastaurant.
Our cozy cottage
Dup out on the deck
Looking up from the deck, can you find the Iguana?
Dup on the beach
View from the beach

Walk ways with cute names like this connect everything in the camp.
We lived off of "iguana alley"

View from the Pavilion where we ate dinner most nights.
The food was really good.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


I'm back! I'm back! Jason Grote was right. It was awesome. I have been dreaming about going to St. John for over 3 years now and I began to fear that it wouldn't be all that I hoped but guess what?! It was just as I had hoped. There were mishaps. I will tell you about the mishaps. There were a few rain showers. There were less frozen/blended drinks available than I would have preferred but PEOPLE THE PLACE IS CRAZY!!! Those pictures you've seen are REAL. I know some of you have probably been there before, so I don't mean to condescend but maybe some of you haven't and to you I say - those pictures are real. The water really is that crazy turquoise and the sand is really fine and a white and soft and the water really is warm. It's expensive. God it's too expensive. We spent way more than we should have but it was really fun.

The place we stayed in is called an "Eco-Camp" and all of the cabins are built into the side of the mountain with recycled materials. It's all covered in screen and tarp and you really are basically sleeping outside. There were huge freaking iguanas crawling all over the trees above our cabin. You could hear them crawling around and at one point I saw six of them. Ther are like 3 feet long from nose to tail and they are harmless, gentle, leaf eating creatures but they look scary like dinosaurs. Also, little baby lizards all over the cabin, INSIDE. I got freaked out at first until I learned that A. they are considered good luck and B. they eat bugs. After that, I liked to see them.
The cabin has a little coleman propane stove and a cooler and some basic pots, pans and utensils. We cooked our breakfast of bacon and eggs every morning and we even made pancakes. The food is super expensive there because it's on an island and they have this thing at the camp called the "take it or leave it" shelf. When people are leaving they leave stuff they didn't eat there and you can take it! From that shelf we got a whole thing of peanut butter, a whole thing of jelly, some salt and pepper and a package of spaghetti. We didn't eat the spaghetti and so we put it back on the shelf when we left. Then we joked that the spaghetti had been in "take it or leave it" circulation since 1987. Then we started personifying the food and giving each product a voice. The spaghetti had a real up beat attitude but the soy sauce was depressed.

I didn't get a tan or a sunburn because I wore 45 all over. Dup got a splotchy sun burn which he always gets because he misses spots. He now has crazy red patches on his chest and leg that look like birthmarks. I didn't get bitten by mosquitoes or sand fleas because I was constantly covering myself in bug spray. I did however GET SPEARED BY A SEA URCHIN!!

There was one big meltdown on the trip (aka fight) which I will tell you about now because, of course it makes the best story and all of the wonderful stuff is totally boring and will only make you jealous and hate me.

It was our last full day there and I decided that we should go to a snorkeling spot that many people were going to that is supposed to have amazing fish. It's about a 45 min hike from our campground, then you snorkel out about 200 yards to a "Cay" which is like a baby island, and snorkel around that. It has a lot of coral and therefore a lot of fish and you are supposed to be able to see sea turtles and rays and crazy colored fish. Dup had never been snorkeling before. I hadn't been in a while but I grew up having a boat and my parents were scuba divers and I had even been certified to scuba dive when I was younger and I have snorkeled a fair share. Also, I grew up swimming in the ocean and I feel comfortable out there even when the water is a bit choppy. Dup - not so much. He can swim, just not super strong in the ocean and I can be less than patient with him when I am better at something than he is. I can actually be quite mean.

We got the snorkel gear the day before and practiced around our small beach. He did okay but kept getting water in his mask and swallowing salt water and having to stop to take breaks. I'd be like, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WE'VE GOT TO SWIM HERE!" I was acting like someone was timing us or we were on an army mission to see pretty fish or something. Poor Dup was trying really hard not to be a wimp but it was overwhelming to him and when he gets overwhelmed he internalizes and shuts down.

That last day we hiked to where the Cay is and the hike was super nice. It was a beautiful day, 80 degrees, sunny with some white puffy clouds and a nice breeze. We were in a good mood. At one point dup pulled a cell phone out of his pocket and checked the time. I was like, "Why did you bring your cell phone?" and he was like, "I didn't bring my cell phone. I brought your cell phone." So he had my cell phone in the pocket of his swim trunks and all I could think to myself was, "What a fucking moron. He is for sure going to jump in that water with my cell phone still in his pocket." But I said nothing because I am just as much of a moron as he is.

We got there, put on our gear and we were off! It was an easy swim across. Dup was doing well but he didn't keep up with me. He kept going off in a different direction and it was pissing me off. I was like, "TRY TO FOLLOW ME." I was speaking to him like an army sergeant complete with condescending tone. We started to see some cool fish and I noticed that the reef was really laid out in front of us. I wanted to get around and see something really cool but I noticed Dup was way back behind me just sort of floating and looking at some fish - which is what one is supposed to do when one is snorkeling but I was racing against the invisible, non-existent clock. I had to go back and get him. That time I shouted, "YOU HAVE GOT TO START KICKING HERE OR WE'RE NEVER GOING TO GET AROUND THIS THING." Again, like we were doing a "Survivor" task or something. Dup really took this command to heart and started kicking up a storm, completely ruining my visibility with all of his thrashing. He took off ahead of me and I followed him grumbling about how I couldn't see anything because of his kicking. He couldn't win.

Then, gleaming a few feet ahead of me, I saw something shimmering on the ocean floor, reflecting the light of the sun like a piece of forgotten treasure. I knew immediately what it was, a cell phone and not just any cell phone, my fucking cell phone. "That moron bastard. I'm going to kill him." I held my breath, kicked down to the bottom and grabbed it with my right hand. I was so furious that I was thrashing with my eyes closed and as I swam up, I rammed my hand into the reef and felt something cut into it. When I got up with the cell phone in my hand I could see that my finger was bleeding and that I had these purple spikes sticking out of it. I immediately paniced and started hyperventilating. I was convinced that I had been stuck by something poisonous. I recognized the spikes as being from a sea urchin. All I could remember about sea urchins was that "Simpsons" episode where Homer goes to the sushi restaurant and eats the sea urchin that is prepared in the wrong way and because they are highly poisonous he has only 3 hours to live. My finger hurt really bad and it was really bleeding. Of course, all I could think then was, "BLOOD ATTRACTS SHARKS." And that was it, I was officially freaking out.

Dup was way ahead by this time, oblivious that I had fallen behind. I started swimming ferociously toward him. If I was going to die I would be taking him with me. I was screaming his name but he couldn't hear me over the sound of his own kicking and his breath in the snorkel. Finally he looked up. I raised my hand up in the air clutching my cell phone like Marion raises her hand up holding the amulet in "Indiana Jones". But instead of saying, "You got yourself a God Damned partner!" like she says to Indy, I said to Dup, "YOU DROPPED MY CELL PHONE YOU MOTHERFUCKER!!!"
He just bobbed there kicking in place. I swam up to him. "AND I'VE BEEN STUCK IN THE FINGER BY A SEA URCHIN WHICH I THINK IS POISONOUS." He told me to swim to the rocks but I refused. I wanted to swim to the sand. We did. I got out and threw a fit, swearing at him in every language I know. I only speak English. He felt horrible. My finger was beginning to swell up. It hurt. We swam back to where are stuff was. We got changed. We marched back along the shore in silence.

At one point we ran into our neighbors from the cabin next to us. We had told them we were going snorkeling out there that day and they said they were headed out too and maybe they'd see us. They were like, "Hey there! How was it?" Of course I immediately snaped out of my "seething monster, must get to an emergency room" mood and into my "I'm handling this with a sense of humor it's probably nothing but I should get it checked out" mood. Dup thought he was out of the forrest. I was laughing with them, showing them my finger (which they agreed looked gross and should be checked out because it was completely swelling and purple). As soon as we leave them though, I was right back in it. We walked for a while and then Dup was like, "Are you still pissed?" and I was like, "Yeah I'm fucking pissed! What do you fucking think!" and he was like, "I have to go to the bathroom." and I was like, "FINE I'LL SEE YOU BACK AT CAMP!" He stayed with me. Smart guy. +-But then he did something equally not so smart by saying this to me, "I don't know why you have to be so pissed off. There's a fifty-fifty chance you're fine so why don't you just look on the bright side and hope you're going to be ok."

I screamed the following back at him so loudly that I'm sure everyone on the island could hear me, "THERE'S A FIFTY PERCENT CHANCE THAT I'M NOT GOING TO DIE SO I SHOULD JUST CHEER UP AND HOPE FOR THE BEST?!

The rest of the walk was silent.
When we got back to camp I walked up to the main desk with panic in my eyes. They could see me coming. I was pretty sure I wasn't going to die at this point but I was also fairly convinced that we would be spending the rest of our vacation in some crappy emergency room.

I told the woman what happened. She said it happens all the time to snorkelers in the area. There's nothing I can do. The spikes are made of calcium and they will eventually dissolve in my finger. They are completely harmless. Don't pick at them with tweezers. Just let them be. Some people have said that soaking it in vinegar helps. They sell vinegar in the store.

Then Dup and I kissed and we both said we were sorry.
I felt so bad for yelling at my sweet darling who was obviously so releived that I was ok. Then we had a great rest our time there.

The end.

Vacation OVER!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Lu Lu Eightball by Emily Flake

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