Snoop Dogg is HOTT Thursday, Nov 29 2007 

I just discovered the most amazing video, courtesy of the love of my life, Michael K at Dlisted.com. Check it out:

I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this. Watch it.

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Enchanted was surprisingly GREAT! Wednesday, Nov 28 2007 

Me: “I don’t know why my friend Lisa wants to see this movie. She hates Disney.”

Jackie: “Well, it’s supposed to be really cool, with the animation turning into real life.”
Me: “Yeah, I don’t think that’s enough to convince her.”
Jackie: “It’s supposed to be great for all ages.”
Me: “Still, I don’t know….”
Jackie: “McDreamy’s in it.”
Me: “THAT’S the reason!”
Lisa is a huge fan of Patrick Dempsey and Grey’s Anatomy, so I’m not surprised that this was the reason she wanted to see it so badly!

Personally, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I’m not a fan of kids’ movies, family movies or anything rated PG or G (I haven’t even seen any of the Shrek movies, Finding Nemo or The Incredibles!). I only go when my friends drag me.
I did know that Amy Adams would be great. She is phenomenally talented. I first saw her in Junebug two Oscar seasons ago, and she was INCREDIBLE. She lost the Oscar to Rachel Weisz for The Constant Gardener, but she picked up virtually every critic’s prize.
Amy is so ebullient, so genuine, and so damn LIKABLE that you can’t help but adore her.
And she was the highlight of this movie as Gisele, a fairy tale princess in an animated Disney world, who is tricked by an evil queen and sent to modern Manhattan. Gisele still has all of her princess tendencies, including randomly breaking out into song and dance (in a great scene in Central Park) and summoning the animals of the city to clean Patrick Dempsey’s apartment: only since it’s New York, the animals are pigeons, rats and COCKROACHES!!
I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. Yep, it definitely gets saccharine, it’s shamelessly predictable, and the final major conflict at the end is disappointing. But it was charming and lovely, and Amy Adams is pure joy.
I guess I can enjoy a sweet kids’ movie after all!

I have been BLACK-BALLED by Disney!! Wednesday, Nov 28 2007 

I often call Disney for work, especially when my clients want me to arrange special events and experiences for them. Lately, I’ve been working on a project that required me calling Disney every few days. Since Thanksgiving is a crazy vacation time, I would often be on hold for long amounts of time.

When you call Disney, the hold music is always songs from Disney movies. Naturally, it gets annoying quickly.

And about a third of the time for me, the song was “Cruella De Vil.”

That must be the most annoying song known to man. And I should know — I have a history with it! The night after the first time I saw the movie (I was around six or so at the time), I was trying to go to sleep, but I couldn’t get the song out of my head.

I was crying and crying, and my dad had to come in to find out what was wrong. When I told him, in between hiccups, that I couldn’t get the song out of my head, he told me to sing another song in my head to get it out. “I CAN’T!” I wailed. It was bad.

Anyway, every few days, I would be on hold for about fifteen minutes and would be stuck listening to “A Spoonful of Sugar,” to “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah,” to “Cruella De Vil” over and over and over. The cheery Disney employee would answer the phone, and I would feel my rage boiling up inside me.

And then they would wish me a magical day.

WHY MUST THEY DO THAT?!?!?!

I’m not inherently anti-Disney. I particularly think that the golden age of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin was fantastic, and I love those movies to this day.

It’s just that as I’ve grown older, I’ve eschewed anything remotely cutesy, and Disney gets to me with its cutesy excess. One of my friends, Andy, used to work for Disney, and seeing how he and all Disney superfans treat the philosophy like gospel, it freaks me out! A LOT!

Example: Andy’s voicemail message, for quite some time, used to wish the callers a “magical day” as well.

I joke with my friends that it’s my black heart that makes me this way. There are very few animals I actually like (including Tricia’s dog Bandit, Lisa’s dog Teddi Bitchin’ and Alexa’s dog Jojo), I won’t see a kids’ movie unless my friends drag me (more on that later), and I generally can’t stand holiday cheer.

So, finally, after having all of this saccharine Disney crap thrown at me for well over a month, I caved.

It was Dudley‘s fault. He was the guy who answered the phone at Disney Dining. I remembered his name.

He was WAY too cheery. Most of the Disney employees were quick and efficient, doing work for me without any small talk. But Dudley clearly wanted to have a conversation with me.

“Soooooooo, tell me, when was your last visit to Disney?” he asked jovially.

“My last visit?”

“Of course, your last visit, silly!”

“Wow,” I said. “It’s been awhile. I was nine at the time, and I’m twenty-three now….fourteen years. They were building the Tower of Terror the last time I was there.”

“Weeeeeeeeeell,” Dudley replied, “I think it’s about time for you to plan a NEW TRIP!”

“No, I don’t think so,” I said with a laugh.

“Aw, why not?”

“Well, I’m going to Vegas soon, and I’m really more of an international traveler–“

“No, is there really anything better than Disney?” Dudley countered, a bit of a shriek in his voice.

That’s it. I was sick of this crap.

“It’s just not my thing,” I told him, gently but firmly.

“Well,” he sniffed. “Fine, then.”

He finished up our business and was curt in every remaining line.

“GOODBYE,” he snapped before hanging up. No “Have a magical day!”

Yikes.

And that moment changed everything.

I made my call to Disney three days later. There was no hold music whatsoever — only silence.

I did the work with the woman who answered the phone. She then told me to “Have a GREAT day.”

I’ve called a few times since, and there has been no hold music, nor has there been any mention of a magical day whatsoever. My co-workers, by contrast, have been getting the normal Disney treatment.

I HAVE BEEN BLACK-BALLED BY DISNEY, AND THAT’S WORSE THAN BEING BLACK-BALLED BY THE MAFIA.

Severe Hotness…. Thursday, Nov 22 2007 

I love Robin Thicke.

I love Rihanna.

I LOVE THIS PICTURE.

Heart-to-Heart on the T Wednesday, Nov 21 2007 

I was on the red line back to Davis tonight when I began listening to the conversation of two guys next to me. They were cute, scruffy, college-aged guys, probably Tufts students.

They started out talking about relationships, and it escalated more and more — it turned into full Sex and the City talk! Among two scruffy college guys! I pretended to be listening to my iPod and eavesdropped on their conversation instead.

Guy 1: “How long have you been going out with Caroline?”
Guy 2: “Oh, man, two months.”
Guy 1: “How’s that going?”
Guy 2: “I don’t know. I mean, she’s great and all, but I just wake up feeling shittier and shittier each day.”
Guy 1: “Oh, that’s not good, man.”
Guy 2: “It’s like we both wished that this would be the greatest thing ever. I just hold and and I know this isn’t going to work.”
Guy 1: “No way.”
Guy 2: “It’s weird, you know? It’s like we go to stuff together, and we’re just there. We just BE together. We don’t do stuff with each other. We try, and there’s just this distance.”

Awww.

Later:

Guy 1: “It was weird. I was at the party and I was walking down the stairs. And then this girl who has been after me forever, she tapped me on the back of the shoulder, and I ignored her, so BAM! She slapped me in the head! Twice! What the fuck, man!”

Even later:

Guy 2: “You need the three S’s. Girls are only two of the following: sexy, sane or single. Man, if you get one of those two, you’re lucky.”

They were great — they made the train ride so much fun.

To those of you in New York… Friday, Nov 16 2007 

Breaking: Serendipity 3 Closed by DOH

Eater has rumblings, and our trusty Channel 4 has just confirmed that Serendipity 3, that Upper East Side bastion of desserts and diabetes, has been shut down by the Department of Health. Let’s hope it’s because of some anal plumbing violation and not, y’know, because there are rodents near the Frozen Hot Chocolate.

BREAKING: Serendipty Shut Down By The Department of Health? [Eater]

Update With Bonus Vomit: “In last night’s inspection, the inspector observed a live mouse, mouse droppings in multiple areas of the restaurant, fruit flies, house flies, over 100 live cockroaches.”

Oh, my God! Most of my clients are in New York, and I send them to Serendipity 3 all the time. It’s a really nice dessert place, and it’s great for post-theater, for romance and for families….

Over 100 live cockroaches?!?! Holy crap!! I’ve worked in restaurants before, and if you have, you know that no matter what, even in fine dining establishments, pests will find their way in. But over 100 live cockroaches?!?!

This may be the beginning of the end of Serendipity 3….

And the Sexiest Man Alive is…. Thursday, Nov 15 2007 

(Team America voice) Matt Daaaaaaaamon!
Alexa will be happy.
I think that he wasn’t a particularly innovative choice, but he’s someone who deserves it. (I also like that the names of two of the guys in my top five are on the cover.)

CrazyBlindDate Monday, Nov 12 2007 

OkCupid has recently launched a new Boston service called CrazyBlindDate. It’s great — you just put in your basic information and the time you’d like a date, and they arrange one for you!

It’s so quick and easy.

I just got confirmation for my first CrazyBlindDate. It will be on Tuesday evening at a bar in Cambridge.

They do it without pictures — you do submit a picture, but it only comes out pixellated, like your identity is being concealed. You do know each other’s first names, and a few details, but that’s about it.

What I know about this guy:
–Tall (good)
–Dark-haired (good)
–Seems nice….I guess….
–Seems like he could be smart….I guess….
–Doesn’t use as many hyphens as I’d like

Well, we’ll see how it goes!

Also, I have become obsessed with OkCupid lately. LOVE that site. It’s technically a dating site, but the tests and questions and stuff are a lot of fun. Best of all, it’s free.

Crashing the Alpha Omega Party Sunday, Nov 11 2007 

The other night, my friends and I planned to grab dinner at the Cheesecake Factory at the Pru(dential Center). Our night out ended up turning into something QUITE unexpected.

Carissa and I were the first ones to meet up, so we walked around the Pru for a bit. We then noticed an event going on at Alpha Omega, one of the high-end jewelry stores. It looked swank — everyone inside was dressed up, there were important-looking hosts standing at the door, and it seemed to be some sort of cocktail party.

As adventurous as I am, I wouldn’t have asked to go in — I felt like a slob. I was wearing jeans and sneakers (I had worn extremely high heels for the past two days and my feet needed a break.) Carissa was wearing a nice dress — she always dresses up. However, I was wearing my big, furry “pimp coat” — and that always makes me look more dressed up than I am.

Carissa and I inched toward the entrance. A few moments later, through the process of simple diffusion, we crashed the party silently, elegantly and nonchalantly.

And what a party it was!

The party was a celebration for Carrera y Carrera, two jewelry designers from Madrid. One of their pieces was recently featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

There were passed appetizers — NICE passed appetizers, like roasted duck on toast with blackberry chutney, Serrano ham-wrapped parmesan, and spicy fava bean paste on thin potato chips. And amazing pumpkin-white chocolate truffles.

There was the opportunity to hobnob with the rich and elite of Boston. God, everyone was dressed up, rich and seemed somewhat cultured and intelligent….or maybe I was just looking at their clothes.

Best of all, there was an OPEN MOJITO BAR. I am not kidding. Everyone in the room was walking around with a mojito in his or her hand.

We got to try on some of the pieces. Carissa tried on the peacock bracelet:


This bracelet is featured on the cover of the current issue of Cosmopolitan. This is pretty significant, since most Cosmo covers feature subtle accessories or no accessories at all, choosing instead to focus on cleavage and simple clothing. Check it out:

It was SO gorgeous — and there were about seven or eight carats of diamonds.

I tried on one of the peacock rings:

So beautiful. That is about three or four carats of diamonds. I didn’t want to take it off!

Later on, there was a raffle giveaway — a beautiful necklace — which we did not win, sadly. (Lisa had shown up by then.) As the party ended, we grabbed some gift bags on the way out, which included little gold rings to put on our cell phones.

Before we left, though, we met Mr. Carrera himself, the adorable little Spanish man who designed the gorgeous (absolutely GORGEOUS!) pieces of jewelry that were receiving so much acclaim. He didn’t speak English, but I think he understood our ovations.

What a great night.

Now, THIS is how you take a mug shot. Saturday, Nov 10 2007 


The Smoking Gun recently released David Bowie’s mug shot from a 1976 weed possession charge in Rochester, NY. The shot was sealed until now.

Pretty hott, huh?

Part of me wants to get arrested, somehow — hopefully for something noble, like taking part in a political rally, maybe fighting with abortion protestors about to bomb Planned Parenthood or something — just so I can have a mug shot. A hott mug shot.

I’ll plan it in advance, style my hair, do my makeup nicely, practice poses in the nearest shiny thing beforehand. Then I will pose and take the hottest mug shot since Bowie’s.

He was 29 when this was taken, and he is just as sexy now.

New Bedding! Tuesday, Nov 6 2007 


Gorgeous, huh? Fit for a queen — or a Leo.

Before I get too proud, keep in mind that you can see the large bag of Smartfood next to my bed.

My mom had a 20% off coupon for Linens-N-Things, and I had a ton of stuff that I needed, so I went there. My bedding hasn’t matched since I moved in here, so I figured it was time for some attractive stuff, especially because my bed itself is really nice.

And you WILL NOT BELIEVE how much money I saved!!

Gold Dust Bed in a Bag — $99.99 (on sale for $49.99)

Space Heater — $39.99

Sealy Pillows (2) — $14.99 (buy one, get one half off)

500 Thread Count Sheets — $79.99 (on sale for $69.99)

Original Total: $249.95

Actual Total: $145.96

Total Savings: $103.99 or 41.6%

I rock!!

Now it’s time to go slide between those lovely 500 thread count sheets….

Who will be the Sexiest Man Alive? Monday, Nov 5 2007 

It’s almost time for People‘s Sexiest Man Alive issue. Every year, I try to guess who it will be.

The winner always falls into one of the following categories:

1) Breakout year: huge movie, incredible performance, hot newcomer to the scene

2) In the news a lot, usually in regard to his personal life

3) A prominent guy, with a solid if not spectacular year, who happens to be hot

Examples of #1: George Clooney ’06 (the year he won his Oscar for Syriana and was Oscar-nominated for Good Night and Good Luck), Johnny Depp ’03 (the year of Pirates of the Caribbean), Brad Pitt ’95 (the year of Legends of the Fall and Interview with the Vampire) , Patrick Swayze ’91 (the year of Ghost)

Examples of #2: Ben Affleck ’02 (during all that Bennifer madness), Brad Pitt ’00 (the year he married Jennifer Aniston)

Examples of #3: Matthew McConaughey ’05, Jude Law ’04, Pierce Brosnan ’01, Richard Gere ’99, Harrison Ford ’98, George Clooney ’97, Denzel Washington ’96

Missteps often happen. I swore up and down that Jake Gyllenhaal was going to win in 2005, right before Brokeback Mountain came out. He was the tiny picture next to Matthew McConaughey on the cover instead.

Also, I thought that Patrick Dempsey was going to win last year, since it seemed like every woman was crazy about him — but no, went to George. He was the little picture on the cover. (Unlike 99% of American women, I have yet to see an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.)

Will they win this year? Let’s add them to the current list of men being profiled in the Sexiest Man Alive section on People.com:

Patrick Dempsey: He was already on a cover this year with his twins, and Grey’s Anatomy isn’t doing very well this year, so if they choose him, it’s a tired, predictable choice. I predict no.

Shia LaBeouf: A breakout star, but far too young.

Taye Diggs: Very sexy, and on a new hit TV show, but not nearly prominent enough.

Tom Cruise: Too crazy.

Johnny Depp: Won in 2003 — too recent.

Zac Efron: NO. The key word is “man.”

Matt Damon: Not a big year for him, but he’s next in line after Ocean’s costars Brad and George.

Terrence Howard: BABY WIPES! People loves him, but I can’t stand his personality. I hope not — he doesn’t seem to be well liked.

Usher: Too much scandal this year.

Adrian Grenier: He won’t be #1, but he’ll be one of them — I guarantee it.

Hugh Laurie: Oh, I would LOVE THAT! Won’t happen, though.

Now, before going any further, there are a few factors unique to 2007. Here they are:

George Clooney was a second-timer last year. Because of that, this year’s winner will be a new winner.

–No guy had a truly breakout year in 2007.

–Since choices like Harry Hamlin and Mark Harmon are embarrassingly dated by now, it’s obvious People has been trying to choose men who stand the test of time.

Here are my top five predictions:

5) Leonardo DiCaprio. Although this wasn’t a very big year for him in terms of films, he is one of the solid choices who hasn’t won the title yet.

However, he hates frivolous attention like this, and would probably reject the title if it were offered.

4) Justin Timberlake. His music garners hit after hit. He’s in a new relationship with Jessica Biel. He’s currently the most famous celebrity restauranteur in New York. He’s famous; he’s huge; he’s never won. Also, a musician has never won the title.

However, he should have won it last year, when FutureSex/LoveSounds came out, “SexyBack” and “My Love” were #1 hits, and he was the hottest guy, anywhere. Choosing him is a bit tired.
Additionally, there are reports that he acts like an ENTITLED ASSHOLE to people, especially restaurant servers and his own fans.

3) Jake Gyllenhaal is a great overall guy. People love him. He just now began a high-profile relationship with Reese Witherspoon — again, someone everyone loves. Not a big year for him film-wise, but that doesn’t have to matter.

However, it’s such a shock that he didn’t win in 2005 that I think that People has a reason. Namely, the fact that everyone in Hollywood knows that he’s bisexual and just got out of a long-term relationship with a guy. Some stuff could come out of the woodwork, and I think People wants to avoid that.

2) David Beckham. He’s one of the best-looking men in the world, he had a huge year, he just moved to America, and he has a great family. People love Becks. He has no skeletons in his closet. He would be the first non-actor to win the title. He has to be at the top of People’s list.

However, his fame hasn’t caught on in the U.S. as much as his people have hoped.

1) The men of Dancing with the Stars. LOVE ME SOME MAKS! The show is wildly popular, the guys are HOTT, and women all over the rural Midwest (I’m convinced that’s the cornerstone of People‘s readership) would run out and buy that magazine the moment it became available.

However, the honor has never been awarded to a group. Although Maks is the hottest guy, he’s not famous enough to have it all on his own. I think this gives People an opportunity to do something different, since the past few years have been a bit tired.

As much as I’d like it to happen, I know it won’t. Therefore, as far as KatesAdventures.com is concerned, I can proudly say that the men of Dancing with the Stars are the Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

And David Beckham will probably be People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2007.

Until then, we’ll have to wait for November 14!

Hilarious Facebook Superlatives Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

Though I think that Facebook applications have gotten out of hand, there are a few that I enjoy immensely. One of them is Superlatives. They have a list of superlatives that you can give to your friends, or you can make up new ones.

I am most likely to:
–Use the word “superfluous” correctly (3 friends)
–Correct your grammar (2 friends)
–Live abroad (2 friends)
–Be a gangsta (2 friends)

Some of them are particularly spot-on. Lisa has been voted by three people to be most likely to marry Bob Saget AND John Stamos.

The best ones, though, are the ones given to celebrities.

I was reading these and laughing so hard I was crying.

Let’s start with our well-known politicians/attempted presidential candidates:


Stephen Colbert is Most Likely To:
–Be President of the United States (42 people)
–Take over the World (20 people)
–Kick it With Jesus Someday (12 people)
–Make me Laugh (11 people)
–Host their own Talk Show (7 people)
–Turn to Wikipedia for All of Life’s Questions (6 people)
–Be a Badass for Life (6 people)

Barack Obama is Most Likely To:
–Be President of the United States (86 people)
–Make a Difference (53 people)
–Be the Voice of Reason (18 people)
–Inspire Others (9 people)
–Save the Environment from Global Warming (8 people)
–Succeed (5 people)
–Be the Hottest Guy on Facebook (4 people)

Hillary Clinton is Most Likely To:
–Burn in Hell (133 people)
–Be President of the United States (109 people)
–Corrupt the Minds of Young Children (75 people)
–Be Mistaken for the Geico Caveman (24 people)
–Get B#@!? Slapped (16 people)
–Die a Virgin (9 people)
–Have Man Hands (6 people)

George Bush is Most Likely To:
–Burn in Hell (213 people)
–Embarrass Themself in Public (60 people)
–Forget What They Were Saying Mid Sentence (48 people)
–Stare at a Box of O.J. Because it Said Concentrate (41 people)
–Push on a Door that Says Pull (34 people)
–Have Imaginary Friends (31 people)
–Be Distracted by Shiny Objects (28 people)

Bill Clinton is Most Likely To:
–Date 3 People At The Same Time (22 people)
–Giggity Giggity Giggity! (21 people)
–Get Caught Without Underwear On (9 people)
–Be Featured on the Cover of High Times (8 people)
–Get Out of Trouble by Smiling (8 people)
–Be Aroused by Inanimate Objects (6 people)
–Require Embarassing Hospital Visits (4 people)

Beyond perfect — all of them.

Here are a few others:

Donald Trump is Most Likely To:
–Steal Candy from a Baby (16 people)
–Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (10 people)

Michael Vick is Most Likely To:
–Blame it on the Dog (58 people)
–Burn in Hell (28 people)
–End Up in Prison (18 people)

Brad Pitt is Most Likely To:
–Be the Hottest Guy on Facebook (127 people)
–Have the Best Butt Cleavage (8 people)

Paris Hilton is Most Likely To:
–Dress their Pet in Prada & Gucci (70 people)
–Require Embarassing Hospital Visits (14 people)

Love ’em, love ’em, love ’em.