2/27/09: The 40-Day Challenge

Dear Dick Wolf:

Well, I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is, I’m practicing the art of discipline. The bad news is…I’ve given up Law & Order for Lent. 


Now, before you freak out, let me explain. I’m not just singling out your show, I’m actually giving up TV as a whole. Not that I don’t love television, I really do. In fact, that’s the problem. I love it A LOT. And honestly, there’s so much more I could be doing with my evenings than sitting on the couch, drinking wine and slipping into my trusty L&O coma. I adore the coma, truly, but I have books that need to be read and writings that need to be finished. A stage play, a screenplay, a novel, a short story. I’ve started all of these and finished none. Heck, I have trouble just keeping up with this blog! And it’s because I come home at night and turn on the television. It has to stop.

Now, I know that complete deprivation is a bad idea. It’s like dieting. If you ban yourself from eating everything you love without a cheat day, you’re going to cave. Because when you can’t have something at all, that’s when you want it the most. So, my plan is this: I’m giving up television on school nights. But I will allow myself a 42-hour window – Friday evening at 6 p.m. to Sunday at noon – to watch whatever I want. I’ll be able to catch up on the shows I’ve missed throughout the week and clear out my DVR. This way I won’t feel tempted to cheat on the aforementioned school nights, because I’ll know that in a few days, I’ll be able to get my TV fix, guilt-free. This will keep me motivated to be productive. Also, I won’t have 6 weeks worth of shows to sit through when this is over.

So, Wednesday was my first TV-free day. What did I do? Well, the SAG Foundation program hosted a two-hour Q&A with screen legend and Hollywood icon, George Hamilton. Or, as a friend has deemed him, the tan vampire.



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2/22/09: GO, MICKEY!!


That is all.

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2/15/09: Valentine’s Day, New Hair, and Ongoing Gluttony

Dear Dick Wolf:

I hope you’re having a good weekend. Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day? Maybe you don’t celebrate it. I don’t blame you if you don’t. I’ve never been big on V-Day myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not down on love or anything, but it seems more hassle than it’s worth. Chocolates, cards, flowers, trying to get a reservation on probably the busiest dining night of the year…Too much pressure. Too many opportunities for a well-meaning man to screw up and disappoint his lady.


That said, I managed to have a great Valentine’s Day! I ran into a friend as I was leaving my weekend gig and we had a spontaneous outing at Morton’s in Burbank. LOVE Morton’s. In fact, my favorite dinner date took place at a Morton’s, in Portland. About 10 years ago. My buddy Jim, my friend Lana, a fella I was dating and I ate like mad pigs there. Swordfish, steak, lobster…and the best wine I’ve ever tasted – Duckhorn Merlot. We had a bottle. We got a little tipsy. So, when dessert came, we decided to eat the centerpiece along with it. Hot chocolate cake on top of rose petals. It sounds romantic, but it was really just a bunch of grown people acting like children.

Anyway, Morton’s last night was a nice treat. And I used my manners.

In other news: I CUT MY HAIR. Short. Well, short for me. It’s above my shoulders. I haven’t had it this short since junior high. I don’t know what possessed me to chop it off, but I’m not ruling out a midlife crisis. I must admit,  though – I LOVE IT. I should have done this years ago. It’s so low-main and funky…And the best part? The haircut was FREE! I’d filled up my Supercuts punch card, so I traded it in. YAY! Yes, I realize this means I need new headshots. I’ll get them as soon as I can. I just wanted to let you know, because I look VERY courtroom chic now. You should bring me in for an audition.

Oh, FYI: Engineer Jason made good on his bet. He brought pie for the office, since I won the Bleunami Challenge last week. It was tasty – pecan. So, yes, our office continues to be a den of gluttony.

Well, that’s it for now. We have the day off tomorrow, so I’m going to drink lots of wine tonight and catch up on the many episodes of Criminal Intent that are clogging up my DVR. In other words – a perfect evening.

Take care. Let’s chat soon.


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2/6/09: Bleunami Showdown Pt. 2

Dear Dick Wolf:

I totally won! See for yourself…

The Bleunami Burger:


Here goes the first bite!


Not even breaking a sweat…


Oh look, first half is almost gone!


That was easy.



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2/6/09: Bleunami Showdown

Dear Dick Wolf:

When you visit the sets of L&O, do you ever play games with the cast and crew? Not like Hide-and-Seek or Duck-Duck-Goose, but stupid adult games? You know, like seeing who can eat the most donuts from the craft services table, or who can say the alphabet backwards after a few mimosas? (I can do that, btw.) Maybe Chris Meloni does the whole, “Go ahead, punch me in the stomach! It doesn’t hurt! C’mon, I dare ya! Go ahead! OOH… haha! See? Didn’t even feel it!” thing.

Well, the folks in our office get caught up in these sorta games.

There’s web guy Mike, who swore he could eat 40 chicken McNuggets in one afternoon.


He fell a few short.

Production guy Steve decided to give it a go, too….It didn’t end well.


Public relations gal Christina lost a bet and had to come to work dressed as The Black Canary.


And production queen Elizabeth made us throw a birthday party for Mr. T.


I don’t have documentation of The Saltine Challenge, during which these wacky folks tried to eat six saltine crackers in a minute. Maybe next time…

Well, today I have fallen into the trap. Engineer Jason bet me that I couldn’t eat an entire Bleunami Burger from Islands.


If I lose, I owe the office pie. I bring pie anyway, so I’m really in it just to prove Jason wrong. I may clock in at only 110 pounds, but I can eat. Mother Nature gave me a killer metabolism.

So, the challenge is on. Today. Islands. 2pm. Engineer Jason is going down. Just like that burger.

I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you. Amen.

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2/1/09: Radio Show Audio!

Dear Dick Wolf:

Hi. I hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl.

I wanted to let you know that if you missed my radio appearance last week, my friend Mike put together some swell audio for you! I’ve posted it below. You can listen to it at your convenience.

We talked for nearly an hour about Law & Order! Surely that’s worth an under-five, right?


Vodpod videos no longer available.
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