October 21, 2010: Cold remedies! ESP! Film! And Snow Monkeys!
I walked into the office this morning, sniffling away, noisily clearing my throat, and generally doing everything in my power to elicit sympathy from my disinterested co-workers. Finally, Tanja took the bait and asked me if I was fighting off a cold. Bingo! I was expecting chicken soup, a warm blankie, maybe mug of hot cocoa. Instead, she scurried back to her desk and returned, seconds later, with two small plastic bags filled with white powder that she insisted would have me feeling better in no time. I bet! No doubt picking up on my reticence, she set me straight. The baggies did not, in fact, contain icing and flour (which was my obvious initial assumption) but powdered vitamin C (she didn’t clarify exactly what the C stood for) and something called lycium (I’m guessing that’s what the kids call it on the streets).
I elected to forego Tanja’s suspect medication for a more proven cure, this one compliments of Production Designer James Robbins who stopped me in the hall to inform me he’d made a triple layer chocolate mousse cake for his daughter’s birthday last night and would I like a slice? WOULD I?!! You know what they say: Stuff a cold and feed a fever! James led me back to the darkened confines of the Art Department and disappeared into the back, briefly leaving me to wonder whether I’d been set and was about to be ambushed by some crazed bevel-wielding Art Director. Fortunately, he appeared seconds later with THIS –
James Robbins serves up the perfect remedy for cold symptoms.
I can’t say it actually cured my cold, but I WAS feeling A LOT better.
By the way, I would be remiss if I didn’t make a point of thanking fellow writer/Executive Producer Carl Binder for taking me out for my birthday Monday night. We hit Cobre (which is fast becoming a weekly haunt) where we enjoyed such culinary delights as pulled duck tacos, sea prawn corn arepas, and maple chipotle tamarind-glazed boar belly. The verdict? I defer to my affable host –
The other day, I was talking to Isabelle from accounting and she told me that she was taking an ESP course on weekends. I was, to say the least, intrigued and when the opportunity presented itself, immediately tested her burgeoning skills. “What color am I think of?!”I shouted at her later that afternoon, surprising her in the kitchen.
“Uh, blue?”she guessed. Incorrectly!
“Wrong! Red!” I proceeded to pass judgement on her shoddy mind-reading skills and the sham course she was taking, ridiculing the mendacity of supposed psychics and lambasting their devotees. I was on quite the role. Until she informed me that ESP stood for Effective Success Program. Which really changed nothing because, whatever they wanted to call the course, she still was unable to guess red.
Also today, the lunchtime conversation turned to movies and we learned that both Lawren and Ashleigh hated one of the greatest comedies of all time (A Christmas Story) but just loved The Goonies (Lawren) and The Land Before Time (Ashleigh) which pretty much invalidates any opinion they may have in future film-centered discussions. Carl and I got into our standard argument over Little Miss Sunshine, a movie he loved and I loathed. Cloying/goofy kid/unrealistically mature kid? Check! Eccentric/Borderline psychotic friends and/or family members who, in reality, would more than likely to forget said kid in a hot car while they hit the outlet mall? Check! Embarrassing sequence at movie’s end where everybody ends up dancing? Check! That’s three for three, a true rarity! I would have liked the movie far more if it had ended with social services taking the kid away and putting her in a better home, maybe somewhere in the Alsps where she would be raised by a German baroness who’d read to her every night from Gormenghast and the works of Algernon Blackwood.
My Snow Monkeys hold a record of 2-4 in the NFL Stargate Fantasy League and, with eight games to play, are still in playoff contention. But this weekend’s match-up against the 3-3 All-Stars will be key. The Falcons’ Matt Ryan gets the start at QB while San Fran workhorse Frank Gore and new Seahawk Marshawn Lynch shoulder the running duties. KC’s Moeaki, at the TE position, will hopefully see a lot more touches at home against the Jags. My sole concern is at the wide receiver position where I have six excellent players but only three slots to fill. My choices: Miami’s Brandon Marshall who has been my best player to date, but who plays a stingy Pittsburgh D. Saints wideout Lance Moore who has put up some solid numbers so far and should continue his steady ways against the Browns. Fellow saints wide receiver Robert Meachem who started off slowly this season yet has just exploded of late. Packers’ wideout Donald Driver who is solid as well and playing for a team that can and should light it up this weekend, but is coming off a thigh injury. Vikings’ wideout Percy Harvin who has been putting up some great numbers with the addition of Randy Moss and should see plenty of catches this weekend, but is also nursing a hamstring injury. And, finally, Cowboys’ rookie Dez Bryant who is finally showing signs of life after a slow start, but will be going up against a very tough NY Giants pass defense Monday night. so, who’s it gonna be? Help your Snow Monkeys win their third game of their season!