Beijing Goes Non-Smoking
Speaking of non-smoking, add Beijing to the list.
Speaking of non-smoking, add Beijing to the list.
When we stopped by our salon on Saturday to make an appointment for Chris to get his hair cut, the receptionist, who knows how much I hate smoking, asked if we heard the news. "What news?" I replied. Turns out the politicians in Munich are going to be reversing the smoking ban in Munich come June or July - if not sooner. Apparently, it was a (pardon my French) a "cluster fuck."
For fans of Madonna's 4 Minutes, Peter Rauhofer debuted his remixes on Friday night in New York. My friend Dave went, but never heard the tracks. He may have left too soon as Peter likes to save the best for last.
It's a miracle. Well, good science or technology anyway. As I noted yesterday, I had one of those unpleasant pimples starting to form under my skin. You know, the kind that festers deep below and seems to stay around forever. Well, I zapped it with my new Keno three times - at 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and finally around midnight before I went to bed. Today, I'm happy to report that the blemish is nearly gone and unnoticeable. As my friend "The Ziz" would say, "G-E-N-I-U-S!" No need to return that gizmo for a refund of $125. The Zeno is a keeper.
I learned two valuable lessons tonight: (1) Iwan's in Munich makes a must-have Mojito and (2) I shouldn't wear my new Gucci boots if I have to walk more than two blocks - think Monica from friends season eight, episode 181 The One with Monica's Boots.
Eurovision 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia is just around the corner. So, leading up to the May 24th finals, PTT will be featuring participants' videos - from the cool to the quirky. Some will be live. Some will be official videos. But one thing is for certain, they'll all be enjoyable!
We're a sucker for new products - especially those that feed our vanity. So, last year, when the FDA approved the use of Hairmax, I quickly ordered the laser comb to help keep my follicles healthy. Well, two weeks ago, while we were leaving Chicago, we stopped by Walgreen's. I noticed a new contraption for zapping pimples. Zeno was noted as an "acne treatment device." So, I bought one.
My work with McDonald's has been keeping me quite busy lately. And with convention just around the corner, it's sure to increase dramatically over the next few weeks. But luckily, I don't have to fly to the UK to conduct my work. Heathrow looks like a mess!
Oh that Jesse McCartney. He's all grown up and releasing records with more R & B bite than his previous offerings (even collaborating with Ryan Tedder to write Leona's Bleeding Love). Even so, I'm still not a huge fan. What makes him worth noting is Ralphi Rosario's remix of Jesse's newest offering, Leavin (Ralphi Rosario Mix). Ralphi knows how to kick it up a notch.
It's difficult for me to stay away from the gym. Not only does it get me out of the house and away from my work, but I then also don't feel like I'm missing anything. Because as I tell Chris, you never know who you'll run into while you're out and about. Today was no exception as I bumped into JP Calderone, one time Survivor contestant and recently announced gay man who jumped out of the closet last year with his Instinct magazine interview.
I continually make note that in terms of music, America most of the time is behind Europe about six months or so. The newest case in point is Leona Lewis and her just announced number one single Bleeding Love. I featured the track last October (and made note of her as the next big thing way back in December 06). And look, today she's the first British woman since Kim Wilde to have a number one song in America. No wonder Kelly Clarkson is now working with the producer of Bleeding Love - Ryan Tedder from One Republic. Congratulations Leona!
At this rate, Europe will soon be able to buy America.
I found some delicious wheat buns at the grocery store the other day. I thought they'd make the perfect house for a hamburger, pastrami or corned beef sandwich. And because I tried them out with beef last night while Chris was in Paris, tonight I opted for the deli sandwich.
Why is it that I can eat the same 5:00 o'clock snack for days in a row (most recently rye crisps with light paprika cream spread topped with smoked turkey breast) then wake-up one day and decide this snack no longer appeals to me? What made me change my mind? I suppose it's similar to how I never liked sparkling water (always thinking it tasted like flavorless soda), but one day, all that changed. Now I drink it everyday!
Who knew I could travel to Austria like Demi Moore for leech therapy? I know Austria and Switzerland are known for having some of the best modern medicine on the planet, but I think I'll pass on having something from the worm family suck on my body.
I'm watching Fox News in Munich as it's the only news channel that beams from America - and real time. For starters, that Bill Hemmer is handsome (sure, he has the anchorman hair and pearly whites, but he's still one hot dude). Anyway, I digress. Bill just made note of another reason why I don't like to fly.
Because it's electronic music, America won't give Sam Sparro's Black and Gold release the time of day (even though he lives in LA). But his former home in London, and the rest of the UK, are giving the single the attention it deserves. Think Jamiroquai meets Prince with a little Justin thrown in for good measure - mixed with a splash of 1983 Spandau Ballet or Taco. Check out the video for Black and Gold below and visit his Myspace page for more on this upcoming artist.
I'm reading a book Chris gave to me for Easter called Muscle Chow by Men's Health and Gregg Avedon. I know I don't eat enough to gain some muscle mass, but this book helped me to drive the thought home. So, today I'm trying to follow some rules Gregg outlines (if only we were on a first name basis). However, having just eaten an apple with some peanut butter and a small glass of milk, I'm already starving (this was, of course, after my two protein shakes before and after the gym).
What's the point of people running and nearly killing themselves to catch the subway train when another is most likely just minutes behind the first? Not only do they sometimes get caught in the closing train doors, if they miss it, they look absolutely silly. And if you have a child or dog, why risk them getting squashed like a bug - as I've seen over and over and over again?
So you know how I'm into Popeye's fried chicken, right? (For those of you who don't watch Will & Grace, that won't seem funny to you). Actually, both Chris and I love the quick service restaurant. While in Chicago this past month, we ate their twice!
Have you ever wondered what happened to Sam J. Jones - Flash Gordon from the 1980 film of the same name? I did after catching a glimpse of his hotness on the movie playing today on our UK satellite. He's still acting a bit but, sadly, he went from hot to not. Now my boyhood dreams (and a few from today) are shattered.
Chris gave me my Easter present early on Saturday as he thought I could use it for game night. So, along with Mark and Greg, the four of us played Rapidough. Sadly, it wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be.
America latched onto Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. Now it appears she's enjoying a second wave of success with the her current hit Love Like This. But the better single is the title track from her latest LP Pocketful of Sunshine. And the remix by Stonebridge is breathtaking as they replace their usual club sounds with one that features a lighter bassline. Mixed with Natasha's vocals, Pocketful of Sunshine (Stonebridge Mix) wins top billing this week at Club One.
It's been a while since I've written about any fun gym stories. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much in term of exciting news, events, or more importantly, hotties worth noting. Well, all that changed this weekend when someone new entered from stage right.
It's 5:49 a.m. on Easter Sunday and the church bells have just begun to ring. Why someone in the bell tower feels it's necessary to make such noise at 5:50 in the morning is beyond me. Don't they know some of us are trying to get back to sleep? Or, is this Bavaria's way of telling you to get your butt out of bed and go to church? Three minutes later, still ringing...
Don't you hate it when you can't sleep? It's 5:39 a.m. and I'm sitting here watching Tom and Jerry after spending the past two hours being entertained by Wonder Woman and Scooby Doo. I think my initial hunger woke me up, but now, after having a bowl of cereal, I'm just annoyed that I'm not getting some shut eye.
The Neti Pot caught Chris' fancy when we visited Life Spring in Chicago for protein powder. And being someone interested in how the body works, he bought one. Now, the nasal cleansing product is one of his favorites. You may look odd as you're washing impurities from your nose, but it gives you that "fresh" feeling. Be sure to check out the video below. Seriously, you'd think it was an SNL parody. Watch as water pours from the demonstrator's nose - especially when she's done and both nostrils drip liquid! Besides that, towards the end of the video, there's an added bonus - calisthenics! You can also visit Neti Pot's website for more information.
I'm sitting here watching, on Good Friday, a show on the Biography channel about Olivia Newton-John. Did you know she was the UK's entry in the Eurovision contest of 1974? And, that she placed fourth behind the eventual winners Abba who took the top prize for Sweden with Waterloo? Check out Olivia's performance below.
In celebration of Easter on Sunday, check out a clip from The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town below. The Rankin and Bass holiday classic from 1977 was just made available on DVD in February (which explains why you can't find it for free viewing anywhere on the net). But that's okay. A small snippet works for me too. It reminds me of when I was little, on Easter, and my parents would hide various clues around the house, one leading to the other, that eventually directed me to my Easter basket. Happy Easter everyone!
Back in October, I noted Leona's Bleeding Love and how I anticipated its climb to the top of the charts in America. Currently, it sits at #1 on iTunes and most likely, depending on radio airplay, will reach the pinnacle position over the next few weeks. With its success comes, in Europe, the second single Better in Time. It's a double sided release with Footprints in the Sand as the flip side. However, because Clive opted to punch up the stateside release with more beat influenced tracks, Better in Time may find a later release - possibly as a third or fourth single from Spirit. But why wait to check out Leona's latest in Europe? The track is a mid-tempo ballad that calls to mind early Mariah and songs from her first LP. Check out Better in Time below.
Talk about bizarre. Tonight, while watching last week's episode of Lost, we hear Ben tell Locke the numbers of a safe combination: 36 15 28. Oddly enough, and quite honestly, very bizarre, is the fact that 36 15 28 is the combination to Chris' gym pad lock. What are the odds? Does this mean something? Is Chris somehow involved with the show through an alternative universe?
Today is the first full day that we're back in Munich and all is back to normal. I woke-up and made my protein shake. I bought a train ticket for the remaining few days in March. And I headed to the gym for a workout before settling back home to work. Though sadly, once I got to Leo's, I realized I forgot my iPod shuffle. Which, as a result, made my workout less than spectacular.
It's almost Easter so of course Cadbury Creme Eggs are splashed all over the airwaves. But here in Europe, they also squash them (which also clearly identifies the eggs' biggest selling feature - the goo). Check out one of my favorites below.
I couldn't let the release of Madonna's new song 4 Minutes go by without some comment. Having just watched what's obviously an Ellen marketing ploy on a YouTube, and listening fully to the track on a FG Radio broadcast from Paris, I can honestly say I'm somewhat numb. Maybe it's the overpowering horns that drown out both Madonna and Justin. Or, it could be the song's lack of a true Madonna hook. I'm hoping further listens allow Timbaland's latest to grow on me as did Justin's Sexyback. A spring drive through the alps with the windows rolled down could do the trick. Check out the Ellen video below.
We came back to an almost full digital video recorder. And because a myriad of shows are scheduled to start over the next four weeks, our TV dinner plate is going to be full. Pushing Daisies, one of this season's breakout hits, and featured on my 2007 Advent Calendar, begins airing in April. Besides that, Brothers & Sisters returns in one week along with the premiere of Dirty Sexy Money. Chuck starts in two, and Gossip Girl, the newest incarnation of Beverly Hills 90210, makes its way to the small screen March 27th. So if we don't answer when you call or write, now you know why.
We're behind Project Runway at least two seasons on our Sky satellite. So when I originally heard about the skit on SNL featuring Amy Poehler's take on the winner of this year's show, Christian, I wasn't sure I'd be able to follow along. Well, no worries. You don't need the back story to appreciate the comedy. It's fierce! Check it out below.
It's Sunday in Chicago and we're all recovering from a long night out in the Windy City to celebrate our friend's departure to Zurich. Fortunately, we could attend the festivities as our flight back to Munich was delayed until Monday.
I'm happy to report my dentist visit was the quickest cleaning ever. As I told the office, "It pays to go to the dentist twice a year!" There was very little scraping, just a few pokes and fairly non-existent pain. Just the way I like it! And afterwards, I rewarded myself with a bit of shopping where I spotted a suburbanite with so much lip injections she looked like a duck. Very fun.
I'm visiting the dentist today in the suburbs. I'm actually being forced to go as I hate to have my teeth cleaned. But as Chris says, "We're paying for it." I guess I'm a bit concerned they'll tell me I need a new crown to replace one of my fillings that is over 20 years old. That, or I'll have a cavity. And because I'm a baby in the dentist chair, I cringe at the thought of having to return to meet the drill.
What world famous record label executive and his entourage invited my friend Xavier to fly to Palm Springs for the weekend on his personal jet? Unfortunately, X couldn't go. But, I offered my substitution instead. Then again, I'm not a sexy and handsome French man so I'm assuming the invitation won't be extended. Oh well.
Of course I have my favorites: Tom speaking to the scary doll, the screeching monkey in the tree, the Telly Tubby plopped face down poolside and the group shot. But these pictures only have special meaning for those in attendance. Otherwise, the remaining snapshots capture a glimpse of our week in our lush surroundings. Will we return next year? Most likely not as 2009 is a big year for momentous birthdays. We'll probably be venturing out to sea on a cruise or down to Australia. But no matter. We'll always have PV through pictures.
We stopped by a Panera Bread today in Chicago for lunch. We were afraid to go in as it's usually overcrowded with those tied to their laptop. And sure enough, even though the fast casual concept expanded its walls, over 50% of the tables were filled with students and free wifi users wearing sweatpants, hoodies and running shoes. Somebody needs to be on table patrol - clearing these loungers and their space for those who actually want to eat and continue on with their day.
We're back in Chicago after a full day of traveling. Our flight was delayed two hours so on top of a 3 1/2 hour plane ride, it makes for a long day. Which, of course, is why I'm thrilled that we don't leave the States for another few days. I don't think I could handle jumping back on a plane today bound for Munich. Not only are my ears are plugged, I have a bit of an upset stomach and my sinuses are bothering me. At least while we're here I won't be on the hunt for Mexican food. I've quite honestly had enough (for now).
What recently transplanted entertainment reporter had to be escorted out of our villa around 3:30 a.m. early Friday morning after planting himself in my bedroom waiting for me to go to bed?
Because our satellite TV in the villa has Spanish subtitles, I learned today, as we watched Two and a Half Men that "tonto" means stupid. Well, that's how it was translated. Which made me realize the writers of The Lone Ranger selected a name for his Indian friend that was quite derogatory. Only in the 50s I suppose.
Depending on how you look at it, we've been in Puerto Vallarta now for two days (or three if you officially count Saturday afternoon). And since we arrived, we really haven't left the compound. With food and drinks within reach, and service to ensure your every wish is granted, why go elsewhere? I did escape for a few hours today to go to the gym. If I'm sitting around in a swimsuit, I'm surely not going to stop working out. And with all the guacamole, chips, salsa, enchiladas and more, sweating off some calories is a good idea.
It was brought to my attention by some avid readers and a friend of mine here with me in Puerto Vallarta that I somehow managed to forget Club Fridays this week. How could I be so forgetful? I guess I was focused on departing for Mexico. Afterall, as the Julie McCoy of the group, I had my hands full with making welcome packs.
After a short day in Chicago, where I found myself fighting to stay awake most of the time, we're off to Puerto Vallarta for seven days. The weather is forecasted to be in the upper 70s, low 80s with mostly sunny or partly cloudy days. If so, you'll find no complaints from me. So, look for updates throughout the week in between pool time and our numerous trips to Margaritaville (though, since I don't drink, I'll be the designated driver).