Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries...

If you know me in real life, as they say, or if you've been a regular reader here, you know I love attending the William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest) every Spring. This year is no exception. We've been to 5 out of the 6 nights we have tickets for so far. While they've each been great in their own way, I think the The Big Bang Theory was the funniest ever.


I only recently started watching the show and fell in love with it. Nanette tried to tell me I'd like it when the first season started. I know better now, but sort of thought she was just recommending because Barenaked Ladies sing the theme song. Okay, so that was pretty stupid and I should have just tried it out. I'll skip the boring details, but we've now become fans (who are still catching up on Season 1). How could I not love a show about four geeky scientists? E won two extra tickets, so Nanette even got to join us!

Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons

I was so excited when The Big Bang Theory appeared in the PaleyFest '09 lineup. The event started with an unaired episode screening. The one we watched involved a trip to Las Vegas and was quite hilarious.

Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar

All of the main cast members, as well as creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady were present. Some highlights include:
  • Jim Parsons (Sheldon) recounted how when he got something labelled "A Script by Chuck Lorre" duing pilot season, he actually thought it was from Chuck Woolery. He sounded sincere, but even if it's not true, the story had me crying from laughing so hard.
  • The absurd tale of Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Simon Helberg (Howard) deciding to rent a boat for the group when they were all in San Diego last summer for Comic-Con. Apparently, Kaley Cuoco (Penny) is a "very bad" boat driver. Let's just say it would make for a good episode sometime!
Kaley Cuoco
  • The processes of Simon getting in and out of the skintight pants they put his character in every week.
  • An audience member asked Jim Parsons to recite the rules for "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock," which he was uanble to do. That might have also been my question if I'd bothered to stand up, as that is one of my favorite bits ever. Enjoy:


Haiku A Day? Fail.

Haiku a day fail
I will try harder next week
Too busy right now

I Still Make This Face


National Poetry Month: Haiku A Day #9

Piggies love parsley
Grown fresh by 'Uncle Justin'
Gives them fresh breath too

Pepper is on the left, Pickle is on the right. Pepper is camera shy.


National Poetry Month: Haiku A Day (Sort Of) #7&8

The season for Peeps®
Love the sugary goodness
And squishy insides


Little Guy smiley
My sweet, sweet baby boy dog
Recovering well




No post tonight. Too tired to even write a lousy haiku. I'll do two tomorrow.



National Poetry Month: Haiku A Day #6

Galco's Soda Pop Stop is hands-down one of my favorite places in L.A. We hadn't been for a while, so stopped in yesterday. One of the things I love is that there is always something new, or at least something I never noticed. It's like a treasure hunt and discovery trip all in one.

This is what caught my eye yesterday and inspired today's haiku:


Yes We Can Cola
Orange You Glad For Change Cola
Obama soda

So maybe not the best haiku, but the syllables worked perfectly.


National Poetry Month: Haiku A Day #5

Shot a 3D film
My dog has gone Hollywood
Will he be a star?



Okay, so it was a friend's indie short film (yes, in 3D) and Rusty was a last minute replacement for his dog who ended up going out of town. Rusty was a good sport, until the slate spooked him and he left the set! He was easily coaxed back on with food though and the show went on.


National Poetry Month: Haiku A Day #3

Today's haiku is kind of random. Something caught my eye and I snapped a photo. Hey, I never said these posts would be good or even make sense!

Stuff in the garage
Unicycle, Simon Pegg
A pet carrier



National Poetry Month: Haiku A Day #2

Much work to be done
The night is an old, old man
Luring me to sleep


National Poetry Month: Haiku A Day #1

It's that time of year
National Poetry Month
Will you celebrate?

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, and to have some easy blog fodder, I plan to post a haiku a day. Since one of the goals of NPM is to "Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books," I'll pimp my self-published books of poetry too.

My books are aimed at fairly niche audiences, but if you aren't into rodents yourself, they make great gifts for those who are. Both books feature original photographs with accompanying poems. Hamster Haiku and Squirrel Sonnets and other Rodent Rhymes are available online by clicking the links. Otherwise, if you'd like one autographed, you can order directly from me, I'll sign it, and ship it for FREE.

*For a chance to win a copy of the book of your choice, leave a comment in haiku format. At the end of April, if I have at least 2 participants, my favorite will win the book of their choice.


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