Monday, March 24, 2008

And He's Back

I'm back from the City of Angels! I had lots of adventures from my plane ride out there to my plane ride back. I even got to meet a fellow blogger!

Trip vignettes (I love that word) to come soon!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

TCho Goes To Hollywood

I'm leaving tonight to go out to LA. I've actually never been to LA before, so I'm pretty excited. Maybe I'll be plucked out of the crowd to be America's next star.

More to come from Hollywood!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Atlantic City's New Spokesman

I've been to Atlantic City and have to agree with Sean Kalish who is quoted in the NY Times in a story about two guys who are renovating two seedy, crummy boardwalk hotels into snooty "boutique-y" hip hotels. This is one of the funniest things I've read all day:

'Atlantic City is one of the most disgusting places in the world,' said Sean Kalish, a 26-year-old lawyer who visits the casinos to play poker. He was standing in a slender peacoat waiting for the Atlantic City bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Wednesday. 'It’s like Las Vegas got drunk and slept with South Jersey and this is their bastard child.'

Monday, March 10, 2008

You Want Me To Stick It Where?

I feel like I've been sick so much more this year than in years past, and so much more intense, like feeling on the brink of death, that I've felt the need to chronicle my dates with Flu & Stu like a writer for the Journal of American Medicine.

I was talking with a friend about my latest bout with Flu & Stu's cohort, who I'll name Tru. I was telling him how all the medicine I had taken so far might as well have been candy because nothing was working. That's when my friend suggested a "Neti Pot."

"A neti what?" I asked. At first, I actually thought he was talking about some variety of marijuana. And I was thinking, "where the hell do I get that?" But then I googled it and saw that my friend meant an actual pot, and not pot. Ohhhhhhh.

When I found what it really was, I was like, "WTF is that?" Google brought back images of random people sticking a teapot in their fucking nose! I was completely grossed out and thought there is no way I am trying this.

But I was getting desperate and was also about to die. I searched for it and saw it on However, I - being impatient - couldn't wait for to send me a neti pot (seriously, the delivery turnaround was two days. please.)

Soooooo, I went out with my germ-riddled swollen sinus head to Whole Foods, and bought me a Neti Pot, which came with some Neti salt solution.

It's really not the most attractive picture in the world, even if you have model looks (see pic below for evidence).
But pride was the least of my concerns (is there any dignified way to stick a teapot in your nose?). I got home and tore open the package and started reading the directions. "Ok, this seems pretty simple," I though. I also found many hilarious demonstrations on handy YouTube to guide me.

I started by filling up the pot with lukewarm water. If there was one thing that I knew I would remember from all my research beforehand, it was to not fill up the pot with hot water or you'll be pouring liquid fire up your nose. Then I mixed the salt concoction into my warm water in "Neti." I'm already feeling good and am on a first name basis with my pot.

After I prepared the soultion and Neti was sufficiently prepped, I shoved Neti's spout up my right nostril and tilted my head like the little pamphlet instructed.


Water actually rushed out of my other nostril (like it's supposed to do), but also started flushing nose phlegm-mucus crap down my THROAT. So basically, I had just poured warm salt water into my nose, and on the way it picked up some nose gook, and traveled out my other nostril with a side trip down my throat passage. The end result was me spitting it out gross nose phlegm out of my mouth. ICK!

Okay, I told myself, and stopped. I was ready to give it another try. After taking a few breaths, I shoved the spout up my other nostril, tilted my head, raised Neti slightly. The other nostril was not as crazy. A little was still going down into my throat, but not as much. I realized why the instructions emphasized breathing out of your mouth. But for some reason, *consiously* instructing my brain to breath out of my mouth was not working too well. Still, the second time was much more successful. My reaction was much less all-CAPs: *choke* *cough* *sputter* *gag*, let's say.

My shirt wasn't so lucky though. You could wring the water out like a wet towel.

I have to admit though, it really did help. My sinuses were much clearer, and I had less of a headache. I could do without the drowning sensation, but I think I need to perfect my head tilt to get rid of that. Isn't there some job that requires a good head tilt so I can practice?

Sunday, March 09, 2008

I'll Have A Pig And A Couple Of Bushels of Bananas With My Steak

A few weeks ago, I had dinner at Smith & Wollensky. For those of you who have never read The Devil Wears Prada, Smith & Wollensky is one of the old-school steakhouses in New York city, meaning surly waiters and huge portions.

While we were ordering, the following conversation ensued:

Female Co-Worker: "Can I have the grilled chicken?"
Waiter: "Sure. A whole chicken, right?"
Female Co-Worker: "Um. No, I guess just half."

I listened to this and thought, "Wha??? A WHOLE chicken ?!?"

I wonder what happens when you order a lamb chop? I guess the steaks are already big enough so they don't offer the whole cow.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Damn You, American Idol

Thanks to the American Idol Top 8 Guys last night, I now have the urge to "wake someone up before I go go." I just need an earring and I'll be all set.

Why, of all the 80s songs the guys sang last night, does Wham have to be the one stuck in my head?