Monday, September 08, 2008

Sometimes I Doubt Your Commitment to Sparkle Motion!

Recently I re-watched some favorite movies: Dazed and Confused, and the film featuring the line that comprises the title to this post. (Anyone know what movie it’s from?) Also, for the first time ever, I saw High Anxiety, directed by and starring Mel Brooks. Only Christopher Guest comes close to making these kinds of movies today. And wasn’t Madeline Kahn just gorgeous and amazingly talented? So sad she’s gone.

Other tidbits from the weekend:

I visited my grandmother at her assisted living facility on Sunday. It was family day, so Sunshine the Clown was there, tying balloon animals for the kiddies who ran around leaping and shouting and collectively inspiring me to think on the ride home, “I am never doing something like this hungover EVER. AGAIN.”

At the nursing home, we noticed an omnipresent dinging doorbell. It was soft—very nearly background music—and it was endless. We ultimately concluded that it was either a) designed to notify staff if any of the residents attempt an escape through one of the official entrances or exits; or, b) the signal that someone had fallen and needed help getting off their bathroom floor. In fact, that’s exactly what my mom said as we surveyed the buffet table: “Oh, it’s probably just someone who fell down or something.”

Now let’s eat!

Speaking of eating, I had a lovely conversation with a dear friend tonight, and the subject of “mucoid plaque” came up. Go ahead, Google it! What a fantastic diet aid. Why, I don’t think I’ll be feeling hungry for days, after the photos I just saw.

PS: the real names from my previous post? Nosmo King (an inmate), and Terri Herre.


  1. “Oh, it’s probably just someone who fell down or something.” -- Hilarious!

    You know what else is a great diet aid - and this is no secret? Getting sick! I was so sick with a stomach flu in the middle of July (didn't eat anything for amost 72 hours which is about 850 million times longer than I've ever gone without eating before, usually it's more like 10 minutes) and I lost 5 lbs! I was sure that it would come back right away but somehow, magically, it has stayed off! I'm gonna keep that trick in my back pocket for future use. "Oh, that moldy pot roast? Hand it over. These pants are starting to get a little too snug..."

  2. Anonymous9:18 AM

    Ahhhhhhhh! :)

    That line is from Donnie Darko. I DEFINITELY recommend it. An odd, dark, but mesmerizing movie.

  3. Anonymous10:26 AM

    I loved the Mel Brooks movies--I had an urge to watch Blazing Saddles the other night and now you've made it stronger.

  4. HAH - your nursing home observations absolutely cracked me up! Also, albiet melancholy, contracts on the completion of your novel-in-progress. Wish I knew what that was like...

  5. Anonymous7:15 AM

    Ok, so I cheated and Googled the phrase and discovered that it's from Donnie Darko, which I admit i haven't seen. Please forgive me!

    I just started your book (finally, sorry it's taken me sooooo long to finally get to it J!) and am really enjoying it so far.

    I also tagged you on a meme over at Planet Books. You can check it out at:

  6. Anonymous9:58 AM

    Old people, balloon animals and a hang over, sounds like a typical day

  7. Anonymous1:20 PM

    My, what an interesting post...It just confirms to me you should be a writer!

  8. Love Donnie Darko. I bought the Directors Cut DVD and the sound track.

  9. Jess, finished your book at the beach! You have an incredible imagination. Where do you come up with this stuff!! The random lists? Hilarious. You have a voice! I'm so jealous. What a sweet and touching ending after that joyride! I loved the surprise with Denise :) Good job, can't wait to read the next one!

  10. Yet another reason I adore Jess Riley.
    She can quote DONNIE DARKO.

    She rawks.

    "Go home! Go home and tell your parents everything's gonna be okay...."

  11. Anonymous6:12 PM

    Oh, yes! A friend of mine made us watch Donny Darko a few years ago. It was late on a moonless night, and then I had to ride my bike home alone -- without a light because I hadn't realized that it had died. There was a slight breeze, adding to my feeling of uneasiness. I've never been able to see bunny costumes quite the same way.

    As for Madeline Kahn, we just watched Clue this weekend. She's hilarious in it.

  12. I really liked Donnie Darko when I saw it ages ago. I wonder if I would again? It was creeeeepy.

  13. I'll think i'll watch that movie again. It's nice to watch classic movies as it brings back old memories