When things go Beeeeeeeeeep in the night January 2, 2012Posted by judylobo in Animal Stories, Life at Casa Lobo, Photography, This 'n That, Videos.
Why do smoke alarms only go off during the wee hours of the morning. Once my heart slowed down to a normal beat I assessed that there was no fire and most likely no carbon monoxide leak and jumped out of bed.
What to do? What to do? (Benny the dog and Madsion the cat were not at all helpful).
I fumbled to get my big ladder out of the closet and climbed up (almost falling backwards in the process). It was not a pretty sight. I could not reset the darn thing so I yanked it out of the ceiling.
It continued to ‘beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.’
I hit the reset button and this awful voice started yelling ‘FIRE! FIRE! FIRE’!
I hit the reset button again and the awful voice ceased but the high-pitched ‘beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep’ continued. OY!
I could not figure out how to remove the battery (it would have helped if I had put on my glasses). So I wrapped the noise machine in two fleece blankets and stuck it in the refrigerator. I returned to bed – not very optimistic about going back to sleep. I finally relax and about to drift off when I hear a muffled ‘beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.’
Seven hours later, my wonderful building handyman, Ross, replaced the newly bought five year warranty 9Volt battery. He also showed me how to remove the battery if this happens again). After a good laugh he then proceeded to tell me stories of other condo owners in the building with even funnier tales of smoke alarm low batteries. I felt less foolish – but still…
Monday Melange January 25, 2010Posted by judylobo in Movie Reviews, Politics, This 'n That.
Tags: Andrew Cuomo, Harold Ford, Jr., Jury Duty, Kirsten Gillibrand, SAG awards
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NYC is quiet early on the weekends. Most everyone is sleeping in or out of town. So while walking my dog Benny to Petco around 9AM Saturday morning I spot a very handsome man exiting Zaro’s bakery. Is it Derek Jeter? Does he, like David Wright, the Mets ball player and all around cute one, live around the corner from me?
The I realized – it was Harold Ford, Jr. He’s the man that moved from Tennessee three years ago after losing his Senate race and has quietly begun to stir the pot here in the Big Apple. He appears regularly on MSNBC as a talking head. I mentioned him awhile back as the guy who has the chutzpah to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand in the upcoming Democratic primary. He was on his cellphone speaking to someone about an upcoming interview, I was going to interrupt him and tell him to ‘go for it’ but Benny had to sniff a very pungent fire hydrant and I missed my chance. Ford wrote an op/ed piece in the NY Times today. I am not sure what his real agenda is – but stay tuned – the NYC Primary is going to be very interesting. Andrew Cuomo is going to throw his big hat into the Democratic Primary for Governor this week too.
– The PS on my jury duty experience last week. I was disqualified from one jury for being too opinionated. Moi? We were all excused mid-day on the second day and thanked for our service. We were told that we would not be called for any State jury duty for the next six years. However- if the Feds call us for jury duty – well, good luck. So, it is anyone’s guess who will be called for the upcoming terrorist trials (if they ever happen). Can you imagine that jury pool?
For those that follow this stuff, here are the winners of the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards:
Best Ensemble — Inglourious Basterds
Best Actress — Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Actor — Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Supporting Actor — Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress — Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Stunt Ensemble — Star Trek
Best Ensemble, Drama — Mad Men
Best Actress, Drama — Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Best Actor, Drama — Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Best Ensemble, Comedy — Glee
Best Actress, Comedy — Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Best Actor, Comedy — Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Best Actor, Miniseries — Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Best Actress, Miniseries — Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Best Stunt Ensemble — 24
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may… October 23, 2009Posted by judylobo in Photography, This 'n That, Videos.
Today is my birthday. It is a very LARGE numbered birthday (in my hometown of Brooklyn we would say it was YOOGE). I normally do not give a hoot about age but this one hit me like an asteroid. Why is that? Because I am now, by all of the accepted standards, officially old.
After dwelling on this BIG number I have decided there are good things and bad things about being 65. Here are a few of those things.
– The Government thinks I am old and gave me a Medicare card. The good thing is that my health insurance dropped from a whopping $900 per month to about $400 a month. I do not know if the supplemental coverage that I had to buy includes an appointment with the death panel. I will keep you posted on that one. The funniest thing about getting all of the literature from Medicare is that it is printed in a very LARGE font so instead of a brochure that would normally be 12 pages – it is actually about 24 pages.
– The MTA also considers me old and now have one of those half fare cards. This is good thing. Instead of $2.25 per ride on the subway – it is now about $1.10.
– Most actuarial tables for numbers of years left consider me on the very right side of the chart. That is bad.
– The TV stations do not include me in that all important ‘buying’ age demographic. That is neither here nor there since I haven’t shopped much in the last 20 years.
– I am lucky to have a number of younger friends. Some, due to their alternate lifestyles can go to the movies with me during the day. Some of my young pals actually ask my opinion on stuff. One young friend, in particular, goes on whirlwind cross country Zoo trips with me (and I am referred to, by her, as her ‘senior’ friend). There a bunch of very cool thirty-something friends who think it is not uncool to hang around with someone who is much older. These are all very good things.
– The funny thing about aging, as all oldsters know, is that you seem to become more invisible with each passing year. I sometimes think I have gained the knowledge of the Klingon Cloaking Device because unless I am walking Benny the dog, I am totally invisible. This is a good thing because you really do not need to worry about what you wear in the street since no one is looking at you.
I know, I know – they say the alternative to getting older is not desired. Very true.
I share my birthday with my lovely niece, Becca and these other astrological cuspees: Ang Lee (director) , Weird Al Yankovic (comic), Dwight Yoakam (songwriter, singer) Michael Crichton (writer), Pele (Brazil’s soccer star), Charlie Foxx (singer), Diana Dors (actress) and Johnny Carson (comedian).
So, I heartily accept all good wishes and hope that my Lobo ranting, raving and table pounding will keep the old noggin in great working order for some time to come.
Lobo’s Oscar Predictions February 19, 2009Posted by judylobo in Film Awards, This 'n That.
Tags: Oscar Predictions
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This is a tough year. I did a lot of guessing. The Oscars could go in several directions or weighted heavily on one or two films. Oh, the excitement builds. Here are my picks. Look for my Oscar review in this space on Monday.
Performance by an actor in a leading role
* Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
* Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
Performance by an actress in a leading role
* Kate Winslet in “The Reader”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
* Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Best animated feature film of the year
* “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton
Achievement in art direction
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Achievement in cinematography
* “Slumdog Millionaire” , Anthony Dod Mantle
Achievement in costume design
* “The Duchess”, Michael O’Connor
Achievement in directing
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Danny Boyle
Best documentary feature
* “Man on Wire”
Best documentary short subject
* “Smile Pinki”
Achievement in film editing
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Chris Dickens
Best foreign language film of the year
* “Waltz with Bashir”, Israel
Achievement in makeup
* “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, Greg Cannom
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
* “Slumdog Millionaire” A.R. Rahman
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
* “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
Best motion picture of the year
* “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best animated short film
* “Lavatory – Lovestory”
Best live action short film
* “New Boy” (Network Ireland Television),
Achievement in sound editing
* “The Dark Knight” Richard King
Achievement in sound mixing
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
Achievement in visual effects
* “The Dark Knight”
* “Slumdog Millionaire” Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
* “Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
Friday Fun January 2, 2009Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Religion, This 'n That, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
Tags: Alberto Gonzales, angry on-camera moments, Bernie Madoff, mug shots, New York 1, Scientology, Tom Cruise, West Wing
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My favorite TV station is NY1. Yes, it is egocentric since it is all about NYC and many of you do not live in this part of the world. Oh well – what can I do? Similar to 1010WINS radio, NY1 gives you all you need to know in 30 minutes. My favorite feature is called ‘What’s in the Papers’. I time my gym going to make sure I am on the treadmill at 41 past the hour (in the AM) to get a recap of what each local paper is covering, including the NY Time, the Daily News, the Post, Wall Street Journal. The Observer and Newsday. Often tongue in cheek, it is the best five minutes of TV on any given day. Now NY1 is sharing this feature on the web and you can watch the entire week’s worth of coverage. Check it out here. In case you do not know, that animal above is a tapir.
– Remember TV’s The West Wing:
– Want to feel better about your monthly statement? Check out this list of Bernie Madoff losers from The Wall Street Journal.
– File this under ‘what the f**k? – Alberto “I can’t recall’ Gonzales is writing a book about his tenure as Attorney General. “What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?” he said during an interview Tuesday, offering his most extensive comments since leaving government. During a lunch meeting two blocks from the White House, where he served under his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Mr. Gonzales said that “for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.” Gasp!
– 2008 Mug Shots of the Year – good grief!
– Love these top ten angry on-camera moments:
– Interesting photo site – Russia’s best art museum guards. In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself.
– The Dangers of Being a Television News Reporter – gulp!
– A subway map for words: Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
– Whoa! Tom Cruise on Scientology
Tongue in Cheek – The Day Before Christmas December 24, 2008Posted by judylobo in Dogs and cats, Photography, This 'n That, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
Tags: animal tongues, wildlife, Zoos
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The day before Christmas is filled with frenzy and some panic for the people who celebrate this important date. Do you have enough gifts? Will the black ice now on the ground melt? Did you send everyone a card? When will you go back on you diet? Holiday food and goodies are a killer. Why is your gym closed on Christmas Day? Will the line for the movie you want to see be huge? Should you buy your ticket in advance? Will you ever get to see all of those movies? Why do they cram them all in at the end of the year? Tomorrow will be the Second Annual Installment of Lobo’s ‘What’s a Jew to do on Christmas day?’ For today enjoy these tongue in cheek photos and a very funny video.
More tongues from the classic movie A Christmas Tale: