5 Things

1. I picked a REALLY good time to randomly fixate on a particular tennis player.  No sooner had I locked eyes on Novak Djokovic than he started beating Roger Federer right and left at the U.S. Open.  (Okay, he didn’t quite beat Roger “right and left”.  He pretty much just, “did exactly what it takes to beat Roger Federer and not one bit more”.  But still.  Yay, Novak!)

The Finals were supposed to be yesterday (Sunday), which kind of bummed me out because I was scheduled to be at a picnic exactly when the match was set to begin, BUT, the Tennis Gods must love me, because the match was RAINED OUT.  I got home from my picnic just in time to see Novak brightly informing his interviewer that he was grateful for the extra day to recover from his Federer match before facing Nadal.  So, the match is rescheduled for today, which is awesome because I don’t have anything better to do today other than care passionately about athlete I didn’t care about at all two weeks ago.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you want me between 4-7pm today, I’ll be watching tennis.

Here’s a video of Novak being mega cute with a pink umbrella.

2. Rookie camp started today at HSBC which I suppose is pretty exciting for the rookies, but honestly doesn’t do much for me even in spite of my extreme case of hockey withdrawal.  I’m happy the rookies are on the ice, and I look forward to loving/hating them if and when they become Sabres.

There was one bit of fun non-rookie news out of HSBC this morning though:

Exciting!  (Also, that’s good reporting, Mike Harrington!)

3. I haven’t watched Project Runway in a few seasons (Kenley really took a lot out of me and I needed a break), but I am LOVING it again.  I watched the most recent episode last night, and the editing that Gretchen has received (first she’s tolerable, then she’s a bitchy shrew, then she’s a MEGA BITCHY SHREW, then she’s repentant, and now she’s basically tolerable again) got me thinking.  Wouldn’t it be fun to edit a show like Project Runway?  I think it would be very interesting to pick out a storyline and then support it by editing the hours and hours of footage they film during the challenge.

I was recently poking around and reading the blogs on the Project Runway site, and in one of them, Laura Bennett let’s it slip that the runway and judging takes EIGHT HOURS to film. Obviously with all of that footage being edited down to ten minutes, the editing makes a HUGE difference in how we perceive the contestants.  I think I would like that job.  If editing Project Runway were my job I would make Mondo the star of the show and I’d play the “Psycho” music every time Ivy appeared on screen.

And just as an aside: in my opinion “throwing someone under the bus” means to blame them for something that is not actually their fault.  On Project Runway everyone who says anything bad about anyone else gets accused of “throwing him under the bus”.  It’s dumb.

4. The Bills are terrible at football.  We knew this already, but it was still gross to see.

I tweeted this last night, but in my opinion the biggest problem with football is that when the teams are bad football is the MOST BORING SPORT EVER.  That game yesterday was brutal. Just completely uninteresting in every way.   Hockey, on the other hand, is often more fun when you’re watching bad teams.  A few yeas ago I was quite taken with the Tampa Bay Lightning because their games felt so delightfully out of control.  They were undeniably bad, but their games were fun to watch because more often than not, they lost 6-5.  Bad football teams are no fun at ALL.

5. I don’t love Mad Men the way most people do.  I’ve seen all of seasons 1 and 2, and then I kind of lost interest during Season 3.  (I feel like I’m watching Season 4 because of twitter.)  Mad Men is beautifully executed, but to me it’s very depressing.  I always felt kind of sad and unsettled after watching Mad Men, so I quit.

10 Responses to “5 Things”

  1. 1 Heather B. September 13, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I would say you didn’t miss much in the PR seasons you skipped except maybe for Seth Aaron who was a totally fun, pleasant winner. Or was that Kenley’s season? I have terrible PR recall.

    Ivy was very quick to place the blame for her garment anywhere she could, but I’d agree that it’s not really throwing someone under the bus when that person is agreeing with you. I was tickled by Kors’ “Bitch, please. You weren’t making anything good with the colors and fabrics I saw,” however, and as a general rule, I wish someone would punch Ivy in the face.

    Mad Men is unsettling and depressing, but I’m enjoying this season much more than last season. I’m pretty sure my beloved Roger is not making it out of this series alive, though.

    I also loved the tidbit about Butler and Stafford running stairs. I do feel like this is the third or fourth (or fifth or sixth) year Stafford has had to do something that’s beneath his veteran status though so I’m not sure he’s getting that message any time soon.

  2. 2 Pookie September 13, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Man, I wish I didn’t have to watch the tennis on tivo delay! If I’d known the life of a professional violaist would allow me to watch that match live, I would have started playing the viola about six or eight years before I did and I would have practiced a lot more (I’d say 1,000 times more, but 1,000 times zero is still zero), and I would have, uh… had musical talent? All of those things.

  3. 3 Katebits September 13, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Heh Heather, it didn’t even occur to me that running up and down the stairs was some sort of Lindy-ordered task. I assumed those guys were just being goodie-two-shoes.

    Pookie, it’s not too late to become a professional violist. Get to the practice room!

  4. 4 Heather B. September 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Ha! I just assumed that if Stafford was involved it was because Lindy made him. Funny.

  5. 5 mcguffers September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Katebits, the BPO almost got me killed last night! I was getting off the 33 onto the 198 and I saw the rotating billboard. I was watching it to see if you were on there, until my brain started reminding me that the curve ahead is slightly dangerous and should be focused on.

    Mad Men is quite depressing, but I love it’s style and dialogue. Every screen cap of Jon Hamm and January Jones looks like it belongs in Vogue. Unfortunately, I think Heather’s right about Roger :(

  6. 6 Caroline September 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I would make Mondo the star of the show and I’d play the “Psycho” music every time Ivy appeared on screen.

    Hahaha that’s perfect.

  7. 7 Anne September 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I 100% agree about Mad Men. I have a friend who is completely obsessed with it but I don’t find it enjoyable. I’m frequently puzzled by women who really love Mad Men. Men loving it is understandable it often reeks of testosterone. Women who love it confuse me sometimes.

  8. 8 debbie September 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    i feel compelled to reply to your latest posts…
    first of all, i heart your blog and have been reading it for a couple years and i love your observations and think you are hi – to the -larious!
    i’m so happy to see that you are watching tennis and the comment about tennis players being like ryan miller is fantastic as well as completely true! they’re all nuts! i’ve been a tennis fan all my life and have attended the us open for the last 15 years! — unfortunately, i have to tell you that djokovic is known to have the reputation of being a douche-y brat — albeit, a sometimes entertaining douche-y brat! still, a douche-y brat — speaking of douche baggery, how creepy is his father who wears that ridiculous t-shirt with a picture of his son!? — c’mon, that’s just creepy, right? — besides rafa nadal’s constant butt crack pulling (for some reason the #1 tennis player in the world can’t find shorts that fit him) i think he’s the bees knees — also, i’m a tv editor — seriously — i love the fact that you recognize the power of the editor! — you’re a rockstar!

  9. 9 Katebits September 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Hey, thanks for stopping in and saying such nice things, Debbie! I have also heard that Djokovic is a douchy-brat, but I don’t care! I LOVE HIM! I love him SO MUCH! (I do agree the t-shirt his dad wears is BONK-ERS.) And since you’re a tv editor, do you think you could get me job as a Project Runway editor? I have no experience, and I have no idea how to do that job technically, but I’m a fast learner! :)

  10. 10 debbie September 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    i love anyone who loves tennis and tennis players (i probably should’ve led with that, huh?) and i totally get the “nole” love! — have to say, i thought it was really nice that he went over to the other side of the court and congratulated rafa at the end of that fantastic final! — truly magnificent points played on both ends and so fun to watch and that’s why i love tennis — & loved nole pocketing rafa’s check! — i would recommend you for PR if you recommend me for the BPO! — actually, strike that because i’m sure you’d make a much better editor than i would a musician — i totally choked at my stage band auditions in high school — i thought i had a cool job until you wrote about yours! —also, love your house/garden posts — i admire/envy any gal who has their own place — keep up the good work and, of course, i’m looking forward to your posts about hockey believe it or not!

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