Reasons You Shouldn’t Steal

phoneDo I really have to go on? Nobody should steal! It always sucks when someone steals from you. The worst is when it’s something irreplaceable. Family heirlooms, computers with personal photos/info, pets – all things that get stolen and make you wonder what kind of world we live in. Well that brings me to someone who sort of made lemons out of lemonade. At least they found humor in a grim situation. This person had their iPhone stolen. Yes, that sucks for everyone who has had this happen. Thank goodness for iCloud but still! Unfortunately, it happens a little too often. So the phone gets stolen but the clever little thief starts using the phone and doesn’t delete the Dropbox app. That means every photo and video he takes gets uploaded into Dropbox where the phone’s true owner can see. That brings me to the site “Life of a Stranger Who Stole My Phone”. It’s a blog with all the thief’s pics and a nice little narration of his life. Go here to see and read all about him. Good stuff!    ~Dutch

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James Franco Roasted

francoWho didn’t love the short lived TV show Freaks and Geeks? James Franco played the good looking stoner and he made high school burnouts look pretty hot. These days he seems to interchange really impressive work with other projects that have everyone rolling their eyes. He made a perfect James Dean, cracked us up in Pineapple Express, and got serious in 127 Hours. But then he co-hosted the Academy Awards and bombed, got into “art”, started a band called Daddy, and played that corn-rowed, gold-grilled rapper in Spring Breakers. So you could say there’s a lot of material for him to be roasted, right? That is exactly why I have to watch his Roast on Comedy Central. I’ve only watched two before and cringed the whole time. I had to watch the Donald Trump episode because he’s the WORST and Steve-O was on the panel, then I watched Charlie Sheen’s because everyone wanted to know what he had to say after that whole troll/tiger blood phase. Now I have to watch again to see how bad James Franco, the face of Gucci, gets it. I’m guessing it will be a lot about his recent time at UCLA or his art endeavors. Whatever it is, I’ll be tuning in. The Roast of James Franco is September 2nd on Comedy Central, set your DVR!   ~Dutch

American Hustle Trailer

I don’t know if it’s the Led Zeppelin song or the shear number of great actors and bad hair that makes me want to see this movie. This is David O. Russell’s follow up to Silver Linings Playbook, so you know it’s got to be good! Let’s hope he can keep the magic rolling in this movie based on the FBI’s ABSCAM back in the seventies and early eighties. Enjoy! ~cw4ll

Smeared Black Ink

If The Postal Service didn’t give you goose bumps when they released their Give Up album in 2003, than we can’t be friends. Dutch probably has some beef with Ben Gibbard after he divorced Zooey Deschanel last year. I’m just stoked to see that they are touring again this year! Unfortunately they aren’t coming anywhere close to me, and most of the shows are already sold out. Here’s to hoping they add some more dates in the future. If you happen to be in any of these places maybe you can catch some tickets on craigslist or sell your soul to the devil for a pair of passes. In the meantime you should spend the next fifteen minutes watching this mini documentary on the band entitled Some Idealistic Future. ~cw4ll

P.S. After too long of a hiatus I’ll be back to adding my voice to the blog, hopefully my brain can decompress some of my new adventures into text on a page.

30-A Giveaway!

30AScenic Highway 30-A area is a very popular place down here in Florida. Besides the beaches and art galleries, it’s home to the incredible restaurant Red Bar. I love the area, the shopping, and the food. So there’s no surprise that 30-A stickers are seen all over the country. I remember years and years ago living in Knoxville, Tennessee and seeing my mom’s boss with the Red Bar sticker on her Range Rover. And at the time I thought, “Who puts a BAR sticker on their car?” But Red Bar is amazing and the food there is to die for. Anyway, back to the stickers. I’ve seen them everywhere and stacks of free ones in many stores. I just saw on 30A.com that whoever picks up the 500,000th sticker is going to be a very lucky person. Along with winning $500 to 30Agear.com, they also will get gift cards to Another Broken Egg and Shades restaurants here in town among quite a few more exciting prizes. More are to be announced too. So find that sticker!   ~Dutch

Between Two Ferns

 

zachWhere have we been?? I can only speak for myself and I have been crazy busy so blogging has had to fall by the wayside. Cwall…well, he just left me hanging. Hopefully, he will be back one day.

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis has been a hit on Funny or Die since 2008. If you haven’t seen it, imagine Zach at his weirdest interviewing celebrities with embarrassing questions and a sometimes uncomfortable but always hilarious exchange. Of course, the set up is a couple chairs between two fern plants with microphones taped to the guests and Nintendo-age graphics. Apparently, the guests don’t know what will happen or what questions they’ll be asked and Zach thrives in the inappropriateness of his conversation. He’s had quite a few big stars from Sally Field to Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman, and is even part of The Lonely Island’s new song/video “Spring Break Anthem”. I can’t imagine too much going into these episodes but people love them and the show got nominated for an Emmy this year! I bet everyone was surprised to hear that. Go to Funny or Die to watch it or check here for the best episodes so far.   ~Dutch

The Whole 30

30I’ve learned a lot from Salted Paleo. We have referred people to this site before and I hope you have checked it out. I would love to be able to eat clean full-time. I feel so great when I do and feel so bad when I eat things that disagree with my body. Our friend Jadah that runs Salted Paleo told me about the Whole 30 and I had to investigate. Jadah has tons of awesome recipes on her site as it is but I was able to find the program, shopping lists, and recipes here. It’s 30 days of clean eating to give your body a break. I only started today and it’s been pretty nice so far (I always say that the first few days). I hate when people tell you to lay off fruit because of the sugar and on the Whole 30, you can eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. So why don’t I eat better year-round? Two reasons: I love Mexican food and I always tell myself I can’t afford all that healthy food! The website addresses the cost of eating healthier too. But isn’t it better to shell out a little bit more when it comes to your body? I’d say so. Let’s see if I can make it 30 days though. You can find more about the 30 day program here. Try it with me!   ~Dutch

Thrift Store Runway

It’s no secret I love thrift stores. There’s a Goodwill right by my house and I’m just recently in the habit of checking it regularly. They have a great book selection and lately have a lot of new clothes from Target. Since Target is about 30 minutes from my house, this works out perfectly for me. And of course, I find plenty of vintage gems. Well, I just now heard about thriftstorerunway.com and wish I had heard of it sooner. Basically, people send in photos of their thrift store outfits and vote on the best ones for cash prizes. In January, there was a contest with the grand prize $100 to your favorite thrift store! Music to my ear holes. This girl is going to have to step it up so I can win something. And don’t forget our older post about how to find stores where you live and when you travel.   ~Dutch

Candy Crush Zombies

candyHave you heard of Candy Crush? You can forget Farmville and Facebook and Words With Friends, this game is the new addiction. And it’s BAD. There are no zombies in the game, I’m just referring to when you are trying to talk to your friend but they are glued to their phone. Chances are they are playing Candy Crush. Basically, the game just involves lining up certain colors and shapes. It doesn’t sound that appealing but once you play, it looks SO easy to win that you have to keep playing. I know people that are in the 3 digit levels. I’m sad to say I’ve never made it past level 30. And in case you think I just stayed on that level for a while, you’re wrong. I may have deleted the app and then reinstalled it the next week and started all over. If you can’t wait for your time limit to be up for a new life, you can purchase more lives. I don’t know anyone who has spent any money in the game but I read today that Candy Crush is bringing in $633,000 a DAY. I was happy to see that 70% of players that finished the game were able to do so without purchasing anything. So it IS possible. That being said, download the app if you dare. Don’t do it if you have deadlines to meet but if you are going to be recovering from some kind of surgery that involves hours of bed rest, this is your game!   ~Dutch

Motherhood on the Rocks

toddler are like drunk peopleIf you are thinking about starting a family, maybe you babysit a friend’s kid to see how you do. Or hang out with other parents and see how they act. But did you ever think of preparing yourself by hanging out at a bar? Over at motherhoodontherocks.com there is a great list of ways taking care of a toddler is like dealing with a drunk person. Now I almost said just go hang out with your friends when they are drunk but…if you have drunk friends you thought of, you shouldn’t be starting a family. So I changed it to bar, parents have drinks too! Some of the ways a toddler is similar to a drunk person include: no personal boundaries, falling over a lot, poor decision making skills, etc. It’s a pretty funny list. They also have ways to tell if you’re raising a diva and how having children is like living in a frat house. This site isn’t all comedy though. There are some personal stories about postpartum illness as well as recipes and saving money tips. I find it a good read, maybe you will too. Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It’s been a busy week before the holiday weekend and I’ll be out of town. Next week will be back to normal. Have a safe weekend!   ~Dutch