Monthly Archives: September 2008

Movie Quote of the Day

She underlines the f*ck scenes for you? Jesus! If she underlines the f*ck scenes for you, she must worship the ground you walk on.

– Reg Dunlop shares a bit of relationship insight (Slapshot)


Rest in peace, Paul. You lived life with dignity, class, and a smile. You will be sorely missed.


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80s Flashback of the Day

For today’s 80s Flashback, I’ve decided to share a personal post-80s story.

When I first moved to California, I used to work out at a gym in Manhattan Beach and developed a friendship with one of the managers. He was starting a health magazine with a few people and asked if I might like to get in on the deal, by helping with sales to HR departments at local corporations. I decided to explore the opportunity, but didn’t give any guarantees of my participation. So a meeting was set up to discuss the plan  with the rest of the team and introduce us all to the primary financial backer — the inventor of acid wash jeans!

Naturally, I was dying to meet this guy so I went to the meeting at his mansion in West Hollywood. A young, single woman, I fantasized that I would be introduced to a hot, rich dude who would sweep me off my feet, etc etc. Well, he WAS rich, he WAS single, and he WAS good-looking. However, he was also the gayest guy I’ve ever met. And I do not say that lightly.

The walls of his home were covered in massive paintings of cartoon sperm, the wine glass he handed me when I sat down on a lovely leather-topped penis-shaped stool had a pewter stem in the shape of a nude man’s thin body,… I can’t even remember everything because the place was jam-packed with expensive gay art. It was like man-love wonderland. Really nice, funny guy, but…WOW. Homoverdose.

I later chose not to work on the magazine deal, because I was just too busy with work. But I think of that crazy guy every time I see some old picture of those jeans.

Just imagine: all those Jordache worn by Midwestern Bible-thumpers helped pay for his silver testical door knocker. Makes me feel happy inside.

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I’m sorry. We’ve lost him.

Ryan Reynolds is officially dead to me. He went and married that flabby, white, giant hoo-hoo girl this weekend.

I’m moving him to my Backup Boyfriend Boneyard, where he shall be buried along with Tim Matheson (he got old), Brad Pitt (he is a cheater), Shawn Cassidy (I grew up and realized he’s a dork), that dude I saw in a black shirt one time (he went into a store I don’t like), and the rest. I guess I have to move the Maroon Five guy and Jason Stratham up on the list. I might give Matt Damon a move up as well if he does another Bourne movie and wears a paper sack over his melon, since I only want to date his arms & shoulders.

I have no comment to share on this news and must retreat to my ice cream for the afternoon.

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Hey, Jacky!

Hey, Jacky

It’s your birthday.

I came down from the stars and I’m here to say,

“Hey, Jacky! It’s your birthday…


– bad personalized Hallmark song from the late 70s, which was packaged on a 45 (that’s an old-fashioned audio capture, kind of like a CD, kids).

I saved up a while to buy it for my brother’s birthday, because I believed it was the coolest gift ever. …Actually, it still is the coolest! Who wants a video-playing iPod when you can have a warped record of some dorky Vaudvillian dude singing a nonsensical song? Much like the ghost in “Family Circus”, I have to say: NOT ME!

I’d like to wish a very happy (and inexpensive) birthday to my brother, Jack, who is older than I am. Much older. I mean, insanely, amazingly, shockingly, you-can’t-possibly-have-the-same-parents older.


He’s old.


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I’m no expert but…

…I don’t think McCain’s camp is doing such a great job on media preparation. I’m listening to the debate right now (48 minutes into it) and Obama is kicking the old guy’s butt all over the place. B.O. is totally polished and commanding — every time he speaks, he says something constructive & concrete. While MickeyC kind of rambles a bunch of reactive blurble. Bummer, man.

As a staunch fence-sitter, I’m open to voting for the right guy TEAM for the job. I really thought McC had the guts and deserved the glory, but first he chooses a lame running mate and now he makes a passive showing of the debate. …eek. It looks like Obamarama and Biden (I don’t have a good funny name for him because he’s like old dry toast) are going to be the dudes to party with come November.

(“Orgy of spending” – LOL! That phrase alone may earn my vote!)


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Captain Obvious Strikes Again

Facebook Profiles Out Narcissists LiveScience.comFri Sep 26, 9:31 AM ET
Facebook profiles can tell you more than just peoples’ birthdays and what movies they like – they can reveal the self-adoring, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Georgia gave personality questionnaires to nearly 130 Facebook users and analyzed the content of their online profiles. They also had untrained observers look at the profiles and rate how narcissistic, or excessively egotistical, the owners of the profiles were.

The results of the study are detailed in the October issue of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

The researchers found that the number of friends and wall posts (messages left by the owner of the profile or friends) that a person had on their profile correlated with how narcissistic they were. Study leader Laura Buffardi, a Ph.D. student in psychology, said this is similar to how narcissists behave in the real world, forming numerous but shallow relationships with others.

Narcissistic Facebook users were also more likely to have glamorous, self-promoting pictures for their main profile photo, while others tended to use snapshots, the study found. The untrained observers also noted the differences in photos and amount of social interaction.

“We found that people who are narcissistic use Facebook in a self-promoting way that can be identified by others,” Buffardi said.

Narcissism hampers a person’s ability to form healthy, long-term relationships, said study co-author W. Keith Campbell.

“Narcissists might initially be seen as charming, but they end up using people for their own advantage,” Campbell said. “They hurt the people around them and they hurt themselves in the long run.”

In the past, research has found that personal Web pages are more popular among narcissists, but this doesn’t mean that all Facebook users are narcissists.

“Nearly all of our students use Facebook, and it seems to be a normal part of people’s social interactions,” Campbell said. “It just turns out that narcissists are using Facebook the same way they use their other relationships – for self-promotion with an emphasis on quantity over quality.”


A study was commissioned to determine this important news? It doesn’t take more than a cursory glance at the profiles on Facebook and MySpace to realize that they’re just a vehicle to explore your inner Attention Whore.

Here’s the part of the study that they didn’t seem to figure out: that all narcissists are actually so self-absorbed because they privately hate themselves. So they post amazing, slutty pictures of themselves to make others believe they’re cool. Hello? Tila Tequila, anyone?? You can’t convince me that’s a healthy person.

To a lesser extent, my state college psychology studies lead me to extend a further hypothesis that maybe, just maybe, everyone (non-nacissists included) post good things about themselves because you’d have to be a dumbass to post negative things about yourself. “I’m Bob, 45, overweight with a hairy stomach, chronic dandruff, mommy issues, $30,000 of debt, and a shocking inability to keep a job for longer than three months. Wanna date?”

If people posted the truth about themselves, would the University of Georgia get a fat government grant to study Facebook members’ low self-esteem?

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DiTry 2.0

Welcome to the New and Improved DiTrying!  Well, it’s not really new. And “improved” is really sort of a qualitative, arbitrative description. “Different than 10 minutes ago” is probably a better way to explain the site’s changes, which were made in part because I craved better “blogside appeal” (I’ve lately been addicted to real estate shows on HDTV). Oh, and because I was kinda bored this afternoon.

DiTrying is your web source for not-so-timely news, questionable logic, and twisted commentary. Given her busy schedule as a lazy semi-middle-aged woman who spends her evenings inhaling Snyder’s hard pretzels, it is not always possible for Di to post every day despite the many, many, many requests from fans and stalkers who crave daily content. To you, gentle reader, I say: “Suck it.”


Smoochie smoochie!

— Di


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