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16 April 2008 @ 02:26 pm
Oh, LJ, why so dead?  
Much like my day...

Today's Plan: Work at home so I can bicycle on the parkway. \o/
Today's Reality: Rassa-frassa windstorm! *Gathers boy-kissing movie to bike in garage* *grump*

At the gym yesterday, I read tons of great articles in Runners magazine. Mostly about people running marathons and such, which I will never do, though an issue I read last week on "Running through the decades" featured the 85-year-old female marathon champ, who started running at age 79. It's a lesson for us all!

Random thought, also from gym: I hate the song Black Betty SO MUCH that it makes me feel homicidal. G.A.H.! It was evil enough the first time around-- why does it return?

The Jensen & Jared Twizzler incident is made of win. Not just for the cuteness, but also because we so rarely see that kind of humor from Jensen's side. :D**
**For those who missed it, there's a great screencap here, and the whole incident on non-spoilery video (a very informal CW interview with Jared) here.


Last night's Law and Order: SVU was incredible. They packed a lot of story into that hour, and I have to say that the actress playing the teenage girl in that episode was really good. Plus, my love of Ice-T never dies. And I'll bet you thought that episode was all about Mariska Hargitay, didn't you?


 
 
 
black_regalia on April 16th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Maaaaan, I wanna see new SVU :( I have no cable.

And it was a Benson ep? :D!!! Maybe she and Stabler will even get to be in a scene together :P

I get that the writers are trying to write around the burning sexual chemistry because they don't want the characters to get together, but they need to find a better answer than "Well, we'll just make sure they're not ever on camera together."
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 16th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I have no cable.
You don't even get network TV? Though one of my sisters in Portland doesn't really either. She lives in an area where the hills block out the reception of all but 1 or 2 channels.

but they need to find a better answer than "Well, we'll just make sure they're not ever on camera together."
That HAS been the approach much of the season, and it makes no sense to me. Those two as partners is a huge part of what the show is about. Though on the other hand, the writing for this particular L&O is almost always excellent-- and they don't suffer from the rotating weak-actor/role problems that the other L&Os do. :(
black_regalia on April 16th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yeees, so much. I love SVU. It's such an excellent show.

It's one of the few shows I've seen that writes women as people, instead of "Female Characters", capital F capital C :P

But I doooo miss Benson and Stabler and their wonderful friendship. And burning sexual chemistry.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
It's one of the few shows I've seen that writes women as people, instead of "Female Characters", capital F capital C :P
Yes-- Olivia Benson is so much more a PERSON than a "Female," and that's so rare on TV. Actually, though their roles are smaller, I'd say the same of the SVU ME (love Tamara Tunie) and also the S. Epatha Merkerson character on L&O:Classic.

But I doooo miss Benson and Stabler and their wonderful friendship.
Argh, it's like it started when Hargitay was on maternity leave, and then the producers decided, "Wait-- this solves all our problems!"

My only dangling wish from her maternity-leave period is that I wish they'd moved the guest-detective (played by the Dutch actress) over the the "Classic" series. I really, really liked her, and that series had a limp rookie at the time. :(
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Marathoners kill me-- because the distance alone is bad enough, but when you hear them talking, "Well, I was aiming for a more moderate pace of 6-minute miles throughout," then you want to kill THEM.

It's a major achievement for me to break an 8:30 mile. And not over a tremendous distance, either!
aeroport_art: impalaaeroport_art on April 17th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Ungh, LJ is ded.

The Twizzler thing...sooo cute *_* I love how the boys always throw these morsels out to the fans, inadvertantly or not. If it's not Jared humping Jensen, it's something else <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
love how the boys always throw these morsels out to the fans, inadvertantly or not.

It's the BFF chemistry-- they bring out the best in each other, and usually it's Jared bringing out a lighter side to Jensen that we don't usually see. Or, as in this case, perhaps instigating one. ;)
cindy: j2 (by no_other_choice)tsuki_no_bara on April 17th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
what's the twizzler incident?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
?!? You must have a different f-list than I do. :D

There's a great picture of it on this post at strippedpink's journal here.

Just a screencap, and the note that it made Jared flub-up what he was doing at the time.

And then there's this CW interview vid with Jared where this actually takes place (so you can see the whole incident), which I can vouch is not really spoilery: vid here

Jared's so earnest and cute in that vid, and then Jensen kind of wades in unexpectedly with that Twizzler in the middle of Serious Bizness. :)

Edited at 2008-04-17 07:27 pm (UTC)
cindy: j2 (by no_other_choice)tsuki_no_bara on April 17th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
i saw the interviews linked on i think spnnewsletter, so i watched them last night and went "oh, THAT'S the twizzler incident!" i thought it was from some story jared told at eyecon or something. the screencap cracks me up, but partly because wow, jensen looks short. O.O and i can't get over how jared's shirt pulls across his chest - i mean, look at the top button, it's straining. oh mommy.

(is it wrong that i was disappointed that the boys didn't talk about each other that much in their separate interviews?)

my flist clearly fails in the interview pimping, or at least in the "this is non-spoilery!" interview pimping....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
the screencap cracks me up, but partly because wow, jensen looks short.
Ha! I was thinking the opposite, that up close to Jared he doesn't look as short as usual (because Dean is "shorter" than Jensen). There's theoretically only 2 inches of height difference between them. Though it's possible Jensen might be lifting up on his toes. :0

(is it wrong that i was disappointed that the boys didn't talk about each other that much in their separate interviews?)
:D I always want them to talk about each other in their interviews, if for no other reason than that Jared is even funnier as relayed by Jensen than we usually see, and because Jared probably gives us a kinder view of Jensen than Jensen does himself. :0

or at least in the "this is non-spoilery!" interview pimping....
THAT part is very important to me-- I was half-cringing all through the Jared one in case it turned out to be spoilery, but fortunately it wasn't. Haven't seen the Jensen one yet-- am I safe in watching it?
cindy: j2 (by no_other_choice)tsuki_no_bara on April 18th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
the jensen interview is spoiler-free. i don't think he got any specific story arc questions, altho he did get the one about how much does he know ahead of time, or does he only know the story from script to script. (which he can and does answer without getting specific.) sadly jared does not interrupt him with candy or anything else. :(
mooyoo: Black Donnellys - Moon quotemooyoo on April 17th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
A friend of mine ran her first marathon a few years ago with her mother, also running her first marathon in her mid-fifties. I can't even imagine finishing a marathon, let alone running one at fifty-years-old-plus. I am, however, getting ready to run my first half-marathon in a few weeks, but even that's going to be pretty tough - really can't imagine trying a full marathon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I am, however, getting ready to run my first half-marathon in a few weeks, but even that's going to be pretty tough - really can't imagine trying a full marathon.
After the foot problems I had that kept me sidelined for two years on the running, I doubt I'd risk longer distances. I'm doing 4 miles about once a week, and I'm afraid to go up in frequency OR distance. I've got it good right now, finally, and don't want to ruin it.

Plus, I can only HIKE about 8-10 miles without getting blisters everywhere, and there's no pounding or extreme exertion involved in that!

A friend ran the California International Marathon for the first time around age 30, and her training surprised me. She told me that you really only have to train for about 2/3 of your total distance. You'll run the last 1/3 on guts and tenacity anyway. She might have run the full distance ONCE before the actual event, but she not only finished but inadvertantly wound up in a group action photo on the front page of the newspaper! Talk about luck. :0

Funny, because my automatic assumption about something like a marathon would be to train for a slightly longer distance, so that your final event is within your comfort range. :0 But then, I like to be well-prepared. ;)
mooyoo: Torchwood - Group runningmooyoo on April 17th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
She told me that you really only have to train for about 2/3 of your total distance.

That makes a lot of sense, actually (and makes me feel a bit better, because there's no way I'm going to work completely up to 13 miles in the next 2 1/2 weeks), though I'd always figured the same as you, that in training you'd want to run the full length a few times, to know that you can do it. But another runner I was talking to the other day pointed out that if you do that, you're not just running one marathon (i.e., on race day), but several - and that can't be healthy at all.

I think marathons, or any endurance sport really comes down to guts and tenacity. Definitely training and bng prepared, of course, but you never really know what you can do, how much you can do, until you try something.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
So think of it as working your way up to 8.5 miles steadily. Which is still a lot.

You may not have allowed enough training time for this round, BUT you can always walk the remainder if you have to. Try your hardest, and concentrate on finishing. :D
mooyoo: TDS - Jon smileymooyoo on April 18th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
That's what I keep telling myself, that it's my first one and it's okay to run a few miles and then walk for a bit and then rurn some more and I'll be happy if I just finish. There's another half-marathon I registered for in July, so for that one I think I should be a bit more prepared.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
There's another half-marathon I registered for in July, so for that one I think I should be a bit more prepared.
More prepared, definitely. I hope the weather is kind to you!

A guy at my office is an accomplished ultra-runner, and has done VERY well in the Western Classic (100-mile over-mountain endurance race) several times. I asked him why they held that in July (! Around here!), but he mentioned that they have to look forward from a reasonable "beginning time" for people to begin doing serious training and accumulate enough base miles for the event. That seems to place it in July. Ork. The California International Marathon, OTOH, is in early December! Perfecto! And oddly enough, it virtually never rains even though that's in our rainy season.
mooyoo: Dr. Who - TARDIS in fieldmooyoo on April 18th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Holy god, 100 miles?! Over mountains?! Wow. Very impressive. I'm such a wuss about hills, I hate running up them.

they have to look forward from a reasonable "beginning time" for people to begin doing serious training and accumulate enough base miles for the event.

Yeah, that actually makes a lot of sense; I'd been wondering about that too - a friend of mine who runs marathons often does them in the dead of summer, July and August, and the idea of running 27 miles in that kind of heat just boggled my mind.

What's the weather like there in December (besides rainy)? There's a couple of half-marathons here in January and February, which just seems like the worst possible time to run in NY.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Holy god, 100 miles?! Over mountains?! Wow. Very impressive. I'm such a wuss about hills, I hate running up them.
Yeah, I just don't get it. Your feet would be pulp by the end of that, or at least mine would. Not to mention wear/tear on the chassis. :0 There was a great magazine article I read where this same guy persuaded some friends to run that route in the dead of winter (talk about dangerous). At that point, the "trail" is buried under snow. You're working from GPS and 'landmarks' and hoping you find your next landmark accordingly. Admittedly, all the guys were really familiar with the route (at least 5-7 actual competitions over it, not to mention isolated training). But still-- I wouldn't hike a familiar trail in the snow. Because it's never that familiar when 90% of the terrain is buried. :0

What's the weather like there in December (besides rainy)?
It's perfecto, in my book. Daytime highs tend to be in the mid-40s to mid-50s, which is excellent. No ice or snow conditions, and not terribly cold.

Arizona has a "Santa Run" 5K event in December, but in that climate donning any part of the Santa Suit could potentially overheat you (me).

There's also a marathon that goes along the Great Wall of China, which sounds awesome. Except that it's held in early May, and I wonder if there's a risk of overheating in a bad year...
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on April 17th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Nothing like a prolonged and graphic almost rape scene :( One would think it was sweeps.

I was glad that Ice-T got to be the one to save her.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Nothing like a prolonged and graphic almost rape scene :(
That part was awful, and with much more detail than I would have liked. Yick.

Great performance throughout, though, and it really sells the point of why you have to nail people like the rapist to the wall. There just aren't enough safeguards in a power structure like prison to fight that kind of abuse.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on April 17th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
How incredibly depressing was it that the mother is killed and then the daughter will die. Both victims bite the dust and the perp almost gets away? Personally, I don't buy for a second that "He has a mole on his penis" would be enough to get him sentenced, especially if the victim is dead by the time they reach trial. Did they ever explain the whole thing about him not having the TB?

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
The daughter was going to pull through at the end-- unless Olivia was lying about the antiobiotics starting to work.

Did they ever explain the whole thing about him not having the TB?
Yes-- it apparently went the other direction. The daughter contracted it at a group home, and apparently we were supposed to draw the conclusion that she passed it on to her mother, and then from there it spread inside the prison.
Harley: SPN: J2 don't twizzle mecrimsonkitty88 on April 20th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
TWIZZLER INCIDENT FTW!!!!!! *glomps icon*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
That icon is great. :D

I love both the still, because you just can't figure out WHAT motivated THAT, and then the live version with the "Don't Twizzler me"-- which seems like codespeak for something else. ;)

Or maybe their lives are just so random that making up their own verbs is a regular event: "Don't snowmobile the Craft Services' tent! Duuuuude!"
Harley: SPN: J2 don't twizzle mecrimsonkitty88 on April 24th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Isn't it just brilliant? Hahaha. They just can't seem to avoid these moments of epic fan-girl squeeness.

Making up verbs is beyond fun. Codespeak even more so. LOL