Sunday, May 27, 2018

Smacksy Sunday Links

When you walk in to put clean sheets on the bed and this is happening. 

Small losses. 

Code-switching. I knew it, but never knew it was a thing with a name.

The curious tale of Bhutan's playable record postage stamps.

A tiny documentary about the Yiwu Markets in China. Fantastic.

And a baby goat on a trampoline.

Happy Sunday.

Friday, May 25, 2018


The tidiness of my kitchen table (or lack thereof) is a direct reflection of my inner world. Now that you know that, pretend you just asked me, "How's it going, Lisa?" The photo above is my answer.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Very Good Night

Let's say you are twelve-years-old and love baseball. Yes, you love the Dodgers but you really love the Rockies most of all. So on the one night this week that you don't have your own baseball practice or a baseball game, the Colorado Rockies just happen to be in town playing the LA Dodgers. Perhaps your dad gets tickets for you and your pal to go to the game. Maybe your mom takes you and your friend to the stadium so you can be there when the gates open two hours early and watch batting practice. Then Rockies outfielder David Dahl throws you a practice ball from the field and you catch it because you always bring your glove to games. You get some cool autographs. You eat weird stadium nachos out of a bowl that looks like a helmet. And maybe your team loses, but it's still a perfect night.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Pear Shape

Of course I see the resemblance but no, it's not a self-portrait. Thanks for asking.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza

Bottlebrush plants grow wild in my hometown. Their red, spiky flowers always seemed to thrive near eucalyptus. I remember a distinct moment when I began working in a restaurant in Hollywood, there was an actual bottlebrush behind the bar, the round kind of brush used exclusively for washing bottles. I looked at it and thought, "Hey, that looks like a bottlebrush plant." Beat. Beat. Beat. "Oh."

It was just a few months ago when it occurred to me that Tony the Tiger (of Kellogg's Corn Flakes fame) says "Grreat!" Because he's a tiger and tigers say "Grrr." Oh.

Dear God. What else didn't I know?

Bob uses a piece of baseball training equipment called the Velo Pro. Yeah. "Velo" is not a family name but is short for "Velocity." Oh.

The big indoor stadium in downtown Los Angeles is the "Staples Center" because one of the original owners (with naming rights) was the Staples office supply company. Not a family named Staples. But a company that sold office supplies that was also named after an office supply. Oh.

Yes, there are more stories such as these, many of them involving misunderstood song lyrics.

There's Manfred Mann's 70s classic Blinded by the Light, anyone?  "Wrapped up like a douche when you're rollin' in the night." ("Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.") Oh.


Monday, May 21, 2018