A Harris Poll conducted earlier this month revealed what we have long suspected during this recession: Americans are not eating out as much, preferring to stay at home to cook. In the Harris Poll, conducted in an on-line poll between March 9 and March 16 about their upcoming spending plans, three-quarters of the 2,355 Americans polled said they would decrease spending on eating out in restaurants (74%) and on entertainment (74%). These figures are up from November, when 64% and 65% of them, respectively, predicted their spending behavior. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s face it: the economy is in the toilet, we’re one paycheck away from living in the streets, and we’ve been shocked into suddenly having very little —losing a job, a house, a car, a livelihood, a thinner 401K and portfolio. What portfolio, you say? You don’t invest in stocks? What 401K? You don’t have enough to invest either, huh? You’re just struggling, like many millions of families around the country, to just keep your head above water.
We’ve rapidly had to become a country that is taking a shockingly cold look at itself –a nation of people living beyond their means, a nation of debtors who have lived off plastic and put off responsibility until later, and now dealing not just with the devastating dislocations like, you know, not having a home all of a sudden. Read the rest of this entry »
Spring 2009 TV
Spring finally arrived on Friday and you’d think the only event worth catching on TV is all the March Madness basketball on CBS. There have been some thrilling games for sure and the Sweet 16 will continue to battle it out this week and lead up to the Final Four –and huge ratings for sure—all the way into April.
Spring is also the time for networks, both mainstream and cable, to unveil some “mid-season” programming right after the hoopla of the large events like the Oscars and Grammys, which roll through town in early to mid-February. Sweeps period is still February, but given the recent writers’ strike, it seems like some of the old calendar dates for TV entertainment are changing. For one thing, TV is now pretty much all season. Large-scale productions like the dull “Kings” on NBC or new sitcoms (what, I thought they were dead) like “Better off Ted” and “In the Motherhood” are starting later than what used to be called “mid-season”. A couple of shows, a crime drama on NBC with Ben MacKenzie (“The OC”), called “Southland” and a sitcom with veteran Bob Saget called “Surviving Suburbia” (not a catchy title) bow on April 9 and April 6, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »
I, Larry Thomas, Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi will personally autograph photos of my alter-ego. You choose which photo and you choose what you want written on the photo and I will sign it just that way, but you must tell me or I can’t send it until you do, please, this is important as I don’t know if you forgot or if you are assuming I’ll sign it generically, please don’t leave that blank.
Without a doubt, Seinfeld spawned some of the most memorable and recognizable catchphrases in the history of American pop culture. Among the most notable: “Yada Yada Yada”, “shrinkage”, “master of your domain”, “No soup for you“, and “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”.
The dilemma, however, is that such fame and whirlwind nostalgia can actually work against you (in the world of acting), especially if you’re Larry Thomas, who played the infamous Soup Nazi. Read the rest of this entry »
Free Resume Printing?
In this downright scary economy where we can now admit to ourselves that we are living through a profound recession, it’s nice to find some deals, especially when it’s absolutely free. Not just that, but it’s likely also helping the very people that the recession is affecting each day: the laid off, the unemployed millions each day that have contributed to the 8.1 percent jobless rate announced last week –the highest in a quarter century. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently a buddy of mine gave me the idea of placing a hold on my Netflix account. He and I agreed that we were paying too much for, well, so little.
The promise of having “two movies” at a time and keeping them as long as we wanted sounded good, and for the last couple of years, it seemed like a decent and convenient thing to do. $18 or so bucks, you get the two movies, and somehow I never really sat down and did the math needed to answer this question: was I really getting my money’s worth.
I had long given up on the rotten task of walking into a neighborhood video (oops, sorry, DVD) shop and seeing rows and rows of movies that really no one wanted to see. Missed “House Bunny” or “Charlie’s Angels 3” in the theatres the first time? Why plunk down $5 to see it at Blockbuster when you are going to get gouged in late fees when you just can’t get yourself to see the movie in time, or dammit, you forgot to drive back to the store. I would actually get stomach aches seeing all the movies at my cavernous dvd shop I used to frequent. Then I got turned on to Netflix. Read the rest of this entry »