Stinky Repairmen, What to make, Silver Linings Playbook and I ain’t no darn stan!

Last week was a really busy one. My girlfriend talked me into inviting a few people over for the Super Bowl. Honestly I’m not much on entertaining. I’d rather go out with friends than have them over. For me home is sanctuary. A place of rest and relaxation. And having company is always stressful.

And of course I was the one who had to plan the menu. Drats! As you all know I am a total amateur when it comes to cooking. I mean, I just learned how to cook rice! At first I had visions of grandeur. I’d make all sorts of creative things that would wow the girlfriend and our guests. Then I snapped out of it and came back to reality.

Our Super Bowl fare consisted of chicken wings, store bought of course, a gigantic salad, an assortment of potato and tortilla chips and dips. But, everyone seemed pleased with it. So, I survived that little get together.Whew!

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And if worrying about what to make for guests wasn’t enough, the heater went out. Now it’s not exactly cold here by East Coast crazy blizzard standards. But, it can get very crisp here. And although heat isn’t really necessary during the day a little heat at bedtime and in the morning is required.

So I called and set up an appointment for a repairman to come out. I made a morning appointment hoping he would be in and out before noon. But, I didn’t expect him to show up at 7:45am! Good thing I got up at 7, something I don’t normally do.

Anyway, he was a nice older fellow. And he seemed to know what he was doing. I already knew what was wrong with the heater since I had the gas company come out and check it and tell me. So I wasn’t worried about getting ripped off with unnecessary repairs as will happen sometimes.

The whole process when fairly smoothly. Except. The repairman stunk! And it wasn’t your normal run of the mill funk. It was some sort of special funk. A funk for the ages. After he finished and left I was relieved to get Mr. Funk out of the house.

But, Mr. Funk left a gift that kept on giving. The house still smelled like him after he left! WTF! I opened a bunch of windows and left them open for the afternoon. And then in the evening when the girlfriend came in from work the first thing she said was, “What stinks in here?”. Yikes. I had to break out the Frankincense incense at that point. It took a whole stick of it to get rid of the funk.

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I saw the film Silver Linings Playbook. I really didn’t have any interest in seeing it until I realized Robert DeNiro was in it. Also Chris Tucker was in it. It was a pretty interesting film. It was about mental illness and how it can affect a family. Overall it was pretty good. Robert DeNiro is up for an Academy Award for his performance. I’d recommend the film.

Finally, I got into a heated discussion with a friend. She called me a Alicia Keys stan. I am not a stan, I just crush a lot! I explained to her there is a difference between being an avid fan and being a stan.

For instance; if you are a stan and someone criticizes the object of your stanism, you get angry and defend them at all cost. Whereas, if you are simply a loyal fan. as I am, criticism doesn’t really bother you. My joy in being a fan is not that everyone else has to be a fan, it’s just fun to enjoy a particular person over a period of time. You get to see them grow as an artist.

I wouldn’t want to be a stan. They go hard, way hard. Like for instance Beyoncé stans. Or Obama stans. They get personally offended if you criticize in any way the object of their stanism.  I’m sure you’ve all seen them in action. Or just ask Keri Hilson.

Nope, I’m an AK fan. And that’s it. Definitely not a stan. 😉

What was on your Super Bowl menu?
Ever had someone funk up your house?
Seen any good films lately?
What singer are you a really big fan of?

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25 thoughts on “Stinky Repairmen, What to make, Silver Linings Playbook and I ain’t no darn stan!

  1. Val,I had to work so no menu for me. Good thing too because I would have been in the midst of the madness like I was a Ravens fan! When my kids were young, they would smell like wet puppies after playing outside and bring that funk in the house. Kids stink! lol

  2. I had hot wings as well on Sunday, though I actually made mine. Hot wings are one of those things that I actually like to cook.

    Now as far as the smelly guy in the house, yeah, I’ve dealt with that sort of thing before. A few years back a Time Warner Cable technician came to my house to fix my cable. It was the summertime and he was sweaty. He had those sweat spots all over his clothes and water was pouring off of him. He smelled like “swass” (sweaty ass) the minute he came in my house to fix my cable. While I was talking to him a tear fell out of my eye because he was stinking so bad. I remember turning off my air conditioning and opening up all the windows, because dude was peeling the paint off my walls with his sustained uncut funk.

    Rarely have I smelled a human being that smelled like that…….and wasn’t homeless. It was pretty bad. It took like a half hour or so for that dude’s funk to disapate enough after he left for me to let the windows down again. I probably went through an entire can of Lysol. Dude was two miles past funky.

  3. Oh and one more thing, you’re definitely an AK stan……….definitiely; and you’re not just one of the regular stans, you’re definitely the president.

  4. Lol @ your stinky repairman… too funny.

    I’ve actually seen two good films recently – “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Pariah”. Yeah I know both have been out for a while, but I’m usually late seeing movies unless it’s something I’ve really been anticipating.

    “Pariah” was hands down the best movie I’ve seen in a while. We need more movies like this!! The lead actress was great (can’t recall her name right now), and Kim Wayans really surprised me! I’m used to seeing her in comedic roles, but she’s proven that she can do drama too.

    “Silver Linings Playbook” wasn’t as good, but still a solid film. It’s always interesting to see how Hollywood portrays mental illness.

    • Her name is Adepero Oduye. That was a great film. Kim Wayans was really good. I just wish that film had a wider release in theaters. It was so hard to find it. There need to be more films like that.

      I haven’t seen Silver Linings. I’ll probably check it out though. I agree about mental illness in film. That’s why I liked The Sessions. It gave real insight into that subject without over doing it.

  5. I had to work too. Well, I decided to open the club to watch the game. We had ribs, gumbo, chicken, a bunch of side dishes and fruit and vegetable trays. Much easier than hosting a party at the house and I got to make money doing it.

  6. “And it wasn’t your normal run of the mill funk. It was some sort of special funk.”

    That bad, eh? Dag. LOL

    I’m not into singers like that, but being a “Teen Wolf” fan reminds me of how glad that I am not a “stan” of the show—that it’s basically a diversion and not my life. A lot of the show’s fans are obsessive, pushy, and ridiculous. I don’t think that they get out of the house much.

    I’ve heard good things about “Silver Linings Playbook” (the only negative I heard was that Jennifer Lawrence’s character is basically the manic pixie dream girl trope) and I’ve heard about “The Sessions.” I wouldn’t mind seeing both in the future. I have seen “Pariah” and loved it. Kim Wayans was amazing in it, and I hope that she gets to try other dramatic roles in the future.

    • @Dienna – I hadn’t heard that criticism about “Silver Linings Playbook”, but now that you mention it, yeah, Lawrence’s character is definitely a MPDG – eccentric, quirky personality. Her main purpose is to help Bradley Cooper’s character overcome his issues even though she has plenty of her own.

      • That’s too bad to hear that it’s true, since while the movie does seem like it’d be interesting, I’d rather see something that empowers women as opposed to using them as props.

    • As crazy as Teen Wolf stans may be they have nothing on Beyonce stans.

      You made me realize that I used the the wrong title, Dienna. The film I saw was actually Silver Linings Playbook. And you are so right about the character Jennifer Lawrence plays. I had a conversation about the Magic Negro which is a common plot device in films and Jennifer’s character is the Magic Girlfriend. She really only exists for as a helper for Bradley Cooper’s character. Otherwise her own story is minimized and takes a back seat to Cooper’s.

      • “As crazy as Teen Wolf stans may be they have nothing on Beyonce stans.”

        I’m scared to know how bad they are. I bet those who aren’t her fans are worse. Beyonce has been getting a lot of negative criticism in the media lately, and most of it seems like random targeting because people have nothing better to do.

        “I had a conversation about the Magic Negro which is a common plot device in films…”

        That is funny, because “Teen Wolf” has a few “Magical Negro” characters in it. Dr. Deaton, the vet, and Ms. Morrell, the guidance counselor, are two underdeveloped black characters on the show, and Dr. Deaton knows how to use magic for healing. Ms. Morrell’s role is unclear but she works with Deaton. There are a lot of complaints about the underdevelopment of the show’s black characters, but the concerns get swept under the rug. That’s why it’s so important for black people to keep making their own stuff to get their voices out there.

    • As crazy as Teen Wolf stans may be they have nothing on Beyonce stans.

      You made me realize that I used the the wrong title, Dienna. The film I saw was actually Silver Linings Playbook. And you are so right about the character Jennifer Lawrence plays. I had a conversation about the Magic Negro which is a common plot device in films and Jennifer’s character is the Magic Girlfriend. She really only exists for as a helper for Bradley Cooper’s character. Otherwise her own story is minimized and takes a back seat to Cooper’s.

  7. We ate so much food in NOLA the entire weekend of the Super Bowl. Lol. I mean, we ate and drank and ate and drank. Most of the food I ate was spicy food though, so I paid for it the first couple days of last week.

    I’d hate to refer to myself as a Tupac stan, cause it doesn’t sound right. But I am and will forever be a fan of Pac’s music. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like Beyonce’s fans. Lol.

    I have a post in blogger draft concerning films on Netflix. So many people speak upon Netflix., so I took the time to recommend a few underrated films.

  8. Just Started COOKING and/or Not MUCH OF A COOK Huh O_O
    I alwayz wondered DO FEMALES like that have some OTHER Wondrous TALENTS (I MAY NOT Be Aware Of Though…) #Snickers O_o

    Ahhhh I’ll LET YOU GO on this Denial of Being an A-Keyz Stan becuz You ALREADY KNOW I’ll Try You (On THAT Baby…) #LMAOOOO

    Btw Da Twittah was Str8 DRAGGING Your Girl about that Mini-Concert she did during The NBA All-Star Game (I didn’t Watch…) ONE of the Tweets was from A STAN and She wondered if She had a PACK-A-DAY Cigarette Habit becuz of HOW SHE Sounded While SINGING Though (MmmHmmm…) ;-D

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