Sunday, January 25, 2009

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi

I know have said this before but the Tennis Channel may be one of the best investments I have ever made. I think it was last year, when ESPN and the Tennis Channel came up with the partnership to co-broadcast the slams. They take turns with live and taped coverage. It's awesome. Literally, you can watch the Australian Open 24 hours! When one station's coverage ends, just flip to other channel and it's just beginning and so forth. It's a tennis fans dream come true! Of course it is messing with my sleeping habits majorly but oh well. I can deal with a couple of late nights for two weeks. And if I do decide to go to bed early or because I have to because I have to open the next morning, I can always catch up on what I missed later because it's always on! LOVE IT! Thank You Tennis Gods for this great gift!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Oh, what to do?

I sign up for a lot of different online newsletters. Well, not a lot but some. One of them is Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch or whatever it's called. Periodically, they send me surveys about different aspects of entertainment that could earn my free DVD's. So far, I have not won one, yet. I also get previews of issues before it's posted online or sent out to subscribers so that's cool. They also let you know when advance screenings of movies and TV shows they are putting on. In the past, I couldn't take advantage of such events because I didn't live anywhere they held them until now. I got an email from them last week about and advance screening for the United States of Tara, a new show on Showtime, created by Diablo Cody and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Toni Colette. I like all those people so I thought this would be fun to see but the thing is. I don't get Showtime. I don't want to see the pilot and fall in love with it and then not be able to see the rest of the series until it's on DVD. I know I could watch it online but there is something about watching a TV show on TV that I still like. I find the Internet as plan b. I know that attitude is so 20th century but it is how I feel. I've never gone to an advance screening before and most importantly, it's free! Nothing is free in this city so I should take advantage of it while I can. So, I decided to go until I got a text. I signed up for text alert from a few months ago because they were in charge of all the Twilight advance screenings. I wasn't able to go to the one here in New York because of work but it was all good because then I got to keep my promise to my sister and wait and see it with her. Anyway, I totally forgot that I was still on their text list until yesterday. They are holding a advance screening for the new movie, Coraline. It's directed by the same guy who did The Nightmare before Christmas and based on the book by Neil Gaiman. I haven't read the book but I hear it's good. So here's my problem. They are both at the same time, playing in different theaters in Manhattan. Which one do I go to? And more importantly, I have been living in New York for six months and why do I have to get both invitations for the same night?