September 22nd, 2006


J! and evil Hollywood

I was exhausted after that grueling eye exam (and because I had not had much sleep), so napped in the late afternoon and evening, and forgot about AOL Gold Rush. Forgot about it yesterday, too.

I signed on MSN messenger for the first time in a while and Nonny immediately found me and invited me to a high-powered game of wordplay (not "Wordplay") J! against TOC finalists King Frivolity and Michael Falk. Even though the questions played to my strengths, my nonexistent buzzing skills, their successful true Daily Doubles, and my not knowing many of the answers led to my downfall.

Next, Nonny, King Friv and I did the archived 1990 TOC 2-day finals, where I again did not exactly kill. I did have one "zero ms" buzz, but generally don't have the hang of when to ring in. It was fun, though. They play live with MSN J! and I'll have to bring the laptop in the living room and try that soon. Maybe tomorrow (today), if I'm up.

I finished one of the library books: "You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again" by Suzanne Hansen, the true tale of her nannying stint with Michael Ovitz and other Hollywood names. The children in question are now 20ish, so the story is a little dated, but still delicious and nasty. The success of "The Nanny Diaries" must have helped this book see print. Nowadays, nannies to the stars probably sign confidentiality agreements up the kazoo.

I've also read "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" (wildly disorganized, in need of major editing, but still fun to some extent) and "You'll Never Make Love in This Town Again" (nasty).

I'll never edit puzzles in that town again if I don't finish this LA Times batch soon.

Just another day in Jackie Collins-land

I just started Jackie Collins' "Deadly Embrace." The heroine's father has disappeared after allegedly killing his estranged wife and her lover, and her boyfriend has also gone missing while on a photography job in Colombia. She visits friends in LA to get away, and a team of Uzi-wielding masked men storm into the restaurant where they're eating and take everyone hostage.

And that's just the first 4 pages.

Edited 9/29 to add: I finished the book. It was completely trashy and I ate it up. All that education, gone to waste.