August 26th, 2007


"Merv Griffin's Crosswords"

Patrick Jordan e-mailed to let me know he taped "Merv Griffin's Crosswords."

He asked me to post this info from the contestant coordinator, as they are running a bit low on qualified applicants:

"If you and/or any of your intelligent friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, etc. could come to audition, we'd love to give them a
chance to be on the show.

Prospective contestants must:
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Have not appeared on a reality or game show in the past 6 months
• Not know an employee of “Merv Griffin's Crosswords," William Morris
Agency, or Merv Griffin Entertainment

Please e-mail, or call
323.762.8282, to talk to me or any other member of the Contestant
Department. We'll give you more details, and talk about setting up an

Michael Toole
Contestant Coordinator
Merv Griffin's Crosswords"

Since I know someone who worked on the show (though only for a week), and I also did some work for relatives of Merv Griffin (who are not involved in the crosswords show), I assume I'm not eligible. But if you are, it might be worth a try (especially if you're on the West Coast, as they don't pay for travel to LA).

(no subject)

My Fresh Direct delivery pass expires soon, and I've now had 11 deliveries, making the $49 fee worth it (normal delivery charge is $4.99). Based on this experience, the full price of $99 for 6 months would not be economical so I won't do this again unless there's another discount offer.

Today's delivery seemed a bit light and sure enough, none of the frozen foods were there. I called immediately when I realized this, and the missing box was not in the truck. Someone must have my box, or it never got loaded. Oh well, no B&J Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt tonight (or whole wheat chicken celery dumplings, spinach pancakes, or corn dogs). They'll give a credit for those items.

I posted a friends-only entry about "Grand Slam" last night, only to realize it contained some spoiler info (if you think about it), and took it down. Hope no one got spoiled.

The at-home puzzles to-do pile is shrinking but hasn't totally disappeared.

I read "Big Girl in the Middle" by Gabrielle Reece, which came in a box of biographies I bought on eBay a while ago. The most interesting part of the book was that Reece's beach volleyball team didn't do very well.

While bringing my Fresh Direct boxes to the basement, I had to check out the laundry room book exchange shelf, even though I left the Reece book there yesterday. People tend to leave books when they do laundry over the weekend so there's always new stuff. They had Michael Connelly's "The Poet" which "The Narrows" was the sequel to, so I had to take it. And another book by Connelly. And Frank McCourt's "'Tis" (I have his other books). And, um, others. Sigh, too many books. I will bring more books down right now. (There, I left 3 books.)