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Here's a bit of silliness I saved from the Gail the Goldfish thread on Testy's message board:

Gail! )
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The first stop in our trip down memory lane is The Official West Winger’s Dictionary, courtesy of those wild and crazy peeps at the Testy Toads Message Boards. Special props to gaggit for originating the list and for letting me repost it on jedbarlet.com oh, so many years ago.

Winger's Dictionary )
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I just watched the cast of The West Wing on yesterday's Ellen and it was wonderful. I don't care that NBC cancelled the retrospective because I doubt anything they would have done would be as lovely as that episode of Ellen. It was so nice to see the cast all together like that, laughing and having fun. And I loved the way they structured it, starting off with the remaining core four and then adding Janel and Dule, and then other late-comers. I also thought the clips were very well-chosen. And I totally sobbed when they brought out the flowers and mentioned John Spencer's roses. *sniffle*

Watching the clips, I realized that I didn't just love watching the show, I loved the shared experience of watching the show with a terrific group of smart, funny, amazing, wonderful people. I loved the way we'd quote lines back and forth to each other, the way we could relate almost everything that happened in our real lives to something that happened on the show, the spirited political discussions that we used to engage in. I loved the Great Olive War, the Redbird/Susannah campaign staff, the Fishboy Dance, the Horsepersons of the Anti-Yearning Apocalypse (with their coconuts!), the Harem Globetrotters, and the Pop-Tarts. I love that every Thanksgiving many of us name our turkeys either Eric or Troy (Troy doesn't like to be touched). I love that I still have my "Crackpots" tape, the one that went around to everyone and was copied and re-copied so many times during that first summer that you can't even hear the audio (oh, but you can see Josh's biceps, you betcha).

I know we did some of this a couple years ago when Testy's board closed, but in honor of the passing of this wonderful show that has given me so many dear friends over the years, I thought I'd dig up some of the stuff I saved from the old MB and post it here between now and Sunday. I know I've still got the Winger's Dictionary and some excerpts from the Gail thread, and a few assorted quotes. I don't have the campaign staff list, though, and if any of you old-schoolers still have that I'd love to see it.


May. 7th, 2006 08:00 pm
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Damn you, West Wing, for making me love you again at the end! *shakes fist* I was over this show. No, really, I was. And then they have to go and be all good again, and give me my favorite characters being funny and lovable and perfect the way I remembered them being oh, so long ago. Dammmit! Margaret! C.J.! Danny! Toby! *wibble*

Also, ya'll can just bring on the coconuts, because THERE IS some YEARNING!!!!!
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I'm back from my awesome trip to L.A.! Had a terrific time with [livejournal.com profile] austin360, [livejournal.com profile] tlbelle, [livejournal.com profile] bgirlla, [livejournal.com profile] kelbelle, and [livejournal.com profile] softeranswer. Man, that's a lot of peeps!

The Over the Hedge premiere was fun, although there were no up-close-and-personal encounters with any celebs, and Allison Janney didn't even show up. But we actually stood on the red carpet! We stood out in front of the theater for a while before the movie started and watched the celebs disembark from their limos and disappear down the long press line. This afforded us distant glimpses of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell, Nick Nolte, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, Avril Lavigne, Larry King, Mark Burnett and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Then the people near us started exclaiming because Tracey Gold was standing right next to us. There was also a guy loitering nearby that I was certain was somebody (although [livejournal.com profile] austin360 insisted he wasn't or else he wouldn't be standing over by us) and later realized was Billy Ray Cyrus. Also, at some point one of the guys we were with apparently got an inadvertent flash of Scout Willis' boob thanks to a regretable wardrobe malfunction.

The movie itself was cute. Steve Carell and William Shatner's characters were especially funny. But the best part was that when the credits rolled everyone stayed to watch and as various names scrolled by there would be pockets of whooping and applause around the theater as their friends and families cheered for them. Then we filed out into the lobby where Bruce Willis was posing for pictures with various people and their kids. We also spotted Steven Spielberg in the crowd, and he ended up following us outside. Which was weird because everyone behind the barricades suddenly starting waving and screaming "Mr. Spielberg! Mr. Spielberg!" and I turned around and he was standing like two yards away from me with a bunch of his kids. Then Wanda Sykes walked by and the people we were with asked her to pose for pictures with them. Also, Catherine O'Hara practically elbowed past me in the crowd. As we were leaving [livejournal.com profile] austin360 pointed at someone and said, "Hey, there's that guy from Earl!" And I got all excited, thinking she meant Jason Lee or even Ethan Suplee, but it was actually Eddie Steeples, aka Crabman, which was pretty cool, too. And a few minutes later we discovered that he'd parked in the same lot as us, as he and his family walked right us on the way to their car (a black Toyota Prius in case anyone cared). The urge to call out, "Hey, Crabman!" was almost overwhelming, but I resisted.

We topped off the visit at [livejournal.com profile] bgirlla's apartment, watching the penultimate episode of The West Wing, which happened to be the Most. Boring. Episode. Ever. But the preview for the finale was awesome and made us all sniffly and we rewound it like four times and then watched "Five Votes Down," for old times sake.

And then poor [livejournal.com profile] austin360 came home and discovered she has shingles, poor thing. And has to take VD medicine, which is actually kind of awesome (I told her now she has something in common with Veronica Mars, but for some reason she didn't laugh). And thank god I've already had the chicken pox, because guess who was rubbing ointment on her rash all weekend?

My back, by the way? Still hella sore, but slowly getting better.
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Oh my god, ya'll. Best West Wing... well, not ever, but definitely since Aaron left. Requiem )
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When you see this on your flist, quote Leo McGarry.

MARGARET: Can I just say something for the future? I can sign the president's name. I've got his signature down pretty good.
LEO: You can sign the president's name?
LEO: On a document removing him from power and giving it to someone else?
MARGARET: Yeah. Or do you think the White House Counsel would say that's a bad idea?
LEO: I think the White House Counsel would say that's a Coup D'Etat.
MARGARET: I'd probably end up doing some time for that.
LEO: I would think. And what the hell are you doing practicing the president's signature?
MARGARET: It's just for fun.
LEO: We've got separation of powers, checks and balances, and Margaret, vetoing things and sending them back to the hill.
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Thanks to all of you guys for the lovely birthday wishes! *hugs flist*

I had a terrific birthday, at least for the first two-thirds of the day. Woke up to coffee and Shipley's donuts, courtesy of Mr. Sus and the munchkin. Opened some presents. Went shopping in Rice Village, bought a cute skirt at Banana Republic, discovered that I'm apparently a size smaller than I thought, and had tapas for lunch. Then we went home, where Mr. Sus gamely watched three episodes of Veronica Mars with me. Unfortunately, the tapas apparently did not agree with me, because I spent the rest of the evening feeling horribly nauseous which sort ruined the going-out-to-dinner-and-eating-birthday-cake plans. Still, other than the stomach upset it was a wonderful day and now I am officially old.

And then last night I watched West Wing. Election Day Part II )
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More than once last week I started to write a journal update and every single time I got only a couple paragraphs in before I realized that it was so dull I was boring myself. So I decided to spare ya'll and just not post.

So, here's a catch-up summary of the Week in Television that is hopefully not (too) boring.

First, Bones... Two Bodies in the Lab )

Then, there was Veronica Mars. Versatile Toppings )

And then there was The Doctor. Doctor Who )

Um, West Wing? Two Weeks Out )

Grey's Anatomy, on the other hand, Superstition )

Whew. Okay, I think I'm caught up now.

In other news, we had a few people over for dinner last night and I made the Once Upon a Time in Mexico cochinita pibil and a pitcher of sangria. And then I made the mistake of having half a cup of coffee after dinner and ended up completely unable to sleep last night. Now I'm tired and the weather is rainy and gross today and I don't feel like doing anything. Bleh.
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Dang, I keep meaning to update, and I start composing entries in my head, and then when I actually have time to write them down I can't remember what I was going to say anymore.



Well, I guess it's a given that the season finale of BSG blew my mind. It's amazing that I have cognitive function at all, the number of times that show's blown my mind. Lay Down Your Burdens )

Sunday's Grey's Anatomy was good. Band-Aid Covers the Bullet Hole )

As for West Wing... The Cold )

The really exciting news, however, is that there is a new Bones tonight AND a new Veronica Mars and THEY'RE NOT ON AT THE SAME TIME so I can actually TiVo both. Can I get a hallelujah, people? And as if that wasn't good enough, Adam Baldwin's guesting on Bones!
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The West Wing is about to get crowded

WW casting spoilers ahoy )

Squee! SQUEE! More squee! As if the J/D stuff wasn't enough incentive--I am SO gonna be tuning in for the rest of the season. I'm not gonna like it, I'm sure, but I'll be glued to the TV nonetheless.

Last night's Gilmore Girls was just plain lame. Not stab-myself-in-the-eye hateful like a Daniel Palladino episode, just kinda boring. Bridesmaids Revisited )

Rumors continue to circulate around the internets about Arrested Development and Showtime, but STILL nothing official or even vaguely reliable sounding. Gah. Give me something, people!
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So, um, Veronica Mars last night... wow. Spoilers for last night ahoy )

As for Lost... didn't watch it, didn't TiVo it, didn't tape it. That's the first time that's happened since the pilot aired. And I find I don't miss it at all.

Instead, I taped Bones during VM. Dude. The Mayor was on! Angel and the Mayor, together again, just like old times. *happy sigh* It was a pretty awesome episode, too. Not good (because when is Bones actually "good"?), but fun in all the right ways.

Oh, and there's some West Wing spoilers for the rest of the season here. For those of you who don't care enough to read the whole article, here are the highlights:

Read more... )
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I am back from Sundance and, man, am I tired. I had an amazing time, though. Props to Mikijean for her awesome hospitality and for shuttling us around SLC. We crammed ten feature-length films and nine (I think) short films into three days. We are so hardcore, ya'll. By the end my eyeballs were beginning to bug out of my head.

Not many celeb sightings, as we didn't even go into Park City once. We were considering driving up there yesterday to wander around, but in the end decided it was way too much trouble for the dubious pleasure of a chance at spotting Paris Hilton. There were Q&A's after many of the films we saw, but mostly not with particularly famous people.

I'll post about our awesome adventures and reviews of the films we saw later, when I'm better able to form a coherent sentence. I did manage to catch up on most of my flist this morning over coffee, though. *waves to flist*

Didn't hear about West Wing until I got back last night. I find myself unable to care much. I am vaguely curious to see what they do with the Josh/Donna stuff and how they leave it, though. Otherwise, meh.

Oh, and M and I made D watch Friday's BSG with us yesterday morning and EEEEEEEE!!!! *loves*


Warner Brothers and CBS Corp. announced plans Tuesday for the creation of a new broadcast television network, called CW, that would replace the WB and UPN networks in the fall of this year.

... The new network will broadcast such UPN shows as "America's Next Top Model," "Veronica Mars" and "Everybody Hates Chris," as well as WB programs "Beauty and the Geek," "Smallville" and "Gilmore Girls."

Verrrrrry interesting.
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Stupid internet connection. I had this whole post in my head this morning when I got up and stupid Roadrunner was having a citywide outage and now that we're back online I can't remember what the hell I was going to say.

I could talk about last night's West Wing... )
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Ya'll, my dad called me no less than eleven times yesterday. No lie. All because he needs to get a new dishwasher and he's trying to kill himself (and me) with his obsessive need to over-complicate the whole process. Today, I am so totally going to Sears and buying a dishwasher and having it delivered to his damn house. Surprise, dad!

Lost )

West Wing )

P.S. I'm not really feeling crazy today, I just love that picture and wanted to use it.
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Happy (somewhat belated) New Year's greetings! I'm back from my hiatus, just in time for all the panic spreading across LJ about the Movable Type merger. Whee! No time for a long update today, but I wanted to post two items of interest.

Firstly… "CNN Will Cancel 'Crossfire' and Cut Ties to Commentator" (New York Times)

From the article: Mr. Klein (the new CNN president) specifically cited the criticism that the comedian Jon Stewart leveled at "Crossfire" when he was a guest on the program during the presidential campaign. Mr. Stewart said that ranting partisan political shows on cable were "hurting America."

Mr. Klein said last night, "I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart's overall premise." He said he believed that especially after the terror attacks on 9/11, viewers are interested in information, not opinion.

WA-freaking-HOO! Also, neener-neener.

Secondly, I'm guessing most of ya'll were watching the season premiere of Alias last night and not West Wing, and I can't hardly blame you. However, as I sat down to watch another blechy episode of TWW (not being much an Alias fan myself), the words "Written by Bradley Whitford" flashed on screen. I had no idea he was writing! Why didn't anyone tell me he was writing? It was fairly damn good, too. I mean, he had to advance some story arcs that I'm not wild about, but he definitely brought the funny, and the characters didn't feel like a betrayal of the old days. They actually resembled the people that we used to know and love. Go Brad! If they could get him to write more episodes I might start caring about the show again, instead of just tuning in for a cheap glimpse of Josh's dimples.

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