Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Oh Honey"

So we had a quickie visit from our favorite californian...Chava! Though his visit was short, it was nice seeing him once again. Last time he was here our visit was cut short by some guy who shall remain nameless (Oh Honey)...

Anyhoo while Chava was here we took advantage and attended the Viva Chicago festival to see Mexico's answer to Hilary Duff (speaking of the Duffster...her show was postponed last Friday), Belinda. We went down to Grant Park and waited for about an hour for miss thang to take the stage (yes heat and all). Needless to say we got there late so there was no way we could actually watch the show from the proper audience seats. While her set was short...this was the best I could get picture wise:

She is kinda dippy, and sang live only a few songs, but it was can I really complain? Odd thing was she performed her hit Ni Freud, ni tu mamá twice, as the opening number and the closing number. Huh? Anyhoo it was fun staring at all the nocas who were there not to mention the scurry pretaricans w/ there even scarier plucked eyebrows.

We did some cute shots of ourselves though:

I'm sorry we weren't as readily available to enjoy your visit properly, but next time we'll have to plan it around some days off for everybody...and we are so going to CA soon! If anything to go CD shopping, meet some real-life Echo Parque cholas (maybe we can even find Whispers) and take a trip to TJ...hello mixup and donkeys?? I'm there! Chus misses his Titi Chava.

Otherwise not much else. Work is crazy right now. As you may or may not know, I work in retail advertising and while everyone is still enjoying the summer (or not depending if you are like me and loathe weather above 65º) we are working on ways to shove Christmas specials down your throat! This week was crazy, but at least we have off Monday. Since I had such a crazy week I am sooooo looking forward to getting my drink on :)

Monday, August 27, 2007


I got some sad news today. My sister's dog died this morning. She was 15. If you are not a pet owner that might not seem like a big deal to you, but for someone owns a pet or grew up w/ pets knows that they become a huge part of your life and are truly are one of the family. Though I hadn't seen Brandi in a while, she'll always hold a special place in my heart. My sister had another Shih Tzu before Brandi named Tiger, but he died when he was only 5. Needless to say we were heartbroken. A few years later her bf at the time got her a new puppy, and that new puppy was Brandi. Wow I was 15 when they got her. She was the sweetest little thing and would spend tons of time at our house as my sister would bring her over to keep my elderly grandfather company. The two of them would go for walks, take naps together (something my Grandfather would never do w/ Tiger), etc. They were best of buds. As you can image she was our little princess and was spoiled rotten!

As she got older she went blind in both eyes and like many dogs grew into her old age :( My Mom called me this morning to tell me the news. As you can imagine I am heartbroken. I spent the majority of the morning crying, as all I could do was think of my poor Brandi. So Chus your big cousin is in heaven now.

As an ode to my little niece...I leave you w/ some pics when she was a puppy as well as one of us when I was 15. I think she was trying to bite my bubble gum, hence why I am laughing. Check out the hair! And the braces!

I've got some other stuff to blog about, etc. but after today I am emotionally drained and really don't feel like writing anymore. I hope you're all well.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

So Good...

So I know I've been MIA from my blog lately. Sorry. I really have things I've been meaning to post, but I guess time has gotten the best of me. Anyhoo...I recently found an 80s movie I was desperately looking for on DVD this past weekend when I was in my hometown on Milwaukee. Anyhoo you'll see what it is below as I present my 10 favortie bad movies, you know the ones that are so bad they're good. I didn't include the obvious SHOWGIRLS as that's in a league of its own as are any and all John Waters films. These films weren't all necesarily trying to be bad (ok some where) but whatever they were wasn't very good.

10. DROP DEAD FRED What's not to love about this movie? Phoebe Cates (absolutely love her...hello Shag anyone?) has an imaginary friend as a kid who's beyond trouble and after surpressing it for years, he comes back into her life as an adult. The guy that plays Fred is hilarious, and those one liners! I absolutely adore the little girl who plays Phoebe's character as a child. Favorite line? I'm your fella Anabella

9. LAST DRAGON Awful awful 80s movie! But it features Vanity and her delicious song 7th Heaven. Plus the faux pop star who looks like Bette Midler on crack...Dirty Boys! OMG this movie is so wrong I don't know where to begin. Cheese and more cheese. Who's the master? Sho-nuf!

8. GARBAGE PAIL KIDS Ok this was the movie that inspired this post. I am sure you all remember the Garbage Pail Kids cards right? They were so popular at the time someone thought it would be a good idea to bring their grossness to the big screen. What were they thinking!?! It's like watching one big fart joke. And that theme song at the end of the movie? If you're teacher send you to the principal's can be a Garbage Pail Kid!

7. SUMMER CAMP NIGHTMARE Ok this one is bad on soooo many levels. First of all it stars Samantha Newark. Who's that you might be asking yourself? Well she's none other than the speaking voice of Jem. Yes from the cartoon. It's great hearing Jem swear! This is a bad movie about some kids who take over their summer camp, and well you can imagine the rest. But what's even greater is the awful talent contest where we are serenaded with a song about beef bologna.

6. SHE-DEVIL Ok I friggin' adore Roseanne and her her TV show is one of my favorites of all-time. So to capitalize on her TV success back in the day, someone gave her own movie (not to mention a lame TV movie about football moms). To top it off her costar was Meryl Streep! Roseanne plays a scorned wife who takes revenge on her cheating husband and destroys everything in her quest. The result is this awful awful movie that's taken on a life of its own.

5. JUST ONE OF THE GUYS Does it get any better than this? A Chicago high school senior (w/ a very heavy New York accent might I add) decides to go undercover as a guy at a rival high school after not winning a journalist internship. Because girls aren't good she has a point to prove. I think they did a knock off of this recently, some lame Amanda Bynes movie. It's just pure 80s cheese, and I love it!

4. EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY As a kid I was obsessed w/ Julie Brown and her MTV show Just Say Julie. Well when I found out she was going to be co-starring in a movie I was thrilled. Bad on so many levels, the acting, the songs ('Cause I'm a Blond anyone?), the cheesy dancing. It's too die for! As an adult I appreciate it's campiness even more. Not to mention that I have a major hard on for Jeff Goldblum (grrrrr). Long story short Geena Davis plays a scorned wife (what's w/ these cheated on women flicks I seem to love), aliens crash their spaceship in her pool (they also happen to be furry but w/ a little help from beautician pal Julie Brown they are hotties), they have zany adventures while on Earth, blah blah. You get the point. So bad it's good!

3. MI VIDA LOCA Ok anyone who knows me, knows I can practically recite this movie in my sleep. This has to be one of the worst movies EVER! The acting is so bad, the dialouge is hilarious (Let's see if you're down for shit bitch, and don't be a leva), etc. It's like every bad cliche in every bad latino movie. I just love how awful this movie! The whole chola backdrop is to die for! What I would do to meet la Whispers in person!

2. ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK Elvira's popularity in the 80s brought her to big screen, and to this day this movie remains a fave. Elvira hosts a bad horror show (wow what a stretch); quits, is broke and finds out she's inherited a house from a long lost aunt she didn't even know existed. Basically she runs amuck in a small town where her boobs (or gazungas as they're so lovingly referred to) cause quite a stir. This movie is pure cheese, the townsfolk (Eddie McClurg stars as Chastity Pariah, my email namesake) are to die for, and who can forget all her sexual innuendos and that rap she does at the end of the movie! They should make this into a musical!

Now the moment you've all been waiting for...

1. TEEN WITCH Holy bad! Holy cheese! Holy teen musical! This is by far one of my favorite movies of all time (bad or good). Louise discovers she is a descendant in a long line of witches who get their powers on their 16th birthday. She goes from frumpy outcast to becoming the most popular girl in school (thanks to her magicals powers). The awful late 80s fasions, the songs (We like boys! Top That!), that creepy lady from Poltergeist. But the best is that spazzy kid who plays her little brother...You think you're hot stuff...well you're nothing but a dog! A dog!

Sunday, August 12, 2007


So I just realized that my anniversary of moving to Chicago kinda passed me by! Ooops! I think it's because I've been living (and working) here for so long I tend to forget I'm not a native. With that said, this past August 9 was exactly 8 years ago that I moved to Chicago! Wow! I can't believe it's been 8 years already. I can truly say that this city has made me feel at home the entire time I've lived here. Just think of all the wonderful people I've befriended since living here. Not to mention the obvious :)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Mr. Mambo

I just got some sad news. Turns out a friend of mine passed away last month (I just found out today). Though we never met in person, we were pen pals and traded material of our favorite has-been divas (i.e. Tiffany, Martika, Stacey Q, etc.) over the years and spoke on the phone every now and then. I know he's had some personal issues of the last several years of his life, but I'd spoken to him on and off again for a long time now and he was usually in high spirits. I'd really come to appreciate his friendship over the years.

My heart sank when I heard the news. It's just sad. I don't know what else to say. Wherever you are Robert (aka Mr. Mambo) I just want to say thank you for being such a wonderful friend over the years. I'm sorry we never got to meet in person and go get smashed on margaritas like we always joked we would do one day.

So with that said I dedicate the following to him...I think he was the one person I knew who actually like Tiffany's "New Inside" album more than me :P

Thursday, August 02, 2007

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