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I’ve known for years that Alex Trebek and I are cut from the same cloth, but have neglected to learn about the man who shares my Cancer-Leo cusp.  The current issue of The New Yorker has aided me in this process with the following article – interesting and good-to-know facts about the exceptionally sharp game show host.

Who Is Alex Trebek?

by Simon Rich

Last month, Alex Trebek, the host of “Jeopardy!,” celebrated his seventieth birthday. It didn’t get much acknowledgment, and I’m worried that his feelings were a little hurt. Here are some clues that he read on last night’s show.

Category: TV Game-Show Hosts

$200: This game-show host has been on “Jeopardy!” for twenty-six years, and yet he never gets even the tiniest shred of respect from anyone.

$400: This game-show host is routinely asked to work ten or even twelve hours a day, even though the union maximum is eight hours. His doctors have given him a diagnosis of stress-related heart disease, but his producers couldn’t care less. They just keep heaping work on him like he’s some kind of pack animal.

$600: A lot of people think that this game-show host doesn’t know the answers to any of the questions and would be lost without his cards. But that’s not true. He knows a lot of the answers—he just can’t say them, obviously, because he’s the host and that would ruin the game for everyone.

$800: Even though he’s the public face of “Jeopardy!” and has devoted his life to it for years, this game-show host was not invited to last week’s annual softball game against “Wheel of Fortune.” When he confronted the producers about the slight, they laughed like it wasn’t a big deal and seemed surprised by how upset he was.

$1,000: This game-show host’s job has been described as “cushy.” How’s this for cushy? He’s missed only one day of taping in twenty-six years, and that was because he’d been in a major car accident. He also has to stand throughout the show (unlike some hosts, who don’t need to be named).

Double Jeopardy!

Category: TV Game-Show Hosts II

$400: Someone wrote on a blog that this game-show host is a “pompous jerk.” Would a pompous jerk volunteer for World Vision, a charity that raises money for Third World countries? Because that’s what this host does. He doesn’t talk about it a lot, because he doesn’t want to turn it into some big public thing, but he’s been volunteering with this organization for decades.

$800: Another person wrote on a blog that this game-show host “tries to speak in a British accent, to look smarter,” but what they don’t understand is that this host is from Canada and that’s just naturally how he talks. Can a man help where he was born?

$1,200: Last thing with the blogs: Someone called this host “smug” last week because he sometimes corrects contestants’ pronunciations. But what is this host supposed to do? Let the incorrect pronunciations stand? Then everybody would think he was a moron for not making a correction. It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation for this host.

$1,600: This game-show host has been mocked by comedians for decades and made to look like a fool on national television in front of his family. He never complains, because he is a good sport, but, at the end of the day, he’s still a human being and obviously the mean impersonations sometimes hurt the feelings of this host.

$2,000: Little-known fact about this host: he can bench-press his own weight. Here’s a hint: it ain’t Sajak.

Final Jeopardy!

This game-show host turns seventy-one on July 22, 2011. He has never been given a surprise party, but a gesture like that would probably make up for a couple of things. ♦



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Well I did it again.  I failed to blog for two three four almost FIVE months.  The lack of legitimate deadlines will be the bane of my creative writing existence.

I will first attempt to sum up the month of April, a month in which Mercury was in retrograde and therefore made my life feel like an hourglass turned upside down.  Not because time was flying by, but because it felt like a whirlwind.

March 31, 2010

I’m fired!  (From my 9-5 pants suit job because I overslept twice)

April 1st

I’m hired!

April 11th

I’m fired (Because I overslept twice  – notice a pattern?)

So, I decided to embrace this freedom and do the following:

After that, who knows what happened??  The past few months have been a beautiful smoggy haze.

Los Angeles at dawn.

It’s a bizarre thing to study something passionately for four years and later realize, “Man, I don’t want to do this.”

I am sure  hundreds upon thousands of people are feeling the same way, but I was pretty sure I knew my plan.

And now I don’t.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not feeling self-loathing or severely confused on a day-to-day basis; it’s just a trip to finally figure out that your goals at one point in life are not necessarily your goals down the road.

Re-reading what I just wrote, this all sounds like a “no kidding” moment, but for me, this is a truly poignant moment in the aging process.  To rethink your entire future is amazingly exciting but unsettling.

So, from this point on, these are my inspirations, as I try to figure out what the F is going on:



welcome to my current frame of mind!  I am going to seriously attempt to keep up with transcribing my life for ya’ll surfers.

ciao ciao.

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Is anyone else channeling the 90s and late 2000s like I am??

Yes, this video/song are as emo as it gets,


this guy (David Helfgott)

composed the song


this guy

is in the band.  Granted he was anorexic at the time this song was recorded, he was a babe.  Then and now.


he’s married to

which EQUALS

Australian music royalty!

Have a rockin’ 90s day!

 P.S. If you don’t know who David Helfgott is, you should.  Rent the movie Shine ASAP.  He’s brilliant and so is the movie.

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