Thursday, August 16, 2007

Has Géraldine moved to London?

I found a new professional address on ZoomInfo.

55 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5SQ
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 74 68 77 77
Fax: +44 20 74 68 00 23

Oh, and there's a weird picture of her as well... she looks yellowish and fatter:


The Amélie Comeback Mystery

When will it happen? In Beijing as she said? In the European indoor season? Next year? Never?

At this point I hope everyone starts believing she is retiring from the sport so she'll want to prove them wrong. If anything, that alone will motivate her.

In my heart, I know she is not done. But it might also be one whole lot of wishful thinking on my part. :P

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What would Jenny do?

Ok, this cracked me up. It's a letter from an L Word fan answered by the "Jenny character" of the L Word. There's one every week or less in here:

Dear Jenny, how can I meet women...?

Dear Jenny,

I just moved to a new town, and I'm finding it hard to meet people. I've checked Craigslist for book clubs and poker tables, but they always seem to be in the outer suburbs or full of complete geeks. I want to meet women, of course, but at this point, I'd be happy just meeting some interesting people.

I'm a freelancer, and most of my clients are out of town, so I can't meet people through work. I don't drink a lot, so bars are kind of out. It's gotten to where I just sit in front of the TV every evening, watching reruns of "Friends" and eating Ben & Jerry's out of the container. I feel disgusting and lonely. Please help!

Lone, Lonely, Alone

Dear Lone, Lonely, Alone,

You know, lots of people will tell you that it's hard moving to a new town, you have to give it time, you'll find your niche, blah blah blah. But you know what? You may not. Ever. You may just discover that you're socially inept. Perhaps this wasn't so clear in your old town, where people were used to you and could simply cluck like hens behind your back as soon as you were out of earshot. But now, you're on your own in a new town. And you're making a hash of it.

I mean, what are you doing asking some guy named Craig for advice on how to find women? What would he know about it? Also, if you're going to sit around depressed, watching reruns, why not pick something uplifting like "The Facts of Life"? Or, like, "Xena the Warrior Princess" or something? You need to get into the right groove here, not act like some sad-sack straight woman pining for a man to marry. So, pull yourself out of that tub of Ben and Jerry's and listen to me.

You've got to think outside the box, by which I mean that empty box that's serving as your head. Want to meet women? It's totally simple. You can:

* Masquerade as a traveling sorority girl, and ask the "sisters" at your local college if you can stay over in their house for a couple of nights. Pack massage oil in your perky little overnight bag.

* Get a job at the local bookstore and slip your phone number into all the copies of "Tipping the Velvet" and "Lez Girls."

* Work at the movie theater, and every time a cute girl orders popcorn, say, "Honey, I'd be happy to butter up your kernels any day!"

* Become a cop, pull over all the beautiful women in convertibles, then tell them, "I'll let you off with a warning this time, but if I catch you driving while hot again, I'll have to punish you!"

For god's sake, use your imagination. Otherwise, we'll be watching you on TV in a few years being rolled out of your apartment and loaded into a van for emergency gastric bypass surgery, a trail of empty ice cream tubs in your wake. On second thought, that would be kind of gruesomely entertaining. So, really, either way is fine.

Good luck, and let us know if we should go ahead and buy stock in Ben & Jerry's.


Friday, August 10, 2007

West Hollywood

What gets me about WeHo is not so much the presence of an extended LGBT community. Examples of it can be found in many cities, including mine. There are "gay neighbourhoods" in pretty much all the big cities in the world. It is not the mere quantitative presence.

Nor is the "qualitative" presence: I have to admit, I've never seen so many hot lezzies anywhere else (except in those floating environments that are tennis tournaments: therefore, I've never seen so many in stable territories, so to speak). But I'm not the person who travels to see beautiful people, at least not as the main concern.

The real reason the City of West Hollywood seduces me lies in its name: and I am not talking about the glittering, limelighted last word; it is the first instead.

It so happened that in 1984, this diverse community of Jews, Russians, seniors, and (yes) gays and lesbians who had gathered in the area to escape from persecutions of various forms and shapes, stopped being "tolerated" and started a world-rare path to self-determination. Even better, to self-government. No more living under the laws of "straight mankind", trying to exploit the loose mesh, trying to find solace in the missed or distracted application of rules. Now a community starts to make laws for themselves.

For example, when it was denounced that sheriffs were harassing gays in the park, the community deliberated to hire gay sheriffs.

And now there are sheriff cars around in WeHo, with the same duties of all other sheriffs in the world; except they sport a 6-color logo. And this is not Las Vegas, it's no illusion: it's all true and vivid. Or shall I say, given the level of entertainment present in the city along with the political activism, this is not "just" Las Vegas.

In other news.... I looked for The Planet, but I couldn't find it! LOL ;)
In return, I spotted Alice's car :) LMAO

I also thought that Ilene Chaiken (TLW creator) didn't have to invent much... as soon as I saw the Pacific Design Center it reminded me of the California Arts Centre. TLW is set in WeHo, after all.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Hey I'm in L.A. :)

Just thought I'd let you know I'm on vacation. :)
I rented a bicycle for a week and I'm going to explore the town pedalling :D
If I take some nice photos I'll post them.

At the end of my trip I'll publish a Da Vinci code-style counter-novel titled "what is fiction and what is reality in The L Word" ROFL.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Amélie's cruise

What kind of ship do you think she sailed away with?

Classic cruise ship...

Luxurious yacht...

Or sporty one?

And I wonder if faithful SF *G* is accompanying her?!?! *devil* (who guesses what "SF" stands for wins G-stalker of the month award... LOL)

Probably Tiger Woods invited her on his yacht! (LMAO at this photo)

EDIT: daantje suggested she went on an Olivia cruise ROFLMAO LOL LOL LOL

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Francis Veber is a genius...

... does anyone agree? I saw two movies he's done (Le Placard and Le Diner de Cons) and heard great things about "La cage aux folles". I wonder if Amélie likes his work.

I saw "Le Placard" (Eng.: The Closet) about ten times and I lost count about "Le Diner de Cons" (Eng.: The Dinner Game)... by far the funniest stuff I've ever seen on a screen.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Awww have you all seen this vid?

It's from Fed Cup SF against makes me think that human beings are so different. If Amélie did to me what she does to Nath I'd be glued to her (teasing and playing) for the rest of the day.

French Team Présentation Fedcup semi final 2007

Huge thanks nouf and stefi62.

PS: I don't know why the font is so big up there and so tiny in the last lines, I can't seem to change it *shrug*

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Pope Ratzinger has good taste in men

Look at the man he shares his life with:

Apparently he's very athletic, plays tennis and skiis; plus he said in a recent interview that "his senses are normal" and he used to "like girls" when he was young.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Tiny brain no obstacle to French civil servant

I think this is the most amazing news in a long time.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man with an unusually tiny brain managed to live an entirely normal life despite his condition, caused by a fluid buildup in his skull, French researchers reported on Thursday.

Scans of the 44-year-old man's brain showed that a huge fluid-filled chamber called a ventricle took up most of the room in his skull, leaving little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue.

"He was a married father of two children, and worked as a civil servant," Dr. Lionel Feuillet and colleagues at the Universite de la Mediterranee in Marseille wrote in a letter to the Lancet medical journal.

The man went to a hospital after he had mild weakness in his left leg. When Feuillet's staff took his medical history, they learned he had had a shunt inserted into his head to drain away hydrocephalus -- water on the brain -- as an infant.

The shunt was removed when he was 14.

So the researchers did a computed tomography (CT) scan and another type of scan called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). They were astonished to see "massive enlargement" of the lateral ventricles -- usually tiny chambers that hold the cerebrospinal fluid that cushions the brain.

Intelligence tests showed the man had an IQ of 75, below the average score of 100 but not considered mentally retarded or disabled, either.

"What I find amazing to this day is how the brain can deal with something which you think should not be compatible with life," commented Dr. Max Muenke, a pediatric brain defect specialist at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

"If something happens very slowly over quite some time, maybe over decades, the different parts of the brain take up functions that would normally be done by the part that is pushed to the side," added Muenke, who was not involved in the case.

In this brain scan of a 44-year-old French civil servant, the dark area shows the swollen, fluid-filled space that has crowded his skull, leaving little room for his brain. (Lancet)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Negroni Cocktail

If you ever come to Italy, don't try this out... it tastes like perfume :P
Yikes: the Negroni Cocktail

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Amélie out on the sea....

... in good company. YAY!

I know it's an old photo but I'm afraid it would take the fiercest paparazzis to have fresh photos of her for a while.
So while we begin our longest hour... does anyone know who the girl is?

(Huge thanks KJ for the picture and your reliably useless questioning... ;) *hugs* )

Saturday, July 14, 2007

SHOCK! Amélie is wearing a new ring!!!!

This one looks more silver, slightly bigger and without the Cartier's triple crossings.

Does this ring any bell to you? ;)

So the rumors were true?!?!
Or did it just slip away from her while she was washing her clothes at the public fountain like all sensible maids? ;)

So WHY is her old G-ring not there anymore?!?! *devil*

(And what was she doing here?..... "hey, look, I have a leg..." *rolls eyes* )

EDIT - it has a diamond line in the middle as you can see here:

Roby67 saw *G* at Wimbledon and she suggested it might be G's birthday present for Amélie... yikes. Tacky. ;) j/k