Big Brother 5
Natalie got the boot and now has to face Will, who's living in seclusion, as all of the jury members will, until the season finale. I don't feel too bad for either of them though after seeing their palatial beachfront pad. However, I am curious as to what's going to transpire when Natalie shows up at Will's door. He's already picked out sleeping quarters for her twin, Adria, that are "cold, dirty, dark and hard." Yikes. Meanwhile, how adorable was Marvin the mortician during his soap-opera walk-on? The gruff guy turned positively giddy upon meeting Y&R stars Melody Thomas Scott (or is she Melody Scott Thomas?), Christian LeBlanc, Michelle Stafford, Victoria Rowell and Kristoff St. John. His turn as a gym attendant was brief but hilarious as he injected his own personality into his two or three lines. And his winning streak continued as he beat Cowboy in a putt-off to win HOH for a second time.
2004 Summer Olympics
Local News Teaser
"Teen Spending: How to Keep Your Kids from Going Credit-Card Crazy." Hmm. Call me kooky, but is the solution not to let them get their grubby little paws on Mommy and Daddy's plastic? Because last time I checked that's the only way they can possess credit cards since you have to be 18 to be approved for credit in the first place.
Late Show with David Letterman
Maybe it's just me but I thought Dave was a teensy bit off his game while chatting with five-time Olympic-medal-winning swimmer Natalie Coughlin. He seemed to be going for the easy laughs with questions about strokes (swimming) and peaking (as an athlete), before inquiring about her love life (she's had a boyfriend for "quite a while") and marriage plans (at 22, she says she's "way too young" yet). That said, Dave recovered brilliantly with this final, illuminating exchange:
Dave: And with that many athletes in the pool for so many days and for such a length of time do you ever wonder about... you know?
Natalie: Well, yeah. It's just part of the sport. It happens.
Dave: Would that count against an athlete?
Natalie: Probably not. They don't have that special chlorine that turns the water red.
And people wonder why I don't swim.
Moment of Zen
Every time I beat myself up over something small, something bigger comes along to put my minutiae into perspective. Tonight's vindication came during a Letterman segment called the "Late Show Instant Poll." The question was: "Horse John Kerry most resembles?" The first on-screen answer: "Seabuskuit." It's a copykat's nightmare and dream come true all at once. And I can sleep tonight.