May 10 11

I have that feeling in my throat when I yawn. You know the one. The one that aches just enough to send that warning signal to your brain; the cold is on its way. Pretty soon that feeling will come with every swallow and I will be making a pit stop at the pharmacy to clear out the cold medicine aisle. Of course I am getting sick. The first month of a new subway commute is on par with the first month of preschool. Each day I am exposed to brand-new people who stand dangerously close to my person, invading my personal space, while coughing and sniffling and spreading their foreign germs into my orifices. There’s not enough Purell on this planet to keep me healthy; it’s inevitable. Perhaps I need to invest in one of those SARS masks.

And now to segue into something completely unrelated, because it’s my site and I can, yo.

It’s funny because I fancy myself a pretty opinionated person. I like what I like…and I am shocked (SHOCKED!) when people don’t like the things that I like, which is sort of ridiculous because I typically have what some might call offbeat taste. I like Indie movies, music people have never heard of, and eating peanut butter off a spoon. But, I still get surprised when people are not on the same page as I am.

For example….there are people WHO DO NOT LIKE MAD MEN. (ahem)

For another example….there are people WHO DO NOT THINK AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER IS COMEDY, erm, GOLD. (ahem)

For yet another example…there are people WHO DO NOT LOVE PARKS AND RECREATION. (ahem)

For yet even another…..there are people WHO DIDN’T LIKE THE KING’S SPEECH.

How are these things even possible? These are not just things I love. They are things I looooooooooooooove.

I wonder how many other of these are out there. Things I love and would be shocked to hear that other people didn’t.

I know there are books/songs/movies/shows that I’m all, “WTF? This is terrible” that people love. Like The English Friggin’ Patient. What a piece of crap that was. I tried to read the book about 47 times and couldn’t get through it…and then I tried to watch the movie, and I couldn’t even bring myself to watch it to the end. SNOOZEFEST.

And don’t even get me started on how I felt about The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo.

And, well, I don’t really like The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or Lady Gaga. Or Oprah. Or slurpees. Or Dancing with the Stars. Or Javier Bardem.

But really, you should forgive me.

Because it has started to hurt when I swallow.

OUCH.

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  1. First off, oil of oregano — go get some. Go now. Also, Javier Bardem? *gasp*

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    Comment by Tamara on May 10, 2011
  2. I don’t like any of your loves…and I don’t have any feelings one way or the other about your dislikes…I felt the same about the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo~yikes!

    My biggest issue is with people who LOVE Twilight…what a waste of my time the books and movies are…

    and you should forgive me because I have a raging ear infection…let’s call in sick tomorrow-oh wait-I did that today-sorry!

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    Comment by LibraryGirl62 on May 10, 2011
  3. I like all of your things, too….but I love the english patient. I know what you mean, though- it can be shocking when someone doesn’t like something I do.

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    ali replied on

    …and it’s almost like I then feel the need to EXPLAIN why the things are like are so good. Heh.

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    Comment by scarlet on May 10, 2011
  4. *cries*

    Although I do admit to not particularly liking anything after the FIRST Austin Powers’ film, I agree on everything else. Dragon Tattoo just seems a little too… I don’t know how to explain it…

    But FINALLY. Someone who does NOT worship Lady Gaga and the ground she walks on – FINALLY!! I only can take one song of hers, and that is because of Lea Michele and Idina Menzel’s duet of “Poker Face” and “Alejandro” (not of the duet variety). I just… dont’ get the hype, sorry.

    I also have no interest in The English Patient. At all.

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    Comment by Mari on May 10, 2011
  5. I have never seen Mad Men….or P&R…and I liked the 1st and 2nd books of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but couldn’t finish the third because The Hunger Games took over my life – have you read those books yet? So good. Hai, I’m 12.
    Also loving that new show Happy Endings – have you seen that one?

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    ali replied on

    You need to get on that. Watch both Mad Men and Parks and REc. You will NOT be sorry :)

    I read the first Hunger Games, like, 4 years ago while working at Scholastic.
    But I haven’t seen Happy Endings….it’s good??

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    Karen Sugarpants replied on

    Happy Endings is cutesy good but makes me LOL for real nearly every episode. Sometimes clever.
    I guess I have to rent MM and P&R since you said so! :)

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    sam {temptingmama} replied on

    Yes. Rent it. LOVE Mad Men.

    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on May 10, 2011
  6. p.s. Your website is The Tits, Ali. Wicked good!

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    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on May 10, 2011
  7. What are your thoughts on ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer’? That is how I can tell if people’s likes are in synch with mine. :)

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    Comment by Alecia @ Hoobing Family Adventures on May 11, 2011
  8. I, too, have never seen “Mad Men” or “Parks & Recreation.” Or “The English Patient” (thank God). I share your dislike for Oprah, though, so there’s that.

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    Comment by Karl on May 11, 2011
  9. Okay. People who don’t like “Parks and Recreation” are just flat out batshit crazy. I never even bothered with “The English Patient” because the ADS for it bored me. What’s your stance on “The Wedding Singer”?

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    alimartell replied on

    I KNOW, right? Parks and Rec is a thing of beauty.

    Okay. So I have to admit this here…I have never seen The Wedding Singer.

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    Jessica replied on

    Oh, Ali. Watch it. Seriously. I am pretty damn sure you’re going to love it.

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    Comment by Jessica on May 11, 2011
  10. Well, I don’t like LOTR, either. But Austin Powers in Goldmember? That’s probably one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. And Parks and Recreation just annoys me – I gave it a chance, too, but none of the characters have any depth!

    It’s like I don’t even know WHO YOU ARE.

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    alimartell replied on

    WORST MOVIES YOU HAVE SEEN? There is so much brilliance in there. so much.

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    Avitable replied on

    I loved the first Austin Powers – it was smart. By Goldmember, it was all rehashed and terrible! Of course, I only saw it once in the theaters. Tell you what – next time I’m in Toronto, we can have a viewing at your house and I’ll give it a fair shot.

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    alimartell replied on

    Okay. Fair deal. YOU MUST. I feel like you might change your tune. It’s a huge fan favorite at our house!

    Comment by Avitable on May 11, 2011
  11. My gravestone will read: Loving wife who severed ties with all people who didn’t like Parks and Rec.

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    alimartell replied on

    If I could “like” this comment, I’d like it 100,000 times!

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    Comment by Carrisa on May 11, 2011
  12. Ok, I disagree on LoTHR. But otherwise, preach it.

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    alimartell replied on

    I know that lots of people will disagree with me on the LOTR thing…I just found the movies soooooo long.

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    Comment by katy on May 11, 2011
  13. How can you not like slurpees? I don’t think I understand that one.

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    alimartell replied on

    Well, I don’t love things that are super sweet. I can’t drink any sort of juice and haven’t been able to drink non-diet pop since I was, like, 13. Slurpees are just way too sweet for me. I know. I KNOW.

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    Issa replied on

    Hmmm okay. I get the Coke ones.

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    alimartell replied on

    If they had diet coke slurpees…I would probably love those. Only now that I gave up diet coke, I probably wouldn’t be allowed to drink them. BAH.

    Comment by Issa on May 11, 2011
  14. I judge my friends based on their opinions of Harry Potter.

    Hope you feel better soon. Impending illness is a legitimate excuse for almost anything, the same as just having returned from vacation. U can manage to stretch that excuse out for up to two weeks if I try really hard.

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    alimartell replied on

    Are you pro or anti Harry Potter?

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    Sharyn replied on

    PRO! Harry! Harry!

    My kids will be at camp when HPDHII premieres so I guess I’ll have to go see it without them. That’s what they get for leaving me.

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    Comment by Sharyn on May 11, 2011
  15. Based on this post I think we would get along quite well EXCEPT for Oprah. I mean I just can’t overlook that one

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    alimartell replied on

    Oprah is just a little bit too into being Oprah for my liking. I don’t HATE her like some people, I just am tired of her, I think.

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    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on May 11, 2011
  16. Mad Men? Brilliant.
    Slurpees? Also brilliant. Also great on a sore throat.
    Just sayin.

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    alimartell replied on

    If there was a version of slurpees that weren’t so sickeningly sweet, I would LOVE them.

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    Comment by Aeron on May 12, 2011
  17. The English Patient makes me stabby, and I’m not really into Oprah or Dancing with the Stars. I love watching Mad Men with the sound off, and I haven’t seen P&R to have any worthwhile opinion.
    But I still love you — get better soon, Ali. :)

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    alimartell replied on

    What does it mean to watch Mad Men with the sound off?

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    Nenette replied on

    I appreciate it for its beauty and other-worldliness (for lack of a better word). I don’t get to watch it often enough to keep up with the storyline, but it’s pretty to have in the tv while I click away on the laptop.

    Oh, it’s much like the way I’d watch movies like Troy and Wolverine. Except slightly different. ;)

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    Comment by Nenette on May 12, 2011
  18. THis has nothing to do with the topic (I LOVE MAD MEN! THE KING’S SPEECH!) but by Gahd woman, your blog looks AMAZING!

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    Comment by Roxanna (miguelina) on May 12, 2011
  19. 1) I have retracted my dislike of Mad Men. After 6 episodes, I now like it. Still think Don Draper is an asshole, but the show grows on you.

    2) Parks & Rec is the best comedy on TV right now. I will admit, the first season SUCKED. It wasn’t funny at all. So I can see if you gave up then. But those people need to start with season 2 and keep going. SO HILARIOUS!

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    Comment by Kristabella on May 16, 2011
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