Sunday, May 07, 2006

Risky Business

I don't think my admiration for anyone has ever plummeted so rapidly as it has for Tom Cruise. I used to love the guy. I loved him way back when he barely had a speaking role in "The Outsiders." Now I think he's a Froot Loop. And I hate even saying that, because it gives Froot Loops a bad name.

Anyway, what a crazy week I have coming up. Really it's just the beginning of the week. I have a magazine article and a newspaper column due Tuesday. I'm also having Bunco at my house that night. OK, who else does this? You're part of a Bunco group where the point is to just relax and have fun, and to really not go to too much trouble, and then when it's your turn to have it, you freak out and clean the whole house top to bottom and cook food you don't usually cook for even your own family. I do this every year. This year I'm making salsa. How many times have I made salsa for my family? An armless guy could count them on his fingers.

That reminds me of a story. About ten years ago, Chad and I were living in an apartment in Bryan, TX. One day I was doing laundry and trying to open the door to the community laundry room while holding a full laundry basket and a big ol' bottle of detergent. As I was struggling, someone walked by behind me and said, "Can you get that?" I replied, "I guess I need to grow another arm." I turned around to see who I was talking to and it was a guy WHO HAD NO ARMS.

A rather awkward silence followed.


  • At Sun May 07, 11:24:00 PM, Blogger janjanmom said…

    Hail, hail, the queen of open mouth, insert foot is hereby crowned!

    Thanks for sharing your coronation achievement with us. Sounds like something I would do!

  • At Mon May 08, 07:52:00 AM, Blogger Lauren said…

    Oh, man...I lauged outloud at that one! Yep...I think that is something that could definitely happen to me.

    About Tom Cruise, I so agree!! Everytime I see him or hear about him in the news, I just have to tune it out. He used to be so cool (ah, remember Top Gun?) and now...ugh. It's all just so over the top.

  • At Mon May 08, 08:11:00 AM, Blogger Jacinda said…

    Thank you for letting me have a large laugh this morning! I think that could only happen to a few people!

  • At Mon May 08, 08:55:00 AM, Blogger Cheryl said…

    Amen on the Tom Cruise stuff! Weirdness...all. And very sad too.

    About the arms---remember the villain on Spiderman II---Octupus Man or whatever his name was...I always thought that if you took away the evil element and softened the arms a little could market that multiarm thing for Mom's, home managers and of course, Bunco Hosts around the world.

  • At Mon May 08, 09:25:00 AM, Blogger MAK said…

    I have been reading a blog of a lady who is having health problems and dealing with all the problems of the hurricane in La. We have been looking for ways to cheer her up and keep her mind off of things and we thought we would do "most embarrassing moments" I hope you don't mind but I sent this one to her, it is a doozy! Let me know if you want to read her blog and I will send you the address. Thanks for the laugh on a dreary Monday morning!
    Ps. I put the story on anonymously but will gladly go back and give you credit if you would like me to!

  • At Mon May 08, 04:24:00 PM, Blogger "Snapshot" said…

    Tom just proves that just because you are drop dead gorgeous does not mean you have a brain in your head.
    He's a nut. Also proves that aging does not mean that you get wiser!

  • At Mon May 08, 06:40:00 PM, Blogger MAK said…

    Her blog is and she is a very sweet lady.

  • At Mon May 08, 08:22:00 PM, Blogger Hoots Musings said…

    Oh my Deana....I would have just turned 40 shades of red and apologized profusely.

    Tom Cruise is a bonafide whack job. I heard he hired a personal trainer from Buff Brides so Katie would be in shape for her wedding day....barf gag!!!

    Dee Andrews is a peach of a gal!

  • At Tue May 09, 06:09:00 AM, Blogger Sarah said…

    I love Bunco! Long story, but I kinda had to leave my Bunco group right before it was my turn to make the salsa/host. And yes, I really was planning on making salsa!

    As for your guy with no arms story...that is exactly the sort of thing that would happen to me.

    One time, my family was walking to our car in the mall parking lot and 2 nice middle aged ladies stopped us and told us how cute our twins were. They said they had twins too. I was wondering which one was the Grandma and which one was the Mom.

    Stupid me, I opened my mouth and asked, "Which one of you is the Mom?" They just looked at me funny and said, "We're both the moms."

    Oops. My husband was mortified. I didn't get mortified until a few minutes later when he explained to me what just happened. :)

  • At Tue May 09, 12:06:00 PM, Blogger Tiffany said…

    Your man-with-no-arms story reminds me of one of my own great foot-in-mouth moments.

    I was waitressing at a barbecue joint one summer during college and it got really old when patrons would constantly ask me what the side dishes were, even though they were listed in huge letters at the top of the menu.

    At the end of one l-o-n-g day, I approached an older man and his wife who were seated in my section and started to take their order. The man asked me what the sides were and instead of cheerfully reciting them like I should have, I pointed to the top of the menu and said, "You can find them all listed right here."

    The man smiled at me and said, "Well, thank you dear. That would would be much easier...except that I'm blind."

    I was mortified and could literally hear the sound of my tip going down the drain.

  • At Tue May 09, 05:30:00 PM, Blogger Beverly said…

    mission impossible all time fav..but cruise..has kinda weirded out on us and somehow I don't have the desire to go see it..

  • At Wed May 10, 08:42:00 PM, Anonymous Melanie Morales said…

    I think Tom is running out of publicity rackets / stunts since he's had so many films come out. Instead of just talking about a great movie, he gets caught up in selling himself - he's running out of marketing angles!


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