Free Leaf

"Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold..."

Location: Falls Church, Virginia, United States

I have a lot more questions than answers, but I just keep asking. I constantly want to leave, but somehow manage to stay. I am both perfectly happy and completely miserable because of it. I think I am misunderstood but that could just be a huge misunderstanding, either way I guess the best way to put it is, "I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong."


Everyone seems to be talking about movies

But I want to talk about TV. I will throw in a few movies anyway like Stranger than Fiction which looks really good. And The Last Kiss with Zach Braff and Rachel Bilson, but that actually brings me back to TV so it all makes sense. How does that bring me back to TV? Simple, Scrubs and the OC are two shows that I watch a lot and those two are stars in them. Summer television is terrible as most of us know, unless you are a fan of Bravo or So You Think You Can Dance? there aren't many options. I have been passing my summer by watching Smallville DVDs, my weekly dose of Entourage and playing NCAA 07 on XBox. But as the TV seasons grows nearer I am getting excited for the return of some great shows and trying to get into some new ones (Check my fall schedule here). Today's reason for being excited is my new HD DVR. I just can not wait to set my fall lineup and come home to beautiful HD picture every night.

Other news:
While I am still majorly obsessed with the situation in Israel I am not sure what else to write about it. So, I am trying to get back to my regular ridiculous posts, with a few meaningful ones sprinkled in.

My DC area self ban is going to come to a close tonight as one of my Brothers to the Bone is finally done with the Bar exam and I will again be venturing into the district for debauchery.

Lance Bass is gay, something I have known for years and I am sure most people have as well, but what is great about this is that his ex-boyfriend is/was fraternity brothers with one of my other Brothers to the Bone. This guy is getting killed on gossip blogs, one person called him a "mean, bitchy, queen" but he loves it all and will be celebrating with Lance tonight. My friend who happens to be a huge homophobe, yet still has close a personal gay friend, is finding all of this to be hilarious.


Anonymous bill said...

Aha, see KassyK saved me from the summer boredom by turning me on to So You Think ... then loading up my list of movies to be seen. Credit also to Circle V for her list. Amazon thanks you, ladies.

Do you have a good HD display on which to watch all this? And what are you going to do when the industry tries again to take us to the cleaners by re-issuing all our favorites on one of the HD DVD formats? I can feel my wallet getting lighter already. And my blood pressure rising.

3:48 PM  
Blogger adieu tristesse said...

This is very unrelated to your post, but I figured since you are most certainly thinking of this as is, I should share. I’ve forwarded the e-mail to many many people and I want it to be in heavy circulation. You don’t seem to have any e-mail available, so I suppose I will post it here, probably better anyway, since it will attain more exposure:

----- Original Message ----- *From:* Jerry Brown *To:* Undisclosed-Recipient:; *Sent:* Wednesday, July 19, 2006 7:05 PM *Subject:* Letter From An Israeli Citizen
From an Israeli citizen

Dear World,
I understand that you are upset by us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry. (Outraged?) Every few years you seem to become upset by us. Today, it is the "Brutal repression of the Palestinians"; yesterday it was Lebanon; before that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the Yom Kippur War and the Sinai campaign. It appears that Jews who triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most
extraordinarily. Of course, dear world, long before there was an Israel, we - the Jewish People - upset you. We upset a German people who elected Hitler and upset an Austrian people who cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations - Poles, Slovaks, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians and Romanians. And we go back a long, long way in the history of world upset. We upset the Cossacks of Chmielnicki who massacred tens of thousands of us In 1648-49; we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews that they slaughtered untold numbers of us. For centuries, we upset a Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our relationship through inquisitions, and we upset the arch-enemy of the Church, Martin
>Luther, who, in his call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an admirable Christian ecumenical spirit. And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear world, that we decided to leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Jewish State. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers in the various countries that comprise you, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you) - and have you love us? And so, we decided to come home - home to the same land we were driven out of 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that, apparently, we also upset. Alas, dear world, it appears that you are hard to please. Having left you and your pogroms and inquisitions and crusades and holocausts, having taken our leave of the general world to live alone in our own little state, we continue to upset you. You are upset that we repress the poor Palestinians. You are deeply angered over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacle to peace in the Middle East Moscow is upset and Washington is upset. The "radical" Arabs are upset and the gentle Egyptian moderates are upset. Well, dear world, consider the reaction of a normal Jew from Israel. In 1920 and 1921 and 1929, there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between Jews and Arabs. Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered tens of Jews in Jerusalem , Jaffa , Safed and Hebron . Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron in 1929. Dear world, why did the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots between 1936-39? Was it because Arabs were upset over 1967? And when you, dear world, proposed a UN Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created a "Palestinian State" alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried "no" and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews - was that "upset" caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the way, dear world, why did we not hear your cry of "upset" then? The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who when they had all the territories they now demand be given to them for their state, attempted to drive the Jewish state into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "itbach-al- yahud" (Massacre the Jew!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today, but we should not "repress" them. Dear world, you stood by during the holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres. You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction. And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians dream daily of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear world, well think of how many times in the past you bothered us. In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less.

12:30 AM  
Blogger Leaf said...

Bill - You really like So You Think...? I used to date a ballerina and she is constantly telling me to watch it but I just cant get into it. I do have a nice HD display, a Sony Bravia LCD and I have no idea what I will do when HD DVD or blu ray becomes prominent. I have so many DVDs and there is no way I can see replacing them with some new technology anytime soon. I have already fallen victim for updated versions a few times when re-releases of my favorites come to DVD, if they get me again I will certainly look like a sucker.

AT - Thanks, that was a great read. I am gonna post it on its own. I am also going to add my email to my profile so in the future people will be able to contact me that way and forward on any great emails such as this.

9:37 AM  

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