|You Were a Polar Bear|
I'd much rather have in it in reds than the greens and blues, but you get the general idea.
Where would you put it and why? At first, I wanted it on the back of my neck, but I don't want it to be visible and right now my hair isn't long enough to cover it. So I'd most likely put it way down low on the small of my back.
Q1 - Moving: According to a recent report on American Public Media’s ‘Marketplace,’ in New York City, landlords and developers are paying big money (in some cases upwards of six figures and more) to convince renters to vacate their rent-controlled apartments. The practice, which makes way for property owners to then raise rents or build luxury condos, is now commonplace in many cities where rent-controlled housing still exists. Do you like your home or apartment? If so, what would it take to get you to agree to move? I love my house. I'd be hard pressed to move as I've moved so many times before. I'm ready to put down roots here. It would take an awful lot to get me to move, I don't know if money would be a motivator. Perhaps a lack of money, but not the prospect of a big profit from the sale.
Q2 - You Choose: Which is more important to you... Liberty or Security? Liberty- without freedom there can be no true security.
Q3 - Drinking: If you could drink anything right now--alcoholic or otherwise--what and how much of it would you drink? A french martini- it's Friday afternoon!
Q4 - Counting: How many light bulbs are in your home, and when was the last time you had to change one? My God, I have dozens! Too many to count. I have one out in my bathroom vanity now that I need to change now.
In 19 years in television "I've never been in this position before," said Winfrey, whose praise for Frey's book in September helped make it the top-selling book on nonfiction lists in the United States last year. "I really feel duped," Winfrey told Frey on her television show. She said he had betrayed millions of viewers. Winfrey began by apologizing to viewers for a telephone call she made to CNN's "Larry King Live" show on January 11, while King was interviewing Frey about the controversy. In the call Winfrey said that even though the facts were being questioned, the book "still resonates with me" and called the controversy "much ado about nothing." "I regret that phone call," she told her viewers on Thursday. "I made a mistake and I left the impression that the truth does not matter and I am deeply sorry about that. That is not what I believe."
I was able to watch the Oprah Show today. Oprah appeared to be completely irked by her guest, but kept her professional demeanor throughout. James finally admitted he "embellished" many details about characters and events in his book. Oprah was clearly dismayed by the authors deceitfulness when James admitted his girlfriend Lilly did not in fact commit suicide by hanging herself the day he was released from jail. In fact, he did not serve jail time at all and was in North Carolina tending to "personal business" when Lilly killed herself by slitting her wrists. It appears that the closest Frey has ever come to a jail cell was the few unshackled hours he once spent in a small Ohio police headquarters waiting for a buddy to post $733 cash bond. I also wonder about the truth regarding his relationship with Lilly. He never explains why she killed herself. Perhaps James had decided to move on and forgot about his promise to Lilly of "never". Frey appears to be a pathological liar and had a difficult time coming up with answers for Winfrey throughout the hour-long show. What he did say didn't seem to ring very true. Regardless, his credibility is trashed now. I certainly hope he's banked all the money he's made from "A Million Little Pieces" and his sequel currently on the New York Times Bestseller List "My Friend Leonard". But knowing American's, this publicity will only serve to boost Frey's book sales.
Overall, I still feel it was an interesting book, albeit a piece of fiction. I cannot in good conscience call it a memoir. It may be loosely based on actual events in Frey's life. Many writers use their own experiences to draw on when writing. It doesn't make the book a memoir.
You can listen to an interview with Frey for Barnes & Noble's web site here.
Click here for audio of Frey talking about his ordeal on a Doubleday promotional CD.
Disney announced this week that it has purchased Pixar Animation Studios. If you remember, Pixar is the creative force behind such hits as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. When Steve Jobs isn't busy coming up with the latest I-Pod, he heads Pixar Studios, which was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in Emeryville, California. Jobs has a far bigger stake in the animation studio than he does in Apple: His roughly 50% ownership of Pixar is worth over $3.5 billion, which would make his Disney's largest individual shareholder.
Emeryville is a far cry from Hollywood. But this may be a good thing for Disney, as several of their last hand-drawn animated films have been busts. The "House of Mouse" is in dire need of a breath of fresh air. It appears that the time has passed for the success of hand-drawn films in this era of computer-based animation.
So now that Apple, Pixar, Disney and ABC are linked in the business world- what will that mean for us as consumers? Disney movies for our I-Pods? I know I Tunes already carries a few ABC shows. (Yes, I am aware it carries shows from other networks too.) I suppose we'll have to wait and see.