Miss Quirky

“Roswell” Reunion at ATX Television Festival

In Celebrities, Pop Culture on April 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

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So I can’t believe the cast of “Roswell,” is going to reunite at ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas June 5-8 this year. It’s been 15 years since the show premiered, and many of us were love-lorned teenagers who were coming of age. This show resonated with fans due to the high caliber writing, drama, and intrigue. Jason Katims was an exemplary executive producer back then and still is.

I also find it strange that people who have never seen the show claim it’s “nerdy” since aliens pose as teenagers. No, it’s not a nerdy show since none of the characters play D&D, wheeze, and wear pocket protectors. It’s more of an intergalactic romance brimming with angst. I wanted to get all of this out of the way before I let you all know that I will be attending.

I know that this will not happen again and as an ardent fan of the show (since day one) I have to be there. Aside from going to ATX this year, I have written a Roswell Travel Guide for Crashdown.com last year, visited Roswell, NM, interviewed both Brendan Fehr and author Melinda Metz for this website.

Yesterday, Brendan Fehr leaked on his Twitter page that there was a “Roswell” reunion underway comprised with Executive Producer Jason Katims, Shiri Appleby, himself and Nick Wechsler. Apparently, this was suppose to be a surprise and I could easily see why most pre-sale badges were getting sold out. Of course, I spent $500 on this and have a flight booked to Austin, Texas. Previously, I was going to use that cash on a romantic getaway to Vermont but this “rare” reunion deserved my attention.

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I am crossing fingers that Colin Hanks, Jason Behr, Majandra Delfino and William Sadler will come too. What’s “Roswell” without Alex, Max, Maria and Sheriff Valenti? Although I am a hardcore fan of the show, I really don’t want Katherine Heigl there. Back then, her prima donna antics watered down third season, and also created tension between Jason Behr and Shiri Appleby (in real life) since she dated Jason back then. That “tension” destroyed Max and Liz’s chemistry third season and compromised the romantic magic behind the show.

I am really glad that America knows what I knew back in 2001—-which is  that Katherine Heigl ruins everything. I am hoping she turns her nose up on this reunion and focuses all of her attention on “Jenny’s Wedding.” Moreover,  I also hope that I am not the only one who feels this way since I know other fans want this reunion to go without a hitch. Enough with this rant. It would also be great to meet with other “Roswell” fans and form new friendships on my trip.

What many people don’t realize is that lifelong friendships were formed because of this show, and I would know since that’s what happened to me. Some of my closest friends from High School still talk about the show and that says a lot.

This is random but did you know that Snooki’s favorite show of all time is “Roswell”? I know that doesn’t say alot since she is “Snooki” but I am hoping her star power will raise attention to this reunion. Snooki found out about this reunion via Twitter and I am betting on anything that she will be there.

Lastly, I will be reporting about the reunion, along with other ATX forums I visit too. Be on the look out for pictures, snarky stories and wtf moments since that’s what this blog is best known for.

Are any of you going to ATX this year? If so, who do you plan on seeing? Why?

 

My Cultural Weekend: Kraftwerk, Deepak Chopra, and Moroccan Food

In Books, FML, Food on April 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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Kraftwerk at the 9:30 Club

Updates, what I need to work on. Most bloggers post a cohesive entry once a week as a way to gain traction with readers but i’ve been taking the natural approach for years. Which is to blog whenever I feel like it. Not sure if it’s working out for me but at least my readers know that before anything is said, it’s all done au naturale.

Anyways, I’m grateful for my liberal arts education because it taught me to be open-minded. To love to learn–ANYTHING.

Coincidentally, in order to be cultured, you must be on a lifelong pursuit to learn–EVERYTHING. In fact, I wrote a comprehensive self-help guide for anyone who wants to be more cultured right here. 

I take those aforementioned steps to heart and am trying to be more cultured in my reading, eating, and learning habits.  By happenstance, I was awarded a lofty amount of time and I melded it into a beautiful work of art–not literally but mentally, yes.

Last weekend, I meticulously crafted my weekend in a way so I could pursue the arts. On Friday I saw world famous German Electronica band Kraftwerk at the 9:30 club. Albeit, the first half of the show was a chore since I couldn’t see past this woman’s expansive figure. It was a 3-D show and me, being vertically challenged, made it a cumbersome experience. By stroke of luck, these fatigued babyboomers absconded from their stairway spot and I ran past giants, hipsters, and aging Gen-Xers for the only chance I had to have a panoramic view of the show.

The woman with the expansive figure, who dripped of moldy beer, and who wore a sneer, eyed me with painful daggers  for taking what she thought was hers. I, on the other hand, smiled back since it was because of her expansive figure that I missed the first half of the snow.  I may be little, but I know my rights. The right to seeing Kraftwerk, in full view, was a right I justly claimed. Now, that was Friday night.

Saturday, I woke up extra early and drove over to my nearest Barnes and Noble. Cultured folks read different types of books and I picked works from different genres. I read, in completion, Posh Pocket’s 100 Greatest Poems, and Deepak Chopra’s Creating Affluence: A to Z Steps to a Richer Life, and some of Jean Paul Sartre beliefs on Existentialism.  After this exhaustive by rewarding time, I picked up my friend Matt and we met up with other friends for Swing Dancing lessons in Glen Echo. After the lessons, I can conclude that I have two-left feet but I am not a quitter. I will try to do better next time.

Pasha land touched up

Sunday was a robust day. I met up with my friend Sion at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival. We were impressed with several artists renditions of a beautiful landscape and ate an unending amount of grand marnier truffles. I’m picky with jewelry and did not see anything that really caught my eye but I did learn alot about art, food, and Southern culture that day. We  later ended our day at Pasha Land in the Kentlands. We sat on luxurios pillows, drank fine Moroccan mint tea, and joked around with Ahmed, the owner. He’s easy going, happy, and confident. Not only was the owner, and staff exemplary but the food was spectacular.

moroccan food

We ordered the Walima Feast which is comprised of 2 soups, garden salad, chicken bastilla, chicken with lemon and olives, lamb with raisins and almonds, Moroccan mint tea, and baklava. The lentil soup I had was hearty, smooth with the right touch of color. The Moroccan mint tea tasted like perfection. If you are into sweet n’ savory, take a bite of the chicken bastilla since it’s cooked just right. My favorite dish, ofcourse, was the lamb. It was moist, tender and had a succulent appeal to it. The raisins tasted like taste-explosions in my mouth and the almonds counteracted that experience by providing me with a nuttier aftertaste.  This is the best Moroccan restaurant I have ever been to and it’s also the best one in the D.C/Maryland and Virginia area. Check them out!

Pasha Land

644 Center Point Way,

Gaithersburg, MD

Food, music, books, dance, and art. I may know a little more than before but I hope to open myself more to newer experiences. In order to be cultural, I must be persistent, after all.

 

How to be More Cultured: Steps and Tips That Actually Work

In Advice, Food, Travel on April 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Pasha land touched up

Just because you are educated, have a Masters and  listen to NPR, every morning, does not make you cultured. To be fully cultured, you must be receptive to new experiences. If you Google “How to be Cultured,” you will come up with innumerable results with varied responses.

I, personally, had a hard time agreeing to most of these articles since they advised people to watch more TV or to be more reticent towards rude people. Wiki How articles can be quite deceptive at times.

I don’t think watching more TV (like reality shows) or walking away from rudeness makes one more cultured. If you want to be more cultured, consider the following pursuits below:

  • Read Books on Art, Music, Science, Philosophy, History, Psychology, Non-fiction, and great Literature. Skip those Harlequin Romance novels, trash those seedy celeb mags, and eschew books by nitwits. Read the dense books that will chew out your brain and spit out a smarter individual (you).
  • Travel. If you can’t afford to travel out of the country, try doing a road trip across the United States with good friends. Before you travel, read up on  said country (or state’s) culture, foods, arts, and history. When you learn more about your future destination, you are able to appreciate your travels more and, also, become more cultured.
  • Listen to Different Artists. Be open to new music and be willing to immerse yourself into it. Yes, listening to classical songs by Tchaikovsky or Mozart is highly recommended but also listen to old school Hip Hop from the 80′s. Listen to Rock from the 70′s or even be receptive to electronic. The more music you know, the more you can enjoy it.
  • Take in the Arts. Visit art museums on all kinds of art, no need to discern or have a judicious selection. Read up on artists like Andy Warhol, Picasso, Degas, Monet or Dali before you visit. When you are able to comprehend why the artist cranked out this amazing painting with whatever was available at the time, your appreciation will grow. It’s not just splattered paint on a large, overwhelming, canvas.
  • Learn some Manners. You’re never too old to learn respect. Visit your local Barnes and Noble and read self-help books on this topic. The better your manners are, the better you will appear to the world. If you think your manners are hopeless, consider hiring a life coach.
  •  Athletic Hobbies. If you read articles on culture, most blindly say to to find one. They don’t always give you examples of good hobbies or even hold your hand during this step of the “cultural” process. Well, let me hold your hand. Here are examples of hobbies you can undertake to be more cultural: Tennis, Swimming, Jousting, Fencing, Horseback Riding, Parasailing, Rock Climbing, Ice Skating, Skiing, Yoga, Martial Arts, Sailing, etc.  If you can, try to partake in a physical hobby that will nurture you with new skills and fortify your mind. Not only is this a cultural endeavor but it’s good for your physical health. Working out, in any form, is a cultural, sophisticated and wise pursuit in itself. Lastly, be open to scary stuff too like skydiving or hang gliding. Being intrepid shows strength of character.
  • Performing Arts. If you want to amp up your “class” factor, learn more about Broadway shows, Ballet, the Opera, Shakespeare, Historical Theater shows, and pursuits similar to this. You would be surprised but you do become more well-rounded once your open your minds to these pursuits. In addendum, go to more theater shows, see more comedians, and be open to ALL forms of performing arts. The more you know, the better.
  • Food and Wine. So this is my favorite cultural pursuit since I am in the gourmet food industry. What I recommend is you eat foods you’re not accustomed to and to try different ethnic dishes. Read books on different ethnic dishes, go to cultural food festivals and learn as much as you can. When it comes to wine, sample different types of wines on the weekends, read books on it, and even make a trip to a vineyard so you can understand the wine making process.
  • Self-Help. You may not see this step in most “Cultural Self-Help” articles but please take this to heart. You are not perfect and please don’t think you are. You may talk too much, make nasty remarks or not be mindful enough. Work on bettering your manners, your abilities, and your own social skills. Cultured individuals want to be the best they can be and are open to changing themselves, for the better. I advise you read self-help books, make a list of vices you need to work on improving, and make this a lifelong process to betterment.
  • Dress your Best. People make snap decisions based on a 3 second window. Within those 3 seconds, we hope you are well groomed. Make sure you shower, comb your hair, and dress in high-end threads. If you can’t afford high quality, visit your local Thrift store or buy clothes on Amazon.com. When you slack on your appearance, it communicates to the world you don’t take responsibility for your actions and are not mindful of others. Be classy and stay classy.
  • Languages. Learn a new language, it’s never too late. Rossetta Stone is great, or you can take group lessons. Imagine being so proficient in Spanish that you can travel all around Latin America, with ease. It’s possible if you are persistent, consistent, and resistant to challenges with this process.
  • Face your Fears. This is another aspect you won’t always see in other cultural articles. If you have a fear of airplanes, how can you travel anywhere? If you are scared of snakes, how will you trek through the Amazon seamlessly. Work on battling your fears and even though this is the hardest step, this is the one step that will bring you the most joy in your life.
  • Be Open to New, Novel, and Weird. Cultural denizens learn voraciously. They are open to new experiences, new knowledge and with embracing change. Even on the job, employees who are open to change and receptive to learning new skills, experiences, and challenges move up while employees who are most resistant, stay stagnant. Keep this in mind when you want to advance on the job.
  • Socialize with EVERYONE. The best way to learn is to let go of your pre-conceived notions on different demographics, rich or poor, different ethnic groups, different religions, and with different personalities. I’m not telling you to be friends with everyone you meet since I believe you must trust your intuition when it comes to having people in your life. What I am telling you to do is to be open to learning about new topics, experience, and ideas from different groups of people. Go to more mixers, networking events, socials, and parties. Talk to people you normally wouldn’t talk too and listen, more then gab. Index these ideas and ponder closely. Just because you may disagree with someone’s political views does not make them a bad person.The more open you are to learning  from your fellow human beings ( remember to practice manners too, no matter who you agree or disagree with) the more self-growth you will acquire. Cultured people love to learn and talk to different walks of life. It’s also a  key sign of high emotional intelligence. 

There you have it. A comprehensive guide that will gear you to the right direction. Since this pursuit is a life-long one, DO NOT QUIT. It will get hard and tiresome but you must endure this process to find personal, emotional and cultural growth. Not everyone can be cultured but if you are willing to make these tasks, actionable and transform them into systems in your life, you will be ahead of your peers. Good luck!

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