Monday, December 26, 2011

Why Does FB Create Road Rage Behavior?

For the most part I love FB, I love how it has kept so many of us in touch, but just like any place in life-some people ruin it for others. This week I have been slammed for being super entitled and rich-HA!!! That was the biggest laugh I got-the truth is so completely the 100% opposite-then I was slammed for writing comedy because it means I don't care about the world and then I was just bitched out for being a writer and posting about it IE: "I'm working on the show today" etc. Type posts.

Honestly folks-really? Why does FB create a sort of road rage?

I don't understand this childish behavior. I really don't. People get on FB and rant all day long about politics, or whatever then they get upset at anyone who even remotely challenges their beliefs. It doesn't make sense to me. Why not start a blog?

I'm just sayin'

Monday, December 19, 2011

Crazy Christians

Why is it that ONLY Christians continually post about Jesus on social networks? But Jewish people, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Scientologists, Mormons, & Catholics never do anything like this?

How about every time you post some shit about Jesus I'll post a quote from L. Ron Hubbard?

I mean honestly. Other followers of Christ don't act like this either. I don't understand you people.

And what's with all the judgement? Okay I digress.


Just sayin' folks, it's getting beyond old. You have missed the point of the bible completely. Don't be so pushy and obnoxious if you want people to join your crazy cult-er religion.

Would you walk into work quoting or misrepresenting Jesus? No

Just sayin' Enough already

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Review of Ghost Protocol


Sometimes I have to repeat from one of my other blogs-this is one of those times! My review of Tom Cruise and Brad Bird's new flick!

http://stephtvfilmwriter.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/ghost-protocol-incredible/

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yeah, Oh Nom Nom Nom

What is with the new craze of saying "Oh nom nom nom" when you are out eating food?? It is gross and disgusting and no one wants to hear you smacking your food, EVER! Not online nor in real life. I understand saying MMMMMMMMMMMM but not "nom nom nom". Just because it's trendy doesn't make it right. It's really gross and if you continue to use it on FB, I will promise to never go out in real life for fear that I will actually hear your "Nom nom nom."


Yeah-why do educated people always use this wrong? Yeah is yeah, like okay, yes, etc. Not YAY!!

And lastly why do people say Nom Nom Nom????? I know I already mentioned it, but YUCK!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Red Flag WARNING!!

Seems like I tend to gather the same type of people into my life and then I am surprised when it all goes to shit. I need to remind myself of the HUGE RED FLAG WARNINGS because they are always there.

1) "I love you" -when someone says this with in a month of knowing you-that's a huge red flag-get away and get away quick.

2) I am only telling you this-implying that you are special manipulating you into their weird shit that will eventually turn into backstabbing rage.

3) I cut people off all the time-this bragging right means they will do it to you

4) When they call you and bitch about everyone in their life and then you see them posting about how great things are with said person-they are two faced and they will be to you as well

5) Being high drama-everything is about them all the time

6) Accusing everyone around them of abuse

7) Getting hurt at every tiny thing you do

8) Expecting you to drop everything for them

Basically I tend to be a magnet for these kind of high drama people and also bi-polar folks as well, but I can't deal with it anymore. Maybe I am older and have less patience, or maybe I am actually wiser and know better.

I just don't know why when the flag is so big and so red I don't see it sooner!

UGH just sayin'

Friday, December 2, 2011

TERRIBLE APPLE SERVICE

Things have really gone down hill at Apple since Steve Jobs passed away.

Last week I tried to download an App for my iPad-a magazine app-it doesn't work, something is wrong with the app-no biggie, except Apple/iTunes charged me for it anyhow.

I called them today to get a refund. THEY DON'T GIVE REFUNDS. I was told, by customer service, the only way to get a refund is to call my credit card and LIE and say it was stolen. She also said I could make a complaint to iTunes, but they won't do anything about it. iTunes doesn't "do" customer service.

REALLY PATHETIC APPLE. Talk about a sad Mac.....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Yes We Really Are "That Stupid" or We Appear to Be

Been watching the news tonight, LIVE coverage of Occupy Los Angeles, and no one that's been interviewed, (so far) knows why they are occupying-that is what is really sad-they are willing to get arrested but don't even know why. Oh Americans making our country look "that stupid" constantly.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

FIRST AMENDMENT!

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Or did people skip government class in the 8th grade? This is the FIRST AMENDMENT, first as in number one. FREEDOM OF SPEECH-this is America, isn't it?

I love my country, but some days are harder than others. I mean, really people. What the F is going on? This country has the FREEDOM OF SPEECH and that means people can speak freely without being pepper sprayed? I mean, really what is going on?

Do we have to go back to an era where our heroes are bank robbers just because someone is sticking it to the banks??

Will there be a repeat of Kent State (see yesterday's blog)?

How will this end?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Have We Learned Nothing?

May 4th, 1970 4 students were shot by police at a rally at Kent State University in Kent Ohio. The police fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others.

Jan 30, 1972 14 innocent people were shot and killed during a peaceful demonstration in Derry, Northern Ireland. Twenty-six unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers of the British Army. Thirteen males, seven of whom were teenagers, died immediately or soon after, while the death of another man four and a half months later was attributed to the injuries he received on that day. Two protesters were also injured when they were run down by army vehicles. Five of those wounded were shot in the back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs_2QRCEtl0&feature=related

Nov 16, 2011 Police spray pepper spray into the eyes of an 84 year old in Seattle. Jennifer Fox lost her baby after being sprayed in the face and beaten by police.
Oakland, Davis, NYC-when will it end?

All I can say is WTF police? Has history taught you nothing?

I'm just sayin'

Friday, November 18, 2011

BROKEN


I was watching Private Practice last night for the "Intervention" episode and it was truly amazing-well the first part. I didn't care as much for the 2nd episode as the first one-maybe just the direction. In any case, Charlotte, (Kadee Strickland) was telling Amelia, (Caterina Scorsone) how she would do something terrible, like kill someone and never come back from that.

I know this is different, but it finally hit me. All these years since my mother died (2004-Lung cancer) I am broken and I haven't made it back yet. It just isn't the same anymore. Sure I laugh, and play and have great friends etc, but it broke me. I am not sure why it's so hard-I mean, everyone loses their parents-or at least that's the way it's supposed to be.

That said, I miss her every single day and some days it's beyond sad and other days I am okay. The way she described not making it back from something is exactly how I feel. I'll never be the same again, even if I am okay and happy, I'm broken.

It's weird though that this particular episode made sense-grief is an evil bitch isn't she?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

UGH Some People Are Just Mean & Miserable


So the other day, this "friend" of mine was ranting, again, about something that has nothing to do with him and asking people to boycott Target, because he is outraged that some people are working late on Thanksgiving night to get ready for black Friday the next day. This guy isn't even American and doesn't work at Target and neither does anyone in his family-he just likes to bitch and complain. I stupidly-little did I know what was coming-replied to his post saying that it wasn't a big deal lots of people work on Thanksgiving and not just retail, but I agreed that the black Friday thing was getting out of hand-it is, but so what? Why does it bother anyone?

Later that day several people had posted on his wall disagreeing with him, but I got it. He took it upon himself to delete me and then send me a nasty email message telling me that I was trying to sound smart AND that it's only because I have no family that I didn't mind working on Thanksgiving-which I am not this year-usually I do, but not because I have no family because I work in the film industry and a lot of the time we are on deadlines-I love my job, so it doesn't bother me. As well in high school I worked in a movie theater, then I worked at restaurants so it's not a big deal. That said, it is beyond shitty to remind someone that their parents are gone, especially when that person is still grieving.

I honestly think that Facebook is a great place to network, but for some people it's just a place to rant and complain about everything thing instead of being happy.

Happy Thanksgiving to this douchebag and maybe instead of bitching and moaning this year he will actually spend time being thankful for something-but I doubt it, it isn't his style.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sick of Politics and. . .

I am so over politics! I can honestly say that the more the democrats push their hatred for the Republicans-who let's face it have gone completely stark raving mad this past year-down my throats the more I want to move to Canada. I am so sick of all of it. Really done.

I am sick of people saying how much they hate America-no one is forcing you to stay. America is pretty damn great even if we are having some problems.

We are encouraged to follow our dreams-from birth-for the most part we are.
We are taught to be confident and outgoing.
We are raised believing that we can achieve anything.
We have more opportunities than most places.

Yes we have debt, yes we have issues-but it's still a great place to live and be a part of.

I am so sick to death of people from other countries coming here and then bitching all the live long day about our president, about past presidents-seriously go home or be thankful.

Just saying, it is getting on my last nerve people.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

GOOGLE Before You Rant


I have to bitch and moan a little bit because lately somethings have been really bugging me on Facebook.
First of all it's a social network not a place to whine and complain all the live long day about politics. Enough already-enough! Seriously why don't these people start a blog? You wouldn't walk into work or into a mall and start spewing your political rants? Or would you? I don't get it and am getting really sick of people's closed minded political agendas all the live long day when I go onto my FB page. Seriously!
And on that note, this Occupy movement? Really? I am as left as they come, but honestly this is not well organized. I went to two of these rallies and more than half the people there didn't even know why they were there. You people want to shut down B0fA? Really and render some 300,000 people out of work? How is that making anything better? It isn't. I am all for freedom of speech, but get a clue before you hold a sign about closing down anything that is giving Americans jobs in this economy. It's just plain silly to me.
As well, we all know the Republicans hate the Democrats and the reverse-we get it. No need to rant every single day on your page or if you must-which clearly you do-do your research. GW-was NOT the reason Sept 11th happened. Obama is not the reason we are in debt. Quit blaming everyone and do your research.
I think FB has helped in the dumbing down of the world. People see something on someone's page and agree without doing any reading on the subject. I had a friend a couple years ago going on and on about socialism and how we would lose all our rights and be controlled-basically she was describing Communism and when I called her on it, she said, "well you know, Fascism, Communism and Socialism are all the same." SERIOUSLY? UGH....as well I have another friend always going on and on about he is a Capitalist and yet he wants everyone in America to have the same income range and have gov. help on stuff-hello? That is Socialism.
I am not saying I have all the answers here-but if I choose to rant-I at least, at the very least, go to this great new invention called GOOGLE.

I'm Just Sayin'

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sad Mac

Steve Jobs passed away today, and the world mourns.

I am usually not one to be sad for someone I never met, and don't know personally, but today I am writing this with a heavy heart as I believe Mr. Jobs to be one of the most amazing people on the planet.

Like so many others he has changed my life in so many ways that it would simple take too long to list them here. My first computer was a Mac, that my mom-an avid Mac lover-bought me in 2000 for Christmas and my home coming from a year in Australia. That said, me owning a Mac doesn't even matter, what matters was his vision and his genius that changed the world.

It really doesn't matter if you are a Mac person or a PC, Steve Jobs forever changed the world for all of us and future generations to come. He did it with class, dignity, grace and honor. Many people have no idea what that really means, and most of us will never change the world.

Having a global impact is more than anyone could possibly imagine and yet this man did just that. Many of us don't even know how he has touched our lives and a world without Steve Jobs is a sad place.

I have a lot of friends who worked for him and or with him at some point, and I can't say that I was ever that lucky, but his tenacity and passion for what he did inspired so many of us whether we knew him or not.

And now I'll share some of his most famous quotes and ones that keep me going when things were dark.

‎"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me." ~

"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on." ~

"Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. It's ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea."~


"These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I'm not downplaying that. But it's a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light -- that it's going to change everything. Things don't have to change the world to be important." ~


Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” ~

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” ~



“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”



RIP Steve Jobs


David Letterman Top Ten/Amanda Knox


Late Show Top Ten

Monday, October 3, 2011
Top Ten Thoughts That Went Through Amanda Knox's Mind When The Verdict Was Read

10."Mama mia, that's a spicy verdict"
9."If there's time, I'd still like to see the Coliseum"
8."Can I keep my Versace prison jumpsuit?"
7."Four years in an Italian prison, this is the last time I book through Priceline"
6."Who's Justin Bieber?"
5."I want to go hiking in Iran"
4."I can't believe I've gone four years without a Pop Tart"
3."Does time-served in Italian jail count towards my degree?"
2."I wonder how Conan is doing on 'The Tonight Show'"
1."If Michele O'Bachmann beomes President, I'm moving back to Italy"

Amanda Knox, My Thoughts


When I was working late in 2007 and heard the news about a British student murdered in Italy, I couldn't watch it, because it was so graphic and horrifying that it scared me too much, but then in the daylight hours I became intrigued. My interest faded quickly as my own life was in a constant state of chaos with the WGA strike and work uncertain. I soon forgot all about Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher.

For the past four years I have heard stories about it and until last week, I was 100% convinced that Amanda had some part in the killing of her roommate.

My conclusions were based on this:
The way she reacted after, the fact that she lied so many times, the way she reacted, and the media, and the way she reacted...my dad always said, believe NONE of what you hear and HALF of what you see.

I believed what was said about her and I know better so for that I am ashamed.

First off all, who can say how someone is going to react when they find their roommate dead? Especially after a night of "smoking out" with a new boyfriend. Pot is a weird drug and everyone is different on it, and the fact that she was stoned could definitely play on the way she handled that first 24-30 hours.

There is no rule saying she had to act a certain way.
As well shock hits people in different ways.

Also when I was in Italy, I couldn't order a coffee or dessert without saying something completely different-she was interrogated in Italian-not English. That means something.

I condemned her because I heard she had acted a certain way that I thought was crazy.
Then the media painted her in a certain way and I bought it, which I believe now was wrong.

The science is the science and there is no way she could have removed just her DNA. Come on people.

I am not sure if she is innocent or not. I hope she is, and I believe now that she did not kill Meredith. Maybe she was involved, maybe she wasn't-that said I would rather see a guilty person go free than an innocent one suffer in jail.

My own brother was murdered, so trust me, I know how the Kercher family feels in some ways, but putting Amanda away, guilty or not will not bring Meredith back. It is beyond tragic what happened and I think the world's attention was caught because it could happen to anyone, or anyone's kids.

Today in Seattle-where I am living for another week-the city welcomed a visibly worn out Amanda home. There were signs all over the city for her and it was nice to see a community coming together in support of this young girl.

I hope that she finds some peace and I hope that if she does get a huge payout to interview or whatever, that she will lend a hand in finding the real killer-unless he is already in jail.

To Amanda Knox, I raise my glass to you and welcome you back-and I really hope all the families involved can find peace at the end of four long years.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Well Excuse Me!

I took a day job at Trader Joe's-which I love-because it is fun and I have met some great people.
(I am leaving in just over a week for a dream job and return to SoCal from my summer in Seattle-but that's another story)

So I am there today and it's packed-the Huskies are playing, it's the first cold(ish) day in 78 days, so people are shopping.

A lady in my line had more groceries than I have seen anyone buy, ever. It was insane. I calmly, yet quickly rang them up and bagged them. The woman behind her was getting really pissy in line and I could hear her making noises under her breath. After maybe 6 or 7 minutes it was her turn.
I could tell she was already upset so I apologized, "Sorry that took so long, she had a lot of stuff" which was met with, "Fine, but I am in a hurry!".

"Well excuuuuuuuuuse me!" Ala Steve Martin back in the '70's was what I was thinking, but I smiled and said nothing.

I also wanted to say, "well if you were truly in a hurry would you be in a contest with your woman who just left to have the most groceries possible-as if Mt. Rainer was blowing up, or WW3 was breaking out?" But I just smiled and worked as fast as I could.

After I rang her up in record time, she looked at me and said, "If you weren't so stupid you wouldn't be working at Trader Joe's, could you have taken any longer for Christ's sake?"

I looked at this obnoxious woman and smiled and said, "I am so sorry."
She snarled at me, "Well you should be, I have important things to do today, not stand in some line all day with someone like you ringing me up."
I corrected her, "No I am sorry that you are in such a bad mood, I really hope that everything in your life is okay because you seem really upset."

The look on her face was priceless--------in my head this is what was happening.

Persian Cucumbers $2.29
Almond milk $1.49
Cookies $3.29
The look on snobby Seattle Socialite after putting her in her place-Priceless

She stormed off in a huff ala Miss Piggy and the couple behind her just started laughing and one of my co-workers told me that I was a very good cashier because of the way I handled it.

I have to admit, it was quite funny, so I had to share this with you all and add this tip, if you are in a hurry, don't go to ANY grocery store midday on a weekend with a FULL cart.

Just sayin'

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ryan Murphy is My New Hero!

RYAN MURPHY IS MY NEW HERO!





OMG! So if you haven't watched the Glee Project this season I will just say that you missed out on real life fairy tales for some amazing kids.

Ryan Murphy is one of the creators of Glee-the amazing show on Fox about geeky, now Gleeky, kids in high school standing up for themselves and being who they really are in the face of adversity and slushies!

If you don't watch it, then you are missing out.

Anyone who knows me knows that it takes a lot to make me cry, I'm just not that girl, but Glee constantly brings me to tears-CONSTANTLY.

The very first episode when those kids sang Don't Stop Believing I was bawling like a baby.

I never had the courage to be myself and being popular was everything to me. I was too embarrassed to be who I wanted to be and I did everything not to be a geek, including dropping out of band and drama-my two favorite things in the world.
I was NEVER strong enough to stand up for myself and being liked was everything, which is beyond stupid, but high school is hard.

So when Glee aired a couple years ago it hit me on a personal level because I wish I had had the courage that these characters do on the show. I have so many close friends now who tell me that they weren't popular in school and they were loners, and or they didn't have many friends, and I know it's because most of my friends are artists like I am. I didn't have the guts that my friends did and I do regret it, but regret is stupid-I can't change how I acted, it is what it is.

Many of you know that I had another blog for a little over a year called, RYAN MURPHY HIRE ME because the rumor around town-Hollywood-was that he was going to bring on a couple writers. I did submit and my then agent did make sure my stuff got there. I wanted to write for Glee because it's personal to me. I know that I can write to that show because of my life in the industry, my life as the popular girl who turned her back on everything she believed in to be that way and because I am the girl who never really fit in anywhere. Well it didn't happen and okay, so I moved on.

I believe that Glee is so good because Ryan has finally hit the "truth", his truth and his pain, hurt and life story are all wrapped up in Glee. It's real. I have seen him at many panels and when asked about why he writes the Kurt stuff the way he does he always says, "that's how I wished it would have been for me." AH! Right in the heart and you can see it in his eyes. For me this is so apparent in the show.

Enter the Glee Project-a talent competition looking for someone to guest for 7 episodes season 3.


This summer I was so inspired and started writing an episode for Damian McGinty because I knew he was right for the show and if Ryan didn't see what I saw I was going to do whatever it took to get that script to him because as arrogant as that sounds it isn't. It was so clear in my head-the story-and I didn't have a choice-I was compelled to write! AND yay!! Damian is one of the main winners.

Which brings me to why I am writing this blog and not my novel-Ryan did thee most amazing thing tonight. There were 4 finalists. Damian, Sam, Alex and Lindsay. The winners were Damian and Sam and then he offered Alex and Lindsay smaller parts-2 episodes each-on Glee. All four of them won!

It's beyond gracious that Ryan did that for these kids. He truly changed the lives of 4 people and he doesn't even know it, but I am sure he has affected many with this amazing thing, I know I am inspired and feeling better about the world tonight.

If you haven't watched Glee or the Glee Project-now is the time to start.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Buy A Leaf-Kill A Polar Bear

While I have always said that electric cars are beyond moronic, especially when we don't even have enough power to keep the electricity going during a hot day.
If the fact that the car should only be driven at 38 mph which means, no freeway, and it costs a lot more than even the Prius...never mind a practical car like a Focus.....the car needs to be recharged every 50 miles or so.

AND if turning off one light a day will save polar bears, how about plugging in a car??? WTF? Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous!!

Honestly, SOLAR powered cars would be smart, anything else doesn't solve the problem, it just switches it.

Ironic is the commercial with the polar bear hugging the guy driving it, when they will actually kill more polar bears.

It just goes to show that if something is marketed right, it will sell, even if it isn't helping anything.

UGH..
I totally agree with what this guys said, his blog:
http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2011/03/another-reason-not-to-buy-nissan-leaf.html





Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another reason not to buy a Nissan Leaf: Resale value zip because batteries die within 6-8 years

If the unpredictable limited range, lack of charging stations, and painfully long (minimum 8 hours) recharging time wasn't enough to convince you not to buy the all-electric Nissan Leaf, the Wall Street Journal reveals today another blow that resale values will be hard to come by since the $20,000 battery pack dies within 6-8 years.
Pull the Plug on Electric Car Subsides [paywalled]
Consumer Reports doesn't have good early reviews for Chevrolet's flagship entry into electric vehicles. A top editor from the publication said the Chevy Volt, which has both a plug-in battery and a gasoline engine "isn't particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it's not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy." He concluded that it just "doesn't make an awful lot of sense."
He's right when you consider the cost and performance of PEVs, starting with the batteries, which require major breakthroughs before they will be ready for prime time. A battery for a small vehicle like the Nissan Leaf can cost about $20,000 and still only put out a range of 80 miles on a good day (range is affected by hot and cold weather) before requiring a recharge that takes eight to 10 hours. Even then, those batteries may only last six to eight years, leaving consumers with a vehicle that has little resale value.
Home installation of a recharging unit costs between $900 and $2,100. And don't forget workplace and retail recharging stations, which will be necessary.
Slick TV ads boast PEVs' supposed environmental benefits, but what they don't tell you is that a substantial increase in the numbers of them on the road will require upgrading the nation's electricity infrastructure. Since half of all U.S. electricity is generated by coal, which produces greenhouse emissions, PEVs may not be any better than hybrid electric vehicles that do not need to be plugged in. Meanwhile, new technology for gasoline-powered vehicles has substantially increased miles per gallon, to as much as 35-50 mpg for several smaller vehicles.
If you're looking for a car that makes good economic sense in these tough times, PEVs simply don't make the grade. Unless crude oil prices rise close to $300 per barrel and battery costs fall by 75%, a PEV is more expensive than a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interview With Me! Animation Insider

http://www.animationinsider.com/2011/04/stephanie-olivieri/

Stephanie Olivieri Assistant animator/clean up artist-traditional, 2D, paper and pencil and storyboards (boarding, clean-up & revisions)

What is your name and your current occupation?

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked as a waitress and an actress before animation, so nothing too crazy.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Hard to say, honestly I love everything I have worked on for different reasons. Feature films are fun because of how long you are with the characters and crew, commercials and shorts are fun because of the crazy hours and cartoony characters. How did you become interested in animation? I went to an audition for a Disney film and was doodling on my call sheet, and they brought it up.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I am from all over really, but came out to Los Angeles for acting. Disney got me into the business by offering me an internship after the audition in above question. I turned that down because I was still acting. A couple years later I was depressed about how hard making a living as an actress was, so I went to see Lion King and a friend brought up the offer and why wasn’t I doing that. I went to the classes at the animation guild for a year and luckily was offered a job after that.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
It really depends on the project, but right now I am working freelance, so I get up early, 6 or 7, and draw until 8-midnight depending on how demanding the schedule it. I also will go to meetings and drop off and pick up work. And yes occasionally get a hike, or run in mid day and then continue working late at night.

What part of your job do you like best? Why?
I love that I get to draw for a living and the why is because I love to draw.

What part of your job do you like least? Why?
That work is not consistent and you never know where your next job will come from, how much it will pay, or how long it will last.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Finding and keeping steady work.

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
None really. I draw with paper and pencil, sometimes I scan in scenes, but that’s about it.

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Yes of course because I have worked at all the major studios and all over the world.

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Being out of work when animation crashed in 2001- that was the hardest time in my life professionally because the career I had was gone in an instant, or it felt that way. I had a mountain of debt and had to file bankruptcy, it was humiliating and demoralizing.

Any side projects you’re working on you’d like to share details of?
I am also a writer, so I have a lot of TV shows and novels that I work on.

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Stay true to what you love about animation, but try to be current with software and programs. Flash and ToonBoom are the two that I would definitely learn if you want to work in 2D. Then of course for 3D there are so many depending on what you want to do whether special FX, gaming, films, etc. Also work hard and if you can focus on one main area. Be nice to everyone and don’t ever stab anyone in the back, not even to get a job. This industry is small and everyone knows everyone. Also remember not to compare yourself to others. We as artists are all different and there is no reason to try to be someone else, and worry about what someone else is doing. There will always be someone better and someone worse than you are. Lastly, draw, draw, draw all the time and study films, books, etc.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Quit Your Bragging-it's Annoying

Do you know someone in Hollywood that knows someone who knows someone who's related to someone who went to school with a guy who sat next to a guy who knows...such and such A lister?

Seriously as if this isn't annoying enough~what about those people-you know who you are-that constantly brag about celebrities that they either have seen or "spent time with"? UGH...For those of us that live in Los Angeles and work in the film industry this happens all the time. It's part of the business.

AND if you are bragging about knowing someone that no one has ever heard of, better to keep it to yourself.

I mean what other industry does this? Do you ever hear of Josephine Office Girl in the midwest bragging about how she spent time with her CEO or client in the lift?

Come off it.

One guy I know is such a poser that he will go to a trendy and well known celebrity hotspot and then send out emails claiming he had dinner "with", Al Pacino, Bieber, and Steven Spieldberg all at the same table-complete LIES!

So for those of you that see Leonardo driving on Sunset in his Prius, it's okay to say, "I just say Leo" but it is not okay to say, "I spent the afternoon driving around Sunset with Leonardo" when you were actually chasing him.

Friday, February 25, 2011

More Fun Ways To Keep Your Tree Up!

I love having a tree up!!


So we still wanted the tree up and couldn't think of what to do for Feb. Valentine's Day is a kinda yucky-even for the most romantic types and president's day? Really? A tree full of presidents? Then came Feb 2nd and it came to me!

GROUNDHOG DAY!!




This is an official Phil right from PA. He looks cute, doesn't he? Early spring so we made sure there was no shadow!
The roommate turned 30 in Jan, so that was an easy one!
A birthday tree!~ I actually really love this idea as well. The tree looked awesome and festive!
Oh yeah and just Christmas-sorry didn't get a good photo of this but everyone knows what a Christmas tree looks like. This year we went simple with just white and silver balls and white lights. The tree had class and elegance!
St Patrick's Day is soon, and I will be posting photos!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oscar Nominations are Here!!!


Yay! It's Oscar season again! So thrilled that 'True Grit' got 10 nominations including best picture-which in my opinion it deserves. Not sure what was wrong wit the HFPA that they ignored it completely, but am so happy today that it is getting the recognition it deserves. Yes the Coen Brothers seem to always have films up, but they are brilliant.

I am still confused about Black Swan-but to each his own, I just wasn't a fan. I know all over Twitter today people are outraged by Chris Nolan getting snubbed, but I don't know. I think Inception was great, but not best picture great. That's just me. The Social Network was a great film, even if not entirely true to Zuck's real life to multi-billionaire status-it is a solid film.

My prediction is that Social Network and True Grit will dominate-but it is anyone's game at this point!




Here is the complete list. Oscar Nominations 2011

Best Picture

'Black Swan'
'The Fighter'
'Inception'
'The Kids Are All Right'
'The Kings Speech'
'127 Hours'
'The Social Network'
'Toy Story 3'
'True Grit'
'Winters Bone'

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, 'Black Swan'
David O. Russell, 'The Fighter'
Tom Hooper, 'The King's Speech'
David Fincher, 'The Social Network'
Joel and Ethan Coen, 'True Grit'



Best Actor
Javier Bardem, 'Biutiful'
Jeff Bridges, 'True Grit'
Jesse Eisenberg, 'The Social Network'
Colin Firth, 'The King's Speech'
James Franco, '127 Hours'

Best Actress
Annette Bening, 'The Kids Are All Right'
Nicole Kidman, 'Rabbit Hole'
Jennifer Lawrence, 'Winter's Bone'
Natalie Portman, 'Black Swan'
Michelle Williams, 'Blue Valentine'

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, 'The Fighter'
John Hawkes, 'Winter's Bone'
Jeremy Renner, 'The Town'
Mark Ruffalo, 'The Kids Are All Right'
Geoffrey Rush, 'The King's Speech'

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, 'The Fighter'
Helena Bonham Carter, 'The King's Speech'
Melissa Leo, 'The Fighter'
Hailee Steinfeld, 'True Grit'
Jacki Weaver, 'Animal Kingdom'

Best Animated Feature Film
'How to Train Your Dragon'
'Illusionist'
'Toy Story 3'

Best Foreign Film
Mexico - 'Biutiful'
Greece - 'Dogtooth'
Denmark - 'In a Better World'
Canada - 'Incendies'
Algeria - 'Outside the law'

Best Original Screenplay
'Another Year'
'The Fighter'
'Inception'
'The Kids Are All Right'
'The King's Speech'

Best Adapted Screenplay
'127 Hours'
'The Social Network'
'Toy Story 3'
'True Grit'
'Winter's Bone'

Best Art Direction
'Alice in Wonderland'
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I'
'Inception'
'The King's Speech'
'True Grit'
Best Costume Design
'Alice in Wonderland'
'I Am Love'
'The King's Speech'
'The Tempest'
'True Grit'

Best Original Song
'Coming Home' - 'Country Strong'
'I See the Light' - 'Tangled'
'If I Rise' - '127 Hours'
'We Belong Together' - 'Toy Story 3'

Best Original Score
'How to Train Your Dragon' John Powell
'Inception' Hans Zimmer
'The King's Speech' Alexandre Desplat
'127 Hours' A.R. Rahman
'The Social Network' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Documentary
'Exit Through the Gift Shop'
'Gasland'
'Inside Job'
'Restrepo'
'Waste Land'

Best Film Editing
'Black Swan'
'The Fighter'
'The Kings Speech'
'127 Hours'
'The Social Network'

Best Makeup
'Barney's Version'
'The Way Back'
'The Wolfman'

Best Sound Editing
'Inception'
'Toy Story 3'
'TRON: Legacy'
'True Grit'
'Unstoppable'

Best Sound Mixing
'Inception'
'The King's Speech'
'Salt'
'The Social Network'
'True Grit'

Best Visual Effects
'Alice in Wonderland'
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1'
'Hereafter'
'Inception'
'Iron Man 2'

Best Documentary (Short Subject)
'Killing in the Name'
'Poster Girl'
'Strangers No More'
'Sun Comes Up'
'The Warriors of Qiugang'

Best Visual Short Film (Animated)
'Day & Night'
'The Gruffalo'
'Let's Pollute'
'The Lost Thing'
'Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)'

Best Short Film (Live Action)
'The Confession'
'The Crush'
'God of Love'
'Na Wewe'
'Wish 143'

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sports Zeros, Not Heroes!

Ben Roethlisberger is a douchebag quaterback for the Steelers-like so many sports 'heroes' has been accused of sexual misconduct~I hate him, but have liked the Steelers as a franchise since I was a kid-now I don't know what to do? Cheer on the Packers? No way.

Thing is I can't ever cheer on the Eagles because of Michael Vick, so I guess cheering on the Steelers is equally as bad. I'll be honest that until my brother-in-law made a joke on FB tonight about Cutler being hated more than 'Big Ben' & Vick, I really didn't know how bad he was. I knew he had once charge against him, but not several? WTF?

I don't like many other teams, including the Lakers, (because of Kobe) because they seem to reward their players for rape and assault.

So now I guess I will do something else on Super Bowl Sunday, because I can't cheer on a rapist or a Packer.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why Is There A Spider On My Head?

Is not just the title of my new & fabulous 'how not to' book about breaking and staying in the entertainment industry it is a reality that just happened to me.

I am sitting at my desk working on a query to a new book agent for my new YA book ~ when I feel my bangs falling into my eyes. I brush them back. It happens again. I brush them back. It happens again. Until finally I feel the touch of a leg on my face and when I reach back there is hairy spider sitting on the side of my head just hanging out messing with my bangs!

I quickly jump off my seat, slamming into the desk, knocking over my water sending the mobile phone flying and waking up the dog as shrieks of fear escape my mouth and the spider, as if to say, "F you" lands gently onto the key board part of the desk and then casually hops onto the floor before I put him out of his misery quickly.

Oh My God!! My heart is racing!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words

Okay now how can anyone not be aware of this?

A picture's worth a thousand words -- especially for cyberstalkers. Social networking and smartphones go hand in hand for the web savvy. But few people realize they may be giving away more than they plan to when they post even the most innocuous photos from their Blackberry phones or Apple iPhones. Most smartphones encode a GPS stamp called a geotag into digital photos they capture, a tag that reveals the exact location a photo was taken by embedding longitude and latitude coordinates. Share that picture on Twitter or Facebook and anyone can instantly discern where you are, warned Ben Jackson, a security analyst and co-founder of the website ICanStalkU.com.


Thing is folks, like Facebook's places-which is a great idea if the network in question was just on a college campus, you are telling everyone exactly where you are!

It is dangerous to say the least. As well people.. putting your place of birth, you exact birthday, your address and phone number on FB is also quite risky.

Why even have your birthday on there? Do you really "happy birthday" from 1400 people you don't know? I used to have mine on my Myspace and FB, but to be fair, never the real one.

I read this about paragraph today and just wondered-wow! People really are that stupid.

Can I ask also, why use your phone for FB? What could possibly be that important that you must log into FB?

I see people do it all the time. Work disables the ability to log on, so you pull our your trusty phone and there you go. Really? Why you are at work you can't miss a few hours of FB?

I admit, I love Facebook, I am on all the time, but from home, not from my phone or when I am working in the studio.

Just sayin' this obsession everyone is getting is risky!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Evian Roller Babies ~ WHY???



Can someone explain this to me like I am a two year old-WHY? WHY? I don't understand why people make these commercials-disturbing at best! Honestly I can't stand these types of commercials that use babies doing adult things. It is so wrong and completely NOT funny, and yet they keep getting made. Something is seriously wrong with the world.

I'm just sayin'

Saturday, January 15, 2011

What We Say Means Something ~ Sarah Palin

Okay, so recently I have noticed that a lot more people than 'follow' me read my blog(s), and a lot more people than comment read what I say on Facebook and Twitter. Which can be a great thing or a bad thing. For example last year I went on a rant defending staying with my big bank(s) because of the country club exclusiveness of credit unions-I got actual death threats from left winged nut jobs who actually are living life like fat rich righties and don't ever have to worry about money-but that is a horse of another color and another blog. The point is, people read what I say.

Now the reason I bring this up is this. I am no one really. I am an animation artist and writer who lives a small but meaningful life. I am not in the public eye and I am not someone that thousands or hundreds of people follow. Many people in the world don't know who I am, and yet I am smart enough to be aware of the fact that what I say gets read and it makes an impression.

Do you know what I am going? If you have been reading me for a while I am sure you have figured it out.

Millions of people-people who I question their ability to see reason, intelligence and logic, but people none-the-less-follow Sarah Palin.

She says a lot of stupid, hateful, ignorant things and that is fine, she is just continuing to prove what a complete imbecile she really is. Why anyone in their right mind likes her is beyond me, but I digress.

The reason I bring this up is not to blame her for what happened in Tucson. It is not her fault, and yes lefties, get over it. You can not make her the villain for everything that happens, unless Jared Lee Loughner was in a helicopter with a long range rifle aiming at wolves and accidentally shot congresswoman Giffords by mistake you really can blame Sarah Plain 100%.

To be perfectly clear, I am more left than right, and I really find zero redeeming qualities about this woman, but I am fair and reasonable.

Okay so here lies the problem in my opinion. That moron-yes Sarah Palin-fails to even acknowledge that what she was saying was both dangerous and hateful. She put out a video the other day again blaming others for her mistakes. I don't understand what goes on in her brain that she can't even say, "shit, maybe I shouldn't have put those cross hairs over people and sent it out to the public. I am sorry, I never meant for this to happen." I mean really? She is like a cartoon character out of a great film making fun of politicians. In her mind she is perfect and that my friends is beyond dangerous.

Have you posted a status update on FB and then had people totally misunderstand what you meant and even get in arguments about it? Of course you have, we all have. What happens is that usually you will take down the status, or explain what you meant and sometimes apologize and you probably only have the attention of 10- 20 of your friends. Sarah has the whole world on her and yet she continues to say things like "reload". While I blame Jared for his actions 100% it really pisses me off that this twit of a woman won't even admit for a second that things she said may be swaying people into twisted acts of violence.

She has proven to me, AGAIN, that she is a closed minded twat of a human being and I really hope that these right winged folks that like her finally start seeing who or what you are dealing with.

Do I think she is the devil? No because she isn't smart enough to be evil.

I am just sad that anyone in this country not only likes her but wants to have her in charge. What's going to happen when she makes a public statement about taking out No. Korea and they nuke us and then what's left of the world blames her and she says that it is left winged rhetoric and has no place in the tragedy that is WW3? Yes I am exaggerating to make a point, but the point is right.

Someone please teach that stupid cow some grace, humility, understanding and to keep that big pie hole of hers shut!

I'm just sayin'!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

"But I Don't Even Have My Phone With Me Officer."

This morning I got up and made my coffee-to my surprise I had no more creamer so I decided to walk over to Vons and get some. I grabbed my wallet and keys and was out the door in a flash. I left my mobile phone because this would 'only take a minute'.

Little did I know. . .

When I arrived at Vons the electricity was out-"arrgh!"

My coffee was already made and sitting on the Keurig waiting for me. I thought seriously about having it black, but I can't stand black coffee-addict or not.

At this point, as I walked back to my apartment, I thought about running up the 3 flights of stairs to grab my phone before driving to Pavillions, but then convinced myself in about 2 seconds, that I can live without my phone. Even if there was an emergency of some sort, it was still close enough to make it home.

I get in my car, turn on the music and start singing along as I pull out on my way to secure creamer so I can have my coffee. I am about 1/2 block from my apartment and make a left hand turn onto the street where the Pavillions-and my salvation in the creamer is waiting-is, and a cop is there. He takes one look at me, makes and illegal U-turn to pull me over.

I see him immediately but since I didn't do anything wrong, I figure he can't be after me, but I still pull to the right to give him the right of way for his pursuit. Well to my surprise, he is after me.

CUT TO:
"License and registration ma'am." (ugh I hate being called ma'am-not relevant, I just hate it). I asked him what I did, going over in my head on whether I had my turn signal on, or went through a red light-because let's be honest I had not had my morning coffee yet.
He says, "You were talking on your phone." I start laughing and he does not look happy.

I explain, "But I don't even have my phone with me officer."

He repeats that he saw me talking on the phone and please give him my license and registration-so because I have two scenes to finish and don't want to end up in jail, I hand over the documents but tell him again, "I swear it isn't even with me. I made coffee and then had no creamer and walked to Vons and their electric was out, so I got into my car to drive to Pavillions so I can have my coffee, my phone is at home."

He just stares at me, clearly not amused with my babbling.

I offer to let him search the car and start getting out and he stands back, almost about to draw his gun-and commands, "Ma'am don't step out of the vehicle."

I sit back down and say to him. "Please search my car, there is no phone in here I can assure you."
He walks around to the other side of the car, has me open the door and then step out so he can perform a search. He does, he searches the front, the glove-box, behind the seats, and under the seats-no phone found. He looks at me dumbfounded.

I offer to give him my number so he can call me and it'll prove the phone is not with me because he won't hear it ring and then he can even hear my voice on the voicemail.

Then he asks me to open the hatchback and that is when I start laughing again.

"Officer, I am not trying to disrespect you, but really? Since you say you saw me on the phone and pulled me over in less than a minute, when would I have had the time to stop, open the hatchback and put the phone in there? And if the phone was in the hatchback, then there would be no possible way for me to have been talking on it, in which case this whole thing is not valid."

All of a sudden like someone turned the light on in his brain, he gets a look of understanding and says. "I am sorry ma'am, I thought you were on your phone. I really did. It is clear that I was wrong, it is not here."

He handed me back my documents, and apologized a couple more times. I wanted to make a joke about maybe he needed his morning coffee too, but kept my comments to myself.

Then I got to Pavillions and it was like 'If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" with me in there. I got the creamer and then saw the ....which led me to want .... but that is a horse of another color and a story for another day.

Just sayin' I think God, or the universe does these kinds of things to writers so they have something to write about, because seriously, this would only happen to me, and now Ellie-the character in my new sitcom. "Ellie From Chicago"

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Today in Tucson TV Drama Became Reality

Last year Grey's Anatomy ended with a bang, literally with the show surrounding a man who's desperate plea for answers in the loss of a loved one went unanswered and he snapped. He walked into the hospital planning on killing Dr. Shepard and then himself. Unfortunately, he killed several others and caused fear to run deep into the hearts of the survivors.

This Thursday, a similar storyline ran. This was about a man who went into a campus and starting shooting. Many went into surgery and the doctors of Seattle Grace were forced to relive the worst day of their lives. One of the smaller storylines woven in was the mother of the shooter. The shooter was in surgery for hours and hours. Some of the doctors and nurses refused to help him while Christina Yang came back to herself and worked with another surgeon to save him. His mother was in the waiting room and no one would tell her how he was doing until finally she had a small berakdown and talked about how she had no idea he was like this. Dr. Avery, who has previously walked out in the middle of the surgery heard what she was saying and he stepped up and talked to her about her son.

Well today in Tucson TV drama became reality as a man identified as Jared Lee Loughner opened fired on a crowd killing 6 people, in the attempt to kill AZ Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The story is still breaking and the news of the tragedy is spreading like wildfire. It is indeed a horrific act this young man committed. I hope that people understand that he was sick, you can You Tube him, and feel for his family as well. They are also victims.

This is a horrible story with 5 people still in critical condition. What makes someone snap and do something like that? There have been so many stories like this and it is just terrifying, tragic and beyond sad.

I went to high school and college in Tucson and that shopping plaza is in a nice, safe area of town. Anyone from my family to close friends could have been caught in the crossfire. It makes me really sad and ashamed of yet another thing making Arizona look terrible.

Here is the latest from the Washington Post:

By Shailagh Murray, David Fahrenthold and Clarence Williams
Saturday, January 8, 2011; 4:44 PM

Tucson - Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically wounded Saturday morning while hosting an event outside a Tucson grocery store, according to local news reports. Doctors said she survived the attack, but six others did not.

Federal law enforcement sources said that John M. Roll, the senior U.S. District judge in Arizona, was shot and killed in the incident. The Pima County Sheriff's office said that five others including a nine-year-old child had died, and a total of 18 people were injured.

A 22-year old man was taken into custody after being tackled by people on the scene after the shooting. One pistol was recovered and it had what police described as "an extended clip."

The man was identified as Jared Loughner of Tucson, according to the Associated Press.

Giffords, who in November narrowly won reelection to a third term, was hosting her first "Congress on Your Corner" event when a gunman ran up and began shooting her and others in her entourage with a Glock handgun, according to law enforcement sources.

Eyewitness Steven Rayle, a Tucson doctor, said he saw a young man wearing sneakers and what appeared to be navy blue sweats approach Gifford with a semi-automatic handgun raised. The man shot Giffords once in the face, he said.

After Giffords fell, he said, a number of people near Giffords sought to flee but were trapped--hemmed in by the table and a concrete post. The gunman fired into the crowd, he said.

"It was so close, and sort of a tight thing, there was nowhere easy to run," Rayle said. "So most of the crowd got it, you know."

"People that were there were just sitting ducks," Rayle said. "I don't think he was even aiming. He was just firing at whatever."

After a few seconds, Rayle said, the man stopped shooting and tried to flee.

Earlier in the afternoon, CNN and NPR reported that she had died.

"We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society," Obama said. "I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers."



You can read the full story here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/08/AR2011010802422.html?hpid=topnews



Thursday, January 6, 2011

"It's Facebook's Fault!"

You know what I just don't understand people?

Why you are on Facebook and then bitch about it all the time? No one is forcing you to be on it but rather you choose to be there. You put all your personal information up there; where you went to school, where you grew up, how much you ate, what you ate, how big your shit was, who you are dating, photo after photo after photo after photo...(Please stop) and photos of your kids (Why? These are your children? Would you take out an add in the Chicago Trib/New York or LA Times with photos of your child? No of course not!! And they don't even get the readership FB gets) etc...and then you say that Zuckerberg is stealing your info? Newsflash Einstein, you are giving it to him and the rest of the world!

Yet you blame him and FB. One of my FB friends recently posted about FB ruining some relationship either she had or one of her friends had-I can't be sure which because the rant was so stupid, I couldn't be arsed to read all of it. The gist was that someone was spying on someone who was cheating, or flirting or something and so FB got the blame. I am sorry but WTF? If your boyfriend caught you cheating by opening the mail, would you blame the postman? Or if he saw you at a bar cheating at a bar, would it be the bar's fault? Nope, but of course it is FBs fault.

Here's an idea, don't snoop, don't cheat, and if you do, don't be stupid enough to post about it on FB.

Seems to me that the people of the world have become so "dumbed" down that they can't even take responsibility for their own actions and are always looking for someone to blame. "I was high, the dog did it, Facebook made me do it." Seriously, aren't you ashamed of yourself?

I also don't understand why everything said on FB is the truth. If you read it on FB it must be true. If someone posts anything about privacy settings, the whole FB community jumps on board to bitch and moan about how Zuck is screwing with everyone, instead of actually checking and being the commander of your own privacy.

Honestly people, don't you feel just a little stupid?

I'm just sayn'

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Dear Starbucks-Epic Fail New Year's Day


I couldn't come up with what happened to me today at my local Starbucks, maybe Larry David could, because this would really only happen to George or Elaine.

I went into Starbucks-with my Christmas gift card and a dollar for a tip. I ordered my New Year's Day treat, Caramel Macchiato and gave the tip to the cashier, who was more than thankful-seems most people with gift cards and credit cards forget to tip.

I am waiting there for the girl to make the drink, waiting waiting waiting-the place was empty. She was moving really slow-but that's okay, I'm a great mood and have no problems waiting. Finally another girl comes in and goes behind the counter and the two of them start gossiping about other employees and what they did the night before.

After about five or ten minutes of this the girl pulls my drink-that was already made and just sitting there on the espresso machine waiting like the ugly girl at the prom-and hands it to me. She doesn't look at me or make eye contact in any way because she is still chatting away to this other girl who has moved from gossip to her computer problems.

I look at the drink-that was over $5.00 by the way-and notice there is no caramel so I politely ask her for caramel. She yells at me "This is a hot drink-it is on the bottom." I say that is all well and good and holding back that if the drink hadn't been sitting there for over five minutes the caramel may not be on the bottom. I ask her to just put a little more on top.

She snorts at me and screams, "I have been doing this for eight years." Then pours an obscene amount of caramel into my drink-in fact it spills because it is now half full of caramel. Then she sets down the caramel in a huff and says "I have been doing this for eight years. Here you go!" I tell her that there is no need to be rude and or ruin the drink and once again she repeats that she has been there for eight years and then adds that is how it is made.

~So is the drink made with no caramel of half a bottle?~ Just sayin'?

I go back in line to talk to the nice cashier to ask him to refund me my money because this drink is undrinkable now and am waiting calmly while he is helping another customer-the barista sees me and starts yelling over the other customer and the cashier. "Do you have a problem? What do you need?" I say, "Nothing, thank you." She continues to yell while the cashier looks stunned. I tell her that I would rather not talk to her and will just talk to him when he is done.

The other girl comes out of the back room-where she had gone once finished with her computer story-and the barista starts calling me names and telling her that I am not happy with the caramel. Then the girl comes to me and says, "What's YOUR problem?" I ask if she is the manager and she looks back at the barista and laughs before saying yes. I explain what happened and how the barista started yelling at me saying she had been doing this for 8 years and she ruined the drink by pouring too much caramel into it." The "manager" tells me that she will make me a new one, but that is how they make it-and I'll have to pay for it.

I politely tell her thank you but that I will just get a new one somewhere else. I was walking out when the barista yells "Bitch!" after me. The cashier was mortified and so was I. I left without a refund or a drink-bad bad bad..but I am thinking-'well this was free anyhow because I am using a gift card, so what ever.'

I walked the block and a half to the other Starbucks-by Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake and ordered the drink, and had to apologize because I didn't have any cash for a tip. I explained what happened. They were so NICE. They apologized to me, and gave me the drink for free and gave me the number to their manager, the regional manager and told me the real manager's name at the one I was just at. I feel terrible that I couldn't tip them, but will definitely go back there instead.

Here is the thing. I get Starbucks a lot-well I used to when the economy was better-but I still go frequently. The drinks are always a gamble and usually I accept whatever they give me and drink it, but to pour half a container of caramel into someone's drink just to be spiteful is just plain wrong. It was disgusting. If I had some vanilla ice cream and nuts, I could have made a sundae out of it, but I didn't so having that much caramel was ridiculous.

There is no reason to treat someone like that. I don't care if you are upset that you are working on New Year's Day, or you have a hang over, or whatever your problem is.

I am very disappointed in the way I was treated at that branch and really hope that girl learns how to act because news flash Starbucks-what you are serving is a luxury and you can't afford to treat loyal costumers, like me, in that way.

Thankfully the other Starbucks and their amazing service canceled out the bad one.