Saturday, February 21, 2009

TV: Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Well i just finished watching the very last episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. This show first aired in 1993 after David Letterman left for his own show in a new time slot and new channel. Over the last 16 years i would tune into Conan because i was always ensured a laugh or two or three. For years i have said between him, Jay Leno and David Letterman, Conan was the best on tv. I still believe that. He will now replace Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, following in the footsteps of the great Johnny Carson.

I'm glad to know that this isn't really good bye, but just a see you later. Sure the show wont be the same, Conan cant get away with a lot of the things he said or did in his new time slot but its still Conan and he really made the program. He used to write for SNL, when it was good, and he wrote for the Simpsons. He was an unknown that was given a shot and for 16 years he did a better job than a lot of more qualified people who tried to do the same thing.

A lot of shows have come and gone in the past 16 years. In fact what other show has been on for as long? The Simpsons, probably my favorite show of all time. Both wonderful shows and Late Night never got the recognition it deserved. The famous Chuck Norris jokes started on Conan's show, did you know that? Triumph the insult comic dog was also from that show along with many more pop culture type things that go unknown.

Any fan of the show knows this is the end of an era. When i would watch Conan it would take me back to the early 90's with the same jokes and characters that i loved back then. All of the great shows of the past have come and gone, they are all there now but one. The Simpsons. Once that show goes off the air ill probably stop watching TV altogether really. Its sad for me in a lot of ways.

I just want to say, Thank you Conan for making me laugh and smile night in and night out for the last 16 years, and although you'll have a new show you will always have my support. Conan O'Brien is clearly the best host of a talk show on tv right now and he has been for 16 years, but thats just my two cents.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

LIFE: the little toe

I just want to rant a bit on the little toe, or the PIGGY toe if you will.

I don't like you very much. Its true, and i wont lie to you, i think you're pretty USELESS. What are you for? I mean, honestly. Is it just me or is the little toe always the one you hit off of a corner? It hurts so bad, how can something so small hurt so much when hit? Its also hidden when wearing most types of sandals making it look as if you only have 4 toes, thats just embarrassing. I can remember staring trying to see if a person has all of their toes, turns out the piggy toe was just hiding like a pansy ass loser. Even in that stupid, "This little Piggy," poem it has the worst part, CRYING wee,wee,wee all the way home. Also whats up with that toe nail, if you can call it that. Its hardly even there, its all misshaped and deformed and some times it doesn't even need to be cut, HOW does that happen? Someone tell me how it doesn't grow like the others? Then when you actually try to clip it, its almost impossible. Little toe, you SUCK. You are by far the worst of the toes and the thing that really gets me is....I HAVE TWO!!! We would all be better off if that toe was off of our foot but thats just my two cents.

PETS: my female SHTCT leopard gecko

I realized i never made a post about my first leopard gecko! My female Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot tail!

She doesnt have a name, i got her as a hatchling from the Altoona Petco in June of 07. I didnt know if she was a boy or girl at the time because it takes a while before you can tell, so i never decided on a name and since then i still cant! I hate not having a name for a pet of mine, naming my pets has always been a problem. Its such a big deal i can never deal with it. I thought about Slyth, Mondo, Slater, all cool names but more boy names than girl names. When i finally knew she was a she, it was too hard to come up with a name. I threw around the idea of Allura.

I didnt handle her for the first 6 months that i had her. I didnt want her to drop her tail, as they will do when frightened. Babies are really skittish too. So, not stressing her out, i left her alone for much of her teenage life. One day i moved her into the 20 gallon long tank my turtle had been in. (she ran away from home) Then, on Christmas of 07 she was standing trying to climb the sides of the tank, she cant because leopard geckos cant climb vertical surfaces, but nobody ever told her that. So i reached my hand in and she crawled right onto it! Ever since then i have taken her out to hold, she will climb on my arms and hands and even shirt if you let her. She couldnt be a friendlier gecko. She doesnt like to be touched on her back though, that is one thing she doesnt like. Im going to try to breed her to Flare in the spring time, she slows down in the winter time.

PETS: Flare, my newest leopard gecko

I thought I'd write an update on Flare, my newest leopard gecko.

I got Flare at the Cheswick Reptile Show in Pittsburgh back in January. So i've had him for about a month now. Flare is a, "sunglow" male leopard gecko. Sunglow, or hybino as its sometimes called, is the albino version of the Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot Tail leopard gecko. (Hypo meaning very few spots, Super meaning no spots, Tangerine being the orange color and carrot tail is when orange starts at the base of the tail and goes out onto the tail.)

I was told he was about 3-4 months old, i dont know how you dont know which, but either way hes around 5 months old now and he is huge for his age, there is good reason for this though. I was told he has the genes to be a giant. (Giant leopard geckos are 100-150 grams in weight.) His mother was huge and his father was big as well so i hope he is a giant because i did want one. His colors, as you can see, are amazing. I love the white underside and orange body. He has cute little white feet and i think the pink on his tail is such a cool color too. Believe it or not his brother was at the show and he cost more and was even more colorful than Flare is, but he was also older. The breeder told me Flare was going to only get brighter as he grows up.

I plan to breed Flare to my unnamed female Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot tail later in the spring. Did i mention Flare is het RAPTOR? (RAPTOR is Red eyed, Albino, Patternless, Tangerine, ORange.) So together they can produce some pretty cool babies, and IF Flare turns out to be giant then the babies will carry the giant genes as well. So i will keep you all updated on this new leo of mine!