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Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.


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Dorking Out Episode 35: Oscar Predictions

Yeah, so, this week’s Dorking Out might be the dorkiest one yet. Smith and I share our Oscar predictions, and the Academy Awards is something we really, REALLY dork out about.

We share our picks for every category. It turns out it’s all going to come down to Live Action Documentary Short to see who wins in our long-running Oscar Pool battle.

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We’re usually pretty accurate, so if you have an Oscar pool you’re trying to win, you might want to listen and steal our picks. #humblebrag

Smith is actually coming to my Oscar party on Sunday, so we will be recording the podcast in the same room together for the first-time ever. PLUS, we’re going to try out Facebook Live on Sunday during the show so you can see how our predictions are panning out. I get kinda drinky on Oscar night, so you should like our Facebook page and check it out.

Dorking Out Studios returns in our second segment. Friends of the show Scott and Coryon join Smith in pitching me, the head of Dorking Out Studios, their best movie ideas, and I pick the best one. They had some time to prepare their ideas, but I threw a wrench into their plans with actor/actress and director blacklist, and a list of actors and actresses I wanted them to work with. I really got into the part and, well, I was probably really bitchy. You’ll have to listen and judge for yourself.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunesStitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. .


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Six Things I’m Loving: Chef’s Table, SF Beer Week And More

Yeah, so, I’ve been stupid-busy at work. Don’t you hate it when you have to work at work?

On top of being swamped at work, where I just celebrated my EIGHTH year of working there (WTF?!?), both my mighty, mighty good man David and I caught a nasty cold from my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin. If you listen to this week’s Dorking Out, you can hear how congested I was earlier this week. It’s so sexy.

So, yeah, I’ve been swamped at work; our president is a raving lunatic who is going to get us all killed; and I had a cold. Good times.

Let’s talk about something else. It’s time for another installment of six things I’m loving right now.

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Being outraged about everything that is going on is a full-time, but I already have a full-time job. Good buddy Kate recommended Daily Skimm to me, which sends an email newsletter every morning that summarizes the most important news stories of the day. It’s super helpful, and makes reading a lot of bad news a little easier … a little. I highly recommend it. You can sign up for it riiight here.

SF Beer Week

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On Friday, David and I used Urban Sitter for the first-time ever (which worked out great – Calvin had a great time and was instantly comfortable with her) and went to the SF Beer Week Opening Night Gala, like we always do. Just in case you don’t know what that is it goes like this: You pay $80; you get a glass; you get to drink unlimited beer from more than 80 breweries. It’s awesome. We tried some really great beer. Favorites included a milk stout from Seven Stills, Shadow Of Their Eyes from The Rare Barrel and The Vastness Of Space from Cellarmaker Brewing Company.

Chef’s Table

You guys! Season three of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” drops on Friday! Man oh man, we love “Chef’s Table” in this house. As “Top Chef” fans, we have found this show to be the part of “Top Chef” we loved the most with all the manufactured drama and stupid challenges. Each episode of “Chef’s Table” features a different chef. The second season was set entirely in France, but the first and this upcoming third season feature chefs from all over the world. We learn why the chefs make the kind of food they make. We learn about the process. And then you get to watch them cook. It’s rad! The cinematography is beautiful. We find the show incredibly soothing, and it is a nice break from all the news about how our country is basically a raging dumpster fire right now.

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So, well we wait for new episodes of “Chef’s Table,” we started watching this other documentary series on Netflix titled “Abstract.” It’s basically “Chef’s Table,” but with artists. We’ve watched the first two episodes: one was about an illustrator, and the second episode was about the man who designed Air Jordans for Nike. This is totally a David series, and I wasn’t sure I’d be into it. But, it’s surprisingly interesting. You learn a lot about their creative process, and as someone who fancies herself somewhat creative that interests me.

Gin

We went to Bourbon & Branch, a speakeasy in San Francisco, with a group of friends for David’s birthday. It’s a real speakeasy. You have to make a reservation, and you get a password and all that. I’m not really a cocktail drinker. I’m a beer and wine drinker. But I figured a nice place like Bourbon & Branch would be a great place to try some delicious cocktails and figure out what I like. “I’m not a cocktail person. What should I get?” She has obviously heard this question before and immediately suggested a cucumber gimlet, which is made with gin. You guys! It turns out I like gin! I also had another gin-based drink, which I think was called Gypsy. I honestly can’t remember, because gin.

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Baseball season starts April 3. I cannot wait. Baseball, save me!

 


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Stray Cat Strut

Yeah, so, we got another cat … sort of.

A stray cat has been hanging around our house for a while now. My mighty, mighty good man David saw this cat hanging around a few months ago, but in the past few weeks its become a more frequent visitor. And, because we’re not monsters, we’ve started feeding it.

We took some photos and posted it on Next Door. No one has claimed him. (We refer to him as a “he” but we really have no idea). He won’t let us get close enough to catch him to take to the SPCA. We’re definitely not going to let a stray cat into our house. What if it had some disease and infected our pets? We can’t risk it. We feel bad for it. It’s been raining a lot, and it’s sad to think about it outside in the rain and cold. We’ve been welcoming. I’ve even debated putting a little cat house (not that kind of cat house, you perv) under the deck, where he will have shelter and can curl up and sleep.

The cat is really cute with the most unusual coloring. It’s kinda orange tabby, kinda gray striped. It’s almost like he’s a Frankencat.

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So, he’s just been hanging around our house. He shows up twice a day at the front door and waits patiently for his food. Occasionally I see him at the bottom of the stairs and I half expect him to be holding up a boom box playing “In Your Eyes.” Of course, that’s stupid, because he’s a cat. The boom box would be playing the Meow Mix jingle.

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So, yeah, if you or anyone you know wants a cat … Free cat!


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Dorking Out Episode 34: FX’s Legion And Our Favorite Love Stories

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out with Chris & Sonia we review FX’s new show, “Legion,” which is a spin-off of the “X-Men” series.

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Also, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Smith and I get all romantic and shit and share our top 3 favorite love stories, which results in me revealing my great love for “The Abyss,” which I argue is a love story.

But wait, there’s more. We also recorded another episode of Dorking Out About Trailers, which you can listen to riiight here. We talk about “Power Rangers,” “Snatched,” “The Belko Experiment,” “Wilson,” “Colossal” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunesStitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

One more cool thing, I cheated on Smith and made a guest appearance on another podcast. I stopped by Book Vs Movies to talk about my favorite chick flicks based on chick lit, including “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Clueless” and I share my secret love of “Legally Blonde.” It was super fun to talk with host Margo D. You should listen. You can find it on Facebook and iTunes, and pretty much anywhere you like to stream your podcasts.

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Dorking Out Episode 33: Super Bowl Thoughts And Our Favorite Movie Musical Moments

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out we talk about the Super Bowl: the commercials, the halftime show with Lady Gada and, well, what it is like when everyone dorks out about something that you’re not into. During this discussion, Smith revealed that he is a New York Yankees fan.

Ewwwwwwwwwwww.

I don’t know how someone who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area turned out to be a gross Yankees fan, but we talk about it, and by “talk” I mean I make fun of him.

In our second segment, inspired by my favorite movie of last year “La La Land,” we share our top 3 movie musical moments. My moments are John Travolta takes the dance floor in “Saturday Night Fever,” the opening sequence in “A Hard Day’s Night,” and Gene Kelly singing in the rain in some movie … I wish I could remember the name.

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I also list a slew of runners-up. It’s a really fun discussion so you should definitely listen. You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunesStitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

I also sat down with Master P and Smith for friend/”Sharknado” director Anthony C. Ferrante’s announcement about “Sharknado 5” on The Pop Show on Assignment X. Obviously, I pestered him about which conservative dum-dum will play a character named after me.


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Dorking Out Episode 32: ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Emerald City,’ Anti-Heroes And More

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we talk about anti-heroes. Smith thinks there are too many and it’s ruining TV. I don’t disagree. I think most anti-heroes are the result of lazy writing. We have a good discussion about it, and we share our favorite TV anti-heroes.

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In our second segment, Abbie Bernstein, an entertainment journalist and author, joins us to talk about modernizing classic stories. We review The CW’s “Riverdale,” which the radically reimagining of the old Archie comics. Yes, really. We also discuss NBC’s “Emerald City,” which is a remake of “The Wizard Of Oz.” I really hated it.

And finally, in our Favorite Headlines, we discuss Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards and Producers Guild Awards, and the influence they will have on our Oscar picks.

But wait, there’s more. I also joined The Pop Show for a lively discussion about the Television Critics Association panels, “Wonder Woman,” “The Flash” and why Smith keeps watching all the “Transformer” movies.

So anyway, you can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.


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You Can Start The Impeachment Process Any Time Now

Yeah, so, we survived the first week of Predator Rapey Dorito’s administration. When the hell are they going to start the impeachment process? Are they waiting until after we’re shipped off to the camps?

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Me reading the news every day.

So anyway, it’s Friday, so it’s time for some Friday Cuteness.

Here’s a cute, little game of cat and mouse.

Yes, we have a mouse that comes up on our deck and eats the bird seed that falls out of the feeder. I know, I know.

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Have a good weekend, you guys. Stay strong. We’re going to get through this together.


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Paying It Forward

Yeah, so, I’ve been super ranty on Facebook, because I get pissed goddammit.

I wanted to share that I truly do put my money where my mouth is. For every angry political post I share on FB, I add $5 to my donations to organizations that fight for what’s right. If I feel like I’m spending too much, I can “work it off” by calling or writing my senators and representatives.

So, my next donation will be my usual amount plus an additional $75-$100, because I’ve been very angry the past two weeks. The Women’s March has got me all worked up. I have been making calls this week, and I just printed some postcards to send to my representatives so the amount might go down a little bit.

This only includes Facebook, because if I included my Twitter rants I would have no money for anything else, and a girl’s gotta eat … and drink beer.


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Why I Marched

Yeah, so, on Saturday I marched with millions of other people all over the world to protest pretty much everything Predator Trump stands for.

I put on my Angry, Liberal, Feminist Killjoy shirt, my cat hat, my Pussies Against Trump stickers and carried my “A Woman’s Place Is In The Rebellion” (with photo of Princess Leia – of course) sign to San Francisco City Hall and marched with an estimated 100,000 other people who want to fight for what’s right. I met up with good buddy Kate, friend Emilee, sister Michelle, brother-in-law Tony and two teenage nieces, Lorelei and Olivia. The rest of my local peeps went to the Oakland march. And I’m so proud of my friends who were marching all over the country, including Ohio, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and New York. I am so lucky to know such amazing, awesome, smart people.

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Why did I march?

I marched for my autistic son. I marched for my teenage nieces. I marched for my lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friends and family. I marched for my Muslim friends. I marched for my African American friends. And yeah, I marched for myself and my pre-existing conditions. I marched because this country has elected a sexual predator who mocks people with disabilities. He is a garbage person, and I have no intention of being quiet about it. And thankfully, millions of other people think the same thing.

I am so happy I went to the march. For the first time since the election, I feel hopeful. All of those people, all over the world: We know this administration is not normal. It’s not OK. The misogyny, the racism, the ignorance, the lying: It’s unacceptable.

I avoided reading criticisms of the march, because they were all bullshit, whiny complaints by people who refuse to understand why people were marching. The people who marched are not “sore losers.” These are people who are going to be impacted by Predator Trump’s policies. They will be denied health care. They will be denied birth control. They will be denied the right to get married. They will be denied the right to an equal education. They will be denied equal pay for equal work. They will be denied clean drinking water. They could be deported for not being born here. They could be deported for practicing a non-Christian religion. These policies won’t “make America great again.” They are the exact opposite of what this country stands for. The idea that we should just accept it is ridiculous.

A woman I know commented on a photo from the march saying that all the women marching were “stupid.” I know, right? It was the most embarrassingly ignorant comment. I cannot, for the life of me, understand her thought process, or if there is even a thought process to understand. Let’s pretend for a second that she doesn’t care about health care, abortion, religion, etc. What woman doesn’t think that women should have equal rights? I’d argue that only a stupid woman would think that. Her lack of empathy is really sad, and I am so glad she is not my Facebook friend, because I don’t want to see ignorant shit like that. I’d reply, “Don’t worry, honey. We will do all the marching, protesting, letter writing and calling, and you just sit on your ignorant ass and enjoy the benefits of what we accomplish.” Ugh.

So anyway, I truly hope that everyone who march is following it up with action. I signed up on the Women’s March site for 10 Actions/100 Days, which has an action plan and emails you on how to do it. It’s rad. I also signed up for SwingLeft.org, which finds your closest swing district and makes it easy for you to volunteer, donate and work to turn that Republican seat into a Democrat seat. And, of course, I’m still donating to organizations that fight for what’s right, including the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood.

Let’s do this, you guys.


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Dorking Out: #OscarsSoSerious

Yeah, so, I have not one, not two, BUT THREE podcasts to tell you about this week, because I love listening to the sound of my own voice.

Smith and I talked about this morning’s Oscar nominations, including the snubs and surprises. We also ask the question, “Hey Oscars, why so serious?” You can listen riiight here #OscarsSoSerious

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I realize that the Oscars are kinda silly. The movies they nominate are not necessarily the best movies of the year, and that’s because taste is subjective. What I think is the best movie of the year isn’t going to be what the Academy thinks is the best movie of the year. They kinda nominate the same Oscar-baity movies every year. HOWEVER, I still love the Oscars, because it is a night in which they celebrate movies, and I love movies. I have always loved the Oscars ever since I was a little kid. I used to have a ton of Oscar details memorized. You could ask me, “Sonia, what movie won the Oscar in 1986.” And I’d answer you and tell you all the other movies that were nominated that year. (“Out Of Africa” won, and “The Color Purple,” “Witness,” “Prizzi’s Honor” and “Kiss Of The Spider Woman” were all nominated, too.) I read Charles Matthews’ “Oscar A to Z,” a massive encyclopedia of Oscar stuff that came out in 1995. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately – I’m not sure) time has taken its toll on my super memory. I can usually make a pretty good guess about who won, but I can’t always remember the nominees anymore. Sigh.

Anyway, it was really fun to talk about the Oscar nominations. You should listen.

We also had our regularly scheduled Dorking Out, in which we reviewed “A Series Of Unfortunate Events,” and my mighty, mighty good man David joined us for the second segment, in which we review the just-finished season of “Sherlock.” We really hated it, so it’s an entertaining discussion.

And finally, I was on Assignment X’s Pop Show. I talked about participating in the Women’s March on Saturday (I will definitely be writing about that more here on the blog later this week). We also talked about “Superman Returns,” “Wonder Woman” and the possibility of new “Terminator” movies.

So, yeah, I think that’s plenty podcasting plugging … for now. Thanks for listening, you guys. And I’d be super grateful if you’d share the show with your people. We are going to be doing a big push to reach more people, and you can help. Please, and thank you.