The Sonia Show

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


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Dorking Out Episode 56: Game Of Thrones, War For The Planet Of The Apes and the Emmy nominations

Yeah, so, in this week’s podcast we talk about the return of “Game Of Thrones.” In fact, we’re probably going to be talking about “Game Of Thrones” every week while these final two seasons air, so if you like “Game Of Thrones,” then this podcast is for you.

In our second segment, we review “War For The Planet Of The Apes.” I’m new to this series. I recently watched “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” and “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.” Smith is a huge fan of this series, so our reaction to the final installment might surprise you.

Plus, we chat about last week’s Emmy nominations, and our conversation takes a strange political turn while talking about the nominations for late-night variety show. It’s a good discussion, though.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. 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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‘Easy’ Does It

Yeah, so, I’ve been busy with work and being sick, which are both full-time jobs, so I’ve been slacking here. My apologies. I’ve got a ton of random things to say, so let’s get right to it. Here’s six things I’m loving right now.

1. “Easy” by Sky Ferreira

I went on and on about my love for the movie “Baby Driver” on the podcast, so I won’t repeat it here. But, man oh man, I love this song so much. I can’t stop listening to it. Even when I’m not listening to it, it’s still playing in my head.

2. Zenni Optical

When I got a new prescription the first thing I did was start ordering new glasses online, because it’s cheaper and it’s kinda fun. I’ve decided that since I have to wear glasses every day I really need more than two pairs. Basically, I’ve stopped buying so many dresses and started buying glasses.

I have some nice glasses that I got through LensCrafters, but even with eye care insurance I end up spending $200-$300 for a pair of glasses. I love those glasses, but I want some variety, and I don’t want to pay big bucks. My buddy Jennifer introduced me to Zenni Optical, and I’ve got a few really fun pairs of glasses for $25-$35 each. Seriously!

These glasses are my faves right now. They have a ’50s look about them, and I think they are super fun.

I wore them to my parents’ house last week, and my dad said, “What the hell is up with your glasses?”

Me: “I like them. I think they are fun.”
Dad: “I guess.”

Of course, I’m not going to take style advice from my dad. If I did, I’d have to get a pair of camouflage glasses … and grow my hair out … and dye it blond.

I wore them to the Oakland office on Tuesday, and a coworker said, “Oh, new glasses. They are … interesting.”

My “Toddler Grandma Style” is an acquired taste. I get it. But the truth is, I don’t really care if people don’t like it. I like it. I describe my style now as “I wear want I want.”

So anyway, I think these glasses below are pretty OK, too. They are not flashy. They are perfectly fine, everyday glasses.

It’s tricky when you buy glasses online. I’ve uploaded a photo to Zenni, and I try them on online, but you really don’t know until you really try them on if you’re going to like them. For example, these super-thick hard-rim glasses below are kinda fun, but I’m not sure I really love them. But for $25 I was like, “Why not?” I mainly wear them around the house, which is good, because I’m always fuckin’ up my nice glasses when I’m screwing around in the house – either rough housing with Calvin or just being a spaz.

I’ve got my eye on a few more pairs of glasses from Zenni, so be on the lookout for a lot of selfies on my Instagram.

3. Our new Dorking Out logo by Jeff Heermann

We’ve had what was supposed to be a temporary logo for a year, so I asked my friend Jeff, who is a super talented artist, if he would help a sister out with a new logo. Look how great it is! It’s soooo awesome! I love, love, LOVE it!

Also, I forgot to write a blog post about this week’s show. You should listen to this week’s show. I didn’t get a chance to see “Spider-Man: Homecoming” before we recorded, so Ben Weddell from “Big Ben’s Movie Show” sat in with Smith to talk about it. I show up in the second segment to review “Glow,” which I think is rad, and everyone should watch it.

4. Roku

We got a Roku, you guys! It’s got a really intuitive interface that kinda reminds me of Tivo. We’ve been looking to ditch Comcast for a long time, because Comcast is stupid and crazy expensive. The Comcast On Demand sucks ass, and the only reason we were holding on to it was because we wanted TCM and local baseball. Roku has both of those things, plus it’s cheaper AND it’s got the Film Struck app. So long, Comcast. You’re the worst.

5. The Great British Baking Show on Netflix

I love cooking shows, but I’m so over all the competitive ones. I used to be really into “Top Chef,” but I just hate all the manufactured drama. My mighty, mighty good man David and I stopped watching “Top Chef” when we discovered “Cooked” and “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. We just want to watch people cook while they talk about why they cook. I don’t care about some perceived slight of some asshole chef in a competition show in which they are all forced to live together, too. This is why I am in love with “The Great British Baking Show.”

It’s just people baking. It is a competition show, but the bakers are not really competitive. If anything, they are competing against ingredients and time, not each other. Everyone on the show is super nice and polite. And they are not super chefs. They are not James Beard winners or any kind of baking professionals. They are just regular ol’ folks who like baking. I find it very relaxing to watch it. I find is inspiring, too. I bought a book about baking bread, because BREAD!

6. Zootopia

My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin goes through phases with movies and TV shows. You might remember that a few months ago, Calvin was all about “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” I never got tired of watching it. Now, he’s all about “Zootopia.”

I liked “Zootopia” a lot when I saw in the theater. I still think “Kubo And The Two Strings” was the best animated movie last year, but “Zootopia” is a solid movie. Calvin enjoyed it in the theater, too, but never asked about it again. It recently popped up on Netflix, and I thought I’d give it shot and see if he liked it. He likes it … a lot. I think we’ve watched it every night for the past two weeks.

His favorite part is always changing, but right now it’s when Officer Judy Hopps, on her first day on the police force, holds up her fist for a fist bump and asks “Are you ready to make the world a better place?” Calvin runs up and says, “Mommy, are you ready to make the world a better place?” And then we fist bump. I would be totally fine with it if he wanted to do this every day forever.

He’s also super into the Shakira song “Try Everything,” which plays in the movie and over the end credits. We’re listening to it nonstop in the car. He won’t let me sing or dance to it, though, which is a very strange form of torture. It takes all my will power not to sing or dance to it. I often fail, and he just has to deal with my terrible singing and dancing.


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Dorking Out Episode 54: Baby Driver and Twin Peaks

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out we review “Baby Driver.”

I love, love, LOVE it. I go on and on about my affection for this movie, and writer-director Edgar Wright’s other movies, including “Shaun Of The Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” Oh, and how much I adore his TV series “Spaced.”

In our second segment, I try to process my feelings about the new season of “Twin Peaks.” Part of me thinks I want it to be more like the original series. Maybe I like David Lynch operating within boundaries and rules, because I miss the stories and characters from the original show. However, “Twin Peaks: The Return” is crazy and weird, and I can’t wait to see where it’s going next. Like I said, I’m still processing it.

And finally, we end our show with what we’re dorking out about, and I talk about the documentary “Nobody Speak: The Trials Of The Free Press,” which is currently airing on Netflix.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. 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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Maybe It’s The Theraflu Talking But …

Yeah, so, I am on Day 6 of the never-ending flu.

All week I’ve been coughing, blowing my nose and having weird fever dreams. Good times. I missed three days of work, and I had to work from home on Thursday and Friday. I need to go to see “Baby Driver” for this week’s Dorking Out, but I’m still coughing. I don’t want to ruin the movie for everyone by coughing throughout the movie. I’m hoping by Sunday morning, I’m coughing less so I can see it before we record on Sunday night.

I’m so sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have been drinking Theraflu for more than a week. I’ve probably built up a tolerance to it, and I should consider switching to a different cold med. Or maybe I should start pouring whiskey in it. I hate taking cold meds. They make me feel loopy. Theraflu is one of the only ones that works for me and doesn’t make me high.

So anyway, at some point this week, I was in the fetal position in bed, trying to fall asleep, and I started thinking about the GOP health care bill, because apparently I wasn’t already feeling shitty enough.

I started thinking about how fucked up it is that we need to have a health care bill at all. Basically we need a health care bill, because if we don’t the health insurance companies will fuck us all until we all die. That’s it, right? They absolutely won’t do anything even remotely close to the right thing AT ALL. Unless there is a law, health insurance companies will not offer us a policy at a reasonable price that covers reasonable medical bills.

Think about how fucked up that is! If you need cancer treatment or you have a baby, instead of covering your costs, which is what health insurance should do, they will find a way to screw you over and make you pay for it. They want you to pay for health insurance AND your medical bills, because if there isn’t a law so fuck you.

Health insurance companies are not just mindless robots, they are owned and managed by actual human beings with hearts and souls (in theory). I don’t understand how they sleep at night. How do they justify trying to screw people over during some of the most stressful times in their lives? “I know you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure and you’re fighting for your life, I need to make another $10,000 to throw on my giant pile of money.”

What am I missing? Are health insurance companies like sharks? Just killing machines. Sharks gonna shark. Health insurance companies gonna health insurance company.

I also started thinking about the people who work for the Predator Trump administration, because – once again – apparently I don’t think I’m suffering enough. They are just lying, awful pieces of human garbage, aren’t they? How do they even look at themselves? How do they talk about their day at work with their spouse?

Terrible person #1: “How was your day at work, honey?”
Terrible person #2: “Good! I bullied the White House Press Corp turning off their recording equipment and then I accused them all of being fake news. Then I lied about Trump’s Muslim ban and the Medicaid cuts in the GOP health bill. How was your day?”

Here’s the thing: It’s not just that these “people” have a difference of opinion. They are lying, and they know they are lying. But by lying they thinking they are winning. I’m not sure what they think they’re winning.

“Today I helped the president bully a senator, who dared not to support something we wanted him, too. It’s really exciting time for us. We’re so close to stripping away health care benefits from millions of people, including those with pre-existing conditions as well as children, the elderly and people with special needs, because our most vulnerable citizens are not really Americans. Fuck those people, am I right? I mean, get a job or something. Whatever.”

I have yet to hear one reasonable argument for the GOP health care bill … or one reasonable argument for anything Predator Trump has said or done. I assume that’s because there isn’t one. All I’ve heard is a lot of lies.

I continue to be super disgusted and embarrassed by Predator Trump. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog in a while, but I’m still donating money to organizations that fight for what’s right: the ACLUSouthern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood and SwingLeft.org. Oh, and I usually spend my evenings drunk dialing my reps. You should do it, too. It’s kinda fun.

 

 

 

 

 


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Dorking Out Episode 53: Celebrating 40 Years For Our First Anniversary

Yeah, so, I’ve been so sick that I forgot to post the latest episode of Dorking Out here. In honor of our first anniversary, we’re looking back at 40 years of the show.

I know what you’re thinking, “That doesn’t add up.” Well, if you listen to the podcast you’ll get why that makes perfect sense, so maybe you should listen.

Basically, we get in our way-back machine and share with you our most memorable and most embarrassing moments of the test shows we have been recording for the past 40 years.

You can listen to Dorking Out here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. 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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The Sonia Show Goes To Washington

Yeah, so, I went to Washington, D.C., to see two of my favorite people, Katie and Nathan.

Sadly, the second I walked off the plane I lost my voice, because of course I did. I fly across the country to visit one of my best friends so we can catch up, and I lose my voice. Figures.

I think being that close to Predator Trump; that much evil; my body just couldn’t deal with it. Maybe my body was trying to save me. “Oh no! She’s in the same city as that piece of shit. She’s going to say something and get us all killed, so let’s shut it down. Shut the whole thing down!”

Of course, we didn’t let my lack of voice stop us from catching up, and Katie and Nathan are awesome hosts. If you’re ever in DC, I highly recommend you stay with them. They are way better than some hotel or Air BnB.

We went to a Nationals vs. Reds game on Friday night, which was my first-ever visit to a ballpark that wasn’t A’s or Giants. I wore my Giants hat and booed Bryce Harper the best I could considering I had no voice. I also ran into some other Giants fans there, which – once again – was just me pointing at my hat and their hats and giving the thumbs up, because no voice.

On Saturday, Katie and I spent the entire day at the Newseum, because it’s my favorite. I could have spent an entire second day in the Newseum. There is so much to read, watch and listen to. There’s a really terrific exhibit now called “Louder Than Words,” which is about music, activism and politics. The Newseum doesn’t appear to be a big fan of Predator Fake News. There are a lot of stories and photos about President Obama. I think that Newseum is preaching to the choir, though. I seriously doubt Predator Trump voters are going to the Newseum anyway. Yeah. I said it.

Also, while in DC, we had lunch at a yummy vegan restaurant, Fare Well. I got the vegan Reuben and a cookie dough milkshake, and it was heaven.

We also got some beer, because – duh – of course we did. These are MY FRIENDS we’re talking about. We went to Brookland Pint, which had a great selection of local beer on tap, so I could taste them all.

It was so great to see Katie and Nathan. They are such awesome, smart people. I wish we at least lived in the same state. That would be awesome.

By the way, it’s hot as fuck in DC, and humid. Here’s actual footage of me in DC.

 

So, at the end of my trip, I filmed a little video so you guys could hear how awful my voice was.

 

BUT, here’s the thing: It actually got worse. I got sicker and sicker on the flight home. By the time I got home I had no voice at all (it was just a whisper). I was coughing and congested, and I had a fever. Wheeee. I’ve been sick for three days! I’ve been so sick that I haven’t even been back to work yet. I wasn’t even well enough to work from home, because that would have involved sitting up. Writing this blog post is the longest I’ve sat up in a while, and as you can tell by how well it is written, that wasn’t very long.

So yeah, I had a really great trip. This was my first big trip away from my mighty, mighty good man David and my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin. I’ve had an overnight trip once or twice away from both of them, and David and I have gone on trips together while Calvin stays with my mom. But, this was the first trip in which David and Calvin were on their own for four days. Unsurprisingly, they had a great time, but Calvin did come into our bedroom in the middle of the night and cry, and ask to sleep with David. He missed me.

Calvin was already asleep when I got home Sunday night, but the next morning I went into his room to say, “Good morning,” and he immediately shot up in his bed. “You’re back! You’re here! I missed you!” I almost cried. It’s nice to be missed.

 

 


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Dorking Out Episode 52: ‘Cars 3’ and ‘Rough Night’ Reviews

Yeah, so, in this week’s Dorking Out with Chris & Sonia we review “Cars 3” with Juan Uriarte from the Instant Ramen podcast.

I’ve got a soft spot for the movie “Cars,” which many people consider a lesser Pixar movie. My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin has watched it countless times, which means I’ve watched it countless times, and it’s really grown on me. It’s no “Toy Story” trilogy, and it’s certainly not as imaginative as “Wall-E” or “Inside Out,” but it’s a nice, enjoyable movie.

“Cars 3” is more of a direct sequel to “Cars” than “Cars 2,” which is apparently more of a spy movie. I say “apparently” because I’ve never seen it. Whenever we’ve started “Cars 2,” Calvin says, “No, thank you,” and I say, “You’re right. This looks like a piece of shit. Let’s watch ‘Cars.’”

“Cars 3” isn’t as good as “Cars,” but it’s a good movie, and it’s got a few things to say about racism and sexism, which I wasn’t expecting.

In our second segment, Smith and I review “Rough Night.” Spoiler alert! We were disappointed, but it leads to an interesting discussion about the audience this movie was hoping to attract and then not giving that audience what it wants.

One more thing, this is our one-year anniversary. Let’s dance!

In honor of our anniversary, we will have a very special show next week, so definitely check it out.

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What’s Calvin Watching

Yeah, so, my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin caught a nasty cold.

The cold got progressively worse as the week went on, so by Thursday and Friday he had to stay home from school. He’s in good spirits, but I feel bad for him. He’s feeling cooped up, and in between playing and lining up his cars and buses, he’s been watching some uninspiring movies and TV shows.

Every once in a while Google Play offers a free movie. Earlier this year it was a movie called “Bunyan & Babe,” an animated movie about Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox. It’s not very good. It’s boring with very video-gamey animation.

“Bunyan & Babe” is one of those kids movies where the bad guy wants to destroy a farm or a town to pave the way for some big project that will make him a lot of money. I suspect most kids cannot relate to that and don’t give a shit. Although I bet Trump’s kids would watch it and think the property developer is the good guy who’s just misunderstood.

So anyway, now Google Play has kicked us “A Stork’s Journey,” which is about a sparrow raised by storks. It’s also got a gay parakeet that sings “I’m Coming Out” over and over, and a goth owl voiced by Jane Lynch.

The animation looks better than “Bunyan & Babe,” but it’s not a very good movie either. A stork family adopts this orphaned sparrow, but then ditches him, and he spends the entire movie trying to find them. WTF?! The storks are terrible people.

Oh, and in order to be accepted by the father stork who raised him the sparrow has to save another stork’s life. It’s kinda like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” It’s not about people acknowledging how prejudice their way of thinking is and making it right. It’s more about the outcast proving to be useful in some way, so he/she is worthy of being accepted.

I’m pretty sure I know why these movies are free from Google Play.

Calvin has also been watching a TV show on Netflix titled “Tayo the Little Bus,” which is basically a South Korean “Chuggington,” but with buses instead of trains. Of course, “Chugginton” is just a ripoff of “Thomas the Tank Engine.” It’s the same shit. Here’s the plot of every episode: Bus or train character doesn’t listen to instructions, which results in confusion and delay. Oh sorry. Spoiler alert!

I really love it when Calvin watches “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” because I like watching it, too.

In other news, we have ditched overpriced Xfinity-Comcast and got a Roku. We love it so far. We can watch our local baseball teams through Sony Vue. Plus, we got the FilmStruck app, which has a TON of old movies and the Criterion Collection, so we’re stoked.

And speaking of old movies, we have a new episode of Old Movies, New Beer up for your listening pleasure. Inspired by “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise, we decided to watch the originals from 1932 and 1959.

We’re drinking Bravo, an aged imperial brown ale with a really high alcohol content, so you can listening to me get drunk and bash the Tom Cruise movie when I should be talking about the old movies.


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Backyard Buddies

Yeah, so, I’ve got a few random stories this week.

We don’t have a backyard at our house in San Francisco, because – duh – of course we don’t.

Whenever we go to my parents’ place in Concord, Calvin and Toby run around like crazy in their backyard. Last week, Calvin was riding his bike, and Toby decided to lay down right in front of him. I’m not sure what Toby was thinking. Maybe it was so form of protest about the current political climate or maybe he just thought it was the perfect sunny spot. I started to worry that it was going to turn into a game of chicken, and Calvin was going to run him over. Instead, Calvin got off his bike and laid down on the ground with him.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, I guess.

So anyway, one of my favorite places to eat and drink is Cato’s in Oakland. It’s got a great beer menu and a wide variety of food options, including a few vegan dishes. I love it there. Plus, it’s kid friendly. I’ve been looking for the San Francisco equivalent of Cato’s, and I think I’ve finally found it. It’s been right in front of me all along. It’s Rosamunde on Mission Street.

It’s only one BART stop away from us. It’s got a great beer list. Of course, they mainly serve sausages there, including a few delicious vegan sausages, but they are slowly expanding their menu to include burgers, veggie burgers and pretzels. It’s all good.

What’s funny is David and I have been going there since Calvin was first born. We would roll in with our strollers at 10 a.m. on Saturdays or Sundays, and have a big ol’ beer with our breakfast.

Calvin coveting my beer in June 2012 at Rosamunde.

I’ve been saying for years, “I wish we had a Cato’s in San Francisco,” but Rosamunde is already our Cato’s. I’ve been so blind.

Oh, yeah, so, our cat friend returned this week. She hadn’t been around for several weeks, and once again I assumed the worst. She was looking so skinny and limping a little, but now David tells me that she’s filled out a little and the limping has stopped. Maybe she’s on the road to recovery.

“I always feel like someone is watching me.”

And I’ll end this blog post with a photo of me and good buddy Corso at the A’s game for Pride Night, because it’s a really cute photo of us.


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Miss You Much

Yeah, so, working in a new office with new people is a big change for me. But I kinda forgot that this is a big change for my mighty, mighty good kid Calvin, too.

For five years I’ve been driving him to nannyshare or preschool and picking him up, because I’m the one that drives to work. Mighty, mighty good man David takes him to school and picks him up sometimes, too — once a week, at least. But, it’s mainly been me.

Well, last week I was taking BART to work, so David did the dropping off and the picking up. On Thursday, David picked up Calvin, and he seemed a little sad. When they got home, Calvin saw I wasn’t there and started crying. And when I came through the door, he ran to me and we hugged, and he cried and cried.

He missed me.

All week long I was feeling like I was getting less time with Calvin because I wasn’t driving him. We have a nice, little routine. We listen to songs on his playlist that I made for him, and we talk about all the buses, police cars and trucks we see. I was missing that time, too, but I’m such a clueless dope that it didn’t occur to me that maybe – just maybe – my son was missing me, too.

What a dum-dum I am.

So anyway, one of my mom’s best friends, Jeanne (they’ve been best friends since kindergarten), lives just a few minutes from us, and guess what? She got goats! GOATS, you guys! GOATS! Look!

They are so goddamn cute. They are totally sweet and friendly. I want a goat so bad. But until that day, I will be visiting Jeanne more often.