Thursday, April 10, 2008

Susanne Goldstone Googlegängers

If you run a search of "Susanne Goldstone" into Google you currently get 629 responses. I wrote a blog about my obsession with googling myself last year. The best part is that my name is unique so every single posting is actually about me. Not a Susanne Goldstone from Mequon, Wisconsin. Not Susanne Goldstone from Sedona, Arizona. ME! As I wrote last year, my name is Susanne, not the more common Suzanne, and Goldstone, not Goldstein. I'm not just tooting my own horn. I learned from the New York Times this morning that I'm not the only one. Its actually a scientific thing that people are "unconsciously drawn to people and things that remind us of ourselves." For instance, the article tells us about Sam Blackman who consistently checks up on the other Sam Blackman's of the world and sheps nachas whenever someone gets married, has baby, etc. Even though he doesn't know them, he feels a kinship because they share the same name.

I would love to find another Susanne Goldstone. With so many billions of people in the world, there must be one. So I am asking, if you are Susanne Goldstone, hit me up. I'd love to hear from you. You can be like the "sister" I never knew I had.

My Parents' Celebrity Sighting

My parents flew in to New York last night from LA and the first thing they told me upon arrival was how many celebrities were sitting near them in First Class. Goldstones like to fly classy (Thank G-d for miles!). Next to them was Alec Baldwin sitting with one of his brothers. Unfortunately my mom is not a celebrity gossip extraordinaire and couldn't identify whether it was Billy, Stephen, or Daniel who accompanied Alec. Had it been Billy, I would have accidentally faked turbulence and fallen into his lap. "Whoops, sorry Billy, planes make me clumsy. Why don't you take off your shirt and let me apply seltzer to that wine spill I made." :D

Sitting in front of my parents was Marilyn Manson. My mom was shocked by his "scary eyes" and my dad was like, "How does that dude walk in 5 inch platform shoes?" At 6'3" and with 5" heels, I wonder how the heck he fit on the damn plane. Plus, he'd probably block the movie screen which would piss me off. If I can't watch "The Nanny Diaries" I swear I'll just scream! Why is it that I never see any cool celebs when I travel? The most famous person I ever sat next to in First Class was Dr. Bernard Lander, founder of Touro's Lander College. I even offered him some of my kosher meal since he forgot to order one. If I die with THAT being my claim to fame it will just be so sad.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Funniest Geek EVER?

Jack McBrayer was beyond hysterical as the sexually inept newlywed in the hilarious upcoming comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall (which basically includes my entire dream cast, btw). He is the funniest thing about "30 Rock", a show that I love (so thats really saying something considering my undying love for both Tina Fey AND Alec Baldwin). A lot of people think hes going to be typecast by playing the same bumbling yet warmhearted nitwit in each role he takes on. But Jack, I have this advice for you, KEEP IT UP! Never has nerd chic been so enticing. We love you! If you need more proof. Watch the above video for Mariah Carey's 'Touch My Body'. HYSTERICAL! I will watch anything this guy is in. Love it!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Look what I found

Guess who found their favorite ever alcoholic beverage at a Midtown Gristedes? Okay, maybe its my second favorite alcholic drink, but you can't just find an Adios Motherf*&#er on a grocery store shelf near you. Hornsby's is the drink I grew up on. When I was too much of a wuss in high school to drink Jack Daniels like the Soccer Bums, and turned off by the taste of Boone's Strawberry Hill after witnessing my friend Maggie puke up a bottle of it sophomore year, I turned to Hornsby's Hard Cider. Delish, goes down easy, and had a low alcohol percentage so I wouldn't get embarrassingly wasted (okay, not as often at least). Its like my Holy Grail. I search for it in every liquor store and supermarket I walk into. I was leaving a movie screening at Kip's Bay on Thursday night and walked by my old apartment in the Windsor building. And a lightbulb flashed over my head. Had I once seen Hornsby's tucked a way in a corner of the beverage aisle at the Gristedes there. I went to investigate and lo and behold. There is was. Grail has been unearthed. What should I turn my search towards now? World peace?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Best Bush Picture EVER

I can't get enough of this. This is a picture of President Bush with all the leader's of NATO member countries in Bucharest, Romania posted in the NY Times on Friday. Stared at it for like 10 minutes on the subway on Friday afternoon and talked about it all Shabbos. I love the look on our President's face. I love all the hustle and bustle around him as he just stands there. I love that he's in the middle of the nations, yet doing nothing. Metaphor? Hmmm....

Friday, April 04, 2008

Maternity Cocktail Dress?

Someone posted on the Washington Heights message boards seeking a maternity cocktail dress. I don't mean to pry, but should she really be drinking? Har har. Those Corny Rabbi Joke classes are really paying off.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


There is an internet movement advocating today as "Good People Day". Gary Vaynerchuk wrote and recorded a video on his blog yesterday asking for people to spend one day, it should of course be everyday, but just spend one day putting out good vibes, talking about the good attributes in people. You go to a site like TMZ and a majority of the stories are about the troubles and travails of our favorite celebrities. Can you imagine the power of the media (and yes, I am including myself, a mere blogger, as an adjunct member of the media at large) if they only talk about the good things people do. Just for one day? I realize there are more stories posted about Britney's constant custody disputes than there are about Hayden Panettiere saving dolphins and the like, but seek out these Good stories and share them with the world. They are out there. Dig deeper!

And now to get all religious on you. In this week's Torah Portion, Tazria, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald from the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) says in his weekly message "According to rabbinic tradition, the "tzah'ra'aht" (leprosy) affliction is not a bodily disease, but a physical manifestation of a spiritual illness that results from "lashon hara," speaking evil about others. Its purpose is to show gossipers and defamers that they must mend their ways and cease their inappropriate speech." I wonder if Gary realized the connection of speaking good about others in this week's portion when choosing the date of his campaign. Whether or not, brilliantly done!

I encourage you to take the idea of GPD08 and make it a daily occurence in your life. And I'll do a better job of doing it in mine.