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Saturday, August 21, 2021

A distinct sub-genre has emerged within the reality TV universe: Cosmetic surgery makeovers. “The Swan” started it, amid plenty of criticism. The concept has evolved from a contest-style show to a “purer” behind-the-scenes format — resulting in some curious brands.

To wit:

“Dr. 90210″ on E! started airing this summer. To counter, Bravo will soon debut “Miami Slice”.

From these titles, I’m inferring that we can look forward to episodes featuring Luke Perry and Don Johnson getting Botox tuneups and ass-lifts.

I don’t watch reality shows, but… Hell, I still wouldn’t watch this. Not even if they had an episode with Jennie Garth getting a boob job.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/21/2004 07:20 PM
Category: Pop Culture, RealiTV Check
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sexy city
I do like those promos for “Sex and the City” reruns on TBS, where Carrie and crew are depicted as gossipy teenage girls in a highschool cafeteria. The girl playing a young Charlotte bears an especially strong resemblance to the adult version.

However, to keep things chronologically accurate among the girls, shouldn’t the Samantha character be aged about 10 years older than the rest of them? I’m thinking she should be their homeroom teacher or something…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/21/2004 06:48 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., TV
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I was out this morning running a couple of errands. The last errand was to stop by one of the several Publix Super Markets in my general neighborhood to get various household items, including lunch. I was in the mood for sushi, which Publix does a decent job of making.

As I entered this store and started shopping, it hit me: I wouldn’t be able to get sushi here. Of the dozens of Publixes in the Tampa Bay area, I inadvertently picked the one — maybe the only one? — that doesn’t have a sushi chef.

What’s the deal? The rest of the Publix stores around here promote the hell out of their sushi selection; they even plant little lawn signs around the stores announcing that they’re holding rice rolls! In addition, there are a couple of other Publix stores within a five-mile radius of this one, the Gateway Mall store, that I know have sushi.

Why this single Publix chooses not to stock it, I cannot fathom. Maybe the demographics of the immediate neighborhood dictate that sushi wouldn’t move in this store. I don’t know for sure, but it does seem that the majority of dwellings around Gateway Mall are seniors, and I’m guessing most of them would never touch the stuff. Then again, I’m reasonably closeby, and there are other 20- and 30-somethings around who would go for it.

I guess my biggest gripe is the notion that I even have to take into consideration that individual branches of a major grocery chain wouldn’t have a consistent product selection. It’s like going to a particular McDonald’s and finding out that it doesn’t serve up Big Macs.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/21/2004 06:25 PM
Category: Florida Livin'
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Sometimes it takes a while. Author S.E. Hinton, who has teen novel classics like “The Outsiders” and “Rumble Fish” to her credit, is back in business with “Hawkes Harbor”, her first book in 16 years.

Sounds like she had an extended writer juice drought.

Limited output certainly isn’t an indictment. Harper Lee wrote only one book in her whole life, and she managed to make it a grand-slam homerun.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/21/2004 05:01 PM
Category: Publishing
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I drink, but don’t smoke. I’ve learned the subtle art of how to nurse a drink in social situations (verus the old chug-a-lug of my teenage and college years), if only just to pace myself and avoid looking like an alcoholic. But it’s an awkward procedure: The mere act of holding a glass while shifting from conversation to conversation feels unnatural.

In that sense, I’ve sort of envied smokers. Smoking itself isn’t particularly attractive to me, but the act of smoking is. It makes one look casually engaged while socializing, and unlike sipping from a glass, it appears more effortless.

What do to? Enter the Alcohol Without Liquid, or AWOL, vaporizer. Instead of taking up smoking, I now have the option of snorting my spirits.

Personally, I think a better name for this little doodad would be “Booze Hookah“.

The AWOL is causing a fuss in New York State and other places, where officials think it will encourage reckless drinking. I think that’s bogus, but patently false claims like this by the manufacturer probably don’t help:

Makers say it takes about 20 minutes to breathe in one shot, giving drinkers the effect of alcohol without the drunkenness, or hangover.

As one who’s injested a fair amount of liquor in his lifetime, I can attest: Drinking your hooch s-l-o-w-l-y doesn’t prevent you from getting trashed. At least not in the sort of situation where you’d expect to be using this device. I’d take the claims that these guys make with a good measure of salt. Their cheapy-looking website doesn’t inspire much confidence, either.

Still, the controversy will only help make the AWOL a hit, even if only for a fad-like spell. Putting one of these things on display at Trust in NYC was an odd touch, but again, will only pique everyone’s curiosity.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/21/2004 03:15 PM
Category: Pop Culture
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