Friday, January 29, 2010

Not an Urban Legend

Yesterday I was talking with a co-worker about having to get a prescription for Ambien because I'm taking another drug that causes insomnia. My co-worker said she heard that Ambien itself can cause weird side effect, like getting up in the middle of the night and frying up a hamburger and onions without even knowing it. I said I'd never heard that before and she said it was probably an urban ledge.

So after work yesterday I went to the pharmacy to pick up my many prescriptions, including Ambien. I got Zolpidem (which I guess is the same as Ambien or the generic version) and inside my bag with the bottle of pills was a sheet of paper that was a medication guide for Zolpidem. Here is what the very first thing read:

What is the most important information I should know about Zolpidem?

After taking Zolpidem, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night. You have a higher chance for doing these activities if you drink alcohol or take any medicines that make you sleepy with Zolpidem. Reported activities include:

* driving a car ("sleep-driving")
* making and eating food
* talking on the phone
* having sex
* sleep walking

Call your doctor right away if you find out that you have done any of the above activities after taking Zolpidem.

Well now!!! I don't remember seeing this list the last time I was prescribed Ambien. I did take a pill last night and this morning my car was parked where I left it, my kitchen looked the same (no dirty dishes or the smell of onions), my phone was where I left it (no outgoing calls), DEFINITELY did not have sex (especially since it was just me in the ben and it has been such a long time, I would have remember, rights?) but I'm not sure about the sleep walking (I did get up a 5 a.m. to go to the bathroom but I did remember that). Of course I didn't drink anything alcoholic when I came home from work. Guess I can't drink those bottles of Smirnoff Ice in the fridge for the next couple of weeks.

But if anyone gets any middle-of-the-night calls from me in the next three weeks, I'm sorry!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Press Can Party in Hollywood

I'm a sucker for award shows, I always have been. Each year it starts with the Golden Globes (TV & movies) in January, the Oscars (movies) in March, the Tony (Broadway) in June and them Emmy (TV) in September. The only one I'm not that keen about is the Grammy Awards (music). But with all of them there's glitz, there's glamour, there's anticipation. And it's even more fun when you have a party with your friends and you can buy a ballot, check off who you think will win and the person with the most correct wins get the money in the pot.

But last night it was just me watching the Golden Globes. This award show is a little different than the others. First, the awards are given by a group called the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. That's right, THE PRESS, gives out these awards. And THE PRESS knows how to do an awards ceremony which leads me to the second difference, alcohol. Instead of having the awards ceremony in a auditorium full of rows and rows of seats, the Golden Globes ceremony is in a hotel ball room with tables full of foods and alcohol. In the center of the table is a chilled bottle of Moet. And all the Hollywood big wigs are schmoozing, going from table to table or just standing around like they are at a cocktail party. This can make for some interesting introductions or acceptance speeches if someone isn't careful. Jack Nicholson (I who didn't seem to be there this year) comes to mind. Even the "host" this year had a glass of beer (at least it looked like beer) at the podium. Also, the Golden Globes doesn't do an "performances" of songs or long montages (with the exception of the Cecil B. de Mille Lifetime Achievement Award).

The only time I like "performances" is at the Tony Awards. this is the awards for the theater and the performances are like seeing movie previews. You can see a little bit of what's going on on Broadway in case any of those shows make their way out west. But even Broadway, like the movie industry, is finding it hard to come up with original new shows. How many times can they do a revival of West Side Story? Apparently five time since its Broadway debut in 1957 (the fifth revival was in 2009).

And of course, you have to see all the beautiful (or ugly) gowns the women are wearing. Every awards show seems to have its one standout for absolutely hideous outfit (remember Bjork and her "swan dress" or JLo in the revealing foliage shower curtain-like dress?). That's entertainment and only two more months until the Oscars!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Getting High (and Ending the Recession?) in the Mile High City

If you've driven down South Broadway in Denver over the last few month you might have noticed some new small businesses popping up. They aren't in new swanky buildings with big glass display windows. Actually most of these new businesses are in older buildings that look like small homes. What makes them stand out are the big neon signs of pot leaves. Yes, Denver now has medicinal marijuana dispensaries (and it's reported there are more of them than Starbucks).

Just this last weekend hundreds of people paid money to attend a seminar on how to open and run a medical marijuana dispensary.

This is a new boom business for Denver. Put aside you views on whether you are for or against this and all the kinks they haven't worked out yet and think about how this could improve the economy.

First, we are going to need qualified people to grow and harvest the stuff. Being medicinal I would think the quality would need to be better than what you'd buy from some dealer in the park or grow in your own basement. Then you'll need to distribute it. That means people to package it and driver to transport it. They you'll need people to sell it. And then there's all the additional people need to regulate it.

So how many new jobs do you think that will mean? Probably lots. And right now Denver is at the forefront of this new enterprise and we should take advantage of that. People should be flocking to Denver to get medicinal marijuana like Americans crossing the border to Canada to get cheaper prescription drugs. And that will mean more money coming into the community (at the very least the food service industry should see a boost).

Here is my strategic marketing plan:

1. Get Denver Mayor Hickenlooper a guest spot on Oprah (especially before he gets caught in the hoopa of whether he'll run for governor). We all know what exposure on Oprah does and we need to do it soon.
2. Remember the episode of The Simpson where Homer and Grandpa go up to Canada to get drugs for Grandpa and his friends at the nursing home? Why not have an episode where Homer comes to Denver to attend a seminar and open a dispensary in Springfield?
3. Develop a catchy slogan and/or jingle. Summit County (home to several ski areas) has "Ski the Summit." The Colorado Beef Council has "What's for Dinner?" Denver is already know as the "Mile High City" do how hard can it be to come up with a slogan for pot in a city that already uses the word "high" as it's slogan? The whole thing can be turned into a contest with the winner getting a lifetime medicinal marijuana card.

So many options.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Life Would Be Dull Without Music

I don't think I could live without books and music. Isn't it amazing how a song can change your attitude? Or how it take you back in time? Or make you laugh or cry? And for me there is usually one song that is the "song of the moment". The song that makes you turn up the volume on the car radio. The song you can hear over and over again. It might be a song that has been around for awhile or something brand new.

Well here's my "song of the moment." It's called I and Love and You by the Avett Brothers. Take a listen at