Former major league baseball pitcher Ugueth Urbina sentenced to 14 years in a Venezuelan prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch. Doesn't that sound like a sitcom premise? Former major leaguer, in a Venezuelan prison. Hijinks ensue.
A rant by a Starbucks employee about how customers suck. "If you are one of the seriously annoying, mind-bogglingly stupid Change People, it's very likely that I'm restraining the urge to beat you senseless. Especially if you say something like, "I have twenty-four cents, if it helps…" – you are not helping anyone. F+ck you and your exact change. Don’t giggle and tell me how heavy it's making your bag and that you need to get rid of it. How about this: remove your spare change from your bag or pockets daily. Throw it in a change jar. When the jar fills up, cash it in. So simple, anyone can do it!"
I cashed in a hundred dollars worth of change just a few weeks ago, in case anyone's interested (you're not). The first two banks I went to wouldn't do it. One asked if I had an account there (I didn't). The other said they don't accept change anymore. The third bank did it, no questions asked. Thanks, Chase!
Backers of a new Columbo movie can't convince anyone to buy it, because star Peter Falk is 80 years old. Poor Peter Falk! Not that I've ever watched Columbo or any of its movie incarnations.
A piece from NJ.com's TV critic about tonight's episode of Friday Night Lights, which, again, was really awesome. I keep saying this, but it's absolutely hands-down the best thing on TV.
And I finished Act 1 of a spec pilot script I'm writing, as a sample to hopefully be used to help me get a writing job somewhere. Hopefully I'll crank out Act 2 on Thursday and Friday, get something to my agent next week, and feel like I'm accomplishing something.
Oh, and there's a great article in New York magazine this week about the young and uninsured. Reading this article made me very happy I can afford health insurance, because, gosh, it would be awfully scary not to have any. I had a month or two right after law school, before I qualified to buy coverage through the Author's Guild, when I was uninsured, and I was very careful when crossing the street.