Thursday, August 16, 2012

Celebrity Injuries - Robert Downey Jr. And Mayim Bialik


Yesterday afternoon, Mayim Bialik, who I will always think of Blossom no matter how many episodes of Big bang Theory she is on, was in her car in the middle of an intersection here in LA when she was struck by a car full of tourists. They were probably excited to be seeing a star, and the next thing you know, Mayim is being rushed to the hospital and almost lost her finger. Apparently there was extensive damage to her left hand, but she is going to be ok, and according to the Los Angeles Times will return to work maybe as soon as today. Have a finger hanging off and get back to work the next day? Crazy.


Meanwhile, across the country, the bazillion dollar third installment in the Iron Man franchise has been shut down. Not for long hopefully, but Robert Downey Jr., injured his ankle on the set of the movie and production is halting until he can resume filming. That shows you how important he is to almost very scene that they have nothing to shoot without him being 100%.

145 comments:

a non a miss said...

Get well soon Blossom and Himmmm err RDJ!!

Unknown said...

Pain meds for everybody!!! Hooray!!!

Unknown said...

she wasn't in danger of losing her finger tmz is just stupid

Amber said...

Blossom would have so much more street cred if she lost a finger.

crila16 said...

That's so horrible. I hope she's going to be ok. Thank God they were able to save her finger.

RenoBlondee said...

I hope they both get well soon!

mmshukla008 said...

I always get worried when recovering addicts/alcoholics get dental work or have accidents. Sometimes the use of pain meds can trigger a relapse. But from Enty's Kindness blind about RDJ, I think he's finally laid his demons to rest. Get well soon guys!

dia papaya said...

Why wasn't it LiHo in the accident? Why our beloved Blossom? Love you on BBT! Get well soon!

Poor RDJ. Ankle injuries are the worst! Super heroes need some R&R too! Take care of yourself... Ahem, get some acupuncture. I know you like it :D

libby said...

Careful with those pain meds, beloved RDJ....they ARE delightful. Get well soon, handsome-ness. If you're bored, we're right here to chat! Don't you have some kind of anecdotes you're DYING to share? Cmon!

I hope Mayim's not a lefty? It would suck to injure MY dominant right hand. My left hand is good only for helping carry laundry, and/or pushing the 'shift' key one the left side of the keyboard.

libby said...

'ON the left side', not one.

faye said...

rest up and feel better soon! i wonder what will be in big bangs bloopers. and again, enjoy the time with the little one!

Anonymous said...

After being on zombie vicodam for four days after getting.wisdom.teeth out, i cant see.the appeal. It just makes me feel like a exhusted.zombie.and gives.me.crushing headaches. Codoine makes me throw up my toenails. I love to drink however

Frufra said...

Ohh, dia, so true - that should have been Lilo!

P.S. - I am blown away by your convo with OMAMA in one of yesterday's threads. You have an incredible gift. I don't have that type of insight, but have always felt a strong connection to the other side, and believed in an afterlife very strongly. Just awesome, dia.

Frufra said...

And dia, I'm going to read some James Van Praagh, too.

goheels83 said...

Hope everyone recovers quickly!!

I cut off my finger when I was a kid and they just sewed it back on and I'm perfectly normal now (well, that's debatable, but I'm physically just fine).

dia papaya said...

Thank you Frufra! I am reluctantly starting to use my gift. I've been hiding from it for a long time. I just wanted to be normal like everyone else. It's a hard "gift" to have. The fact the my parents were scientists didn't help. I've been a skeptic about it for 25 years. But it's real and I'm glad I can help people with it, like Omama! That winning ticket is from Michigan maybe she won!!!!

I hope Aunt Jess goes back to read that thread too.

**Aunt Jess I left you a message in the Jennifer Aniston post. We need to talk! :D

discoflux said...

I'm glad everyone is okay and hope the best for their respective recoveries. Thank goodness Mayim's accident didn't result in (more) serious injuries.

RDJ, you just let me know if you need any help getting around. I'm a great personal assistant.

figgy said...

I just love both Mayim and Himmmm er RDJ! Quick recoveries to both of them.

AuntJess said...

Blossom 4eva! Chaplin 4eva! On another note I'm out of the Linds pool. I had the 17th early morning hours. Boo! (Said all in fun)

@day saw your posts this morning and can't get back to the thread (stupid blackberry). Just wanna say I think you're pretty awesome ;) My spidey sense is tingling pretty good this week and MY number (for real this number follows me everywhere to the point its a joke w/ fam n friends) 367 has been popping up more than use all week. I feel like something is coming. Last night at about 2 I woke up to a female voice in the living room. That's the 5th time since saturday. Not sure if its me or the house (that's a whole 'nuther story lol). Uncle auntjess heard it 2x too but separate occasions. Sorry this is so long!

Frufra said...

@dia, AuntJ - I'm such a wannabe, but I got nothin! I know, be careful what you wish for and all that, I know it's not an easy cross to bear. But to have insight like that - wow, just wow.

GP said...

People STILL think that Himmmm is RDJ, huh? SMH.

I love RDJ and Mayim, regardless, and hope they're both on the mend ASAP.

Unknown said...

I hope they hope rest & recover well.

Never had an actor that I looked up to untill this site told me about RDJ!

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

OUCH! As an ankle sprainer of some renown (my mom used to joke that I should criss-cross my crutches like snowshoes on my living room wall, allow me to offer the following advice to anyone dealing w/a sprain:

(1) RICE--rest, ice, compression & elevation. Get off your feet, put an ice pack/bag of frozen peas on your ankle, wrap it up well w/an Ace bandage, and prop it up.

(2) Ankle sprains generally don't require hardcore pain meds after the initial OWMOTHERFUCKINGOW!!!; Advil or the like should do just fine. Just make sure you keep it iced; if all else failed, fill up a good-sized pot or bucket w/ice water and leave your whole foot & ankle in it. (I have vivid memories of watching all 3 networks' takes on Gary Gilmore's execution the day it happened, while soaking my injury in my mom's stew pot w/a whole bunch of ice, after spraining my ankle while dancing during an audition for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in high school. And no, I didn't get a part...)

(3) After 48 hours or so, you can start using heat instead of ice to help stimulate healing, but definitely keep the injury wrapped up all the time and propped up when you can. Don't go too long w/out doing some weightbearing exercise, but make sure the ankle is kept stabilized; those rigid plastic splits that only allow up & down movement (as opposed to rolling side-to-side) are helpful here.

(4) I haven't had personal experience w/acupuncture or massage for this kind of thing, but I hear tell they both help with the healing process.

(5) Oh, and if it keeps on really hurting like a mofo, call the doctor & see about an x-ray, because you might have actually managed to break something in your foot...

No advice to offer to those who've nearly lost digits, as thankfully that hasn't been a problem for me so far. *fingers crossed* Oh, and homeopathic arnica can help w/healing injuries and after surgery as well. Here's hoping all the injured folks are back to 100% ASAP!

(They must be shooting just action sequences for Iron Man 3 to have to shut down the whole production; otherwise, you'd think there'd be scenes he could handle while sitting down rather than have to be (a) on his feet and (b) actively running around.)

Amber said...

Robin - Good advice! Add some fish oil into the mix, too. I've just upped mine to the EPA DHA 6:1, so it has a lot more of the anti-inflam element. I have asthma that's affected by allergens, exercise, and cold, so I'm hoping this helps with it. :)

a non a miss said...

@dia- i just had to find out what everyone was talking about and wow. i got chills reading your conversation with Omama. You have a gift and its nice to know that you use it for good and can bring comfort to people.
I went to a psychic once who told me that my future would be in the air, i would be a pilot or something similar to that. Little did she know that my great grandfather was a pilot (who died in a plane crash), my grandfather was also a pilot AND my uncle was a special agent in the FAA. BUT- I've never flown, it frightens me to even think about getting on a plane. sorry to be OT!

lostathome said...

Was she breastfeeding her teenager at the time if the accident? Lol I kid, I kid. I wish them both a speedy recovery. Love you Iron Man!

billybob said...

Awwww bless the two of them. Get.Well.Soon.
Uhhhh RDJ- call me! I do a great bandaging! Honest.

dia papaya said...

Hey Robin! Great advice! I know from personal experience that acupuncture works for ankles. That expereince is why I ultimately went back to school in my 30s and start a new career.

I sprained my ankle and it was enormous and swollen for a week. Huge! I couldn't put weight on it at all. A family friend was an acupuncturist. I went bc I was in so much pain and was ready to try anything to feel better. It didn't hurt at all! The next day the swelling was reduced about 80% and I could put body weight on that foot. It was amazing! And dramatic. It's not always that dramatic, but it happens often enough.

Himmmm said...

'tis not a "sprain". As I stated many days ago in this forum (go find it you detectives): it is a hairline fracture and indeed, it hurts.like.HELL. (As I said then, no pain meds either. The 1,258 Chinese needles in the body DO help, btw). Take care campers :-)

dia papaya said...

PS - here's a link to RDJ talking about his love all all things Chinese medicine RDJ supports acupuncture

Sunny said...

Conspiracy alert:

I have enjoyed the RDJ persona that one of the Himmmms has alluded to because I think it's fun to read the posts in RDJ's voice but I've always considered it a prank that maybe got out of hand. And then. . .
While deep in a game of Words with Friends last night, I was reading the USA today app on my phone that mentioned the RDJ injury. Because of my freak memory, I recalled Himmmm chiming in on the Pimpa Joe Simpson post this past Friday and talking about a thigh injury on set but trying to muddle through. I have been an athlete my whole life, so when you have one injury, you tend to overcompensate and sustain another one somewhere else. There hasn't been ANY press of that first thigh injury, but yesterday the news broke of the ankle injury
DUN DUN DUN!! (wink to Em Eye Kay because she always says that)
Anyway, I left a comment on the Pimpa post saying "Ok, I believe" because you guys have had me in stitches with all your X-files conspiracies lately. I love then - and I was never even an X-Files fan!

Frufra said...

@Himmmm - I was using great restraint in not throwing "hairline fracture" out there, but then you came along and did it for me :-). Get well soon - be good and stay off that foot, mister!

Miguela said...

Wow Mayim almost gets a finger chopped off and she'll be working so soon? Damn. When I was in a car accident I had to get 3 weeks off just to recover myself a bit I was a total wreck.

Also get well soon RDJ!

Sunny said...

*them. SO close to making that novel without typos

Sunny said...

Clearly I took to long to type. Damn it! I wanted to be the first to crack the case!

Frufra said...

@Sunny - great minds and all :-). We're reaping the rewards of reading all the comments, I think. Plus, we're just generally awesome and stuff. (I may or may not also have some strategic google alerts in place as well.) You gotta believe!

I've got to go cook the Last Day of Summer breakfast for my wonderful kiddos - catch you later, lady!!

Frufra said...

So, dia, Sunny, and Frufra super team - I love it!

Sunny said...

@Frufa
I'm wearing my cape right now! (Actually just an ill-fitting robe I bought in Vietnam, but whatevs)
I can't believe kids are going back to school already. I feel like the summer keeps getting shorter and shorter. Madness!

smash said...

Get better soon you two! You two are some of the greats in Hollywood.

EmEyeKay said...

@Sunny - thanks for the shoutout. I'm on vaca with my family so I'm reading when I get a chance but don't really have time to comment. Like right now, making breakfast and showing my mother misunderstood shark memes (important stuff!) Back in a week... DUN DUN DUN

(not very appropriate, had to throw it in there)

PDXers - OMG, it's so HOT HERE! I'm going to Sauvie Island!

smash said...

Good day to you sunny!
Hey Dia!
I totally lived in a house with spirits. A very evil father who was abusing his kids. I would wake up to hear the little girls screaming. Everytime I would try to leave the house I felt like someone was pulling my hair to come back in.

I only stayed at the house a week before I literally fled in fear. It was one of the most scary and profound experiences in my life.

Himmmm said...

Truly I do love you guys - you are akin to the family and friends I wish I had growing up but never did! Sunny? I love you in a totally platonic way that in no manner besmirches my matrimonial love for my dear wifey.

Thanks for the get-well tips dia, fruf, and gang - and it sounds like a 2 brownie night Robin! And sorry but I have to run (well, okay - I have to walk) but I have to go in a sec. Do I just have to come out and post my SSN on here to be credible? Or post a pic in some requested t-shirt of the day? Huh? :-)

(Sorry, I'm a bit punchy today. Enjoying my vacation, baby midget time, and bagging on this anal retentive insurance guy sitting here with me in this trailer like my personal commie government minder lookingovermyshoulderasItypethis!! Life is soooo bizarre somedays, non?).

Frufra said...

Jeez. Why do I always get to be the friend of the cute one???

J/k Sun, you know I love you! Gotta go - my biscuits are burning - literally!! HA!

Sunny said...

@himmmm
So what I'm hearing, is that you'll make an appearance in costume at my kid's birthday party in a few years? Right on :)

@Frufa
I die

Amber said...

Poor dia! How does this always happen? lol

Sunny said...

@Em Eye Kay
And nowwwww, I'm googling Misunderstood Shark Meme. Procrastination at its finest. Enjoy your vacation.

@Amber
That made me laugh too. DIA!!!!

Amber said...

Sunny - It's like he has an alert set up for when dia is talking about him just to mess with her :) How is Sandy Waygo (as my friend's 3 year old calls it) today? I'm FREEZING and dreaming about it right now.

Sunny said...

@Amber
72 and sunny -just the way we like it!! Did you say you were freezing? What the what? And agreed on the google alert on Dia. It just has to be. Ha!

@smash
Good day to you too!!

I'm heading out, but will catch up on the last half of CDaN tonight. Have fun everybody :)

Amber said...

Sunny it's only 66 and cloudy today! We're coming off a long stretch of hovering around 100 with high humidity - Betcha didn't know MN could be so tropical. It's my fav weather.

Roman Holiday said...

Wow, Sunny how did you manage that?
It's almost like the Lucy episode when Superman shows up!!! You lucky girl! Hopefully he will love me not in the platonic way, wink wink!! Even though yes I do require him to post the SSn to believe!! I am such a skeptic!!!

Not A Ninny said...

I've probably mentioned this before, but I knew someone who worked on the set of Blossom and he/she said more than once that Mayim was really nice.

I'm sure we could figure out a subtle way for Himmmm to confirm his identity (or one of them) if he wished.

dia papaya said...

Noooo! How did this happen? I had a strong intuition to post right before I left my house. I put them up and rushed out the door. I didn't look til just now. I KNEW IT!

OK Mr Himmmm that's totally and completely unfair. I knew it! At least my posts are in between yours. I feel special! But not as special as Ms Sunny, who is everyone's angel!

So are they using the e-stim on you? It helps stimulate bone healing? You should have your guy make you a smelly poultice full of herbs and wear it for a few days!

Get better darlin'.

Momster said...

Someone needs to send Bialik a tiara!
/wink

Sending mental get well wishes to both!

dia papaya said...

Damn Google alert!!!! Hahaha!

@himmmm, can the girls come to the set? We promise to be good and not attack anyone (ie, Chris H or Jeremy R).

My dream is to be an on set acupuncturist and travel with film crews. I'm totally serious about this!

:D

Amber said...

dia - I could use an accupuncturist at work. I'm a disaster today. I've only done it once, but it was super cool. I got REALLY involuntarily emotional, and I am not a very emotional person. REALLY bad at making time for stuff like that. You know, stuff like taking care of myself. You're such a sweet person!

smash said...

Ooohhhhhhewww! Just came back. So cute! I was totally like a fan girl reading those posts.

Get well get well soon we want you to get well!

Amber said...

I'd also like to add a GET WELL SOON, and do everything your doctors tell you to do. Someone did me the displeasure of breaking my knee back in 2006. Due to a horrible doctor, I was way late on getting physical therapy and now have compound problems as a result. While I'm horrible at heeding my own advice, taking care of yourself is SO important.

libby said...

Personally, I hope Himmmm NEVER confirms. Otherwise he's not free to gossip.


Xox, Himmmm. Sending speedy healing thoughts your way!

Mango said...

I love Mayim on TBBT and just plain love RDJ.

@Momster, that episode with the tiara was hilarious! "I'm a princess and this is my tiara!"

Sherry said...

I saw a notice on Yahoo when I logged in that Mayim was in an accident but was unable to open the link. Never saw her in Blossom but she's killer on BBT (Jeez I have to sing the song in my head before I remember the show). Hope she heals fine!
GoHeels answered my question of what really happens to a finger when they re-attach.

I saw the collective swoon when Himmmm showed up. You girls are shameless..Really! Behave.

Sherry said...

Oh and I hope RDJ gets better and says hello to my home state.

Texshan said...

Himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, please be very careful with the ankle. I fractured mine two years ago in a very dramatic way -- by stepping off my deck. Not even kidding. That's how I roll. Six weeks in a walking cast, some lovely painkillers, and now I have arthritis in the ankle and it hurts like hell every time it rains. Unfortunately, since I live in Houston, that's almost every day. Anyway, best wishes! Enjoy some time with Mrs. Himmmmmmmm and Junior Himmmmmmmmmmmm. Mwah!

Megsablue said...

@Himmmm Aw, I was wondering how you were doing! I had a very similar injury (in fact, may be the same as it was the same bone) about 3 years ago and *with* painkillers it was still a bitch. Hope the pain eases up a bit soon! This week has been so much better than last, so I'm sure it's going to only get better for you too ;-)

I looove Mayim (& her parenting book - it's good & more, "this is what works for me") and I've been led to believe she has a crazy work ethic, so this kinda confirms it.

On a side note, there's now two "Meg" (Knew that was going to happen - I'm the one who's been around for awhile), so I'm going to be switching to Megsablue (my name on other online profiles).

Agent**It said...

Himmmm, as I said before you have a choice:)

"Where's Shelly?"
or
"Free Tibet"

Agent**It said...

:)

Amber said...

Agent, "Where's Shelly?" gets my vote!

Agent**It said...

Tell Himmmm....

musesx9 said...

So, I go back to work and I missed the appearance of Himmm??? That sucks!! Man! One of my biggest idols (Weird Science days and all). Oh, well. I am glad to hear that his humor is in tact. Sunny, dia, fruf, Robin jealous, but happy you guys got mentions.

Anyway, if you return Himmm...I sprained my ankle and I kept respraining it after when I thought it had healed. Keep it wrapped and wear ankle support for a bit.

And, what's this about costume appearances??? I just want a pic with a thumbs up...
Anyway, feel better.
XOXO

Brenda L said...

What thread was the psychic stuff on? I want to read some psychic stuff.

Get well to Himmmm

Frufra said...

@Brenda - the one abou the JA engagement ring yesterday, I believe. It's pretty rad.

Frufra said...

*about*

Today is Typo Thursday

Jessie said...

I can't tell if @himmmm is just playing with us now or not? Whoever he is, I'm so glad he's as lovely as the rest of the regulars on here.

I don't comment every day but so many of you make me giggle on the bus ride into work. The best way to start the day.

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

@Himmmm: A hairline fracture? Damn, that stinks; although I've never been through that myself, I know enough people who have to know how miserable it can be. Acupuncture & herbs are definitely a good idea here, and make sure you're getting all the vitamins & minerals you need. Also, something else I've not tried (but have heard wonderful things about) is Jeanne Rose's Bruise Juice, a very special oil made w/a metric buttload of different herbs & essential oils that can do everything but raise the dead and clean my catbox; you can buy it here:

http://www.jeannerose.net/products.html

(Jeanne's whole site is fascinating reading if you're at all into herbal remedies, plus she's had lots of experience w/healing injuries of her own, so she knows her stuff.) Start w/the smaller bottle, and go from there; it just might shorten your healing time considerably, and we know how happy that would make everyone in the production, eh?

BTW...if you really think that double chocolate espresso brownies just might help w/the healing process, let me know an address to which they can be sent, and I'll FedEx a batch to you. Seriously. I'm enough of a mama hen/yenta to want to look after & fuss over people, and if my baked goods could contribute materially to your physical/spiritual recovery, well, who am I to deny someone?
If you'd truly appreciate a care package, drop Enty a line at his usual e-mail address, and I'll make sure he has my address so the necessary info can be passed along to me with no risk to you. (I shall rely on both of your honor as gentlemen that you won't send a lady off on an expensive wild goose chase via FedEx.) Remember, chocolate has lots of bioflavenoids, and besides, we brown-eyed people need to keep our eye color topped up, right? :-)

astrogirl said...

OMG you guys are making me believe......

a non a miss said...

I just really want some brownies now!

dia papaya said...

@carebear - didn't have time to write earlier. I have been to a million psychics. Some are good and some are not so good. If it doesn't feel right or resonate for you, it probably isn't right for you. And you know what, things are always changing and evolving. So at that point in time maybe that's what she saw, but if you went back today you may get a different answer. She could have picked up on all your family members who do that for a living.

For all those with spooky houses... Get out the sage and clean that mess up.

a non a miss said...

@dia- I would like to go again, only because my mother insists that I'm so much like my paternal grandmother (who passed 30+ years before I was born) that she must be following me around and that her presence is rubbing off on me. I'm okay with that, I heard she was a cool lady and I recently saw a picture of her for the first time and she's gorgeous.

musesx9 said...

I meant the hairline fracture...

dia papaya said...

Robin - want some brownies too!!!

CB - I can email my teacher's info to you. She does readings over the phone and is really good. I'm very picky.

*sorry for the hijack Enty*

astrogirl said...

I do tarot cards, they can be spookily accurate.

Himmmm said...

I just cannot see myself wearing the Free Tibet shirt personally. Not because I oppose it but if you knew the content and market for this project I'm filming? You'd get the joke. It would be hysterical irony bordering on suicidal. Which is so absurd that maybe we can work it into the film ;-) We'll see what we can do on that one Agent (you naughty little pessimists you!:-)

Thanks Robin, you are a total dear. Way ahead of you, as I'm eating those from your recipie tonight! Not as good as yours, but we'll hold that fedex reservation for a bit in the future, okay?

Thanks again for the love, harmony, and wishes dia, muse, jessie, Brenda, meg, Tex, Sherry, Lib, Amber, momster, smash...and yes, john boy, elizabeth, and mary ellen too!!!

Just curiously do any of you know any good places - I mean really good places - for real Italian food in or around the Raleigh Durham NC area? My powers of prediction tell me that I may need severe pasta therapy in the coming weeks ahead! (Not my neighborhood but any locals usually know the skinny on best places). Thanks and take care my friends!

Silenthappyseconds said...

I've never done this before but had to add my get well wishes to RDJ along with everyone else who i have enjoyed reading for a few months now on this site. Take good care of yourself, you're one of the best. I thought I saw you on the set the other day, I was so happy for the smile and the wave but alas it was your double who looks just like you, lucky himmm! I've been working on movies a long time, in LA and now back home, and I want everyone to know that from the ATL to the BTL crew, you are so respected and appreciated. I have worked with a lot of substandard human beings
throughout the years, and I wanted to say thanks for
being kind and keeping it real. Enjoy that baby, mine's getting too big, it really does go fast.

Agent**It said...

Himmm, that's why naughty me included an alternative:)

mooshki said...

Oh, christ. Not this bullshit again.

a non a miss said...

Marvel might frown upon the Tibet shirt, considering the new villian..but go for the Where's Shelly? Shirt..solid second choice. Insert dollar signs if you'd like!!

CanadianMiss said...

@ Robin. I may not be Himmmm, but do you want my address? I would appreciate FedExed brownies! :-)

GP said...

@Himmmm - Not that you care what I think -- I'm clearly a skeptic -- but only sending me a photo of RDJ, like, pointing to a post that I wrote on this site or something would convince me. Sorry. I do believe that you're an insider of some type and a lovely person, but posting Natasha GW's phone number is just not enough evidence for me. ;-)

And I missed the psychic stuff, too. Dia, do you do email readings? I'd be interested.

CanadianMiss said...

I thoroughly enjoy when Himmmm pops up and (messes?) with us.
Whoever you may be, you sure do lighten up the comments section! I, also, enjoy the mystery of who is behind your keyboard. :-)

GP said...

Crap, I posted my email address for Dia, but it didn't show up. Is there any way to do so here? You know, so that Himmmm can send that photo, too. :-P

a non a miss said...

Dia- that would be great to get that info. Forthewidowsinparadise420 at gmail.com thank you! I'm hesitant to try another but if you suggest, I'm there!

astrogirl said...
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Silenthappyseconds said...

As for Italian restaurants, I went to a univ in the vicinity and i hear that Nana's and Parizade are really good, both in Durham, this comes from friends in Chapel Hill and Durham who've lived there for years...

Roman Holiday said...

@ Robin I would also like some brownies:)

Becki said...

You all are a bunch of Idiots if you think Himmm is really Robert Downey Jr. Are you all that gullible? Pack of fucking Idiots.

dia papaya said...

GP - I don't do readings like that. It was a special thing that just happened last night. Sorry. Those late night convos get out of hand. And I don't want to take over Enty's fun blog with psychic mystery tour. I feel bad that we keep hijacking.

I promise not to talk about it anymore :(

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Ask and ye shall receive--if not the goods themselves, then at least the recipe:

Double Chocolate Espresso Brownies (aka "Octonom Brownies")

1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup white flour (I use unbleached)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 heaping tablespoon instant espresso powder (find in ethnic section of grocery store)
1/3-1/2 cup cocoa powder (depending on how potent it is)
1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use the real stuff, for God's sake!)
1 cup/6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine all dry ingredients in bowl; mix well. Add butter and cut in to the point of having smaller pieces instead of big hunks of butter, then add the eggs, 1 at a time, and beat in. If the dough is way too stiff, add cool water a tablespoon at a time, until it's liquid enough to stir well and spread in the pan, but not too runny. Add vanilla extract, stir in, then add chocolate chips and mix until well-blended. (Back when I was young and foolish, I used an entire 12-oz. package of chips, which really turns these into solid rocket fuel; my musician acquaintances and I, alas, are now all getting old and just can't handle that anymore.) Pour/spread into greased 11" x 7" brownie/biscuit pan, or 8-9" square pan, sift 1 tablespoon of white sugar over the top of the batter (or cinnamon sugar if you're going for the cappuccino effect), and bake for about 25 minutes or so in a pre-heated 350F oven--check brownies regularly, and test with a toothpick or broom straw. If the batter is still gloopy, pop 'em back in for another 5 minutes or so; if the top is reasonably firm overall and crusty-looking, they're probably done; just try not to let them get too hard around the edges (which is damn tricky, so sometimes I just cut the edges off)--these are much better slightly underbaked than overbaked. Let cool enough that you don't burn the hide off your tongue eating them, and cut up in whatever way works for you. Enough to make you & several of your friends wired for days; they're really the best flavor-wise the first couple of days, but no one I've known has ever turned them down on ground of staleness.

Bon appetit! :-)

re: Octonom--3 years ago, I brought a batch of these to my last NIN show at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC for bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, a total sweetheart of a guy. (Yes, folks, there are cool Scientologists; he's one.) The next day, he tweeted back "ROBIN! OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM! Thanks!" I was joking on Live Journal about calling them "8-Nom Brownies," and my former roommate Laura shot back with "Octonom!", immediately followed by her boyfriend-the-Army-Major's "You owe the Army a new keyboard!" :-)

Agent**It said...

I will vouch for Robin's brownies! Better make a double batch because they will be gone in a heartbeat.

Letch said...

That seriously cannot be RDJ. I love the mystery around it though. I do hope my #1 sexiest gets better and recovers fully. I had 2 broken hands (boxers fracture) yep, I'm Italian... I have arthritis and an odd looking wrist now. Himmmmm, I can send you a delicious homemade, authentic Italian feast:)

a non a miss said...

Don't feel bad!! I'm sure Ent doesn't mind off topic convos. That's what makes this blog fun!

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Hi Mooshki! :-)

I don't know what anyone else thinks, but based on my 19 years online and some of my wacky experiences, all I can say is that you just never know who you might be talking to. Maybe it's the real deal, maybe it's a clever wannabe, who knows? At this point, nothing would surprise me, but it never hurts to treat a poster as if they really are who they claim to be, because you never can tell--if the other person turns out to be a fraud, then the onus is on them for lying, and frankly I'd rather be naive than a jerk. If, however, they are who they claim to be, then that way you haven't behaved badly toward them, and therefore don't need to be (too) embarrassed. Either way, as long as everyone involved is having fun, what the hell! :-)

TL;DR: Whomever Himmmm may be, I haven't said anything to him that I wouldn't say to RDJ were the latter standing in front of me. It may be foolish of me, but better foolish than mean, eh?

(Back in 1992, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and most civilian/non-academic or military affiliated folk got online through services such as AOL, Prodigy, and Compuserve, there was an incident where Trent Reznor was booted off Prodigy for impersonating a celebrity...by posting as himself, under his own name. Yes, really. Some guy named Simon took it upon himself to decide that this guy HAD to be a fraud, you see, and reported him to Prodigy, which promptly yanked the account...Trent did get back on eventually, but at one point he was using his then-drummer's account to post and bitch out Simon for being a dick, and he really had to go through the proof-of-identity wringer in order to get back on under his own name, which made him a most unhappy camper. I've got the transcripts somewhere, buried in one of the boxes under my bed, but that's the Cliffs Notes version.)

Roman Holiday said...

It doesn't matter if it is himmmm or not (see what I did there) his posts are fun to read and I guess that's what matters! No?

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Damn, I'm a posting fool tonight, aren't I? :-)

A good source of references for good food is the Roadfood site, run by Jane & Michael Stern (formerly of Gourmet magazine, and author of many books/cookbooks based on their traveling and eating):

www.roadfood.com

They lean towards funky BBQ joints, classic diners, regional specialties, and the like, but I have seen them review a few Italian restaurants here & there. You can search by state or type of food; I took a quick look at North Carolina and saw only one restaurant listed in Wilmington, a BBQ joint named Flip's, that serves pulled pork, banana pudding, and deep-fried mac & cheese--it's not really pasta, but it does sound tasty.

(Once again, though, if you're on I-91 going through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, you HAVE to go to the P&H Cafe in Wells River and have some pie, especially the maple cream. Really, I insist!)

CanadianMiss said...

The hijacking is part of the fun. I don't think Enty minds, I seem to recall him mentioning something about enjoying the conversations, once. (someone correct me if I'm wrong!)

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Um, that's the P&H Truck Stop; the restaurant is the Keep on Truckin' Cafe. Sorry about that...

CanadianMiss said...

@RobinπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ thank you for posting this! (once again) :) I fully intent to actually cook these, and soon!

CanadianMiss said...

^^^Those were suppose to be emoji hearts. ^^^

Silenthappyseconds said...

Ok himmm since you asked, I emailed for more recommendations from local people I know in the research triangle vicinity, professor, judge,scientist,flight attendant ( she met you on a flight, thinks you're a sweetheart), trainer, etc and the consensus besides the other two I mentioned before is Cafe Luna in Raleigjh, Bocci Italian in Durham and Pulcinella's which is very authentic but more down to earth. Whereever you choose I hope it's perfect. Feel better! Oh, and they say for non-Italian food the best restaurants are Rue Cler or Piedmont. Bon appetit

faye said...

im proud to say i am a bunch of fucking idiots and gullible.

i know who himmmm is, well, one of the four guys who are himmmm. and if im wrong, then what harm have i done? did i make the world a lesser place? i dont think so. but ya know, considering ive looked up to the guy since i was 11, and considering how tough things have been the last couple of years for me, and considering it brightens my day, then i will continue to believe in himmmm. so keep trying to rain on my parade cause it has already survived a downpour.

@robin - those brownies sound amazing. ill have to make some tomorrow!

GP said...

Dia, can you at least tell me which thread? I'd love to read it. Danke. ;-)

GP said...

(And for the record, I doubt if "Enty" cares if threads get hijacked. I'll flat-out say that I don't really care for him/her anyway, and I only come here 95% of the time for the comments from readers, really. Hijack away, I say!)

All about Eve said...

I vote for "Where's Shelly?"

smash said...

I only found out about sagging recently. I was young and more traditionly religious.

Now, I would have saged that place until the house smoked.

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Anonymous said...

*giggle*
I am fairly new to this website, and have never commented until now, but here it goes.
if RDJ can not only revive his career but also make it sky rocket, I am sure he can handle a little ankle pain. Get well soon, Himmmm --- uuh, I mean RDJ. :)

All about Eve said...

I stopped on my way down to FL at a place called Bella Monica and I thought it was good and this coming from a newyorker is high praise. This was around Raleigh I believe. Take care of the ankle and enjoy the brownies ;) and I vote for the "Where's Shelly?" tshirt!

All about Eve said...

I think that's what makes this place so special, everyone kind of knows everyone and we can talk about anything! Don't feel bad!

All about Eve said...

I'm drooling! Must buy ingredients tomorrow ;)

Anonymous said...

So might I suggest, because it would be less expected (as opposed to an "Iron Man" shirt), a "Firefly"/"Serenity" shirt? ;)

I love the community here and how you all never fail to get off-topic, and yet have hilarious and interesting side conversations. It really is a community/family here. I really appreciate you all for making my days brighter. Lord knows I've needed it lately =)

smash said...

Love you dia! The more comments the more Fun!

Anonymous said...

@Robin the mad photographer and @Himmmm
I have never done this before. But if you are RDJ or know RDJ or are in anyway connected with Iron Man, i have a freind with a very very very sick little 6 year old boy who is going up to cinninnatti medical center next month for more scopes, biopsies, test after test, and other medical stuff that i don't know the details on. He has Eosinphilic Esophagitis, and is not thriving to say the least. I think he will get a feeding tube this visit to wear long term, or life long. Google the disease for more info. But the point is that he worships and adores Iron Man, and if there is some special picture or toy or something you could send his mom to give him in the hospital when things get rough. I would appreciate it forever and ever..and I am willing to pay personally for it. I am including my personal email address, and if you or anyone who knows anyone can pull some strings, I will give you his moms name and number to talk about it and confirm my story is real. I just dont want to put her name or number on a public forum. We can go through enty if you wish...just have someone email me and let me know that you want to go that route. And please, if there would be a cost for this, i can handle it...not his mom, PLEASE. She's going though enough. And this is the sweetest child in the whole world. Ignore all typos..the iphone touch screen sucks.

Anonymous said...

Shit.. phone rang. My email is kimmitonk@gmail.com

dia papaya said...

No worries. It's the Jennifer Aniston thread from yesterday. And I've been thinking about starting something to practice my medium skills. I'm still a baby at this. Still learning. I will let everyone know when I figure it out bc it would be the perfect way to hone it.

Sometimes it's magic. Last night Omama's mom just showed up and started talking to me. But I don't want to make that a habit bc I'll never sleep. Already don't sleep that well. So... I will let you know when I need to start practice. I have another class in Oct/Nov and maybe after that.

Although if you're on here late, as Sunny and Carebear and now Omama know sometimes things just happen. Hugs to you.

dia papaya said...

Well if everyone is really ok then I'll keep blabbing away! Sounds like that's a triple yes!!!

Frufra said...

@dia - please keep blabbing - you make this blog a better place. And I must really go to sleep - kiddos have their first day of school tomorrow, so it's up and at 'em at the crack of dawn. Sweet dreams, dia!

Anonymous said...

Me too. Cannot bake . Burn everything

Sherry said...

@Himmmm..I wish I knew of some good Italian places still. Est Est Est in Raliegh was awesome but so sure it's gone. Still have friends who would be in the know but sure you've scoped something out by now. It's, sadly, been 21 years since I moved from NC to SF via NYC as an actor. You may (or may not) be working with folks I know. I'm sure lots have left the biz for bigger venues or like me, gave up the struggle and got into business. I do know Another Thyme may still be there in Durham and that was pretty decent back in the day. Actually saw Holly Hunter there (but did not approach since she was eating). Another Season is a great grocery that was organical before Whole Paycheck. My friend Stephen Barefoot works there last I heard. Please inquire. Good stuff for a picnic.
Take care of the ankle. Got me a sprain once and I was a total bitch..Oh wait..I was a bitch already. I just used that as an excuse.

Sherry said...

dia: I GOTTA go back to that thread. Now I am curious to see how you worked some magic!

dia papaya said...

Amber, didn't mean to blow you off. Totally insane day. This happens sometimes. Your qi (chi) gets circulating and stirs stuff up. It was most likely something we call Liver Qi Stagnation. Once the stagnation clears no more emotional episodes on the table :)

I don't make time for myself either. I'm exhausted! That's why I freak out and hide in my tv room watching International House Hunters and comment on CDaN. Haha!!!!

dia papaya said...

Really on a Friday?!? Before Labor Day?!? That's just wrong!

Thanks girl. Appreciate the sweet words. It feels good to be loved! Sometimes I feel like a blogger hogger. I like to talk a lot you see.

Big hug! Have fun with the kiddos tomorrow.

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

@kimberly, I hope someone in the know contacts you.,. It's a long shot but I don't fault you for trying.

EGB said...

Here's to Himmmm and all the rest of you in this wonderful community, robin I will be trying those brownies this weekend, thanks again!

Sunny said...

@roman holiday
You did NOT bring up the I Love Lucy superman episode! My mom and aunt have always called each other Lucy and Ethel, and I have seen every episode at least 10 times. The Superman episode is one of my faves, so thanks heaps for the laughs. Oh, and I can be PREtty charming when I'm not making doo doo jokes :)

dia papaya said...

Sunny you are always charming! But doo doo is funny too :P remember 3rd grade humor here.

What a day today! I think a superhero is coming to your party!!!! Weeee!!!! I really hope himmmm is RDJ. At least one of them anyway. I wasn't kidding about my dream job either. The crew needs care too! Hahaha!!! And I have the same birthday as Scarlett J and Mark R!!! I should totally be an Avenger too or at let get to go to the bday party.

I think I may actually be able to sleep tonight. Catch ya on the flip side!!!!

Roman Holiday said...

Sunny, I think we were seperated at birth! My husband makes fun of me because I get such a kick out of saying doody!!!! Oh and I watch Lucy every morning before work on the Hallmark channel! I have been doing it since they started running them and I never get sick of them! I have done a few Lucy antics and it never goes over my husbands head! Which makes me happy that someone realizes that I am just a kid at heart!!!

AKM said...

@dia - Sweetie, I don't mean to overstep, but please take care of yourself! You have a gift, like any other healer or therapist, and we have to rest and heal ourselves in order to help other do the same. Don't exhaust yourself! Self-care, my dear! Hugs to you. :-)

AKM said...

*others

Letch said...

I feel like they may need a makeup artist on hand too! Dia, you know any odds of acu and pregnancy? Does it REALLY work?

Unknown said...

I know this is a day old, so probably no one will see this but I'll put it out there ---- If anyone ever needs info or a tour of Charlotte or Winston, I have knowledge of both cities. :)

Am going to Wilmi this weekend to help little brother move into dorm. Heard it's a lovely city!

I<3NC

Megsablue said...

@Robin - Those sound delish! May have to make them this weekend (damn the diet! :-P)

@dia - Keep posting about your gift! I find it fascinating and have a bit of a 6th sense when it comes to people (so far have been right on all of them) and objects, but nothing as amazing as yours. I love learning about it all.

@Letch - No official numbers on acu & pregnancy, but I know of 3 people who it has helped (& they had previous fertility issues). I plan on using it (even though we didn't have trouble with our first) just to support a healthy pregnancy myself.

Silenthappyseconds said...

One more recommendation himmmm, Trilusa in Chapel Hill
(right beside Durham) is supposed to be great and the chef will make whatever you want

dia papaya said...

Thanks AKM and Megsablue! I will get some rest this weekend!

Fletch: I've posted a lot in the past about acu and fertility. Yes it does work, but with IVF/IUI and without. Look into someone in your area who specializes in fertility.

Roman Holiday said...

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Agent**It said...

@Kimberly
suggestion - find a fan club of Iron Man and see if they have a chapter near the Cincinnati medical center? They might have a charity in place that can assist. I know Trekkies were very generous with requests like that and used to go in and visit kids wearing costumes and bring goodies.

Please keep us updated, we can always send goodies.Prayers for the mother and child.

AlexT said...

@Dia - I wasn't feeling the thread hijack until you referred to it as the "psychic mystery tour. That made me laugh.

@ T. E. Cuz - Wilmington is an incredibly charming little town if you don't mind it being a little low key. I went there a couple years ago. We toured some plantations and did a few of the Ghost Tours. (I think the most remarkable part about the Ghost Tours was being in a place where people are all cool with walking through alleyways at night. I live in a city where people...don't do that.) We also toured the battleship NC and, although I'm a major skeptic, I heard footsteps of people who turned out not to be there. Just saying. We also had a great meal at, iirc, the Caprice Bistro.

But watch out- off-season, they literally roll the sidewalks up on Sundays and Mondays.

Unknown said...

@alex, Thanks! We are sitting in the hotel, figuring out what to do on this rainy day. We went to RiverWalk last night and it was kind of dead. I guess I am too accustomed to good old clt. :)

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