Dinner Party Talk – For your weekend

That’s not Santa. Voyager 1, the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977, is now 10 billion miles away from earth and about to leave our solar system and head to interstellar space. (Just to give you an idea of how far that is, the sun is 93 million miles from us.) Onboard the craft is a gold phonograph record (for you kiddies, that’s like a CD but platter size) with the “sounds of earth.” Um, what if aliens don’t have a record player? I mean, do you?
From gold records to Golden Globes. Congrats to friend Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo on continuing to get roles of substance and continuing to give substance to her roles. Her role in The Fighter got her nominated for Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe. Knock ‘em dead, Melissa!
Kiss me, you fool! Mistletoe dates back to Pagan solstice festivals and was once believed to have magical powers of life and fertility because of its ability to remain green and bear fruit in the winter. Given these miraculous properties, the Druids believed that whenever enemies crossed paths beneath the mistletoe, they had to lay down their arms and observe a truce until the next day. Maybe we need some mistletoe for Congress?!
Ugly year for pretty couples. Think: Courtney Cox and David Arquette; Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens; Dexter and that weird sister thing. And now I’m seriously disappointed to hear the axe is falling between Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds after only two years of marriage. There goes the possibility of the most genetically perfect children ever.
Spicy news about a pretty couple: Neve Campbell (Party of Five, anyone?) is dating Isaiah Mustafa, also known as the hottie from the Old Spice commercials, also known as the man your man could smell like. I bet he’s already taken her for a backwards horse ride, baked her a cake, and did a swan dive into her hot tub. Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker has taken over the Old Spice commercials, and they’re equally as hilarious, though not as high on the man-candy meter.
Lapping it up. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, each mall Santa has an average of 7,829 children sit on his lap each year. And there’s at least one Santa who has at least one adult (me). Don’t look at me that way! It’s tradition!
Now, eat your dinner!

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