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Happy '06. I'm ringing in the new year with a bit of a head cold, so please bear with me.

(Incidentally, one of my new year's resolutions is to work in the phrase "bear with me" into every conversation I have.)

Two completely random, but hopefully funny, observations for today.

First, I was watching the Today show this morning (too weak to argue) and watched a segment involving their esteemed chunky weatherman, Al Roker. (Not to be confused with their esteemed chunky weatherman emeritus, Willard Scott.) Al had the gastric bypass surgery four years ago and dropped 100 pounds, to a svelte 195. Today he told us that he's put on, oh, about twenty or thirty pounds since then and his goal is to lose twenty of those in ten weeks. Like everyone else, the Today show seems to be cashing in on the resolution gravy train. So Al talks to a couple of guys who tell him how he needs to eat, exercise, what have you. And then they roll out this huge scale where the cameras can see the weight amount. Al jumps on. I (and I'm sure he) was expecting to see 225 or so. Nope. 240.8. He looked *pissed* and totally stuttered his way into commercial. Maybe next year (because you know it's going to happen again next year) he'll test that out before the cameras start rolling.

Second, Sesame Street's Elmo has become a regular fixture in my house over the past few months. He's literally become the face of Sesame Street, a fact that I think Big Bird is still slightly bitter about. Also-- did you know that The Count's last name is Von Count? Was this always the case? Or is this related somehow to the PATRIOT Act? I digress. Anyway, Elmo's great, Elmo's swell, Elmo loves his goldfish and his crayon, etc, etc. Imagine the surprise when Elmo makes a terroristic threat? (Check out the audio link here for details.)

Awesome. I'm sure whoever does the Elmo voice got a little hopped up on bourbon one night and decided to have a little fun with the sound equipment, assuming that clip would never go anywhere. Wrong-o.

Okay, back to the couch and game shows. Happy Tuesday.

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