Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Obviously, Sophie's good taste has already developed.

State of the Union Baby Address- by T-Fab

So, I had my four month check up this morning and all is great! The doctor (Brian is referring to him as McDreamy because I told him how attractive he is) immediately picked up the little booger's heartbeat and it was so strong, super fast and loud! I only heard one heartbeat, so I don't think we have two in there.

I shared with my doctor the weird things I've been feeling lately. He said everything is normal, which was great to hear. With this being my first I don't know what's normal and what isn't. I go back May 22nd for my ultrasound and 5 month check up. At that point we should know if we are having a girl or a boy!

We'll keep you all posted on Baby Riddell's progress and will share the pics from our ultrasound too. :)

Have a great day! Tasha

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Celebrity Bitch Club-by T-Fab

Hello Taco Salad Readers!
I briefly caught the ending of The Celebrity Fit Club this evening, when it occured to me that the contestants sure do get in fights a lot and are just mean. I then thought to myself and realized, well no duh! They're mean because they're hungry! I mean come on, when I'm hungry watch out world. Being pregnant, if you get in my way when I need to eat, I am not responsible for the actions I take to get food in my belly! So, the next time you watch Celebrity Fit Club, just think about how hungry they are!

Face to Face with Legends

Ah, yes. Good things come to those who wait. Indeed, last night's Van Halen show that rocked U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, was both extremely good and well worth the wait.

Thank you's go to my twin brother Chad, and my lovely wife Tasha. I really did not expect to attend this historic reunion. However, Chad and Tasha made it all possible by surprising me with a ticket last year at Christmas.

Not only was I there, but also, Chad and I were mere rows from Ed and Diamond Dave. Best tickets I've ever had in my entire life. In fact, they were so good, Chad and I couldn't help but shoot each other smirks while walking all the way to the end of the staircase, past hundreds of people, and stepping onto the arena floor. I knew what he was thinking, as I was thinking the same thing: "Can you believe this?!" He also told me what he was thinking. Anyway, it was pretty sweet. Let me put it this way. Our seats were so good that we watched the entire show approximately 20 feet from Valerie Bertinelli ("One Day at a Time" star, Eddie's ex-wife, and Wolfgang's mom).

A few observations. First, Chad wanted to ask Valerie where Schneider was. I asked Chad if she actually went out with Donnie Osmond. How do you go from Eddie Van Halen, guitar hero, to Donnie Osmond? Donnie's hardly rock-n-roll, no matter what he says. Sorry. I digress.

Second, Eddie's performace was absolutely amazing. The guy's an innovator and a genius. Moreover, it looked as though he was genuinely having fun. His status as a rock legend and undisputed leader of this band was obvious, as his pedal board and mic sat squarely at center stage.

Third, Diamond David Lee Roth, at the young age of 53, looked ripped, sounded great, and moved surprisingly well. Although his jumps, leg kicks, and squeals aren't as high they were twenty years ago, they're still plenty good.

Fourth, props go to Wolfgang Van Halen. The teenager has some serious chops and more than held his own. It's clear that the apple did not fall far from the tree.

All and all it was a great show. Aside from certain times when Roth's vocals were drowned out by feedback (U.S. Bank is not the greatest place for acoustics), and the synthesizer tracking being off a little during "Jump", Van Halen put on a nearly flawless performance and showed that they "still got it." Fans slated to see future shows certainly will not be disappointed.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Angel Baby

This is pretty much the exact same post as you'll find on The Dime. In any event, I wanted to show off my beautiful little niece in all her glory. Once you see this video you'll want to pick her up, squeeze her, and give her kisses:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Watch Out World!

My nephew, Mr. Smiley (aka Sawyer Lewis Riddell), is now not only mobile, but also, he's getting around on two legs. Check it out at:


I'd just like to take a moment to congratulate my very talented older bro, Brad. Last night I learned that he has been awarded a contract to write the script for the MTV Films movie "Hell Week". No, it's not some slasher flic. Rather, it's about, oddly enough, a sorority (I would think that such a movie would be about a fraternity, but what do I know--I'm a lawyer, not a big-time Hollywood studio executive). Anyway, congratulations Brad; job well done in an industry where getting a writing gig is an achievement in and of itself.

Also, be sure to check out Brad's other films: (1) "American Pie Presents: Band Camp"--on DVD and TBS, (2) "Road Trip 2" (not yet complete), and (3) "Slapshot: The Junior League"--production to start on April 28th in Vancouver.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Tax Day

Yes, April 15th (the deadline for filing a federal tax return) is only one day away. In that regard, only one thought comes to mind:

"Taxation with representation ain't so hot either." -- Gerald Barzan

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I Don't Get It

Surely most of you (especially those of you who watched the NCAA tournament this year--or any nationally televised event that men are likely to watch) have seen the television ads for the ED drug Cialis. What I don't understand is why every incarnation of a Cialis commercial ends with a couple sitting in separate bathtubs on some beach or cliff, in some field, or some other scenic outdoor spot you can imagine. What's up with that?

Seriously, why bathtubs, who put them in there, and how is the water kept warm? I can think of a million logistical impracticalities related to this picture. Most importantly, in the event I could even fit into a bathtub, I certainly wouldn't want to be sitting in a half a foot of luke warm water for the whole world to see what the good Lord gave me.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Maybe Someday

It occurred to me today that had Kentucky made the Final Four this year, we'd have arguably the four winningest programs in the history of college basketball in the Final Four. How cool would that have been?! Oh well. Having four No. 1's for the first time ever is also pretty neat. Enjoy today's games.