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October 28, 2004

Pieces of Tumms

Hello from Munich!

What a beautiful city. I must first mention they've swapped the position of the y and z on their keyboards here. As someone who's a mediocre typist to begin with, switching letters on a guy is a little like making him choose the right toilet in his hotel bathroom. Turns out one is for cleaning your ass. If you try it, I recommend sticking with the cold water. Things can get hot pretty fast.

The people in Munich are very friendly and the film has been received very well. It's so interesting to me, because I would have thought that the issues the film deals with would have been very American. But both British and German audiences have completely gotten the movie; laughing in all the right places.

I watched Scrubs dubbed in German the other night. It was hilarious. Especially since the guy doing the voice for Donald is clearly a nerdy white guy. I'm bringing home a tape cause I think Donald will get a very big laugh at this.

Poor Ashlee Simpson! I'm excited to tell you that this news has reached Munich. Acid Reflux huh? I get that too, you just chew down a whole bunch of Tumms. They even have tropical fruit flavors that are highly tasty. No need to go Milli Vanilli on national TV about it. But I do like the obscure ailment technique of passing the buck. Zach, why didn't you come to work today? I'm sorry - I've got soft bowel reflux - couldn't make it. Hey Zach, why did you lip-synch your appearance on Maury? I've never done this before, but my cuticles were itchy. My dad thought it would be best if I had our robot plug Garden State for me.

I'm off to Paris today. Europeans are very concerned that I will not be home in time to vote. They are as passionate about this election as we are. I assure them that I will be there on Nov. 2 with all of you.

Peace and also love,

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i don't think the film would have done as well in the U.S. if the issues were so "american."

be well.

Posted by: cj | Oct 28, 2004 6:29:10 AM


I am psyched to be

1) 1st entry

2) healthy

3) A PROUD Kerry supporter

4) A Boston Red Sox fan

I ate wheaties for breakfast just to piss off my die hard Yankee-fanatic brother.

Glad to hear you'll be home for the election.

Watch out for those funky euro-bidets

take care of your precious tuchus-

Love & Kisses


Posted by: JewcyDeb | Oct 28, 2004 6:29:50 AM

Ooooh, so glad to hear your European visits are going well. =) Scrubs was hilarious this week, even moreso than usual, I thought...
And... VOTING! Less than a week left, thank god.
Take care of yourself ~

Posted by: Stevie | Oct 28, 2004 6:30:16 AM

Oh, yes... Deb's comment reminded me:


Posted by: Stevie again | Oct 28, 2004 6:31:08 AM

good luck with the travel and good luck with all other happenings in your life.

garden state = excellent and i'm grateful, more than grateful, (but it's early and i've got very few words to choose from in my head.) to you for having made it.

Posted by: Erin Faye | Oct 28, 2004 6:31:45 AM

Wow! Top 10? Amazing! Have a great time in your trip around the world. I hope you get to see other cool things, rather than just darkened hotel rooms, with many a camera and creepy interviewer.

Posted by: Angiemagoo | Oct 28, 2004 6:33:15 AM

The one time I comment in the first couple minutes and my brain is so dead I can't think of anything interesting to say. Not that any of my other comments have been interesting. This one will just be LESS interesting.

The episode of Scrubs you directed was awesome.


I want a bagel.

Posted by: Angie | Oct 28, 2004 6:33:15 AM

Hey Zach. Great job Directing that episode of scrubs the other night. I'm really enjoying this season. Any plans to Direct another?

I have a GS question. I heard when shopping GS around, you provided a mix CD with the scripts to serve as mood music for the reader. Is there a tracklisting, or is it the same as the GS soundtrack that we all know and love?

Thanks alot! Take care.


Posted by: Matt | Oct 28, 2004 6:33:43 AM

I saw the movie at the London screening, and the issues are definitely universal. I think you underestimate your movie!
Aha, I thought the lampooning of Ashlee had got tired until you got your dig in. ;)
keep up the awesome work!

Posted by: josh | Oct 28, 2004 6:33:57 AM


So glad to hear that you figured out what the 2nd toilet was for - and that it was NOT to gaze into a loved ones eyes while you both did twosies! Made me a little nervous to think about traveling to Europe. I think you should air the German version of Scrubs. I would get quite the chuckle from the voiceovers. Stay cute!

P.S. Perry should call you Sherri

Posted by: Sherri | Oct 28, 2004 6:34:33 AM

nice use of 16 Candles on scrubs!

Posted by: maggie | Oct 28, 2004 6:34:58 AM

Loved the movie. I'm a big Scrubs fan & was impressed by your performance in Garden State, but more impressed that you wrote the film. Any chance you'll be doing more writing? By the way, the soundtrack is fantastic.

Have a safe trip home.

Posted by: erin | Oct 28, 2004 6:36:04 AM

Zach -- You're an amazing person!! I love Garden State, I love Scrubs, and I can't stop listening to the GS soundtrack!!

Will you be making a trip to Canada anytime soon?

Take care,
~Nathalie :)

Posted by: Nathalie | Oct 28, 2004 6:37:07 AM

hey... have fun in paris. walk around the city a bit, it's simply amazing.

yeah, poor ashlee, another pop diva dethroned. what a shame.

Posted by: Tricia | Oct 28, 2004 6:37:11 AM


And the mystery of the two toilets is solved! I think we can all sleep better now =)

That must be fantastic to see that your movie spans culture and not just generation, not to mention having the opportunity to travel to so many wonderful foreign cities.

How about them Red Sox? Has the apocalyptic fever hit Europe too? I'm down in Pittsburgh, but we have enough people from Boston at Carnegie Mellon to make last night a lot of fun. So much joy! Even as a born-and-bred Yankees fan, I can't help but be happy for them.

However, I am even more so happy to hear that you're voting. Nothing makes me more sad now than to hear my friends here say that they don't think it's important enough to vote. If every 18-35 just decided that it *was* important enough to vote, I think the country could be steered in an entirely new direction - though, I'll admit, I'm hoping it is despite youth voter apathy ;) Again, it's awesome that you'll be coming back to vote, it's a great example for everyone.

Hope that the jet lag isn't too killer and you enjoy the rest of your time in Europe!

Posted by: Catie | Oct 28, 2004 6:38:32 AM

yeah, way to vote, by the way. make sure y'all get out there to make a difference.

Posted by: Tricia | Oct 28, 2004 6:38:41 AM

hey buddy,

you have to eat chocolate and drink champagne in paris.

oh and don't forget to visit the catacombs. just in time for halloween. and in pure euro style, they have a bar too down there.

: )

Posted by: la woman | Oct 28, 2004 6:39:49 AM

We miss you in the Ol' US of A.

Get your fit, maybe burned butt back here.

Enjoy Paris first though. Go to the Musee d' Orsay for me. Adn wink at a Van Gogh Painting. I love that guy.

Oh and your direction of Scrubs was well done. 16 candles AND you caught on fire. *nods* Bonus episode.

Posted by: Kimie-face-head | Oct 28, 2004 6:43:21 AM


Oh.....that Ashlee Simpson deal was classic! I think its hysterical when these "pseudo-talents" are outted on national t.v.

YOU would never do anything remotely like that-
itchy cuticles or not.....and Hal is too much of a mensch to recommend a robot for G-d sakes.



Posted by: JewcyDeb | Oct 28, 2004 6:43:39 AM

haha. i love reading your blog, it's always gaurenteed to make me smile! <3!

people have been speculating that this ashlee simpson stunt will actually give her more publicity. it's not like anyone thought she was smart or talented to begin with (have you seen her show?!), so this just adds to it. like the jessica simpson chicken of the sea tuna thing. i hope it doesn't. it'd be nice for her to fade into obscurity.

but talking about that incident makes me want to listen to milli vanilli, so off i go...

Posted by: Jen | Oct 28, 2004 6:43:45 AM

HA!! I have reflux too. I take more pills than my 76 year old Jewish grandma. That is no excuse for Ms.Simpson. But yours were hysterical! I hope you have fun in Germany.

Posted by: Sherry | Oct 28, 2004 6:44:27 AM

I am so waiting for the DVD. I'll probably watch it a hundred times, making all of my friends watch it who haven't seen the movie yet.
Glad you figured out the extra toilet situation. I was worried you may have a surprising situation there. I'm about to go lip synch my way through a meeting at work because I stubbed my toe this morning.

Love from Birmingham, Alabama

Posted by: Beth | Oct 28, 2004 6:44:32 AM

Have you seen the multi-flavored tic tacs? I love those. Especially the lime ones. I wonder why the states don't have fun candies like that- or why we don't drink Fanta. Fanta is wonderful, why does US soda have to nearly cause a seizure from the amount of sugar in it?

Elsewise, you're amazing- and your posts always make me crack up. Keep living up to the standard :)

Posted by: Allicia | Oct 28, 2004 6:45:08 AM

Since when is falling in love the American way, babe? Canadians, Brits, Mauri and Inuit - everyone falls in love. So everyone loves a love story. So either you're underestimating the hell out of yourself or a sharp, but well-meant reminder that love is a (many splendored) near universal thing.

Michael Moore, on the other hand, writes American stories.

Posted by: Wylie | Oct 28, 2004 6:45:48 AM

Hi there Zach

I only started reading this blog since Monday.
I really love SCRUBS. Tonight is the begining of the 3rd season here in South Africa! I'm counting down the hours until I can see the antics at Sacred Heart Hospital again!
I can't wait for your movie to be realeased here in South Africa!

Take care of your adorable self!!!


Posted by: FAZ | Oct 28, 2004 6:48:30 AM