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July 23, 2004

Lying on my bag at the Dallas airport.

When I was 17 years old I went on a 5 week trip to Israel. One of the places we visited was Eilat. In order to get to Eilat, you drive through desert so hot that you're warned not to leave the bus. I have not felt that feeling again until today in Dallas. It's 900 degrees in Dallas today... I passed a camel dry-heaving near the grassy knoll... but its a dry heat.

The architecture in this city is quite unique. I wasn't expecting the skyline to be filled with such eccentric skyscrapers.

Uh-oh weather problems in New York and a missing stewardess. I've been traveling enough lately to know I might as well get comfy on my back pack. Its probly windy and raining in New York and she's probly drunk at the news rack skimming "Modern Bride".

I've got the weekend off in Manhattan and my plan is to sleep for 48 hours. Unfortunately I think my buddies have a different plan in mind. I definitely want to try and catch "Much Ado..." in Central Park while I'm in town.

Ahh... On the plane. The guy next to me raced to his seat and quickly grabbed the Skymall magazine frantically searching for something as though the pages were programmed to disintegrate upon take-off.

He's now settled on the page that's selling what appears to be a stroller for cats. You put your cat in this cage like contraption on wheels and it enables you to take your cat on strolls and I suppose the occasional errand.

Maybe I'm an idiot, but I don't think his cat is going to like this thing too much. Certainly the cat won't show as much enthusiasm for it as he is, as he is currently jotting down the cat-stroller's info as though it were a code that could enable nuclear fusion or a recipe for Gatorade that would actually quench your thirst instead of making you more thirsty.

That poor cat. He's probably sitting comfortably next to an air conditioner in a Manhattan apartment with no clue that within 4 to 6 weeks he'll be jammed in a cage on wheels, unwillingly going to Crate and Barrel for candles.

Two hour delay on the runway... Yahtzee!!!

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Yeah! I have the first comment!! Anyways, heres a question: Are you doing anything besides talk shows in New York? And what days are you going to be on what shows? You should come to the land of 10,000 (actually 15,000) lakes!! That would be awesome! Oh yah, you betcha!! Okay, i'm a dork. Can't wait to see Garden State. Au Revoir

Posted by: Amelia | Jul 23, 2004 4:22:29 PM

Your post get better and better each time.

Off topic but any having problem on the message board? I get a error message if I reply or start a new post

Posted by: Zach-braff.com | Jul 23, 2004 4:25:48 PM

Ahh, those Skymall magazines. Sure can't beat those magnetic therapy bracelets....Dry heat? Just be glad it's not a wet heat like it is here in AR. As soon as you walk outside you're immediately sweating, as well as the air around you. =o)

Posted by: Capillya | Jul 23, 2004 4:29:26 PM

It was so lovely to come across this blog...I am a huge fan of Scrubs and I cannot WAIT to see G.S. I'll definitely keep visiting and give you a good old link-to from my blog, too.

I have a feeling you're going to have a sleeper hit on your hands...my fingers are crossed for you.

P.S. Find me a cat who'll sit still in a STROLLER and I'll find you a cat who's had waaaaaay too much catnip. Either that, or it's dead.

Posted by: jennifer | Jul 23, 2004 4:31:37 PM

maybe the guy noticed that you were watching when he was looking at the cat thing so he had to keep going with it for fear of looking stupid. but if not, yeah, that poor cat.

Posted by: Chance | Jul 23, 2004 4:38:39 PM

I definitately understand what you're talking about concerning the cat stroller things! My sister has one for her chihuahua and it's absolutely horrible-looking!

By the way, Zach, I'm a huge fan and have been spreading the word of this movie to all of my friends. The plot sounds great, the soundtrack is amazing, the preview gets me so excited to see it... I can't wait! I'm anticipating its release!

Posted by: Jess | Jul 23, 2004 4:39:46 PM

I definitately understand what you're talking about concerning the cat stroller things! My sister has one for her chihuahua and it's absolutely horrible-looking!

By the way, Zach, I'm a huge fan and have been spreading the word of this movie to all of my friends. The plot sounds great, the soundtrack is amazing, the preview gets me so excited to see it... I can't wait! I'm anticipating its release!

Posted by: Jess | Jul 23, 2004 4:40:12 PM

Sounds like some good times. While Louisville is a great town that is finally growing into a place where it is fun to live, the weather will forever keep people away. Nothing like 89 degrees and 90% humidity to make yourself say "hey, i'd rather sit in my dark basement where it is cool than face the great outdoors."

I'm heading to Las Vegas in a few days, so I'm looking forward to breaking out my heavy pants and sweaters. It is only a dry heat.

Posted by: Brennan | Jul 23, 2004 4:40:39 PM

mmm...skymall. My favorite is the evac-u-8 mask...a plastic bag you put over your head during a fire. I know when my house burns down, I'm gonna go through my closets looking for a plastic bag to put over my head. It just makes sense.

Posted by: Annie | Jul 23, 2004 4:45:44 PM

Man the tales of your travel even have me getting unpleasant twangs in my gut. It's like when your mom has cooked that damn turkey casserole one too many times...you just never want to see it again. I imagine the very sight of an airplane gets you queasy. Maybe you should hook up with those American Chopper folks and low ride your way accross the interstates. Gas might get pricey, and you'll probably experience some spine curvature eventually, and you'll arrive back in LA about the time your movie opens in Zimbabwe, but hey it'll be a change of pace, right?

Posted by: Dan G. | Jul 23, 2004 4:52:53 PM

Hehe, I know what those Israeli temperatures can feel like. Poor Zach :( Sweltering heat and a crazy cat-man intent on carting Whiskers around with him does not sound fun (to me at least...)

Posted by: Celia | Jul 23, 2004 4:57:37 PM

I saw the film last night in Dallas...absolutely amazing. Simply brilliant. There won't be one person in their 20s that will see this and not see a part of themselves living vicariously through "Large"

I had the pleasure of shaking Zach's hand afterwards. He has what it takes. He is definitely "in it."

Posted by: Travis | Jul 23, 2004 4:59:05 PM

Hi Zach,

I have to say that i look forward to reading your posts everyday that i'm at work. Your hilarious posts always cheer me up while i'm stuck at my boring, unfulfilling job. Sigh...9-5 jobs suck. So, thank you for that. =)
Saw the Scrubs marathon on thursday. Good episode choices. Your show is great. You guys crack me up. Can't wait to see your movie! Thanx for posting and sharing your thoughts with us! Take care! =D

Posted by: Lara | Jul 23, 2004 5:01:00 PM

Now maybe it's just because I saw the movie JFK the other day, but are you sure there wasn't a second camel lying in wait hidden in the bushes near the grassy knoll? Also, did you happen to see anyone spontaneously combust from the heat while you were waiting? But seriously, just wanted to say congratulations on all of your success. I have a friend that was fortunate enough to see Garden State at Sundance and she has been raving about it ever since. I am psyched to finally get to see it! Once again congratulations and keep up all the excellent work!

Posted by: Steve | Jul 23, 2004 5:02:43 PM

..stop the madness about the cat stroller. my mother owns two car doggie seats and is currently contemplating braces for one of the pups I affectionately call "bruno" (only when I don't think he can hear, he holds a grudge).

I know nothing of your film, but your site was on the npr.org website, i thought... that kid looks he's flown on an airplane... and lo and behold... you have! GREAT JOY i am psychic.

Also I live in rural Iowa (don't ask even I'm confused as toi why i'm here) and they ("they" refers to the "Q" of everyday life-- no name but lots of action from them) banned the movie "Supersize Me" I think they think the movie is about a new surgical procedure -- sort of an anti-liposuction-- 'Supersize Me - A way to pack in the pounds in just one day'. And they're thinking -- if this is a new fangled "city" fad they are having none of that. So I won't hold my breath that your film will make it here to the farmland metropolis.

best of luck annnnwayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Posted by: quiet_thoreau | Jul 23, 2004 5:05:46 PM

Can I just say I love all you hilarious people out here on this blog? (Oh, and you too, Zach.)

By the way, Friday's word of the day is "Braffalicious." Ohhhhh yeah. (Don't give me that guff, you KNOW you were thinking it, but just didn't have the guts to be the total dork who posted it.)

Braff, I'll be your Beatrice if you'll be my Benedick! (Attn. all non-lit majors, I'm not being rude, I swear --just citing "Much Ado...")

Yikes, cocktail time came early for some of us today!

Stay cool...it's gorgeous here in San Diego (don't shoot the messenger.)


Posted by: Jen | Jul 23, 2004 5:11:49 PM

I like cats. Especially my cat Blacula. I've always wanted to associate the name Blacula with something. I tried using it for different songs and movies ive made but it just didnt fit. Then one day we got this black cat and my parents told me it already had a name, which was Whisker. I then said, "No parents, we shall call this one Blacula." They did not question my demand, they simply smiled, for they knew i had a plan for this cat, unlike like any cat plan that has ever been.

Posted by: Alex | Jul 23, 2004 5:31:04 PM

i was actually born in israel, in tiberius, when my parents lived on a kibbutz for 2 years. of course, we left when i was nine months old, so i have no recollection of the place, only beautiful pictures and a lot of stories from my mom. i remember her telling me that when one woke up in the morning, it felt like someone hac excavated their sinuses with a pick axe, it was so dry. now, if that ain't a pleasant feeling, i don't know what is!

Posted by: devra | Jul 23, 2004 5:33:11 PM

that's HAD excavated.

Posted by: devra | Jul 23, 2004 5:36:34 PM

hahaha that was hilarious - i feel for the cat as well... and for the man who probably never gets laid.

Posted by: Brittany Perk | Jul 23, 2004 5:47:49 PM

Hey Zach,

I saw the movie last night at a free screening on South Beach. Effing beautiful, man. Congratulations! This movie is definately goin places, brother. I'm gonna see it again when it hits theatres, because, dude, you deserve my ten bucks.

Nick from Miami

Posted by: Nick Zayas | Jul 23, 2004 5:59:32 PM

This is my first time posting here....I'm a tad late on discovering that the official site was updated. *sigh* Damn busy life.

Flight delays suck. I hope the guy next to you wasn't too weird (since it's kind of a long flight).

Anyway, can't wait to see the film. It seems like I've been waiting forever. Hopefully my theater will be showing it in August. If not, I'll have to take a mini-road trip and find some place that is. :)

Posted by: *Jess* | Jul 23, 2004 6:49:01 PM

man oh man. i was on a plane to boston from california on wednesday (that was also delayed on the runway), and halfway through the flight, my family leaned across the aisle to point that very same cat contraption out to me.

we had a good chuckle, but really, it was one of those pity-chuckles for people who answer "it's growing on me" when i ask them how the new mustache is.

Posted by: jay | Jul 23, 2004 7:09:04 PM

Ah, the good ol' DFW airport and Texas heat. As a Texan living in NYC, I feel where you're coming from. You were right about the weather here in NY. If the rain wasn't the cause of the delay, it might have been too much traffic at the airport. You would think they would schedule to avoid things like that. Were you flying into LGA? I haven't had one flight in or out of there that wasn't delayed. I hope you've had better luck in your travels. Enjoy the weekend!

Posted by: Nancy | Jul 23, 2004 7:14:42 PM

it's pretty hot in toronto, but tomorrow it is supposed to be just perfect...
i shall spend the entire day downtown running errands, shopping, etc. and in the evening i have a date w/two swedish born bands--sahara hotnights and the hives.
i am looking very forward.

Posted by: shazam | Jul 23, 2004 7:14:45 PM