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12 June 2007 @ 10:20 pm
wowee weewow! (Borat-style)  
First, let me apologize in advance because I feel this might end up too long...I feel like I haven't been online or posted in a looooong time and I'm not sure when I'll get another chance, so I'm making the most of it!

Now, if there were any way I could let you all know what all your birthday wishes have meant to me, I could only say it with a hug. I really, really was quite humbled by the b'day wish link. I read what everyone wrote, I enjoyed all the emails I received, and I read the b'day wishes over at FF too! It was so nice to read all the wonderful comments, and it really made my day. I guess there will always be a few hurtful people out there that really don't think that people on t.v. should be treated like real people, so it's such an honor and pleasure to see so many of you express such wonderful affections and thoughts. I really do my very best to reach out because I feel it's important, after all, you guys have been inviting me into your houses every week for the last few years. Why wouldn't we have a little something in common? It has been an exhausting last few months, and the emotions have run quite high and quite low, but I do my best to always look at the positive in a situation and always try and look at positives in people. Without doing much more gushing, I really want you all to know just how important it is to me that we have this place to come to. My feelings for everyone have always been expressed in the most genuine way that I know how, whether in person or online, and it is quite touching to know you guys appreciate it. Okay, enough with the gushing...on to some stories.

London- Fantastic. Amazing. Such a blast! So many cool people and lots of great time to spend bringing "closure," as Jason put it, to the last three years. Lots of smiles, lots of hugs, lots of pictures, and lots of memories. I would love for it all to happen again, and if the opportunity arises, and if my schedule and all else is copasetic, you will see me out there again! Sean is a lot of fun to work with and everything other previous guests told me about him were definitely spot-on. I also thought it serendipitous that I was out there during that specific time, for several reasons, and it was nice to be around a lot of people who were so wonderful. The gifts and comments were all so wonderful and enough to float on air for a lifetime. I really hope to be back.

Windsor- I went and visited the small, epically-beautiful town that my father lived in for so many years. It brought back a lot of memories, and it reminded me of how fast that my life has been going by. I have got to discover a way to slow down time, damnit.

Germany-Amazing. I hadn't realized how much I missed it until I was there again. I had great food, great beers, and I went on a pilgrimage to Freising, the town my mother was born in, and I walked the streets and visited the houses that my family lived in. It was amazing and quite hard to imagine my family being torn apart by Hitler, my Opa (my mom's dad) being sent to a camp in Siberia, my Omi (my mom's mom) having to keep an eye on three young boys and not knowing if she'd ever see my Opa again, living in that town, hiding out, making plans to move to America to start a new life, giving birth to my mom in a small house in that town, getting away, and hoping that their kids and grandkids could make a better life for themselves in America. It makes me proud to feel like I have honored their lives and their deaths by trying to be a good person, pursuing life and dreams with every ounce of strength and focus I have, and wishing for my kids and grandkids an even better life than my own. It was a wonderful thing to go honor my mother and uncles and grandparents by spending a day in that town. I'll never forget it.

Rome- Great meeting new faces, and also a couple familiar faces from the London get-together. Even with the language barrier, it was a treat for me and Jaime to have breakfast on that terrace overlooking the Coloseum and getting to meet some very dedicated fans, and wonderful people! So many thanks to Sammy for putting that together! While I was there I saw so much of the city in a week and did of lots of walking, lots of eating Italian food, and I have pictures that will help remind me of just how beautiful the people and the city are.

Paris- So much fun. It was great to get back there after 10 years. I really had an amazing time, and it was extra-special being able to meet up with a fun crowd at Cafe George V one morning. Big thanks to Caro for organizing that one! I had a blast there, and the view from my hotel room was dominated by the Eiffel Tower, and I made of point of taking in that sight every night before I went to sleep. What a great city!

Lyon- That city was it's own kind of fun, and it was great being there because it was the least "touristy" of all the places we'd been so we felt less "embarrassed" to be Americans touring a European city.

Finally, London- Staying on Piccadilly next to Hyde Park with a view from our windows of Big Ben and the London Eye was spectacular. I had a wonderful time visiting places I had been years earlier with my father. I got to meet some old London friends out for dinners. I was also beginning to miss home by then and was glad I would be returning to L.A. soon.

I discovered a new candy that I am in love with. Also, I am on a temporary break from chocolate...I had a chocolate overload and was about two chocolate bars away from needing a saline-drip administered via IV at a nearby hospital. As auspicious occasions and irony (and poetic justice) would have it, I was given a gift from Stef, a little something called "Hobbits." Best. Cookies. Ever. The name is perfect, too! Maybe one day all of you Hobbits and I can be hanging out while eating Hobbits while discussing my latest show that is rocking the nation!! Sounds good, eh?

I returned to Los Angeles to receive an offer to star in a thriller-movie with Michael Madsen, Stacey Keach, Nicholas Brendon(Xander from Buffy), among others. I read the script and felt that if it were shot the right way, this thing could be a lot of fun to watch, so I accepted the offer and I finish up wardrobe fittings tomorrow and I begin shooting the following morning. It's so strange that I had to fly all the way to London to finally meet Stacey Keach, and on our last night together we left the Chinese restaurant where we ate dinner, we stood outside, exchanged emails, and commented on the fact that Hollywood is small, maybe one day we'd work together. Little did we know it'd only be weeks later! He and I have had a good laugh over that one.

So, amidst all the other stuff out there, it's nice to see this place hasn't changed much since I last posted, and I encourage everyone out there to keep showing up here with your stories and pictures and comments. I still read every post and every comment that is posted here. I'll keep you posted about my latest movies and there might (emphasis on "might") be the possibility of some t.v. stuff to report soon. We'll have to just wait and see.

Thanks again for everyone being who they are. It means a lot. And I promise you all this, I only hope to treat people like I would like to be treated, so make sure you all do the very best to be that way, too. It actually makes for a more compassionate world. With all the schmutzig in the news and in the media, we need a little bright spot here and there to get us by. Spread the good, avoid the bad.

I'll leave you with some irrelevant quotes that have amused me as of late...

"You can please some of the people all the of time, all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." Abe Lincoln (might be slightly misquoted)

"There are two eternities, the universe, and stupidity. And I'm not too sure about the universe." Einstein (again, might be off a bit)

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad." Abe Lincoln

"With so many divas out there, I've got a newsflash: If you are not overweight and don't sing in an operatic voice, you're not a diva, you're just a bitch." Bill Maher

And on that note, I'm sorry this was so long, I'm sorry I don't know how to compact it to a link, and I promise not to ramble on like this next time.

Many hugs to all my Hobbits.


p.s. If anyone is so inclined to respond to this post and add one or two of their favorite quotes, I'd love to read them!

Michael Muhney
(winking is the star language): [veronica mars] morning afteruptheapples on June 13th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
A personal favorite:
"Everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end."

And another fave:
"Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music."
-George Carlin
Marion: CCfaith_mars on June 13th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
"With so many divas out there, I've got a newsflash: If you are not overweight and don't sing in an operatic voice, you're not a diva, you're just a bitch." Bill Maher

:laughs: There went my coke :cleans the screen:

I'm glad you had a great time in Europe. We were lucky to have you around and I think, I can speak for all when I' saying, we all had a blast!
Sarah: sophia m ray of sunshinethree_nails on June 13th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
It's so nice to hear from you! It sounds like you've been having a great time, and I'm so glad you got to visit your mother's hometown in Germany, that sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience =).

Oh, I'm much too tired to try to think of a good quote, sorry!

Goodnight, and keep us posted =).
Stephanie: vmars; a day of work.maybetomorrow on June 13th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
Oh, Michael. Your posts always brighten up my day (and right now, it's the end of the day for me, but i'll go to sleep a happy camper) . You have no idea how special you really are. You are amazing for keeping us up to date with how you are and what you are up too. I'm so glad you got a movie role, I can't wait to see it. They are so lucky to have you in they're movie.

I'm so glad you had fun traveling. It sounds wonderful. I hope you come to Canada some day. It's maybe not as wonderful as Europe, but you have lots of wonderful fans here too, hehe.

I hope you had a good birthday, you deserve the world, i suck at all these speeches and everything and i feel very intimidated by commenting to you, because i know how wonderful you are. But i do always try to comment on your posts anyways, because you are so loving and your personality is so warm and caring. As i was saying, you deserve the world and i really hope the best for you.

Sorry for this long boring comment. Now i feel bad for wasting your time. lol.
Nina-Marie: ≠ | vm | logan echolls.fortunate_acdnt on June 13th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
This was a real nice way to end my night. Thanks, Michael!

All-time favorite quote:
"The saddest thing in life is wasted talent." - A Bronx Tale
my mascara runs in constellations for you, dear.: me. i <3 you.expatiates on June 13th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
it's 3 in the morning, and i have to be awake in five hours, and i have nothing witty or interesting to say.

so: you are wonderful. ♥

that is all.
Jenny: friendsberry_hearts on June 13th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
i heart you michael. you should totally go on supernatural, just because that would be the best thing ever.

here's more info about Lj-cuts.

Stephanie: spn; dean; hell of a partymaybetomorrow on June 13th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
I second this. Seeing Michael on Supernatural would be the best thing ever. =)
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[volunteer]lightupmyroom on June 13th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
This was wonderful :) And because I'm too lazy to pull out my notebook of Lemony Snicket quotes, I'll settle for this:

"The free man cannot be long an ignorant man."
-President McKinley

Gotta show my love for my favorite President ;)
Ray Hillwaywardbound on June 13th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
I can never remember where I heard them, but these are two of my favorites:

"Champagne for my sham friends; real pain for my real friends."

"Keep only that which you know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
Stef: Lamb - He brought the cuffschaotic4life on June 13th, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
Oh boy, you did go all out on that one :)
Glad you made it home safely and had a good time. I hope Jaime enjoyed it as much as you did.
There aren't enough words of thanks to express my appreciation that you took all that time out of your vacation schedule. *bows*

Favorite Quote:

I smell bread!

*LOL* Come on ... you asked for that one!
[volunteer]lightupmyroom on June 13th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Christina Lollobrigida :: that lavender blonde ::: Xteeeena = Cut To Melollobrigida on June 13th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Glad to read that your trip was such a fulfilling experience.

Here are a few of my own favorite Quotations:

'Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.' Franklin P. Jones

'We are what we believe we are.' C. S. Lewis
J: GS - Sam headphonesbminor_or_a on June 13th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
Oh man you're working with Nick Brendon?! Awesome!! Can't wait to see it!

A few of my favourite quotes from some kickass jazz musicians:

"Man, all music is folk music. You ain't never heard no horse sing a song, have you?" - Louis Armstrong

"Forgive me if I don't have the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand." - Ella Fitzgerald

That's all I can think of for now. I'm glad you had such a good time in Europe, I'm going around Europe in August and I can't wait. Unfortunately I'll be camping so I won't get to wake up with the Eiffel Tower outside my window, but I'm sure it'll be a blast.

Take care :)
Marion: abductedentwashian on June 13th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
No worries, it's not that long. Besides, if you can't spam the community, who can?

"If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars." -- J. Paul Getty
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Numbabynumbaby on June 13th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
And then Perth, yes? It's not *that* far from one side of Oz to the other!
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iwillrememberu: David & Billie laughingiwillrememberu on June 13th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Glad you had a great time in Europe :)

"With so many divas out there, I've got a newsflash: If you are not overweight and don't sing in an operatic voice, you're not a diva, you're just a bitch." Bill Maher

Hee! I love that one!

My own, possibly fave quote:

""Only the gentle are ever really strong." - - James Dean
Kira Lucienkira_snugz on June 13th, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
my favs
"living in an inferno doesn't have to swallow you whole, you just have to know when to feed the flames."

"never let reality get in the way of a good hypothesis"

your trip sounded great.
Numbaby: badasserynumbaby on June 13th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
I think I speak for all us hobbits when I say it's a very sincere pleasure to wish you a happy birthday and tell you how much you mean to us (and please excuse my typo in your birthday thread). Your grace and generosity to your fans is so admirable.
You "back to your roots" trip sounds amazing! I'd love to do something like that one day. Glad you had a great time and got a chance to see how much your fans appreciate you.

And you're planning to come to Perth, Western Australia, right? *hopeful grin*

Favourite quotes?

"People are like slinkies. Pointless, but you can't help but laugh when they fall down the stairs" - I've no idea who said this one

From The Devil's Collection: A Cynic's Dictionary, the definition of Acting: Farting about in disguise - Peter O'Toole.

And some sweet ones about friendship:

"No man is the whole of himself. His friends are the rest of him" - from the "Good Life Almanac"

"Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and be loved, is the greatest happiness of existence." - Sydney Smith
outoftime: AD // magic showoutoftime on June 13th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
You're very welcome for the the birthday wish. :) And congrats on the movie :) I'm really happy for you and I'm sure more things will come your way because you deserve it.

As for favorite quotes? Well, it's 5 AM and I haven't slept yet, so the mind isn't cooperating. Although I always find "this too shall pass" comforting in hard times. Now is that a quote, or a saying? Geez, 5 AM is not my friend :)
outoftimeoutoftime on June 13th, 2007 09:07 am (UTC)
Oh, I thought of one! It's been kind of overquoted lately, for obvious reasons:

"Those who sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither."
- Thomas Jefferson
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Green Queen: SereniFly: Yessir Cap'n Tightpantsgreen_queen on June 13th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)
Here's a couple of my favourite quotes:

"Assumption, my dear Mitz, is the mother of all fuck-ups." -Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

"Do what's right for you, as long as it don't hurt no-one." -Elvis Presley
TV Whisperer: vm - lamb loves veronicaelectrcspacegrl on June 13th, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
Oh my god! You and Nick Brendon in a movie together! Can you tell us the name of it? The folks at Whedonesque will want to know. :)

Some quotes I like:

"In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion."
- Carl Sagan

"Without the awareness of death, everything is ordinary, trivial. It is only because death is stalking us that the world is an unfathomable mystery."
- Carlos Castaneda

"Never run after a bus or a man. There will always be another one."
- Old Irish Expression

"If you devote your life to seeking revenge, first dig two graves."
The Other Crazy French Chick: THE OFFICE hirohobbitofkobol on June 13th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Hi Michael!
Glad you enjoyed your time in Europe!
We certainly did enjoy meeting you ;)
I posted some videos of the breakfast in Paris here if you missed it. My mom was very impressed at your ability to sing the French National Anthem lol

quotes? I love this one because I read the book and loved it as a child:
It is only with one's heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. - Antoine de Saint Exupery, The Little Prince

PS: about the Caprica spinoff that I mentioned, it's still in development ;)
Rouha: Comic: Everyday stuff! -  Art vs med!rouhahaha on June 13th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a wonderful and moving time :) The best kind of travelling!

As to favourite quotes...there are too many...but here are a couple i've recently found inspiring/encouraging:

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. - Theodore Roosevelt

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. -Mohandas K. Gandhi

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Thomas Alva Edison

Anybody can be happy in the state of comfort, ease, health, success, pleasure and joy; but if one will be happy and contented in the time of trouble, hardship and prevailing disease, it is the proof of nobility. - Abdu'l-Baha

Love's Bitch: DW - Rose - smiling and flowerssmores100 on June 13th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
Aww, you're cute when you're gushing. ;) ♥
Seriously though, I'm glad you enjoyed the birthday wishes, it was our pleasure. :)
London kicked ass!! I haven't had so much fun in a very long time, and for that I will always be grateful. I really hope you can do it again next year, god knows I'll do everything in my power to go again if that happens. Fingers crossed!
And your European trip sounds like a blast. The trip to Germany especially struck a chord with me, since most of my grandfather's family (on my father's side) were murdered in extermination camps during the Holocaust, so I can imagine how emotional it was for you to visit there.

And on a lighter note (and before this post gets too long), here are couple of my favorite quotes - not of the amusing kind though, I'm more of a romantic kind of gal. ;)

- "I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I'd like to be something to someone." (no idea where this is from).

- "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while." (From "The Princess Bride", one of the best movies ever made).

~ Morly. xoxo

PS. Btw, Sasha Baron Cohen totally stole the "wa wa wee wa" phrase from an Israeli comedian (Dovale Glickman) who invented the phrase 16 years ago. And I even come bearing evidence! (30 seconds into the video clip). Humph. :P
Michellesolitude_82 on June 13th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
Hey Michael so great to hear from you! What do you say about having a Lambathon/Muhneython in St. Louis sometime? I'd love to be able to meet you (I think I'm the only one who hasn't yet!) but can rarely get out of St. Louis. :(
samanthaitalysamanthaitaly on June 13th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
ok, your post got me tear-eyed. I'm so emotional LOL

just a couple of quick quotes I love (I have a file with 356 quotes to use daily anyway-true LOL)

-I was so close to the puzzle that I couldn't see the whole picture (How I met your mother)

-Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh,nevermind.You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.But trust me,in 20 years,you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.You are not as fat as you imagine.(The Big Kahuna)

-Don't worry about the future.Or worry,but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. (The Big Kahuna)

-Don't waste your time on jealousy.Sometimes you're ahead,sometimes you're behind.The race is long and,in the end,it's only with yourself. (The Big Kahuna)

-Remember compliments you receive.Forget the insults.If you succeed in doing this,tell me how.(The Big Kahuna)

-Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life.The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives.Some of the most interesting 40 years old I know still don't know.(The Big Kahuna)

-Understand that friends come and go,but with a precious few you should hold on.Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle,because the older you get,the more you need the people you knew when you were young.(The Big Kahuna)

-Advice is a form of nostalgia.Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal,wiping it off,painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.(The Big Kahuna)

-Don't quit on me 'cause I won't quit on you (Michael Muhney)
Stef: Madison Sinclair (Veronica Mars)chaotic4life on June 13th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
-Don't quit on me 'cause I won't quit on you (Michael Muhney)

awwww ... that made me smile and teary eyed :)
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