Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wait, I Had A Blog?!

Oh right, this thing...the blog I wrote on for a few years sporadically. Right. The last entry, unfortunately was "Getting This Thing Off The Ground." Whoops. Sorry, blog, Facebook and twitter beckoned. I forgot about you.

So, for the two of you who still subscribe to the RSS feed and haven't been bombarded with emails from me, I made a short. If you love sports, than this is perfect for you!! If you hate sports, maybe you'll love watching two women drink wine and laugh! If you hate all of the above, then just hit play because your pain will be over within two and a half minutes.

Here it is (and feel free to share it if you like it!):

Monday, May 17, 2010

Getting This Thing Off the Ground

I've been ignoring the blog for no good reason other than procrastination. Today is my first step in ending the long hibernation. I want this blog to get updated regularly. Make this thing soar again...get it off the ground...feel the wind beneath my wings.

And the most appropriate way of doing that?

Show a video of a flying lawnmower.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Every Rose Has Its Thorn...

Since we moved in, we've been eyeing this massive, overgrown rose bush as something we want to remove. It grows fast and it overtakes a massive chunk of our garden. Plus, local cats love to go back there and poop, and then Togi likes to go back and eat said poop, then Togi gets worms, then we de-worm, and then he goes back and eats cat poop and we're back at square one.

This week, we began another de-worming (good times, btw), and Heather and I decided to finally scale back the beastly rose bush.

Here's the bush...

Side angle for perspective...

I began cutting and hacking so I could get to the center of it all. After about an hour, here's the dent I made...

The first time we trimmed it back, which was about 10 months ago, we found a soccer ball. Today, we found a basketball, football, and three tennis balls. We also uncovered a bird fountain and a light fixture. Both had been overtaken and broken up by the rose bush.

I went power tool crazy...And Heather just went crazy...
Our arms and legs were beyond scratched. They're still burning from the thorns.
We finally finished cutting it down about 6-7 hours after we started. We went from this...

To this...
Side angle before...
Side angle after...
Our final result...
Nothing beats a good day of yard work.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Christmas Shopping

I need to do some Christmas shopping...and by some, I mean all. Then, I stumbled onto this commercial and now I know exactly where I'm going to get everyone's gifts:

To the DeLorean!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stop Motion World Series

I got this from another blog - a time lapse of the Yankees Game 6 victory to win the World Series by photographer Robert Caplin. It's 5000 pictures to make this little video. Pretty awesome.

World Series Time-Lapse by Robert Caplin from Robert Caplin on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Best Costume Winners

I haven't seen a single person in costume in person yet, but these two guys win best costume award for the next 3 years based on this:

Monster Parties

Not my favorite Mr. Show sketch, but it has some good moments and is perfect for today:

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Frighteners

As I continue to honor Halloween with random videos, I present to you my favorite video where someone gets "scared." It's a classic.

Gearing Up For Halloween

It's not Halloween yet, but I figured I'd get into the spirit with a song that celebrates both Halloween and every young Jewish boy's transition to manhood.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th!

Okay, a few things:

1. Today is the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium, one of the greatest speeches of all time. ESPN has put up a lot of his letters from his final year - click here - they're a sad, but interesting read.

2. Today is the 26th anniversary of Dave Righetti's no-hitter against the Red Sox. I remember sitting in the Gaztke's pool next door, listening to it on the radio. Still seems like yesterday.

3. Happy Birthday, America...and if you aren't America'd out yet, here's some serious patriotism from a guy who craps red, white, and blue.

What are you waiting for? Go install that "USA" button in your car...right NOW!!!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

I have been back from the bush for a week and a half now, and life is finally getting normal again. Last weekend, I was still tired from being up north and decided to just have a lazy weekend. But today, I woke up, ready to rock and get some things done around the house.

Things got so crazy with wedding planning, that our garden became a jungle. We had been working on clear it out, but we were forced to stop working on it, and then the overgrowth took it over. My goal today was to start clearing out a lot of the weeds that grew back. Good times.

So Heather and I spent hours pulling and digging up roots and cleared a lot of crap that needed to be done. Here's one side of the path before...
And that side after...
There's still some growth, but the path is now walkable, and our peach tree (center-right) is no longer covered by massive weeds. Here's the other side before...
...and after.It's really nice to have a path to walk around now. We got a little help with the weeding from Togi, who seemed to enjoy walking around with his piece of a sunflower that had come unrooted.
The little guy was exhausted after all of our work...
But as soon as he saw the camera, he perked up to be camera ready. Heather's trained him well - what a pro!Also, we're working on getting our grapes to grow over our deck lattice. We're pretty excited to see that our grapes are growing pretty quickly.
Really, I just wanted to post a blog to show cute pictures of Togi. This seemed like a good excuse.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alaska Attacks!!!

Hi Rodney Drive Readers - I started writing this when I was still in Alaska, but didn't finish it while I was there.

My trip to Alaska is coming to a close shortly, and I’m now at the point where I’m counting down the hours until my flight…at the moment, it’s 25 hours…

I’ve been busy trying to watch tapes and figure out what we’ve got on our hands (and so far, there’s still a lot of tape to watch.) I’ve been landlocked the last couple of days, which is fine. It can get overwhelming looking at the stack of work, so I can easily get lost for hours just screening things.

Yesterday, I got an opportunity to get away from my tapes for a few hours – myself and some of the crew took a skiff upriver (sorry, don't know the name of it) to shoot some beauty shots for the show.

The sun was out. It was early and there was a bit of an early morning chill. But it didn’t matter – I was going upriver, something that everyone here says we needed to do.

After carefully navigating the sandbars near the beach, our driver, Paul, began speeding upriver. It was one of the most amazing boat rides I’ve ever been on – around every bend, there was yet a more spectacular view of the snow-topped mountains. The river was hugged by trees and marshland.
As we neared one bank, I heard shouts of, “MOOSE!” No, Mike Mussina wasn’t in the marshland – it was a pregnant female moose. (Not only cool, but a good score for B-Roll!) Luckily, we caught the moose as she was crossing the stream, and got to see her climb out and stumble into the marshlands.
We also spotted an Eagle, standing proud above us. My first thought, of course, was that it must be Stephen Colbert’s Eagle, Stephen Junior. He then flew off into the sky, probably off to protect America or something.
I can't fly higher than an Eagle...

After driving upriver a while longer, we stopped to do a little fishing. Instead of fishing at this stop, I wandered into the marshland, exploring slightly…and by exploring, I mean walking about 50-yards through the brush.
Our driver pointed out moose droppings, and thought bears could be nearby. This is why I only explored about 50-yards.
Isn't "Moose Droppings" a Ben & Jerry's flavor?

We headed upriver to yet another fishing spot. Our guide caught a fish within minutes, but our crew was not having much success…that is, until I grabbed the rod.
A casting session in Alaska...get it...casting!
I cast about 5 or 6 times, and was about to hand it off, when I did one more for the hell of it. The water was so clear, I could see my lure coming in towards the skiff. About five feet away from the engine, I saw something shiny go after my lure – A FISH!!! HOLY SHIT, A FISH!!!
This became a deep fried appetizer.

Sure, enough, that sonofabitch grabbed hold and I brought it up. It was a dolly – a delicious fish I had tried earlier in the week. If anything, this trip has turned me from a wuss, to a slightly more outdoorsy wuss.

After taking our trip, one of our shooter/producers and I walked through town to meet the Mayor and do an interview with him. We found him – working in the general store. I guess he owns/runs the store. As we set up for the interview, I was talking to him about the election. He initially got involved by getting elected to the town council – the position was up for grabs and he beat someone else by winning a coin flip. Then, when the Mayor’s office was up for grabs, the council voted whether he or another guy should become mayor. It was a tie vote about 5 or 6 times, he said, and that’s when he finally switched and voted for himself.

The one thing I’ve talked a little bit about is the shopping in Togiak – there really isn’t much “commerce” there – two stores, a post office, a couple of B&B’s, and people selling their homemade beaded jewelry and ivory.

Anytime I go on a trip, I love going to the local markets to see what things they carry and how much things are. Obviously, since this town is so remote, everything is beyond expensive. So, I decided to take some pics to share the cost of living with you…

Shotguns anyone?

Also, he's some pics from the brush fire across the street from the house - yes, the locals put it out using buckets and the fire department arrived when it was all done.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Togi The Dog

So in my last post, I mentioned the little dog who was hanging around.
The little guy and his little brother were wandering around the area, clearly looking for food, no real home to go to. His brother was slightly standoffish, but the little blonde guy bonded with me very quickly. No one had fed him in forever, so I was slipping him some crackers and snacks. He was BEYOND thrilled to eat. I took a liking to this little guy, but didn't think much about him until I heard about most dogs in this little Village.

People here don't treat their dogs right (the couple who run this B&B treat their dog fantastically and are the exception to the rule). Everyone has their dogs chained up outside, with very little room to run. There is very little human contact for these dogs, and they all look very hungry and thirsty. It's heartbreaking.

A lot of unwanted puppies get born and roam around. As these dogs grow up and begin to roam, they get into a lot of danger. Apparently, there are strict leash laws, and when dogs go wandering around the village, there are people who will shoot the strays for being off-leash. These strays can also get eaten by bears. Seriously.

So after hearing about this, the entire crew was thinking about saving this little guy and his brother. We talked about taking the little brother, who was black, off to the Time Bandit so they could have a new mascot (their old dog died recently). Someone asked the alleged "owner" about it, and the "owner" said they could have the dog as long as they bring it back. These people don't care about the dog - they just want some money. So the other day, the black dog just disappeared. My guess is that they held onto it knowing the show may take it.

But the little blondie kept showing up, looking for crackers for me. And also looking to lick my face. He was so sweet. So I talked with some of the locals here, and they said it'd be fine just to take him and not tell anyone. Then I talked with Heather about it, and we decided that this little guy deserved a better shot at life than what he'd have here, so we're bringing him back to LA. Yup, that's right, Winnie's got a new "frien-emy!"So we've decided to name him Togiak, but we're calling him Togi. The little guy's been staying with me for the last four days. We've had a few rough patches of piss and shit on the floor and some teething issues, but otherwise, he's awesome. And he doesn't love the cold, wet Alsaka weather. This guy is clearly made for LA.
I think he's a mix between a huskie and a lab, but not really sure. I actually saw a dog today that looked like an adult version of him. It may be his mother or father - and that dog also looked like a mutt. That's a good thing

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Alaska Strikes Back (And This Time, It's Personal!!)

Two nights ago, it was my turn to go out to visit Time Bandit. The weather had dropped from 60 degrees to 40 degrees with some rain. To get out to Time Bandit, we have to take an open, uncovered skiff. So that meant one thing: layers. I put on an undershirt, a long sleeve t-shirt, a sweatshirt, a hoodie, and my waterproof neon-green jacket. On the way to the skiff, we stopped at the store in town to buy goggles – there was only one pair left for me: the pink ones. So there I was, wearing bright orange waterproof overalls, a neon green jacket, and pink goggles. I looked like a box of Pastel Crayola Crayons.

So six of us (four of us were from the show) board this tiny skiff, out to make the 10-15 mile journey out to Time Bandit.
Our skiff - Carnival Cruise Lines, beware!!

Because of the close quarters in the small boat, I had my back to the front, so I had no idea what was coming. The ride was beyond bumpy – the weather had made the sea into a choppy mess. I could feel my back getting sprayed by the ocean and by the pounding rain. Luckily, my jacket and hood kept me warm and covered. But about halfway there, the massive bumps had sped up the process of my bladder and churned up dinner - I realized I had to go to the bathroom. Badly. And hitting the bumpy sea without being able to watch it, made it all the worse. I did think at one point that I may actually have to either mess myself or peel off all my layers and unload in the sea.

Luckily, I was able to keep myself from letting go in front of my crew. But as soon as we got to the Time Bandit, I made a B-line to the bathroom. Luckily, the bathroom was nice and clean, and everything went well…until I flushed. Yup, that’s right, I clogged the Time Bandit’s bathroom. My God, was I freaking out – would the crew turn the camera on me if they found out? Would I be thrown overboard? Mocked mercilessly? I plunged and I plunged and I plunged some more. After about ten minutes, no luck. I peeked my head out, and luckily, their greenhorn (or newest crew member) came walking by. I asked him for his help and within 30 seconds, he had that toilet working like it was never clogged. I could finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Yesterday was fairly uneventful, except for the fact that I picked up a camera and shot for the first time in years. My camera skills are weak, my tech savvy is poor, and I get very self-conscious about these things. But it was needed, so I picked up the camera and shot some material. Nothing exciting – just a few interviews we needed to get. I capped the evening off by losing $20 in a game of Texas Hold ‘Em.

I’m glad I had the time with the camera yesterday, because today, I was pressed into further duty: I was going to shoot some aerials and other material in a small prop plane. The fisherman on some of the boats use planes as spotters to get the big schools of fish. So that’s going to be a big part of our show. Luckily, we’re staying at a place where all of the pilots are staying, and we’ve all befriended each other.

So one of the pilots, Terry, offered to take me up in the sky to shoot some stuff. It was awesome. The plane is a four-seater, but really shouldn’t fit more than two. I was shooting the amazing landscape (and taking it all in as I shot), looking for large schools of fish in the water, following a few boats, and watching Terry show one of the boats he works with where to capture a massive school of fish. He also made an air drop off – he opened his window and threw a package out to the boat below him. Pretty cold when he opened it. The whole ride was amazing – an experience I never thought I’d have. The only problem was that when he was directing his boat to catch the school of fish, he kept flying in very tight, left turns. I got pretty dizzy, and hours later, I’m still feeling a bit loopy.

"I guarantee that I'm better than 40% of the shooters on youtube!!"
Also, I’ve made a new friend. I’ve dubbed him Bandit, or Bandito.
I think he can read my mind!

Now that I'm married, this is the only physical contact that is allowed!

On a separate note - the airport is across the street. Sometimes, the pilots just drive their plane over to drop off their stuff and park in the driveway. It never gets old seeing a plane in the driveway.

You can go by land, sea, or air...