Thursday, January 24, 2008

Heather's Play; Story In Today's LA Times

This weekend, Heather's latest play, "Bump," is opening at Theatre West. It's a collection of different original pieces written by Theatre West members. Heather's in one of the pieces, and, even better she wrote one a piece, and it's closing the night.

The LA Times featured a picture and small blurb about it in today's calendar section (hit to enlarge):

It's cool because Heather's acting, writing, and the photo above was taken by her (just look at the photo credit on the very bottom of the article).

The show is running Jan 25-Feb 3, 2008. To make reservations, call 323-851-7977.

And don't forget, Heather's piece is the closer, which is good why? Because coffee is for closers....

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Decision 2008: The First Ever Live From Rodney Drive Poll

It is election season, so I figured I'd get into the spirit and host a poll on my blog, but it's not about politics. Before you answer the poll, let me tell you a little story, and yes, this is a true story (names have been changed to protect the semi-innocent):

This family, we'll call them "The Smith Family," have a number of cats. One of the cats, we'll call him "Fatty," was about 21 years old. Fatty wasn't necessarily a nice cat until his very old age. The few times I came in contact with Fatty, he was not necessarily sweet towards me.

Fatty, being an old cat, got sick with some sort of cancer. As his health was rapidly declining, Mr. and Mrs. Smith did everything in their power to make sure Fatty was comfortable. But after a while, his illness got too bad, and they had to eventually put Fatty down.

Sad, yes, but here's where the story takes a turn...

So Mr. and Mrs. Smith brought Fatty back home to have their own funeral. But, distraught over the cat's death, Mr. Smith was reluctant to bury the cat. He had become more attached to the cat than ever before.

Instead of burying the lifeless cat that day, Mr. Smith decided that Fatty would spend one more night with the family. Come bedtime, Mr. and Mrs. Smith got into bed. They gently placed the dead cat into his familiar place on the bed. And then, they slept. With the dead cat. In the bed. All night. And no one in that household seemed to think it was too strange.

When I talked with one the Smith children, they said, "I didn't think it was weird until I was telling it to my girlfriend." Of course, when I heard this story, I immediately thought, "This is fucked up."

So, I wanted to take a poll: How fucked up is that Mr. and Mrs. Smith slept with the dead cat?

And for your viewing pleasure...

Monday, January 21, 2008

Chia Bart

For Christmas, Heather and I got a Chia Bart from a friend. We thought about re-gifting it to some poor sucker (aka, Heather's dad). But I had never chia-d before, and since I had nothing else to do with my life, I decided to grow Chia Bart and document it. Here's just a tease...
I've created a flickr site with pictures documenting his entire growth. Click on this link to see how Bart has grown in just about two weeks...and to see how crazy unemployment has truly made me.

Don't be lazy, click here to look at Chia Bart's growth. You have nothing better to do. That report doesn't have to be finished until tomorrow. Delay it. Go read about my sad life with Chia Bart.

Now! Do it!

Friday, January 18, 2008

A New Tourism Slogan For New Jersey

For those who don't know, I'm from New Jersey, and I'm damn proud of it. My fine home state gets mocked mercilessly for not being New York. Too many people give it a bad rap just because it happens to be across the river from the biggest city in the world. It pains me when I hear people who are from New Jersey claim they're from New York or "the New York area." Giants and Jets fans are constantly asked, in mocking fashion, "Why is your team from New York if they play in New Jersey?" Fine, I get it, New York has a lot going on and is an amazing city, but...

...I was watching a commercial for "Cloverfield," which looks kind of kick ass (and I hope it does). As I'm watching Manhattan get destroyed by some unseen and less-than-friendly monster, I realized that the characters in the movie would want to be anywhere BUT New York. And that's where New Jersey holds the edge over New York: angry monsters and hostile aliens in movies will attack Manhattan, but not Jersey.

If you're sitting in suburban New Jersey, and you see some big-ass monster attacking the city on the news, you know you've got some time to pack up and get away...or really, you could just sit there knowing that the evil beast will most likely find a home in Madison Square Garden (see 1998's awful "Godzilla") and continue to demolish the Big Apple.

This is where New Jersey's bureau of tourism needs to step it up and use this to their advantage. I propose a new state slogan...

When The Monsters Attack, You'll Wish You Lived Here Too!

See what unemployment does to a sane person? It makes them a whole lot less sane.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I Found A Stairway To Heaven, And It Does Not Lead To a Pretty Place

So back a few weeks ago, I was walking through a K-Mart in Florida (quite an experience), and as I wandered through the "Men's" section, I spotted a pair of Led Zeppelin boxers. They were so hideous looking, I had to take a picture:
But what made them even more amusing is that when you turned them around, this is what they put on the ass:
Apparently, the stairway leads right into your colon.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

"You Can Do It While You're Driving"

If there's one thing in this world that I'm obsessed with, it is rims. Some people like it when they're shiny. Some people like it when they spin. Some people like it when they're big. I like them like this:

Thanks to Grant for sending me this golden nugget.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year...And Set Your Tivo....

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2008 has gotten off to a great start. Mine did: Heather and I won a game of Trivial Pursuit. I think that's a sign of a good year ahead.

And if anyone is interested, tonight is the premiere of "Ocean Force: Huntington Beach," a show I worked on this year. It was formerly known as "Beach Patrol," but the network merged "Beach Patrol" with another show they already had called "Ocean Force." It follows the lifeguards, cops, and paramedics of Huntington Beach, and there's some pretty incredibly rescues and life saving.

The show is on tonight at 8pm on TruTV (formerly Court TV...yet another name change). After tonight's premiere, the show will air on Monday night's.

And if you want a small taste of the show, here are two "Ocean Force: Huntington Beach" webisodes I produced. (In the second webisode, listen closely for a familiar voice):