Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Kids In The Hall....Again

PGirl arranged the tickets for a Kids In The Hall tour stop in Cleveland on May 31. I'm really jazzed. I've heard that all of the sketches will be new ones. One of the old ones I'd love to see is this little beauty...

If I turn out like this guy, I hope my kids let me live in their homes.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Disney Meets The Kettle

So...Miley Cyrus and Disney aren't so crazy about a photo shoot she did with Vanity Fair magazine. From Disney, "Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines,"

That is unfortunate.

Most unfortunate.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

KY - No jelly.

The Galoots have returned from a 5 day trip to my old Kentucky home. Niece, M.I.A. was Christened on Saturday morning. Welcome to the church kiddo. The vacation was very relaxing - even the drive down and back. A few observations:
  • Things change. Two routes I revisited from my youth are heavily developed. Lots of subdivisions and the such.
  • No matter how built-up it has become, I always like driving through Cincinnati.
  • Skyline Chili makes for a tasty meal.
  • Yuengling beer travels well.
  • I miss living near some larger retails stores. While away I visited both Borders and Barnes & Noble.
  • Chuck E. Cheese abandoned the audience that built it. Kind of like MTV. What's next? Nickelodeon? Am I being childish?
  • People who hold cell phones to their ears while driving really need to get fined. Heavily. I had two of these drivers tailgate me and another cut me off in a span of a couple of hours.
  • My kids are growing up fast.
  • Babies are damned cute (inluding M.I.A. and high school friend Bryan With A "Y"'s daughter, Isabella.
  • Accountants rawk! Thanks for drinks and apps Debbie!
  • Finally, my folks are very hospitable. Big ups to the Colonel and Liz!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Train In Vain

After a fun-filled morning of forgetting my train ticket, playing “Catch Me If You Can” with PGirl and an unremarkable visit to the Buffalo Exchange Street Amtrak station, I am finally on my way to Albany for a conference with my peers and some teaching artists. For those of you not in the know, my position – in some circles – is a Generalist. An outsider might break this down to being a gallery curator, education director, editor and services liason. I’ll tell you straight up that I do a lot of shit and get paid dirt. But I do love this job…

I decided to take the train after realizing that mileage reimbursement would cost more than paying a business class fare on the Empire line. The Organ Grinder and Saint Eileen took the same train to Long Island last summer (Mom recommended the Angus burger, which I have yet to try.) I’m in the last compartment behind the food car and so far, it ain’t too bad. This is better than the Greyhound (fewer stops, scabs, coughs and smells) and coach class on an airline (people reclining their seat into my knees – that’s my space too asshole!).

As of 6:15pm, I have:

• Purge unnecessary emails from my computer.
• Set up more email to send later. I pray that the hotel as actual, free internet service as promised.
• Edited half of a list-serve email.
• Almost completed a New York Times crossword puzzle.
• Scored some free business-class water and juice after a coach-classer was turned away from the food car for trying to make a purchase in stocking-feet.
• Listened to “On The Media”, “Only A Game”, “The Bryant Park Project”, “The Thundering Herd” and some tunes on the IPod.
• Talked to Saint Eileen (heading back from Cincy with The Organ Grinder), PGirl, The Viking Slacker and a board member
• Played some games on the IPod and my phone.
• Watched over the shoulder of another business-classer as he watched an eclectic mix of video on his ITunes including, “Nanny and the Professor”, Fleischer’s “Popeye”, an old sketch show with John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman (the title escapes me) and “The Whitest Kids U Know”.

All in all, I can’t complain.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Another Day. Another Blog.

I'm going to try and add to this new, past-perusing blog whenever I can't think of anything clever to write here.

Without further ado, I present....

People I Know

Thursday, Thursday

An old fallback:

Thirteen Things I Did Or Were Done To Me Today
  1. Saw a puppet show that was partially funded by a grant I administer.
  2. Showed my puppet street cred by dropping some puppet-speak (Paul Zaloom, "The Lion King") with the puppeteers. (I did the puppet thing about ten years ago. A live show, a street show and a public access show).
  3. Walked the kids home from school.
  4. Synced the IPod with some public radio programs. "All Songs Considered" is the bomb. I'm an effin' NPR geek.
  5. Was informed that my office's emails have been blacklisted by alltel, verizon, comcast and roadrunner subscribers.
  6. Attempted to fix things by putting on my "internet technology" hat.
  7. Cooked some burgers that PGirl picked up from a swanky little grocery.
  8. Microwaved zucchini, grated cheese, sour cream, flour and water as a side.
  9. Almost sent my dog over the edge by putting a piece of hamburger inside of a chew toy.
  10. Checked up on my Yahoo, fantasy baseball team, "Spitzer's 9".
  11. Geeked out on a Stephen Malkmus and the Jick's concert on the IPod.
  12. Red a piece about The New Kids On The Block reunion.
  13. Drooled over new CD releases that showed up at my office's radio station. Including R.E.M. and The Black Keys.