July 23, 2004
July 21, 2004
July 19, 2004
My Trip with My Sister to Washington D.C.
- Finding my grandfather's name in the registry at the new World War Two memorial.
- The new Hall of Mammals at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
- The fire alarm in our hotel that went off at six in the morning, sending us all out into the street in our pajamas.
- Getting stuck in rain-induced traffic in three different states on our way home.
Tonight's Improv Class
Highlight: A classmate's performance as the Purchasing Manager for Solo Party Cups, specifically her way of always wheeling around a pony keg wherever she went.
Lowlight: When I initiated a scene by grabbing my partner and throwing him to the ground in order to stay hidden from the police, yet actually injuring him, bringing the class to a grinding halt.
The Trip Home from Class
Highlight: Waiting to buy a pretzel while the vendor drew a map of Africa/Europe in order to show another customer the location of his home country of Morocco, and me actually knowing where it was without the map (though I think it was only because of an episode of Absolutely Fabulous).
Lowlight: Subsequently missing the Journal Square PATH train, almost certainly because I was showing off that I knew where Morocco was.
But now that tinge has dissipated.
July 14, 2004
Yes, that's right, in the all-important Spanish Tavern Patron's Poll, Kerry has picked up over six points since last Tuesday and now leads Bush 52.4% to 47.6%. The Spanish Tavern is located in Mountainside on Route 22, about 20 miles away from Manhattan, and has been posting the results of its poll on its sign for at least a few weeks. (For what it's worth, the place was supposedly "a big Limbaugh advertiser.") Bush had been maintaining a steady four-to-six-point lead over Kerry for much of this time, but over the last couple of days Kerry has shot ahead.
Now, I'm not really sure about the methodology, and it's entirely possible that some kind of gathering of Kerry supporters took place there over the weekend, but if this is, as I suspect, a cumulative poll, this would indicate a huge shift of late. Unfortunately (for many reasons), the assignment I had which took me down Rt. 22 has ended, but I'll try to get Gerard (my friend who got me the job and who is still working there) to keep me updated).
July 11, 2004
- Click here (be sure to scroll down for the world's only known shot of me dancing), or maybe here, here, or perhaps even here for a report on Friday night's PFMBABB. A good time was had by most, and if anybody can get Siberia to bring back the Maker's Mark, certain people would be quite appreciative.
- Yesterday I spent ten freaking hours as an Official Team Photographer in NYC's own Extreme Scavenger Hunt, brought to you by the same folks from the Black Hearts Party. And that wasn't anywhere near the time put in by fellow "Exit 9" team member, whose minute-by-minute diary of the event begins at nine in the morning and doesn't finish until 2:13 the following a.m. Some choice phrases from Brian's report include "the better to eat you with," "two team member simultaneously biting into the same Big Mac in the cereal aisle of a supermarket," "Don't drop the camera in the toilet," "exposing her boobs to the world," "Team member nude wrapped in plastic," and "giggling like a school girl." Hopefully there will be some choice posted photos when another team member (not the one with the exposed boobs) makes her report.
- Thoroughly enjoyed Anchorman this afternoon with my sister, though we did leave the theater a little perplexed as to why no less than three damned hilarious bits from the ad were cut from the movie. I've seen that happen before, but never that many. Anyway, if you think you might like the movie, you definitely will, though it ain't no Old School, unfortunately. As an added bonus, the Unfashionably Late Jesse (who was also at the PFMBABB but unfortunately not the Extreme Scavenger Hunt which would have tied everything up in a neat little package) directed me to this hours-of-hilarity transcript from an Anchorman online press conference panel thingie.
But the real drama after the movie, at my favorite Indian restaurant in my neighborhood, when the waiter refused to wrap up my sister's leftover chicken tikka masala since it had been moved from the serving dish to her plate (my leftovers were still in the tray, and were thus packed up quickly with no argument). They actually brought her plate back to the table to tell us she couldn't have the leftovers, and we eventually had to tell them to bring us a takeout container and turn their backs while we did the packing ourselves.
Seriously, are we crazy? Has anybody had this happen to them before, or can even think of a reason why this would be the case? Now my sister only wants to eat at the place with the waterfall in the window...
July 09, 2004
July 07, 2004
Gosh, it just makes you wish that there was some sort of upcoming gathering to pay tribute to Paul, don't it?
July 06, 2004
And speaking of Jersey City, it's always a good time to check up on Mr. Tris McCall, who's always writing something or singing in a local club or giving his take on Moneyball or something else that makes me feel like even more of a shiftless slug. He's good people.
And while I'm on the subject, Jeff Jarvis is definitely the king of the JC bloggers, which isn't exactly a hard-fought competition, Amy and Jeff from Brand New Key always seem to have a lot of interesting stuff going on, I'm pretty sure that Susanna of Cut on the Bias lives here, and The Tin Man has a new logo and a pile of old Buffy reviews, so that has to be worth something.
And I imagine I could be collecting on quite a few bets right about now if I had bet people back in high school that a Van Halen tune would one day be used as the theme song for a presidential campaign.
Oh, and just in case he's planning to use the line again, technically you can't "rebuild new alliances."
Seriously, during the middle of the day, while rushing to finish one project and trying to get a few minutes of somebody's time to help me with a different one, I suddenly felt this huge, satisfied glow that was all like "Wow, I am actually accomplishing something today that is being recognized by other people, and they're going to pay me for it, and be happy to do so!" That damn dad-instilled work ethic of mine was, after four-and-a-half guilty months, finally being put to some good use.
Now to just find somebody else who wants me to work for them after this little project is finished.
July 04, 2004
with a (his own) record-breaking 53½ dogs sucked down in 12 minutes, which factors out to a dog every 13½ seconds. Official Donk eater Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas broke both the American and women's record with 32 dogs, but it was still a disappointment for the woman I thought had a chance to bring the belt back to the U.S.
Saturday was spent with the aforenotmentioned mystery blogger, who bravely overcame what was apparently a huge hangover to meet me in Newark, where I picked her up and began our trek westward. Ah, Pennsylvania, birthplace of freedom, home of Philadelphia's Liberty Hall which we weren't going anywhere near. After riding Route 78's white line for a couple of hours, stopping only to pick up some vital meats and cheeses, we headed on over to scenic Kutztown for their legendary Pennsylvania German Festival for some Pennsylvania Dutch Folklife & Fun. Which we had, in spades, though unfortunately not so much beer which we were really hankering for as the sun beat down and which if we had thought about for more than a few seconds we would have realized that an Amishfest might not be the best place to get hammered. Or pick up women; those people have no sense of humor about that kind of thing.
Anyway, we ate way too much food and were completely regretful about missing out on the all-you-can-eat banquet in the back, and somewhat less regretful about missing out on the frightening ox roast, featuring a half-ton ox on a huge freaking spit. The place was filled with fantastic craftsmanship and gifts, including this "Lady Liberty" pendant, and we were feeling the all-American love as we got back in my car, cranked up the AC, and continued heading west towards Hershey.
In Hershey we ate some chocolate.
Pulling out my trusty road atlas we figured that the logical next stop would be Gettysburg. In a nice coincidence, it was the 141st anniversary of the third and final day of the battle, the day of Pickett's charge, and the day I figured that thousands of angry ghosts would be roaming the battlefields of their demise.
Well, it turns out that my traveling companion had a certain baseless phobia regarding the undead, and not only didn't she want to check out most of the cemetery, but she had absolutely no interest in hanging around the battle areas after dark or going on one of the many Haunted Gettysburg tours that were doing brisk business. Partypooping aside we still had a fine time doing a little touring and walking through the reenactor-packed town. And at dinner we had Yuengling for $2.25 a pint!
Somehow after that we made it back to Jersey, and somehow after all that I managed to wake up this morning and make my way into New York City (passing on the way to the PATH train the Stanley Theater, holding a convention of what might actually trump those Amish gals as the least pickuppable folks in America: deaf Jehovah's Witnesses). And fortunately I did, for my sister had used her International Federation of Competitive Eating connections to hook me up with quite the perk: guest-area access to today's pretty-good-but-not-notably-different-than-the-other-three-times-I've-seen-him Lyle Lovett concert in Battery Park. Now, sure, it was a free concert anyway, but unlike some people I didn't have to worry about hours-long lines or uncomfortable seating, plus I was able to chow down on piles of free food, helping me continue my plan to eat far, far too much this weekend.
And then I finished up the weekend with -- what else? -- fireworks. Okay, I was tired and ended up watching them on TV with the sound down because NBC was broadcasting them with the worst musical accompaniment ever, but still: Yay!
July 02, 2004
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