Thursday, July 30, 2009

Don't You Hate Pants?!

Gabe forwarded this to me because he knows of my disdain for pants, or as Mexicans call them, "pantalones."

""This is not a case about me wearing pants."

-- Lubna Hussein,

a Sudanese female journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers in public in violation of the country's strict Islamic laws, who told a packed Khartoum courtroom July 29 she is resigning from a UN job that grants her immunity so she can challenge the law on women's public dress code. "This is a case about annulling the article that addresses women's dress code, under the title of indecent acts. This is my battle. This article is against the constitution and even against Islamic law itself," said Hussein. Of the 13 women including Hussein arrested July 3 in a raid by members of the public order police force all but three of the women were flogged at a police station two days later. Hussein's defense lawyer, Nabil Adeeb, said the UN wanted to protect its staff, but Hussein, who works in the media department of the UN Mission in Sudan and contributes opinion pieces to a left-leaning Khartoum newspaper, wanted her trial to proceed."

We take a lot of things for granted here in the US of A, and I think this is a good reminder of how easy we have it. Wish I could expand more but I left a pair of pants burning in the other room and I have to make sure the carpet doesn't catch fire too...

Green Day - Verizon Center - 7/29/09

As seen on Deaf Left Ear.com...

Green Day rolled their traveling pyro-infused tour through Washington D.C. last night and shook the Verizon Center. From reports on previous shows on this tour, one might say the set-list last night was rather "vanilla." However, longtime fans can still appreciate such gems as "2000 Light Years Away," and solo, acoustic versions of "Macy's Day Parade," and "Christie Road" from front man Billie Joe Armstrong.

In the title track of the album Green Day is pimping, "21st Century Breakdown," Armstrong chants, "We are the class of, the class of 13," a sentiment visited last in the American Eulogy suite. What does it mean? Maybe it summoned literal 13-year-olds. With a quick glance at the crowd you could clearly see the multi-generaltional split. 13-year-olds and people walking around with that peppered hair thing (their parents). But was is kid bringing parent or parent bringing kid?

HOWEVER, if I had to use one adjetive to describe the crowd it would most definitley have to be "weak-sauce." Surprised, upset and semi-ashamed was how I felt. I mean, I don't enjoy the company of other people's elbows in and around my ribs but c'mon! Maybe D.C. was punished with the set-list for the lack energy. It definitley wasn't the band not leading the charge. At the high points of the fury, Bille Joe and co. could have led everyone into the streets and started a riot. (Maybe not though, with the all the kids who don't want to jump up and down... You know I'm always down for lighting some shit on fire!)

One thing that never gets old with a Green Day concert is when Billie Joe pulls people up to sing and play instruments during different songs. It's especially awesome when they nail it too. I was excited for that hot mess who played guitar for almost all of "Jesus of Suburbia." And Billie Joe is clearly a showman but he wants these kids to stand out on the catwalk and have their rockstar moment.

Always a solid performance from Green Day and their traveling posse, I wish I could say the same for the crowd.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Question.

At sporting events, fans are encouraged to wear the "gear" of the teams playing.

At concerts, fans shouldn't wear the "gear" of the band they are seeing.

So if you go on vacation to let's say, Washington D.C., is it a faux pas to wear a t-shirt that says "Washington D.C.?"

Friday, July 24, 2009

A Tragic Loss

I received the sad and tragic news that the former Taco Bell spokes-canine dropped dead from a stroke at age 15 via an urgent text message from Gunjan.

She doesn't even know (until now) that as a kid I had the "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" t-shirt which prominently featured said Chihuahua. I was a fan.

Let's just pause for a moment and ponder why might a fast-food Mexican chain use a tiny Chihuahua to bolster their image? (I don't have the answer - I just want you to quietly reflect on this instead of doing any actual work...)

So for one last time, we'll miss you little guy...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Snapple

Snapple, which I don't drink, has used the slogan "Made From The Best Stuff On Earth" for as long as I can remember. Now, they claim that they've found "better stuff."

So are they admitting that they've been lying to you, the consumer, for a very long time?!

Who will punish Snapple for their false claims?
(I bet the Dos Equis World's Most Interesting Man could handle this...)

Corporate greed I say!

6 Months!

Crazy. Today marks the end of my official relationship with Clear Channel Communications as it has been 6 months since they let me go. Those suckers have been paying me for the past 6 months!

If I had to rank it, I'd say that the last 6 months have been the best 6 months of my life. Everything I've done I can chalk up to life experience. I did the podcast, I went to Colorado, Arizona, Florida and NJ/NYC a few times. I started riding pedicab too which has been crazy fun and something completley different. In addition to the ridculous amounts of money I've been able to make on the cab, I've lost 30 pounds. It feels great!

If this hadn't happened, I wouldn't have been able to do any of the above and the coolest thing that would have happened to me would have been meeting Joe Perry from Aerosmith and I would have had to go into the station on a weekend...lame.

So am I bitter and upset at Clear Channel. Hell no. I remember when Ballard and I were sitting in the studio and we were reading somewhere online about the severance packages that were going to be given. I forget where this was posted but when I saw 6 months full pay, I raised my hand as if to say, "oooo pick me, pick me." They picked me alright, and sure I was upset, who wouldn't be? But as I think I've made it clear that it's been a blessing on my soul and body.

I hope I'll get to do a few more awesome things before I snag another full-time gig... I'm open to suggestions and we'll see what happens. I'm so not worried that maybe I should be worried about not being worried. Now I'm just confused...

So I've applied to some jobs which sound exciting and as Homer Simpson once said, "And now we play the waiting game." About 15 seconds later he added, "Oh the waiting game sucks, let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos!!!"

Friday, July 17, 2009

Freaks & Geeks

So I may be 9 or 10 years behind on this one, but there are kids out there every day who are just hearing "The Colour and the Shape" for the first time, so I don't feel bad. Also, this show was really good!

I'm not upset it was canceled mainly because I wasn't watching it when it was on, so I wasn't emotionally invested. Also, I was still in high school and I think I can appreciate much more of it now compared to back then.

Let's talk future super-stars. James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini (ER), Martin Star (Party Down, Walk Hard, Adventureland, Knocked Up) and of course this show was created in part by Judd Apatow. If this series hadn't been cancelled, who knows what we could have missed out on?

I'm so pumped for Funny People.

So it's set in suburban Detorit and its literally about 2 groups of kids who are freaks or burnouts and geeks. I don't think that my high school experience was similar to anyone in the show. My lows weren't that low and my highs weren't that high. I'm ok with it.

Maybe it's just me, but when you do a show about high school or youth in general, there is only so many issues and topics one can write about. On multiple occasions I'd be watching an episode and think, hey i've seen this before somewhere else. Who did it first, I don't know, but I'll never write about generic high school experiences ever.
  • There's an episode where Bill (geek) is horrified that his mom is dating his gym teacher - see the movie Mr. Woodcock
  • There's an episode about a makeout party - see any tv show ever, but Boy Meets World comes to mind
  • There's an episode about Lindsay (freak) taking her parents car without permission with her friends and crasshing it - see Saved By The Bell
The list could go on, but you know...

One last thing. Freaks & Geeks won an Emmy for Outstanding Casting. I couldn't agree more! I think the best casting job they did was Martin Starr to play the geek Bill Haverchuck. Now maybe that's because I liked him the best or because it's true. The one thing I didn't totally love was Seth Rogan. Weird, right? They made his character very unlikable, especially at the beginning, but even in the last few episodes I began to like him more.

I guess it doesn't really matter because they're all famous and shit and making out with Sean Penn.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pedicabs Are Horrible Death Traps

The above statement would be true if the media was correct. However, they tend to sensationalize almost anything they can get their paws on. "Is cherry flavored dental floss slowly killing your children?! Find out tonight at 11!!!!"

Well, recently Bruce Johnson and channel 9 came down to the mall to do a story on Pedicabs, which we all knew was going to make us look bad. Using common sense, one could infer that since one woman fell off a pedicab over 3,000 miles away and died, these contraptions should be more closely governed and watched here in DC.

Let me tell it to you straight. Regular taxis are 3,000 times more times dangerous than pedicabs - FACT. Pedicabs are not taxis - FACT. Bruce Johnson is no Jim Vance - FACT.

While there may not be exact r&r's for pedicabs in DC, we are more likely to follow traffic laws than other vehicles and almost all pedestrians.

If pedicabs are so dangerous then why did he ride one? I'm also in this clip so you should watch. And now as a world famous pedicab driver, all comments will first be read by my management team and forwarded to me if they believe it is worthwhile...

Harry Potter Lives Again

Even though I'm about to say what I thought of the new HP movie "The Half-Blood Prince" I just want to say that allowing Harry Potter to survive not only makes J.K. Rowling look weak, it just plain sucks.

I'm already talking about Harry Potter so it can't get much nerdier than that, but then it does...
I went last night at midnight to see the new flick. One of the previews was for the new Twilight movie and people applauded, screamed, cried, whatever. I'd like to make a motion to declare Twilight "way worse" than HP.

Finally, the movie - Clearly the biggest challenge to writing the script for these movies is to condense the book into several hours. "The Half-Blood Prince" clocks in at 2hours 33minutes, which is considered a kick-ass time for a marathon. So while some people are out there taking on life, just know you'll have accomplished nothing during the viewing of this movie. Back to the point being, I think they've been doing a solid job at packing in the story line into each movie. Obviously some things need to omitted and the dialogue has to be changed just make some things more clear and movie the plot. The last book is going to be split into 2 movies which i expect to be approximately 5 hours each...

Alan Rickman continues to impress me in his role as Professor Snape. He's a fairly unlikable dude in most other movies, which is maybe why this plays so great for him.

Even though I was tired I enjoyed the movie but towards the end I was ready to go. If I had seen it mid-day, it might have been easier to watch. I'm told that during a midnight screening of the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie I fell asleep. If that's any sort of barometer, this movie is solid.

Lots of hooking up or "snogging" in this movie too! Daniel Radcliffe has already done some frontal nudity on stage in England, so maybe the next 2 could pick up an R or NC-17 rating?!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Transformers 2, Bruno, Year One (In That Order)

I've seen a few movies in the past couple weeks. I will now tell you what I thought in order of awesome movie to not awesome movie.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
My first instinct is to compare this to the National Treasure series. It is weird, I know. I say that because I personally liked those movies, but the second was pretty much a replica of the first but was still good. So with the Transformers series, bump it up from good to awesome.

We got to the theater late and had to sit front row, but it wasn't so bad actually and I HATE sitting in the front row. I walked out of the theater sweating - Fact. I doubt that it had to with the movie, but it still feels like a fairly strong endorsement.

Bruno
I laughed, I felt like crying, I vomited in my mouth. What can I say? Bruno was not as good as Borat in my opinion for several reasons. The storyline in Borat, a supposed "documentary," was much more cohesive and thought out. In Bruno, it seemed like just a collection of scenes in which Sascha Baron Cohen tried to be as ridiculous as possible. Cringe-worthy in some instances is an acceptable description. I wouldn't watch it again with the same interest level as I can watch Borat 100 times and it's hysterical. Good effort, definitley worth seeing.

Year One
Holy crap I was disappointed! It just wasn't funny. The end.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009



i enjoy bits & pieces but have definitley visited less since I haven't been working full-time.

MJ



saw this in NYC on the west side.

pedicabbin'



I gave my friend KTB's parents a lift on the pedicab after the Nationals game on the 4th.