Friday, April 27, 2007

Quick Update Before Heading Out

Somewhere in Detroit, there's a bartender who is wondering how he is going to pay their rent. It's my Christian duty to find him and drink enough booze to help this brother out.

Before doing that, I just wanted to let everyone know that my Uncle Chuck's condition has improved. He is stable although the doctors would like to transfer him to a nursing home next week.

Thank you to everyone who kept him in your thoughts and prayers these past few days.

Oh, and before I run out the door, I also wanted to share this video that I found on-line.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Weird Weekend

This past weekend was simply one of those weekends. It started good, got even better and then ended on a very sad note.

Friday evening started at the grand opening of a new store that my friends Francis and Claire opened in Midtown, the Bureau of Urban Living. They had champagne and desserts to welcome their first shoppers. I picked up this really cool invisible bookshelf (when installed, it looks like my books are just floating) and some greeting cards.

I told Francis and Claire before their store opened that I wanted to be the first person to make a purchase. Unfortunately, I didn't get their in time. I was tempted to be their first shoplifter, but I decided not to. The fact of the matter is that Claire could kick my ass if she was properly motivated and I didn't want to risk it.

Liza: They're only a few blocks south of your office. You really should stop by some time.

After the Bureau, I was off to work at the Detroit Music Awards when I filmed interviews with some of the nominees and winners. Jesse Palter was amazing. Trick-Trick rocked the house with an impressive show. Bob Seger was, well, he was Bob Seger; magnificent as always.

On top of that Kim Paris was the perfect publicist, giving us a steady stream of people to interview throughout the evening.

Saturday was spent recovering from Friday night before heading out for drinks with some friends.

I thought Sunday was simply going to be a calm day to recover from Friday and Saturday. I was coming back from having lunch at Boston Market when I got a text message from my friend, Jeanette. She had an extra ticket to the Tigers game and wanted to know if I wanted to join her, her brother and a bunch of other folks. I said yes and headed downtown.

It was a perfect day for a ball game. The Tigers started off quickly with a three run lead in the first inning. The White Sox managed to whitle away at that lead and then take the lead.

In the 9th inning, the score was 5-3 White Sox. The Tigers were at bat, but with 2 outs and no one on base. I looked to my left and saw some of the "fans" starting to file out of the park.

They missed out on one best comebacks in baseball. It started out with Carlos Guillen singling to center, which brought Marcus Thames to the plate.

The count was 1-1 when Marcus Thames connected for a home run to tie the game and force the game into extra innings.

When the Tigers finally won it in the 12th inning, I was estastic. It was one of those moments when I basically thought that life just didn't get much better.

I was still bouncing with joy when I got home - and learned that my Uncle Chuck was in the hospital.

He's 81 years old. He was feeling weak after working in the yard so he went in the house. My Aunt Carmelina came in later to check on him and found him bleeding profusly from his rectum. They live in a rural area (the booming metropolis of Rapid City, Michigan) so he was taken by MedEvac to the nearest hospital.

The doctors say that he lost 16 pints of blood (the average adult only has anywhere from 14 - 18 pints in their body). Still not sure exactly what caused the bleeding at this time. My guess is that the doctors probably know, but my aunt isn't any condition to properly relay information.

Life is great. And then is just plain sucks.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I'm Such A Guy

I know it's because I'm a guy, but get such a kick out of watching videos like the one below.

It shows a civilian EOD team detonating approximately 100 tons of explosives in the desert. If there was a naked woman dancing somewhere in the shot, this would have been the perfect viral video.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Back from the Fringe Festival

Wow! The Detroit Fringe Festival was an absolute blast this weekend.

I was amazed by the performance that MYO KYO did Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon. Maureen Kearns captured some great photos of them that available on her web site.

Kudos for Nicole L. and Nicole R. for joining me. It's too bad that Darling wasn't able to join us. (Unless, of course, that you were the one dancing on the speakers in the Jazz Cafe, Darling.)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Sequels, Sequels, Sequels

There are a slew of sequels on their way to the big screen at the moment.
Four weekends in May and everyone of them will see a movie sequel. I have to wonder: will Hollywood ever run out of movies to make sequels out of?

I think it's legitimate worry because 3 of the 4 movies opening in May aren't just sequels, they're the third installment in the franchise. Very few movie franchises manage to make it past the third one.

Hollywood may have to actually come up with an idea soon that's at least somewhat original. This could be good, because movies have the power to do so much more than simply entertain. For example, there has been a certain amount of a rivalry between the French and the British - something that has existed for centuries, ever since the British seized Detroit from the French in 1760.

I think it's time that rivalry be put to rest once and for all - and movies can be a part of it.

Imagine, if you will, Bristish actress Keira Knightly versus French television host Melissa Theuriau in a winner- take-all pillow fight.

Knightly vs. Theuriau - it's guaranteed to have at least twice the box office potential of Freddie vs. Jason. No matter who wins the pillow fight, everyone with the outcome simply because they got to see Keira Knightly and Melissa Theuriau rolling around in a pillow fight.

And we could have a few warm-up acts in advance of the big pillow fight. Maybe Keira could take on Jennifer Love Hewitt in a Jell-O wrestling match while Melisa invites Sarah Michelle Gellar to a steel-cage tickle match, which will be conveniently held on a trampoline.

Damn! My mind is seriously twisted at the moment.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

My Personal Definition of Irony

The folks at Merriam- Webster define irony as:

2 a : the use of words to express some- thing other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning b : a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony c : an ironic expression or utterance.
I, however, have my own personal definition of irony - or at least a really good example of it.

I was at my local gentlemen's club the other day, having a drink and watching the show, when the woman on stage started dancing to Jermaine Stewart's 1986 hit "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off".

If a stripper dancing on stage, in nothing but a g-string, to that song isn't the greatest example of irony then I don't know what is.

Pirates Trailer

The trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is up on Yahoo movies right now. I'll be damned if it doesn't look like the best one in the series to date.

But then again, the movie does star Keira Knightly. I would gladly pay good money to watch that woman eat a bowl of corn flakes in the morning.

Umm.... Keira Knightly eating corn flakes.

Excuse me, I need a moment with that thought...

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Three Words

I have three words that will change the lives of anyone in southeastern Michigan who is interested: Detroit Fringe Festival.

It's next weekend. 30 hours of non-stop acts.

I'm curating the film portion of the event on Saturday morning with their Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast, complete with an edgy eco documentary. This is going to be so darn cool.

If anyone wants info on discounted tickets, please let me know. Shoot me an email and I'll send you the info.

Darling: this one is worth the trip in from Ottawa.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Opening Day 2007

Yesterday was the day.

The day that every fan of the Detroit Tigers spend all winter dreaming of.

Opening Day.

A new day. A new season. A new chance at glory.

I know the game itself didn't go exactly the way I would've wanted it to. The Tigers got off to a rocky start in the first inning. But they battled back from a 3 run deficit and forced the Toronto Blue Jays into extra innings.

And then they fell apart once again in the tenth inning.

I was a little disappointed, I'll admit it. I think everyone in this town was. But there are still 161 more games left in the season. I take solice in the fact that the Tigers lost their home opener last you as well - and they went all the way to the World Series.

I wasn't one of the lucky ones who had a ticket to the game. I ended up watching it at Cliff Bell's with Nicole for the first few innings before meeting everyone on Dan's roof top deck in Harmonie Park.

I have to say it was interesting watching the end of the game and the post-game action from the roof of a 4-story building near Comerica Park. It's amazing - and amazingly weird - just how many guys will decide to urinate in the parking lots surrounding the ball park.

It was kind of fun, though, to taunt the offending urinators. A couple of people even took pictures of the guys as they were relieving themselves. (I didn't have a camera with me so I wasn't one of them.)

Anyway, the season has officially started. I never who have imagined a year ago that last year's season would have ended with the Tigers playing in the World Series.

And two days ago - I never would have guess that this season would have started with me watching drunk guys pee in a parking lot.

Oh, and kudos go out to Grady's Kitchen. He posted these two photos on his Flickr page so I can show everyone at least some of the cool things that happened yesterday.