Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend 2007

Memorial Day Weekend 2007 is now in the history books.

4th Friday was an unqualified blast. The press conference went off without a hitch. After it, I managed to sneak over to the Ren Cen to see Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean.

The movie was so good that I would have been happy to watch even if it didn't have Keira in it. Of course, the fact that it did have her in it just made things that much better.

Later that night, Mitch Ryder proved that he can still rock just as hard as he did years ago. I was introduced to The Flask, a new rock band that includes Kid Rock's former lead guitarist Kenny Olson - they were scary good. Take a look at their MySpace page for a list of upcoming shows and samples of their music. If any of them are near you, I definately recommend checking them out.

Oh, and after all of the concerts, there was some guy who showed a few indie films in Campus Martius Park.

After that ended at around 1 in the morning, Nicole and I headed over to Alok's for his pre-Movement gathering. He has thrown his fair share of parties in the Kale's building before, but I don't think I've ever seen that many people in his apartment before.

Lots of beautiful people. More booze than you could drink in a week. Does it get any better?

I have no idea when I finally made it home. I just know that when staggered out of bed at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, I resolved to spend the rest of the day asleep.

And then my brother John called to offer Mark and I free tickets to that the Detroit Tigers game that afternoon.

It's amazing how quickly one can find the strength to emerge from the bedroom when free Tiger tickets are on the line. The Tigers lost, but it was still a darn good game.

I spent most of Sunday and Monday on my couch watching movies.

The Trouble with Harry was one of the ones that I watched. It's memorable first because it was one of the few comedies that Alfred Hitchcock ever made.

Yes, I know. "Alfred Hitchcock" and "comedy" are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. However, the fact remains that Mr. Hitchcock had an amazing (if slightly dark) sense of humor and The Trouble with Harry put it on full display.

The movie was also significant because it introduced the world to a young actress by the name of Shirly MacLaine (I hear she's done one or two things since then) as well as an even younger actor Jerry Mathers, before he did Leave It to Beaver.

I also watched The Wrong Man, which is the only Hitchcock movie to be explicitly based on a true story.

With those two movies crossed off my list, I've now seen almost every movie that Alfred Hitchcock ever made. There are a couple of his films that are out of print. Other than that, I've seen them all and have taken notes.

Melissa @ 1731 Seminole

I wondered, in a post last week, what would happen if I included a reference to both Melissa Theuriau and 1731 Seminole in one post since those were the two most common keywords to be used when people found this blog in one of the various internet search engines.

I even went so far as to wonder what would happen if I started the rumor that Melissa Theuriau was now living in 1731 Seminole or, better yet, that she was starring in a porn that was being filmed at 1731 Seminole.

Well, thanks to Google Analytics and a week's worth of results, I now have the answer to that question.

Adding a reference to 1731 Seminole in my most recent post brought eight new people to my blog via Google and the other search engines. I didn't get any new traffic by mentioning Melissa Theuriau's name, but that might have been different if I spelled her name correctly the first time.

Opps!

Seriously, Jessica

Jessica Alba remarked in this month's issue of GQ that she wanted to be known for more than what she looks like in a bikini. My first reaction was, "Oh, cry me a river. When you're working for the big studios, and collecting millions of dollars each time, you have to know that the roles they give you won't be the most artistically fulfilling."

However, I took a look at her filmography on IMDb.com and learned that, in addition to the big budget Hollywood films that she is perhaps best known for, Jessica Alba also did some low budget stuff and at least one true indie, Bill. The movie is about a man who is fed up with his job, is married to a cheating wife and whose life changes when he start to mentor a rebellious teen.

I have to respect anyone who isn't happy with the way their life or career is going and actually does something proactive about it.

Oh, and while she's doing it, she still looks darn good in a bikini.

"Pirates" Sets a New Record

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End set a record for the biggest Memorial Day weekend opening ever. It raked in $142 million at the box office over the extended weekend according to Variety.

I would love to say that me mentioning the movie several times in this blog had something to do with it. However, I know better. It had much more to with the fact that a) it's an established movie franchise, and b) it has Keira Knightley. (Okay - there are some cool people in the movie besides her. That's just a bonus.)

Of course, if fellow Detroiter (and Pirates producer) Jerry Bruckmeimer wants to send me a check for pimping his movie anyway - I'd totally cash it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wondering About Melissa

I use Google Analytics to give me an idea about who it is that reads this blog and how they find me. It satisfying my curiousity immensely and, in the case of the blog for my neighborhood, helps me convince certain beaucrats that they should take blogs seriously.

Anyway, it turns out that when people visit this blog, a little more than half of them came from one search engine or another.

Google Analytics also tells me what folks were searching for when they found me via a search engine. And that's the really interesting part.

It turns out that the most common keywords that people used when they found me were 1731 Seminole, which is Jack White's former house - something that I blogged about last August, and Melissa Theuriau, the French TV reporter that I mentioned last April whose face you see to the left.

I suppose if I started a rumor that Melissa Theuriau was moving to 1731 Seminole, thereby combining those two keywords into one internet search, then traffic on this blog who sky rocket.

And if I went so far as to suggest that Melissa Theauriau was staring in a porn flick that was being filmed at 1731 Seminole then I would have more traffic on this blog than the poor little server could possibly handle.

Update

The Chinese fortune cookie from last night wasn't totally off-base. It looks like I could get a business loan now.

However, I should be able to get a much better deal if I a) raise another few grand in cash and b) apply for a loan that includes phases 1 and 2 of my company's expansion - instead of doing getting a loan for phase 1 now and a second one for phase 2 in another couple of months.

Welcome to the world of corporate finance!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chinese Food = Freaky Omen

I'm meeting tomorrow morning with the folks from Comerica Bank to talk about an SBA loan. I’m looking to expand my production company in a new direction (selling video content via cell phones).

I swung by the Chinese place near me for some take out this evening. My fortune cookie read, "You will do well to expand your business."

As far as omens go, that one is both freaky and cool.

Anyway, I just thought I'd mention it.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Turning Off Your Cell Phone

I was flipping through the morning newspaper the other day. They had this short little blurb in it about Keira Knightley. Needless to say, anything with her name pretty much captures my attention.

Anyway, it would appear that Ms. Knightley told Vogue that while she was in the Bahamas filmming Pirates of the Caribbean, she was so overwhelmed with phone calls and such that she actually threw her BlackBerry into the ocean.

My first thought upon reading this was, "Dang, Keira! Couldn't you have just turned the thing off?"

Oh, well. The fact of the matter is that it's her BlackBerry and she can throw it pretty much anywhere she wants.

By the way, I actually tried coming up with suggestive comments about cell phones and water - but I couldn't come up with a thing. I think I'm losing it.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Hello MSNBC

One of the things that I do on a volunteer basis is coordinate the public relations efforts for Detroit Synergy. I was kind of geeked this afternoon to learn that not only did my efforts manage to put their Bike to Work Day efforts on the radio, but that the whole thing was picked up by MSNBC.

Personally, I can't help but feel that this calls for some kind of a celebration.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Made in Detroit Movies

It's taken me much longer that it otherwise should have. However, my entry in the Detroit Video Contest is now on-line.

You can check it out below.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Watch Bones Tonight

I made a short film called The Sleepy Guy last summer that is currently making its way around the film festival circuit. It's a comedy about a guy who simply cannot wake up for work in the morning in spite of everything that his wife, his next door neighbor and two nurses do to help him.

One of the super talented artists who contributed music to it was Detroit-native (and kick ass rocker) MoZella. I just found out that her song "Going Home" will be featured on Bones tonight. (8 p.m. on Fox TV.)

The show is worth watching just for the MoZella tie-in.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Another Amazing Weekend

Oh, what a weekend! I could say that it was so good that I didn't get a chance to post about it until today. The reality, however, was that yesterday was simply one of those Mondays that made everyone feel like Garfield.

Anyway, Bravo Bravo! was a blast. As usual, it featured wall-to-wall beautiful people throughout the Detroit Opera House and enough booze to float a battleship. It was an open bar during the entire event.

My friends and I all tried to drink so much that the theatre lost money by having us there. (I'm not sure if we succeeded, but it sure was fun to try.)

Saturday started at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn with Free Comic Book Day. I picked up issue zero of Justice League of America, plus Batman & the Monster Men as well as Pirates vs. Ninjas. If they had baseball cards at Green Brain, it would have completed my temporary return to childhood.

After that, it was off to Belle Isle where I shot a pick-up shot for my entry in the VisitDetroit.com podcast contest. (FYI: you can see my entry in a *.m4v format here.)

Once all of that was done, it was time for me to head off to Mexicantown for Cinco de Mayo where I proceeded to kill what was left of my liver. As for what happened after the tequila and Coronas started to flow - well, on the advice of my attorney - I must refrain from posting any details about that.

The only sad part to the whole weekend is that when Sunday came around, I didn't have any energy left to drive out to Pontiac for the lingerie show at Tonic. (To put the drive in perspective for non-Detroiters who read this - it's a 23 mile one way commute from my home to the club.)

Anyway, instead of doing that I spent my sending doing laundry and watching even more Alfred Hitchcock movies on DVD. I only have 6 more to watch and then I will have seen all 65 of his completed films.

Friday, May 04, 2007

The Weekend

This evening is Bravo Bravo! - a fundraiser for the Michigan Opera Theatre and one of the coolest parties of the year. I've got a ticket and I'm meeting a bunch of people there. (Including my friend Augie who probably needs copious amounts of alchohol after learning this morning that he didn't get the job he applied for in Ferndale.)

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day, which means that I'll be at my local comic book store as soon as they open to collect some free comics and recapture a piece of my childhood. (As a great wise man once said, "Free stuff is cool!")

Tomorrow is also Cinco de Mayo, which means that southwest Detroit will be transformed into one gigantic margarita. (Okay - before any of my friends at the Mexicantown CDC hit the "comment" link - yes, I know there are lots of things going on tomorrow that do not involve tequila and that there's more to Cinco de Mayo than simply getting drunk - it's just that I'm selective in what I pay attention to.)

I was a little worried about Sunday. I thought that might end up becoming my day for doing laundry, paying bills and generally doing all of those things that I've been postponing for quite sometime now.

Luckily, I was flipping through this week's issue of Real Detroit Weekly over dinner yesterday. It turns out that Sunday is the annual Spring Splach Sexy Lingerie Bash at Tonic.

I got to ask: Why do laundry when you can drink and watch beautiful women in lingerie?

Okay - I'm aware that I'm currently wearing my last pair of clean boxers. I probably will have to do at least one load soon.

But I can postpone the rest!

I'll talk to everyone on Monday.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

It's Weird When My Day Comes Together

Today was a rather weird day; weird that is in little ways.

It started with me in my office at a little after 8:30 this morning. I reached for the phone and accidentally knocked over a can of Coke that I had on my desk. It promptly poured onto my computer hard drive, which sits just to my left.

The weird part is that I had Taco Bell for lunch yesterday. They gave me a huge stack of napkins when I went through the drive through and most of them were sitting on top of my computer. I didn't plan for it, but the stupidity I usually when I knock something over was mitigated by sensation of accomplishment at having the forethought to put those napkins there.

Granted, I didn't put the napkins there thinking that they would protect my computer from spilled Coke. I just dropped them there because it was a convenient place to put them. However, it only seems appropriate that a sense of stupidity at doing something by accident could be offset by a sense of accomplishment at doing something else by accident.

Anyway, a couple of hours later, the mail arrived and there was a check from one of my clients. (Thank you, Michigan Historic Preservation Network!) When you work for yourself, anytime that a check arrives it's always cause for a celebration.

I didn't have anything critical to do at the moment so I went to the bank to deposit this check. On my way back, I decided to stop off at my local Ram's Horn for lunch. As soon as I walked in, I noticed that my Mom was already seated in one of the booths, finishing her own lunch.

I walked over and we talked for a moment. Within a couple of minutes, her waitress walked by and dropped off her bill. "Here," she said slidding it to me, "I'll let you pay for this one."

And then she started walking away.

The weird thing is, I don't think she would've done this if she hadn't somehow known that I had just gotten a check. I didn't mention it, but I'm convinced that she knew about it.

Anyway, those were the weird things that happened to me today. God only knows what tomorrow has in store.