Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Francis

Yesterday was Francis Grunow's 34th birthday, which was celebrated at the historic Garden Bowl on Woodward Ave. It was the densest concentration of young and hip Detroiters since the grand re-opening of the DIA.

I swear. I know a hundred or so people in this city and all but 6 of them were there.

I learned many things over the course of an evening of drinking, bowling and, well, even more drinking.
  • Vodka actually glows when exposed to black light. How I got through college without discovering this is beyond me. Maybe I was too drunk or something to notice.
  • If professional bowling had women as cute as some of those who were at the Garden Bowl, the PBA Championships would be the highest rated show on television.
I also learned that my neighborhood really is famous. Not only did we get mentioned in The Onion but people kept walking up to me, talking about how much they liked Gracie See's Pizza when they were there last week (I only recommended the place a couple hundred times) or Chick's Bar or how the neighborhood reminds them of some of the ones in Chicago, right before they became really big.

It was also after a lengthy conversation with a photographer friend of mine that I came to the conclusion that those liquor control systems, which regulate exactly how much a bartender can pour, are downright evil. They undermine the art and craft of bartending by taking away any discretion that the bartender might have.

Of course, the Garden Bowl and Majestic Cafe are cool enough venues, with amazing live performances, such that I'll overlook this one trip of theirs over to the dark side.

Anyway, Francis' party was amazing.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

"Falling Slowly" at the Oscars

Variety is reporting that the 80th Annual Academy Awards this past Sunday had the lowest ratings ever. It's an absolute shame.

This means that a lot of people not only missed Jon Stewart's top-notch monologue during the show, they also missed Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova performing "Falling Slowly" from their movie Once.



They went on to win an Oscar for their song. However, let's face it, their movie was good enough that they deserved a lot more than just one nomination.

Oh, well. Maybe next time around.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Single at The Atlantic

I long ago (at least in Internet years) discovered that my blog is one of the highest ranked ones when you search for "Dating in your 30s" on Google. As such, when I came across Lori Gottlieb's article in The Atlantic, I felt a need to comment on it.

Ms. Gottlieb makes the argument that we'd all be a lot better off if we settled for a less than ideal partner when it comes to love and marriage. I think she makes some interesting points. The problem, of course, is that it could be taken to an almost ridiculous extreme.

Simply marrying someone because they're available isn't a good idea, in my opinion. But maybe, just maybe, we could all do better by having one or two less items on our "deal-breaker" lists.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Welcome Home, Atlantis

Atlantis made another perfect landing in Florida at 9:07 this morning.

This brings their 13-day mission at the International Space Station to a successful conclusion. It also means that astronaut Dan Tani is once again on solid ground after spending 4 months in outer space.

Welcome home everyone!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Excercisng with Keira

Keira Knightley is quoted in a recent interview as saying that the only excerise that she gets when she isn't working when she turns up the radio.

You know, I've tried various programs in an effort to shed a few pounds over the years. I think I'll have to try this one: exercising with Keira. Turn the radio up.

If nothing else, you have to admit that it has worked splendidly well for her.

The WGA Strike Is Over!

YEAH!!! It's official. The Writer's Guild strike is over. The scribes got a decent contract and I get my favorite television shows back. Plus, more movie projects will be in the pipeline soon.