28 February 2007
The premise of this show is pretty basic: 2 churches must come together to raise money to renovate the others' church due to one being accidentally torn down. On top of all that they are ethnically diverse- Italian and Irish- and have a shaky relationship with one another. In order to raise money they throw this Bingo shebang dinner in which audience literally is a part. The show includes live music including a polka band that covers OutKast in addition to beer barall polkas. The whole space of the Lowry Theater is decked out to look something like a fraternal hall with pictures and memorabilia from ages past. Even the bathrooms had their special decor. The men's room in particular had a bit of cheeky wall hangings.
Enjoyable show that is more character than plot driven and is a bit PG-13ish. Only in Minnesota could you find a show like We Gotta Bingo.
My colleague James gave the most eloquent description of this perculiarity that CNN decided to champion as news. He titles this programmming decision as:
the who cares where the rapidly rotting corpse of a psuedo-celebrity is going to be buried, because people are so self centered and needy of other peoples infamy that they will let their "loved" ones decay into a slimy puddle of gelatenous goo before they would consider anyone else's feelings including the aforementioned maggot ridden cadaver show.
I don't think you can an any more dead on than that. Pork bellies are more noteworthy that this pseudo-celebrity tripe.
27 February 2007
With the weather bringing disorder to the whole metro area, only about half the team showed. The Ledge was particularly enthralled by this predicament. Kevin and Coach McCue could only wonder why the others weren't hungry enough for glory. Due to the lack of hands available I was drafted off the sidelines to run the camera. So be looking for some of my footage out there soon, I hope. I don't think I did tremendous camera work. It was awkward to say the least. I may have even missed a few glorious shots. I certainly hope the Ledge or Owen aren't going to hunt me down and rough me up.
For the avid fans of Intramural Glory look for the new episode shortly. The production crew is a little behind at the moment so the 2 week release cycle has not been kept rigorously. Nevertheless I am eagerly awaiting the next amazing and glorious and action packed episode.
In the meantime check out the Intramural Glory: Little People promo.
I am not about to bemoan fathers or mothers or whatever parental or lack of parental involvement that exists in one's life. Instead I am promoting intervention in the form of mentoring. No this isn't trying to get the father and mother back together again but intervention in the childrens' lives. It's like reducing those risks. Check out this short article about it in Relevant.
21 February 2007
20 February 2007
In my mind Budweiser is not the king of beer. Instead I bestow that title to Phil. Whenever I drink a fine ale or pilsner or lager or stout, I think of Phil looking down and smiling upon my and giving me beer drinking pleasure. Now Phil is by no means a drunk. As far as I know he is regularly sober.
A few weeks ago I decided to make an offering to the "king of beer." I purchased some fried chicken and fixings and laid them before Phil. He offered me beer. Good beer. I think it was a brown ale of sorts but it was good, very good. I wonder if someday someone somewhere will brew a beer and place Phil's likeness on the bottle. Call it something like "Lucious Phil's Delight."
Speaking of naming beers, my other beer drinking aquaintance, James, made beer once and he spilled some of the wort on his foot and got 2nd degree burns. He ended up calling the brew Hot Foot Brew.
The Vatican also has other footballing ambitions which appear to involve fielding a side to compete in Italy's top league, Serie A. It probably would be a great boon to them since football is akin to a religious institution in places. The church and in particular to Catholic flavor has been involved in soccer before. Celtic and Hibernian in Scotland were both formed out of Catholic congregations to raise money. Aston Villa and methinks Everton in England were established by churches. The previous Pontiff, John Paul, was a goaltending prospect in Poland. So who knows, that Lutheran Soccer League may be the beginning of professional soccer in your town.
16 February 2007
Far from being a ludachrist legistlative stunt to grab headlines the world over for North Dakota, the resolution would have honored a fellow who has used his gigantic fame to move this generation into action concerning poverty, AIDS, and numerous associated humanitarian concerns. [My personal favorite is clean water.] But does he need anymore praise? I think the praise sometimes overshadows the work and then creates backlash because of jealousy or what not. I'd invite him over for spaghetti, hear him out, exchange e-mail addresses and shake hands.
14 February 2007
If you haven't seen the latest edition of Intramural Glory, you should. The rag tag Internet voted squad finally takes it to the hole in their first game but with disasterous results. Indeed, the team chemistry is not cohesive. Boima and Ledge are at their best when their mouths are open not when on the court. One team member gets injuried in pre-game warm-ups and the Old Guy probably has more than birthday party committments that prevent him from attending.
After reviewing the footage here's my kudos for best performances:
Shelby- best performance. discomfort and cringing provided the most excellent symbolism of the game.
Rob - best line of the episode.
Kyle- best supporting actor. I can't get enough of Kyle. He exudes a subtle but palatable angst in his performances.
For those of you wanting to see more of Danny Myers, he only get's 3 seconds of face time and numerous uncredited back views.
07 February 2007
06 February 2007
Myers has stated on numerous occasions that those were the days of public access trash. It was a lo-fi mid-tech piece meal production which was mediocre at its best. Looking back, however, creates a new level hilarity we never intended. I mean an impersonation of someone impersonating someone else is a bit high brow. One fellow we had on the show did George Bush and Saddam Hussein in the same sketch. He literally ripped it from the previous week's Saturday Night Live which we did a bit of. Now I could care less as SNL is in the doldrums right now and makes our show seem like were on steroids.
I'll end with this- nothing is forever and glory fades at dawning of the day. We had a great time making it. I think that everyone who watched it went out and made their own shows and so there's our legacy (borrowing a bit from Brian Eno).
01 February 2007
Little did I realize that this council could possibly be a front for the American Meat Institute, who has no qualms of stirring Congress to take meat action by throwing barbeques on the steps of the Capitol while indoctrinating millions that meat is good, eat more. For those radicals who scrawl "meat is murder" in shady corners of our country, this is espionage at the most intellectual level. (For humorous look at such mythical legend of the meat war please watch the Simpsons' episode where Lisa becomes a vegetarian.)
Politics aside, the site is fun an unpretenious and worth a look. The former hot dog enthusiast I once was gives this site a thumbs up and an extra index finger.
Back at "Oatmeal" Junior High School, I made a goal once to eat as many hot dogs as I could and become class president. Unfortunately I only accomplished one.