Where the Dead Things Are – October 25, 2014

This past Saturday, October 25 I participated in Rising Sun Theaters 24-hour Mash Up. It works like this: A theme is chosen, in this case “Children are Terrifying“. Then at 6pm on Friday, October 24, all the Playwrights, Directors and Actors gather to meet and choose a prompt, director and cast. The Playwright picks the prompt and the Director out of a hat and the … Continue reading Where the Dead Things Are – October 25, 2014

Fear and Love

It’s no secret life is complicated, but fundamentally, it can be boiled down to two things. Fear and love. You can choose to live a life of fear or you can choose to live a life of love. I know what you are thinking, “Aren’t you really oversimplifying it?” Maybe. Maybe not. I’ve spent the better part of my life choosing to live in fear. … Continue reading Fear and Love

Duke Rests in Peace

Before I had Rufus the Pitbull (mix), I had Duke the Rottwieler (pure). They’re both dogs from notoriously aggressive breeds. Rufus and Duke, not so aggro. Rufus is hyper and anxious. Duke was chill and peaceful. Extremely intelligent dogs prone to grave acts of stupidity. Rufus is mostly on edge, but sweet. Duke was never on edge, but always sweet. They both have earned the … Continue reading Duke Rests in Peace

Theater Mash Up This Weekend

This Friday thru Saturday (10.24-10.25) I am participating in the Rising Sun Theater Company’s Theater Mash Up. So what is a “Theater Mash Up”? Well, up until Monday it was called a 24 Hour Play Festival…until Rising Sun learned someone held a copyright on the phrase “24 Hour Play Festival”.  Basically it is this…playwrights, directors and actors convene on Friday night. At said meeting they … Continue reading Theater Mash Up This Weekend

Jeff Zucker doesn’t need you.

Yea, that’s right, that Zucker doesn’t need anything from us to convince himself and the corporate war lords, past and present, that he is the go to television executive. I just finished reading this profile by Gabriel Sherman on the Zuckster, the guy with the brown fingered touch, from the 10.5 New York Magazine. It’s a pretty well balanced portrayal of the man, the myth and … Continue reading Jeff Zucker doesn’t need you.

The Stephen Collins Thing

So much for that whole “innocent until proven guilty”, huh? So much for the sanctity of marriage and therapy, huh? Look, whatever Stephen Collins did (and it’s allegedly horrible behavior) his career is over. There is no erasing the stink of child molestation, regardless of guilt or innocence. However inappropriate his alleged behavior may have been, what does it say about a wife who takes … Continue reading The Stephen Collins Thing

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

And so it begins. Another change. I’ve decided to forgo the whole “I’m gonna be a dancer” deal (Liberia just doesn’t seem safe) and stay in the white-collar world. I had received so many “Good lucks” when I mentioned my new endeavour that I’m grateful so many people gave a shit. Of course, I would nod and say “Thank you” and mention some sort of … Continue reading Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good bye

The unedited version of my good-bye email to NBC. Colleagues, Ralph Waldo Emerson famously wrote “Life is a journey, not a destination.” And so it is. Today is my last day here at NBC. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking one of three things, “Oh no!” or “Who the hell is this guy?” or “Who cares? I got a log to close!” So to … Continue reading So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good bye

Two important issues you’re probably ignoring.

Wherever you sit politically, I think it is a safe bet that you are not paying attention to the Internet “net neutrality” issue or the looming media merger and acquisition blitzkrieg (Comcast buying Time Warner Cable and Fox buying Time Warner Entertainment…with smaller mergers to follow). Not that I would blame you because net neutrality is as boring as watching paint dry and you probably … Continue reading Two important issues you’re probably ignoring.

The Bridge – Until I’m One With You

Last night was the season two premiere of FX’s The Bridge. And the show came flying out of the gate, introducing a cacophony of story lines. Which I am sensing is becoming a pattern with FX shows. Kurt Sutter did it last year in the premiere of his Sons of Anarchy: thankfully, Sutter was able to tie everything together by the end of the season. … Continue reading The Bridge – Until I’m One With You

Lost the Battle. Winning the War.

A little over three years ago, a girl I was dating ended our relationship…for the second time. She had determined that “maybe there was someone better out there.” I assured her that indeed there was…and always would be. I tried telling her that was an endless and futile search because it didn’t matter who she was with, there would always be someone better. I tried … Continue reading Lost the Battle. Winning the War.

I was a bartender NOT a mixologist.

I recently re-launched wait(er) Magazine as a free iOS app (download here) and re-read this on my way in to work this morning and was rather pleased with myself…so I am re-posting it. _________________________________________ I was a bartender. I was never a mixologist. You may be asking yourself “what’s the difference”. They both make drinks in a food and/or beverage serving establishment. As the foodie … Continue reading I was a bartender NOT a mixologist.

“Results”

Last Tuesday my one-act play, Results, was included as part of the ongoing reading series Under Rehearsed, sponsored by the Rising Sun Performance Company in Brooklyn, New York. Cast: Andrea Cordaro – Mrs. Ferguson Trey K. Blackburn – Mr. Ferguson Larry Gutman – Dr. Gladstone Directed by Kathleen Schlemmer Casting & RSP Intern – Michael Witkes As the kids are wont to say, it went swimmingly … Continue reading “Results”

Thinking About Creativity

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” -Charles Mingus Far be it from me to crush anyone’s dreams, but not everyone needs to write a book, paint a picture or make a movie. Now before you get yourself all knotted up, let me … Continue reading Thinking About Creativity

25 Years Ago

On May 22, China’s jd.com, sometimes called China’s Amazon, began trading on the NASDAQ making it worth an estimated $28 billion dollars. On May 6 of this year, the Chinese e-tail behemoth Alibaba Group filed its intention to go public in the United States in what is being called “one of the biggest IPO’s in history, analyst estimates for the company’s post-IPO value range from … Continue reading 25 Years Ago

In the Country

Andes, NY. 2014 The wife and I rented a little refurbished schoolhouse in Andes, New York recently. It was the perfect respite from city life AND we got to take the dogs with us. The first time each of them had experienced country life. Some highlights: Alone and quiet time with the wife. Rufus puking in the car on the way up and pulling off … Continue reading In the Country

Seen Walking Rufus (2-fer)

This is just plain clever…something tells me psychedelics were involved. It has a real Gary Larson like quality to it. This next one bummed me out and was probably more commonplace 15/20 years ago. Today, it is either incongruous to the neighborhood or a sad statement about heroin usage. Less than four feet away from one another and about ten yards away from a day … Continue reading Seen Walking Rufus (2-fer)

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Broadcast Television and the Future of Storytelling – revisted

I originally wrote this in February of 2013 and thought I would revisit it as we move into the annual broadcast television bukkake festival, also known as the network upfront season. The big four networks, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox have been spiraling downwards, not only in ratings but also in content, for about ten years now. This is not to say they haven’t produced … Continue reading Broadcast Television and the Future of Storytelling – revisted

Ula Ruth – Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

Maybe rock music has gotten too cool. Maybe it’s taking itself too seriously. Maybe its been co-opted by the multinational conglomerates that own the majority of labels. Maybe it’s just dead. But then, maybe not. Recently, I started working with a guy named Kevin Clymer. Being a semi-retired (or semi-retarded) music snob, when someone told me he was in a band and, I was mildly … Continue reading Ula Ruth – Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

FU FCC

As recently as February FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that “Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency.” Late yesterday, Mr. Wheeler had a dramatic change of heart and went all Game of Thrones Red Wedding on us. Apparently, keeping the Internet open for “innovation and expression” … Continue reading FU FCC

Seen Walking Rufus.

Found this right outside my building walking the beast yesterday morning. I was praying it would have disappeared by this morning, but…it didn’t. It’s clear to me that the “douche” metaphor often attributed to my neighborhood is no longer just a metaphor. It’s hard to fathom at what point in the evening (or early morning hours) when this procedure became so urgent, but it did. … Continue reading Seen Walking Rufus.