It was hard to single people out for “bad” parenting when I was a kid. There was no such thing…you were a parent or you weren’t…and if you weren’t that didn’t mean you didn’t have kids. When I grew up parents could be counted on for three very distinct things. One, drinking. Good Christ, it … Continue reading Questionable Parenting and Sewing
What’s the difference between white nationalism and white supremacy? Aside from wardrobe. Granted white nationalism is a much more marketable and relatable term because hell, by the words alone, I am a white nationalist. Now, I may not believe the United States is the best country on the planet but it is the place I … Continue reading White Nationalism and White Supremacy
That is what we have boiled our society down to. One person wins and another one must lose. While not fundamentally incorrect, it isn’t exactly right either. While we are tossing kids trophies just for showing up we are purporting a culture where you are either winning or losing. I’m not saying everyone deserves a … Continue reading Winners and Losers
Once in a while a show comes along that is poised to change television for the better. Fleabag is that type of show. And I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to throw this out into the ether so people can get hip to it. All six episodes of the first series are … Continue reading Fleabag
You should vote for Donald J. Trump if: You think building a wall replacing the wall that is already there is not only feasible, but a good idea (no seriously people, there is already a wall there.) You think the White House is in need of a garish makeover. (Have you seen Trump’s aesthetic choices?) … Continue reading Vote for Donald Trump
By now we’ve all heard about Donald J. Trumps little boy tantrum because the democrats had the gall to criticize him (cuz that isn’t what politics does…at least shouldn’t do to Donald J. Trump.) Of course he attempted to retract his comment about wanting to “hit them so hard their heads would spin” and said … Continue reading Trumps Toddler Tantrum
I just finished reading the fantastic article in this weeks New Yorker about Tony Schwartz, the co-writer of Donald Trumps literary opus, The Art of the Deal (of course Trump threatened The New Yorker, which is what he does between bloviating and filing for bankruptcy.) While I’ve never read that shiny turd myself and after … Continue reading Stay Alert To Stay Real
The more I read and hear about Bernie Sanders, the more I am beginning to realize I have heard some of this before (not in a bad or critical way.) I am of the school of thought that can see more and more of Bobby Kennedy in Bernie Sanders, which is a good thing. I can’t … Continue reading Bobby and Bernie: Kindred Spirits
Ten Random Thoughts At Noon: Sometimes the Oscars get it right. Make no mistake, Spotlight was the best movie of last year. Not for nuthin, but I called that two minutes after I saw it (just sayin). It is THAT good. But if you are expecting shit blowing up or scantily clad…err, priests, you are…well, … Continue reading Random Thoughts Monday February 29, 2016
I’m too busy to write a full-blown thought out post and realize Twitter is more or less a blast into the ether, so I am jotting down some random thoughts. Am I seriously the only one who thinks Ted Cruz is the political ghost of Richard Nixon? Deceitful and malleable politician with only his interests … Continue reading Random Thoughts – Thursday January 14, 2016
Me and the Rufus are thunder buddies for life. A lot like this:
Courtesy of Bob Lefsetz 1. Karma exists. It may not be instant like in that John Lennon song, but it happens. May take a long time, might not be easily seen, may not be visible to anybody but you, the one who was scathed, but it’s real. 2. Niceness triumphs. Although no one can be … Continue reading Life Rules by Bob Lefsetz
Surrounding ourselves in a shroud of secrecy, we have once again launched LTG Productions (formerly Los Tres Gatos – LTG, get it?). What began as a goof a number of years ago for a friend and I to produce a play that I had written has actually turned into a thing…an evolving thing, but a … Continue reading Like a Phoenix Rising
Just ask Rufus. Yesterday snow, which means salt on the ground. Today bone chilling cold which means Rufus has to be bundled up…and wear his galoshes because the salt upsets his tootsies. …and yes that is an argyle sweater…think more grunge than preppy. …and yes that is a muzzle…I live in an apartment building. …and … Continue reading Yep. It’s winter.
I do these writing prompt deals from time to time. They help stimulate a little creativity and get the tappers on the keyboard. This one came from Medium. The prompt was “What Prepares You for the Day“. For the uninitiated, Medium is a writing platform created by Ev Williams, one of the creators of Twitter. … Continue reading What the Day Brings
This past weekend I watched the 2005 film Everything is Illuminated, written and directed by Liev Screiber and based on the Jonathan Safron novel of the same name. A good movie about a young Jewish American man who goes to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II. The … Continue reading Everything is Illuminated…or is it?
We’re media whores. Comcast, News Corp,. Viacom, Disney, Time Warner (NOT the cable company) and CBS are our pimps. According to a report by Nielsen (hardly a reliable source, but seemingly the only one we have) we spend about five hours a day watching television. Not your laptop, desktop or tablet, the good old-fashioned talking … Continue reading Media Pimps & Media Whores
Ok, so I am a little late on this one. And maybe I take my comedy too seriously (ironic, huh). You see, I avoid Saturday Night Live. I don’t find it funny and personally think it has become an exercise in unfunny. I think people only watch it in the hope that it will be funny and … Continue reading Chris Rock Is Firing On All Cylinders
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 … Continue reading Fear and Love
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 … Continue reading Duke Rests in Peace
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 … Continue reading Jeff Zucker doesn’t need you.
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 … Continue reading The Stephen Collins Thing
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 … Continue reading Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
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 and Sutter was able … Continue reading The Bridge – Until I’m One With You
In September of 1994 the wounds were still too fresh. Sounding like Kurt Cobain was a sore spot for a lot of people. But the legacy of any good artist is their influence and in the case of Kurt Cobain, we saw that influence almost immediately from Australia’s Silverchair. Made when they were teens, their … Continue reading It Holds Up
No, no, not Alcoholics Anonymous…Assholes Anonymous. The 12 Steps of Assholes Anonymous We admitted we were assholes—that we’ve done really asshole-ish things to people and kinda feel bad about it…sometimes. Came to believe that while we are assholes, there are plenty of BIGGER assholes and that helps us keep our sanity. Made a decision to … Continue reading I Joined AA
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 … Continue reading Lost the Battle. Winning the War.
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 … Continue reading I was a bartender NOT a mixologist.
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 … Continue reading “Results”
“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. … Continue reading Thinking About Creativity
What follows is mostly true. Except for the parts that aren’t. I didn’t like Dayton, Ohio. Being the world headquarters for NCR and having a heavy IBM presence, most suburbs were pretty transient; white-collar corporate transient more than flagrant vagrancy. Families came and went pretty regularly so you learned not to get too attached. Thankfully, … Continue reading The One Who Left Early
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 … Continue reading 25 Years Ago
The last fight I had was 25 years ago. It was one of those bar room, table clearing kind of fights. For the record, those are a lot less cool than they’re presented in movies. A friend had gone to request a song from the DJ and either he didn’t like the request or my … Continue reading The Reluctant (almost) Pugilist
This is what happens when you leave giant blue chalk on the playground.