Yes ...I said, "really, really" which is way more emphatic that just saying "it's worth reading."
READING 2: The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in Hollywood by Richard Warren. I've already lauded I had a GREAT story idea ...but I have no idea how to write a script, what it looks like, and how to get it read by someone who matters. So ...I hit the library and got 5 books on the topic.
OBSERVING: I sat at the mall enjoying a cup of coffee and counted 217 ugly people, 86 attractive people, and 96 neutral-looking people walk past. Most amazing is that 399 people actually passed by me. Would've never guessed that many.
REMEMBERING: I remember when we used to "call the time." Why? To get the time. "At the tone the time will be (pause) . . . two-thirty-three-and-forty-five-seconds." Suddenly I'm nostalgic to hear someone tell me the time.
WATCHING: Overture. Hit the lights. This is it. The night of nights. And oh what hieghts we'll hit. On with the shows, this is it! Thursday was a whirlwind. I didn't get to Mad Men so don't spoil it for me. Will Don Draper throw Pete Campbell from the window. Will it be premeditated? Or will it be in self defense when Pete starts waving the gun? Pete did mention the gun and he DOES have a gun in his office. And Pete is unstable. It could happen that he comes after Don Draper and he's thrown from the window. Or he could jump when Don fires him - cuz the big, barefoot, bossman said he could fire him. Maybe Pete jumps to his death. The opening credits show someone falling from the building. Dammit! When is that going to happen? Personally, I still have hope for Don and that he'll work through the one, two, or thirty issues he has. I wonder if someone will have an affair with someone? That would be an interesting twist, eh? Survivor. I'm happy Green Mile survived one more week and I hope the producers figure out a way to stop the losers from throwing their immunity challenges and voting off Green Mile. Someday I hope they have a show called Real Survivor that will handle the issue of absolutely helpless people staying alive ...figuartively and metaphorically. Every year some whiny, skinny, hopeless, hapless, unskilled, cry-baby makes it through week after week because they don't "threaten" the stronger players. Ooooooh, I get so mad. It wasn't the merge (as I was hoping) but I'm watching. I'm hoping for the merge next week. The Office. Um. I hate to complain, but what was that? Is this a comedy or a love-drama? I remember I used to laugh alot watching this show. Last night I chalked it up as a date night for my wife and I and I'm off the hook for Saturday. It couldn't have been more chick-flicky if it had starred Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, or the cast of Hairspray. Also watched Rutgers v. South Florida which was, by far, the best theatre of the night. Whoa! I don't mind college football on Thursday if they're all this good. And tonight, courtesy of Tivo I'll go blind watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, South Park from Wednesday, Best Week Ever, The Soup, and all of this week's The Daily Shows and The Colbert Report. I hear Steven Colbert is running for President. Hilarious. Oh, but all that's gonna follow the Donniego-World-Television premiere of Toy Story. The boy is potty-trained. This was the big incentive. Popcorn will be popped. The big screen TV and Dolby Digital will be in their glory, and Toy Story will be enjoyed by all.
Are you impressed that READING came before WATCHING? It's like I'm cultured or something.
LISTENING: Timbaland's self titled debut CD, Timbaland. Timbaland, who I thought was mainly the only rapper on the planet who would align himself with Justin Timberlake and not lose street cred, apparently is a big collaborator. Seriously ...I thought he even dropped whatever his original Emcee name might've been and just named himself after Timberlake for a quick buck. Like my studio-emcee might be called Donnieland or Donnie Cent. This CD is a thousand times better than I had anticipated. Good, funky beats. Awesome guest artists - which he has on every track. For what it is - which is studio beats, limited lyrics and vocabulary, a shameless plug for established artists, top-40 constructed hits with little substance, and way too many tracks lacking any overall theme save for dance-ability - its quite good. I'll probably listen to it quite a few times over the next few months.
ALSO LISTENING: Kid Rock's Rock n Roll Jesus. I've given each song about :30-seconds worth of listening and I can tell I'm going to like this a great deal. Hard to believe he was once a rapper. This is not a rap CD. This is a southern-rock, blue-collar, play-it-loud, scream-and-shout masterpiece. And he says "Detroit" a few time. I know. Who'd a thunk?
QUOTING: SpartanPlus columnist Jim Comparoni on '98 MSU quarterback Bill Burke...
Burke is so calm he can take the caffeine out of coffee just by looking at it.Did he make that up? If so, that's good stuff.
REHASHING: The Beastie Boys Gala Event. Here's me and my brother ...dressed quite impressively, eh? This was an unforgettable show and probably tops the list of all the Beastie concerts I've attended (9 of them). Oh, and here's a super-white-trash Walmart Wolverine who made us laugh. See all pictures here.