Tuesday, February 28, 2006

What a dumb ass!

If someone were to squirt me with water, my reaction might be to chase that person and tackle them, squirt them back, maybe even get them back with an equally harmless practical joke later when they weren't expecting it.

It would not be to THROW SCISSORS at the guy.

Click here for video (warning, it may be a little slow to load, but it's worth it)

I think this is hilarious. What a dumb ass.
Possibly the best part to me is the "squirt guy's" reaction.

Monday, February 27, 2006

The Good, Really Good and What were we thinking?

I don't know what my deal is lately, but I'm a movie watchin' fiend, which is pretty rare for me as I never rent or go see movies anymore. Lately I've watched very inspirational and luckily excellent Indy films. The latest one was "Millions." "Starting anew after the death of their mother, 9-year-old Anthony is ever practical, while his 7-year-old brother Damian uses imagination, fantasy, and faith to make sense of his confusing world. When a suitcase full of money falls out of the sky at Damian's feet, it sets the boys on the adventure of a lifetime that leads them to realize that true wealth has nothing to do with money." It was a great story and was really funny. The cinemetography was especially impressive and the little boys are adorable. - Highly recommended!

Then, this weekend, Corey and I rented "Murderball." "A film about quadriplegics who play full-contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs - overcoming unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece." Again, it was extremely inspiring, funny and overall really well done documentary.

Though both of these movies seem like they could be sad "poor him" type of movies, they were quite the opposite. Murderball showed the real side of these disabled guys. They didn't feel sorry for themselves, they just wanted to play this sport. And man, it's a tough, violent, awesome game. I'd love to be in the stands one day. When the athletes were approached about their lives being documented, the only stipulation they had was that they didn't want this to be a sob story. They said, "just make us look cool." Mission accomplished, and man do these guys score some hot women. Plus, they all have a great sense of humor about their disabilities. Again - highly recommended!

One movie I would not recommend is "Video Voyeur - The Susan Wilson Story." It's a made for TV movie that we got stuck watching last night. Around midnight last night we got hooked on the horribly bad acting by star Angie Harmon and a bunch of unknown actors. True to the nature of this type of movie, it's an overly dramatic, poorly written story based on the true story of one woman's fight to bring justice into the world by changing the law about people secretly video taping others in the privacy of their own homes without consent. We started watching it because it was so bad it was hilarious and though it never got any better, we couldn't turn it off. We just had to see the end, even though it meant staying up past 1:30am. Needless to say, I'm exhausted this morning.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Stuck with it

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything in a while. We've had a lot going on that's kept me away from my computer. First we got iPods. We had debated on whether we wanted to spend the money right now on them, but finally after finding an 1GB Nano online for sale we said, "screw it, let's go for it." A couple days later.... our computer crashed. Apparently they had nothing to do with each other, just a coincidence. However, the hardrive is gone. We had to spend a bunch of money getting a new hardrive and of course we didn't have as much info backed up as we should have, so besides not being able to post anything new, we lost a bunch of pictures, a few sketches we wrote, updated resumes and who knows what else. Luckily some stuff was saved in emails and the most important pictures from our wedding are on disks, but it's still frustrating. A good friend of ours here is going to try to do some disaster recovery for us which is super nice. In the end, saving a few bucks on iPods doesn't really mean much after all that money we unexpectedly spent on the computer.

Luckily my hair biz has really been picking up, so that helped with the money part. I'm going to get a website in the near future, but part of that depends on if we can recover the before and after haircut/color pictures I've been saving on my computer.

Yesterday Second City had a women's only TourCo audition. This was the second time I've auditioned for them. There's a few things to know about these auditions. Every improviser in the city is going after the 3 or 4 spots and pretty much no one gets in on their first audition, often it takes several tries. I know someone who auditioned 7 times and someone else who auditioned 12 times before they got in. You just don't go in expecting to blow the director away and make it on to this big comedy career. You basically audition to get on the director's radar and get better at auditioning. Of course in the back of your mind there's always a little hope that you'll be the exception to the rule and your magical, amazing talents will shine through and they'll put you on the road the next day. This did not happen to me.
Last year when I went to the open auditions I totally panicked. I was stuck in my head the whole time. You pretty much have 3 scenes to "wow" the auditors. In one of my scenes last time, I did a teaching scene (a no-no in improv) in which I instructed my partner to smear brownie mix on the bottom of her shoe. When I realized that this was stupid, I started freaking out in my mind and began inventing stuff, hoping to fix it... "put the brownie mix on your shoe and walk around... you know, so that the mob will slip on it... when they... you know...come into your house". It was embarrassing how horrible it was. Hilarious in hindsight, but still. This time I was much calmer. I wasn't really nervous and though I'm fairly confident in my improv skills, I didn't do a single memorable scene for them. Oh well, no Second City stage yet, but at least a step in the right direction.
The audition was at 11:20am in the afternoon. You'd think that since my company is technically a bank we would've had Presidents Day off, but we didn't. Because it was a last minute audition notice and since Corey had the day off, I played hookey. We had lunch together and I took a long nap later in the day, it was nice. When I came into the office today I had to turn my fake sick voice on. I figured it was more suspicious if I was too sick to come in yesterday, but perfectly fine and back to normal today. So, I greeted my coworkers with a gravely, nasal, congested sounding voice this morning and now I'm stuck with it. I have to use this voice even when I talk to Corey on the phone in case anyone overhears me. Though I am convincing and really getting a lot of sympathy, it's pretty annoying to continue to do. I think I might have gone a little overboard because I really sound like I should be back at home in bed. It's like on Friends when Ross started teaching his class in an English accent because he was nervous. He had to find a way to fade it out. I'm just glad that tomorrow I'll be feeling better.

Monday, February 13, 2006

A beautiful lesson

This weekend I saw a wonderful movie called "Born Into Brothels." It was the Academy Award winner for best documentary in (I believe) 2005. http://www.thinkfilmcompany.com/brothels/
The film is about a select group of children who live in the Red Light district in Calcutta where their mothers and often grandmothers and even great-grandmothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski a New Yorker, has been living in the district for several years. She's a photographer and while capturing what it's like in this horrible place, she really connects with the children. Knowing that their situation is hopeless without some kind of help, she does what she knows best and begins teaching a photography class for the kids. Their photographs have become world famous. Through their art, she's able to help them get enrolled in boarding schools and get away from the brothels, but most importantly to get an education, which is the only thing that will save their lives.

I fully expected this to be a heart-wrenching, tear-filled movie. I figured I'd be depressed at the end. However, I was really pleased at how inspiring it was. Of course it was sad, but overall it was really uplifting. These children are so brave and beautiful. It's true what they say about the truth coming from a child's mouth. They know exactly what their mothers do, they know the situation they're in, but it's all they've known and they are still positive about life. They know they could be and do more and with the help of Zana, they actually have a chance. Though they're in far worse situations than anyone I've ever known, they are still kids. They laugh and tease each other and play, just like a normal child. It was beautiful to see. I won't give away all the details, but I highly, highly recommend this movie.

After watching it, I was really inspired to do more for others. So often we take our easy, privileged lives for granted. I'm complaining about having an office job that I don't particularly like. Are you kidding me? Life could be so much worse and for so many, it is. Now I'm not saying I've had a huge life altering experience, but it definitely affected me. I'm going to start looking in to charities or things I can do for others. This woman was "just" a photographer, but her little gift changed the lives of these children and will continue to do so for more in the future. I realized that though I'm not sure what yet, I have so much to offer that I could help someone else with. I just hope that I never forget the lesson of this movie.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


My eyeballs are going to fall out. I have spent all day long formatting and printing excel sheets. Are you kidding me? This sucks. I've said it a million times, but I just wish I could quit my job. Again, the job itself is fine, the people are overall great and the pay is nice, but man it's so boring. I've really been working on building my styling business. I've been contacting brides through "The Knot" (a wedding website). I've got quite a few interested in having me do their hair and makeup. Plus I'm talking to more photographers about working with them as a freelancer. I think I'm still a good year away from switching careers, but it'll be worth it. The biggest help will be my website I'm going to get. I'm still not sure of the details, but it'll be nice to send potential clients to a professional site with my work displayed on it. We'll see, I'm still toying with the idea.

Though work is boring, at least the past weekend was a normal fun weekend. Normally Corey and I rush out of town to do a show. While it's a ton of fun and fullfilling as an improvisor, it's also nice to know what it's like to have a real weekend. Friday night was the 3rd installment of Game Night this time at Owen's. It was a blast. We actually slept in Saturday and enjoyed Joey's Brickhouse for $12 all you can eat brunch. It's not a buffet, it's all you can eat off their menu. Corey was in heaven! That night Rob Grabowski and Andi Woody were in town from KC. We went out to dinner, to a friend's karaoke party and to see my pH show. Sunday was just resting and watching the boring ass Super Bowl (seriously, it was boring). I can't remember the last time I had a normal weekend like that. I'm really excited because this weekend is going to be similar.

I'd write something more interesting, but my brain is too mushy right now. Back to printing!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006