Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My Coccyx

My coccyx is killing me.

Wait a second, I should explain. I like to slide. We have hardwood floors and a long hallway and frankly, I like to slide. Don't judge me, you would to if you lived here. While wearing socks, you build up some speed and you just slide. It's fun. Except when your feet go out from under you and you bite it. And you hurt your coccyx.

That's what I did last night. To someone just watching (Monique), I'm sure it was hilarious (she laughed SO hard). For me, well let's just say I have to do a little shifting in my seat at work these days.

I'll be fine, I'm not sitting on one of those donut cushions and I didn't have to go to the emergency room. I can't imagine how they x-ray your coccyx, but that's beside the point. My pride was hurt a little, but overall this truly has been a pain in the ass.

- Corey

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Word to the wise...

If you're watching porn, make sure the volume isn't up too loud.

CNN: Sword seized after man mistakes porn for rape

Story Highlights• James Van Iveren says he feels "stupid" after breaking into neighbor's apartment
• Neighbor says Van Iveren held him at sword-point, demanding proof he was alone
• Neighbor says he played part of the pornographic movie for police
• Van Iveren charged with criminal trespass, criminal damage, disorderly conduct

Full story

At least the guys intentions were good. I personally am not a porn watcher, but I thought it was mostly "ooohs, ohhhs" and "yes! yes! yes!" Sounds like the neighbor was watching something pretty violent. I guess to each his own, but was the porn of a woman being raped? Craziness.
It's like this whole story is one gigantic porno. Guy hears someone being raped upstairs, comes to the rescue, whips out his big sword, the police arrive and they all watch the pornographic movie together and.... well you can imagine where this goes. I'm sure at some point a dude stopped in to fix the copy machine, and another showed up to deliver a pizza.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

For Those About To Rock

While Corey was visiting many of you in KC, a great opportunity for my hair biz came my way. For the first time, I got to be the stylist for an album cover! The gig was with Aemmp Records. It's the Columbia College run record label. The artist is Amanda Sena. Look her up on myspace or through the link on Aemmp's site.

With it being a not-for-profit company, this obviously wasn't a huge paying deal. However, I was able to make some great connections of people that are working towards being in the industry. I really clicked with everyone, the President of Aemmp, the Artistic Director, the photographer and the artist were all anxious to get my card for future jobs and personal styling. Even the chick who's studio we used is talking about using me for color work later. I went out of my way to look a little rockstar edgy for the shoot so that I'd make an impression on them. Pete, you'll be happy to know my hair has pink streaks through it now.
From what I gather, the label is run by students, but the talent can come from anywhere. My hope is that as they graduate (most of them were seniors) and move on to bigger and better things, they'll keep me in mind for future work. Amanda has apparently performed in many festivals around the country and opened for acts like Jessica Simpson and Alanis Morissette. Hopefully this will mean more connections for me. That or if Amanda makes it big someday maybe she'll hire me again - this time for more $. Who knows, maybe she'll need a back up singer!

Not only will I be listed in the liner notes, but I'll also get to use the pictures for promotional use. I'd love to get to do other album covers and even jump into styling for fashion shoots. This is a great start or at least a good resume builder. The photographer said he'll definately get ahold of me again. He's really going to be focusing on the fashion industry and has good connections in the biz, but doesn't have a lot of stylist connections. Cha Ching! I'll post some of the album pictures when I get them.

Next up... hair and makeup for a music video. What's that you say Mo?
That's right, I get to be the stylist for the new Blackpool Lights video. The same one where Corey will be the only non band member appearing in it! I'll tell you all about it after we shoot in the beginning of March. It's going to be a blast!


Thursday, February 15, 2007

When Comedians Attack

OK, this is some crazy comedy stuff. Check out this video of Carlos Mencia being called out as a joke stealer by Joe Rogan. If you haven't seen it, it's awesome. Warning, the video is kind of long and there is language that is not safe for work.

I've never thought Mencia was that funny to begin with, and this just tops it all for me. You can read more about the whole sitch on Joe Rogan's website: www.joerogan.net. The backlash that Rogan is no longer welcome at the Comedy Store and was then dropped by his agent is unreal.

The New Office

My company moved to a new office this week. It's only 3-4 block from our old place, but that means it's 3-4 blocks closer to the El. That 1/2 a block walk from the train has really been nice in this crappy weather.
So far the place is great. My only complaint is that there's quite a bit of distance between me and the rest of the Marketing team. Since I work for both Sales and Marketing, they have me near the Sales side, even though most of that team is never around. So I'm against the wall, under a vent which creates nice white background noice that drowns out everyone around me and basically I feel like I'm on my own over here. The good part of that (besides not having to hear two girls I used to sit near call each other "pookie" and "punkin" while making their thinly-veiled racist comments, complaining that their boyfriends haven't proposed yet and obnoxiously only do what the other does, as if this were high school) is the privacy and having a wall behind me, making it easier to post blogs like this. The bad part is that it's only adding to the feelings of being lost in the department, which equals not being given more responsibilities, which means not being promotable. I really don't care about climbing the corporate ladder, but I don't want to stay in this salary range forever or in this boredom range forever. In this company, if you don't move up, you don't get paid much more.

So, needless to say, I've talked to some people around here and hopefully some changes will come soon. In the meantime, I'm keeping my eyes and ears out for other opportunities. Apparently my position pays quite a bit more in other companies. It may not be worth leaving until the summer when I'm fully vested in their matching 401K, but that's part of what I'll weigh when the time comes.

In the mean time, not be given more responsibilities means I can spend at least a portion of my day surfing for auditions and styling opportunities. I'd like to use some of my down time to write, but I have total writer's block. I don't even know where to start. Corey and I have talked about writing a show together, but it's hard to stay motivated without a deadline or even specific idea. It's also hard to stay motivated in the house. We never convince ourselves to just stop and write or improvise when it's the two of us at home and the dishes need to be done or the bills need to be paid. There are too many distractions, we definately need a neutral place to work.

We're considering going through the Second City Writing Program. It'd be a significant cost, but could be worth it. Then again, it could be "the man" just trying to bleed us dry with promises, but nothing more than writing assignments? Is it worth the money? We've talked to a couple people, some who really enjoyed it, others who think it's a waste of time and an excuse not to motivate yourself when the creativity and talent is already there. Hmm, I don't know. Feel free to chime in if you have any experience in this area.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A Winter Poem

I received the following email today from my mother:

I found this beautiful winter poem and thought it might be a comfort to you.
It was to me and it's very well written. Enjoy!


A poem by Abigail Elizabeth McIntyre


It's cold!

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, February 11, 2007


Sorry we haven't posted in a while. Things have been somewhat busy these days. Both Monique and I have been a little under the weather. Nothing major, just typical colds, stuffiness and sneezing, that kind of thing. I didn't miss any work, though. God forbid. But not after the last conversation I had with my boss where she mentioned that taking two sick days a year was all that she felt was acceptable. Yes, you read that correctly. Two. A year. I know, right? Ever since that meeting, I've been keeping an eye out for other jobs. I'm specifically asking in any interviews if my direct supervisor will have a clue, and a grasp of reality. Nothing so far, but I'll keep you posted. Anyway, back to my point: we've been a little sick lately, and I made it a point of trying to sneeze around my boss as much as possible. I don't think she's as strong as I am, and I want so badly for her to have to call in sick. Twice.

So I'm doing better now, and I'm glad that I didn't have to take any sick time as I have to take a half day off tomorrow to go on some auditions. One for a commercial and one for a independent film thing that's really more of a pilot for a web-based sitcom, like on YouTube or something. I'm not entirely sure. Regardless, the project looks like it would be a lot of fun, and the character I'm reading for sounds really cool. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Monique's been doing a bunch of auditioning, too. And an eclectic collection of projects, too. An improv group, a musical and a Chekhov play. She's nothing if not diverse, though. Am I right? Who's with me? Show of hands?

And the busy times continue. At the end of this week I'm off to Kansas City for the first of my four trips between now and the end of March. Two are for Schticky Situation shows (Jewish improv), one wedding (Mo's friend Amy), and one KC Improv Festival (the Der Monkenpickle reunion). It's going to be hectic, but should be fun.

I'm watching the Grammys right now, and Queen Latifah and Al Gore just took the stage. Nothing says "finger on the pulse of the world of music" more than Al Gore. Obviously, he's there to present "Best Rock Album". And now that I've seen Al Gore hand a Grammy to Flea, I can die in peace. Complete side note, but when did Will Ferrel become the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Seriously, go do a Google image search of this guy. Here's a head start, his name is Chad Smith. I want this guy to either die in a tragic on-stage incident or accidentally cure AIDS or something, so Ferrell can play him in the movie. It's eerie.

OK, that's all for now. Monique says I don't post on our blog enough, but it's usually because I don't know what to write about. I am open to suggestions, though. Feel free to add a comment and I just might devote an entry to your ideas, suggestions, questions or queries.

- Corey

Monday, February 05, 2007

Super Monday

It is actually negative degrees here in Chicago. It is less than 0 degrees! WTF?! This is crazy, some forecastors say it's even as low as -9, the lowest temperatures in 11 years and that's before the wind chill factor. It definately feels like it as I am bundled up in long underwear, my heaviest sweater, earmuffs, multiple pairs of gloves and a quick hussle in my step to get me out of the cold as quick as possible. It's times like these that I miss Kansas City a little. It gets almost as cold, but the nice thing is you can run out to the car, warm it up and then hop in and stay out of the elements, you don't have to walk four blocks to the El or another four to your office. At least I don't have to scrape my windows before work.

It's not all bad this morning. At least we don't have to walk into an office of overly cheery Bears fans. As Corey says, if I have to be a miserable football fan, everyone else around me should be too. We watched the game last night at some friends' house. It was a nice mixture of people. No one being a ridiculous fanatic. Mostly just eating and laughing at the (none too impressive)commercials.

- Mo

OK, so Corey here now. I wanted to add this hilarious little story for your reading pleasure. So I get an IM from Mo this morning with a question. She's talking to her sister Briette, and Brie wants to know why the crowd was booing one of the Bears players every time he made a play or his name was announced. The player is Muhsin Muhammed, one of the Bears receivers. She was concerned that maybe he had done something bad in the offseason, or worse yet, it was some kind of anti-Muslim or anti-Arab sentiment because of his last name. I had to reassure her, that no, they weren't saying "booooo". His first name is pronounced "moos-een". They were actually saying "mooooooose", his nickname.

Another quick football note for my KC friends: the Chiefs will play at the Bears next season. Obviously I'm going. The date hasn't been announced yet, but I'll most likely define my life's schedule around it once I know. I'll keep you posted, but as soon as we know the exact date of this game, know that you're invited to come up to Chicago that weekend to join me. The more of us in red at Soldier Field the better.

- Corey