Monday, September 24, 2007

My big Television Debut

For those of you that missed it, tonight was my big television debut on "Madness in the White City" on the "Nat Geo channel." Yes, that's their abbrievated term, not mine.

Though I saw plenty of my work, the brothel scene I was in was unfortunately cut for whatever reasons. I did get a quick little screen shot as an extra in the beginning. They talked about the smoke and smog of the city and how women walked around with handkerchief over their mouths, then quick shot of me.

This is the mysterious end shot of the serial killer... ooohh eerie.

This is the reenactment of me in the documentary. I'm on TV and I have to cover my face.
Of course.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Hey Oh!

Nothing new to report. Just trucking along in life, staying busy with work and our writing class.

Updates on our Erie Pennsylvania trip: The plane was over 2 hours late, plus we had to drive from Cleveland to where we landed to Erie 2 hours away in pouring rain. We barely got to the show on time, but once we were there it went great. Oh yeah and then we had to get up the next morning at 4:45am in order to drive 2 hours back to Cleveland to catch a 8:30am flight so I could make it back to the city in time for a wedding styling job. Talk about exhausted.

I got a call from a representative at Nuts on Clark. She was appalled by the dude with his hand in the popcorn bin. Almost more appalled then we were. It was awesome. She went on and on about how it wasn't acceptable, how that's not a part of the training program, how she was so glad we called and she was so sorry. She got a detailed description of the employee to take action and is sending us a gift certificate for the store. We will of course not be redeeming it at the Midway airport location.

Speaking of Midway airport, I got a birthday card from Southwest airlines. But just a card. No coupon, no gift certificate, nothing. What a waste of paper. Umm, thanks. I'm so glad you care. Let me put it on my mantel next to Grandma's card. Geez. At least send me a drink ticket.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Gross on Clark....or Nuts on Blech....or Ick on Yuck...or....

Hey friends, I'm blogging from the airport. Yay wireless connection on the new laptop! So anyway, Mo and I are heading to Erie, PA to do a show with Chicago Comedy Company. Very exciting, I know. So we get to Midway Airport and are heading towards our gate when I saw the "Nuts on Clark" store. If you're not familiar, "Nuts on Clark" is a famous store in Chicago that makes various snacks, particularly nuts and popcorn treats. The original location is on Clark Street just a couple blocks from Wrigley Field. Background! Exposition!

So, I see the Midway branch of "Nuts on Clark" and think to myself, "Let's dig into that fat per diem and get a bag of freshly made caramel corn/cheese popcorn mix!" So we go into the shop, and as I'm deciding on what size bag of corn to purchase, one of the guys working there reaches his bare hand into the big popcorn bin to grab a quick snack. OK, kinda gross, not entirely sanitary, but it gets worse. He feeds that popcorn into his craw, fingers to lips,over and over, then he does it. He goes in. For more. Ew. Yeah, all of a sudden I'm not so hungry for your nasty saliva covered popcorn. Should the employees be able to have some samples from time to time? Sure! Use a glove, or scoop some out into a container and eat from there. Don't stick your grubby germ hands right back into the bin, Johnny Disgusting.

I tried to be polite. After watching this dude's display, I said something to the effect of not wanting to pay the airport prices and started to leave. Monique wasn't so discreet. "Yeah, and not after that guy just shoved his hands in his mouth and then back into the popcorn!", she says just slightly too loudly. Awesome. We're going to call "Nuts on Clark". Maybe we can get some free popcorn out of the deal. Will someone have manhandled that apology corn? Probably, but at least I didn't see it happen.

- Corey

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Air date!

"Madness in the White City", the National Geographic that I had the privilege of being a part of finally has an air date.

Mark your calendars, because on Sept. 24th during a prime time slot, you can see what should be a great documentary. Keep an eye out for me in the brothel scene and potentially just passing by in various market scenes. I'm not sure how much of me made it in, I missed the screening. I do know that all my hair and makeup styling will be there!

You can check out the time listings on their website - National Geographic Channel
I've also been told that in the next week there should be a show log up on National Geographic channel's website that also briefly talks about the show, so keep an eye out.

- Monique

Friday, September 07, 2007


There's a new 7-Eleven store opening up right by the Davis stop on the Purple Line. This is my stop for work, and I walk by and see the progress they've been making every day. They're very close to being able to open, but so far there hasn't been a date set. Apparently they're taking a pretty zen approach to the store's actual start date and have posted this sign in the window:

If you can't make out the words, it reads "Opening Soon! Please come back then."

- Corey

Thursday, September 06, 2007

In with the new

Though we are no longer newlyweds, we did get a lot of new stuff lately.

Most expensive new thing: My new laptop! It's technically my work computer, but is already coming in handy for working on assignments for the writing class we're taking at iO. It's not only convenient, it's a really cool style and comes with Windows Vista. Surprisingly the new Microsoft addition is great. It's really easy to use and again, most importantly - cool.

Most comfy new thing: Though our anniversary was Tuesday, we had class that night so we celebrated on Monday. It was very low key. The best part of the day was that we bought a new mattress! Neither of us have ever owned a brand new mattress. Really right now a pile of hay would be better than the craptastic bed we have now. I'm really proud of my haggling skills. We got a great deal! It's being delivered this morning.

Most sporty new thing: It's a toss up. Corey's gift from me was a 5 game pack to the Chicago hockey team, The Blackhawks. He has great seats and there's basically a game a month until March, so it's nicely spread out. I've never been to a game and can't wait to see the fights. The other sporty gift... my anniversary present, new running shoes, picked specifically for my foot and running style. Corey also gave me the Nike + iPod which is an awesome sensor that goes in your shoe. It hooks up to your iPod and can track how long and far you run, as well as calories burned, various exercise goals and you can even go online and compare with..."others or set up races between friends to help motivate you.

Originally Corey actually got me Heely's, the tennis shoes with wheels built into the heel that you often see kids wearing. In the end I realized it wasn't the most practical gift and that's why I got the running shoes and Nike + iPod. I'd wanted the Heely's forever, so it was a very sweet gift. They were slightly too big, so we went to exchange them. While at the store I figured I should try them out. Whoa! Those suckers are ridiculous. I usually have decent balance, but I couldn't get the hang of it. I also created quite the spectacle. Kids and adults alike were starting to gather watching me make hilarious faces and sounds as I almost fell on my ass. It would've been embarrassing if it weren't so awesome. We were really regretting that we didn't have the camera (with built in video recorder) with us.

Still, I must give something to the people. So, here for your viewing pleasure is me making a fool out of myself in another situation - playing Wii Bowling with Anna last month. For the record, this is not the right way to do it. Corey found my style so hilarious, he had to secretly record it.I made this much of a fool of myself if not more with the Heely's.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Happy Anniversary

Dear Mo,

Thanks for the best two years of my life. I can't wait for the rest.