Whoring with Jerry Seinfeld

Is anyone else tired of seeing Jerry Seinfeld whoring himself out for his new movie (I refuse to use he name)?   Add to that NBC has basically sold its soul to advertise the movie – I mean 4 weeks of N”BEE”C TV?   I’ve gone from thinking the movie might be a little cute to actively campaigning against it.

Thank god for DVR and the ability to skip commercials.

The Amazing Race returns early for a 12th season

Good news for me – bad news for Viva Laughlin fan.   The Amazing Race has been sitting on the side lines waiting for something to fail and gets it’s chance on November 4th.   CBS announced the new Amazing Race teams this week (thank god it’s not families).

I know certain people hold a lot of disdain for reality shows, I am one of them.   But I also consider myself open minded and am willing to admit that even though most reality shows are shit, this one isn’t.   Give it a two week try starting next Sunday.

Angel 6th Season!

Meant to post this a month ago.   As cool as the Buffy Season 8 comics have been, Angel Season 6 is actually necessary with the cliffhanger ending we were left with.   So it’s welcome news to see that there will be a Dark Horse release of Angel: After the Fall in November.   Got the following images from Ain’t it Cool News.

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Substance over style

I haven’t written in a few days and it’s not because I haven’t had the time – I currently have plenty of time. About two months ago, with a wedding coming up, I decided to leave my job – that resignation took effect this past Friday.   The company I worked for had become unbearable for me – and I never want to be labeled a whiner. No, I believe if you’re having a problem, you hit it head on no matter how uncomfortable doing that might be.

I was tired of my job making me a bad person to be around. I was unhappy with the person I had become over the summer. I had been talked out of leaving on more than one occasion, but by mid-September, I knew it was time. I was able to enjoy my wedding, go on a honeymoon, and come back home and work a final two weeks without dreading what awaited.

That doesn’t take away from the fear I feel. I’ve been out of work before, but this is the first time I chose it on my own. I know eventually I’ll find something; hopefully sooner rather than later. Job hunting isn’t fun. If it were up to me companies would interview you and hire you on the spot; I’ve had it happen. But most of the time there are long periods of waiting while they decide. So you have to remind yourself constantly that your schedule is not their schedule. And to never count on something until it can be counted on.

Eventually I will find something and this period of doubt will be nothing more than a faded memory.

So what about the title of this post? Just a statement I wanted to make. I realize that style is important. I don’t consider myself, unstylish. But I do consider myself to be a person that puts the content over the wrapper and will continue to do so.

Dixie in Pennsylvania: Racism in Litiz, Pennsylvania

The Jena 6 story is sobering. It reminds everyone that for as advanced as we think our society to be, old bigotries are not non-existent, just put away in the basement, away from the prying eyes of visitors. But just like my cluttered old house, you can’t hide everything. The dust bunnies in the corner pile up and one day threaten to trip me on the way into the house. For many people in the northeast, we think of the south as the basement – things that happen there, could never happen here, right?

Wrong.

There’s always been the grudging acceptance in Pennsylvania of its dixie of the north status. Derisively known as Pennsyltucky or Pennsylbama ( Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on the east and west – and Kentucky or Alabama in between). Technically a blue state, purple is more accurate. Still the story of what’s happening in Lititz, Pennsylvania needs to be broadcast across the country. Racism isn’t something relegated to the south – it’s live and kicking here in the north too. Litiz is about 75 miles away from Philadelphia in Lancaster County. A predominantly white community, and as with the rest of the country, it is dealing with a diversification of it’s demographics. This diversification has led to incidents in the high school where white students have accosted and taunted black students and their parents. There’s talk of a “redneck row” where only white students are allowed to park their pickup trucks. Liberal use of the word nigger.

Unlike the situation in Jena, the authorities have reacted appropriately by suspending the students responsible. There hasn’t any retaliation by the black students (although this situation is new and bears keeping an eye on). Still it is sad to see cases like this crop up across the country. Even at Columbia University, an Ivy League college, there have been racial incidents in the recent months. While the Jena 6 story deserves all the attention it has received, we need to keep a close eye closer to home. Traveling to the south to protest racism is not required – there’s enough to protest in our backyards, whether it be the Jena, LA or Lititz, PA. I’m hoping more light is shed on stories such as these.

Pay attention to what’s going on in your house – not everything can be hidden away in the basement.

Racial Harmony Upsets a Small Town – Philadelphia Inquirer

Noose Targets Columbia University Professor – ABC News

Smell you later

pepe-le-pew-with-le-mew-1.jpgMonday I came home to the wonderful odor of skunk permeating through the house. No big deal. I’ve lived in Conshohocken for 10 years now, and one thing you get used to is the smell of skunks in the fall. Yes, the smell gets into your clothes. Yes, you get complaints about the smell from your co-workers and the homeless, but it generally isn’t that bad.

This wasn’t a general situation.

Last night I came home to find my neighbor Gloria freaking out because of the smell that lingered 36 hours later. I can’t say that I blame her – her co-workers smelled skunk, as did the people sitting next to her on the train. (Febreeze Gloria!) Anyway, I figured I’d take a run through the estate to see if I could find anything. I didn’t expect to find the dead skunk underneath the deck. My parents have owned a house for almost 40 years and maybe a dead rabbit or mouse, but this city boy was not prepared for dead skunk. What to do about the dead skunk?   Fortunately my neighbor’s landlord is a little more handy than I am when dealing with roadkill. He scooped, I bagged, he drove it to a dumpster (I need to get him a nice Christmas gift).

Anyway, 60 hours later, still kind of stinky in the house. I’d like to go under the house and seal the hole the skunks get into, but there’s no promise there aren’t two more hanging out in there with their buddy the possum (I’m not kidding – you’d think I live in the country). So on Saturday comes the trappers to capture and relocate the skunk(s). (Don’t ask me if they kill them – I’m told no, but I’m not sure I believe it).

See what happens when you can’t find something write about – it crawls right into your lap.

Fox hates Buffy fans (lawyers hate us too)

You have to wonder whether or not Fox uses Wolfram & Hart as their legal team. After canceling Buffy and Angel – Buffy fans have been getting their joy through the Once More With Feeling singalongs that have been happening in cities across the country, but in the never ending wisdom that brings us Fox News and Temptation Island, they have sued to stop the showings. Such a shame – all the fans are doing is showing their love of Buffy.

Seems like all you need to screw a good thing is to involve a lawyer.