Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Nice!

Apparently someone with my name is selling large drawings of Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliff on eBay.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Be Back May 31

We're going to Chicago and then Atlanta (for a wedding). I hope to pick up some new dance moves. Peace out!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

No, the other Guy

Yes! A Guy-related identify mix-up (so common in our family) strikes the BBC.

Nick's Travel Log: Alexandria

My trip to D.C. was the first time I'd been to the area since 1995 -- and my first-ever visit to Alexandria, Va.

The heart of town is called Old Alexandria, and it walks the line between being a legitimate historic district and a cheesy tourist trap. I'd say it does a pretty good job -- it was far less cheesy than, say, Carmel. And there are lots of good restaurants, bars and interesting antique shops.

Kelly and I stayed several blocks off of King Street (the main drag), which allowed us to see some of Old Alexandria's seamy underbelly. As we were walking into town Saturday night, we passed these buildings that looked like Colonial-style housing projects -- there may have been a sign that said "Ye Olde Ghetto."

This group of black youths with a boom box starting dancing around, then formed a line and moved the party into the street (one of them shouted, "Ah yeah, we pedestrians now!"). At that point, it seemed like they were pursuing us and that we might be conscripted into their "gangsta conga line" by force. Much as the idea appealed to me, we thought it might be awkward, so we quickened our pace and fled the scene.

Later that night, we encountered a homeless man who threatened us. There's some debate about what he said exactly. (It was either "VISIT THE ZOO, BITCH!" or "THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, BITCH!") He then took a wine glass and smashed it against a brick wall. The guy looked at us again, repeated the line and threw another glass against the wall. Again, we quickly fled the scene.

If this guy is working for the zoo, I'm tempted to send a sternly worded letter to their marketing department.

Show Biz

We flew back yesterday from D.C. after seeing a reading of my play on Sunday night in Alexandria. It was pretty cool. Guy came down from Philly, and we went over to the theater -- a nice little brick building off the town's main street. Everyone at the theater was super-friendly. They called me on-stage to accept a plaque (thankfully, they didn't make me say anything) and then put on performances of the first- and second-place plays from the competition.

It was weird to hear my lines spoken by (quasi-)professional actors. Some dialogue was delivered in ways that I hadn't intended -- though maybe it was an improvement. Afterwards, there was a reception and lots of people came up to me wanting to meet "the playwright." A girl even asked me if she could perform the play at her high school. One guy in particular (he was awesome) had lots of questions about the play -- mainly he seemed to think all of the characters were secretly gay. At one point he said, "Oh, but you must be so tired of people asking you about this stuff." Um, yeah, I'm really hounded by people -- it's a burden.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Play Update

We're flying to Washington this weekend to see a "staged reading" of my play at that playhouse in Alexandria. That should be fun, since I haven't been to D.C. since 1995. I assume there are some new monuments or something...

And I just heard that a theater company in Chicago will be putting on a shortened version of the play in June. It will be one of six (selected from more than 200 submissions). At the end of the evening, the audience will vote for their favorite play. Then the top three will be produced in their entirety for a five-week run beginning July 28. Hopefully I won't be voted off like Chris Daughtry.

We're On!

Another bookclub has accepted our dance-off challenge!

At first, I was excited about the news. Then a deep dread began to grow inside me as I realized my dance moves are limited to:

1. Snapping
2. Starting from a crouching position

To make matters worse, the other bookclub has been described to me as a "gay bookclub."

We're going to get killed...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

What the...

The big local business story this week is Golden West Financial Corp.'s decision to be acquired by Wachovia Corp.

Apparently Golden West's CEO Herb Sander decided he had to sell after he realized he was married to HARRY POTTER.

Round Two

As you know, my bookclub's attempts to engage another bookclub in a dance-off have so far been fruitless.

But we're going to give it another shot with a new Craigslist posting. This one lays out some ground rules:
1. We each pick the same book to read.
2. We find a song that relates to the book and choreograph a dance piece to it.
3. Each team could nominate two unbiased judges (and perhaps coming in celebrity character a la Iron Chef would be encouraged). After reading the book themselves, so they can pick up the literary references, judges would use a point scale to score on categories such as relevance to the book, creativity, dance quality, etc.
4. The loser, let’s say, picks up the tab for the pony keg that was purchased ahead of time by the “keg getter.” Good times ensue. Friends are made. New dance steps are discovered.

I've also suggested doing a little "outbound marketing," where we contact other bookclubs directly. I'm especially excited about contacting this one. We'll see...

Monday, May 08, 2006

Bubo Time

It looks like plans to remake "Clash of the Titans" are back on the front burner. The screenwriter on the project says "he intends the redo to be darker and more realistic than MGM's (original) 'Clash.' "

And yet, it will still focus on "Perseus' journey to save the Princess Andromeda, during which he must complete various tasks set out by Zeus, including capturing Pegasus and slaying Medusa." So I'm guessing we're not talking ultrarealistic here, but maybe they won't have those cheesy scenes on Mount Olympus, where the gods hash out the day's events.

The two big questions: Will it use stop-motion photography for the special effects? And will Bubo make an appearance? He better!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Update

We passed that same gas station last night, and the price of premium gas was up to $3.89. I'm kind of hoping it crests $4 -- just to see them bust out the number 4's. But it looks like the price of crude is falling, so I guess that won't happen this time around.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Take You Higher


The cover of today's New York Times business section has a picture of a gas station with outrageous prices. Well, it's the Shell station in our neighborhood. And the really sad part is, the picture isn't even up-to-date -- premium gas is up to $3.77 now.

Conversation on the No. 47 bus yesterday

Guy: Oh no, is it 6 o'clock already? I'm supposed to eat dinner at 6 o'clock.
Me: It's 5:45.
Guy: Whoa, OK. I just smoked a joint.
Me: OK (filling out my Sudoku)
Guy: What the...what is that, man. It's like a crossword...WITH NUMBERS?!
Me: It's a Sudoku.
Guy: How do you know where to put the numbers?
Me: With logic. Process of elimination. They actually don't have to be numbers. They could be letters or symbols.
Guy: That's CRAZY, man. I took logic in college but I failed it.
Me: Hmm...
Guy: Is it 6 o'clock? I just smoked a joint.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

That's Bull...


How cool is this? They're going to do a "running of the bulls" in San Francisco Sunday -- except they'll use art cars instead of bulls.

I like it because the potential for carnage is actually *higher* with cars!