Active Blather: January 2006

January 21, 2006
Notes from Last January

January 5, 2005
Ice storm...Lost power for a couple hours-power finally went out around midnight

January 6, 2005
Power still out-called Grandma and she's going to Aunt Linda/Uncle Jerry's...Tim got kerosene heaters for the night...Eric stayed w/ his grandparents in Dunkirk...79.000 people without electricity

January 7, 2005
Talked to Mom-she went to lunch w/ Grandma, Aunt Linda, and Uncle Jerry-Todd and Carrie have power-Mom's is still out...Mom dropped off some sandwiches and candles-Glen (Landlord) pumped out basement

January 8, 2005
We have power, but no heat...Got new comic from Dale Martin. Yay!

January 9, 2005
Brad returned from his cruise-had a great time-we were on the verge of getting heat, but the power went out again

Always remember...
Linus Van Pelt
ala this and this and this and this.

January 20, 2006
David Sedaris is coming to Indianapolis in April and I would really love to see him. If I had the money, I would get a ticket right now, but finances are low at the moment. So, so low. I'm constantly puzzled by the fact that I'm not independently wealthy, but I have mentioned that before. Oh, well! I'll try to figure out a way to go to the show. Wish me luck!

Well, the fate of Arrested Development is up in the air. I think it's common knowledge that there's no chance of it returning to Fox, but it sounds like Showtime may be pursuing it so there's a glimmer of hope, I guess. However, it's nice to know George Michael and Maeby are finding work elsewhere (via TV Tattle).

January 16, 2006
I'm still recovering from Hairdo U...According to my records, I received my saddle stapler a year ago today and I've been happily stapling ever since!...Chores I do around the Group Home include loading and unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash to the dumpster, replacing the toilet paper, and coming up with excuses for not cleaning my room...I discovered the perfect job for me: Driving the Admobile! (via Pam Bliss)...Watching School of Rock makes me very happy...I started work on a new Idiots comic book! Wanna place a bet on how long it's going to take me to finish it?...Has Barry Van Dyke ever appeared in anything that didn't involve his father?...I recently created an archive for Active Blather. I just wanted you to know...I need lots and lots of money. Anybody care to give me some?

January 11, 2006
Hairdo Ew!
This past evening I saw one of the worst films ever made and its shameful name is Hairdo U. I really don't know where to start with this wretched piece of junk besides saying it may not be the nadir of filmmaking, but it is close to the exit ramp. Imagine Barbershop if it really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really sucked. Hairdo U follows the story of two acting-challenged construction workers who throw a gay beautician (Named "Tiny") through a window and end up doing community service in Tiny's beauty school (If that made you go "Huh?", you're in good company). Soon the tallest construction worker falls for a cosmetologist named "Aqua", but Aqua thinks the tall buffoon is gay because she saw him have lunch with Tiny (I know that really doesn't make sense, but logic has no place in this stink bomb). Meanwhile, Tiny has a tendency to babble on about women's fishes (Get your mind in the gutter and figure it out!) while apparently dying from a constant cough. Unfortunately, Tiny and the movie survive.

Hairdo U has bad blocking, bad editing, a cast full of stereotypes, a bizarre radio fetish, lousy acting, and the most pointless scene in movie history: a never ending shot of people punching into a time clock. It is a giant turkey and everyone involved with it should be stopped before they attempt to make another one. It is trash of the lowest order, but here's the sad part: I want to see it again.

Why? Because the damn thing was hilarious! I haven't laughed so hard at a bad movie since Mystery Science Theater 3000 left the air. As a comedy, Hairdo U fails badly, but its sheer incompetence is a laugh riot. If you get a kick out of bad movies, this may be your cup of tea. If not, avoid at all cost!

January 6, 2006
Billy McKay's Invisible Robot Fish
From Billy McKay's Invisible Robot Fish #4

Getting some mail from Billy McKay is always a treat. Besides enclosing some of his cool comics, Billy often throws in an unexpected surprise or two. When I opened my package from Billy yesterday, I found a copy of Tile #2, a copy of Invisible Robot Fish #4, a small picture of a field of cows grazing with a sticker of a spaceship attached to it, and a scratched off Funky Monkey lottery ticket from California. Truly an eclectic bounty!
Funky Monkey
No Win Funky Monkey

Billy's comics are so bizarre and surreal, but whimsical and humane as well. I don't think I have the words to accurately describe his unique drawing style, besides claiming it to be thoroughly original with jagged edges and sharp teeth. If you found yourself in a world created by Billy McKay, you would be in constant danger of being attacked and eaten by one of its inhabitants. 

Though Billy says he's retiring from the small press scene, I hope he continues to create his great comics for years to come. Do yourself a favor and give a dollar or two (He also accepts trades!) to Billy at the following address:

Billy McKay
P.O. Box 542
North Olmsted, Ohio

and he'll send you some of his way kewl comic books and I'm sure you'll quickly become a big fan like me!

January 4, 2006
I guess we had a mouse problem at the Group Home. Brad spotted one roaming about the kitchen Sunday morning and then he bought some traps. It took a couple days, but the mouse met its end right beside the dishwasher Tuesday evening. Eric, the son of a funeral director, naturally disposed of the remains. For everyone's sake, please don't notify PETA!

 January 3, 2006
I'm still mired in a foul and sour mood, but I'll spare you the whining and the angst. I know nobody ever wants to read about that junk so I'll keep that business to myself. However, I do have a dilemma on my hands. I recently got a desk calendar, but I don't have a desk. Any suggestions?

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