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March 22, 2007
Reading: I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This by Bob Newhart

Current TV Crush: How I Met Your Mother has charmed its way into my sitcom-loving heart, thanks to some smart writing and an engaging cast. Plus Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan play the cutest couple on TV. The Office is still my favorite sitcom at the moment, but Mother is a close second.

Nicknames I Have Given to The Place I Work: The Fun Factory, The Pit, Loserville, Touchy Feely Fotos

Magazines I Would Subscribe to if I Had The Money: The New Yorker, Wired, Outside, Cricket

Trailer Trash: Will Farrell's Blades of Glory looks like something designed for Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, but they eventually turned it down. By the way, isn't Jon Heder's fifteen minutes over yet?

Question of The Day: Whatever happened to The Log Lady?

Good-bye, Larry:

Calvert DeForest a.k.a. Larry "Bud" Melman
Calvert DeForest, RIP

March 9, 2007
I don't have a studio.

I'm enjoying The Shins' new album.

Captain America is supposed to be dead. Act surprised when he returns.

I still haven't finished my syndication package.

Nick Grove got a new haircut.

Eric Whetsel got a new job.

I recently got some cool comics from Dale Martin, Pam Bliss, Winter, Keith O'Brien, and Billy McKay.

I liked Little Miss Sunshine, but I wanted to like it more than I did.

A new showerhead can change your life.

I need to buy a ticket for The Grapes of Wrath.

I renewed my subscription to Entertainment Weekly.

I need to read more books.

I tried to make a peanut butter sandwich, but the bread was all moldy.

They only dedicate the yearbooks to the popular dead kids.

March 8, 2007
All hail Madame!

February 22, 2007
Today's Holiday Greeting: Happy Chinese New Year! It's The Year of The Pig so break out the ribs and the pork chops!

Boob Tube: According to my friends Theresa and Joe, a commercial for the Muncie Civic is airing locally that features the cast of Moon Over Buffalo which includes me. I have yet to see it, but I remember it was filmed during one of our later rehearsals. Though I dread to see how I appear in the spot, it's kind of nice to know I'm back haunting the local airwaves. It's been a couple of years since I stop making my little public access show and I miss knowing my massive mug could be seen in someone's unsuspecting TV set every Thursday night at eleven. Glory days... 

Cruel Nicknames I Have Given People at Work: Moose. Swamp Witch. King Zombie. Grandpa Woman. Little Frigidaire.

Question of The Day: Is it me or does prefecture sound more impressive than state?

Current TV Crush: Last week's episode of The Office involving the bat was chockfull of comic bliss. From the pandemonium of the bat "attack" (Especially Angela's roll on the floor) to Michael's candy bar lecture to Pam's heartbreaking art show turnout (I think we both painted the same cup), the episode had all its bases covered and hit a homerun. Bonus points for the great use of Creed and Meredith. All comedies should be this good.

February 15, 2007
Snow Day 2: Got another day off from Touchy Feely, thanks to the aftermath of the big snow. Like Tuesday, I called and nobody answered at the lab. Actually, I did get the answering machine that huskily announced "Message Full". Despite the county snow emergency, I eventually braved the roads to get something to eat and they weren't that bad so I'm thinking my snow day streak is about to end. Oh, well, it was nice while it lasted.

Something Cool, Something Sad: Earlier this week I received an e-mail from a teacher. Apparently she was setting up some field trips for her students and she wondered if it was possible for them to visit my studio and if I could discuss the ins and outs of being a professional cartoonist. Well, since I have no studio and I'm currently far from being a professional cartoonist, I had to write her back and tell her I wasn't exactly what she was looking for. Tough break all around.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: My cousin Tim worked as an extra in last night's episode of Friday Night Lights. He was one of the football players. I think this was the third episode that he actually worked on, but I couldn't tell if he got any screen time or not. From what Tim has told me, being an extra for the show doesn't pay much, but they do feed him well, he's learning how an actual TV show operates, and he's read some good books between takes. Here's a fun tidbit: After a night shoot, a bus full of football player extras broke into a sing along involving songs from Rent and High School Musical.

February 14, 2007
Snow Day: As I write this, a foot of snow is drifting about outside as a winter storm tries to slip out of the state. Blizzard type conditions ravaged Tuesday and I ended up not going to work. I called Touchy Feely to see if they were open for business before I plowed my way in, but nobody answered so I deducted they were probably closed for the day. Like the ancient snow days in my past, I spent my free time watching TV and doing as little as possible.

Question of The Day: Do all British actors eventually get knighted?

Old News: Adult Swim shut down a major metropolitan area (Name withheld to protect the misguided), an astronaut brought shame to everyone who wears adult diapers, and the media found another exquisite(?) corpse to feast upon.


Stranger With Candy
Happy Valentine's Day!

February 1, 2007
First Off: I'm not your stealer partner!

The Sad Facts of Life (Sort of Like That Episode When Natalie Was Portrayed as Being Loose): No matter how busy my life is with activity and excitement, I will not blog about any of it. On the other hand, I could have all the time in the world and I would still find an excuse not to blog. Shameful, shameful behavior! Mrs. Garrett would not be proud.

What I Learned Today: Comedians Sarah Silverman and Laura Silverman are sisters. Huh!

Moon Glow: So we're into the second week of Moon Over Buffalo and Thursday's show went pretty swimmingly with some nice snap that belied the fact we were off for three days. We got a positive review in Wednesday's paper which is always nice. I don't know if good reviews effect ticket sales, but they're always nice on the ego.

Last week during rehearsals, I pulled something along the calf of my right leg which caused some swelling and some hobbling. My limp is not as pronounced this week, but my foot has swollen to look like a giant baby's foot which delights me to no end.  

January 20, 2007
Practice: Rehearsals continue for Moon Over Buffalo. For awhile we had to endure through some bouts of illness, but things are shaping up nicely as we plow towards our opening night next Friday. I've been rather rough on some of my clothing during the practices which is typical for me. Wednesday found me with a bloodied knee that bled through a new pair of slacks and Thursday was the day I found a slight tear in my shirt. I should really play it smart and wear cheap t-shirts and jogging pants during the rehearsal process.

I also seem to hurt people when I'm on stage. I guess I've been grabbing some of my co-stars rather roughly at times and leaving bruises in my wake. I guess I better work on that.

Bada Bleep!: I caught the first episode of The Sopranos on A&E a a few nights ago and it was strange to hear some of the language cleaned up. I don't know about anyone else, but I found it very distracting. I understand why they have to do it, but it really pulled me out of the episode so I flipped it off. I haven't seen any of the first season in years so it was funny to see how young the kids were (I had forgotten how AJ resembled Bobby Hill way back then) and James Gandolfini was practically slim and trim in the beginning. It was also great to see Nancy Marchard up and running as Livia, the true dark heart of the series. Great show, but stick to the DVDs.

Meadow Creek
Austin City Limits: I guess some ice and snow invaded Texas this past week which effected everybody at The Group Home West. According to an e-mail from Eric, the ice practically shut down Austin which would happen to a city that doesn't even own a snow plow. Thankfully the local news gave helpful hints about how to successfully walk on ice such as "Don't run!" and "Take small steps!".

January 12, 2007
Admission: I am really a boring blogger and I apologize for my general lameness. I'll try to liven up the proceedings around these parts and refrain from using such bland adjectives such as "pretty well" to describe my go-go life style.

Second Admission: I don't have a go-go life style.

Stage and Scream: Last night's rehearsal was rather maniac for me. For some reason, I was pretty animated for the most part with some running and jumping and yelling and stuff. The fat man sweat surely flew and I want to apologize to any of my fellow cast members if they had the misfortunate to experience the downpour. I'm afraid the sweat will continue to flow until the show closes so if you have a chance to sit close to the stage I would advise wearing raincoats or plastic wrap.

On My Mind: Banana stickers, Eartha Kitt, bad reality shows, Daffy Duck, and all of my damn lines.

January 10, 2007
Ten Days In: Happy New Year! So far the new year tastes like 2006, but I guess that's to be expected.

Work and Play: After three weeks of memorizing, rehearsals for Moon Over Buffalo once again started up this past Sunday and I think things are going pretty well so far. Some nights are better than others, of course. For example, last night went so great I got a hug from our director. Tonight I kept blowing the same four lines so hugs were not in the offering.

 It is hard to believe the show premieres two weeks from this Friday! (By the way have you got your tickets yet?) As for work, I'm on first shift until the show ends. Thanks to the shift change, I've been slightly tired, but I vow to keep plugging on! Besides, it's not like I have a choice!

TV Quote:"Fifty dollars for a toy? No kid is worth that!" - Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)

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