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June 25, 2006
Rusty, Brock, and the boys
The second season of The Venture Bros. begins tonight at 10:30pm on Adult Swim. Watch it and be happy! At least, I know I will. Go Team Venture!

June 18, 2006
Monster and Son
Happy Father's Day!

June 15, 2006
Yesterday was my birthday and the highlight of my big day was passing the vision test for my new driver's license. Unfortunately, that also means I can clearly see the hideous picture plastered on my new license as well.

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy day!

June 10, 2006
Fickle: When I first saw the early trailers for Cars, I wasn't too impressed, but now I want to go see it. 

Character Flaw: I'm a bit of a hypochondriac. Every twitch, tingle, and bump leads me to believe I have cancer or some other scary, serious disease.

Joy: Yo Gabba Gabba!

Hate: Flip-flops and that annoying sound they make. If you're going to wear a shoe, shouldn't it be a real one?

Best Line I Heard at A Recent Wedding:
"I haven't seen you since you had an Afro!"

The Number of Ketchup Packets I Received at Lunch Yesterday: Thirteen

An Impression I Can Do that Impresses Me, but Nobody Else: I can sound just like Bob Dorough

Prairie Revisited: Roger Ebert reviews APHC and makes me reconsider my thoughts concerning the film.

A Scene from Tom Cherry: TV Detective (An Unfinished Script):

Tom (Looking at two business cards): Hey, Mom, come look at these!

Mom: What?

Tom: Which business card do you like better?

Mom (Looks at the cards): Hmmm. The one on the right.

Tom: Really? I think I like the other one better.

Mom (Looks again): But it looks like you smudged the ink with your thumb!

Tom: Yeah, but I meant presmudge.

Mom: What are those things for anyway?

Tom: To promote my detective agency.

Mom: Oh, are you still doing that?

Tom (Making a face): Of course! I am a private investigator now, Mom. Have been for nearly two weeks!

Mom: That's nice. Could you take out the garbage now?

Tom (Getting up from the table and leaving the kitchen): Can't, Mom! I have a date with a copier!

Mom (Sighs): At least, he's seeing someone.

June 8, 2006
I just got back from seeing a sneak preview of A Prairie Home Companion (Courtesy of Indiana Public Radio) and I found it to be a slight, but enjoyable film. Chronicling the last performance of a fictionalized APHC, the movie brings together the talents of Robert Altman and Garrison Keillor and they successfully bring Keillor's world to life. In fact, part of the film's fun is to see the radio cast (Tom Keith, Sue Scott, Tim Russell) interacting with longtime Prairie Home characters (private eye Guy Noir, cowboys Dusty Lefty). However, for somebody who just fallen in love with Altman's classic Nashville, I felt a bit underwhelmed by his latest. Of course, it's not the movie's fault it isn't Nashville, that's my own hang-up.

The cast was uniformly great with standouts including Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly as the singing cowboys, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin as the Johnson Sisters (They played off each other very nicely), and Maya Randolph as a put-upon stagehand. Virginia Madsen is also on hand, using some of her luminous charm that she established in Sideways and Garrison Keillor plays himself like nobody else. His radio personae successfully makes the leap to screen, flaws and all. Bonus points for featuring regular Prairie Home guests Jearlyn Steele, Prudence Johnson, and Robin & Linda Williams (Thus ensuring I will buy a copy of the soundtrack).

I had a fun time watching APHC, but I just wish there was more to it than there was. Fun, but not memorable.

 June 7, 2006
All Mobbed Up: So the last episode of The Sopranos was a bit of a let down, but I'm generally pleased with the sixth season. It'll be interesting to see how things will wrap up in the upcoming final eight episodes, but that's going to be down the road in 2007.

The Sign of The Bust: Everybody successfully survive the dreaded 6/6/06? No encounters with the Auntie Christ on my end. She's such a tease.

Current Pet Peeve: My Mom's DVD player

You Say It's Your Birthday: A week from now, I'll be celebrating another birthday. I know some people may want to buy me gifts in honor of my big day, but I want to put a stop to that foolishness! As I get closer to turning 37,  I have decided that at my age gifts are really not necessary. No, just a simple card or an acknowledgement is all that I need so I don't want anybody to go to the trouble and the expense to buy me a gift! Really.  

June 4, 2006
Well, TV fans, tonight's the last episode of The Sopranos for awhile. This season went pretty fast. It just seems like yesterday when we celebrated Sopranos Sunday in honor of the first new episode and now we're at the end. It has been a pretty solid season. Change was in the air for some (Tony, Vito) and stagnant (Carmela) for others. Will Tony's "Every day is a gift" mantra hold up in the end or continue to gradually wilt? I'm betting on the latter, of course.  As someone once noted, nobody really changes on The Sopranos. We'll see if tonight's episode continues that trend.

Still working on my third chin
For the first Sopranos I ate Italian.
For the last, it will probably be Chinese.

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