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Odds n Ends

Odds n Ends


This flu is seriously pissing me off.  It’s screwed up my workout regimen.  It’s screwed up my drinking regimen.  Only my TV watching regimen remains intact.  It’s tough to write pithy observations about stuff when you feel like shit.  Man, pithy doesn’t mean exactly what I thought it meant – I’ve apparently been misusing that for years.  I’m definitely not “concise” or “full of substance.”  Make that “snarky” observations then.  Fuck, I swore I would never use the word “snarky” in my life.  This flu is bringing me down, big time.


I’m headed to a wedding in Little Rock this weekend


So I’m flying into LR, right?  Wrong.  Me-im-phis (more than a two syllable word down south).  What’s 30 min from Memphis?  Tunica, MS – home of the best craps games in the U.S.  Get some barbecue, roll some 5s and 9s, drink some vodka crans.  Maybe total degeneracy is the only thing that can generate the necessary antibodies to combat this plague.  Anybody want to meet at the Horseshoe on Wednesday or Sunday night?  Right in the middle of the country – a short flight from NYC, West Coast, Michigan, wherever…



Hard Fours will work just fine
Hard Fours will work just fine





Observation that probably only interests me


I did a little research on Free Radio, that “new” show on VH1.  Apparently it’s not new, the first season was last year.  I completely whiffed on that.  It’s all available online, too, looks like.  So I might go check out season one on the ole computer.  Anywho, I realized after a gander at that the star and creator, Lance Krall, was also on the first season of The Joe Schmo Show in 2003.  

TJSS was a fairly hilarious fake reality show in which only one person thought it was real, the titular Joe – a perfectly cast everyman named Matt Kennedy Gould.  So the entire show was generally scripted, except they never knew exactly how Matt would react to the planned storylines, so there were many improv moments.  Great concept, and was actually heartwrenching at times, like when the old military guy got “kicked off” and Matt started bawling.  Anyway, the show was filled with stock characters – an unknown Kristen Wiig was the dowdy marriage counselor, a minor character from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia played the asshole, etc.  Lance Krall played the gay guy.

Why is that interesting to me?  Because in the insufferable second season of the TJSS, the “gotta be gay” character was played by Jonathan Torrens.  Who’s that?  Do you know him better as J-Roc?  Still nothing?  J-Roc is the white rapper in Trailer Park Boys, the best thing to come from Canada since poutine.  I will go into more detail on TPB in a later post (I watch international shit too, so you don’t have to) but all you need to know about J-Roc is what he’s sayin.  What you may perceive as shoddy picture quality in the clip below is actually the pinnacle of Canadian video recording technology today.





Clint Black should really consider canning his agent after Celebrity Apprentice is over


First off, this show is putrid.  I hate myself for watching it.  It’s awful.  I guess I’m just hoping that there will finally be a Joan Rivers-Melissa Rivers-Annie Duke free for all that results in the three of them tumbling from a window at Trump Tower.  So they will all. Finally. Shut. The. Fuck. Up….

Anyway, beyond Herschel Walker’s fountain of youth, the only quasi-interesting part of this show is every participant’s intense, and well-documented, hatred of Clint Black.  Usually on these quality programs it’s pretty clear why someone is “the villain.”  Clint comes off as a pretty decent guy for the most part, maybe overly opinionated.  Little bit of a narcisist – he always wants to center any marketing around himself.  But his onscreen behavior hasn’t really seemed to warrant being physically threatened by Dennis Rodman, verbally eviscerated by Joan Rivers, and even dissed by the amiable Jesse James.  (Jesse James is the only one of this lot that you could tolerate even a two minute elevator ride with before homicidal urges would set in).  Guilty or not, Clint Black should probably stay away from any media events that even hint at his apparently despicable true nature.

And what’s up with that Piers Morgan guy?  Who is he?  Why doesn’t he shut the fuck up?  Speaking of Piers…



I saw that Susan Boyle video


She’s not even hot – what’s the big deal?


Because I can:




Tomorrow I plan a return to both full health and my Crappy Jobs list,



Short Illness Delay

Short Illness Delay

Will have a full post up Monday afternoon.  Foolishly stayed out late with the youngsters on Thursday and apparently that caused me to get the whooping cough.  Either that or I have stage 7 emphysema (despite being an avid nonsmoker).  I’m pissed because I was ahead of the game on Thursday, halfway through a post for Friday.  Which I still haven’t posted – to the disappointment of possibly dozens and dozens of avid readers.

One bright spot in a last few days of hacking was the discovery of a new (to me) show on VH1 called Free Radio.  It’s on Thursdays at 11:00 PM EST, but as with everything on VH1 they show it like 30 times per week.  My SO heard about it during a Rock of Love Bus marathon – so that’s one minor positive amid the many negatives (brain erosion, lowered standards for when spitting on someone is appropriate) of watching that show.  I am too exhausted from hacking to go into any detail, but record an episode – you will know within 5 minutes whether it’s your cup of tea.  It’s apparently largely improv style, and the stupid looks on the main character’s face as he insults the guest stars are classic.  Check it out.




The best radio-based comedy since WKRP
The best radio-based comedy since WKRP