Friday, April 18, 2014

IT'S A STEAL

Listen, TJ Maxx — if you're not into theft, 
then you do not love bargains as much as I do.

Monday, April 14, 2014

MIKE AND IKE AND YIPES!

When I first saw this giant box of Mike and Ike, 
I thought it was a board game based on the candy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PHONING IT IN

I recently worked on a cooking show where all the staffers spent most of their time on their cell phones — usually while taping was in progress.

I think this girl was a PA. She's sitting in the special chair designated for the pregnant host of the show.

Same girl. This time she's texting while sitting in the Teleprompter operator's chair. The prompter guy is in front of her trying to work while standing up.

I wondered if the PA on the left and the other culinary staffer on the right were texting each other.

And, of course, the talent.
It begs the question: is anyone interested in this show?

Monday, March 31, 2014

COVER ME

This is the tag that was on my old electric blanket. 
It begs the question — What's a Blanket Service Station?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SPAM I AM

From my email's Spam Folder. 
Oddly, I'm more interested in the second one.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SLOW BURN

Here's a delightful Yelp Review of Stella Barra Pizza. The reviewer is pissed that she literally burned the roof of her mouth eating some pizza. She didn't figuratively or metaphorically burn herself, mind you — she literally burned herself.



And the fact that she put hot food in her mouth before it had cooled enough to chew it "really bothered" her about the restaurant.

It's almost as if the pizza was in an oven or something.

Monday, March 3, 2014

CAULK OF THE WALK

So I was re-grouting and re-caulking my shower when my caulking gun broke. What to do?

It's MacGyver time.

I slit open the tube of caulk and fed it into a plastic bag. Then I snipped a hole in one corner and squeezed out a bead of caulk into all the joints in the shower.

Completing a home improvement project — but doing it in the manner of a pastry chef — is simultaneously the most masculine and feminine thing I've ever done.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

LATHER, EAT, REPEAT

Amazon would like you to know that they sell many flavors of this shampoo. You know, in case you're planning a Shampoo Brunch.

Monday, February 17, 2014

DRAWING A BLANK

Anthem Blue Cross sent me a booklet with many dozens of pages attempting to explain why my premiums were being raised. The booklet contained many empty pages — some "intentionally left blank" and some... not? Either way, perhaps Anthem could cut costs by not mailing thousands of blank pages to people.

Monday, February 10, 2014

BALD-FACED LIE

I took this photo off the TV. It's from an ad for a hair restoration company. This hair pattern is not believable even by Charlie Brown standards.

Friday, February 7, 2014

PAPER TRAIL

At a job I had recently, the janitor stored the extra toilet paper on top of the paper towel dispenser. One day, I rearranged the rolls more entertainingly. A few days later, I found it had been rearranged again. He totally got it.

We went back and forth like this for a while. It was like having a delightful conversation with someone I never met.

I didn't take pictures of all of the configurations, but here are some of my favorites:




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I'LL SEE YOU IN HEALTH

Just finished a cooking show for CBS. The premise: professional chefs transform unhealthy home recipes of normal folks into nutritious & delicious meals.

Here's a photo of our craft service table:


Monday, January 20, 2014

THE HANGOVER

I paid a visit to the Irish bar from my college days. The drink menu has undergone quite a transformation. With vodka flavors like "Birthday Cake" and "Salted Karamel," these days the place seems to cater to alcoholic babies.

Monday, January 13, 2014

LOCKED & LOADED

In order to keep ne'er-do-wells out of their storage locker, my neighbors have cleverly employed the use of a paper bag handle.

PASSING THE BAR

Stanley's Restaurant has an interesting drink special: The F. Lee Basil.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

OH, CANADA!

Jeez, Netflix, that's a pretty specific category.

Monday, January 6, 2014

SHE'S GOT LEGS?

If I could choose one word to describe a sexy female leg, undoubtedly it would be "Toothpick."

By the way, J Crew's mannequin is too skinny even for Toothpick Jeans, so the store had to pin them.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

SHOOTS AND LADDERS

What comes in the box for the Walking Dead board game… 
Dice? A spinner? A Colt Python .357 Magnum?

Friday, December 27, 2013

TO DIE FOR

For Christmas, who wouldn't want to slip into a Sudden Death Jacket?"

Monday, December 23, 2013

NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING…

Due to the ear placement on this Christmas ornament from Cost Plus World Market, what was supposed to be a bear looks like a "polar mouse."

Sunday, December 22, 2013

PECAN'T

Pecan Pie-flavored Pringles taste like dehydrated McGriddles.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

COPY THAT

Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarism... but no one can say he stole his new idea for a dried meat product:


Thursday, December 12, 2013

MOONRAKE

Hm... I'm not familiar with that last film in 
the SyFy Channel's James Bond marathon.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

AN ARMS RACE FOR FEET

Saw these in a Nordstrom. 
Are tassels status symbols now or something? 
'Cause them's a lotta tassels.

Monday, November 25, 2013

COLORS, COLORS

When I was a little boy, I imagined — assumed, really — that in the 21st Century, automobiles would come in all the colors of the rainbow.

You'd be able to go to a car dealership, pick out your car and choose any color you could think of. And then in a week or a few days (hell, maybe a few hours!) your customized vehicle would be ready.

Well, it's 2013, and if you're interested in purchasing the new Acura ILX hybrid car, here are your choices:


Monday, September 16, 2013

BLANKET OF SNOW?

This sheet set is labeled "Weatherproof" but if there are 
meteorological conditions occurring in your bedroom, 
wet linens are probably the least of your problems. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

HOW RANDOM

I work on a game show, and prior to each tape day, we randomize the material.
The meeting for today's randomization was at 9:15.

"Siri — create an event called Randomization."

Monday, August 26, 2013

"THIS IS 9-1-1 — ARE YOU ON THE LIST?"

The name of this emergency vehicle sums up 
everything that's wrong with the American healthcare system.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

GREAT AMERICAN LYRICS

One of my favorite song lyrics is from Salt-N-Pepa's "Whatta Man."

"From 7 to 7, he's got me open like 7-Eleven."




Seems to me those hours are a bit off.

Friday, August 2, 2013

BUCKET LIST

Should I be concerned that the folks at the 2013 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival seem to think that me and my whole family are going to die imminently?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

FRO-ROE

They've got lots of toppings at my local frozen yogurt place. 
The one in the upper right appears to be salmon roe.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DRIVE


This driver wants all of us to know that he is a proud American Union supporter. 
But he's driving a car that wasn't built by a single American UAW union member.
The Honda Insight is manufactured in Suzuka. 
The flag on his bumper sticker should be Japanese, not American.

Monday, July 22, 2013

LIQUOR? I HARDLY KNOW HER!

I tore this liquor ad (for Grand Marnier or Dewar's) out of a magazine in 1994.
I was fascinated by the Photoshopping of the model's fingers on her left hand.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

SLIGHTLY IRREGULAR

Here's a page from a catalogue I got in the mail once.
This page caught my eye because of the woman in the upper left box.

At the bottom of the page, it says "Slightly Irregular" — this look implies that maybe the phrase is meant to describe the model, not the bra. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

BED, BETH & BEYOND

Whenever I'm out apartment hunting, I think of this sign I once saw:

I'd hate to see one of their 1 1/2 Beth units.

Monday, July 1, 2013

BRANDEIS STORIES

Thirteen years ago today, I began the most rewarding job I ever had — I helped my friend David Milch teach a month-long theater course to high school students visiting Brandeis University.

Mara, David, Julia, Dave, Rachel, Josh,
Deborah, Emily, Naomi, Allie, Jesse, Sharon, Andi, Michal, Erielle, Gillian

David did all of the heavy lifting education-wise, but I enjoyed every minute I got to work with the students.

In addition to theater history and technique, the kids received a few life lessons that summer too. They got their first taste of self-indulgent, shitty absurdist theater thanks to the Gloucester Stage's idiotic play called Pipe. 

In Cambridge, they saw the brilliant Marcel Marceau. And in Boston, we enjoyed a delightful outdoor performance of The Tempest — that was enhanced by the brief interruption of an actual thunderstorm.

For the most part, I had weekends off and used them to run around New England.

I saw the movie Hamlet with a Dane (a teacher named Sara), and I got to see the Big Dig in progress. (I believe they're really close to finishing that project.)

David and I took a trip to Foxwoods where I won $500 from a Betty Boop slot machine. I stood there while the speakers blared "I wanna be loved by you... you and nobody else but you!" over and over again for 10 minutes until a casino employee finally shut it off and paid me. 

During a weekend in Manhattan, we scarfed down some coal-fired pizza at John's, and I ran into my buddy Frank Nicotero in Washington Square Park (he was shooting remotes for the show that would make him famous, Street Smarts).

As a baseball fan, it was a thrill to finally visit Fenway Park. The ballpark itself is a wreck, and they serve the worst hot dogs I've ever eaten, but far and away the best baseball fans I've ever sat with were at Fenway. They were the perfect combination of being very knowledgable and very salty. Fans would scream at the top of their lungs at the manager about dumb trades made decades ago.

I also enjoyed that around Fenway only two t-shirts were available for purchase: "Red Sox Nation" and "Yankees Suck." As a lifelong Yankees fan, I found Boston's specifically-directed sartorial anger fascinating and hilarious. You wouldn't be able to find a "Red Sox Sucks" shirt anywhere in New York; it wouldn't even occur to us to make one.

And that summer I achieved a lifelong dream: visiting Bourne, Massachusetts — named for a famous whaler named Jonathan Bourne (imagine a time when you could gain naming-a-town-after-you notoriety through fishing). 



I visited the Jonathan Bourne Historical Society and Bourne High School.



When I excitedly told the librarian "I AM Jonathan Bourne!" she couldn't have seemed less impressed. Guess I should've learned to catch a whale.

I still think about those Brandeis kids from time to time. We did a class exercise in  storytelling where each student had a limited amount of time to tell a personal story until a bell went off. Every time the bell would ring, we'd all feel disappointed that we wouldn't get to hear the end of the story.

On the last day we were all together, I told them that I was sad to see them go because to me, they were all stories, and now it was if a bell was going off, and I'd never get to find out how all those wonderful stories turned out.

But thanks to the internet, I've gotten to see a little more of those stories.

Mara got her doctorate in epidemiology from Harvard and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Sharon went to Yale and became an attorney in Chicago.

After getting her Masters in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies, Erielle became an anchor on Israel's IBA News, then returned to her native Oklahoma to become the weekend anchor at KOCO.

Those are some good stories.