The larger issue of public radio's direction is too complex for my glib style and limited space, but there seem to be some flowers growing through the concrete. LiveWire, Wits, even Snap Judgment with the self-loving Glynn Washington are bringing new formats, ideas, and sharp content to the airwaves. It's up to us to cast aside the same old, tired shows and support these up and comers.
I told the Tens it wasn't over. Our Catroll Cabal held a web conference last Wednesday and hammered out plans for the next six weeks. Phase one was Friday night's massive breach of trust between Andrew and Bean Baxter. The Cuyahoga Clam is right that, due to his really looking forward to opening that email, this one cut to the bone. Shout out to "Senior Operative" Bean on a job well executed. We think you will also enjoy Phase Two and please keep those suggestion cards and letters coming.
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Purple Rain was a staple because one of my best friends was crazy about it. Morris Day and all the terrible acting made it fun, though. I memorized Blue Velvet just for college student cred. But the movie I actually loved was Pee-wee's Big Adventure. It was corny and creepy and, despite my smooth, handsome persona I am also both of those things. It was hard to find people to go with me. I dragged my friend Karla to the film several times, each time she was drunker than the last. She has no memory of the film.
I've rewatched all three movies lately. Purple Rain, while the music holds up, is epically bad. Blue Velvet is visually stunning but otherwise wooden. Pee-wee, however, still brings the fastball. There should be a looping video of the Jan Hooks scene at the new Phil Collins Alamo Museum, right next to the "Corn Versatility" exhibit. Let's erase Big Top Pee-wee and tape the new sequel over it.
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Fresh out of prison I landed a job in Tukwila, about five minutes from Sea-Tac airport. I drove to work in my brother's old rusty, mildewed, Camaro that overheated at every stoplight unless you shut off the engine. It was a generous gift as I wasn't going to be able to afford a car for a while, but I always parked far away from the office entrance. My co-workers already knew I was an ex-con, but a guy who drives a Camaro? Nope.
The neighborhood Luke parked in is very near where I lived for the first six years after my release. Many nice people live there and there's a good chance his Toyota will be pristine when he Ubers back over there on Tuesday. There's also a chance my old friend Bruce and his three mangy ferrets will be living in there, rent free. But when you're trying to save $8.99 a day you take your chances.
Get ready for #KetchupGate, fellas. There's nothing foodies take more seriously than "NO KETCHUP ON HOT DOGS!" When Luke was asking why mustard was standard at Wienerschnitzel and ketchup wasn't I pictured laser beams of hate shooting out from under "hipster fat guy" hats all over the world. Thankfully I live in Austin where you can order anything you want as long as you take the mandatory side of ranch dressing.
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It was an informal affair, no jacket required, in San Antonio yesterday. Against all odds, Phil Collins donated his large collection of Texas Revolution artifacts to the Alamo. But seriously, what made Phil decide he and his valuable memorabilia to live separate lives? At face value it seems that he has a groovy kind of love for history. And that means another day in paradise for us in ranch dressing country.
If there are 31 days in a Truck Month, is that four Shark Weeks and three Dealin' Days? I think I hate "new country" music because I hate us. And by us I mean white people. And by white people I mean Kid Rock, Trace Adkins and Toby Keith. And by those guys I mean white people who are embarrassing themselves. This is not to say I don't love America. You'll never sell me an unnecessarily large truck with your autotuned anthems but I will defend to the death your right to try.
I have sympathy for the ad wizards tasked with conjuring campaigns for McDonalds. The demographic is so long and wide that you can't really do or say anything interesting. The ad buy IS the campaign. They could just put pictures of the food up with no copy, just the logo, and it would be as effective as anything they've done in 30 years. Just make the massive media buy, throw the logo up, and get your "share of voice." Shake it off, Ronald.
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If you take only one thing away from yesterday's show make it this: The best defense is not being a creep. The reason people are quick to believe allegations against Jian Gomeshi is that, by most accounts, he is creepy. If you treat people badly sooner or later life is going to bite you right in the biscuit.
Something Good by Juan Luis Guerra would be great "at bat" music for a very happy baseball player. That made me think about what our own "at bat" songs would be. It must be something you like that also makes a statement about your intentions at the plate. I would like No Quarter by Led Zeppelin and I want Kai Ryssdal to take Tom Hutyler's place to announce me. What's your AB music?
I have to take a moment to sharpshoot Luke. The UW game we watched at his house was not against Arizona but actually Arizona State. I was embarrassed for him when he missed that detail, but in going back through video of the end of that game I was surprised to find that Luke had one detail right on the money. Many of the UW defensive players WERE actually having sex with each other during the critical Hail Mary play. A shocking lack of discipline which marked the Steve Sarkisian era.
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