May 30, 2007

Regal Is Three For Three


Regal Cinema
Schuylkill Mall - Frackville, PA
The four screen theater in the Schuylkill Mall is showing Shrek The Third, Spider-Man 3 and Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End - three different films, and each one is part three of their respective franchise.

May 29, 2007

Grandpa at Hallmark


Grandpa smiles all the time, but for some reason, he rarely smiles when he knows someone is taking a photo.  I brought my digital camera on a trip to the Fairlane Village Mall and took this photo without him knowing while he was waiting for Grandma to finish up at a store.

May 28, 2007

The Perfect Post-Wrestling Snack


Bacon Ranch Fries
Tony Luke's - Philadelphia, PA

May 21, 2007

Tastes Like a McDonald's Cheeseburger


Doritos X-13D
Wal-Mart - Wilkes-Barre, PA

May 20, 2007

Happy Birthday, Grandma

Grandma on her 69th birthday holding Little Sammy.
Grandma showing off one of her birthday cards while Dad looks on.
Dad staring at Grandma's birthday cake as she put it on the table.
Dad is always in a good mood when we're having KFC for dinner.
Me with Little Sammy.

May 12, 2007

Brain Droppings


Brain Droppings
George Carlin (1998)
My favorite entertainer, and quite possibly my favorite person on earth that I don't know personally has turned 70 years old today.  I don't think there's ever been a person whose words cut through to my brain quite as directly as George Carlin.  It's not just that he's hysterically funny.  He has an outsiders view of the world that I've not found from any other source than my own brain.  It's as if he's from another planet and he's offering observations about a world and a species that he is studying academically, without any form of personal attachment.  I can't begin to explain how strongly I identify with this perspective.

I got to see him perform six years ago at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, and I hope to see him again.  Maybe one of these days, I'll ask him to sign my book.  Brain Droppings was Carlin's first book.  It was published in 1998, and the audiobook won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 2001.  It was his third Grammy for a comedy album, and now that I write this, I noticed that he accepted the Grammy for Brain Droppings twelve days after the show in Wilkes-Barre.

The entire book is great, but the part that speaks the loudest to me is the preface.  I've scanned it below.  The part in the red box matches who I am and how I think closer than anything else I've ever found, and he explains it better than I could.  It's not necessarily who I want to be.  Truth be told, I sometimes wish I could just melt into society, be normal, and go along to get along like just about everybody else.  I can fake it for short bursts, but it's like bailing water out of the Titanic with a bucket.  Eventually, it's going down and it's taking me with it.  If you're reading this and you want to get to know me better, read these pages.  If you still want to get to know me better after that, it's on you.