Nov 19, 2009

Vincent Van Moose

Fifty years ago today, Rocky & His Friends aired for the first time.  It was broadcast on ABC after American Bandstand, and it was the highest rated daytime show.  It helped to establish Jay Ward as one of the most creative and hysterically funny creators in the history of animation, and it led to Bullwinkle's rise from a sock puppet to a household name everywhere that cartoons are shown.

This picture came from a t-shirt that was used to promote the VHS release of The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.  Each tape in the series was a parody of a famous work of art.  To those of us who love animation, the works of Jay Ward are valuable works of art in their own right.

Nov 18, 2009

Greinkamole Wins The Cy Young

Zack Greinke is my favorite non-Phillies player in baseball.  He's one of the most dominant pitchers in the game today who just won his first Cy Young Award.  In addition to his performance on the mound, he has a very interesting personality that make his interviews among the most enjoyable I've ever heard.  Take, for example, his reaction to learning that Chipotle was raising the price on their guacamole by 30 cents:
"I like the guacamole.  Now, I don't really love the guacamole, so I get it when I feel like it.  They changed their guacamole from $1.50 to $1.80. I mean, $1.50 is already pretty darn high.  So they changed it to $1.80 and I'll never again get guacamole.  It's not about the guacamole itself.  I just don't want to let them win."
I'm not sure how this topic came up in a baseball interview, but he's right, paying almost two bucks for a small side of guacamole is ridiculous.

Nov 16, 2009

Theyyy're Adequate

Frosty Corn Flakes
Forrelli Foods
I want to meet the person who drew the Dollar Store knockoff of Tony the Tiger.  The lightning bolts on the jacket are a nice touch.

Nov 12, 2009

November To Remember

ECW: The Aftermath of November To Remember
Kingston Armory - November 12, 1999
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Ten years ago today, a friend and I went to an ECW house show at the Kingston Armory in Wilkes-Barre.  This show took place five days after the November To Remember pay-per-view, and about a year and a half before the original ECW closed its doors.

Earlier in 1999, I had been hit by a pick-up truck that ran a red light.  The truck t-boned my vehicle and sent my car in a direction that knocked down a stop sign.  A few months later, I noticed that the stop sign was still laying abandoned on the side of the road, so I tossed it in my trunk.  I was 18 years old at the time and thought it was cool, and I justified this to myself because the sign was in such horrible condition that it would never be used again.  As luck would have it, the stop sign was still in my trunk, and a bunch of folks from the ECW roster were kind enough to autograph it for me.

The show itself was a lot of fun.  The golden age of Shane Douglas, Al Snow and Taz had passed, but Raven had recently returned from his time in WCW.  The roster at the time was a mix of iconic ECW wrestlers and young talent who would go on to find greater stardom in WWE.


Nov 1, 2009

Rule 32: Enjoy The Little Things

Zombieland (2009)
Cinemark - Moosic, PA
Horror comedies have a habit of being overly cheesy.  Sometimes it works, but far too often, it's not genuinely funny enough to be a good comedy or scary enough to be a good horror flick.  I'm happy to say that Zombieland doesn't fall into these traps.  This may be the most creative and well-written horror comedies I've ever seen, and Woody Harrelson delivers an absolutely flawless performance.