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Has it been a month already?

"How’s married life treatin ya?"

I have yet to come up with a go-to answer for that question. It’s a quandary that has a certain air of bologna in it for me. Are they asking me this because they wan’t me to dig deep and up-chuck a nugget of wisdom regarding life, love and matrimony? Are is it something people say JUST BECAUSE?  It has the slightest wang of sounding like “small talk in an elevator” to me.  I’m no good with that. I can’t handle chit chat.  I welcome sprawling intimate discussions about pop culture and action figure minutia, but boy do I dread a benial “How about this weather?” 

Relationships, and marriage specifically, is all about compromise. I realized that going into this. In fact, I trained myself for it. I knew I wasn’t always going to get what I wanted.  My tastes sometimes tend to take over, and I had to somehow learn to keep them in check. There are things I just had to accept.  For instance, I came to terms with the fact that my bed would probably be made up of roughly 86% pillows.   I made friends with the notion that I needed to have some drinking glasses WITHOUT cartoon characters on them (for when adult friends drop over).  And most importantly, I walked hand in hand with the realization that my living room probably wouldn’t have even the slightest trace of Darth Maul in it. 

Case in point the music we picked out for our wedding, specifically the music that plays before the ceremony. We both brainstormed and came up with a handful of music tracks we liked. I really didn’t have anything special in mind. Then I found something.  I came across a version of the Rainbow Connection on youtube done on piano and violin. I instantly fell in love with it.  Just listening to it, I knew it was the perfect addition.  It’s a song that’s always meant something to me anyway (not to mention that fact that I had sung the song the night before with all of my friends at Groucho’s)  I felt the song, and particularly this version of it,  was so indicative of what I thought our wedding should be.  It’s something that came from a very innocent and childlike place, but here it was done in this very adult way.  I felt it was made for us (and no one will ever be able to persuade me otherwise)

But even though in my heart I knew the wedding wouldn’t be the same without it, I never mentioned that to her. In fact I threw the song suggestion into the ring in the most nonchalant way possible.  This is another skill you learn in relationships.  It’s called The Downplay. Some of you guys out there will know what I’m talking about.  “Well there’s THIS one…….I don’t know. I think this would be ok. Maybe.”    To which she smiled and replied, “Yeah, sure.”   Downplayed.

She went for it. Honestly, if she had said no, I wouldn’t have made a fuss.  Again, it’s about compromise. I knew I wasn’t going to get everything I wanted, even though deep down I knew the wedding wouldn’t be the same without it.  Plus, it’s only a song amid a group of 4 or 5 others that would play while people walked in. It wasn’t anything special. (again with the downplaying)

So flash forward to the day of the wedding and although I knew that most of the songs that we were playing, I didn’t know the one that SHE was walking in to.  She wanted it to be a surprise. There had been some sound snafus during the processional,  so some songs didn’t get played. One of them being The Rainbow Connection. I was disappointed, but it was ok.  Then the moment arrived.  I remember seeing her in the distance with her brother at her side. It was a moment I never thought I was capable of having and I’m still not sure how I got so lucky. Every mistake and goof I’d made in my life was now moot. Everything led to this moment……and suddenly I began to hear my song. My future wife is walking toward me and this DJ is playing The Rainbow Connection?  He’s obviously made another snafu. 

But it wasn’t a snafu.

I never mentioned to her beforehand how important that song was to me…..but I guess I didn’t have to MENTION it.  She just knew it.  I still don’t exactly understand it or her in general.  But luckily, I have the rest of my life to figure it out.   The song that a bride walks out to is most likely something she’ll remember her entire life.  My wife CHOSE to walk down the aisle to The Rainbow Connection. 

Married life is pretty cool. Hmmm. Well I guess that answers that. =)

How about this weather?

BIRDMAN!!!!!!

We never talk anymore.

We never talk anymore.

Santa Claus and his Elf Bingram delight children young and old in this vintage VHS version of Call-in Santa.

We apologize that the commercials were not edited out.


00:00 Intro
02:30 Man wants a Christmas massage
03:30 Girl wants an owl for Xmas
04:45 Girl wants a chicken Xmas
08:45 Commercial break 1
10:45 A call from Billy Duckett
12:00 A child wants Super Mario 3D
14:08 Commercial break 2
15:00 Letters to Santa 1
20:40 Commercial break 2
21:55 Call from Chris and Matt
25:00 Commercial break 3
26:20 A young child wants some stuff
28:40 a young child wants a big truck
30:07 Commercial break 4
31:55 Letters to Santa 2
35:32 Commercial break 5
36:10 A visit from Rocko puppet
38:35 A call from David Fincher in the UK
41:28 Commercial break 6
43:04 A little girl wants to talk to Santa
46:10 A cat from the animal shelter
47:38 Commercial break 7
48:42 A call from Dr. Matt and Jack
53:11 Commercial break 8
53:49 Santa reads Twas The Night Before Christmas
56:40 A letter from a little boy names Jimmy

NOW AVAILABLE FOR 13$   All 84 episodes produced from 1998 to 2009
Commentaries on select episodes from the cast
Bonus features including outtakes, picture galleries, and unused crap
A gallery of every IEP comic that appeared in The Louisville Cardinal
A Booklet featuring a guide to all the episodes and bonus features with a foreword by Brad Thacker
Extra special bonus disk including the feature length film “Gunther toody’s happy time fun show

NOW AVAILABLE FOR 13$ All 84 episodes produced from 1998 to 2009
Commentaries on select episodes from the cast
Bonus features including outtakes, picture galleries, and unused crap
A gallery of every IEP comic that appeared in The Louisville Cardinal
A Booklet featuring a guide to all the episodes and bonus features with a foreword by Brad Thacker
Extra special bonus disk including the feature length film “Gunther toody’s happy time fun show

A lost clip from an old Call-in Santa that was found on an old VHS tape. Enjoy these Christmas memories with us, won’t you?

Featuring Santa Claus, Bingram the Elf, and the Rocko puppet. Produced and Directed by Jeff Brisco.

Parents and kids of all ages, get in on the tradition of Kentuckiana’s own Call-In Santa! Totally toll free and lots of fun, add to the excitement of the Holiday Season (with the permission of your parents) by having a chat with Santa Claus himself. This year we have a special treat: renowned local video producer Jeff Brisco will be recording the session with his hi-techno equipment, so that your voice might just appear in a video on the You Tube!

OUR EVENING WITH TIGERS

Over 11 minutes of raw footage featuring people playing with Baby Tigers, Ocelots, Sloths, and a Kangaroo in a diaper.