Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Speaking of Paris, she was recently paid $225K and $1.1 million to show up at two different charity events. I've read that she charges $40,000 to attend a restaurant or club opening in LA.
Tiger Woods was reportedly paid a $2.5-million appearance fee to participate in the SAP Open in Heidelberg, Germany. His total appearance fees for a year are said to be above $10 million.
Britney Spears, party at a Las Vegas club, $400K.
Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders, $100 to $175 per cheerleader, per hour.
Well, you get the idea.
If you're interested in having a celebrity at your next backyard barbecue or birthday party, here's a site that has lots of B and C-List celebrities available -- or Rooty and I will show up for cab fare and free cake.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Ashley: What am I doing here?
Sharon: According to the Bible, to balance out "good."
Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
In related news, the State of Indiana will henceforth be known as Bob,
Indianola, Iowa will be know as Bob, Iowa,
and paratroopers will yell Bob when they jump out of planes.
If Bob does not object, these changes will take effect immediately.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Dan does seem like a hairy lad for being only 17 (publicity photos showing everything but his winkie have been published by the producers -- they have only done two un-dressed rehearsals so no Photoshop-free nude pixs have circulated -- expect a flood of those when he turns 18 in a few weeks).
He also seems very short to me for the part (5' 5 1/2") -- I read that there are going to be real horses on stage, presumably not Clydesdales, but maybe he can act taller. In the original staging of the play in London and New York, actors played the horses (also see below). [In the original stage version, some of the audience sat on the stage. The actors also sat on the stage during scenes in which they did not appear. Which means that as an audience member you might have been sitting on-stage between a naked Peter Firth and a guy in a horse suit. This mix of audience and cast members is still how the play is usually staged.]
The movie version is very good, but very intense. Unless it has been edited out, there is probably about 10 minutes total of nudity. It's rated R.
Note: Equus was a shocker when first produced on stage and film because of the male nudity. It then fell into 30 years of disfavor -- it is a difficult play to stage and is very, very wordy. It has recently become a favorite of college theaters and east and west coast off-Broadway theaters -- often with a minor celebrity playing the naked boy. In most recent presentations, however, the horse suits are gone and what you usually have are six very muscular actors playing the horses with little or no costume. This has changed the play, in my opinion, from one about animal sexual-eroticism to one more purely about homosexual-ism (naked guy rides naked guys pretending to be horses). Therefore, in my opinion, the words being said no longer seem to make sense with what you see, and there are a lot of words.
Friday, February 16, 2007
The production of color TV was postponed by the government, however, because of the Korean War. During that break, everyone realized that the RCA/NBC non-spinning-wheel color system was superior and that became the national standard.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America has begun offering credit cards to illegal immigrants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
The new Bank of America card is open to people who lack both a Social Security number and a credit history, as long as they have held a checking account with the bank for three months without an overdraft, the Journal said.
In recent years, banks across the country have been offering checking accounts and even mortgages to the nation's fast-growing ranks of undocumented immigrants, most of whom are Hispanic, the paper said, adding these immigrants generally have not been able to get major credit cards.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Please note: Blogger is not posting all of your comments, and most of my reply comments, but I am still receiving all of the email copies.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
Golf is a good walk spoiled.
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.
I admire him [Cecil Phodes], I frankly confess it; and when his time comes I shall buy a piece of the rope for a keepsake.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
There were 4,500 people then.
There were also public 17 bars that I can recall. Real bars, with a bar and a few tables or booths, populated by factory workers and the occasional farmer.
There were two bowling alleys, including one in the Catholic high school, each of which had a public bar (later cocktail areas).
There were, and still are, the VFW, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, and the Hummingbird Club. Each had and still has a private bar.
There were two liquor stores plus one grocery store that sold hard liquor. That grocery story also sold beer, as did five other grocery stores.
There were two restaurants, one of which served mixed drinks. The other was too close to the Catholic Church to get a liquor license -- how's that for irony?
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Four St. Louis firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital after their fire truck caught fire inside their fire house.
Since the all firefighting equipment was on the, you know, burning fire truck, the firefighters had to use fire extinguishers and a garden hose to put out the flames.
The four firemen suffered smoke inhalation because, you know, their breathing equipment was also on the burning truck.
The firehouse itself wasn't damaged and a replacement fire truck is on call.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
The photo above is the same photo that was included with my original application to the Board (along with a site plan). It is the actual gazebo that I planned to have constructed since the photo is from the web page of the company from which I was going to order the pre-assembled kit.
Oddly enough, the setting is almost exactly the same since the gazebo would have been on my vacant lot, which has about the same arrangement of trees. The distance from the lake, and the height above the lake, are also almost exactly the same. The only difference is that the lake is wider than what appears in the photo to be a river.
That's what they turned down.
And, yes, I'm filing suit.