Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Camping Checklist --
Star Wars pillow: Check!
Spider-Man t-shirt: Check!
Matching tube socks: Check!

Happy Father's Day, Dad.  Hope to see you soon!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Conversion Factor

I have converted before.  American Psycho, Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," guacamole, karaoke: all things I feared, disdained or downright hated upon first encountering.  Now they are some of my favorite things.  So I know I can change my mind.  That said, I don't know if I will be able to convert to the running is fun mentality.

I have never liked to run -- except as a means to an end: run up and down the court, run to first base, run to tackle your friend (or foe).  However, since I no longer play basketball three times a week like I did for several years, and my only running "exercise" is loping around the softball field a few times a week, I finally decided that I need to try to convert.

So many of my friends are amazing runners -- marathoners, joggers, social runners.  I still can't figure out if/how they can really possibly enjoy it (which it sure seems like they do!) or if they just have a stronger will and/or higher threshold for boredom and screaming muscles (which they likely do).  I am trying to find out.  I have now run for 7 of the last 8 days (biking at the gym on the non-running day.)  NOT long distances for real runners, but a couple miles is plenty long for me at this point.  I listen to my music and go around the neighborhood, looking at beautiful homes, nodding at the occasional dog walker...

So far, if I'm being honest, I have not enjoyed a second of the actual running.  Though I do feel good working up a sweat, the post-run feeling of accomplishment, and the internal mini-celebration when I get to walk at the end. 

Will I ever fully convert to a, "Let's go for a 10-mile trail run this weekend!" kind of guy?  Doubtful,  but maybe "A five-mile run won't kill me!" kind of guy?  There is always hope.  I guess.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

LA Talk Radio: Take 2

Back in January, I first had the chance to go on Sheena Metal's internet radio show.  It was a blast, and she invited me back recently.  This time I went on with Paul Kampf and some other actors from the film I worked on this winter, Amnesia, including the wonderful Vic Polizos who plays my dad in the movie.

If you're interested, here's the link: we're on in the first hour chatting about the film and the recent cast and crew screening we had.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Shane's Inspiration

One of Gina's fellow NCIS writers is a co-founder of the Shane's Inspiration organization which builds accessible, inclusive playgrounds for kids.  They have several events a year including their annual walk around Griffith Park and a big charity/awards dinner.  The dinner was held last week at the world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel and we were able to attend.

It was a lot of fun -- there was a martini bar, a silent auction of amazing items, a little comedy and magic -- and a performance from Ben Vereen.  Also, in a very surreal moment, a dinner guest who happened to be the lead singer of the rock band, The Calling, offered to donate $200,000 if he could sing a song!  He did.  And then the presenting sponsor offered to donate another $150,000 if the guy would sing another song!  A lot of money raised.  All for a good cause.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Survey Says!

As I discovered back in Chicago, there are indeed ways of making your opinion count.  In stuff, that is.  I belong to a couple of survey sites -- one that rewards in airline miles, one that rewards in gift cards, and one that you actually get paid (albeit, not much). 

One of the companies I belong to sends out occasional screener surveys for focus groups.  You answer a few questions, and if you fit what they are looking for, they might call you in for a focus group.  I had one such group yesterday.  It was an hour-and-a-half discussion with 7 or 8 other folks and a moderator about international cell phone plans.  Upon leaving, we each got a $125 Visa card (Until January 1, they paid in checks, now it's the gift cards...)  Not bad for an afternoon of sharing my opinion.

Anyway, filling out surveys and attending focus groups is just another way a haven't-made-it-quite-yet actor can supplement the income.  Yay for obscure ways of making money!