Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Thanks to my wonderful new commercial agent (thanks Erika!) I had a commercial audition last week for Celebrity Cruises -- the best part is that the gig would take place during an Alaskan Cruise; hiking, biking, glaciers, etc.  Yay!  BUT, I realized the downside when I arrived at the casting office: it was a typical LA "cattle call" audition where evidently the client had no idea what they really wanted so they asked half of the city to come in.  I went in about halfway through their audition day and I was #378.  Yes, that's right, 377 other folks were in before me -- including about 60 in all shapes, ages and sizes that I had to wait for at my designated call time -- and they were still going for another 3 hours after me.

It was actually just a 'look-see' where they took 3-4 photos, so each person didn't take too long, but having to wait behind 5 dozen folks still took some time.  Needless to say I haven't heard back, so I'm thinking I'll have to book my next cruise to Alaska on my own...

Here is a shot of one small portion of the people waiting in one area of the place when I was there:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Soccer, I mean FOOTBALL, Fever!

I've caught it!  Okay, well, not really.  There are still many, many things that annoy me about 'the beautiful game.'  BUT I did enjoy keeping up with the US fuuutball squad as they made their (rather brief) World Cup run.  I watched the pivotal game against Slovakia at about 40,000 feet while I made my return to LA Wednesday morning.  And my buddy Greg was in town for work this week, so we went to a local bar on Saturday morning for the match (as my soccer lexicon is expanding, I've learned that soccer teams don't play 'games,' they have 'matches') against Ghana. 

The place was jam packed; I haven't seen a bar this full at 10 a.m. since St. Paddy's day in Chicago.  And I must say the atmosphere was very, very cool.  When Donovan scored the equalizer -- that is soccer-speak for "tying goal" -- the place went nuts.  Good stuff. 

Alas, the US couldn't pull it off in the end.  I'll probably keep a little bit of an eye on the remaining tourney (Go Germany!), but my main focus will be back on watching the Brewers bullpen finding new and exciting ways to blow games.


As I mentioned before, I took a brief, whirlwind (in more ways than one...) trip home recently for my little sister's wedding.  Christine 's new husband Christian is a wonderful man; he is a native of Senegal whom she met about four years ago when she was volunteering in Africa.  He has only actually been in the US for a few months so he's still learning how we crazy Americans do things.  The bride and groom -- and my niece Leia -- all looked amazing and it was a lovely sunset ceremony.  Here are a few pics of the festivities held in the backyard of my Aunt Karen and Uncle Art:

Monday, June 28, 2010


I went home last week for my sister's wedding (pictures forthcoming) and managed to be around Southeastern Wisconsin when tornado-force winds ripped through.  Our place was okay, but a bunch of neighbors had some giant trees come down.  We were without running water and cable and electric for almost two days -- it was like camping in my parents' house...

A highlight: when the storm came through, I was at a bar with a bunch of friends (not pictured: Ryan, John and Jim who smartly left before the sky turned completely black.)  At the bar, they announced the evacuation plan should it become necessary -- then announced that while the rain came down, Miller High Life drafts were only $2.  Cheers! Only in Milwaukee...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

That's All Folks! -- Seeing Butter: Final Episode

"Seeing Butter" Episode 4: Will butter finally reveal the reason for his visit? Or will Randy lose his mind?

Thanks to everybody who kept up with the series -- we all appreciate your support!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Seeing Butter: Episode 3

"Seeing Butter" Episode 3: As he attempts to get the promised treasure, Randy becomes increasingly frustrated with Butter's absurd demands... 


Sunday, June 13, 2010

The A-Team

The A-Team movie is just what I expected: very loud with a lot of plot, explosions, jokes, and nostalgia.  It will certainly not appeal to everyone, but I had fun.  I wrote about my day getting to play a sniper during pick-up shooting in April.  And it actually made the cut!  So, if you do check out the movie, look for me (very briefly) to appear about 3/4 of the way through at a German Train station.  The sequence is a lot of quick edits and changing angles, but if you're looking, you'll definitely spot me behind my gun scope wearing a black ball cap.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Parking Meter System FAIL

Parking in LA usually sucks.  But it's been made even worse lately with the proliferation of those crappy electronic meters.  I won't go into the whole story here, but I parked at a meter and put a coin in.  It then read FAIL, so as instructed on the meter itself, I called it in.  Well, apparently sometime during the 90 minutes I was at the Y, the little computer inside rebooted itself (which I was later told happens quite often), the meter began working again, and I was given a ticket.

Since I had called it in, I assumed it would be no problem getting the ticket canceled (as I had been TOLD on the phone when i called it in!) Wrong.  After 3 calls, I was told I should fill out an on-line contesting form.  I did that and was rejected, so I sent an appeal letter explaining the facts and why I should not have to pay the outrageous $50.00 fine.  (Mind you, I had to already pay, otherwise they even won't read your appeal -- another horribly unfair practice.)

Well, my appeal was rejected on the grounds that -- even though I followed all the correct procedures -- a technician said the meter was working fine and there had been no other complaints about that meter.  Huh?!  First of all, I don't doubt that it WAS fine when he looked at it -- obviously it had reset itself.  And by the way, there are thousands of meters in the city -- don't they all have to have a first failure?  One would think...  So, in essence they are saying that I, despite having a record with ZERO unpaid parking tickets, didn't want to pay the two dollars in coins to park, so I took the time to call in this "made-up" FAIL -- and then took the additional time to call and file a contest form online and then write a full-page, single-spaced letter of appeal?  Come on, LA.  I know you aren't the sharpest tool in the shed, but I didn't think you were that dumb either. 
 I know the city and state are hard up for cash, but fleecing your citizens this way is pretty damn shady.  My advice: do not park at a meter that reads FAIL, or be prepared to face the stupidity that is the City of Los Angeles Parking Adjudication Division.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

GMC Lab Tech

I got to work background on a GMC commercial last week as a "Lab Tech."  It was a good day and a fun set -- a nice small call, only 3 of us.  I actually was called to come back for two days this week, but then the ad agency decided at the last minute they didn't want to use the faces they used already.  Needless to say, I was very disappointed.  But, such is the industry...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


The Glendale Sunday co-ed softball team I started this season, "The New Originals," won our league yesterday.  We were 9-1 during the regular season and won two close playoff games 9-6 and 10-7 to get the title.  No, softball is certainly not baseball, but it is still good times.  We are being bumped up to the top level this summer season (which starts next week already!), so it will definitely be a challenge.  Oh, and we are always looking for experienced competitive ladies who like to play, so if that's you, let me know!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Seeing Butter: Episode 2

As promised last week, here is the second episode of our little webseries "Seeing Butter" -- created by Gina Monreal, Jeremy Henthorn, and moi.  This episode features one of my friends (and brilliant actor!) Michael McCaffrey.  Please check it out and, if you don't hate it, pass it on.

"Seeing Butter" Episode 2: To his girlfriend's dismay, Randy is distracted by Butter's continued presence, so he enlists some help in trying to get rid of the cat...

The Best BAD Show On TV

I know I've written about it before, but if you're not watching AMC's Breaking Bad, you are missing the best show on TV.  Last night's episode???  Just wow.  We actually got to see an early screening at an event hosted by the SAG Foundation.  The screening was followed by a Q&A session with many members of the cast including the amazing Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Dean Norris.  It was fun to hear their on-set stories, as well as how each of them ended up on the show.  In response to a question, they told about some of their worst auditions, which was also quite entertaining.  Anyway, if you haven't yet seen Breaking Bad (next week is the finale of the 3rd season), I highly recommend getting caught up, though I must warn you, it is not for the faint of heart -- or stomach.  Go get 'em, Walt!

Saturday, June 5, 2010


My car passed the momentous 22222 mile mark yesterday.  To celebrate, I got my Kia up to 65 mph.  Yee-haw! 

Coach Wooden

Of course, 'The Wizard of Westwood" passing is very big news out here in LA, but sports fans everywhere are mourning the loss of one of the true coaching icons -- and true stand-up gentlemen -- of all-time.  Here is how Coach Wooden defined success:
"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."  Well said, Coach.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Big Fat Indian Wedding

Okay, the wedding was big, and I'm a little fatter after all I ate.  Our friends Rupa and Kurt got married last weekend, and the wedding festivities were held at the very ritzy Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey right on the water.  It was a very beautiful (and hot!) outdoor ceremony that went for some two hours, and had many scurrying for some relief from the sun.  An Indian food/Mexican food luncheon followed the ceremony, then a short break before the cocktail hour and an Indian food/Italian food dinner and dancing... Quite the celebration!  Anyway, here are a couple snapshots: