Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Moofy & Art

No, Moofy still doesn't really like Art.  But sometimes, like today, she tolerates him being close...

Friday, March 23, 2012

March Madness

Okay, so the Wisconsin teams didn't come through last night, but it was still a great season for both teams.  March is a great time for sports fans, and even greater for me because it means my dad comes to visit to watch the first weekend of games.  As you can see, watching 16 games on back to back days can get exhausting! 

As a bonus, here's a picture of my nephew, Jude, sporting Marquette colors.  Perhaps he'll be a member of the 2030 MU NCAA Tourney squad...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sweet Dairy!

Of the 300+ NCAA Division 1 basketball teams, just 16 remain.  The Sweet 16.  And our Badger State boasts 2 of them!  Both Marquette and Wisconsin play tonight.  So, dig out that cheesehead and Ring-Out-A-Hoya!

On Wisconsin!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Gina's NCIS Episode, "The Tell" Tonight!

NCIS tonight (Tuesday, March 20) at 8/7c "The Tell" is a new episode that Gina wrote, guest-starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Sean Astin -- set your DVRs and check it out!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Eating On The Roof

This weekend we had brunch with some friends at a place appropriately named The Roof, as it's located on the roof of the Hotel Wilshire.  It had a very cool view of the city, and in the distance you can spot the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Park Observatory. 

There was also a pool up there, but alas, we didn't swim.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dad!

There was a time when we used to wear matching striped socks! 

(I'm lucky enough to have my dad coming out to LA this week to continue his tradition of joining me for the first weekend of NCAA hoops.)

Have a wonderful day, Dad, and I hope it's not too cold in Wisconsin!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pepsi Print Audition: Not a Hardware Store Dad

I had a Pepsi print audition this morning at Taylor Casting.  I was grateful for the audition, but the breakdown was even more confusing than usual:

"A dad with an interesting look and style. This is not the dad you'd see in a hardware store commercial - he's a real guy..."

Umm, not sure what that even means?  The dads in hardware store commercials aren't real guys? Or they don't look like real dads?  Neither?  Both?

Not sure if they are looking for mohawked, skateboarding rocker dads or Ward Cleaver or something in between...  In any case, the audition was a handful of photos and then a brief "interview" about interests.  I felt okay, but my audition rust was definitely there.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bob's Big Boy

This week I had a lunch meeting at Bob's Big Boy, just down the street from my apartment.  It was actually a table read for an upcoming webseries that a friend of mine wrote.  It was fun to read and I look forward to filming later this month...

Bob's is always a fun place to go to -- an authentic 50's-style diner, very nostalgic.  In fact, every Friday night, they have a classic car show in their parking lot and weekend car hop service.

The past couple weeks, there has been an empty space out front where the iconic statue usually stands.  He was being repainted, and as you can see, he's all shiny and new.  Welcome back, Big Boy!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Shopping With the 1%

Recently, I joined Gina on a trip to Beverly Hills as she returned some make-up to Barney's.  It was pretty amazing watching the ladies and gents (and kids) who shop in the land of thousand-dollar shoes and five-thousand-dollar+ suits -- and the incredible cars that were valeted right outside, because apparently rich people don't believe in the parking garage.

After Barney's, we stopped in the Ralph Lauren store because we were told they had some vests on sale.  Unfortunately, if they had any, they were long gone and their vests ranged in price from $200 - $800.  Or about 5-15x what I was hoping for...  However, judging from the crowds milling about the shops, as well as the crazy-expensive inventory these places have to carry(!), it's evident that there are quite a few folks out here who are oblivious to any sort of recession going on.

Anyway, if you want to people watch on a beautiful sunny day, you could do worse than take a stroll down Rodeo Drive...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Boys of Spring

Spring training baseball doesn't cause quite the same visceral reaction living in California as it did when I lived in the Midwest.  That is, when snow is on the ground and the inside of your nasal cavities freeze whilst walking outdoors, there is something amazingly magical about watching Cactus League baseball; there is green grass, warm sun and short-sleeves.  It is a promise that spring -- and better weather -- is just around the corner...

Living out here now, I have all those things (today is 85 degrees and sunny and I'm wearing a t-shirt.)  BUT, there is still something mystical about seeing those green Arizona fields and those grown men playing the most wonderful kids' game of all. 

Despite a couple of early injuries to Corey Hart and Shawn Marcum (guh!), I have high hopes for my Brewers this year.  And if anyone knows where I can score a hat like the one this guy was wearing for the opener yesterday, pick one up for me!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Monetize the Internet!

For years, studios have been trying to figure out to monetize the internet.  As more people are watching shows online, companies want to get some money for that content.  That has led to Hulu, streaming episodes with ads, etc.  I just recently got this residual check from my appearance on Criminal Minds last season which shows that some money is being made online.

Now, granted mine was only a one-day co-star, but as you can see,  it doesn't seem like anyone will soon be getting rich by their exposure on the ol' interwebs.  Still, a check is a check!

Friday, March 2, 2012

SAG-AFTRA Merger Ballot

I got the phonebook-thick SAG-AFTRA merger ballot info packet in the mail today.  Fortunately, as you can see, I have Moofy to help me focus on the important points of the literature.  Hopefully, I can get through all the info and make a wise voting decision before the ballots are due...