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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Those Halloween Nights

Another year and another Halloween is upon us. In a couple hours, kids from all over the country will dress up and collect lots of candy from people for free. Damn, to only be young again. Granted, eating all the candy is never great, but sometimes you have to spoil yourselves.

What's my favorite costume? I actually have two that I always liked. In my younger years, I was Hulk Hogan and that was a great costume. I think my Mom made it for me, but I don't remember. I was probably four or five. Then, my other personal favorite was the year I was a demented hockey player. You might ask what the hell that is? Well, back in October 1994 the NHL had a lockout. So, I dressed up in a hockey jersey with a goalie mask (similar to Jason's). I carried around a very big knife and put a sign on the back of my jersey. It read, "This strike has made me gone demented!" Don't ask, I was nine.

Of course there were other years of being a zombie or henchman, but those were my best. Oh, the memories.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Guilty Pleasures of October

Am I the only person who enjoys indulging themselves into watching horror movies during the month of October? I don't really like horror movies and many people will call me a film elitist. Still, I can't help watching marathons of "Friday the 13th", "Halloween", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", or any other poorly made horror films.

I can't really explain it. I guess that's why they call it a guilty pleasure.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Red Sox on Top of the World!

Those damn Boston Red Sox won another World Series last night. Simply unbelievable. Two title in four years after no titles in 86 years.

It's hard to describe to somewhere life as a Red Sox fan before and after 2004. It's two different breeds. The Red Sox now are just another team that wins titles. They are confident and loose. They just win. The Red Sox that didn't win a title for 86 years was a team that always anticipated the worst. And, they always brought the World Series to seven games before officially losing.

I wrote in this blog a couple times that I couldn't figure out this team. I honestly didn't think they would win the whole thing either. I was wrong, which is not always a bad thing. This Red Sox team really has a great formula. They have a great mix of veterans and youngsters. They have rookies who can play. They have a well rounded rotation. Their bullpen is another mix of all ages and talents. And, to top it off they have a lights out closer (my personal pick for WS MVP, but Lowell did deserve it).

Comparing this team to 2004 is somewhat foolish. They asked that question last night during the game and it kind of pissed me off. It pissed me off even more when they said 2007 was better. I would still take the 2004 team and I still think they will always be regarded as the greatest ever in the history of the Red Sox. The big difference between the two teams is that 2004 was strictly a veteran ballclub that was really only poised to make one run at the title and probably not have a legitimate shot to repeat. This 2007 team has a great shot to repeat. If they re-sign Lowell and Schilling, then they have every right to be the favorite in 2008.

It's funny to think that 2004 and 2007 were almost identical postseasons. The Red Sox have actually won eight straight World Series games. And they have come back from a 3-0 and 3-1 deficit in the ALCS. And they have swept the ALDS 3-0 against the Angels both times. Hell, both World Series was also extremely one-sided. They never trailed in 2004 and trailed for only three or four innings in 2007.

I watched the game yesterday at a bar and really it hit me. This is the pinnacle of Boston sports. Granted I'm living out here in California, but still it's amazing. I still had goosebumps on my arms and butterflies in my stomach during the ninth inning. And, it still choked me up to win another championship. It's a magical time and it never gets old. I guess I realized how lucky I am right now. Boston has won five championships since February 2002.

The Decade of Boston Sports

I am 18 years old. I am from a city that lives and dies with their sport teams. All four major franchises have great histories. The odd part is that I have only celebrated one world championship. That was the 2001 Patiots shocking the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. I was only one when the Celtics won the 1986 NBA title. I do not remember the ‘86 World Series. I do not remember the failures of the ‘88 and ‘90 Bruins attempt at the Stanley Cup. I was 11 when the Patriots lost Super Bowl XXXI to the Packers. I quickly became use to losing.

The 2003 Red Sox I thought were a different team. They were going to start a new era in Boston sports. I was going to witness championships like people did decades earlier with Boston teams. The dynasties of the Celtics in the 60’s and 80’s. The big bad Bruins of the 70’s. I am still waiting for that time. Maybe next year, maybe not, I really do not have the answer. Luckily there is ESPN Classic, so I can cherish the moments both good and bad.

- Mike Cersosimo (Me), October 2003

How the times have changed, my friends? I wrote that shortly after the 2003 Red Sox lost game seven of the ALCS. Never realizing that it was the beginning of something special for this city. It was the beginning of four championships in the next four years.

I''ve been waiting to write this entry for some time now. Since I don't think people understand what they are experiencing. This could be the greatest decade in the history of Boston sports. Really? Yeah, I'm serious and they are still a couple more years left in the decade.

The Patriots have been the NFL team of the decade. They've won three titles. They had a 21 game winning streak back in 2003 through 2004. And, now they are embarking on their greatest season in 2007. They are the favorites this year and you have to love their chances to win at least one more title. Maybe more.

The Red Sox could also make an argument of the MLB team of the decade. They have won two titles. One coming back from a 3-0 deficit and the other 3-1 in the ALCS. They have swept both World Series. They even were five outs away from another World Series in 2003. And, their ownership wants to continue to win which gives them a great shot to repeat next year.

As for the Bruins and Celtics, they have had their moments. Granted the franchises have seen much better decades. Still, the Bruins have won two division titles despite early playoff exits. The Celtics also made a deep run in 2002 before losing in the conference finals. The good news for Celtics fans is that 2007/2008 has a great deal of optimism.

Hell, there is even the New England Revolution who have appeared in three MLS Cup finals. And, don't forget about Boston College. They won the hockey national championship back in 2001. This year their football team is currently ranked number two in the country. Oh, and they haven't lost a bowl game this decade.

I'm sure you could make an argument about other decades, but I feel this is the decade with the most all around greatness. The only other decade that makes a strong argument is the 1970s. Two Stanley Cups with other final appearances. Two NBA titles. One AL pennant and another year that ended with a one game playoff. One Patriot team that had a shot at a Super Bowl, but lost a heartbreaking playoff game to the Raiders.

You might also say this decade lacks star power, but I slightly disagree. Tom Brady will go down as the greatest Patriot ever. Guys like Schilling, Ortiz, and Ramirez have already cemented themselves in Red Sox folklore. Paul Pierce has been the greatest Celtic since the Big Three retired. The Bruins are the only team that lacks anyone with recognition.

So, with all this said, what was the most important moment of the decade? The Patriots winning Super Bowl XXXVI. This team gave Boston to believe in sports again. They were two touchdown underdogs in that game. They had no business winning that game, but defied the odds. Which I think is really what this decade has been all about. Defying the odds.

I will say that as of October 2007, life cannot get any better as a Boston sports fan right now. It's a special time. One that I'll probably be telling my grandkids about when I'm grey and old. And, I don't think the end is near. There's no reason to think it will end. It's a new era of Boston sports when people believe anything is possible.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

What's the Story?

Nothing really special to write about the past few days. I went to a cool bar the other night with Kyle and Brian. We watched the Sox win game two of the World Series. Two wins away from another title. Then, we even played trivia. We lost, but there's always next week. No news on the job search. A rather quiet week, which is unfortunate. Also, no news on the apartment search.

Hopefully, more news in the week to come.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

World Series Begins Tonight

Tonight the 103rd World Series begins. Pitting my hometown team, the Boston Red Sox, against the Colorado Rockies. It's hard not to think this will be another boring World Series. I just am not impressed by this Colorado team. Many people joke about not being able to name five players on the team, but it's true. I can probably name a good amount now, but that's solely because I've been reading a lot on them.

One thing you can't deny is the fact that Colorado is extremely hot. Although, most people will agree that the absolute worst thing for a hot team is rest. And, yes the Rockies haven't played in over a week. And, yes the Rockies have to play at Fenway Park. A much worse stadium to be the away team than either Philadelphia or Arizona.

The Red Sox have their confidence back and let's be honest, how can they lose? This reminds me of 2004 since they were so hot that the Cardinals shouldn't have even showed up to the games. They never had the lead in all four games. It was one of the most lopsided World Series ever. Now, flashforward a couple years and it's a very similar situation.

Do I like the Red Sox in this series? Yeah, I do. First, I'm not going to pick against them because they are my team. Second, I simply think they are better than the Rockies. More experience, better pitching, and a better lineup.

Oh, and let me clarify that I'm not happy about the prospect of having to buy World Series championship apparel. I promise not to go as crazy as I did back in 2004, but it's hard not to. I think it's a natural instinct for a fan. Remember from June 1986 to February 2002, no championships were won for the city of Boston. So, fans tend to indulge themselves with hats and t-shirts to make up for lost time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I Can't Wait That Long

After last night's dominating performance against the Jaguars, the Colts are quietly the other undefeated team in the NFL. Granted, I hate the Colts. I really do and I especially hate Peyton Manning and his stupid commercials. I still can't hide my excitement for the matchup between them and my team, the New England Patriots, on November 4th.

What's the tragedy of the whole situation? The game is technically not on national television, which is stupid. Okay, let me clarify that for a moment. It's a 4:00 p.m. game on CBS, which translates to only getting the game if it's in your region, etc. This means that some areas of the country probably won't get the game. A game that probably will be the biggest hyped non playoff game in the history of the NFL. Yeah, I know both teams have to win their games next week, but give me a break. Neither team is going to lose.

Add on top of the possible undefeated records, you have a rematch of last year's AFC Championship. A great game it was even though the Pats let the Colts win in the end. I just can't wait for that game. I can't wait two weeks. More to come for sure in the near future.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Living in La La Land

Sometimes things work out for the better. Sometimes for the worst. The hard part is that it's difficult to know in the moment. For example, I was rejected by Chapman and went to Fitchburg State for a year. I got in a year later and lived down the hall from a group of guys that are still my best friends out in California. That might have never happened if I didn't get rejected. Flashforward a couple years, I didn't get the job at CAA.

Yeah, I'm mad and disappointed. Although, it's foolish to get obsessed with it because nothing is going to change. I'm a little frustrated that I had to interview for a desk for a high profile agent that put me in a hole from the beginning. Hell, if I was in his position I probably wouldn't have even hired me since I would have wanted someone with more experience. So, there goes my chance with that agency, which leaves me somewhat bewildered. I don't even get a chance to interview for another desk. I get one shot with one agent. I just don't see how that's possible.

So, now I stand all alone looking for some sort of inspiration. AD Personnel is going to send my resume to probably William Morris and the other agencies. They want me to get a job as much as I do. That's how they make their money. It might sound deranged, but I kind of like that situation since we're like a team.

I also found out today that the housing situation with Dres's friend completely fell through. Not the end of the world really since I didn't even know the girl. I mentioned some of the pros the other day, but there could have been plenty of cons. Now, I just have to continue to look at other options. I still blame Fred and Culver City for all this since I had a place.

Bringing this post full circle begs the question whether this will be for better or worst. If you look at my life right now, I've have been a complete failure at the three most important aspects of a man's life: employment, housing, and women. Plain and simple. I seem to follow this trend throughout my lifetime. I have to get kicked on the ground a couple times. It fucking sucks.

Maybe I'll laugh at this point in my life. Maybe I won't. There's nothing more to really say.

Another Fall Classic for the Sox

And here we are again. The Boston Red Sox are headed back to the World Series for the second time in four years. Somewhat incredible in a way, but not really surprising. The one thing about the "new generation" Red Sox is people think positive. Since 1999, they have came back from two ALDS series trailing 2-0 and two ALCS series trailing 3-0 and 3-1. That's incredible.

Okay, there may have been a couple disappointments in between, but let's face it life can not be better for a Sox fan. I think that's part of the reason why they have such a huge fanbase now. People like winners and the Sox are winners. I don't care how many games the Rockies have won or that they took two out of three from the Sox over the summer. You can't tell me that they have a chance against them.

I just can't bet against them anymore. It's pointless. Everytime you feel like they're down and out, they come back alive and go on a rampage. Ask Cleveland who was outscored 30-5 in the final three games of the ALCS. As for the Indians, I think they made some giant steps this season. The last couple years people kept talking about them doing something and this year they finally came through. They are still young and I can see them winning the AL Central again. Although, there is a good chance that 3rd base coach, Joel Skinner, will be watching opening day from his couch in the living room.

The World Series starts on Wednesday and I really hope it's a good series. Both teams are really hot, so it will be interesting to see what happens. Also, it will be interesting to see what happens when the Sox travel to Colorado. Who plays first? Who sits on the bench and becomes arguably the greatest pinch hitting option since Kirk Gibson in 1988? The difference between 2007 and 2004 is that Youkilis is a far superior first baseman than Millar. Plus, the guy is hot. Can't wait to see what Terry does.

For now, I'm just going to take in the moment. Boston sports continues to amaze me these last few years. What's the saddest part? I decided to move to California and have missed so many classic moments. Oh well...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Another Game Seven for the Sox

One could make an argument that no other franchise in baseball has had more of a history in game seven. The recent bandwagon fan will tell you that the Sox will play their third game seven in the ALCS in the last five years ('03 and '04). The Sox also have the notorious distinction of losing in game seven of the World Series in 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986. The game usually served as a painful reminder to fans that "The Curse" existed.

Of course, the Sox have had their moments of glory. They did come back in '86 in the ALCS and beat the Angels after trailing 3-1 in the series. Then, there is the recent trips. In 2003, they lost a heartbreaker to the Yankees in extra innings. A game most people like to forget, but actually a classic. The only way that game would have been better is if the Sox won. In 2004, they completed the comeback and won a rather one-sided game against the Yankees. There was no drama, but it was quite pleasurable to watch the Yankees and their fans look dumbfounded after the final out.

That leaves tonight. As many people predicted, this turned out to be a great series. Really, the only "series" in this postseason. The NL playoffs were a complete bore and the ALDS series were also unenteraining.

I've said this many times, I still can't figure out these Red Sox. They lack the spark of the '03 and '04 teams, yet they come up big when they need to. I personally do like their chances tonight for the simple reason that they are home and have the momentum. Cleveland just lost two straight games with their best pitchers. It's like their backs are against the wall. It's going to be really tough for them to rebound.

Here's the big question: How does Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch? His reputation is on the line. The Red Sox did spent over $100 million dollars on the guy. This is his moment to prove he's worth it. He pitched okay in game three, but he needs to step it up. This guy is talented and maybe the pressure on him is unfair, but that comes with the amount of salary he's getting. It's a simple philosophy that if you don't want the pressure, then don't demand a high salary. Even though it was only one game, J.D. Drew finally shut some people up last night with a great game. Dice K needs to follow suit.

Am I going to make a prediction in this blog? No, do you think I'm stupid? I've learned the hard way in the past. I'm just going to watch the game.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

House Hunting

As I stated earlier this week, I got turned down for that apartment in Culver City. I'm still pissed off about it, but I'm moving on. I actually called the building manager and the first thing he said to me on the phone, "What happened?" I slightly chuckled and felt like grabbing him through the phone. I politely told him to get his story straight to his tenants, so they don't have to waste $25.00 on useless credit checks.

Part of me realizes that I probably won't even get a place until I actually get a job. I feel somewhat bad for Trish, but most places don't want to rent to an unemployed 22 year old regardless of credit, residential history, or co-signers.

Last night I was introduced to an interesting scenario. I went out with the guys (Dres, Kyle, and Nolan) and Dres was telling me that an assistant at ABC is looking for a roommate. Granted I didn't get a chance to talk to her, it's somewhat of an attractive option. Still, I need more details (rent, lifestyle, etc.).

It actually could be a lot of fun to live with a female. For one it would be a new experience. She could have hot, slutty friends. She could be a really useful wingwoman. She could a really good cook. She could be a cool girl in general. The possibilities could be endless.

It would be like a fucked up remake of "Three's Company". Only time will tell, but I'm open to the idea.

The Waiting

So, I had my interview with the agent at CAA on Thursday. I thought it went well. I left with this feeling that I might have a shot. It's tough to know sometimes. As an interviewee, you don't know who you're up against. You also don't know what your interviewer is exactly looking for.

Like I stated many months ago on this blog, there is a real art to interviewing. I feel like I'm okay at it. I wouldn't call myself a great interviewee, but I'm far from horrible. I just honestly want to get this part of my life over with. I want to get a job!

CAA should let me know on Monday if I got the job. They said they might even let me know on Friday, but that didn't happen. You can look at that in a couple different ways. I could be in serious consideration and the agent needs the weekend to decide. I might already be out of the running and they didn't want to ruin my weekend.

I just hope that I'm given another opportunity if this doesn't work out. I'd like to interview for another desk. This is really not probably the easiest desk to get. It's a higher profile desk and the agent seems to have a good reputation.

Now, I have to wait and hopefully hear a positive answer on Monday.

(Crossing fingers)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Stuck in the Middle

I thought I would be moving to Culver City possibly this weekend. The key word in that sentence is "thought". After assurance from the resident manager that everything would be fine. The management company won't rent out to me because they don't accept out of state co-signers. For a large company, that's complete bullshit to me. So, I now have to go back to looking for another place to live.

The big problem I've encountered is that since I don't have a steady income, places are scared to rent to me. In some ways understandable. The money I earned in Mississippi is nearing the end. Although, I do have really good credit and am actively searching for employment. It's been a frustrating process.

The only good thing right now is that I still have Trish ready to take the room. And, I'm still currently unemployed, so it's no rush in a way.

That could all change tomorrow, but we won't get too ahead of ourselves.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I Felt It This Time

I don't know if I was the only person that felt it last night, but a 4.2 earthquake shook southern California at roughly 2:00 a.m. Unlike the previous one, I felt my whole room shake for a good ten second and finally said, "So, this is an earthquake?"

I've asked both my roommates, who were understandably sleeping and they didn't even realize one happened. I even mentioned it to the HR's assistant and I don't know if she even knew what I was talking about. Still, it made a good conversation starter.

At least now I can proudly say, "I survived an earthquake."

Five Minutes Extended

Today was the big CAA interview. As expected the five minutes came and went rather quickly. Honestly, I barely remember anything about the interview. At least for me, I got so much running through my head that I have a horrible memory during interviews. I literally live question by question and try not to think too much of what was said or done. I don't like correcting myself, so I just live with it. Although, I thought the interview went better than expected.

It was not a conventional interview to say the least. The interviewer from HR spent most of his time looking at the computer and I felt a couple awkward pauses as he scanned my resume. Then, he concluded the interview by saying, "Can you come back on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to meet with (Name omitted for personal reasons). He's looking for a 2nd assistant."

This person is a senior motion picture lit agent and his client list boasts names such as Stephen King, Wolfgang Peterson, and Jimmy Buffett to name a few. Would I have preferred to interview for a lower profile desk? In some ways yes, but this now gives me an opporunity to learn from not only my agent, but also the 1st assistant. It's also in motion picture lit (writers/directors/producers/etc). If I "survived" this desk, my career could truly lead to much bolder possibilities. The exposure alone could be priceless.

My only "screwup" in the whole interview was when he said that Rand wanted a two year commitment. This threw me off a little (usually they want only one) and he saw it, but I recovered saying that I wouldn't be here if I didn't want this job. I told him I'm willing to do whatever it takes to be an agent's assistant.

Looking back, two years is a long time, but time flies by. Can you imagine two years at arguably the biggest agency in the world. It could be the beginning of the next great American producer.

Now, I'm simply going to relax tomorrow and dream a little. It's hard to fathom that The Dream could soon be The Reality.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Five Minutes

I met with AD Personnel today to prepare for my CAA interview. Tomorrow at noon I'll be meeting with HR for a chance to work a desk. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I've never been so nervous and excited at the same time. This is the moment I've been waiting for. The agency route is known for being arguably the toughest in the business. It's also known as being the most rewarding. And, CAA is aruably the biggest of the "big five". They rep some of the biggest clients from Spielberg to Cruise to Manning.

I was told today to put everything on the line and to show them how much I want it, so that's what I'm going to do. The tough part? I have only five minutes to prove it.

To be continued...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Irv's Burgers is "Just for you"

Among my travels trying to find a place, I happened to bump into this burger stand on Santa Monica called Irv's. I never heard of it, but I was extremely hungry and tired. Plus, this woman pokes her head out of the order window and starts talking to me. I figured what the hell, I got nothing better to do or eat. I was a little pissed at the prices since I thought they were somewhat high. I paid almost seven dollars for a cheeseburger, fries, and drink.

Still, I guess I didn't walk away because of the charm and local atmosphere. Plus, the lady at the window was nice and proved a good point that good customer service pays off. When I got up to the window, she even commented on my ring. "Oh, that's a really nice ring," she said. I smiled and told her it was from graduation. Then, I proceeded to sit down and look at my map of West Hollywood.

After about 7-10 minutes or so, she brought my food out. I then looked down at my plate and she drew something. "Just for you" with a smiley face. I couldn't help, but laugh and smile at the lady. She was definitely one of a kind. The burger and fries were good. The portion was also good that I was stuffed, but didn't feel like I was going to explode. I considered taking the place with me since I thought it was too funny, but it got a little grease and condiments on it, so I threw it out. As I was about to put it in the trash, the lady takes my tray and compliments that I did a good job. I gave her a thumbs up and left.

I couldn't get that burger place out of my head, so when I came back home the other night I looked up info on Irv's Burgers. Apparently, it's one of the oldest hamburger stands around. It was almost closed down a couple years ago, but fought its battle and won. The lady I was talking to was flamboyant owner, Sonia, and she is known for her conversations with customers and writing messages on their plates.

Honestly, it's those gestures that separate businesses. I actually will probably one day go back there and get another burger for the simple reason that I liked the atmosphere and the comfort. Sometimes, those values are forgotten in the food business.

Anyway, I highly recommend Irv's Burgers at 8289 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Moving (AGAIN)

For those who haven't heard, it looks like I will be leaving Glendale hopefully by the end of the month. Why? Well, it just wasn't meant to be. Me and Glendale are a bad combo. I think the city has some potential, but was highly disappointed. Believe it or not, I actually liked living in Orange about ten times more. Better restaurants/quick bites, more accessible fast food joints, cheaper gas, and more to do.

So, where to now? Not really sure yet. Somewhere definitely more west. My roommates and I had this idea that Glendale was "close" to LA and would shorten our commutes. In reality, the commute is not that much shorter. Seriously. You save about 45 minutes. If you're traveling to Beverly Hills, Century City, or West Hollywood for example you're still looking at close to 20 miles each way. Granted Glendale is cheaper than those areas, but the commute is killer. Believe me I know since I drove to and from Century City twice a week while still interning at Kopelson.

As for the places I've looked at so far it's been a mixed bag. You have to have this mindset that the place is not going to be amazing, but you also don't want to be forced living in a dump for one year. I've looked at apartments in Koreatown, Hollywood, and Culver City so far. I might be checking out a place in Westwood within the next couple days.

Of course another big variable in this whole situation is whether I do get the job with an agency. I do have an interview with one of the "Big 5" on Tuesday. I'm sure I'll have more on that tomorrow. All I know is that if I get this job, then I will not want to be commuting from Glendale to Century City for a long time. Add on top of a possible 12 hour day and life will be living hell.

Still, I just have to be patient and I'll find my next "penthouse". At least I'll be getting overtime.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Big, Bad Bruins Are a Thing of the Past...

The Bruins are on their west coast trip right now. They just played the Anaheim Ducks (lost 2-1) and Friday they head to LA to play the Kings. I WAS excited about this trip. I HAD been waiting for it since I came to Chapman. They didn't travel west in the first two years of the post lockout NHL. Unfortunately, after tonight I think I'm just going to save my money and watch the games at home.

It has nothing to do with the NHL. It has to do with the Bruins. They stink and they're boring. Plain and simple. I watched them play the Ducks tonight and they bored me to death. They didn't hit. They didn't shoot. And, they scored one goal, but it was literally two minutes into the game. Sadly, the Bruins lost their fire.

An uneducated Boston sports fan would say the Bruins never mattered in Boston. If someone says that to me, then I know right away they are simply one of the many Boston sports bandwagon fans. Believe it or not, they were the most popular team in Boston throughout the 1970s and held their own pretty damn well in the 1980s. And, they did it at a time when the Celtics were still winning championships (1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, and 1986) and the Red Sox had the ocassional good year (1975, 1978, and 1986). They started to really take a fall in the mid 1990s with management being very conservative in contracts and their talent pool simply depleted.

Another unknown fact to most people is that the Bruins hold the major professional sports record for consecutive postseason berths. 29 straight years they made the playoffs. That's almost three decades. It's a fucking generation.

That's why it's so sad to see them in such a horrible state. No one cares and it's unfair to them. It's unfair to Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, Ken Hodge, Wayne Cashman, Derek Sanderson, Gerry Cheevers, Ray Bourque, Brad Park, Terry O'Reilly, Rick Middleton, and Cam Neely. Those are just a few of the names that established the reputation of Bruins hockey in the 70s and 80s. They were fun to watch and played the game so passionately. That's why people literally called them the big, bad Bruins.

The biggest problem with them is myself (A Proud Hockey Fan) and so many others, don't have the solution. The NHL is also not helping the situation. They have a television contract on Versus. Their two biggest stars (Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin) play for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. Honestly, not the two teams I would chose. The NHL also deals with serious geography issues. Unless you live/grew up in the north, northeast, or Canada, then you probably don't even know how the game is played.

Add on top of that, the Bruins are horrible and overpay the wrong players. It should be another unpleasant year in the world of hockey.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lennon WOULD Have Been 67

John Lennon's birthday is today. He would have been 67 years old. Even though, he's been dead for almost 27 years people still celebrate his birthday. Today, for example, Yoko Ono unveiled a tower of light dedicated to his memory. The Imagine Peace Tower will stay illuminated until December 8th (his death).

And, I'm sure Strawberry Fields in New York is busy as hell right now as people are gathered to remember the man. Hell, even VH1 Classic is showing a good amount of Lennon material today. I was watching a little bit of "Imagine", the 1988 documentary on him. I laughed at that the fact that VH1 censored the word "Christ" in his song, "The Ballad of John & Yoko". Somewhat ridiculous if you ask me.

Still, with all the tributes, it would have been interesting to see Lennon today. I'm not going to pretend to think what he would exactly be like, but one can only imagine what the previous 27 years would have been. Let me just say if anyone thinks the likes of Bono and Al Gore are powerful, well then you have no idea what you're talking about. Because John Lennon was probably the most influential person of the fifty years. His words and opinions were extremely powerful. It didn't matter what the topic was. People listened and that is why he was and always will be a special person.

Happy Birthday Johnny.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

TV on DVD

I don't know who first thought of it, but tv shows on dvd was a genius idea. I must have spent the last week watching a lot of television on my computer. Here is the list of shows I've conquered in the last week.

How I Met Your Mother, season 1
Nip/Tuck, season 3
The OC, season 4
The Office, season 2
Undeclared, the complete series

You might not think that's a lot of television, but it is. I guess it's one of the benefits of having no job. Not really sure how I'm supposed to feel about that, but I did watch some good television. One actor I have to give props to is Jason Segel. Besides his work in "Freaks and Geeks", he is extremely good in "Undeclared" and "How I Met Your Mother". A lot of people don't give him a lot of credit, but I think he is one of the most underappreciated actors in Hollywood.

I'm also still trying to decide how much I really like "Undeclared". I thought it was really good, but I was left extremely disappointed at the finale. Judd Apatow said in the liner notes it was a big "fuck you" to the studio and it really felt like it. Unfortunately, it felt like a big "fuck you" to the viewer as well since the show simply ended. I would have preferred it to be more concrete since the ending of the episode felt like any other episode. Still, I highly recommend the show even though I thought their interpretation of college was a tad unrealistic.

I guess my plan for next week will be "The Ben Stiller Show" followed by "24". Althought, that's still up in the air. I'll keep you posted.

On to the ALCS

Well, the Red Sox continue to keep me guessing as they literally dominated the Angels enroute to a sweep. Considering that the season series was close, the Red Sox made quick business of the Angels for the second time in four years. Believe it or not the Red Sox have beat the Angels nine straight postseason games datng back to 1986. How did the streak start? In the classic game five that saw Dave Henderson hit a huge homerun off Donnie Moore (arguably leading to Moore's suicide years later).

The Red Sox now go to the ALCS for the fourth time in the last ten years. And like the '03 and '04 teams, I think they got a damn good shot to go to another World Series. Here is the problem: the Yankees. Everyone should really hope the Yankees don't come back from a 0-2 hole. Why? They are going to be hot as hell when they play the Sox.

Consider this. The Red Sox will be seating on their asses for close to a week if the Yankees win in five games. They will have lost all their momentum. The Yankees will be riding high. Granted, you can't worry about the other teams, but I really would like to avoid the Yanks.

Still, for now I just want to relax and enjoy the moment. The Red Sox are back in the ALCS.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Pissing Next to an Academy Award Winning Actor

Last night I saw "The Darjeeling Limited" at one of the Film Independent preview screenings. I took Mr. K to the event due to his liking of Mr. Anderson and company. It was actually a fun night. We got there a little early, but the line was still probably 80 deep. We waited and waited until finally getting a ticket and wristband (for the reception?).

I wouldn't call myself a huge Wes Anderson fan, but I respect the guy. And his latest effort was solid. The film is about three brothers going on a journey aboard the Darjeeling Limited in India. It's quirky, but heartfelt. Enjoyable at best. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, but I would recommend it. The only negative comment I really have about the film is that it was sometimes uncomfortable to hear Owen Wilson character talk about death and suicide, but I don't blame the filmmakers for that. It would have been foolish to postpone the movie a year. In reality, it will probably help the film due to increased interest in Wilson's life.

After the film was the "big" treat. One I had hoped to suprise Mr. K with, but he had to get on Sherlock Holmes and find out Wes Anderson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola would all be in attendance for a Q & A. That is surely one of the great things about LA is that opportunity to see the filmmakers in person and have a chance to ask them questions. Mr. K asked a good question and even used the term Bottle Rocket-esque. Not sure what that exactly means other than I'm a pretenious Wes Anderson fan (just kidding).

Then, after the Q & A, everyone started to move around the theatre. First, we bumped into Adrien Brody and shook hands. Then, I watched my good friend try not to get a hard on as he approached Wes with a DVD sleeve of "Rushmore" to sign. As a solid wingman, I took a picture of the two. This was followed by quick handshakes. Finally, Jason Schwartzman signed the dvd cover and another picture was taken followed by handshakes. After the meet and greet, we slowly walked out to the reception.

They had an open bar and I drank some Southern Comfort mixed drink, which was not too bad. Then, I picked up a bag of "Darjeeling Limited" nuts. We stayed for a little and walked around. It was funny to see Wes, Adrien, Jason, and Roman just standing around. Normal people on the outside, but not on the inside. Basically, it's hard to start a conversation with them.

When we decided to leave, I went to the bathroom. As I stood there pissing in the urinal, the door opens and Adrien Brody walks in and goes to the urinal two from my right. I continued to pee and considered saying something, but I realized that the bathroom is not the best place to start a conversation if you're a guy. It comes off as gay. Think about it for a second. It's uncomfortable to talk to another guy when you both have your dicks out (protected or unprotected by the urinal barriers). I decided to play it cool and just walk out of the bathroom. I already shook the guy's hand once. Although, that's probably my favorite celebrity encounter since being out here.

So, we finally left and now Mr. K owes me a lot. I still haven't decided what to do, but I'll know when the time is right. I do know it was a fun night and I should try to go to these events more often. They're free and you get to meet people. Sounds like a good deal.