Wednesday, July 25, 2007

That name again is Mr. Studly!

My blog friend Dariush, of American Twentysomething fame, has announced he's changing his first name. Being a professional newspaper guy now, he wanted his byline to have a shorter, easier to spell name, so he's going to go by his middle name, Al. I think this is a good idea, but I thought he should go all the way and change his last name to Studly. Here are my thoughts on the subject from a recent Gmail chat...

me: What are you going to change your name to?
Dariush: Al Shafa.
me: You could change the last name and then be known as "Al Studly." Then everyone would be like, there goes Mr. Studly!
Dariush: ...
me: I suppose Al is an easier byline for people to pronounce.
Dariush: and easier to spell
me: No more Darirish incidents. (pause)
I still think "Al Studly" has a ring to it. :P
Dariush: ...
me: You don't think it's a catchy byline, huh? Not just somewhat studly, AL Studly.
Dariush: ...

Dariush uses the ... to indicate that I have made a joke that is so bad, he has no words. Oh well. I suppose changing one's last name would be a bit of a challenge, anyhow. But if I ever see a newspaper columnist who changes his last name to Studly, I'm going to demand a percentage of the royalties for stealing my idea.

You never know what you'll find...

Sorry I haven't blogged more lately. Work/going on vacation/moving has been taking up a lot of my time. But I am still here, and breathing.

I had some training tonight for a volunteer program I participate in. The offices of the volunteer organization are right across from a pub that looked kind of interesting, so I thought I'd check it out. Indeed, it was a very cool Irish-style pub. So, I ordered a Black & Tan from the bar, which was expertly poured in short order. I had a bit of sticker shock on the price ($6.80? For a beer? Where am I, Japan?) but overall it was a nice place. However, I got a second shock when someone walked up to the bar wearing a dress and ordered their beer.

Being a typical guy, I turned to check out the new arrival (not that I had intentions of hitting on anyone, but it's just typical guy behavior when at bars.) At first, I thought it was a rather plain older lady, when I suddenly realized it was a middle-aged guy wearing a dress. He had long hair but no makeup on. I checked again to make sure this wasn't just some frilly shirt, but it was indeed a guy wearing a dress.

What made this event somewhat surreal was how everyone acted like this was totally normal. Another guy sitting down from me chatted with the dress-wearing gentleman, and the bartender got his beer. Who knows, maybe for this place, it IS normal activity. I guess I'm still not used to going to bars in a large city.

My complaint is that, if you're going to wear a dress, and you're a guy, at least put some effort into it. TRY to look female. Wear some MAKEUP, for God's sake. I figure, if you can't fool anyone into thinking you're a girl, what's the point? Oh well. When it comes to cross-dressing, I'm definitely not an expert.

I finished my beer and declined on a second. While it was a nice bar, I'm not sure I'll be going back real soon. My regular hangout, a brewpub, has MUCH cheaper beer. But at least going there gave me something to write about.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Star Wars Yo Momma Fight

Here is my personal favorite from the recent Robot Chicken Star Wars special. For those who missed it on TV (like I did) the complete episode can be seen at Milk and Cookies if you're interested.

Contest Winner!

Yes, it's true, Curtain fans. Yours Truly has won himself...a pack of gum. Woo hoo!

Actually, it's always kind of cool to win something, even something small, and I am looking forward to trying this brand of gum. Thanks to Marvo at The Impulsive Buy for hosting this contest, and sending me the gum. (Photo on left is also courtesty of TIB.)

Marvo hosts these contests to give away extra consumer products he doesn't feel like consuming every once in a while, but this is the first time I've won anything there. Winning is just a bonus, though...reading Marvo's rather hilarious and unique takes on different consumer products is the main reason I visit. Anyhow, he's got another contest running right now, so if you're interested, go check it out.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Guest Blogging, On the road again

Greetings, Curtain fans. Today, to view my latest entry, you'll have to pay a visit to American Twentysomething. I was scheduled to guest blog there today, and after a lengthy flight delay, I was able to make it to my mother's house and get a blog post written for Dariush with about thirty minutes to spare. Enjoy, kids.