Archive | April, 2014

Chiller Theatre 4/27/2014: Give David Faustino A Coffee

28 Apr

April 28, 2014

Today was the Chiller Theatre convention and let’s get the burning question answered: Was Greg “The Hammer” Valentine drunk? I can’t give you a definitive answer, but here’s how I answered that question last year:

And now, I present Greg “The Hammered” Valentine, April 2014!

Hulk Hogan Fan Appreciation Day at Toyota Park - July 10, 2009

As in years past, some of the more interesting things in the convention are the times when the celebs are let loose and on their own, like anything having to do with Todd Bridges last year. This year’s person of interest was Bud Bundy, (not) better known as David Faustino. I have nothing against him, other than the fact that calling him a celebrity offends me. Ronald McDonald is more of a celebrity. Want proof? Which one hasn’t worked in 25 years (at least in nothing not in the bargain bin at your local gas station) and which one has been steadily employed and loved by millions of (overweight) kids? I rest my case. But other than that he seems like an OK guy. He was signing at the convention and didn’t seem too busy most of the time. But he had am amazing tan, and considering that this is April in the Northeast, that’s saying something.

At one point I was hanging around the snack counter. I had fifteen minutes to kill before my appointment to have a professional photo taken with Walter “Chekov from the Star Trek” Koenig, who was a last minute replacement for Abe Vigoda. (Abe had not died, only cancelled. I think his colonoscopy results came back today.) While I was there, David Faustino came out and went to the counter for coffee. He asked how much it was, the young semi-English speaking woman behind the counter told him $2, he paid, and got his coffee. After he walked off, the young woman started smiling and giggling, and went over to another semi-English speaking woman and said (in semi-English, which I will clean up) “do you know who that was?” the other woman said no, and the giggly one said “he’s on the TV late at night! When he was a kid! I can’t remember his name!”

Ah, fame.

But I was a little put out. As I said, he seems like a nice guy, but David Faustino was an advertised guest at the show. They couldn’t give him a free coffee? Cloris Leachman was there. I bet she got comped. I’d be surprised if Dominic Chianese got charged. But David Faustino? $2 for a cup of coffee which, by the way, he had to pour himself.

In other convention news, I met and took pictures with WWE Superstars The Godfather and Demolition, Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling, and Walter Koenig. Demolition were a pair of great guys, For some reason, we wanted to talk about their tag team championships while they wanted to talk about how crowded the place was yesterday. Go figure. And Jackie Martling was so gracious I almost felt bad saying “F Jackie” to him. (If you know Martling, you know that’s actually a compliment.

There was also a great display of famous monster props. Check them out below.

 Planet of the Apes

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

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Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

 

Werewolf of London- Henry Hull

Werewolf of London- Henry Hull

 

 

 

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NYC Chili Cook-Off

27 Apr

April 27, 2014

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I spent the day at the New York City Chili Cook-Off at Historic Richmondtown on Staten Island. It was a great day, with 25 teams producing some of the greatest chili I ever tasted.

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At entry, we were given a tasting kit, consisting of a small cup and a spoon. You could get as many samples as you want, from as many places as you want. It was fantastic. Plus, it was on the grounds of old Richmondtown, a historic site, so you could see all the old buildings. There was music, and one of the best booths I have ever seen, a great soda stand with old-fashioned tin cups and unlimited gourmet soda. OK, this one stand was not free, but since there was so much spicy chili, the unlimited refills paid for the price of the soda. Miss Staten Island was there, and so were tons of families. I wouldn’t have expected this to be such a family event, but there were tons of kids running around. The weather was warm and sunny, the chili delicious, and the day was fun.

Click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge.

 

 

Imponderable #121: A Parking Lot in Yelm, Washington

22 Apr

April 22, 2014

 

In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. – Alfred Lord Tennyson 

All human males were as fascinated with cars as they were with breasts. – Anita Clenney 

You don’t know the half of it. – Mr. Blog.

 

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*Sigh*  Aren’t you glad you subscribe to this blog?

Anyway, this really is a touching story, somehow, I think. Consider other tales of man/car love: Michael Knight and KITT, Al Bundy and his Dodge, the Duke boys and the General Lee. In not one of those cases did the car reciprocate. Bo and Luke never got flowers from their car, no matter how nicely they polished the bumpers. But this guy? “When I hold Vanilla [his special lovemobile] in my arms there’s a powerful energy that comes from her in response to that…” Really? Somehow I doubt that. Personally, I think he’s inhaled too much exhaust.

How will Cinnamon and Splash, his spurned lovers, deal with this?
The question is Imponderable.

 

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