Greetings from La La Land!
First let's answer some of the most common questions: Yes I'm still alive, No I'm not rich and famous yet. Of course I'll keep you posted if either of these conditions change. Sadly, my life has been pretty boring the last couple of weeks, so this update will be pretty short. Now, on to the highlights!
3/12 - Found BJ's, a local brew pub/restaurant. Life is getting a little better, though this place is not as good as the late lamented Bank Draft, nor is the beer as tasty as St. Arnold's, but it's a start. It's more of a restaurant, and definitely some sort of local franchise, but still, how can you resist a place with a beer called the "Natural Blonde?"
3/13 - My roommate and cousin Marie bought me the coolest thing at the grocery store! Homer Simpson's Cinnamon Donut Cereal! Mmmmmmmmmm donuts. I'm not usually a big fan of sugar-coated sugar cereal, but I was willing to make a sacrifice in this case. Besides, it *is* a part of a nutritious breakfast that includes milk, orange juice, toast, eggs, ham, cantaloupe, a granola bar, and vitamin B 12 supplement. For a more detailed description of this Saturday-morning cartoon-watching sugar-rush-producing meal, check out this website:
3/15 - Found Chuy's! Yes, that's right, they have a Chuy's restaurant just up the street. What a relief! Now I won't have to gorge myself on Mexican food and tacky Elvis memorabilia the next time I'm in Houston! Hooray!
3/17 - Marie had been taking acting classes all week, and at the end she brought over a bunch of people from her class. It's not that important, but I mention it because I met a new PAP. His name was Diego, and even though he isn't an actor yet he had that air about him. I'll give him a half PAP point, bringing the total to an even 3.0.
Speaking of actors, you may be wondering how my lucrative career as an extra (or "background actor" as they're called in the biz) is going. Terrible! I'm being discriminated against because I'm a person of no color! Every day I call for work, and every day they are looking for something I'm not. It's not fair! I could be a drug dealer, homeless person, or transient! Also, apparently my long lustrous hair is not desirable either. Even though I had the measurements for the suit, they wouldn't let me be a fireman. I could be a fireman! I wanna be a fireman! sigh. Oh well. Maybe they'll have a casting call for a headbanger concert.
3/20 - I went to a taping of the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. It was pretty fun, but man they make you work hard! You can't just sit back and enjoy the show, you've got to hoot and holler and cheer and clap as though this was the best experience of your life. My voice was raw my hands were sore by the end of it. I wore a really bright Hawaiian shirt (surprised?) and tried to get on camera, but I think you could only see me if you had some of that FBI video software that allows you to crop and magnify images 100 times. But I was there! I'm going again this week because the guest is John Cleese. Maybe I'll keep shouting "Ni!" from the audience until they drag me out. That'd get me on camera!
3/21 - I went on sort of a job interview with a transcription company. It wasn't really an interview as much as an audition. The company transcribes the dialog from tv shows into written scripts because sometimes what airs isn't exactly what was written. Plus, interview shows and such don't have scripts. Anyway, they're testing out some new voice-recognition software, so that the transcribers don't type, they just speak into a microphone and the computer does the rest. They call it re-speaking, actually, because you hear the dialog in headphones, then say it again to the computer. It's very weird. I had to sit in this room by myself and have a conversation with a computer. On this test I was reading the dialog from an interview instead of listening to it. "And what did you do then questionmark new paragraph well comma it was comma you know comma kinda difficult period because we didn't comma you know comma have much food and stuff period new paragraph." I haven't found out if I got that job yet. I'm afraid that when they look at the work I did the script will actually say "And then we went two. No, not two, too. Go back! Backspace backspace! C'mon you stupid computer! This sucks."
Alright, that's about all I got this time. I'll try
LA Survival Tips - This Issue: Fast Food
Los Angeles offers a wide variety of fast food restaurants for the discerning palate. Here are some of the local favorites.
Open 24 hours, I think of this as the Whataburger of California, except with Mexican food. Obviously the menu is more like Taco Bell, but all the combo meals come with french fries. I don't exactly understand how fries fit with tacos, but okay. Their fries are the best. They also sell hamburgers to stay competitive and offer a wider variety of items.
This is a hamburger joint, and all the hamburgers come with cheese. Period. This is the home of my personal favorite, the "Six Dollar Burger" which costs $3.95. Their fries are okay.They also sell tacos and burritos to stay competitive and offer a wider variety of items (see Del Taco).
The most famous fast food restaurant in the western states. There are five things on their menu: Burger, Cheeseburger, Double-Double, Fries, Shakes. The drive-though menu is very large and clear, having only five things on it. Plus, when going through the drive through instead of asking if you want to super-size it, they ask if you'll be eating in the car. It seemed like a dumb question to me at first, but then I found that they put your food in a neat little tray so it's easier to eat! Cool! Sadly, In & Out has by far the worst fries I've ever tasted. They apparently replaced the word "fried" with "soaked."
Movie Quote Trivia:
Last issues quote was from The Shawshank Redemption, written by Frank Darabont. The line was spoken by Red, played by Morgan Freeman.
The first to correctly answer was Joel "Swiftest" Swift, followed closely by Kevin "Hit the Mark" Marcus, and Tonya "Where's the Bar" Barnett (who was also the only one to also name character and actor).
Now, I heard from everybody that the last quote was too easy. The unfortunate thing about trivia is that you either know it or you don't, so it's difficult to say what is hard and what isn't. However, I will try to be a little more obscure without being impossible. I'll also give two, just 'cause I wanna. These are pretty easy, I think, but I haven't had time to research some really hard ones. Movie title is sufficient.
Number 1: "Looking at the cake is like looking at the future; until you've tasted it, what do you really know? And then, of course, it's too late."
Number 2: "You stay. We belong dead."
Good luck! I'll talk to you later.
Movie Quote Answers:
Dale Prasek was the first to correctly identify both quotes.
Quote #1 was from Excalibur, screenplay by John Boorman
Quote #2 was from Bride of Frankenstein, by William Hurlbut
And a clarification about the previous issue's quote. The screenplay was written by Darabont, but the original story came from Stephen King, just as "Bride" came from Mary Shelley.
Second place prize goes to Dan Perez.
See you next time!