Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cheer Camp

Cheer Camp from Wednesday Weekly on Vimeo.

Because when fat bearded guys whip out a video camera during high school cheer camp it can seem a bit creepy... unless you are related to the kiddos.

"No, officer, I swear I am allowed to be here... Yes, I am related to the two in the front row!"

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lee's Summit Art Challenge

Lee's Summit Arts Challenge from Wednesday Weekly on Vimeo.



MCC-Longview hosts the first Lee's Summit Art Challenge. All the young hipster artists from the high schools threw down their angst-ridden creativity to duke it out for cash prizes... nothing like 100-bucks to stimulate the old creative juices.

How do you like the noodley guitar riff in the background? Awesome right? Did it myself after getting a stern talking to by some music royalty hack...

Yeah, that guitar riff is the kind of music that makes the ladies want to throw their underwear up on stage.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

C.N.R.



The first Cassette Tape I ever bought (with my own mowing money) was a "Weird Al" album.

Wild times... wild times.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

No time to lose...

Because this week has been hellishly busy.

And because tonight I have to prepare (mentally and physically) for sport-spectacle between two rivals.

And becasue the rest of the week looks just as busy with the boss calling a three hours meeting for what he has only described as "A VERY Important Announcement..."

I give you a photo of my dog. Looking dissapointed and slightly pissed off that I probably woke him up.

Dog from above.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The picture of modern health

I eat far more than my share. I smoked for a good amount of high school and college. I still drink a lot of whiskey and bourbon mixed with nothing more than ice. I workout maybe... and that is a strained maybe... once a month when I am guilted into going to the gym by my roommates...

For almost a month I had been told any Doc would eviscerate me because of my terrible lifestyle choices and how I abuse my body with booze and Buffalo Wings.

And yet, My Doctor gave me a clean bill of health when I went in for blood work and a check-up last week.

My cholesterol... WELL below 200. Lipids? Sitting nicely in the Low Risk region. BMI? Right on the border... (so, I'm not all healthy, I get it). Still, as I sat on my bar stool this past weekend downing my fifth double bourbon and coke I could tell I was irritating my company that night as I shared my news.

"Goddamnit, I eat flax seed, and pound down fish meals every night and I still have to take medication to keep it around 250...I hate you..."

Suck it, America, being a slothful glutton is my 2010 resolution as all 6-foot-5, 260 lbs of me is actually the picture of modern health according to my doctor (This statement was not actually endorsed nor uttered by any licensed medical doctor).

Keeping it clean

Because saying things like Mother Fucker on Day-Time Television is not allowed — esp on Sunday — we get the Clean Version of Snakes on a Plane.

"I am tired of these Monkey-Fighting Snakes on this Monday-Friday Plane"
— Samuel L. Jackson

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Missouri Mavericks

Missouri Mavericks from Wednesday Weekly on Vimeo.

Hell yes. It's fun to have a sport in KC where there is still the possibility of watching them have a successful season. The Mavericks are courting a .500 record right now, but they still have something like 20 games at home still to go.

Also, coming up this week is the MU-KU hockey bout.

Friday, January 15, 2010

MCC-Longview's World Workout charity

MCC-Longview Worldwide Workout from Wednesday Weekly on Vimeo.

Nothing like shaking a few pounds lose after stuffing all those holiday treats and hams down your gullet. MCC-Longview, along the American Heart Association, held this one-time Fitness Boot Camp to raise money and teach at least one hour of healthy living.

At the same time a similar event was going on in gyms all overthe world as they were hoping to break the Guinness World Record for most people working out at the same time. The charity side of the event was a huge success... the world record breaking side? ...We are not sure yet.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Redbird Reunion

Redbirds in tree 2

For the past month our backyard trees have been packed with Redbirds (Cardinals) each morning. While I like to think it is my innate ability to communicate with animals is what brings them here, I have a feeling it's actually because of the 50-lbs of sunflower seeds My Roommates keep dumping in the backyard.

Redbird in snow

Monday, January 11, 2010

3-story ice palace

3-story tall Icicle from Wednesday Weekly on Vimeo.



Holy shit! If the Fortress of Solitude was a second story apartment downtown, I assume it would look something like this. The bar staff (from the basement and first floor) said they had to break off the bottom section of the massive ice sculpture. It was blocking the backdoor completely.

A recipe for disaster




1oz MU Tiger
1oz KU Jayhawk
2 Dashes of bitter rivalry
Mix with your fists
Serve on Ice

The ancient peoples spoke of a great war that waged in the West that was centuries old...

Cave drawings and the shattered remains of the past depict a conflict so great it consumed whole civilizations...

Others have suggested that the Big Bang was actually the result of these two foes reaching the Zenith of their own power and colliding at such a force they created the whole of the universe and time itself...

There is no denying the awesomitude these two forces own. To celebrate that we are going to let a bunch of Crazy Canadians punch the ever-living shit out of one another in a Hockey Match.

This is your invitation to watch this spectacle of ice, pucks, blood and rabid fanaticism that only exists in the deepest recesses of your soul.

HOCKEY! BOOZE! MASCOTS!

If we get enough people together, I am hoping we can get a group discount. After the game, we will migrate to Harry's Country Club for drinks, revelry and ice packs for our wounds. E-mail or call me if you can make it and I will start the head count.

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010
7 p.m. at the Independence Events Center
MU vs. KU in the never ending Border "Showdown".

If you want to buy tickets directly: http://www.gettix.net/sport/missouri/?event_id=3189

As always, forward this to anyone and everyone you think would be interested.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Snow Day

Illinois State Road Trip (re-cut) from Wednesday Weekly on Vimeo.



For close to three weeks this damn city has endured more than a foot of snow, ice and enough cold to keep many of us indoors and drinking heavily.

Today we were slapped once again as we took on another 6-inches of snow in less than 24 hours. The high was 5 degrees... yes, a high of 5.

Of course, this meant that most every school and public institution was closed to the public — except the Library. With an entire day to burn, I decided to forgo my usual habit of getting drunk by 10 a.m. and instead taught myself how to use a new video editing software I got for Christmas.

I went through hours of online tutorials and pages of FAQs until we finally arrived at a re-cut version of my original Illinois State Road Trip (yes, I fixed the annoying typo). Originally, I used the iMovie video editing program that came with my Mac. But that was like driving a go-cart compared to this new editing program. iMovie also left my final product with a lot of be desired in the quality of the video. That is not to say this version is any work of art, but it is better.

So, how did you spend your snow day?

Monday, January 04, 2010

Who you gonna call?

Ghostbusters

Well, if you're in our family you call these doofers to show up at your birthday party in full uniform and with ghost-busting gear in tow.

"Of course my son would love a movie that is 25 years old..." someone said after our grand entrance with music and several Ghostbusting missions at the 'Sedgewick Hotel.'

It was a pretty wild evening with The Smiley Family. But I think this clip pretty much sums up everything in 30 seconds.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

2009: The year in photos

Skydivers

In 2009 (and a little bit of 2008) I started picking up a camera and shooting wildly. I started as a machine gun shooter; lining up a shot and pressing the button as many time as possible hoping to get decent shot. Eventually I learned framing, composition and even editing. I would not call myself a professional photographer, maybe a dedicated hobbyist... more exciting than stamp collecting, less destructive than EXTREME sports.

deck dog face

Although it is a little late... since when has that surprised anyone about me... I give you my Photos of 2009. Click any of the photos to see the full gallery.