Back in the Saddle

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | 0 Comment(s)

Sometimes, as a writer, you are cursed with an uneventful period; where you don't feel like anything is worthy of getting down on paper (or virtual paper).  Im not sure this is a "thing" or just something that happens to me, but either way, i am not in such a phase.

I have somehow found myself in the opposite situation.  Too much life in my life.  Too much real  in my life.  And its just beyond the scope of what i use this blog for; its not therapy. its more performance.  Granted, its a personal performance of my life.  But i push on.  By the numbers.

1.  This headline is seriously NOT OK (it is so serious a violation that i am using caps, bold, italics, and underline!)

Are you f'n kidding me.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  I rarely hope for someone to be fired around "the holidays," but holy shit i hope someone was sent packing at msnbc for this garbage pun from dumb-dumb city.

2.  I know that the TV business is an unpredictable one.  Tons of pilot episodes are made, and only a select few even make a debut.  Of those that make it on air, they then have to survive the court of public opinion.  Well, at least in theory. I mean, the show Community is god damn genius and its still apparently up for cancellation, so who knows what drives this approval process.  All this being said, I have never been more confident of a shows imminent demise, pre-airing, than the new show "Rob!" Why will this show be cancelled quickly?  I need me some bullet points.
  • Rob Schneider is the Rob they are referring to.
  • The actual title of the show actually has an upside down exclamation mark in front of Robs name, because he's joining a Spanish speaking family.  Yes, i can't even type the name of this show without going into "symbols" in my fonts.  And that's not something i do for Rob Schneider's comedy.
  • When i type Rob! into google, zero of the entries on the first page reference this show.
  • When i type "Rob! tv show" into google, the 6 and 7th entry talk about this show (7 is imdb).  None of these hits are the show's page.
  • this is imdb's description of the shows storyline, "Centers on solitary guy, Rob, who marries into a huge Mexican-American family"
  • none of the promo's for the show are funy.  if you can't cut together 20 seconds of funny to draw people in.  you're in big trouble long-term.
In the interest of "fair and balanced," they do have Cheech cast as the family's father.  I'm worried it's too little too late.  Not even Cheech could smoke enough to make this show a winner.

3.  I really have started to enjoy Christmas personally. I was thinking recently that the "worst part" of Christmas for me is that mol's parents have cats which i'm allergic to.  That's a huuuuuuuge improvement of attitude.  and its all mol and her family's doing.  They really make it fun and loving and warm. And i am looking forward to it.

4.  That said, the older i get, the crazier this country's reaction to Christmas is to me.  I mean, fundamentally speaking, if you put all the effects of, um . . . Jesus's birth, and all it extends to: shopping, lights, radio broadcasts, tv specials, travel, tree cutting, school cancellation, cooking.  The US goes more gaga for "the holiday's" than they do for the woman named Gaga.  And i'm not saying that Hannukah is any better.  It's basically the same premise, just less popular locally.

Is it possible that just making a few weeks where the country on holiday (hell, maybe it focuses on the importance of family and friends and community) could be a really good thing.  I mean, nothing to fight over.  Everyone can agree on it's importance.  Now thats my holiday feeling.   We hide our love for each other in religious get-togethers, and we shouldn't need the excuse.

5.  Lastly, and on a completely different note, something for you football fans.  Tonight's monday night football match-up between the 49ers and the Steelers was completely dominated by the 49er's punter. (no, i don't learn punters names. OH, he's lucky, he was just on the screen, his names "Lee."  I'm assuming it's his last name, but i don't really care.  Again, he's a punter.)  This guy is launching 60 yard kicks that bounce straight up on the 5 yard line.  Over and over and over again.  The average starting field position for the Steeler's was the 15 yard line.  Worst since 2005.  Even when he only got a 50 yarder to the 35 yard line, the returner ran backwards 10 yard and they got a penalty putting them at the 12.   I can't remember ever saying this, but give that man the game ball.  He's the #1 reason the Steeler's didn't get in the end-zone tonight (the pass rush was reason #2).

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