Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Dad Still Thinks He's a Rapper...

You may remember my dad's rap debut last year in honor of my nephew's birth. Well, now that the little guy's one year old, just like Jay Z, my dad's coming out of retirement and dropping a new single.

So first, let's refresh your memory with the original: "#1 Grandson."

Now that you've lived through that, I present "#1 Grandson Part 2"... Enjoy?

So there you have it. My dad's rap career is alive and kicking once more.

And to answer the question before you ask it, yes, I'm fielding many offers, but Jay asked me for a couple weeks since he just had a baby and all. I said, "Sure, fine, but only 2 weeks then you better call me back or we're going with Dre."

So I'll keep you posted.

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Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2012

To say I'm not really a runner is generous. I don't run, at all. Or at least I didn't run at all since I stopped playing soccer my freshman year of high school.

But my friend Danielle told me about the RunDisney marathons where you run at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland and at the end you get these big medals shaped like the characters. Then she also told me that if you run at least a half marathon at both Disney World and Disneyland in the same year, you get a third "Coast to Coast" medal as reward.

I'm not kidding you when I say the Coast to Coast medal is most of, if not all of, the reason I decided to start running. And I'm not ashamed!

So for a little more than six months I "trained" in preparation for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon that took place on January 7, 2012. And as fate would have it, I actually love running now! This was my experience start to finish:

As you can see, it was pretty freaking awesome. Disney knows what they're doing.

Which is why I've already signed myself up for the Disneyland Half Marathon in September!

Visit for more details... Hope to see you there!
(If I can do it, you can do it. Seriously. Seriously...)

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Cougar Town Viewing Party - Austin, Texas

What do you get when you mix an incredibly funny cast with a terrible title for a TV show?

Cougar Town!

Yes, a town of cougars seeking to date younger men headed up by Courtney Cox is how this show's premise began. Nowadays, Courtney and her gang of neighbors/wine buddies deliver a consistently hilarious sitcom about drinking wine and hanging out with friends every single week. Well, it was every week until ABC took it off the air with no set return date. That really sucked big time.

But I'm ready to put the past behind me because ABC is bringing the Cul-de-sac Crew (that's what they call themselves) back together for 15 episodes beginning Tuesday, February 14. So cancel those Valentine's Day plans everyone! Or if you don't have any Valentine's Day plans, continue to not have any plans, everyone!

I was lucky enough to be invited to one of the Cougar Town Viewing Parties organized by the show's producers during the hiatus as a way to thank the fans for their support. The party I attended was held on January 28 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. Hundreds of people packed the Drafthouse for the party, and let me tell you: it was fan-flipping-tastic!Kevin Biegel, who created the show along with Bill Lawrence (Scrubs anyone?), was there with writer Blake McCormick and cast members Ian Gomez (Come on!) and Dan Byrd.

The show bought drinks for everyone in the audience and brought along three brand new episodes to watch, including the season premiere and episodes four and five. Now, I'm not one to spoil TV shows so I'm not gonna say what goes down, but I will say that imaginary hats were tipping all over the place after each episode aired (that's Cougar Town speak meaning they were REALLY good).

And also, I WILL be "sharking" someone's car very soon after the season premiere airs so watch out, friends.

Episode five features several references to classic Disney movie music as well as a special reuniting of some of the Scrubs gang (including one of my favorites, Sarah Chalk) that inspired such thunderous applause and laughter that we could barely hear what they were saying on screen. Worth it.Finally, after the episodes aired they did a short Q&A session, gave out a signed script, and played PENNY CAN to give away autographed authentic Bobby Cobb penny cans! (I didn't win anything, but had fun nonetheless.)It was a great night with tons o' laughs, my friends. Tons o' laughs.

Now for your homework: WATCH Cougar Town Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC and tell all your friends to too!

The conversation can go something like this:

YOU: You know that show Cougar Town on ABC?

YOUR FRIEND: You mean that terrible show about Monica from Friends dating young guys?

YOU: No, but see, no, no that's not what it's about at all. Actually, it's awesome.

YOUR FRIEND: Seriously?

YOU: Yes, seriously. You should watch it, and if you don't, we can't be friends anymore.

YOUR FRIEND: Fine, I guess we aren't friends anymore.

YOU: OK, OK, OK, we can still be friends. Watch it and I'll buy you Chipotle.


So, see? It'll just cost you one Chipotle to get your friend hooked on a great show and to make sure it comes back next year. And you get to keep your friend! Win, win, win!

See you on Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TOUCH Preview on FOX

Tonight they aired the pilot episode of Kiefer Sutherland (24)'s new show, Touch on FOX.

The show centers around Kiefer's son Jake who doesn't speak to or touch anyone (including his dad). Jake spends all of his time writing sequences of numbers into a sketchpad and arranging objects in patterns. Most of it doesn't make sense to anyone around him until they start putting the numbers and patterns together and realizing that it all means something.

I was hooked after just the introduction to the show, which includes a voiceover by Jake, a portion of which is included in the video preview below. He says that the universe is arranged in patterns and that everything and everyone is connected (ironic, because he won't talk to or physically touch (or CONNECT WITH) anyone himself).

The show is a combination of Numbers and Crash with a hint of LOST. (Hello, people obsessing over sequences of numbers? PLUS the Man in Black?!?)

I liked it a lot. Yes, some may have found the part where a cell phone was passed around the world allowing a series of fortunate events to miraculously take place between complete strangers a little cheesy, but sometimes cheesy is OK. Plus I'm a big fan of Crash, and to be honest, I'm a little obsessed with finding connections between things too so I didn't have a problem with it.

(I'm the guy that always says, "If I would've had a sandwich instead of soup for lunch, my entire day would have turned out differently." And it's TRUE!)

So I'm a little bummed the show doesn't officially premiere until March 19, but I will certainly look forward to it and more episodes to see where it goes.