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Political Pleasantries

Posted by evankessler on August 27, 2008

In lieu of this week’s Democratic National Convention, about the only thing rolling off anyone’s tongue has been related to the impending presidential election…and with good reason, it on my birthday and is only two plus months away. Sadly instead of hearing a slew of important facts and figures and various pundit points of view regarding my impending 30th anniversary of life; at the forefront of all of the coverage has been the Clinton supporters who have vowed not to vote for their party’s candidate, Barack Obama, in favor of John McCain…or not voting at all.

Now, believe it or not, I’m all for not aligning yourself solely with one party if one candidate’s beliefs and policies more closely resemble that of your own, but it seems to me (and I could be wrong) that most of the Clinton supporters who have taken up support of the Republican nominee after their favorite ex-first lady’s run came to an end are only doing so, not because they like and trust McCain. It’s simply a case of sour grapes. They say that experience is a factor, but in my estimation, neither Candidate has the experience of being President of The United States. You cannot translate past experiences to mean definite future success, just as you cannot extrapolate a lack of experience and automatically pair it with ineptitude. It’s as if all of these dissenters are elementary school students in math class and their favorite teacher had to retire and a younger teacher was called in to replace her…but rather than give that younger teacher who is trying to teach them, the chance to teach them same thing…they refuse to continue to learn and intentionally fail their tests until they get their old teacher back…only their old teacher isn’t coming back and thanks to their low marks, they have to repeat the 3rd grade again. Saying that Barack Obama will be a bad president because he has no experience is just as stupid as saying he will be the greatest President because of his lack of experience. You’ll never know unless you give him the chance.

All metaphors aside…I hope Hillary Clinton’s Wednesday night speech helped turn the Clintons for McCain…or Clintons for not voting at all into Clinton’s for Obama, because none of that business seemed to make any sense, and I’m all for logic. In any case, the only reason I brought all of this up was so I could have an excuse to put up this video from the Daily Show from last night, which I thought was hilarious…especially Samantha Bee’s song.


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Sex and The City Pre-Re-View

Posted by evankessler on May 30, 2008

About a month and a half ago I took a constitutional down to Smith Street here in Brooklyn to take in a screening of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Before having the chance to revel in this splendid comedy, I was treated to a bevy of the usual previews. None of them I remember so vividly as that of the long awaited big screen version of HBO’s much loved “Sex and The City” series. The Cosmopolitans, The Comradery, the clothes, the sluttiness, the general uninteresting chatter about relationships…yes all of elements to HBO’s hit series were there. What amounted to a cringe-worthy two minute and thirty second commercial for Summer’s Eve sans product placement had me dreading it’s release. I figured if there was ever a good film atmosphere to hit on the type of girl I would never ever want to date, this would be it.

Now faced with opening day, my worst fears have been confirmed. Nearly every female I know and admire is agog at the prospect of seeing Carrie, the slutty one, the bland one, and the one who ended up being a lesbian in real life, take to the big screen as they figure out if Carrie wants to marry the handsome douchebag who was much more appealing on “Law & Order”. As if 94 episodes over the span of six years wasn’t enough to figure this out, now they have to waste another 5 to 6 episodes worth of time to dwell on the same thing and face the same problems that they’d been facing all long and maybe even wrap up a storyline or two by killing someone off.

So how do I plan to combat the $400 million opening weekend juggernaut that Sex and The City is sure to provide the film industry. First off, you couldn’t pay me in sex to go see that movie. You could however, pay me in sex to loiter around afterwards and talk about how emotional it was or how the funniest part was the line about Charlotte not shaving down there

I could totally sell it with the little knowledge I gained from the trailer and pretend like I just saw the film in an attempt to pick up a woman who might just fancy herself a Samantha, if you or even I know I mean. Or perhaps I’ll spend the weekend partaking in the big sausage fest that every single bar in New york City is sure to be. Actually, I think I’m just going to do my manly duty and barbecue…sigh…

Oh…one last thing…I’m not sure if anyone caught “The Daily Show” last night but I found this Sex and The City bit at around the three minute mark of the Samantha Bee piece to be one of the funniest things I’ve seen on the show in awhile. Check it out:

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Opportunities Knock

Posted by evankessler on June 16, 2006

As the saying goes, “Expect the unexpected.” And the last couple of days have presented a veritable smorgas board of unexpected opportunity. They haven’t all been of the life changing species, but it’s a step in the right direction. The first such opportunity arrived through the medium of instant messenger. After I arrived home from working a thankless temp job doing manual labor…wait, I have to vent about the manual labor thing first. Seeing as I’m in desperate need of money and a job, temp work has had to be my breadwinning method. Unfortunately, I’ve gotten precious little work via that method. So, when I was offered the chance to work for two straight days doing manual labor for around eight hours a day I figured, it’s money in the bank…money that I need. Monday morning I showed up to work at 11am and moved boxes for and lifted things until 1;15PM. While I was a little sore, I wouldn’t have minded lifting more things until the advertised time of 8pm because it meant more money. Instead of making $90 for that day, the final cash intake was going to be more like $30. Furthermore, the work the next day was postponed due to a truck getting delayed in Kansas City. Basically, I ended up making about 80% less than I was supposed to make. Now back to the story I was telling. So, I went back to scouring for jobs on the Internet and while I did so I decided to strike up conversation with several folks online. One of said chat participants was Cara T whom I hadn’t spoken with in quite a while. After a little catching up I brought up my employment situation, to which she responded, “Do you want to work here?” referring to her place of business. Suddenly there was a light of hope shining down from heaven through the Internet. Just like that I had an interview to go to on Thursday. Opportunity #1 had presented itself. I suppose I should be thankful for the crappy temp job ending early. Not to say that I’m definitely going to get the job but if I had worked later, I suppose I would have ended up sore and way too tired to look for work upon returning home.

More opportunity presented itself Tuesday evening. I returned from the gym and noticed a message on my phone from Suli. He was calling because he had an extra ticket to Radiohead the next day. Opportunity #2, another stroke of luck from out of nowhere, this was shaping up to be my week. Later that evening as I sat watching the Mets I got a phone call from Kristin and Jill to go out drinking. I wasn’t really going to meet them out but then they suggested that we drink on my roof. I wasn’t initially up for it, but when they showed up with two six packs, I figured what the hell. Kristin invited David over. We argued over whether or not Sarah Silverman is funny. David and I were saying that she’s sometimes funny, whereas Kristin was of the opinion that the only valid opinion was her opinion, which clearly stated, “Sarah Silverman is not funny”. David and Kristin, soon left and Jill and I sat on the roof drinking until after 3am.

The big event the next day was Radiohead, but before that I went to Barnes & Noble to do research for my job interview. At 6:30 I met a large contingent of our friends for Radiohead at the Theatre at MSG. We probably had the largest group of friends attending the event together. We were at least 10 strong including, Myself, Suli, Rich, Lina, Maya, Rob, Kishore, Ahmad, Abdullah, Eric L, John, Zerna, Jason, Kayvalyn, Andrea, Joe D. and his sisters Eve and Jess. Upon counting those names, I suppose we had 18 people. However, I could have left someone out. The Black Keys were the opener and played a decent 40 minutes or so. I wasn’t completely enamored with their music but I wasn’t turned off by it either. It was just more or less basic blues based rock ‘n’ roll like the White Stripes. Since I couldn’t hear the lyrics I couldn’t really make a fair assessment on the overall merit of the music.

While waiting for Radiohead to come on, my personal space was impinged upon by a 6’6” wall of preppy douche. He was standing next to his brother and making small talk with a girl he had cut in front of previously. As he made small talk he started to lean into me as if he was trying to subtly get in front of me, taking no notice of the contact he was actually making. Seeing as he was at least half a foot taller than most of the concertgoers he had little need to be in front of anyone. After a while I decided I didn’t want to deal with someone who was going to be annoying all concert so I made my way towards the other side where a group of my friends stood anyway.

Radiohead hit the stage around 9pm and launched into a song that I didn’t recognize. Perhaps it was new or perhaps it was from Hail To The Thief, as I am not overly familiar with the music from that album since it disappeared from my collection shortly after its being purchased. I think it now adorns the CD collection of one Greg Harris Kessler. Anyway, Radiohead played a great deal of later and new material. I enjoyed the more guitar driven of the new songs. However, my personal high point was during the performance of “No Surprises” off of OK Computer, which was dedicated to Michael Stipe. Other classics played included “My Iron Lung”, “Paranoid Android”, “Just”, “The National Anthem”, “Idioteque” and to close “The Tourist”. It was a pretty good show but not the best Radiohead concert I’ve seen. That title goes to the concert I saw in April of 1998 at Radio City Music Hall during their OK Computer Tour.

One thing that really bothers me about concerts though is that technology has really ruined the concert experience. Instead of having a clear view throughout the entire concert, I have to peer through a sea of cell phone video screens capturing relatively low-grade video and audio snippets for concertgoers to cherish forever. I’m not sure for what purpose anyone is really using a 15 second clip of a song they had never heard, but it’s interfering with my line of sight. I just had to get that off of my chest.

Back on track, today, Thursday morning, I woke up at 9am and gave myself time to prepare for my interview, which was to be at 11am in Midtown East. I don’t really have an exciting story about the interview. I think it went reasonably well and I still have more to do, as I was given a bit of a homework assignment. Upon completion of my interview I stopped by Cara T’s desk and had a quick chat. I then headed home for a little lunch and Mets baseball, whilst scouring the net for job opportunities just in case this one doesn’t work out. You can never be too cautious, unless of course you’re too cautious. As I sat watching the Mets and eating a burger from The Burger Joint on Bleecker, my phone rang. It was John W. He was calling to invite me to a taping of The Daily Show that he had tickets for at 4:15. What a couple of days, huh? I met up with John and Eric W. at the studio at 4:15. We had VIP tickets and I guess we got in a bit sooner than everyone. The show was absolutely hilarious with guest Louis C.K. talking about his new show on HBO and how he hates his kids. There seemed to be more expletives than usual but maybe I just noticed because they weren’t beeped out at the live taping. Samantha Bee’s produced package was great and she’s pretty cute in person. Overall it was an excellent Thursday. Hopefully, Friday will continue the streak.

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What Was I Thinking?

Posted by evankessler on October 4, 2005

Sometimes blind devotion to this website leads to embarrassingly inane posts such as last night’s debacle. I arrived home in the wee hours of the morning and did not have my priorities straight.
They should’ve been as follows:
1) Finish Pepperoni Roll
2) Sleep

Instead it went:
1) Finish Pepperoni Roll
2) Drunken conversation with Matt W
3) Blog
4) Put up new poll question and search for pictures for poll
5) Sleep

As you can see there were about three extra steps than were necessary. I could have easily recapped my weekend in more detail and with better punctuation. However, I suppose I should leave the posting below as an example of what happens in said situation so history does not allow my ineptitude to repeat itself on such a grand scale. Perhaps, I’m overreacting, but I’m not a big fan of misspelling words and run-on sentences with poor punctuation. I could easily go back and fix it but that would put up a façade of drunken perfection, which I do not claim to have achieved.

A quick hit note on a couple (meaning two) of observations I made this weekend.

1) Actors are different animals than most human beings. I don’t think this is a good or bad thing, but as we auditioned people this weekend I just thought that the people we were auditioning were just in a completely different plane of existence. I’m not putting them on a pedestal or looking down at them, I just can’t imagine handing someone my resume highlighting my abilities to do karate (blue belt) or monkey impressions.

2) I love Comedy Central for such wonderful programs as The Daily Show and South Park, and Stella but I think they need to raise their standards a bit. I’m not just talking about the debacles that are Blue Collar TV, Mad TV and Mind of Mencia. I turned on the channel this Saturday Afternoon to find the movie 40 Days and 40 Nights. I guess my point here is, if Comedy Central is going to show movies, they should be funny movies because it’s a comedy channel. Oh, and I see no reason they can’t start airing episodes of The State. Seriously, someone has to get on the ball with this.

So, yeah those are my thoughts that stand out from over the weekend. Today, going into work I had one of those elevator moments where everyone talks about how they can’t believe it’s Monday again and they hope the week goes fast. I think the “day of the week” conversation is a pretty strong argument against going to work. It’s probably the most pathetic conversation piece next to the “I don’t know you but it’s really warm out today” weather conversation with someone who works on the same floor as you. If I never had to have any of those conversations again it would be too soon, but at the same time, I think going into work each day breeds the same kind of boring daily routine that leaves you nothing better to talk about than what the weather you just saw outside is. I’m sure I’ve even started a few of these conversations whilst staggering through my zombie like work week trance, so I’m not exactly ahead of the pack.

Anyway, work was okay today. I had to get things ready for edit tomorrow that may or may not get cut short by Rosh Hashannah dinner in Rockland. Oh yeah, Happy Jew New Year. How did I celebrate my Jew New Year you ask? I went to go see Earl Pickens play at the CBGB Gallery. Jewish New Year and Country Music, quite the time honored tradition. It was a good little show, with about 15-20 folks looking on. He did a good mix of stuff from his album, new songs, and old favorites. It was on ly a 40 minute set. Earl is playing Nashville on October 24th and I think I’m going to try to fly down there with John Vacanti and catch the two gigs he’ll be doing. My job will be over by then so I won’t miss any work. I also learned today, that I can claim unemployment insurance after my Freelance gig is over. Hallelujah!!! I accidentally just hit the word count button on the toolbar and it said I’ve written 293 pages. That’s a lot of pages. So yeah, I’m going to stop here because I don’t want to reach 300 tonight.

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Presidential Debate

Posted by evankessler on October 1, 2004

Tonight I got home just in time for the presidential debate after a long day at work. I settled down in front of the TV with Sean Maddison and some Japanese food. This was one of the more important political events in recent memory, or at least in the last 4 years since the last debate. I don’t count the war as a political event, it was a presidential decision so I’m not discounting that. My definition of political events involves the pandering to the American public for approval. That being said, I think Kerry came out on top as he appeared confident and poised most of the time. The President was stumbling and often appeared to be searching for words. I’m a little biased as I’ve long since lost any faith I might have had in this President’s ability to carry out his job. Someone made the point to me recently that a lot of people like President Bush because he’s the type of guy you’d like in your backyard for a barbecue. Why would you want the President in the backyard for a barbecue? So you can talk to him about football or the pennant race? Fuck that. I’d rather have a President who seemed liked he had something more important to do than bullshit because he’s too busy running a country. I don’t want to talk to him about eating good burgers and fishing in Texas. I can do that with people that aren’t supposed to be running the country. I want my President to be much smarter than me. I don’t get that feeling from President Bush. Check out this link http://homepage.mac.com/njenson/movies/sovereignty.html Now, I don’t really have any idea how to answer this question but I would hope my President would be able to and not be laughed while attempting to do so, after nearly four years in office. I’d rather have a President who was made fun of because he was boring over one who is made fun of for being stupid.

Okay, enough of that. I’m not so good at the political speak and that’s not my only reason for liking Kerry over Bush but I’m not as good about writing about political doctrine and the likes. I leave that to the professionals. Also, the Daily Show had a great segment tonight about undecided voters in which Samantha Bee yelled at undecided voters saying something along the lines of, “Why can’t you make a fucking decision undecided voters! These two candidates are as different as night and day.” You should check it out. It’s pretty funny. It’ll probably be on the http://www.comedycentral.com webpage tomorrow under the Daily show section. Okay, time to go to bed. Goodnight.

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