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Archive for July, 2010

Whose Line Is It anyway? and the key to improv

I figured I’d start a new post while I’m still hopped up on Mountain Dew and orange whip (or as I like to call it, an Orange Avalanche). 

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” is a show I used to watch a lot in my middle school years.  Going back to it on DVD, it holds up splendidly.  I daresay it’s at least as funny now as it was back then. 

But what makes it funny?  To make a long story short, I’d say it was the fact that these guys could pretty much do what they wanted.  Allow me to illustrate: When I was in high school, during a session of theater arts workshop (don’t ask), we were told that we would be doing improv that day.  Finally, I thought!  We can let loose and do the kind of stuff they do on “Whose Line”!  Yeah, right.  The teacher never let us go for more than a few seconds without stopping us for one reason or another.  In short, she never really allowed the jokes to play out or build up to anything.  That’s a problem I would encounter more than once in various classes.  Whenever a “creative” exercise is assigned, the creative decisions have already been made by the instructor.  In other words, there’s little room for real creativity at all.  Whether you’re learning piano, studying theater, or taking a writing class, it seems like you jump through an endless series of hoops without ever getting to do what you really wanted to do.  This may be one of the reasons that blogging is so popular.  This youtube clip illustrates how the guys on Whose Line managed to mine comedy gold out of almost anything:

Over the show’s run, a number of guest stars were featured.  Here’s an excerpt from a memorable episode featuring Robin Williams:

Hope you enjoyed!


Chaos at the Convenience Store

It’s  a hot summer day.  I have a dollar and change.  That’s right!  It’s off to the AM/PM for a soda!  Most convenience stores allow you to refill their drink cups at a discount.  At AM/PM you can refill a 64 oz. cup for $1.09.  Today they only charged me 87 cents for a fill-up!  My brother says that they run some kind of special on various days of the week, which is why the price seems to vary.  Anyway, on to the real story…

These days, convenience stores offer a pretty wide variety of sodas at their fountains.  The AM/PM down the street has about a dozen or so options, including Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Coke (all three in regular and diet), two flavors of Gatorade, and various energy drinks.  I could have spent half an hour sampling the flavors before I made up my mind (and I almost did!).  This time, however, I found something I hadn’t noticed before. 

Ever have an orange whip?  The only other place I’ve seen them is at a Mexican restaurant.  Having a taste, I immediately realized what made it so tasty: it was basically an orange-and-cream popsicle in soda form.  It was so sweet, I had to dilute it.  So, I added Mountain Dew in roughly equal proportion.  The mixture worked fairly well, since Mountain Dew has sort of a citrus flavor, and the orange whip was so strong that I could still taste it very clearly. 

When I mixed the two together, I noticed that it was unusually foamy, no doubt the result of some kind of chemical reaction.  I saw something similar when my Dad mixed Mountain Dew with milk.  My brother says that the foam is essentially cheese.  When my stomach started gurgling after only a few sips of this curious mixture, I knew I was onto something. 

All in all, I love the taste of orange whip, and mixing it with Mountain Dew helps dilute it without ruining the flavor.  If you get the chance, I recommend giving it a try.  Be warned, however: this stuff is sweet enough to burn the back of your throat.  If you try it, you might want to stick to a 20 oz.-or-smaller cup.  You know what?  I just realized that this would make an excellent float if I were to scoop some French Vanilla ice cream into it…

What’s with the Coke Bottles?

Today I went to the store for a two-liter Coke.  When I got to the soda aisle, I noticed something odd.

It's not a good sign that I find this so interesting...

Please excuse the poor photgraphy.

 The Coke bottles had black lids!  Mind you, this was Coke Classic, not some Diet or promotional flavor.  Just plain old Coke.  My digital camera is pretty cheap, so here’s a wider shot that will hopefully illustrate it better:

I hope I didn't uncover some far-flung conspiracy involving Fidel Castro and the cast of "Days of Our Lives"...

Another testament to my photographic prowess.

I’ve been drinking Coke for a long time, and I’m pretty sure Coke bottle lids have been red since at least the 1990s.  They may have been other colors at various times and places, but I’m so used to them being red that it’s a shock to see a sudden switch to black lids without any fanfare, especially since Coke has a habit of altering its appearance every few years to draw attention to itself.  (Remember the period a few years ago when Coke had a stylized logo with a little yellow stripe running through it?  That was a cool design while still being true to the old logo.)  I noticed that some bottles on the shelf had black lids, while others toward the back had the normal red ones.  Maybe it has something to do with a local bottler.  Anyway, I thought I’d write about it while I still had the interest.  In the comments, feel free to let me know if this sort of thing has happened in your neck of the woods.

Finally! Actual content!

It took me hours and hours, but I finally got everything working reasonably!  Text is readable, my custom background collage is visible, and the layout is not too cluttered.  Special thanks to Jason for being my first poster!  Thank you for your support!  Thanks also to Matt from X-Entertainment and all the regular posters on that blog.  Now that I’m finally ready, I’ll start things off by giving you a general idea about what subjects I plan to cover:


Video Games



Potpourri (anything that doesn’t fit in the other categories, and assorted trivia)

This is not a definitive list, as I will doubtless branch off into whatever subjects strike my fancy.  You can check the categories or run a search at any time, as I may add new content that fits into a very sepcific area of interest for you.  Now, I’m finally ready to do what I set out to do and write about… things.

It took me 8 hours…

…but I finally got a viable theme worked out!