A College Paper About the Word “Fuck,” Going Home, and Maybe Some Music Listening.

By:

The Dude on the Right

If you didn’t listen to our "Stu
& The Dudes’s Weekend Wrap-Up,
" I’ve got to thank our staff member Stu Gotz
for solving part of my new movie-going dilemma that I talked about in my

last blog
.  His suggestion was since the old movie theater had the
better viewing experience, when it comes to blockbluster-type movies, pay the
extra buck and a half and head to my tried and true theater, but for the most
part, I should save the cash and head to the new theater for the rest of the
movies.   Thanks Stu!

On another topic, one of the blogs I read on a
regular basis is from a dude named
Brad Feld
.  Subscribe to it if you will.  I don’t always agree
with him, but he found a great piece by a
dude
from Ohio State about the word "fuck."
  Thankfully he read the entire
thing and gave some great thoughts, appropriate for his blog title, so I was
able to skim over the entire "fuck" piece.  I just found Brad’s thoughts
entertaining and thought I would share the links.

On a last topic, I wanted to
post something tonight since I’m not sure when our next post will be, at least
in the next few days.  That’s because I’m heading back to the old country
for a weekend of rest and relaxation.  Okay, it’s not the old country, it’s
just Ohio, and it’s not a weekend of rest and relaxation, it’s just a weekend of
getting together.  But unlike the last time I went home, when I forgot to
charge the battery in my little digital camera, said camera is on charge so I’m
hoping to give a fun-filled blog with pictures from my homestead.  I’m also
taking the "Mobile Podcast Studio" with me so I’m planning on wrestling up my
niece, one of my siblings, or one of my parents to do a podcast over the
weekend.  My guess – they’ll all chicken out and I’ll just have to find
something entertaining and topical to talk about, much like I always do.

In
the meantime I’ve got to make sure my laptop is set to update the website from
afar, get some laundry done so I have clean clothes, get my garbage out in time,
and get a haircut.  The other thing is that even though I have my
Sirius Satellite Radio, as
my driving day is Friday,
Howard Stern
is off this Friday.  As much as I like "The Friday Show,"
I’m thinking about listening to a bunch of new music on my iPod and finally, and
I mean finally, getting some music reviews posted.  I’ve been really liking
the new Dixie Chicks
CD, have become a little iffy with
Blue October, and
need a couple of more spins with
Augustana
But then I’ve broken promises before.  I guess we’ll just have to see how
the trip goes.  Let’s just leave this blog at…

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Two Dilemmas and Some New Movie Reviews.

By:

The Dude on the Right

I have two dilemmas I am dealing with right now, both of which I hope to
remember to discuss with
Stu
Gotz
during our "Weekend Wrap-Up" podcast tomorrow.  Well, one I will
definitely discuss with him, and that simply has to do with having a podcast
that really isn’t for the kids.  No, we aren’t going to have any strippers
or porn stars in the studio discussing perverted sex acts or how they were
molested as children, although Stu would probably welcome that.  Nope, I’ll
leave that to the kings of those who do that.  In any case I heard a new
song on the radio this weekend.  Nope, it wasn’t on an FM nor an AM
station, it was on satellite radio,
Sirius as a matter of fact,
and it’s a pretty blunt song about Connecticut.  The thing is I laughed my
ass off during the song, and I’d like to play some clips for Stu, as well as
some clips from some of the band’s other songs.  I’m not sure if I want to
go there, namely risqué songs, but I think Stu will appreciate the songs, for
the campy feel they are worth.

My other dilemma has to do with movie theater
loyalty.  I don’t think Stu has this issue, but for the past many years I
have been a steady patron of our
AMC theater sort of
near my dude-pad.  It was a little further away than some of my other local
theaters, but it was the only one with stadium seating, had a huge variety of
times movies would be playing, had great online ticketing that didn’t charge you
anything if you were a
MovieWatcher
member, and even gave you free stuff (popcorn, sody-pop, and
movies) and other bonuses if you were also a said member of said MovieWatcher
program.  But another movie theater has opened, much closer to me, and at
slightly cheaper prices.  The problem I have is they don’t have free online
ticketing, the movie screen isn’t as enveloping, and as far as I know, no free
stuff for patronizing them.  The benefit is that the seats are a little
more comfortable and bouncy, and they stock

Raisinets
.  I suppose I might have to do a statistical analysis of the
pros and cons of both theaters, but man, the five minute travel time versus the
20 minute travel time is a huge issue, although without that travel time, I
wouldn’t have heard said song I eluded to in my first paragraph of this plight
had I gone to the closer theater on Saturday.  Who knew going to the movies
could be so complicated?

On the simpler of things, I did catch "Nacho
Libre
" and "The
Lake House
" this weekend.  I’ll talk to Stu about them as well, but
feel free to read the reviews in the meantime.  There’s a few more movie
previews posted, with a few more to come in the next couple of days, and then
finally I should be all caught up in getting my movie previews done.  My
next step is to get back to some concert reviewing, some CD reviewing I’ve been
promising for awhile, and even some DVD’s.  My summer is looking very busy,
and hopefully very fun.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

What’s New? A Great Movie Line, Mentos & Diet Coke Infatuation, and Your iPod and Your Toilet.

For this podcast The Dude on the Right finds a great movie quote, is still infatuated with Mentos & Diet Coke, but for the most part understands the importance of an iPod player combined with a toilet paper holder. You know you want to listen to your iPod in the bathroom, don’t you?

A Great Movie Line, Mentos & Diet Coke Infatuation, and Your iPod and Your Toilet.

By:

The Dude on the Right

I give a quick mention of one of my favorite
movie quotes,
because, well, it was on TV tonight, and some of this podcast is about my
seeming obsession with the

Mentos & Diet Coke
phenomenon.  But for the most part this podcast is
about a
new product
for your iPod.  Where is one of the places that it has been
difficult to listen to your iPod?  That’s right, it’s your bathroom. 
A company has come up with an iPod dock/player for your bathroom, and it even
has a toilet roll dispenser built in.  Laugh now, but don’t you want your
music in your bathroom?  Or if you are a dudette, taking a calming bath,
with the candles glowing, wouldn’t you like to have a place for your iPod with
your "soothing" music play-list playing?  Like I said, it sounds funny at
first talk, but these folks
with the bathroom iPod dock are probably onto something.  I’m just bummed I
didn’t think about it first.

Thanks for listening.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

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My Baseball Team Dilemma, Seeing The Omen with Kids, and Anna Nalick, back on the Charts.

By:

The Dude on the Right

Once again I am finding myself torn in my allegiance to a home baseball team.
Should it be the Cleveland
Indians
, the Chicago Cubs,
or Chicago White Sox? I
also wonder about parents bringing their children to see "The Omen," unless
maybe their children are demon spawn.  Lastly, Anna Nalick is back on the
charts, and I haven’t done the research as to why.

Thanks for listening.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

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Your T.V. Shows are Lost for now, but at Least Gay Marriage isn’t an Issue Anymore, yet..

By:

The Dude on the Right

Today was another win for a group of folks, but for most of the rest of us, it
was a loss, because, well, we didn’t make the call, write the letter, send the
e-mail, to our elected officials, and that is unless, of course, you want your
primetime TV to not reflect 2006.  And I, like you, you can blame me,
because I did have a nice letter to my Senator,
Barack Obama, opposing
this thing, but I didn’t realize this thing already went through and I never
sent it.

First,

let’s get to the win
because it’s an easier argument.  It’s an election
year for a batch of government folks, and what better way to gain some votes in
your conservative state than to support an amendment to our United States
Constitution that would state "marriage" is only a union between a man and a
woman.  Well, those supporting this amendment got their platform, but the
Senate rejected the proposed amendment, so right now you won’t see it on your
ballot.  This one was easy for most folks on both sides because they know
where their votes are coming from, and it lends to easy election ads.

Now the
messed up vote, affecting a huge majority of us.  Today the House of
Representatives voted to

raise the fine for obscene or indecent programming
on your TV screen or your
radio to $325,000 from $32,500.  I don’t know what the infatuation is with
the 325 number is, but in any case, if you don’t think this will affect you,
just wait until you start watching your prime-time shows on the major networks,
those being CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and the new CW, or listening to your radio. 
No one in network land really knows how they can relate to the real world
anymore, because there aren’t any defined rules, and the FCC isn’t helping. 
A little while back some ABC folks asked the FCC if airing the uncut version of
"Saving Private Ryan," complete with swear words (fuck and shit being the most
of them), was going to get them fined.  The FCC folks told them, I think,
something like "we can’t determine what is finable until we get complaints." 
Most of you don’t realize that right now, 5, that’s right, five, people, are
given the power to decide what is obscene, indecent, and they are going to fine
your ass because they, the 5, five, that’s right, five fucking people, over this
entire United States, have the authority to decide, what you, me, your friends,
my friends, and their friends, should be able to see on TV or listen to on
radio.

You can complain, bitch, and moan because your shows aren’t edgy
anymore, but you know what?  – It is yours and my fault.  Why? 
Because we didn’t send mention to our elected people that pretty much says the
FCC folks shouldn’t have "Indecency/Obscenity" authority.  A small number
of folks are working to take away our freedoms, and those freedoms might be gay
rights, or your right to watch TV that reflects society today, but if we don’t
work to be a voice, tomorrow might let us lose our voice.  Those on the
side of restricting free speech are gaining ground, and those on the side of
free speech are losing it.  If you don’t think so, wait until the small
number start pushing the agenda of censoring things on cable and satellite TV
(i.e. The Sopranos), or on satellite radio (i.e. Howard Stern and Opie and
Anthony).  I can give a bunch of Benjamin Franklin quotes, but right now
this one seems most appropriate:  "They that can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety."

Right now I can’t really complain, but just worry, because I’ve become
accustomed to a lot of cable TV channels and satellite radio, so FCC regulations
aren’t there.  And if they do get there, we have really crossed a wrong
line.  A small group has been influencing our TV and radio listening, I
suppose I just wonder if the real groups will get off their asses and make as
much noise.

Sorry for this this sort of controversial blog, but these two
things really hit me today.  Let’s see how tomorrow goes.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Going Through TV Withdrawals, and a Bitch at the Racetrack.

By:

The Dude on the Right

We had pretty much a perfect weather weekend here in the Chicago area, and I’ll
talk to Stu about it during our podcast tomorrow.  So because I can’t give
you a synopsis about what I did this weekend, I’ll just give you some ramblings
off of my head.

In any case, last week I was in a funk.  I think I am
going through TV withdrawals since all of my standard shows are done, except
"The Sopranos" which concludes its season tonight.  I almost got sucked
back into "So You Think You Can Dance," but baseball was on.  I didn’t
accomplish much for the web site, at least on the surface (or at least that you
could see).  I accidentally made some huge errors during the animation
process that has delayed our latest episode of "Stu & The Dude Reviewin’ the
Movies for You!", our review of "Over the Hedge," about a week.  I watched
too much baseball, for some bizarre reason kept getting sucked into "Batman
Begins" on cable, which I think is a fabulous film, even bought the DVD, but
still haven’t reviewed it (that’s really got to be remedied soon), but I did
accomplish something and you can now find some small accomplishments on the "Movie
Preview
" page.  So far there are fourteen new movie previews posted,
with six more to come in the next day or so, and another six to ten ready for
posting by next weekend, just in time for your summer "What the hell movie
should we go see this weekend" questions.

And for some reason some of my
thoughts also keep coming back to my trip to
Arlington Park (a
horse racetrack here in Illinois), and I don’t really know why.  One
thought was the fact that the one jockey won every race he was in, five races in
all.  As someone always looking for easy money, and even though the horses
he was riding weren’t long shots, it would have been easy to double most of your
betting money that afternoon, if only you would know.  But isn’t that the
thrill, and danger, of gambling, the fact that you never know?  I did come
home with more money than I figured I would lose, so I still consider myself a
winner on the gambling front.  The other thing that really struck me about
that day was this bitch of a woman we encountered, and how I still wish I could
be creative on my feet rather than thinking of things to say later in the day.

Anyway, it was still early in the afternoon and the six of us there grabbed some
eats to get us through the afternoon.  Looking for a nice spot to eat our
pulled pork sandwiches and corn on the cob, I think it was Trash who spotted a
dude sitting by himself at a picnic table.  She nicely asked him if he was
saving the picnic table, to which he replied that he was only waiting for one
person, so if we wanted a spot to eat, to go ahead.  So half of us did. 
Our intention was simply to eat our food and be on our merry way, and the dude
seemed to truly understand that.  About halfway through our meal, the
person he was waiting for showed up, a dudette, and she proceeded to start to
chew him out a little bit for giving up part of the picnic table.  It
wasn’t a loud berating, but we could hear it, and it seemed bizarre, on the
level, that for this picnic table, you wanted it all to yourself, just the two
of you, where you could really be a lot more cozy on the lawn.  Anyway, I
don’t know if the dudette was his wife, girlfriend, sister, mistress, but at
least he had the balls to pretty much say "Just shut up and sit down," knowing
we would be leaving on our merry way soon.  Therein lies the "I wish I
could have been quicker on my feet" thing.  How many options would there
be?  Oh, the options are so many.  The first, and easiest, would have
just been to sit there the rest of the day.  Let my friends go on their
merry way betting and such, but just sit there, telling them "No, I like this
spot, I think I’m going to camp out here all afternoon, maybe fake phoning them
my bet for the next race."  Then there would be the "Pretend we are from
out of town and make her look like a dumb-ass" move by putting on a fake,
southern accent, and nicely go to the dude "Thank you so much for you
hospitality, sir, and giving us a nice spot to eat.  I hope we didn’t cause
any problem between you and your misses" as we were leaving.  And so many
other thoughts kept coming to mind, bending on the obnoxious to the making her
look like a complete horse’s ass (get it, we were at the horse races, horse’s
ass – oh man, I kill myself sometimes).

In any case, maybe getting that off my
chest here in this blog will help me to move on, realize that "Big Brother" will
be starting back up in a few weeks, and maybe I should use this time of lack of
TV shows productively.

On tap this week for Entertainment Ave! hopefully will
be our podcast of "Stu & The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up," more movie preview
postings, movie reviews of "Cars,"
"The
Omen
," and "A
Prairie Home Companion
," and I really want to do some CD reviews of the new
Dixie Chick’s album, an album from Blue October, and I’ll try like hell to get a
DVD review of "Batman Begins" done.  I’d like to say I promise to get all
of that done, but there is the season finale of "Deal or No Deal" that might eat
into some of my reviewing time.  God I sometimes hate TV.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Our New “What’s New?” and Blog Page, and A Dude Walking the Side of the Road.

By:

The Dude on the Right

First off you might have noticed some changes with this page and the updates you
receive.  Simply put, I’ve decided to combine our "What’s New?" listing
with our blog posting since, many times, they meld together.  Let me know
if you "like it," "hate it," or really don’t care.  I always like feedback.

That aside, this blog isn’t about changes on the website, this is about
something that is still kind of bothering me, knowing I should have probably
called 911, or is it 999, or is it *999, or is it *911.  Let’s start with
the initial incident.

I was driving back to the dude-pad from a company where I do
some consulting.  All of the traffic is cruising along the highway and I
couldn’t help but notice, up in the short distance, a dude walking along the
highway.  First thought, a hitchhiker, although you don’t see many of them
these days anymore.  At quicker glance the dude didn’t seem to be
hitchhiking because there wasn’t a thumb in site, and he was facing the
direction of the traffic, but as my dude-mobile came nearer to him, he didn’t
look like others I have seen walking the side of a highway.  As I traveled
past the dude I tried to take a look, and it looked like a younger dude, maybe
even high school age, with a backpack, and I wondered if I should do something. 
But what is that something I should do?  I could try and pull over and see
if he was okay, I could try to call the police, and here is where, sadly, I
ended up.  I decided to do nothing.

Lots of wrong thoughts have come into
my head since I got home, had dinner, and have been doing this, that, and the
other thing before writing this blog, and most of them have been bad,
disappointed in myself, and hoping the dude is okay.  There is the simple
thought that A) The dude was a psychopath, and if I had pulled over I might be
on the evening news in a way I wouldn’t ever see.  B)  The dude gets
picked up by a psychopath, and if I had pulled over and tried to help, he
wouldn’t be on the evening news in a way I would be sad to see.  C) 
Why didn’t anyone else pull over?

Then I wondered other things like, in a
fucked up kind of way, maybe life as a drifter is actually better than his life
at home, and stopping him would have sent him back to the hell that had been his
life, maybe I missed his broken down car and he was just on the way to the exit
to get to a phone, or maybe he was just a kid looking to walk along the highway
(and that could be a song lyric, but I digress).

But here is the weird thing,
and since I’m a nut-job, for me it’s crazy.  In the end, in the grand
scheme of things, I wasn’t sure of what number to call to report the dude
walking along the highway in the first place.  At home, or even at work,
the choice for an emergency is easy, it’s simply 911.  But ever since I’ve
sold cell phones, and have driven highways, the emergency number seems to be
different.  I know, the easy answer is that I should have just pried my
cell phone out of my pocket and at least tried to dial 911, but I became
conflicted.  Is the best route "911."  Should I go for "*999," or is
it "*998?"  Is the "*" necessary?  And "What Exit did I just pass up
if they ask?"

In the end I called no one, but still, in my head, I see this
kid/dude walking along the highway, and just hope, pray, and hope some more,
that he is okay.  Why?  Because I did the same as everyone else in my
front view and in my rear view mirror who drove past him – I did nothing. 
I really hope I wasn’t wrong to do that.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!