Merry Christmas to All!

The presents are opened, and I’m waiting for My BFF to get ready so we can go to Christmas mass, so I thought I would write a quick blog to wish everyone out there Merry Christmas, and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I just wish for you to enjoy the day. I suppose a later post might encompass how my Christmas celebrating has changed in the past couple of years since my parents died and I’m now engaged (that thought was spurred on by My BFF who asked me this morning how my family would have been celebrating Christmas today, other than seeing a movie, of course), a discourse about the table top Christmas tree v. the floor standing Christmas tree v. the live Christmas tree, how college friends still keep getting together in December, every year, for over twenty years, the plight of the nauga, or how dinner isn’t the same without my brother and me making fun of my sister, but there really isn’t time for all of those stories, right now, as a trip to church and then to visit with my future in-laws is quickly approaching.
I will lastly just say that I would like to send some Christmas love to those who might be spending the day alone when they could be spending it with family and friends, and an extra Christmas wish to my brother, and how I wish things were different.
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


Extract PhotoThe Dude on the Right is a little miffed during his review of the Blu-ray "Extract," but not because of the movie. Mostly he is disappointed in the lack of extras on the Blu-ray, or the DVD for that matter, but luckily he enjoyed the movie. He liked Jason Bateman, thinks Mila Kunis is nice on the eyes (and funny), and he thinks Gene Simmons might have a life after that little band called KISS that he is in, either as an actor, or maybe a scheister lawyer. All in all The Dude thinks "Extract" is a decent movie for you to watch at home, but don’t worry about the extras because they aren’t really worth it.

To Eat Shrimp, or Not to Eat Shrimp? That is the question.

I don’t really remember exactly how long ago it was, but I do remember my first, real, allergic reaction. I had a prepared shrimp salad, as I recall it was very yummy, and all seemed well, but then about an hour later I felt a little out of sorts. I remember seeing a red splotch on my arm, eventually I ended up in the bathroom, looked at myself in the mirror, and my face was starting to become all contorted. Immediately the movie “Hitch” came to mind – the scene where Will Smith had an allergic reaction and his face looked like a cross between The Elephant Man and, well, Will Smith. I went to the drug store, got some Benadryl, and started to become paranoid as some quick internet searches said that in a few minutes I wouldn’t be able to breath and my head might explode, but a few other searches at a few more reputable sites said that if I started to sense breathing problems that I best be dialing 911.
Happily the Benadryl did its job, but sadly I didn’t do the important thing at the time and that was to contact the people who made the shrimp salad and find out every ingredient, down to the last dash of salt, that was a part of it. Me, I just assumed I developed an allergy to shellfish, and even though I loved shrimp, the thought of my face looking like a kaiser roll again didn’t thrill me, so ever since then I have done my best to avoid shrimp.
Enter an allergy test.
Finally, after too many years, I visited a doctor and my starting tests were interesting. My overall cholesterol was good, my bad cholesterol was good, my good cholesterol could be better, I need to exercise more, and my allergy test came back clean. Yup, all of these years have gone by, and I might have been able to be eating shrimp, but then again I might not because, as she put it, the tests aren’t perfect. It appears that I don’t have a general shellfish allergy, which I figured was the case because the last time I had some lobster my head didn’t explode, there’s a chance there might have been some special spice in the original shrimp salad that was the culprit, or maybe it was just where that specific shrimp was from. So without a slew of allergy tests, it’s almost like searching for a needle in a haystack because I didn’t do the smart thing at the time and investigate the tastiness of my salad.
The thing is that over the years I actually wanted to try to eat some shrimp again, just to see what would happen, and I have a relative and a friend that both have allergies, so much so that they are supposed to carry this EpiPen thingy. There I was, ready to chow down, only to have both of them tell me that their EpiPens had expired, to which they both looked at me like “Yea, I know, I should probably have that thing current, shouldn’t I?”, but that wouldn’t help me if my own medical experiment proved shrimp was the cause. But now, with my clean allergy test, I have a dilemma: To eat shrimp, or not to eat shrimp? Maybe I’ll have to take a trip to Hooters and ask the waitress “Can I have ten shrimp, hot, with a side order of Benadryl?” or maybe I’ll just have the burger. They do have a tasty burger.
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

No Blago, Some Big O, Being Sicko, and Obamo.

Stu Gotz starts things off by trying to figure out why I’m not going to read “The Governor” by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagejovich. Meanwhile, as I’m ruining the podcast with coughing fits as I get over a cold, Stu isn’t suffering from his allergies, at least while we are recording. … the big news in Chicago was Oprah shutting down Michigan Avenue for her kick-off special with the Black Eyed Peas, among others, and nationally President Obama was going to talk to kids…And finally, Stu caught “Whatever, Martha!” with Jennifer Koppelman Hutt and Alexis Stewart, for whatever reason.

The Soloist

In simplest terms, for “The Soloist,” Jamie Foxx portrays a real-life dude named Nathaniel Ayers. Nathaniel’s a musical virtuoso who went to Julliard and then suffered a mental breakdown, resulting is his living on the streets of Los Angeles. Robert Downey Jr. portrays Steve Lopez. He’s a journalist who one day runs into Nathaniel on the street,.

What’s New? A Movie Review of: The Hangover

The Dude on the Right made one error when he went to see "The Hangover" – He brought along his fiance. It’s not that she didn’t love the movie, because she did, but it’s now highly unlikely that The Dude will be having his bachelor party in Las Vegas. Even if The Dude did make that error, he did love the movie does his best not to give away too many of the jokes during his review of "The Hangover." It’s funny, he says, in the same way movies like "Stripes," "Caddyshack," and "Old School" are funny. It might not really be a film for the dudettes, at least the "my poop doesn’t stink" dudettes, but for most of them, they’ll laugh as well.

A Shout-Out to My Favorite Niece, Britney has a Good and Bad Day, and Go Cubs.


The Dude on the Right

First off a big shout-out to my favorite niece, and a get-well shout-out to her
friend start

this podcast
. Mostly, though, it is about Britney Spears who seemed to have
a day that started with great news, and then ended with a Judge saying Kevin
Federline might still be the better parent. My advice for Brit: Move out of the
TMZ to someplace where you can actually be a mom and still focus on your career.
Look at Bruce Springsteen – He’s supposedly a great dad and lives in New Jersey,
or Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, living wherever they live, yet all of their
careers don’t stop.

But this weekend, at least in Chicago, is about the
Chicago Cubs beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago Bears beating the
Green Bay Packers, and hopefully no Chicago Cubs fans beating up runners during
the Chicago Marathon.

Thanks for listening.

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

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Stu & The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up: Hooters are Nicer in Houston, Nintendo Wii Elbow, A Sweet 16 Party, and “Artie Lange’s Beer League.”


The Dude on the Right

I like Hooters.  And
Stu likes Hooters.  And it’s time for another episode of "Stu & The Dude’s
Weekend Wrap-Up!"  And speaking of Hooters,

Spring, TX has the best Hooters
I have ever seen.

I also got a chance to
play with a Nintendo Wii, which may lead to destruction and injuries, give Stu
some stories about my niece’s Sweet Sixteen party that can be told on air,
leaving other stories for off the podcast so as not to embarrass my niece. 
And lastly, for me, in conjunction with

my last blog
, I decided to watch "Artie Lange’s Beer League" in the airport
while I waited to board my delayed flight.  Stu, in the meantime, saw
"Happily N’Ever After" and didn’t really like it, and he is still obsessed with
the "Battlestar
" chick.

Thanks for listening and your comments.

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

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