I’ve Finally Switched Sides – Chicago is My Kinda Town.

By:

The Dude on the Right

I was going to see the movie "Waiting" today, at least to add another movie
review for the weekend, but alas, the football game between the Chicago Bears
and Cleveland Browns started, and since I did see "Two For the Money" on
Saturday, I didn’t feel that guilty.  But as I camped out on my couch,
listening to the radio feed from
WBBM and watching the TV
feed on FOX (the FOX announcers were, well, not that great, and the

Chicago radio crew
is great), it is now official:  I’ve lived in
Chicago long enough to switch my allegiance from my old home teams, those being
based in Cleveland, to my new home teams, those being based in Chicago, although
there is a slight baseball wrinkle, and that came up during the end of the
baseball season when the Tribe was playing the White Sox.  There I was, on
my couch, cheering on the Bears and pissed that the Browns trounced all over
them.  So, and I somewhat apologize to anyone I know back in Ohio (sorry
Mom), but, for football, I’m a Bears fan first and a Browns fan second. 
I’ll cheer on the Browns with all of my heart, unless they are playing the
Bears, and I found that out today.

Now, here comes the baseball wrinkle. I’ve turned into a Cubs fan, which in inherently wrong, since I "grew up" in
Chicago on the south side, across an expressway from the old

Comiskey Park
.  But, the first game I remember going to in Chicago was
a Cubs game, during Rush Week at
Theta Xi.  I guess
that is where I started my liking the Cubs, but in those early years, I’m pretty
sure I caught more beer-an-inning White Sox games than Cubs games.  And
things were pretty simple, for the most part, because in my dreams, I would be a
Cubs fan and an Indians fan, and only have to worry about things if they both
ended up in the World Series.  Then this year came, the Cubs were sucking
as usual, the Indians weren’t doing much at first, and the White Sox were just
unbelievable.  I found it odd, but I started cheering on the White Sox, and
not caring about the Cubs and Indians.   Then the end of the season
came, the Indians were unbelievable, the White Sox were average, and I have to
say, I was cheering on the Indians.  It is here that I decided my baseball
allegiance now goes something like this:  Chicago Cubs first; Cleveland
Indians second; and Chicago White Sox third.  I suppose this allegiance
will never be tested because during the regular season, if the Cubs play the
Indians, I’ll cheer them both on, but if, by some twist of impossible fate, the
Cubs and Indians end up in the World Series, I’ll finally have to make a choice.

I know what you are saying, "What about basketball?"  That, again, won’t be
answered until a playoff series because, well, I’ve grown to like the Bulls,
especially during the Michael Jordan era  (although I was cheering on the
Cavs until Jordan would, inevitably, crush their hopes like a bug).  And
last year, I was really pulling for the Bulls, but I’ve also become a fan of

LeBron
, so that is at least keeping my interest in the Cavs on a higher
level (they better never trade him, or it’s over for me).

I have to say, it was almost weird cheering on the Bears, hoping somehow that Kyle Orton would
pull out some dream ending to the game, but I’ve been living in the Chicago area
some 19 years now, more years than I can remember living in the Lorain, Ohio
area, so I guess it shouldn’t be that weird.  I just so much wish that the
Bears could have won.  Maybe next time.

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

Farts are funny.

By:

The Dude on the Right

A while ago, at an office I do consulting for, I simply made the statement to
the secretary dudette, Blondie, and my accountant buddy, Fruitcake, he of the
firm Dewey, Cheatum, & Howe, that "farts are funny."  I had
Howard Stern on my
radio, he had one of his farter dudes on, and I was cracking up.  They
inquired as to what I was laughing at, and I simply blurted out "Because farts
are funny."  So I turned the radio up a bit so they could here, and sure
enough, they both found it funny, although the secretary dudette said she also
found it kinda gross, but laughed none-the-less.  So, today, Stern once
again showed that something as simple as a fart can be very funny, especially
when added with a little text on your radio screen.

For those of you who don’t
know, and maybe you don’t care, but I do, Howard Stern is leaving the normal
FM airwaves
to go to Sirius Satellite Radio
next year.  I’ve been a fan of Howard for quite awhile now, and not just
for some laughs because of farts, but because he is one of the best at
interviewing people and somehow getting them to spill stuff no one can get out
of them.  In any case, the other day the satellite radio folks updated the
channels on the radio in my dude-mobile, and low and behold, there were Howard’s
channels, 100 and 101, but sadly, with nothing but dead air.  No promos, no
static, just nothing.  Listening to Howard after that, all he lamented
about was that it was driving him crazy that there was nothing on the channels. 
Then, by certain genius, a listener told Howard he should just have farts going
on.  Then the wheels of the other genius, namely Howard, started rolling,
and even as the other folks on the show,
Fred, Artie, and Robin,
started suggesting things like fart competitions and wind chimes, Howard stuck
to the simple – just have his farter folks, well, just fart (or queef as I
believe it was during the midday shift, which, sadly, I missed).  The only
added bonus, some updating text on the Sirius radio display commenting on the
farts.  In my land of being easily amused, and with the utter belief that
farts are funny, it was some of the most funniest low-tech/high-tech radio I
have heard in a long time.

Yes, there I was, off this morning to an
appointment, cruising in the dude-mobile, flipping between listening to Howard
and listening to a dude fart.  Sorry Howard, I probably spent more time
listening to Junior
the Farter
rather than you, but in all honesty, I was mesmerized. 
Silence, then a blast.  Suddenly the screen on my radio would change giving
Junior a 3.5 for that fart.  More silence, then a super-long blast, and
then my radio would tell me that Junior’s last far was 17 seconds.  And it
just continued, and I couldn’t stop listening, and I couldn’t stop laughing.

This isn’t rocket science, which I could help you with since I do have an
Aerospace Engineering degree,
but I will go to my grave saying that "Farts are funny."  Today, Howard
just helped me prove that I’m right, especially later in the day, when I was
heading back to the dude-pad, heard Will the Farter, and still just couldn’t
help but laugh, and whoever was typing in the text going into my radio display,
you’re pretty funny too.

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

“A History of Violence,” “Flightplan,” and “A Hitchhiker’s Guide” reviews, plus some music review teasing.

By:

The Dude on the Right


Wow, we’re up to our

forth podcast
now, and this one has has even more music and we’ve got a cool
graphic to download it.  Slowly I’m getting the hang of this, now I just
need to learn to annunciate a a little better, but, it’s a work in progress, as
I’ve been saying before.  Anyway, this podcast has movie reviews of "A
History of Violence
" and "Flightplan,"
a DVD review of "A
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
," and some teasing of our next podcast
which will have music reviews of Bon Jovi’s latest, "Have a Nice Day," and I
totally hate to admit that I actually liked it, for what it is, but the "Crazy
Frog" CD.  As always, I welcome your comments.

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

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Website Issues, “A History of Violence,” and The Indians Lost, At Least TV Gets Back to Normal.

By:

The Dude on the Right

So last I left with how God might have messed up with Hurricane Katrina and how
I was pissed at my cable company for messing up with the Indians/White Sox
broadcast, but I suppose I should just let that all go since the hurricane stuff
was mostly based on wacky religious postings and Hurricane Rita didn’t hit
Houston like it was supposed to, and then, of course, the Cleveland Indians,
coming on strong, really choked, as apposed to the White Sox who found
themselves winning games like they were at the beginning of the season.  At
least I don’t really have to worry that much about watching the baseball
championships on TV, I’ve got too many other shows to watch anyway, although I’m
still pissed about The W.B. moving "Smallville" against "Survivor."

I’m finally catching up on things after a couple of weeks of tweaking some
website design issues that were bugging me, most of which none of you will
notice, but I just wanted to tidy up the place a bit, thus delaying a lot of
postings and podcastings.  So, posted now are reviews of "A
History of Violence,
" "Flightplan,"
and "The
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
" DVD, the last, which, sadly, didn’t have
that much cool on this release but the movie was okay viewing the second time
around.

This week I’m working on a podcast review of the movies I’ve seen, a podcast
and website review of the new Bon Jovi and Crazy Frog CD’s, getting back on the
concert trail, as well as still trying to catch that damn penguin movie everyone
seems to like.  September just ended, kinda like the

Green Day
song, and there are only three months left in 2005.  For me,
2005 has really been a hell of a year so far, a lot good, a lot bad, and maybe
it’s been the same for some of you out there, but the Holidays are coming, as
well as Howard Stern going to
Sirius (farting is supposed to start this
Thursday, and farts are always funny, and in all fairness and disclosure, I do
own some of their stock),
Paris broke
up with Paris
, Renee is back on the market, so is Jennifer, and I’ve got two
months to lose some weight and beat my sister in our second bet.  It’s
looking to be a busy three months for the rest of 2005.  Good luck, we’re
all going to need it, I think.

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

Our Blog: How Can a Major Cable TV Company Screw Up So Bad?

By:

The Dude on the Right

I was going to do this Blog about hurricane Rita and how I figured God must have
messed up with Katrina, but instead, my blog has quickly shifted to my being
totally pissed at the cable TV company called Comcast.  Why?  Simply
because at the time of this writing, it’s 7:42PM, CDT, at least according to my
computer, and their sports channel, who took the rights from the Fox Sports
channel, is still out on my cable system.  Normally I wouldn’t care, except
tonight is the rubber match for this three game series between the Chicago White
Sox and the Cleveland Indians.  That’s right, the channel simply says "No
signal."  These people don’t even have a back-up to say something like "We
are experiencing technical difficulties."  Nope, just a blank, fucking,
screen, and I hate to get blue with this blog, but I find this unbelievable from
one of the largest cable companies in the United States, at least without the
ability to put something real on my screen.  This wouldn’t even be an
issue, except this is a game that can DECIDE THE WINNER OF THE DIVISION. 
I’ve seen dozens of other sport’s broadcasts where they have technical
difficulties, but at worst, they have, on screen, something saying they are
having problems with the broadcast, and at least better, have the broadcasters
on telephones, at least giving the play-by-play, even without the video. 
Yea, I know, I could find a radio and get the game, but I pay way too much money
for my cable TV, so I am way pissed off.  I just did a quick check of the
Major League Baseball site, I see my Indians scored a run, and I can’t watch it
because, well, now I’m stuck watching Martha Stewart in her Apprentice version. 
Fine, I hate to admit that I sort of wanted to see that show, but right now,
baseball takes a lot more precedence over what Martha will say when she cans
someone.  Yes, I did call the cable company, and they said they are having
problems, but the dude on the phone, who seemed nice enough, said he had no idea
when the problem would be fixed.  The problem isn’t when it will be fixed,
it’s just that why should I have to call?  Why can’t you put something on
my TV screen that says there are problems going on, rather than just "No
signal."

Oh, by the way, for this episode, Martha said "Jeffrey, you just don’t fit
in."  Then told him "Goodbye," and wrote him a note.  But now it’s
time for "Lost," and hopefully the game will be back on, otherwise, I’ll just
have to keep watching my internet screen to seen the Gameday Live update.

If I can get to another blog tomorrow, I’ll explain how God must have messed
up, but for now I’m just pissed.

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

A Quick “Just Like Heaven” Review, Too Much Television, and How Do You Pronounce “Zooey Deschanel?”

By:

The Dude on the Right

The third podcast gives a quick review of "Just
Like Heaven
" and why Stu Gotz thinks I’m a puss, some of my television
viewing issues, and just ramblings.  If you’re listening to these first
Podcasts, thanks, and feel free to send me some feedback, more technical like
the sound volume is okay, and even if you think my Podcasts suck.  I’m
working on it, and I’ve got some hardware things to fix, so hopefully they’ll
get better as we go along.  Again,  because I’m still working on
designing this entire podcast thing, in any case, if you want to subscribe to
our podcast, use this
Feedburner
link.

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

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There’s Just Too Much TV, and The Cleveland Indians Aren’t Helping.

By:

The Dude on the Right

Only a few days into the fall television season, and I am quickly realizing that
I am

screwed
because now baseball is getting in the way. Pretty much having lived
in the Chicago area longer than I lived in the Cleveland area, I aligned myself
with the Cubs. But at the
beginning of this baseball season, the
Chicago White Sox were
going crazy, and it was just baseball that was fun to watch. My
Cleveland Indians weren’t
doing all that great, and lord knows the Cubs were all over the map that you
couldn’t get around them, and I’m not saying my allegiance shifted from the Cubs
to the White Sox, but I would find it cool to get a playoff team that seemed
destined to go all the way, so I started rooting for the Sox. But then a couple
of funny things happened. First, the White Sox started not playing so well.
Second, the Indians started playing phenomenal baseball, and on
sports talk-radio all
over Chicago, everyone was worried about the Indians. And now look, the Tribe
took the first game of this huge series against the Sox, and if you look at
their remaining schedules, the Indians look poised to make one of the greatest
comebacks in baseball history while the White Sox fans will no longer be able to
make fun of the Cubs and their ’69 demise, because, well, their demise may rank
right back up there in the baseball disaster record books.

But that’s not why I’m screwed. Nope, tonight the ballgame is on, but in
conflict with many another show. I’ve got "The
Biggest Loser
," the season finale of "Big
Brother 6
," the premiere of "My
Name is Earl
" and "The
Office
," not to mention the conflict with the damn "Dancing
With the Stars
" dance-off, and the conclusion of "Rock
Star: INXS
." Sure, I’ve got a TIVO, and an old VCR, but I don’t think that
is going to cut it. I was trying to get around it, but dammit, I might have to
look into getting another TIVO, or the digital recorder from my cable company,
or just throw all of my TV’s out the window and read a book instead. The latter
will never happen, but for now, all I know is that for my television viewing
this Tuesday evening, I’m screwed.

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

“Survivor” Was Great, but Why Are We Doing a Podcast?

By:

The Dude on the Right.

Again I give myself dilemmas.  It’s bad enough I’m already getting sucked
into the fall television season, with my already being pretty much hooked on "The
Biggest Loser
" and "Survivor,"
but I know the new seasons of everything else I like are coming up quickly. 
Then I started questioning just why in the hell am I really starting a podcast. 
I mean, what’s really the point.  I have the website, I have this blog, and
now it seems I’m just being redundant with the podcast thing.  But I’ve got
something to say, and it’s a place to say it, so for now I’m going to just go
with the flow, and maybe figure a way all of the things can meld together in a
really coherent way.

The weather is finally a little better here in the Chicago area, although
it’s supposed to warm up again next week, but we’ll see how that goes. 
I’ve got movie dilemmas, choosing between "Lord
of War
" or "Just
Like Heaven,
" there’s the Bears game on Sunday afternoon eating into my
movie-watching time, I’m covering
My Chemical Romance
Sunday night, and I still haven’t seen the damn penguin movie although everyone
says it is incredible.  That, and I’m heading back to the old country,
alright, just Ohio, next weekend, so we’ll see how all of that plays into things
as the upcoming week comes along.

I did do another
podcast
so use the highlighted link to get there because I’m still trying to figure the
best way/placing of our podcast link on our pages.  Tomorrow, though, I’m
thinking all of these dilemmas will be history, because I’ll have $250 million
dollars to work with to solve them because I have the winning Mega Millions
ticket in my pocket!

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

Our Second Podcast

By:

The Dude on the Right

Okay, second podcast, this one is mostly ramblings about why are we really doing
a podcast, but also some comments on the new season of "Survivor" and "The
Biggest Loser."  So, here’s our second podcast, for

Friday, September 16th.
  Again,  because I’m still working on
designing this entire podcast thing, in any case, if you want to subscribe to
our podcast, use this
Feedburner
link.

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

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Almost ready to start our podcast – Never the easy way.

By:

The Dude on the Right

Today has been a busy day where, at the end of the day, I’m not really sure how
much I really got done.  For some reason I figure we need to do a podcast. 
Hell, everyone else is doing one, why not us.  So I spent a lot of the last
few days trying to figure out the best way to get this up and running.  I
wanted to use my blogging software to set up the podcast area, so that was an
issue in itself, especially since I can’t seem to upgrade to the new version and
that still has me twisted because if there’s a newer version of software, I
think I should have it, even if it causes trouble.  Hell, I spent Saturday
trying to get my iPod software to work again (Apple introduced version 5, which
seems to have some bugs in it), but finally, after way too much time, my iPod is
working again, and as of this evening, I think I have the podcast templates
almost okay for the podcast area I’m planning on setting up.  The rest of
today was trying to find software that would allow me to record my podcast with
a real-time, going in my headphones audio, because I plan to incorporate
audio/music/other clips into the podcast as I record it, so it would be really
helpful if I could hear everything I am trying to record at the same time I am
talking.  Anyway, I think I might have found my initial software, made by a
company called Acoustica,
but they only give a seven day trial download, so I suppose I have to figure out
quickly if it will be my podcast software of choice for awhile, and such are my
issues, as well as already getting sucked into "The Biggest Loser" when it was
on TV yesterday.  And then
Survivor
starts tomorrow (thank God President Bush scheduled his speech for 8PM CDT,
because he would have lost another notch in my popularity poll had he
interrupted the Survivor premier.)  Anyway, my initial plan is sort of like
recording my own five to fifteen minute podcast on the internet, at least for
now, either just doing a review of a concert or movie I saw, or just some other
crap I can think to talk about.

Alright, this is dragging on to long.  Right now our podcast site is at

www.entertainmentavenue.com/podcast
, the first podcast is simply a test with
a review of the movie "Crash", but eventually there should be a link to be able
to subscribe to it, at least, hopefully in the next day or so, or at least by
the end of the weekend.  Those out there say podcasts are easy to
do/set-up, and maybe, sometimes they are, but I like to make things a little
more polished, or maybe a little more Polish (at least staying with my
nationality), and in any case, that makes it a little more difficult.

In any case, if the podcast thing isn’t working yet, I apologize.  Give
me a few days to get things clicking, and I thank you always for your support.

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