Monday, February 27, 2006

Drinking and Pirating

So we went to a couple of Film premier's this week - both were very lovely indeed. But then afterwards, there is always a party. The "After" party if you will. As far as I am concerned, there really is no need to call it an "after" party when the party doesn't start until then to begin with, but whatever. Unless I am drinking - it's not a party.

So whilst drinking at one of these "after" parties - oh and PS - both were run by the same "promotion company" - please don't get me started on THAT guy - ANYWAY - so that means they were at the SAME place with the SAME food and the SAME valet charge. It was funny though - almost like dejavu. Trocaderos - or as we like to call it - "Trucker Daryls"... It's in the warehouse area of downtown. It's okay, but after 2 nights, it's seriously not my style. Normal people do not hang out at this place. Hoochy Mommas do. And on Tuesday nights - Olympic Salsa Dancers hang out here too. Not people like me - and certainly not people like this guy.....





Notice the Sword in the Beard?




Also - take a look at the matching shirts in this one..... Certainly NOT Trocaderos material, but we had fun....




If you have to head over to "Trucker Daryls" we suggest Tuesdays so you can see the crazy salsa dancing that takes place.... It's kinda like watching a porno - only not with big cocks, but with feet.... Get it?


On the note of Swords and Pirating - I thought I would throw these lovelies into this blog - as they are quite pirate-like. I have been trying to find a great way to transition these into a post. If you remember a post a while back - BLOG POST , you will remember the eye problems I had for a few days... Well I went to the doctor and apparently he prescribed FUN WITH PATCHES to make my eye feel better... And yes - it worked....





Music Video History....

So Josh and I are working on a Motion City Soundtrack Video - they are a local band that has kind of sprung up from the Roots here in Mpls and is actually making it! They are on tour with one of my favorite bands EVER - Ok Go, so you know they are huge!

Anyway - last week we pulled together a full on Production with 3 locations in 2 days. I wasn't sure it would all work out, but after a 13 hour day and only one item of the band's being stolen - we had all the shots we set out to get. The stealing part kinda sucked - no one knows who did it. I am reluctant to believe is was someone on my crew, but in order to be realistic, I may need to think twice about who I have on my sets. There were a few people I didn't know so that makes me worried.... It was also like a million below zero last Sunday and we spent quite a few hours outdoors, so that sucked. But all in all, after seeing some of the footage - it looks amazing.... Here are a few stills from the set with the band.

Check out their website and buy the re-released record once it's out - this video will be on it!
Motion City Soundtrack




Friday, February 24, 2006

Let's check this out.....

http://media.ebaumsworld.com/wmv/kittycatdance.wmv

A Guy I Once Knew.....

I was reminded last night of a very "Interesting" guy I used to work for. He is definitely NOT an MVP and in no way do I look up to him. But he did provide endless hours of entertainment whilst goofing on his actions, behaviors and hairstyles. So one specific instance has been playing over and over in my head and after sharing it last night with a friend, they encouraged me to post it up for everyone to see...

So - I know you know the pants I am talking about - the ones that "Zip-Away" or as they have come to be known as "Shants"? Here's how they work - you can start out the day with pants on and as the temperature increases, you can remove the bottom half to stay cool. Anyway - I have a feeling most normal dudes would not just wear these pants on a normal basis. Maybe when hiking up a mountain. Or maybe while fishing or camping. Not probably while running a business. That's just my thought though. SO when my boss showed up to work with these pants on, I giggled a little inside - asking myself who this guy thought he was. Well apparently he thinks he is pretty fucking sweet and these pants would clearly prove it as he non-scholantely sits down and just asks about normal work related business. As I fill him in on the days happenings, he starts to remove a leg of his "short-pants". I kind of pretend not to notice so I don't give him any reason to continue, cause - I am not sure how far he is going to go with this! So he slowly takes one off - making sure to drag it out - wanting me to say something - ANYTHING so that he can feel cool about his choice of pants. I chose to ignore it. He ends up walking out of my office with one leg exposed and one leg still in pants. I almost peed my pants. Then I watch as he slowly works his way to the front of the office and pops into another person's room. As I walk by I see he has removed the other leg now adorning a lovely pair of shorts. At first the experience seemed funny and almost sad in a way. But then I thought about what he had actually done and I was disgusted. That man - my boss - took a "shant" in my office. It was rude, unprofessional and gross. Then he gets up and "shants" in another office. I swear, the next time guy has to take a "shant" he should do it in the privacy of his own bathroom. Gross me out and forever I will never look at these pants the same....


Thursday, February 23, 2006

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Two Things.....

First.... I can't beleive that this exists. It seems there is a larger market for this sort of thing than I had previously thought.... And for some reason my ass kinda hurts....




Also - My friend Danielle has the cutest baby EVER and I just wanted you all to see her....



Monday, February 13, 2006

Over the Water Line

So - home improvement is in full swing at the Thacker/ Stavig household. It seems however that every time we make a stride forward - there is something that sets us back a bit. Not always a BIG bit, but enough to make it annoying.
To begin our story....
We ripped out all the old tile and just when we thought it was so great that we did that - we find out that it was asbestos. Okay - I am sure Josh is fine, but still! Not something you want to find out AFTER you have already been breathing it in for three days.
Then - painting. It took THREE coats to make it seem solid. That was a pain in the ass.
Then the toilet removal and then subsequent replacing of. Josh tells me there is a wax ring around the bottom to keep the "gaseous fumes" out. Gross me out. I am sooooo glad I missed that one. No weird story there, except that Josh ended up having to get another one after he misplaced the first one. Trial by error!

THEN - the motherload of nights. So - we are putting in the LAST piece of baseboard around the perimeter with a nail gun. No problems - when all of a sudden I hear what sounds like a gas leak and Josh comes running out of the bathroom with fury in his eyes. I wasn't sure if I should follow because I though he was running from a potential explosion! But it turns out - he hit the water line. HA! Well isn't that just sweet! So there is all this water running out of the wall and we were 1 piece of trim away from being done. We end up cutting the wall open and finding the hole. Thankfully it was behind the sink so no need to re-do anything. We go to Home Depot with our digital camera to show the guy what happened and he pointed us in the right direction. Of course, Home Depot didn't have the right part - so it's off to Menards. We get the stuff and Josh totally plumbs the shit out of the pipes. All is well - I start working on the bathtub. We bought replacement fixtures and a new drain. As I am removing the old drain, by prying it off with a screwdriver, a piece of it flys up into my eye! It hurt so bad I actually went to an eye doctor. I have gel drops and it's getting better thank you very much for asking....

But that's not the end! I try and try to get the bathtub spout on, but after the eye thing and just plain bitch-ass pieces not working right, I quit with the new stuff and just threw the old one back on. But I forgot to "fasten" it tight. So the next day I wake up to take a shower - I turn the water on and the spout literally flies across the bathtub and water is shooting out sideways. SO needless to say. I washed my hair in the sink that morning.

I am so ready to be done "fixing" stuff. It seems I am better at making more things harder than they need to be and I definitely hurt myself more than any normal person should... I am working on it, but I think it's just a safer idea to hire someone else to do it. It's hard.

So - the bathroom looks great - I am very proud of Josh and I of the hard work we put into it. But I am done now. I will post pictures soon and you can all see for yourself that the whole "do it yourself" thing can be rewarding... But also dangerous...

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Arctic Cat's and Beer



So this last weekend was - semisweet. I was expecting awesomeness, adventurousness and total memorableness, but it was just.... eh.

We went to Lutsen this last weekend for the Annual Post Production/Advertising Agency/Drunkeness/Ski/Snowboarding weekend that I go to every year - 4 total now. And usually it proves to be a photo-opportunity-around-every-corner kinda weekend, but I swear every year either I get older and more crotchety or the people who come are less and less cool. I am going with the latter because - f that! I am NOT getting to an age where partyin' is lame. I love partyin'! I carry party around in my pocket for christ's sake! But the people who end up going want to go to the stupid bar that is on the resort to hang out with all the yuppie-types who are styaing at the resort too. It's like camp for adults or something. If everyone was into going to the local watering hole to hang out with toothless Mary working the pulltabs booth - THATS another story. I would SO be down for that. VFW! These people were NOT locals. They were just like people in Minneapolis that go to Williams and throw peanuts on the floor. Lamos. Not my kinda party you know? So instead Josh and I rallied a sweet game of "If I roll a _____ I will do _____ ". Roll a pair of dice and fill in the blank. Let's just say the folowing things HAD to be done...

1. I had to wear a plastic grocery bag like a diaper for 1 hour.
2. Josh had to eat a huge pad of butter on a banana
3. Josh also had to brush his teeth with a banana
----- (FYI - Josh is really not into bananas anymore.... )
4. Kelley had to wear her bathing suit on the OUTSIDE of her clothes
5. Nick had to take a sip out of everyone's drink at the table. There were lots of dead soilders that he had to taste.... Ewww..
6. I had to edure 2 bananas being thrown at me ---- we had limited props
7. Nick had to drink tequilla like a dog....


So as you can see - we at least tried to make the weekend fun.... by making ourselves look like idiots. But hey! I got some sweet pictures.....




Anyway - I get back on Sunday night and return to work on Monday - to find out that I am shooting a commercial in Lutsen on TUESDAY NIGHT. Like hell I am driving back up there to stand in the butt-fucking freezing to shoot snowmobiles. So I opted to stay back for "containment" issues. Just trying to save the company money! But we did shoot Tuesday during the day in a studio in town and that was AWESOME! On the 1st shot however, the snowmobile was figuring out where it would end up when it slid onto the set and it slid too far too fast and knocked over a 10K light! It shattered into a million little pieces and scared everyone to death. For those of you that don't know Production - those babies run about $7,000! It was one of those nightmares on set that you never can be ready for - especially since it was the 1st shot. We thought we were f'd for the rest of the day. Thankfully everything went smoothly and our 84 year old actor didn't die. I would say it was a success!



SO - who is coming over to clean my house? It's full of boxes and shit - yes Scott - actual shit. I need it GONE!

A

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Cause I am....

So I am sups bored at work today and I am not sure how to deal with it. Since starting this job 3 weeks ago, I have barely had time to eat lunch during the day - let alone waste company time on the internets checking other people's Blogs. SO today I have decided to check in with the Online world and post some happenings as of late.
First happening: We moved into our NEW house! WELL - not NEW as in brand new, but new as in I nor Josh has ever lived in it...
Second happening: I tiled a bathroom floor. It sucked, but now it looks sooooooo cool. Sometimes hard work pays off, but I would rather pay someone else for thier hard work next time.
Third Happening: I almost bought a new car! But I didn't.
Fourth Happening: There are robberies in the new hood that have made me very skittish outside. People are being robbed blocks away from the our new house at gunpoint in front of thier homes or in their driveways. Sweet. I love guns - wait - this reminds me of a Hiaku:

I wear a holster
I think I am a cowboy
Guns guns guns guns guns

So anyway - I am considering getting a BB Gun or some other intimidating-looking weapon that I can't kill myself with - any ideas? Maybe I just hire one of my "bigger" friends to hang out a lot?

Fifth Happening: I got to meet Torii Hunter! Not really that cool to me - but lots of people really love that guy. Apparently he plays for the Minnesota Twins - I don't mean like "apparently" as in - it may not be true, but you get it. I am producing a few commercials for the Twins campaign and we had our shoots last week. This is how much I watch baseball - Two very well dressed dudes walk in and I knew ONE of them was Torii Hunter. One was black and the other was white. I didn't know which one he was and I had to consult my Production book to be sure... I am lame.

So thats kinda what I have been up to... working on the new house and moving out of the old one. Sweet huh? BUT - once the house is up and running - Poker in the Anus? Yes. Yes, Indeed.