Friday, August 19, 2005

Blaze, Laser, and Blazer....

Okay so there's an article on today's ESPN Page 2 by Kieran Darcy about how he is fed up with reality television. He's sick and tired of the Corals and the Trishelles and watching them compete. When all he wants to see is a new version of American Gladiators. And I agree. I loved, LOVED, that tennis ball game, Assault. Contestants running, using the crossbow and the Nerf-zooka. Oh man. And a couple years back, USA would run repeats during the lunch hour. (Now, semi-unimployed people like Holland and I are left with only Dawson's or Charmed to choose from.)

So read this article on

Then sign this petition to bring American Gladiators back.

And then maybe post some of your fondest memories of the Gladiator Games. I know Peter loved The Gauntlet, and Jolly, do you remember the game where the crawl-raced upside down on that winding track thing? Ah man, that was great.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A Change for the Better

Due to recent comments and concerns, the GiRAFFe blog will no longer be a personal documentation to my weekly thoughts and actions. In sponsorship with National Geographic Northwest (NGNW) and cooperation with Wikipedia, this blog will now feature weekly postings of pictures of and facts about giraffes.

The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land living animal species. Males can be 4.8 to 5.5 metres (16 to 18 feet) tall and weigh up to 900 kilograms (2000 pounds).

Native to Africa, the Giraffe is related to deer and cattle, but is placed in a separate family, the Giraffidae, consisting only of the giraffe and its closest relative, the Okapi.

Giraffes are famous for their long necks which allow them to browse on the leaves of trees, and elongated forelegs (which are much longer than the hind legs).

For more information about giraffes, this week's links is Wikipedia, the online community's free encyclopedia.

Giraffa camelopardalis. What.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

I FUCKIN need you more than evvaaarrr!

Oh Dan Finnerty, how we love thee. To catch everyone up, The Dan Band is a professional cover band that only sings songs originally sang by women. They have been in Old School and Starsky and Hutch as the wedding band and the bahmistfah (?) band. And when I say professional, I mean professional. This is no rag tag group of karaoke wannabes. We’re talking full band, backup singers, audio/visual presentation introduction, special effects (well it was just a smoke in a hairspray-like can, but still), and choreography, oh the choreography! And quite a few “fuckin!s” and “shit!s” thrown into the songs.

My roommate JJ and I met up with Andy and one of his ladyfriends. Now I was fortunate enough to buy the tickets early and JJ and I sat at a cabaret table in the front row right next to the stage. Oh how I wish these could be my seats for, I don’t know, a Brittney concert, a Spice Girl concert, hell even a Hillary Duff concert, but still, these were prime seats.

So Dan interacted with the crowd in between medleys, and at one point came over and talked to JJ. Asked his name, where he was from, and then dedicated the next set of songs to JJ--and then they starting singing some Salt n Peppa songs “Shoop” “Whatta Man” and so on. (Can I get some fries with that shake shake booty, if looks could kill you would be a FUCKIN cutie, your a shotgun bang, JJ what's up with that thang?")

Now Dan is a very good singer, he can easily carry a tune. But what is awesome is all the sexual gestures he does during some very innocent love songs. Crotch grabs, hip thrusts, the whole lot. His two backup singer guys were dressed like accountants--glasses, suits, looked very boring, but they were doing the cheesiest “backup singer” moves behind Dan. Whatever was appropriate to the song, like during “I’m a slave for you” there are two accountants trusting and acting like seductress slaves in the back, and during “Geenie in bottle” doing harem belly dancing.

This show has to go down as one of the best I’ve seen. Yes, I’ve been to a lot of concerts, with big name bands. But this low-budg, let’s have some fun, make some sex jokes, sing women’s songs, and make everyone laugh style was ridiculously awesome. I’m going to tell everyone I see in the next three weeks about this concert. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to share a concert experience so much.

They have a live cd out that you can buy from their website. I don’t recommend it though. The site says they have a dvd coming out this fall. You really need to experience both the visual and audible performance to enjoy the whole package. Go to the website, and there is an “extras” page with videos, watch them.

“Once upon a time I was falling in love, now I’m FUCKIN falling apart, nothing I can say, total eclipse of the heart.”