Friday, July 31, 2009

First pic of my short hair

I began growing my hair out in January, 2006. Aside from a small trim here & there, I finally got my hair cut July 31, 2009. The first picture is how my hair looked in March of 2009. The second picture is me today. I'll upload a few more pics in my next blog, in addition to a funny video of my mom's reaction upon seeing my hair.

March 2009

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Writer's Block

I apologize for the lack of anything interesting to say for the last several weeks. I just haven't had anything interesting to say or have felt strongly enough to say much.

If you enjoy random musings, check out my Twitter feed. I've been tweeting a lot, mostly due to the fact that it requires almost no thought or effort. So - is there for you if you need your fill of my random thoughts.

For the people who enjoy reading my blogs, I will attempt to find something to blog about in the near future. Until then, bear with me.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Billy Mays voiceover - "You don't need a cabinet full of cleaners"

That's a funny YouTube video of the late-pitchman Billy Mays doing a voice over for his "Kaboom" cleaning product. The point he's trying to make is that if you have Kaboom, you don't need a cabinet full of cleaners. But, he's having some difficulty making that point. He throws a couple jokes (and a little profanity) in at the end.

According to TMZ, Billy Mays had two commercials completed before his death. Click here to see one of them, for the product "Mighty Tape." It is apparently so strong that it even works underwater. That commercial will start airing in August.

Also, click here to see a picture from Mays' funeral. All of his pallbearers wore OxiClean shirts. In a weird way, that's kind of sweet.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My First Celebrity Feud...

It looks like I've got a celebrity feud brewing here. And guess where it all started - Twitter. I told you there was a reason to check out my Tweets. It turns out me & Adrianne Curry have an ax to grind with each other.

For those who don't know, Adrianne Curry (pictured above) is probably best known for marrying Christopher Knight, who played one of the sons on "The Brady Bunch" tv show. She also won the first season of the reality series "America's Top Model." She met her future husband when both were on a season of VH1's "Surreal Life" reality show. VH1 then gave her & Knight a couple seasons of their own show. She's done a couple other "reality"-based things in television.

When I had a MySpace account, I was "friends" with her. I stumbled upon her profile & tried to see her pictures. They were set to private, so I sent her a request as a way to see them. Once I got on her profile, I checked out her pictures (well worth sending the request, I might add...) and noticed her blog.

I realized that she had a pretty interesting perspective on things and was a lot smarter than a lot of people (myself included) gave her credit for. So, I started reading her blog regularly, and enjoying what she had to post ... for the most part.

After a while, I kind of got turned off from what she was writing. She's very liberal. Almost too liberal. I would consider myself to be a liberal. I'm towards "the left." But, she would have such liberal thoughts sometimes, that it would turn me off from her. To top it off, she would often have hypocritical blogs, that would undermine her extreme liberal attitude, that would further turn me off.

Long story short, I found out she had a Twitter account - - and started following it.

I followed her Tweets for several months. I liked some of them, I disagreed with some of them. Some were entertaining, some weren't. I didn't interact with her or question any of her Tweets until the 4th of July.

On Independence Day, she sent out the following Tweet -

Happy 4th of July!Now lets celebrate ruining everything our country built by giving people who couldnt afford it loans!!
2:01 PM Jul 4th from web

 I'm not an overly patriotic person, but seeing that Tweet just kinda pissed me off. There are so many days to complain about the economy and the housing crisis, but why make a point of doing it on the 4th of July? So, I Tweet-ed a reply to her -

@AdrianneCurry Shut the fuck up. You're so bitter.
2:17 PM Jul 4th from web in reply to AdrianneCurry 

I sent that reply and went about my day. I sent that Tweet at 2:17 p.m. I didn't check my Twitter account again until later that night, around midnight. It turns out Adrianne Curry had seen my Tweet and sent me the following reply -

@chris_slater you shut the fuck up, you fucking pussy. What man tells a woman that other than one lacking a penis of decent size
2:23 PM Jul 4th from web in reply to chris_slater 

So, Adrianne Curry thinks I have a small penis.

I didn't reply back to her, so I guess she has the edge in our "feud" right now. The feud hasn't been getting much coverage from the press, so I don't see a reason in continuing it.

I guess this is getting Adrianne Curry the attention she needs. If she hadn't commented on the alleged short size of my penis, I wouldn't be talking about her. Since she doesn't have a reality show on VH1 right now, her only real publicity right now is from her social-networking mediums - Twitter, MySpace, & Facebook.

So, she got the publicity she needs. And, now everybody thinks I have a small penis...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Odd day at work...

This guy came into Pizza Hut on Saturday. I couldn't understand a lot of what he was saying, but I know he was selling jewelry. I believe it was for a missionary trip or something. It was something religious - he was selling a lot of cross necklaces & Jesus-inspired pieces.

I saw him come in & he started talking to Bob. After a couple minutes, I hear Bob say, "Chris! This guy wants to talk to you." I looked over and the guy introduced himself to me. He started showing me all his jewelry and I - sensing a comic opportunity - played along and decided that I was interested in what he had. All the necklaces & bracelets started at $25. He told me he could go as low as $15. That was out of my range. I'm only willing to pay up to $5 for shitty jewelry I'm only going to buy as a joke.

Before the guy left, we decided to get a TwitPic of him. It's always good to commemorate an occasion like that. Stuff like that doesn't happen every day.

TwitPic caption is below, from Bob's profile:

Some strange guy from Japan just came into my place of work and was trying to sell some jewelry.. Odd
7:17 PM Jul 4th from TweetDeck

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Mark aka "Horsehead"

I also work with this guy, Mark. He goes by the nickname "Horsehead." I've tweeted about him in the past - mostly about not knowing how he got the nickname. I recently found out how Horsehead got his name. It's not very interesting, so I won't bore you with the details.

Below are some videos of Horsehead. Alcohol is involved in all of them.

Horsehead gets a haircut

Horsehead (with an assist from Bob at the end) pays tribute to Billy Mays.

Horsehead gets drunk, puts on an afro wig, and lip synchs a motown hit.

Kenny's YouTube debut

That's Kenny. That's where I work - Pizza Hut. Looks like he's doing some sort of jig. Video taken and uploaded by Bob.

King of Pop

What do we know about Michael Jackson?

He lived an odd, reclusive lifestyle. He looked creepy. He almost dropped his son over a balcony once. He was an alleged pedophile.

Oops, sorry. I forgot that Michael Jackson has been dead for nearly a week. What do we know about Michael Jackson?

He was one of the best-selling artists of all time. He had an amazing voice. He was a very underrated lyricist. He opened the doors for nearly every pop star of the last 20 years.

I've been fascinated with the subject of post-death re-imagining of people for a while. It's definitely happened with Michael Jackson. That's not to say that the nice things people are saying about him aren't true. It's just that nobody has focused on that aspect of Michael Jackson for probably 15-20 years.

In the '80s he was a chart-topping hitmaker. In the '90s he was a creepy, alleged pedophile. In this decade, he was starting to lose the "creepy, alleged pedophile" aspect and just turn into a reclusive ex-celebrity ... but then he was again charged with alleged pedophilia.

I was born in 1986, so I was a little too young to get to know the chart-topping Michael Jackson. I only got to know the weird, creepy one with the Neverland Ranch. I didn't get to know the Michael Jackson who debuted the Moonwalk in 1983. I got to know the Michael Jackson in that video talking about the police inspecting his penis (because the boy he allegedly touched gave a description of what it looked like...).

Life had to be rough for Michael Jackson. He had created such a wonderful body of work in early years, but was regarded as a joke in his later years. I think it's sad that the only way somebody can get recognition is to die.

The most recent BET Awards was re-tooled to be turned into a Michael Jackson tribute. It was noted that award winners actually thanked Michael Jackson more than they thanked God for their awards. I wonder how many mentions he would have received had he still been alive?

I'm going to predict that the next issue of Rolling Stone magazine will have Michael Jackson on the cover and some sort of retrospective. The current issue (with the Jonas Brothers on the cover) has a small article about Jackson's proposed comeback tour. The article wonders whether or not Jackson will be able to follow through with the concerts. Basically, the article says that he's washed up and this is his last chance. I wonder if the Michael Jackson commemorative issue will mention that he was washed up?

Those are my preliminary thoughts on the Michael Jackson situation. I may come back with more thoughts later. I've been linking just about every Michael Jackson story from CNN or the AP on my Twitter account. So, there's another shameless plug for that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Michael Jackson wrote "Do the Bartman"

"Do the Bartman" was a huge hit for "The Simpsons" in 1990. I didn't know Michael Jackson wrote this song until recently. I knew that Jackson was a big fan of "The Simpsons" - as he did an uncredited guest appearance in the show's season three premiere.

Jackson couldn't be credited for the song due to record label issues. Show creator Matt Groening confirmed that Jackson co-wrote the song in a 1998 interview.

Just thought I'd throw out that Simpsons/Michael Jackson connection.

Classic WWE Moment

The above YouTube video was from a late-November 2001 episode of Monday Night Raw. Ric Flair had just revealed himself to be co-owner of the WWE, along with Vince McMahon. Click here to watch a longer version of the video, which explains the situation a little better.

That's just a classic scene that's stuck with me for a long time. I guess it stuck out for other people as well, since there's a clip of it on YouTube that's been viewed almost 10,000 times. Flair is just so animated and McMahon's expression is priceless. The fact that they were in Flair's hometown of Charlotte, NC, definitely helped the crowd response.