April 3rd, 2008

Whale fluke

One of those occasional administrative posts


That particular "hi" is directed towards the people who've started reading me recently. (If you're a long-time reader: Hi. That "Hi"'s for you.) I hope you like and enjoy what I write.

I tend to take a while to friend back, if I do it at all; I don't do it automatically anymore, as my friends-list hovers on the edge of what I feel comfortable following on a daily basis. I do try to limit my number of friends-locked posts -- I don't want friends-locking to become a crutch -- so you're getting the bulk of my content. My geeky, geeky content.

I'm 34, and in my life I've been a writer (since elementary school), an amateur photographer, a call center operator, a Fraud department denizen, a reporter, a temp (meaning days or weeks of all sorts of jobs), a Star Trek fan, a media geek, a data entry clerk, a Navy brat, and more. I've lived in Oregon (where I was born) since starting college in 1992, and I've lived in my current apartment for five-and-a-half years...the longest I've lived in one place in my adult life. I've lived in the Northeast Oregon semi-desert, Eugene at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, Northern Virginia near D.C., Virginia Beach, and Southern California, most of those moves happening courtesy the Navy. (And no, I never got used to moving. Does anyone?)

Curious about other basic questions about me? Feel free to ask! I like talking about myself.

Oh, and once upon a time I decided my little emoticon alien is named Blerk. Blerk says Hi, too! In his own language. (Sounds kind of like "Yvrd-bij-Zluup.")

Don Geronimo: "I'm a different person"

I haven't yet found anything online to give specifics, but radio god Don Geronimo, one of my favorite DJs, has set his last day on the radio before retiring. In fact, he's taking a longer-than-planned vacation right now and his program, The Don & Mike Show, is in "Best Of" mode. (It will come back as The Mike O'Meara Show, starring his longtime co-host Mike.)

Instead, I'll link you to something I find touching: a 2006 interview Don gave, looking back at his wife Freda Wright-Sorce, the love of his life, who died in a car accident in 2005. There are video links of the interview; they're worth viewing.

Find joy, Don.

someone who's listened to you since your WAVA afternoon show with Billy the Manslave back in 1984
(and who spent time trying to come up with a title that didn't sound like you had died, too, and finally gave up and used the TV station's headline)

Soon I shall know the full meaning of "60% of the time, it works every time."

Here's another upcoming chapter in my geek education: tomorrow night at 11 p.m. at the Bagdad Theater and Pub, I'll attend my first screening of the Will Ferrell-Judd Apatow twisted comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

It's April's KUFO Midnight Movie, as hosted by DJs Cort and Fatboy. (These shows used to start at midnight, but got pushed up to 11 p.m., but "11 p.m. Movie" doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?)

So the saga of Will Ferrell's sexist Seventies soothsayer of San Diego news will finally play across my eyes. And I'll finally know the full context of things friends of mine say like "I pooped a hammer" and "It's made of bits of real panther, so you know it's good."

(This is cool: the promo they're playing for Anchorman has three Portland TV personalities paraphrasing lines from the film, followed by a specially recorded bit by the big-voiced Bill Kurtis, formerly of The CBS Evening News and now of A&E and oh also by the way the narrator of Anchorman. A prominent TV personality is saying on Portland radio "I'm Bill Kurtis and I Am The Balls." Which is another reference to the film.)

Usual KUFO Midnight Movie events will happen. Cort and Fatboy will broadcast from the Bagdad lobby; Mike Russell will chime in with movie reviews (Update: actually Eric D. Snider will be there in Russell's stead); Aaron "Geek in the City" Duran will share comic book info; David Walker will talk of B-movies on DVD that you may OR MAY NOT wish to view; Fatboy will pass around a plate of tater tots (plus a side of ranch); many jokes will be told and many geek references will be made; and then hundreds of people will settle in with their beer, wine, and pub grub and enjoy the film.

I'll be there. I'll also be there earlier for, er, um, a special event at 10 p.m. that I won't specify yet. Sorry. Tomorrow I'll say what it is.

Friday morning edit: I decided this morning that it should be "self-centered sexist Seventies soothsayer of San Diego news." Read it that way now, please. Thank you.