Taking a step back to see the bigger picture
January 27, 2009 by hasser

I was a doodler

I made a remarkable find the other day while riffling through some old papers in my file cabinet. Squished between some old bills, receipts, manuals, and college papers, I discovered something I hadn’t seen for quite some time. In fact, I don’t even recall how it ended up in my possession.



It was an old drawing I created many many years ago. Luckily, I had signed and dated this… oh so amazing piece of art… so I know exactly when it was done: 1990.
I was a sophomore or junior when I doodled a shifty, mustached gentleman standing in front of what was either a fancy futuristic sports car… or the precursor to a Roomba robotic Vacuum cleaner.
As I recall, I was quite obsessed with sketching cars. I guess that makes sense since I had just started driving.



Everywhere I look on my old school books I find crappy drawings of cars.
Driving is such a liberating experience for a teenager, and I was apparently quite enamored by the medium to said liberation… the automobile.
But this disctory begs the question, if I was doodling this picture, what WASN’T I doing?

Homework? Quite possibly.
Chores? Another likely activity to avoid.

Where was I when I put the pencils to paper?

School? Home? My car? Church?

Who knows. But what I do know is that if I ever see this guy, and he tries to sell me a car, I am sooo running away!

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January 20, 2009 by hasser

A New Day


The last eight years are behind us. Times are tough, but the future is looking bright.
Good luck President Obama! And God Bless America!

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January 16, 2009 by hasser

Chocolate News… LIVE!

So my girlfriend, Sara, and I are big fans of Comedy Central’s newest hit show, Chocolate News with David Alan Grier. DAG is just so damn funny and this show, in my opinion, is some of his most hilarious work ever! As luck would have it, David is performing this weekend at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco. His first show was last night, and we decided to check out his comedy brilliance in person. And we are so glad we did!



We got our tickets online lickety split, showed up early, and got seats right up front… next to the stage. So you know what that means… we were within eyesight of the comedians. When we were first seated we were just so excited to be that close to the excitement! Then, the realization hit us that we could be prime targets for hazing. Both of us were a little nervous at first, but our fears subsided and we accepted the possibilities for humiliation.
And oh man… we must have had bullseyes on our heads.



The comedian before David was Kevin Avery. A very funny guy from the Bay Area. He was very interactive with the audience and glanced at Sara and I a few times before he finally asked us a question, “How did you two meet?”
“Online.”
And that’s when the hilarity began.
He thought this was very funny, as it is, and we played along and he just had a great time with us. So we had been officially indoctrinated into the whole… audience participation thing. It was a relief to know it wasn’t that bad after all getting a little made fun of.
So Kevin finished up, and on comes DAG. David, obviously a seasoned pro in the standup arena launched right into his material. He was fabulous! And at the risk of sounding like a goofy starstruck yokel, it was incredible to watch this man entertain us just a few inches away. Very intimate!
Anyhow, David got to the end of his act and he decided it was time to do a little interacting with the audience. So yeah… boom… he started asking us questions. It was a blast getting to interact with him, but what happened next neither of us were prepared for…



He pulled Sara up on stage and started serenading her with a hilarious love song entitled “You are my Super Bowl.” Sara, the consummate thespian, played along and did a great job up there. I, of course, was laughing my britches off to the point I nearly choked. I was lucky enough (despite the no photography rule) to pop off a couple quick shots to immortalize the great event that had just transpired!




After the show, DAG was gracious enough to greet show goers, sign autographs, and he let us take a photo with him!



We even bought Chocolate News tee shirts, which David autographed for us.
Talk about a night to remember!!
We had so much fun, appreciate David Alan Grier’s amazing performance, new show, and being such a great down-to-earth guy to meet!

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