Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Tell them to get the champagne on ice, the fireworks on standby on the roof of the ballpark, the police on their motorcycles and bikes (horses and K9s are soooooo 1980), the overpriced authentic championship hats and shirts on the warehouse tables and those rally towels ready. The Phillies, thanks to a riot act from Unca Cholly, beat the Astros 7-4 and the Marlins beat the Braves 5-4, earning good graces on the Christmas Card list for the third straight year.
Now, all that needs to happen is one Phillies win (maybe tomorrow - 9/30) or one more Atlanta misstep, and the 2009 NL East Championship Flag will fly over The Vault. Come on Phighting Phillies, make October 1 meaningless for me when it comes to close calls.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Cross playing as one of the most infamous - and inept - villains in the history of Japanese anime, the writer tells all on a trip from Philadelphia to The Big Apple wearing a semi-micro miniskirt, thigh-high boots that were too narrow at the toes and surprising the character’s original voice actress with what for her would become a jaw-dropping entrance.
I myself have done the dressing as a girl part as a gag once or twice before I discovered the fun of costume playing, or “cosplay” for short, and it’s cousin, cross playing, where as one member of a sex dresses as a member of the opposite sex. For one group it’s for shock value, for another it’s for “shiggles” as Bob Saget would tell you on 1 vs. 100 when he hosted, and for the few like the infamous “Man-Faye” or “Sailor Bubba” it just happens to be there. And for some of the many of what is known as the American Okatu, cross playing as the opposite sex can be fun, and even fantastic. Most every female-to-male cross players do it for the fact that it is because of their character’s youthful male looks, commonly known in Japan as bishounen. A handful of men who are more effeminate could get away with dressing in a role meant for women, though. Cosplay, though, is not a not a new thing, or for that matter, Japanese based.
That noted pillar of knowledge known as Wikipedia states that “Western cosplay’s origins are based primarily on science fiction and historical fantasy as opposed to animation.” Those on us upon this side of the Pacific Rim tend to recreate characters from live-action series from such movie, television and other media franchises as Star Trek, Star Wars, that British phenomenon known as Doctor Who and the Harry Potter books and movies. On the other hand, Wikipedia says that cosplay as an amine or manga (Japanese graphic novel comic book) character didn’t take foot until 1978, and has become a business of its own. And with anime cons every week somewhere in the world, there are cosplayers everywhere dressing up.<
The skirt was a scooter skirt I bought before asking permission the year before from Lane Bryant, the first wig was a short red bob from a local costume store, where I also bought a pair of long black gloves, buying flesh colored tights from Baum’s Dance wear, a flesh colored top that was given to me from a friend of a Mummers string band, modified another white turtleneck with that gigantic scarlet “R” on the front and I found a pair of bright green earrings on eBay. And then there were the boots. Long, black thigh-high boots like those Jessie wears. Searching all over for a bargain or two, I went back to eBay and bought one pair of ladies’ size 11 boots for sixty bucks. They turned out to be too narrow in the toes, but like the painful trooper that I am, I lived through it. This costume made its’ debut in July at a Pokémon Journey Across America Tenth Anniversary tour event, also in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The short red wig was later replaced by a more natural dark purple wig with silver streaks. And then came the fateful day in April of 2007 in New York City at 10 Rockefeller Center, where NBC’s Today Show and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann broadcast from, the latter after they fumigate Kathie Lee Gifford and Hota Kotb’s stench from the upstairs part of the studio.
Internet Research, Searches and Purchasing
As Larry the Cable Guy, Dan Whitney’s Nebraska redneck alter ego would say, it was time to “Git ’R Done.” The first thing that I did was search every internet search engine known and not known to the world for research and help, with the first thing being to find a good costume supplier who can provide you with a quality product at a reasonable price. One site had the costumes for $250 each. I decided to get both Jessie and James at a lower price than that, over half of just one costume at a place called cosplaytree.com in China. James will premiere some other time.
I happen to be exactly five feet nine and a half inches tall and weigh 270 pounds...and that is usually on a good day. I have the physique of an offensive lineman on a football team with what some call a Dunlap body shape - my belly “dun lap” over my stomach - thus looking nothing like a self-made diva, save for the blue eyes that I have. So not looking like a lady, getting a new custom made costume had decided to get into some research how to look like a lady while still being a man. Since I started doing cosplay and crossplay, I have found resources by searching for secrets to the topic of cross dressing, cross playing and makeup for males who want to look like ladies without becoming a drag queen...one scary thing you do not want to become, mind you that there’s not anything wrong with that.
“True red for lipstick looks a little too bright. Maybe go for brick red or scarlet blue red, which looks more subdued? Unless you do want something that screams 'I am', and I guess that's true red. You said that you're fair, so use pink or coral blush. Since you have blue eyes, use brown or peach to make them stand out.”
Going beyond, and knowing Halloween was going to be the debut of my new costume, I won a contest from the Coca-Cola people for some cash monies (in reality, an online credit card) because of my soda drinking. A code was embedded in every cap, and the code is used to earn points in a loyalty program, and one brand – Sprite – also sponsored a back-to-school contest where you could win up to $100 in online funds. Well, that August afternoon was my lucky day and I won a $50 gift card, and after getting the information, spent $40 on a ticket for the September 26th program day. I now knew that would be the day that the new, lean, mean Jessie costume would premiere. Transportation was taken care of shorty thereafter, with purchases of train tickets from SEPTA and New Jersey Transit, the cheaper (and sometimes longer) way to go if you don't travel on Amtrak.
The Big Day
Stuffed bra...check. Tights...check. Body shape, leotard, tights, padded panty...check. Skirt, undershirt, top...check. Earrings, wig, gloves...triple check. I wore sneakers and socks en route to and from the event on the train and put my boots in my backpack along with my other essentials, including wallet with ID, cell phone and $30 in cash. That would become $50 thanks to my finding a $20 bill en route to the train station, where a 6:10 am arrival to Trenton was due. When I got to Trenton, and was waiting for the 6:59 am to New York City, the conductor noticed me and recognized my costume and could not get the finger on who I was. She had thought that the “R” stood for Rutgers University, the only state run university without the name of said state in it, and as the old joke goes “And for good reason: why bother to tell your friends you went to college in New Jersey?”
Being there, among the largest attended NYAF event ever, I had the chance to be photographed with fellow cosplayers, including Pokémon cosplayers, including a female-to-male cross playing James who was with another Jessie and a Meowth, and for the first time in the history of the New York Anime Festival, there was a cross playing Team Rocket performing the fabled “Prepare for trouble” motto. Every time I saw one of the good guys (Ash, Brock, Misty, May or Dawn), I went into instinct and call them “twerp”, and I was “arrested” by an Officer Jenny who was with a Nurse Joy who were cousins. Unlike what would happen with the anime, this Officer Jenny was nice enough to let me free after being arrested. There were tug-of-wars with gijinka and kigurumi costumed Pikachus or Flareons, just having fun with them was part of the day.
Evening came, and it was time to say good night sweet prince and princess to NYAF, as parting is such sweet sorrow, so my return trip home was fun. A couple people got my photo, and when we returned to Trenton, a couple lasses from Washington who were in Trenton on a stopover for a trip saw me and saw the “R” and said to a security guard in between Eagles and Giants territories “We’ve got a Redskins fan!” Finally coming home, I was exhausted from all of this, and got out of my costume ready to get it cleaned, and took a shower, so the next time Jessie appears will be Halloween at the annual Newtown (Bucks County, Pennsylvania) Halloween Parade and then at my house that night handing out treats to the children around the corner from some crazy (in a good way) people scaring everyone else.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Okay, Keith and Dan are here, so let's get started.
Jaguars 31, Texans 24: The soon to be Los Angeles Jaguars won over a team dressed like Santa Claus because every day is Christmas.
Jets 24, Titans 17: Or, given the uniforms worn today Titans of New York 24, Oilers 17.
Packers 36, Lambs 17: The Rams are 0-3, easily the worst team in the NFL.
Ravens 34, Browns 3: Eric Mankini looked like a UPS delivery man.
Giants 24, Bucs 0: The Giants won on the first day since 1984 where the Giants and Jets played at the same time due to Woody Johnson's request to move Titans-Jets to 1 PM for Yom Kippur,
Lions 19, Redskins 14: Does Redskin owner Dan Snyder have Joe Gibbs' phone number on speed dial?
Patriots 26, Falcons 10: "Holy Don Pardo's Pants, Batman!" Olbermann jokes about Tom Brady's forthcoming birth of a child with Giselle Bunchen.
Eagles 34, Chiefs 14: The boycott of yours truly on the Eagles continues on a certain dog fighting gambling magnate making his return.
Vikings 27, 49ers 24: This Favre guy's pretty good, and led the Vikings to the win thanks to Greg Lewis's catch. Next week, The Judas meets The Packers. Let the hype begin.
Broncos 23, Raiders 3: How many feuds are the Raiders in with the media? Denver made them look bad. Then again, everyone looks good against the Raiders.
Bears 25, Seahawks 19: What are those green slime unis doing here? Never again, Mr. Allen. Please. For the sake of all of America. Sheild thine eyes, Interweb users:
Bengals 23, Steelers 20: Ben Rothlesberger lost his first game in Ohio since high school.
Chargers 23, Dolphins 13: No LaDamilan Tomlinson, no big problem.for the Bolts, after a 3-3 first half tie which McNabb didn't know what to do. Chad Pennington was hurt on the shoulder.
Enjoy the Colts and Cardinals everyone.
UPDATE: Colts 31, Cardinals 10.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Number 4: One year ago, the faux pas that is the Good Oldgirlsandboys Party on that health care stuff, now the need for new troops in Afghanistan, as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) complained. Jonathon Alter, any idea?
Oddball: Who did McCain be replaced by? Olbermann. In Nottingham, england, roll down a ball on a hill. Or drive a tank. in India, an elephant attacked three cars. Cash for Clunkers not available.
Number 3: Michael Moore's here to plug his new film, Capitalism: A Love Story.
Number 2 (Worst Person in the World)
Silver - Chuck Norris wants to take down your 50-star flag and replace it with a tea bag-stained Old Glory. Bob Barker would dissaprove, and needs to spay and neuter Norris' mind.
Gold - Prof. Harold Hill wants to legalize slavery. The book title is ideal for him: Arguing with Idiots.
Number 1: Tina Fey's Evil Twin Sister went to Hong Kong and spoke about death panels to the youth in Asia. Sorry, no music by The Grateful Dead. Craig Crawford, please straighten her out...
See you on Sunday for FNiA.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Time for me to watch WWE RAW. See you tomorrow night.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Okay, Keith and Dan, take it away, please!
Raiders 13, Chiefs 10: This once great rivalry was reduced to a Kanye West rant where he took the football away.
Texans 34, Titans 31: The old Houston team lost to the new Houston team. Chris Johnson had 284 yards total offense but still lost.
Redskins 9, Rams 7: Bore fest indeed. The unneccessary use of violence against goalposts has been approved.
Bengals 31, Packers 24: Chad Johnson said he would leap into Lambeau's stands. He did.
Cardinals 31, Jaguars 17: Only two point one percent of the country saw this game. All of it was in Arizona.
Vikings 27, Lying Downs 13: Nineteen straight losses for the Jim Rome is Burninating Lying Downs. Eight more losses needed to surpass the 0-26 Creamsicle Buccos.
Saints 48, Eagles 22: It's deep and I think it's playable. The Beagles looked pathetic. Norm Snead will start next week.
Falcons 28, Panthers 20: To confuse Jake Delhomme even more from last week, the Falcons wore their 1966 throwback uniforms.
Jets 16, Pats 9: In the old days, Bob would have handled the highlights on this one. I'll bet Tiki would have had a field day on this one.
Bills 33, Bucs 20: Tampa's first visit to Buffalo was bad. And TO made it worse.
Ravens 31, Chargers 26: Phillip Rivers had 436 yards passing, but the Ravens' defense knocked the Chargers silly.
49ers 23, Seahawks 10: GORE! GORE! GORE! 225 yards and two TDs. Elizabeth Hasselbeck's brother-in-law had bruised ribs and the Seahawks lost.
Broncos 27, Browns 6: The Browns looked awful. Maybe it was the brown pants. You thought those were bad, wait 'til October 11 when the Broncos wear their 1960 throwbacks, er, throwups complete with Oompa Loompa socks.
Bears 17, Steelers 14: No Palamalu, no Urlacher. No offense, either. Robbie Gold wins it with 15 seconds left.
Enjoy the Giants and the Cowboys and the history.
UPDATE: In front of 105,131 people, Lawrence Tynes' walkoff field goal gave the Giants a 33-31 win over the Cowboys at Jerry's Ediface Complex.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay tribute to George Lucas' "galaxy far, far away" with a special STAR WARS(R) Night on Saturday, Oct. 3. Fans will have the opportunity to sit in a special My Town section - labeled DodgertownTM, Star Wars: The Clone WarsTM - and receive a free T-shirt featuring Jedi Master Yoda. In addition, the themed evening will feature pre-game ceremonies, photo opportunities, and in-game elements including STAR WARS characters, trivia, clips, music, and more. The event will take place prior to and during the Dodgers' 7:10 p.m. game with the National League West rival Colorado Rockies.
The STAR WARS festivities will start before the game with appearances by STAR WARS and Star Wars: The Clone Wars characters in Autograph Alley. The pre-game on-field ceremonies will include these characters, one of whom will also throw a ceremonial first pitch.
Dodgertown, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be located in the Lower Reserve sections 56 and 60. All fans sitting in this section will receive the free T-shirt and enjoy unlimited ballpark favorites such as Dodger dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, and soft drinks, as well as a STAR WARS themed menu including Cloneburgers with cheese, R2-BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, and Ice Sabers (popsicles). Group tickets for the section are $35 and individual seats are $45. Full details can be found at www.dodgers.com/starwars.
Fans are encouraged to dress in their own STAR WARS costumes and for this special night only, are permitted to wear STAR WARS masks only in the My Town section. No Lightsabers will be allowed inside Dodger Stadium.
Throughout the game, Star Wars: The Clone Wars video clips will be shown on DodgerVision and lucky fans will receive Star Wars: The Clone Wars gift packs. STAR WARS and Clone Wars characters will visit sections throughout the stadium and there will be STAR WARS themed music and trivia all game long.
The Dodgers regularly feature two STAR WARS themes during their home games. Set to the iconic STAR WARS main title theme, a video of Kirk Gibson's dramatic home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series is often played to spark a ninth inning rally. In addition, the "Imperial March" is sometimes played underneath the public address announcer whenever an opposing teams' lineup is introduced. Both themes were composed by Academy Award winner and noted baseball enthusiast John Williams.
Dodger pitcher Randy Wolf, an avid STAR WARS fan, has a life-sized Stormtrooper in his Hollywood home.
And Jim Rome is Burning hates it. He believes that it is so 1977. And ranted about it in his fianl burn on his ESPN show. Can I introduce you to Chris Evert?
Saturday night conflicts between the Flyers and 76ers will have road games or earlier starts on WPHL-TV. And that is because the Sixers will go all cable all the time in 2009-10. That means 71 games on CSN Philly, ten on
Don't call this the race card. It's the star card. I'll be very interested to see how the NFL responds to Donovan McNabb's season-opening injury in comparison to Tom Brady's a year ago.
The rulebook was basically re-written after Bernard Pollard hit Brady in the knee and ended Brady's 2008 season. Now you can't hit a quarterback below the knees, especially if you've been blocked to the ground.
Hmm. So McNabb scores a touchdown last Sunday and two Panthers linemen jump on him in the end zone for no reason, cracking one of McNabb's ribs.
Will we see a rules change?
Last year there was even a discussion about fining Pollard after his legal and ethical hit on Brady. The hit on McNabb was unethical and borderline illegal, but I don't hear any discussion about fining anyone.
Bullshit. It is about race. Tom Brady is white, Whitlock's boy, Donovan F. McNabb is black. There should have been a fifteen yard late hit penalty thrown by Jeff Triplette - yes, the same Jeff Triplette that was attacked by an angry Cleveland Browns player a decade ago. And Whitlock's a black guy.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sen. Ted Kennedy had given instructions upon his death on the health care subject. His son, Ted Kennedy, Jr. joins us.
Number 4: We continue the Ted Kennedy, Jr. interview with the book his father wrote, True Compass.
And now we know... THE REST OF THE STORY. See you Sunday night.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Musical Segue: Boney maroney!
Number 2 (Worst Persons in the World)
Tonight, Keith's sarcastic response...
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Number 5: Earth-Shattering Breaking News - Jimmy Carter denounces racism, which he believes still exists, saying they believe black people are not fit to run the country, and dubs it "an abominable circumstance". Lawrence O'Donnell, what says you? DailyKos.com founder Marcos Moulitsas also joins us, and Billo's talking about ACORN.
Meanwhile, Rep Joe The Heckler Wilson (R-SC) was given a wrist slap by his fellow congress members in a party-line vote.
Number 4: Insurance companies are cancelling your premiums and rejecting new ones, especially women (also known as "recission") that would be legal under a Senate proposal. And as usual, the Good Oldboysandgirls Party are against it. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) joins us to tell all.
We have a recap on Jimmy Carter's racism comments.
Best Persons: 3 - Bob McDonnell running for the Commonwealth of Virginia governorship drops the F-Bomb. 2 - Guess who has sent a letter to criticized Caesar Chavez, speaking from the great beyond.. 1 - Prof. Harold Hill's logo for three red fists on a logo simular to a communist party with a tip o' the cap to Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times.
Musical Segue: Go Go White Sox.
Number 3: And speaking of the good Professor, where exactly was he Saturday (9/12) for his rally in Washington? Was he (and the others over at the
Number 2 (Worst Persons in the World)
Number 1: There's been an Adolph XLIII sighting! He said both Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) were unqualified to be in The White House, and called Miss Wasilla 1984 "the governor of Guam". Hey Adolph, you're off by a few thousand miles just like that "Iraqi War" on her governorship, but the rest of Emmy Award Winning Tina Fey's Evil Twin Sister's criticism...spot on! *Cue Joey Styles screaming "OHMYGOD!" please* Matt Lattimer's new book Speechless told all about it as it is ready to be printed. Craig Crawford, did Adolph XLIII call himself the man who redefined the GOP an asshole? Yup
And we'll see you tomorrow night!
5, 7, 8 - at Washington
9, 10, 11 - at Houston
12, 14, 15 - Washington
16, 17, 18 - Florida
20, 21, 22 - at Atlanta
23, 24, 25 - at Arizona
26, 27, 28 - at San Francisco
30 - NY Mets
1, 2 - NY Mets
3, 4, 5, 6, - St. Louis
7, 8, 9 - Atlanta
10, 11, 12 - at Colorado
14, 15, 16 - at Milwaukee
17, 18 - Pittsburgh
19, 20 - at Chicago Cubs
21, 22, 23 - Boston
25, 26, 27 - at NY Mets
28, 29, 30 - at Florida
31 - at Atlanta
1, 2 - at Atlanta
4, 5, 6, 7 - San Diego
8, 9, 10 - Florida
11, 12, 13 - at Boston
15, 16, 17 - at NY Yankees
18, 19, 20 - Minnesota
22, 23, 24 - Cleveland
25, 26, 27 - at Toronto
28, 29, 30 - at Cincinnati
1, 2, 3, 4 - at Pittsburgh
5, 6, 7 - Atlanta
8, 9, 10, 11 - Cincinnati
15, 16, 17, 18 - at Chicago Cubs
19, 20, 21, 22 - at St. Louis
23, 24, 25, 26 - Colorado
27, 28, 29 - Arizona
30, 31 - at Washington
1 - at Washington
3, 4, 5 - at Florida
6, 7, 8 - NY Mets
10, 11, 12 - LA Dodgers
13, 14, 15 - at NY Mets
17, 18, 19 - San Francisco
20, 21, 22 - Washington
23, 24, 25, 26 - Houston
27, 28, 29 - at San Diego
30, 31 - at LA Dodgers
1 - at LA Dodgers
3, 4, 5 - Milwaukee
6, 7, 8 - Florida
10, 11, 12 - at NY Mets
13, 14, 15 - at Florida
17, 18, 19 - Washington
20, 21, 22 - Atlanta
24, 25, 26 - NY Mets
27, 28, 29 - at Washington
1, 2, 3 - at Atlanta
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