Archive | March, 2009

Why, oh Wyoming?

31 Mar

Greetings, everyone.

We’re stuck in Wyoming right now.  At 5pm yesterday we were informed by radio and road sign that I-90 is basically closed from Sheridan, WY, through South Dakota.  That put a major kink in our plan, which was to drive on that road through those places.

So we got a Motel 6 (the fanciest Motel 6 of the entire trip, what with its water pressure and no visible cigarette burns) and hunkered down for a while.  We’ll be busting out of this no-horse town (the greatest insult you can levy against a town in Wyoming by the way) soon, and hopefully they will open up enough roads so we can drive for several hours towards Minneapolis, where we need to be by tomorrow night.

Wish us luck and speed (in safe amounts).

Josh

Big Dumb Sky Country

30 Mar

 

Snow problem.

Snow problem.

Hey Gang,

 

So things have been a little hectic lately.  Seattle was awesome.  Shawn got to do sets on 7 shows, and I did 8, so that was pretty terrific.  We’re off until Tuesday night when we get to perform at Acme Comedy Co. which is widely considered the best club in the country.  A million thanks to Mary Mack who is headlining this week and got us on the show.

We are a little bit behind on our travels because a snow squall in Montana made the roads a little slippery.  So between today and tomorrow, we’ve got to make up about an hour and a half of driving.  The roads were too treacherous for us to continue on last night, so we stopped in a little restaurant to regroup/find a nearby motel.  The waitress (who was very helpful) ascertained that the tiny town of Deer Lodge, MT was all booked up in terms of motel rooms, so it seemed we were out of luck.

However, pretty much every restaurant patron offered to let us share their hotel room with them, which was downright swell.  We ended up crashing with Scott and Kristin from Missoula.  They were super nice and didn’t murder us at all, and the four of us stayed up watching “To Catch a Predator” on TV until it was time to go to sleep.  

In other news, Shawn and I have been playing a lot of Ms. Pac Man lately thanks in part to the budding MPM addiction of James Patterson and David Walsh, whom we visited in Los Angeles.  We started out at a laundromat where I was doing laundry, and by the end of the weekend, we were searching out arcades and pizza parlors to get our fix.  But it’s cool.  We could totally stop any time.  Just one more game to beat our old high scores though, okay?

(Ms.) Pac Man Fever

(Ms.) Pac Man Fever

 

 

Also, ate some delicious huckleberry pie with vanilla ice cream yesterday.  We were both tempted to order “huck ala huck” (huckleberry pie with huckleberry ice cream) but it seemed like maybe too much huck.

Pie heals all wounds.

Pie heals all wounds.

 

We met up with old work friend Ali in Seattle to try and check out a Green Fair, but we didn’t have enough time to explore it, which was fine, because we got to ride a Monorail, which I had dreamt of for years on account of the Simpsons episode.  RIP Phil Hartman.

In closing, thanks to Alana for putting us up in Seattle, Brian Moote for getting us shows there, and all the other comics we met for putting us up.  Suck it, snow.  

Love,

Josh

P.S.  I got a haircut and we ate cupcakes.

I also ate salad again, but no pictures of that this time.

I also ate salad again, but no pictures of that this time.

Slept in in Seattle

28 Mar

Yesterday morning I was in need of sleep, and when I woke up, my connection to the internet was tenuous at best.  Thursday was a day full of excitement and such, and I will share with you some highlights:

-Seeing lots of fish at the Pike Place Market and eating strawberry/habanera jelly at said market.

-In the same vein (or digestive tract, more aptly) eating salmon-inclusive lunches to be Seattle authentic.

-Hanging out in Gasworks park, which is an abandon gas refinery or somethingery that is now a park.  

-Delicious cupcakes! (PB&J for Shawn and Guiness Chocolate Stout with Bailey’s frosting for me.)

-Excellent shows.  (Shawn ripping it at Laughs and me also ripping it at The Comedy Underground.  Now we’re totally famous like the Space Needle and Kurt Cobain.)  

-Hanging out with Boston friend Toby Brown (wink, that’s not his real last name) and Laughs headliner Danny Bevins, both of whom are A+ dudes.  

Now you’re mostly up to speed.  Kablammo!

Shawn and Josh have not died of dysentery. Or: Leaving the Oregon Trail.

26 Mar

What’s Shakin’ Bloggarino?

Yesterday was a pretty low-key day.  We started out in Portland and decided to embark on some Oregonian adventures to start our morning (okay, afternoon) off.  Seeing as it was 12:30 pm, we decided against sampling one of their astounding number of gentlemen’s clubs.  Good choice, I think.  

Instead, we decided to head over to Washington Park and check out the Rose Garden and Japanese Gardens before we ventured north for Seattle.  We entrusted our navigational duties to Tom Tom, our trusty robot manservant, but he took us to the Rose Quarter, which is the arena where the Portland Trailblazers play their home games.  Not the same.

Eventually, we meandered over to the right part of town, and we took a stroll through the aforementioned gardens.  The roses were, shall we say, unabundant, on account of the season, but there were several other lovely flowers and a very pleasant aroma.  

610 Varieties of Roses.  0 In Bloom.

610 Varieties of Roses. 0 In Bloom.

 

Unless this is a rose?

Unless this is a rose?

 

Definitely not roses.  But still flowers.

Definitely not roses. But still flowers.

 

 

 

 

I didn’t pay for the full access to the Japanese Gardens, but I did convince the ticket taker to let me sneak in to the gift shop to buy some presents, and on the way out, I snapped some photos.  Like a heist for your eyes, it was.

Japan, this way.

Japan, this way.

 

Just like real Japan, I imagine.

Just like real Japan, I imagine.

 

 

 

Then…Onwards to Seattle!  It’s amazing how a ten hour day of driving can make a three hour day of driving feel like a breeze.  I feel like I could have driven it in my sleep (but I didn’t!).  We took the brief jaunt of 170 or so miles up I-5 and met up with our friend Melissa for dinner.  She made American Chop Suey with real vegetables!  Mmmmm.  Not dying of malnutrition.  She even did a portrait of me on her favorite artistic medium, the Etch-A-Sketch.  I used to do lots of self-portraits with one of those, back when I looked like a staircase.

Me with some Seattle landmarks.  Etch-a-sketch.  2009.

Me with some Seattle landmarks. Etch-a-sketch. 2009.

 

 

Off to Laughs in Kirkland for a fun show where we met fun people, and then off to Pegasus Pizza for a show that made me homesick for Sally O’Brien’s.  The comics in every city we’ve been to have been very cool and talented.  It’s pretty great.  Lots of shows in Seattle this weekend!  Hooray!

Peace Out, Blogscout,

Josh

Fresh Like a Box of Krispy Kremes. Kenny Roger’s “Gambler” is my gamblin’ theme.

25 Mar

Mornin’ Blog,

I write to you today from Portland, Oregon.  We got in last night, had a few adventures, and then checked into a Motel 6 (cigarette burns on the comforter were visible, but not enormous).  

Yesterday mostly comprised a ten hour drive from San Francisco to Portland.  After dropping Sarah off at the airport shuttle (a major league bummer, but she has “responsibilities”) we headed north.  Lots of folks warned us about the mundaneness of taking I-5 all the way to Portland, but we found the drive pleasant.  There were some beautiful mountain passes and trees to look at.  Plus, we ate at Sonic for the first time.  Not bad.  We had a clear view of Mt. Shasta, sponsored, of course, by the cola (probably not).

Like a scoop of ice cream on the horizon, we were told.

Like a scoop of ice cream on the horizon, we were told.

We also stopped at a gas station that was adorned with several bigfoot related advertisements.  Pacific northwest, we have arrived, and we are coming for your sasquatch.

Upon arriving in Portland, we could not find the casino that Shawn located on the GPS, so we found our way to the center of town and explored Powell’s Books, which is an enormous, city block sized book store.  It is really awesome.  

We then located Voodoo Doughnuts, which is an equally wondrous and calorically superior donut shop.  Shawn ponied up 3.95 to take the Tex-Ass challenge: To consume a gargantuan, six-donuts-big donut in 80 seconds.

Gone in 80 seconds?

Gone in 80 seconds?

Shawn came out guns blazing.  He was able to divide the donut into pieces and dip it in water before the timer started, and he finished the first half in excellent time.  But then his mouth got full of donut, and he had a rough time.  His time ran out, but he finished the donut over the course of the night.  Love of the game.

I ate a peanut butter oreo donut.  It was delicious and only the size of a single donut.  Victory, Gondelman.

A more reasonable late night snack.

A more reasonable late night snack.

Today we explore Portland, and then we’re off to Seattle for probably two shows tonight!  (Laughs in Kirkland at 8ish, and Pegasus Pizza down the street at 9ish.)   Later on!

Josh

Leaving the Land of In-N-Out Burger

24 Mar

Monday was our last full day in San Francisco, and it was lots of fun.  Since we were technically staying in San Rafael with longtime friend Dan, his lady friend Krista, and their (wildly personable) bunny, we got a late-ish start on the day, which was nice.  Pretty much the best feeling is getting to go to sleep where you woke up that morning.  Assuming you didn’t wake up on the street or in an ER.  

In any case, we got up at our convenience and headed over to the Muir Woods.  From far away, it looked like a forest of normal garden-variety (assuming you grow a tree garden) pine trees.  But when we got closer, we could see that they were actually enormous and majestic redwood trees.  Sequoia is another name for them, which is Latin for “tree whose name uses all of the vowels.”  The woods were beautiful and peaceful, and we took a two mile walk within them…and then ate ice cream!  

Post-ice cream, we headed into the city to check out Golden Gate Park.  Many things had closed for the day, but we got to wander the grounds and see the rose garden (not yet all the way in bloom) and several other interesting trees/shrubs.  Also, the Golden Gate Bridge was toll free for us since we were carpooling during drive time.  Take notes, city of Boston.

We had a show at Club Deluxe, and lots of friends came out.  The show was long, but the crowd hung in, and it was a good time.  We met lots of great and friendly SF comics, and success and excitement were shared by all.  Huzzah.

Palo colorado.  (Spanish for redwood.)

Palo colorado. (Spanish for redwood.)

  • The Yellow Rose of California.  (Not previously a saying.)

    The Yellow Rose of California. (Not previously a saying.)

    Unidentifiable knobby trees!

    Unidentifiable knobby trees!

    Dan's adorable foster bunny.

    Dan's adorable foster bunny.

 

Love

Josh

North to Portland!  Hooray!

Whatever happened to predictability?

23 Mar

As repentance for not blogging yesterday, here is my second blog of today.

Yesterday was full of adventures in San Francisco. 

#1. We made our way to Fisherman’s Wharf, which is the tourist capital of San Francisco.  Mostly, we took pictures of the sea lions that hang out at Pier 39.  Shawn thinks they should get jobs because they are fat and lazy.  They were pretty cool.  We also drove down the famously curvaceous Lombard Street.

"I suggest you do what your parents did, and get a job, sir!"

"I suggest you do what your parents did, and get a job, sir!"

It was like a video game about driving...if you went 5 mph in video games.

It was like a video game about driving...if you went 5 mph in video games.

 

Clang, clang, clang went the trollay. (No, not really.  It wasn't moving.)

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley. (No, not really. It wasn't moving.)

Dr. Bear meets Sourdough Bear.

Dr. Bear meets Sourdough Bear.

Adventure #2. We walked up what felt like 500,000 stairs to the Coit Tower.  There were amazing views of the city.  It seemed all day like each part of San Francisco that we stopped in was equally as interesting and attractive as every other part.  Plus, another Day of Relative Fitness (DORF) allowed us to have burgers last night.  Delicious burgers.

We thought it was just very tall.  Turns out it was pretty tall, but up a million stairs.

We thought it was just very tall. Turns out it was pretty tall, but up a million stairs.

Dr. Bear, using his powers of observation.

Dr. Bear, using his powers of observation.

 

Vista!  How picturesque!

Vista! How picturesque!

The rolling hill.

The rolling hill.

Adventure #3. We ventured into Chinatown for lunch and walking.  It was like Boston Chinatown, only friendlier and cleaner.  But all the essential elements were kept intact, such as Asian culture, crazy people,

We have a friend named Big Al who founded this bookstore in the Roaring 20's.

We have a friend named Big Al who founded this bookstore in the Roaring 20's.

 and soup!

 

See?  It's Chinatown!  You can tell by the writing in...Chinese?  (Is that racist?)

See? It's Chinatown! You can tell by the writing in...Chinese? (Is that racist?)

 Adventure #4. Our final adventure of the day was visiting the house from Full House.  Wake up, San Francisco!  Whooooo!  Has ever a more terrible show made a deeper cultural footprint?  Yes.  Saved By the Bell.  In any case, we went to Alamo Park to get a look at the houses from the opening credits, and then we went across town to find the actual house that the Tanners lived in for real for fake.  Alamo park was a great place to watch other peoples’ dogs be cute.  Shawn and I invented a dog blog wherein we talk about dogs we have seen from the perspective of an old man who doesn’t know anything about dogs.  Pictures, hit it!

The Milkman.  The Paperboy.  And Even MTV. (That's what I named those houses.)

The Milkman. The Paperboy. And Even MTV. (That's what I named those houses.)

 

...somebody who needs you.  (Even ursine doctors of physical education need friends.)

...somebody who needs you. (Even ursine doctors of physical education need friends.)

Plants in shoes??!?!?!  This city is too zany!  It's like Dharma and Greg, for crying out loud!

Plants in shoes??!?!?! This city is too zany! It's like Dharma and Greg, for crying out loud!

Dachsund!  (I love cylindrical dogs!)

Dachsund! (I love cylindrical dogs!)

 

Hey, Tanner-inos.  That's my Kimmy Gibbler impression.

Hey, Tanner-inos. That's my Kimmy Gibbler impression.

Shawn attempts a feat of monkey-like strength and agility.

Shawn attempts a feat of monkey-like strength and agility.

Stay classy, San Francisco.  (I forgot to use that in San Diego.)

Josh