Saturday, May 14, 2005

Is this thing on?

So, it's been a while. Sorry about the massive pause. It's been a long few weeks since our arrival back home from New York. Too much to explain, I'm afraid. But, regardless, we had a riotous time in the Big Apple. It was loaded with fun and games and so many happy reunions with friends and family on the East Coast. So much fun, in fact that we're heading back there to perform in NYC's Sketchfest at the UCB Theatre. Our roadtrip begins on Wednesday. With all this New York happening in our lives, it's got me thinking only one thing....

Why "The Big Apple" ? Why the big? Why the apple? I wonder. Then, I got the notion to go ahead and look it up on this handy-dandy thing called the internet and you know what I found? The name has to do with prostitutes . Go figure. Anyway. That's got me thinking about how little we know about not only The Big Apple, but also how little we know about apples in general. Sure, they're a fruit and they make a good cider, but do they really? And what else do they do? Here's a little apple quiz to see how much an expert you are with this mystical fruit. There are ten facts listed below. Five of them of them pertain to apples and five to former WWF wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper. Keep score and find out how you stand in the over-all apple scheme of things.


1.) Real name is Roderick Toombs

2.) The average american eats 19.6 pounds every year

3.) Received $25 for first match

4.) Took on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T with help from Mr. Wonderful in Wrestlemania 1

5.) Charred remains have been found in prehistoric dwellings in Switzerland

6.) Contain a small amount of cyanide !

7.) Starred in The Bad Pack !

8.) Ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if refrigerated

9.) Said, "Well, brutha, the most important thing is my wrestling. I love it. I enjoy it. I love to meet the people, especially when I travel around the world. The most important part of my wrestling career is that I love the business of it. I love it."

10.) Come from a genus of the rose family

Answers: 1.) Roddy, 2.) Apple, 3.) Roddy, 4.) Roddy, 5.) Apple, 6.) Apple, 7.) Roddy, 8.) Apple, 9.) Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, 10.) Apple

Sunday, May 01, 2005

City Life (Longing For Something More)

Last night, Tom and I were talking (rather drunkenly it may be recalled) about buying a little piece of property here in the city (a backyard as some would say). Nothing to big. Something in our price range-which means not big at all. We wouldn't need a whole lot anyway. Just enough to plant some hay seed and remind us of our country upbringing. Every year during harvest time, we could hire a couple of inner city kids and give them a taste of farm life (albeit, a very small taste). Together, we'd cut the hay and rake it into a pile so that we could hook up the baler, run it over our yard, and produce a single bale of hay. Midway through our bale, we'd wipe the sweat from our brows and take a break. The lemonade would already be waiting in a glass pitcher filled with perfect, aesthetically-pleasing ice cubes. We'd sip the lemonades, smell the air now spiked with bits of hayseed, and get ready to get back on the baler and finish that bale. When the bale was finished and the long day's work finally done, we'd carry it out front and sell it to some family down the street with a guinea pig. We'd pocket the three dollars and smile, knowing that the promise of another bale would be there next year and every year after.