Friday “Clowns!” Two-fer Funny

Well, I figured I had to make up for such a raw week.

And, yeah, it really has been a raw week.

I apologize once again for that post on Tuesday. That sort of wiped me out. I’ve been sort of ‘blah’ ever since. Somewhat depressed.

But I’m not taking any of it back. Once again, I meant every word of it. I do love that man.

Anyway.

I started my job yesterday. That made up for it in many ways. It’s going to be great, even if it’s only for one month (yeah, this is a one month assignment, but with the possibility of extension). And, yes, Elvie and younger Michelle do still work there, so it was great to see them again, and to be able to work with them again.

But today’s Funnies are even better than all that.

Today’s Funnies are a good indication as to my sense of humor. In that, these little bits will never get old!

Youngest Brother and I were huge fans of “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy” when it was on Cartoon Network. Unfortunately, it is no longer on the air, but it was great while it lasted!

And today’s Funnies were a couple of the best bits of the whole entire series. Aside from Fred Fredburger….oooh, but that’s another Funny for another time! tee hee.

Anyway. Both of today’s Funnies are from an episode called “Attack of the Clowns.”

I’ve posted a variation of this first Funny before; it was one of my first Friday Funnies. In this Funny, Billy is deathly afraid of clowns. And you learn Mandy has a fear as well….

And I’ll just let Billy, Mandy, and Grim take it from here.

And I had almost completely forgotten about this bit, also featured in the same episode:

Too funny!!!!

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Enjoy! And Happy Friday!

Back to work (tomorrow)

So. Yesterday’s post was a bit raw. I’m sorry about that. But I meant it. Every word. So. Make of that what you will. And I’ll just go from there with it, I guess. I mean, nothing will come of it. But….you never know.

Anyway.

Okay, so, in the never-ending employment saga of Mouse….

Back in December, I was hired on at a local utility company through a local temp agency, to assist with accounting and billing. Do you remember?

That assignment was supposed to last through April 2017, with the possibility of extension.

Well? At the start of this month (February 2nd, to be exact), the utility company ended my temporary assignment with them.

Which came as a complete surprise to me. Because I thought everything was going really well. I had a handle on the “Hi/Lows,” and I had just received training in setting up Landlord Agreements (long process, that, and an equally long story).

So, yeah, I thought everything was going really well.

But apparently, the company had finally gotten a lot of their backlog caught up, and the remaining backlog would be workable with the staff they currently had. So they ended a lot of temporary assignments on that day.

And mine was one of them.

So. Royal bummer.

So for the past two weeks or so, I’ve been unemployed. Again. Why I didn’t mention that until this point in time….well, I don’t really know.

But anyway.

Last week, I got a phone call from the local temp agency again, with a possible new assignment.

It would be a records-type position, involving pulling active and inactive files, and scanning and indexing them. For the company to go paperless, basically.

Guess where this assignment is going to be at?

Remember the local insurance company I worked for before I moved out of state last year?

Yeah! That company!

I was thrilled at that, because I already know their imaging system (provided they haven’t changed it in the year I’ve been gone). And it’s at the location in nearby Hiawatha….where Elvie and younger Michelle both work (or still work there, hopefully). Do you remember my talking about Elvie and younger Michelle? So I might get to see them again.

So. Score!

I start tomorrow. My work hours are 8:00 to 4:30.

Unfortunately, the insurance company is not looking for full-time candidates as, according to my former supervisor Diane, they recently had a workforce reduction, and so were not looking to fill any full-time positions any time soon.

Shoot.

But still, this could lead to another permanent position within the company.

It did last time, remember? (When I went from the temporary administrative assistant to the full-time records specialist.)

We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

I can’t wait to get back to work!

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(No, I am very happy to be getting back to work, but this picture is just funny, so I’m using it.)

The Tell-Tale Heart On Her Sleeve

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So. I actually taped this yesterday, but I’m posting it today as, like I said, it’s Valentine’s Day. Which is appropriate.

I did this in one take. Thought about taping it again, to try to do it better, but when I watched it again, I realized it stood well enough as it is. So what you see is what you get. It’s not perfect (I think the shaking of the picture at times is because of the strong winds from yesterday, which basically went through the walls of my room), but it’ll have to do.

And I mean every word I say. I love this man.

And I suppose there’s no reason to be shy about this.

The title of both the video and the blog post? Big giveaway.

So, you know….

….now you know.

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Friday “Bunny Rabbits” Funny

I know it’s waaay too early for Easter, but this couldn’t wait.

Back in the day, my siblings and I were huge fans of the Saturday morning cartoon show “Garfield and Friends.” It featured the great Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield. Of course, the Garfield cartoons were the best ones.

There were also U.S. Acres cartoons, which we really weren’t big fans of.

But some of the U.S. Acres cartoons were pretty funny.

Like today’s Funny.

Unfortunately for it, the title gives the joke away.

But it’s hysterical all the same. And Wade was always my favorite character of the U.S. Acres bunch, anyway.

You have to click the link to watch the video, but it’s so worth it.

U.S. Acres – “The Bunny Rabbits Is Coming”

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(Though I just realized they changed it from “U.S. Acres” to “Orson’s Farm.” Odd, that; it was originally “U.S. Acres,” so that’s what I’ll continue to call it.)

Enjoy! And Happy Friday!

The official character inspirations

(Photo-heavy post ahead, just so you know.)

So, I got brave.

And here they are.

These are the official character inspirations for my story “Cherchez La Femme.”

Just as point of reference, click this link to read the original post I did regarding the characters.

And just an FYI, before we begin: as I’ve been writing, I’ve added three new characters, just as a kind of balance.

Two of those new characters are Lyle and Terrence. Both of them are Sarah’s uncles – Terrence is the oldest brother to Sarah’s father (there are four Goeken brothers – Terrence, Tad, Thomas, and Tim – but you’ll only meet the three; uncle Tim is mentioned in a big way, though), and Lyle is the elder brother to Sarah’s mother.

The third new character is Anthony, Francine’s long-time personal stylist/makeup artist. I had mentioned in an earlier post that Angelica doesn’t use her last name in the profession, and neither does Anthony. He does have a last name, but he doesn’t use it and nobody, apart from his family, knows his last name, not even Francine. However, he does reveal it to Sarah during the story….and there is a good reason why he doesn’t use his last name…. Gonna be so funny.

Anyway.

It’ll all make sense, trust me.

Sarah Goeken:

~ Well, duh….

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She’s partly based on me in reality, and partly an amplified version of me. Hard to explain, but that’s how it is. So I don’t even have a well-known inspiration. It’d be someone unknown. This might be giving something away, but Sarah goes from ugly duckling to beautiful swan as the story goes on. Or Cinderella – yeah, there’s a ‘Cinderella’ moment in store for Sarah. So, you know, she’s not supposed to be drop-dead beautiful, or model-skinny. She is who she is. So.

Francine Almay:

~ Keira Knightley, and no mistake.

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Told you – a ‘well-known, real life British actress.’ Because when I saw the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie….I dunno, she just seemed like somebody I would like to be friends with. I still feel that way. Couldn’t tell you why. And I have been loving writing scenes between Francine and Sarah, imagining Miss Knightley and myself in the respective roles. It’s really lent itself well to the writing. So.

Thomas Goeken (Sarah’s father):

~ Well, I’m drawing inspiration from my own father, of course. But for a well-known inspiration, Tom Kenny.

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Tom Kenny is primarily a voiceover actor, best known as the voice of Spongebob Squarepants. He just seems like he would be a really cool dad. So.

Lynn Goeken (née Birchard) (Sarah’s mother):

~ Well, I’m drawing inspiration from my own mother, of course. But for a well-known inspiration, Jill Talley.

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Jill Talley is also a voiceover actress, and is the wife of Tom Kenny in real life. She seems like the kind of mom who is part no-nonsense and part nonsensical, yet entirely open-minded and caring.

William Almay (Francine’s father):

~ Robert Carlyle.

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Originally, I had a different person in mind as William, a different well-known inspiration, but he passed away last year. Not that I’m glad he passed away, because I’m not. But, in a way, it turned out to be best for the character of William as, with Robert Carlyle as my inspiration, William actually works much better now than he did before. Remember when I said that, aside from Sarah and Francine, William is the most important character in the story? Yeah. That. For that very reason, Robert Carlyle is the perfect inspiration.

Helen Almay (Francine’s mother):

~ Juliet Stevenson.

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Juliet Stevenson actually played Keira Knightley’s mother in “Bend It Like Beckham.” I thought they were a great mother-daughter team, even though they didn’t understand one another for most of the movie. Plus, I’ve just always admired Juliet Stevenson.

Stetson Taylor (Francine’s boyfriend/significant other):

~ Jason Isaacs.

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I dunno why. Just the way he can be equally funny and deadly serious is just….somewhat captivating to watch. And I don’t mean as in, like, I find him attractive. I mean, he is an attractive man, but when I say ‘captivating,’ I mean ‘fascinating.’ You understand? And Stetson has turned out to be just that, especially in his serious moments.

Anthony (Francine’s personal stylist/makeup artist):

~ Boy George.

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Well, Anthony has style, attitude, and a wicked sense of humor. And Boy George has that, in abundance. It’s been fun to think on. Plus, I’ve admired Boy George ever since I was five years old (yeah, I know, way to make someone feel old, huh?), and I’ve always been trying to figure out the perfect character with which I could draw off him for inspiration. And Anthony it is.

Sally Birchard (Sarah’s cousin/Lyle’s daughter):

~ My cousin Gina, absolutely.

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That’s Gina, in the picture above.

Otherwise, for a more well-known inspiration, Jodelle Ferland.

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I’ve always admired Jodelle Ferland, as she perfectly balances her youth and precociousness with wisdom and grace and maturity beyond her years (just watch “Tideland” and prepare to be amazed). And Sally is that way.

Pauline Goeken (Sarah’s cousin/Tad’s daughter):

~ My cousin Melissa, absolutely.

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That’s Melissa, in the picture above.

Otherwise, for a more well-known inspiration, Kristen Bell.

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I’ve always admired Kristen Bell; she just seems so down-to-earth and feisty and wise. And Pauline is that way. Perfect.

Terrence Goeken (Sarah’s uncle):

~ Mark Hamill.

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No, there is good reason for my using him as inspiration for Terrence. I needed to think about someone wise yet whimsical. From what I gather, Mark Hamill is that. So. That’s been fun to think on.

Tad Goeken (Sarah’s uncle/Pauline’s father):

~ Rob Paulsen.

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Rob Paulsen is another prolific voiceover actor, best known (to me, at least) as the voices of both Yakko Warner and Pinky from “Animaniacs.” He just seems like, I don’t know, such a normal guy. And Tad is such a normal guy – no bells and whistles about Tad; he’s a smart guy, and he cares so much about his family. Rob Paulsen seems to be that sort of person.

Mary Goeken (Sarah’s step-aunt/Pauline’s stepmother):

~ Tara Strong.

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Tara Strong is another voiceover actor, best known as the voice of Timmy Turner from “Fairly Oddparents” and of Bubbles from “The Powerpuff Girls.” Tara Strong seems so feisty and funny and family-oriented. She’s so cool.

Lyle Birchard (Sarah’s uncle/Sally’s father):

~ John de Lancie.

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This was just a bolt-out-of-the-blue type thing. And, for whatever reason, he’s been working as the inspiration. So.

Laurie Higgins (Sarah’s friend/co-worker/band member):

~ Emily Perkins.

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I was a big fan of the Canadian werewolf trilogy known as “Ginger Snaps,” in which Emily Perkins played Brigitte opposite Katharine Isabelle’s Ginger. Speaking of….

Julie Nichols (Sarah’s friend/co-worker/band member):

~ Katharine Isabelle.

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Ta da! No, it was actually somewhat coincidental, that I looked to both Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins for different characters; didn’t really realize it until I was actually writing this post.

(Slight digression before we go on: a pre-“Orphan Black” Tatiana Maslany played the character of Ghost in the second of the three “Ginger Snaps” movies; go check it out if you’re so inclined. Okay, digression over.)

Ellen Wheeler (Sarah’s friend/co-worker/band member):

~ Stephanie Leonidas.

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Stephanie Leonidas is perhaps best known for playing Helena/Anti-Helena in Neil Gaiman’s “Mirrormask.” Great movie, that is, by the way. And there’s going to be a surprise when it comes to Ellen. You’ll just have to wait and see.

Wilmer (Sarah’s friend/band member):

~ Jess Harnell.

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Jess Harnell is another prolific voiceover actor, with too many credits to his name, but he is perhaps best known as the voice of Wakko Warner from “Animaniacs.” He is also a rock singer; I used to have a couple of his/his band’s albums. He’s really good.

Leon (Sarah’s friend/band member):

~ Billy West.

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Not only is Billy West another prolific voiceover actor (Doug from “Doug,” Stimpy from “Ren & Stimpy,” Fry/Professor Farnsworth/Zoidberg/Zapp Brannigan in “Futurama,” need I go on?), but he is also a musician in real life; I also used to have an album of his as well. He’s also really good.

Paul (Sarah’s friend/band member):

~ James Arnold Taylor.

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Another voiceover actor, but I imagine he’d make an excellent musician. What do you think?

Mrs. Jaice (Sarah’s college teacher):

~ Jane Lynch.

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Now, Mrs. Jaice is actually inspired by a real-life creative writing teacher I had in high school; this teacher was actually my most favorite teacher throughout all of my schooling (alas, I do not have a picture of her). But in terms of drawing off of a well-known inspiration, look no further than Jane Lynch. I never ever saw a single episode of “Glee,” but she seems as wise as she is cynical, and she seems very caring, very warm, very inspiring, and that’s the kind of person Mrs. Jaice is. So there you go.

Father Mike (the pastor of the small-town church):

~ Maurice LaMarche.

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Now, the actual inspiration for Father Mike is the late Father Mike O’Rourke, who was the pastor of the church my family and I used to attend in Wisconsin. Maurice LaMarche is another voiceover actor, but he bears a passing resemblance to the real Father Mike. So. That’s why.

Louisa Andrews:

~ Heather Matarazzo.

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Flippin’ perfect. And there’s really nothing more I can say about that.

Jacob Dreiser:

~ Jerry Trainor.

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Loved him as Spencer on “iCarly.” He was so flippin’ funny, so dorky and all! He’s been the perfect inspiration for Jacob.

Tovey Jones:

~ Toby Kebbell.

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He can all at once be the perfect jerk and the perfect gentleman. Which is what happens with Tovey over the course of the story.

Angelica:

~ Macarena Gomez.

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Ever since I accidentally saw a little movie on the Sy-Fy Channel (back when it was known as the ‘Sci-Fi Channel’)….a little movie called “Dagon”….I have been interested in Macarena Gomez. Wish she did more movies here in the US; she is a big star in her native Spain (“Sexykiller,” anybody?). She’s been the perfect inspiration for Angelica.

Glenn Nottingham:

~ Nicolas Cage.

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Yeah. There’s a big giveaway in there, now that you know that. But, you know, it is what it is.  That’s all I’m going to say.

Aiya Nottingham:

~ Aarti Mann.

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She is best known for playing Raj’s sister Priya on “The Big Bang Theory.” And, from what episodes I saw her in, she was quite the subtle bitch. So. Interesting, that.

Nora Mueller:

~ Helena Bonham Carter.

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Nora has turned out to be very mother hen in real life, but plays quite the terrifying villain as an actress. And who better to draw inspiration off of for a character like that then Helena Bonham Carter? Who, I gather, is much the same in real life. (Remember Bellatrix Lestrange? Yeah. That.)

Hector Reali:

~ Hugo Weaving.

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Hector turns out to have a couple little secrets of his own, hidden behind an almost stereotypical image of a very suave gentleman….although Hector is anything but stereotypical. So in terms of an unconventional yet gentlemanly personality, Hugo Weaving fits that bill. And Hector also plays a villain in the movies within the story. And Hugo Weaving plays a good villain.

Bob Luckin:

~ Jonathan Frakes.

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Okay, when he was on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” he was the straight-laced manly man Riker. But I’ve always thought there was a quirky side to him that would be fun to see. And Bob is going to be quirky in every way. It’s been very fun to think on. Plus, Jonathan Frakes is also a director is real life, which is why I think about him for Bob (as Bob is the director of the movies in the story).

Donald Lawrence:

~ LeVar Burton.

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And why not? I’ve loved LeVar Burton since I was a child, what with “Reading Rainbow” and then with “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” I’d said in an earlier post that you’re not supposed to like Donald. That’s sort of why I’m looking to LeVar Burton as inspiration – he is the polar opposite of Donald. Been very fun to think on, actually. With LeVar Burton as inspiration, Donald has become a likeable yet unlikeable character, if you understand.

So, that’s your official inspirational cast of characters.

Do you like them?

I find them to be quite the colorful mix of personalities myself, and they’ve been working out well on paper.

We’ll see.

Anyway. That’s that.

As always, I’ll try to do better next post.

Friday Fantastic – Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” as read by Nicolas Cage

Okay, so, apparently, every year for the past couple years, one of the many Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in Austin, TX has hosted a film festival completely devoted to Nicolas Cage, simply titled “Caged.” It’s held every January, because that’s the month Mr. Cage was born. And every year since its inception, they had tried to get Mr. Cage to make an appearance at the festival. In the past, things didn’t work out; apparently, they got real close last year.

Then came this year.

Suffice to say, things worked out.

Mr. Cage was able to appear at the festival.

And the first thing he did was read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

God, that would have been something to see.

Fortunately, we can, thanks to Youtube.

And we’re all the better for it.

I think what’s most impressive to me about this is, it’s a cold reading. In terms of acting, a cold reading means an actor does not prepare for it ahead of time. So, basically, he walked in to the festival and….did it.

Pardon my language, but he absolutely fucking did it! Fucking nailed it!

To all you Nicolas Cage haters out there….shut the fuck up!!!! To quote the man himself, “You just don’t know what you’re missing.”

He is phenomenal. Always has been, always will be.

And I love him.

So, today’s Friday Fantastic is Nicolas Cage’s cold reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Enjoy! And Happy Friday!

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Tune for Tuesday – Imogen Heap, “Hide and Seek”

So I’m feeling quite down.

Came to a rather strange yet depressing realization yesterday. Very nearly had me in tears all night. How I was able to keep from crying is beyond me; by rights, I should have been bawling for hours on end.

Well.

Perhaps I’ll post more about it later.

Perhaps.

But anyway.

So, what better way to ‘celebrate’ that depressing realization with a rather depressing song?

And, really, this song needs no introduction, other than to say that I basically will cry every time I hear it.

Like today, when my Pandora stream played it just a few minutes ago.

From her 2005 album “Speak For Yourself,” this is Imogen Heap with “Hide and Seek.”

Happy listening!

I’ll try to do better next post.