No bones about it

Sweep, you can come over to our place with any or all of your instruments. We’ll have a jam session without those stuffed shirts.

Published in: on February 13, 2021 at 10:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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The host with the most

The other older gentleman besides Jacques Pépin that is keeping me cool and calm during this global case of the sniffles that has wiped out over three-quarters of a million people on the planet (so far) is someone Benny found while looking for some YouTube crafting videos. Like Monsieur Pépin, this fellow has a smooth voice, he’s very open to letting you experiment with the techniques he demonstrates, and he seems to like young children. Folks, if you haven’t met him already, I’d like to introduce you to The CrafsMan.

He may have other things in common with our friendly chef from Lyon, but it’s hard to tell for sure because The CrafsMan is a man of mystery. I believe he lives somewhere in Louisiana, and he is married to a lovely woman, and he may or may not still have a regular day job of some sort. Other than that, he’s an enigma. A smooth, yet fuzzy, enigma.

There also seems to be no end to his interests and expertise. Do you want to learn how to:

? The CrafsMan has got you covered. If for some reason watching someone make cool crafts makes you feel pressured and inadequate, you can just listen to The CrafsMan talk about some of his favorite things. If all you really need is some ASMR to calm down and The CrafsMan’s normal videos make you laugh too much, heck, he’ll read you some Frog And Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. Eventually, you’re probably going to find yourself imitating The CrafsMan. It’s okay. Lots of other people do it too, and he doesn’t seem to mind.

I don’t know how we’d ever get to meet him in real life, but that would be such a neat thing. I imagine him coming over to Benny’s workshop and examining all of the boxes and drawers and things, and they could talk about different kinds of tape and rubber hams and maybe the baby skunks would come out to meet him, and … oh mercy. I need to calm down. CrafsMan, if you ever read this, know that you have a place to stay in LA when things get safe again. In the meantime, keep on steady craftin’.

It’s a hardrock life

I know I’ve featured these guys some Christmas past, but I feel like I really need some Hardrock, Coco and Joe this year. How about you?

Rest in peace, Gerry Anderson

Two days after Christmas and I’m still feeling as dumb as a chimp in a lifeboat. I’ll start using my words again soon, I promise.

Published in: on December 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A drinking song

I know I usually hold off posting about puppets and such until the weekend, but I can’t keep this to myself a moment longer.

I’d like to raise a toast

The Christmas decorations in our neighborhood are getting really good but it looks like they’re not done yet at Castle Grayskull, so I’m going to put off posting pictures until later in the week. In the meantime, please enjoy some tasty pies and a glass of sherry:

The holy bargain

I know I’m an evening late, but come on – saying it’s too late to say Happy Hanukkah on the second evening is like saying it’s too late to wish someone a happy birthday after 3 a.m. Right?

Thanks for the link, Alexi! I had those same windowshades at my house when I was a kid.
Published in: on December 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Souper glue

It has come to my attention that even though I posted about this fabulous show over two years ago, some of you are still not familiar with the TV program Food Party. This is a shame. It’s even more of a shame that all of us don’t have some sort of job working for Food Party, but that’s another story.

Published in: on October 12, 2010 at 10:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Quite a kick

Nothing gets my attention better than a Muppet with a guillotine. I have no idea if Wilkins coffee was any good, but this campaign would have convinced me to try it. Eat your heart out, Don Draper.

Published in: on July 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm  Comments (1)  
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Smile, citizen

I was tootling around Hollywood not too long ago, minding my own business on Sunset Boulevard, when I noticed the following in front of me:

What is that? In case you’re having problems seeing the item in question above, I’ve given the photo a super-paranoid enhancement:

Seriously, what is that? At first I thought that it was just a sinister looking four-way camera, like a Google Maps-type car for the police department. Then I thought maybe it was a loudspeaker, and the policemen were making extra money using their squad car as an ice cream truck.

When Benny and I saw another one at the Burbank airport last week, Benny noticed that it said “infrared” on the car. So now I’m back to my super-paranoid stance. This is some sort of night vision heat sensor police cruiser supercar, trolling the streets of Hollywood. I know this car is supposed to be used for catching criminals and we law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear, but this kind of monitoring technology in the hands of authoritarian figures worries me nonetheless. And I have a feeling that this is not going to sit well with certain other people in the area either:

Personally, the only people I trust with supercars are marionettes.

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