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October 26, 2007

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

This is shaping up to be a fun weekend. Tonight my friend Gary Graham (of 2003 Las Vegas trip fame) is flying in from Florida to hang out here for the weekend and to go to the Titans/Raiders game this Sunday. It should be a good time.

Tonight we're going to attend the Ryan vs. MBA football game at Greer Stadium; both teams are 8-0, and this is a rivalry game, so it should be good. As if the stakes weren't high enough with that, my brother Matt will be among the honored as they bring back the 1997 FRHS football team to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of them winning the Tennessee state championship.

I spent a great deal of time yesterday taping a video for the forthcoming ABC game show Duel. The woman I e-mailed with from the show about the tryout told me, "You sound like the perfect contestant!!!" (Those were her exclamation points there) We'll see how they feel once they get my tape. I have to give a special thanks to Dick and Marcia Karg for letting me borrow their MiniDV camcorder without question yesterday to be able to record it. I thought my parents had one; they have two camcorders, but it's just the old 1988 VHS tape camcorder (that actually recorded onto big VHS tapes... at least before my sister Mary Beth damaged it with a snowball throw many winters ago) and the "High 8" video cam that they have. No MiniDV. The Karg family saved me on that one.

Why the rush? Because I have to have the tape and application to them by Tuesday, that's why. In a related note, there's a writer's strike looming in Hollywood; if that holds true, you might see a number of game shows rushed into production, though my understanding is that Duel has been in the works for a while.

Amy and Lou
This is one of the photos that I included in my Duel application, with me "showing my personality" to the producers in this shot from before last month's MTSU/Virginia football game with my friend Amy.

While I'm at it (and while I have access to the camcorder), today I'm going to make a demo tape for Power of Ten. The odds of getting on that show are longer, since it is a known entity, but someone from that show asked me to send them a tape... so we'll see. That one is required to be three minutes tops, which will be far shorter than the tape that the Duel producers will be receiving on either Monday or Tuesday (depending on how fast the USPS can deliver it to West Hollywood.)

I'm not sure that I have enough "candid footage" of me on the Duel tape, though the run time exceeded 40 minutes, so they'll have to deal with it. They wanted to see me in my element, which is what I showed them. Wish me luck.

Velvet has been telling me for months about how good the book "Watchers" by Dean Koontz is. On Wednesday I swung by the Smyrna library and checked it out... and became immediately enthralled. It's a fascinating read, and I'm anxious to read more of it right now. But I'm being patient and writing this website entry; everything in good time.

My room is a mess. I really should clean it up before Gary gets to town. But, with things being what they are with storage space here, there's not necessarily room to put the things that I have piled in here elsewhere, save for under the house, which is a bit of a pain to access.

If this website acts a bit quirky at some point in the coming weeks, it's probably becase iPowerWeb is upgrading from vDeck 1.0 to 3.0. It was a bit of a hassle to get logged in here today as a result of the change on the host side, though hopefully it won't be too much of a stumbling block for anyone.

One great thing about doing full-time is that I have the latitude to make my own hours. The other night I was up until 1:30 a.m. working on a column, which is fine by me since I was in the groove at that point. The flip side is getting to sleep in. Normally that's a great thing, but this morning I slept until 11. Unfortunately, the trash pickup had already happened, and neither Matt nor Dustin took the can out. I should have done it last night, but by the time I thought of it, the clock was past 3:00 and the Tizanidine I take for muscle spasms had me 90% on my way to sleep. So I suppose I'll get heat for that. Ugh.

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