A few things to get out of the way.
1. Check out Relative Art Studios - they have a nice group of photos - I'll post a couple here to draw you in.
Another link is to JP's blog - he has a limited supply of Tee-shirts with 10% going to the Auditorium.
And I updated my Lasagna Bed Garden Blog.
For ~Minxie~ with the Gopher problem. You can always Caddy Shack them. But on a serious side you might want to check out this blog Controlling Rodents Naturally - Garden Pest Tip .
Oshkosh voted 6-1 to donate $10,000 to a downtown facade restoration program.
The money will be pooled with $100,000 that already has been donated by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The foundation has set an overall fund raising goal of $250,000.
So - you are now saying why doesn't Columbus do the same? The $10,000 averages $0.16 per resident so we would be in the ball park with a $716 donation to a downtown facade restoration. I believe we have or can do better with the Columbus Historic Preservation Committee.
A story from Rob the Extra.
Here's a story for those of you going through Depp withdrawal, although it's a story about Christian Bale.
First, a little background:
I was one of the original 'extras' working from Mar 17th through 19th from the 20th on I've had movie set withdraw. I made some really great friends from it all, I've really enjoyed reading/getting info from this blog.
I went to the Capitol a few weeks ago when they were filming there just to hang out and see if I could see anything, here's my story that I emailed my 'extras' friends:
The Holy Grail
Holy S#@T Batman! OK, so I now have CB's autograph. I was at the Capitol late this morning with Amber and we chatted with Trevor (P.A.) for quite a while. He informed us Christian was there right up on the Capitol steps. We got to snap a few pics of Christian walking down the steps to leave for lunch, this was 2:00. Amber left for work, I went home, grabbed my roommate Andy, drove back to the Capitol, walked into the Capitol and got to the center and almost walked right through all these extras rehearsing.
I thought, that's weird how no one stopped us. I looked to the right and saw some fedora hats hanging off a rack of coats and I'm like, I recognize that sight... we walked down the hall to the wardrobe and I'm standing in front of two huge racks of clothes, tons of hats and I'm like, we're NOT supposed to be here, so we kept walking forward and saw that past the doors was the Kraft Table and all the crew and Colleen and Scary Bob (Bob Wagner) etc. I'm like, yeah, we're definitely not supposed to be here.
I then spotted Barry coming in from outside, I said "Hey Barry, we're guarding your hat's for you." He laughed and was totally cool, I said "If we go out this door, is it the fastest way to get kicked off set?" he said, "Don't name names and just watch for security", he went back out with a handful of hats and we just went out too. No one stopped us. We walked closer to the lights and closer to where the extras were hanging out, waiting. I saw Anne and discreetly waved. (Anne is an extras friend that was working that day.) We walked closer to where Michael Mann and his crew were.
All of a sudden Christian Bale is taking a seat not 15 feet away from me. I'm talking to Chandler (P.A. Intern) and he's like omg there's cb and I'm like, you just now noticed? Can I have your Sharpie? He's like, you can't, I'm like, I shouldn't, but in case I can, can I have your sharpie? He very discreetly gave me his sharpie and took off. I waited for a chance to break the rules and not get thrown off the set.
Christian was sitting in a directors chair and was getting his make-up touched up. I'm not believing my opportunity and I fought with my better judgment for about 5 minutes when his makeup stylist finished and left him just sitting there alone. A big guy came up to him and started bs'ing with him. (Go Away!!) Then he left too, and while I was still arguing with myself, my feet were already walking towards Christian, I went over and politely and ever so humbly asked "Mr. Bale?" He didn't hear me. "Christian?" He looked at me. "Mr. Bale, may I please have your autograph?"
I'm handing him the back side of my business card, he reaches for it and while I'm saying, "I don't want to disturb..." He says, "What's your name?" "Uh, Rob, my name's Rob." He flipped the card over and said that he was checking to make sure there's nothing obscene on the other side of it and laughed. I was thinking, of course, right, I can't believe this, he's wearing so much makeup. "I don't mean to bother you but I really admire you, and I'm not even an actor." I don't know what I meant by that but I meant it to sound like a great compliment.
He looked directly at me and said "Well thank you very much." He smiled and nodded, snapped the capped back on my sharpie and was still smiling at me when he gave it back to me. He was so cool. He was soo Christian Bale. His voice was so dripping with Christian Baleishness, I'm still drooling. Amber, please don't hate me. ;o))))
That's it, now I can say that Jason Bateman touched my business card ;op
Note to Rob and rest - I AM interested in stories - I think people love to read them.
And you think Vice President Cheney is bad?
Henry Wallace the VP for Franklin Roosevelt was a dedicated devotee of Eastern mysticism. While serving as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the 1930s, he allegedly sent his guru to Mongolia under the pretense of collecting grasses that could withstand drought. In reality, Wallace was diverting funds to help his guru hunt for evidence that Christ had visited Asia.
William Rufus de Vane King the VP for Franklin Pierce was sworn into office in Cuba, becoming the only executive officer to take the oath on foreign soil. King had gone to Cuba to recuperate from tuberculosis and severe alcoholism, but it didn't work. He died in 1853 after being vice president for just 25 days.
Aaron Burr the VP for Thomas Jefferson is best known for shooting and killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. THEN he plotted a treasonous conspiracy to become emperor of the western United States and Mexico.
The plan almost worked but he was ratted on. He was tried in 1807 before the Supreme Court, which found him not guilty, mainly because he hadn't actually committed the treason yet.
A free man, Burr turned his sights on Florida. He went to France and tried to convince Napoleon Bonaparte to help him conquer the swampland, but that plan foundered, too.
OK - nuff said!
Rod - off to the Farmers Market for Cheese Curds.
Maybe I should explain Cheese Curds sometime - Are they a Midwest thing??