Saturday, November 25, 2006

"I can't believe I watched the whole thing!"

If I see an infomercial on the TV I usually change the channel immediately. Today was a different story. I came across an infomercial today for “The Midnight Special”. The good music, colorful outfits and funky dance routines mesmerized me. I sat there and watched the whole thing.

I remember when I was a kid waking up in the middle of the night because my dad had turned up the TV too loud while watching
“The Midnight Special”. I wasn’t that young, so he would let stay up and watch it with him. There is something about the acts back in the 70’s and early 80’s that will always stay with me. I think this show started the MTV revolution.

Friday, November 24, 2006

The Cost Of Doing Business

I found this interesting.

Mountain View Country Club ( my employer ) pumped over 540 million gallons of water to irrigate the golf course. The cost of that water was the same amount of money the clubhouse spent on bottled water, about $40,000.

1. The cost of bottle water is ridiculous.

2. The cost of irrigation water is cheap.

That $40,000 number is a little misleading. It does not cost $40,000 to water my golf course. The water itself is $40,000. The electricity to pump that water onto the golf course is another $110,000.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I Am Thankful

Each holiday that passes gets tougher and tougher for my family. We spend them all at my in-laws house. Which is exactly where we want to be. It is just hard to do. My father-in-law John has ALS. It is hard to say where he is at in his illness. He can still talk. His breathing has to be assisted. He can eat solid food, a little, but has a tube in his stomach that we have to inject most of his meals. He does not have the strength to do anything. He doesn’t leave his bed. He has to have everything else done for him. I hear that it could still be a long time before he passes away. There could be a long time where he can’t communicate or do anything, just lay there, in pain.

We are very thankful each holiday that we still get to spend with John, even under these circumstances. It is our privilege to take care of the man who has taken care of us for so many years.

Remember to be thankful for everything. It is easy to forget the simple things that we take for granted.

Have a great Thanksgiving,

Monday, November 20, 2006

Getting To Know Me.....

.... getting to know more about me.

This post is from my old blog. It will better acquaint YOU with ME!

As I stated in the bio, Bleak Future was made about 10 years ago. It was a very low budget horror/comedy. The film’s writer and director was Brian O’Malley. Brian used to deliver pizza for me when I was the manager of a Domino’s Pizza in Upland California.

We used to kick around ideas about movies and characters. Malathionman is a character I thought up. The
"Malathionman" in Bleak Future was not the exact character I had in mind, but the general idea was there.

About 6 months after my wife and I had moved to the bay area (San Francisco), Brian called me and asked if I would be Malathionman. After all, he was my idea, and I would do it for free, so I agreed. This would involve 2 trips back down to Southern California.

The first trip would be to have a mold of my big old pumpkin head made. They figured that I had the biggest head, and because they couldn’t make a bunch of molds, my head would be used as the foundation for all the mutant heads in the movie. What an honor!

The whole process of making a mold of my head was just like that documentary about Thriller. Remember that! So just like Michael Jackson, I had to let the make up guy pour goo all over my entire head, and we had to wait about an hour for it to dry. Not very fun if you are claustrophobic, but I’m not, so it was no big deal. Everyone hung out and kept talking to me so I wouldn’t get spooked, plus they were curious, it was the first time this guy had ever done such a thing. Good thing to know now that I have about 20 lbs of sticky crud all over my nugget.

The second trip would be for filming. I was only available for 2 days. Brian had to save all my scenes for those two days. The first night would be shot on a set they made in some guys garage. The second day would be on location in the desert about 45 miles NE of Baker California, home of The World’s Largest Thermometer!

Day one, or should I say night one, went without a hitch, but it was kind of late when we finished, about 10:30pm. We needed to leave for the desert at 4am! It was about a 3 hour drive to the location. We needed to get there before it got too hot. Take a look at the Malationman pictures, that outfit was hot!

I remember nodding off many times on the way there. I finally woke up for good when I noticed we were going about 100 mph! I told the driver to slow the F--- down. I was very tired and this car was not made to go that fast, so yes, I dropped the F-bomb. I had this picture of Chevy Chase in my head, driving his family in Vacation. I didn’t want the same for us.

We got to the location about 7:30am. I don’t know how these guys found this place. It was literally in the middle of nowhere. Off of this two lane highway in the middle of the desert was a dirt road that led up a hill to an abandoned construction site. No signs or landmarks, you just had to know that dirt road was there. And a lot of people did, we saw quite a few campers drive by on the dirt road while we were filming. I guess further up the road people would ride motorcycles or shoot guns or whatever people do in the middle of the desert for fun.

About ¾ through the shoot we noticed 2 police cars driving up the dirt road. We figured they might be coming up to kick us off the construction site. You know darn well we didn’t have permission to be there. Who would have thought we would even be bothered out where we were. We certainly had no idea that us being there was going to be such a big deal. It was.

We all stood there on top of this hill and watched as the police came closer and closer, and they were driving fast too! They were coming for us. Great, we won’t get to finish, and probably get fined too. They came to a dusty stop right in front of us. They quickly
opened their doors, then surprise, they quickly pulled their guns and shouted, “EVERYBODY DROP YOUR WEAPONS AND KEEP YOUR HANDS WHERE WE CAN SEE THEM!”

Once again, look at the Malationman pictures. You may notice a silver pipe sticking out from under my sleeve. This pipe is strapped to my arm. It is what Malationman uses to hose down his victims with malathion. The police don’t understand that. They just don’t like what it looks like, and I can’t drop it! I kid you not, two weeks earlier I was robbed at gunpoint. I was more nervous with the cops pointing the gun at me than punks.

This all went down really fast. It didn’t take but a few seconds once the police really looked at us to realize what we were doing. Their next line was classic, “ Take us to your leader.” That just sounded too silly, and we all started to laugh.

Remember all those campers that drove by? Apparently we freaked someone out. The police got a 911 call about some
"cult" killing people out at the abandoned construction site. So they responded accordingly. I don’t know what the big deal was. There were only a few heads lying around, some mutants chasing each other with spears, and a guy melting people with insecticide.

Everyone had a good laugh, the police too. They just wanted us to be sure we cleaned up when we were done.

The ride home was much slower, and safer. We had plenty of laughs and good things to talk about. It was definitely a lot of hard work, and a very good time. Something I will always remember.

Bleak Future has a website. If you go there you can see a trailer. I'm the last guy in the clip.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Noah Drake

One of the nice things about living near Indian casino's is all of the entertainment that stops by. It is cool, but kind of sad. Most of the hot groups from my adolescence seem to make the rounds through the Coachella Valley. Styxx, Cheap Trick, Billy Squire, they have all been here the last year. These guys are now pushing 55 and are still, what it seems like, living in the past, or they mismanaged their money and have to do these small-time gigs to get by.

The most recent 80's rocker to stop by the Palm Springs area was Rick Springfield. This brought back all sorts of childhood memories.

It is now time to make a confession. I watched General Hospital back then. It doesn't seem very manly now, but everyone at school watched GH. That whole Luke and Laura thing was going on. The Casadine's had that "weather machine". Demi Moore was just starting out (if I remember right, she had a mustache and no boobs at the time). And there was the doctor all the chicks wanted, Noah Drake (Rick Springfield).

It must have been hard to be taken seriously as a musician when he was acting on a soap opera. No wonder he left GH so quickly. I really enjoyed "Working Class Dog". It was probably one of the better albums at that time.

While driving around town with my son, the "retro lunch show" came on the radio. "I've Done Everything For You" came on, so I cranked it. My son even liked it. It is just a shame that the stuff I like, is now is considered to be "retro". :(

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Trying Something New

Hey there! This is Malathionman! This is my first blog at Blogger. I have a space here, at MSN Live Spaces, but I was having technical problems, so I thought I would give this place a shot. Hopefully the people I met at Live Spaces will visit me here.

It looks like it may take me a little time to figure out all of the gadgets here at Blogger, so this page will definitely be a work in progress.

Things I like to share are, pictures, music, stories about work, family, and the past.

That's it for now.