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From Cheez-Its to Recliners, We’re Always Learning Who We Are

Wow.

It’s been a while, right?  That was actually a rhetorical question.  You can just check the dates of the posts and you’ll know it has.

I want to write.  Honestly.  It’s just, well…as you know, I write for a living now and, well…it’s hard to write for 16 hours a day (yes, I’m routinely pulling crazy days like that!) and then write some more!

I have some book ideas I’m developing, as well as some other projects on my mind, so I’m getting back into the swing of things, but goodness gracious.

So, what’s been up?  Crazy storm in the East.  Chilly weather in the West.  In my reclusive state, I’ve actually discovered some interesting things about myself the last few weeks.  Want to hear about them?  No?  Good.  Here they are:

1.  I have a strong fondness for Cheez-Its.  You know.  Those tasty Kellogg/Sunshine crackers.  Oh, and if you put enough of them in your mouth at once and chew, it’s almost like you’re eating a big piece of cheese.  I know, gross.  But I love those little crackers.  I actually dream that a big Sunshine truck will deliver tons of boxes to my door and I’ll be on some Cheez-It commercial.  Won’t happen, but a man can dream.

2.  When I’m not writing, I actually do think about writing!  Yes!  I’ve been so insanely crazy busy lately and I’m just dying to get back to writing for pleasure again.  And that’s good.  I haven’t lost my desire to write for fun.  In fact, I can’t wait to get back in the writing saddle again!

3.  I absolutely know I hate the cold.  I mean, I already knew that, but I’m realizing that below…say…50, unless I have skis on, it’s better to be in where it’s warm.  Luckily, my life choices have me in a place that is mostly over 50, so…good stuff!

4.  I have a good sense of decor.   Now, I know you’re thinking, “Nobody, you’re just a nobody.  Leave designing to the professionals!”  Well, I say you’re wrong!  I actually just moved and put the place together myself, and I must say–it looks great.  I have my guitar out, and my rug from Peru up on the wall.  Oh, that rug.  Got it in an alley in Cuzco.  Memories, my friends.  But my favorite thing is my electric recliner.  Leather.  I’m actually in it now.

5.  I know that sometimes, it all just works itself out.  You know what I mean, right?  Of course you know!  I don’t have to elaborate on that one.

It’s still a scary world out there, folks.  Work, weather, craziness.  But take some time when you read this to count down 5 things you’ve learned in the last few weeks.  Anything can be on the list.  Your love of The Big Bang Theory.  Your hatred of snow.  Who knows?  We are who we are.  We learn what we learn.  We may disappear for a while, but you know what?

We’re always right where we are.

 

 

6/26/12 America’s Got Talent Is the Second Night in Vegas — Will Stars or Nerves Shine at Venetian/Palazzo?

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You’ve arrived at the live blog for the 6/26/12 America’s Got Talent from Vegas. Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern will decide who will make it to the live shows…then we’ll decide.

Will it be stars or nerves that show up tonight?

[We here at Nobody’s View have a soft spot for America’s Got Talent.  Why? Well, contestants on the show are our kind of folks.  Just regular people like you and me who get to live their dream.  Getting their moment in the sun.  People doing what they feel they were born to do.  Hard to argue with that!  And, judging by the thousands of you who join me here each season, well, I think you agree!  Welcome to the LIVE Nobody’s View America’s Got Talent 2012 blog.]

So, I watched Hardcore Pawn right before this.  A good transition show while gettin’ the ol’ blog ready.

Just started watching it recently.  That and The Big Bang Theory.

That’s some good stuff!  It’s good to watch stuff in reruns that you didn’t see the first time around.  Hey, it’s all new to me!  Wait, wasn’t that an NBC thing in the early nineties?

I know, I know.  You’re thinking, “Whatever.  Get on with the writeup, blog boy.”

Wow.  That’s hardcore.

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Meteor, lightning, obligatory shots of some random skyline, pics of the host and judges waving and doing hand things…it must be America’s Got Talent.

Okay, so magic first.  Eric Dittelman.  Magic.  Mentalist.  Love this guy.  He’s really incredible.  He blew the judges away in Austin.  He blew my viewing group away.  Where do you go from there?  He’s going to read Sharon’s mind.  Name of her first crush, he said.  Jot down the name.  Fold it into fourths.  He jumbled letters in her mind.  Held her hand.  He guessed “B.”  He guessed “N.”  He wrote down Robin.  She said “Robin.”  This guy is a million bucks.

Taylor Reed was next with his illusions.  A helicopter appeared out of nowhere.

Justin Rivera did some interesting stuff with boxes.  Stuff where we could see his foot on the side.  Oy.  But at least it was an ad for U-Haul.

Spencer Horsman, the escape danger guy, seemed nervous.  He said he was pushing his limits with a watery escape.  He got in.  Squeezed in.  Clipped himself in.  1:25 seconds of air.  A blindfold.  The countdown began, and he was very calm.  One by one the locks came undone. Then he dropped the file.

Then…

Then…

A Snapple commercial.

I wonder what the Big Bang Theory guys are up to?

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Ok, so where were we?  Right.  Spencer Horsman dropped his file.

But he got out.  And, after risking it all, he got, “Thanks guys.”  And some oxygen.

What if he sneezes or coughs in there?

Okay.  Eric & Olivia.  Love it.  But do they love each other?  Well, not so much in Austin.  But I loved her Moves Like Jagger.  Ah, her voice.  So smoky.  So jazzy.  Love it.  What a Wonderful World?  Indeed.

Maurice & Shanice Hayes were up next.  A little off.  But then the judges made the dreaded “no duo” comment.  How do you split a daughter and father group?

Speaking of which, Jorge and Alexa Narvaez.  It’s cute.  But is it a million dollars? Well, the smiles are anyway.  And I’m sure their future is, too.

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Comedians coming up.

Remember Last Comic Standing?  Bring it back!

Tom Cotter, Frank Roche, Kellen Erskine, and Jacob Williams.  Williams was up first.  I like his approach.

Sammy Obeid told a funny joke.  Dave Burleigh did a great Walken.  Erskine told a psychic joke that was really great.  Cotter brought his great delivery to the stage and really got a lot of laughs, especially from the judges.

And, alas, Roche had to follow Cotter.  He told a joke.  He asked to start over.  Then he got nervous.  Then it stopped.  I wish he’d done impressions.  The judges called him back on stage and sent him home immediately.  Too bad.  I’d have loved to have seen Jack Nicholson again.

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Kids.  Doing homework.

And one of my favorites, Sebastien “El Charro de Oro” led us off.  LOVE this act.  This kid is going to go far far far.  Amazing.  Guadalajara never sounded so good.  “Magic” Sharon?  Indeed.

And then?  Isaac Brown.  I love how they’re putting “student” under the kids’ names.  I mean, what are they gonna put?  Accountant?  Attorney?  They’re kids for gosh sakes.

Next was the Untouchables.  A group of “students” who dance.  Very well.  The kids have more going on than a lot of the adults.

Amazing Elizabeth climbed the red curtain hoping to make it to the red carpet.  Very bold act for a 6-year-old “student.”

And then Edon.  Love this act.  He’s going to be Billy Joel in a yarmulke.  You go, Edon.  Great voice.  Great talent.  By the way, I wrote that before Sharon said it.  Not that you care.  Or believe me.  But I know the truth.

Me and Billy Joel.

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Male singers after the break.

Ulysses.  In a gondola.  Singing the Love Boat theme.  Love this guy.  Why didn’t I pick this up?  I watched a lot of TV in the 80s.

Anyway, he sang Secret Agent Man.  I really believed it.  I was into the Secret Agentness.

Daniel Park did one of my favorites by Tom Petty.

Jake Wesley Rogers sat at the piano and lived his dream.  Sharon, the music expert, called him a star.

Tim Poe sang next.

And then?  The excellent and soulful Tim Hockenberry.  What a voice.  So great.  That’s an act I could listen to for hours.

Stacked category.

Maybe there’s room for a few of these guys.

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So, one of the commercials played My Guy.  I thought someone in my viewing party hated that song, but they reminded me the song they don’t like is, Judy in Disguise.

You don’t care.  I don’t care.

What’s up next?

Ah, arguing about who goes on to the next stage.  I can’t even imagine how they narrow this down.

One by one the acts were excused.  I agreed bigtime with the comic choices.  Incredible.  I felt terrible for the kids who were going home, but was happy to see who was going through.  Sebastien could take this, right?

I agreed with dancer choices, too.  Great category this year.

Female singers seemed like an easy choice for the judges.  Male singers?  Not so easy.  A great three choices for the male singers going to NYC.

Group singers.  Good choices.

Magic?  Fantastic.  Two absolutely great acts.  A mind reader.  An escape artist.  Combine those acts.

Light, sand, and a beef patty are also going ahead.

Dog ventriloquist?  Going.

The opera singer?  Painful cut.

Andrew De Leon going home.  I’m sick about that.  He deserved another chance.  Now, you’re going to tell me they all deserve a second chance, yes, but there was something about the act.  Something about him.

We deserved to see him again.

Hopefully we will some day.

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Tomorrow’s the 2 hour finale of Vegas week.  We’ll do our best to be here live.  If we can’t be, then please be forgiving.  The write-up will make it’s way to Nobody’s View.  Hopefully, you will too!

 

6/5/12 America’s Got Talent Brings Us Back to Austin–More Great Talent? Howie, Howard, and Sharon Will Let Us Know!

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Thanks for joining us at 7pm in the West for 6/5/12 America’s Got Talent from Austin.  Watch it with us live as we blog it!

[We here at Nobody’s View have a soft spot for America’s Got Talent.  Why? Well, contestants on the show are our kind of folks.  Just regular people like you and me who get to live their dream.  Getting their moment in the sun.  People doing what they feel they were born to do.  Hard to argue with that!  And, judging by the thousands of you who join me here each season, well, I think you agree!  Welcome to the LIVE Nobody’s View America’s Got Talent 2012 blog.]

I see some of you have already been searching for tonight’s blog.  What?  You mean you weren’t watching The Big Bang Theory in reruns?  How did I not watch this show NOT in reruns?  What a great show.  I’m not into online gaming or comic books, but it’s still great.

But enough of that.  You’re all here to read about AGT.

Now, let’s see…where were we?  Ah, yes.  More of Austin.  Austin, Texas.  The big “T.”  Tejas.  I actually almost went to school in Houston, but…

Y’know what?  Forget it.  Let’s get back to America’s Got Talent.  Did you see that Sebastien kid in the opening montage?  That kid was great, right?  Right!  Well, let’s see who’s up now.

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Howard Stern pointing at people.  Howie Mandel doing goofy things with the people in line.  Yeah, that’s about right for the opening.

Aurora Light Painters are first.  They make pictures with light.  I did that once in a pitch black lava tube.  We actually wrote dirty words in the darkness with light and it actually worked.  It was weird.  Anyway, Aurora Light Painters are much better at it than we were, and a helluva lot more family-friendly.  It was hard to get a real handle on how this happened, but it was pretty cool.  It was probably much better in the live theater.  It’ll be interesting to see what they can do in Vegas.  Maybe they’ll go off stage the right way.  Maybe they had light in their eyes.

Coming up?  Someone might injure a lip.

But not with light.

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We’re back.  A pink gorilla playing an instrument.  A guy standing on his head doing…something.  A guy playing a washboard.  A guy too old to be breakdancing.  Good times!

But then…Doppleganger Circus Sideshow from Detroit, Michigan.  Uh oh.  Look away!  Look away!  An apple.  A chainsaw.  A guy with the name “sideshow” in his act.  This is not a good combo.  She got lockjaw.  That’s right.  A chainsaw was in the act, and what injured her was the apple.  Erm.  Yikes.

Anyway, off they went into the Austin afternoon.

A female pop band gave it their best shot.  Um, no Vegas.  Then there were some NBA halftime blow-up people.  I’m sure Piers woulda LOVED it.  As it was, they’re  done and deflated.

Next?  A guy named “Tubby” in a bathrobe.  A bathrobe that didn’t stay on long enough.  Ok.

And, um, that takes us to break!  Oh, look.  An SUV on the freeway.  That’s about right.

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So, my local news is going to have a story tonight on the city with the most spoiled children.  That oughta be a good one.

But for now?  Well, now we’re getting spoiled with talent.  Hopefully.  Or, just more lockjaw.  Who can tell?

Anyway, on to Eric and Olivia–a singing duo who, I guess, aren’t dating, but…well…I’m not sure.  Anyway, they’re a band.  Or…well…not a couple, but a duo.  Or something.  And yes, Howard Stern was just as forgiving of their status as we were.  And I’m sure Eric was embarrassed at the ribbing.  But anyway, Olivia’s voice was really nice.  Really really nice.  And, somewhere, Piers is yelling at his TV for Olivia to go solo.  But they look good together.  And they sound good together.  I like how Eric plays guitar.  Love it, actually.  Jazzy Moves Like Jagger. Howie voted “no,” saying it wasn’t big enough.  Thank goodness the other two disagreed.  Can’t wait to see this act again in Vegas.  Or in my local jazz club.  Oh, and yes…this is likely going to be a soap opera story all the way through.

If Eric has the moves like Jagger, he may be going from “duo” to “couple” soon.

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Returning to a montage of singers backstage.  Oy.

Meanwhile, Richard Grossman emerged from an elevator to sing opera.  Three “Xs” later, the opera stopped.

Moving on.

Auditions that popped?  Well, I know a jaw popped.  But I’m not sure Orville Redenbacher has a snack for that.

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After the break, a mentalist.  A mindreader.  He says he started in magic, but then became fascinated by psychology.  Anyway, his name is Eric Dittelman (but you knew that, right?) and he had some help from Nick and the judges.  Dittelman put tape over his eyes and the judges started drawing.  Oh, and then he put more tape over his eyes.  A lot of tape.  Enough to probably lose his eyebrows.  Howie’s drawing was first and Dittelman guessed that.  Then, he knew it was part of a face.  An ear.  Wow.  Next?  Howard’s drawing.  Howard’s face.  The kid got it.  Last?  Sharon.  A pair of glasses.  Dittelman got it.

And that, folks, is a Vegas act.  A Vegas act I’d pay to see.  Tomorrow.

Aerial dance with chains go the go-ahead.  Then, a guitar version of Moon River.  Not the Moon River I know, but Moon River nonetheless.  On to Vegas.  A dancer showed his stuff and got the Vegas green light.

And then Snapple Chat.  A totally unscripted scripted chat with the three judges reviewing the acts.

Then my cable hiccups.

Then commercial.

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So, how many garbage movies are they advertising now?  Oh, yeah.  It’s summer.  I wrote a few scripts.  Why don’t those get picked up?  Ah, yes…Nobody’s View.  But who knows?  We all have a dream, right?

Speaking of which…Andrew De Leon is going to sing.  A guy who says he was alienated because he wasn’t interested in mainstream stuff.  I like this guy already.  Oh, and this is his first public performance.  Love it.  He reminds me a bit of Prince Poppycock.  Wow.

Now, listen to me producers.  Don’t do that thing where you turn him into something he isn’t.  Andrew De Leon is a goth-dressing, uber tenor in leather with cool contacts.  Leave him alone.  Let him be himself.  Allow this to develop the way it has developed.  Naturally.

De Leon, you rock.  Literally.  Can’t wait to hear it again in Vegas.

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So, this week we learned that you can injure yourself with lockjaw when you have a chainsaw in your face.  We learned that Eric is NOT dating Olivia.  And, we learned that Andrew De Leon is on his way to the most unusual opera career of a lifetime.

What will next week bring?

Join us here when we blog it live at Nobody’s View.

5/22/12 America’s Got Talent Will Search for More Talent in New York; Whatcha Gonna Do? Watch It, Of Course

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Welcome to the 5/22/12 LIVE America’s Got Talent blog at 7pm in the West.  Howie, Sharon, and Howard will search New York for more talent.

Whatcha gonna do?

You’re gonna watch along with us.

[We here at Nobody’s View have a soft spot for America’s Got Talent.  Why? Well, contestants on the show are our kind of folks.  Just regular people like you and me who get to live their dream.  Getting their moment in the sun.  People doing what they feel they were born to do.  Hard to argue with that!  And, judging by the thousands of you who join me here each season, well, I think you agree!  Welcome to the LIVE Nobody’s View America’s Got Talent 2012 blog.]

I admit.  I watched The Big Bang Theory right before this.  Reruns.  But since I’ve never really seen one, they’re all new to me.  But what a show, right?  So funny.  Goes well with dinner.  But then again, I like to eat, so pretty much anything goes well with dinner.

Okay, enough.  On to the talent!

Now, last night was interesting.  Howard Stern made someone cry.  Then he made someone not cry.  They there was a guy who smashed bricks on his crotch.  What a night, right?

How can they possibly top that.

Oh, wait.  They’re not going to top it, because NBC is doing that thing where they say it’s “new” but really it’s just a repeat of last night.  Argh!

See you in an hour, folks.

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Okay, so is it the new episode?

Yes.  Finally.

Eh, whatcha gonna do?

Okay, so where were we?  Bricks on crotches.  Basketball dunkers.  Howard Stern apologizing to young rappers.  Ah, yes.

And no, I still haven’t come up with a hand gesture to use as my…y’know…thing.  I’ll come up with something.  In the meantime, Cannon’s in a helicopter, Howie is fist bumping, a guy is dressed like a gal.  It’s all good.

Up first?  Ronald Charles–a man who does it all.  Almost.  Stern called him a “nudnik.”  Then Stern’s father called took him to task.  “Make a living!” he said.  I wonder if Ronald Charles will forget this moment.  I know AGT won’t.

Dude.  Stern’s father?  You’re a genius.  Get a radio show on Sirius and I’ll listen to it.

The roller skating duo got buzzed off to the dulcet tones of “Baby Give It Up!”  Heaven bless you, AGT producers.

Then mimes.  Buzzed off.  Still playing K.C.

It would be classic if that song was actually playing in the studio.

The montage continued with some kind of rock-and-roll thing.  Not sure, but it didn’t last.

Rock on, man.  Rock on.

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Back to the buzzing.  Chair singers, a French horn thing.  A woman snorting.  All buzzes.

John Pizzi, a ventriloquist, made fun of all the judges.  Including the “sexual tension” between Sharon and Howie.  Wouldn’t that be a story if it were real?  The Howard Stern was actually a good likeness.  So was the Howard/Howie manchild.  Now?  It’s Pizzi’s honor to go to Vegas.

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Donovan & Rebecca, a very in-shape couple, came up next to do acrobalance.  I wonder how many relationships start with this line: “What I really want to find is a woman who can lift my weight, or perhaps balance on my neck.”  Awesome.  Gives me something to shoot for.  Although, I never really put physical balance on the top of my list.  But I have to say it works great for Donovan & Rebecca.  Should be interesting to see them in Vegas.

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Oh, Love in the Wild commercial, why do you persecute me?

Anyway, back to AGT.  Unity in Motion made it through with their dance act.  So did Ivory Rose (am I getting these names right?  Acts, let me know in the comments!).  All Beef Patty?  Yup.  Going on as well.

A 23-year veteran of comedy with a large family was up next.  Tom  Cotter has really put it all on the line for his passion.  His material was really good.  Good material about childhood and family.  Should make Stern happy.  Sometimes I wish I were a TV producer.  I’d create a show with this guy as host.  He really has that affect.  I hope this episode is a boost for his career.  A well-deserved standing O.

Oh, and Tom Cotter said he was “humbled.”  That alone is worth the trip to Vegas.

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So, what are your thoughts on Men in Black 3 (MIB3) that just got a spot in the last commercial break?  I’m not sure.  The Avengers was so good, I don’t know if anything can top it this summer.  Then again, summer is still a month away, so…y’know….

A story back from break: a guy who says he has poured it all into his dance since he was young, when he struggled with family issues.  He’s a dance teacher, too.  Calls himself Stepz.  He’s good.  Smooth.  And, yes, he can move his joints in all kinds of unnatural, but cool, ways.  He could rename himself Jointz.  Nah.  Stick with Stepz.  Stern was tough on him, and not sure where the act could go.  Howie said he loved it.  As for Sharon?  Well, she asked if he’d fill arenas.  Now, I’m not sure that makes a “superstar,” but what the heck do I know?  Not much, actually.  But anyway, he got a “yes” from Howie, a “no” from Stern, and a Vegas from Sharon.  So, Stepz and his jointz are heading West.  Wezt?

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Last act?  The Savage Men.  Muscles and stripping.  They got a savage reception from the judges and audience.  And, yes, it ended in underwear.  Then it re-started with Howard Stern doing a strip tease of his own.  That got a somewhat better reception.  However, he already has his ticket to Vegas.  As for The Savage Men?  Well, a “yes” from Stern.  A “no” from Howie.  And, a “no” from Sharon.

Savage.

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Whatcha gonna do?  Join us here next week at Nobody’s View for the live AGT blog in the West.

That’s what.

What do you think of the season so far?  Let us know.