Review- Eddie Izzard, June 17Eddie Izzard knows his audience. He actually made comments to that effect Tuesday night at the Tampa Theatre. It's not every comedian that is comfortable going into a 30 minute comedic argument that God doesn't exist.Review- Eddie Izzard, June 17 by ceebab
Obviously, his humor is not for everyone. His breakout performance in the US was the HBO special Dress to Kill, in which he wore women's clothes, makeup, and high heels, and a good deal of his act consisted of transvestite jokes.
Now that he sports facial hair for his "Riches" character, the transvestite material has gone. The makeup is down to a more subtle eye liner and mascara only look. The clothes were downright manly, consisting of jeans, men's motorcycle boots, a dark shirt and a topcoat with tails. Stylish and dramatic, yes, but still very masculine. The humor, however, was as off the wall as ever.
Warming up with the origins of the name "Tampa" and a riff on Air Conditioning as an
Memories Under WaterRiver towns are different from other towns. As Mark Twain knew, there's a romance and a mystery to a place where boats and water fowl float through town, the surface rarely freezes even in winter, and spring thaws can mean danger as well as beauty. When you grow up in a river town, it's a certainty that you know the phrase "100-year flood".Memories Under Water by ceebab
However, "100-year flood" isn't a as descriptive as it used to be. Barry Drazkowski, quoted in the Chicago Tribune (see article here), says "If we look over the past 100 years, it is not normal to get so many large amounts of rain like those we've seen in such a short period of time."
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa this week, the phrase that keeps popping up is "500-year flood." The water is rising in Iowa City as well. Parts of downtown Rock Island, in Illinois are flooding. In fact, there are floods all over Iowa and Wisconsin, and in portions of Illinois and Minnesota.
Ode to Ice CreamSome pilgrims go to Mecca, or the Wailing Wall. Others go to Graceland or Carnegie Hall. My most treasured place on the planet is Whitey's Ice Cream.Ode to Ice Cream by ceebab
I grew up in an area on the border of Iowa and Illinois called the Quad Cities. It's actually more than four, but the point is the cities are all clumped together. Unless you're crossing the Mississippi River to jump states, you almost have to live there to know when you've gone from one to the next. When I was a kid, a lot of people didn't go into the other cities very often. We were one of those families, at least while I was in grade school.
There was an ice cream shop right across from my school, but it wasn't Whitey's. The Ice Creamery it was called, and it was good and convenient - every day ice cream. Special occasions required special ice cream, and then we'd make the looong trek over to Moline and go to Whitey's.
A Possible Future for HybridsHow many cars does your family have? No, this isn't a question designed for environmental guilt. In fact, let's forget about the environment, just for now.A Possible Future for Hybrids by ceebab
My family has two cars, two people. Even so we don't have a good option for taking a road trip. My car is eleven years old and has over 170,000 miles on it. My husband's truck eats over $100 per tank. You see our dilemma. You may even have a similar one.
What if there were a better option, not only for you and me, but for everyone?
Here's what I would like to see: hybrid rental cars. What if the rental companies had an incentive to have all hybrid models in their inventories?
It would make it easier for people to afford travel. Business people and vacationers alike could afford more and longer trips if they didn't have to spend as much of their travel budget on gas. No, it's probably not a cure for what's ailing our tourist
Current Residence: Florida
Favourite genre of music: 80's new wave
Favourite photographer: my dad
Operating System: OS2
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Wallpaper of choice: pic of my favorite cat curled up on my husband