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Sunday, June 25, 2017
|I bailed on The Ranch in less than ten minutes. From here on out, any TV show so bad that it can't make me watch the pilot for ten minutes shall now be referred to as "Worse than The Ranch." Ten minutes is The Ranch Test now.|
Because it's got Debra Winger and Sam Elliot I expected something less...canned. I thought it would be a cool dark comedy. But I found nothing charming or even mildly funny. Stupid, predictable jokes. Lots of mugging and over-acting from Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher. Debra Winger's phoning it in. Sam Elliot, I don't even know why he took this job.
To make up for lack of a single authentic laugh, there's a raucous laugh track instead --- and it's constant. Only there's no jokes there. That overblown laugh track makes everything feel weird and awkward.
What a fetid pile of dreck. Hard pass.
Friday, June 16, 2017
"This is a man who was coddled and spoiled as a child. Then, as an adult, he surrounded himself with people who fed his ego and told him how amazing he was at everything he did. This created a person whose view on the world is so completely warped that he lacks the ability to understand that he’s not a very bright person. But he’s so incredibly ignorant that he truly believes he 'comprehends better than almost anybody,' that he has a 'very good brain,' and he’s a 'really smart person.'" - Allen Clifton
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
I know there's a ton of advice online sternly advising against using any humor at all, ever, in business writing. What, why not? In the right situation, with the right kind of humor, you can inject some life into those dreary job descriptions, make the employee handbook more readable, or you can break the ice with a pun in a welcome letter. You can certainly open with a joke in your quarterly presentation.
That being said, you do need to be careful with humor.
Continued on Gearshift...
Saturday, June 10, 2017
|Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb.|
I've decided that this is the hardest part of growing older. It's not the milestones marking your own personal mortality, or the gray hairs, chubby chin or crinkly eyes looking back at you from the mirror. It's having to say goodbye to contemporary heroes, first crushes and pop culture icons.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Saturday, June 3, 2017
This one time, Joe and I were on a road trip and we stopped at a dumpy little town diner. We walked in the door and heard, from somewhere in the place, "HEY, NOVEMBER RAIN!" Probably there's still some locals in a small Vermont town that tell about the time they saw Axl Rose havin' a Western Omelette.
|Axl (L) and Joe (R)|
|Joe, at 24, Axl'ing up the place pretty good.|