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June 24th, 2018:
The house and Ted Bowie
This was the house of Ted Bowie and Marilyn Bowie. I was Ted's caretaker before my bicycle accident. Marilyn Bowie lived and worked in New York, but would come home to Bloomington every week. It was a lovely place to live. Eagle-eyed viewers can catch a glimpse of Ted on the back porch. Or maybe that's just my imagination...
At the center
One thing I have found continually delightful in so many of the ROX episodes is the experimentation with storytelling. One approach is to wrap a story around some starting point, big or small. A word. A theme. A task. In this case, how to get Mr. G up the side of a hill to a train trestle. No question about why, or is it worth the effort. A suspension of practicality and judgement which is where all the magic and hilarity begins!
Wait! That's not a production note is it? Who cares!
Fine. You want a production note, I'll give you a production note. In this episode I was driving a Purple 1968 Plymouth Valiant. It had a 225 Slant Six. I bought it in New Jersey for $500 from an insurance salesman who FAILED to tell me the car would pop INTO gear if you left it idling in PARK!
No one was ever harmed by this particular defect, but I had to chase my car through the yard on several occasions!
June 14th, 2018:
J never gave this drink an official title. Note that Damiana is an herbal liqueur from Mexico.
1 cup coffee 1 oz Damiana Liqueur
Float the liqueur on top of the coffee.
3 the Fast Way
A fabulous combination of flavors
one shot of Laphroaig single malt Scotch whiskey one shot of Hot Damn! cinnamon schnaps one shot of Malibu coconut-flavored rum
Down all three in rapid succession.
Do not try this at home.
Communism is good
Mix this in the bathroom of your favorite restaurant when you're in a hurry.
mini bottle of scotch pre-filled glass of Sprite, 7Up, or other clear sugary soda water type stuff (with ice)
Pour it all in and stir it around.
June 9th, 2018:
What a great episode! It implicitly asks the eternal question: are we all just puppets playing ourselves? All I remembered from that night was being embarrassed by my vocal impression of Bobby Knight. But looking back at the show, I really put a lot of energy into that narration & evil boss character. I love that Christy is so nervous, happy & freaked out by the experience of getting married that she laughs through the whole courthouse ceremony. It’s super sweet.
The sketchy sound quality of the live puppet show necessitated the outdoor takes and cutting back & forth keeps the show a bit more visually appealing. Strange that nobody pushed puppet Christy’s hair out of her face even after the intermission. I thought the rhyming script was witty & hilarious and kudos to J & Kelley for smooth & awesome performances. The fact that Jeff Lee lent his skills to constructing a puppet stage and Angela, Christy, Amanda & and Mr. G created those magnificent puppets really shows you the esteem that XY & B were held to in the community. What a talented group of misfits.
June 4th, 2018:
Up all Nite, all nite, Up all nite, So right, Up all nite, tonight
You all know me as T Black. Thankfully I operate under many aliases to keep myself one step ahead and in this episode of ROX #55 entitled Up All Nite, our hero needs to accomplish two specific goals. One: change his sleeping pattern in order to begin another new job in his career and two get his worldly possessions out of an abandoned home before felony burglary charges are levied.
One punchline is that the job itself only lasted from the day of production through the day of release of the episode. My comic sensibilities always trump life responsibilities. 12 hours a night? Six days a week?? I was more interested in the experience than the job stability. My riders ranged from drunks, to tweakers, to vandals on the run, and strippers who loved getting me high. But most of the time I was sitting in my car, in the lot, in the cold, watching time tick tick tick away. So I quit…
I took the job to remedy the loneliness and isolation I had been feeling while living on the street. The secondary primary goal of staying up all nite was to get my shit out of the abandoned house I’d been caught living in by a neighbor. That house was a just remedy from the cold. Before that, I was sleeping in 3rd street park or the woods on campus. I was in an out of homelessness for over two years. Going homeless was meant to be a rebellion against society, a strength and character building exercise, a desire to be mobile, and great television content… But the deeper I got into it the more it fucked with my psychology and world view.
BUT, thanks to Frank, Amanda and JBXY I made it through that night, the following week and to the My favorite to episodes of the season: Coping with the Shock and J&B Get Baked. (lights up a joint) some things ain’t never gonna change….
June 1st, 2018:
Tickets are on sale now
Tickets for the ROX live event (26 June 2018) are on sale now. We're pleased as punch to announce this will be a fundraiser for WFHB community radio.
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