Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OK, it's getting hot, it was time...


And post....

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pretty American way to spend Memorial Day

At a baseball game, eating hamburgers, in the Nation's Capitol.  Click on the picture, it's a bigger landscape shot I just learned how to take. Badly. Sold out ballpark, 41, 500: Nats versus Orioles. They kicked our asses. America!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The very same clown vomiting me out of its scary-ass mouth

Pretty great and almost worth the sunburn.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The scary clown that stares at us all day and night

Since I see all my nice big picture shows bounced and never made it on the blog,  I'll do them one at a time

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mom, you would be loving it here

Epcot has this crazy flower and garden show.  Will put up more pics later

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Minnie actually IS mini

This little bundle of energy is Russi Taylor.  She came to our show at CalTech with the Disney people. On her birthday!  We all sang to her afterward. She is about as Disney as you can get.  She is this amazing voice actor who has done about a billion characters over the years.  Most notably, though, she has been the official voice of Minnie Mouse since the mid-80s.  She was married to the official Mickey voice until he died a few years back. She has worked with Dawes Butler and all the classic voice artist of the last 50 years. She has three recurring characters on the Simpsons, plus a slew of one-shots; she was on The Critic back in the day...tons and tons of voice work. She's Baby Gonzo, for God's sake. So not only is her voice unusual, but she can sing, in pitch, beautiful and harmonically IN CHARACTER. Hard to do. Her voice is musical, high-pitched and sounds like little bells ringing or glass tinkling.  She sounds like a coked-up, hyper-active, very-high-pitched excited little kid on Christmas morning all the time. It's almost impossible not to listen when she speaks: her voice is that naturally amusing and entertaining.  The difference between someone with a 'good' voice and someone with a 'talented' voice and some one with a ludicrous, inimitable, natural comical instrument were never so evident to me as when I talked with her.  It is literally impossible to imagine that she would be anything other than a cartoon voice.  Very, very entertaining evening again, courtesy of our pal, Howard Green, seen here doing the dueling Howards thing with Howard, our pianist.

As for me, I was pleased because the Simpson's most prolific director, Mark Kirland, who comes to see us every year, told me every time he comes, he loves my voice more and more. I told him, well, use it, baby!  Anytime!  Hell, I'll fly out to YOU!  A fella can dream, can't he?  :)   Also, his wiki entry isn't up to date. He just directed his 75th Simpson's episode.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Also...Manson tour!

Here we have the 10000 block of Cielo Drive; up this little private drive to the right Manson's minions crept in on Mom's birthday,  1969, and murdered Sharon Tate and everyone else on the premises. 

The next night they stopped at this house up on the right and killed a wealthy grocer and his wife. I have been reading about both of these places since jr. high and neither looked the way I had imagined it. Weird. 

Driving about LA today

Saw... the Hollywood sign; the famous Beverly Hills Hotel; the tiny dressing room at CalTech I have been changing in for 20+ years. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

City Hall, Pasadena

Seen from the delightful Westin on Los Robles. This, I believe,  is my 20th yearly stay here.  Nice.

Friday, May 3, 2013

TSA Dulles

The usual theatrical security effort has been redoubled.  People are acting even more frowny and serious.  But still a useless charade. Off to California!