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Monday, July 18, 2021

rid the ride
Yes, there are a few of us who can’t look at a Knight Ridder-attributed wire story and not think of “Knight Rider”.

Chalk it up to a television-saturated childhood. Fortunately, John Ritter was never part of the confusion.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/18/2005 11:26:38 PM
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Well, it didn’t run in today’s paper, as I had expected (and I wasn’t the only one).

But trust me: It’s coming. I’ve seen it, and there’s no way it won’t go live. It’s just a matter of time.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/18/2005 10:47:11 PM
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I’d seen those crudely-rendered fliers for “Mr. Wooten’s Big Nite!” at Studio@620 around downtown St. Pete. I even took a camerapic of one, so intrigued was I. (It didn’t look as good as the above image, so I trashed it.)

Still, I wasn’t going to post anything about it — at least not until/unless I went to catch a performance (scheduled for this coming Friday-Saturday, and again the following week on the same days).

But since Rachel* had a close encounter with the chicken-suited Wooten, and lived to tell about it, I figured I might as well spread the buzz. (By the way, R*: I’m not really perturbed by your beating me to the best headline for such a post, as much as your totally-unhip misspelling of “w00t”.)

As for Mr. Wooten: His bio says he’s from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Which means he’s a peckerhead.

I also found this bit of his professional background to be noteworthy:

He attended Arkansas State University where he received a BFA in Theatre Directing and Performance, while on the side, he and two friends created a sketch comedy television show entitled The Super Terrific Happy Hour.

Super Terrific Happy Hour? You can make big money off Japanese television. Just ask Jerry Seinfeld.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/18/2005 10:14:57 PM
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Because I’ve had a few VHS movies sitting around collecting dust, I decided to take them to a local Hollywood Video today to trade in for cash.

There’s nothing wrong with the tapes, and I have a VCR hooked up for watching them. But somehow, the very prospect of loading up a videotape to watch a movie, when the DVD player and cheap DVDs are at hand, seems irrationally burdensome. Since I never envisioned ever watching those tapes again, I figured I’d let someone else get some use from them. Plus, getting rid of them will spur me to finally get the DVD editions (I realize some think investing in DVDs is a chump move in the medium term, but when the discs are so cheap, short-term convenience wins out).

I took in eight tapes. Money back: Four dollars.

I’m not complaining — much. I know how the trade-in game works: The store is doing you a favor by taking the stuff off your hands, basically. They have to maximize their resale margins and account for the inventory space taken up. So really, I knew I wasn’t going to get much. I estimated five bucks or so, and got close enough.

Still, an average of half a buck per movie? Tell me if the flicks listed below warranted such paltry sums:

Metropolis - 25 cents

Starship Troopers - 75 cents

Reservoir Dogs - 25 cents

Death and the Maiden - 50 cents

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - 75 cents

Pi - 50 cents

Caddyshack - 25 cents

South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut - 75 cents

There’s something wonky about a system in which Starship Troopers is worth more than Metropolis, Reservoir Dogs, and Caddyshack combined…

By the way: No cracks about any of these titles. They all happen to be favorites of mine, signified by the fact that they’re some of the very few videotape movies I ever bought in my life.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/18/2005 08:57:18 PM
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