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Deep Thoughts From a Photo of Pudge

Deep Thoughts From a Photo of Pudge

It turns out that my dog thinks he’s people. This isn’t much of a surprise, given the fact that we treat him like people and indulge his desire to drink from our glasses rather than his dog bowl. Therefore, I thought I would upload this cute photo and give it a clever title. I found myself remembering the last line of the book Animal Farm and how it had something to do with the pigs becoming more like humans. Perfect! I thought. I’ll change the word “pig” to the word “dog” and the cleverness of me will be all the rage on the internet. So…here’s the line:

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

But then I thought about it and remembered that Orwell wasn’t talking about animals being cute and doing more human-like things, he was talking about how the pigs became the new leaders of the farm and became corrupted with greed and power, leaving their former friends in the same position they had fought to escape. Giving a bit more thought to the line and how the book can be applied to current events created more ponderous thoughts than I hoped to have this late at night.

So while I ponder away as I try to hit the hay, please enjoy this photo of Pudge happily acknowledging that he has become the master, and I his servant.

A New Inkwaste is Here.

– Maybe I’ll post something now and then? –

1984 Rocked for Movies!

What an awesome year 1984 was for movies! I’m talking about:

The Terminator, Amadeus, This Is Spinal Tap, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, All of Me, Romancing the Stone, The Neverending Story, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Sixteen Candles, Beverly Hills Cop, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Gremlins, Star Trek III – The Search for Spock, Revenge of the Nerds, Top Secret!, and The Last Starfighter.

Was that really almost 30 years ago?

My Thoughts on Ball Park Food

I’m not crazy about sports. I am crazy about food. That’s why I love going to professional sports venues – for the food (not entirely true, Pro-basketball games are so much freaking fun)! At DBacks games, I love the mac and cheese and bacon hot dogs. At the Dodger stadium, I remember eating pretty darn good sushi.

One of the reasons I went to New York was to check out some Mets games. I loved being there with my family and hanging out with them, but I also really loved perusing the menus of the various restaurants around Citi Field. In fact, I even waited for 45 minutes at the Shake Shack to get an awesome cheeseburger, cheese fries and black and white shake. Luckily for me, Patricio and his sister Kelly, there was a place selling grilled jalapeño and salty peanut chocolate bars for us while we waited.

Delicious!

Live Nude Smod – Pretty Freakin’ Awesome

I’ve been listening to Smodcast (the weekly podcast of filmmaker Kevin Smith and producer Scott Mosier) for a long time now. It’s been one of my favorite things to do during the 1.5 hour drive between Tucson and Phoenix – the show is a veritable laugh riot. So when the chance came to watch these two dudes show off their podcasting skills live in Tempe, I jumped at the chance! Even cooler, they just finished up at Comic Con and had plenty of cool stories to recant. So head over to iTunes and subscribe to my favorite podcast – you’ll be glad you did!

So Close to My Space Mountain Dream!

I’ve always wanted to work at Disneyland. It’s my favorite place to be on the whole planet, so why not go there every day and get paid to do it? In terms of getting paid to do something you love, it’s almost as good a job as being a porn star, right? Well, as long as I’ve been telling people that I want to work at Disneyland, people have been telling me not to. Telling me that it would lose the magic if I knew what went on behind the scenes.

I’m pretty sure they’re totally wrong.

As much as I love going to the parks and having fun being immersed in the magic, it’s what went/goes on behind the scenes that really intrigues me. My favorite books about Disney are the ones about the Imagineers and how Disneyland was built. That’s why I’ve always been jealous of people who have told me stories of breaking down on one of the rides – and the biggest dream of mine was to see what it’s like inside Space Mountain with the lights on.

Last week, I was at Disneyland with Bosablo, Jen and Moon Goddess, and my wish almost came true.

The ride broke down just as we were ascending into the spinning chamber – I was moments away from crossing this feat off my list! But no! We stopped only seconds before getting to the main area of the coaster, and the Cast Member who helped us out of our rocketships wouldn’t let me up the stairs to take a peek.

Darn it! I guess the only solution is to keep going to Disneyland, and keep riding Space Mountain until my dream comes true. Or…should I just bite the bullet and try to get a job there?

I’m Pretty Sure I Got Inception’ed.

There are a few ideas rattling around in my brain that are so crazy and outlandish that they could only have been planted there by a team of dream infiltrators. A group of rogues, led by someone who I can only assume looks just like Leo DiCaprio, must have drugged me up, connected me to their mind machine and forced me to think these things because they are totally abnormal.

Or are they?

Idea #1: Watching sports is boring. There’s no possible explanation as to why I don’t enjoy watching sports. Right? I mean, with all the die-hard Football, Basketball, Baseball and sometimes Hockey fans in America, I must be wrong. Don’t get me started on the World Cup or Olympics too…it seems as though people are obsessed, and I’ve never been that way. My feeling is, watching a baseball game, live or on TV, is about as exciting as a match of badminton or cricket. It’s pointless, right? I think Timay said it best back in High School during a lacrosse game: “Does it really matter”?

Idea #2: I will enjoy fixing up a foreclosure. Whoever planted this idea into my head (was it you, HGTV?) needs a nut tap. Don’t get me wrong, I love my house and all the decisions I’ve made. Next time, however, I’m going to buy a house that’s new or a recent flip. I’ll paint a few walls, hang my art and call it a day. Better yet…I’ll rent. That is, unless I make a ton of money when I sell it. Then, Inception dudes, I’ll give you all the dreamiest hugs you can imagine.

Idea #3: The Real World is one of the greatest shows on television. Yeah, I said it. I swear, the Inception dudes must have done this one to me. I love The Real World, and I can’t wait to watch each new episode. In fact, I think there’s one on my TiVo right now!

Alright, going to watch some TV. If the Inception guys strike while I’m asleep tonight, hopefully I’ll wake myself up before they get me to start watching the Kardashian show.

Hey Vegas…We’re Back!

It’s been a whole year since the last time Beau, Pat and I were in Vegas together. A long year which has brought each of us closer to adulthood, maturity, fame and fortune. Luckily, we’re going to abandon all of our newfound sophistication and have as much fun as humanly possible. Yes, the return of the mighty trio. We’re eschewing our usual haunt, the Encore, in favor of the new Aria which is in the MGM Mirage built CityCenter complex. Should be fun. As far as our adventures go, I won’t bore you with details of gambling and debauchery. Instead, I’ll mention something new that we’re doing this year: the Consumer Electronics Show. Yes, that’s right, we scored tickets to the CES, which means we’ll be privy to all the latest and greatest gadgets before all of you guys.

Nyeah, nyeah!

Wish us luck – we’ll be sure to report from the front lines!

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