The Beauty Room II

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No better place to begin than with Simon Jinadu and Kirk DeGeorgio- the duo who make up the lush group The Beauty Room. Their second album “The Beauty Room II” was recently announced for a July 2012 release but there’s been rumors it’s been pushed back until September. You wouldn’t think 10 tracks on one album could hold you over for 6 years but I still listen their music on a consistent basis. While there’s no official word on when the album will actually come out, there’s a good amount of teaser tracks to listen to, including the following “Shadows Falling”:

Here’s the album artwork:

The Beauty Room II

The Beauty Room II

As if that didn’t make me happy enough, something else caught my eye. Jinadu had a song called “We Can’t Throw You Away” on his myspace page which I posted on YouTube since there weren’t any other versions there. This was about a year or two ago but I noticed on the track listing for The Beauty Room II that it was included. I checked my account on YouTube and saw I had a huge influx of views, many from Facebook. I went to The Beauty Room’s Facebook page to find that they had linked to my video:

That wasn’t my only Facebook encounter recently either. My last post was about LOOK, an underrated Showtime series that not enough people know about. One of the stars of the show, Sharon Hinnendael, read it and left me a nice comment. I really wish they’d announce another season of that show!

Sharon Hinnendael

Sharon Hinnendael

May saw the release of Rifftrax LIVE’s Jack and the Giant Killer released on DVD, an immediate purchase for me. My first inclination was to gather everyone who saw it with me in the theaters but I knew it’d be a tough task. Instead I decided to make a best of clip and send to them through YouTube. It was great re-living all the jokes and non-stop quotes we’ve been using since last August. For your viewing pleasure:

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It’s about that time, Blue/White Weekend! With mostly sun and a few chances of rain, it looked like one of the better forecasts we’ve had lately. As it turned out, it couldn’t have timed out much better. Brad and I were planning on leaving for State College early afternoon on Friday but then a last minute addition, known as Colleen, decided to join in. She had never been to Penn State let alone a Blue White Weekend. While I didn’t have enough time to warn her what she’d be in for, I did give her some important bullet points.

Namely that Mauer will get naked at some point.

But I’ll get back to that in a minute. First stop on our trip to State College? Sheetz! They recently built a new one right along 322 so we had to stop there. We enjoyed a bite to eat outside during the sunny afternoon. I believe this was Colleen’s first time at Sheetz as well.

Brad and Colleen at Sheetz

Brad and Colleen at Sheetz

We arrived at the Imperial Motor Inn right on time, Jim was right around the corner and had the keys before we knew it. After unpacking and dropping off my car at IST we saw a guy crossing the street with a tennis racket… and the name SCREECH on the back of his shirt. We knew it was going to be a good weekend.

SCREECH

SCREECH

After picking up some beverages we ‘socialized’ in the rooms while everyone arrived a few at a time. We had three Benders, Adam, Mauer, Mike, Steph, Andi and many more. We started by going to Indigo and danced until we couldn’t anymore. Or because Mike got kicked out. Your pick. Anyway, our next stop was determined by where there wouldn’t be a line. Turned out to be Sharky’s where we rounded out the night. Only a few sentences to represent the whole night but there was a lot more to it. This was also the infamous Subway night which looks to be a separate post altogether.

Saturday started like every other Blue/White does: with someone running out to get breakfast sandwiches with everyone else still passed out. Once we were up and showered we rounded up the others and got the cars in line. This year we did have Joe Becker on site and without missing a beat he performed the infamous Atherton Maneuver, again captured on film like an endangered animal in the wild. This year was the first time we parked in the stadium lot (on concrete) but we didn’t have much of a choice. Joe Bender also donned the yellow jacket and donated his time parking cars…

Blue White 2012 Game

Blue White 2012 Game

We tailgated most of the morning and afternoon which ranged from sunny to somewhat cloudy. Colleen and I went into Beaver Stadium to watch the first quarter of the Blue/White game, making it back to the tents just in time for the rain to show. While there’s no words to describe the hours of tailgating, the video we have will do it justice though it won’t be posted. When we felt it was time to go we walked to the hotel from the stadium making a few pit stops along the way. After a quick nap, some Mauer nudity, pizza and pokey stix supplied by Joe Becker, we made out way out to the Darkhorse. There was a great band playing (no clue what their name was) but they kept us entertained for most of the evening. The next stop was The Gaff, our favorite crowded and sweaty bar. There was much dancing, at least until they turned the lights on at 1am. I’m not sure why they ended things early but we didn’t have much of a choice.

Sunday started sunny with a re-fueling and breakfast at Sheetz before turning into a massive rainstorm. Thankfully the BMW performed amazingly and got us back quickly and safely.

Sheetz Run

Sheetz Run

Speaking of Sheetz, Brad’s birthday came along and we figured we’d hang out. I asked him what he wanted to do, he suggested we go to Sheetz. The closest one to Philly is Exit 298 on the turnpike, near Reading, PA. It’s about an hour’s drive but making a road trip to Sheetz on your friend’s birthday is a no-brainer. Brad drove to me and then we left my place around 11am. It was a beautiful Saturday to spend a few hours at Sheetz. We ate lunch and then hung around for a while, joking about commercials, Mega Man, Scott Pilgrim and anything else that popped into our bizarre yet awesome minds. When it was time to go we went back in and got food to bring back home for dinner. The best part about this trip? A monthly Saturday journey to Sheetz has now become a monthly tradition.

Brad's Birthday Trip to Sheetz

Brad’s Birthday Trip to Sheetz

With all the recent driving I’ve been putting some miles on the BMW. One common thing with the E60 5-series is the abundance of brake dust on the rims. When I first bought my car the rims weren’t exactly clean and since then they’ve only gotten dirtier. I had planned to clean them but needed the right tools for the job. That’s where Sonax Wheel Cleaner comes in to play.

Sonax Wheel Cleaner

Sonax Wheel Cleaner

It’s not available in stores but you can order it online at Amazon for about $16 a bottle. After spraying on the rims, the cleaner changes color based on the results. The liquid comes out green but when it meets brake dust it turns to a red color. While there’s more steps and they were clean by the end, the halfway result is a strange looking rim. One that appears like Schwarzenegger faced off with a Predator inside the tires.

BMW 530xi rims

BMW 530xi rims

My annual house party occurred once more simultaneously with (thankfully) the most beautiful weather possible. The usual guests were in attendance from Philly, Nisky, PSU, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh though there were many new ones, even some from Dodgeball. Deirdre and Justine came around 3pm while most came closer to 6pm. The house was clean and ready to go, stocked with all kinds of food, pizza and alcohol. The Phillies game was on along with an updated mix from last year’s party. The highlight this year would have to be playing Kings and the new rules added. Saying someone’s name or nickname required some removal of clothes, touching your cell phone required jumping jacks, and any foul language meant you had to put your chin on the table. That last one was particularly amusing to most… Needless to say Jim had his chin on the table for most of the game.

This year also included a McTool reunion, something that’s hard to beat.

McTool in the house

McTool in the house

The three times I saw Jim within a month included a trip to Patton, PA to film a project with him and Beach. Their ten year high school reunion is coming up and he wanted to make a film about it. It’s been ten years since I graduated high school as well but nothing lined up for us, classic Niskayuna…

Since it’s still a work in progress, and somewhat of a secret, all I’m allowed to show you in the Patton Sheetz!

Patton Sheetz

Patton Sheetz

Was there a bigger buzz about any movie more than The Avengers? What could be better than a summer blockbuster directed by Joss Whedon starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlet Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson? While the movie received amazing reviews and turned out to be better than one could possibly think, the best part turned out to be a random joke appearing towards the end. Downey’s Stark suggests they all eat Shawarma, announcing he doesn’t know what it is but he wants some. Considering shawarma is one of my favorite things to eat, at first I didn’t believe what I had just seen. But imagine my surprise after sitting through the entire end credits to find a hysterical scene of everyone sitting around a destroyed Shawarma restaurant digging in. There was no dialogue, just a simple scene of everyone eating.

The Avengers - Shawarma End Credits Scene

The Avengers – Shawarma End Credits Scene

Since the movie’s release Shawarma sales have jumped and the scene’s been talked about and copied many times over. It was just another part that made The Avengers a great part of this summer.

The Avengers - Nighthawk Shawarma

The Avengers – Nighthawk Shawarma

The only appropriate way to close such a post is with a flash back to high school. Before FX had original programming like Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck and Archer, they had a couple shows like The Man Show. One was called The X-Show which never got off the ground, and while I never saw an episode I know about it because they had fantastic commercials:

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