When I shared yesterday’s post on Chateauform Schloss Löwenstein — my castle-hotel near Frankfurt that evokes Downton Abbey — my sister asked, “Have you seen a Matthew look-a-like?”
But there is a prince living here.
Alois Konstantin is the ninth Prince of Löwenstein. He and his wife Anastasia, Princess of Prussia, occupy one wing of the castle.
The Prince works in the financial services industry in Frankfurt and manages the family’s assets.
And while I have not seen him during my stay, I must say –
Doesn’t he look a bit like Mr. Carson?
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March Madness –
It’s not just for basketball anymore!
During a break in today’s Ohio State/Iowa State match-up, I switched over to the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf tournament. Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler are in the final pairing, and I wanted to see if they were on the course.
Not just then.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia was the focus of attention because his ball was up in a tree. And so was he.
Sergio wasn’t gonna take a drop.
Nope, he climbed up into the tree and decided to hit the ball from right there.
To get it into the fairway, he had to hit a back-handed shot. And believe it or not, he did just that…and then climbed on down.
Gotta love the craziness in all sports this time of year!
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Tagged Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf tournament, basketball, golf, golf ball, golf ball up tree, golf course, golf course fairway, Humor, Iowa State, March Madness, Ohio State, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Sergio Garcia up tree, Spain, Sports, Television, Tiger Woods, TV
I have never considered myself anything more than a spectator of Project Runway, but now –
Tim Gunn, I’m ready for my closeup.
I’ve discovered the secret to a design with a perfect fit in less than day –
Fabrican, Ltd. in London invented spray-on fabric way back in 2000. It’s been used in the medical field for dressings, bandages, casts and wound healing products. But now the company is hoping to branch out into fashion, giving designers — like me — a way to be even more creative.
Seamless garments! Custom clothing! Recycled wear! And no more sewing models into clothing before they hit the runway…
…just spray her in!
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The mystery has been solved.
Back in August, I posted this picture of a number on a path that Rory Dog and I frequent in Central Park.
Although I was told it probably just referenced a date, I wanted it to mean something cryptic and symbolic and unfathomable.
I watch a lot of Castle.
And what did I find today across the fence line from the aforementioned mystery number?
A brand new lamp post.
It wasn’t there the last time Rory and I walked that way, which was about three days ago.
So now we just have to wait and see if the number is removed.
Or is joined by a new set of numbers…and then Castle and Beckett are sure to appear to solve the mystery.
Now, that would be awesome.
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Tagged Beckett, Castle tv show, Central Park, cryptic, dog walking, entertainment, Humor, lamp post, life, mystery, mystery number, New York City, Richard Castle, symbol, Television, TV, walking, walking path
Back in my improv days, we learned that agreement was the name of the game. Audiences don’t want to sit and watch people disagree, right?
Then why do I enjoy Dance Moms so much?
I started watching the Lifetime reality show at first out of simple curiosity. But I was quickly sucked in.
I could pretend it’s the dance numbers. Or the rehearsal process. But let’s be honest –
It’s the conflict.
Abby, the dance teacher, yelling at the kids. The moms yelling at Abby. The entire group yelling at moms and dancers from other troupes. They are whackadoodle, and I love every minute of it.
I’m not sure what that says about me. Perhaps my life is just so calm and centered that I am looking for vicarious insanity?
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Tagged Abby Lee, agreement, celebrities, conflict, dance competition, Dance Moms, dance numbers, dance rehearsal, dance troupe, dancing, entertainment, Humor, improv comedy, life, Lifetime TV, reality show, Television, TV, tv audiences
Thank you America!
You made The Americans the FX Network’s most watched series debut yet.
And now FX Network has decided to renew the freshman series for a second year! Season 2 will also have 13 episodes, an increase from this year’s 9-episode order.
Now, I’m sure many of you made the decision to watch the spy drama all by yourselves. But for those of you who decided to give it a look-see based on my recent post –
You are truly great Americans.
If you’ve missed out, check out The Americans marathon starting tomorrow night at 10pm ET on FX Network — all five episodes shown to date, back-to-back-to-back.
Get your shoe phone ready.
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See Conan bowl.
See Conan dance?
Conan is kicking one of his writers, right after that same writer hit a strike that helped Team CoCo ultimately beat Chris Hardwick’s Team Nerdist in a bowling challenge.
Apparently Conan hit his writers that night when he was happy, and when he was sad. And when Hardwick commented on the behavior (when he was a guest on Conan this week), O’Brien admitted that he does it all the time. And that the writer “could leave whenever he wanted.”
I’ve had co-workers in the past who hit for ‘emphasis.’ I can only imagine what it must be like, dealing with a egomaniac boss who thinks he can pop you whenever he wants. And does.
There is nothing funny about that.
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Tagged bowling, celebrities, Chris Hardwick, commentary, Conan, Conan O'Brien, egomaniac, entertainment, hitting, Humor, Internet, life, Nerdist, Team Coco, Television, TV, tv writers
Is Downton Abbey the one public TV program that will convert viewers into contributors?
PBS sure thinks so.
And a lot of folks agree.
But PBS viewers in the U.S. have to wait a full four months after their counterparts in the U.K…which means spoilers, and lots of them.
I assumed the time lag was laid down by the producers. The Brits would appreciate a slower pace, right?
Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame wants American audiences in on the first viewing! In an interview in Vulture, he was quoted as saying, “If I were PBS and I had the biggest drama I’d ever had in my entire 40-year history, I would be sorting my schedules out to make sure I was airing it more quickly.”
So what gives, PBS?
Are you scared to put Downton Abbey head-to-head with other new programming that comes out in the fall? I would think its strong showing against The Walking Dead this spring would ease your mind on that score. I know marketing DA might be a bit more challenging — since the actors will be committed on both continents — but a divide-and-conquer approach could be adopted.
Or perhaps the U.S. viewers will continue to vote with their checkbooks…and then the cartoon will look something like this:
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Don’t you miss the Cold War?
I didn’t think so either.
But then I started watching The Americans on FX.
Have you seen it?
The Americans is set during the Reagan presidency. Two KGB spies live in Washington D.C., posing as your typical American married couple with two kids. Their neighbors think they’re travel agents. Their kids do, too. But they are really working with a network of spies and informants to further the cause of Mother Russia in the States.
It is so cool.
Only three episodes have aired, and I am totally hooked. My neighbor Margo Martindale — of Justified fame — popped up last night as a KGB officer. I mean, come on! You simply have to watch.
They’ll know if you don’t.
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Remember the very first scene of Downton Abbey in Season 1, when the operator learns the Titanic has sunk by reading the telegraph machine’s paper tape?
Is reading Twitter really all that different?
On Sunday evening, I was one of maybe 10 people on the planet who wasn’t watching the Grammys.
(Doing so would only highlight how little I know about music. Plus, Downton Abbey was on. Please.)
Of course, I was checking Twitter while I was watching PBS. And by evening’s end, it felt like I had watched the Grammys…because every news outlets, friend and celebrity I follow had blabbed all the details from the ceremony.
The Twitter version, that is — 140 characters or less. So I had been reading a kind of modern version of the telegraph tape.
Look how far we’ve come in 100 years!
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Tagged awards ceremony, commentary, Downton Abbey, entertainment, Grammy Awards, Grammys, history, Internet, Music, telegraph, telegraph machine, telegraph operator, telegraph tape, Television, Titanic, TV, tweet, Twitter