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Leftovers

I am fascinated by The Golf Channel’s coverage of The Open at Royal Liverpool.

open coverage golf channelSo far this week, they have broadcast seven hours of ‘live’ coverage each day — followed by a repeat of that same coverage in the evening hours — and the golf tournament hasn’t even started yet.

That’s three days, 14 hours per day, of nothing but press conferences, talking heads and video of a practice round or two.

But no golf.

When the tournament begins on Thursday — at 4am ET, mind you — ESPN has the honors of showing actual rounds of golf.

Sucks to be the baby of the (cable) family, am I right?

 

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I think we can all agree — Steve Martin movies usually rock.

Consider this sample:

The Jerk
The Man With Two Brains
Three Amigos

Little Shop of Horrors
Roxanne
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Parenthood
LA Story
Father of the Bride
Grand Canyon
Housesitter
The Spanish Prisoner
Bowfinger
Shopgirl
It’s Complicated

I’ve seen most of them multiple times.

But one of my favorites has been nearly impossible to find, on basic cable or premium channels, until this week.

All of Me was released in theaters when I was still in college (translation: a long, long time ago).  It tells the story of Edwina Cutwater, portrayed by Lily Tomlin, a millionaire who has been sickly her entire life.

As she faces an untimely death, Edwina enlists the help of a Tibetan master to transfer her soul into the body of a healthy, younger woman.  Martin plays Edwina’s lawyer, who accidentally gets in the way and suddenly finds her soul in his body, each of them in control of one side.

It is physical comedy at its hilarious best, with Martin and Tomlin playing off of one another perfectly.

This week Ovation Channel brings All of Me back to cable.  It airs tonight at 9:00pm ET (and probably lots more times to come).  Just wanted to get the word out.  I’m recording it, of course, so I will have a copy for keeps.

Time to wear out this Martin classic, too.

Snow days

By the time many of you read this, I will be back home in New York City.*

Yes, I was one of the thousands stranded by Snowmageddon 2010.

In my case, I was snowed out of NYC; my flight home Monday was canceled and today — four days later — is my first opportunity to wing my way back home.

It’s my longest layover to date.

But I was one of the lucky ones.  I didn’t sit in an airport for days, waiting for the next available flight.  I didn’t have to bed down in some cheap airport hotel and watch snowy basic cable.  I didn’t even go to the airport the day my flight was nixed.

I simply kept on driving and started Christmas Vacation Part Deux.

Thanks to my sister Lou and brother-in-law Chuck, I was able to hitch a ride to Kansas City and spend a few days visiting my old stomping grounds.

I ate at favorite restaurants.  Did some shopping.  Saw some movies.  In other words, I wasn’t productive at all. No office organization, tax preparation, or housecleaning could be completed from afar.  Instead, I took a real vacation following the hustle-and-bustle of my initial trip home for Christmas.

On Facebook, I reported this turn of events as ‘making lemonade.’  While some mistook this as new code for ‘using the bathroom,’ I was turning a trip FAIL into a big trip bonus.

As usual, the fates knew what I really needed.  See?  There can be a silver lining to the wollop of  Snowmageddon 2010!

Now, to tackle mailmageddon waiting for me at home…

* It is sleeting/snowing this morning in Kansas City.  Crossed fingers…