Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Stephen & I: Part II

Hit play on each of these short clips. (The first starts at the right spot, but you can stop it once you see the geese.) Stephen and I go after a similar target.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Crazy Fortunes!

Courtesy of Reed Kavner

Monday, June 1, 2009

Happening Now: Lean On Me

I haven't seen The Pillowman but I'm pretty sure I am living the plot at this moment on the Bolt Bus.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Branchville Memorial Day Parade

Great tradition? Or the greatest tradition?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

This Was Marked Free

Outside a U Street home. Why would anyone discard of this. Especially in today's economy. It's just wreckless.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I kept the title of this blog "Curtis is in Iowa" even though, technically, I haven't been in Iowa since January '08. I just figured it'd be weird to change the title of something once you already have one. Of course, if JK Rowling ever re-released her series under the name Harry Potter and Friends, I'd probably still buy it.

That being said, sometimes Iowa-type things do happen in my current life. Like George McGovern. Back in the day, he stopped by Sioux City, Iowa, when I was there. And now, we crossed paths again, on Connecticut Avenue.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


This bus isn't going anywhere for a while.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Live Blogging my vote

Guess I chose a good time. No lines. I walked right in.

I chose to use the electronic ballot. It looks friendly, no?

Turns out it's pretty biased. When I tried to vote for Barack Obama, it subtly hinted at his Communist tendencies.

Here's the view looking out from my voting booth. No curtain or anything to hide me.

Friday, October 31, 2008

All Hallows

Halloween at the Foggy Bottom Metro.

Think I might just catch the next train.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Internet TV

This is why the ability to stream things live over the Internet was invented.

The original link is here.

Update: [11.4.08] - The live stream of puppies is no longer available. They've switched to a slideshow. Guess the little guys have been moved to a bigger box. Or sold. Or lost. It happens.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

And then there were 2?

Is the man on the left side of this photo the same man in the photo below?

This is why I ask.

Either way, I send my thoughts and condolences to the Sorensen's.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


This is objectively cute, right?

Thursday, October 2, 2008


[tool] - noun
1. one who brings a 2002 photo of themselves with Tucker Carlson to an event in the hopes of getting it signed.

[Happy Man] -adjective noun (adjenoun?)
1. A tool who doesn't care what you think because, look, Tucker Carlson signed his picture.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Rainn Wilson in Arlington

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Great Schlep

For a laugh, and some political motivation.

The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Some of the better parts of last night's Emmy's

This Josh Groban medley wasn't great throughout, but it does make you smile.

Quoting John Hodgman's twitter: "my dream of a fosse arrangement of suicide is painless at last comes true."

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Stars Came Out

After watching the movie Ghost Town last night, I decided to walk across DC (rather than take the Metro straight home). Good thing I did because you'll never guess who I saw while walking.

Morgan Freeman, and . . .

Abraham Lincoln.

(And yes, that's Whoopi Goldberg hanging out in the back. I tried to ask her a question, but all she would say was "sic semper tyrannus." Wonder what that was all about.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Proving that once again my sense of journalistic gravitas rivals Tom Brokaw, Anderson Cooper and Stone Phillips . . .

Last week I interviewed NIH's Peggy Johnston. She's brilliant. Leading our country's fight against AIDS, one of the trickiest and deadliest diseases the world has seen.

So, obviously, given the chance to question her . . .

I asked her if I could play the marimba in her office.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Ghost Town

Ghost Town opens on Friday. I've made a note to go see it. I believe the last time I marked a movie on my calendar was Osmosis Jones, but that's only because it opened on my birthday (in 2001). It was a 2-for-1 calendar marking

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'd say this qualifies for suspicious package status if it weren't for this Metro employee a few seats away. See something. Say something.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Crash (and not the movie starring Don Cheadle that is now becoming a TV Show featuring Tom Sizemore)

Laptop currently going nutty. I am having heart palpitations.

Update: Seems to be back to normal. Vista you tare me about and then make it all better again.

That's Different

New surface on Metro floors? Since when? Or are they just cleaning the carpet?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cake tonight. With Shaleah and Jack. And eyeeee helped. (Not really)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008


Since I mentioned L. Ron Hubbard's relationship with GW the other day, I thought I'd pass on some interesting information about another GW student you've heard of. This is from a lengthy New Yorker profile that came out the other day.

Alec Baldwin began at George Washington University in 1976, with the idea of going into law and becoming President of the United States. At the end of his junior year, he split up with a girlfriend and lost a student-body election. Feeling underappreciated, he transferred to N.Y.U. and began studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

What might have been if only Alec Baldwin had promised the students a bit more and won the electoin..

Matt Lauer?

I've been meaning to post this for a while. Does anyone else think it's strange that Matt Lauer is now the window dressing for CVS

Are they not paying him enough at NBC?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Second City

Sometimes a cool event falls right into your lap. An ad for a great comedy show appeared to me on Facebook.

I've only been to Chicago briefly, so I've never had a real chance to see Second City perform. But they're going to be in DC soon. If you're reading this, Second City, thanks for coming, and kudos to the marketing department.

Here are the details . . .

The Second City: Pratfall of Civilization

Fri., Sept. 26, 9 p.m.


Voice of America, Auditorium
330 Independence Ave., SW Wash., DC
(Entrance on C St., SW Metro: Federal Center)

Obit: Burl Green

I had a wide-ranging laundry list of tasks while working in Iowa, but fundraising was absolutely never one of them. It made my job loads easier to never have to ask for money. It was hard enough asking people to leave the comfort of their homes on a cold January 3rd night to join the caucus fracas.

I was reminded of this when I read today's Cherokee Chronicle and saw that Burl Green had died at the age of 84. He came to one of my community meetings to hear more about caucus night. A long-time Democrat, he knew exactly what a caucus was, yet he was attentive, answered questions that I couldn't, and even verbally sparred with another woman (later resolved). But the first thing he did was hand me a check. It caught me off guard. It was the first (and last in Iowa) check I received. And it taught me to be more aware of people handing you checks (something which happened more regularly in Colorado and Ohio). So, in a way, he taught me a thing or two about money and added a memorable moment to my time in Iowa. My respects to Linda and Colene Green

From the Cherokee Chronicle-
Burl F. Green, 84, of Cherokee, former long time rural Cleghorn area resident, passed away Saturday evening, Aug. 23, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Website

Launched a new website to detail my quest to become a Friend of the Kennedy Center [cue angelic music].

Here's a preview

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Lego Land

For more great lego images, check out this slideshow

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Clearer Photos from the Mets game

Here's some better shots from last week's game, taken with the nice camera (not the cell). Click them to enlarge.

Here's one with the team behind me. I'm impressed.

Howard Johnson, a switch-hitting staple of my youth.

One of my many favorite all-time Mets, head of PR Jay Horowitz. (in the black shirt on the phone)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What .01 seconds looks like

I can see daylight between Cavich's fingers and the wall. Phelps's victory appears legit.

Go to this site for 8 still-frames from the finish. It's incredible. Frame #6 is the super close-up.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A little souveneir came rolling my way during batting practice.

Mets v Nats - On the Field

That's HoJo! This is almost as much fun as a Sioux City Explorers game. OK, maybe a bit more.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


There was a time [a dark, cold, sad time] when Michael Phelps didn't win every race.
Here he is, 15-years-old, Sydney Olympics.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fair Days

Another successful year at the Farm and Horse Show. Here's some visual evidence.


Look who I found in Sussex

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Four years at GTriple U and I never noticed this donors plaque in the library.

Curtis, you're not even a student anymore, what were you doing at the library, you say?

To which I reply, did you know that Alec Baldwin, like L.Ron Hubbard also attended this school without graduating.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Another Hillary supporter who I was close to in Iowa died recently. Looks like this blog might become a makeshift outlet for letting folks like Carmen know I appreciated their friendship. Now I know everybody must love reading these (such stark departures from the usual tone of the blog), but I must insist upon not writing these too often. That's out of my hands, of course, but I hope it's the case.

Carmen M. Osborn Teoli

Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Carmen M. Osborn Teoli, 52, of Cherokee, passed away on July 13, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Magrey deVega officiating. It was Carmen's wish to be cremated. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of the arrangements.

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Charleston

Today's NJ Herald . . .

"Attendees also got a special treat in the form of a performance by Lois Kopeck, the 1936 Queen of the Fair. Kopeck, backed by a three-piece band, danced the Charleston.
“I am glad to be back at the fair and dancing again,” she said. “I was a featured dancer in the 1936 pageant.”

This is a 2008 Farm and Horse Show moment I'd have like to have seen. Actually, I think I just wanted to be there to hear Lois Kopeck deliver the line "I was a featured dancer in the 1936 pageant."

Or perhaps it's better left to my imagination.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Because Laughing is Healthy . . .

Sen. Stevens

In honor of Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK)

More here