The two ads below were passed along by a FrontBurnervian. On the left is a Baylor hospital ad that’s running in the Byron Nelson program this weekend. On the right is a UT Southwestern Medical Center ad that’s part of a campaign that’s been running for, I’m told, many weeks. Coincidence?
Lots to get to, so let’s go ahead and jump.
This morning on my walk to the office I witnessed two squirrels throw a confused hissy fit when confronted by the terrifying row of Porta-Potties (leftover from last night’s Jazz Under the Stars at the DMA, I imagine) blocking access to their tree. I actually stopped and said “that’s kind of LOL” instead of just laughing like a normal person. I’m ashamed of myself. I must be delirious. And so ready for this three-day weekend. But as tempting as it might be to play Rip Van Winkle, there’s just too much going on.
This won’t surprise anyone, but I’ve been to two Buffy “Once More With Feeling” sing-a-longs, complete with props, excessive Dawn-hating, and dudes impersonating Spike with absolutely zero success. I’ve also been publicly humiliated/sexually harassed at more showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show than I’d care to admit. But what’s one more? The Lakewood Theater is hosting a double feature tonight of Rocky Horror and Repo: the Genetic Opera (Giles! Paris Hilton!) and dressing up is not only encouraged, it’s pretty much required. So go crazy with the black eyeliner, rip up your fishnets, and get your audience participation on. But fair warning: the Repo performance will be done in drag. You can buy tickets online via the Lakewood Theater’s website.
For something a little less…interactive, shall we say, The Backsliders are performing at Lee Harvey’s. Drinks are cheap and the music is free. A dude still might come sit on your lap, but he probably won’t be wearing a dress.
Fine, I’ll take the bait. Only because I needed to remind you that voting for the Services round of our Best of Big D: Readers’ Choice poll is almost finished. At the end of Sunday, it’s all over, and your favorite shops need support.
So only because I needed a convenient excuse to post this reminder, I’m embedding the below video that Dr. Peay’s Booty Camp made for its campaign to be named the Best Fitness Program in Dallas. The short film’s artistic vision reveals just how exciting Best of Big D voting can be. Especially if you play a dance mix of the theme to Rocky III on your iPod while filling out your ballot.
VOTE NOW. And once an hour.
I’m a big fan of our national pastime. It’s the only sport that I follow on a daily basis. I consider the game one of America’s greatest inventions. It’s a beautiful thing, to quote Bob Costas.
It’s not for everyone. Fine. You think it’s too slow. Fine. Not enough action. Fine. Whatever. I’m not going to point out just how little “action” takes place in the course of a typical football game. (Because the Wall Street Journal already did.) I’m not going to point out that in 95% of NBA games nothing but the last four minutes or so matters in determining the winner. (And that four minutes typically takes three times as long as that to actually play, with all the timeouts and fouls and whatnot.) Â Those games have their charms. I can enjoy them. I just don’t love them. And maybe you don’t love baseball. Fine.
The problem isn’t necessarily the announcer; the problem is the game of baseball is inherently slow moving and this generation of viewers requires constant stimulation. Baseball is not a product of constant stimulation. Hell, it’s a game that could go weeks without anything interesting happening. There is nothing any announcer can do to make the game what it isn’t.
Are you ready for the Miami Heat? It’s never too early to start making fun of their players. Like this.
Three things have become clear about the Dallas mayoral runoff between Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle. 1.) It’s turned into a virtual love-fest, so the basic dynamics are unlikely to change between now and June 18. 2.) Rawlings, the Dallas super-salesman with the big war chest, had a solid lead in the first go-round–and since has picked up Ron Natinsky’s endorsement. 3.) Kunkle, the former deputy city manager in Arlington, has emerged in the campaign as an uncharismatic but methodically accomplished sort–and a guy who wants a job again.
So, here’s the perfect resolution for Dallas. First, Kunkle withdraws from the race. Then, Rawlings announces that the ex-police chief will become Dallas’ next city manager succeeding Mary Suhm, who’s had a good run but is due for an exit from Marilla Street. (I know, it’s technically the city council that appoints the manager, but we all know Rawlings is a guy who “gets things done.”) The upshot of the plan: Rawlings-Kunkle makes a good team at City Hall. Everybody saves their campaign dough. We stop having to sit through or read about any more snooze-fest debate forums at the East Dallas Chicken-raisers Club. Everybody chills out and enjoys Memorial Day weekend.
Norma’s is actually in Farmers Branch. Yes, I know. John QuiÃ±ones and his What Would You Do? crew showed up there recently to see how people would react to some good old-fashioned gay bashing. The class and compassion the people showed (for the most part) make me proud to live here. Nice work, people.
The Heat Is On. And now that I’ve given you that Glenn Frey-related earworm, I can also say that, as most of you know, Dallas will now face the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. First game will be May 31, on ABC.
Take Dat Atchoo. Research done by a medical diagnostic company reveals that of all the cities in all the U.S., Dallas is the worst when sensitivity to five different allergens was considered, and fifth worst when it came to ragweed. So, to both recap and scoreboard, we’re No. 1! Take that, Miami.
Where Do You Get Your Online News? No, seriously, where? Because word comes from Editor & Publisher that although competition is fierce for Internet eyeballs among Dallas-Fort Worth news outlets, not one outlet (newspaper or broadcast) got even a fifth of the responses when pollsters asked people where they went for their online news. The leader? WFAA.com, with 18.4% of the responses.
Take Off Your Suit. The NFL and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a suit stemming from that whole weather-related mess during the Super Bowl where seating was sold in temporary bleachers that were subsequently closed down by authorities for being unsafe, which meant some fans either didn’t get in, or got moved to other seats. The league and Jones argue that the reimbursement package offered was enough.
Three-day Weekend On Tap For Many. And then, even though you have to go back to work Tuesday, you get to look forward to the first game of the Finals. So there’s that. Also, how the heck did it get to be June next week?