Archive for March, 2013
March 25 – March 31 (2013)
RANDOM PIC OF THE WEEK
Every year at this time I can’t help but hear the strains of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Gethsemene” running through my brain. It’s from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and the performance Ted Neely gives in the film is nothing short of miraculous in and of itself. I’m looking forward to seeing Ted at the upcoming Hollywood Collector Show on April 20th.http://hollywoodshow.com/starDetail.php?id=1227 Here he is in the film, which comes out in Blu Ray on May 10th.
Monday the 25th – AAAAAND WE’RE OFF! – It’s a brand new week! I was up at 10 to walk Roxy, and head over to Mai Tai Studio in Burbank to record another Old Navy spot. I thought we had finished all the spots in this “Airplane” campaign, but apparently there was one more. It’s always fun to work with those great folks! When we finished I stopped through the McDonald’s drive-thru to get lunch, stopped by my mailbox to get packages, and stopped at the neighborhood 76 to gas up. I ran into my old pal Brian, who used to do all of the internet interviews for “The Jay Leno Show” and “The Tonight Show.” Unfortunately he was one of those let go during the downsizing last October. But he said he obtained a hosting agent and things were going well. I spent awhile talking with him, and doling out a little advice. He’s a good guy and I’m sure he’ll succeed mightily! While we were talking my pal Terry, owner of Rusty’s Discount Pets was walking his new collie puppy Rusty 3 across the street. I headed home to do some work before heading to “The Tonight Show.” I got a call to be in early to NBC to record a bit. My assistant Sara came by to get some money, because I needed her to go get some roasted chickens for my pets. (They’re VERY spoiled!) It was a warm, but overcast day. It would have been great to bike in, but I was tight on time so I drove. After we taped the show I headed home to do some work. I fed my cat Spook, finished up Wally’s Week, and then walked Roxy. When I returned my neighbor was there with her parents, who were visiting from out of town. She was wondering if I could give her folks a quick tour of Planet Wallywood. Her mom is allergic to cats, so she stood outside, but I showed her dad a few things and they headed out. But they left me with a nice box of Easter candy. I took a dip in the jacuzzi and then grabbed a nap. I got up later to do some auditions in my home studio and e-mail them to my agents. I did some work around the house, and started trying to figure out how to switch hands on mannequins. I have a new mannequin that I’m turning into Beetlejuice. But the mannequin came with fists for hands. But I bought a mannequin awhile ago that has outstretched hands that would be perfect! The problem is, they have different connecting fixtures, so they’re incompatible for a switch. But after closer inspection, I realized that the little metal connectors were attached to the fiberglass hands with 3 Phillips screws. So I did a transplant, switched the connectors from one set of hands to the other, and it worked perfectly! The contours of the forearms are slightly different that those of the wrists, but since Beetlejuice wears long sleeves it should be able to be disguised so nobody would notice. I hit the hay and watched another episode of “Kojak” from the Season 3 boxed set.
Tuesday the 26th – PERRRRFECT DAY! – I got a hotline call in the morning to record a bit, so I did it and sent it over to the “TS” offices. I went back to bed to cuddle with Roxy for awhile, then got up for the day. It was a nice day to bike, but I had a few errands to run so I drove instead. I walked Roxy, then I hit the road. I stopped at Taco Bell for some quick lunch, and headed to Leet TV Repair to get my mini DV camcorders fixed. One needed a cleaning pretty badly, and the other wouldn’t load the tape correctly. I had some time to kill before “TTS,” so I did a little shopping at It’s a Wrap and got two really great shirts. I got an urgent call from the “TS” offices asking me to head in asap to record a bit. Good thing I didn’t bike! I sped over to the studio, recorded the bit, then hung out for a bit to open the show. After the show wrapped, I went into the studio to look for some guests…my friend Kara and her mom and aunt were there. My pal Curt, who does camera assist, was talking to some audience members and he said, “That’s Wally, the voice of “The Tonight Show.” They smiled and waved enthusiastically. I waved back and gave them a big smile. I’m used to being an anonymous voice-over guy, so it’s always an odd treat when stuff like that happens. I found Kara and company, and I gave them a quick backstage tour and then headed out. At the stoplight, as I was waiting to turn left on to Alameda, I heard a hubbub behind me. I had the top down so I could hear it very well. I looked behind me and it was an SUV full of the enthusiastic ladies Curt was talking to. They were smiling and waving again, and they had their i-Phones out recording me. I gave them a thumbs up and turned left. I got into the lane next to them and had them roll down their window. I said, “Is there a Playboy Playmates convention in town or something? Are you guys on your way to the mansion to say hi to Hef?” They giggled and waved goodbye. That was fun! I continued on my way home and Nilsson’s “Perfect Day” came on my i-Pod, and it was just one of those moments. I was in a great mood and the music underscored it perfectly! I got home and fed Spook, and then Edi and her dog Bunny came by so we could walk to doggies to Studio Cafe for dinner. I came home, took a dip in the pool and the jacuzzi, and then grabbed a nap. I got up later, but I had no auditions to do. I did have a bit for “TTS” to record that was due first thing the next morning. When I finished with that, I was feeling a bit energetic. So I started a bit of spring cleaning. I emptied both of Spook’s litter boxes, cleaned them out meticulously, and put a new lavender scented litter in. I ran around the house gathering up trash, since the next day was trash day, and I rummaged through my costume closet in the Chaney Room to find my Jesus costume for this weekend’s Easter Walk at church.
Wednesday the 27th – BIKED! AT LAST! – I woke up on my own at 11:30 after only fours hours of sleep. But I felt great! I summoned Roxy up on the bed for some cuddle time, and Spook joined in as well. I engaged in some 2HPP (two-handed pet petting). I was petting Roxy with my left hand, and Spook with my right hand. Nothing like treating the kids equally. I got up and checked my e-mail, and did two auditions and sent them in. I walked Roxy and it was a beautiful day! I showered up and got ready for work. Before leaving, I got on Team Viewer with my computer guy so he could see why my automatic back-up program wasn’t working. The program is supposed to automatically deleted older back-ups to make room for new ones, but it wasn’t. So my back-up drive was filling up and not allowing it to perform recent back-ups. It’s amazing that technology now allows a tech to look at your computer and he doesn’t even have to be there! He fixed the problem and I went downstairs to get ready for my ride. I pumped up my bike tires, packed my messenger bag and headed out. I had a little time to grab lunch on the way to “TTS,” so I stopped at Paty’s for a salad. But the service was exceptionally slow that day for some reason. The salad I order doesn’t normally take too long to make, but for some reason it wasn’t showing up. And I was running short of time. I looked inside (I was seated outside to enjoy the day) and my salad was sitting in the server’s window ready for delivery. I kept an eye on it, and it continued to sit there. And sit there. And sit there. I looked at the clock and realized time was running out! I had to be to work soon! I walked inside and asked if that was my salad. They said yes, and I asked if I could have it. They seemed shocked that it hadn’t been delivered yet. So I took it back to my table and started chowing down. The waitress came by like nothing had happened. When I told her I had to go inside and get my own salad she seemed shocked. No telling where she had been all that time, but she would disappear for 10 minutes at a time. Strange. Paty’s service is usually better than that. Oh well. I did manage to make it to work on time, and I had a fun time watching the show. Kristin Chenoweth was one and she’s always a hoot. I biked home and it was an excellent day. Beautiful, warm, sunny, breezy but not windy. I got home and walked Roxy, did some work, took a dip in the pool and jacuzzi, and grabbed a short nap. I got up later to meet my pal Edi for late dinner at Jerry’s Famous Deli. I got back and did some auditions, readied some deposits for the bank, fed and walked Roxy, then hit the hay!
Thursday the 28th – MARVELOUS MOONSHINE! – I got up in the morning and headed to Voice Trax West to do another session for US Airways. It had been awhile since we did some more prompts for their phone system, but it’s like riding a bike. When I finished I walked next door and put some deposits in the bank, then drove to the pharmacy and picked up some supplies. I got to stop home for a bit to do some work before heading over to NBC for an early taping. Since we’re off for Good Friday, the “TS” producers figured they’d give us an early jump on the Easter weekend. We wrapped and I headed over to McDonald’s to get some lunch. I got home, walked Roxy, then laid down in bed to get a short nap. But I woke up in the middle of it with bright light shining in my face. The huge full moon had hit the perfect place and was shining its light through my bedroom window, and right into my face! I awoke in a haze to see a stunning full moon staring right at me! It was an amazing moonglow! I’m a big fan of the moon and stars anyway. So I closed my eyes again and drifted back off to sleep. I slept a few more hours and then got up to do auditions. I fed Roxy and took her on our usual late-night stroll, and then came back inside to do some work around the house. Then I settled in to watch “Kojak” and got to sleep around 6am Good Friday morning.
Friday the 29th – GOOD FRIDAY TO YOU! – I woke up at noon to listen for the doorbell. My maids were expected between noon and 2. I opened the bedroom door so I could hear the doorbell loudly, and went back to sleep. But I had a dream that I missed the doorbell and the maids entirely! And when I tried to call their office to reschedule, the outgoing message was in a gibberish language I didn’t understand. Then I answered the door and there were two maids there I had never seen before! I sprang awake and figured I’d better stay awake. I took Roxy for a walk and when we returned, the maids were already inside cleaning. When they finished I switched cars from my Mustang to the Gran Torino, and I picked up Sara to go run some errands. I picked up some packages at my mailbox, we had lunch, I got a sideview mirror for my bike at the bike store, we stopped at the craft store to buy some items for my Beetlejuice mannequin, and I went to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. It was kind of nice having a relaxing afternoon. I got home and fed Spook and walked Roxy. Then I walked over to the church to spend some time in the chapel for the Prayer Vigil. They had the chapel open from 7am to 7pm for meditation and reflection, and I try to go every year for it. While I was in the chapel, I heard them rehearsing in the sanctuary for the Good Friday service which started at 7. I heard a very operatic baritone voice singing what sounded like “Gethsemene” from Jesus Christ Superstar. I love that song, so I listened closely. They rehearsed it a couple times. At the service, it was soap star Bill Hayes (who’s one of the elders at our church) singing it. Quite differently from the Ted Neely version, but still very moving and effective. It was a great service. I had a nice walk home, I took a jacuzz, then a quick nap on the couch. I got up later in the evening and paid some bills, worked on organizing my Planet Wallywood, Inc. bank accounts and checkbook stuff, and then settled in to watch another episode of “Kojak” before bed.
Saturday the 30th – SATURDAY IN THE PARK! – I slept til 3, and was very restless. So I grabbed Roxy and we walked about a mile to a local park that I had seen several times on my way home from work. It was a very nice walk, through beautiful neighborhoods. Once we got there, a boy around 8 years old started hanging around Roxy and I. He said his big dog had just died, and his small dog was about to die. He couldn’t stop petting and loving on Roxy. I felt bad for the little guy, since I’m still all too familiar with losing a beloved pet. He asked if he could take her leash and run around with her for awhile. I said sure, but I kept a close eye on them. They had a fun time running around, playing and goofing around. The kid clearly needed some doggie love! I commented to one of the other people in the park, that it looked like something out of a Lassie TV episode. Every boy needs a dog! Then we walked to the far end of the park that is overgrown with plants and clover. It was a stunningly beautiful day, and Roxy was tired from all of the walking, chasing and playing. So she laid down in the clover and I got some great shots of her lounging around. We walked back home and I promised myself that we would definitely be doing that again! I gave Roxy a nice treat when we got home, fed Spook, and then got showered up for dinner at Miceli’s. Since it’s Easter weekend, and I have to be up really early Sunday morning for the Easter Walk, I canceled movie night. But I went out for dinner with Edi and her daughter Ems, my neighbor Genta, and my assistant Sara. We had a great time, with great food and conversation. When I got home I packed up my Jesus costume so it would be ready for the morning, and I headed off to bed.
Here’s some video of Roxy at the park
Sunday the 31st – HAPPY EASTER! I woke up at 6am with a sore throat. OH NO! I can’t be getting sick! But it didn’t feel like the usual sore throat that is the precursor to a cold. It felt like a spot in my throat was very dry. I drank some water and went back to sleep until 8. When I woke up my throat felt a bit better, but I ate some popsicles just in case. I walked over to the church to get into my costume to play Jesus in the Easter Walk for the kids. I would re-enact portions of the Last Supper with them, and give them all communion. It’s about the 4th year in a row I’ve done it. It’s enjoyable, and it’s always fun to see the looks on the faces of the little kids. The room is dimly lit with candlelight, and there’s a table on the floor decorated with candles, palm leaves, fruit and plates and goblets. Of course there’s also bread and grape juice. When the door opens the kids peer inside to see the table all set and “Jesus” standing there welcoming them in. Their eyes are as big as saucers, and they all enjoy telling me about their Easter, their lovely Easter outfits, and the things they did in Sunday school. What fun! This year, they even had us do the Easter Walk for some adults who wanted to see what it was like. The first stop is to see the donkey upon which Jesus rode into Jerusalem. (They have a REAL live donkey there!) The second stop is the Last Supper, then they go talk to a Roman Guard. Next stop is talking to Mary, Jesus’ mother. And then they visit with Mary Magdalene who tells them that the tomb is empty. Just to illustrate what a “Walking Dead” culture we’re living in, one little girl said to me, “Are you a zombie?” I told her no, that zombies aren’t real. But Jesus is. And she said, “But you’re not Jesus.” And I told her I was just an actor playing Jesus for Easter, but Jesus IS real. So we came to an understanding. I walked home on a gloomy Easter morning, and turned on 2 humidifiers in my room and went back to bed. It really seemed to help because when I got up later the sore/dry throat was gone. Thank GOD it’s not a cold! Roxy and I went over to Rusty’s Discount Pets’ Easter Egg Hunt. It was lots of fun, and the new puppy Rusty 3 is adorable! Last Easter I only had Roxy on weekends, but we got a shot of her and the Easter Bunny. So I guess it’s our tradition now. I got another great shot of Roxy with the Easter Bunny this year. I’m going to try and get a new one every year. It was misting/sprinkling when I walked back home, but not too bad. I got ready for evening church and walked over with Roxy. After the service was over Sara and I hopped in the Torino and went to Coral Cafe for Easter dinner. On the way home we stopped at McDonald’s and got an ice cream cone, and got a few grocery items at the store. When I got inside I spent some time on the phone with one of the producers of the upcoming “Starsky & Hutch” tribute dinner that I’ll be emceeing next weekend. We went over the schedule of the evening’s events and established the timeline. Then I did a ton of auditions, filed my tax receipts, fed and walked Roxy, and then turned in to watch another episode of “Kojak.”
And how was YOUR week??!!
PIX FROM THE WEEK
Roxy at the park
“EARS lookin’ at you, kid!” 3 Easter bunnies…Ems, Edi and Genta, enjoy an Easter eve dinner at Miceli’s!
Roxy gets her 2nd annual Easter Bunny picture taken at Rusty’s Discount Pets!
Rusty 3, just a few months old, is debuted on Easter, as his new pal Roxy stands guard.
Rusty 3 looks forward to meeting all well-wishers, but soon the responsibility takes its toll, and it’s nap time!