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When You Think You Know What’s Going to Happen, Guess Again

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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LOS ANGELES (Special to TSD After Dark) We’ve been on movie sets and commercial sets before. We understand where you park and get coffee and hit your mark and break for lunch. Those are the standard things that happen on sets every day and have for years. It’s what comes in between no one can know of for sure. (more…)

Lost in Translation? Only for the Moment

Friday, July 31st, 2009

A group of innocent tourists just groovin’ on a song.  Billed as one of the “world’s funniest commercials,” this classic may not hold the title, but it gets the point across. 

 

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Simple Country Folk Travel to Urban Areas to Insist Rural Legends Are Just as Cool

Friday, July 31st, 2009

 

We're interesting too, ya city slicker!

We're interesting too, ya city slicker!

 

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA (Special to TSD After Dark) Urban Legends. Little Mikey died from eating Pop Rocks and drinking Coke. The Proctor and Gamble corporation is affiliated with the Church of Satan. Mama Cass Elliot died from eating a ham sandwich.

These are just a few urban legends that have made their way around the globe. And of course, they are untrue. (more…)

Man “Lives” in Gym As Family Fortune Goes to Seed

Friday, July 24th, 2009

 

Todd the Bod. As he obsesses over his chiseled form, the more detached from reality he becomes.

Todd the Bod. As he obsesses over his chiseled form, the more detached from reality he becomes.

 

 

BETHESDA, MD. (TSD AFTER DARK, Originally printed in The Sportsman’s Daily) — Chase Todd was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Unfortunately, that silver spoon was usually brimming with Hagen Dazs almond hazelnut swirl and assorted decadent “treats.” For more than a decade of his adult life, the heir to the Todd Real Estate fortune tipped the scales at a mighty 420 pounds. “I had to do something, or I was staring death in the face,” Todd said. “If not death, certainly a crippling injury, which may not be as fearsome as death, but is every bit as hideous, depending on what you’re doing when you’re staring at it…though it’s more like looking on in horror than actual staring.”

Chase Todd then joined Bronze, a local gym in the Washington DC Metro. After just one month he was stunned by the results. Three years later, “Todd the Bod” is a lean 175 pounds – a weight he’s maintained for most of those three years. (more…)

Diggin’ On a Jarrett Improv from 25 Years Ago

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Keith Jarrett is undoubtedly one of the great piano improvisors ever. His ability to split and play different time signatures is the stuff of legend. By the time Keith performed this ditty it was well-oiled. Perhaps not a true improvisation in that he had used  this left-handed vamp in F before. However it is what’s going on in the right hand that is jaw dropping, while never breaking the forward propulsion of the left hand; complex in it’s own right. The right hand is creating what the mind conjures in real time. Simply an astonishing performance from a musical master. 

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Never Judge a Facebook by It’s Cover

Friday, July 24th, 2009

 

Being there.  Well, almost feels like it.

Being there. Well, almost feels like it.

 

 

So I signed up for Facebook a couple of years ago. But I really didn’t use it much. I just figured (and accurately by the way) that it would be just another time sucking device in my life. 

 

I was determined to allow it function only as a sort of portal for folks from my past to find me if they absolutely needed to, and nothing else.  I certainly had no intention of filling it with mindless facts about what I’m thinking about or what movies I’m watching or books I’m reading or who I like in what election.  I wasn’t going to get caught up in that. 

 

Then something happened. (more…)

After Dark Recommends This Clip with a Glass of Cabernet or a Robust Alaskan Amber

Friday, July 17th, 2009

One of After Dark’s favorite guitarists is unquestionably Pat Metheny. Whether playing with his world class fusion group, in a duo setting with Charlie Haden, or any other pairing, he’s a constant source of inspiration and musical joy.  

Here he is in a solo setting, in a harmonic reworking of Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why.

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The Beast

Friday, July 17th, 2009

 

Beauty OF the Beast. The creature that was a living legend.

Beauty OF the Beast. The creature that was a living legend.

 

 

I often regale my son Peter with stories of my youth. I think once you hit forty and your children are old enough to find you mildly interesting and amusing, it’s time to share some select moments.  He finds these stories terribly wonderful.  Admittedly, I tend to romanticize them a bit. Now understand, I don’t necessarily distort the facts, I only embellish the scenery and mood as in “we all felt perfectly mischievous that autumn evening – so cool and crisp. The fiery leaves fell from the trees creating a radiant blanket of gold and burgundy.”  That kind of crap. (more…)

Sobieski Vodka. After Dark Radio Chats with Imperial Brands’ Chester Brandes

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

 

Polish Vodka fit for a King. Sobieski.

Polish Vodka fit for a King. Sobieski.

Chester Brandes gives us the inside scoop on a truly great vodka. And, is shaken never stirred really best? 

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Pt. 2 of interview

Have Pizza. Will Travel.

Friday, July 10th, 2009

 

Artery-seizing Nirvana. A slice of "The Pig."

Artery-seizing Nirvana. A slice of "The Pig."

 

 

Pizza.

I’m a proponent of eating pizza at the pizza place.  For me, most pizza just doesn’t travel. Sure, it doesn’t taste terrible 45 minutes later from out of the box – but it’s one of the few foods, along with soup, I happen to like piping hot (Or cold the next morning – but not so much room temperature.)

 

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