Take a look at LOOK Cinemas!

LOOK CinemasVisited the new LOOK Cinemas in Addison last night, courtesy of my son who’s an assistant manager there.  We had previously been to the Gold Class theater in Allen which was awesome but went out of business.  Gold Class reopened as an iPic theater, which is nice but not nearly as upscale.  LOOK offers multiple experiences, so you have your choice depending on your mood.  They offer:

  1. Evolution – a IMAX-style theater with a huge screen, often showing 3D, and Dolby’s top-of-the-line Atmos speaker system.
  2. The Lofts – slightly smaller theaters that offer full bar service after 5pm.
  3. Look and Dine – intimate theaters offering huge recliners, tray tables, and an upscale menu from Nick & Sam’s Grill (their restaurant is actually next door).  Lots of nice touches here, including self-illuminated menus.  Can’t wait to try this sometime soon.
  4. General admission – several additional theaters offer a more standard experience.

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Back to blogging

I’ve finally gotten around to updating this software on this site and installing a new theme (that’s more friendly on mobile devices).  I’ve been depending heavily on Facebook for the past few years but now I’m thinking it’s still valuable to have a blog – it’s a place to write down more permanent thoughts.  I have some subjects I really want to write about, like what I’ve learned in the music publishing business.  Hopefully I’ll get to some of that soon!

Slam Bang Theater Theme

If you grew up in Dallas/Ft. Worth in the 1970’s there were many local TV programs that left you with lasting memories.  The tunes are what stuck with me the most (no surprise to those who know me).

Weekdays at 7am on Channel 11 (Saturdays too I think) we had Slam Bang Theater, featuring Icky Twerp plus all the Three Stooges and cartoons they could pack into an hour.  The intro theme song was a rousing march followed by a spirited “Hey Kids – good morning!” from the network announcer.  You can take a trip down memory lane at IckyTwerp.net.  That tune stayed in my head through the years, so a while back I dug up the clues to find the origin of the theme.


The tune is called “Oh, Didn’t He Ramble” from a 1959 LP called “Bill Cullen’s Minstrel Spectacular.”  The famous game-show host puts on his white tuxedo and guides the listener through what it was like when the old minstrel show pulled into town on a paddle-wheel riverboat.  Or rather, it’s an idealized, white-washed 1950’s nostalgia version of a piece of Americana that most of us try to forget, I suppose.  More about the album here.  The minstrel show’s contribution to American musical theater (Broadway in particular) is fascinating stuff, but that’s another story.ИкониikoniИдея за подаръкикониикониПравославни икониикони на светцииконописikoniсвети георгиikoniхудожник на икониИкони на светциХудожникОткъде да купя иконаидея за подаръкгеоложки проучвания

Getting married on The Strip in Vegas

My youngest son, CJ is coming back to the states in June to get married. Maybe getting married in a chapel on the Vegas strip isn’t your idea for the perfect wedding, but in truth it makes a lot of sense for a couple in the military stationed overseas. It’s quick and easy, since getting leave to come all the way back home can be difficult. It lets them actually get married in the states, which apparently simplifies some legal things. And it’s a reasonable compromise to deciding whether to get married in the bride’s home state (Massachusetts in this case) or the groom’s (Texas). So we’ll be at the Chapel of the Flowers watchin’ the kids git hitched. Then they’ll spend the rest of their honeymoon visiting parents and family in Arizona, Texas and Massachusetts. Welcome to the family Carly!

Thanksgiving Snub for the Kitty Hawk

Japan 196My son CJ had been looking forward to visiting Hong Kong over Thanksgiving, as the Kitty Hawk was scheduled to port there.  Unfortunately the Chinese government had other ideas and turned away the carrier group.  Nearly 300 families had flown over to Hong Kong to spend the holiday with their loved ones in the carrier group and were disappointed.  Here’s the link to the story on CNN:

U.S. commander ‘perplexed’ by China’s refusal of warship visit

Japan, Part 1: Planes, trains and hotel rooms

We took the 14-hour plane ride (non-stop) from D/FW to Narita.  On the plane we met another set of parents heading to Yokosuka – they were from central Louisiana and we ran into them several times during the trip.  Unfortunately my son was not as easy to find.  His ship pulled into port the same day we arrived and he did not have a working cell phone.  On arrival we hoped to meet him at the airport but could not find him so we decided to take the train.  Narita Airport is several miles east of Tokyo and our destination (Yokosuka) is a ways south of Tokyo, so we had a long train ride in store.  We chose the slower local train rather than the Narita Express since it was cheaper and did not require a change of trains at Yokohama, which we were scared to death of at that point.  Most signs in Japan are in both English and Japanese, but the train maps are an exception.  The train was not too crowded since we got on before rush hour and this train went more around Tokyo than through it. Continue reading “Japan, Part 1: Planes, trains and hotel rooms”

A week in Japan

We are sleeping off our jet lag and organizing all the photos and video we got in Japan.  What a fantastic trip!  Click on the photos below to view the slideshows.  Once the slideshow starts, click the “i” in the middle of the screen for full captions.  We are still working on the full blog entries; check back soon!

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