amsterdam, photos, travel, Uncategorized

Amsterdam in Pictures – King’s Day

There are few cities as picturesque as Amsterdam, the canals, the buildings, the people. A few times during the year things get crazy.  One of those days is April 27, King’s Day,  the celebration of the king’s birthday, aka a time to close down the city and party.    A quick photo essay about my time during this magical day.

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Urinors

With thousands of people expected, the urinors come out in full force.  The highlight are of course the color schemes and lines into the sewer.

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Toilet Paper Tree

I opted for indoor plumbing.  This may be my favorite tree ever.

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Hare Krishna parade

The Hare Krishnas starting their march.  Admittedly all I know about them comes from the movie Airplane.

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A boat heading down the canal.

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An even bigger boat heading down the canal.

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Photobomb

Trying to get a picture of the craziness of the street, I got a great photobomb instead.

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The Fonz

I can’t be sure, but this may be the Dutch version of The Fonz.

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I have no idea

I’m stumped.  Feel free to send me a caption for this one.

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Wooden bikes…and an ass.

A couple of wooden bikes and an ass.

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Bottles everywhere.

And then there’s the aftermath.  After a hard day of partying some didn’t fare as well as others.

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Broken musicians

They came to Amsterdam as innocent musicians looking to ply their trade.  After a crazy day, the town had eaten them up and like many others, they wound up in a trash heap.

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Floating away til next year

April 28, yet another successful King’s Day, at least for some, is done.

Comedy, Headlines, Uncategorized

Ripped from the Headlines

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New York Post – Because the masthead wasn’t big enough
“You know it might be crazy enough to work, he pondered as he placed his ad on Craigslist; I could finally unlock one of the key mysteries of life, pure bliss.  After years of exhaustive research, a press conference was scheduled with all the world’s media in attendance.   His little spark of an idea led to this.  Stepping up to the mic, he looked out at the huge crowd and knew he was about to change the world. “A lot.  Thank you.””

 

Comedy, Headlines, Internet, Short Story, Uncategorized

Ripped from the Headlines

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New York Post

Seeing an ad in the back of the World News Review, she thought, why not.  The promise of earthquake inducing sexual pleasure and a simple outpatient procedure were enough to convince her to take the plunge.   Without letting him on her little secret, she decided to surprise him that night.  Two seconds later, disaster.  It was then she realized that she should have sprung for the extra few dollars to upgrade from the pressed wood option.

PS  Please note, this is in the living section.

 

donny and marie, Dutchess, royalty, Uncategorized

Donny and Marie 9/30/99

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Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

Below is a screenshot of the rundown one of my first shows as a producer at Donny and Marie.

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Yes, I went from Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, where I had to learn the proper way to address her even though she was there to speak about Wedgwood china, to Mac King, who makes his head among other things disappear five days a week in his amazing Vegas show, to Robert Palmer, the super cool crooner who revolutionized music videos with his use of fashion models as musicians.   You know, even if I tried, I couldn’t put it any better, this show pretty much sums up the insanity of life.

Cindy Margolis, donny and marie, Internet, TV, Uncategorized

Cindy Margolis – The Perfect Answer

 

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Cindy Margolis – Queen of the Internet

 

During the infancy of the internet, there was a woman who took the web by storm, Cindy Margolis.  She was and still is known as the Queen of the Internet and/or the Most Downloaded Woman in the World and once again, through sheer luck, she was my guest on Donny and Marie.  Here’s her intro.

 

A bit of background.  At the time, late 90’s, and not shockingly, still today, I was, am and always will be a New York Jew who loves deli.  While living in LA,  I had two go to places, Canter’s which is on Fairfax and Jerry’s Famous which had locations throughout LA. Each had their own charms, charged New York prices and supplied a fix of kosher style deli.  The reason I bring this up is because Cindy, at the time, was married to the owner of Jerry’s. Jackpot.   Her photos were beautiful, but a pastrami sandwich at Jerry’s was heaven.

Prior to her appearance on the show, I did my standard pre-interview.  This would be somewhat different.  While I’m sure others asked lurid questions, I was focused on something else, coupons from Jerry’s.  Somehow I would have to bring up her husband and then casually bring up my fixation with deli, then finally coming in for the kill asking for some coupons.  It was a plan.  My stomach approved.  And then it happened.  With the business questions out of the way, I could turn the conversation towards marriage and inevitably on some coupons.  Little did I realize my fixation on smoked meat would elicit the following:

You just celebrated your anniversary?

We just had our year anniversary. We decided that after a year to go to counseling. We went separately to a husband and wife team. When I went, there was this man sitting there in the office. He looked at me and said that he had just seen me on TV and that he had a couple of my posters. I thought it was weird that this therapist would have this stuff, but I began to talk to him and tell him about my marriage.   Eventually the woman therapist came out and I told her that her husband was so nice. She told me that it was not her husband, but an electrician working at the office. I can’t believe I told him such intimate things. I can just imagine him sitting around talking to his buddies.

Perfection.  Home Run. Touchdown.  Short of bringing the electrician on to confirm things, this story had everything.   Sex, embarrassment and more sex.  This appearance led to several more on our show…and I always was the producer…and I always celebrated with free pastrami after the taping.