Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This looks great (and scary)!

Halloween is my favorite time of year and I'm always down to check out haunted houses, hayrides, etc.

"Fright Haven" in West Haven, CT is always good, as is "Dark Manor" in the Norwich area. There also used to be a great one at the old GFox building in Hartford (unfortunately, the building is long gone from what I'm told).

Last night at band practice I was told about a new one and I must say that I'm really stoked to check it out this year. It's called "Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses" and it's located in Ulster Park, NY. Apparently it has been named the #1 haunted house and hayride attraction in the country by a few magazines and I was told that it takes hours to get through and is completely insane; I can't wait!

According to their website "the attraction includes a one mile hayride, a labyrinth style corn maze, three professionally created haunted houses, four food concessions, as well as Ghoulish Gifts, Magic Moon Gifts, Scarewear, Fear Gear and Witchy Woman gift shops."

Check out the video trailer and then click the link below it for more information. Also, let me know if you've been and what you thought!

Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It Might Get Loud

My friend CJ mentioned this documentary a few weeks ago and I forgot all about it until today when my boy Jay Reason posted a link to the trailer on his Facebook page (I may just let him write my blog for me from now on - the dude can and will find anything on the internet).

The documentary takes a look at three generations of guitarists: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of the White Stripes. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim who was involved in two of my favorite movies ever; 'Traning Day' and 'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead' (chill, I loved that movie).

The trio talks about how they came up with their distinctive sounds and their approach to playing guitar as well as their history of songwriting before culminating in a jam session with the three of them playing together.

It's slated for an August 14th release and I certainly hope it plays here in Connecticut.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CT Department of Labor

Hey friends!

As some of you know, I was laid off from my job back in June (yes, just another statistic to add to the nation's unemployment standings). During this time I've been collecting unemployment benefits and, of course, seeking a new job. I figured I'd do my job search thing and they'd leave me alone and just send me my checks. WRONG! Last week, I received a letter from the Connecticut Department of Labor telling me that I had to attend their three hour long "Enhanced Re-employment Services Program" at the Bridgeport CT Works center or I would lose my unemployment benefits.

"Great", I thought, "three hours of my life wasted that I'll never get back".

Today was my assigned day to be there and I figured I'd go through the motions, they would waste my time and at best, I'd get to keep those checks coming in.

I am pleased to say that I could not have been more wrong. I'm still going to get my check every week but it was not a waste of my time. The class was very informative and I had no idea the amount of free programs out there to aid people in looking for a job. There is all sorts of free training, free classes, free assessment testing, resume help, etc. out there and it is all paid for by the Department of Labor. The best thing about it is you don't even have to be unemployed to take advantage of it! It's out there for anyone and everyone, so I suggest you not let this opportunity to either find a job or help advance your current career pass you by.

I left there very impressed and even signed up for a few classes myself.

Here is a link to this month's classes. There is plenty more that you can also access by stopping down and speaking to someone one-on-one.


Good luck!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hey people, here's a quick video I did after hearing a commercial on the radio for the website AshleyMadison.com and becoming instantly irate because of it. And apparently I was wrong in my video by saying that they have a million members; it's more than four million!!! What is wrong with people?!?!

Maybe giving me a video camera was a bad idea...