Category: Events

The Rules of DIY

making a wedding bouquet

Over the years since our own wedding, seeing and participating in DIY weddings and other events, we’ve learned a few lessons. Here are a few of them. You’ll probably want to keep these in mind as you plan your big day.

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Our DIY Wedding Story

Weddings are expensive, especially if you go all-out and incorporate everything the wedding industry tells you you “simply must have.” Hollywood has made a great many films documenting the process of booking a wedding planner and watching him/her burn through stacks of money creating a “dream wedding” that’s more about expressing the designer’s artistic vision than giving the happy couple what they want.

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Christmas Thoughts, 10 years later

Margaret O'Brien and Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis."

In 2002, I sat down and posted some random thoughts on Christmas morning at my long-neglected humor site, Monkey Spit. About six months later, the company for which I worked suddenly went out of business, and the intervening decade was marked by bouts of unemployment and other difficulties. The years 2009-2011 in particular were very trying; the economy was down, our income was severely reduced, and it was not a good time. The past year has been a dramatic improvement, so this Christmas has been a welcome change. I recently had occasion to look back on what I had written, and found that I made some pretty good points.

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What to Give the Person Who Has Everything

So you have a friend who has everything. They’re hard to shop for, right? Especially if you want to give them a gift that says something more than “look, I got you a gift!” As it happens, I have the solution for you.

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Black Friday? Nope

Black Friday, 2009, 4:30 AM

It’s Black Friday, 2012. I was asked yesterday why it’s called “Black Friday” with the suggestion that such an ominous-sounding name seemed incongruous with the commercial aspirations of the day. Back before it was known to the public, store owners and manufacturers used to use this term; for many of them, the day after Thanksgiving, being the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season, marked the day their business would move “out of the red” (in other words, show a profit) for the year. The term was seized upon by the mega-big-box retailers like Walmart as a marketing gimmick, inverting its meaning to apply to the customers rather than the business owners.

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A Halloween Giveaway!

As you are no doubt aware, I do a lot of press events with the good people at Disney, reviewing their movies, interviewing their performers, visiting their studios and so on. As part of these press events, there’s usually a “swag bag” of some sort, full of merchandise related to the particular film or TV show being promoted. A lot of it I keep, some gets given away to friends or family, and some of it sits here waiting for me to find a home for it.

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Grab your walking shoes, it’s Art Weekend!

We are looking forward to one of our favorite events, Pasadena Art Weekend is a free celebration of the Arts that takes over Pasadena twice a year, every October and April. Friday, October 12 from 6 – 10, Pasadena museums, colleges, and art galleries open wide their doors. Free shuttles run all evening taking guests all over town. Comfy walking shoes are a must!

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