Archive for October, 2009

Bouncing Bear

Posted in Funny Video on October 28, 2009 by bigdaddygouda

There has been a lot of bear sightings over the past few months so I figure this clip is timely.

That and I laugh my ass off every time I see it.


Crowd Reaction….

Posted in Movies on October 24, 2009 by bigdaddygouda

Below is a video of just audio from a public screening of Paranormal Activity. (see review below).

This is the crowd reaction to the last minute of the movie. Don’t worry, it gives nothing away but it WILL give you some idea of the experience I had watching the film Friday night inside a packed theater.

btw, if you plan on seeing this movie, AVOID Spoilers at ALL costs.  ( i consider this clip spoiler free.)

Things That Go Bump….

Posted in Movies on October 24, 2009 by bigdaddygouda

Years from now, when I think back on the first time I saw the horror mock-u-mentary Paranormal Activity, I’m sure the first thing I’ll remember is the 18-year-old dude behind me, sitting with his three friends, screaming like a little girl.

Yes, he’d scream…out loud…as if he’d just encountered a monster in a dark alley on his way home from soccer practice. But, in that packed theater in Avon Friday night, no one seemed to mind his screaming much. Truth be told – everyone was screaming.

Yep, Paranormal Activity was THAT spooky.

If case you haven’t heard, Paranormal Activity is a low-budget suspense film- shot on a hand-held camera in one week. The movie is done in the spirit of The Blair Witch Project as in, it presents itself as an actual experience where you the audience are viewing the “found footage”.

The movie tells the story of a young couple who believe their house may be haunted and therefore buy a video camera to record any Paranormal Activity.

The tension builds slowly, as the apprehensive Katie, a student, and the skeptical Micah, a day trader, feel the first emotional tremors. The movie keeps us in its grip because we never leave the couple’s haunted property and because all we see is what the camera has recorded when held by Micah or Katie, or when left on at night to monitor their bedroom. That claustrophobia creates a bond between the couple and the audience; they can’t escape, and neither can we.

The tension gets so unbearable that the audience literally groans with dread as the camera is left on each night while Katie and Micah sleep. I don’t want to give anything away and the less you know about this film the better, but the movie works best during these scenes filmed in the bedroom during the night. That is when the true terror happens. That is when the audience, at least at the screening I attended Friday night, screamed loudest.

Paranormal Activity is the complete opposite of The Hangover but at the same time nearly identical. The Hangover made packed audiences laugh so hard they wanted to pee, while Paranormal Activity provides scream inducing scares.

And those are the best movies out there, the kinds that elicit some sort of human response.

So if you like to be scared, go see Paranormal Activity but be warned, you will have trouble sleeping if you are easily frightened.

Like right now. I’m dreading going to sleep tonight. Really fucking dreading it.


Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by bigdaddygouda

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2009 by bigdaddygouda


Back to the grill again….

Posted in Stuff on October 14, 2009 by bigdaddygouda

When I left the Register six months ago, after nearly two years on the job, I did so with an “F-U” and “Good Riddance” attitude. They may have figured they’d be better off without me and I certainly felt that way toward them.  Like most break-ups, it’s always the hardest, most drastic feelings that you experience first.

In the weeks that followed my departure those angry feelings subsided and when thoughts of my old job surfaced it was mostly because I missed one of my co-workers. It’s hard not to grow close to people we see for 40 hours each week. Especially over the span of nearly 24 months.

I found a new job fairly quickly, working for the Post Office in Waterbury. And while the money was great, it wasn’t long before I started to hate the work. Mostly because I couldn’t escape the thought that I was not put on this earth to sling mail. But I endured. Even as whispers of layoffs and post office closings became an everyday water-cooler topic.

I rarely thought of my former career as a journalist. Except of course when big news stories would break across the state. I’d often think to myself, “Hmm, that would be cool to cover.” (The murder of the Yale Grad Student comes to mind).

Career-wise, over the last month, I really started to settle into the life of the mundane. Work, whatever  I was doing, was not a part of me. It was simply something I did to collect a paycheck. I didn’t give anything to it and I took nothing in return.

Then, as it usually does, LIFE got in the way.

My phone rang last Tuesday at Midnight. It was the head Editor at The Middletown Press, who happens to be one of my old bosses from The Register.

There was a murder trial going on in Middletown and she needed someone to cover it for the day. I was offered the opportunity to fill in as a freelancer.

Admittedly, I was flattered she thought of me. But I also knew that the trial started in 10 hours so I’m sure desperation played a part as well.

Of course I agreed to do the job for the day and actually had a great time covering THE TRIAL.  Covering the courts was always my favorite part of the Register and I’d forgotten how much I truly missed it.

That night Dad told me, “Hey, ya never know, it could lead to something else.”

And what do you know.  Dad was right. Two days after my freelance gig I was offered the court reporter position full time.

So, I’m back in the journalism biz. And hey, the money ain’t great but I enjoy it and right now that is all that matters.


If you care, here’s what I’ve been up to lately.


Posted in Stuff on October 6, 2009 by bigdaddygouda

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been reading a lot lately.  So, I thought I’d share with you 8 great books out there today.

1. TAI MY SHOE: Creative Ways To Re-Aggrivate A Neck Injury. By Tai Paris.

2. SECRETLY SINGLE: How To Keep Your Life In Boston Private. By David Carroll.

3.  EMPTY CUP OF JOE:  The Search For Joseph Nozzolillo. By Tom Clancy.

4.  “I See The Way You Look At Mom” Too Smart For Your Own Good. By Aidan Nathaniel Weik.

5.  “I Think We’re Gonna Just Stay In”:How To Consistently Ruin Walt’s Weekends. By Jamie Nivolo & Jay Marcoux.

6.  “Who Ate My Peanut Butter & Why Won’t The Cat Come Near Me”: The Ambien Diaries by Ashlie Dranginis.

7.  THE GRUSTAS FACTOR:  101 Reasons Why The NY YANKEES Haven’t won a World Series in Almost 10 Years. By Bob Costas.

8. BIOLOGICAL CLOCK: The Story Of My 10th Grade Crush. By WALT GOGOLYA. (forward by Rebecca)