bethje and I went to Philadelphia last night to see John Hodgman, who for some reason was speaking at the Latvian Society. Nothing in the performance had anything to do with Latvia, though. The first presenters of the evening were Patrick Borelli and Douglas Gorenstein, the authors of the book Holy Headshot!, a collection of amusing headshots of amateur and wannabe actors. The authors (especially Borelli) provided entertaining commentary on some of the pictures from their book, giving advice like, "If you own your own weapons, you should definitely feature them in your headshot." After him came David Rees, author of the Get Your War On comic. He read several of his strips, including giving a seven-minute run-down of the War on Terror. In all honesty, he's not the greatest at reading aloud, but he and the comics themselves were still funny. Hodgman read from his new book More Information Than You Require, getting volunteers to help him out. The guy reading the questions about voting machines did a good job, but the guy asking about mole men was either drunk off his ass or really good at pretending to be. The whole thing ended with an auction, with items including autographed books and the chance to have a drink with Hodgman (bottle of bourbon included). Proceeds from the auction were donated to the presidential candidate of the audience's choice (and considering that the audience was largely comprised of Philadelphian hipsters, you can probably guess who that was). I really didn't expect the show to last so long, but I did enjoy it.
Here's the latest Friday Five (and yes, I know it's not Friday): When did you last... 1. scrounge for change (couch, ashtray, etc.) to make a purchase? I always try to find change in my cupholder when getting something at a drive-thru. I'm not sure whether or not that counts as scrounging. 2. visit a dentist? Back in April, I think. I need to make another appointment soon. 3. make a needed change to your life? Does getting married count? That would be 29 February of this year. 4. decide on a complete menu well in advance of the evening meal? It's been a long time since I've planned a meal, or at least one that didn't consist of take-out or frozen food. 5. spend part of the day (other than daily hygiene) totally/mostly naked? Well, sometimes when I'm using the computer late at night when nobody else is up, I'll just wear my underwear.
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