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Catch my stand-up act

"Every Friday, Comix presents a series of stellar after-work shows that give you more bang for your entertainment buck." NY Post, 11/21/07

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 3RD – 6PM:
Ashley Adler
Matt Rittberg
Bev Reese
Imrana Zaman
Seth Joseph
Sidney Gantt
Nkosi Brown
Jenny Rubin
Paul Case
Colin Kane
Kevin O'Connor - CBS' The Amazing Race, the Discovery Channel and the Tribeca Film Festival's Dirty Laundry

Comix
353 W 14th Street (near 9th Avenue)
Reservations recommended: 212-524-2500
Doors open at 530PM for 6PM show
$15 cover charge ($10 tickets available online at http://www.comixny.com/event.aspx?eid=481&sid=1521)
2 drink minimum - full food and bar menu available


Long time No Talk

Hi Friends,

This is Kelly from Race 7. I just wanted to say hello to all my racing friends out there.  So much has happened in my life since we last spoke.  Like... getting married, having a baby, moving to North Carolina.

 But I wanted to let you all know, that the best way to keep up with me is through my family blog- www.parkisonfamily.com

My husband says I should title the blog...The world revolves around Seth, because it is mostly about my son...but I slide some other things in there occasionally! 

I hope you all are doing great!

Blessings-

Kelly 


On The Road Again

Hey it's Andrew from Race 3 and I am super excited to tell everyone I have a new Travel Web Series opening this Spring! I was contacted, via MySpace actually, from a production company in Tampa, FL who is creating a new web based series for Gay Travelers. One of the crew heard me speak at Marshall University in WV and thus the contact was made. (It's totally all about who ya know, ya know?)
This site will contain footage of Gay and Gay Friendly spots around the U.S. and eventually international. Viewers will also be able to book their travel arrangements right through the site. The show is working in conjunction with Travelocity.com
While the show is geard toward the Gay Community it is certainly fun for anyone to watch. It's like Samantha Brown on The Travel Channel but a lot less family friendly. ;)
The web site is www.TakeOnFlorida.com which will be opening soon then once the show is international it will hop to www.TakeOnTravel.com
If anyone is interested here is a little sneak peak- Take On Travel
Or here- Take On Travel - Page 2 Design
I hope everyone is well and thanks for allowing me to share my excitement on here! And hello? When does TAR 13 start anyway?!


Lincoln Commercial

Sarah has filmed a commercial for Lincoln Motors. The spot titled “Runner” features Sarah, the first woman amputee to compete and conquer the Ford Ironman Kona, a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. The ad begins with Reinertsen driving through the streets of New York in a Lincoln MKZ reminiscing about her dreams. The ad concludes with Reinertsen stepping out of the vehicle, revealing her prosthetic leg to the viewer, and joining several other runners for a marathon through the city. The commercial ends with Sarah saying, “My dream is to do extraordinary things everyday.”

View the commercial


Triplet tornado touches down in New Jersey!

Alexis Elaine - 4 pounds, 3 ounces/17 inches
Brian Sean - 4 pounds, 6 ounces/18 inches (photo left)
Colin Francis - 4 pounds, 3 ounces/17.25 inches (photo right)

Mom and babies are all doing great.

Warm regards,
The O'Connor Family


I (Almost) Ran Iran

I (Almost) Ran Iran - an article by Tyler about his attempt to film a documentary about his run through Iran.


Around the World for Free
As most of you know I have been working day and night on launching the first online interactive reality series. We'll I wanted to give an update on the progress.

First, please go to the website and make sure you sign up.

A few highlights:
We are launching live from the CBS Early Show on September 18th and they will also be covering the journey on a regular basis. If you're around NYC during that time please come by the show and see me off.

We also just finalized a deal with Amp'd Mobile and will have our own channel on their phone.

Many more deals are currently in the works and with your help spreading the word this has the potential of being a real hit!

So now I need your help...PLEASE forward the website to ALL your friends and have them sign up!! Much appreciated...

Alex Boylan

Bottled Water vs. Filtered

This week's tip is to CHANGE FROM BUYING BOTTLED WATER TO BUYING A FILTER FOR YOUR TAP!!!
 
You can buy a Brita (www.brita.com) water filter for $19.99! Think about it. You'll not only HELP SAVE THE PLANET but you'll also SAVE MONEY! When compared to buying bottled water, its a purchase that will pay for itself in less than a month. Below is an article explaining why making this change is crucial for saving our planet!

Please take the time to read the article and learn. I did!
 
BOTTLED WATER:
Pouring Resources Down the Drain
Emily Arnold and Janet Larsen

The global consumption of bottled water reached 154 billion liters (41 billion gallons) in 2004, up 57 percent from the 98 billion liters consumed five years earlier. Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing  - producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vastt quantities of energy. Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more. At as much as $2.50 per liter ($10 per gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline.

The United States is the world's leading consumer of bottled water, with Americans drinking 26 billion liters in 2004, or approximately one 8-ounce glass per person every day. Mexico has the second highest consumption, at 18 billion liters. China and Brazil follow, at close to 12 billion liters each. Ranking fifth and sixth in consumption are Italy and Germany, using just over 10 billion liters of bottled water each.

In contrast to tap water, which is distributed through an energy-efficient infrastructure, transporting bottled water long distances involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels. Nearly a quarter of all bottled water crosses national borders to reach consumers, transported by boat, train, and truck. In 2004, for example, Nord Water of Finland bottled and shipped 1.4 million bottles of Finnish tap water 4,300 kilometers (2,700 miles) from its bottling plant in Helsinki to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia can afford to import the water it needs, but bottled water is not just sold to water-scarce countries. While some 94 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States is produced domestically, Americans also import water shipped some 9,000 kilometers from Fiji and other faraway places to satisfy the demand for chic and exotic bottled water.

Fossil fuels are also used in the packaging of water. The most commonly used plastic for making water bottles is polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is derived from crude oil. Making bottles to meet Americans' demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year. Worldwide, some 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year.

After the water has been consumed, the plastic bottle must be disposed of. According to the Container Recycling Institute, 86 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter. Incinerating used bottles produces toxic byproducts such as chlorine gas and ash containing heavy metals. Buried water bottles can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade. Almost 40 percent of the PET bottles that were deposited for recycling in the United States in 2004 were actually exported, sometimes to as far away as China - adding to the resources used by this product.

In addition to the strains bottled water puts on our ecosystem through its production and transport, the rapid growth in this industry means that water extraction is concentrated in communities where bottling plants are located. For example, water shortages near beverage bottling plants have been reported in Texas and in the Great Lakes region of North America. Farmers, fishers, and others who depend on water for their livelihoods suffer from the concentrated water extraction when water tables drop quickly.

Studies show that consumers associate bottled water with healthy living. But bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. In fact, roughly 40 percent of bottled water begins as tap water; often the only difference is added minerals that have no marked health benefit. The French Senate even advises people who drink bottled mineral water to change brands frequently because the added minerals are helpful in small amounts but may be dangerous in higher doses.

The French Senate also noted that small, localized problems with tap water can cause a widespread loss of confidence in municipal supplies. In fact, in a number of places, including Europe and the United States, there are more regulations governing the quality of tap water than bottled water. U.S. water quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency for tap water, for instance, are more stringent than the Food and Drug Administration's standards for bottled water.

There is no question that clean, affordable drinking water is essential to the health of our global community. But bottled water is not the answer in the developed world, nor does it solve problems for the 1.1 billion people who lack a secure water supply. Improving and expanding existing water treatment and sanitation systems is more likely to provide safe and sustainable sources of water over the long term. In villages, rainwater harvesting and digging new wells can create more affordable sources of water.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goal for environmental sustainability calls for halving the proportion of people lacking sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015. Meeting this goal would require doubling the $15 billion a year that the world currently spends on water supply and sanitation. While this amount may seem large, it pales in comparison to the estimated $100 billion spent each year on bottled water.

Copyright © 2006 Earth Policy Institute


Planet Earth
Hello Everyone!
Over the past month or so, I've developed a new passion for making a difference and helping to save our Planet Earth. I'm actually embarrassed to admit that it has taken this long. I've come to realize that if we don't do something now, our planet will never be what it was when we were growing up.
 
'Planet Earth' on The Discovery Channel made me fall in love with our planet all over again. As Oprah said "its the best show she has ever seen on TV!"  In celebration of Earth Day, several talk shows recently have aired special segments explaining different ways to save our planet. Also, I had some close family come to visit me a few weeks ago. They have made the effort to 'Go Green' in big ways and inspired me to make a change. I felt that I couldn't ignore the problem any longer.
 
So, I've decided to make a difference and I hope you will too! I've chosen to try my best in making simple changes...because that is what they are...SIMPLE!  Every day these simple changes will make a HUGE impact in our planet's recovery!
 
I've also decided that I can encourage others to do the same. Every week, I will provide a new "EARTH FRIENDLY FRIDAY" tip on how you can make a difference and save our planet.
 
I feel that the least I can do is not only make these changes myself but encourage others to do the same.
 
I hope I've inspired you!
Amber :)

How To Get On A Reality Show

People always ask Deana and I for pointers for getting on a reality show. They probably feel we did it so we must know the SECRET for doing so. Truth be told, we do know this elusive secret! We just can't promise it will get you that magic opportunity and the experiences and fifteen minutes of fame that goes with it. What it will do is make sure you are not eliminated from consideration. It gives you a fighting chance.

Ok so you ready? Here it is...... BE YOURSELF!

That's right, it's that simple. Remember, there may be thousands of people applying for the same show as you, so while you definitely have to stand out, you cannot do so by representing yourself to be someone other than who you really are. Make no mistake about it, the interview process is an intensive procedure and it is designed to bring out the real you. Casting professionals in reality TV are very experienced in seeing through any phony facade you may attempting to present. You're not going to fool them. The ironic thing is that you may end up misrepresenting yourself right out of an opportunity. They just may have been looking for someone just like "the real" you!

Some things in the reality show casting process are just going to be a fact. It's not just enough to aspire to be on one of these shows, quite frankly, they don't care about your desires. This is a business and they need a marketable product. If you want to be part of that product you have to possess castable qualities. Real ones, not just those made up. Face it, if you're shy, introverted and afraid to take risks you may be better off trying to get on Jeopardy or The Price Is Right Rather than Survivor or The Amazing Race. Save both yourself and the casting professionals some time and throw away that application! On the other hand, if you do have some of the qualities that might make you a good candidate, it is important to make sure you highlight and exhibit those throughout the process.

Your Tape

Just about every reality show will require you to submit a tape of yourself. This is maybe the most important part of the initial process as it puts a face and a personality to the application.

We took a look at some of the audition tapes from previous successful Survivor and Amazing Race applicants. I was interested to see what had worked for them. If you've visited RayHousteau.com, you'll see that I always try to learn from others who have achieved what I aspire to have. In my opinion, this is good advice in all aspects of life.

One thing stood out to us in scrutinizing these tapes. There was no common bond. They were vastly different from each other and ran the gamut from those that were well produced and almost professional to those that were simply a straightforward representation of whom they were, and what their dynamic was if they were a couple or a team. We surmised that the production values were not important. Computer dissolves and funny skits were not what they wanted. Maybe it made it more watchable, but they weren't casting for potential directors. What really mattered were the personalities of the hopefuls and their underlying story.

Deana and I took that to heart and filmed a simple interaction between ourselves in which we explained why we wanted to be on The Amazing Race. We didn't script it and we didn't even discuss what we would say. We simply sat on a couch with our camcorder on a tripod and just were "Ray & Deana." One take and out. This was us - take us or leave us.

Thankfully the tape opened the door and we held true to our own advice throughout the dozens of other interviews and tests that followed - we were ourselves!

Good Luck!