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The Blogelation and Kenny vs Spenny

Kenny, of Kenny vs Spenny, himself is visiting our fair city this very day to take on one of our local boys in an arm wrestling match, for no good reason other than that this sweet little 14-year-old kid shares the same name as Kenny’s best bud/arch enemy, Spencer Rice, AKA “Spenny”.

Soo Spenny is a Fan! Well, he is now.

I headed on down to the Pavilion and see if I couldn’t get myself into some trouble.


Or maybe on TV…
Can I be your Roadie, Guys?

Media Alert!

I thought I’d let Dave Helwig at Sootoday know that Tyler Simpson was most definitely on the job today. I swear that guy has cloned himself. He is everywhere!

Our Mayor John
, felt that Kenny would bolt as soon as he saw Soo Spenny, so he wisely brought along Constable Brown and asked him to “keep an eye” on the fellow. Constable Brown did his job well. Kenny was near tears.

Kenny Gets Cuffed

That task accomplished, Mayor John, got on to more important matters.

The Honourable John Roswell

Things began to get a little uncomfortable, as it seemed for a while, that Soo Spenny was gonna be a no-show. Kenny got a little cocky and offered to arm-wrestle this tough customer in Spenny’s place.

She seemed up for it, too…

But, Mayor John put his foot down, as he didn’t want Kenny to sue the city over his injuries later.

Soo Spenny turned out just to be fashionably late, and when he arrived in his white stretch limo, the crowd absolutely mobbed him, they were so excited.

And the crowd goes wild…

Luckily, Mayor John was able to calm the wild folk down, as, by this point, Constable Brown became a little star struck…

The Sault’s Finest is in Our Back Pockets, Blogelators!

Kenny was looking more scared by the minute, but Our Soo Spenny was cool as… well, he was just cool.

No Fear Here

The Stare Don’t Scare Spenny, Kenny

Spenny beat Kenny so easily in the first match, that Kenny whined and cried until Mayor John relented, and ordered the baby to be unshackled. Spenny said, “S’cool…”


The Final Face-Off

I won’t go into all the gross things the little cheater did to try and win – I’ll leave that for when the show airs on October 16th. Don’t miss it – I’m sure you’ll be able to hear me calling Kenny all kinds of nasty names at the top of my lungs.

Okay. I forgive you.


FULL EPISODE (with ALL the cheating…)

CANADA Rotaryfest 2006 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario The Blogelation - 2006 Vicarious Tourism

Let the Blogelation Begin!


The Blogelation!!

T-minus 8 hours or some such, folks! I’m getting very excited. There’s going to be some really good music at RotaryFest tonight. As an “Official Guerilla Journalist”, I’ll be covering Second Stage between 5 and 11. I have not yet had the chance to hear any of these bands so far, and being a local Saultite, that’s really pathetic.

But that can only mean that I’ll have an unbiased opinion, right? Right.

I’m hoping to run into the other eight “Guerillas” tonight, too. Most of them I’ve never met. Those that I have met; well, I’ll try not to throw my drink at you tonight. What a bizarre uncontrollable reaction to meeting new people! “Hi, I’m Les Becker – Ya wanna wear the beer or is the bottled water, okay?”

Actually, I’m afraid I wouldn’t recognize most of the Guerillas unless they were lined up in front of me with a spotlight on them. I’d have a better chance, though, so if the Blogelation Producers could arrange that for me, I’d be most grateful. If that doesn’t happen, I’m hoping the Guerillas will find me.

I’ll be the one with the hat.
And the flailing water bottle.

CANADA Rotaryfest 2006 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario The Blogelation - 2006 Vicarious Tourism

Blogelation – Guerilla News in Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada

Blogelation!! Guerilla News!!

I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be a part of this! This is so exactly what I’ve been trying to do for the last 2 years: “Relationship Marketing”. Now, I guess we can amend that to “Relationship Marketing through Guerilla Journalism” for the Blogelation.

When I was invited to come on board with this thing, I was, at first, a little too starstruck to see the enormity of the idea. I mean, holy ol’ shit, this is Craig West and Curt O’Neil!!

For all you non-Saultites, Craig West is a local celebrity musician, the founder of Startlefish, and also plays with the Chris Belsito Band.

To be working on a project like this with these guys (not to mention, really cool people that I know and respect making up part of the current line-up of guerilla bloggers) in such a News-Fly kind of way is both startling and tremendously exciting. And to top it all off…

I’m scared shitless. It came with a Ka-boom!

But, oh man, are we gonna have fun! I like to think of us all as the Un-Official Sault Ste. Marie Glee Club.

Please go check out the Blogelation site and see what it’s all about. Then go visit the current guerillas’ blogs. This is BIG news for Sault Ste. Marie, and I can only imagine the things that will come alive here in the next 1-5 years or so…

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Crystal Falls, Hiawatha, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Crystal Falls, Hiawatha
Crystal Falls, Hiawatha
Taken June 11, 2006 with HP PhotoSmart R607

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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“Millenium Fountain” at Night, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

"Millenium Fountain" at Night,
“Millenium Fountain” at Night,
Clergue Park, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario”
© Les Becker, 2006
Taken June 6, 2006, with HP PhotoSmart R607

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Sheep Go to Heaven” – Cake

Blog-Family Little Bits of Stupid Movie Mentions Wasted Time...

Thanks, Bastard Who Sent Me This Meme. Thanks A LOT.

Here we go folks… sigh…*

‘Tis the Season to be Meme-ing…

5 things in my fridge.

1. An odd smell…
2. Cheese.
3. Three containers of mostly full margarine.
4. “A macaroni & cheese casserole that turned into a science experiment several weeks ago.”
Is that what that was…? I feel sick…
5. Lightbulb. (aside from the burnt out one that I can’t get unscrewed, that is.) It’s the replacement, left there in disgust when the old one wouldn’t come out. And because we all know that light bulbs stored in the fridge last longer. Or is that pantyhose…?

5 Items in my closet

1. I.
2. Don’t.
3. Have.
4. A.
5. Closet.

How much does that suck?!

5 items in my car (If I had a car to put five items in… bearing in mind that if I ever have a car, it will have to be big enough for a minibar…)

1. Built-in computer networked to my building with state-of-the-art ultraspeed satellite internet. (Duh.)
2. My chauffeur. Somebody’s gotta drive.
3. My bartender. Somebody’s gotta mix the drinks.
4. My kid. Because she’s cool and I like hangin’ out with her.
5. Either Ellen DeGeneres (who would be telling me how glad she was she gave me that camera after all), or Val Kilmer (who would be signing my contract – Come on, Val… you know you want to…). Screw it, it’s my car; they can both come as long as they don’t bicker.

5 items in my purse (I don’t carry a purse – so I’ll use the pockets of my cargoes)
1. Keys. In case they lock me out.
2. My hanky.
3. My cigarettes. I’m sorry, okay?
4. My digital camera.
5. My cell phone. ‘Cause we all know I’m gonna get lost.

And as amended: (or perhaps, more justifiably, in retribution:)

5 ways to leave your lover
1. In court.
2. In tears.
3. In pain.
4. In jail.
5. In traction.

I’m tagging these favourites (apologies all around):

1. Suzi, of I’ll Tell You What It Shwaz, which sucks for her because she’s right in the middle of a big pile of “busy” right now… Sorry, Suzi. Well, sort of sorry…
2. Bonanza Jellybean, back “fresh” from the horse show.
3. Deni, The Last Girl on Earth, just ‘cuz I’m dying to know what a professional musician from New York City has in her fridge…
4. Julie, of Julie Goes to Hollywood fame, just ‘cuz I’m dying to know what a professional screenwriter in Hollywood has in her fridge… Does she have a fridge, and does she even need one, she of the Hollywood Power Lunch/Dinner/Drinks Meeting? (Damn, but I’m jealous…)
5. Val Kilmer, of The Salton Sea, because if he’s gonna ride in my car, dammit, he’s darn well gonna pay for it somehow!

Little Bits of Stupid Real Life Writing

Dancer Brand Manhole-Covers

Now, how’s that for a catchy title?
Now, how’s that for a catchy title?

This is the story I dream of telling as my “A Funny Thing Happened While I Was Writing the Screenplay” story on Leno someday… (or Letterman, or Ellen, or…)

Little Bits of Stupid Wasted Time...

The “Les Wants” Google Search


Here we go again… Remember the “Les Needs” Google Search? Well, someone found my blog by searching for that phrase again, and I decided to find out what I want, this time. Here are the top 25 search results that could be chopped and still make sense… well, nonsense. Whatever.

This is what I want:

1. Les wants more
2. Les wants a pig as a pet
3. LES wants the NRC to rule on
4. LES wants to help you save even more
5. Les wants to go to Houston to be a sports announcer
6. Les wants you to marry h(er)
7. LES wants to build a uranium enrichment plant along the New Mexico-Texas border
8. LES wants to clearly understand your background and work history
9. LES wants to permanently close the only road
10. LES wants a short and predictable licensing process
11. Les wants to do more
12. LES wants DoE to accept tails
13. Les wants to play games with you
14. Les wants to be more
15. Les wants to be a mentor
16. Les wants to make a salad
17. les wants it
18. Les wants to stop living the life (of) a lonely widower
19. LES wants to produce nuclear fuel
20. LES wants to build a $1.2 billion factory
21. Les wants to protect the Feudal lords
22. Les wants a cut of h(er) family wealth
23. Les wants to test the effects of excess carbon dioxide
24. Les wants a voucher
25. Les wants to swap h(er) cheesy image

Like I don’t have enough to do, already!