How To Avoid Getting Proofed

If you are under 21, how do you go to a place and order a beer without getting proofed? This was something I figured out a long time ago. A facebook post from A.B. Dada reminded me of this story.

I have no idea why a google search for “how to avoid getting proofed” doesn’t provide any useful suggestions.

I would have thought there would be entire forums dedicated to this topic.

If this story helps you out in any way, please consider making a small contribution to my well-being so that I may continue to think up loopholes like this.

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Improv Show November 22, 2014

I have an improv show on November Saturday 22 and you are all invited to attend.

You can find the event on facebook and apparently on those iPhone thingamajigs if you sign up on facebook it will automatically put it on your calendar and do all other sorts of magic. So go to facebook and let me know you’re going.

Can’t afford to have a barrel of monkeys around? No problem! This show is more fun anyway!

Show up at 7:30pm for some yummy snacks and refreshments. That means:
Eric (me) will be making cheesecake & cookies to bribe you to laugh, while others who are more direct will be bringing various forms of alcohol to help make you more likely to laugh.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation to the church.
With determination, you can easily make that back in alcohol and cheesecake and not even worry about the show. The show starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm for the alcohol & cheesecake fun.

The show is held at the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The building is on the West side of South Ocean Ave and has been described as “looks more like a car wash than a church”. Have no fear though, the improv will be plenty irreverent. The building has many things, but plentiful parking is not one of them — however you can park anywhere on the street. (516) 623-1204
South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation
228 South Ocean Avenue
Freeport NY 11520

Performers include:
Eric Shefferman

Anne Olsen

Charles Weigell

Laura Jean

Patrick Moylan

Frank Dolan

Michael Layer

Fran Lieber Mendelowitz

Jessica Goldfisher

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Rock
The performers are all students of Long Island Improv
Check it out for new sessions starting in January 2015!

Handout flyers for the show (these print out 3-up to hand out to people)

6-up Handout flyers for the show (these print out 6-up to hand out to people)

Thank you to Anne Olsen for this flyer that can be hung in public places (supermarkets, libraries, anywhere…)

This being an improv performance, some of the material might not be appropriate for small children. Won’t know until it happens, because it’s all improvised!



FREE Website Uptime Monitoring

There is a LOT that can be done with free online services — sometimes things that probably go way beyond what the service creators envisioned.

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The Best Christmas Movie

… for adults.

I can’t say exactly how I stumbled upon Vendetta. I think I was looking at stuff about stop-motion animation and came across Powell’s site which had a mention of the movie. I watched. I was hooked. There’s so much about this movie that is just RIGHT.

Machine guns, blood, guts, two tough cops, and Santa Claus.

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Choose Your Fucking Words Carefully

NOTE: This isn’t about choosing one political side or the other. Any idiot could have said the following quote. Apparently some idiot did.

Mitt Romney ‘Shellshocked’ After Lost Election, Adviser Says


OK — so let me get this straight. This dude thought he was capable of being THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and yet losing an election leaves him “Shellshocked” ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

I don’t even know how many “?!” that actually requires at the end of the sentence. It might need more.

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Best Headline: What Your Breasts Need Most At Night

A good headline should step into your prospects head and be part of the conversation — either by continuing a pre-existing thought or by creating curiousity about something new.

Although this wasn’t the main headline on the magazine cover, it was immediately attention-grabbing.

From the October 2012 Cosmopolitan magazine with Zooey Deschanel on the cover:

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Pre-Internet: How Did People Make Nasty Comments?

It used to take some genuine effort to say nasty stuff to someone.

If they pissed you off, you had to contemplate it, get a pen and paper, write out your thoughts, fold it up, put it in an envelope, bring it to the Post Office, wait on a line to mail it, and then wait the 3 to 10 days for the Post Office to deliver it to the recipient.

Of course, this type of long drawn-out process also led to a lot of rubbing hands together and cackling with maniacal laughter.

Now it’s trivial to just leave a comment on their blog or on their facebook wall. That’s progress!
Just wanted you to know, me and my friends with nearly the whole school, HATE you.

Letter to the Rolling Stones in 1966 via:


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