Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Pic(s) of the Week: Mustache Party!

There’s nothing more fun on a Friday night than an impromptu Mustache Party! Miss A chose “The Rogue” (upside down), “X” looked positively swarthy in “The Bandit” and “T” went all silent film with his pose in “The Charlie Chaplin.” In the group shot, I donned “The Scoundrel” while Miss A and Mr. X modeled “The Smarty” and “the Party Boy” respectively. We’re not exactly sure where Irene was during the madness but we probably would’ve made her sport a full Tony Stark goatee….





Stage Dad

Living in Los Angeles, you’re bound to have at least one brush with show biz, and it happened recently with Miss A and Mr. X.  It wasn’t the Disney Channel who came a knockin’ (though they could no doubt pull ratings with their own show, “Miss A & the X –Factor”) but a gig as extras in a children’s video called “Be Brave” by Brian the Brave.
Is it too late to ditch the journalism and become a stage dad so they can reap the benefits of the entertainment industry and help sow the necessary funds for their college educations – that is the question. Yep, sounds good on paper but baby steps I guess, so their intro into the biz will have to be an appearance in this Nick Jr.-esque music video.
The shoot took place in my neighbor Michael’s garage (it was his friend Brian Nelsen who was making the video for his alter-ego character’s web site) complete with green screen, cinematography and wardrobe. There was even an adjacent green room with kiddie craft service where the little extras were summoned from when it was time for their scene to be shot!
It was after the 46th loop of the “Be Brave” chorus when I had a flashback to the early ’90s when I first moved to L.A. and was part of a concert scene on a George Michael video shoot and heard the song “Freedom!” about 87 times. Snapping back to reality on the “Be Brave” set, A & X were clearly enjoying themselves, waving their hands in the air and being brave while my stage dad aspirations waned stage right.

"Be Brave" video - deleted scene

“Be Brave” video – deleted scene

After the shoot, a sweaty X lay pooped on the green screen floor. Could he even endure the rigors of a career as a Disney kid? I was exhausted just looking at him. Perhaps a Travel Channel show about the kiddies would suit everyone much better. “On the next Leisure Lippmans, Mr. X scopes out the 10 Best Beaches with Wifi so he can keep his Skylanders skills sharp while he’s on the go!”

Pic of the Week: Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothers Day breakfast_cafe gratitudeNothing says we appreciate mama more than a breakfast outing to her favorite vegan restaurant right down the street from our house for a little macrobiotic kale, sauteed seasonal vegetables & quinoa salad (I), a cold chia seed porridge with blueberries & maple syrup (Miss A), buckwheat pancakes (X), black bean & cheese quesadilla (T) and a dish that tried hard to simulate the awesomeness of a real onion bagel, lox, cream cheese, capers & red onion that’s made with seaweed and sprouts (me).