Nothing to do with Donald Trump

As Cheech Marin once said, “Responsibility is a heavy responsibility, man.”

The Elgin Dead LogoAnd so it goes. I’ve been away. I’ve had a few big things going on in my life. The first was the short film I posted earlier this week called, The Elgin Dead. I am really proud of this. We filmed the whole thing in four days and it was edited in a week. We also spent two evenings doing ADR work. About a third of the film’s audio was re-recorded due to extremely high winds. Every person that helped with this production was fantastic.

And now I am going to mention Donald Trump. Not for any political reason but just to be topical.

Why do people pay so much for coffee these days? Trust me people, it isn’t worth the extra dollars. You only do it to be cool.

Werewolf In A Girl's DormitoryAnyway, now that I am done with my latest short, I am working on a new one. I am thinking a werewolf who meets zombies. Yes, it will be another comic/horror film. Donald Trump will not be in my film. The two main characters in the film will be Finley and Simone. Finley is the werewolf and Simone is the psychiatrist who tries to help him. It will be funny, I hope.

If you have not watched my film, please do so. I think you’ll laugh once or twice.

Dementia 13Right now I am watching Dementia 13, Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature film. Very low budget film he made for Roger Corman. Actually, I have read that he was helping Corman with another film and asked if he could use the cameras and sets on the weekend to make his own movie, and Corman said yes. It is being remade but these days, what isn’t being remade, or rebooted. Am I right folks? As far as I know, Donald Trump will not be in the new version of Dementia 13.

Well, thanks for coming by. I’ll be here next Friday.

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The Elgin Dead

Here is a short film I wrote, co-directed and edited. I was filmed in just two weekends and edited very quickly. I do this once a year to raise money for an Animal Shelter. I hope you enjoy it. It is sort of The Wizard of Oz meets the Walking Dead.

 

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What is Facebook? I mean, I know what is it, but what is it?

Facebook Thoughts

 

 

What is Facebook? I mean, I know what is it, but what is it?

Facebook Picture

My Current Facebook Image

I have some great friends and some great family, many of whom I keep in touch with through Facebook. That was why I first created an account all those years ago. That was the only reason I joined Facebook. I didn’t get onto Facebook to hear political or religious view. The thing is, I don’t think you should post things on Facebook that you wouldn’t say around a dinner table with your friends and family, and I know many of those that constantly post their one-sided views wouldn’t say those things if they were having a meal with those same people they are talking to on the internet. Hiding behind a keyboard that makes you feel safe, and that is not right.

Another group of people post their health problems. First of all, I am sorry to anyone who had serious health issues but, honestly, do I need to read about it? On the other hand, if it help them coup with what they are going through, than I say, keep posting. I will rarely reply. Maybe I’ll give you a crying emoticon, maybe I won’t. It doesn’t mean I don’t feel for you.

I don’t need to hear about what you are doing, or what you are eating, unless it is something special. Having breakfast at Dennys, wow, thanks for sharing… I’ll never say. Now, if you are at Gino’s East celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, I’m glad you shared.

Poker Talk

 

 

I have not been doing well at poker lately. I mean, the cards I have been being dealt are just awful. I think it three hours Tuesday night; I played three or four hands. I mean, it is Texas Hold’em, and every hand is like 9-2, or jack-3. SUCK! I think if it goes the same way this Tuesday, I’ll bluff a little. It is hard with our group, as we’ve got some very inexperienced players who don’t have enough sense to fold, you know.

pokerSo, after a whole night of folding, folding and more folding, I was down to under 100 chips with the blinds at 10-20. I was dealt a pair of nines with all the players before me folding and only two players after me, the small and big blind. I pushed it all in. I got called by king-six off-suit. See what I mean! But, surprisingly, my nines held up. Four of five hands later, I had ace-5 on the big blind. The table was five handed at the time. The flop was Jack-Queen-Ace with two clubs. Since no one raised pre-flop, I thought my ace might be good, and I needed another double up, so I went all in. I was hoping a straight draw would call, and miss. At this point, I was willing to take that risk. Everyone folded until the last guy (a good player) called. He had 10-king, so he flopped the straight. There were two clubs on the board and he didn’t have a club, and I did (my 5), and the turn was a club, so I had outs going to the river, but missed. Oh well, another night coming home with extra money.

What I am Watching

 

 

Been watching BoJack Horseman, from the beginning. All 4 seasons.

Crap Crap Crap

 

 

Art is everything and art is nothing. You are everything and you are nothing. It is all perspective. With the size of the know universe, billions of stars, billions of galaxies, statistically, you don’t exsist. To another speck of creation that to share life with, you are huge, you are everything, you are what make life worth living.

Once in a while I listen to the radio but not all that much. Why? Commercials. I hate radio commercials. They are all bad but the worse ones are those that attempt to be funny. They rarely are. If, be chance, they are a bit amusing, by they time you have heard it one hundred times, it is not so funny anymore. I have actually turned off the radio because of an advertisement that I can’t stand to hear.

When in the car, I still use an iPod. I got 40 years of my music collection of there along with some great podcasts and a few audio books.

Did you know that there in no Lost City of Atlantis? STOP LOOKING FOR IT! It has ever existed – NEVER! It was something Plato made up as part of a morality tale. Looking for Atlantis now is like people 200 years from now looking for the evil Death Star from Star Wars.

When Plato talked about Atlantis, he said he heard it, as child, from his Grandfather. Who heard of from Athenian statesman Solon, who lived 300 years before Plato? And he said he heard it from an Egyptian priest who said it happened 9,000 years before that. Most of what you hear about Atlantis comes from Edgar Cayce.

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I want to see the end

Why Pray

 

I was asked to pray for the people in the Houston area, for those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey’s assault. While my heart goes out to each and every person whose life was ripped apart, I don’t understand the need to pray.

GodFor the sake of argument, let’s say there is a God, an all seeing and knowing god. Is he (or she or it) not the one who created the storm? Couldn’t he have stopped it before it reached land? If that is not the case, how can praying help? It seems that if God can help, he never made the storm in the first place.

So tell me, if God is responsible for all, it would appear that this omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence and omnibenevolent thing wanted the hurricane to do what it did. How could it be otherwise?

By the way, I am hoping for my heart that the people in Florida will be safe this weekend.

Let me get off my soapbox.

Short Film

 

The Time MachineI had an idea for a short film. A man invents a time machine with a purpose. Is it to prevent John F. Kennedy from being assassinated? No. Is it to kill Hitler before as a baby! No. He wants to stop John Lennon from meet Yoko Ono. He succeeds and then when he returns to the present, the universe is destroyed. OK, it is a bit like the Star Trek episode with Joan Collins. The show is like 50 years old, so I think it will be ok. I’ll just say it is a homage.

What I am Watching

 

Hey, new episodes of BoJack Horseman! Going to watch them all this weekend. Love BoJack. “Back in the 90’s I was in a very famous TV show…” Netflix cuts out the song at the end. NOT COOL NETFLIX!

My wonderful wife also bought me Ash Vs. The Evil Dead season 2 on Blu-Ray! Oh yeah!

My Life

 

 

So, we had this tree cut down. Well, we didn’t have it cut down, the city did. You see, last winter the snow and ice got so heavy about a third of it broke of and fell to the ground. It was near the roadside, so I guess the city thought two-thirds of a tree didn’t look good. So they chopped it down. It was a beautiful flowering tree that the whole neighborhood loved. After it fell, or a third of it fell, they acted like a family member died. Why am I telling you this? Well, you see the tree is growing back! All around the stump area, little trees have been popping up. We are letting one grow. Cool, no.

Speaking of GOD, I was thinking about the afterlife. I don’t believe in an afterlife. Usually I’m ok with that but sometimes… I would really like to see how this how human race/Earth thing turns out. I want to see the end. To think about it, the end might have already started.

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Grow Old or Watch Everyone Die

The Walker and the Snake

 

 

A Lady and her snakeHe was as a man who had no right to call himself lonely. The sound of each footstep he took as he walked through the desert filled him with a peacefulness, like a form of mediation. The other sounds, like wolves and the wind, didn’t exist when he was on was of his morning treks.

The snake changed that. The kind of beast he saw was a type he didn’t know but he knew it was poisonous. Very Poisonous! Yet he wanted to touch it, to pet it, to make friends with it. That, of course, was not possible. “Why,” he mumbled to himself. He gazed at the creature. You survive by assuming I am your enemy. You bit first and never worry about who you bit. Nothing I say can change that.

The snake began to slide away. The old man just watched.

Winter is Coming

 

 

Winter_2Leafs in the yard, the first signs of the upcoming winter. I don’t mind the winter, the cold, the wind, the snow and all the rest, not so much. Others so. That is the part I hate about winter, the bitching about winter. I know people who spend so much of my time telling me how much they hate the winter. Why the fuck to you live in the Midwest if the yearly cold makes you cry like a selfish child he is forced to eat vegetables. Deal with the season like an adult or move south. An adult can chose have spinach or not.

The thing about winter, it makes the spring so much better. How can one really enjoy the warm breeze without making it way through January in Chicago.

And winter isn’t so bad, really. Not at all. No yard work in winter, just the occasional shoveling. And there is something wonderful about shoveling. Good exercise, yet, but more that that. The feeling of getting back inside the house, feeling the heat on your skin, slowly stripping off the cold, wet layers. Coffee never tasted so delicious as it does after shoveling on a cold day. And the pride in seeing you driveway totally clear!

2001: A Space Odyssey is a fantastic film. There, I’ve said it.

Rock and Roll Flashback

 

 

I am going to see to bands from my past tomorrow Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. I saw both of these bands back in the late 70s and earlier 80s. Both were headliners and sold out big halls. Now I see them both at a county fair for five dollars. Maybe I will post some picture next week.

Death

 

 

I came to a realization today. You have two choices in life, grow old, or watch those around you die. I think of my wife and me. In many ways, I would like to go first because I don’t know if I can handle her going before me. Yet, then I leave her all alone. Damn, that sucks. What about my brothers and sister. Do I have to deal with their death? Not if I go first. One of the five of use will have to deal with the death of the other four. Damn, that sucks.

Now you’ve got e depressed. Thanks! Bye!

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Time to Grow up World

How Old Are We

 

I was on Facebook the other day and I saw a post about something called CatCom. This event is something like Comic-Con but for cat lovers. I saw, on this Facebook page, many people dressed as cats. My first thought? “You are adults, right?”

I think that every time I see picture of Comic-Com I think the same thing. How old are we?

It all started with Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll is a very simplistic form of music. It’s music for children and for the first 10 or so years of Rock and Roll, it was for children, or teenagers. But then those teenagers turned into adults and they were totally unaware that the silly music they listened to and seeped into their brain and kept them in a state of arrested development. And it gets worse and worse, as each generation gets older. Now adults think it is OK to pay a LOT or money to walk around a large hall, dressed up in a Supermancostume of a superhero or comic book character, and pay even more money to get an autograph and a celebrity.

Someone wrote on Facebook, “You have to grow old but you don’t have to grow up.”
That is the problem!

When I think of Comic-Con, I think of Superman. When I think of Superman, I think of George Reeves. I wonder if he would have enjoyed Comic-Con!

the_solar_eclipse

 

 

the solar eclipseAnyway, I went to see the eclipse with my wife last weekend. Had a great time. We went to Columbia, Missouri. The great part was, we couldn’t find any viewing glasses but the area we found for viewing had them for $1 a pair. Totality was something that was overwhelming, seriously overwhelming. It was way to short.

The problem started once we left. We didn’t know if we should spend the night or drive home after it was over. We made the HUGE mistake with the choice of driving home. Traffic was awful. It took us 14 hours to make an 8-hour car ride. We got home a 4:40am. It sucked! Let me say that again, it sucked. But I would do it again and I will in seven years.

Crap Crap Crap

 

 

Got a nice letter from a listener of my podcast the other day. That is two shows in a row! Yes!

This has been a busy week, so I didn’t have Music Monday or any of the rest. They will be back next week. Work as been a pain in the butt. I didn’t even get a chance to work on a new song on guitar! I was hoping between this blog and my video stuff, I would be able to retire and do Internet stuff all day but it is looking like this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

So, I’ve got a pub crawl tomorrow, I’ll let you know about that next week. Actually it is called a Paw Crawl because it is to raise money for an animal shelter. Always doing my part, you know.

I watched the film Doctor Strange the other day. I must say I didn’t care for it all that much. Not only am I not a fan of these Superhero films, but even less a fan of the origin stories. Boring! I really believe they are popular because most adults are still children.

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My Podcast for your Listening Pleasure

Coffee with JeffHello there! My name is Jeff and I host a podcast called Coffee With Jeff. On this week’s episode, I walk about the legendary Soapy Smith, a cone man of the old west. It is only about one half of an hour long. If you could be so kind, why don’t you click on my face to the right and that will take you to it. I will be your friend for life!

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Sleep, why do you mess with me?

Crap Crap CrapLet me sleep!Sleep, why do you mess with me? Recently I have been sleeping very well. I go to bed at 9pm (not because I am old, I’ve always gone to bed a 9pm – But I am old) and wake up at 4:30 or 5am. Then, out of nowhere, I find myself being wide-awake and 1 am. WIDE AWAKE! No chance of falling back a sleep. This goes on for days, or weeks! If I am lucky I get 4 hours of sleep a night. It might go on for a week or two and I begin to walk around like a zombie, and then, as quickly as my sleep problems began, they go away. I just went through a phase such as this but the last few nights I slept pretty well. I am writing this at around 3:30am but that is ok.

Boy Can't Sleep

I feel myself being full of anger lately and I don’t know why. Thinking I might try meditation.

Dogs have got to find a better way to express themselves. This walking up to me while I am relaxing on the couch and just staring, it could be anything. “I want to be petted”, “a walk please”, “I need to go to the bathroom”. And like an idiot, I ask. “What do you need? Do you need to out outside? Are you hungry? What do you want?” and they don’t respond in any way. They just keep stupidly looking at me, unblinking, without expression and I am just forced to guess.

Speaking of dogs, whenever I see a man walking one of the little Shih Tzu, or similar little rat of a dog, I think to myself, there is a man who’s wife makes all the decisions. “Yes, dear! No dear!” I could be wrong!

Am I the only one who is worried about a major solar flare! Seriously, I don’t think the average person understands what something like this might do to our world. And it happens! There was one in 1859. If that happened today, all out satellites would be floating pieces of junk.

Need to proofread! Not once, not twice, but at least three times! I’ve gone over my last few blogs and crap! PROOFREAD you idiot!

So, the wife and I are traveling south Sunday night to check out the eclipse. If I get some good picture, I’ll post them. It better not be cloudy out!

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Short Film Wednesday – The Gunfighter

This is a brilliant short film, directed by Eric Kissack and written by Kevin Tenglin. It made me laugh. Of course it’s got over 3 million views on YouTube, so I guess I’m not the first one to notice, right? That narrator is Nick Offerman and it stars Scott Beehner, Shawn Parsons, Brace Harris, Eileen O’Connell, Jordan Black, Timothy Brennen, Travis Lincoln Cox, Schoen Hodges, Circus-Szalewski, Chet Nelson and Keith Biondi.

Know of a short film I should watch? Let me know at coffeewithjeff@gmail.com

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Guitar Tuesday – The Godfather Theme

So for this weeks song, I wanted to try something different, something that would use for picking than strumming, so I found this YouTube tutorial on playing The Godfather Theme, which, I hear is actually called Speak Softly Love. This is from TCDG Guitar Lessons!

If you’ve got a good idea for a tune Jeff should learn in his acoustic guitar, please let me know. Leave a comment below!

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