On The Road With Dave

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Now Appearing in an Extended Engagement! Join Dave Robison as he takes you into his world and his daily life of reviving a stand-up comedy career. Prepare for side trips exploring Public Relations, marketing and business ethics. Enjoy some frequent detours describing his observations on life. Read the exploits of this self-proclaimed Renaissance-man and blooming blogger as you go On The Road With Dave.

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Name: Dave Robison
Location: Mobile, Alabama, United States

From Mobile, Alabama comes Dave Robison, a confessed Internet-aholic, middle-aged-married-man, who's generally a nice guy--he just has one or two issues. Stand-Up Comedy by Dave Robison is available for corporate events, college campuses, and nightclubs.

 

 

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Saints Are Coming

The Gulf Coast shouts in glorified unison, "WHO DAT!"

The New Orleans Saints finally go to the Super Bowl!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEAM. YOU MADE US PROUD.






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Monday, January 18, 2010

The Return Of The King--Martin Luther King



Click Here to View "Boondock's The Return Of The King" Adult Language and Racial Slurs Abound

Back in 2006, on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 77th birthday; Cartoon Network aired an episode of their acclaimed animated series, The Boondocks of the comic strip of the same name. In the episode, an alternative history is told of the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr. The episode's name was taken from the The Lord of the Rings volume The Return of the King. It won a Peabody Award.

The episode was controversial and funny and told the story of MLK alive in the 21st Century shortly after the 9/11 tragedy. Series creator, Aaron McGruder displays his comic genius and never-ending talent for commenting on popular culture and our sensitivities to race relations and politics in the classic episode.


As a long-time viewer of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, I consider this one of the best episodes of the series(and there are many favorites of mine) and thought it both appropriate and down-right funny to reference today on Martin Luther King Day.

Take 20 minutes and watch it, laugh and think.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Hang Up And Have A Nice Day

If this isn't real, then it should have been. I would have voted for it to be added to any school answering machine.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

That Dancing Baby Cory

If you haven't seen New Zealand's Cory The Dancing Baby doing his signature move, "the stanky leg" to Beyonce's, "Single Ladies"; then you just haven't had a good laugh in a while. It's a good video diversion to the day.



Cory has his own website at SingleBabies.

Lately, I have watched this video several times a week, just for quick pick-me-up.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

How Much Beer Will Kill You?

HERE'S A FRIDAY DIVERSION FOR YOU.

I like beer. I like tequila.

How much beer or tequila would it take to kill me in a 3 hour period?

The folks at Barstools.net provide a handy Booze Death calculator.

Here are my results.

It would take 24 shots of Tequila to kill me

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It would take 28 bottles of Budweiser (U.S) to kill me

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It bears repeating the website's disclaimer:

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. This quiz is intended for entertainment purposes only. In no way do we suggest that anyone actually attempt to test the quiz results. By using this calculator, I indicate that I fully understand that the results of this quiz are comedic, non-factual estimates and that Barstools.net does not guarantee the accuracy of the estimates whatsoever. Furthermore, I agree to hold harmless Barstools.net and any of its affiliations for any actions I might take that may in any way be attributable to my receiving the results of this calculator. I also agree not to, in any way, shape, or form, test the results of this calculator.


Stop by the site and take the test. Feel free to come by and tell me your results. And remember, if you are drinking alcohol this weekend--Be safe.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!


UPDATE: JANUARY 2, 2010---BarStools.net now directs to a website about actual barstools for sale. Too Bad.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Busting Mythbusters

This post could have easily been entitled, "The Exploding Lighter Myth Confirmed"

I'm a big fan of Discovery's Mythbusters show. In case you don't watch; its a show that tackles common myths, urban legends and movie stunts to prove or disprove their plausibility.

Recently, I saw the episode that supposedly "busted" the myth that a cigarette lighter left in your car could heat up and explode. The Mythbusters crew did several trials to see if they could get the desired results. Their conclusion was that not enough heat could be generated to cause a "hot car-lighter explosion" Eventually they did explode a lighter in a toaster oven at a temperature of over 500 degrees.

Well, I know it gets hot down here in Mobile, Alabama but I don't think it gets 500 degrees even in July. But nevertheless, I had my cigarette lighter explode.

Last weekend, on a boating trip, I had placed my lighter, cigarettes, boating licence and some snack crackers in a clear plastic Glad® bag to keep everything nice and dry.

The boat experienced engine trouble and for about an hour, we sat on the shore awaiting repairs. I was sitting in the boat relaxing and daydreaming as I surveyed the scenery.

All of sudden, I'm startled by what appeared to be gun fire.

POW!

The sound echoed in the trees and across the water. Was someone shooting at something down river? Maybe someone was target shooting in a backyard along the river. I listened to hear a second shot, but none came.

Well, this bit of excitement made me want a cigarette; so I got up to grab the bag off the driver's seat of the boat.


The bag had an enormous hole in it and inside was what was left of my lighter. No fire burns, but little pieces of cigarette lighter shrapnel. No wonder the noise had sounded so loud and nearby...it happened just 6 feet from me.

The Discovery Channel also has a forum that tackles the issue of other people having similar experiences with lighters exploding that would seem to bust the Mythbuster crew's conclusion.

In my opinion, their "Busted" conclusion is completely BUSTED along with one cheap .99-cent cigarette lighter.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cool Jazz On The Coast



It was cool jazz all weekend in Mobile, Alabama and what was cooler was my wife and I attended the event Saturday night. Read Renee's full review at See Mobile Alabama.

(I had to go back and post this with a Saturday date, just because I really "dig" the poster and wanted people to see it and read Renee's review)

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Friday, February 20, 2009

SHUT UP! You Gotta Watch It!

I'm spending a little time each day at Twitter following some interesting people and having them follow me. I really enjoy the micro-blogging, the news tips, and the article ideas.

I follow @sheckymagazine(that's how you identify and reply to a Twitter ID)and they led me to an awesome video by Comedian/Singer/Songwriter, J. Chris Newberg. Chris also writes the blog, Some Other Sucker's Parade.

The video features the song stylings of Chris, along with hundreds of comedians you may or may not recognize(Okay, not hundreds, but you'll need to take your socks off to count them all)and all of them are saying what we all want to say to some people on a daily basis when the "someone" just won't stop talking about stuff they talk about every single, bloody, day.

I think the video deserves lots more views than it has received so far at YouTube.

Watch it.

Then show it to that "someone" you've been wanting to tell, SHUT UP!!!!



Thanks again, Shecky Magazine, an official "Links I Like"

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

25 Things About Dave

One of the current trends, buzz, or viral happenings lately at all the social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook is the "25 Things About Me" tag.

Your friends write 25 things about themselves and "tag" you to do the same. Normally, I don't join a lot of the "apps" and tags at these sites, but I found this one interesting because I could talk about myself AND I learned some things about my friends.

Here's my version of the "tag" as it was reproduced at "My Face."

I was tagged by Saul Colt and Mark Largent to share 25 random things about me. Normally, I don't do this stuff or take the silly surveys on MySpace, but maybe this'll be interesting to someboby

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

25 THINGS ABOUT DAVE

1. When I was 4, I had imaginary parents that lived in the garage. When my real dad wanted to meet them; "Bring'em over for supper". I said they couldn't come because they had no legs.

2. When I was 10, I was Governor of Mississippi for a day, and had lunch with the real Governor and presided over the House of Representatives.

3. I don't agree with Rush Limbaugh, but I listen to the second hour of his show every day.

4. My first ventriloquist puppet was a fox houseshoe(slipper) folded in half to form a
working mouth.

5. My favorite childhood toys were Major Matt Mason and Big Jim, but I could make an action figure using a wooden clothespin and a popsicle stick.

6. I love the way coffee smells brewing, but I hate the taste.

7. I didn't get my driver's liscence until I was 17.

8. I once had a job as a dog catcher.

9. I've always wanted to visit Australia.

10. I was published at age 16.

11. I never went to a concert until I was in my late twenties.

12. I smoked my first "joint" when I was 36.

13. I experience "cognizant dreaming" and control dream outcomes.

14. I also have "flying dreams".

15. I believe in astral projection, but can't do it.

16. I only got to play one play in peewee football and it was not a "Rudy" moment.

17. I want to retire in Key West.

18. I'm afraid of heights and bridges.

19. After 6 years, I'm still mourning the death of my parents.

20. My wife has given me 2 free "passes": Marylin Chambers, Rosie Perez--Although I still try to talk her into one or two more.

21. I hate cell phones, would never own one, the only reason I have one is my job provides one.

22. I've never played golf.

23. I don't like mushrooms.

24. When I get off from work, I have to run all my errands first, because once I get home I put on a pair of gym shorts and a t-shirt and I don't leave the house.

25. I once asked a guy to punch me in the nose to see if I could take a punch--I couldn't.


Now readers of "On The Road With Dave" can feel like they, too, have been tagged. Leave your "25 Things" in the Comments section.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

"Silence I Kill You" Night


If you watch Comedy Central, are interested in ventriloquism, or you are one of the 50 million people who have viewed "Achmed The Dead Terrorist" on YouTube; then you know who Ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham is.

Dunham and his cast of characters appears tomorrow night, November 16th, 2008 on ComedyCentral with his "Very Special Christmas Special".

The show airs at 9PM Eastern/8PM Central

For a great interview with Jeff; Country Weekly magazine just did a feature on Jeff entitled A Comedian's Crossroads.

Until tomorrow night, view some of Jeff's video at Comedy Central or on YouTube or stay right here at "On The Road With Dave" and watch this video of Jeff on "Live At Gotham." Consider this your Saturday Diversion.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bowing Down To Wil

All hail Wil Wheaton for providing today's trip down memory lane.

For Wil, it was seeing the old CBS Special Presentation logo that signaled to all kids that maybe, a prime time cartoon was coming on the air. (Think, "A Charlie Brown Christmas)

But, after watching Wil's provided video; I stumbled upon my own "chill bumps" TV station logo identification.



When I was a teenager, I lived in a town that for a long time had no cable TV. Imagine that? No Cable; only Broadcast channels. And...AND..only 3, count them, THREE of those stations; CBS, NBC and PBS. Sometimes, on a clear day or a freaky cloudy day, our ChannelMaster Antennae would pick up a fuzzy ABC channel.

So, whenever we went to my brother's house in Columbus, MS--I was in heaven, because I could watch WTBS Superstation(It used to only show old movies and sports), WGN Chicago, and one great station that showed Hollywood movies on TV before anyone else, great music videos, and little short films. They called it Home Box Office(HBO).

How cool was that?

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Death To The Republik

Chip Martin is no dummy when it comes to advertising. That's why I read his blog on a regular basis. So when he wrote about an advertising company out of Durham, North Carolina called The Republik; I had to go take a look.

"Dave, why did you not link The Republik website?"

Well, as Chip points out; the only way to get there is to destroy Republik's old site.

Have you ever seen a website that makes you wanna just pick up a gun and shoot your monitor? Well, now you have the choice of .44 Magnum, Sniper rifle, or shotgun. The Republik invites you to blast holes in their old site, reload, and blast again, before taking you to their new whiz-bang website, The Republik.

These guys look pretty good. Their website sells their service, or as they would call it; "pulls" their clients in. It's tongue-in-cheek, serious, informative and there are a few surprises to keep you on the site.

And what website these days would be worth it's salt without a blog? I can't think of one and The Republik agrees with me. After blowing their old website to smithereens and then perusing their portfolio, you can keep up with their ideas on advertising by reading their blog, Change Or Die.

So, pick up your weapon of choice and destroy The Republik...consider it your Saturday Diversion.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wordle, Wordle

Wordle is not the sound some strange animal might make, but it is a cool little tool you can use to make "word clouds" from a blog entry or website. Thanks to Kathleen at "Things I've Seen" I made a "wordle" of my recent blog entry, "Shameless Promotion"








Pretty Cool, huh?

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Make That Change

Oddly enough, tonight's blog entry has nothing to do with a politician talking about changes on a stage.

This video first came out over 20 years ago and the lyrics to the song were about changes we needed to make in our lives so that we could change the lives of people around us. The imagery displayed in the video was of problems, strife, and accomplishments that we had made over the previous 4 decades leading up to the end of the 1980s.

Funny thing is, is that the imagery conjured up by the accompanying lyrics today haven't changed much and no amount of rhetoric spoken from a stage can make any changes...it's still up to us.


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Thursday, August 21, 2008

I'm Not A Doctor; But...

I'm not a doctor; but I sort of work for them. It's not as good as playing one on TV, but with this economy, you take what you can get.

As some of my readers know, I work for a home medical equipment company and pharmacy as my "daytime gig". Yes, even aspiring comedians have to pay bills and eat on a regular basis and a full-time job is a necessity at this time.

Ordinarily, there's not a lot of excitement at work worth blogging about, except that time I wrote about work and voting. But, we have something new at work that's pretty exciting...a website.



MEDI-STATRX.COM was unveiled August 15th, 2008 and is set up to serve patients and physicians on a national basis.

We, at work, are pretty proud of it and I asked one of my bosses if he'd mind if I blogged about it. Since, he was the chief designer and put in some countless hours and a few sleepless nights, he was pretty jazzed about the idea. I even managed to add a little "copy" to the new site, so I'm pretty jazzed, too.

Medi-Stat Rx was founded with the goal to provide health professionals and clients with specific medications through innovative professional compounding services. Medi-Stat Rx prides itself in high quality customer service one customer at a time.

To put it simply, compounding is the process of mixing medications by a pharmacist or physician to meet the unique needs of an individual. The ability to compound medications gives the patient a much wider scope of prescription medication strengths and forms.

Throughout history, there has always been a need for pharmacists to compound drugs in individualized dosages. Mass produced products contain standard drug strengths that may help one patient, but can be adverse to another. A compounding pharmacy solves this problem by using a pharmacist to tailor mix drugs to fit the uniqueness of the patient according to a doctor’s prescription. Medi-Stat Rx prides itself on its service and experience in providing prescription compounding and nutritional supplements for the individual.

Originally founded in 1996 under the name Newman Pharmacy, Medi-Stat Rx has grown from a small neighborhood pharmacy and durable medical equipment company in Mobile, Alabama to a nationwide presence in the compounding community. In the beginning Medi-Stat Rx’s primary focus was on respiratory medications and equipment. Through the evolution of pressures of an ever-changing medical industry we moved our interests into the newly revitalized compounding industry. Medi-Stat Rx has expanded its product lines to include Sterile Injectables, Hormone Replace Therapies, Topical Pain Creams, Skin Care Products and other highly specialized medications to meet individual needs of each and every patient. Medi-Stat Rx adheres to the strict guidelines set forth by United States Pharmacopeia to ensure the highest quality medications are available to our patients.

So, if you've got the time, if you think you might need our services, or you just want to keep me gainfully employed; check out Medi-Stat Rx-- there's even a photo of me on the site, but you'll have to squint.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Dave For President?



CHANNEL 3 NEWS

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Place For Dummies

From the Louisville Kentucky Courier Journal






Vent Haven


Vent Haven Convention

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Final Destination 4: My Son Will Be A Movie Star...Sorta


It seems that Hollywood decided that Mobile, Alabama might make a good place for a movie and decided to have a casting call for movie extras for the upcoming Final Destination 4 movie. My wife and oldest son decided that they'd like to get up at 5AM last Saturday morning and head down to the Mobile Civic Center to stand on line for a chance at being a face in the crowd.

I'm happy to report that today, my oldest son, Aaron, was "called back" and will be an extra portraying a photographer(among other "photographers") in the opening sequence of the movie to be released in 2009.

Filming starts Tuesday.

(By The Way, the "casting call" link is a news story from Mobile's FOX10 news and at the video link of the story; watch carefully the first 4 seconds and you'll get a glimpse of my wife and son. My wife is in what appears to be a white shirt on the video and sunglasses.)

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Some Day

It's Fake, But Hey It Could Happen Some Day


Create Fake Magazine Covers with your own picture at MagMyPic.com

Get MySpace Fame and see how famous you are!



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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Historic Photos Of Mobile: A Review



I was born and reared in Mississippi; but for the last 6 years I have called Mobile, Alabama, home. Actually, I think of Mobile as "Home"; more so than where I grew up. I'm comfortable here, I belong here.

And I still have a fascination with the city...kinda like a tourist. I've talked to life-long natives of Mobile who have lost that sense of wonder at the historical sites of interest in the city, the events, the history that makes up Mobile. Luckily, I haven't reached that cynicism that comes with living somewhere for so long that you stop noticing the things in your city.

So, I was thrilled when I was contacted by Turner Publishing from Nashville asking me to review a book about my city, Mobile, Alabama. Turner publishes a series of books focusing on historical photos of different cities across the USA. These books are suitable for coffee tables, local business office waiting rooms, and for those houses where books are strategically placed for interior design purposes.

BUT... "Historic Photos Of Mobile" is worth picking up and reading. Residents of the Gulf Coast can look into their past and experience some rich history through the photographs and commentary inside the book. And you don't have to reside on the Gulf Coast to enjoy the photographs; the book arouses your curiosity about the city of history and makes you want to explore the city of today.




The book's content begins in 1870 and carries the reader or researcher through to 1979. One critique of the book is that it ends too soon and abruptly with 1979, with no explanation as to why. However, the book shines with its small stories tucked away in the captions of the photos. I learned of John Fowler, an inventor at the turn of the 20th century who built his own airplanes in Mobile, and may have superseded the Wright Brothers in flight. I saw what may be my boss's father on a Mardi Gras float in 1949, and I read about how a tunnel I travel through everyday was built.

"Historic Photos Of Mobile" was written and compiled by Carol Ellis and Scotty E. Kirkland, both Archivists at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. I had the chance to meet the authors at Bienville Books in Mobile last Friday for their book signing.



Many purchasers of the book, including myself, had a story to relate to the authors about a particular photograph in the book and the authors spoke at length asking as many questions as answering.



I did ask the authors about the ending of the book and was informed that the publishers stick to a particular style in the series and most of the books end similarly. I suppose as a city enters the 70s, it's considered less and less historically significant. I guess those modern photos will be significant in another 50 years or so.



If you are a history buff, a resident of the Gulf Coast, or someone that enjoys those bygone days of yesteryear; take a visit back in time with "Historic Photos Of Mobile"

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Monday, May 12, 2008

A Day At The "Hank"

It's Summer(almost) and for some that means baseball, hotdogs, and time with family.


I've lived in Mobile, Alabama for about 6 years now and almost every day I pass by Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile Bay Bears minor league baseball team. I often wondered what going to a game would be like; but I'm not a huge baseball fan, so other things to do always came up.

A few weeks ago, thanks to Harbor Communications, my wife received some complimentary tickets to a Bay Bears game and we decided to go catch a game.

The Bears used to be affiliated with the San Diego Padres; but in recent years are the Minor League team for the Arizona Diamond Backs. On this particular outing they were playing a series against the Mississippi Braves.

We arrived at the stadium and had VIP parking, but I honestly couldn't see a difference in our placement to the proximity of the stadium with any other parking; although I think the advantage was in exiting the park after a crowded game.

"The Hank" is family friendly and there is lots to do on the grounds of the stadium, even before you step inside. Playgrounds, including those air-filled Moon Bounce thingies that kids love, and even a mini-waterslide were available to entertain the kids not interested in baseball. I'll add here, that during the winter, the Stadium grounds is home to a snow machine for all those Gulf Coast kids that don't get to play in the snow normally.

We had the privilege of eating some free hot dogs at the Stadium Club, but the concession stands throughout the underside halls of the stadium were plentiful with pizza, burgers, nachos, lemonade and beer. All the necessary elements of enjoying the game. Of course, stadium food brings with it; stadium prices. I suppose this the necessary evil of enjoying the game.

Boredom was not an option at the game. Besides the action within the innings of play, there was numerous promotions, contests, and even a mini-Mardi Gras-style parade between innings. I chocked these contests and giveaways as "filler" for the radio broadcast commercial breaks.


I had read a review of the Stadium at Ball Park Reviews and the review had stated the seating and viewing limitations of the stadium, but I didn't witness anyone complaining. We had seats along the first base line just past the first baseman and on into the outfield. First baseman, Brandon James Burgess, quickly became our "favorite" player after he committed an error and then recovered for a fine game.

Foul ball catches excited the crowd and a few home runs got everybody to
their feet.

Our only problem during the game was a spectator several rows from us who had consumed an ample supply of beer before and during the game. I think I could have "booked" several bets with some fans around us on when the obnoxious spectator would have been punched, passed out, or asked to leave the grounds.

The Bears beat the Braves, 7-3, while we were there; and later went on to win the series.

My fanaticism for baseball is usually reserved for never missing an airing of "Field Of Dreams" and always crying at the end of the movie; but I could get used to attending a few games of The Mobile Bay Bears each season.

If you live close to the Gulf Coast, make a weekend of it and come see the Bay Bears play...you might even get close enough to catch a baseball, and get an autograph from someone that may play in the "Majors" in the future.

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Monday, May 5, 2008

What About Those Canadians?

Back on March 3rd, I was scheduled to meet with some computer programmers from Canada who were taking a road trip, via RV, across the southeast part of the United States.

These guys are bit more than just programmers. One is the company President of Fresh Books, Inc. The other two--executives with the company. A fourth guy accompanied them, but he was an Irishman and their chief videographer.

Their plan was to travel from one convention in Miami, Florida to another convention in Austin, Texas and stop along the way in eight other cities; meeting their clients and other "interesting" people. I was to be one of the interesting people. Along the way, they would blog about their adventures and shoot some video of who they met.

I held off blogging about the meeting because after we all met, talked, drank, and they shot some video--I was expecting them to cover the night on their blog first.

I suppose 4 guys in an RV after several days and a schedule to meet lost some of their enthusiasm for up-to-the-minute updates. Plus, I suspect that the "interview" they shot was less than stellar.

But, here's a quick recap just so you know I wasn't fibbing about the meeting.

The guys arrived at Felix's late. It was a bad weather night. Thunderstorms were forecasted and the weather guys were right.



Upon arrival I met Mike McDerment, the CEO but he was seriously distracted. The Gang had stopped for gas at some point and Mike had lost his wallet, credit cards, the whole she-bang. Throughout the evening he excused himself from the table and conversation to make numerous phone calls backtracking the miles and stops inquiring about a possibly found wallet. Also, I assume he made a few calls to the home office for options.

Before dinner, I advised the guys to try our local seafood and personal favorite, grilled grouper. There was some talk about my suggestion of the grouper with meuniere sauce.

The sauce with some creole origins sounds French, and it's one of those words I can't pronounce without it sounding like "manure" sauce. (Face it, you kinda pronounced it that way when you read the word, too) I told the guys it tasted a helluva lot better than the way I pronounced it. And they finally believed me.

Surprisingly, the big hit at dinner was a simple side vegetable that none of the Canadians had ever experienced. Turnip Greens.

Now, I know I grew up in the south and greens are a staple, but I don't like them and especially would not order them with seafood; but two of the fellas ordered them and ended up passing the bowl around to each other so all could try the leafy "goodness".

Eamonn O'Connor, the Irish guy, especially liked the greens and related a story about a similar dish he prepares for holiday dinners--although his slaw-like dish has a red tint; but a similar taste.

I connected with Eamonn early on in the evening, as he was a videographer with cool equipment. Part of my work experience was video production.

Dinner conversation was split among the guys with myself and one of their Mobile, Alabama clients, Michael Thornton of Art and Logic.

Saul Colt and I talked about Comedy and Stand-Up. Saul had a short career as a stand up comic in Toronto and rubbed shoulders with some big names during the stand up "hey day" of the 90s.

Sunir Shah talked "software" with Mike Thornton, although there was some discussion among us all, about Sunir's trepidation about being in the South with a bunch of electronic equipment crossing state borders in an RV and looking curiously non-Southern.

Mike McDerment and I talked about my then-impending trip to Prague and the phenomenon of blogging, as well as all the guys asked questions about Mobile, Alabama and the local culture, including avoiding or "riding out" hurricanes like Katrina.

Now, I'm proud of being a Southerner, but usually when I meet someone from "up North", I try to remember my voice lessons from Theatre school and I tend to tone down the Southern accent. My mistake with these guys was mentioning that I was trying hard not to use any Southern colloquialisms while speaking with them.

That must have been their cue to begin to badger me for expressions they could use. Their favorite of the evening was inspired by the thunderstorm outside. We were dining at Felix's Fishcamp and The Causeway over the Bay of Mobile. The parking lot had a few inches of water in it. They had heard "it's raining cats and dogs" but had never heard the expression; "It comin' a frog-floatin' gulley washer" I imagine Sunir might still be using the expression in Toronto.


After dinner, we found an empty banquet room just off from the lounge and the night's entertainment, and they interviewed Mike Thornton on how he utilizes the software created by FreshBooks.

My interview with Saul quickly degraded into swapping jokes, perfecting the "frog floating gulley washer" expression and generally goofing around. I'm sure no usable footage made it past the video camera.

I took this picture of the guys.


That's Eamonn O'Connor, Mike Thornton, Sunir Shah, and Saul Colt.

We wrapped up the evening and I gave the guys some travel tips for their next destination; which was New Orleans, and thanked them for dinner and the visit and then they were off into the night.

I know they survived and made it to their convention in Texas and then back home to Canada. I haven't heard from them since, but I like to imagine them sitting in front of their FreshBooks office building, sipping a fine Canadian beer, eating turnip greens, and saying things like "Ya'll it's cold out here, eh?







COMING TO MOBILE, ALABAMA? CHECK OUT FELIX'S MENU

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Monday, April 21, 2008

What Dave Thinks?

I had this idea for a blog entry over at "Tex's Quixtar Blog"; and I figure what's good for Tex is good for Dave.

Consider this entry a press conference or an "open-line" talk show.

Is there something you want to know about Dave? An opinion?

Ask your question in the comments; and I'll try to answer. It can be Quixtar or Amway related. MLM-related. Comedy. It can be about anything, but let's keep the real personal stuff to a minimum--I can always choose to answer, "No Comment".

Just questions. And hold off on follow-ups. Let's see how the first round plays out first.

Okay first question--that person in the second row.....

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Hodgepodge

No Theme, no real sense of purpose. Just a few things rambling around in my head.

I did some karaoke last weekend at a bowling alley lounge, no less. One of my friends' and coworkers' Dad and Mom run a Karaoke night. Her dad mentioned I was a stand-up comedian and was going to give me a chance to do "5 minutes". I wasn't really prepared, and another friend started talking to the crowd; giving them hints at my material. (Who wants to hear about MySpace, Midgets, and Mayonnaise?) She "worked" the crowd's curiosity up; but I declined and offered to come back another week when I was prepared. Some audience members were actually upset that I didn't perform right then and there. Maybe I should have.

I got a form email from Steve Hofstetter saying he's going to be doing his "Business of Comedy" seminar in Atlanta, Georgia on May 3rd. I wanna go. The seminar is inexpensive and is chocked full of relevant, useful information. Steve is a top-notch comedian's comedian and I'm sure I would get lots of "good" from it. I just gotta figure out how to afford the trip. Not just the seminar cost, but gasoline costs, meals, and whether I can make it a one day trip with a tired trip home or a possible hotel stay.

I joined Twitter. I'm not sure why. Do I really want to make little updates of day-to-day activities for my online friends to read? It's just one more thing to experiment with. Do I want people to follow me on Twitter? Will anybody figure that it'll be worth following? Who knows; but I am all a twitter. Maybe I'm "twitter-pated" as well. If you wanna see Twitter updates, then they are in my side bar.

I wanna win a Bloggie. Or a Blogger's Choice award. But, "On The Road With Dave" doesn't exactly fit into any of the categories to nominate it for consideration--Unless of course it happened to be "greatest blog of all time" or greatest Blog Writer. I envy blogs that I find on the Internet that have the little banner that proclaims they have won the coveted Best Blog award in a particular category. Also the prize money of $20.08 seems to be enticing me.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Thumb Rules

While I was in Prague, I mentioned that one should not encourage everyone to start a blog. There are some people that just can't string three coherent sentences together.

Today, I found out that I kinda stumbled upon a good "rule of thumb".

"Someone who can't write three clear sentences in a row will never write a good book.
Walter Pitkin, literary agent, Weston, Connecticut"


That statement is Rule Of Thumb #1286 at Rules Of Thumb Dot Org.

Also good to know that "Water weighs roughly 8 pounds a gallon."

And, if "5 or more cars are in the drive-thru at McDonald's, then it's quicker to go inside."

Here's a Rule Of Thumb for Blogging. (I just made it up)

Looking for something to write in your blog? Go To BoingBoing.

That's where I found an article about "Rules of Thumb".

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Nina Conti And Monk

British Comedian, Actress, and Ventriloquist, Nina Conti is Today's Saturday Diversion.


Nina Conti's MySpace





Visit Nina's Website

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Skyler's Own Damn Space

That's Right, my ventriloquism partner and all-around pain-in-the-ass; Skyler Leglantier has gone and started work on his own MySpace page.

According to Skyler at his blog,

"I'm joining Dave and the rest of the Internet Robots and joining that site that sucks your brain from your skull, called MySpace."


Skyler's page isn't finished yet, but he has a few friends already; AND he wants more.

Check out Skyler's Page.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Outside The Fire

I thought this was some pretty good work from a YouTuber. I've always liked the original Garth Brooks video; but this was pretty cool.

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Saturday, May 5, 2007

My Perfect Audience Member

If you haven't seen this video, then you haven't laughed all week. It's the "laughing baby" video.

I just know that when this kid grows up, I want them in my audience at a comedy club.

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Dangerous And Suspicious

I found this little news item on AL.com under a section called Yesterdays News.

It's news blurbs from The Mobile Press Register from years gone by.


Thursday, May 2, 1907

"Officer Lott Tuesday night arrested J.F. Wilds ... who claimed to be a ventriloquist and was about to display his skill at the corner of Royal and Dauphin streets when stopped by being arrested. He was placed on the docket under the charge of dangerous and suspicious.


I'll now have to remember this news item when I'm performing on Dauphin Street. I admit carrying a ventriloquist dummy looks suspicious...but I'm doubting the "dangerous" charge.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Now You've Done It!

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Watching The Duhks

It's Saturday! I have waited all week for this day.

The wife and I are headed over to Gulfport this evening to watch The Duhks.

You may remember that I first discovered The Duhks back in February 2005.

This two-time Grammy nominated band from Winnipeg,(Hey Rocket, Canada can rock!) has an awesome sound that defies a good description. Part country, part bluegrass, part folk, part blues, and maybe part jazz.

They'll be playing at Slippery Nicks in Gulfport, Mississippi.

If you wanna hear a little of what I'll be enjoying tonight; The Duhks have 4 songs on their MySpace page that I think you might like.

For those of you that enjoy the visual, watch one of their videos here courtesy of YouTube.



I'll be enjoying a nice dinner, some awesome music, and a few beers tonight. Wish you were here.

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Fox News...Fair, Balanced...Clueless

Yeah, so I was watching the news this morning, when Fox News was alerting everyone to the Bomb Hoax in Boston involving an advertising firm working for Turner Broadcasting Company.

The advertising company hired two guys to hang what amounted to "electronic billboards" around the city. The signs featured two characters from The Cartoon Network's TV show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

For about two hours the reporters droned on and on about the "bombs" being a hoax.

Two things that struck me odd.

They weren't suppose to look like bombs, thus how can they be a hoax?

The reporters took about two hours before they even knew exactly what the "characters" on the sign were all about. One reporter had no real clue about Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and looked confused even talking about it.

I know that these guys usually report "serious news" and are all about knowing what is REALLY going on in the world, but geez, The Aqua Teen Hunger Force has been around awhile...don't these guys have kids, talk to kids, seen a kid in the last 5 years?

Just for the record, dear Fox News, here's a simple description of Aqua Teen Hunger Force...

They aren't teens.

There's not really any Aqua involved.

Ummmm...They aren't really a Force of any kind, and although they do eat; the "Hunger" part isn't really relevant, either.

Ya see, the show is about a Box of Fries, A Talking Shake, A Wad of Meat, and these aliens that appeared on these "electronic billboards"

Sometimes, the Hunger Force does genetic testing, there's some bloodshed, usually
a scientific experiment goes awry...and...and...well you guys at Fox just go with the "Bomb Hoax" theory...it's simpler.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Something More

Okay, admit it, you probably have two or three songs you listen to, that you consider your "theme song".

If you are a "wannabe" entrepreneur, MLMer, business owner; there are probably several songs you listen to for motivation, inspiration, and "a something to get you going".

I'd like to submit for your approval, what I consider to be, a budding entrepreneur's anthem. Consider it your Saturday Diversion.






The Sugarland Full Length Version can be found at CMT Artists.

UPDATE: AUGUST 24 2008



The above video and link is no longer valid. A recent acoustic version is now available on YouTube.



Also, Sugarland has an official YouTube site with the original video but with embedding onto other sites disabled.

Official Video

That link should should stay available. It's still one of my favorite songs.









Feel free to sing along.


"Something More"

Monday, hard to wake up
Fill my coffee cup, I'm out the door
Yeah, the freeway's standing still today
It's gonna make me late, and thats for sure
I'm running out of gas and out of time
Never gonna make it there by nine

[Chorus:]
There's gotta be something more
Gotta be more than this
I need a little less hard time
I need a little more bliss
I'm gonna take my chances
Taking a chance I might
Find what I'm looking for
There's gotta be something more

Five years and there's no doubt
That I'm burnt out, I've had enough
So now boss man, here's my two weeks
I'll make it short and sweet, so listen up
I could work my life away, but why?
I got things to do before die

[Repeat Chorus]

Some believe in destiny, and some believe in fate
I believe that happiness is something we create
You best believe that I'm not gonna wait
'Cause there's gotta be something more

I get home 7:30 the house is dirty, but it can wait
Yeah, 'cause right now I need some downtime
To drink some red wine and celebrate
Armageddon could be knocking at my door
But I ain't gonna answer that's for sure.
There's gotta be something!

Lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Best of Both Worlds

It's slow Wednesday, so let's look at something fast.

Most of my friends know that I have an unhealthy desire to own a Lamborghini Countach. (it's a car)

Of course, my liberal tree-hugging tendecies play havoc with my desire to own a gas-guzzling testosterone flaming frame of speed and machismo.

But now there is hope...The Tesla.



Same price and similar performance of a Lambo, but with no carbon emissions.

It's the best of both worlds.

If you need me I'll be drooling over at the Tesla website(and yes, it has a blog)

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

D. Robison; PR Guy / The Big Mistake

Everyone makes mistakes--even me.

I can't remember the exact date; probably too much booze has erased the "particulars", but I do remember the conversation...and I wished I didn't.

The name on the door says "D. Robison, Public Relations, and I'm a PR Guy.

The door doesn't lock good, so that means anybody can walk in. On this day my informant, Dudley, walked in as my partner, Skyler, and I were reviewing a possible client's file.

Dudley always reminded me of Ernest T. Bass on "crack", but he had a knack for getting odd jobs at golf courses, restaurants, lounges, and hotels. He heard things--bad things--PR things.

"I got something for ya, 'Mr. D.' it could be big!" he blurted out.

"Okay," I said, "Whaddya have?"

His eyes darted towards Skyler.

"Not while he's in the room. He gives me the willies." Dudley protested.

"ME! Give you the willies? rebutted Skyler, "You'd creep out Stephen King and Michael Jackson's love child!"

"Alright, Alright," I tried to calm the situation, "Skyler take the file in the back room while I talk to Ern...I mean Dudley."

Skyler left the room, taking the January copy of Penthouse with him.

"Okay Dudley, spill it" I said.

"Okay, Okay, here's the deal" He started. "About three weeks ago I was talking to dis guy who offered me some work up north, it sounded good, the money wasn't bad so I hopped a bus to Michigan; damn it's cold up there...anyway I was working at this convention center, ya know, cleaning up, taking out the trash, whatever.

So, anyway, ev'ry body up there must be in the mob, cause they all do stuff for this guy they call "Da Boss". They even want to elect him Gov'nor."

"Wait a minute" I interrupted. "Da Boss? Don't you mean DE-VOS?"

Dudley was quiet for a beat, and then said,

"Whatever" and he continued.

"So, one day, these guys are walking around the yard of this place and they mention Quixtar"

"Quixtar? Really?" I asked.

"Yeah yeah yeah," Dudley said, "Quixtar...so my ears perked up cuz I know you are always 'innersted' in what goes on there"

"Right," I agreed.

Dudley continued. "So, I followed them around most of the day; making sure I don't look too noticeable, and then it happened."

"What happened?" I asked.

"Well, this one guy, goes to buy a cup of coffee at this street dude's cart and he pulls out the money and drops a piece of paper from his pocket on the ground. He don't notice it, but I do. So, when they walk across the street I pick up the paper and pocket it." Dudley finishes.

I light a cigarette and ask the inevitable question.

"You still have the paper?"

"OF COURSE I STILL HAVE IT!" Dudley exclaimed, "Which is why I'm here...you want it?"

"How Much?" I ask.

Dudley said, "$20 bucks", without missing a beat.

"20 bucks? Is it really worth 20 bucks? This week has me a little short." I lamented.

"Jee-zus Mr. D! I thought I could count on you, man. That hurts me, man, that really hurts me"

I lowered my head.

"Alright Mr. D, I'll let you look at it...and if you think its worth the money; you pay me...if not; I walk." Dudley bargained.

He threw the paper on my desk and I took a look.




It appeared to be an uncompleted checklist for the development of the, "Then" un-designed website, ThisBizNow.

I told Dudley, "Dude, this isn't anything. It's obviously not the original plan, just a working copy, these guys at Quixtar probably have all kinds of folks working on this."

"But Mr. D," Dudley said, "The checklist ain't complete, what if all this doesn't get done? Shouldn't you tell someone? You could be in da dough, for coming in with dis."

"No, Dudley," I held my ground, "This doesn't seem to be anything to worry about; after all, the only thing they haven't done on the list is to buy one measly domain name; and I'm sure they have bought it by now"

"Fine, just fine," Dudley said indignantly, "I bring you good info, and you snub it; you thumb your nose at it...that's okay by me...I'll sell the info to some one else."

"Who ya gonna sell it to? Who else would be interested in a website about Quixtar and a similar domain name that's probably not even available now." I countered.

Dudley headed toward the door, "Ya know what, Mr. D? I bet Bo Short would gimme 20 bucks for this slip of paper." And with that, Dudley walked out and slammed the door.

I crushed out my cigarette and leaned back in my chair. I mean, I really thought it wasn't anything to worry about.

My partner, Skyler, walked back into the room minus the "client file", and yet with a somewhat satisfied look on his face.

He looked at me for a moment and then frowned and said.

"And, I thought I was the dummy!"

I pulled a bottle out of the desk drawer, poured myself a shot, and hoped my mistake would not come back to haunt me.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

So You Think You Can Dance

Okay, so I'm contributing to this whole "viral-video-You-Tube" fad; but this guy is pretty funny. Take a break.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Bad Pic..Good Song



Any chance I get to put a microphone in my hand, I'll take it. Back during the Mardi Gras season I stopped in at a local bar during their karaoke night.

It was a small crowd, so I got to sing a couple of songs, to some nice applause. (Which is always good.)

The KJ...that means Karaoke DJ... snapped a picture of me while I sang "Garden Party" by Rick Nelson.

The picture isn't great, but I do love singing that song.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Orange County Comes To 'Bama

If you are a fan of American Chopper on The Discovery Channnel then you know exactly who the father and son team of Paul Teutul Sr. and Paulie Jr. are.

The Teutuls own and operate Orange County Choppers in Montgomery, NY and make the most fabulous custom-designed motorcycles in the USA. These bikes are works of art as well as powerful machines, and their monetary value rivals most works of art.

As you might know, on my "day-job" I work for a medical supply company. One of the services we provide is home oxygen therapy and maintenance. Our supplier for medical-grade oxygen is the local branch of Airgas, Inc. Airgas also provides all the welding gases and supplies for the boys at OCC.

Well folks, Airgas just recently spent some seven figures on two custom motorcycles from the Teutul's at Orange County.

And take a look at this:

Thanks to Airgas and OCC; every person that donated five dollars today at the local Airgas office here in Mobile to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation received the honor of posing for a photo with the Airgas "Old School Chopper".

Damn, I need a haircut and a few more sit-ups.

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Thursday, August 4, 2005

Bouncing Bubble Lady

I found this site today through Intelliseek's Blog Pulse. From somewhere in Russia, someone has found a way to take me away from work,(not like that's a hard thing to do, mind you.) to just sit and watch this "lady" fall and bounce on these bubbles.

You can click on the "lady" and slow her descent or keep her in a somewhat comfortable position as she falls, but some of the bounces will make you wince as you notice that her "body" does exactly what you'd expect it to do free-falling and hitting an object.

But, like watching a car accident; you just can't help looking. Just don't forget that you still have work to do, as you watch the Bouncing Bubble Lady.

UPDATED: January 4th, 2007

Since this entry is found through numerous Internet searches...the latest valid link is at PlanetDan.net

BOUNCING BUBBLE LADY

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Elliot Wangley Returns....

in "Blunderball."

Okay, you are probably asking yourself "What?"

Today I am recommending a link from my past. It takes a little explanation.

It's 1990 and I'm this old guy(30) going to college at The Mississippi for Women.
(that's another story, entirely)

In most of my journalism classes, there are these two guys; Mark and Mark. (Largent and McCrary; respectively) Both are aspiring cartoonists. They self-publish a black and white comic book called Terrans, a sci-fi-through-a secret-portal type comic and a politically charged comic called Mr. America.

They also produce a fan-film parody of James Bond called The Spy Who Bugged Me featuring inept spy, Elliot Wangley as Double-0 Eight. Yep, he's way down the list on Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Later on, (a few years) I enlist the aid of Largent to help me in the production of an "awards" video for a local chapter of The American Advertising Federation.



"Elliot Wangley"(Largent) appears in the video "For Your Ads Only" trying to thwart the evil "Lardo" and his attempt to stop the awards show featuring celebrity actor Tom Wiggen; then of "As The World Turns"-fame.

Well, fast forward 10 years, and yesterday I hear from Largent via email. The clever guy, now doing artwork for Coca-Cola in Dallas, found my blog via a Google search on yours truly and a few other key words.

So to award his efforts in tracking me down, pay a visit to Endeavor Comics. It's a cool idea. Comic titles via electronic download.

You can purchase Greyhawk & the Starbucklers of the Caribbean #1 and see some great artwork, and you can view a comic based on Elliot Wangley. Elliot is now Double-Z-9...Damn...what a demotion! Must be because of Double-0s might be copyrighted.

Anyway, cool sight for comic fans. And be sure to read the History of Elliot Wangley while you are there.

Consider this good advice from "The Man with The Golden Blog"

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