The Full Monty: Epilogue

Ken AshfordPersonalLeave a Comment

Show closings are always bittersweet for everyone involved, but I think for everyone associated with the LTWS/CTG production of The Full Monty, it was particularly hard.  Myself included. It seems like years since we sat around on first rehearsal, with everyone stating their name and who they are playing.  But it was only a couple of months ago.  For me, … Read More

Roughly 70% of Soldiers Still Support Bush

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Sampling size: two The other 30% of the soldiers got blown off in Afghanistan and Iraq. More from the White House photo-op: THE PRESIDENT: I’ve been running with Max and Allen — I mean, Neil. I met these guys at Walter Reed. Neil lost both legs, and he told me he’s going to run with me on the South Lawn … Read More

Like You Need A Reason?

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Researchers at the University of Texas surveyed people to find out why they had sex.  The total number of reasons: 237, everything from “I wanted to feel closer to God” to “I was drunk.”  The most cited reason: “I was attracted to the person.” Well, yeah.  I would hope. Now, there are a lot of reasons to have sex, and … Read More

Policy Trumps Facts: Part XXVII

Ken AshfordHealth Care, White House SecrecyLeave a Comment

Yet another example emerges of the Bush Adminstration keeping you in the dark: A surgeon general’s report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration’s policy … Read More

Enough Already!

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Been kind of busy lately with the last week of "The Full Monty" (more on that in a post later-to-come), so I haven’t been watching the political news lately.  Apparently, I haven’t missed much. Everybody is still talking about Hillary Clinton’s cleavage (or lack thereof): here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here…

How Old Am I?

Ken AshfordPersonalLeave a Comment

According to this place, I have 16 years left on this planet: Biological Age:           44 Real Age*:                 51.4 Average Life Expectancy:        75 Your Life Expectancy:             67.6 Well, that’s a fine how-do-you-do!  Guess I gotta make some changes…. *Age based on health, lifestyle and habits

The Full Monty: Another Article

Ken AshfordLocal InterestLeave a Comment

Hat tip to Heather for seeing this article (and from whom I am stealing this photo from our production, and yes, they’re naked here).  Yes, it does kind of act as a "spoiler" but not a severe one of the Harry Potter kind.  Besides, with three nights to go, any publicity at this point is a good thing, and this … Read More

World’s Worst TV Interview

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

This trainwreck is difficult to watch: The interviewee, Holly Hunter, is fine.  It’s the interviewer, Merry Miller, who seemingly can’t get it together.  AWwwwkward.  At the end, she tips viewers to the NBC website for more information.  Problem is, she’s on ABC.


Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

I want so badly to make fun of Kaye Grogan’s latest screed, "Smoking mirrors . . . or a real firestorm?", but I seriously have no clue as to what she is talking about.  Apparently, though something serious is happening. Classic Kaye Gorgan metaphor-mashing though.  Check out this paragraph toward the end: We are rapidly moving toward the greatest firestorm … Read More

Saving Private Beauchamp

Ken AshfordIraq, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

The blogosphere is abuzz over Scott Thomas Beauchamp’s Iraq blogging. Mr. Beauchamp blogged some controversial posts about his military unit for The New Republic, under the pseudonym of Scott Thomas. The posts were deeply disturbing.  In one, an Iraqi boy who calls himself James Bond has his tongue cut out for talking to Americans; in the other, dogs feast on … Read More

The Full Monty: Closing Week

Ken AshfordLocal InterestLeave a Comment

I walked through the stage door without much excitement.  We were about to enter Week 4 — the final week — of "Full Monty" performances.  Don’t get me wrong — I love doing the show, but I knew what to expect.  We had all been away from the show for over four days, so naturally, we weren’t going to be … Read More