Last Month

Whoops. I’m really behind on this, but determined to keep up with it.

Primarily this blog is meant to share my creative work, but I like having these weekly posts for a couple reasons. First, it gives me room to elaborate and talk about things that I have to keep really short on Facebook or Twitter.

And second, when I include some of the other details and events from my life that aren’t directly related to the creative work, it helps give me context. I can see what was going on during times of creative struggle and success. And that’s fun to go back and keep tabs on.

Since I have a ton of ground to cover, I’ll keep this short.

Tuesday, Jan. 30th: Filmed semifinals of the Okaw Valley Conference Tournament.

Wednesday, Jan. 31st: Met a 106-year-old man, and filmed his birthday party.

Friday, Feb. 1st: Made my annual trip to film Give Kids a Smile Day, where local dentists provide children with free dental care. The dentist also has an arcade and a different cartoon playing at every chair.

After work, I filmed a new episode of Just the Tips:

Saturday, Feb. 2nd: Had our weekly sketch writing meeting and shot this sketch:

Sunday, Feb. 3rd: Helped Alida with a family shoot in morning. Look at this awesome shot:

After catching the end of the Super Bowl game with some friends, I watched Punching the Clown, a movie starring Henry Phillips. If you’ve never heard of this guy, check out his music and his tragic cooking show. Once you’re a fan (because you will be,) rent Punching the Clown. He’s coming to Illinois this month and I’m really excited to see him live.

Tuesday, Feb. 5th: Filmed Jabali Afrika, who were playing at Richland Community College for Black History Month.

Wednesday, Feb. 6th: Finally got to see Alida’s favorite band with her. She’s been a huge fan of Matchbox 20, and it was my first time tagging along to a concert. Not only did she get to photograph the show, she was able to have Rob Thomas autograph a photo of the two of them together over 10 years ago! Here’s one of her shots:

Thursday, Feb. 7th: Filmed Girls 2A Regional Finals.

Friday, Feb. 8th: Posted the latest, and most filthy, episode of Ken Reads Erotica. Seriously… this one is not for the faint of heart or weak in stomach:

Sunday, Feb. 10th: Walking Dead returns! Was really impressed with the countdown they had for this one:

Thursday, Feb. 14th: Had to drive to Altamont for girls basketball. Video HERE!

Friday, Feb. 15th: Filmed a great game that was forced into overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

After the game, I met up with a group to celebrate with health reporter Annie Getsinger, who is leaving us to continue her career closer to her family. She’s been a big part of our newsroom clique and lunchtime hangout crowd, so it’s sad to see her go. But, we had a hell of a bash to send her off. Here are some highlights from an old series we used to do called “What the Health”


Saturday, Feb. 16th: Caught up with a friend who we hadn’t talked to in a while and watched Seven Psychopaths, which is an awesome movie.

Sunday, Feb. 17th: Filmed an episode of Just the Tips about storing huge camera rigs!

Tuesday, Feb. 19th: More basketball: Mt. Zion @ MacArthur.

Wednesday, Feb. 20th: Filmed a meeting centered around stopping local violence. During the meeting, local 5th graders shared letters they had written to prison inmates, explaining how their lives are impacted by having loved ones in jail. Pretty powerful stuff.

Thursday, Feb. 21st: The sting of waking up early is soothed by free food whenever I have to shoot the Community Leaders Breakfast!

Friday, Feb. 22nd: Drove up to Bloomington to film girls state basketball semi-finals.

Tuesday, Feb. 26th: Had a foggy drive to Mattoon to film regional basketball. Two games: Mt. Zion vs. Charleston and Taylorville vs. MacArthur.

Wednesday, Feb. 27th: Sectional semi-final- Monticello vs. Clifton Central.

Thursday, Feb. 28th: The next installment of Ken Reads Erotica:


Saturday, Mar. 2nd: Opening night for the annual St. Patrick’s Day play, put on by my family and friends, back in Chicago. Mom performed an awesome rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Chicago,” with my dad and brother playing bass and drums, respectively, in the band. It’s always fun to get back to the neighborhood and see the show.

If you made it all the way down here, thanks for reading all that. Or for giving enough of a crap to even skip to read the last sentence. High five.

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