Tuesday Toronto. Wednesday Chicago.
Toronto brought me back to the Varsity Theater, where TYFS played during the festival. They actually had an autograph table set up for me after the screening. I felt like an author. I’ve added a few new lines to the autograph arsenal…
Bill, People will kill you for your shoes.
Janet, The rash still hasn’t gone away. Ointment?
Yakov (or any foreign name), Welcome to America! Behave yourself or we’ll ship you back.
While in most cities I haven’t had any time to myself, Toronto offered me a few minutes to hit the town. I dropped by this limited edition sneaker store called “Good Foot”. The place rocks. I picked up a pair of baby blue Nike SB’s as well as these frayed SB High Tops that aren’t available in the US yet.
I did a TV interview with this girl from the new MTV channel in Canada. It’s the first interview where the camera guys wouldn’t sit still. Halfway through the interview, she pulled out five Canadian cigarette packs (which feature gruesome photos and odd quotes). She told me to rate them 1-5. I picked the smoking pregnant woman that read, “Cigarettes hurt babies”. It’s the funniest by far. The quote makes me think of a cigarette character with arms and legs punching a baby… Maybe it’s just me.
Wednesday, I was off to Chicago. I wasn’t in my hotel ten minutes before I ordered a Chicago style stuffed crust pizza from Giordanos. My view from the hotel apparently looked over the old fair grounds featured in the non-fiction book, “The Devil in White City” (Must read if you like true crime).
Halfway through the press day, we stopped at the CBS affiliate for a taped interview with Bill Zwecker. We sat down for the interview and immediately experienced a phenomenon that creeps me out: Robotic Cameras. I had heard that human operators had fallen to the wayside to make way for automated dollies, but seeing them is pretty surreal. They’ve had them everywhere from Phoenix to Boston, but I can't get used to them.
Out of nowhere, they come to life, rising up as if awoken. They then glide towards you, get eye level, and stare through your soul. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were equipped with lasers for misbehaving guests. Ever seen the Chemical Brothers video “Believe”? (You should). It’s like that.
The Chicago screening took place in this crazy mall that uses an ascending walkway like the Guggenheim Museum in NY. Kind of crazy and not very efficient if you ask me. The audience was great and I’ve already become MySpace friends with some of them.
That reminds me – The TYFS MySpace page is now up:
Check it out. Also - Just saw a test of the official website. It kicks more ass than a Giordanos pizza. On the subject of food that makes you believe in God, I'm going to have to rate my top five meals on the road. Going to be tough. Got ridiculous tacos and BBQ brisquit to report from Dallas and Austin. Stay tuned.