What a thrill to be on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight With Beth Ruyak” earlier this week. You can CLICK HERE to listen to the episode. I’m on during the last 7 minutes of the show. This was all happening the Monday after that Nazi rally in Virginia, so most of the first part of the show is dedicated to that. I almost got bumped off the live broadcast, but fortunately Donald Trump didn’t talk too long.
Thanks to all of the folks who have bought “Robert Berry’s Big Book of Jokes”. Get yours today for just $19 shipped anywhere in the USA!
At long last, you can buy the unique comedy variety album from Robert Berry and Chris Emery, “Puns and Pugs”! Recorded at The Sacramento Comedy Spot, these two mix traditional stand up comedy with music, sketch characters, and even a mix of improv that makes for an anything goes crazy mix of fun that you’ll be sure to enjoy. Political jokes, a wild cover of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, and tons of amazing characters from the amazing Chris Emery. There’s a few options to purchase directly with the links below!
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A Look At The Most Retro Cities In Europe
When it comes to all things retro, Europe has it going on! The definition of the word refers to the imitative style of fashion of the past and if it’s one thing Europe knows how to do, is to preserve the past. As one of the oldest continents in the world, the countries that make up Europe really value and respect their history and are all too happy to remind its visitors of memories of the past. If you’re looking to take a trip to Europe to check out some of the hippest and most retro cities that the continent has to offer, then look no further. Our guide to some of the coolest vintage city hot-spots is bound to get you feeling nostalgic and rearing to go on your next European adventure!
I’m super excited to be opening for the great Emo Phillips on Dec 30th at The Sacramento Punch Line for 2 shows. You can CLICK HERE to get your tickets now.
The motorcycle industry has had its ups and downs. There have been bad decisions and great decisions when it comes to designs, but the past has always been the place to find the best of the best. Retro bikes will always have their place on our roads. So, to honour them, here are a few of the best retro bikes:
You’re not going to win any races or wake any neighbours with this little baby, but you’ll probably have the most comfortable ride of your life. This fun little rebel goes up to speeds of 70 mph and is incredibly lightweight and easy to handle. Not only is the Honda Rebel an easy, comfortable ride. It’s also fuel-efficient and very reasonably priced. The Honda Rebel is a trusty steed, even for the less experienced riders, and has that classic ‘70s vintage look that will make you feel like the coolest thing on the road.
When you think of Retro bikes this is probably the one you’re imagining. By today’s standards of functionality, this bike is pretty ridiculous. But, in terms of style and historical significance, this is one of the best bikes in the world. Released in 1923, the R32 was the first bike BMW made after they were banned from making airplanes and the layouts of practically all of the bikes they’ve made ever since are based on the original R32. You’d be lucky to come across one of these in the wild, but you’ll find that even pieces of one of the originals will cost you an arm and a leg. So, it’s probably best to just admire the R32 from afar.
Royal Enfield Classic 500
This machine is 100% personality. The Royal Enfield Classic is a bike that will open your eyes to what riding is supposed to be like. It’s not about speed or agility. It’s about taking the long way home and choosing the winding roads rather than the straights. Riding the Classic is as fun as it is cool. Its lightweight frame makes those turns as smooth as butter and its suspension is capable of easing over the odd cracks and holes in the road. The price is also pretty great and you’ll find the Classic to be a great bike to make your everyday travels easy and actually enjoyable for a change.
You might want to get motorcycle insurance quotes online before you try riding this bike, because she was well known to be fast and tenacious in the ‘50s and ‘60s. In fact, the Viper holds the record for cruising at 100mph for a whole 24 hours. The Viper was one of the first enclosed production motorcycles but still hasn’t been very well known despite how much of a game changer it was in the industry. Still, as a retro bike the Viper is a feisty beast and handles a lot smoother than its siblings, the Venom and the Thruxton. It’s a great ride and is a hidden gem amongst retro bikes.
Doctor Strange was one of the most fun movies I’ve seen in a long time. Using elements from Kung Fu movies, Harry Potter, The Matrix, Inception, and the best comic book films, this movie comes out as something truly fun, unique, and it made me smile and thrilled way beyond my expectations. I won’t say it’s the best Marvel film yet, because I still have that “just saw it” glow, but it was pretty fucking great.
Problems with recasting The Ancient One as a white lady are there, but Tilda Swinton does a good job with the role, nonetheless. She’s identified as an ancient celtic wizard in this one. Baron Mordo is a black man in this movie, so that wasn’t the only liberty taken with the source material. Regardless, with so few major Asian character roles in films, it was kind of dumb not to give this part to an Asian actor.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a perfect Doctor Strange. He looks right, has the right amount of smarts and arrogance, and and enough of a sense of humor not to be a total dick. I’d love to see him square off against Loki in a future film.
It’s pretty great.
I was sad to hear Herschell Gordon Lewis passed away yesterday. Here’s a piece I wrote about this legend way back in 2000!
I make a lot of jokes about Dr. Jill Stein, but I think she’s a good person. It’s just sad that she’s truly not a viable candidate and she’s in the mix. As it stands, she’ll only be on the ballot in 23 states (some of which are going to have to be write in), and the campaign admits that though they’re petitioning to be on others, it is not likely she’ll be in all 50. If that party can’t get their shit together to be represented in all 50 states (like the Libertarian Party has), then they really have no business pushing a candidate out there, in my opinion. Get organized more than a year before the election and make this stuff happen, like a group that is serious about showing that they have enough support from the people of the USA to lead this country.
You can’t have a serious party in the USA, and only pop up every 4 years, and expect to grow. Get some mayors, house members, and senators in the mix.
Until then, quit wasting our time.
When I was 10 we didn’t have a washing machine or dryer.
We would actually wash our clothes in the bathtub, and then wring them out. Depending on the time of year the clothes line really wasn’t an option, so my sister and I would take trash bags full of wet clothes to the laundromat and bring them there to dry.
It was always hot and nasty in that place.
Once there was a big fat guy wearing a short sleeve white shirt that was glistening with sweat. He was fanning his face with a Sunset magazine and shouted out, “It’s a goddamn sweat-box in here!”
There was a radio that played through a couple spider-web covered speakers on the corners of the ceiling. The sound mix was half static, half AM Gold. Neil Diamond and his ilk singing through the electric crackles.
There was a cast of unusual regulars that would come in each weekend. A big lady who wore a yellow and orange sun dress and played solitaire over and over again on the table while her clothes spun around. “I don’t have a 6 of clubs, so I use THIS!” she told me as she showed me a coupon for a Wendy’s hamburger.
Ron came in every Saturday. I knew his name was Ron, not because I ever spoke to him, because I was scared of him, but the owner that hung out at the place would say, “That Ron’s a big burnout. I don’t know what’s wrong with him!” every time he left.
Ron would come in without any laundry.