Monday Check-In

Happy Monday guys and gals. Just wanted to check in with everyone and give a few comments about a couple things…

BIGGEST PYRAMID SCHEME EVER

About a year ago, an acquaintence asked me to hang out one night. This person would NOT say where we were going to and when I picked her up, she said it’s “by the airport.” Ok, folks, for those of you in LA, you’ll understand that anything NOT involving a flight that is “by the airport” is generally not a on the up-and-up. For those of you in Boston, the equivalent would be unless you are going to Northeastern University or the MFA, you would never go to Roxbury. Same difference.

Anywho, we go to a conference room in a shady restaurant “by the airport,” put on nametags, and sit down – where an energetic young man jumps up on stage (think Tom Cruise’s character in “Magnolia”) and tells us that he makes 100,000 grand a month (or some ridiculous amount). They are trying to sign up myself and others for “Pre Paid Legal.” This is simply the latest and greatest pyramid scheme, where you pay 100 bucks or so to sign up for this service, then you convince others to sign up for it, they convince others to sign up for it, etc. etc. I had heard of these but never experienced it and was sad when I looked around the room at all the down-on-luck faces who think this is the key to them escaping their finacial woes. Sad, but at the same time non-sympathetic, as anyone with half a brain can see this is b.s.

I guess pyramid schemes exist in the upper echelon, as well. Bernard Madoff was recently arrested for bilking people out of around 50 BILLION DOLLARS! It was a typical “rob Peter to pay Paul” Ponzi scheme. He got busted when everyone asked for their money back at the same time, due to the world’s financial systems completely collapsing in the past 6 months. Some of the world’s richest investors were taken by this guy!

 
CALL THE “WAAAAAAMBULANCE!!”

New York Governor David Paterson, who is complaining that Saturday Night Live went too far in its lambasting of the appointed New York governor, who took over for Eliot Spitzer after he was busted in a sex scandal. Played by Fred Armisen, he states in the sketch: “Whoever is appointed senator must — like me — be caught totally off guard and be comically unprepared to take office,” he said. “Come on, I’m a blind man who loves cocaine who was suddenly appointed governor of New York. My life is an actual plot from a Richard Pryor movie.”

It really got Gov. Paterson riled up. But you know what? You’re in the public eye, and they didn’t roast you any harsher or lighter than anyone else they have roasted recently. If you don’t like it, don’t get into politics. To quote Hyman Roth in Godfather Part 2, “This is the business we have chosen.” Deal with it.

BEST TV SHOW EVER

Also just wanted to send you guys a few youtube links to some clips of the old MTV show “The State,” which is the funniest sketch comedy show ever on television (besides the short-lived “Ben Stiller Show”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CAD91WTyx8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YfEiP0FilU&feature=related