Posts Tagged ‘funny

30
Jan
13

Official Opinions: Getting Your Groom to Dance

I get strange looks from my friends when I tell them that I am a terrible dancer. They respond, “but you were just GREAT in West Side Story when we saw it – and those are complicated dance moves.” I usually just chuckle and then go on to explain that, yes, with 6 months of intense training with a choreographer busting my hump, I can dance like in the movie West Side Story – I also tell them that when you go to a wedding or a club that people DO NOT dance like the Jets and Sharks. I mean, people would think I’m crazy if I started doing THIS in the middle of the dance floor. So how do I dance at parties, clubs and weddings… a little something like this

Yup, I flail around like a fish out of water… and I KNOW I’m not the only guy out there who is somewhat less than enthused about someday dancing in front of a room of family and friends only to been seen as a fool. Naturally of course I will do it for two reasons: 1) Because I will undoubtedly love my bride and nothing will stop us from having a good time (even if it is at my expense) and 2) Liquid courage.

Brides, if you have a groom that is like me then listen up because you’re about to get some rare insight into the male mind: guys like me need some encouragement. Essentially, to get me (and others like me) to dance and have fun doing it you need to do a few things:

  1. Gentle Reminders – Remind us every once and awhile how important it is to you that you look great dancing together. Don’t go the “you’ll look like an idiot if you don’t learn how to dance” route. It scares us off more. If it is important to you, it is important to us.
  2. Teach – Teach us a few steps we can use. We might groan and say we’d rather watch the game, but we’ll be thanking you after the reception. It could be fun!
  3. Laugh WITH me, not AT me – Again, I don’t like feeling like a fool, so if I mess up or am doing some ridiculous dance move don’t laugh at me – let me know that it’s goofy and laugh with me. Heck, join in so we look like fools together. Just don’t leave me hanging!

Basically, it just takes a lot for guys like me to get the cojones to get up and dance the night away, even at my wedding. So please, be encouraging above all else – who knows, with a little help, your groom may even find out he likes dancing!

Have fun!

-Derek

30
Nov
11

Official Opinions: The Office Party Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again. Cubicle dwellers dread checking their e-mails daily because they know that soon enough they’ll see the “urgent” message regarding their RSVP to the holiday office party. The veterans will immediately seek a way out. The 20 year employee miraculously has no problem calling his wife and saying, ” You know, I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and we should really spend some more time with our family. Wouldn’t it be great if we visited your parents for the week?” It will be a cakewalk compared to dealing with the new kid who’s a bit too open about his personal life after a few glasses of punch.

If your office actually puts on a great party at the end of the year, then this post isn’t for you. However, we’re not all that lucky. For the rookies out there who aren’t able to come up with an escape plan before the party committee corners you, here are a few tips on how to survive the office party and avoid going down in office lore as “the guy that mistook the copy machine for a urinal.” Continue reading ‘Official Opinions: The Office Party Survival Guide’

21
Feb
11

Music Monday: “Streets in the Rain” by Sean Kelly

For this week’s Music Monday Eric chose “Streets in the Rain” by Sean Kelly. He is the lead singer for a band called The Samples, which was formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1987, and came from the members’ early sustenance of food samples from the local grocery store.The group’s music can be described as a mix between reggae and rock/pop. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

21
Jan
11

Official Opinions: Chicago Comedy

Since 1959, The Second City has been entertaining Chicagoans and making them laugh at those absurd moments in life, love, and politics. As a sketch-comedy and improv venue, they have had many actors who have made it to the big time, securing their spot in the hearts of comedy lovers everywhere through active roles on SNL and many movies. Chicago’s training center has had many familiar faces pass through their classes, including Steve Carell, Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey.

Today, they have many shows each day of the week. Their bigger shows go for around $30, but if you are looking for something fun to do for around $10 they have shows on the smaller stages that are just as entertaining and provide a very intimate environment. One of the more unique shows out there this winter is entitled We Are Small Towns. This is playing at 10:30 every Thursday night through February 2011. The show is a sketch comedy written by the actors, and tells true tales from their past experiences of life’s many absurdities that I am sure we all can relate to.

More info can be found at: http://www.secondcity.com/performances/detail/452/

I have found in the past, that shows like this give a great alternative to just heading to the movie theater, are always good for a laugh, and are a good way to do something different from the usual routine. The unique intimate stages and pictures of past students hanging on the walls really gives a feeling of Chicago history and reminds everyone what makes Chicago so great.

-Emily

24
Nov
10

Official Opinions: Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at Stitely Entertainment, we have a lot to be thankful for. I won’t bore you with a list of those things. Instead, I want to provide you with some the oddest greeting cards I’ve come across that celebrate the great American holiday, Thanksgiving. Hope you enjoy them!

–Taylor Continue reading ‘Official Opinions: Happy Thanksgiving!’

03
Nov
10

Official Opinions: The Office Party Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again. Cubicle dwellers dread checking their e-mails daily because they know that soon enough they’ll see the “urgent” message regarding their RSVP to the holiday office party. The veterans will immediately seek a way out. The 20 year employee miraculously has no problem calling his wife and saying, ” You know, I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and we should really spend some more time with our family. Wouldn’t it be great if we visited your parents for the week?” It will be a cakewalk compared to dealing with the new kid who’s a bit too open about his personal life after a few glasses of punch.

If your office actually puts on a great party at the end of the year, then this post isn’t for you. However, we’re not all that lucky. For the rookies out there who aren’t able to come up with an escape plan before the party committee corners you, here are a few tips on how to survive the office party and avoid going down in office lore as “the guy that mistook the copy machine for a urinal.”

1. Don’t Be the Double Dipper

There’s going to be a guy that literally won’t leave the snack table all night. Don’t be that guy. Besides the fact that the whole marketing department will hate you for finishing off the pigs-in-a-blanket, you’ll have to come up with small talk tidbits for everyone that walks over to grab some peanuts. One can only talk about their cat and one bedroom apartment for so long before they run out of things to say.

2. Keep the Dancing Classy

If the party committee did their job, there will be some music to dance to. If they really did their job, there will be a legitimate band, like the Stitely Orchestra, to dance to. Just remember to keep your dancing respectable. Gladys in accounting didn’t plan on committing 63 years of her life to the company only to greet the pearly gates after a heart attack from seeing you grind with another co-worker. So don’t do it. Maybe you could be the nice guy who offers a slow dance with Gladys. Of course, that might cause a heart attack as well. She’s fragile.

3. You’re Not In College Anymore

Yes, there’s an open bar. No, this isn’t the university pub you so dearly loved in college. Drink in moderation. Giving the CEO of the company a speech about how much of a jerk the CEO of the company is will never result in anything positive for yourself. It’s ok to have a few, but keep yourself in check.

4. If He/She Is Not Interested, Don’t Push It

Unless you’re Jim Halpert, you probably don’t have a chance with the secretary. This may be a party, but it’s not like you’re at an actual social event. You’ll see the person again on Monday. Hitting on your co-worker the entire night after multiple rejections will only make things awkward for you and especially for her the rest of the time you work together. If he/she says yes, then congrats to you. Otherwise, cut it out.

My hope is that these few pearls of wisdom will help you out on your foray into the office party world. There are many other situations you can run into during these events, but I can’t help you out with everything. One man can only do so much. Until next time, have a most excellent day.

–Taylor

22
Sep
10

Official Opinions: Fall Wedding What-Ifs

I always appreciate it when someone breaks the norm. There are a couple of different aspects to doing this successfully. First, it takes a bold, confident person to do so. Secondly, it has to be creative. Putting together something that becomes a conversation piece, a great memory, is key. What better place to do that than at a wedding? Although the current weather may not suggest it, fall is upon us. Here are a few ideas that I’ve come up with for those of you having a fall wedding that differ from traditional wedding standards.

1. Throw leaves, not rice, at the end of the wedding. It’s fall. And we live in the Midwest. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a usable pile of leaves to throw around. Not only is it fun, but throwing the leaves in the air can also bring back childhood memories for both the newlywed couple and the guests. It’s a great way to say you’re a “green” couple too. Hooray recycling! Plus, throwing leaves, not food, into the air will be sure to keep the birds away.

2. Present the rings in a jack-o-lantern, not on a pillow. Let’s face it, in October, everyone is thinking about Halloween. Hell, drugstores have been promoting the holiday for the past two months already. Be as creative as you want with the design too. It doesn’t need to be the generic triangle eyes and nose with a smile. Carve something out that has meaning to the both of you. How great would your rings look being presented in a pumpkin with a Chicago Bears logo carved out of it? (at least the groom would appreciate it) The possibilities are endless, assuming you’ve got a pumpkin that can handle what you put on it.

3. Use fall colors in the wedding party’s outfits, even the bride’s dress. It may be hard to believe, but there are a few shades of brown, yellow and orange (did you know orange is just a shade of brown?) that can be absolutely stunning together. Just trust me on that. Take the opportunity to not only stand out from the typical wedding attire, but look damn good while doing so. I’m sure that most people would never risk it, but if successfully pulled off, you’ll have one of the best looking groups of bridesmaids and groomsmen in town.

Three suggestions, three different ways to go about making your wedding stand out from the others. For those getting married, it will already be the most memorable day of your life, so take the time and effort to make it just as memorable for the guests that have come to show their love for you.

–Taylor




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