Name That Face!

Round 1 of the contest has been completed!

Final tally below.

You can see what pics I have been using here.


Hi kids, it’s Splotchy, with yet another idea to brighten your day.

I have created a new Twitter account called Name That Face! where I will post pictures of various people — actors, politicians, musicians, etc.

Your goal will be the first to identify the face in the photo. Sometimes there will be bonus points given for additional information.

To play this game, just start following Name That Face on the Twitter (you’ll of course have to get a Twitter account).

I’ll keep a running tally of everyone’s scores, and store it (for now, at least) on this post.

By the way, here is the first picture:

I am giving an extra point if you tell me what movie this still is from.

Remember, don’t name the face here. Name it in a reply to my NameThatFace account on the Twitter.


ROUND 1 has ended.

@debenham – 80 points
@johndstearns – 66 points
@ajonathancox – 64 points
@SamuraiFrog – 44 points
@keithwade – 37 points
@Goose – 29 points
@glands – 14 points
@mariecarnes – 13 points
@TimRussell – 12 points
@unsupervised – 9 points
@aenematron – 9 points
@MyNameIsGaron – 8 points
@genegeorge – 7 points
@liezl – 6 points
@JoeTheCop – 6 points
@Nyen_van_Toc – 6 points
@DougBenson – 5 points
@HAMMER32 – 5 points
@1082118 – 5 points
@Xpandurmind247 – 5 points
@stevesaragossi – 5 points
@BrandonMLytle – 4 points
@nathansmart – 3 points
@Caissie – 3 points
@jeffstearns – 3 points
@bakinslow – 3 points
@BunnyKickButt – 3 points
@benwiers – 3 points
@wolfsothern – 3 point
@jim_mee – 2 points
@twitcaps – 2 points
@Johnichi – 2 points
@SnapTheJap – 2 points
@CathyofTO – 2 points
@jeffkeyz – 2 points
@MattackTheDj – 2 points
@angelmartinez12 – 2 points
@saxamaphone1 – 2 points
@eliter – 2 points
@dpressman – 2 points
@Dhppy – 2 points
@tvpam – 2 points
@FamousPoliceDog – 1 point
@glenstar 1 point
@AndeeD – 1 point
@jintastic – 1 point
@ohsnapwnt – 1 point
@tatgirl09 – 1 point
@juntender – 1 point
@jaycee419 – 1 point
@marshandy – 1 point
@david0071978 – 1 point
@rowritermom – 1 point
@stevethegreat – 1 point
@JumptankRT – 1 point

Early AM Bike Ride

I got up freakishly early today.

I thought I would head out for a bike ride on the Salt Creek trail and be back before anyone was awake.

I took pictures!

For some reason, I love the fact that this bike trail has street signs.

It was already light when I headed out, but the sun hadn’t risen yet. Here’s a first peek at it through the trees.

And here it is, a little later. Ladies and gentlemen, the Eye of Sauron!

I saw a huge blue heron at this boggish part of the trail. I stopped my bike abruptly, and scared the damn thing off. So, I took a picture of the bog. You’re welcome.

I saw lots of deer, but didn’t feel like taking pictures of any of them. Well, there was a picturesque scene of a deer urinating just off the trail next to LaGrange Road that would have made an award-winning photograph, but no, I didn’t take a picture of the deer urinating, either.

I *did* however take some pictures of a raccoon eating garbage. My folks got me a nifty camera for Christmas. It has freakish zooming capabilities, which I will show to you now.

This is where the raccoon was. My camera is zoomed out.

Here’s the raccoon at 40x.


Electronic Cerebrectomy

In a recent walk to the train, I noticed a flier in a store window, advertising a free screening of The Muppet Movie to be held on June 26th at Ehlert Park in Brookfield .

It had been ages since I had seen it, but I remember loving it. I learned later that T__ had never seen it.

I wanted to do a little family outing with everyone, and T__ was agreeable about it, so we got some snacks and water together and headed over to Ehlert at around sunset.

I took a frisbee and a ball, played a little with the boys. My daughter just sat in a chair, hanging out with her mom.

While we were waiting for the movie to start, I took a couple cheesy, pretentious photos.

When I noticed this aircraft in the sky, it was right next to the moon, and seemed to be headed straight up into space. I honestly thought it might be a rocket. But, it wasn’t. Probably a jet. It had a weird reddish cast to it — not sure if it was really that color, or if was reflecting the color of the setting sun.

Yes, I took a picture of the moon, too. Happy?

The movie finally started around 9pm (the days *are* pretty much at their longest around the solstice). Oh, what a treat.

I genuinely laughed out loud nine or ten times. There were great cameos I had forgotten about, wonderful lines (Fozzie repeatedly saying “Waka waka waka!”, Beaker saying “Sadly temporary”, pretty much anything Animal said, etc.) Such a great movie.

I’m sure he has mentioned the origin of his blog title before, but I was happily surprised when Mel Brooks spoke of performing a Electronic Cerebrectomy on Kermit.

The movie ended at around 11pm. Two of our kids made it all the way through. Our youngest gave into sleep and some cozy blankets we had brought along.

I know things aren’t the best for me or my family right now, but it’s nice we can still have moments like this.

Suspended Under A Twilight Canopy

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon
Suspended under a twilight canopy
We’ll search the clouds for a star to guide us
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We’ll find a cloud to hide us
We’ll keep the moon beside us
Love is waiting there in my beautiful balloon
Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon
If you’ll hold my hand we’ll chase your dream across the sky
For we can fly we can fly
Up, up and away

— The Fifth Dimension – “Up, Up And Away”

My golly, what a cheesy song. I could douse my cheesiest adolescent cassette mix tape with Velveeta, wrap it in Camembert, apply a liberal sprinkling of grated Romano and Parmesan cheese, and it still wouldn’t be as cheesy as this song.