I Am Sick
I am sick, people.  Sick.  My weekend in NYC was marred by this illness, and I have been forced to call in sick to work for the past two days as well... congestion, a wicked cough, and all the trimmings... I can hardly think straight.

I appreciate all the kind words people have sent me in the last few days about the show, and I'm sorry the COCKTAILS episode of TWSS is so late.  I don't know WHEN I am going to be able to get back into gear.

Sorry.

UPDATE:

After one full week, I am STILL sick.  I called in sick every day last week, got lots of sleep and drank lots of fluids, but the same congestion and coughing keeps right on bothering me.  I went to the doctor last Wednesday, and he gave me some antibiotics, but I'm not sure they did anything.  At this point, I can only say that the new episode will be out whenever my voice returns (right now, it's at about 50%... and might get worse since I now have to go back to work and yell at kids all day long).

I'll keep you updated as I can, and again I apologize for the long delay.



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The New York Comic-Con
As I said on the last podcast, I will be in NYC this weekend for the Second Annual New York Comic-Con, being hosted in the Jacob Javits Center.  The NYCC has set up a "Podcasters Arena" and invited a lot of the big names in comicbook podcasting to attend with free passes. 

As some of you know, I got my start in "comics" podcasting, first with AROUND COMICS, and later with COMIC TIMING (the host, Ian L., is an occasional contributor to the TWSS blogpage).  Thanks to "the other Ian" (as TWSS's own Ian Casselberry calls him), I'm getting a free pass and a chance to meet many of the friends I've met and made in the comic community over the last few years.

If you're going to be attending the con, stop by and see me (if I'm there, I'll be at the COMIC TIMING table).  If you live in the area and want to participate in some sort of meet-up, let me know as well.

So what does this matter to the average TWSS listener?  Not much, except for the fact that being gone will delay the release of episode #18 of TWSS.  Ian and I probably won't be able to record until Tuesday night at the earliest.  But look at it this way-- instead of a rerun of The Office next week, you can look forward to us! Just as good... right? 

right?

ah well.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am EDT
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The Office -- Episode # 3.18 "Cocktails" Will "Cocktails" be everything we're looking for and more, or will it fail to get us "buzzed"? 

NBC describes the episode like this:



COCKTAILS
8:30/7:30c TV14 02.22.2007


MAKING IT OFFICIAL - Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Jan (Melora Hardin) go public with their relationship during a party at their CFO's home. At the party, Jim (John Krasinski) meets Karen's (Rashida Jones) ex. Meanwhile, the rest of the office decides to go to happy hour for drinks. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.



There's obviously loads of potential for "awk" when alcohol is involved, so I'm expecting a good dose of somewhat cringy scenes.  Will some truth come out, once the defenses are down?  Can "JaMichael" last, once properly registered with Human Resources?  Only time will tell.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:27am EDT
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Episode # 17 -- "Business School" (02/15/07) Episode # 17 of THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID finds both Matt and Ian wondering how to battle the five Goliaths that are endangering America. It's the moment Michael's been waiting for-- a chance to inspire a new generation. But is business school ready for his 100 Grand ideas? Meanwhile, Dunder-Mifflin has a bat in its belfry, and Dwight is just the man for the job. And Jim? One crisis at a time. Pam puts her self esteem on the line, but will Scranton's Fab Two grind her dreams to dust? And Ryan? Welcome to the annex, monkey-boy. Incidental music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Email us at TWSSpodcast @ gmail. com, or leave a comment on our blog page at thatswhatshesaid. libsyn. com. iTunes reviews are always appreciated! Help spread the word!
Direct download: TWSS17.mp3
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The Office -- Episode # 3.17 "Business School"
So... This is the big Joss Whedon directed episode tonight, and it looks to have at least three different plot threads running through it.  I can only imagine Ryan invited Michael to his class in order to mock him (or let Michael mock himself), and the Dwight Vs. The Bat thing... well, I hope it's funnier than it sounds.  I am most interested in the Pam has an art show story-- I wanna know just how sexy that art is!

NBC describes it thusly:


BUSINESS SCHOOL
8:30/7:30c TV14 02.15.2007

MICHAEL GOES TO BUSINESS SCHOOL WITH RYAN - Ryan (B.J. Novak) invites Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) to be a guest speaker at his business school. Meanwhile, Dwight battles a bat that gets loose in the office while Pam (Jenna Fischer) invites co-workers to her first art show. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.



Let the commenting begin!

Oh, BTW-- JOIN IAN AND I IN THE TWSS CHATROOM AFTER THE SHOW (9:00e/8:00c).  Not sure how many people can fit in the room, but we're willing to find out!



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Episode # 16 -- "Phyllis' Wedding" (02/08/07) Episode # 16 of THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID finds both Matt and Ian exhausted after trying to sneak through Dwight's security cordon... man, the things we do for free booze! It's wedding season, you sand-bagging SOBs, but Phyllis forgot rule #98-- hell hath no fury like a Michael scorned!  She got her 6 weeks, but will she live to regret asking Michael to be in the wedding party? Will Dwight catch any of those nasty wedding crashers? Will Toby finally get lucky?  Will Ryan survive the bouquet toss? will Jim, for the love of god and all things holy on this great green earth find the cojones to tell Pam how he feels? Or not? And who says it's bad to backslide? See what twenty bucks can do? Incidental music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Email us at TWSSpodcast @ gmail. com, or leave a comment on our blog page at thatswhatshesaid. libsyn. com. iTunes reviews are always appreciated! Help spread the word!
Direct download: TWSS16.mp3
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The TWSS Chat Room? Due to popular demand, I went looking for some kind of free chat room I could add to the site... not sure if this is optimal, but it's the best I could find on short notice!

Scroll down the page, and under the Frappr Map, there's a new link-- JOIN THE TWSS CHAT. Give it a try!

Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT
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The Office -- Episode # 3.16 "Phyllis' Wedding" "T" minus 12 hours and counting until the big event tonight.  Post your comments, predictions and criticisms here.

NBC describes it like this:

PHYLLIS' WEDDING
8:30/7:30c TV14 02.08.2007


HERE COMES THE BRIDE - Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) regrets giving Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) an important job at her wedding after several embarrassing moments. Pam (Jenna Fischer) has flashbacks of her own wedding planning when she sees Phyllis's decorations. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is determined to catch wedding crashers. John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.

Man, ANOTHER party?  Hope this one blows us away.

edit:

the more I think about this episode, the more IDENTICAL it feels in structure to "Booze Cruise."  A big party outside of the office, Michael acts like he's in charge, and gets punished for it... Dwight is given a "fake" job to keep him occupied, Jim is there with someone he doesn't really want to be with, Jim and Pam seem like they might do something, but then Roy makes a big move which pushes J&P farther apart.

At least in "Booze Cruise" Jim had the cojones to give Katie the boot.

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I Was A Teenaged Heart-Throb (re: Girl Talk Date Line)
Racine, WI-- the place I grew up and where I am currently living-- used to be a pretty amazing center of industry.  CASE tractors, In-Sink-Erator, Johnson's Wax, Horlick's Malted Milk, and Western Publishing (to name a few) all made their start here. 

During my senior year in High School, a representative from Western contacted our theater teacher and said they were looking for a group of kids to try out and be voices for a new board game they were putting together.  Being a drama dork (among other things), I tried out and got accepted as part of the crew.

We had to drive up to Milwaukee to a professional recording studio, and spent the afternoon reading goofy situations from a script-- situations dealing with a guy calling a girl on the phone, and either getting lucky or striking out. 

The game?  A little thing called GIRL TALK DATE LINE.  In the game, you had to move around the board and take two character tiles (a guy and a girl), match them together and jam them into a tiny portable speaker box thingy you'd have hooked up to your cassette deck.  The tape would then play one of the conversations mentioned above.  If you got a "good" one, you were successful.  If you got shot down... well, better luck next time. 

I got paid a few hundred dollars for my efforts, I remember... all of which went towards paying my bills for the senior prom.  I never really knew what kind of impact this game had, or whether it was popular or whatever, but apparently it won 6th place in the 1991 Deutscher Spiele Preis.  After doing the game, I briefly considered trying to work in the voice acting arena, but like a lot of things when you're 18, it got swept under the rug.

Ah... what MIGHT have been.

EDIT:

You can download an MP3 of the "loser" calls here.  That's me, on the first call... And also on the "call me when you decide to go Italian!" one. 

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