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  1. Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    dear tony, which of your two jobs do you like the best? 

    do-the-right-thing-spike-leefirst of all i dont have two jobs.

    i have one job that i love a lot and im so honored to have and then i have a fun little thing where i drive people around every now and then.

    the problem with real jobs is you usually cant (or shouldn’t) blog about them too much. real jobs are real jobs and should be respected and honored and written about after you have retired.

    fun little driving excursions should be treated like the fun little weird things that they are.

    even if uber paid as much as my real job did, i dont think i would do it full time. for starters it’s just not healthy to be driving for eight hours a day. at least not for me. my legs get all rubbery, my wrists get sore, i eat horribly.

    also theres no future in driving. you learn about the city a little, you meet cool people, but in 15 years of driving where are you: still driving. then what?

    yes, on this blog the uber thing looks like fun and games, and it is in many ways, but im very happy to have a real job where i also learn every day and am surrounded by really smart people.

    i just dont write about it very much because one of the rules of blogging is dont write about your real work.

    but i will bend that rule today

    for you.

    because i heart you.

    Friday we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and i couldnt be happier. that’s one of my favorite movies ever, i think about it all the time, and i can’t wait to hear what spike and some special guests have to say about it friday night at our screening.

    i get to take some instagrams of it, do some tweeting, and maybe shoot a little web video of it. so stay tuned as that will be on our insta: instagram.com/theacademy

  2. Thursday, June 19, 2014

    dear tony, you are amazing and dashing and know everything about blogging 

    creative-clever-tattoos-23-277x400 i am a beautiful young lady living in the hollywood Hills having an blessed life and i want to be a fashion blogger

    for like real.

    ive spent money on a new website, a new car, and a laptop.

    now what?

    how do i make this happen?

    yours in rock,

    debra

    dear debra,

    im so glad you wrote me, i dont know how you got my phone number, but this is a legitimate question so i will answer this seriously.

    for starters, what you want is extremely difficult.

    the market is saturated. pintrest for godsake has made it worse.

    theres youtube ppl, instagram, and then all the other people who have been doing it forever.

    thats the bad news, the good news is the market is finicky and disloyal.

    everyone wants something new. the new thing. the new scene.

    new.

    you have a lot of things going for you, so maybe you can be that new scene the clickers want so badly.

    as you figure that out, you should probably take a look at canada, where all the answers usually lay.

    put on your winter coat, a Grates shirt, a warm Cubs hat and a scarf

    and buy a party ball for keri cdn because she is living the dream

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    keri gets a new car every week, drives it around, writes about it for the paper and her blog

    and for fun writes about digital security and how you can best protect yourself from bad ppl.

    she also catches and releases grizzly bears. bare handed.

    be amazed at keriblog.com

    keri used to live in the same skyscraper as casie in toronto or was it the other way around

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    no matter, casie is never home. shes constantly partying exploring or jumping off buildings.

    last weekend chevy gave her a convertible camaro. in white.

    last time she was in southern california her day was packed shopping

    going to disneyland, and then singing on stage at the hollywood bowl with that lady from wicked

    kristin cheneworth or whoever you spell it.

    anyways bloggers get whatever they want. even in canada.

    casie just wants things and they come to her.

    one day she said i want the most awesome sweatshirt ever and pow

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    miss 604 and keira-anne wanted vancouver and vancouver island, respectively

    and not only did they get it but canada asked them to design the olympics when it was up there

    but they were busy blogging.

    keira recently got hitched and has been on an extended honeymoon from blogging

    but she’s been doing it so long i cant imagine she’ll be gone for much longer

    meanwhile Miss 604 has had something very special going on over there for a solid decade now.

    beautiful choice of photos, solid writing, and actually all the things a person would want to do up there.

    one of the lessons that i learned from these ladies is: go do stuff and you’ll get invited to do more.

    keep writing, keep taking pictures, keep posting it and making it look good.

    learn from all the other bloggers out there. who is doing something right. how can you beat it.

    maybe you can just outlast them.

    the good and bad thing about the blogosphere is it’s full of quitters.

    let em quit.

    find that thing about you thats different than everyone else and milk it.

    as many times in a row as you can, online, every day.

    me, if i had to do it. id not only have my own blog,

    but id see if i could write once a week

    on LAist.

    the secret path to everything good in LA.

  3. Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    dear tony, how do you get over someone who broke your heart? 

    10345843_790476220970100_5403092493975692544_nthis might be the easiest question ive ever gotten.

    in fact id rather talk about how the Cubs are going to win the World Series in 2016 but get overshadowed by the presidential campaign when Sarah Palin goes up against Condi Rice who will run as an independent.

    our bodies tell us everything but we’re so engrossed in denying it what we want that we dont listen.

    when you eat a bad bowl of gumbo what happens: your body expels it in disgusting and messy ways so that you’ll never forget.

    when our hearts break we have the same feelings but because we are insane and lazy beasts we try to pretend that that hurt didnt actually hurt

    and worse: that the people who did the damage arent actually bad.

    they bad.

    that bowl of chili should be avoided.

    over time you might get used to that terrible chili, but this magnificent universe was not created so that we could get used to bullshit.

    we are here to bask in the glory of creation and dance around in the joys of life, love, and mindblowing fun.

    somewhere we tricked ourselves into thinking that the lack of explosive anal expulsion means that we made the right choices.

    heres when you know youve made the right choice: when youre grinning from ear to ear and your friends think youve been brainwashed.

    unfortunately most of us stay in our safe little comfort zones and we convince ourselves that true love and real happiness are either not possible or can be possible with an upset stomach full of crappy ass chili.

    no, we can be truly happy with people who challenge and respect us who bring us love naturally because they are our match, not because they simply fit the suit.

    how do you get over someone who isnt right for you: throw out everything of theres that reminds you of them, remember that life is short, and never talk to them again.

  4. Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    flowers asked me questions 

    20130930-010031.jpgDaisy: How old were you when you had your first kiss?

    6th grade

    Carnation: If I handed you a concert ticket right now, who would you want to be the performer?

    AC/DC

    Jasmine: What color looks best on you?

    Blyou

    foxglove:Name three facts about your family?

    My mom was one of the first black female computer programers, My sister’s pool is as hot as the hot tub, My grandma had 6 german shepards

    Allium:What’s the best thing you can cook?

    Beefaroni

    Orange Blossom:If you could pick the gender and appearance of your child, would you?

    Yes. If I had a daughter I’d be afraid I’d shoot all of her boyfriends. In the face.

    Calla Lily:If you died right now, what song would you want to play at your funeral?

    Tsar’s “I Don’t Wanna Break Up”

    Poinsettia: Favorite holiday dish?

    That silver platter that looks liek a fish

    Oxlip: Would you ever get into a long distance relationship?

    Thats’ for sucker MCs

    Primrose:Favorite kind of soup?

    Kanpai has a bad ass ramen after 10pm

    Daffodil:What’s the most thoughtful present you’ve ever received?

    The truest got me an expensive camera.

    Rose:Are you currently in love with someone?

    My heart is a flower. It has many petals.

    Amsonia:Would you ever become a vegan?

    Sure, why not. But I would lust for bacon and McRibs. And sushi. And Jello

    Peony:What’s your favorite hot beverage?

    Saki

    Tulip:For your birthday, what kind of cake do you ask for?

    Birthday cake

    Myrtle:Do you like going on airplanes?

    Yes but I prefer to go in them.

    Hibiscus:Did you ever play an instrument? If so what?

    Sax, drums, and four string guitar.

    Zinnia:Who was your best friend when you were six years old?

    Bob Downing

    Poppy:What color was your childhood home?

    how to blog dogBrown with tan trim

    Hydrangea:Starbucks order?

    I ORDER YOU TO UNTIE ME!

    Violet:Do you like where you’re from?

    What’s not to like?

    Locust:What was your favorite book as a child?

    The Lew Alcindor Story

    Rhododendron:What’s the scariest dream you’ve ever had?

    I have a recurring dream that I am running from something and I end up in a house that isn’t mine and I can’t get out and the owners of the house are saying who the hell are you and what the hell are you doing here.

    Queen Anne’s Lace:Would you rather carve pumpkins or wrap presents?

    Rap is an artform

    Magnolia:Favorite kind of candy?

    Chocolate

    Aster:Would you rather be cold or hot?

    Hot hot

    Marigold:Do you listen to what’s on the radio?

    Constantly. Especially Howard 100

    Heliconia:Do you like when it rains?

    Sure, because that’s God saying wait till you see what Wrigley Field is gonna look like soon.

    Azalea:What’s a movie you cried while watching?

    80 percent of them

    Dandelion:Do you think you’re important?

    I don’t think the NSA does, but I know the IRS does.

  5. Sunday, March 16, 2014

    adam bradley carlson asks, “tony do you still have that shirt?” 

    2007 with the girls in vancouver

    in the summer of 2007 i went to vancouver and had a great time with keira-anne, corrina, miss604 and many others

    and some of my best memories is taking pics of us holding our mammaries

    while i wore this killer AC/DC shirt given to me many years ago by one Mr. Os

    today corrina’s husband adam tweeted me wondering if i still had the sweet silk shirt.

    acdcshirt

    till i die, my man

  6. Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  7. Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    Ask Tony: What was the Oscars like? 

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    You asked so I will answer.

     David DiNucci Are you doing an AMA on Reddit? People would love it.

    Nope I’m doing it on the world famous busblog. Which got me here. And as they say, dance with who brung ya. So lets dance!


    Barbara Doduk “Did you get to take a pee next to anyone super famous?”

    One of the coolest things the Academy did for some of us who were working the Oscars was they gave us hotel rooms at the Loews which is the hotel right next to the Dolby. We had conference rooms where we worked from Friday through yesterday. So we were able to get out of our hotel rooms and walk maybe 200 feet to our temporary work area. One of the best parts about that was we got to pee in the privacy of our rooms. I even took a quick bath in the middle of a particularly stressful day.  I have peed next to famous people before, but not recently.

    spike lees shoesMark Johnson  What was it like hanging with Spike Lee?

    Spike was amazing. Very hyped up. Wildly dressed. He had amazing shoes on. So I was all Spike is it the shoes! Is it the shoes! And he let me take a picture of his shoes. And after I did he wanted to see how the picture turned out. When I showed him he pointed and laughed and laughed and laughed.

    Brian Hardison How spun out was John Travolta?

    To be honest it was loud in the room where we were watching and I was transfixed on his hair.

    James Dornan What item did you take that you might not have been allowed to take?

    At the Governors Ball a server offered me lobster while I was taking pictures.  I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to eat it. But then she said, “it aint gonna eat itself.” So, for science, I sampled it.

    Bob Downing Did you wear the Cubs hat at any point?

    I liveblogged in it.

    Yosi Sergant What does Karen O smell like?

    kylaI didn’t run into her Oscar night, but I did at the Nominees Luncheon. She was very sweet, almost shy and nervous which is weird if youve ever seen her rock out live. She smelled like flowers. Actually every Oscar event has so many flowers it’s hard to smell anything other than the freshness of those roses.

    Bob Downing Who were you wearing?

    Friar Tux.

    Hayley Fox Reyna Who dropped the most f-bombs when they were off camera? How late did you stay up? did they save you any awards show pizza?

    1. Tony Pierce. 2. Very. 3. There was sooooo much food for the press and the staff before during and after the Oscars. Also at the Governors Ball, there was Wolfgang Puck pizza being served. But alas, Chicagoans usually shy away from any pies that weren’t produced in the 312.

    Andrew R. Rice Tony Pierce turned loose at Oscars with “all access” one day. Scarlett Johanson pregnant the next. Connected?

    I may have to go over the birds and bees with you Mr. Rice.

    Maria Niles Did Kerry Washington ever get some pizza?

    I believe the pregnant ladies were afforded every luxury. Which, yes, would include pizza.

    Sara Leonard Is Tom Cruise programming John Travolta back stage… cause well – yeah you know why.

    I didn’t see Mr. Cruise anywhere near the big event.

    1947581_10152240670543057_155014019_nMichael Snadden Must’ve been fun :))

    OMG the funnest. Especially about halfway through the Oscars when I realized everything was going to be ok.

    Brian Banks There’s only one question that needs answering — at what point did Travolta realize he’d become a meme?

    The meme I don’t believe happened until yesterday when Slate made that great name generator.

    Kathy Rehn can I be your date next time?

    If I can have a date next year I promised my mom that she has the first shot at it.

    Karen Lujan Was the pizza order planned in advance or was that a spur of the moment thing?

    I didn’t see it at the two rehearsals I went to. And even though Hollywood Blvd was shut down on Oscar night, I’m sure if security was alerted, they would cooperate with Ellen. Everyone loves Ellen.

    lupitaMaria Isabel Delaossa Is Jeremy renner short? Lol lol

    I did not see him in person, but I was a little surprised about Bono.

    Avatar westondeboer Did you actually watch the oscars?

    Yes, parts of two rehearsals and the live show on tv next to my boss as I live-blogged.

     

    Avatar5chw4r7z   Was Lupita Nyong’o as beautiful in real life as she was on TV? 

    I’ve never seen a black woman prettier than my mom until I met Lupita backstage after she won her Oscar.

    Avatar Shelley Han were you able to score one of those $50,000 gift bags?

    They were allegedly $80,000 but because the Academy had nothing to do with them I didn’t even see them.

    Avatar Grace  Was anyone embarrassingly drunk/disorderly?

    No but a few of us tried.

  8. Monday, March 3, 2014
  9. Saturday, February 8, 2014

    am i dying a terrible death? 

    build a worldyes.

    do other people have serious problems too and we should also think about them and their needs?

    oui.

    have some pretty girls sent pretty pictures into my in box and brought smiles to my undeserving face?

    :)

    did my boss give me monday off to recover even though thats the Oscar nominees luncheon and i really really really really really wanted to go and see hollywood’s stars eat wolfgang puck’s food and mingle and smile because everyones still in the race?

    :( yes

    have i felt any pains in my side at all today?

    strangely, no

    have i eaten any pain meds since 1am?

    nope.

    have i been eating today like a normal person?

    i never eat like a normal person, and i feel gross, so ive only had a scoop of oatmeal and a little sushi.

    are you really eating sushi when youre dying?

    what else you want me to eat? big macs?

    have you been saying ridiculous things to people via email text and etc?

    more than usual, yes.

    are you annoyed with pretty much everyone you run across in real life?

    im not proud of that, but probably. the stray cats are fine though.

    what are the odds that theyre going to put a rod up your youwho and laser blast your stones

    id say its about a 50% chance.

    what can we do to support you?

    pray to your god to talk to my god that the next time i take a leak the stone comes out the natural way.

    kthnxbi

  10. Sunday, January 19, 2014

    aaron asks, “How does the MLB HOF go about fixing the BBWAA?” 

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    the only curses i believe exist in this world are in baseball.

    i think that because the red sox traded babe ruth for the rights to a play,

    they were jinxed from the world series for decades

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    i believe that when the cubs wouldnt let that dude bring his goat inside wrigley field,

    that they’ve been cursed ever since

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    and i believe that when two and a half baseball commissioners refused to let pete rose

    baseballs finest hitter, enter the hall of fame,

    the hall became will cursed and will remain so until this is corrected.

    sorry,  mike piazza.

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    therefore it’s not the major league baseball hall of fame that has to fix the baseball writers of america

    its that the mlb hof needs to stop being hypocritical about who they let in and who they dont.

    it is their terrible lead that is inspiring silly acts by the writers.

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    i have a suggestion: if the feats that took place counted on the field, then they should count off the field.

    so if a guy miraculously racks up over 4,000 hits, and then retires and does dumb things while he’s no longer a player

    and if all of those hits still count in the record book, then thats what should be rewarded and celebrated

    and he, the man who did it, should also be rewarded and celebrated.

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    likewise if someone, even someone you dont like, hits more home runs than anyone.

    regardless of if he worked out deals with the league office or didnt work out deals with the league office.

    if those home runs counted in the games then it should count in the hall.

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    or else get used to the curse and the foulness and the incomplete feeling that your so called special thing has

    and know this is your fault, hall of fame, and you who dont deserve them

    and not the other way around.