What is Marmaduke?
May 19, 2010
Over the weekend Jay and I were driving and we were at a stop light in Downtown and next to us was the 92 bus, with an advertisement plastered to the side for the upcoming film Marmaduke, allegedly based on the newspaper comic of the same name. I turned to Jay and I asked, “What is – Marmaduke?”
“What’s Marmaduke?!” He screamed, “What do you mean ‘What’s Marmaduke?!'”
“What do you mean what do I mean? It sounds familiar, but I don’t know what it is. What is it?”
“Didn’t you ever read the funny pages in the newspaper?” He asked.
“What are the ‘funny pages?’ I said. “The Op Eds?”
After much research I’ve discovered that Marmaduke is a dog who is lazy, sexually promiscuous, selfish, often cruel, usually unable to do basic everyday tasks, and who likes to eat and sleep a lot. In short, he is me, but a dog.
These characteristics of a person, let alone a dog, do not a movie make.
Speaking of newspapers, here are a few local items I found of interest, with some brief commentary:
- “Our friend mentioned to me afterward that quite a few passing neighbors told him that they were sorry to see the mural go.”– Say “Goodbye” to Silver Lake’s “Hello” bear, The Eastsider LA
At least they got to keep the beehive.
- “About 40 dead fish have been found floating on the surface of Echo Park Lake over the weekend” – What is killing the fish in Echo Park Lake, The Eastsider LA
It sounds like Dante’s Peak, but this is Los Angeles – so, maybe more Volcano?
- “If these were puppies or little kids, we wouldn’t be in this trouble,” he said. “But they’re tattooed gang members with records. So I think a lot of people love this place, but not the folks who can write the big checks, the ‘Save the Hollywood sign’ check.” – L.A.’s Homeboy Industries lays off most employees, Los Angeles Times
- “I found that places in Downtown really wanted to provide benefits to Downtowners and loyal customers.” – DTLA Resident Card Launches with Signups at LA Cafe, blogdowntown
After two years, I had to move from downtown to nearby Highland Park, I am still downtown every day (really, every day) and frequent most if not all of the businesses offering downtowner discounts. I want an honorary resident card!
- “A $56-million renovation of the park that runs through the heart of the Civic Center is scheduled to break ground next month.” – Final Construction Documents for Civic Park Set for CRA Approval, blogdowntown
AND, look below for a glimpse of some of the exciting things coming soon at DTI:
View all of our upcoming events on our website.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more, or, maybe, a little less.