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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Idiotic Buzzword of the Day: Mancation

This just in: according to CNN, "Getaways with the guys, or mancations are hot"
An exerpt:

"Dozens of other places are getting into the mancation act, too.

"At the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, the "Dudes on the Dunes" package includes a round of golf and an in-room poker game with snacks and beer from $625 per person for two nights. The Marquis Los Cabos Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, includes surfing lessons, golf, poker, cigars, beer, chips and guacamole in its man-themed package from $490 a night. And the Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is offering "The Fishing Emanation," which includes a fishing expedition and a chef to cook the catch of the day starting at $725 per person.

"An 'Urban Dictionary' definition for mancation describes it as men engaging in masculine activities such as sports, camping, gambling, chasing women and drinking, without the presence of wives, mistresses or girlfriends. Vince Vaughn helped popularize the term in this summer's romantic comedy 'The Break-Up.'"

The "mancation act"? Is that like an emancipation act?
The homoerotic undertones are way to funny. Personal chefs? "Guacamole" as a selling point? "Dudes on the Dunes package"! Someone needs to pitch a story on the similarities between a mancation and a gaycation. I imagine the packages are quite similar, it's just, y'know, where they go that's different.
Gotta love when the media helps culture reverse-engineer meaning -- think of a catchy name, then invent whatever it stands for. Here's one off the top of the head: the "Forgetaway", a vacation package for alzheimers suffers -- and the best part is they never have to change the itinerary. Or maybe "forgetaway" is a better term for college girls whio can't remember sping break because of the roofies. This is clearly reason enough to write a CNN exposé.
In celebration of this idiocy, I invite you all to work mancation into a casual sentence. I'll start: "Gordon just got back from Boca Raton, and boy did he get one helluva sunburn on his mancation."
C'mon, help make "mancation" the latest... mansation.

Toronto International Farm Fest

In the spirit of all the farm animal goodness in Mike's Prelude to the Afternoon, here's a pic of myself and a couple co-workers from the Toronto International Film Fest, attending a Midnight Madness screening. It was for the international premiere of the New Zealand horror-comedy Black Sheep (nothing to do with the Chris Farley movie of the same name), and as you can see, we're on the red carpet... with sheep... including one wearing a tiara.
I did go to the premiere of the new Hal Hartley film, Fay Grim, which had the director and stars Jeff Goldblum and Parker Posey in attendence, which was kinda fun, but clearly, these soft little celebs are much more approachable. Plus, I probably wouldn't want a sweater made out of Jeff Goldblum shavings. Maybe Parker Posey shavings, though...
Anyhow, let the sheep humping jokes commence!
And thanks to Bob Tyrrell for taking the pic and Brett for fixing the contrast on it.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Prelude to the Afternoon

Ladies and gentlemen, Michael Winters: filmmaker.