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Updated VitaminWater Copy!

31 May

Dear Vitaminwater Rep:vitaminwater essential

I’m a huge fan of your “essential” orange-orange vitaminwater. I just can’t get enough of its refreshing, smooth taste. What I have had enough of is the clever copy* on the label. Don’t get me wrong: I love the idea. And I laughed when I first read it. I’m not sure when that was, though, because it was SO LONG AGO. If I have to read one more time about how morning and mourning are only one letter apart…well, probably nothing will happen. But I’ve decided to help you guys along in your updating process. Below please find my suggestion as to the replacement of said paragraph. Continue reading

Newsies on Broadway – Better Than the Movie?

21 May

When you love something as much as I love the 1992 movie, Newsies, you don’t want a single, minute detail changed.

So naturally I was apprehensive for the Broadway adaptation.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to see it or not (would I hate it? Love it? Hate that I loved it?). In the end, I entered my name in the Newsies ticket lottery and let the outcome decide.

I won. So I saw it.

Original Concerns

When I heard all the theatre buzz, my two main concerns were Jack’s transformation from cowboy to artist, and the reporter who’d followed the strike being a woman instead of a guy.

Actually sitting through the show, those weren’t the issues I had at all.

Although, if you’re going to make Jack an artist (a change which I don’t think was necessary, by the way), why make one of Pulitzer’s lines be:

“Time’s running out kid, so what do you say/Cowboy or convict, I win either way.”

Cowboy or convict.

Cowboy or convict.


I gotta say kudos to Jeremy Jordan (pictured below) for playing such a great Jack. He’s charismatic, cheeky, a natural leader, and quite sympathetic. As a huge fan of Christian Bale in this movie, I think Jeremy stepped into the role very well.

Jeremy Jordan Jack Kelly

My friend and me with Jeremy Jordan aka Jack Kelly 🙂

The same can’t be said for Ben Fankhauser, playing David. I’d never even stopped Continue reading

Check Out The Coolest Pictures Ever

22 Apr

There’s a brilliant up and coming photographer who takes the coolest pictures ever.

His name is Jacob J. Scheiner, and he happens to be my brother.

If you like looking at pretty pictures (and who doesn’t?), then you must check out his awesome photo blog at It’s full of pictures of his travels, near and far, and interspersed throughout with meaningful quotes.

Sample pics:

pretty pic


bar harbor acadia national park main


italy venice gondola pic


chain link fence train tracks


Check out the blog for more awesomeness. Follow it, pin it, comment, and share it.

It’s that cool.

Shine On!

29 Jan

Jacob with the Shiner shirts

It’s not often that I hear of another person with the last name “Scheiner”; it’s not exactly “Smith.”

I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, to learn that there’s a whole city (as opposed to half a city?) named “Shiner” in Texas.

Plus, there’s an award-winning beer company situated in Shiner, Texas, called Shiner Beers, which makes its beer in Spoetzl Brewery, located right in Shiner.

So now, Continue reading

Sand Art: One Man’s Dream

12 Dec

Incredibly amazing work of art – watch how the story unfolds with just a few simple lines. (Also, the music is beautiful.)

Do You Squidoo?

28 Nov

This month I started writing on

Squidoo (created by Seth Godin) is a website that allows its users to create a page about anything they want. Also, you can get paid for you work. Or you can give the money to charity. Or get paid.

Having just started, I’m not yet sure if it’ll be worth the time I’m investing in it, but it’s a fun experiment and if it works out, it’ll be pretty awesome.

So far I’ve written three “lenses” (what Squidoo calls posts). Here they are if you’d like to check them out:

Best Period Movies and Mini Series

A Guide to Spending the Day in a Movie Theatre

The Jewish Holiday of Chanukah (aka Hannukah, Festival of Lights, Festival of Dedication)

Riverdance Duel

20 Nov

Irish Riverdance vs American tap dance