OK, so I wish I had seen this by veteran’s day, it would have been such a sweet post.
Take a look at this clip of Capt. Andrew Schmidt (AKA – Andy) being welcomed home from Kandahar in September of 2005 by his Golden Retriever dog Gracie. It will probably make you cry. I mean, not like, SOB – but tear up, you know?
It’s also an interesting commentary on how a video can sometimes go viral in a way that’s not totally organic, but rather involves the mainstream media.
I’m posting Capt. Schmidt’s commentary about the rising popularity of the video right below the actual video, because he didn’t feel like he got to say all that he wanted to on TV – so I want to make sure people that see the video here have the opportunity to know what he thinks!
I’m uploading this for family. This was the day I came back from Kandahar in Sept. 2005. Life has changed since then. But Gracie is still a good dog.
UPDATE: (11-13-2009) – This is crazy. I posted this years ago along with three other clips of wife in Haiti for my parents to see. They still have like 400 hits a piece.
This clip had like 30,000 hits two days ago. I’m not quite sure where this attention is all coming from.
Oh, and it was filmed by my wife Jen in our front yard in Springfield, VA.. Gracie is six now. She’s asleep at my feet as I’m typing this.
Take care, all – A.S.
UPDATE (11-14-2009). O-kaaaaay. This is getting crazy. They ran this on the Today Show today. I’m not a public person … this is getting a little intimidating.
I’m glad that this clip of Gracie has made so many people happy. If it makes you smile, it’s a good thing. But please remember the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. My buddy Steve Taylor who is in Iraq wrote me to say that it bummed him out, because it reminded him of how much he missed his dog …
FINAL UPDATE (11-15-2009) Again, thanks for everyone’s kind words. Yes, we did a short (2-min) spot in the Today Show this morning. They were nice, but I didn’t get to say what I wanted to say about my friends deployed or the many Guardsmen overseas right now. But it went well (do a Google for Capt. Andrew Schmidt to see it).
We were contacted by another news outlet, but we declined. We’re 17 minutes into our 15 minutes of fame. We’re private people, and these things can get out of hand. For one, I am a staff officer in the Air Guard (even though I am past enlisted) … there are tens of thousands of combat arms soldiers and Marines on their third+ 12 month deployment down range; I’m only gearing up for my second. I don’t want to be made a symbol for something that I don’t deserve to be. You have to be careful, because you have no control when you go on TV unless you are very, very savvy (I am not). Or you get crazy and end up building a UFO weather balloon in your back yard.
Take care. This was a fun week, but it’s over now. I have to go change a diaper, then walk Gracie.
Andy and family.
Check out the below video, also featuring Donald Faison, where Zach Braff combats the rumor that he has died.
It’s frickin’ hilarious! 😀 I know people say that he has a bad temper, but cracks me up. 😛
Here’s the vid – transcription is below:
Zach: Hi! It’s Zach Braff here. I’m alive. There was a big internet rumor today that I was dead, that I ODed on some pills. It’s not the case. I’m alive, I’m here at Scrubs shooting the new Scrubs Title Sequence. Which is a little bit like dying, so I guess that was semi-accurate. Also, I would never off myself with pills. If I had to do it, I would do it the way that everyone else would do it, by hitting myself with pots and pans.
A couple innaccuracies you should have noticed when you saw the thing, if you believed it.
One. The dude said that, let me just pull it up here, he said that I was found in my 32,000 square foot estate in Beverly Hills. Look, I’m not Oprah, all right? That’s a big ass house. And, you know, I’ve got a nice house, but 32,000 square feet – that’s like some Oprah shit right there.
Oh, and also, I think it’s funny that when I posted earlier that I was alive I didn’t really get that many “likes.” And I think there should have been way more likes out there for those of you who like me, when I said that I was alive.
On a positive note, I was able, when my friend Donald Faison called me frantically, I was able to work out with him that if I do ever die, I would like him to sing an R&B version of Wind Beneath my Wings at my funeral.
So I just want to say to Chris Laga-laga-nella, who apparently is the douchebag that started this, you win my first ever “Douche of the Day” award for making my Mom upset.
And now, to play us out, Donald Faison with an R&B rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings”
Donald (singing): Did you ever know that you’re my hero? You’re everything I would like to could be? OOOO I could..
Zach (interruping): I’m sorry to interrupt, but would you mind just urbaning it up a little bit? R&B it up.
Donald (singing): Did you ever know that you’re my hero…
Zach: Thank you everybody.
Check it out – the list of 2009 Emmy Nominees in all their Glory!
BEST COMEDY SERIES
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson, The Office
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alan Alda, 30 Rock
Beau Bridges, Desperate Housewives
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Steve Martin, 30 Rock
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jennifer Aniston, 30 Rock
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Gena Rowlands, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Betty White, My Name Is Earl
BEST DRAMA SERIES
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Michael Emerson, Lost
William Hurt, Damages
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Rose Byrne, Damages
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Edward Asner, CSI: NY
Ted Danson, Damages
Ernest Borgnine, ER
Michael J. Fox, Rescue Me
Jimmy Smits, Dexter
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Brenda Blethyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Carol Burnett, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sharon Lawrence, Grey’s Anatomy
CCH Pounder, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Padma Lakshmi (Host) and Tom Colicchio (Co-Host), Top Chef
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush
Ricky Gervais: Out of England
Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch
The Kennedy Center Honors
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger
MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Into The Storm
Prayers For Bobby
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
Kevin Kline, Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances)
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Sir Ian McKellen, King Lear (Great Performances)
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Redemption
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers For Bobby
Chandra Wilson, Accidental Friendship
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Len Cariou, Into the Storm
Tom Courtenay, Little Dorrit
Ken Howard, Grey Gardens
Bob Newhart, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
Andy Serkis, Little Dorrit
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House Of Saddam
Marcia Gay Harden, The Courageous Heart Of Irena Sendler (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation)
Janet McTeer, Into The Storm
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Grey Gardens
Cicely Tyson, Relative Stranger
Well, the El Segundo police department have answered the call to “Come and Knock on Our Door” when they arrested Three’s Company’s Joyce DeWitt on July 4th for Suspicion of Drunk Driving. The real insult, though, was not the arrest, but the propogation of this heinous mugshot:
I don’t blame her, though. I feel bad for her. If you spent all those years surrounded by Suzanne Sommers (who received a lot of fame and credit despite not being as talented as you – a tough pill to swallow) and John Ritter (who genuinely was exponentially more talented than you and received all the credit he actually was due – also a pretty tough pill to swallow) – wouldn’t you drink as well?
I have one episode left in True Blood Season One. It’s frickin amazing!!!! I love Lafayette, I love Tara, I love Sam…I love the whole freakin’ show. I’m about to go get some ice cream and watch the last episode of Season 1. CAN’T WAIT! 😀
Tracy Pollen is starring in a new Lifetime Original movie based on the disappearance of Teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba and her mother Beth Holloway’s unending and tenacious search to find out the truth behind what happened.
It airs tonight, Sunday April 19th, at 8 pm.
Here’s a trailer:
Kelly Bensimon, with her jewelry line, is certainly not the first personality to use the spotlight given to her by reality television to launch some kind of musical project or fashion line. The Real Housewives of New York star has launched a jewelry line, the flagship piece of which is this owl necklace:
I actually think it’s kind of cute. Or maybe it just reminds me of the owl from New Zoo Review? You decide!
I know Californication gets a lot of heat and not enough respect in a lot of camps because of the raunchiness, but I really think that, in Californication, TV has found a new classic. One of the major reasons for this, obviously, is star David Duchovny.
David plays Hank Moody, a debaucherous writer who hasn’t written anything in years, since his tome, “God Hates Us All.” He’s estranged from his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his child, who is engaged to a boring-but-safe former architecture client. The series focuses on that relationship, as well as that of he and his daughter, and the long line of his many conquests.
There’s no way this one paragraph plot description can possibly get across the greatness that is this show, though. 🙂 It’s hilarious, and yes it’s raunchy – but it’s also so, SO poignant at times.
I just watched the Season 2 Finale, and I don’t mind telling you…I cried. 🙂 If you haven’t watched this show yet, seriously…get the Season 1 DVDs and do it in one sitting. The do Season 2 with OnDemand, if you have it. You’ll thank me. 😀
If you wanna go the eBay route on the DVDs, incidentally, here are some listings:
So, Jim (Melinda’s husband – played by David Conrad) died on Ghost Whisperer tonight. How sad! I mean, it’s not like he really did a lot, show-wise, but still. They just had a very sweet relationship.
I guess the character is going to stay around for a while as a ghost, providing a newcomer’s perspective to the other side. That should be a really interesting storyline.
Still. I will miss the sweet Melinda/Jim interaction.
Check out a Jim/Melinda tribute vid in honor of Jim’s death:
If you’ve never been into Ghost Whisperer, you can catch up with past seasons on DVD: