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Thursday, January 26th, 2012
2:21 am
I Built the New Magnet Theater Website
Look What I Coded...
Magnet Theater free improv classes in new york city nyc
(magnettheater.COM)

I"m so thrilled to be a part of the web team that coded the new look for the Magnet Theater's website (http://www.magnettheater.com). Obviously I won't get into the nitty gritty but I am particularly proud of the classes page. It lists all the improv comedy classes currently offered at the theater along with the ability to sign a waiting list for ones that have already filled up. While coding the backend of the site, I was excited to see the up-and-coming sketch comedy program taking shape. Better yet, two of the owners, Armando Diaz and Ed Herbstman, are teaching level two sketch classes!

A difference between the old site and the current one is the Magnet Theater's Corporate offerings and Touring Company (Tour co.). According to the website, a group of some of the best and most hilarious improvisers at the theater will bring the fun and supportive improv environment to you. Having been privileged to instruct a few team-building workshops I know that the value of seeing co-workers do something outside the office along side each other. It's like morale is being boosted every second.

The most fulfilling part of launching the site is feeling like I am contributing to the amazing community of which I am so proud to be a part. In addition to being the home to some of the best comedy I have ever seen, the people are what make me happiest. I met my fiance when she was an intern and I was performing on a Megawatt team. And my story is not unique. The Magnet Theater is a great place to meet girls! Whether I am sharing a cheap beer (or wine) at the bar with some seasoned improviser or sharing a scene with a first timer at a free mixer, it never ceases to get old. I guess that's because improv never ages. There are teenagers and septuagenarians playing amongst us, but who cares? With a positive open minded community like improv, age just isn't a factor.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, January 19th, 2012
10:30 am
10:26 am
Career Best!



194 pts ...





I may never again get anywhere close to this score on a single turn


3:49 am
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
6:22 am
Newsletter links
Link to newsletters April 2010 - present
6:18 am
Insomnia induced ramblings...
"Thinking too much is a disease for which ignorance is the only cure." -Sean Taylor

One day I may look at this quote and think "wow," but right now I just think, "I need sleep" and "why did I eat peanut butter at 3am?"
Friday, March 5th, 2010
12:04 pm
Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
7:50 pm
Monday, February 1st, 2010
6:50 pm
January 2010 Newsletter
For some reason, the html code won't work on here anymore so here's a link to the January newsletter...
link
Friday, January 15th, 2010
4:22 pm
Cityboy
More from Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, NYC
  • Hot Water: The hot water is variable, to say the least.  It doesn't run out but it fluctuates and does the thing where it starts to drops to luke warm so you nudge up the shower knob a millionth of an inch and your scalding yourself.  I am exaggerating a little but I wonder why it does this.  Som reason maintenance gives are "this is an old building" and " there are a lot of other apartments using the same hot water."  First of all, I was told the building was built in the '50s.  I honestly do not know which century.  I've narrowed it down to either 1950's or 1850's, and I'm about 90% sure it's 1950's. However, I've also heard our apartment be called "pre-war."  This would mean that it's either "pre-Gulf War" or "pre-Vietnam conflict" if it is 1950's.  If it's 1850's, well, then I guess it's pre-Civil War.  And, if that's the case, this apartment is in amazing shape and I have no reason to complain about having to keep one hand on the knob while showering.  

  • If it is, in fact, 1950's, then that's not too old.  And as for "other apartments," there are only 5 (five) other apartments and when I'm taking these showers is either way after midnight or during the work day.  I know, I need a job, but that's beside the point, Live Journal!  I mention it because I'm not competing with anyone for hot water while I'm showering.


  • Buzzer - I've lived in New York City (mainly Queens) for 10 years and never had a functioning buzzer.  This may have changed today.  To be fair, the buzzer did not work until today.  The guy who was fixing it came up after testing it and said "it works now."  Then continued to say, "it doesn't make a sound but the buzzer opens the door."  I said, "you mean when I 'buzz' someone up, there is no 'buzz?'"  He nodded then realized that I might not yet sign off on it and said he'd go back down to see if he could fix it.  Truth be told, I would have signed off on it since it did save me from having to walk all the way down to open the door when someone visits.  Not sure what he did next but within five minutes it was buzzing.  I did sign off on it but had to ask if it was possible to turn down the volume of the speaker.  As it is, if someone rings our doorbell, a prison alarm sounds in our living room.  It's so loud!  I understand women always have their cell phones on high volume settings in the event it's at the bottom of their handbags but in a small Manhattan apartment, we do not have that luxury.  The living room adjoins the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.  The buzzer fixer said he couldn't turn ours down without turning down the volume for the whole building.  I was ok with this but he was not.  So, now when you visit, call me ahead of time rather than ringing the bell.  If you do ring the bell, understand we may need time clean up the sh*t that just got scared out of us when you did so.


  • Good Food - Today we decided to try the Thai Place that is immediately downstairs.  It's called The Siam Grill but the menus say "Talent II."  They have a decent lunch special...$6.95 for entree and soup or salad.  It was pretty filling too...oh, and tasty.  I felt dorky though since I showed up wearing a scarf, huge jacket, and knit hat and this place is literally IN my building.  The address of The Siam Grill/Talent II is the exact address as me yet, judging by what I was wearing I was expecting to be served in an igloo.   Afterward I just went right back upstairs (a decision the curry helped me make).  The good news is that the Thai place downstairs and the Mexican place (Zuni) up the block are both tasty enough to revisit...and, oh, don't get me started on my proximity to a Chipotle.  I've already been three times. 

That's my update.
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
3:18 pm
Waking up in the city that doesn't sleep
So, after a decade of living in Astoria, Queens, I have finally moved into the "city." My first impression is probably the same first impression most people have about Manhattan apartments and that is, "wow, this is small." Our furniture arrives next Monday so I am writing on the only seat in the house, which, um, how do I say this, has flushing capabilities. Yes, I'm writing on a toilet. The fact this chair serves two functions is par for the course in Manhattan. Due to the cozy (dinky) living quarters, nearly all furniture has multiple uses. Theoretically, we have taken this into account.

A man a floor plan a canal prool Fanama - I say "theoretically" because we used this floor plan software (available at floorplanner.com) to map the entire apartment with all furnishings to scale in a flat 2-dimensional blueprint. Then, with the click of a mouse, a 3D walk-through is visible letting you virtually tour your new layout without moving anything. I recommend it.

Hopefully, live journal, you can come visit and do an actual walk through of the place once the furniture arrives. In the meantime, check out these 3D renderings....
3d top

3d bed

3d living


Here are some theories as to why NYC is the city that doesn't sleep...
1. Loud cars and trucks regardless of what time it is
2. Old creaky floors
3. Heaters and refrigerators that make more weird noises than Michael Winslow (guy from Police Academy)
4. Cramped living quarters make having a big bed impossible so if you're tossing and turning, so is your partner
5. Everything is open all hours of the night

It's probably one or all of the above. :)

Anyway, I happy to call it home now. 
Monday, December 7th, 2009
5:36 pm
Season's Greetings! (a holiday card in the form of a newsletter)
Sean Taylor's Newsletter
December 2009
Vol. 23
DECK THE HALLS (with Pizza)
Having eaten pizza every day of October, the question I hear the most often are "Which were your favorites?" The answers emerged at the 2009 Slicey Awards ceremony. Part award show, part film festival the Sliceys doesn't require formal attire and the only red carpet happens when someone drops a slice of free pizza.As for the awards, all 31 locations were "nominated" but these are the ones that left with the [personally] hand-crafted Slicey Award.
And the Winners Are...
BEST OVERALL -
BEST NEW DISCOVERY -
BEST TASTING SLICE -
BEST PIZZA DAY -
BEST IN SHOW -
Keste (review)
Motorino (review)
Roberta's (review)
Paulie Gee's (review)
Roberta's Unearthed
by Shawn Amaro

Video: The making of the Slicey

BEST IN SHOW video nominees...
At the Sliceys, ten short videos were screened and an audience vote determined the BEST IN SHOW. Given raw footage from a pizza day, the following ten talented editers spliced together the following ten videos. I love them all and I hope you do too. Click on the link or the thumbnail to see each one.

Denino's
edited by NATHANIEL RINK
"Adorable" Abitino's
edited by TONY CARNEVALE
Anselmo's Doubletake2
edited by ROBIN ROTHMAN
Knapp Street Pizza III; Balloon Boy
edited by ALEX MARINO
Pugsley's Plug-sley
edited by SHAWN WICKENS
Elmo Doesn't Go To John's
edited by ANDREW TUCCI
Regina Re-mix
edited by LOUIE PEARLMAN
Zio Nino Slice Talk Show
edited by KEVIN HINES
"More Than I Love You"
edited by ERIK TANOUYE
Roberta's Unearthed
edited by SHAWN AMARO
Special thanks to NY PIZZA SUPREMA (review from 2008) for providing the pizza for the 2009 Slicey Awards ceremony.

Pizza Month 2009 videos
In addition to the 10 videos edited by my friends, I edited 21 other videos from Pizza Month 2009 and put them all into a YouTube playlist.
31 videos (1-4 minutes each)
Click here to see 'em all!

Caption Contest
Congratulations, Matt Donnelly!
winner of Nov Caption Contest

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If you read this far, check out my first attempt at a documentary
Thursday, November 12th, 2009
2:56 am
November 2009 Newsletter
 
 Sean Taylor's Newsletter
November 2009
Vol. 22 
GOOD TO THE LAST BITE...

31 and done - October 31st marked the end to my eighth year of eating-pizza-every-day-of-October. It was delicious! Thank you, everyone who helped make it possible. Also, thank you to the pizzerias.
Redux & Reviews - Aside from hearing Sinatra sing anytime I shut my eyes, there seems to be no immediate consequences of pizza month '09. I lost a little weight due to my eat-nothing-before-pizza methodology. It helped me crave pizza but probably made me a bit irritable till I got my fix. 31 apologies! All the reviews of the pizzerias are (or will soon be) available at 31daysofpizza.COM.
And the winner is... - By now we know Bloomberg won his 27th championship and the Yankees are the new mayor of NYC but we don't know which pizzeria served Sean the best tasting slice. We also don't know which pizzeria offered the best overall experience nor which one was the best new discovery?

These questions will all be answered at the 2009 Slicey Awards Ceremony (Thu Dec 3, 7:30p, @Parkside Lounge).

RSVP for this free event now and secure your seat and free high quality NYC pizza. Click here for more info.


Pizza Film/Video Festival - I recorded a lot of raw footage and photos at each pizza place I visited last month and now eleven talented editors are hard at work making videos.

All will be screened at the Slicey Awards Ceremony (mentioned above) and one will, based on audience votes, be dubbed "BEST IN SHOW."

This year, the editors include Andrew Tucci, Kevin Hines, Hannah Chase, Alex Marino, Shawn Amaro, Robin Rothman, Louie Pearlman, Shawn Wickens, Nathaniel Rink, and (reigning champion) Erik Tanouye.

 

RSVP already!

By the way, in the days counting down until December 3rd, I will be publishing the other 20 videos as fast as my editing skills permit me. Here are the first five (2-3 min) videos. I hope you enjoy them...

 
Day 1-5: MotorinoLazzara'sPaulie Gee'sLuigi'sTwo Boots

Caption Contest
Congratulations, Keith Huang!
winner of Oct Caption Contest

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Sean's TV/web/stage/field guide
eventdate/time & descriptionvenue
Fri 11/6 - Sat 11/7: It's the First Annual New York Musical Improv Festival. Beginning at 6:30 with Once Upon A Time (one of my favorite musical improv acts) and including a Friday Night Midnight Jam where anyone can get up on stage and perform musical improv, this is a first time event. Both of the shows I mentioned feature Robin Rothman. She also designed the website and help build it. Check it out nymif.com.Magnet Theater
Blueballs
playoffs
Sun 11/8 @7:30p: My softball team has a realistic chance of winning this year...for real! If you want to see me shag flys or perhaps pitch some, come out to the field and root for the Blueballs!Clinton Dewitt
(11th Ave & 54th St)
My BirthdayOn Sunday 11/15 I will do something Chris Farley, John Belushi, and Jesus Christ all did...turn 33 years old. What? Why are you looking at me like that?The World
The Spotlight with Sean Taylor
My talk show featuring folks who have been on TV!
Encore condensed episodes of The Spotlight are available on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network for folks living in Manhattan with Time Warner cable. So, set your DVRs to the upcoming air dates and times...

 

Thursday, Nov 12th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67
Thursday, Nov 26th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67

 

Want to talk about YOUR appearance on TV? Please click here to submit yourself to be a guest on the show!

 

Sean's Upcoming shows
(all shows in NYC unless otherwise indicated)
DATESHOWDETAILS
Fri, Nov 06
9:30p TOMAHAWK & FRIENDS
@ the Sage Theater
7th Ave bet. 47th & 48th St.
$10 at the door / $7 in advance
212-302-6665
click here for more info
Thu, Nov 12
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Wed, Nov 18
9:30p Comedy Boisterous Celebration
@ The Creek and The Cave 
10-93 Jackson Ave (Queens, NY)
Thu, Nov 19
7p JV hosts the free mixer then, at
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Dec 03Pizza Awards
7:30p 2009 SLICEY AWARDS CEREMONY and
FILM FESTIVAL
@ the Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street
212.673.6270
free admission & free pizza
See Sean's full schedule of shows

If you read this far, check out this dorky picture of me

2:53 am
Oct 2009 Newsletter
 
 Sean Taylor's Newsletter
October 2009
Vol. 21 

Let the Pizza begin - For the next 31 days, I'm gonna be eating pizza. If the past seven years are any indicator, I'm in for a delicious month full of good friends, good times, and a lot of reviewing. Pizza Month has a new home here...

 

http://www.31daysofpizza.com

It's not too late to get involved in my pursuit of the 31 days of pizza-eating. Please recommend your favorite pizzeria and/or contact me if you want to join me for a slice. If our schedules don't line up during October, don't worry...I eat pizza the rest of the year as well.


So You Think You Can Edit... - Time to nut-up or shut up! I've always wanted to be cool enough to use that phrase, but applying it to digital editing is probably not quite what the coiners of the phrase had in mind.

Are Film Festivals cool? I think so. I am having my second annual Pizza Month Award Ceremony / Film Festival in the first week of December.

How does it work? Well, I video tape a pizza day and give you the footage. You edit it the way you see fit. Erik Tanouye* won Best in Show last year and is one of seven editors already signed up. There are plenty more slots so contact me if you want to nut up.

Maybe some of last year's vids will inspire you...

 
edited by: Shawn AmaroLouie PearlmanHannah ChaseKevin HinesErik Tanouye*

Caption Contest
Congratulations, Jon Bander!
winner of Sep Caption Contest

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Sean's TV/web/stage/field guide
eventdate/time & descriptionvenue
1,001 StoriesFri 10/16 @7p: My roommate, Tony Carnevale is reading a story that may or may not mention me! Man, and I thought no one was looking. Anyway, the show is fun and free.the Creek
Drama Therapy
workshop
Fri 10/16 @6:30p: Megan Rees, of the extended Magnet family is announcing the opening of her private drama therapy practice. Congrats! Contact her to set up an session. What is drama therapy? 
click for answer
Wmburg or
Union Square
The 1978
Paul Lynde
Halloween
Special
Fri 10/23 @11:30p: If last year is any indicator, there will be many funny celebrity impressions from some of my favorite people. Last year Robin played Charro and sang a song. I played Opie (Ron Howard from Happy Days). Tickets are only $5.Magnet Theater
Pizza Month
Annual pursuit of the 31 Days of Pizza
Here is a running list of pizzerias I am hoping to visit this Pizza Month...

 

  • Co. (Chelsea)
  • Roberta's (Wmburg)
  • L'asso (Little Italy)
  • Italian Village (UES)
  • Supper (E. Village)
  • Lazzara's slice place (Hell's Kitchen)
  • Luzzo's slice place (UES)
  • Vezzo (Murray Hill)
  • Rizzo's (Astoria)
  • Denino's (Staten Island)
  • Motorino (E. Village branch)
  • Nomad (NJ)
  • Keste (W. Village)
  • Anselmo's (Red Hook)
  • Pizza in the Cone (Astoria)
  • Delizia (UES)
  • Zio Nino (Staten Island)
Please recommend others if I'm leaving some out (that I haven't already reviewed).
Junior Varsity
My improv comedy house team at the Magnet Theater
TNT - (Thursday Night @ Ten) JV will be performing EVERY THURSDAY @10p as part of Thursday Night Out. $5 gets you in to up to five shows and free pizza.

Tonight JV performs in two different cities at the same time! That's right, most of my team is in Philadelphia for the improv festival but I picked folks that look like my teammates to perform with me as JV2.0. See the new version and drink $1 PBRs. We'll find out tonight whether it's an upgrade or not :).

 

Tonight's cast Announced!

JV2.0 ... JV
Beth Cartier ... Lucia Aniello
Justin Moran .... Shawn Wickens
Christian Paluck .... Kevin Cragg
Marcy Jarreau ... Megan Gray
Robin Rothman ... Jane Borden
Erik Tanouye ... Sean Taylor
Jon Roufaeal ... Jamie Rivera
Sean Taylor ... Jarret Berenstein

Hope to see y'all tonight!

The Spotlight with Sean Taylor
My talk show featuring folks who have been on TV!
Encore condensed episodes of The Spotlight are available on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network for folks living in Manhattan with Time Warner cable. So, set your DVRs to the upcoming air dates and times...

 

Thursday, Oct 1st, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67
Thursday, Oct 15th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67
Thursday, Oct 29th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67

 

Want to talk about YOUR appearance on TV? Please click here to submit yourself to be a guest on the show!

 

Sean's Upcoming shows
(all shows in NYC unless otherwise indicated)
DATESHOWDETAILS
Thu, Oct 01
&
7p VARIETY UNDERGROUND
@ the Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street
212.673.6270......free admission
two drink minimum

 

10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Oct 08
9p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Oct 15
9p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Oct 22
9p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Oct 29
9p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
See Sean's full schedule of shows

- You read this far so I might as well tell you. I was interviewed by the NY POST about Pizza Month but the article was killed because the Daily News had done an article on some other guy's pizza pursuit a week earlier. We did a photo shoot and everything :(

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
4:20 am
September: now with more newsletter, less wallet
 Sean Taylor's Newsletter
September 2009
Vol. 20 

Have you seen me? - I lost my wallet again. This happens so often its more of a "good Samaritan" test. Whoever found it this time has, thus far, failed the "good Samaritan" test. There wasn't much cash in it but there were four gold AMC movie passes. Although I'm not a mean guy, I am sort of hoping the movies the "bad Samaritan" chooses to see using the gold AMC tickets formerly known as mine are real stinkers. You know, like GLITTER-bad or SHOWGIRLS-bad. I also hope the person sitting in front of him at the theater blurts out plot points and answers her cell phone during the film. And, it would be acceptable if his popcorn gives him explosive diarrhea. Other than that, I hope he enjoys the show and my relatively new wallet. As for me, I'm working on losing a new one. This one is a blue velcro type. If you see it around, let me know...I probably don't.

Speaking of Stinkers... - I went to my second Mets game at Citifield to watch them get manhandled by the Braves 15 to 2. I wrote about the catastrophe here. I was just starting to turn the page on the abysmal lost and then "mets.com" shows up in my inbox with a "Game Recap." They say, right after they put up the 15-2 score that they "hope [I] enjoyed the game."

Geez, Mets, don't send out the form letter on the worst home loss of the season.

If you click on the "video highlights from the game" you will see my highlight from the game.

Caption Contest
Congratulations, Eric Del Pozo!
winner of Aug Caption Contest

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Sean's TV/web/stage/field guide
eventdate/time & descriptionvenue
Mom's
Birthday
Tue 9/15: Happy __th Birthday, mom! I encourage everyone to celebrate it as she likely will not.Everywhere
House M.D. 
is back!
Mon 9/21 @8p: The Doctor is in (the asylum...according to snakesonacane.com). I love this TV show. If you are not yet into it I have seasons 1-3 on DVD and will gladly loan 'em out. I am not responsible for blown minds.
Doubledecker
Party
Sat 9/26: My roommate, the girls downstairs, and I are going to join forces and have a double-decker (two story) Astoria party. If you haven't already received the Facebook invite, email me back and I'll forward you the info.Astoria, NY
Pizza Month
Annual pursuit of the 31 Days of Pizza
October is National Pizza Month. The past seven years I have celebrated it by eating at least one slice of pizza every day at 31 different locations with at least one guest. I also blog about it with photos and ratings. Last year 8 friends of mine made videos for 8 pizza days putting their own unique flare in the editing process. Check out all the final products here.

This year, I intend to make it eight years in a row. If you want to be a part of Pizza Month 2008 by either joining me or recommending a pizza place, please click here and let me know.

Junior Varsity
My improv comedy house team at the Magnet Theater
TNT - (Thursday Night @ Ten) JV will be performing EVERY THURSDAY @10p as part of Thursday Night Out. $5 gets you in to up to five shows and free pizza. If you haven't been to see us or the Magnet in awhile, be our guest!
The Spotlight with Sean Taylor
My talk show featuring folks who have been on TV!
Encore condensed episodes of The Spotlight are available on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network for folks living in Manhattan with Time Warner cable. So, set your DVRs to the upcoming air dates and times...

 

Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67
Thursday, Sep 17th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67

 

Want to talk about YOUR appearance on TV? Please click here to submit yourself to be a guest on the show!

 

Sean's Upcoming shows
(all shows in NYC unless otherwise indicated)
DATESHOWDETAILS
Thu, Sep 17
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Sep 24
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Oct 01
&
7p VARIETY UNDERGROUND
@ the Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street
212.673.6270......free admission
two drink minimum

 

10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Oct 08
9p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Oct 15
9p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
See Sean's full schedule of shows

- You read this far so tell someone else to sign up for my monthly newsletters! Thanks. 
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
1:11 pm
Best Disabled List in Baseball
So now that Johan has joined the rest of the Mets on the Disabled List EVERY player us fans can buy a jersey for is on the DL.  According to the prognosis, a good chunk of these players are slated to be back in September, but for what?  So we can hope to remain above Washington in the NL East?  Recently we have miraculously kept the opposition to 3 or fewer runs a couple of times but that is 3 more runs than we are capable of scoring.  The fact that Mets are totally out of it with no indication future seasons will be any different is very depressing.  I mean we still got like 30 games left in the season where other teams are gonna come in an embarrass us and pad their stats.  Ugh.  Sometimes being a fan is tough.

MetsUpdatedStatusDue BackInjuryNotes
Beltran, Carlos (CF)08/2315-day DLLikely SeptemberBone bruise in right kneeScheduled to run Aug. 24; start rehab soon after.
Cora, Alex (2B)08/2260-day DLMay miss rest of seasonLigament injuries to both thumbsMoved to 60-day DL Aug. 19.
Delgado, Carlos (1B)08/2615-day DLPossibly early SeptemberTorn labrum/right oblique strainSuffered setback in rehab Aug. 12.
Maine, John (P)08/1915-day DLLikely early SeptemberRight shoulder fatigueStill limited to long-toss.
Martinez, Fernando (CF)07/1615-day DLPossibly mid-SeptemberTorn meniscusUnderwent surgery during All-Star break.
Martinez, Ramon (2B)08/0560-day DLPossibly AugustDislocated pinkyPlaced on DL June 3.
Niese, Jonathon (P)08/10Out for SeasonLikely Spring Training '10Torn right hamstringSlated undergo surgery.
Nieve, Fernando (P)07/2015-day DLPossibly SeptemberTorn right quadCarted off field after pulling up lame July 19.
Putz, J.J. (P)08/2560-day DLLikely Spring Training '10Slight ulnar collateral ligament tearSuffered setback, done until '10.
Reyes, Jose (SS)08/1315-day DLMight miss seasonSmall hamstring tear, knee inflammationNo new injury updates.
Santana, Johan (P)08/25Out for SeasonSpring 2010Bone chips in left elbowTo undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery.
Wright, David (3B)08/2215-day DLPossibly Sept. 1Post-concussion symptomsSlated for baseball activities Aug. 24-26
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
6:46 pm
Insult to injury, thanks "mets.com"
I was just starting to turn the page on yesterday's abysmal lost and then "mets.com" shows up in my inbox with a "Game Recap." They say, right after they put up the 15-2 score that they "hope [I] enjoyed the game." Geez, Mets, don't send out the form letter on the worst home loss of the season.



I'm wondering if I click on the "video highlights from the game" it will just be me eating my hot dog. That's the only highlight I can recall.
2:07 pm
Mets crushed by Braves
August 19, 2009

Braves 15
Mets 2


A day after the Mets scored 8 runs in a single inning, the Braves equalled the feat and then some. Not just "some" but "a lot."  Starting pitcher Bobby Parnell seemed to be throwing fastball after fastball after fastball. I guess the other pitches in his arsenal were not working. It was just a matter of time before the Braves timed him and caught up to his 94 mph heat. Unfortunately, that "time" happened in the second inning with Adam LaRoche's no-doubt 3-run homer. While Atlanta "caught up to speed," New York was "just missing." The 8-run second only occurred because catcher Omir Santos "just missed" a foul pop-up and Shortstop Anderson Hernandez just missed throwing out two Atlanta infield hits. The air was so heavy, the dust never actually settled...nor did the Atlanta offense. They continued to batter Mets pitching even scoring the 15th run in the top of the ninth. It was a sad, sad day to realize just how impotent the Mets are this year.

John O'Donnell and I arrived at CitiField full of optimism on this hot and muggy August night.  T is beautiful. The sunset was idyllic. My Shack-ago Dog from the Shake Shack in center field was amazing. The only thing lacking was competitive baseball. Reminders of what the home team lacked were everywhere. Mets fans donning jerseys of players long since traded and franchise players currently only appearing on Disabled List rosters made the Braves rout even more sobering. Eventually even the most optimistic, hopeful, you-gotta-believe fans need to face the fact that the Mets are not going to win the World Series or even make the playoffs this year. Some folks will blame this on the performance enhancing drug crackdown preventing our players from "recovering."  Some will blame Bernie Madoff for screwing over the Mets owner so hard he couldn't afford to make necessary moves to put his team in contention this year. Even others blame the players for not playing. I just think we're snakebit.

When our luck turns around we got a team that can bean any team out there. I also like seeing the new guys earn their spot on the team. Tatis and Cora are the two hardnosed ball players that "get the job done." Sheffield, Francouer, and Murphy are our past, present, and future of power production. I also like Angel Pagan. The rest of 'em, better start producing because when the franchise players come back, you're gone!

Here are some pix from the game...

still full of optimism (before the game)

The sunset was the only thing worth watching at Citifield



A delicious Shack-ago Dog



John & I hoping for a 13 run rally...didn't happen



 


Monday, August 3rd, 2009
1:49 pm
Whoopee! A Newsletter..
 
 Sean Taylor's Newsletter
August 2009
Vol. 19 
My Niece Breaks Her Grandfather's Whoopee Cushion

Heartwarming Apology Exonerates Culprit - GRANDPA'S 60TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: Despite inflating and deflating her grandfather's whoopee cushion until it burst , Lori was completely forgiven upon receipt of the apology that accompanied the broken device. But how could a four year old unable to read or write possibly pen an apology? Enter Lori's older sister, Suzi. At 6 years old, Suzi's grasp of the English language was the missing link. Courtesy of stolen sips of Grandpa's soda, the girls worked well beyond their bed time. As Lori dictated, Suzi wrote. Both knew, however, if this apology were to be convincing, Lori would have to be the one holding the crayon. So, Suzi wrote ever so lightly knowing full well Lori would have to trace over the draft. The plan worked beautifully. The apology was so well crafted, it was almost as if my father had completely forgotten he owned a whoopee cushion in the first place! Apologies might not always work, but it certainly did this time. Well done, nieces!

Yin & Yang - Aside from playing with whoopee cushions I also played 18 holes of golf on a championship course. The photo to the left was the highlight of my round when I hit a rescue club on a par 3 to within one club length of the hole (nearly missing a hole-in-one). The other photo, was the lowlight. I hit two drives on #18 out of bounds to completely ruin an otherwise solid round. Should have stopped at 17.

Rain Reigns Supreme - Has it ever rained this much in a given baseball season? I finally scored some free tickets to a Mets game. The one drawback is that on a free ticket there is this "no rain checks" clause that mean you don't get to go if it's postponed and rescheduled. So, my buddies and I went ALL the way to citiField just to be disappointed. We did grab burgers at Donovan's Pub (one of the best burger places in the city) on the way home so it wasn't a total waste. Also, I'm still accepting free Mets tickets until the end of the season...which is sadly arriving way faster than I had hoped in the spring.

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Sean's TV/web/stage/field guide
eventdate/time & descriptionvenue
Robin's 30th
birthday
Mon 8/17 : Save the date as a day where fun will happen...maybe even a party. Also, singing will likely be involved.TBA, NYC
ETV 8Fri 8/28 @7p: Improvisers turn into rock stars for a night you won't forget. Robin did it last time and Shawn Amaro and I captured it on video (click here to see Robin sing "Magic Man"). Here's thefacebook eventKenny's
Castaways
Softball
Playoffs
Sun 8/30 @2pm: My 92Y softball team has clinched a playoff spot, come see what we do with it if you're interested in watching or just enjoying Central Park before the end of summer.Great Lawn
field #2
Junior Varsity
My improv comedy house team at the Magnet Theater
Boston or Burst - Junior Varsity is excited to perform at the Boston Improv festival in Early September. Also, beginning in September, JV will be performing EVERY THURSDAY @10p as part of Thursday Night Out. $5 gets you in to up to five shows and free pizza. If you haven't been in awhile, please come.
Variety Underground
Free once-a-month variety show hosted and booked by me and Shawn Amaro
Thursday, Aug 6th from 7:30-9pm at the Parkside Lounge, in addition to the improv groups Jurassic Park and The Patsy Decline, Variety Underground's lineup includes musical sketch comedy by Shoes & Socks, a clown act called Butt Kapinski and stand up comedy by Adam Newman and Aaron Putnam. As always, Free admission and a loosely enforced 2 drink minimum.Parkside Lounge

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Want to perform at VU? Please submit your act!
The Spotlight with Sean Taylor
My talk show featuring folks who have been on TV!
Encore condensed episodes of The Spotlight are available on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network for folks living in Manhattan with Time Warner cable. So, set your DVRs to the upcoming air dates and times...

 

Thursday, Aug 6th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67
Thursday, Aug 20th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67

 

Want to talk about YOUR appearance on TV? Please click here to submit yourself to be a guest on the show!

 

Sean's Upcoming shows
(all shows in NYC unless otherwise indicated)
DATESHOWDETAILS
Thu, Aug 06
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Aug 13
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Sun, Aug 16
7:15p DEL CLOSE MARATHON
@ Urban Stages
259 West 30th St.
212.366.9176
Thu, Aug 20
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Mon, Aug 24Class Performance
6:30p Level 4 Class Performance
@ the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater
307 W. 26th Street
212.366.9176......$5
See Sean's full schedule of shows

- You read this far but you might not have clicked on the link of Robin singing at ETV


Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
2:37 pm
Sean Taylor's July Newsletter; a new mid-summer classic
 Sean Taylor's Newsletter
July 2009
Vol. 18 
Better Late-r, than GATOR!!!

If you promise to eat it, I will bayou alligator - I ate gator...in New Orleans, not this cute fellow but someone who looks a lot like him (no offense). I took this picture on Avery Island, Lousiana (home of the Tabasco sauce factory). I also ate frogs' legs for the sole purpose of saying that I ate them. And, well, I just did. So, all bragging aside, I prefer crayfish, shrimp, andouille, and everything else I ate in that delicious town. Did you know that Cajun people are descendants of French peasants displaced from Nova Scotia? Yeah, like pilgrims, they came over to the "New World" seeking a new life away from religious wars and sucky Europe. Ha! You can learn a lot from a newsletter!

Can I...Play?! - I did my first play in years. You are probably wondering "Did you have an accent?" and "Was there a kiss scene?" and "Were you barefoot and wearing black?" to which the answers are..."Yes," "Yes," and "Of course!" I played Sylvia Plath's husband, Ted Hughes. The play is The Lazarus Yearsby Kate Mulley and was part of the Jamboree! created by Olivia Gilliatt (she played Sylvia Plath). The run is over but there will be more plays in the near future from Odyssey Productions.

It's Up, and It's Good...in my opinion - Check out the new look to the Magnet website that Justin Moran and I launched this past month. Let me know if something doesn't work and I'll find a way to pin it on Justin. If you like the site, you should see the SQL (pronounced "sequel"). Not every programer will let you see his backend. Nope, I'm a unique member of that array!

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winner of June Caption Contest

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Sean's TV/web/stage/field guide
eventdate/time & descriptionvenue
Dad's 60th
birthday
Mon 7/13 : My dad celebrates his 60th year of life. He's a scratch golfer but still has several years before he can realistically "hit his age." I mean, he'd have to shoot 12 under par to get a 60.Reynold's Plantation, Georgia
Free
NY Pizza
Suprema
Thursdays in July after 9p show: My favorite slice place in the city has offered to supply free pizza to the audiences of Thursday Night Out for the month of July. That means $5 gets you a whole night of entertainment AND pizza!magnet
Musical Improv ensemblesTue 7/14 & 7/28 @10p: The Magnet Theater debuts its newly developed house ensembles performing off-the-cuff, on-the-spot Musicals! It's a spectacle not to be missed. That being said, I'll be in GA for the debut, but won't miss the show on the 28th.magnet
The Spotlight with Sean Taylor
My talk show featuring folks who have been on TV!
Encore condensed episodes of The Spotlight are available on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network for folks living in Manhattan with Time Warner cable. So, set your DVRs to the upcoming air dates and times...

 

Thursday, Jul 9th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67
Thursday, Jul 23th, 2009 @11:30p on Channel 67

 

Want to talk about YOUR appearance on TV? Please click here to submit yourself to be a guest on the show!

 

Sean's Upcoming shows
(all shows in NYC unless otherwise indicated)
DATESHOWDETAILS
Thu, Jul 09
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Wed, Jul 15
10p MEGAWATT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Thu, Jul 23
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
Mon, Jul 27Class Performance
6:30p Level 4 Class Performance
@ the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater
307 W. 26th Street
212.366.9176......$5
Thu, Jul 30
10p THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
@ the Magnet Theater
254 W 29th Street
212.244.8824......$5
See Sean's full schedule of shows

- You read this far so watch Robin sing karaoke at 3am on Bourbon St, New Orleans 

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