10/6/2020 – R.I.P. – Eddie Van Halen

-On 10/6/2020, I was taking my last break on my “regular” job, sat down and took a look on Facebook via my phone. I was in shock to see that Guitar Hero Eddie Van Halen had died. An added shock was seeing virtually my entire Facebook time line covered with posts from people reporting and / or reacting from the news. This lasted for hours and I’d never seen anything like it for any celebrity that I can remember.

-Eddie Van Halen influenced so many guitarists in various degrees – including myself – although initially it was thru a guitarist that Eddie had influenced, Bruce Kulick who was at the time playing guitar in KISS. I started to work on tapping on the guitar thru Bruce, but shortly found my way to his influence with it-Eddie. I was just amazed how technical his playing was, yet played with such fluidity and ease. Having said that, I didn’t start learning to play VAN HALEN songs, with one exception, for the longest time. There was something about his playing that was very appealing to me and yet, in a weird way, it was almost like I shouldn’t attempt to mimic it cause it’s his. I know that sounds strange but I don’t know how to really explain it right now so…The exception was the song “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” – which I played while in the band Front Row. Some of those shows, singer Jay Hatch (Hamilton) would introduce the song by saying that the song started with “Wayne Van Halen” – which was a very nice compliment that, even to this day, I don’t feel I live up to. I have worked on some other Van Halen tunes here and there, but I currently don’t know too many. However, there are a number of CAROLINE BLUE songs that incorporate tapping, all of which are nods to both Bruce and Eddie.

-While I really like a number of Van Halen songs, there’s three that really stand out and I’ll showcase them a little here. The first one is “Unchained.” Outside of “Over The Mountain” (OZZY OSBOURNE) and “Creatures of the Night” (KISS), there’s no other song that, if I’m driving and it comes on, I immediately crank up the volume. I’ve probably help blow a speaker or two due to this πŸ™‚ Just a great, powerful song.

-The second is “I’ll Wait” – which I remember hearing a lot in my high school years. Everyone else was into “Jump,” “Panama” or “Hot For Teacher” and I like those too-but there’s something about this song that really brings me back to those high school days. I’m a memory guy so that just adds to why I love the song.

-The third song could easily be one of my theme songs for 2020 – “Where Have All The Good Times Gone.” It just seems to sum up what I’ve been feeling for the last several years-but particularly last year and this year.

-I’m writing this almost a month after he passed away and it still seems strange-at least to me-to be in a world where Eddie Van Halen is no longer alive in it. I believe there are many who feel the same way. Like Prince, he has supposedly have huge scores of music in a “vault” which I heard his estate and label are working for possible release after it gets sorted and reviewed. It’s been said so many times but it’s true-while many can imitate him, and some even surpassing him in terms of technique- there’s only one Eddie Van Halen.

R.I.P. Eddie…

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9/21/2020-ACTING-15 Indie Horror Movies Your MUST Watch!

Here’s a video made by Ray Marek III (RayZor) from THE HORROR SYNDICATE on 15 Indie Horror Films you MUST watch. On the list is NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE, where I play Cornelius, a lonely janitor looking for love (HA!) πŸ™‚ Ray also gave both me and actor Trey Harrison a shout-out as well, which is much appreciated. In addition, two that didn’t make the list, but were honorable mentions were SHE KILLS and “Empire State of the Dead” – both by SRS CINEMA LLC. Enjoy!

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8/13/2020-THINKING-My First Fake Profile (that I know of)…

-Yesterday morning I discovered, via Instagram, my first fake profile. In other words, a profile claiming to be me. Not a fan page, but saying that they are me (see pic for reference). It’s kind of close to how my actual Instagram page is set up. There may be others but this is the first one that I’ve actually seen. How did I find out? Well, a couple of hours before a few of my friends messaged me about it, I got a “like” notification on one of my pics from this account. A close friend of mine said she thinks this person was scrolling thru my pics and accidentally hit “like” on one of them. I can’t imagine this person being stupid enough to notify me of his existence-although I have to admit it seems like the capacity for stupidity in people, in general, seems to expand exponentially more and more as time goes on. Weren’t we in the midst of the “Information Age?” Seems more like the “Misinformation Age” (or even, at times, the “Disinformation Age”) but I digress…

-So I checked it out and I have to admit, I did feel a little flattered cause I’d seen this happen with celebs and, so far, nothing seemed to be bad-and if this was just a fan page, that’s where it would have ended. I soon discovered, however, that there was more than meets the eye (or even the ear as Peter Sellers would say-bonus no-prize for those who can say what movie that line came from) πŸ™‚ …

-As I mentioned above, two of my friends (both female-and eventually a few more) started following the page and received messages (quickly) by this guy. They all start the same was as follows…

Thanks for commenting and liking my official page. If you are interested in talking to me, you can reach me here. Thanks for your support.

-If you reply (and, so far, all three people who have are women), at some point he will tell them (very early on) how beautiful they are and try to get them to either chat via Google Hangouts and / or download WhatsApp to chat there. I received some screenshots of the conversations and, while I won’t post them to protect the people this guy was targeting, I will transfer some of what he wrote here, in part, cause it’s kind of laughable, unreal and pathetic. In regards to the chats (and I’m not correcting his spelling / phrasing btw)…

“Well you can drop your Gmail to enable me add you up on Hangout where I can reply you easily…Drop your number let me add you on WhatsApp then to enable easy communication…

-And if asked why can’t communications be via Facebook Messenger as before this is the reply…

“…Why my beautiful friend? I just wanna have a private chat with you since I don’t trust the security of this platform…All we need is to be sincere in our communications as good friends OK?”

-“Sincere in our communications…” This guy has some balls LOL. OK, first of all, anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do chats. Way back in the AOL days (circa 1999-2000ish) I did dabble with both AOL messenger and Yahoo messenger for a little bit, but while chatting can be fun, it’s also a huge time sucker and I stopped doing chats a long time ago for that reason so if you ever see me messaging you to chat on some chatting platform, you know it’s a fake. The only thing close is Facebook Messenger and, even then, I barely have time to communicate there. I do my daily Facebook Memories re-posts and post memes and / or quotes (around 4 of those) but that takes about 10-15 minutes to do-then I’m done. In addition, I’ve never used WhatsApp and the only time I ever used Google Hangouts were for some interviews for acting / horror podcast shows (Can you even use Google Hangouts anymore now that Google Plus is dead?). But this gets even better…

-Besides sending “kisses and hugs, muahh!” (to a married woman no less), he also sent these particular gems…

“You must have been the second woman GOD created after eve. Apparently GOD must have lavish abundant time to make such a beautiful lady like you, You look so enchanting, highly like goddess…

Well, I will appreciate being good friend in sincerity, honesty and trust as we can share ideas and discuss about more issues and talk more about ourselves, and as time goes on there may be something great for us in the future…what do you say?”

-Now, I can be cheesy at times, but that’s a whole new level (or 12) right there (HA!). This is pretty whacked seeing all of this-especially under my name and pic. In addition, with all the talking, he really didn’t say anything about himself. He just continued to ask questions and his replies were basically how beautiful she was. After that, my friend asked why this sudden interest after many years and here was the reply…

“I discovered you are my big fan, since I see your likes like on most of my posts…you have nothing to worry about…”

– “After I liked on most of my posts…”-which is a big whopping ONE (!) on Fake-O’s page. Well, I gotta admit, math was never one of my strong point either (but not THAT bad) πŸ™‚ ….

-On top of that, “Romeo” (or is that “Cheezio” (HA!) ) posts a link to some site called Insurance POST – which was his way to prove that his posts were true. Oh, the irony… I’ll get right on clicking that link boyo…always wanted to go phishing-NOT!…*roll eyes*

-Then “Cheezio” changes gears and gets all narcissistic with this next part. I know there are some people that think I’m not only that, but an asshole at times but check this out…

“My father once told me Good things only come to those who wait. And I can see you have long and wished for this day to come.”

-DAMN! (HA!)…I need to use that line in a future script one day (HA!) πŸ™‚ Obviously me (as well as the four people who messaged me about it) reported the page yesterday-and it’s still up (?)… Feel free to report it as well (maybe it will help) but the main thing is letting people know this isn’t me and has nothing to do with myself or my projects. Be careful and don’t let Wannabe Waynos ruin your day πŸ˜€

UPDATE (8/15) – Yesterday I found out thru two more female friends who talked to him that “Cheesio” has upgraded from desperately trying to get a woman to chat with him to soliciting outright for money (to the tune of $3,500 (!) ) from them in the form of bit coins. Once again I reported that page, but this time out of the two choices (“this is spam” or “this in inappropriate”) I picked the later, which lead me to 2-3 more questions than the spam one. I just checked later today and the page is now gone (Woo Hoo!) Thanks to all who alerted me to this asshat and reported that page. This probably won’t be the last time something like this happens, but at least this “Wannabe Wayno’s” page was “wiped out” πŸ™‚

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7/29/2020-ACTING-Indiegogo Campaign for “Cryptids” Unleashed

-The Indiegogo Campaign for the horror film CRYPTIDS is now online. In addition, when I was filming there on 7/19/2020 as “The Man in Black,” I was acting in a scene with a mystery celebrity that I couldn’t reveal until now. The mystery celebrity is America’s Foremost Drive-In Movie Critic JOE BOB BRIGGS. We were both in an episode directed by Justin M. Seaman (THE BARN). I had a good time and it was great working with Joe and the rest of the cast / crew there. It was also a nice introduction into Justin’s network and, hopefully, I will be involved in future projects from that camp. Click the link below to check out the perks and donate to the film-thanks!

INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN for CRYPTIDS

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07/21/2020-ACTING-Recap From Filming on “Cryptids” Last Weekend

-Back in March 2020, I was contacted by acclaimed director Justin M. Seaman (“THE BARN“) in regards to a role he had me in mind for in a film he was doing called CRYPTIDS. We were actually discussing a few other possible roles when this was brought up. Originally, shooting was to take place at his filming studio at NEVERMORE PRODUCTIONS FILM LLC in Pennsylvania (PA) on April 25, but the pandemic put a stop to that. Once things started to get more safe again, arrangements were made for me to come down and play the part of “The Man in Black” for one of the episodes (“Cryptids” is an anthology film). Things have changed for me in a large way since the events of 2019 but I was glad to be able to do this and headed out to PA in the wee morning hours of Sunday 7/19/2020 (5 AM – it’s a six hour drive one way). I was just hoping that Cuomo wasn’t going to declare PA one of the states on his list where, if you come back into New York, you have to spend 14 days in quarantine. That would’ve sucked…

-So I get there and, as I tell them when I arrive, this area must of been built back when everyone was 5’5″, not to mention driving Yugos and maybe Mini Coopers πŸ˜€ . My GPS also gave out on me, for awhile, just upon entering PA but I was on the same road for awhile and it finally re-engaged. I will mention that, contrary to some of the pics, everyone was very careful in regards to masks and distancing. The masks were off while on camera and a quick pic here and there but all safety measures were taken. While I’d been in a booth next to there’s at various conventions (representing NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE ), I’d never worked on one of Justin’s productions before so this was a first. Everything went great and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. Acclaimed director Zane Hershberger (FORCE TO FEAR) was also here (I thought I smelled Pert Plus when I walked in (HA!) ) πŸ˜€ There was also a mystery actor here who I can’t reveal till after the film is out. I have some pics in reserve and will post them on my Acting page on Facebook when the film is released.

-Things went by fast and, before I knew it, I was done. After a quick meal, I was back on the road to Syracuse. My GPS messed up again cause it told me I’d be back almost two hours before I actually was so I was wiped out when I got home. I want to thank Justin and everyone for the opportunity to be onboard and hopefully I’ll be able to work on some of those other projects we were talking about as well.

-Pics can be seen on my Acting Page on Facebook via the link below.

WWJ ACTING PAGE on FACEBOOK

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5/29/2020-ACTING-Late Update on “Romeo 3000”

-I posted this on the WWJ PRODUCTIONS page two days ago but feel like it should also go here so as more people who are asking me about it will potentially see it…

-This is an update that should have been posted at the time it happened, but as I am still being asked for updates and questions about this project, I will correct that delay now…

-As of March 16, 2019 WWJ Productions became no longer involved in the completion of the Feature Film β€œRomeo 3000. ” I have no idea of its status. To the cast / crew / supporters of R3000-I thank you for all your efforts and hard work.

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3/26/2020-PETS-Happy Birthday Scruffy!

-Happy Birthday to my not so little Scruffy! 😊🐱 He turns eight years old today, but he’ll always be my baby boy πŸ€—πŸˆπŸ––The other three pics are from 2013 but the video and main pic are from today What video you may ask? Well, click HERE to go to my page on Instagram to see the Scruffy Birthday post to see not only three other pics from 2013 but also a video from earlier today πŸ™‚

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