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Wild At Heart weekend

Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
He has a radio program on WXOU out of Oakland University

Wild At Heart

If you are looking for something to do today, you have a couple of options starting with a new movie, “Dinner For Schmucks” which is directed by Jay Roach (the same guy who brought you all those Austin Powers movies). It is an American retelling of the 1998 French film “The Dinner Game” in which Tim (Paul Rudd) is a rising executive at a cut throat financial company who wants to get a promotion so he can financially be worthy of his girlfriend. When he pitches an idea to get himself noticed, the boss invites him to a dinner party in which Tim needs to find the perfect guest for a “dinner for idiots”. He girlfriend is appalled by the idea and Tim is leaning her way until fate steps in (in front of his car that is) in the shape of IRS employee Barry (Steve Carell) who has a side hobby of turning dead mice into interesting poses through his taxidermy. Life takes a wild turn as Barry infuses his way into Tim’s life causing problems in his love life by contacting Barry’s psychotic ex and bringing her back into his life as well as getting his taxes audited by Therman (Zach Galifianakis), who apparently has mind control powers and hates Barry. When we finally get to the dinner, Tim (of course) learns to appreciate Barry’s talents and sticks up for him at the dinner (expecting anything else?) and helps him overcome Therman who is also invited. But can Barry help Tim get his true love back after all is said and done? You probably already know the answer. The film, coming in at almost 2 hours could use a little trimming and runs the risk of falling apart at times but the manic energy of Carell keeps the film afloat when it should start sinking. Not as good as Carell’s other comedy “Date Night” but should be pleasing for anyone looking for a good date movie that doesn’t require a lot of attention. Also, Ron Livingston plays Tim’s office rival and could use some more screen time himself. The main thing here is Carell and Rudd have good screen chemistry here which could have benefited from a more condensed script and more time spent at the dinner. My grade is a B-.

Getting ready to head on over to the Midwest Motorcycle Fest going on over at the Pontiac Silverdome. I have been curious to how they have things set up over there now they are getting back to having events. This will be the second event since the new owners (the first being Monster Trucks) with next week’s Soccer match being the third. They have had 2 events cancelled or postponed so I hope this is a reversal of fortune and getting things back on track. The event today featured the musical talents of American Idol rebel Amanda Overmeyer, the exciting tribute band Mini-KISS and heavy metal favorite Jackyl. They also have wet t-shirt contests, various stunt and skill shows, a ZZ Top look-a-like contest and a Hooter’s bikini car wash among other things that relate to the bike culture. So grab your bike and your girl in whatever order you want and head on down for some fun. See you there! For more info, go to

Also last weekend was the Meadowbrook Concours D’Elegance which was a wonderful event. I was going to post some photos but found this video posted on youtube which really shows some of what the Concours is about. Esp check out the Diaz which was a custom built car made especially for Bobby Darrin. The futuristic car is a one-of-a-kind car which I love to see. The Rolls Royce in the video was another favorite along with my 1948 Tucker which was actually used in the movie. In the car scenes where the cars are driving in order, it is the third car in line.

OK, here are a few pictures of some of the cars this year.

1937 Bugatti

1954 Pontiac Bonneville

See you on Monday