Well, another week has passed, and it's another week without any e-mails or letters from readers. I wonder if this is how Santa felt when he was just starting out.
I did, however, get one comment, minus a suggestion. It happened while I was on the phone with my friend Brett Hawley, who was boating on Lake Placid. In the background, I heard my other "friend," Andy "Rones" Jones, yell, "Hayward, your column is starting to (expletive)!"
Now, due to the unexpected nature of the comment, I wasn't able to get any more constructive criticism from Rones, not that I wanted it anyway. It was Rones, in fact, who had sent me one of only two e-mail suggestions I have received to date. I will reprint the e-mail in its entirety here:
"In honor of fathers [sic] day, how about parents (mostly fathers) getting in fights at youth sporting events, see what you can find Just a thought."
Unfortunately, I had already submitted that week's column by the time I got the e-mail. And, alas, there are no embarrassing videos of Rones on YouTube to feature.
However, Brett has a video he made with former "In the 'Tube" columnist Liam Kennelly, and it should please Rones to know that I'm featuring it this week.
Brett Liam Amazing Race
The video was originally an audition tape for the duo to enter "The Amazing Race," a really lame TV show I can't even believe they watch. But whatever. To each his own. I don't like to wear a thong to the beach either, but hey, that's just me.
You'll see Brett and Liam test their mettle with carnival games. Brett will leap over a fence, Liam will eat a gypsy moth, and life will be pondered.
Yet you don't have to love or hate "The Amazing Race" to enjoy this three-minute video. It's well edited with some funny moments, and just a look at the search tags they put on it tell a story in itself: "Audition Amazing Farce Spears Mexicans Liam Brett Nargile Race (expletive) Hot Finals love story spiderman lasse."
The unwritten tragedy of the video entry is that it was reportedly nixed by the television show due to a typo in the submitted paperwork. It stands on its own today as a character study, a testament to the fact that you should delete YouTube videos if you don't want lots of people to see them.
Have a local YouTube video you don't want to see featured? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise I won't write about it.*