Archive for December, 2009

 DJ Hero

Santa brought me DJ Hero for the Wii this year for Christmas, and I have to say it’s the surprise hit of all of my new toys. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. In the ancient past, I spent time both in the club scene and as a DJ, so it has a certain appeal to me, but I’ll concede that it’s not for everyone. Having spent some time playing Rock Band at a friend’s house, I can say that DJ Hero is quite a bit harder to learn (even at the easy level) than playing guitar — from a technical standpoint, there’s a lot more to “two turntables and microphone” than “a beat-up six-string.” But the music is great — top quality mixes, by big-name DJs — and the game play is addictive as you try to master the higher levels. Oh yeah, and I got mad skillz!

 Great Holiday Theater

I’ve been lucky enough to take in a couple of great Christmas-time shows this season and I wanted to pass along my reviews. First, a couple of weeks ago, I went to see A Christmas Story at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. If you’re a fan of this iconic 80s Christmas movie, then you will love this live version. All the best scenes are recreated to great comedic effect, and that the extensive narration from the film is delivered live by an actor on stage is the most impressive part — that is a lot of monologues to memorize.

Last night we went to see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Fabulous Fox. This was a great show too. Outstanding musical numbers and dance routines, fabulous period costumes, and a talented ensemble cast. This one is highly recommended as well.

 Merry Christmas 2009

Here is our annual Pipes family christmas card. I appreciate everyone who has asked about it — I had no idea I had so many fans. Also, be sure not to miss this year’s bonus video What’s Wrong With Our Kids?. You may also view last year’s card. After you watch it, please leave a comment so I know who has visited. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 What’s Wrong With Our Kids?

We love our kids, but sometimes you just have to wonder what’s wrong with them. Here are the best clips of 2009. I hope you enjoy them.