Where Did The Week Go…


‘Cubicle Guy’ Mesmerizes Internet 

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner found himself in hot water again this week over allegations of sexting.  Using the pseudonym Carlos Danger (Wow!), Weiner just can’t seem to get away from showcasing his package to certain individuals.  He should bow out of the race on sheer stupidity.

But there was another odd bit of news that came out of Weiner’s latest transgression.  While addressing the media on Wednesday, there was a man behind Weiner who was constantly peering over a cubicle.  Looking like Wilson, the neighbor from Home Improvement, the man became an Internet sensation during the press conference.

Cubicle Guy - NY1, Business Insider
Cubicle Guy | (NY1, Business Insider)

People on Twitter referred to him as “the real Carlos Danger” while others wondered if he was some sort of Government agent.  As it turns out, he’s a member of the press.

Jeff McKinney, a reporter for New York’s WOR radio, was late to the press conference and the only position he could take was directly behind the proceedings.

“I didn’t realize I was becoming famous as I stood there, taking notes and doing whatever I was doing,” McKinney said.

It’s only a matter of time before online memes of McKinney standing in the background of major historical speeches or events is made.  That is why we have the Internet after all.

Netflix Instant Pick: The Intouchables 

Philippe seemingly has it all.  Wealthy, intelligent and a father, Philippe commands respect from the people who work for him and he expects them to do their job right.  But there’s a problem; he’s a quadriplegic who requires around the clock care.  A paragliding accident left him in this condition and he runs through carers like a chef goes through knives.

What he needs is someone who will see through his bullshit, someone to push him to be happier despite his condition and someone who’s just ignorant enough with the upper-class that he will be able to last as Philippe’s carer.

That such person is Driss, an African simply seeking a signature saying he applied for the carer job just to continue receiving unemployment.  But Philippe sees something in Driss that the other candidates don’t have, authenticity.  The millionaire offers him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him.  Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not.

The Intouchables - awardscircuit.com
The Intouchables | (awardscircuit.com)

The Intouchables is one of those movies that continually leaves a smile on your face.  Thanks to Driss’ earnestness and Philippe’s dry wit, their relationship drives the film as a story of friendship and finding joy rather than one of sympathy and regret.  The film could have easily been sentimental and predictable, but the political incorrectness in the script regarding the physically handicapped provide a much funnier and entertaining film than it has any right to be.

Omar Sy as Driss is a revelation.  He’s charming, funny, energetic and dramatic when he needs to be.  He comes from a poor neighborhood and early in the film he’s kicked out of his Aunt’s home.  Seeking her approval and respect, he spends the rest of the film trying to lead a better life to show her he’s changed.

The Intouchables broke box office records in Europe when it was released last year and you can see why so many people loved it.  It’s a film devoid of cynicism or pity.  The two main characters are polar opposites of one another and yet the development of their friendship and their overwhelming desire to just be happy is palpable.  Like I said earlier, the film constantly put a smile on my face and there’s a good chance it will do the same for you.

Female Runner Repeatedly Poops in Man’s Yard

There’s a serial yard-pooper on the loose in New Mexico!  And it isn’t who you might think.

A man in Nob Hill, New Mexico has caught an unidentified woman on camera repeatedly defecating in his yard during her morning run.  According to the local news station KOAT, the man, who did not want his identity revealed (so that others don’t take a dump on you lawn?), initially thought it might be a homeless person, but then it happened again, and again and again.

“This is malicious fecal distribution,” he told reporters.

In the video, the young, blond-haired woman runs into the alley by his house, drops trou, does her business, doesn’t wipe I might add, and then runs away.

“If it happens again, I’m going to run out there with a hose and hose her down and say, ‘Bad human!'” he said.

Let’s face it, this story is quite gross and typical of a local news report.  But let’s not bury the lead.  Malicious fecal distribution might be the quote of the year and the name of my next fantasy football league team.

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.

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