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October, 2010:

The Story of Carlos and his March to Restore Sanity.

So unbeknownst to you all– we have a third member of the family.  You know about AA, you know about our cat Joey, but did you know about the third member of our clan?  He stands about 10 feet tall, he doesn’t say much, and he lives in the garage.  (no, I’m not talking about Fonzie!)

He’s Carlos.  Carlos is a giant puppet that I won in Los Angeles at the Rat Conference (Regional Alternative Theatre)’s High Cheeze Challenge in 1999.  The full story of the challenge I’ve hidden below the break.  It includes an inventive script of how we sunk the Los Angeles Theatre Center like the Titanic for a little over $12.

Because I won the puppet, but had flown there, Nick Fracarro of Thieve’s Theatre (and one of the primary RATs)  agreed to take the puppet back to the East Coast in his RV.  I would then pick him up from Nick sometime.  The night of the transfer, we nicknamed him Carlos.

Carlos and Ariana Huffington

I picked up Carlos 3 years later in Philadelphia.  Along the way, he had become the mascot of the UnderMain Theatre in Dallas, performing in a number of shows there.  As well, he had many untold adventures that may later be made into a movie by Pixar.

For the most part, Carlos has been living in our garage, a relatively sedate and serene life.  I got a call a few days ago from Nick asking if Carlos could come with him to the Jon Stewart March To Restore Sanity.  Who am I to say no to political activism?

This morning, I got an email from Gaby, Nick’s wife, with this photo, explaining that Carlos and his entourage was getting the royal treatment from Ariana Huffington.  I’m sure I’ll have more to add to this story soon.