1. History of Trip Gruver in five words, more or less. First: self-aware. Then: successful. Unfortunately: distracted. And then: enlightened. Presently: determined 2. Why commercials and media production? Why not Trip Gruver: Vatican assassin? If those are my only career choices, I definitely chose the right path. Plus, violence has never been my thing. 3. How long have you been working as a professional media guy? Pretty much since I was 12 years old. Directing Super 8 action/adventure films, including 1/24 scale model cars careening downhill filled with gasoline and firecrackers. Then putting lots of ketchup on my “dead” friends.
4. If Trip Gruver were to bust a mid-life career change, what would it be? I have never thought to do anything but commercial production. However, being a stunt man would work well with my love of fast cars and motorcycles. But my scars from many mishaps remind me to keep that as a hobby.
5. What’s the inspiration behind the Trip Gruver haircut? It’s my brand and that’s what I do. I am my own client! Also, at my age I’m happy to have hair.
6. Good point. Fill in the blank. “911, can you send an ambulance? I was executing an orangutan when my sausage hanger and my doppelganger went loco.”
7. Choose one. Money, fame, power, happiness or ontological paradox Ontological paradox so then I can time travel to acquire money, fame, power and happiness
8. Blood sport or blood sausage? Blood sport? Again, not into violence. Blood sausage? Not my taste. Think I’ll opt for a Bloody Mary
9. Worst job ever? Working at a pet cemetery to get through college. I’m not kidding.
10. Name one thing no one knows about Trip Gruver? That I read IND Monthly. Oops I guess my secret is out.
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DEC 5 Here's the latest in the contest to see who gets the last word - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell or state Sen. Robert Adley. They're trading "Nuh-uhs" and "Un-huhs" over the issue of contigency contracts for public lawsuits. The guys over at LaPolitics kinda started this urinary competition, and they're posting the latest here.
DEC 5 Here's a post by blogger Walt Bennetti about a $2 million program management contract that Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni plans to award. Bennetti has a problem with no-bid contracts, but they're pretty common, especially for professional services (because really, who wants the cheapest doctor?) But the real problem Bennetti has is with the fact that the entity slated to receive the contract also happened to contribute to Yenni's campaign. Maybe he's just following the governor's lead?
DEC 5 Blogger Robert Mann writes about the really embarassing state of Louisiana's universities in this post. Grambling's football facilites were bad enough to warrant a New York Times photo essay, and he provides a link. And just recently, a concrete roof panel in LSU's College of Art and Design collapsed, closing a portion of the building indefinitely. Is this how we want our state's higher ed institutions to be?
DEC 5 Here's a post on the National Journal about another speech our governor gave to a bunch of people who live in another state. This time, he was ranting about President Obama, energy policies and, of all things, Lady Gaga. Keystone is good, so is fracking, and climate change is a big joke, Bobby says. What did Gaga do? She joined a movement, with people like Yoko Ono, that opposes fracking. Listen up Bobby: you might not want to alienate Gaga. You never know where those little monsters might be hiding -- and how often they vote.
DEC 5 Yesterday, we were perplexed by conflicting stories on the Blade blog and in the Advertiser about Louisiana's National Guard and same-sex partner benefits. The Blade reported that the guard would be paying them; the Advertiser said it would not. This story in the Washington Post clears it up: the benefits will be paid.
DEC 5 Clearly, somebody over at the state Democratic Party is familiar with the process of domain registration. This is the second time they've pulled the rug out from under a Republican candidate by reserving a domain they might want. Last time, it was RiserForCongress.com (hope they didn't pay too much for THAT one). This time it is VitterForGovernor.com, this post on the Politicus USA blog tells us.
DEC 5 Here's a pretty alarming story from WAFB about an announcement by Bobby Jindal's administration that hackers apparently got their hands on some citizens' personal info through JP Morgan Chase, the company that gets paid to send you your tax refund on a debit card. But hey, don't worry, Jindal's people say: there's no indication the hackers used the info "fraudulently." Oh, OK. Whew.
DEC 5 In this week's post, Jim Brown is blogging about Bobby Jindal and what the governor should do to solve his myriad problems. He even describes a phone call he 'received' from the guv asking for advice. Bottom line? Try staying home and doing the job you're supposed to be doing, Jim advises.
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