Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Rocky Mountain...Hi?

Okay kids, I'm off to Denver for the rest of the week to attend the MORE conference. What's the MORE conference you ask? Well, first and foremost, it's an excuse for me to get out of New York for a few days. It's also the annual Marketing, Operations...um...Research?...uh...Excellence? meeting. To be honest, I have no idea what MORE really stands for and the reality is that you'll never know the difference - nor will you likely care.

Anyway, heading up to the Rockies makes me think of two things.

First, anyone who has ever had sex in Denver can be said to have joined the mile high club.

The second item is a bit of trivia for you to ponder in my absence.

Did you know that the movie Rocky was originally set in Denver, and that the fighter's name was Rockie Balboa? In lieu of the famous scene in which Sylvester Stallone runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the original scene called for him to sprint up the side of a mountain, clinging to the rocks in front of him and gasping for breath in the thin air (a scene later used in Rocky IV when he trains in the snow and runs up a mountain prior to fighting the invincible Russian boxer Ivan Drago, played by Brigitte Neilsen 1 look-alike Dolph Lundgren).

Anyway, the plan was scrapped after location scouts deemed the city "not gritty enough" and the producers decided to shoot the movie in Philadelphia.

And you know that's all true...because it's right here on the Internet.2

Now y'all behave while I'm gone, and I'll expect to see plenty of comments upon my return.
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1 Of Flavor Flav flame fame

2Of course, none of the Rocky stuff is true.