Good Works Tour

Boom Shakka Lakka by jamesintrocaso
August 4, 2009, 4:17 pm
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Greetings from San Francisco (again) by wisedog

Greetings Good Works Fans! Wisedog here with a rare update. I know, we never talk any more. It’s awful.

I’m writing this from high above the snow-covered Sierra Nevada Mountains on my return trip home, after a great day of Good Works Stuff. I spent most of the day yesterday in transit to San Fran (10 1/2 hours on 3 planes. It was awesome, but I admit I missed the van.) But once I arrived in the beautiful City by the Bay, the shades went on and I cruised this hip town in style!

First, I got to go to a reception at the Cartoon Art Museum, where I showed our finished product of The Good Works Tour movie to the attendees of the 2009 National Conference on Volunteerism and Service, including our friends at The Good Works Tour casually hung amongst the brilliant works of cartoon, animation, and comic book art displayed in the museum, as I chatted it up and exercised my networking muscles.

The Good Works Tour hanging in the Cartoon Art Musem!

It might be a little hard to make out, but that's the Good Works Tour (right) hanging out with Mel Blanc (top left).

It was great to meet-up again with many of the friends GWT met at Volunteer Match when we passed through last summer. We’d like to thank Robert at VM a million times for inviting us to come to the reception, setting us up in San Franciscio, and for the great connections he helped us make.

I met a lot of fantastic and dedicated people last night, many of whom are doing fabulous things and really helping their communities, and the world through their work. It was an honor to be counted in their presence, and to have our project and our film noticed.

Personally, I was just super stoked to have OUR cartoon [spoiler!] hanging in the Cartoon Art Museum, right next to Mel Blanc, Daffy Duck, and four familiar hobbits for the evening. And it was totally awesome that The Good Works Tour was displayed in the same museum as this:

From the Warner Brothers Collection.  HOT

From the Warner Brothers Collection. HOT

The Cartoon Art Museum had a massive and very comprehensive exhibit on Watchmen, and I got to totally nerd out for a little while.

Afterward, I meandered around the corner to the very chic and sincerely cool 111 Minna Gallery where we presented a screening of the film alongside their usual Sketch Tuesdays. If you were there, you know how awesome a time it was! Otherwise, you totally missed out. Thanks to the great folks at 111 for being so accommodating.

True to Good Works form, I must also thank my friend Rachel for her hospitality for the evening. It helps to have good friends in far places.

All in all, I had a wonderful time, and it felt a wee bit like I was back on the road for one more day!

Thanks for reading, and please keep checking back, to find out when the Good works Tour is showing their film in YOUR area, and how you can soon acquire your very own DVD of our much-hyped motion picture!

This FRIDAY MAY 29, 2009 C.E. by jamesintrocaso
May 26, 2009, 11:12 am
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The Loft upstairs at 100 Merchant Street in Audobon, NJ
$5 (Free if you are or bring Oprah/Barack Obama)


Back At It by timurian
September 19, 2008, 12:24 pm
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So after some downtime the Good Works Tour fellows are back in close quarters – editing. We’ve been meeting to talk about our experience from the other side, and to create an outline for our film.

Here’s what it’s like: “Remember when ______ happened! Yeah that was hilarious!” <uproarious laughter>

Like a madlib, only in real life.

We’ve recently been contacted by several newspapers, and we’d like you to check out an article about us at Love Eloise, a publication way hipper than our blog. It makes me feel almost cool. Or that perhaps one day I could be cool. Much thanks to Kerry for taking an interest in us!

On that note if you feel like recommending us to any newspapers, local or otherwise we always appreciate it! We have press releases, photos, and I can ride a unicycle. Really.

Keep rocking out and checking back,


Pie in the sky of Ohio by timurian
September 6, 2008, 12:50 am
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GWT compatriots,

Today we drove to Columbus, Ohio. It was a grey day, but we got there on time to meet with Tony Sebony, founder of the American Pie Party. Despite my early hopes that this was a new political party centered on delicious baked goods it turned out to be an interesting spin on an old idea for fundraising – taking a pie in the face for some dough for a good cause. Now this was a place where we knew we weren’t going to be able to do good works today, but we are all signed up to take a pie in the face to battle cancer this coming October, so start saving your pennies now!

After that we headed to Equality Ohio, an organization who advocates for people of all genders and orientations. I was very surprised to hear that in Ohio there is no legislation protecting the rights of workers to be themselves, in fact you can be fired for your orientation. We were honored to lend a hand in their FIRED campaign, a signature drive that will remind Ohio’s lawmakers that there needs to be legislation protecting the equality of all people. We helped mark signed postcards by looking up representatives in a database… Sound boring? Not when you have fellow volunteers who are ready to tell stories and listen to yours. We had a great time there, and got to interview some very passionate people.

It seems like home is just around the bend, lets hope this weather lightens up! A huge thanks to Deborah for opening up her home to us. Tomorrow Pittsburgh, which as far as distance has been concerned on this trip is a stones throw away from home.



They promised me there was a restaurant on top. by timurian
August 30, 2008, 12:32 am
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Today we drove from Boulder, Colorado to Lawrence, Kansas. A lot of people told us this would be our most boring drive, but we proved them wrong. How did accomplish this Sisyphean task you ask? Easy, we visited the world’s biggest ball of twine. And boy, was it big. Here’s a picture of how happy James was to at last meet the holy grail of twine.

Mmm twine

Mmm twine

The best part of visiting the ball of Twine was finding it. It is located in the tiny town of Cawker, which is also home to the ‘Ball of Twine Inn’, and sidewalks painted with a trail of twine. We parked on the main street and went in search of our epic quarry, but found ourselves unable to locate it.

Of course we decided to ask the locals, here’s an excerpt from a conversation I had in a gift/antique shop.

Me: Hi, I’m trying to find your ball of twine.
Store Owner: Yep.
Me: … Umm. I’d like to know where your ball of twine is?
Store owner points the direction from which we had walked.

Apparently we had parked almost catercorner to this gargantuan landmark. Perhaps our minds weren’t ready for the bliss that is beholding the ball of twine, but you could definitely see it from our car.

After we laughed at what we had done we discussed what this meant about our navigation skills, visited the legend, then proceeded to Lawrence, where David and Jill Baldwin have graciously put us up. Tomorrow we Habitat for Humanity! Yes, some places are foolish enough to trust us with power tools.

One Love,



PS Kansas has people. Really. And flat land is impressive because of the big sky. GWT <3s Kansas.

Rorange means red-orange by timurian

Hey GWT Fans!

We drove today. And drove. And then drove some more. In fact, we drove from San Fran to Portland, which is a 10 hour drive – more like 12 hours with stops. We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, which was unfortunately very foggy. As James so astutely pointed out, the bridge is more orange then golden. For lunch, we continued our side quest to eat at fast food places we had never been before by entering an In-n-Out Burger. Wow. My cheeseburger was phenomenal, but it also doubled as a sleeping pill – best van nap ever. There were lots of mountains and beautiful landscapes to watch on the long ride north

When we got to Portland, James’ college buddy Vegas took us out to a classy dinner. Many thanks to him, and to Jerod H. for letting us crash at his place for tonight. It is wonderful to see all of our friends and relatives that are dispersed about the nation.

Tomorrow, we’re working at Northeast Emergency Food Program, then heading to Seattle. Watch out Many-Starbucksed-City, here we come!

And finally, more videos!  Here’s Zach and James at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Los Angeles and, hey, who are those hot dudes carrying lemonade?