Thursday, August 25, 2016

Trailer of the Week: Hidden Figures

When you grow up hearing stories about how your Mexican-born father was the only Hispanic in a computer room who wasn't a janitor, you learn early on that there are just some movies you are not going to be objective about.

This is one of them.

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Monday, August 08, 2016

R.I.P. Mi Mejor Amiga

My best friend killed herself this weekend. I don't know why she did it and I don't know how. Nor does any of that matter to me at this moment.

She was one of the best things in my life for many years and she helped save my life on at least one occasion. She always gave me someone to talk to when I felt like I couldn't talk to anyone else and I would like to think that I was able to return the favor more than a few times.

Since she was older than me and had less health problems, I never expected to outlive her. But I did.

She will be missed by many people but especially by me. For what that's worth...

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

This Seems Like the Wrong Week to Re-Read The Dead Zone

No, seriously. It does.

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Movie Song of the Week: "Quintet"

I only wish this song was as obsolete as it should be. But after hearing all the recent political news... I don't think so.

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

A Return to Retail

My first official job -- at least the first one I actually got paid for -- was a retail job so it naturally makes some kind of sense that my current job is also in retail.

It's probably just as well. I could not stay unemployed forever and while I don't consider my current job to be my ideal job, it does provide me with a regular paycheck and the opportunity to pay off many of the bills I acquired during my long period of unemployment.

Anyway, lately there has been so much bad news in my life that it seems like no wonder that my last few posts have been devoted to celebrity obituaries. Worse yet, most of my friends are having a bad time of it as well. Of course, neither my life nor theirs is as bad as it could be but that's not always a convincing consolation.

On the bright side, I do get to meet a lot of interesting people at work. Then again I also get to meet a lot of people I would not rather have to meet.

But such is life. If nothing else, my job gives me the opportunity to observe people in a way that I could have never done when I was unemployed. Plus I get the opportunity to interact with people in a way that I haven't done in a long time. And I've already been at my job for over a year so I should be due for a vacation some time this coming month. At least I hope so.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

R.I.P. Billy Joe Royal

American singer Billy Joe Royal -- best known for such songs as "Cherry Hill Park" and "Down in the Boondocks" -- ended his last tune on October 6 at age 73.

He will be missed.

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R.I.P. Frankie Ford

American singer Frankie Ford -- best known for his 1959 hit "Sea Cruise" -- pulled into dock for the last time on September 28 at age 76.

He will be missed.

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

R.I.P. Martin Milner

American actor Martin Milner -- best known for his roles on such TV shows as Route 66 and Adam-12 -- got out of the car for the last time on September 6 at age 83.

He will be missed.

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R.I.P. Warren Murphy

American writer Warren Murphy -- best known for co-creating The Destroyer series with the late Richard Ben Sapir -- put away his typewriter for the last time on September 4 at age 81.

He will be missed.

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