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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Thursday, March 24, 2016

R.I.P. Judy Carne


English actress Judy Carne -- best known to the world for her role as the "Sock It to Me" girl on the old American comedy show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (and best known to me for being my personal favorite of all the female cast members on that show) -- took her last bow on September 3 at age 76.

She will be missed.

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R.I.P. Dean Jones


American actor Dean Jones -- best known for his starring roles in such Disney movies as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug -- got out of the Volkswagen for the last time on September 1 at age 84.

He will be missed.

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R.I.P. Wes Craven


American film director and screenwriter Wes Craven --best known for such horror films as the original Last House on the Left, the original Nightmare on Elm Street and of course, Scream -- cried "cut" for the final time on August 30 at age 76.

He will be missed.

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R.I.P. Melody Patterson


American actress Melody Patterson -- best known for her role as Wrangler Jane in the 1960s sitcom F Troop -- walked off the set for the last time on August 20 at age 66.

She will be missed.

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R.I.P. Yvonne Craig


American actress Yvonne Craig -- best known for playing Batgirl in the TV series Batman -- folded up her cape for the last time on August 17 at age 78.

She will be missed.

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R.I.P. Lynn Anderson


American country music singer-songwriter Lynn Anderson -- best known for the 1970 single "Rose Garden" -- sang her last note on July 30 at age 67.

She will be missed.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

R.I.P. La Hija de Mi Amiga

One of my friends called me this past Saturday to tell me that her daughter had committed suicide. She left behind two daughters of her own, one who was 5 years old and another who was 9. She also left behind a seventeen-year-old son. At this point, there is no telling what will happen to any of the children.

However, as far as my friend is concerned, the daughter -- despite all her faults -- has been missed and is still being missed as I write this.

I can't think of anything else to say at this moment.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

R.I.P. Theodore Bikel


Jewish-American actor Theodore Bikel -- best known for playing Baron von Trapp in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music -- took his final bow on July 21 at age 91.

He will be missed.

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R.I.P. Alex Rocco


Italian-American actor Alex Rocco -- best known for playing Moe Greene in the 1972 movie The Godfather -- went to sleep with the fishes -- naturally, of course -- on July 18 at age 79.

He will be missed.

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R.I.P. Omar Sharif


Egyptian actor Omar Sharif -- best known for his starring roles in such movies as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago -- was finally reunited with his beloved Lara on July 10 at age 83.

He will be missed.


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R.I.P. Roger Rees


Welsh actor Roger Rees -- best known for playing the character of Roger Colcord on the NBC TV series Cheers -- skipped out on his last bar tab on July 10 at age 71.

He will be missed.

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