All I Remember was the Dog and Socks

The highlight of my visit to MN was seeing the dog and getting socks as gifts.

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Random Thoughts/Pictures

The world has light and dark, and I won’t ever be lonely.

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I have a set of close friends never far away.

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The fire burns in all of us, and even my enemies have heat.

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I remember the numbers I’ve gained and lost.

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The heat source is ready and waiting for me.

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The sky is open to me, always.

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Creativity is open to me, as well.

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The world is plentiful, and I won’t ever be bored.

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Photos: Pixabay

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Poem: In the Meantime

In the Meantime

You

Are up there,

And

I am down here.

You

Were always with me,

Listening,

And hearing my voice quiver.

My high pitched words,

Sounding like unsettled screams,

As you stroked my fears away.

Every day you are gone,

I am unsettled,

Not still,

Not sure,

Wondering,

And waiting.

Sometimes it is

Unbearable for me,

And I think

When this feeling ends,

Will I be stronger?

You

Have moved away,

For such a long time,

Way over there,

And

I miss you,

Now.

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Denis Leary: And Your Point Is What???

Dr. Denis Leary

Yes, this guy.  You know the guy.  Or, maybe someone like him.  Denis Leary is passionate about the FDNY and COMEDY.  This I know for sure.  While the book I’m recommending didn’t win any awards for prose, you read this book for its humor.  It didn’t come without criticism as it received backlash for his autism commentary.  Not everyone likes a blunt person.  He speaks from his jaded heart.  He doesn’t apologize for it.  He goes along his merry way or should I say his sarcastic way.  Why We Suck has a successor called Why We Don’t Suck that focuses much on the political climate of today.  The bottom line is he writes and you can’t fault a person for being truthful to his own life.  

His show, Rescue Me, had accolades, but it too was not without criticism.  It aired on FX from 2004 to 2011.  Even though the show has ended, it’s one that continues to be relevant.  It touches upon just about everything.  It’s realistic in many respects.  The show’s center is on Tommy Gavin, played by Denis Leary, and how he juggles his often crumbling personal with his professional life.  The writing allows you to get invested in the characters, and each episode leaves you wanting more.  It pushes beyond comfortable boundaries so if you can get past the swearing (easy for me to do) and the writing (controversial dialogue and experiences), this show is for you. 

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All Things Christopher Plummer

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 Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Hollywood trends have come and gone, only to come back again, and things have rapidly changed with social media.  Things are more accessible to create your own little movie, but of course, they will usually not be the blockbuster you think it will be.  This can be a blessing and a curse.  Let’s face it:  watching an amateur video on YouTube is not the same experience as watching a movie in the theater or on your television from a DVD or Blu-ray.  This technological modernization of the world, which includes Hollywood has also produced effective “cheaper” made movies with stories seemingly realistic.  The acting profession might not have the glamour and glitz it once did.  There continues to be crossover from other professions: music and fashion.  This isn’t to say it is easy to get into Hollywood because for the majority it is damn hard.  You must want it bad.  It takes an equal amount of work to stay relevant. The writers’ focus has long forgotten about most epic stories or ones that require an overabundance of thinking by the audience.  The audience has spoken.  It’s become all about comic book adaptations.  Think movies with more action than story, but enough of the latter to not be thought of as one trick cinema.

I tend to be drawn toward roles where actors/actresses are able to showcase their acting range.  I firmly believe that a great actor/actress has range.  S/he is able to absorb into a role, and if it is one that flies in the direction opposite from where s/he stands in reality, then all the more reason to stand up and clap for him/her.   My take on what makes a great actor/actress might differ from the mainstream, as I look to someone who is able to convincingly portray a good person as much as a bad person, and better yet if it is in the same movie.  This isn’t to say an actor/actress playing the same role over and over isn’t good, but to launch them into greatness takes work, and then to become one of the legends takes an even larger body of work, and an understanding few attain.  A great actor/actress is multilayered in techniques, able to gain access to that “needed thing” effortlessly, and quickly transition within scenes and between performances.  I have more to think about what makes a legend, in any profession, but would venture to say it’s a combination of longevity and relevance.

I was first introduced to Christopher Plummer from my grandma.  She watched The Sound the Music every year.  This was my first introduction to musicals.  While this was not his defining role, it surely made him a household name, and this musical is still one of my favorites.  I continued watching all kinds of movies as I left my teenage years and ventured into my twenties, thirties, and now forties.  I have become enamored, in a non-romantic way, with Plummer as I have with Humphrey Bogart and Sidney Poitier.  There is something when seeing an actor/actress who’s walked the streets of Tinseltown year after year, and is no longer considered a “new face.”  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre remains one of my favorites for Bogart and In the Heat of the Night for Poitier.   My favorite, so far for Plummer, is The Fall of the Roman Empire.

As I watched Plummer in his role as J. Paul Getty, it dawned on me how much I enjoy his performances.  I thought about him playing Kaiser Wilhelm II, Leo Tolstoy, Aristotle, and John Barrymore.  I thought about his ability to equally play a warmhearted soul and one that is wicked in nature.  He’s an actor continuing on his path of promise and deliverance.  It almost seems silly for me to even comment because he doesn’t need my accolades.  He has already proven himself, but lately I’ve wanted to see faces of “older” actors/actresses.  Hollywood likes newcomers, the next big thing, so this is my way of saying I want continued space for veteran actors/actresses.  If anyone is deserving of a Hollywood spot, one should be reserved for Christopher Plummer.

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Trifecta #6

Image of the Week

I think about what would happen if I didn’t have water to drink.  I wouldn’t last long without it even though a human can go without it for between three to five days.  Therefore, I’ve decided to post a picture of a necessity we need to live.

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Word of the Week

A word you might not know.  I sure didn’t.  It is part of the top 40% of words.  The more you know. 

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Video of the Week

This video is older and brought to my attention from a co-worker.  It is related to the Olympics as Suzy Chaffee was an alpine skier.  This is her Chapstick commercial.   It’s a nice nod to the 1970s, and of course, a little funny.

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Book Recommendation: The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism

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I haven’t read this type of book for a while.  Readers either liked it because of its informative nature about narcissism and the focus of both narcissist and those looking at them.  Others found it difficult to read because its subject matter includes psychological theories and concepts.  Despite it being a small, compact book, don’t expect to speedily read through it.  Sure, you can, but you’re going to miss important knowledge along the way.  Remember this is an essay dealing with subject matter that is hard to quantify, but often easy to objectify by the layperson.  

Narcissism has become a notion with characteristics of being a very bad thing, and while it has existed for a long time and before social media came onto the scene, the author posits those critical of the narcissist maybe as much to blame as the narcissist.  Kristin Dombek takes us into her view of the impacts of narcissism, and how it’s seepage into humanity throughout the generations has led to a sort of panic of today.  Everyone has something to say about it and everyone is on some level a narcissist.

Mental disorders have been written and removed from the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).   One day it might declassify narcissism as a mental disorder, but for now it is here to stay.  Dombek includes past studies about narcissism, and how some psychological experts sought to fit it into neat pockets.  She discusses millennial born individuals and the stereotypes of their laziness and materialism.  There is also discussion about serial killers and how we put them onto an island by themselves.   We have become great at dividing people: us versus them.

It doesn’t matter so much where you stand on the narcissism spectrum, but that you realize everyone has a place on it.  We can overly embrace it under certain circumstances or totally ignore it when it’s undesirable.  We operate and conduct ourselves with others often based on our upbringing, but it never hurts to explore further by opening your eyes to other viewpoints.  If nothing else, this book offers insight into the struggle of viewing ourselves and others as objectively as possible.

Explore The Selfishness of Others on Amazon

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My Life in Journals

Missing a Few, but Here’s Most of Them

I went home home to take pictures of my other journals. I didn’t get them all because some were M.I.A. I ended up leaving my current journal behind. You win some and then lose some. I actually have a few more, but couldn’t call them actual journals.  When I hit a certain point in my life, I plan on burning all of them in a big bonfire, but time will tell.  The original dates were from 1990 to current times, but these listed below start in 1992 and progress onward.

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Quotes about California

I bought a little book about people from California quoting about California long before I moved here.  I browsed through the pages and chuckled at how many things were true when I went back to Minnesota.  I made some of them into quotes.  Whether you love or hate California, it won’t secede from the Union or split into two or more fractured parts (not anytime soon).  It’s here to stay so enjoy it near or from afar.

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More Random Info

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Since the release of the movie Groundhog Day in 1993, crowds of up to 30,000 have visited Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania each year on February 2nd to see whether Punxsutawney Phil observes his shadow. 

Seemingly fluffy, airy clouds are actually quite heavy.  The water droplets forming a small cumulus cloud weigh more than a mid-size car.

During Andrew Jackson’s presidency in the 1830s, the United States’ White House lawn was home to a milk cow. 

In 1986, Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to become the youngest-ever heavyweight boxing champion at the age of twenty years and five months.

Amount of money graphic designer Milton Glaser charged the New York state tourism board for designing the “I (heart) New York” logo in 1977 was zero dollars.

On February 16, 1968, the United States’ first 911 emergency phone system went into service in Haleyville, Alabama.  Today, hundreds of millions of 911 emergency calls are made in the United States each year.  The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 70 percent are wireless calls.

John F. Kennedy was 43 when he was elected the youngest president in U.S. history.

When in Japan, slurp your noodles.  It’s considered polite to do so. 

The first movie ever to be screened privately at the U.S. White House was The Birth of a Nation, which President Woodrow Wilson viewed in 1915.

To clean a sink drain, put 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then flush with hot water.

On February 28, 1983, more than 60% of U.S. TV-owning households watched the final episode of the TV series, M*A*S*H.  The series finale boasted a 77 percent share of the Nielsen ratings during its original airing. 

Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing

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