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This was the quickest three I can remember. And it’s a biggie. One on Tuesday and two on Thursday of the same week. Two on the same day, two days later and with one being rather unexpected. Wow. That was swift. I do not mean to minimize what has happened here or to show any disrespect but I can’t help wonder this: Since the “Three Curse” swept through so rapidly this time, is the celebrity world exhaling in personal relief or actually more nervous now that three slots just suddenly became open within two days?

These are my short, personal eulogies for them. They are sincere.

Ed McMahon– The Tonight Show would not have been as we remember it without him. Maybe not even Carson himself. I’ll never forget his voice or that laugh. Especially his introduction at the beginning of every show. What a trademark.

Farrah Fawcett– The beauty from my hometown of Corpus Christi, TX was often babysat by my best friend’s Mom when she was a baby. Despite some odd behavior after “Charlie’s Angels” I never soured on her. Her work in two very good movies convinced me that she was actually quite a talented actress.

Michael Jackson– I have never seen a person move like he could. It made me question my eyesight. He seemed to be a hybrid of liquid and mechanical parts. I could watch that all day long.

I’ve done this before but it never gets old. To me anyway. When I saw a link to the freak Phil Spector’s mug shot, I just had to look. When I did, the first thing that came to mind was The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I still can’t decide which of these two are creepier.

This is Phil Spector


And this is “Riff Raff” from the movie.

I love all things that are not modern. I also love all things that no one else likes and especially the things no one else has ever heard of.

Here are two of my favorites. One is a band called Legs Diamond and the other is Mae West. Legs Diamond was a band in the seventies that I was very much in to. I saw them several times in concert and played their albums so much that the stylus had to be replaced every two or three months. We called it a needle. You don’t know what a stylus is, do you? Then there is Mae West. Mae West was . . . well, Mae West.

There is a chorus in one of Legs Diamond’s songs (the words) that has stuck with me for over 30 years. Make fun of me all you want but I think they are some powerful words. So there. I also found a site with Mae West quotes. I read them all, but two of them really stood out to me. Notice the similarity of the words below from an effeminate looking seventies rock band and that of the most sexually aggressive woman of the 1930’s. They are pretty much saying the same thing.

Legs Diamond said:

It’s not the music, it’s how you play it. It’s not the words, it’s how you say it.

Mae West said:


It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.

It’s not what I do, but the way I do it. It’s not what I say, but the way I say it.

Afterthought: Maybe Legs Diamond got those great lyrics from Mae West.

I can’t think of a more appropriate time to view this than now. It is an incredible presentation of the five basic forms of government in a past, present, and future context. It is about ten minutes long but I assure you it’s worth it. I think the very last minute or so it is the most relevant. Please watch The American Form of Government.

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Posted: February 2, 2008 in decisions, people


I really hate election years. It’s only the second day of February and I’m already sick to death of it all. Especially this time. In a bad dream I think I could come up with a candidate and running mate for the democrats and get all this long, drawn-out bullshit over with. In my bad dream it would be possible for humans to merge mind and body (forget soul), creating a hybrid of the two. The obvious would be that of Hillary and Obama. It could also make for great plackards, posters, banners and bumper stickers that read: “HO in 08”. In this same bad, bad dream the running mate might be the hybrid of Ted Kennedy and Helen Thomas who I think resemble each other anyway. This is what I think the candidates would look like.


Posted: January 24, 2008 in people

Yesterday evening I found the most wonderful message in my email thanks to the website Classmates. No need to link it, I’m sure everyone knows what it is. It may seem dorky to some people (Laurie comes to mind), but I must say that it has reconnected me with many of my best friends from high school that I thought I’d never, ever hear from again. In fact, had it not been for this site I would have never known about my twentieth High School reunion, which I attended.

To borrow a quote from a well-known rock star and modify it to fit our situation, a few years after high school about twenty people got in twenty different vehicles and headed for twenty different destinations to do twenty different things. Time passes and life gets more complicated. Many of us lost touch with each other. But this site made it very easy to contact each other after about 25 years.

I don’t hang out on this site because it’s very cumbersome. Only if I’m really bored will I browse through it. I don’t have to though. If you’re properly signed up it will email you with any messages sent to your account. The message I got last night was that Barbara W. had left me a message. I knew right away who it was. I haven’t heard from her since she left for NYC in about 1989. She was supposed to come back but she never did. She’s divorced with a boy, 12 and a girl 17 and works at NBC. She doesn’t want to separate her kids from their father so she’ll still probably never return.

I thought about her when I was there in December but had no idea whether she was still there. It didn’t matter much since I didn’t have any free time anyway. We’ve exchanged two more emails since yesterday. One topic that came up was an extremely fun and crazy three days we and the rest of our little gang of friends had in San Antonio when we fled Corpus Christi as hurricane Gilbert looked like it was heading straight for us. We agreed that it was probably one of the funnest times we ever had together. I am going to talk about it in the next post. Hopefully that will be tomorrow evening. It’s 9:15 here now and there is no way to do it tonight and make it to work on time in the morning.