You folks will understand this. It’s been a weird year. A totally shitty & weird year. I lost my mom in February. I lost my best friend, Johnnie Walker, in July. No, I’m not finished describing my year. I’ll do that with a New Years meme. And I hope no more deaths.
Back to losing Johnnie: I had planned to change the year on this header. All of us loved the wonderful sendoff his family had for him. I did the eulogy and it went well. But here, on this blog, I found his picture jarring. This space has always been about the present. Things change. Times change. So we removed Johnnie from the header and put Harvey Wallbanger instead. Harvey hasn’t been here since 2015 but that’s not so long ago and, he did have two advantages. We are still very close and he’s still alive. No one knew Johnnie better than I and I know he wouldn’t care. He was into the recording sessions. I doubt he ever read a post here on the blog or more that once on our web page WTIT.net. In fact the only DJ who has helped here was Harvey. In 2008 & 9, he did a weekly post on the old blog. The one with the twins and my singles stories. using this backup computer sucks because no site recognizes me and my password “hints” are on the other computer. OK, I didn’t back up everything. It was called “Harvey Has a Take” …I think. If I were on my main computer I’d figure it out. and it was done after I did my dating profiles meme. Here’s is the old header:
Thanks for taking a minute to listen to me ramble. You gotta keep moving. Peace & love. Join us next time here at the same blog.
That went well. I lasted a week. Starting to write a post during this season is nuts. Yesterday I went on a church carol sing. Now if you read this space I am a confirmed agnostic. My wife is an atheist, I think. But she works for a church. So yesterday it was caroling to nursing homes. We went to four nursing homes d three were not ready/or caring about it. Friday it was the ministers Christmas party. I am done. A guy tries to be my friend by walking over and talking about Woodstock. My hair is really long now. He was sincere. But he also was an AA type – I am not a good person for them to be around for them. So sue me.
I am writing a play currently. It’s a sequel to my favorite play as last done in 1974. I always regretted that it was on before we could record TV. I’ve even contacted a few of the actors. I had an audio version that got lost. I bought the script. To my delight my daughter her husband, their kids (my grandkids of course) and Kathy & I recorded it. It was a cold read (my son-in-law was a child actor who now designs theaters all over the world.) My daughter won “best actress in Connecticut her senior year of high school” so we all have the background. It came out fantastically! I have a picture of it when I get my regular computer back. The title of this post? Another time. We will return. Same time. Same blog.
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1.What is your favorite animal? The lion. The social aspect of lions is the most interesting and intriguing of all cats. Although in many nature materials and films, they claim lions as the only social cat. But it is simply untrue. While lions clearly are the most social cat, other big cats socialize. Male cheetah brothers generally stay together all their lives. As we learn more about the biggest cat of the Americas, the jaguar (the least known for an obvious reason: The jungles in in South America are so dense, it makes them hardest to observe.) But they are more social than originally thought.
2.Your dream vacation? St. Anywhere. Send me to the Caribbean. Anyplace not wiped out by hurricanes.
3.Last person’s house you were in? Either of my oldest kids’ homes.
4.Worst injury you’ve ever had? That would be the broken neck that I am still not recovered from, I think I was in more danger with the staph infection in ’02 – ’03
5.Last play you saw? My oldest grandchild is 16. She did a Shakespeare play (I think “A Mid Summer’s Night Dream”).
6. Ever go to camp? Once. The longest 2 weeks of my life.
7. Were you an honor roll student in school? No. But I was on The Dean’s List in college.
8. What do you want to know about the future? That my $$ will last through retirement.
9. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne? Nope. Aftershave on occasion.
10. Are you due sometime this year for a doctor’s visit? Yes, I see my primary care doc 4 X a year and my cardiologist 3 X a year. My last visit took a real left turn.
11. Where is your best friend? She’s in the living room.
12. Do you have a tan? We’ve got snow everywhere. And as good as our president looks from a tanning bed, I’d pass on that shit.
13. What are you listening to right now? “So Tied Up” with the Cold War Kids.
14. Do you collect anything? It used to be record albums, then CDs. I still have them all.
15.Who is the biggest gossiper you know? Donald Trump.
16.Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over? A couple of years ago a cop got made at me for driving into road work. What he couldn’t grasp was that the 18 wheeler in front of me was not made from glass.
17.What does your last text message say? You’re getting shit from Amazon or my prescription is ready from Walgreens. Those were the exciting texts of yesterday. They always cheer me up…
18.Do you like hot sauce? YES. A lot. Tabasco is still the best.
19.Do you need to do laundry? I did it yesterday.
20. What is your heritage? My father was European Jewish and my mom’s family came here from Ireland.
That is it for a Sunday. GO PATS! See you next time. Same time. Same blog.
Thanks to The Gal for authoring this meme. Click on the Sat-9 title of song on the next line below to play.
1) Doris sings that she has her bag packed. Tell us about your luggage. Is your bag easy to spot on the luggage carousel? Until last year my luggage was easy to spot. Maybe because I was given it as a high school graduation gift. Very old. But still as good as the day I got them. But, no wheels. I am too old for that shit.
2) The release of this song coincided with VE Day, and so it meant a great deal to troops returning home from Europe. What song has sentimental value for you? Why? As I’m sure remember that my dad sang at nightclubs. His signature song was “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. He sang it at our wedding. Now I always get teary eyed when I hear it whether it’s his version or Armstrong. my favorite song is “Imagine” by John Lennon. Coincidentally, on the brand new Barbra Streisand album she does the two songs as a medley. But it’s best song is “Don’t Lie to Me” a real rocker. It’s her assessment of the Trump administration. I heard the rock song when she showed the video to “Don’t Lie to Me” on the Bill Maher show.
3) As a young girl, Doris was passionate about dance. Concentrating in the studio and performing on stage helped distract her from heartache and embarrassment over her parents’ divorce. When you want to escape from what’s troubling you, what do you do? Usually I’ll need to talk it out with either my wife or my son Ben. My dad was my go to guy for everything. My sister on certain subjects can be good as well.
4) Her dancing days came to an end when, at age 15, she was in a car accident and damaged her leg. During her recovery, she discovered how much she enjoyed singing with the radio, and was delighted to find others enjoyed hearing her. Tell us about a time you unexpectedly found happiness or success. I loved doing night clubs gigs as a DJ. My last one was in the 90s. I warmed the house by warming for the comics. I had never done standup, but I was pretty good at it. Had I been younger or had enough money I would have given it a whirl.
5) She moved from singer to actress in the late 1940s and was a major movie star for 25 years. She was paired with the most popular leading men of her time — everyone from Clark Gable to Frank Sinatra to Rock Hudson. If you could share a kiss with any actor or actress, who would you choose? Jill Hennessy.
6) 1968 was a terrible year for Doris. First, she suddenly became a widow. Then she discovered that her late husband and his business partner had squandered her money and she had to file for bankruptcy. Oh, wait! There’s more! She also found that, in his role as her manager, her late husband had, without her knowledge, committed her to a weekly TV series. Do you have a 1968? What year you can point to and say, “Wow, I’m glad that’s over”? 2016 when a broken neck made me retire, I did think, “Man am I glad that’s over with.” I mean my career. No more résumés!
7) After retiring from show business, she became an advocate for animal welfare. She has said we should be more sensitive to the loneliness, sadness and guilt people feel when they lose a pet. Think of a time you were grieving. What words or gestures helped you through? Conversely, what’s something no one should ever say to someone who is hurting? If I never have to hear “He/She’s in a better place.” How the fuck do you know that? It is not at all comforting to me. Particularly since I’m agnostic.
8) Doris’ only child was her son, record producer Terry Melcher. Terry had a successful, years-long collaboration with The Beach Boys. Do you have a favorite Beach Boys song? “God Only Knows” is not only my favorite Beach Boy’s song, but right up the as best song ever. It’s in the discussion.
9) Random question: What’s one thing you’ve never done, but have always wanted to try? Play guitar, but more in the I wish I had learned. I wife misunderstood when I said that, I don’t want to do it now. I meant she bought me one for my birthday last year. I have picked it up a time or two since I know a few chords. But my days of wanting to be Eric or Jimi are gone.
A weird thing is happening. I’ve lost a lot of weight. I’ve lost 20 pounds and four inches off my waist. My doc says the at my age losing you appetite happens. I love the look as long as he’s right. But I feel excellent, but I’m glad I checked it out. We are going to try to do Stealing. Thanks for dropping by. See you next time on this here Tape Radio Blog. Peace & love-
The Book of Me, Chapter 2 “In The Beginning: My Debut”
What were you told, or suspect about your mother’s pregnancy and your first free days at home? Wow. They never told me about much. Well, for this question I’d need to talk to my mom. But, she passed away this year. I was told I was born at 1 AM and my dad went out with friends to get drunk. I know, that makes no sense, but it is the answer. How can you “suspect” about a pregnancy?
Where and when were you born? We will call it 1:03 AM in Hartford.
How much did you weigh? 6 pounds, give or take.
How long were you? Six inches. No? Oh that length. No clue. I don’t know shit about all this. I’m glad that I don’t have readers anymore. I mean for this chapter of the book today. I don’t know the fucking answers and I’m left hopelessly adrift because my jokes suck as well. If any person on the planet ever needed a lifeline – it is me, today.
I must of been quiet. My mom had no patience with anyone at anytime. So, if I was colicky I think she would have complained about it her whole life. We got the “she never wanted kids” story one dark and dreary night. I don’t know what time of day it was because it was so off handed.
What have you been told about your exploits the day you were born and your first few days at home? This is getting stupid. Or perhaps we are already there. Once this story gets out of the crib, I’ll be funnier. At least I am hoping that because this is a long book.
What was your first word, and its context? Babies have context? My first probably was TV because that’s all she did, put me in the playpen and turn on the TV. It explains a lot about my current TV habits. “Morning Joe” is on now. If I weren’t taping it, I wouldn’t be at the computer.
When did you start walking? Write any details that you know. I was about one when my mom threatened, learn to walk or no TV. Since I was already addicted it was a horrible threat. I did finally figure out that she’d never turn off the TV because then she would have to have worked without the TV/babysitter.
That’s it for a Thursday. I have so many projects that I’ve started and haven’t finished. But they all will start here, or in the case of the WTIT book I’m finishing here. But one thing at a time. I don’t know why I’m putting my picture on each page. Mmm. A bit strange, no? Kathy was chosen to do the photography at work, like a yearbook. She works for a church and that meant coordinating between three and four hundred families. She practiced on me and I love this pic. Is it because Kathy editing program that makes you look a lot younger. At 67, I’ll take looking younger. We will return. Same time. Same blog.