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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Feline Friday (or maybe Saturday)

I just have toooooo many cat pictures for Feline Friday!! The cats want to thank you for giving them their special day!

The first picture is of Stinkey!!! Let's hear it for Stinkey!! He sat still and wasn't sleeping for a change!!!!

I had to take the next photo because I'm not sure that 100% of the folks seeing the cats looking out the window believed me that they would be watching for David to come home, like a dog would... Taaaa Daaaa! (even got david's car as it came by the window!)

I caught Booboo and Winkey on the outlook for him...

And I couldn't leave without showing you Mr. BooBoo himself playing with his mousey..

(I have to say the quality of the pics is sooo much better until i put them in the journal.. I wish i knew what to do to fix that!!.. any comments welcomed!)

Friday, April 28, 2006

More Galaxy Adventures?...

My good friend Annie sent me a newspaper article and a cartoon.. I decided to share them here. I'm guess she mailed them because.. well.. she knows I tend not to read newspapers.( the television news is more then depressing enough.)

She also sent them because we both enjoyed Star Trek, we both loved De, and we both have lingering memories. So.. here is the article and cartoon...


(love Ziggy hehe)

It sounds to me as if Paramount is willing to stretch it's arms out once again in hopes of engulfing the many Fans of Star Trek. But, not before putting out a "test" to see if the interest is still there by producing a movie, that may or may not, bring in profits.

By now the fans of Star Trek have become accustomed to "change". They accepted the new crew in Star Trek the Next Generation, and even beyond. So it would be no big surprise to me if a new generated movie would not only stir some of the old fans, but possibly latch on to yet another generation of fans.

To be honest, I find myself wondering if they are sorry they cancelled "Enterprise"? (I don't know about anyone else, but I'm sorry they did!)

But, for those of us of the older generation... it will always be a little hard not to picture the originals still making movies... there are times I just can't believe De is gone or that the others don't look exactly as they did back then. I know even as DeForest grew older part of me always saw him as the "fan" I was long before I got to know him.

And though I still watch Bill Shatner as "Denny Creg" and see Leonard on his Alieve commercial.. they still bring back memories.

Sigh.. just take a gander at them! You have to admit.. they were the best looking of all the generations of Trek! (one in particular to me, but hey.. I wouldn't think of twisting any arms..heh)

Hmmm, I wonder if they will try to find look-alikes? Pshawww.. who am I kidding? They'd never find three that look like those guys!!!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

I had a dream....

It's sad that many of us have to get old before we can look back and see all of the missed dreams we may have had.

I think one of my first dreams was to be in a band. I played the drums. I did play in a band for a short time.. and I was sooooo blown away that someone would pay me for something I had so much fun doing that I would have done it for free!

This happened about the same time I met my future husband. We were dating at the time. Came a time when he gave me an ultimatum... either I left the band and we would get married... or I stayed with the band and he would not marry me.

The mind works funny... I couldn't understand why I couldn't have both. I only played on weekends, and always within driving distance of where I lived. I didn't "travel".. we were a "local" band. I actually felt guilty that I had to "think about it". One of many guilts that I have put on myself over the years.

I thought about my mother raising two children alone (divorced). And I thought about how she never seemed really happy. I deemed that this would be my only chance at something she didn't have.. to be happily married. And so I gave up my dream.

I never for a moment regretted getting married, it wasn't a matter of loving him or not, or having our children....never.

But if you ask me if I ever wondered about being a drummer the answer would be yes. I wondered if I ever would have been really good at it. I wasn't "bad" but I had a way to go to be "good" lol..



And yet another very large dream I always had dealt with is the Grand Canyon. As I learned about it over the years I would dream of going there and taking the mule ride down into the beautiful canyon to spend the night in a tent. To be able to climb around and explore this most fascinating piece of nature at it's best. I have had that dream for so long that the one time I got to see the canyon (about 20 minutes in all) that I cried thru the entire time I was there. It's still a dream I can't let go of, though now it would be much different.


They are unfinished dreams... I believe we all have dreams that never happened. Both men and woman.. but I think woman more then men. Mostly because, once married and with a family, women tend to stop thinking about their self and any dreams they may have had.

Maybe men do to.. but I think if it was something they really, really wanted.. they'd find a way to get it or do it. Woman dedicate their life to the husband and family, so much so... that when they get older, and find that time is no longer a factor .. they have no idea what to do with it. Their dreams have all, long ago, disappeared.

Did you have an unfinished dream? Do you ever think about it? Maybe you could blog about it and leave a link so I could read your dreams.


Addendum:

Sassy left a great link to her unfinished dreams!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Fantasy at it's best..

Knightbek's recent post, over at the Wildcat's Lair, was about one of my favorite authors David Eddings and his series of books The Belgaraid. I read these books years ago.. and reread them.. and I know it's time to read them again, that is if i ever finish reading Margaret Weiss books dealing with Dragonlance, (Raistlin, Caramon and Tasslehoff Burrfoot keep getting into trouble!) never ending!!

It's always the characters that keep me reading their stories. Then when they have written about as much as they can using the same characters, they move on.. but for whatever reason, I have great difficulty with their new direction, or their new characters.

I guess it's like old friends. They remain with you and sometimes, there isn't a lot of room for new ones. Or the new ones just don't live up to your expectations. (or a combination of both)

I think we've become really lucky in that special effects for the movies has come far enough to finally engulf "fantasy fiction"! It gives us a chance to see and hear some of the characters we've grown to know so well.


For me, it's the sorcerer's.. magical in many ways, not the least of the fact they do more then anyone in the stories but are old old men! I wish I had even a tiny fraction of their energy!!! And don't they seem to look like a father figure? But "daddy" I sure promise not to tick YOU off!! heh.
























You shall not pass!" ..s'ok with me, heh didn't want to go anyway! Looks sure can be deceiving huh?!
























I think i just lost my appetite for Italian food!






Anyone who can conjure up Dragons Breath... you really want to keep as a friend .. not an enemy!

I feel really lucky that special effects became good enough to put 'fantasy" in it's rightful place. It's so nice because you get to put a face, a voice and even more personality to those you enjoy in books.


The sorcerers will always remain a favorite of mine.. even when the story is focused around other characters such as Bilbo or Frodo.. the name Gandalf whispers in the back of your mind. He's never very far away.


Maybe someday they will make the movie of the Belgariad and a true face will be put to Belgarath... Or they might choose the Dragonlance series and we'd meet Raistlin... not that I'd particularly want to! ..heh.

























But if they make those movies.. you can bet I'll be first in line!! Until then.. the books will carries us into their lands and through their journeys... it's a good place to be.. far away in your mind with some of your favorite friends.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Mid-life...

I've seen two shows lately that went on and on about how mid-life is a
great time for women. Just last week Oprah had a whole show on how great
menopause is....

Puhle-e-e-e-e-e-eze!

I've had a few thoughts of my own and would like to share them with you.
Whether you are pushing 40, 50, 60 (or maybe even just pushing your luck)
you'll probably relate.

Mid-life is when the growth of hair on our legs slows down. This gives us
plenty of time to care for our newly acquired mustache.

In mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wingspans. We are no
longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag.

Mid-life is when you can stand naked in front of a mirror and you can see
your rear without turning around.

Mid-life is when you go for a mammogram and you realize that this is the
only time someone will ask you to appear topless.

Mid-life is when you want to grab every firm young lovely in a tube top and
scream, "Listen honey, even the Roman empire fell and those will too."

Mid-life brings wisdom to know that life throws us curves and we're sitting
on our biggest ones.

Mid-life is when you look at your-know-it-all, beeper-wearing teenager and
think: "For this I have stretch marks?"

In mid-life your memory starts to go. In fact the only thing we can retain
is water.

Mid-life means that your Body By Jake now includes Legs By Rand McNally --
more red and blue lines than an accurately scaled map of Wisconsin.

Mid-life means that you become more reflective...You start pondering the
"big" questions. What is life? Why am I here? How much Healthy Choice
ice cream can I eat before it's no longer a healthy choice?

But mid-life also brings with it an appreciation for what is important.

We realize that breasts sag, hips expand and chins double, but our loved
ones make the journey worthwhile. Would any of you trade the knowledge
that you have now for the body you had way back when?

Maybe our bodies simply have to expand to hold all the wisdom and love
we've acquired.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Patrick's Saturday Six

Here are this week's "Saturday Six" questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your journal

1. What food do you most enjoy cooking? How many people have you cooked this dish for?

well.. i went through the "isn't it fun to cook" period of my life for a long time... and then finally exited it with "I no longer have to cook"! period of my life! I'd just assume eat a sandwich !

2. If you could go behind the scenes at any television show to get a look at how things worked, which show would you choose and why?

I was blessed with being on a set once.. but it was for a movie not tv.. so.. all things considered: LOST ! (ok tell me who wouldn't want to go to Hawaii?)

3. Besides your bed, what's the easiest place in your home for you to take a nap? When was the last time you fell asleep there?

I'm afraid "bed" is it.. I rarely nap, if I do it's because I am sick..then i can sleep almost anywhere

4. Take the quiz: What time of day are you? (Found at Shelly's Cyber Chocolate.)

***You Are Sunrise***

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

5. What time of year do you usually read the most books?

Hmmm.. I guess winter. There's just more that needs to be taken care of in the nicer months.

6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #89 from Jamilynn: What is your favorite article of clothing? Is there a story behind it?

I can't say that I have one. I'm not a person who thinks much past being comfy.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

I used to be indecisive.. now I'm not sure.

I think at one time or another we have all had a breakdown in communication when the form we are using is "typing". Re: someone misunderstanding what you were trying to say. I think yesterday I had one of those times...


I don't know if i should laugh or what.. I mentioned in a previous post about the convention that I am thinking of attending.. and that I sent an email to the convention folks .. this was my email:


Hello,
I am thinking of purchasting a ticket for the Elf Convention in Secaucause NJ (239.00)

My problem is, I can only attend one day, so I would like to find out the day that the guests will be autographing? (to be sure that's the day I attend)
Thank you


I thought it was pretty straight forward... what would you think i am asking?? I thought i was asking what day the guests would be autographing...?

Here is the response..


Hello Pat,


We will offer single day tickets closer to the convention date. Please visit our website at www.creationent.com


I know I mentioned I can only go one day.. but I did tell them I was going to purchase the "expensive ticket".. since it's the only one you can buy and still get autographs!.. One day tickets do not offer a chance to get the autographs!!..


Ok.. I took a deep breath after mumbling something to myself about the fact that I did NOT ask about a one day ticket..sigh. I sent a second email.. this is what it said:


Hello Leticia..


I'm sorry, I guess I didn't make it clear.. I need to know which day will the guests be doing the autographs.


I realize that you have one day tickets but those do not allow you to get autographs. I can only make it to the con on ONE day, although I will purchase a 3 day ticket. I want to be sure I go on the day I can obtain the autographs.


I'm sorry if i confused you.


And my response is:


Hello Pat,


All of the ticket information is listed on the web site at www.creationent.com. Since we do many conventions and you're not being specific, please visit our web site.


Am I not speaking English? Did I ask for ticket information? Or did I ask when the guests were going to autograph? Was I not specific? hmm, could have sworn my first Email included the fact it was the Elf convention in Secaucas NJ.. how much more specific can I get?



I sent off one "last" email to which I have no response as yet.. if that doesn't work I guess a phone call to California is my next attempt to find out the information. I did go to the web site a few times and really looked hard to see if i missed them saying which day autographs take place..but to no avail.


Years ago when Creations prices when so high I swore I would never go to another of their conventions. (however I did go a few times.. but.. big but here only because DeForest insisted because he was the guest and also produced me a ticket.. therefore I never dealt with Creation) My main reason for not dealing with them anymore was strictly their outrageous prices.. now I'm beginning to wonder how they've managed to stay in business!


On their site they had a number of email addresses you could write to for "more information" pertaining to a number of different things.. which is where i found the address to write to.. I "assumed" the folks on the other end would be informative and helpful.. heh.


Ah well.. on the other hand.. it's raining and miserably cold here in New Jersey today..brrrr. The temperatures resemble a rollarcoaster, going up and down drastically.


Is it me or does the weather, in general, seem like it's out of control? I am 62 yrs old.. I do not remember hearing about so many tornadoes or hurricanes or just plain bad weather as we have had the past 2 -3 years. It just seems like one catastrophe after another.. or is it just me?


Friday, April 21, 2006

Feline Friday... plus

Happy Friday... at least to those to go to work everyday. Friday is almost always a good day, at least as good psychologically as Monday is "bad" ..heh.


Once again I feel a contribution of a cat picture (or two) for Feline Fridays, so here they are: This first picture I like to call "It's time for dad to come home".. this occurs at the kitchen window every evening. When I begin to cook, they know David will come home... and when he does... FOOD! Then the begging begins! (this is a shot of BooBoo Kitty, Frickey, and Winkey)



As most know there are 9 cats in this house. One resides only in Davids room, which makes it more like 8 cats. Of the 8 cats most are up in age and don't do much but hide and sleep, which is why you seem to see the same 3 cats over and over again.. BooBoo, Winkey and Peanut are the youngest and came to live here only 3 yrs ago.. so they are the ones up and around most. Ocasionally, I get a rare shot of one of the others, I keep a folder just of cat pics so that when that happens I'll choose them instead !!


The next pic is BooBoo Kitty.. He loves being in the windows..any window! And I think he's beginning to like his picture taken as he seems to now and then "strike a pose".


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The "plus" part of this entry is going to refer to yesterday's post about the upcoming convention and a comment or two that was left for me.


It seems mutualaide of Life on Flamingo Row has the same problem I do when it comes to temptation and the end results of it.. "surely, as soon as the money leaves my hands a high priority "thing" happens and I'm wishing I had just not give in" Boy, Howdy!! That has my name written all over it!! It sure makes you wonder where you went wrong in life that any little enjoyment you find can turn and bite you on the butt and make you feel like you were greedy for even considering yourself worthy of the enjoyment you had.


She goes on to suggest: skip the convention, write for the autographs and slip them into your picture book. Yeah, the value won't be the same, but heck, you won't regret it! Which is something I have to say flitted through my mind ...briefly. The reason it was so brief is when the actors are busy ones like these people, the chances of getting a signed photo by writing to them dwindles to a really low percentage.. and then IF you get one, there's a good chance it's not "real".. that a machine did it or a secretary.. Which is also why if you write for someone who's no longer very busy, will get you the real thing.


Then I had an email from a dear friend.. she was .. well.. blunt! lol lol


I read your blog today the hell with it you only live ONCE go to that damn convention!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to admit.. it made me laugh. This is from a person who lives in New Orleans.. she went through Katrina... and after all these months she just NOW received a trailer from FEMA! Which could easily explain why she says to enjoy life... you never know what tomorrow will bring.


Big *sigh* here... there has been no reply to the email i sent to the convention folks asking what day the autographs are to be held, and I am doubtful they will respond over a weekend... so... it's still my excuse not to decide while in the frame of mind of "what the heck" and just do it. Maybe over the weekend I'll think more on it. (maybe? cha!)


Meanwhile there's laundry to be done, you know.. the "fun" part of the day..heh. Have a good Friday!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Temptation...

Have you ever given in to temptation only to regret it later?

That's pretty much the story of my life. Any time I spend some money on something that makes me happy (books, autographs etc) within a short amount of time after ... there comes a reason to regret having spent the money.

In the 6 yrs that I have found myself living with my brother and David I have been on welfare. Starting next month I am no longer on welfare but will be receiving Social Security. 621.00 a month to be precise. At first account it's not a bad deal considering welfare paid me 210.00 a month. But that's only at first glance. No welfare means no Medicaid. (I no longer wonder why people try to stay on welfare)..which means i need medical insurance to the tune of 431.00 a month. (and that's only if you DON'T USE IT!) The co pays and such follow should you need to use it. (so money-wise I am no better off then i was) I won't dwell on this part longer....

Anyway.. there's still that nagging temptation I mentioned ... one of those kind that for a while makes you feel better. (I wonder why that is?) Now.. through this post don't forget... I ALWAYS WIND UP REGRETTING SPENDING THE MONEY.

So.. in my last post (how ironic is that!) I mentioned Conventions, and the high cost of them. Specifically a Creations Convention. (not possible this could get any more ironic!)

So... today in my email box is an advertisement for a Creations Convention. Nothing abnormal there, I subscribe to hear from them just to keep informed as to the goings on.

So.. they are having a convention in the same hotel here in NJ where I go to my annual autograph show. It's called the Elf Convention. That pertains to folks that played the "little people" in Lord of the Rings. (great..great...great movie!)

So.. the first announcements I had heard about this con the guest list consisted of Elijah Woods (Frodo) and Billy Boyd (Pippin). I was interested.. and for a reason. I have this "picture" book of Lord of the Rings.. and in it I have an autograph.. that of Ian McKellen.. Gandalf himself!

So.. I gave it some thought because if i could add Frodo and Pippins autographs in the book.. it immediately becomes more valuable.. like I'd consider selling it right? heh.. wrong. Luckily the con was far away so I sat on the idea.. and eventually came to my senses and decided I really couldn't afford to blow that sort of money . (239.00 for the weekend.. but i could only go for the day)

So.. along comes this new advertisement for the same convention.. only this time it's added a guest. *groan* stomping feet* yelling: noooooooooo!*

So, who did they add you ask? JOHN RHYS DAVIES! Agggggggggh!! I've only followed this mans career for a long long long time! I loved him as Sallah in the Indiana Jones movies and loved his television show Sliders (1995-97)! There is just something about him.. besides the fact he's a good actor that is. It's a feeling like you already know that he's a nice man and someone you'd wish was your neighbor. He's one of those people I'd like to find out by meeting him if he's as nice a person as I believe him to be. When a chance comes along to be able to confirm your belief in someone.. it makes it hard not to take that opportunity.

So............. now i wanna go! aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

If i give in to temptation what will happen? Well.. I'd enjoy the day there that's for sure! I'd get 3 more autographs in that book which should raise the value considerably! And I'd get to meet JOHN RHYS DAVIES!!! Then as soon as it was all over I'd wait............ the the other shoe to fall. What will happen to make me sorry that I went? What will happen to make me feel guilty I blew the money? For as sure as I am sitting here writing this.. Something Will Happen.

I am, at the moment, deluding myself that I might actually go. But..I put the first "give me some time to think" blocks up. I sent an email to the convention to ask which day a person with that EXPENSIVE TICKET would get the autographs (since I know I can only attend one day, even though the ticket is for all 3 days). It's an excuse to make me wait and calm down, and hopefully change my mind and not send for the ticket.... because I KNOW I will regret it if I spend the money that i really shouldn't spend. (actually it would take me the two months to pay for the ticket since I am sooooo wealthy lol) It would also mean i'd be pretty hard up for cash for two months. But that isn't what would stop me, I've been there in that position more then not!

So... boy do i need help convincing myself NOT to do this!! I could think of many things that money could be used on a lot more wisely. I've just got to tell myself it's no big deal to get autographs... which it isn't!

So tell me... why do we give in to temptation?

And when we do.. why do we always have to regret it?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

News and more news..

Well, if you live in or near New York I imagine you are as sick as I am about hearing of the Tram that got stuck with people in it.. gads! Gimme a break! The news makes it sound like a life and death situation! Ummm hello? The electric cut off and the generator didn't work.. they were stuck.. not hurt.. not hanging on a rope waiting for it to snap! These news people really get to me sometimes!

Yes, it is news.. but it wasn't earth shattering! yet no one could stop talking about it! Sometimes i really wonder...

The other big news yesterday was the 100 anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake (7.4 in size) I listened to that with some interest since, I myself, lived through a 6.7 quake. It was interesting... but scary as heck! I don't know if anyone else listened to it but 100 years ago 3,000 people died in that quake. The estimate that if the same size quake hit in San Francisco now.. 27,000 people would die.. gulp.. say what? That's due to two facts: One, the obvious one, is because of how many people live there now compared to 100 years ago.

And the other you ask? Well.. 100 years ago they still didn't know how to make buildings safer during a quake.. and they rebuilt that town bigger and bigger.. and they estimate that all that rebuilding will come down in another big quake! Nice huh? It's only been the past 20 yrs or so that they know some ways to help prevent that from happening.. so all the rebuilding they did back then is no safer then the original building were that came down.

They say it's common knowledge out there.. ahhhhhhhh soooooo thennnnnn why would you want to live there?? It's not like they are saying "if" it happens again.. this IS California after all.. it's WHEN will it happen? duh.. even my one brain cell can wrap around that much information!!

And with all this knowledge of how it will all fall down again... do they ..ohhhh say, tear down one building at a time and rebuild it with the new knowledge of how to make it safe?? Of course not! That would make too much sense!

I've got to stop listening to the news.. it either depresses me or gets me frustrated!!! I felt as if I wanted to smack someone on the cheek and tell them to wake up and smell the roses! ..sigh..

Oh..I almost forgot (since the "big news" Tram that got stuck) It seems that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got pushed out of the headlines for having their baby ..heh.. I better not get into that one either!

I hope tomorrow is a better day all the way around.. or that I remember to turn OFF the news.. either way works huh?! heh!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

40 Years of Star Trek?!!

As you probably know.. I keep an eye out for conventions and autograph shows. It came to my attention that this year is the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek! Gads! 40 years of Star Trek!.. how sad that it falls on the first year that there is actually no version of Star Trek on television anymore.


After finding this out I just had to pull out my binders and look for what I had saved from when I went to the 30th Anniversary Celebration that took place in Huntsville Alabama. (my only time in that state) Wow.. the memories that pulled up!


One of the things I had saved and came across was a "report" I had written about the weekend I spent there. For a brief moment I thought "ohhh, maybe I can scan this and put it in for my journal post!"... quickly followed by: "ummm, I guess not its 9 typed pages long!" heh.. ah well it was just an idea after all lol.


I spent that weekend with two girlfriends.. One was Sue Keenan, the president of DeForests Fan Club who is still a friend of mine. The other was a girlfriend I had from when I lived in Ft. Pierce Florida, her name is Ruth. When I read my "report" I found myself with a big grin on my face as I read how we all acted like "kids" when in reality we were no where near being a kid! Things like turning off the light in the hotel only to start talking in the dark, followed by a bad case of the giggles.. lord.. shades of when you would have a friend spend the night at your home when you were a kid and you'd giggle most of the night instead of sleeping!


The Anniversary of Star Trek was put on by Creations Convention with the aid of Paramount Studio and it was a biggie! They had guests from all the series of Star Trek AND a number of Astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights.





When I first began going to Star Trek conventions they were really fun and the best! Now many of the people doing the cons (most especially Creation Conventions) have made it so that only the rich can afford a good seat and a good time. We are talking tickets for 350.00 and above!! This verses the 25.00 a day and first come first serve. First come first serve was the best part of the old conventions (even Creations had that back then). We'd wake up at 3 in the morning to be among the first 10 people in line!! Many friends were made sitting in those lines all sharing their convention stories. What a time that was!


Now.. you "buy your seat" sometimes as much as a year in advance (hoping you aren't sick and can still go) for prices like 3-4 hundred dollars, plus your flight to wherever the con is .. plus your hotel ... plus your food.. plus spending money.. getting the picture yet? Your Star Trek weekend can easily cost you over 1,000. !!! It's so sad when your fun is taken away because you can now, no longer afford it.


It was nice going to them.. getting to hear stories the guests told, (sometimes really funny stories... De told some hysterical stories of his cowboy days!) and then a question and answer time so maybe, if you raised your hand, they chose you and you got to ask a question. Even if you weren't chosen it was interesting to hear answers to many of the questions asked.


Ah well.. memories... thank goodness for them!!


This year Creation is doing a 40th Anniversary at the Hilton in Las Vegas in August. Here's a list of the stars you get to see for your 324.00 ticket (not including your hotel and seated behind the gold tickets and the captains tickets.. heh..


WILLIAM SHATNER / AVERY BROOKS / KATE MULGREW / JONATHAN FRAKES / NICHELLE NICHOLS / ROBERT PICARDO / ROBERT FOXWORTH / BRENT SPINER / BARBARA MARCH / LOUISE FLETCHER / ANDREA MARTIN / ROBERT DUNCAN McNEILL / CONNOR TRINNEER / ARON EISENBERG / ARMIN SHIMERMAN / ALEXANDER SIDDIG / GEORGE TAKEI / WALTER KOENIG / DIANA MULDAUR / TIM RUSS / GRACE LEE WHITNEY / ETHAN PHILLIPS / MICHAEL WESTMORE / ROBERT JUSTMAN / GARRETT WANG / JEFFREY COMBS / GARY GRAHAM / MARC ALAIMO / JAMES DARREN


If anyone goes to it I hope you do a "con report" in the journal!!..






They told me I was gullible ... and I believed them.

Monday, April 17, 2006

I Found it!..


Just because a few of you seemed concerned about that movie that I couldn't remember the title of...

.. after Karen suggested googling "gay theme movies", and finding many lists of them.. and spending more hours then i care to.. I DID find the name of the movie and I'm going to get it again on half.com for a whole 1.50 lol.. It's called Carrington.. and is a well made movie and a nice story to it.. it starred Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce.


When generally speaking, if there are times that you can't remember a name to title, and if you wait long enough it will generally pop into your head when you least expect it.... this was NOT happening on it's own so........ you can't imagine the relief of finding the name.


The first thing I do when I can't remember a name is go through the alphabet.. sometimes finding the first letter of the name will make it unexpectedly spew out of your mouth. Had this happened I wouldn't have spent hours looking at lists of movie titles..sigh.


I do want to say that any Emma Thompson fan who hasn't seen this movie should. She is a fantastic actress, and is at her best in parts i call "period pieces". Though I don't say this is exactly a period piece it does come across similiar.


Ok, that finally taken care of and out of the way... I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend !


In my comments section of my journal from Easter Day Karen threw in a little "funny" but I'm sure it went unnoticed to anymone but me..heh.. she says: "As long as he didn't think you were a Lepus! Happy Easter!" For those of you who do not "get it"... it's a referral to the movie "Night of the Lepus" in which DeForest Kelley had a part. The movie was about experiments on rabbits that produced giant man-eating rabbits.. yes, (head hanging) DeForest had one of "those" movies! Bill Shatner had giant spiders.. and De had giant bunny rabbits..heh.. I guess I could have made some sort of post about the Lepus on easter but... well.. I thought the 5'4" one was big enough don't you?


Ah well. .. spring has sprung and Easter's done..
.. and now it's time for summer fun!


Sure hard to believe another winter is behind us.. and soon we will be cooking outside (and i don't mean the grill!). Since I don't get a vacation there's not much to look forward to that is different from "everyday".


Aside from the one autograph show that changed from spring to summer and will be coming June 2-4.. And I just saw that my buddy Kevin McCarthy is signed to be coming to it! Woohoo!.. I sent off an email to see if he wants me to help him again.. if i don't hear from him I'll give him a phone call when it gets closer. The only reason I wouldn't hear from him is because it seems his email may have some problems.. ah well.. we'll see...


Have a good Monday everyone!..



Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

I'm the happy Easter Bunny hooray...

Ok.. so... this is the "real easter bunny" picture I mentioned... One year while living in California I actually had the nerve to go visit DeForest and Carolyn Kelley dressed like this:


I bet right about now you are groaning.. but also wondering what wonderful words of wisdom DeForest had to say about the "outfit"?

DeForest: "Well now.. that's the biggest rabbit I've ever seen!"

Carolyn: "Turn around let's see it all!"

(turn around and look over my shoulder..)

DeForest: "Nice Tail"

Carolyn: "giggle giggle giggle"

Ah yes.. it was an Easter to behold.. Before I left (we, the gal i used to live with was also there) Mr. Kelley suggested that we go to the food store where he shops and ohhhhhhh, maybe hang around the carrots some... yep.. we did!

The folks at the store got a big kick out of it.. I even purchase a small bunch of fresh carrots with the greens still on them. As I checked out the woman couldn't stop giggling, but never said I word. So, I spoke for her... "Mr Kelley sent us here. He said you had the best carrots in town"

cashier: oh.. that's nice. Mr Kelley? Like, Star Trek Mr Kelley?

me: "One in the same. He sent us here after we delivered his Easter Basket"

She looked around like she thought we had really lost it.... then she giggled some more and handed me the carrots..heh.. guess she was at a loss for words! In fairness it's not everyday you run into a 5'4" XXXlb rabbit!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Playing Catch-Up..

Ok.. so I need to catch you up on two things...

1- I forgot to post my Feline Friday from (Sometimes) Photoblog on Friday.. so you will find it here!

2- A catch-up on some of those posts I did for "new life" on the Round Robin.

So, as you can quickly figure out there are a number of photo's to come!

First I caught BooBoo Kitty watching me out the window as I took the photo's to catch you up on the "new life"...

The other day I caught 3 of the cats in the kitchen.. the male cats quickly come to "stare down" anyone at the counter hoping for a handout... you'd think they were starved to death! (don't they look under-nourished?!) That's BooBoo, Frickey and Stinkey patiently waiting...

Ok.. now for a little catch up on that "new life"... First is the Weeping Cherry Tree in FULL bloom...

Next is a close up of the "mystery bush" next to the house.. Though David and my brother planted it, no one can remember it's name!...

And last is one that wasn't blooming in time for "new life".. I love, love, love the tiny wild Violet...

Today turned out to be sunny and VERY warm.. in the 70's!!! This old bod doesn't change as fast as the weather and it feels even hotter!!! I hope ya'll have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

The Day before Easter Bunny Day..

This morning as I sat here brushing my hair I got to thinking that every year when Easter comes around I can't help but go back in time to when I was a kid and watched cartoons (well.. more cartoons then i do now!). One of the regulars on television back then was Bugs Bunny. I can still remember part of this one particular cartoon.. it was Bugs and he had to take the place of the Easter Bunny and deliver all the colored eggs. He wasn't "thrilled" to do the job.. as he walked down the street with the basket of eggs he's singing (in a not so thrilled voice) "I'm the happy Easter Bunny...hooray. The happy Easter Bunny...hooray"... hahaha he was one ticked off Bunny! Every year I hear him singing that song in my head!! Wouldn't you think after enough years it would go away ??? sheesh.

Why is it we remember things we don't need to and forget things we want to remember? Duh. Like, I've been driving myself crazy trying to remember the name of a movie to let someone know they might enjoy it.. do you think I can remember the name? Noooooooooooooooo! Do you think I can come up with the name of someone in it so I can look in IMDB? Nooooooooooooooooo! All I can remember is the movie is about 7-9 yrs ago.. it was about a gay man who is a writer or painter (can't remember!) and a woman who is in his life for many years. The woman loves him but he tries to get her to fall in love with anyone but him (since he's gay).. eventually she marries..but always remains in love with him. Off and on they even live together.. at the end when he is dying he admits that he loves her. It was a great movie, but for the life of me I can't remember the name of it.. I think (not sure) that it was based on a real life person and the name of the movie was a mans first and last name.. again.. i'm not sure!!... man.. this getting old and the memory slipping is the pitts!!! If I could remember a name of one of the actors i could find it at IMDb, because I know I'd recognize the name as soon as I see it.. Unfortunately I doubt anyone who reads this journal would know it.. When DeForest was alive he'd give me all these movies to watch around Oscar time.. but many were only limited release and so were not really in contention, but each studio sent copies of every movie they released that year. So this is one of those that never got mentioned but was a really well done story. Worst part of all of this is that I know I watched that movie more then once!!! Talk about frustration!!

Well.. tomorrow is "Easter Bunny Day" so I hope anyone with children around is ready for colored eggs and chocolate. (I wouldn't mind some of the chocolate heh..) I wonder if the movie "The Easter Parade" will be on television any time this weekend?? Have to love Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.. Judy sure put out some movies that have stood the test of time.

Ok.. that said I'll leave you with a bunny photo so you don't forget to hard boil some eggs today! *grin* Have a good day and a great Easter!

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday

Well.. it's Good Friday. I hope all of you have the day off of work to rest and enjoy the Holiday that's about to descend upon us.

I hope those of you with kids, or grandkids, or neighbors kids who celebrate Easter in the traditional way (Easter eggs, candy etc) all manage to have some fun along with celebrating it Religiously. So I hope everyone has a great Good Friday and Easter!! ( I will post an "easter bunny" that visited DeForest and Carolyn one year on Sunday)

Meanwhile.. I'm more then glad yesterday is over. It was one of those days I dread, when just about everything I did "was not good enough".. I know that's my lot in life but the times it slams you in the face gets really hard to deal with, even after all these years of knowing it's true.. it still hurts.

That along with Blogspot problems (my mirrored journal) seem to be ended .. for the moment.. I sure hope so anyway.

Wow.. I was just looking out my window and between a house and a large shed for the marble company across the street.. I can see yellow! It's a Forsythia Bush!! I tried to grow Forsythia in Florida once.. guess what.. without a winter freeze it got smaller each year until it just died.. sigh.. so i grew Crepe Myrtles just because they look so much like Lilacs lol..

I will tell you my most favorite flower of all ...Lilacs!! I had two bushes, one purple and one white when i was first married and lived in New Jersey.. each time they would bloom I would pick one and walk around with it all day smelling it!! A note here: the artificial sprays to smell like lilac.. make me sick! go figure huh? Which brings to mind something my mother always did and I could not figure out "why"! Everytime she'd ummm.. well... use the bathroom, she would spray it with one of those sprays that are supposed to smell like roses or lilacs, ya know what I mean? For the life of me I could never figure out why she did that... all it did was make it smell like poopy roses or poopy lilacs!! And for some reason she never noticed.. sigh.

Ok enough of that talk! heh.. I guess it's time I get a move on here and do something.. Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy Holiday!

so..

So... I've tried and tried with changing the comment section.. it seems to work, in that if i put it for crazy letters to show and then go click on comments on an old post they show up and then reset it differently for moderation and take off crazy letters .. when i go back to check the crazy letters are gone.. so the settings "do" change... but the comment link remains gone..

I even copied and pasted the entire template to another site to be sure it wasn't something in there... and when i do that and add the post with tim conway in it (the first post without the comment word beneath it).. it shows up just fine.

Anyone know how i can move 248 posts in one swoop?

I seem to have 2 glitches... the comment link is missing when i do a post... and that spammers email that will neither let me reject it (when in moderation mode) or even add it so that i can then go and delete it... both say what i mentioned below in the other post.. it makes me wonder if it's related in anyway to that spammers email.. but how i have no idea.. why won't blogspot let me add or reject it???? it does others just fine.

Any ideas please?? you can either email me or leave it in comments on a post below where the comment link still shows.. Even if there's a way to move all the posts at once , though everyone having to change an address isn't very appealing. I'm at a loss.



OK SO I POSTED THIS AND THEN "VIEWED" IT AND IT APPEARS THE COMMENT BUTTON IS BACK.!! HOW OR WHY I HAVE NO IDEA BUT IF YOU THINK I WILL DELETE THIS MESSAGE..GUESS AGAIN! JUST IN CASE .. THIS STAYS!.. now i hope new posts keep the comment link!!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

missing button??

Hmmmm, my last post seems to be missing the comment button... ? so I am just posting this to see if one appears.. if not i guess i have a problem!

I seem to have a problem!.. i went into settings and comments to check it all.. i have "moderations" off now and the "letters" on.. i also clicked save and refurbish.. still no button for comment.. so.. i guess even though I thought we had the spammer taken care of with the "letters" no on.. without the comment button I doubt i will put any more posts here.. if anyone reads this and can figure out what may be wrong email me.. Karen and Carly and a few others know my email and my second journal on aol ..

sure hope someone knows what i can do, i'd like to keep this journal going now that the spammer is taken care of..

In settings: comments is set to "show".. moderate is set at "no" and the letters set at "yes" I saved and referbished more then once.

oh..btw.. in case it has anything to do with anything.. that spammer sent me two "comments" the other day.. one i rejected, no problem.. the other one will not "reject or publish"... so it sits in my emails yet. I keep getting a sign saying: we're sorry we cannot complete your request.

Last try.. and other stuff..

I finally finished my Margaret Weis book (Dragons Summer Flame) last night (only moments before LOST came on!). It was a rather fat book for paperback being nearly 600 pages.. and it ended "semi-happily"...?.. meaning, some things were a good ending and others made you sad. I won't delve into it in case some of you read the Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Dragonlance series. (well, it's not "just theirs".. but they do an awful lot of writing for it )


Now I have a decision to make.. I have Angela Lansbury's biography I want to read (especially since I just obtained her autograph) but.. I also have another trilogy written by Margaret Weis, and at the moment I haven't let go of her characters, and I don't know if this trilogy deals with the same characters or not. Decisions, decisions....


After I finished the book I watched Lost.. boy.. I know I've said it before but..I am NOT looking forward to summer reruns .. more and more they take their time building on things and make you wait through reruns to find the answers.. that's not nice to do to us "elders".. after all we can't take the stress as easily as you young folks can! Last night they left a cliff hanger with Michael appearing and then of course passing out so no one knows what happened to him! All I have to say is .. they have some good writers, they always leave you hanging!


I don't know if anyone remembers me mentioning that I am on AOL dialup..heh.. ok nuff said huh? Well.. because of their most "generous" timer that will boot you off line, I am forced to keep the aol radio on.. which in turn, slows the dialup down so much that it can take 5 minutes (yes 5 minutes!) to upload some of the journals i read! Anyway.. every so often when I am "done" being at the computer i will actually turn up the aol radio and listen a bit. I found this comedy station.. wow talk about bringing back memories! The were playing parts of Bob Newhart from his ancient album "The Button down mind of Bob Newhart".. I hadn't heard that routine since I was maybe a teenager! That wouldn't be so bad but I still laughed at it!! Gosh, he is a funny, funny man! If anyone remembers the Bob Newhart Show you have an idea of what I mean.




Tim Conway is another comedian that I can't watch without almost wetting my pants laughing. He always reminded me of Red Skelton in that he had a hard time not laughing at his own antics. (which in turn just made me laugh all the more.) I guess I'll have to put that comedy station on more often.. by the way who's your favorite comedian??

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Why

Tell me why...

After today's post, in which I describe an anonymous comment person who constantly tries to leave a comment with a link "to earn money", they very nicely posted yet another, on to that very post. (then again later on two more.. I've deleted this person 6 times so far today)

Why?

Why does this person keep posting when they can already see their comments are not showing?


Why does someone invade my little space? (yes invade)

Why would someone want to be where they are not wanted?

Why would someone purposely destroy what little joy a 62 yr old woman gets by keeping a journal by insisting on trying to advertise in my comments?

Did I do something to this person?

It seems vicious to send the same comment on a post that lets them know it is upsetting.

why? why are they doing this?

I am trying to calm down before I decide..but I think my decision has been made for me, that I will soon delete all my posts and give this person one less blog to intrude upon.

I don't need to spend my time deleting comments that advertise, that wasn't the purpose of my journal. The purpose was to give myself an outlet to write. Maybe I will calm down enough to rethink this but I'm afraid this person has pointed me in the direction of eliminating my journal.

I hope that anyone else that reads this and has had the same intrusive person makes sure that their comment posts never show. I have tomorrow's Round Robin ready so I will post it tomorrow.. sometime after that I will close this blog.. Addendum: 2 more were added last night after i logged off.. that makes 8 in 24 hrs... why?


I want to thank those of you that read my journal and have treated me like a human being... I'll still come around and read those that I normally do.. thanks again.

And lastly I'd like to thank the person who keeps posting those comments in my journal.......I'm sure that this makes your day... whoever you are..

A Nice Surprise..

Wow!.. well I promised I would let everyone know if I ever heard from either of the two letters I wrote for autographs. (one was to Angela Lansbury the other to Meryl Streep)


Taadaaa! Monday's mail (snail mail) revealed an answer to one of the letters! I was truly shocked because responses to autographs can take a few months!


Here's the photo that Angela Lansbury sent to me....



I was concerned when I first opened it and saw the signature.. the glare off of the photo looked as if it might be a photo copy of her signature. When I came to my room I pulled out a special erasor I have for ink and touched the very end of the signature.. indeed if it was a photo copy nothing would disappear.. and to my pleasure.. it's a real signature!


I'm really glad she responded.. besides wanting the autograph I had just purchased her biography... now I am more then anxious to finish the book I am reading so that I can read about Angela.



When I showed the photograph to my brother and David, they informed me that they saw Angela Lansbury on Broadway when she did Mame!! Boy.. talk about feeling envy!! Not only didn't I ever see Ms Lansbury on Broadway, but I've never seen ANY Broadway play!


Just in case there is anyone out there who might be interested in collecting autographs and is interested in Angela Lansbury here is the address that I wrote to: (this is her agents address.. on the bottom of the envelope i wrote: please forward to Angela Lansbury. I also sent a stamped self addressed 8x10 envelope with a piece of cardboard so if she sent a photo it would stand a better chance of not being bent by the post office.)


Angela Lansbury
C/O Corymore Entertainment
9171 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


It was a sunny day Monday.. the temperatures rose into the 60's and I received Angela's autograph.. not a bad day! It's just too bad Tuesday won't be as nice... I sure wish I knew why the person who keeps putting 2 and 3 comments in my posts about "earning extra money, click here" would STOP! It's made me have to read the comments before they are posted and to find 2 and 3 from "anonymous" each day is really upsetting. Why does someone want to deface my journal? I've never done anything to them. And they see the comment isn't getting posted so why more then one every day? If their endeavor is to make me quit blogspot.. they may well be winning.. then they can post all they want.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Spring has sprung and summer's comin'

Sunday was sunny but still pretty cold here in NJ, but my thoughts went to the fact that summer will be here soon. That's when we go from complaining about the cold to complaining about the heat. (and you wonder why spring and fall are my favorite seasons??)


Summer upsets me for other reasons then just the heat though.. it's called "re-runs" *sigh*.. how I hate when 99% of television is reruns! To know why you have to know that television is like my "company".. since i can rarely leave this house and stay in my room when I am not doing something for my brother downstairs (or some housework).. I am alone in this room. But even when I lived alone the television would always be on even when I wasn't watching it. (which is actually, quite a bit of the time)


Reruns came to mind because last night was Greys Anatomy, and you guessed it... it was a rerun. That show and Lost are my favorites and it really gets to me when they pop reruns in without warning, let alone for the entire summer! ugh!







Recently, my girlfriend, Annie gave me a gift certificate for Amazon.com for my birthday.. so I ordered some books. At least now I have plenty to read for a while during those reruns ! Most of the books I ordered were by Margaret Weis and belong to the Dragonlance series. (I am beginning to think that's a nonstop series!) The one good thing about them is that I am hooked on a number of the characters..so that means I always like them no matter what the story line is about. The one book I purchased that wasn't Margaret Weis was a biography of Angela Lansbury, which I am looking forward to reading.


I also think I am slowly starting to write a fourth edition to the stories that I wrote.. I actually managed 6 pages yesterday and today..nearly 1,500 words.. I guess I can consider that a beginning... but the first chapter isn't finished yet, so we'll see.


I hope I can get back to the writing.. it's really hard when I am interrupted so frequently by my brother calling me downstairs to get him something. Part of me knows where I am going with the chapter but then there's the part that I remember from writing before when suddenly the characters take on a life of their own and go somewhere I didn't know it was going. When that happens, if I get interrupted, the ideas are gone by the time I get back... and those are the times I relish the most. So, I think I am entering this new write with a lot of trepidation. I just hope I can hold it together once I really get going on it.


It was easier when I wrote my first stories a few years ago.. my brother could still get around somewhat and do some things for himself.. now he never leaves the sofa and I have to get him all his needs. It sure doesn't help my stress and depression any... which is another reason I hope I can get into writing again. It helps me escape for moments at a time. I look forward to being in Kesterwood Forest once again, surrounded by familiar characters and at the same time i'm afraid to reach out for them not knowing if I can finish my thoughts each time I am with them.


Knightbek over at The Wildcats Lair is setting a goal of writing 1,250 words a day... I would probably have to stay awake day AND night to do that ! As one grows older not only the brain needs sleep.. but the falling apart body does too!! heh, so staying up later isn't an option.. it wouldn't do me any good to be brain dead while I try to write ... however, it might be interesting to see what sort of dribble I wrote the next day haha.


I guess it all boils down to the fact I've been down again... wishing I could have a life of my own instead of living someone else's life. But that's not an option either.


I'd better start trying to keep my mind in Kesterwood Forest, at least there I have full control of things... well... sometimes :o)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Your Answers...

Well, it looks like koelb4 got the most right answers.. t hat must be because he's the OLDEST one heh.. he's also a smart-ass!.. (someone I've known since I was 16.. good lord.. and to think.. he's still alive!

Here are your answers.. and my response.. Charilie Ruggles I adore, he mostly played silly characters that made me smile and I think they made me love him all the more.

Stephen Boyd was just plain knock-out gorgeous! lol..

Gabby Hayes I was in love with..he did a darn good job protecting Roy and the others, I guess I figured he could do the same for me.. plus he was grubby looking..which was good! As a kid it meant you didn't have to take a bath every single night! lol..

Smiley Burnett was another sidekick.. they were always good for comic relief!

And again.. i loved Sterling Holloway.. another man who played comedy so well. And ohhhh those so many voices I will hear in my head forever!...


( IMDb http://imdb.com/name/nm0749476/)
he appeared in 143 movies and television shows..including "the Ruggles"television show.

Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 60 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorabley paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the early 1930s, and was one of the stand outs in the all-star comedy If I Had a Million (1932), as a harried, much-put-upon man who finally goes berserk in a china shop. Ruggles' slight stature and distinctive mannerisms - his fluttery, jumpy manner of speaking, his often befuddled look whenever events seemed about to overwhelm him, which was often - endeared him to generations of movie goers. Memorable as Maj. Applegate the big-game hunter in the classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938). Many will remember him as the narrator of the "Aesop's Fables" segment of the animated cartoon "The Bullwinkle Show" (1961).

Stephen Boyd..

(IMDB http://imdb.com/name/nm0000963/)
Stephen appeared in only 57 movies and television.. best known for his part in Ben Hur.

By 1956 he signed a seven-year contract with 20th Century-Fox. This led to his first film role, as an Irish spy for the Nazis in The Man Who Never Was (1956), a job he was offered by legendary producer Alexander Korda. William Wyler was so struck by Boyd's performance in that film that he asked Fox to lend him Boyd, resulting in Boyd's being cast in what is probably his most famous role, that of Messala in the classic Ben-Hur (1959) opposite Charlton Heston. He was honored for his work by receiving a Golden Globe award but was surprisingly bypassed on Oscar night. Still under contract with Fox, Boyd waited around to play the role of Marc Anthony in Cleopatra (1963) opposite Elizabeth Taylor. However, Taylor became so seriously ill that the production was delayed for months, which caused Boyd and other actors to withdraw from the film and move on to other projects.

Boyd made several films under contract before going independent. One of the highlights was the Fantastic Voyage (1966), a science-fiction film about a crew of scientists miniaturized and injected into the human body as if in inner space. Boyd also received a nomination for his role of Insp. Jongman in Lisa (1962) (aka The Inspector) co-starring with Dolores Hart.


George "gabby" Hayes..

(IMDB http://imdb.com/name/nm0371025/)
Gabby Hayes appeared in 186 movies and television including The Gabby Hayes Show in 1950

He gained fame as Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick Windy Halliday in many films between 1936-39. Leaving the Cassidy films, he was legally precluded from using the "Windy" nickname, and so took on the sobriquet "Gabby", and was so billed from about 1940. One of the few sidekicks to land on the annual list of Top Ten Western Boxoffice Stars, he did so repeatedly. In his early films he alternated between whiskered comic relief sidekicks and clean-shaven bad guys, but by the later 1930s he worked almost exclusively as a Western sidekick to stars such as John Wayne Roy Rogers and Randolph Scott. After his last film, in 1950, he starred as the host of a network television show devoted to stories of the old West for children, "The Gabby Hayes Show" (1950).

Smiley Burnett..

(IMDb..http://imdb.com/name/nm0122470/)
Smiley Burnett appeared in 147 movies and television. Best known as Gene Autrey's sidekick.

Always interested in music, he was friends with Gene Autry and worked with him on the radio show "The National Barn Dance". When Westerns became a big draw with sound, the studios were always on the lookout for singing cowboys. In 1934, both Gene and Smiley made their debuts in 'In Old Santa Fe (1934)'. Smiley became well known as Gene's plump sidekick Frog Milhouse and they worked together in over 80 Westerns. After Gene, Smiley provided the comic relief for other cowboy stars at Republic such as Sunset Carson and Charles 'Durango Kid' Starrett. He also provided a lot of the music as he wrote over 300 western songs and sang quite a few in the films. Smiley was the first supporting actor to regularly appear on the Top Ten Western money-maker list. He became well known for his white horse with the black circle around one eye. When he used a team of white horses, as when he was 'Spec Specialist' Smiley Burnette, each white horse had one black circle around one eye. When the 'B' movie Western reign ended in 1953, Smiley retired from the screen. He made occasional appearances on television including being a regular on the music show "Ozark Jubilee (1959)". His last performance was as railroad engineer Charlie Pratt on "Petticoat Junction" from 1963-67.

Sterling Holloway..

Character actor Sterling Holloway appeared in 163 movies and television shows.

(IMDb http://imdb.com/name/nm0001359/)

Holloway spent his early years as an actor playing comic juveniles on the stage. His bushy reddish-blond hair and trademark near-falsetto voice made him a natural for sound pictures, and he acted in scores of talkies, although he had made his picture debut in silents. His physical image and voice relegated him almost exclusively to comic roles, but in 1945, director Lewis Milestone cast him more or less against type in the classic war film A Walk in the Sun (1945), where Holloway's portrayal of a reluctant soldier was quite notable. He played frequently on television, becoming familiar to baby-boomers in a recurring role as Uncle Oscar on "Adventures of Superman" (1952), and later in television series of his own. His later work as the voice of numerous characters in Disney cartoons brought him new audiences and many fans, especially for his voicing of beloved Winnie the Pooh



Saturday, April 08, 2006

Guess Who....

HI!! I thought I'd try something a little different...


I was looking thru one of my binders with pictures in them..(not all are autographs). I was looking at some and found myself smiling and suddenly I wondered... how many people would recognize who these people are besides me???? Hmmmmmm.

So I am going to post four photo's, and put out a challenge to see how many of the four (actually, there are 5 ) you can name... I do realize that most of you have no idea who these folks are unless you are.. ummm... "mature"... heh. Or.. you really are into old black and white movies.

Now... one of the pictures has two people in it.. try to name both if you can. One is a bit more popular and you might know who he is.. the other wasn't quite as popular but in reality was in many many movies/ television.

I will also say that there is one photo that many will NOT recognize...but nearly everyone out there should know his name because not only did he do movies but he became most famous for doing a voice of a cartoon character that became so popular you all know the name.... but maybe not the name of the man who's voice you will never forget.

Ok here we go.. here are the pictures.. If you know the names, or even just one or two of them leave it in comments... i'm really curious to see how many of them are recognized!!!....


I will post the names tomorrow.. so I hope you guess today!!!...I so totally enjoyed each one of these people. Maybe no one notices this but I did .. long ago... back when the studios owned the actors, and even after that, there seemed to be a lot more emphasis on the acting ability than there was on "looks". Not ever female was gorgeous and thin and not every man was dashingly handsome. Many character actors became as well known as the leading man or woman.

Look where it's led to... every female getting plastic surgeries and becoming Anorexic (?) so they are thin enough, just to compete for parts, how sad is that. If you had told Marjorie Mane (Ma and Pa Kettle) that she needed to loose weight for a part... she probably would have told you off! And many woman like Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe did quite nicely without being a size 2! I think it's time for the casting people to go back to the way it used to be.. at least choose the best actor or actress.. not how pretty or handsome they are, but the one that will put the story across best... Ah well.. maybe someday.