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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, September 30, 2006

Feline Friday

I actually caught BooBoo Kitty cleaning Peanutchews head the other day... He acts real nice to her then uses her as his pillow lol.. (it's ok.. she uses him as a pillow too!)



If you have a kitty photo be sure to put it up for Feline Friday and le

ave a link a Steven's!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Emma Leaving Harry?


Oh, how I hope this isn't true! I know, it can be a ploy for more money.. but she's also a young lady who's had most of her youth laid out much differently then she would have if she had not taken the part.


But most of all I hope, because she has become an actress at such a young age that she is not taking the "down" road like many child actors have before her.


Posted by Scott Weinberg on Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2006, 08:32 AM


Scott Weinberg writes: "In a move that could be best described as "contract negotiation hardball," young actress Emma Watson just dropped a bomb on the producers of the "Harry Potter" series. Seems the actress is not yet signed for the final pair of Potter flicks, and she's hinting that she might not even want the gig anymore


From IGN FilmForce: "Emma Watson, who portrays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, has not yet committed to starring in the last two installments of Warner Bros.' mega-franchise. And she doesn't seem overly eager to do so.


"I don't know yet," Watson told Newsweek when asked about returning for the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. "Every film is such a huge production, and it's a long time." Unlike her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, the sixteen year-old actress isn't even sure if she wants to keep acting.


Potter producer David Heyman said losing Watson "would be a hard thing to change and it would be disrupting ... but ultimately (the films' young stars) have to do what's right for them. This is their lives." But he added, "I'm cautiously optimistic that it will work itself out."


If Hermione is recast it would not be the first cast change for the franchise. Michael Gambon was cast as Albus Dumbledore after Richard Harris died.


Or is this just all a publicity ploy by Watson and her reps to acquire a bigger paycheck for films six and seven? Gary Oldman, who plays Sirius Black, almost didn't return for the now-filming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix after having his own highly publicized salary row with the filmmakers.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Questions but no answers

The other day while talking with a friend in IM, the subject came up that a lawyer was suing a video game for contributing to a murder... (a young person who constantly played a violent game murdered someone) part of our conversation I saved and put here..........

ME: i think things like violent games do "contribute" to a mental condition... but it isn't the cause of one

L: no it doesn't cause one

ME: I also think porn movies contribute to those who go out and rape others.. but the problem is already there.. it just gives the problem the extra boost to go do it. And to those without a problem to begin with.. well.. i guess they enjoy the movie lol.

L: yeah' games can feed the anger already there or help release it

ME: so i think there shouldn't be so many violent games.. yes it feeds the violence... and one can't choose who buys them

L: for my son, it helps him find an outlet for his anger so they can be helpful, that is a nasty game though

ME: exercise in any form seems to help release anger

L: yes it does

ME: he should take up a sport

L: he doesn't have time

ME: if he has time to sit and play the game he has time to walk a tread mill or do a sport... that's ALL our excuses! "no time"

L: heheheheh true

ME: trust me, when anyone finds something they enjoy... the time miraculously appears lol

L: yup you are right

I honestly don't believe the violent video games cause someone to go out and rape or murder anyone, but Ido believe they can act like a catalyst to someone who already has those tendencies...

I don't pretend to know the answer.

The inventors of the games have the right to build them. And people have freedom of choice to buy them or not.

But still, everyone isn't a doctor. Not everyone can diagnose that someone has a tendency towards violence... so... is there any logical answer?

Movies, and television have violence also... should there be more restrictions?

Where does it begin? ..... Where does it end?

Is it really only a problem to someone who is the victim of violence?

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Another "obsession" which seems to be going beyond it's original intention when invented, is the Cell Phone. I think this was created to be good thing, a useful thing.... but can/ has turned into it being abused, and over used.

The Cell Phone was made for many good reasons.. no more wires to restrict one to sit next to a phone, excellent for emergencies when not near a "normal phone" etc.

But look what's happening.. places are restricting the use of them in their establishments. They are being used to "cheat on tests" in schools (and who knows where else). And one of the newest revelations is that they are finding out they cause Stress, which leads to other health issues.

Why is this? Because, since you can telephone anyone at any time of the day or night, (since they are not "away" from a phone,) people are no longer really "away" from their work and jobs. They are no longer AWAY from anyone! It's like being "on call" 24/7. The time that was once "your own" is no longer.

They have been banned in many states from being used in moving vehicles (yeah like not here, because every time I am in a car I see people driving and on their cell phones!) So they invent "hands free" tiny phones that hang on your ear. And this is better???? Are you driving safely when your mind is on the conversation you are having on the "hands free phone"??? Ahhh no. Your mind is on what is being said and what you will say in return. And due to "traffic noises" you become "intent" on listening harder then normal... once again taking your mind off of potentially dangerous situations that may arrive while driving.

Truly the Cell Phone was invented for really good reasons! And they have proved to be useful for those reasons. But.. again, they are abused and misused ALL the time. And worst of all, are now proven to be bad for your Stress levels.

It makes me wonder... is it worth it? Is your health of so little importance? Are the deaths of those killed in car crashes proven to be a result of a Cell Phone worth it all?

I am not against new technology! I guess sometimes I just don't understand .

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Tag... you're it.

I've been tagged by XXRoxyMamaXX to list six weird things about me.

1. When I start something I want to be left alone until I finish it.

2. if i have to go to more then one store i plan it out so I go to the stores on one side of the street then get the others on the way back on the other side of the street.

3. some think it's weird that at age 62 I go to sci-fi/ fantasy conventions (but those same someones think ANYONE that goes to them dresses up the part and is weird!... umm.. I don't dress up.)

4. I fear driving. (right now i have no drivers license) I don't know who I take after there, my mother loved to drive no matter how far or how long it took. The years I did drive you could call me the "white knuckled driver" and have to peel my fingers from the steering wheel.

5. I believe everyone until proved wrong.

6. I always wanted to build an "adult sized rocking horse with a real cowboy saddle on it"

I'm tagging everyone else who wants to play along

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monday Photo Shoot

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Horses are nice. Show us a horse picture you've taken. It can be new, or one from your files. It just needs to have a horse in it. Donkeys, mules, ponies, zebras, and quagga are also acceptable, and I'll be impressed if you have a picture of a quagga in your files, being that they've been extinct for 125 years and all.

Whellllll.. this isn't the easiest for me! I searched and searched when I finally remembered that somewhere (that word means dragging out the heavy books!) I had some photo's from one of Bill Shatner's horse shows when I lived in CA... I had to drag out several 4 inch binders to search.. oh joy oh boy, my back thanks John! (someday he will pay for that!)

Anyway.. finally I did find the photo's and I had forgotten they weren't very good.. The shots I took were of Clydsdales as they brought into the arena DeForest and Nichelle, who were there to help Bill raise money for a few Children's Charities that he was giving the show for... They aren't the greatest pictures but, it's hard not to love one of those Big horses!


If you post a horse photo don't forget to leave a link at John's site!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Me and my big Toe

On Friday I went to a foot doctor. My big toe was giving me grief.. one side of the toenail was growing deep into the toe and back under the nail. Needless to say I was limping a lot, which did not help my bad back any.

So.. I go to see what needs to be done and wind up having "toe surgery"... not fun.

I kept my eyes shut the entire time! I didn't plan it that way, generally speaking after a needle goes in i can watch.. blood doesn't bother me that much. But he had some things in his hands that I really didn't want to see what he was going to do with them!

The first thing, of course, is the needle to "numb the toe"... yeah right. So I ask:

Is this really going to numb it all?

Yes, he replies, you will feel pressure but it should kill all pain.

Should?

*chuckle from the doctor. It will be ok, trust me.

(the last time I trusted someone it was my X and I wound up pregnant!.. trust? duh!)

Ok, so now the toe is numb after two needles in the toe joint... ouch, ouch.

Can you feel this? the doctor asks.

Well, sorta.. i feel something.

Pain?

No

Good.

Seconds later..

Ouch!

Sorry

Ouch... pause.. ouch, ouch! I thought i shouldn't feel anything!

We are close now...

Close to what? China?

Ouch, Ouch... holy ouch!

Ok done.

Are you sure?

Just have to put medicine on it .. this stuff will stop the nail from growing back.

Ok.. OUCH!

(did a dumb thing and looked.. stuck under my toenail (or lack of.. in the corner) a long q-tip is stuck way under the nail... I closed my eyes again!)

Moments pass.. ok you can look now.

Gosh thanks doc... can I tell you whatever you used to numb my toe doesn't work real well?!

He bandages it up and tells me to soak the toe each day , pat it dry, put on neosporin and a bandage for about a week.... then he puts on my sock and reaches for my shoe.

Ummm... I think I'll pass on the shoe doc.

He puts it on anyway... I think he needs to go for a hearing test!

I will admit so far so good it feels a lot better ..but then I took an old pair of sneakers and cut the toe area out ..heh.. not going to push my luck..

Actually, the whole thing took about 20 minutes of my sounding like I only knew one word, "ouch".. So... how was your weekend?

Sunday, September 24, 2006

50 Questions

Got this from XXRoxyMamaXX..

50 Questions

1. FIRST NAME ------ Patricia

2. MIDDLE NAME ----- Ann

3. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? ---- Not that I know of.

4. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? ---- yesterday.

5. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? --- that scribble? no.

6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? ---- hard salami, but i can't eat it...high cholestrol

7. KIDS? ---- 2 grown sons, George and Tom.

8. WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? -- well.. we would like the same things ..so maybe.

9. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? --- duh.

10. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? --- I know i use it.. not sure if it's a lot or not.

11. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? ---- nope

12. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? ---- ahhh.. noooooooooo.

13. FAVORITE CEREAL?---- honeynut cheerios

14. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? ---well, yeah.

15. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? ---- i used to be physically strong..not so strong now.. mentally I'm a mess!

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?--- Vanilla Bean

17. SHOE SIZE? ----8

18. RED OR PINK? ---- pink

19. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?---
too many to name

20. WHOM DO YOU MISS THE MOST? ---- De and Carolyn.. I always felt cared about and life was a lot happier.

21. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? ---- i don't like to push anyone into anything.

22. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES YOU ARE WEARING? --- plaid pjs.. no shoes, only socks

23. LAST THING YOU ATE? --- bread and skippy peanutbutter

24. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? --- the tv is on but i'm not really paying attention

25. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? -- anything earthtone

26. FAVORITE SMELL? --- spagetti sauce

27. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? --
David's nephew.. the call wasn't for me

28. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO?----- their smile

29. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? --- no one sent it... I sold it from Shelly

30. FAVORITE DRINK? --- booze? Golden Margarita .. soft drink diet/no caffine/pepsi

31. FAVORITE SPORT? ---- figure skating

32. HAIR COLOR? --- grey

33. EYE COLOR? --- hazel

34. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? --- No but i do wear glasses ..when i feel like it

35. FAVORITE FOOD? ---- any pasta in spagetti sauce

36. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING?---- Happy ending.

37. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?---- grey tshirt

38. FAVORITE DESSERT? ---- cheese cake

39. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? ---- dunno

40. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? ---- nobody

41. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? ---- Dragons Vanished Moon (Weis and Hickman)

42. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? --- my mouse. Oh.. and a national geographic pictureof a forest and stream

43. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? --- Actors Studio

44. FAVORITE SOUNDS? ---- maybe birds chirping

45. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? ---- beatles

46. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? --- Washington State

47 and 48 were eaten by the one eyed one horned flying purple question eater!

49. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? --- nothing "special".. i dabble in things but nothing outstanding.

50. WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN?--- Overlook Hospital, Summit New Jersey

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Movie Meme


1. The last movie you saw in a theatre, and current-release movie you still want to see.


The last movie I went to in the theater LOTR Return of the King.









What I'm waiting to see is the next Harry Potter movie.


2. The last movie you rented/purchased for home viewing.


I don't rent movies.. I used to buy them and still do but much less due to finances. The last movie I bought was the LOTR Trilogy Limited Edition, and it's EXCELLENT! (In California I used to buy "previously viewed movies".. I'd come home with 4 or 5 bought movies for like 25.00! And I've never had a problem with them. Hard to find a reputable place that does that now.

3. A movie that made you laugh out loud.


Wow, I must be in need of a good comedy.. I can't think of any off hand.


4. A movie that made you cry.


Oh man, there's more then one! But I'll say Rudy. I bawl my eyes out every time!










5. A movie that was a darling of the critics, but you didn't think lived up to the hype.


The last Mission Impossible.


6. A movie that you thought was better than the critics.


There are many in this category. Most are lower budget movies with excellent story lines and little to no special effects. Two examples might be: The Grass Harp



















and Cry the Beloved Country. They received little to no hype. The story says it all.

7. Favorite animated movie.

As much as I thought Nemo was too darn cute, I also really like Titan A.E.








8. Favorite Disney Villain.

mmm.. maybe Captain Hook







9. Favorite movie musical.

Again Hmmmm.. possibly a toss up between The King and I










and Sound of Music

10. Favorite movies of all-time (up to five).

Oh sure make the last question "easy"!! (not!) aaagggggghhhh!

1. All Sean Connery movies
2. All Harrison Ford movies
3. LOTR Trilogy
4. All Harry Potter movies
5. To many B&W old movies to begin to name!

I want to thank Kiyotoe for tagging me on this and remind him that pay backs are hell! Joking, of course .. however, to someone who loves movies narrowing down to a few is not just "nearly impossible"... it IS impossible!

Want to play? TAG!.. you're it!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Feline Friday

It's Feline Friday time! For a change of pace I managed to get a photo of Stinkey! Normally, like all the older cats around the house he's always sleeping, but this time I caught him awake!


Every cat in this house was one that wondered into the yard and ... stayed. Stinky was the exception. A neighbor found him on a fence. He was young and filthy... and.. as you can guess by his name.. he STUNK! (stink? stank? stunk?) But once they bathed him up he turned into a pretty nice looking cat. (though he and booboo kitty don't get along well.. a slight "domination" going on, heh) Anyway.. for your viewing pleasure.. HEEEEERE'S STINKEY!




Don't forget to post your Kitties photo and leave a link at Steven's!



Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Skull and Crossbones

I've noticed at a few other journals that today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day..

Well then: AVAST YE LUBBERS!

ok.. that's my extent of pirate talk. That being said I thought I would post some photo's and some links or information on Pirates. (or at least Movie Pirates......)

Pirate Movies have been around for a really long time.. The first one I remember seeing (which was made before i was born!) was Treasure Island (1934) . Long John Silver was played by Wallace Beery.

And then there was the not to be easily forgotten "The Black Swan" starring Tyrone Power. I mean, hello?! Not a face easily forgotten!! Oh yeah, and Maurneen O'Hara, gee, I almost forgot the beautiful woman who he falls for huh? Imagine that. (Actually, I love Maureen O'Hara... but com'on, she got Tyrone Power!!)

A more remembered version for me was Treasure Island that was made in 1950 This Long John Silver was my favorite, and played by Robert Newton, who only a year later resumed the role for a television series.

Below is some information I copied off of a website concerning Long John Silver and Robert Newton.....

Long John Silver lived in Bristol, England, supposedly the birthplace of Edward Teach, Blackbeard. In the early 1950s Disney produced films of "Treasure Island" (1950) and "Blackbeard the Pirate"(1952), and the same actor was used to play Silver and Teach - Robert Newton. Newton then reprised his role of Long John Silver for "Long John Silver" (1954) and the TV series "The adventures of Long John Silver (1955).

Robert Newton was born and raised in Dorset, not far from Bristol, so he knew the West Country accent which Silver and Teach would have spoken in very well, and used it in those films. It is a combination of written dialogue featuring West Country people, and the films of Robert Newton and his successors which has coloured our ideas about the way in which pirates spoke.

Some pirates certainly came from the West Country - Henry Avery, Edward Teach, Ned Low and others - and they probably spoke with what we now think of as being a "pirate" accent. But many others came from other parts of Britain, from Wales, Scotland, from the North Country; others came from other countries, from France, Holland, the Carribean and the American colonies. Those pirates would all have had their own accents from their own homes and would not have spoken "loike a poirate, arrr".

Bringing Pirates up to date there's always Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. (parts one and two and three in the works)

And I'm sorry, but we can't talk about Pirates of the Caribbean without mentioning a certain "Elf" turned Pirate!

(hmmm thinking of LOTR Orlando reminds me a certain Hobbit made it on a sea worthy vessel also!....)

Yeah Perigrin Took!.. ok ok, so he wasn't really a Pirate.. but close enough for honorable mention don'tcha think?

Here is some information on Pirates in general. This and more can be found at this weblink....

Pirate Flags; The Jolly Roger is one of the most enduring pieces of pirate imagery, but some flags are not as authentic as many books and websites say they are. Earrings; why did most pirates wear earrings? More importantly did most pirates wear earrings?

Pirate Ranks; The typical ranks aboard sailing ships, with particular reference to the Quartermaster.

The Pirates' Code; as laid down by the pirates Morgan and Bartholomew... and Disney.

Pirate Clothing; just how accurate is the pirate clothing, portrayed in popular media from Howard Pyle to Captain Jack Sparrow?

Pirate Language; aaargh, savvy?

Pirate Punishments; Walking the plank.


Here's a small list of old Pirate movies.. if you've never seen them, you might enjoy them! (and even if you have seen them.. they're always worth another look-see)

CAPTAIN KIDD Starring Charles Laughton and Randolph Scott

THE SON OF MONTE CRISTO Starring Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett and Clayton Moore

LONG JOHN SILVER’S RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND Starring Robert Newton

Monday, September 18, 2006

Time Flies..

Wow!.. I just realized that in 3 weeks, on October 6th, I will have this journal for One Whole Year!


No way, when I began, did I think of this as something I would still be doing a year from then.. incredible.


My first post was about aging in America and the lack of health care for the elderly. Oh yes, there is Medicare... but when you are old and many medicines might be needed and surgery here and there... you become the lowest of the low when everything and anything you may have owned now has to be sold to try to pay the parts that insurance or medicare/ medicaid/ or anything else you have doesn't cover.


Some things don't change and making it possible to grow old and not just be waiting for the bomb to fall to take everything you worked your whole life from away from you is one of them.


You CANNOT save enough money for those sort of things to happen and not loose it all. Therefore: there's got to be a way. But our government doesn't even try to figure it out. Other countries make it so the elderly DO NOT PAY if they need surgery or very ill etc.. now, do i want to live the way they do in those countries.. well.. no.. but it does work somehow for them , so with all our intelligent folks here in America, I do find it hard to believe they can't find a way.


This is EVERYONE'S concern.. there's not a person that manages to live long enough to be called OLD is not going to face this. The young can slap the bucks away all their working life, and it still wouldn't be enough...


It's still a pretty bad place to be when you grow old....



I'm getting into swing dancing. Not on purpose. Some parts of my body are just prone to swinging.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Feline Friday

Have you ever tried to ignore a cat at dinner time????

'Nuff said...

Don't forget to leave a link at Steven's if you care to join in and show your kitty!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

OMG!

The impossible has happened! Chekov (Walter Koenig) has turned 70!!!

Spock: Fascinating

McCoy: Medically Immpossible.

Kirk: He can still read his Tricorder can't he?

Sulu: It must be a planet disease, it can't be true.

Uhura: What?! Not my little Chekov Baby?

Yep.. The Birthday boy turned 70 today! It doesn't seem possible! Not baby faced Walter! He's ageless!!!

Walter was always a good guy when he was with the Star Trek Crew, but eventually he had a chance to show his other side when he turned "bad"and joined the Babylon 5 show.

Over many years I saw Walter at more conventions then I can remember. The photo below is my favorite picture I took of him. You can see by what he wrote that we had met several times before.. heh. (if you can't read it, it says: "we've got to stop meeting like this") That all came about because when I got to him in the autograph line he laughed and said, "you can't possibly want another autograph!"

But the next photo is the one I love the mostest! I didn't take it.. obviously. It's of me and Walter.............. eons ago! Look! Neither of us have gray hair!!

The last time I saw Walter was about a year ago at an autograph show here in New Jersey. Needless to say he remembered me, and also remembered I wasfriends with DeForest. We chatted about De and the (then) recent passing of Carolyn, De's wife.

I was happy to read that Walter seems to have no intentions of retiring. This is what I found is still happened for Walter:

Bone Eater (2007) (TV) (filming) .... Coroner
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (2006) (V) (post-production) .... Chekov

Walter and the others of Trek will always have a special place in my heart, so...

Happy, Happy Birthday Walter!!.. (live long and prosper!)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Monday Photo Shoot

This week John's Monday Photo Shoot is "PROFILES"

For this week's photo shoot I thought we might try something striking yet simple:

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Get a picture of someone in profile. Could be you, a family member, a friend, a pet -- just as long as we see their face, from the side.


Well, anyone who knows me knows that there's nothing more striking to me then DeForest Kelley, who I have taken more photo's of then the average celebrity ever has taken! lol.. So here are some "Profiles" I have taken over the years gone by..... (I'm tossing in one of Tippi Hedren's Lion photo's I've used before.. it's still a Profile!)

(Note the cowboy boots! He was a cowboy at heart!)

(Yes, he is holding colored Tribbles that someone in the audience gave him!)

(Here kitty, kitty)

If you feel like joining in the Monday Photo Shoot, remember to leave a link at John's journal!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

End of the Weekend

It's been a long weekend. My brother who was in rehab to try to walk a little again had gone back to the hospital for a week and then back to rehab. All of his things had been stored when he went to the hospital so when we got there to see him we had to put all of this clothes back and all the other things he's "collected".. then he had us bring a shirt he had been painting when he first went to the hospital on the large board, and a second board. (when he comes home we will need a darn moving van at this rate!)


I'm pretty worn out from all of this. We've been going every evening to visit for 2 hours for a month now and probably have another few weeks of it to go. No one can tell us when we can get a hospital bed for him so the livingroom, which will become his bedroom, is in shambles.. some furniture tossed out and more to go but they can't tell us the bed would be here any time before he gets released.


My mind is all but gone .. can't concentrate to save my life. My own needs have been on back burners so long now I've learned to live with most of it. I still am not writing or reading... the closest I've gotten to any sort of 'forgetfulness" is to watch the LOTR movies I bought. Thankfully it has a pause, and I can eject the dvd and go back to it later. I know I haven't posted daily all the time like I normally do.. it's just been so much stress I can't think.


I do want to put up here a little something pertaining to the old post of Star Treks 40th Anniversary.. there are still 2 big Star Trek conventions that will happen before the end of this year. One is a Creations Convention in the Meadowands of New Jersey in November. The other is a Vulcon Convention in Florida in October.. here's the information in case someone lives near them and is interested.


Creation Convention: (use this link if you want further information)


"THE THREE CAPTAINS"


WILLIAM SHATNER Captain Kirk, Classic Star Trek - Sunday


AVERY BROOKS Captain Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Saturday


KATE MULGREW Captain Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager - Friday


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Vulcon Convention: (use this link for further information)


Guests:


AVERY BROOKS: Capt. Sisko ST:DS9
JONATHAN FRAKES: Cmdr. Riker ST:TNG
SUZIE PLAKSON: K' Ehleyr ST:TNG
DENISE CROSBY: Tasha Yar ST:TNG
ARMIN SHIMERMAN: Quark ST:DS9
ANDREW G. PROBERT: Illustrator ST:TNG
WALTER KOENIG: Pavel Chekov Star Trek
RENE AUBERJONOIS: Odo ST:DS9
TIM RUSS: Tuvok ST:Voyager


Saturday, September 09, 2006

CopyCat

Both Julie and Karen blogged about Star Trek's 40th Anniversary today.. I thought I'd join the group by posting an old post from last April when I talked about the 40th...

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.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A TV Meme

I took this Meme from Naomi over at Here In The Hills, it looked like fun!

Instructions: Bold (or change the color) of all of the following TV shows which you've seen 3 or more episodes of in your lifetime. Bold and Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode of it. If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).


24
3rd Rock from the Sun (who woulda thunk that John Lithgow could catch Big Foot and then turn out to be an Alien?!! )
7th Heaven (just now and then but yeah 3 episodes)
Adam-12 (Marty Milner and Ken McCord worked really well together)
Aeon Flux
A.L.F
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (who could forget that opening music and his silhouette?)
Alias
Allo Allo
American Idol/Pop Idol/Canadian Idol/Australian Idol
America's Next Top Model/Germany's Next Top Model
Angel
Arrested Development
Babylon 5 (Walter Koenig showed up as a bad guy!)
Babylon 5: CrusadeBattlestar
Galactica (the old one)
Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Baywatch (Monty Markham played the captain)
Beauty & the Beast (This one i was Hooked on! loved Roy Dotrice and Ron Perlman in this!)
Beavis & Butthead
The Ben Stiller Show
Beverly Hills 90210 (I was never hooked by watched because I saw part of an episode being filmed right near DeForest's house!)
Bewitched (who never saw this? Great guests like Paul Lind and Agnes Morehead)
Bonanza (I loved Hoss! lol)
Bones
Bosom Buddies (Hanks and Scolari were both great in this)
Boston Legal (Shatner finally gets to play comedy, which he loves)
Boy Meets World
Brady Bunch (I had kids, what can I say?)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bug Juice
Chappelle's Show
Charlie's Angels
Charmed
Cheers (One of those really great and funny TV shows!)
China Beach
Columbo (I still love Peter Faulk!)
Commander in Chief
Coupling
Cowboy Bebop
Crossing Jordan
CSI ( Oh yeah!!)
CSI: Miami

CSI: NY ( I do like Gary Sinese)
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dallas
Dancing with the Stars (one of the VERY FEW reality shows I've watched)
Danny Phantom
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
Davinci's Inquest
Dawson's Creek
Dead Like Me
Deadliest Catch
Deadwood
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives (watched in reruns)
Dharma & Greg
Different Strokes
Doctor Who (new Who)
Doctor Who (series 1-26)
Dragnet (digging out the older tv shows now!.. yep yep watched Dragnet)
Due South
Dungeons and Dragons (old cartoon)
Dynasty
Earth 2 (short lived show but well done! )
Emergency!

Enterprise (should not have been cancelled!)
Entourage
ER
Everwood
Everybody Loves Raymond ( I wasn't a regular but love Brad Garrett)
Facts of Life
Falcon Crest
Family Guy
Family Ties
Fantasy Island (dah plane! dah plane!.. love Ricardo!)
Farscape (one of the better concepts for a "new" sci fi)
Fawlty Towers
Felicity
Firefly
Flamingo Road
Frasier
Friends
Full House
Futurama
Get Smart ("missed it by this much")
Gilligan's Island
Gilmore Girls
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Green Wing
Grey's Anatomy (I adore "George"!! love this show!)
Growing Pains
Gunsmoke (is there someone over 30 that didn't see at least 3 of this show?)
Happy Days (great casting and writing!!)
Head of the Class
Hercules (double "woof"! Two cuties to say the least!)
Highlander
Hill Street Blues
Hogan's Heroes
Home Improvement
Homicide: Life on the Street
House (new season just started! woo hoo!)
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy (you have to be a teenie bopper not to have seen Lucy!)
Invader Zim
Invasion
Iron Chef (Japan)
Iron Chef (USA)
Ironsides (of course! Old Perry Mason fan!)
JAG
Jackass
Jeopardy (once in a blue moon I even know an answer!)
Joey
John Doe
Kath and Kim
Knight Rider
Knots Landing
La Femme Nikita
LA Law
Laugh-In (if this made a comeback.. i'd watch it again!)
Laverne and Shirley (great casting and really funny)
Law & Order (still watch the reruns!)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: SVU
Little House on the Prairie (Landon, Landon, Landon.. sigh..never had a dad that looked like that! lol)
Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost (hurry new season!!!!)
Lost in Space (I was so privledged to get to know Jonathan Harris in his latter years)
Love, American Style
M*A*S*H (the length of the show says it all)
MacGyver
Magnum P.I. (hello?! want to save me please? heh)
Malcolm in the Middle
Married...With Children (my X loved this show)
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission Impossible
Monk (the modern day Columbo!)
Moonlighting
Mork & Mindy (loved Robin Williams even back then)
Murphy Brown
My Family
My Favorite Martian
My Life as a Dog
My Mother the Car
My So-Called Life
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
Mysterious Cities of Gold
NCIS
Night Court
Nip/Tuck
Northern Exposure
Numbers (newly getting into this one)
One Tree Hill
Oz
Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Perfect Strangers
Perry Mason (I always loved Ramond Burr he did some good b&w movies too!)
Picket Fences
Pirates of Darkwater
Pokemon
Power Rangers
Prison Break
Profiler
Project Runway
Psyche
Quantum Leap (always like time travel shows)
Queer As Folk (US)
Queer as Folk (British)
Queer Eye For The Straight Guy
ReGenesis
Remington Steele (hello?! )
Rescue Me
Road Rules
ROME
Roseanne
Roswell
Samurai Jack
Saved by the Bell
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scooby-Doo Where Are You? (watched with the kids now and then)
Scrubs
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Six Feet Under
Slings and Arrows
Smallville
Small Wonder
So Weird
South Park
Spaced
Spongebob Squarepants
Sports Night
Square Pegs
St. Elsewhere
Star Trek (if you know me.. this is a no-brainer!)
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: VoyagerStar Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis - New season
Stargate SG-1 -Newseason
Superman (the George Reeve version)
Supernatural
Surface
Survivor
Taxi (had to love Christopher Lloyd!)
Teen Titans
Teletubbies
That Girl
That 70's Show
That's So Raven
The 4400
The Addams Family
The Andy Griffith Show
The A-Team
The Avengers
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Bionic Woman
The Colbert Report
The Cosby Show (love Bill Cosby doing anything!)
The Daily Show
The Dead Zone
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Flintstones
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Golden Girls (proved older actresses are still great!)
The Jetsons
The L Word
The Love Boat
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mighty Boosh
The Monkees
The Munsters

The Mythbusters
The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
The Pretender
The Prisoner
The Real World
The Shield
The Simpsons
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Twilight Zone
The Waltons
The West Wing
The Wonder Years
The X-Files
Third Watch
Thirtysomething
Three's Company
Top Gear
Twin Peaks
Twitch City
Upstairs, Downstairs
Veronica Mars
Wings
What Not To Wear (US)
What Not To Wear (UK)
Whose Line is it Anyway? (US)
Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK)
Witchblade
Will and Grace
Wonderfalls
Wonder Woman
Xena: Warrior Princess

Young Hercules

What can I say? The television is on for company as well as entertainment!

Now, What shows did/ do YOU watch? Leave a link if you do this Meme!!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

LOTR.. one more time.

Two days ago I received my Special Edition copes of Lord of The Rings. I didn't have older copies so this is a first for me. The Special Edition of each film is two disks. The first disk contains the theatrical version of each movie (the one show in theaters). The flip side contains extended versions ..each about 40 minutes longer then the one released in theaters. The second DVD is a film made of "the movie being made". I always loved 'the making of" to see how things were created.



Yesterday I watched "the making of" the first movie, and today the second. I find it amazing to watch. Each disk is 2 hrs long..so you get to see a lot of how things were done. How they could all be so committed for the years in the making is beyond me! Tomorrow I will watch the third making of and eventually I'll watch the extended version of each movie.


I loved the books and having the movie to make the characters come alive is fantastic! Peter Jackson did a marvelous job, as anyone who saw the movies will agree. (and then he did it all again for King Kong!) I love this director! He really "sees" Fantasy Fiction like no one ever has. So many times he took months to build something rather then use special effects, just for the realism, and he did it right!


This is the director I'd like to see make the Pern movies! I wish Anne McCaffrey would relinquish those books to him!! (but i doubt that will ever happen)


But in the mean time...I get to watch that nice young man who made me smile again... sigh.. it just makes me want to mail that letter all the more! Grrrrrrr! There's GOT to be a way!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Monday Photo Shoot

I'm a little late for the John's Monday Photo Shoot, but here it is at last! I even animated it just because I really didn't have anything but an old photo to show. It's a shot I took many many.. MANY years ago of Mt. Rainier..

Monday, September 04, 2006

Once Upon a Texas Train

I watched an old movie the other day.. It was a western, with lots of actors I knew, it was called:

ONCE UPON A TEXAS TRAIN... (1988)

Now, I know many don't like westerns.. and many others don't bother to watch older movies, but this one got me to thinking, and wondering what it was about watching these older actors that made me enjoy the movie? Was it because there were so many I recognized in it? (a rarity to be sure, films made now can't afford more then one or two "known" actors.) Was it because of nostalgia, remembering them in other movies? Was it because I was just so glad to see them still working and enjoying their talents? Was it because i became afraid I would never see them in another movie? I've always enjoyed the stories attached to older actors... even before I got old myself.. I wonder why?

Then I began to wonder about who would write a movie specifically for "older" actors? So I looked up this movie and the writer...

written by Burt Kennedy 1922-2001

Richard Widmark 1914- . Harry Carey Jr 1921-

Willie Nelson 1933- . Chuck Conners 1921-1992 .Kevin McCarthy 1914-

Hank Worden 1901-1992 . Stuart Whitman 1926- .Red West 1936-

Ken Curtis 1916-1991 . A.Dickinson 1931- .Gene Evans 1922-1998

Dub Taylor 1907-1994 . Jack Elam 1918-2003 . Royal Dano 1922-1994

Hmm, the writer was born in 1922, so he was around the age of many of the actors. I wondered if this held true to other movies with "older actors" in them so I did some searching.. this is what I found..

Cocoon written by: David Saperstein b.1937

How To Make an American Quilt written by: whitney Otto (1995-novel no age given to the author)

The Whales of August written by: David Berry b.1943

Batteries Not Included written by: Mick Garris b.1951

A Family Thing written by: Billy Bob Thornton b.1955

Fried Green Tomatoes written by: Fannie Flagg b.1944

Driving Miss Daisy written by: Alfred Uhry b.1936

Nobody's Fool written by: Richard Russo (novel 1949)

It would seem that indeed, the authors of movies (and books) about "older people" were older their self.

So I wondered even more. Is this because only the older writers know what it's like to be old, or feel old? Is it because they don't want to see the talent of the actors disappear just because of age? I wonder what prompts them to write stories for and about the aging person? If the story was written specifically to be a movie, was it written because these aging actors don't get the sort of money the actors of today get?

Of course once written, if it's made into a movie a young casting person, most likely, wouldn't have the faintest idea who to cast in the movie! I can see a 25 yr old casting director now... "Richard Widmark? Who's he?" (gimme a break!)

Naturally, the money aspect got me angry.. it always does. The fact that today's "big actors" get 20 million or more for one movie! (that goes over into sports figures too.. just can't see anyone worth that much money no matter how talented they are movies or otherwise..sorry.) Even if they only get 1/2 of that money because of taxes and such.. interest alone on a few million would let anyone live a long life of ease.

It makes me wonder... will movies still be made using the elderly actors when the actors are the ones that make millions of dollars per movie? Will the generations to come be able to see them "one last time?" ..and here's a fact too.. will they recognize the quality of character actors in their generation that we had in the older generation??? I am not sure they will.. we of the "old" generation had the most fantastic character actors around! Of course there's always the fact that the studios don't produce the amount of movies they did "back then" too.. so less chance of really getting to recognize the faces of todays character actors. That's sad to me. I found that in old movies.. the character actors became as important as the leading actors. But.. that's just me.

I guess seeing Once Upon A Texas Train just made me sad to know the younger generations are going to miss out on movies like this one and like the ones I listed. (all great movies)

Cha! one more thought just came to mind.. with all the "facial fixes" going around Hollywood now a days.. no one will even look the part! Believe it or not... that's sad too!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Feline Friday


Feline Friday .. isn't it funny that it's always a Friday? (duh).. except that I am not getting it posted until Saturday! Oh well..


Here's BooBoo Kitty once again.. he's looking out my bedroom window watching Ernesto approaching. (either that or he's spotted another cat across the street ..heh) I hope we don't get the damaging winds with it like other areas have gotten.


It's 9 am on Saturday now and although there is a lot of rain and gusts of winds It looks like we got off easy!! Hooray!


Friday, September 01, 2006

The Moon Above...The Earth Below

Wow, two pieces of Nasa news that's exciting!

First is the shuttle launch that got delayed from the storm.. due to take off on Wednesday Sept 6th.

Nasa has reset the flight of the Shuttle Atlantis.. it looks like they will be busy little beavers!

The second piece of news concerns our return to the moon!

NASA has selected Lockheed Martin Corp. as the prime contractor to design, develop, and build Orion, America's spacecraft for a new generation of explorers.

The Orion crew capsule will carry astronauts back to the moon and later to Mars. The first flight with astronauts aboard is planned for no later than 2014. Orion's first flight to the moon is planned for no later than 2020.

In a way it looks like we are going backwards in the looks of it. But .. hey, as long as it does all they want it to and it works without problems, I won't complain!! I just hope I'm still around to see our return to the moon. I certainly will never forget the other walks on the moon!! I wish we had returned long before the date we are given now, and never will understand such a long wait. (yes, there are many valid reasons, but we still could have been much further along if you ask me!)