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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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tony Curtis dies at age 85.

LAS VEGAS -- Tony Curtis, the Bronx tailor's son who became a 1950s movie heartthrob and then a respected actor with such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot," has died. He was 85.

The actor died at 9:25 p.m. MDT Wednesday at his Las Vegas area home of a cardiac arrest, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Thursday.

How I hate to write posts when it's about the death of a fine, fine, actor.

I was a lucky one though.. I got to meet the man not that long ago at one of the autograph shows before I moved to Florida...  But before that ..waaaaaay before that, I wrote to him and received this autograph in the mail.

and then at that show I mentioned I had his book "American Prince. a Memoir" autographed and snapped a few shots of him..

 

(below. talking with Tippi Hedren)

Life is so short.  We loose loved ones and Celebrities alike, faster than we realize.

If anyone has not seen Tony Curtis in movies, do yourself a favor and rent Some Like it Hot... and enjoy his talent along with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe.

As long as I can remember seeing movies Tony Curtis was there.. he'll be missed.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet him.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I've Got to Stop!

I've got to stop going to thrift shops!  Sheesh.  Three of the 5 books below were thrift shop books and paid a total of only 2.00 for "Space", The Return of Sherlock Holmes " and "Garden of good and Evil".. The Little Stranger and Notes of a Cowardly Lion I got as used books on Amazon .  Sigh... I've got to stop!

 

.. I have so many in my TBR list that 5 more books is not what I need!  Gosh knows when I will get to them!!!  I'm upset with myself.. my tbr pile is back up to 103 books!! I had it under 100!!  My goal is to get it below 90!!! (for now) But I have a few books being released soon that I get because they are a part of a series.. *groan*.

I am so out of room for more books!  I have a pile of 37 YA books in a closet that I'd love to find a used book store to buy them for 3.00 each as they are like new, read once by me.  But no such stores are near me that I can find.  *sigh* If I weren't so hard up I'd just give them away.  I've given some away but obviously the bulk is still in my closet !

Help me! I'm drowning in books! lol lol

Monday, September 27, 2010

Children of the night... Welcome.

 

How To Make an October Photo...

October is nearly here and so I decided to make an "October-ish" photo.  (see above. heh)

I used this old photo of me from 2 yrs ago taken in a cemetery in New Jersey....  (wow! I was thinner and had  hair!)

and layered it over a photo of the moon that I took just the other day....  (old and new woohoo!)

...then I went into paint shop pro and added some "colored smoke" and a boarder and lastly a Dracula quote.  Easy Peasy!  (yes, I know I am reading the Historian in the photo lol)

I guess since I am on my 4th book for the RIP Challenge it wants me to be in the October Mood.. which is not easy here in southern Florida!  But I do try!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Around the Pond

The new guy on the block.  He's a Heron of some sort I am just lazy enough not to look it up at the moment. (I know I will eventually because I have to know! lol)

...if he's trying to hide among the ducks it isn't working!

(below) no matter what Deadeye is doing I just think he's beautiful.  (just don't stand downwind when he's doing his armpits!  j/k)

... a cow egret admiring his reflection!

... and Ibis waiting for food!

...and then there's always the Egret on the island..

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall?

So.. I hear it is now Fall but in Southern Florida there is no Fall.. it goes from hot and humid to "cold snaps" and back to hot and humid!

One of the rare signs of fall around her is that the Live Oak trees get acorns! (thusly, the return of the squirrels!)

Then when "winter" is here the trees will loose their leaves.. and that's all there is to fall and winter in southern Florida!

But I do try to feel "fallish" with the RIP theme that Carl has going for Halloween/ Fall.. I have this statue ..

... it's a Monk reading a book.  (now why would I keep that? hmmm, I should get "Name of the Rose to read)

I kept looking for signs of Fall around the house and found AG Bear with the Pumpkin Debi made and sent me last year!

..then I took Mr Pumpkin to my book shelf and added my TY Bat and some spider webs to make a Halloween like Picture in front of some "dark" books.

Not exactly scary!  But since moving to Florida I no longer  have the creepy basement, nor some things that were around the house there.  Oh well... I don't need a "real bat " or a "pumpkin head" killer laying around the house anyway!

Happy Fall to those fortunate enough to get it!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Child Thief

The Child Thief by Brom

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Eos; Reprint (August 17, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061671347

(my 3rd read for RIP. and no, it was not on my original list)

From Publishers Weekly

Chesley-winning illustrator Brom (The Plucker) weaves together gloomy prose and horrifying adventures in this macabre fairy tale inspired by J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Born of faerie blood, Peter hunts abandoned children, runaways and the hopeless, recruiting for his Devils in Avalon and promising them a place where you never have to grow up. He conveniently fails to mention that Avalon's monsters are very real, and the Devils must practice their war games or risk being tortured to death, eaten or worse. While early chapters are promising, this gothic fantasy stumbles on its own darkness. The devilishly amusing flashbacks to Peter's origins don't make up for the heavy-handed bloodshed, rampant violence and two-dimensional characters. It's all fiendish monsters and desperate battles in this twisted, dark Neverland; the Disney Peter's mirth and good humor are nowhere to be found.

This is a perfect read for RIP... and nothing (nothing!) that you'd read to small children ready for bed!

Having read the first 50 pages I thought to myself.. ummm nope, this isn't for me.  First off I don't like "retold fairytales" , secondly I don't like books written in "now time".. I want to escape to somewhere else!

But there was something that made me keep reading. (This certainly is not the Peter Pan that I knew about!) I think I kept expecting some big change to happen.. It didn't.  But it did get bloody and the "F" word was in "overkill"..but the story... the story was keeping me hooked. The lost boys were lost in more ways than one. I wondered where this story was to go?  Boy did I ever find out!  Not only was I hooked on this book, but it kept me reading every minute that my butt was in the chair!  My mind was in overdrive.  But.. I don't want to give anything away! I think I enjoyed this because I knew nothing about it.

I can see where many people would even enjoy this more than I did. The the whole book, to me, was a "love/ hate" relationship.  But it did win out in the end.  The book is a keeper for the art alone, but to be honest I have to say I know Brom was trying to stay faithful to modern day "gangs" with the language.  I just had a hard time because I left hearing that in "real life" not that long ago and had already had my fill. 

It was a definite.. right book.. for RIP!!  It was DARK. 

It was Gruesome.

It was NOT a dream come true! 

But it was a read I never expected to enjoy... but I did, yes indeed I did!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Book Review from 1969!

Even when I don't try I find a book to send for one comes up right in front of my face!  ARGH!!!!

In the same 1969 Life magazine with the astronauts I saw this:

..A Book Review.. Gah!... In a 1969 Magazine!  Gimme a break!...right to Amazon and the used books I went!  Sent for a hardback copy in "very good" condition for 1.05 plus 3.99 shipping! 

I realize that other than the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz many people don't know who the heck Bert Lahr is, but I do.. and I hope that "Notes on a Cowardly Lion" by John Lahr is enjoyable... I am betting it will be.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Somnambulist

 The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes.  (RIP # 2)

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks;(January 6, 2009)
ISBN-10: 006137539X

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Set in Victorian London, this superb debut from British author Barnes raises the bar for historical thrillers, starting with its curious opening line: Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever. A page-turner, it's full of peculiar characters, notably Edward Moon, a highly unorthodox detective, and Moon's bizarre sidekick, known only as the Somnambulist. Moon, a conjuror by profession whose act has fallen on hard times, has cracked some of the city's most notorious murders. Now, he's leading the investigation into a shadowy religious group aiming to overtake London and do away with its oppressive, bourgeois tendencies. Moon is a remarkable invention, a master of logic and harborer of all sorts of unnatural habits and mannerisms. The Somnambulist—a giant, milk-swigging mute—doesn't appear to be human at all, yet serves as Moon's moral as well as intellectual compass. Together, they wend their way through a London rich in period detail. Barnes saves his best surprise for the story's homestretch, when he reveals the identity of his narrator, who's been cleverly pulling strings since the opening.

This was an interesting book.  Not the greatest mind you but it wasn't terribly bad either.  My judgement on how much I enjoy a book seems to be how fast I read it .  If I pick it up several times a day or only once.

This one finds it's way about in the middle.

I am not quite sure why they named the book The Somnambulist .  He was far from the main character (though I would have liked to know a lot more about him) and he wasn't any sort of "sleep walker", which is what a Somnambulist is.  And to be honest I would have like the Somnambulist in the book a whole lot more then he was.

True to the Amazon review it starts right off with a weird type murder followed by meeting Mr Moon and the Somnambulist.  Many of the books characters were weird and even "freaks".  It really wasn't what I expected at all.

I don't know if I would tell anyone to read it or not... might be a good book from the library instead of buying it.  I will say there were some parts that got pretty good.. and once near the ending when all things were concluding it was a page turner.

This book becomes the second book I've read for RIP, which means any I read from now on is all icing on the cake!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Life: 1969

1969: I was 24 years old.

1969: I was married with 2 children.

1969: was an amazing year. Anyone who knows me knows how I love and admire the "original astronauts" and so I thought I would show you two old magazines that I have.

 "A picture is worth a thousand words."

That makes this one hellava post!..........................

(date and  price.  40 cents, my how times have changed.)

After all these years I still find the moon walks almost unbelievable, and I am beyond sad that I won't see it happen now that we have even more technology.   (and I will always believe that the space station should have been built on the moon.)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sunset

I took these photo's a few evenings ago and never got to post them so here they are...

 

I thought the reflection on the pond was great.

 

The next morning I looked up and saw this:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kevin McCarthy Dies at 96

Like Many others, I saw on the news of the passing of yet another actor that I got to know by helping him at numerous autograph shows, Mr Kevin McCarthy. (this will be a rather long post)

The following are parts of an Obituary taken from the L.A. Times:

Kevin McCarthy, the veteran stage and screen actor best known for his starring role as the panicked doctor who tried to warn the world about the alien "pod people" who were taking over in the 1956 science-fiction suspense classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," died Saturday. He was 96.McCarthy died of natural causes at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass., said his daughter Lillah.

During a career that spanned more than 70 years, beginning on stage in New York in the late 1930s, McCarthy played Biff Loman opposite Paul Muni's Willy in the 1949 London production of "Death of a Salesman."

Reprising his role in the 1951 film version opposite Fredric March, he earned a supporting-actor Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe as most promising male newcomer.

McCarthy had appeared in several other films and had a string of TV anthology-series credits behind him when he was cast as Dr. Miles Bennell in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," director Don Siegel's thriller about an unsuspecting California town whose residents were being replaced by emotionless alien clones grown in oversized seed pods.

McCarthy's long career included numerous guest appearances on TV series including "The Twilight Zone," "Burke's Law," "Flamingo Road" and "Murder, She Wrote."

He appeared in about 50 films, including "An Annapolis Story," "40 Pounds of Trouble," "The Prize," "The Best Man," "Kansas City Bomber," "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," "Piranha" and "The Howling."
In addition to his many Broadway and other stage credits, McCarthy toured for many years as
President Truman in the one-man show "Give 'Em Hell, Harry."

He also was a footnote in the movie career of Marilyn Monroe, playing the husband Monroe divorced in Reno at the outset of "The Misfits," the Arthur Miller-written, John Huston-directed 1961 drama starring Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

The son of a lawyer and his homemaker wife, McCarthy was born Feb. 15, 1914, in Seattle. He and his two brothers and sister — Mary McCarthy, who later became an author and wrote the bestselling novel "The Group" After moving to New York, he made his Broadway debut in 1938 in a small role in " Abe Lincoln in Illinois," starring Raymond Massey. As Sgt. Kevin McCarthy during World War II, he appeared in Moss Hart's "Winged Victory," the Broadway play produced by the Army Air Forces.

McCarthy appeared in several Broadway plays in the years immediately after the war, including Maxwell Anderson's short-lived "Truckline Cafe" with Marlon Brando and Karl Malden. He was a founding member of the Actors Studio.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kate Crane McCarthy; children James Kevin McCarthy, Mary Dabney McCarthy, Tess McCarthy and Patrick McCarthy; stepdaughter Kara Lichtman; a brother, Preston; and three grandchildren. He was divorced from actress Augusta Dabney, who died in 2008.


I am having difficulty believing Kevin is gone.  This was yet another smack in the face as I learned it on the news last night. I can only hope this isn't a case of deaths happening in 3's.

I adored Kevin. 

I first met him when I lived in California helping at the Hollywood Celebrity Autograph shows, and we hit it off right away.  So then a few years later when I found he was coming to the Chiller Shows I approached him to see if I could be of help to him and finding that he remembered me was wonderful.. and yes.. then I helped him at those shows until he just couldn't do it anymore.

I remember many good times sitting with Kevin and hearing his stories and laughing a lot with him.

He may not have been a household name as some stars are, but he appeared in many many movies and television and stage. We talked a few times of his sister Mary McCarthy who was well known for writing the book, "The Group".

..and I even came to find out that Kevin was in a remake of one of the first movies DeForest Kelley ever did called Nighmare . De's movie was called Fear in the Night, but it was the same movie...and Kevin played the part DeForest played!

I will miss Kevin.  He was such a pleasure to be with.  My heart goes out to his wife and children.

I will always remember you Kevin.