Thursday, June 7, 2012

THURSDAY--Another Edition of--

 A flip of the fedora to Jimmy Cannon as always---


1)          Sometimes it is best not to view a great film again because you get the same emotions.  A Marx Bros. comedy would be great re-viewing but House of Sand and Fog is a marvelous film that will surely depress you----BUT---you do have to appreciate the talent.

2)          There are some films that really should end at a certain point since more scenes lessen the symbolism.  House of Sand and Fog had the perfect ending when the last character alive curls up between the other two protagonists (dead by suicide).   Unfortunately they added 2 more scenes so it ended like any other film of little import.  The symbolism would have been great since all the characters were flawed people and that led to this tragedy of many errors.

3)          It seems that it may be possible to know about an embryo prior to birth by the genetic make-up of the parents---DNA and Saliva.   So what does that mean for those folks who are pro and those who are anti abortion?  What does it mean to the future parents?   Perhaps Iris DeMent had it right in her song---Let The Mystery Be.

4)          Who remembers when Presidents had to have solid marriages with no philandering?   Adlai Stevenson’s divorce hurt him.  Now, in France (vive le France) the former Pres. had a “hottie” for a wife and the new Pres. has a “companion”.   Once again Vive le France and we seem to be way ahead of them until W and the Obamas.   Back to fidelity for us---good for us.

5)          Do you ever wonder what became of some people of notoriety from years back?   Jack Paar always talked of his daughter (Randi) on this program---perhaps too much.  Given her weight issues, about her training bra and more.   Well, she became a successful attorney and, sadly, died last week after falling on to RR tracks after having, probably, a seizure.   She was, I believe, about 60. 
6)          "Death of A Salesman " has closed and set a new record for ticket prices----$500.00 for Orchestra.   That is only the beginning.  Seems that they found that on line purchasers were re-sellers ( Stub Hub, etc) and were selling them for over $1,000.   A few questions arise---who would pay such exorbitant prices?   Who can afford them? Was it not better when you purchased a ticket at a Box Office at the set price?  What happened to the term “scalping”?

7)          A last thought on Death of A Salesman.   When Arthur Miller wrote this he was talking of the tragedy of one man in the middle class and now even the intended audience cannot afford to see this brilliant work.  Shakespeare has been treated in a better way.

8)          I am surely hoping that you will be tuned in to TRADITIONS (WFDU--- ) this Sunday when we commemorate Doc Watson, have our usual features along with some wonderful new material that flies into our always open transom.  Something I am very grateful for.  Bless those wonderful artists still making memorable music.

9)          Is it not annoying when you find discourtesy? Wherever you find it and I did find it on the Tennis courts today.   What does one say to a person who just leaves for what he thinks is a more competitive game whilst playing another game?   Interestingly he (ooh I gave away the gender) is not a good player. Obscenities not allowed.  He is, however, a professor.  I mention this only for you to see  #10

10)    Having vented my anger at such discourtesy to a Russian (I think) lady who was playing she said---“...oh, a professor—you must respect ..”    I pointed out that a professorship in this country does not mean he also has manners or courtesy.  I am also certain that Russian professors are not imbued with courtesy.    Since this missive will be on Facebook I do hope his daughter will see it.

11)    The Russian lady I spoke of is a terrific painter and showed me her latest work to,  as she said, “...make me smile..”   I did not but the works were terrific.

12)     Have you ever wondered how inefficient the IRS is?  They make errors and you have to spend time and money to correct them whilst trying to speak with people who seem to have communication problems in a verbal way.  Does the word “Dah” mean anything?  Does dead air in response to question mean anything?   You get the point.

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