Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shut The Front Door

I am always surprised when certain phrases become part of our vocabulary. Although I haven't used this yet, I know I will at some point. Tonight, I heard it at least 3 times. It's probably because it's kind of "naughty" and a nice change to the one it replaces.What new phrase or word has become part of your vocabulary? I've often said, "That fudging cancer." 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Relationship Fix

I've decided that the easiest fix for most relationships between men and women is that the women learn some sports stats and rules of at least one sport. And men learn to speak with their emotions for at least five minutes a day. Then there will be some communication between the sexes. For the rest of us, I would recommend taking up a hobby or getting passionate about something in your life. I know, Oprah said the same thing. It's not new but I do think it works. There is a reason for this post, which you learn later in the week. I'm practicing suspense. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Statue Dance

Last week, melanie and marko danced an extraordinary number, Statues, on So You Think You Can Dance which brought the judges and the audience to their feet. Enjoying dance is a great way to prevent prostate cancer. :} 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Singing In The Rain.....In Chicago

It seems like it's been raining for 40 days and 40 nights here and I'm looking for the Ark. In the meantime,I came across Gene Kelly's rendition of his song and dance. It is truly a classic. Check out his dancing.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Reunion Reality

Before going, I heard such comments as, "Don't miss it, You have to go, It will be fun." Well, I waited two days before posting to make sure I could count on my observations. You're issued a name tag with your high school graduation picture. If that isn't enough of a shock, you then meet some of your classmates. If you don't see the name tag you won't know who they are. Once you read the name tag, you still won't know who they are. Then what do you say? "You haven't changed. You look worse. I don't know who you are." My experience was the last comment, for the most part. Even worse, the people I recognized, didn't recognize me and vice versa. Normally, I would have gone straight to the bar, but since I am an alcoholic, I couldn't do that. That meant I had to deal with the anxiety. Luckily, I came with two friends I have stayed close to. We did make attempts to meet others and each of us had some success. What made matters worse, there were reunions of 10 other classes ranging from 10 to 50 years from our class going on  simultaneously. Food consisted of cold hamburgers and salty chicken. Class pictures where we felt like we were being herded into a corral. We insisted we didn't look as old as the class ahead of us. (Sarcastically). To sum up, it was just another reminder that I'm getting older. We all are. No, you can't get away from it. But, I've always thought denial was a great coping mechanism. I still hold on to that. I may be 67, (reality sucks) but I feel 45 (sweet dreams). I probably won't see these guys again and what was the purpose. I did have some meaningful conversations with a few guys I did remember and who knows, we may keep in touch by telepathy. Phone numbers, e-mails or tweets were not exchanged.I may be the only person who feels this way and that's fine. The rest of you who feel compelled to go to these reunions, I suggest hitting the bar as soon as you can.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

American Bandstand and the l950's

In the l950's Dick Clark's American Bandstand was one of the most popular shows for teenagers. He had the best artists and his own group of high school dancers. Everyone knew him. Most learned dances from the show. I was one of them. We knew such dances as "Hand Jive, The Stroll, Twist" to name a few. Hair styles ranged from Waterfalls, DA's (Duck ***) Preppie and there were the Greasers and the Preps. I came from a Greaser neighborhood and went to a Prep all male high school. There were the usual cliques of the Jocks, The Intellects, The Weirdos. Everyone wanted to fit in and be cool. I bring this up because I am going to high-school reunion and I find myself worrying about how I'll fit in. What will I wear? How does my hair look? I hear that this is normal, but age is the equalizer. I believe this is true. People have married, divorced, raised families, lost careers, and yes, some have died. One report indicates that most men are either divorced or depressed. I will soon find out. I wonder how many have had prostate cancer but I don't think this is a good lead in question. Stick to things like, "I remember you. You were the quarter-back, the basketball star, the jerk (maybe not that one.) This should be an interesting experience. (I hope.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Tonies With Patrick Neil Harris

Enjoy The Tonies.  If you haven't seen the Tonies, this number is well worth watching.  

The Tonies With Patrick Neil Harris

If you haven't seen the Tonies, this opening number was one of Patrick Harris' best. Enjoy the Tonies. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Little Sunshine In Your Life

When everything seems bleak, headlines continue to spread bad news, and your anti-depressants don't seem to be working anymore, it's time to get a little music in your life.  Smiles are known to decrease prostate cancer. When all seems lost, play the ukelele. It's bound to bring on smiles.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hot Dawg

There seems to be a lot of attention these days on being appropriate with your hot dawg. To me, this is the one and only way to appreciate the hot dog.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wha's Sup

Hangin'.  So hot outside I can't walk too long without panting.  Luckily,  I get to go to Doggie Beach, which  is a stupid name for the place, so I say, "See 'ya at Splash."

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Knowing Noh

Noh theatre was derived from the Japanese word for skill or talent. Skill takes as much work from the artist as it does from the audience. If you don't know what I'm trying to say, hold on, because I know you will soon know noh. Noh theatre deals with dance and involves 5 pieces including a ghost or spirit who moves through the play.  Knowing when to tweak and when it is time to move on takes skill. A sense of timing. Nathan Bransford makes a point of this in his last post when he mentions Natalie Whipple's post about all you need to know regarding submissions.  I found this to be very helpful.  If you don't know  Nathan Bransford, he has recently written a book called, JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW, which is a YA book  getting a lot of good press. Check out JACOB WONDERBAR

I know this is a good time for me to take a small break from prostate cancer. You too should know when to stop and when to move on. 

Friday, June 3, 2011


Ken is not going to win this.  This is my toy and I've already chewed and slobbered all over it. You'll see.  He will not take this away from me.  It is mine.

Hot And Raw.....Hound Dog

In tribute to another King. Elvis Presley....The King Of Rock And Roll.
He would have been 76 yrs. old today. Moving your hips has proven
to keep your prostate healthy.