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Heard Today (and other days)

Me: “Do you need help?”

Customer: “No, I’m just browsing.”

Every day while everyone is supposed to be staying at home.

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Something Cool Today

I know a lot of you are stuck inside with not a lot to do. Binge-watching is reaching new heights during this time of self-isolation. If you want to watch what is arguably one of the best shows ever created for television, watch The Wire. The quick online description:
“This series looks at the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug dealers and users. Other facets of the city that are explored in the series are the government and bureaucracy, schools and the news media. The show was created by former police reporter David Simon, who also wrote many of the episodes. “

I binged watched this during my illness before the more recent outbreak at the start of the year. While I have a few issues with the final season, this is a great show and worth watching.

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Wayback Machine Part 2

Now the date for these pictures is not going to be quite as exact. It would have been the early 2000’s, probably 2004 or 2005 I think. The goal was to get a picture with as many characters as possible.

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Wayback Machine

I was about to try to figure out when this was exactly from when I just glanced at the picture and realized I didn’t have to think too hard. This is from May 14, 2000, when I took my first and only cruise so far. I know in the last few years cruises have taken more than a few lumps, and rightly so, but I had no issues with my cruise. It was also my first trip to Alaska, which I am happy to say was not the one and only time. I had a good time and fell in love with the state.

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Something Cool Today

I’m going to try something new and I’m going to try to do it every day. Which probably means I’ll end up doing it just a couple of times a day if my pattern in the last year or so keeps up. This is my feeble attempt at helping anyone get through these trying times of self-isolation or having to go to work and worry if you’re sentencing yourself to death. I’m going to list and talk about something cool every day. A song, a book, a comic, a tv show; something I found entertaining and maybe something that help you feel a little better. I can’t do much, but I figured I can at least do my small part.

Today I’m going to talk about podcasts. Up until a year or so ago I really had no clue about podcasts. I had heard of them but really did not know what they were. Somehow I stumbled across them and was hooked. So today I’d like to mention a few of my favorites.

Word Balloon hosted by John Siuntres is a podcast about geek culture, mainly comic books. Each episode John talks with the stars and creators of geek culture as he puts it. These aren’t really interviews so much as conversations. Sometimes long conversations. If Brian Michael Bendis or Tom King is on the conversation can be two hours or more. This is one of my favorite podcasts and I love listening to the talks.

Another favorite is Rolling Stone Music Now with host Brian Hiatt. This podcast features interviews as well as news and anything to do with music. A recent interview was with Jason Isbell, one of my favorite musicians. The episodes are usually around 30 to 40 minutes.

Another is Comic Book Historians hosted by Jim Thompson and Alex Grand. As you can gather from the title this podcast talks about comic book history and interviews some of the great creators. Recently they did a three-part interview with Tom DeFalco.

And finally I’ll mention The West Wing Weekly hosted by
Hrishikesh Hirway and Joshua Malina, one of the actors from the show. I talked about this one in my last post, so I won’t say much here, except that it is really good and really funny.

That’s it for today’s segment. There are a lot more cool podcasts. There is probably a podcast for just about any subject you can think of, so if you want to listen to someone talk about something you like, just search. You can download an app from your phone and listen in your car or on your earphones, however, you like.

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THE WEST WING

In today’s entertainment world nothing is gone forever. Besides taking an old movie or tv show and remaking it completely, lately there has been the idea of bringing back an old show with the original cast, set years later. Will & Grace, Rosanne, Mad About You and more that I’m sure that I’m missing. Which I think if done right is actually a pretty good idea. I’d much rather see a show that continues the original than a re-boot with new actors playing the old characters. There seem to be some new thoughts going into taking an old show and letting us see what happened to the cast years later.

Of all the shows, I think West Wing would be really easy to do this. It would probably be pretty much all new characters, but the history of the original show would be part of the history of the new show. I’ve read rumors that such a thing might be in play, but so far I haven’t read anything offering concrete information.

For me The West Wing is one of the best shows on television. Every few years I watch it in its entirety. So far I haven’t gotten tired of it. I think even more so in these times of having an idiot for a President and demeaning the office and our country it’s nice to look back and imagine what a world would be like with a President Bartlet.

What got me thinking more about the show lately is that I ran across a podcast called The West Wing Weekly. The podcast is hosted by
HRISHIKESH HIRWAY and JOSHUA MALINA who played Will Bailey on the show. They started at episode one and on each podcast they talk about the show. They have a lot of guests on the podcast, many from the show, actors and directors and other behind the scene members of the show. It’s a fun podcast to listen to and has me thinking about the show again.

Check it out here: The West Wing Weekly

Still I wonder if a show like the West Wing could survive today. When politics has become such a blood sport and the level of discourse has become so vile and terrible, does a show that tried to be hopeful and show the majority of our public servants as meaning good stand a chance? If it aired today, would it have to be as evil and mean as politics are now.

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LIZARDS

One of the last things I talked about before I took my break was the return of LIZARDS as a new comic book. The first five issues were mostly reprints from the early days, with a few new stories added in. But this issue, Number six, is the first all brand new work in more than a decade. The art is by Roman Gubskii and combines his wonderful talent without ignoring Ron Wilber’s original look. This is the first of a multi-part story-line that departs from the shorter stories that have made up the first five issues. I’m not abandoning the shorter format, I plan to continue stories with whatever amount of pages best fit the work, but I also want to expand out with some longer work and show more of the world the characters inhabit. I’m hoping the next issue will be out before too long.

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President Obama Speaks

Anyone that follows my Facebook page knows I post a lot of political posts. I’m not going to stop. Too many of the posts are so negative, because we are in a situation that is so negative. But I want to post something positive. I want to post when we had a President that could speak in complete sentences and had an IQ higher than a turnip. So I think I’m going to post random speeches from President Obama. This one is the speech that brought him to the national stage and set the stage for him to move forward.

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What happened to 2019?

I haven’t realized how long it’s been since I posted here. My last post was from promising how much I was going to post this year and guess what? No posts. I will admit it’s been a busy year. Moving has kept me beyond busy for the last six or seven months. I don’t want to promise something I won’t follow through on, so let’s just say that I’m hoping to try and make this a regular habit of posting. And we’ll leave it at that.

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Future Tense

For some reason I just noticed the time and date for the posts I’ve been putting up have been a day ahead.  So the post on Len Wein reads as if it was written tomorrow on 9/11 when I wrote it and posted it on 9/10.  Not a big thing, but I think I’ve got it fixed now and the correct time and day should reflect on each post.

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