Thursday, July 12, 2007

LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!

First of all, thanks for your responses to my commentary on abortion yesterday. I might mention a couple of those responses tomorrow. I think we've proven we can cover serious topics here. Just for fun, let's lighten it up today.

PARKING:

Whenever you have to drive somewhere, is there a bigger concern than where you're going to park? We'd all like to find a space with a meter close to our destination, but more often than not, we end up going to a parking garage or lot and hope we have enough cash in our pockets. I mean, when I went to City Hall last week, I couldn't turn off my engine until I had given a guy $16. I mean, we have a Mayor who can't keep his pants on and a City Attorney who thinks laws apply to everyone except him and his wife, but ya know what? I don't care about any of that! I just wanna find a damn place to park! Are you with me on this? Wouldn't it be cool if we had
our own parking space? Feel like moving to New York? Parking spaces are being sold for a bargain rate of about $50,000 all the way up to $225,000. Imagine the sales pitch; "But you only have to pay it once!"

SUMMERTIME TELEVISION SHOWS:

If you watch as much television as I do, you're probably anxiously waiting for new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy", "Brothers & Sisters", "Shark", your favorite "CSI", your favorite "Law & Order", etc., etc. But do you have any idea how much good television is on right now?

In no particular order, the weird but compelling "John from Cincinnati" is followed by the charming and fun "Entourage", Sunday nights on HBO. Sunday nights on Lifetime, the very good "Army Wives" shows you why so many people have found that show! Monday nights on TNT, you can watch "The Closer" followed by the new and very good Treat Williams' show, "Heartland". The CW just finished a fun to watch Wednesday night series called "Hidden Palms". Now on Wednesday night, you can watch Denis Leary's critically aclaimed "Rescue Me" on FX. A show I haven't seen yet that is also getting a lot of good reviews is USA's "Burn Notice" which will be on tonight.

And then there's all those movies you can see on the premium channels like a film I saw on Showtime the other night. A 2005 film, "Lord of War". What an interesting film this is! It's a film based on factual events that stars Nicolas Cage as an illegal arms dealer. Cage also does a lot of narration while the film progresses. Ethan Hawke plays the federal agent who hunts down the Cage character, but what happens after he captures the Cage character is something that will stick with you after the film has ended. Bridget Moynahan is very good as the Cage character's wife, Jared Leto is very good as the Cage character's very troubled brother and Eaman Walker delightfully chews up a bunch of scenery while playing a terrible human being.

So while you're waiting for your regular season television favorites, as legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully would say, "Pull up a chair!", fill your bowl with popcorn and enjoy! Who knows? You might even see me in something you watch.

We'll close with this. Long time stage, film and television actor Edwin Craig sent me a story about a number of primary schools who were doing a project on "The Sea". Children were asked to draw pictures or write about "sea adventures" they had read about. Teachers compared notes and compiled a list of the "better" ones. I have picked what a 7-year old named William wrote: "When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes, when the wind didn't blow, the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would have been better off eating beans."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Don't forget! You can HEAR this blog! The links to the three stations broadcasting today's blog can be found at the bottom of my links section which is to the right of what you're reading now. It's the last three links.

If you read this before pictures have been added, come back! Pictures will be up soon. A new blog is written every morning, Monday through Friday and is posted between 7 and 7:15, Pacific Time. Sometimes earlier. Questions and comments can be sent to scottstjames@sbcglobal.net. I do write back.

TOMORROW: A "Quote of the Day" from Newsweek about Vice President Dick Cheney, thoughts about a letter or two some you wrote regarding yesterday's commentary on abortion annnd anything else that jumps out at me.

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