Thursday, December 08, 2016

I Never Travel Far, Without a Little Big Star

Bell comes across in the film as a guy haunted about something we don't really know what, depressed and maybe a victim of his own artiness whose death at 27 seems somewhat inevitable. By the end of the movie you're simultaneously bummed thinking of all the great music Chilton and Bell never got to make together, but grateful for what little bit they did. - XMASTIME
Great article HERE on the tragedy of Chris Bell:
When Chris Bell's death was reported by a local newspaper in 1978, the headline read "Son of local restaurateur, killed at 27." But, Van Duren interjects: "It should have read rock genius."

October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980


RIP du Jour

He never held my imagination like Neil Armstrong but dude had a helluva life.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Happy 60th Birthday

To the great Larry fucking Bird.

It's That Time of the Year

I had a ticket to see the Pogues with Op but I blew it off for some reason, I assume it was to bang out some strange, and it turned out to be the last show Kirsty Mccoll ever did before getting killed.  - XMASTIME
Great article about one of the greatest Xmas songs ever:
The last thing to say about "Fairytale of New York" is that every single time I really listen to it, by the lyrics "came in eighteen to one," I cry a fat tear. This may sound narrow of me, but if you can't identify with the protagonist, I don't think I want to know you or want you to live in my neighborhood. The longing of "Fairytale" for a better land, for better luck, and for better selves in the midst of vice and failure is nearly liturgical in its construction. In this way it's appropriately a song about the transition from Advent to Christmas, from the trials of waiting, to the bells ringing out.
It's not just a fun song, it's a salve to the soul.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Now This Is Good.


Trump Thoughts. I Have Them.

Anyone who doesn't understand how we got to Trump never noticed that while Josiah Bartlet may have been our greatest President, his Deputy White House Communications Director was a Tea Party guy. Sad!

2017 Goal

Write a Christmas ballet titled "Deez Nutcrackers."

Only Fools du Jour

Of course as Xmastime fans you're well-versed in Del Boy trying to speak French; here's Sir David Jason telling Michael McIntyre the story of how “Bonnet de douche” came about:

Sad but True du Jour


Ron Glass

Shame on any of you who've forgotten Ron Glass' small, but pivotal, role in the Sinbad classic, Houseguest.

Thoughts. I Have Them.

Whatever you think of either one, it's hard to imagine back-to-back presidents being more different in character and temperament than Obama & Trump.

Irony du Jour

If you somehow physically combined the heads of Josiah Bartlet, Sam Seaborn & Josh Lyman, they would create one image:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tis the Season


Generational Shift

My nephew has had a somewhat different childhood experience than I had...he just asked me what "Kool Aid" is.

Thanksgiving with Rudy!

Now THIS is a happy dog.

Williamsburg

... has changed since I left Brooklyn 4 years ago. Sad!




Taketh me to ye olde Turkey's Nest! 

Goals. I Have Them.

My only real goal in life is to become rich enough to live in hotels. Well, and dunk a basketball.

Thoughts on Castro Dying du Jour

Curious to see how Trump takes credit for being the President that finally gets Castro.

Fidel Castro Has Died

Xmastime from 8 years ago:
I remember reading once that there had been 638 attempts to assassinate Castro, making me wonder who was behind all these failed attempts. I arrived at one obvious conclusion:

Ashland Amtrak du Jour, II

Is "of solid built American steel" really necessary here?

Ashland Amtrak du Jour

"But officer, where would I think they wanted me to go to the bathroom?"

Scarf Game

It has been raised, bitches!...now I just hafta learn how to wear one.