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February 23, 2006

Washington's Birthday

I usuallt make a Washington's Birthday post on the 22ad since as many of our younger people don't know that is the actual date.
I didn't get around to it because I was really busy but other took up the slack here and here.

We should make Feb. 22 a national holiday, Washington deserves it.

Posted by Starhawk at 07:46 AM | History | Comments (0)

February 16, 2006

Does this pick suck?

Kenny Rogers is probably a candidate for my pick sucks which may be why I am the only person who picked him,

A quick look at his website shows that not only is the gambler alive and well but he is booked ahead for concerts all the way through November.

I have nothing bad to say about Kenny or his music.

At this point I can't even figure out why I added him to my list except I needed someone to replace Ted Kennedy once I figured out that being on my list was probaly keeping him alive.

Cross posted at Dead Pool 2006

Posted by Starhawk at 04:02 PM | Dead Pool | Comments (0)

February 15, 2006

A sad passing

Also from the Deadpool site comes that sad news that Andreas Katsulas has passed away.

Andreas played the alien Ambassador G'Kar in the 5 years that Babylon 5 was on the air. I have very rarely been glued to a TV series and looked forward to every week and to every new season but Babylon 5 was for me a must see and Andreas was one of the main reasons why. He played a powerful character and played him very well.

I will be watching Babylon 5 DVD's tonight in his honor.

He also played in lots of other series (including Star Trek) and movies as you can read in the link.

Posted by Starhawk at 11:05 AM | SciFi | Comments (0)

Gay Cowboy Song

There is a lot to be said about Willie Nelson some good, some bad, some just weird.

This story today speaks for itself.

Willie is one of a kind, if he passes this year there is no one to replace him and maybe that is a good thing.

Cross posted at Deadpool 2006.

Posted by Starhawk at 10:54 AM | Dead Pool | Comments (0)

February 14, 2006

Dead pool tofer??

I was doing some research today and ran across this article about the death the Sonny King.Now no one picked Sonny King so there are no points in it for anyone, so how then you ask am I asking for a tofer, hang on I am getting to it.

The research I was doing was for my Joey Bishop post. Bishop for you younger types is the last living member of the Rat Pack. The Rat pack was as its time the coolest of the cool in entertainment circles. There were many members and associated members but the core group was Bishop, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford.

Now Sonny King (remember him) had a long career, even though most of you, even I have hardly heard of him. He was Jimmy Durante's long time sidekick and was the featured Lounge act at the sands for over ten years. Frank Sinatra nicknamed him the Lounge Giant.

When the Rat pack played the main room at the Sands thay would party with Sonny afterwards sometimes hanging out with them in the steam room.

Part of the reason they were so chummy were that Sonny and Dean Martin used to room together in New York when both were struggling performers.

Mr. King and Martin were so broke that they frequented a restaurant serving two doughnuts, coffee and orange juice for a nickel -- and shared the meal.

Talk about inflation.

The other significant thing Sonny did was supposedly introduce Dean to Jerry Lewis who is another of my picks (hence my claim of a towfer, what do you think Laurence?)

If you didn't know, when they were a team Martin and Lewis were just about the biggest act in show biz. They drew crowds outside their hotel room in New York that brought traffic to a standstill.

Cross posted at Deadpool 2006.

Posted by Starhawk at 08:41 AM | Dead Pool | Comments (0)

Liz Taylor

Is there anyone out there in the mess we call the movie business today that is as hot as Elizabeth Taylor was in her prime?

The short answer is NO!

From Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to Butterfield 8 (for which she won an Oscar to Cleopatra, heck as far back as the child star in National Velvet there is no one I can think of whose career can compare to hers.

Now after husbands too numerous to count(ok I didn't run out of fingers I just lost count) she is pretty much just known as a friend of Michael Jackson's. I really would have wished her a better end.

Actually I am overlooking the fact that she has been very active in raising money for Aids research which is a very good thing. Of course if might have some relationship to her friendship with Michael but we may never know.

Cross posted at Dead Pool 2006

Posted by Starhawk at 07:53 AM | Dead Pool | Comments (0)

February 12, 2006

The everyone Hates America myth

The major media has picked up on this and I don't know where they get it from.
I have said it many times before that this is the one country that people want to come to more than any. Maybe it is just the ones left behind that hate the US.

More confirmation came today as I overheard this conversation in a game I play a lot.

"So what does a 22 year old Swede want the most out of life?"

"a greencard"


Posted by Starhawk at 02:00 PM | Politics | Comments (0)

Cat rescue aftermath Update

It turns out a little bit better than I thought.
I do not need surgery, that is a relief.
The doctor said that if I came to him after it happened he would have put me in a cast but as since I had been walking on it for a week it showed him it was stable so he put me in a boot.

(picture maybe forthcoming in this space)

I took this thing I got into the car and drove to where I had to go with great difficulty. When I got there(about 25 miles away) I called the doctor back and said it was really hard to drive with.

I was told "you are not supposed to drive with that on, in fact you will get a ticket if you are stopped"

Nice of them to forget to mention that, sheesh.

Typical of most broken bones it is a six week deal and I have to go back to the doctor in 3 and then hopefully the last in 6 .

Posted by Starhawk at 01:16 PM | Home and Family | Comments (0)

February 01, 2006

It could be worse

Speaking of Dax, I was over at his site and saw a reference to this post from a guy having a heart attack while blogging.

He seems to have come through it ok but since every one of my college friends is in the zipper club I am quite aware of this kind of thing.

The worst that can happen to me at this point is a operation and a cast, the best is a cast. Not very great when going on job interviews but all in all I prefer it to what this guy is going through.

Posted by Starhawk at 03:46 PM | Other Bloggers | Comments (0)

The Price of being Nice - Part 2

As an update the cat in question appears to be fine.

As for myself I had X-ray on Monday and it looks like I broke something in my leg. I will know how badly tomorrow after seeing the doctor.

Just Damn!

Borrowed from Dax but it fits how I feel.

Posted by Starhawk at 03:34 PM | Dogs and Cats | Comments (0)