Daily Archives: September 24, 2010

My Car is Officially Dead.

I finally got the message back from Brown’s that I have a cracked engine block and they don’t recommend repairing it. So I have a dead car and no means of transport other than my wife when she’s not working or at meetings or friends who are going to theater performances where I’m running lights, etc. Bummer.

So I’ve started to shop around for a replacement and, given my status as retired (read “unemployed”) and on Social Security, the age and price-level of the cars I’ve been looking at on Craig’s List are both very low. I’ve got two possibilities with 50 miles of where I am in the $1000.00 range (which I can probably afford, but it makes my wife edgy… old cars with higher mileage almost demands problem scrutiny and I’ve proven beyond a reasonable doubt that I know very little about car engines, etc.) One is a small sedan and one is a pickup truck. Both claim to be in good shape, have been well maintained and have had no major accidents. They are both in the 130,000 mileage range and are both 10 or less (not MUCH less) years old.

Anyway, I’m over running lights on Thurber Carnival which opens tonite, and they’re still putting up scenery parts. 2 more weeks of rehearsal would have benefitted this show immensely. However, this opening show will have many new technical things being tried out (slide projections, sound effects and, yes, some lighting changes) for the first time, something that shouldn’t happen at this point.

Depressed and trying hard to maintain my focus… the show must go on.

Friday Afternoon Entertainment… from Texas…

…or “Why should folks from other states care that 1 in 10 text books are sold to Texas students?”

Guess I’ll look into how this effects West Virginia.

Eddie Fisher Dead at 82

As a result of complications from hip surgery, 50s pop singer Eddie Fisher has died at his home n Berkely, California. This was the official statement from his family:

“Late last evening the world lost a true America icon. One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch.”

” mensch” however had gone through five marriages, the most famous being his first to Debbie Reynolds and his second to Elizabeth Taylor. And there was nothing mensch-like about his comments in one of two memoirs attacking Reynolds (enough so that their daughter, Carrie Fisher, threatened to change her last name legally to Reynolds.)

He tried for a comeback in the sixties, but as the era of the Beatles rolled in, the era of the popular male singer rolled out.

From the NY Times:
Edwin Jack Fisher was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Philadelphia, one of seven children of a Jewish grocer. At 15 he was singing on Philadelphia radio.

After moving to New York, Fisher was adopted as a protege by comedian Eddie Cantor, who helped the young singer become a star in radio, television and records.

Not everyone is happy that Stephen Colbert is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee…

I’m over doing “Winners and Losers” with John Case right now (WSHC 89.7 FM). I can’t wait to get home to check this out on C-Span (this from RollCall):
clipped from www.rollcall.com

Comedian Stephen Colbert is sure to draw plenty of media attention Friday morning when he testifies before a House Judiciary subcommittee about immigrant farm workers. But at least one Democrat on the committee is not happy about the prospect of treating the Comedy Central host as a policy expert.

“I don’t think he should be here. It commercializes the committee,” Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) said.

Colbert plans to testify about his role in a United Farm Workers campaign called “Take Our Jobs,” an effort that invites U.S. citizens and legal residents to replace undocumented immigrant field laborers. The goal of the campaign is to build momentum for passing legislation that would give undocumented farm workers the right to earn legal status by continuing to work in agriculture.
The comedian spent a day in August working on a New York farm to highlight how demanding the work is; he will feature the experience on his show, “The Colbert Report,” on Thursday night.
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