Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
I was a big comic book fan growing up. Still am, for that matter, even though I haven't bought one in ages. I remember having and reading this issue when it came out--and I remember being very disappointed that Mr. Lang didn't follow through:
I keep hoping that some artist--Andy Price, perhaps--will go back to this and draw a follow-up panel where Mr. Lang suddenly declares, "On second thought--no, you're not!", and that hairbrush gets a chance to descend, after all--preferably on a struggling and kicking teen Lana with raised skirt and panty-clad bottom smarting under the impact.....
Somebody suggest it to him, would you?
Monday, April 25, 2016
Obviously, this is not one of my usual posts. I'll get back to that tomorrow.
The world of music has certainly been taking some hits lately. David Bowie. Glenn Frye. And now Minnesota's own Prince.
We all know a little about the singer, the songwriter, the performer, and the musicianship. In fact, there's a story that often gets repeated. I saw it on Facebook over the weekend, in fact. A reporter is said to have asked Eric Clapton what it's like to be the world's greatest guitar player. Clapton's reply was, "I don't know. Ask Prince."
A nice story, and certainly a nice tribute. Only one problem: Clapton never said it. The story is completely false. Still, whoever made the story up clearly had a high regard for Prince's talent, and the fact that the story still circulates shows that others did, too There is no denying his musical ability and genius. You could go anywhere in the world, to a small town in any country, and it wouldn't be unusual to suddenly hear a Prince song coming out over somebody's radio--and people singing along.
In fact, we here in Minnesota think of him so much as our hometown icon, we tend to forget that he toured the World and was known world-wide. We all mourned here in Minnesota at the news of his passing--Target Field, where the Minnesota Twins play baseball, was bathed in purple lights as a tribute, as were many other buildings and bridges. But the rest of the country mourned with us, and so did the rest of the World. Here are just a few examples, beginning with Niagra Falls --
....and many other buildings and monuments in cities around the World.
Prince's most famous song, probably, was "Purple Rain". He also wrote a song called, "Sometimes It Snows In April". Oddly enough, the day after Prince died, it did both--there were flakes of snow seen in the morning, and as the temperature rose, it turned into rain--not purple rain, but it may as well have been. Even Mother Nature, I guess, couldn't resist paying a little tribute.
Music touches everybody. Music is a universal language--and Prince spoke it well.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
I just happened to see an episode of Jerry Seinfeld's show, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. The guest on this episode was the lovely and funny Amy Schumer.
At one point, Amy was talking about an early time that she got into trouble. She wanted to go run through the neighbor's sprinklers. Her mother told her, "Do NOT run through the neighbor's sprinklers." Amy said, "Okay." Of course, the first chance she got, she went running through the sprinklers. She went back in and told her Mom, "I was just walking by and they went off!" Unfortunately for her, her Mam said, "I watched you!"
That part of the conversation ended with Amy telling Jerry--
Amy: I am for spanking!
Amy: (laughing) For different reasons now....
Oh, Amy, Amy, Amy....I can only hope that's true. :-)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I've been talking about the lovely warm weather we're having here in Minnesota. I'm sure the temperatures will soon go back to where they're supposed to be for this time of year, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying it for a number of reasons. The main reason for a spanker like me, of course, is that the wonderful women of Minnesota have put away their parkas and are breaking out their skirts and sundresses. And, of course, what's warm weather without a little wind?