My Facebook Thoughts

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Birthday Wishes and Dreams Come True

I don't know what happened to me.  

June 5th, 1975, I was a 9 year old kid playing with Johnny West cowboy "action figures".  I was happy as could be.  I went to bed excited because the next day was my 10th birthday.

June 6th, 2015.  I woke up and somehow 40 years had gone by.  I was in a different bed and a different house.  My Dad, my brother, all my Grandparents and most of my aunts and uncles were no longer living.

I have a wife and an 11 year old son a pet dog.

But, how did this happen?  

The only explanation I can think of is I must have made a wish on my 10th birthday.  I must have wished for a happy life.  A life full of great friends and family.  A life where those who got sick didn't suffer and would go to heaven.  A life that I could look back on when I turn 50 and say,

"Thank you God for making my life feel like a dream come true."

To all that read this thank you for making my life.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy Trails And Stupid Human Tricks

I just finished watching David Letterman's final show.  It was a great way to wrap up a stellar career and show.  It dawned on me.  The Late Show, well Letterman, is a link I had to my father.  My dad passed away in 1987.

I can't say I have specific memories watching Letterman with my father, but I'm sure we did.  Like most people my age, our parents watched The Tonight Show with  Johnny Carson.  My dad even sent a letter to the Tonight show trying to get me on the show.  I did impersonations when I was young & cute.  I didn't get on the show, but I always thought it was cool that my dad felt I had "that" kind of talent.

I don't know who the next late night star will be, but it will never be the same.  Letterman began before cable TV diluted the talent pool.  And now with internet "shows" the talent has been thinned out so much its almost a vapor.

The new wave of late night consists of capable folk.  Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brian and Jon Stewart for a little while longer and a promising Steven Colbert.  All are enjoyable, but nothing to fill your belly with.

My son, like many young kids, watches YouTube channels.  He'll show me clips and wonder why I'm not laughing.  I don't laugh because its not funny.  Most of these channels just shout obscenities repeatedly.  I'm not a prude, trust me, I'm a fan of the late Sam Kinison.

Also, a fan of Jerry Seinfeld, the opposite style of Sam Kinison

So I say farewell to David Letterman.  Thank you for  being that great bridge to a day gone bye.