You Deserve A Break Today

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday,* I am posting this video of a McDonald’s commercial from 1971 that stars a pre-Happy Days Anson Williams (“Potsie” Weber), a pre-M*A*S*H Johnny Haymer (Sgt. Zale), and a pre-Good Times John Amos (John Evans). You can tell this is from the early 1970s because there are seven adult men in this commercial who seem to work full time jobs at McDonald’s and are happy enough to sing and dance…

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Back To The Future, Too?

Happy New Year! 2015 is here, and as everyone knows, by October 21st of this year we’ll have hoverboards, flying cars, dehydrated pizza, fax machine mailboxes, Jaws 19, and huge flat screen TVs. Well, one out six isn’t too bad. Back to the Future 2 references aside, I’m optimistic about this year. I’ll be continuing to enjoy watching my granddaughter as she grows from a helpless infant to an inquisitive toddler. I plan on reading…

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As The Years Go Passing By

This year will always be remembered by my wife & I as “The Year of the Grandchild.” From waking up in the middle of a cold January night and getting to the hospital just before she was born, to watching all of her firsts over the course of the last twelve months, to getting ready for her first birthday in a few weeks, it’s pretty much been “all Kayleigh, all the time!”. Not all the…

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My September Reads, 2014

The Hugo Awards were presented at this year’s Worldcon in London on August 17, 2014. As a supporting member of Loncon3, I was eligible to receive a copy of most of the nominated works. Thanks to my spring/summer reading slump, I didn’t get around to reading any of the packet until last month. I also read the September issue of Clarkesworld Magazine. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to much short fiction reading at all after…

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Happy Birthday Bluesday

Since today is B. B. King’s 89th birthday, here’s a YouTube clip of his song Happy Birthday Blues from the 1979 album Take It Home. And just because, here he is performing on his 85th birthday at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in September of 2010. The B. B. King/Eric Clapton collaboration Riding with The King came out in 2000, which is about the time I started to add some blues to my otherwise…

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