I'll get into that and some other things in a moment, but first, the forecast.
Our Hooiserland weather will see us with a substantial warmup today (...joy...), with the temps reaching the UPPER 80s, and a fair amount of humidity coming along for the ride (...great...).
So that means you might want to keep the air conditioning on.
(OUR options along those lines area bit more "limited")
Now, grab yourselves a cup of you favorite morning beverage and let's get this show on the road...
*** First out of the Sahara today is one of those "Bob" things - the kind of thing that happens to me whenever I do a good turn for someone.
Think of it as the old saying: "No good deed ever goes UNPUNISHED."
|She's a good girl, too.|
She even had one of her garage security floodlights blow out, so I replaced it from one in OUR spares.
And, there were some guys that were doing some mowing and branch trimming across the street who left their lopping shears behind.
I took them in and when they came back to do more work a few days later, gave them BACK to them (coulda kept them, but that doesn't score you ANY points on the PLUS side of the INTEGRITY COLUMN, does it?).
You just do what's right.
Anyway, Wifey and I decided to crank on our central A/C Saturday to get the humidity our of the house, and guess what?
You've got to be kidding me, right?
|Here we go again...|
Something in the electricals isn't working (obviously), so we're awaiting the return of the prodigal repairman.
|The problem is in area #3|
Was damn near totally blocked with "schmutz", as we used to say.
(We saved over a HUNDRED dollars doing that ourselves, because that's what they charge to do it themselves...just sayin')
|Old School Comfy...|
(yeah, I'm spoiled in that regard...AND getting too damn old to be sweating while sitting in the living room for no reason...LOL)
So, it's little wonder we're damn near sweltering at the "Fortress" over the last 2 days, and today will be a hum-dinger!
|Let's not spontaneously combust over this...|
Let's put it this way...to REPLACE the whole unit will cost (you guessed it), a couple THOUSAND (rolls eyes)...never get a damn break around here.
It's not as though we can leave the windows open at night...downstairs is asking to be broken into, and upstairs only let's in the BOOMCAR (c)rap music that the police can never seem to get a handle on, so that's a wash for us.
It's up real EARLY, open a few windows and the patio door, and haul out the box fans to suck IN some cooler air. And that won't last long with temps going near 90 degrees.
|No peace...no happy.|
Let's hope all goes well today...hmm?
*** Famed actor JAMES GARNER passed away over the weekend at the age of 86, and it's always a bummer to see good actors leave us.
Here's the WIKI for James:
I recall growing up watching him on MAVERICK.
REALLY good movies, like THE GREAT ESCAPE.
I watch this every time it comes on.
|The "scrounger" at his best!|
There was also the John Frankenheimer-directed GRAND PRIX (Garner drove the car himself too, as he was an accomplished racing driver).
|Garner as F1 driver Pete Aron.|
There were so many OTHER movies, both dramatic AND comedy...Garner was that versatile.
Then there was THE ROCKFORD FILES...loved that show...catchy theme (thanks, Mike Post) which was released on a 45 record (I still have that somewhere, too), and he (like myself) drove a Pontiac Firebird.
|This car STILL exists and runs.|
What Hollywood has lost, heaven has reclaimed...at least I'd like to think so.
ALL the wonderful memories through your acting...you will be missed.
*** Last back to "the cooler" today, it's tough to grow up with so many REAL stars in movies and TV and then watch the drop of the radar one by one (many times in "threes").
I know I've seen my share of too many actors, actresses, and performers in general , who were at the top of the entertainment game, leave us. Some were in their twilight years.
TCM, and it takes you back to when you first watched it...when Wayne was alive and still making (damn good) movies.
You watch Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Spirit of St. Louis, or It's a Wonderful Life (for the umpteenth time) and you can't help but think of Jimmy Stewart as always being with us.
And in many ways, ALL of those stars that have passed ARE with us, thanks to the preservation of their various works.
|Bogey STILL has staying power.|
Don't really think so, and not with the fondness we remember those from the heyday of Hollywood.
|Rita Hayworth...timeless beauty.|
There will NEVER be another Paulette Goddard...or a Burt Lancaster...or an Errol Flynn...or Bette Davis...or even another James Garner.
But, thankfully, there will be the marvelous work they left for us to enjoy.
Stay SAFE out there, America.