Today in My History

2001: View from the Soap Box
2002:  Always Go to the Head
2003:  Dare to be Happy
2004:  Going to Extremes
Body Armor
2006:  Death Be Not Proud
2007:  Beautimus
2008:  Most Considerate Dogs Ever
Box Full of Memories
2010:  Ahoy, Mateys!
2011:  Something Wrong

The Mask
2013: Must Come a Time--70
Regrets? I have a Few
Sunday Stealing and More
Love and Information and Pizza
Not My Day
2018:  Celebrations End
2019:  Changing of the Guard
2020: Saturday 9

2021: Brrr

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 1/30
"West with Giraffes"
Lynda Rutledge

Theater Reviews
Updated 1/29
Our Town

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021

Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/16)

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

Scavenger Hunt

mail to Walt / mail to Bev


1 February 2022

My goodness it's February already!

February has always been birthday month in the family.  We start with Paul, who wasn't February, but his January 28 birthday was close to it.  Then comes David, February 4, Walt's sister--February 11, me--February 17 and Walt--February 26.  I believe his father was also February 7, but he died before I met Walt, so I never knew him.

There were years where we had one big family celebration for all the birthdays, but obviously since Paul and David aren't here, we don't do that any more.

Paul and David

This year we're going to have a ZOOM "party" on Walt's birthday so we can all finally open the Christmas gifts that we didn't open at Christmas.

I'm doing well with my pledge to read 50 books in 2022.  "West with Giraffes" was the fourth book I've read in January and I am close to finishing my 5th, though I won't get it finished until the first couple of days in February.

I am also reading the biography of Raymond Burr, which is a pretty amazing story.  Amazing at how kind of boring it is.  Boring because he did so much in his early acting years that I'd never heard of.  Made dozens of film noir movies that I've never heard, of starring movie stars I've never heard of.

Not only that, but the author of the book tells the story of each movie in great detail, even if Burr only had a small role in it, as he did in most of his early movies.  Perhaps the biggest role he had was in Rear Window, which I know well.  He has no lines and is only seen from his apartment window throughout the movie, until the end, but the author of the book gives the entire plot of the movie, including what all the other people in other apartments are doing.

The reason why I decided to read this book is because I was a big Perry Mason and Ironsides fan and when Burr died, I was surprised to read that he was gay and lived with a partner for more than 30 years.  Recently I read that he had written his biography several times, talking about his two marriages and the loss of his wives and his son, none of which he had.  He also talked about his military service and the purple heart he won, but he was never in the military. 

So I was curious about how this all came about and how he eventually got the role of Perry Mason, since his weight, a life-long problem (at one point he weighed 380) prevented him from being cast in a lot of movies.  When they realized his size would work well as a bad guy in a film noir movie, then he started getting roles.

Anyway, I'm not that far into the book and am trying to finish my Patricia Cornwell book as well, so I'm working hard on getting to 50 books.


Boston !



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