MUSINGS AND RAMBLINGS FROM A FORTY-SOMETHING YEAR OLD FREELANCE WRITER WITH NOTHING ELSE TO DO
Has anyone ever noticed that…
* Whenever someone talks about who they were in a previous life, they are always somebody famous?
Kevin Costner, in the iconic baseball film Bull Durham, hit the nail right on the head when as the career minor leaguer Crash Davis, he asked baseball groupie Annie Savoy, played by Susan Sarandon, this. I vividly recall him asking her, “How come they are never Joe Schmo?”
Maybe that’s why I don’t really believe in past lives.
* Whenever a guy proposes to his girlfriend at a sporting event, the girl never says no?
I’m sure that the lady doesn’t want to humiliate her man in front of anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 fans – and oftentimes on national television, no less – but I have more than once wondered how often does the girl say yes, gives a big show of hugging and kissing him while enjoying the cheers of the crowd, then lets him down easy in private after the game, outside of the stadium, with no one watching.
It would, in my opinion, be the most humiliating thing for a man to have his marriage proposal turned down in public like that; I don’t think any female would put her guy through that unless such female is a complete word-that-rhymes-with-witch.
In which case the guy is very much better off without her.
* Roughly 99% of the images of Jesus Christ in Bibles, churches, billboards and other places throughout this planet Earth portray him as a man of European/Caucasian descent, looking like a hippie from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district circa 1967.
Which is not in the slightest accurate as the New Testament – Revelations 1:14-15 to be precise – proves that he did NOT have pale skin and blue eyes, but…
“…had hair like wool, and feet the color of brass.”
I don’t know about anyone else, but I will be one happy human being when I see a man of color, black or otherwise, play our Savior in a movie.
Avan Jogia, a young actor who is best known for being on the Nickelodeon teen show Victorious, would be a great choice to portray Jesus due to his dark skin, stemming from his (partly) Indian roots.
* SO many critically acclaimed network television shows such as Freaks and Geeks and My So-Called Life only last a season or so, while other programs that have been panned as silly, stupid, and insulting people’s intelligence last several years?
Gary Marshall, the creator of hit series like Happy Days, put it perfectly when he said it came down to having a show that critics like but only lasted a couple of seasons due to low ratings, or do something silly that lasted ten seasons; he stated that he’d rather have the ten-year show.
I suppose there’s no figuring out TV watchers’ tastes.
And I also suppose we’ll have to make do with what’s on HBO and Showtime if we want to see good TV.
And finally, has anyone noticed that…
* The cost to see a movie during the daytime, which is when theaters always charge discounted bargain prices, is the same as a full-priced admission twenty years ago?
and MORE than what they charged in the 1980s?
I remember Garry Shandling, in his self-titled show during that time period, answering when asked about a possible movie career in light of his TV success:
“Yeah, right! Would you pay six bucks to see me whine?”
Now six bucks won’t even get you a seat to see a movie in daylight hours!
Which I’m positive is why Netflix and Redbox, where people rent movies outside of supermarkets, is so popular.
Personally, except for rare times when there’s a movie that I absolutely must see first-run like The Hunger Games series or the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, I wait until a film appears on Direct TV cinema so I can pay $5.00 instead of $10.00 or $12.00.
Or if I am particularly patient, I wait around three or four months for the flick to appear on HBO and not have to pay a red cent.
It’s certainly a good way to save money, don’t you think?
All right, enough of these ramblings. I’ll go ahead and stop now.