Words and Numbers 86/ A message from the grave, I’m getting hooked, odd bits
Posted on July 11, 2012
Today is Yul Bryner’s birthday. Why am I telling you this? Because before he died of lung cancer he filmed a PSA that stated that smoking killed him. He didn’t do it to extort money from Big Tobacco, he took responsibility for his own death. I think it would be a great idea in this age of cable acsess that a channel is started so we all can have a chance to take responsibility for our live and deaths. Just a two minute, four max, to explain all the stuff we wanted to say to those we left behind. A confession of love that you had for that cute checkout girl at Stop & Shop or the fifty bucks you lifted from the collection plate just before you stopped going to church. It sounds like a cop-out, it is, most of us don’t have the balls to fess up while we’re alive for reasons ranging from not hurting loved ones or tarnishing our image. But at least we’ve done it.
I’m hooked. There I’ve said it. My drug of choice is CDs of the old radio show, The Shadow. I listen to a CD before I fall asleep. The stories are a bit lame, and The Shadow always wins because the bad guys are weak-minded. That doesn’t matter. They’re an artifact that links me to another generation. Some of the shows have the commercials left in. Ads for Blue Coal or Silverstone Tires. No pictures anywhere, just the story bouncing around in your brain making you create the images. People used to watch the radio. I can believe it. Most of the time the radio was a piece of furniture, a chunk of the budget. It was entertainment that pulled you out of your humdrum life and showed you a place or lifestyle you’d never attain. Plus, a lot of them were a respite from the horrors of WWII and the McCarthy hearings.
Will miss The Closer.
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See you Friday, there might be a pop quiz.
TALK TO ME, FEED MY NEED FOR ATTENTION, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANK, ADOPT A SHELTER PET, SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR LOCAL POLITICIAN, GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE A WALK, NEXT TIME YOU VISIT BRING A FRIEND, THINK!