Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Whole Bunch of "Short Shorts"


1. Jay Thomas, 1948-2017, R.I.P.

Jay Thomas, Emmy-winning actor and radio personality, has died at the age of sixty-nine from cancer. I wasn't familiar with much of Jay Thomas' work. I'd seen him play Eddie LeBec on Cheers, but that was about it. Oh, and one other thing. I was on YouTube a long time ago and came across Jay telling a wonderful anecdote to David Letterman about the time Jay met Clayton Moore, better known to the world at large as The Lone Ranger. What I did not know, having not watched Letterman regularly since his NBC days, was that Dave had Jay on his show every year at Christmastime to tell that same story. Being a big fan of TLR and Mr. Moore in particular, I absolutely love it... so here it is! This is the 2009 retelling.



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2. LARRY STORCH IS ALIVE AND WELL!


At least, as of today. Probably best-known as Corporal Randolph Agarn in the 1965-1967 TV show F Troop, he's ninety-four and by all reports, is going strong. Just sayin'. I was watching him the other night, guest-starring on one of the late 1970s C.P.O. Sharkey episodes -- that's Don Rickles' most successful TV show -- that I have on DVD.



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3. Is My Star Rising? No?

Hey, guess what! I was recently the subject of a post on someone else's blog, and I'm not even dead yet! The blog in question is none other than Pat Hatt's It's Rhyme Time, where Pat (pictured above, that handsome devil) rhymes, and rhymes, and rhymes... all the time! Here is the link to the article itself. Thanks for the recognition, Pat!

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4. More Frequent Grammar Goofs!

Three errors I've been seeing a lot of lately are people writing "and" when they mean "an," "you" when they mean "your," and "the" when they mean "they." These aren't really grammatical errors, they're typos, I guess... but why on earth are they so damned common lately?

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5. As Long As We're Showcasing YouTube Videos Related to Dead People...

Here's a video related to the late Jerry Lewis. Not of or by Jerry Lewis, but inspired by Jerry Lewis.


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6. Doobie, Doobie, Doo...

The other day I overheard two guys talking about smoking a "doob. In case you are one of the remaining dozen people on the planet who doesn't know what that means, a "doob" (or "doobie") is a marijuana cigarette, or "joint." (The term is where the name for the Doobie Brothers originated, of course.). I really hate those terms! For that matter, I also hate it when people call their loved ones "boo" or "boo boo," and when people refer to someone's derrière as a "booty." Why? Well, not because any of them are improper grammar. Nope, I hate those terms just because they sound stupid and as you all know, I like to kvetch anyway.

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7. Just Curious

Whenever I read an article talking about someone's tweet (or tweets) on Twitter, the article relates the entire text of the tweet, and then reprints the tweet as well. Why? Isn't that rather redundant? Maybe it's to "prove" that the "tweeter" actually "said" that? If so, why tell us about it in the text of the flamin' article, too?

What would this world do without me to point out this shit?

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8. Another Reason I Didn't Marry My Second Fiancée (Number Two in What Will Probably Be a Long, Ongoing Series...)

(For the first reason, click here.)

Ever get a Christmas card or birthday card from someone who has all the different family members sign the card, and then adds the "signature" of their pets as well? Or maybe you do that when you send cards? Well, I myself don't do it, when I send cards at all, but I think it's a cute and harmless practice.

But... Would you do that when sending a sympathy card?!? That's a rather insensitive way of trivializing someone's deep loss, don'tcha think?

Well. Guess why that's discussed in a Short Short entitled "Another Reason I Didn't Marry My Second Fiancée!"

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Thanks for your time.

15 comments:

  1. I love The Lone Ranger story. I've never heard it before. I remember Jay Thomas from Cheers, and that's it. Franklin and Penelope do not sign sympathy cards.

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. I've seen the "the" one quite a bit. haha not even dead and there you are. August 8th is next years, so stay alive. I only know him from Cheers too. Good to have the lone ranger in the back of your car. I cringe thinking about calling a loved one boo boo. Tweet thing is so dumb. The cats buy dirty gifts for everyone at Christmas and "sign" their name on it. Other than that, nope.

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    1. Oh and I never knew Superman teamed up with the Quick Rabbit lol found a bunch of comics to sell in the garage and that what had me all wtf.

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    2. It only just now occurred to me that Superman teamed up with rabbits more than once. There was actually a mini-series in 2000 where he met Bugs Bunny, and in the 1980s he met DC's Captain Carrot, another rabbit!

      This is the kinda stuff that clutters up my mind after almost 60 years of comic book reading.

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    3. lmao wow, never knew that. I thought it was weird to see. Just run of the mill for you.

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    4. Yeah, after all the research I've done on the subject of comics (comic books and comic strips), there aren't many surprises any more.

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  3. Oh, my goodness, I'm dying. Not literally, but with laughter, so don't panic. I like these short shorts! I had never heard of Jay Thomas prior to Cheers, but I'd heard he was not pleasant to work with (for Rhea Perlman, anyway). I liked his character on the show, though.

    I'm glad to hear about Larry Storch. His is the face I see in my mind when I think of F Troop. And I'm glad to hear you're not dead, too! And from your own lips, even. That's a bonus. I'm going to head over to Pat's blog as soon as I finish here so I can comment there . . . I see you have a poem devoted to you, so I want to give it proper notice.

    Your mention of the Doobie Brothers makes me giggle. The first time our kids heard their name, they laughed their butts off at how stupid it was. THEN they found out what a doobie was and thought the name was even more stupid. Smart kids, says I.

    I'm not crazy about people signing their pets' names on cards in general, but it's mostly because my sister always did it for attention, listing children, dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, etc. I don't seem to mind it as much from other people, though a sympathy card would be crossing a huge line. You avoided a marital mishap there. Good move.

    Oh! And the typos . . . I know my laptop keyboard often leaves letters out of what I type, or misses the space bar. Whether that's because I'm typing too fast or because the keys are wearing out, I'm not sure. There's evidence of both. I do have a tendency to mix up the letters in "because" (becasue) and add a "g" to "begin" (beging) when I'm rushing. I'm predictable.

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    1. She filled her cards with "children, dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, etc.?" Yeah, I think that's overdoing it!

      Oh, I make a lot of errors when typing quickly, but I almost always proofread my stuff for just that reason. Typing in a darkened room, I once typed what I thought was "Papillon," and got "{a[i;;on". My old keyboard used to "miss" doubled letters, so a word like "comment" would often sneak by as "coment" if I didn't correct it.

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  4. That was hilarious! thanks for sharing the clip :) and congrats on making it to Pat Hatt's! Great to see your name there.

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  5. I hadn't heard about Jay Thomas! Only knew him from Cheers.

    I guess I've been guilty about signing pet names on cards. I've only done it when the card goes to someone who has a keen interest in my pets and wouldn't do it for just anyone. If I received a sympathy card from someone who had pets and we kept up to date with each other's pets, I wouldn't be insulted at all if the pets names were on the card. Wouldn't bother me a bit.

    You're posting more than me these days. :)

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    1. Well, as I said, people signing the names of their pets (or babies) on most types of cards doesn't bother me at all. I just think signing a sympathy card like that is crossing a line, as Lynda said above.

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