Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Glug glug

We had 10.5 inches of rain on Memorial Day, plus more rain today.

I had about an inch in parts of the basement, which is carpeted.

Shop Vac. Carpet shampooer. Fans. Many fans.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

An odd list

Instead of going to bed, I was trying to think of TV actors who created two (or more) really memorable characters, cultural icons!. Here' my list.

Mary Tyler Moore -- Laura Petrie,
The Dick Van Dyke Show; Mary Richards, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Betty White -- Rose Nylund,
The Golden Girls; Sue Ann Nivens (The Happy Homemaker), The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Bea Arthur -- Maude Findlay, Maude; Dorothy Zbornak, The Golden Girls.

Raymond Burr -- Perry Mason,
Perry Mason; Robert T. Ironside, Ironside.

John Cleese --Basil Fawlty,
Fawlty Towers; Various, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.


I added Cloris Leachman and Michael J. Fox because of their TV
and movie roles.

Cloris Leachman -- Phyllis Lindstrom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Phyllis;
Frau Bl├╝cher, Young Frankenstein; Ruth Popper (the coach's wife), The Last Picture Show.

Michael J. Fox -- Marty McFly, Back to the Future trilogy; Alex P. Keaton
, Family Ties; Mike Flaherty, Spin City.
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UPDATED

Added by Chicken Little in a comment:
John Ritter-- Jack Tripper,Three's Company, Reverend Fordwick,The Waltons.

For Betty White (above), I did not include
Life with Elizabeth.
Life with Elizabeth was produced by a local LA TV station and was a big hit at the time (1953 - 1955), comparable to I Love Lucy. The reruns can only be seen on America One, a low-power TV network (LPTV) and on DVD. I saw the reruns many years ago. Betty White and co-star Del Moore used to more items on the set when no one was looking -- causing lamps, pillows, and ashtrays to jump about when the different takes were assembled into a show. Each episode ended the same way -- pure Betty White: "Elizabeth and Alvin are a married couple who live an ordinary suburban life, but inevitably managed to get into predicaments. At the end of most predicaments, Alvin, in variable degrees of frustration, would say, "I shall leave you now, Elizabeth" and would walk out of sight. The announcer would say, "Elizabeth, aren't you ashamed?" She would slowly nod, but then, with a slightly devilish grin, would vigorously shake her head to indicate she wasn't."

I also forgot to add Harry Morgan to my original list. What a remarkable career he has had! His list of TV and movies at IMDB is mind-bending, including the judge in Inherit the Wind.
  • Pete, December Bride and spin-off Pete and Gladys (December Bride was the show that followed I Love Lucy on CBS).
  • Officer Bill Gannon, Dragnet.
  • Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele, M*A*S*H.*
  • Colonel Sherman T. Potter, M*A*S*H.*
*The only person I can think of to create two memorable characters in a single TV series. General Steele was in "The General Flipped At Dawn."




Monday, May 18, 2009

Last week was crazy criminal week!

1. Car being chased by police at speeds up to 90 MPH pulls into Taco Bell. "I'm going to jail so I figured I'll take one last trip to the Bell!"

2. Bank robbers disguise so poor that teller greets him by name. He still robs the branch where he normally banks.

3. Convenience store robber fills out raffle ticket with his real name and address and puts it in box before robbing the clerk.

4. Teen tries to rob store by saying the banana under his shirt is a gun. Owner and a customer jump him and hold him for police. While he is waiting, teen eats the banana. Cops joke that the are going to charge him with destroying evidence.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

That's right, my cc interest is 116.05%

I closed my Amazon Visa account several months ago. Amazon Visa did not take kindly to that. The bill below is not Photoshopped -- they raised the interest rate to 116.05% This just keeps dragging on since new interest accrues in the nano second it takes me to pay the bill.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Just curious!

Do you suppose men who groom their eyebrows get five o'clock shadow above their, you know, eyes?