Monthly Archives: March 2013

Somebunny special

And I don’t mean to make vapid Easter jokes, because I don’t think Easter is about bunnies — not at all.

However, this bunny was special. And while I’m sure you don’t have a spare hour right now to watch this documentary, I hope you will come back and watch it when you do. It’s a really fine tribute to the great Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, and dozens of other Warner Brothers and Hannah-Barbera characters that have made his incredible voice an iconic example of American popular culture from World War II to the present.

He revolutionized the way cartoons and voice acting were done, and through his work in radio during the 40s and 50s, as well as his voice-overs for countless Merrie Melodies cartoons, he is still regarded as one of the finest — if not the greatest ever — character actors of our time. (This sentiment is from many of his peers and protégés.)

I did not know that he suffered a life-threatening injury in a car crash in 1961. I also didn’t know his death could have been easily prevented. So sad.

But here’s an awesome tribute to our favorite bunny. I promise you’ll be better for having watched it.

Right now, I’m off to start a fun scavenger hunt with the Js and Grandpa Thriller. Where did we hide those monster trucks and treat baskets…? :-)

Full steam ahead

Nah, I’m not talking about the last quarter of school, although that’s coming up, too. Rather, I mean full steam ahead to the Odyssey, beginning in June. It’s by far the most ambitious trip we’ve ever taken, and it’ll probably be the last for a long while. But boy is it going to be worth it.

After about five revisions (just couldn’t do Vancouver financially this time, rats), we’re settled on the itinerary, and all the hotels/lodges are booked. We’re ready to fly!

And speaking of flying, I am going to see if there’s a place that’ll let me strike something off my Bucket List: ziplining. If I don’t have to waste half the day taking a class, I want to zipline across some forest canopy or mountain divide. Have to check out some information.

We’re leaving a full month earlier than we have in past years. I think we’ll like that, in that there will still be some summer left when we return. The greatest thing about the whole adventure will be visiting family and friends on either end of the trip (in Mississippi, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin). A real highlight, of course, will be my recording session with the amazing and talented BoomR at his home studio.

Why can’t it be tomorrow?

I know, I know. First comes finishing out the school year with upcoming concerts (three of them) and graduation. Much to be done, but there’s always the light at the end of the tunnel. Looking forward to that, bigtime.

Are you getting together with family over the Easter holiday? We have the Js coming tonight to spend the night, followed by a fun scavenger hunt tomorrow morning before their parents come to pick them up for the holiday celebrations. We’ll also see Mr. A. (grandson #3) tomorrow, so my weekend is totally thumbs-up.

Happy Saturnday to all — get some relaxin’ done today, wouldya?

Do NOT go here X

ZergNet makes me mad. One minute, it’s 6:15 a.m. (yay, it’s my first day of “spring break” and I slept in), the next — it’s 7:30.

Time to go attempt to be productive today. I admit I have spent the last hour marinating in useless celebrity gawking. Terrible! What a waste of time.

I love being on vacation. ;-)

Need a break?

Take one from Facebook and all other social media for the day. Because there’s a lot of useless hatred there lately.

I don’t have time this morning to delineate the reasons why I abhor the idea of denying rights to those who commit their so-called “vices” <note sarcasm> publicly, while freely and unreservedly granting them to those who might keep their sins (gossip, lust, envy, adultery, greed, pride, hatred) more private.

I don’t have time to discuss my aversion to the cherry-picking nature of some believers (and make no mistake, I am a believer) who are so caught up in the religious version of Manifest Destiny that they are blind to all forms of divergent consideration or rational discourse. Despite the 50+ translations of the scriptures, and centuries upon centuries of disagreement on its specific meaning on many subjects, and dozens of splinter Christian denominations that interpret the bible differently (while all claiming to be right), the bible is clear on everything, and the version on your night stand is the right one.

Not in my neighborhood.

I don’t have time to address anything more this morning, so I won’t, other than to say the Law here is my law, and I like it that way. There is peace here because this ain’t Usenet or Facebook. And that’s the way it stays.

This believer says “equal marriage rights for all.” End of story.

Don’t you hate it when…

1. you *could* actually go back to bed and sleep, but you can’t? The obligatory post-show head cold has arrived, and I’m slogging through coffee I don’t want to try to wake up from the NyQuil hangover I definitely don’t need.

2. you type out an entire post, and WordPress gives you an error and everything goes away without being saved? Oy.

It’s OK, though. It’s all little stuff. I was fortunate to have a long weekend following a good show, which was great, thanks to the weird spring snowstorm. I do remember being stranded in the house due to heavy snowfall as late as the 4th of April. I can’t remember what year that happened, but it was on the 4th. Yesterday, it was strange seeing the Thriller do this kind of yard work, but it was a nice day otherwise. Got a little work done, and a lot of relaxing.

Now it’s back to the old grind: the push to spring concerts and graduation. Can’t believe we’re down to fewer than 50 days of school left. This year has gone by pretty fast.

Kind of like this morning, thanks to WordPress barfing everywhere. Now we’re late for the shower and we doesn’t like it. I hope you had a great weekend; now it’s back in the old routine, yeah man…