Why didn’t somebody tell me this was for real? I thought the retirement-talk was just a ratings ploy.
I had two recent Late Show flashbacks and pangs of nostalgia. I was driving through Pennsylvania the other day and drove past a Hosey Cow proudly displayed on someone’s front yard. Remember those halcyon Hosey Cow days?
“The Hosey Cow . . . . it’s like having a cow urinate on your kids!”
I think the Hosey is my next garage sale search.
And the other Late Show reminder was when I went to see the Carol King bio musical “Beautiful” on Broadway Wednesday night. During the show, the Drifters made an appearance and performed the song, “On Broadway.” But I couldn’t think of the Drifters at all. All I could think of was Andrea Martin and Darlene Love singing “On Broadway” during the Paul Shaffer tribute piece.
And then there was the no-hitter thrown by the San Francisco Giants pitcher against the Mets in New York. There was a Top Ten that was missed. I was picturing Late Show producer Brian Teta waiting with phone-in-hand during the last two innings to make the booking. I also thought of Teta during the Stanley Cup finals and NBA championship series. It must have been nice for him to watch some championship games without having to root for the star player who would be the easier booking. It got weird when I was watching Game 6 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning and my wife asked, “What are you thinking about?” I mumbled, “Brian Teta.”
What have you seen recently that jarred you back to pre-May 20th?
By the way . . . “Beautiful” . . . go see it.
The U.S. Treasury has decided to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman. Unfortunately, the ten-dollar bill will only be worth $7.90.
Why get rid of Alexander Hamilton? He was a Founding Father, he wrote the Federalist Papers, and was a key figure in the establishment of our economic system. And he was the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury. Why do that to one of your own? If anyone should be replaced it should be Andrew Jackson from the twenty. His record as President is spotty, at best, and as a person it was worse than that. Why get rid of Hamilton and not Andrew Jackson? My guess: the guy who made the announcement got them confused and now the Treasury is too embarrassed to admit it. A simple, “Oh, yeah, that’s who I meant” would have fixed it fast, but now it may be too late.
Or maybe changing the ten is easier than changing the twenty. . . . something to do with the ATM machines.
Old . . . . I’m seeing stories on the 130th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. I remember going to its 100th. It really doesn’t seem like 30 years ago. There’s a weekly free local newspaper I like to leaf through since it’s free. On the second page there is a list of “This Week in Rockland County History.” There will be a few paragraphs on the local happenings from 150 years ago, 100 years ago, and 50 years ago. It hasn’t happened yet but I’m sure it will soon . . . . that I will remember an event from the “50 Years Ago” category.
Oh, you remember those now-legal fireworks in New York state that I talked about the other day . . . it’s not for my area. 32 counties in the state OK’d the decision to allow the sale of simple sparkler fireworks but my county was not one of them. They’re still illegal in Rockland County but I can buy the fireworks 10 miles north in a K-Mart. How is a kid going to learn that a spent sparkler is still hot unless they are given the opportunity to burn themselves?
It’s been suggested I get a G-Mail account. The AOL address makes me look old. In that case, I should probably delete all my photos, too.
Damn. I tried but I couldn’t find a place for “whilst” anywhere.
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Michael Z. McIntee