Feb 05 2016

It which we can’t look away from the train wreck…

Theodore Roosevelt on Campaign Train in Wisconsin (circa 1904). Source: Lake Forest College Library Special Collections

Theodore Roosevelt on Campaign Train in Wisconsin (circa 1904). Source: Lake Forest College Library Special Collections

…But we’re glad we didn’t buy a ticket.

Honest, it is difficult sometimes not to wade back into the murky political waters.


I don’t regret my decision to take myself out of the political process. After 30-some years of trying to fight for the cause I just got tired of defending the indefensible. It’s also true that some of my views have changed.

Not my core beliefs. I still believe that, in general, the government takes too much and the government spends too much. That has to be the starting point.

I used to believe that’s what Republicans believed and that’s why I was one. But something happens once politicians take the oath of office. It becomes “the government takes too much and spends too much on things I don’t like, here let’s spend it on this.”

There’s a whole host of other issues that I’m not going to get into on a Friday, but if you’ve read here long enough you know where I stand.

I found it somewhat fascinating that on Tuesday night my oldest was glued to the Iowa caucus returns whilst I was waiting for ABC to post the streaming version of The Muppets.

I have paid my electoral dues.

But here, because I never can say goodbye, are some general snarks about the caucus results and what’s going on.

The Donald didn’t walk away with it all. It was as if 75% of Iowa Republicans put on the Sorting Hat and whispered “Not Slytherin, Not Slytherin!”

As for Ted Cruz, let’s remember the last Iowa GOP caucus winner to become president was George W. Bush, running unopposed for reelection in 2004 (he also won in 2000). The 2008 and 2012 winners did not even gain the nomination.

All that to say that New Hampshire may tell an entirely different story.

Speaking of New Hampshire, bless poor Jeb!’s heart. Again if you’ve read here you know that I said years ago that I wanted neither another Bush nor Clinton back in the White House. But this video tells us all we need to know

It was sort of his “Read my Claps” moment. Look up the reference. It will do you good. (circa 1992)

No amount of clapping will bring back this campaign, Tinker Bell.

Speaking of Clintons, on a side note, if it’s Trump vs. Clinton, I’d have a really hard, perhaps impossible, time of pulling the lever for The Donald.

I’ll just let that sit right there.

According to an editorial in the New York Times, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio aren’t Latino enough. I’m not making this up.

Neither Mr. Cruz nor Mr. Rubio meets conventional expectations of how Latino politicians are supposed to behave.

Apparently at a post-caucus karaoke session they flubbed the words to “I like to be in America.”

This is a fascinating take on it when you think about it.

The Democrats are running two (formerly) three, not really young white people. Sure, they get diversity points because Hillary! is a woman and Bernie is a socialist. But are we really getting the picture here?

Based on who still might be in the race (no pun intended) and who might simply have gone home to change clothes, the GOP offered up a cast of thousands which included two Latinos, one African American, one woman and a smattering of good ol’ boys.

Whether you like any of them or not, that, my friends, is diversity.

Finally, because I have a weekend to get to, the Washington Post brings out the voter ID suppresses turnout argument again.

See: New evidence that voter ID laws ‘skew democracy’ in favor of white Republicans

(By the way, WaPo, nice editorializing with the picture of Ted Cruz attached to this article).

Seriously? The vote is the most precious right and responsibility in this country. Quite honestly, it shouldn’t be easy to do.

But can we end the insanity of this argument once and for all? It’s not that difficult to get a government ID. For heaven’s sake, the World Trade Center bombers had Virginia driver’s licenses.

If they could tolerate the lines at the DMV, aren’t you a little embarrassed to complain about it?

Here’s a list of things you have to have an ID for:

Boarding an airplane. Writing a check. Cashing a check. Using a credit card. Driving a motor vehicle. Applying for a business license. Securing employment. Purchasing a house or real estate. Renting a motor vehicle. Purchasing alcoholic beverages. Purchasing tobacco or products that contain nicotine. Purchasing a motor vehicle…

The list goes on depending on laws in your state.

Yes, voting is a right provided for in the Constitution. But it’s also a precious gift. And if we don’t value it enough to put out as much effort as it takes to score a pack of smokes, then maybe we shouldn’t be voting anyway.

Suppress that in your pipe and smoke it. Oh no, you can’t. You don’t have a Photo ID.

Well, now, I see by the clock on my iPhone that it’s time to go.

I’ve got a soapbox to sell on eBay.

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Feb 01 2016

What the hair have I gotten myself into?

I am not trying to best my own record of having spent all 365 days in 2015 in rehearsal, production, or performance. That got to be a little out of hand at times.

Still, I appear to be well on my way to coming darned close to the same record. Fortunately I won’t match the record perfectly because my first audition for 2016 didn’t come until January 3 and I wasn’t immediately offered the part…but I was offered the part less than a week into the year.

I’m opening in The Dining Room with Huguenot Community Players on February 19.

But, it doesn’t stop there.

Three, count ’em three, interesting conversations this week now have me scheduled through late April. That gives me roughly 252 days to not keep the same basic record…well, that maybe adjusted depending on my next audition…

I can’t give details yet but I’ve been offered three additional roles and was informed that the producer was disappointed I wasn’t auditioning for another show. It’s flattering and a bit overwhelming.

Apparently, large, old, white men are indeed in demand in the theatrical world.

Rehearsals for the show I just accepted overlap with The Dining Room but the director is okay with that.

Oh, and the director wants me to dye my hair.

Oy vey.

The last time I did that was for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. I spent three months walking around the office with my boss calling me “Watson.”

I don’t know what he’ll call me this time.

Truth is, my office mates have come to accept the fact that my hairstyles are constantly changing.

Usually there’s the basic “new role?” question and we move on.

As we’ve told our boys growing up our basic concerns over hair have been “clean” and “out of your eyes if you have to run from danger.”

It’s just hair.

My own personal philosophy has been that I don’t really care what color it is, as long as it’s there. And, that’s a good thing since my natural color these days is “no color”, a.k.a. “almost white.”

Trust me. I’ve earned it.

And, not to worry, I’m still writing. My weekend was spent largely with writing articles and posts, learning lines, and seeing two great shows.

I saw The Fourth Wall at Firehouse Theatre. It was the second time I’d seen this great show. If you didn’t see it, I’m afraid you’re out of  luck. They closed yesterday. But not to worry, it was written by A.R. Gurney who also wrote The Dining Room opening, as noted above, on February 19.

I also saw Unexpected Tenderness by Israel Horvitz at CAT Theatre. That show runs through mid-February.

And, of course, Sunday night was a major TV night with Grease Live, Downton Abbey, and Mercy Street.

Am I too busy? Is this really a question you have to ask?

It’s a new month.  January is gone and I shall not miss it.

Yes, I’m busy, but with things I want to be doing. And, truthfully, with a fair amount of things I don’t want to be doing.

These are the choices I made. I don’t mind being this busy. Were it humanly possible, I’d add more things to the agenda. But it’s just not, and that’s probably a good thing.

Your mileage is going to vary. You just need to make sure what’s keeping you busy are the things you really want to be doing.

Like reading and sharing the posts here. And seeing my shows.

I ask so little.

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