Work Work Work

“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.”

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

American actor, director, and screenwriter, Gene Wilder, was born on this day in 1933 (died 2016).

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Maybe I’ve overdone it on the butterscotch ripple.

You’d think that by looking at the scales at the gym.

But we’re back on track. And there’s a plan.

I wrote last week about the retirement maths.

This weekend I took the time to list out the goals, make realistic projections about when the can be accomplished, and determine which, if any, I might reach sooner.

So far the dates haven’t changed. But, the plan is a little clearer.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to be one of those retirees that stops working. I’ll always be doing something.

Heck, these days it’s hard for me to just sit down and watch a movie on television. I have to be writing, or drawing, or something, or I feel like I’m just wasting time.

Always on the go.

The trick is, to make sure that I’m going in a positive direction. To make sure that what I’m doing will help me to move forward.

That’s the perspiration part.

It’s not always easy. In fact, it rarely is.

But we just have to keep moving on.

It’s Monday, there are only four more chances to see Doublewide, Texas at CAT Theatre.

But not to worry, just this past week it was announced that I’ll be directing A Doublewide, Texas Christmas, playing at CAT Theatre, November 30 – December 15, 2018.

I told you new stuff was coming and that I’d tell you when I could.

That announcement helped with another decision. That of not getting involved in another show before A Doublewide, Texas Christmas starts rehearsals in late September, early October.

True, as this is being written, I’ve not heard from a recent audition. That might or might not change things. But, I’m not going for any others between now and October.

Besides, when rehearsals start coincides with the opening of my script Clean Dry Socks; Diary of a Doughboy with River City Community Players. I have released the script on that one and will not be directly involved in the production. My only response is to sit around being nervous about how it’s received.

See the 93% perspiration comment.

It’s Monday. There’s work to be done.

Don’t forget to pick up some butterscotch ripple.


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And now, Friday

American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designer of the Price Tower and Fallingwater, was born on this day in 1867 (died 1959).

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four was published on this day in 1949.

If you haven’t read 1984, or if you need to read it again, you’ll have to decide if it was science fiction or prophesy.

Last week we saw Roseanne Barr’s show get cancelled (appropriately), but Samantha Bee defended for her “free speech.” Judge that how you will, but you can’t tell me that the swiftness of how ABC dealt the the Roseanne quote wasn’t directly related to her pro-Trump statements. No, that doesn’t mean their actions weren’t correct, but that was a pricey decision to make so quickly, and it usually doesn’t happen that way. My thought is that they wanted to get rid of her anyway, and this allowed them to do it.

As for Samantha Bee? Never watched her, and for darned sure won’t start now.

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Read into all of that what you will.

I’m not a Trump defender.

I think the Republican Party is rotting from within.

But let’s be clear, as I’ve said before the right being wrong doesn’t make the left right.

Let’s also not kid ourselves into thinking there’s not a double standard and that there aren’t media types out there whose sole purpose in life is to destroy the Trump presidency.

It’s documentable.

Here in Richmond, the Mayor’s Commission on Monument Avenue has delayed their report. You should know how I feel about the monuments.

Teach History. Don’t Erase It.

You might erase those Facebook memes you keep reposting without verifying their source or accuracy.

Face it, I’m no Valerie Jarrett fan, but she didn’t say half (or maybe any) of those things some of you were posting last week.

This is far heavier than I wanted to be on a Friday, and not that’s not a statement about my needing to get my carcass back to the gym.

But the reality is, we can’t trust the media to give us the straight story.

How many people overreacted and fumed and posted and cried about the 1,500 lost immigrant children, when it turned out that wasn’t really the case at all?

If you want the President to stop tweeting about #fakenews, then maybe you could help by not having a knee-jerk reaction every time CNN or The Washington Post makes him out to be the antichrist.

Truth is not partisan.

But the media damn sure is, and it’s not just FOXNews.

Look, you know how busy I am. I don’t have time to go out there and correct every Facebook post that’s complete bull.

But I can be responsible enough not to repost it.

So, can you.

All I’m saying is that when you see something that pushes your buttons, make sure it’s accurate.

We can disagree on what something means, or how things should be handled.

But we ought to agree on what is accurate and true.

That’s not too much to ask.

For now…on to the weekend.

There should be no disagreement there.


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