A Hobbitty Friday


Today is September 22nd, the shared birthday of Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo.

I am reminded that I need to read the books again, including The Hobbit, and that, sometime over the coming winter months, I must watch the movies again…definitely excluding The Hobbit movies…

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I make no apologies. I’ve been a Tolkien geek since high school.

The movies, the real ones, not the really bad Hobbit trilogy, are great. But if that’s your only introduction to Middle Earth, let me just say that there’s so much more to read and enjoy.

The books really are better than the movies.

Sorry, or not, it’s Friday and I can geek out a little bit on my own blog if I want to.

It’s been a busy week.

I’ve not quite been to Mordor, but I did go to Southwest Virginia and Giles County which is about as close as one can get to Rivendell.

I saw no elves, and I will make no jokes about fairies.

There’s a busy weekend ahead as well.

Tonight I’ll find out what play I’m directing for the Red Eye 10s International Play Festival happening at CAT Theatre on September 29-30. I’ve got a week to study the play. Then on Friday, September 29, in a totally blind drawing, I’ll get my cast. We’ll rehearse all day on Saturday and perform on Saturday evening. It’s a wild time, but it’s always fun.

Tomorrow evening I’m heading to Williamsburg to see some actor friends in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. I worked with two of the cast when I played Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, also in Williamsburg with a different theatre. I don’t think there are any meat pies in Charlie Brown.

Sunday afternoon, I plan to see another friend in Driving Miss Daisy with Henrico Theatre Company.

And there are tentative plans to meet a good friend for an extended ale and conversation session.

Don’t judge. It’s not attractive.

In my free time this weekend, I’ll also be working around the house…the siding needs to be bleached before winter, working on the script, and hopefully getting a running start on the blog posts for next week.

Am I still trying to do too much?



Hillary Clinton Will Never Learn, But We Should
The Republican Standard
More than a week into the tour, it has become clear that the reason for it is the same as the reason for her election loss: a towering sense of entitlement, one which continues to damage her party – and Republicans as well.

All Mr. Comey’s Wiretaps
The Wall Street Journal
Russian meddling is a threat to democracy but so was the FBI if it relied on Russian disinformation to eavesdrop on a presidential campaign.

Obama: It’s Aggravating That People Are Trying To Repeal My Flawed Health Care Law
Premiums are set to spike again, which was projected last year—though I’m sure the Left is trying to blame the uncertainty in Washington and the Trump administration to explain the hike. Yet, the market place was already on the verge of collapse, and despite liberal assurances of stability—the Obamacare market is in a death spiral.

Mel Brooks: Blazing Saddles would never be made today
“Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. It’s the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, telling the truth about human behaviour.”

DEBUNKED: Hurricanes Harvey And Irma Were NOT Caused By ‘Climate Change’
The Daily Wire
As explained by environmental analyst Nicholas Loris — who cites findings and analysis from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the National Hurricane Center — “Man-made warming did not cause Harvey and Irma.”


Italian singer-songwriter, and producer, Andrea Bocelli, was born on this day in 1958.


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