Stray Thoughts 11/22/2017

Some nights you know exactly where a dream comes from because you see something, think of something, or catch something on TV. Last night was somewhat that night for me. As I was going to bed I saw a report online about the gridlock in Los Angeles in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. I didn’t pay it much attention,but I encountered in a dream last night.

I was stuck in the middle of the bumper to bumper traffic with music blaring and bouncing off one of the various cars I was driving. That is the strange part. At one point I was stuck in the traffic in an early 80′s 300d Mercedes Benz. My dad used to have one, so I guess that is where that came from. I kept watching the needle on the temperature gauge and it was getting hotter and hotter and there was no way to escape. The song that was playing was “Small Town” by John Mellencamp.

The 2nd car was an old late 70′s Trans-Am or Firebird. The only way I can really place that is Ferg on “Longmire” has one, and I finished the most recent of that on Netflix, and when I was in that car, I kept watching the gas needle dip as that v8 idled. The song that was playing then was “L.A. Woman” by The Doors, but half the time it sounded like Billy Idol’s cover

The 3rd and final car is more of a mystery. I have no clue of the make or model, but the radio was stuck and blaring “Make Me Lose Control” by Eric Carmen, a song I can’t say I’ve heard in 10 years. The volume was stuck on say 7 out of 10 and stuck on that song on a cd on repeat. I couldn’t eject it or turn it off, and that thundering towards the end would simply cripple the sound system. People were staring at me like it was planned.   Turn that radio up… I can’t… I can’t turn it down either. 

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Earlier this week I finished the Showtime show “I’m Dying Up Here”. It was a period piece set in 1970′s Los Angeles based on the world of stand up comics. I would call it semi-biographical though most of the characters are fictitious in nature.  There is an appearance of Richard Pryor, mentions of George Carlin and the Johnny Carson show is a staple/goal of the comics in the show, but the characters are created. 

If you like comics, or period pieces, then you’ll like it. If not, then you might find a better use of your time. It’s funny, well written and has its dark spots. It certainly has it’s dark spots.

Heading into the show I only knew of 3 of the main actors. Clark Duke (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), and Jake Lacy (The Office) to a point. I knew the face at least from being “new Jim” on “The Office”.

This morning, I remained in bed to finish “The Late Show”, the new Michael Connelly novel that introduces a new protagonist into his Boschland world of Los Angeles. Harry wasn’t mentioned by name, but there  was a minor crossover to that universe, so I won’t be surprised for any future crossover.

Renee Ballard, is a spunky female detective that found herself on the wrong end of a sexual harassment claim which found her transferred to the night shift, aka Late Show. 

The crossover involved a son of a cop that was  in a couple of the Bosch novels. 

It was a good read and I look forward to the next one.

Reading List:

To think, I had this baby down to 12… Oh well. 

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