I watched the first episode of “Dynasty 2017″, half looking for some form of nostalgia. They murdered it.  I gave it the one episode, and it’s a “one and done”. You can’t really blame the casting, because they were given priorities to cast, but the people that took the hatchet to the original characters just to address many social norms/issues/etc, that’s weak. Create your own show. I always liked “Dallas” better than “Dynasty”, thankfully when it was brought back they didn’t butcher it.

It wasn’t even worth an edit, and I feel like I gave it too much time as it is. 

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I just saw/heard that 5 second bumper advertising the return of the return of “Rosanne”, and her laughter made it sound like an evil Halloween movie

Playing catch up.  Last week, I finished the book, “Attempting Normal” by Marc Maron, some of it wasn’t exactly fresh to me since some was acted out on his T show “Maron” and some have been in/on his “WTF” podcasts. It was an interesting read/listen(audio book).

Reading List

I never put the book on my reading list and I swapped a couple out with audio books, since reading just sends me into dreamland lately.

Cam’s sister is the worst character on “Modern Family” since Haley’s ex-boyfriend Dylan.  Go away

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”.

Maybe this cat & mouse game of the media, jumping the gun on this has softened the blow. Maybe it hasn’t hit yet. In a post about being on vacation with my family as a kid when Elvis died, and how it hit my mom and aunt (they adored him). I touched on how I wasn’t sure how I would handle losing an icon that I cherished in one way or another, whether it was music, sports, an actor, or actress.  I said:

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Yes, it’s slap in the face, punch in the gut and a kick in the balls all at once.  

I think I can pinpoint the first time I ever heard Thomas Earl Petty and his Heartbreakers, and that was watching “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on VHS when “American Girl” Belted out on the first day of school.  It jumped out at me. That was somewhere around ‘82 or ‘83 and from that point on I was hooked. 

I only got to see him once but you can’get better seats than the front row.

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That was a memorable concert.

When I was first processing the potential news which eventually proved to be true, my thoughts drifted to the show “Californication” where Hank Moody (David Duchovny) was either talking to his father or about his father or reading a letter from his father, but his dad in the show was happy that one of Hank’s books was being made into a movie, because it was “permanent”, Hank was dumbfounded a bit, that a movie was  better than a book or more permanent, but the in the letter his dad wrote him he was proud of the books, and I started to think of all the music,(Heartbreakers, Solo, Wilburys) the videos, or even the cameo Petty had “The Postman” with Kevin Costner, his time with Mike Judge and Hank Hill on “The King of the Hil”, books, documentaries. . He left a lot of “permanent” fixtures. 

 Don Mclean wrote about the day the music died in his song “American Pie”, signing about Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and the others that died in that plane crash. 

I think for me that day is October 2nd, 2017. I’ll always have the CD’s maybe a tape or two left, a couple of DVD’s Blu-rays, a hard drive full of his music, but it will never be exactly the same. 

He will be missed.  I’m sure he’s already riding the river with Johnny Cash. 

Will look at this again in the morning.. Maybe.. I’ll have to see if it makes sense. 

For those interested, if you scroll and scroll, there are some unique audio performances that I uploaded that might be on you tube, but were left over from napster days. 

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