Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts

It’s Tuesday night, so you know what that means. Here’s what I’m thinking:

1.  I got home from work just a few minutes before 4 PM this afternoon. It was an extra treacherous drive home. If I wasn’t such a superiour driver then I would’ve been involved in at least a half a dozen collisions and in a hospital bed by now. This afternoon’s drive had it all – out-of-control speeders, people stopping all of a sudden with no turn signal, tailgaters replacing tailgaters, slowpokes replacing slowpokes, and even several dozen police cars speeding eastbound on SW 288TH Street with lights and sirens on (heading to a funeral – I’m guessing). I’m glad that I’m off the streets now. It’s MURDER out there !  😯

2.  It’s hard to believe that this wild and crazy year known as 2009 is officially half over tonight. We’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve 2010 in exactly 6 months. If the second half of the year is as rambunctious as the first half was then hold on to your wigs and your keys because it’s gonna be a rollercoaster ride !

3.  Dude I totally dig this billboard alongside the Federal Highway:

Life Pointe Church Billboard

4.  We lost television legend Ed McMahon last Tuesday morning. Ed was the epitome of loyalty to Johnny Carson – his TV boss of 35 years and personal friend of nearly 50 years. I watched Ed on TV for virtually all of my life. One of my favourite shows that he hosted during much of the 1980s with one of his other legendary TV sidekicks – Dick Clark – was NBC’s “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes”. It was one of the funniest hours on television back in its day. Thank You Ed for all of the laughs. 

5.  We also lost Billy Mays early on Sunday morning at the age of 50. He’s known as television’s greatest pitchman. Infomercials will never be the same again without him. I would occasionally watch his infomercials and standard-length commercials on TV just to watch him perform his skill. He was the best at his trade.

6.  We also lost Gale Storm this past weekend at the age of 87. She was a very popular movie actress during much of the 1940s, and then she moved on over to television during the 1950s to star in back-to-back sitcoms “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show”. Am I the only one who remembers her ?

Monday Night Countdown

On this special edition of the ‘Monday Night Countdown’ I present to you my TOP 5 TOP 6 favourite Michael Jackson songs of all-time:

6.  I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – 1987

5.  Remember The Time – 1992

4.  The Man In The Mirror – 1988

3.  The Way You Make Me Feel – 1987

2.  Smooth Criminal – 1988

1.  Black Or White – 1991

As you can see it was his later albums – “Bad” and “Dangerous” – that made me a fan at the time of Michael Jackson. Those later albums were often described by critics and fans alike as somewhat pale imitations of the masterpiece that was the “Thriller” set. I myself didn’t care too much for his “Thriller” material, but my little brother ranks “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” as two of his favourite Michael Jackson songs of all-time. (He also includes # 1, # 2, and # 4 above as his TOP 5 faves.)

Here’s a classic video of an AMAZING LIVE performance with Michael Jackson in what I consider to be not only his greatest song ever, but also one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever made. It’s “Black Or White”. REMEMBER THIS !

MICHAEL JACKSON – 1958-2009