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:
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 ?
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
Here are my takeaways from this morning’s Life Pointe Church experience:
– The main lobby carpet was sparkling clean – because of Richie N.
– He hijacked Flagship Cinemas‘ vacuum cleaner and went to work.
– Kelly D. and Mark S. had an argument spirited discussion about tablecloths.
– Kelly D. takes great pride in the preparation of her 3 Café tables.
– This week’s Johnson count – 4 – J.T., Anne J., LL Phil J., and Marcela.
– Jesse is neither a Priest nor a Pastor; however, he is truly a Leader.
– Jesse is a Leader at home, and he is a Leader at work.
– Jesse was our Leader at church – leading this week’s message.
– Jesse is my favourite Life Pointe Church blogger.
– Jesse is one of the last remaining Life Pointe Church bloggers.
– Jesse gave me at least 4 shout-outs during the first service.
– Jesse stated that I inspire him and others.
– Jesse constantly inspires me to think bigger and do more on this journey.
– I am glad that Jesse is an integral part of this journey for me.
– This week’s message was based on 1 Peter 5:1-7.
Advice for Elders and Young Men
1 And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in His glory when He is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you:
2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly — not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.
3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.
4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.
5 In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.”
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor.
7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
I had advance-planned a totally different edition of the ‘Saturday Night Retro’ for this weekend to commemorate the 23RD anniversary of my very first LIVE concert event that I attended in my life, but due to the sudden deaths this past week of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson I decided to back-up, regroup, and try something different here that wasn’t so planned.
I haven’t decided yet how I wish to handle the great Ed McMahon, and I’ll address Michael Jackson on a very special edition of the ‘Monday Night Countdown’ in just a couple of days.
As for Farrah Fawcett I found something very unique over on the You Tube. It’s one of my favourite songs while growing up as a kid, and it’s set to the opening credits and various clips of the “Charlie’s Angels” television show of the late-1970s (featuring Farrah Fawcett). The song itself is from Alan O’Day (no relation to me), and it’s his U.S. # 1 gold pop radio smash from exactly 32 years ago – right around the 4TH of July weekend in 1977. It’s a memorable singalong pop nugget that reminds me of our family’s frequent summertime road trips from Suburban Washington D.C. across the MAMMOTH Chesapeake Bay Bridge and over onto the quaint beach resorts and long boardwalks of Ocean City Maryland.
FARRAH FAWCETT – 1947-2009
This morning on the ‘Shenanigans’ it’s an amusing story and some funny cat pics.
So yeah last night at precisely 7:49 PM EDT my dear friend / guardian angel Ms. Ela O. called me up on the telephone to frantically alert me not to take the Zicam to treat my cold (that she had just read about here on my blog). I then told her that I had indeed gone to the Zicam to treat my cold – but that it was NOT the nasal gel or the gel swabs that have been taken off of store shelves because they could (possibly / allegedly) cause loss of smell for life. I’m taking the RapidMelts quick dissolve tablets. Those are safe, and they work great !
The fact that Ela O. took time out of her normal routine to call me up and warn me about Zicam treating my minor cold less than 3 days before she checks in to the hospital for major surgery is truly remarkable. But that’s what Ela is all about. She’s one of the most inspirational gems that I have on this journey. She also makes me laugh like no other. I always love to hear us laughing out loud together.
May God Bless Ela always now and forever, as she continues her enduring fight to physically heal her body. With God in control anything is possible. You just have to believe – and she does.
And now – a trio of very sleepy felines:
TODAY is Day 4 of my first official common cold of 2009. I was the unfortunate recipient of 8 colds in 12 months last year, and this is (amazingly) my first one since the end of that turbulent 12-month period ending in November 2008.
I can think of no better food / liquid to eat / drink to soothe a nagging cold than piping hot won ton soup courtesy of my favourite take-out chinese restaurant here in Homestead – Shanghai. And so that’s how I rolled today at Lunch – Won Ton Soup, Chicken With Broccoli, and Fried Rice. Good Stuff !
– ‘You will be lucky in love.’
It’s my favourite blogs of the week:
– Jesse celebrated Father’s Day. *MAJOR BLOGGIE AWARD WINNER *
– Tammy has a whole list of movies that she wishes to see at the box office.
That’s it for the local blogs this week. Once upon a time it took me at least an hour every Friday afternoon to go through everyone’s blog to find my favourite posts of the week. Now I can get it done in less than 15 minutes.
As of 4:30 PM EDT today nearly 164,000 new blog posts had been published right here on WordPress with nearly 261,000 new comments. The rumours of blogging’s death have been greatly exaggerated.