Ten Years Gone

WordPress informs me that today is the tenth anniversary of my registering this site. I had been blogging at a Blogspot site for almost seven years before that. I switched to WordPress after encountering some complications with the old platform.

It’s hard to believe that I’m in my seventeenth year of doing this blogging thing. Of course a case could be made that I’m barely blogging these days. I guess I’m not sure in what direction to take this blog. I’ll continue to do the Friday Movie Quote posts for sure. I’ll have to give some thought to what else I’m going to do here. I don’t want to shut things down, I’m sure about that. I guess the first thing I need to do is find my motivation. I know I left it around here somewhere. 🙂

In the meantime, here’s an appropriate song to mark the occasion, Led Zeppelin performing “Ten Years Gone,” from the Physical Graffiti album. This performance was recorded in 1979, shortly before the death of drummer John Bonham.

Vaccine Passport Sandwich (to go)

I stopped in to pick up lunch at Mr. Subb today – I got a roast beef sub with Swiss cheese and Russian, if you’re curious – when I saw this sign. I’ve seen things like this on TV, but this is the first time I’ve seen a sign like this in person. I saw about four customers there. All were wearing masks. Were they all unvaccinated, or do they just lack faith in the vaccine’s efficacy? Or was it just a virtue signal? I thought about asking someone, but it’s such a touchy subject. No sense ruining my lunch with an argument, but it does make me wonder.

RIP, Charles Grodin

Actor Charles Grodin died this week. Grodin was in some great films; Catch-22 and Heaven Can Wait come to mind. But my favorite of his movies was the 1988 action-comedy Midnight Run. He and Robert De Niro had excellent chemistry, but Grodin’s quirky fugitive stole every scene. This one’s a great example.

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen this movie. I really need to see it again.

Friday Movie Quote

“When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what old Jack Burton always says at a time like that: ‘Have ya paid your dues, Jack?’ ‘Yessir, the check is in the mail.'”

-Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), Big Trouble in Little China (1986)