Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Whyday?


Let's wrap up the week:
  • Jan Hooks, cast member from Saturday Night Live 1986-1991 died yesterday. She was just 57!  I hate to see my favorite performers pass. Huff Post ran a story about her untimely passing and provided an interesting fact: SNL passed on Jan in the 1985 line up and chose Joan Cusack instead. No offense to Joan Cusack, but Jan Hooks was a much better fit for SNL. I loved her Nancy Reagan. I'm glad several of the news media mentioned our favorite Jan Hooks character: the tour guide at the Alamo in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." Farewell, dear Jan.

  • I'm a little late in mentioning this, but former Ohio Rep. Jim Traficant passed away on September 27th after being critically injured in a tractor accident. If you don't know Jim, now is when you want to get those Google fingers flying. No one can do justice with the Traficant story in one paragraph. When I lived in Ohio, I heard Jim speak many times while he was Sheriff and also when he was with a local drug awareness program. Later he would serve Ohio's 17th Congressional District as only Jim could - he definitely had his own style. Most people remember his crazy hair and even crazier comments while he served. For a time, I thought he might have been Bert of Sesame Street turned human (again, the hair). Speaking ill of the dead is not my style, unless you're Hitler, so I'll skip the mention of his run ins with the law and the fact that my husband and I both think the mob flipped his tractor (we're not so old that we can't fabricate a conspiracy theory). Everyone had an opinion of Jim, and most think he was a little wackadoodle at times - but he was our wackadoodle. Rest in peace, Jim.

  • Whole Foods CEO John Mackey announced that the store would stop carrying Chobani Yogurt, a company owned and operated by Turkish immigrant Hamdi Ulukaya - a successful entrepreneur who raised himself up by his proverbial bootstraps. Mackey stated he wanted make room for smaller producers and it didn't help Ulukaya's case that Chobani isn't organic and uses milk from cows that may or may not eat GMO feed. It was also mentioned that he wanted to carry more niche yogurts. Here's a great niche, Mr. Mackey: yogurts no one buys or how about yogurts that are ridiculously priced. In the foreseeable future, I predict those will be the "niche" yogurts carried by Whole Foods. Squeeze that middle class.
  • How old do I have to be before I take the stance of "if you've seen one lunar eclipse, you've seen them all?"  They keep occurring at inconvenient hours. The world doesn't want to interfere with my beauty sleep.
  • Anybody got Ebola? Just checking.  Is there anything we can keep out of our borders? Why aren't we quarantining people coming in to the country from those areas of Africa that are hard hit by this plague on their people? There was a time when this country routinely quarantined individuals who showed signs of disease at Ellis Island  - how is this different? Is Ebola being downplayed or blown out of proportion?  Comment below, I'd love to get other people's thoughts on this. Take your temperature before you post, just to protect the blogosphere. 
Go have a good weekend. Go on; scoot!

12 comments:

  1. Hi, dear Cherdo!

    OFF TOPIC ALERT!

    It's been a week of show business shocks. Whenever a favorite entertainer dies a piece of me also dies. It is especially hard to deal with Jan Hooks' death because she was only in her 50s and here I am nearly ten years older. Makes you think. Mrs. Shady and I sat and talked about her last night remembering all her characters and bits on SNL as a member of a dream team that included Phil Hartman, another comic genius who died much too soon.

    Word of Jan Hooks' death came as I was still reeling from the news about 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins and his alleged molestation of young girls, along with the death at age 40 of Sarah Goldberg, another 7th Heaven cast member. Now the series is being pulled from "family friendly" cable, a move I don't understand. Why remove from the cable lineup one of the few uplifting series produced in recent years? 7th Heaven was a beacon of light shining across a bleak television landscape and still has the power to inspire and influence many young people who don't know and don't need to know the "True Hollywood Story" surrounding one of its stars. In other words, don't throw the baby out the window with the bath water.

    That's all I got today, dear friend. Thank you for another fun filled and thought provoking week of posts and have a safe and happy weekend, Cherdo!

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  2. Your "off topic" topic is fine, Shady, and I am with you - of course!! The news about Collins sickened me but why do the "powers that be" apply this logic so unevenly and inconsistently? I don't see them pulling re-runs of Ferris Bueller and Jeffrey Jones (the principal) plead guilty to some unsavory acts that landed him on the sex offender list.

    TO BE CLEAR...though I know someone will twist it...I'm not trying to water down what he did. But the fact of the matter is many, many stage, screen, radio, video and music stars have sure gotten themselves in one mess or another. They don't weed out their artistic pursuits with equal vigor.

    Many people are speculating that Collins' revelation and Goldberg's death are related and I hope that is not true. What a downer reply from Cherdo!

    Another week under our belt and a weekend to recharge. Let's do it! Thanks, most loyal pal, Shady!

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    1. Thank you, Cherdo. That's the point I was trying to make. If we only knew the secret, private lives, habits, urges and practices of many of our favorite celebrities, countless numbers of them, we would be shocked, saddened and sickened. However, the manner in which they behave or misbehave in their private lives should be kept separate from their artistic achievements. Two wrongs don't make a right and pulling a family friendly show like 7th Heaven is wrong. It deprives young people of role models young and old that they can look up to. It also hurts (punishes) the other 7th Heaven cast members and could hamper their efforts to find work in the future.

      Also, prayers are needed today for our dear friend Janie and her dog Harper.

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    2. Sarah Goldberg's mother said she went to sleep and didn't wake up. My brother died exactly the same way. It was heart failure in his case. The Stephen Collins story upsets me for more than one reason. As I understand it, he admitted his crimes to his wife a couple of years ago (?). I'm not sure of the timetable. But she didn't report him to the police. Now that they are getting divorced, she tapes his confession. That's not the sort of information someone should sit on. I don't blame her for his behavior. But if she knew about it, she should have taken action immediately.

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    3. If he did anything AFTER confessing to her originally, she is definitely sharing the blame. Like everything, I'm sure there's more to this story that we can ever know. It's disappointing all the way around.

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  3. To die so young is never right.It seems there are quite a few from SNL who have died way too young. I do not understand why there has not been a quarantine with the areas that have Ebola. Except for government officials and medical personnel, noone else should be allowed to leave the country. When any person does leave they should be placed in quarantine until that person has been cleared of having this virus. The media made such a hype about the H1N1 virus, scaring people to deatrh about it when people die of the regular flu on a daily basis. I am all for quarantine and if some people talk about their rights-I woulod just tell them that my right to live and not get this disease trumps your issue of having to wait or feeling hampered for a few days.

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    1. Great minds think alike. In fact, I like everything Birgit.

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    2. If the Obama administration hadn't made such a concerted effort to get people vaccinated against H1N1, the epidemic would have been much worse. Instead it spiked as people were starting to be vaccinated, then it had a smaller spike because so many had been vaccinated, and more people got the vaccine. Then, as far as I know, it pretty much died away. I am grateful to President Obama for the proactive approach he took to H1N1. I'm sure that as soon as we have a reliable vaccine for Ebola, a large-scale vaccination program will begin. However, people coming to America from dangerous places should definitely be quarantined in a comfortable setting until it's clear that they aren't ill.

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    3. I agree - we need to be careful (not hateful!) for their sake and ours.

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  4. We all need our very own wackadoodle. I've only been in Whole Foods once. It was the flagship store in Austin, Texas. It was about fifteen years ago. It was wonderful. We have a Whole Foods in Orange Park, but I've never been there. The traffic in that area is horrible, and it's far away enough that it's not worthwhile to make the trip. Besides, I don't really cook anymore. We keep it simple.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. How can I sign up for the "no cooking" program, Janie?

      Love, Cherdo

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  5. Interesting post, thanks for sharing!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo