It’s the last “unofficial” weekend of spring if you’re one of those people who count Memorial Day as the “unofficial” start of summer. It’s also a three-day weekend for some of you and if you’re Ray, it’s a four-day weekend since he’s taking today off! And, if you’re in the news business, it’s probably a traditional two-day weekend!!! Oh, woe is me! However many days off you have or whatever you do, I hope you have fun and it’s a safe one.
Tonight, Ray and I are going to the Rick Springfield concert at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. We’re meeting up with two of my colleagues from my television job in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, in 1996, for a blast of the past evening — my former morning show co-anchor, Julie (VanGoethem) Lund and Elizabeth Goodsitt (who now works in the Quad Cities at a competing station).
I’ve never seen Rick in concert, but I hear he puts on a fantastic show. It’s so strange that his first hit was more than 40 years ago (“Speak To The Sky” reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971)!
PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK
However, Aussie Springfield shot to super stardom in 1981 when “Jessie’s Girl” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He scored a total of 17 Top 40 hits in the U.S. Of those, five reached the Top Ten: “Jessie’s Girl” (#1, 1981), “I’ve Done Everything For You” (#8, 1981), “Don’t Talk To Strangers” (#2, 1982), “Affair Of The Heart” (#9, 1983), and “Love Somebody” (#5, 1984), from his movie, “Hard To Hold”.
I blogged about Rick Springfield and getting tickets for this show back in March. Here’s the link in case you missed it: http://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/im-ready-to-celebrate-youth-and-bop-til-i-drop/
IF YOU HAVE FAITH IN THIS MAN, I’M VERY SORRY!
“The 700 Club” televangelist Pat Robertson has said some very mean things in the past about gay people being the root of all problems in America. Okay, maybe not all of the problems, but many of them. However, for once, it has nothing to do with “the gays”.
Earlier this week, one day after deadly tornadoes killed 24 people, including 9 children, in Moore, Oklahoma, he stooped to an all-time low.
I have three to say: How can real God-loving Christians have any faith in anything this vile man says, how can people actually give money to support this ignorance, and “Don from Illinois”, if you’re a Facebook friend of mine, please delete me.
And, let me clarify and question one of his weather comments. Since tornadoes have occurred in all 50 states, does that mean we shouldn’t build houses in the U.S.?
AND, SPEAKING OF ANOTHER WHACK JOB…
“One Million Moms”, an offspring of the conservative fundamentalist Christian organization, the American Family Association, is now taking credit for the cancellation of the NBC series, “The New Normal”.
The show about a gay couple hiring a surrogate mother to have their child was cancelled after one season. But, then again, so was its lead-in, “Go On”, with former “Friends” star Matthew Perry, along with many other first season shows.
In an email, “One Million Moms” leader Monica Cole writes, “Our persistence has paid off once again! The New Normal got the axe by NBC after the show’s first and only season!”
She goes on to say, “We are still waiting for a decision on a few of the other programs we have voiced our concerns over. Many of those shows have a high probability of not being renewed, including The Biggest Loser, American Idol and Dancing With the Stars.” And, she ends her email with, “One Million Moms continues to fight for the moral values that have served our country so well for so long. We do so without apology.”
Monica, keep up your good fight (note the sarcasm)! “The Biggest Loser”, “American Idol”, and “Dancing With the Stars” are still performing rather well for their respective networks. And, remember your failed campaign to get that married lesbian fired as spokesperson for JCPenney?
I have three words for you: Ellen DeGeneres Rocks! And, she’s still working!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS ABBA
This past Wednesday marked what would have been Miss ABBA’s 13th birthday. We celebrated by having a Whitey’s ice cream cone in her memory. A typical birthday celebration for Miss ABBA would have consisted of a cake, an ice cream cone, and a Checkers burger (since we moved to the Quad Cities in 2005). Before that, any fast food double cheeseburger worked.
Our friend, Vickie Felger, did this beautiful piece of art that hangs in our sun room right after Miss ABBA went to puppy heaven on February 3, 2012. And, as you can see, it is no secret that the goofy golden loved her “ice cream & Checkers”.
And, for those of you that haven’t seen it, here’s a memorial video I made of Miss ABBA’s life and I posted it the day she crossed over the “rainbow bridge”.
FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES
Two years ago this week on May 25, 2011, we replaced our old broken stone patio with a concrete patio.
Since Miss ABBA had already been diagnosed with cancer two months earlier and given only two to three months to live (luckily, she lived ten more months and never got sick until the last day), I knew she had to be immortalized. While she stared at me and wondered what we were doing, she lives on and we can see her paw print every time we’re on the patio by the fish pond!
HAVE PASSPORT, MUST TRAVEL
While I’ve been to Ontario, Canada, and to Cancun, Mexico, it was before you needed a passport. And, this past December when we went on our Carnival cruise, we spent the daylight hours in Cozumel, Mexico, but because the cruise started and ended in New Orleans, Louisiana, it was a “closed loop” voyage and no passport was needed.
But, Ray and I finally broke down and got our first passports in preparation for his upcoming 50th birthday celebration. Details coming soon on the milestone vacation he chose. And, since I’ll turn the big 5-0 in October 2014, I’m working on where I’d like to go.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHER
Iconic singer, actress, and performer Cher celebrated her 67th birthday earlier this week. She is currently at work putting the finishing touches on her new album that is expected in September and her new single, “Woman’s World” officially comes out next month. So, in honor Cher’s birthday, here are her top five hits of her 50-year-plus career ranked by Billboard Magazine.
#5 “Dark Lady” (#1 for one week, 1974), #4 “I Got You Babe” with Sonny Bono (#1 for three weeks, 1965), #3 “Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves” (#1 for two weeks, 1971), #2 “Believe” (#1 for four weeks, 1999), and at #1 “Half Breed” (#1 for two weeks, 1973).
Happy Birthday Cherilyn Sarkisian!!!!!!!!!
HEADING TO THE MOVIES THIS WEEKEND
Outside of the Rick Springfield concert tonight, Ray and I may try to talk my sister, Tammy, into going to brunch Sunday at Jumer’s Casino since they’re having a great special. I guess people don’t head out to the casino on a typical Memorial Day weekend.
While those plans are not certain, we are going to the movie to see the new J.J. Abrams movie, “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
In just its first seven days in theaters, the sequel has already brought in over $179 million worldwide. It still has a long way to go to reach the box office success of Abrams’ 2009 original reboot, which grossed $385.7 million.
MADONNA, YOU GO GIRL!
As you know from reading my blogs over the past year, I absolutely loved Madonna’s “MDNA Tour” that I saw in Las Vegas, Nevada, on my birthday, October 13, 2012. Well, apparently, I’m not alone! Last Sunday night, Madonna ruled the 2013 Billboard Music Awards winning for “Top Touring Artist”, “Top Dance Artist”, and “Top Dance Album”. By the way, the “MDNA Tour” was the top grossing tour of 2012 bringing in $305.2 million!!!!!!!!!!!! The DVD is expected later this year.
Madonna’s Facebook page summed it up best: “2013 Billboard Music Awards: 3 nominations, 3 awards and only 1 queen… Congratulations MDNA!”
I blogged many times over the past year about Madonna, “MDNA”, and the “MDNA Tour”. All you have to do is type in one of those words in the blog search engine at the top of the page to read more.
Warning: Contains violence and adult language (After all, it’s Madonna)!
MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Here’s something to leave you with as you kick off your weekend with maybe a barbecue. I had this satirical, morbid thought yesterday — the perfect solution for fighting world hunger and crime is not fundraisers and superheroes, but the dynamic duo of Dexter and Hannibal!
Have a great weekend.