Random Friday Thoughts — September 29, 2017

After a month long absence, I decided to share a few random thoughts.  I hope you enjoy them and this last weekend of September.

Random Thoughts


That was the funniest line I heard on television since my last “Random Friday Thoughts”.  With out Googling it, do you know what it’s from?

In the episode, a blackout hits a neighborhood and a frantic gay man runs next door to and shouts this to his lesbians neighbors.  Of course, the immediate blame goes to Russia or Isis!

The answer is at the bottom of the blog. 🙂


A huge national debate is underway about something that’s been going on for more than a year now.

Are NFL players or professional athletes being disrespectful to the American flag and veterans for not standing and saluting the flag during the National Anthem?

You have your opinion and I have mine, but this is not what I’m talking about today.

#45 tweeted that the NFL should fire players for disrespecting the flag.

Let me just say that we live in a country where you should NOT be fired because a PRESIDENT disagrees with you or you disagree with him or her.  That’s ANY president!

However, we do live in a country where you can be fired in 28 states just because you’re LGBT!

Now, there’s some food for thought!



Now that the dust is settling after the blog I shared with you last week about our break up and pending divorce, it’s time to move on.

But, it just so happens that the return of “Random Friday Thoughts” also coincides with our six year wedding anniversary.

Since it’ll officially be history next year at this time, I’m going to share this video of our reception party one more time because it was one of the most exciting times in my life.

We organized it all — from beginning to end — and it was a “magical” evening not just for us, but for our friends.

Remembering the past and looking to the future — for us and for everyone!

Ironically, after five years, I see that the “s” was left out in the “Anniversary” title on the video, but spelled correctly under the video.  Oops!


Oslo was a beautiful city and I loved the scenic bus ride to the snow-covered mountains. Bergen was also an amazing city.

It was fun to climb all the way to the top of Floyen, a mountain inside the city of Bergen.


We also sampled fresh Norwegian fish and chips.

We were told that Norway is one of the most expensive cities in the world.  We found that out when we bought two 3-liter boxes of wine (one red and one white).

In the U.S., those two boxes might have cost $36.  There it was about 775 Norwegian Kroners  (98 U.S. dollars)!!!

Our next box in Sweden cost only about 20 U.S. dollars!


While on one of our restroom stops in Sweden, Ray and I took advantage to get steps in.  We saw a nursery across the street and went in.

What was strange is that we entered through the side with the outdoor plants.  We looked at them and then walked through the store.  As we approached the front of the store, Ray mentioned that we hadn’t seen one employee during the entire time.

I looked at the front door and it didn’t open until 10 a.m. and it was only 9:30 a.m.

We casually walked very fast to the back of the store and back out the way we came in!

Could you imagine getting arrested for being inside the store without our passports or identification on us since it was on the bus across the street?

Fun times. 🙂


Copenhagen was the most incredible city.

There was a farmer’s market that featured the most amazing produce, fresh seafood and meats, sandwiches, olives, and desserts.

The University of Copenhagen Botanical Gardens were beautiful.

The next day, we explored the city on our own and found the “Copenhagen Food Truck”, an indoor building featuring all kinds of cooked delicacies.

Also, there was the Yoko Ono exhibit called the “Wish Tree Garden”, where you could post a message on a piece of paper and tie it to the tree.


If you ever get a chance to visit Scandinavia, you’ll love it!


I checked out one of the new fall series, “The Brave”, on NBC, mainly because I have a crush on Mike Vogel (“Cloverfield” and “Under The Dome”).

It was very entertaining and suspenseful and the pilot episode ended with a major cliffhanger, so I’ll be back next week to see what happens.

Anne Heche also stars.

Sadly, only 6.2 million people checked it out.  It followed the lowest-rated season premiere of “The Voice” in that franchise’s 13-season history!


Isabelle Huppert earned a Best Actress nomination at this year’s Oscars in this chilling movie about a woman being raped in her home.

Instead of reporting the crime to police (there’s a back story), she takes another route to ensure her safety.

While a great movie, Huppert’s performance definitely makes it stronger.

A well-deserved nomination.



This horror movie was a box office disappointment.

As the movie opens, we see a family attending to a dying elderly man, the wife’s father.  We know that he’s dying of a mystery virus.

With all the silly horror movies directed at teenagers that make so much money, I was bummed to see a movie of this caliber of story telling and acting fall by the way side.

Joel Edgerton (“Animal Kingdom”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, and “Loving”) and Christopher Abbott (“The Sinner” and “Girls”) star.



I love this song from Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and American singer Josh Cumbee.

It’s already reached the Top 5 in the Netherlands and the Top Ten in Belgium.


It’s from “American Horror Story: Cult”.


After three so-so seasons, “Freak Show”, “Hotel”, and “Roanoke”, “Cult” is one of my favorite seasons.

Sadly, it could be because of theme — the 2016 presidential election.

It also feels like salt in a wound!

If you haven’t started watching it, episode four is mind-blowing!


With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!


16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Terry L. Moore on September 29, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I love your Random Thoughts!!!! Be happy my friend!!!!!


    • Terry Lee,

      I appreciate the kind words and that you take the time to read them. Always feel free to share yours, too.

      Have a great weekend.



  2. Posted by shirley new ferguson on September 29, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Glad to see your Random tThoughts are back, Anthony! Always enjoy them. Stay well.


  3. Posted by Janet Robinson on September 29, 2017 at 6:34 am

    I just love your Random thoughts, keep up the great work. Stay healthy and be happy. Hugs to you.


    • Janet,

      Thank you very much for the kind words and for checking out my thoughts. 🙂 I plan on staying healthy and happy and I wish the same for you. Thanks for the hugs.



  4. Happy to see random thoughts back. Gracie too – she went nuts over the song on the anniversary video – jumping up and trying to get in the computer. Glad to have you back!


  5. Posted by Richard Kennedy on September 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Definitely with you on ” Sunny Days”
    Thanks for the Random thoughts needed them today 🍀


  6. Posted by Conne Huizenga on September 29, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I had to laugh at your “back door caper” at the Swedish nursery. Some of the most valued memories I have of my childhood was of my Dad getting lost in St. Louis and ALWAYS ending up at the Arch and of him ending up on the Parade ground at the Air Force Academy. Obviously, the Parade Ground was off limits to civilians and to vehicles, but we got there, the back way. I hope that you will be able to look back on some of your high jinks with a smile some day.


  7. Posted by Donna Libby on September 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I have always looked forward to your “Random Thoughts”. The reception video caused a meltdown, given the preset circumstances. The pic of Gretel with the pearls draped across her face was breathtaking. While my heart aches, my faith tells me that you & Ray will find happiness once again. It is amazing how your thoughts are so similar to mine. While I miss you very much, my prayer is that your move will turn out to be a positive one. Those Floridians hade better know how lucky they are to have you now! God bless you my FB friend. ❤️🦋🙏


    • Donna,

      Thank you very much for the kind words and the sweet words of encouragement.

      Have a great autumn and stay in touch.

      I’m glad you check out my thoughts. 🙂



  8. I’m loving Cult, but I find it so funny because Sarah Paulsen’s character is such a Left wing caricature. “Who do you work for?!? Halliburton?!? Monsanto?!?” Bwahaha!


    • Thom,

      I’m loving Cult also and I’m glad that Sarah’s character has gotten over the over-the-top craziness of the first two episodes. 🙂



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