It’s already the first week of March and for the winter weary (even though in the Quad Cities, the winter hasn’t been bad at all), it’s officially “meteorological spring”.
That’s the three months (March, April, and May) sandwiched between the three coldest months of the year and the three hottest of the year.
So, enjoy that and my Random Friday Thoughts.
FOUR YEARS ALREADY
This past weekend, Facebook alerted me through its “On This Day” feature that I started my new position on “Local 4 News This Morning” four years ago! Time sure does fly.
When I posted that as my status update, the outpouring of kind comments was heartwarming. Thank you all so much for following me down the road in the Quad Cities as I continue to do what I love and something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child.
But, it wasn’t the four year announcement that got a few people to thinking, it was this line that started off the post, “As we travel down the road of life, we sometimes know where it’ll lead. At other times, the unforeseen detours make it more exciting.”
Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂
One of my close friends sent me this, “…lately I’ve been having a feeling you may be leaving broadcast weather, or debating doing so…So upon seeing your anniversary post, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see an announcement that you were moving on to a different challenge.”
So, that got me to thinking and two things came to mind.
I’ve always been upfront in my daily correspondences with family and friends, in my blog, and on social media. At times, I’m too brutally honest (a fault, I know — it’s that “tone”)!
Kidding aside, when there’s something new to disclose, you know I’ll share it with you. I’m just honored that some of you really care.
I appreciate that and the feelings are mutual.
AND THE WINNER IS…. NO, WAIT…..
Remember back in 1993 when Marisa Tomei won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “My Cousin Vinny”?
There are still people today that believe the wrong name was announced and to save face, a correction was never made. (By the way, Tomei has been nominated two more times since in the Best Supporting Actress category!)
True or not, the climax of the 89th Annual Academy Awards was definitely suspenseful.
Legendary actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that “La La Land” won Best Picture.
Well, the winner of Best Picture was actually “Moonlight”!
As the “La La Land” team was making its way on stage, the error was realized and the correct winner was announced. Awkward!
According to Beatty and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that handles Oscar voting and the envelopes with the winners, the presenters were handed the envelope for Best Actress, which was won by Emma Stone of “La La Land”.
Sounds logical, but here’s where it gets fishy!
Best Actress Stone, who had just picked up her Oscar, says “I also was holding my best actress in a leading role card that entire time.” Stone adds, “I don’t mean to start stuff but whatever story that was, I had that card, so I’m not sure what happened.”
But, the snafu might make sense! In a 2016 interview, PricewaterhouseCoopers says it makes duplicates of every card. So, Stone may have had hers and the other one was accidentally handed to Beatty and Dunaway.
Leave it to Hollywood for the drama.
“BIG LITTLE LIES”
Since I don’t have HBO, I’m bummed that I have to wait to see “Big Little Lies”, the seven-part series starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Alexander Skarsgaard when it comes to DVD.
It’s based on the Liane Moriarty book, which I just read!
I loved that you got almost to the end of the the book before you find out who was killed and who did it. Now, that’s great storytelling and suspense.
Once I finished the book, I finally checked out the trailer for the series.
Without spoiling anything, I’ll say that I’m not surprised that the locale moved from Pirriwee, Australia in the book to Monterrey, California, for the series.
I also can’t wait to see the HBO series to find out more about the gun you see in the trailer. I sure don’t want that to be the method of “murder” since the book’s cause of death is much more potent and highly unexpected than a gunshot!
It’s a great, catty, powerful read.
I have a confession to make.
When Barbara Bush was the “First Lady” of the United States (1989-1993) and even the eight years that she was the “Second Lady of the United States” (1981-1989), I wasn’t a fan.
There was just something standoffish about her. It was clear to me that she loved her family, but I just didn’t feel the warmth was genuine.
After reading her book, “A Memoir”, I’ve changed my views quite a bit. I still think she’s a force to reckon with and I still disagree with her on several things, but that’s part of life.
She is more down-to-earth than I gave her credit for and she accomplished so much in those twelve years.
However, she did say some things that sound so odd today (keep in mind that the book came out in 1994) and very politically incorrect.
But, Ms. Bush gets brownie points with me when she talks about whether or not she thinks the American public likes the First Lady to be front and center.
She writes, “Hillary Rodham Clinton is certainly very much a part of her husband’s decision-making process. She seems much the stronger of the two. Does it make him seem weaker? I am afraid that when problems or controversy occur, and they will, the finger will be pointed at Hillary.”
It’s great seeing her and former President George H.W. Bush out in public whenever they make appearances these days.
She’s now 91 and he’s 92 (both have June birthdays) and they’re now the the oldest living President and First Lady.
My favorite Commander-in-Chief Jimmy Carter is less than four months younger. He turns 93 on October 1st.
I still have another Barbara Bush book to read, “Reflections: Life After the White House”(2003).
And, as I’ve stated before, my favorite Bush family member is former First Lady Laura Bush.
I still want to meet her one day!
YOUTH SUICIDE RATES IN UTAH
I’m getting caught up on some magazines stacked in my bedroom and I came across an eye-opening fact in a couple of them.
In “Out” (September 2016), it was reported that in Utah, suicide is the number one cause of death for kids ages 10 to 17.
How sad is that!
MORE STARTLING FACTS
In “The Advocate” (June/July 2016), I read these startling facts from John T. Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago:
- Living with obesity increases the odds of an early death by 20%
- Excessive alcohol consumption increases the odds by 30%
- Loneliness increases odds of an early death by 45%
Damn! This means some of us aren’t going to live anywhere near forever!
“I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER”
I’m just a bundle of happiness today! 🙂
Maybe this is the perfect time to share my favorite song out right now — Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack.
“MANCHESTER BY THE SEA”
Casey Affleck won the Best Actor award at the Oscars last weekend for his role in this Best Picture nominee.
Affleck was incredible in character, but his character had no likable characteristics.
He plays a Boston janitor with many issues and you learn more of them as the movie goes on.
He’s called home when his brother has a fatal heart attack and he’s asked to raise his teen-aged nephew. That’s not a spoiler!
Michelle Williams plays Affleck’s ex-wife and is only in a few scenes, but a couple of them were very emotional and earned her an Oscar nomination.
Lucas Hedges played Affleck’s nephew and he’s incredible. He has some very funny lines that are still rooted in pain. There’s one scene where he doesn’t speak, but his facial expressions and reaction speaks volumes.
Hedges was also nominated for an Oscar, but didn’t win.
I love Amy Adams and she was great, as always, in this science fiction movie.
I also like sci-fi, too, but this one didn’t blow me away.
While the movie was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (Adams didn’t get a nomination), neither deserved it.
Adams plays a language expert grieving a personal loss and she’s asked to decipher the language of aliens that have landed in different ships around the world.
It just didn’t gel me and I didn’t get excited about the fate of the world or the aliens.
ONE LAST BARBARA BUSH NOTE
One thing that resonated strongly while reading “A Memoir” by Barbara Bush is her response to late actress and two-time Oscar winner Shelley Winters (“The Poseidon Adventure”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, “A Patch of Blue”, and “A Place in the Sun”).
An upset Winters called the First Lady during “Desert Storm” and wanted President Bush to enact some war act restricting the press from telling all.
Ms. Bush writes, “I tried to explain to this extremely agitated woman that if the President were to do as she asked and put a ban on the press, the hue and cry from one and all would be deafening.”
So, where is that deafening cry from one and all today with #45???
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!