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Making Good on a Bad Decision

“I feel that I need to do something while I’m still healthy and still young enough to start over again because we never really know how much time we have left! 

I don’t want to be a really old man and be saddled with regrets that I could have done something about.”

Those were my thoughts in June 2019 in my “I Need to Write My ‘Next Chapter'” blog.

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I really don’t have too many regrets in my life, but there’s one that’s been weighing heavily on me.

My life shattered in February 2017 when my ex and I decided to end our marriage and our eight-year relationship.

I made the irrational decision to move away from the Quad Cities rather than stay and start my life over again there.

So, after 11.5 years in Moline, Illinois, I took a job in Panama City, Florida, and moved there in May 2017.  I stayed for a year.

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I made three incredible friends, Gerard and Cathy, who started the Panama City PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter, and Diane, a neighbor in my apartment complex.

Also, while there, I drove through the backwoods of the South to Plains, Georgia, to meet my idol, former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

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However, there was nothing else I liked about Panama City or the area.

So, in the summer of 2018, I took the Chief Meteorologist position at the Fox affiliate in Duluth, Minnesota.

It gave me a chance to work with some really great people, including zany Dan Hanger, our evening anchor, the most popular newscaster in Northland television!

After our appearance at the Superior, Wisconsin, Halloween parade, we decided to have an adult beverage and we sent our evening director Katie this little snippet of us lip syncing Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down”.

The joke is that Katie regularly has to tell Dan, “Not Today!” 🙂

And, speaking of Katie…

She and her mother, Mary Kaye, became two of my dearest friends, along with Kass, one of my neighbors.

For the past two Thanksgivings and Christmases, I feasted with Katie and Mary Kaye (and Duke, the golden retriever).  We also made it a point to have each other over for Saturday night dinners almost monthly.

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As you can tell, they’re camera shy! 🙂

And, Kass regularly hosted cocktail hour at her place for the two of us to enjoy each other’s company and talk.

But, the dating scene in Duluth was dismal and my work schedule became very undesirable.  No one wants to basically work around the clock for days on end — at any age or at any point in their career!

Plus, I was still an eight-hour drive away from my sister, Tammy, in the Quad Cities.

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When I was in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2019, I made the decision that when my contract was up in June 2020, I’d move to Las Vegas, give up television, and wait tables!

I wanted to start living again!

However, this winter, after a lot of thought and deliberation (with myself), I came to the conclusion that maybe it wasn’t the right time in my life.

And, then Coronavirus came along and I’m glad I didn’t pursue Vegas as “home”.

As that door closed, another one opened and a great opportunity presented itself to me out of the blue.

Now, the time has come to share some news with you — the “next chapter” is beginning soon amidst the Coronavirus pandemic! 😱

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Back in May 2017 as I was driving through Henry County, Illinois, on Interstate 74, tears streamed down my face as I left my sister, my friends, and my shattered life in the Quad Cities.

This past February, I made a covert trip back to the Quad Cities and Illinois. 🙂

And, this time, driving that same stretch of I-74 in Henry County at sunrise offered me hope and the chance to right the wrong — I was making good on a bad decision!

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“Climb That Mountain High” from Reba McEntire’s 1990 album, “Rumor Has It”, has always been a beacon of encouragement for me.

The song was an inspiration to me when I started my television news career and it’s given me hope every time I was ready to move on.

“Red sun a-rising, over the hill/I’ve had enough of this desert to last from now until… This could be the day I finally find my way out”

“How I arrived here, oh heaven only knows/Seems more like the kind of place the devil would have chose… I know somewhere down the road my dreams will come true”!

I’m heading back to the Land of Lincoln!

I accepted the morning meteorologist position at the NBC affiliate in Decatur, in central Illinois!  (It’s part of the Champaign-Decatur-Springfield television market.)

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Now, I’ll be able to see my sister in three hours, instead of setting aside a whole day to drive one way!

And, we’ll be able to spend holidays together again!

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And, along with this “next chapter”, #Pug2020 is still in my plans unless the real life situation (Coronavirus, again!) delays it!

By the way, this “air freshener” was another “sign” from Bangkok last year.  It was in one of the cabs! 🙂

#Pug2020

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MY NEXT APARTMENT

Let’s end on a lighthearted note!

When I left Kentucky, for good, in the summer of 1994 for Chicago, as my 20s were winding down, I envisioned my next apartment complex.

I had hoped it’d be like “Melrose Place” with Jake (Grant Show) as my neighbor. 🙂

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Okay, the “Melrose Place” before crazy Kimberly (Marcia Cross) moved in and blew the damn place up! 🙂

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Oops, spoiler alert!

Or, I was dreaming of 28 Barbary Lane (“Tales of the City”) with Anna Madrigal as my eccentric land lady…

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and Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) and Michael “Mouse” Tolliver as my friends!

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Neither has happened in all my moves, but there’s always Decatur!  LOL

Honestly, I think I’m too old for those silly dreams and dramas now!

My friends, here’s to new beginnings and a happy, healthy new future — not just for me, but for all of us!

Anthony

Random Thoughts — March 5, 2019

Wait, it’s not Friday!  But, I’m still sharing some random thoughts with you.

Thank you for checking them out and I hope you have a great week ahead!

LUKE PERRY

After suffering a massive stroke last week, actor Luke Perry died Monday at the age of 52.

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Perry rocketed to fame in the early 1990s playing Dylan McKay on the first six seasons of Fox’s “Beverly Hills 90210”.  (While he became a series regular in the show’s last two seasons in 1999 and 2000, he was billed as a “special guest”.)

And, in Perry, the LGBTQ community lost an ally!

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R.I.P. LUKE

“MELROSE PLACE”

I was familiar with “90210” and thought Jason Priestley (“Brandon Walsh”) was cute, but I was obsessed with the 1992 spin-off, “Melrose Place”.

Even though I was almost the same age as the “90210” actors playing teenagers, I felt I had more in common with the “Melrose Place” characters and I would have loved to live in that complex!

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Well, before crazy Kimberly blew it up!

I had a major crush on Grant Show (“Jake Hanson”) and I loved Amy Locane (“Sandy”), even though she was only on the first eleven or so episodes.

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BERNIE SANDERS & 2020 DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION

We’re still about 20 months away from the 2020 Presidential Election.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I’ve been pretty quiet overall about the “national emergency” the country is experiencing and I’m not talking about a damn wall!

If you recall in 2016, there were more than a dozen Republicans vying for the nomination.  Well, in 2020, that’s the Democrats looking to earn the right to run against that man.

Bernie Sanders has thrown his hat into the race.  That’s all I’ll say about him since my feelings toward him haven’t changed in the past four years. (Well, they have but not for the better.)

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows some interesting thoughts going through potential voters’ minds.

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A couple of highlights:

68% of those surveyed would be comfortable with a gay or lesbian candidate — that’s up from 43% in 2006!

And, 62% are very uncomfortable with someone over 75!

Ages at the 2020 election:  Sanders (79), Michael Bloomberg (78) and Joe Biden (77).

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If you’re still reading, Hillary Clinton said Monday night, “I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe” and added, “I want to be sure that people understand I’m going to keep speaking out. I’m not going anywhere”.

Translation:  Vice President under Joe Biden! 🙂

But, in the words of Benita Buttrell…

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POST OSCARS THOUGHTS

I’m so happy that Rami Malek won the Best Actor Oscar for his Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

I still haven’t seen “Green Book”, but it’s definitely on my list.

While social media (and Spike Lee) is upset that it won Best Picture, I’m just happy that “Roma” didn’t win!  As I’ve said before, I wasn’t blown away by “Roma”!

Glenn Close

Going into the Academy Awards, I was certain that seven-time nominee Glenn Close would finally win an Oscar.  Well, she didn’t!

I still haven’t seen “The Favourite”, but once I do, I may agree with the Academy that Olivia Colman deserves it.

After the Oscars, I saw another of Close’s competitors.  In retrospective, Close would have been my second choice!

I would have given the Best Actress Oscar to…. MELISSA McCARTHY!!!!!!!!!!!

“CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?”

She blew me away in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, a real-life story of author Lee Israel, who became a forger of celebrity letters.

While McCarthy is mostly known for her comedic roles, I saw a hint at her dramatic acting in 2014’s “St. Vincent”.

McCarthy’s co-star, Richard E. Grant was excellent in the movie and picked up a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” wasn’t a box office smash, but in addition to the two acting Oscar nominations, it was also up for Best Adapted Screenplay.

I don’t give too many movies this grade!

GRADE:  A+

“A STAR IS BORN”

I finally saw the Academy Award Best Picture-nominated movie.  (It was nominated for a total of eight Oscars and won for Best Original Song for “Shallow”.)

It was enjoyable enough.  I thought Lady Gaga held her own with dramatic acting.  The brutal bathtub scene proved that!

If you haven’t seen it, this really isn’t a spoiler.  I had a hard time buying into one of the first scenes in the movie.

I know if you’re an alcoholic and you need liquor, you might go into a drag bar.  But, to become best buddies?

Even so, I still found Willam’s comment later in the movie, “I wore my Jackson titties!” hilarious! 🙂

Would I watch it again?  Yes, if I was with someone that wanted to see it.

Would I watch it again on my own?  No.

GRADE:  B

“SANTA CLARITA DIET” 

The third season of the hilarious zombie comedy premieres March 29th on Netflix.

I can’t believe how much I still crush on Timothy Olyphant!  That’s not true, I can believe it!

I absolutely loved him in “The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy” (2000) and the critically panned “Catch and Release” (2006).

I have the first three seasons of “Justified” on DVD that I should binge and I need to check Netflix to see if seasons 4-6 are there!

Here’s a sample of “Santa Clarita Diet” and it contains language and violence (and humor)!

“HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER”

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The fifth (and final?) season of the fantastic ABC drama wrapped up with a few shocks and cliffhangers!

Two characters went missing, which explains why Annalise is screaming like a mad woman on the street!  And, another was poisoned and left gasping for air!

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The bigger question is not who kidnapped them or will the <poisoned person> die, it’s will ABC renew the low-rated series for us to find out the answers?

With Viola Davis on board, I’d say yes!

I’m still one of those people that can’t wait to see what Annalise and the “Keating 5” (oops, “Keating 4”) get into and out of each week!

Another reason I want the show to come back is to see more of Gerardo Celasco (Xavier Castillo, Laurel’s brother)!

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“THE OLD MAN & THE GUN”

This movie was sold as Robert Redford’s last acting role.  We’ll see!

If it is, then he put in a nice performance and I absolutely love Sissy Spacek.

But, there’s really no need to see this movie based on a real-life elderly (and charming) bank robber.

With that being said, I’m not even posting the trailer!

GRADE:  C

THAT’S IT

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

Anthony

Random Friday Thoughts — February 22, 2013

Good Friday morning!  If you live across Iowa or Illinois, you have new snow this morning, but it could have been worse.  If you still have to work or go to school, be careful out there.  More on the departing snow and the possibility of another one coming up early next week shortly, but I’ve got some other random thoughts to share.  And, the first one is awesome.

HAPPY 4th ANNIVERSARY RAY!

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I’m not sure about you, but we have two anniversaries — the day we met and started dating and the day we got married, September 30, 2011.  (Gretel and I will have our 4-year “friendaversary” in April.  Yes, I waited two months before I was ready to meet her.)

It was four years ago today that Ray, ABBA, and I met.  We always mark that date with lunch at Exotic Thai, the scene of the crime for our first public date.  So, I’ll be having pumpkin curry for lunch today as we continue that tradition.

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This picture was taken atop the Stratosphere in late January 2013 with Las Vegas sprawled out behind us.

SNOW, SNOW, & MORE SNOW

Before last night and this morning’s snow, we had only picked up 12.2″ of snow this winter in the Quad Cities.  Officially, 2.8″ fell from this storm at the Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois.  Here are some other official and unofficial totals:  3.2″ Davenport (IA); 4.9″ Dubuque (IA); 6″ Iowa City (IA), and 6.3″ Keokuk (IA).  As you can see, most snowfall amounts were between 2-6″.

You have to admit that the snow from last night is pretty.  Gretel got up this morning and started looking out the windows to see if there was enough snow to cancel school!

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While we’ll see some light snow or flurries today, quiet weather is on tap this weekend with highs around 30° Saturday and 30-35° Sunday, which will allow for a little melting.

Another system coming in Monday could bring a rain/snow mix that will change over to snow during the day and then another accumulating snow Monday night and Tuesday.  More on that later in the weekend closer to the storm.  No need just yet to hype it up like some forecasters do.

But here’s how it’s depicted on two different computer models at noon Monday:  the GFS (first) and the NAM (second).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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So, just like that you didn’t think about the snow outside for a moment and were thinking of summer and going fishing, right?

20TH CENTURY FOX, GET OFF THE “PICKET FENCES”

Back in the early 1990s before moving to Chicago, my two favorite shows on television were “Melrose Place” on Fox and “Picket Fences” on CBS.

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The drama, created by David E. Kelley, ran from 1992-1996 and won 14 Emmy Awards during its four years, including “Best Dramatic Series” two years in a row.  It followed the lives of Sheriff Jimmy Brock (Tom Skerritt) and his wife, Jill (Kathy Baker), the town doctor, and all of the weird happenings in fictional Rome, Wisconsin.

This video shows some of the best, or worse, of lawyer Douglas Wambaugh (Fyvush Finkel).

Once I moved to Chicago in the summer of 1994 and started having a real life (sorry, Kentucky life!), I didn’t watch the series until its conclusion.  And, I wasn’t alone.  In the first three years on the air, an average of 9.5 million people tuned in.  In its last season, that number dropped to 7 million.

Now that the DVD market is oversaturated with almost every past television show, I want to know why 20th Century Fox released the first season in 2007, but never released seasons 2-4?  I have no reason to buy that first season and not know if I’ll see the rest of it.  So, if someone at 20th Century Fox reads this, please make the rest of “Picket Fences” available for fans of the series.  I’ll buy it!

PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK

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This is Jon Bon Jovi.  I wish I could look like that at 50!  Heck, I don’t even look like that in my 40s!!!!!!!!!

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And, this is what he looked liked in the 1980s when he and his band started their chart run that produced 17 Top 40 Hot 100 hits (ten of those reached the Top Ten and four reached #1).  Bon Jovi would have two solo hits in 1990, including the #1 song, “Blaze of Glory”.

Bon Jovi has sold more than 135 million albums world-wide.  Their biggest album was 1986’s “Slippery When Wet”, which sold 28 million copies around the world.  It also produced three Top Ten hits, two of which were back-to-back number one hits, “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”.

THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS THE FUTURE

I’ve had some success picking future hits.  Early last year, I picked “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and I think, by now, you’ve heard it a few thousand times.  I also picked Chris Wallace’s “Remember When (Push Rewind)” and Marina and the Diamonds “How To Be A Heartbreaker”.  Both are getting some radio airplay even now.  As a matter of fact, Wallace is in the Top 25 on the airplay chart.

My pick hit today is catching fire at Top 40 radio.  It’s “Alive” by the Chicago electronic dance band, Krewella.  The trio formed in 2007 and their first full-length album will be released this summer.  With the recent radio successes of EDM dance artists like Calvin Harris and David Guetta, I think there’s room for a few more like Zedd, Martin Solveig, Madeon, and Krewella.

 WEEKEND PLANS

Now that the weekend is here, I hope you have some fun things planned.  As far as I know, we don’t have anything going on.  However, this is my last weekend off before I start back to work Monday.  So, I think it should be a weekend filled with movies, finishing season two of “The X-Files” and “Six Feet Under”, and checking out the Oscars.  I’ll have my Oscar picks Sunday.

Dexter Season 7

Oh, good news for “Dexter” fans that wait for the DVD to see the show.  Season 7 will be released on May 14th!  Typically, the series’ last season arrives on DVD in August just before the new season begins in September.  But, since this is the “last” season, Showtime is starting early this summer with all new episodes beginning June 30, 2013.

I guess that’s enough random thoughts for now.  Have a great weekend!

Anthony