Personally, I think that this better than the RNC… after all it is pretty hard not to have good memories of yo-yos. Not the same can be said for many a politician.
Almost all of us have played with a yo-yo. They are nearly a universal toy, at least as common as the top. Almost every culture has yo-yos. They were a bit of an explosive fad in the 70s with the, now famous, Ducan Butterfly… every kid wanted one. I was among those kids. I still have two Duncan light up yo-yos in my dresser drawer.
Imagine that you are a barista but you are not allowed to tell anyone. Or, better yet, if you did you would have to kill them afterwards. That is rather the theme of “Stealth Starbucks” of, as they print on the receipt, Coffee Shop 1. According to this Washington Post article, the employees of this shop at Langley, Virginia are only permitted to tell others that they “work at a government office”.
There are some other issues with a top-secret coffee shop. In an effort to not blow cover, they can’t put names on the cups to speed up the lines nor can they track customer data to offer them frequent use bonuses… no tenth cup free at this one. The upside is that because few ever leave the compound, they are always busy.
Seriously, why not? How many lives did this man positively impact? I can attest to the fact that Big Bird and Kermit had me reading even before I entered school. If we can have a National Hot Dog Day, we should have a Jim Henson Day. Kudos to The Writer’s Almanac for bringing the date to my attention.
Not only did he aid in education but he successfully created a huge brand, The Muppets. He also transformed what was originally a children’s show into main stream entertainment when he stubbornly refused to give up on his idea of The Muppet Show. A show that no network wanted to touch and then ran for five seasons. At times, it dominated the ratings. In honor an memory of his life, enjoy one of my favorites from the series, Why Can’t We be Friends?
While I am not the biggest fan of his horror fiction, I love what happens when someone does a movie based on one of his books. Furthermore, I think that his book, On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft, rivals even The Elements of Style for being a necessity to every writer. If you desire to write, you need to read and re-read both of these books. You should also look over his FAQs, specifically the section on writing.
Recently, I discovered another reason to like and respect the horror writer. He has this page at his website titled Stephen King Dollar Babies. It is a place where a film student can buy rights to one of King’s works to do a film project. Honestly, what film student wouldn’t want to do a King story?
In that sense, I have been on Mars quite a bit of the late. While I have been cheating, listening to audio books rather than reading, I must still give both of the audio books below two thumbs up. They are great stories and well read by the respective narrators. I have been leaping from my great room in my loft every time I do dishes, cook or deal with laundry and cleaning. Continue reading “When is the Last Time You Went to Mars?”→
Shortly after my liberation divorce, I really got into pool, or as many call it, billiards. I also got really good at the game. The reason I got good at it is because I spent most of every night at the pool hall. This guy must spend much more time at the table than I ever did.