Monica Lewinsky says that at age 22, her first impression of Bill Clinton, who is 27 years her senior, was “an old guy with wiry, grey hair.” (Hmmm. Maybe because he was an old guy with wiry, grey hair.) Lewinsky says, “She wishes she could erase her memories of her Washington years.” I’m sure that’s why she agreed to participate in a new three-night docuseries called The Clinton Affair that will air on A&E starting at 9pm on November 18th. Yep. That should erase her memories.
The nice thing about pulling out winter clothes is finding money in the pockets. $6 so far this winter.
A couple of weeks ago, firefighters, police officers and 911 operators in Houston were surprised when Matthew McConaughey showed up on National First Responders Day. “Harvey just hit last August here. So much of Houston was under water…we’re going around here today, delivering a turkey, a little bourbon and a little gratitude to the men and women who responded first when that disaster hit,” he said. McConaughey added that he wanted to do something for his home state and he went as part of a promotion for Wild Turkey for which he serves as a creative director and spokesman. Alright. Alright.
Some of the hottest summer temperatures on record in Switzerland this year caused the country’s glaciers to lose 2.5 % of their volume. Climate change has caused Swiss glaciers to lose a fifth of their ice during the past decade. ONE FIFTH.
‘Trumpy’ Bear is now available for your holiday shopping pleasure. Trumpy comes wearing a white collar, white cuffs with cufflinks, a red tie and his signature bleach blond comb-over. Oh, yes, he also comes stuffed with a flag that you pull out of his neck. Hmmm. I think I prefer a Chia Pet.
In Iceland, books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, then the tradition is to spend the rest of the night reading and eating chocolate. I’m moving to Iceland. Sounds perfect.
If you pulled out your black mourning clothes the moment one year ago that Chip and Joanna Gaines announced that they were going to take a break from Fixer Upper, then you are just one of many. Our hearts were broken. Not just hundreds, but millions of people love and adore this sweet family. They have announced a return to television with their own cable network. Hmmm. Too little information for me, but it’s all we have for now. This morning as I flipped through my new PEOPLE magazine Sexiest Man Alive Issue, I noticed that Chip is pictured as one of ‘those’ guys – ‘sexiest handyman’ or something like that. Yep. There’s nothing more attractive to a woman than a toolbelt or taking out the trash without being asked.
Being an adult is like folding a fitted sheet.
Lowe’s was my first stop on Monday morning because I can only find one of my boxes of pipe wrapping stuff…you know the tape, scissors, 3 sizes of rubber pipe insulation rubber, faucet covers, Channellock, tees and elbows…I didn’t want to wait until it’s freezing outside to wrap pipes. So, as I pulled in to the parking lot of Lowe’s, I saw parking spots for VETERAN’S ONLY signs with the American flag and Thank You for Your Service written underneath. I think there were four, next to the handicapped parking. I stopped and took a picture. Looks like they may be temporary and were placed there just for Veteran’s Day, but I am here to say, leave them there all year long. With honor and respect, I believe they should receive that parking spot every day, not just Veteran’s Day. They deserve it.
Found on Facebook – People who say ‘go big or go home’ seriously underestimate my willingness to go home. Like, it’s literally MY ONLY GOAL.
RECENT BIRTHDAYS: Singer Jay Black is 80. Jay and the Americans. ‘Come a Little Bit Closer’. Political commentator Patrick Buchanan is 80. ‘Defeat has its lessons as well as victory.’ Author Sex-Educator Feminist Shere Hite is 76. Rock musician Carter Beauford is 61. The Dave Matthews Band. Rock musician Bobby Dall is 55. Poison. Actress Kate Jackson is 70 and actress Jaclyn Smith is 73. Charlie’s Angels.
TV host Pat Sajak is 72. Wheel of Fortune. Hillary Rodham Clinton is 71. Musician Bootsy Collins is 67. James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic. Singer Natalie Merchant is 55. Country singer Keith Urban is 51. Comic strip artist Tom Wilson is 61. Ziggy. Actor dancer Ken Berry is 85. F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and Mama’s Family. Singer Lulu is 70. To Sir with Love.
Actress Kate Capshaw is 65. Actress Kathy Kinney is 65. Made-up and vulgar Mimi on The Drew Carey Show. Actress June Whitfield is 93. Absolutely Fabulous. Country singer Narvel Felts is 80. I love the lyrics to ‘No Love Today.’ ‘If hungry is what’s eatin’ you, I’ll sell you peace of mind.’ Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 44. Former NFL quarterback and College Football Hall of Fame Vinny Testaverde is 55. Heisman Trophy in 1986.
Legendary Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee, famous for giving the world beloved superheroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk, died at 95. He married Joan Lee on December 05, 1947 and their marriage lasted 70 years she died July 06, 2017. Mr. Lee was quoted saying, “My mother was the greatest mother in the world. She thought I was the greatest thing on two feet. I’d come home with a little composition I had written at school, and she’d look at it and say, ‘It’s wonderful! You’re another Shakespeare!’ I always assumed I could do anything. It really is amazing how much that has to do with your attitude.”
There was an overdue book in my possession, so I ran by the library at lunch. Charlie Chipper, the mascot of Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful, was there for Story-Time. I sure miss those days. While I was there, I saw the carnival setting up for Festival of Lights, with the snow slide already placed in the LJ Historical Museum parking lot. Bet they don’t have a problem keeping the snow from melting this year.
The LJ Breakfast Lions Club has a fundraiser that touches my heart. I’ve told you about it before. American flags in the medians across LJ. It just feels so good when you see them all flying, and their numbers are continuing to grow. YOU can sponsor one or several flags. Soon, we will print a ‘thank-you’ in this paper to all the sponsors. When you visit those sponsors, be sure to tell them thank you for helping create a more positive world for us to live in.
What am I listening to this week? Glad you asked. Jon Batiste, Hollywood Africans. A couple of weeks ago, I met my kids at The Heights Theatre, a historic live music venue in The Heights neighborhood. Jon Batiste played one of the finest concerts I’ve ever seen. He was relaxed, just a few feet away from us with a grand piano set on a platform in the middle of the room. When the set was finished he left, then reappeared with his jacket and informed us that we were going to take the music outside…New Orleans-style. He led us out the front door and down the street with an impromptu street performance. It was like the Pied Piper. His new album was produced by T Bone Burnett and starts with Kenner Boogie, then What a Wonderful World…ends with Don’t Stop. It’s so good. Every single song. With his unique voice and dapper sense of style, we were hooked. He is also the Bandleader/Musical Director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert each night.
You may have to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.