Thursday, April 15, 2004

Hey everyone! Congratulations to the Basketball team on their great accomplishment! Hope the bunny was good to everyone. Arlene, tell MaryAnn and Bob that I'll be coming for some delicious baked goods on my next trip in. Take care, everyone!

Saturday, April 03, 2004

This shirt would look a lot more appealing if it were being modeled (preferably on a cheerleader :-) instead of hanging on the wall. If anyone orders one (see link on main site) and sends me a picture, then he or she can be the model for this website, cheerleader figure notwithstanding . I thought it would be a make a great screenplay to chronicle the story of a Pennsylvania State Championship team from the northeast corner of PA, but then realized it had already been done (twice!) by Jason Miller. Jason Miller was an actor/writer who grew up in Scranton and is probably best recognized for playing Father Damien Karras in the Exorcist. His most notable work was a play later made into a movie (twice!) called That Championship Season about four guys who got together 25 years after their team from Scranton won the PA state high school basketball championship. The first movie featured notable actors such as Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach, Robert Mitchum, Martin Sheen, and Paul Sorvino. As a play, it ran more than 988 times on Broadway. I've seen the movie and it's a little dark for me, but the critics loved it. It's not a typical feel-good movie so you might want to balance it out with Old School to lift your spirits afterwards. I just loved the scene in Old School where Will Farrel shot himself in the neck with a traquilizer dart. It gives me one of those laughing fits where I nearly lose consciousness. Speaking of consciousness and funny movies, I shall receive total consciousness on my deathbed, a gift I received for caddying for the Great Dalai Lama. So I got that going for me....which is nice.

Speaking of that, I was in a meeting the other day and for grins started quoting lines from Caddyshack, including the one about my deathbed consciousness. Caddyshack is arguably one of the best comedies of all time. I first saw Caddyshack in 1980 in the theater. I also have a copy of it on tape, a gift from a couple of friends in recognition of my ability to quote long passages from the movie. To my amazement, the quoting of lines from that movie, mostly in Bill Murry's wacky voice began to propagate around the room and I was astonished how much detail everyone remembered. I could see that I wasn't the only one in the room who was a closet Caddyshack fan.