Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nighttime...

...visitors...a little hard to see but those are three deer at our feeder...trying to keep deer corn and apples spread around now that we've got snow cover...and they're starting to show up with some regularity.

And you've heard of the folk tune, "Turkey In The Straw"...
...well during the days we're treated to "Turkeys In The Snow"...the deer aren't the only ones who like the corn spread around.

Read an interesting book this weekend...a memoir penned by Burt Reynolds...
...But Enough About Me...Mr. Reynolds predates me by 20 years but I sort of grew up with him...he was the biggest movie star in the world, the #1 box office draw, for five years in a row in the mid to late 70's, about the time I started to take notice of such things.

And his book is well (ghost)written, not a nasty tell-all or revenge vehicle, not boastful or arrogant or petty.  As he was when you saw him on Johnny Carson, his book is self-deprecating and honest.

He calls it like it was, naming the good guys that hung with him during good times and bad, and calling out the fakes and the frauds who used him and others for their personal gain, kicking him when he was down.

It's a fascinating read for me because he perfectly bridges the gap between Hollywood of the golden era and today's modern take on it.  He knew and mingled with the greats from the 30's and 40's as their careers were winding down including the likes of Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Mae West and Frank Sinatra.

And of course he was contemporary with all the well known actors and directors of the last 30 years.

He also said something I can relate to..."I've done more than a hundred movies.  I'm proud of maybe five of them."

Though we exist in vastly different universes, yet I relate to that sentiment when it comes to my writing.

I've churned out many stories but am satisfied with only a fraction of them.

His point was he wished he'd made better choices along the way and had focused on stretching himself instead of just having fun.

Excellent career advice.

So this weekend was pretty good...watched a couple of movies...The Bishop's Wife (1947, Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young)...

...and Miracle on 34th Street (also 1947, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn)...

...attended to some of the essentials personally (worked out), at home (grocery shopping) and at work (inventory classification)...so got some stuff done.

And now Sunday is winding down and it's back to salt mines way too early in the morning...

later, mcm fans...

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