Thursday, December 1, 2016

Help Cure Charlie!!!

My dear friend Josh saw this dog running loose a few times while on his walks with his own dog, but had been unable to catch him. A neighbor did, and asked someone on Nextdoor.com to foster him because he was in bad shape. Not only did Josh offer to foster him, he's fallen in love, named him Charlie and gave him a permanant home.

Charlie was full of fleas and was very itchy. Josh took him to the vet, where he got a full exam, blood work, medicine, flea/tick medication, a nail trim and a special shampoo for his flea ridden, itchy skin. That cost $500.

Today, Josh got the news that Charlie is heartworm positive. He'll need treatment - which is another $2000.


Please help Josh get Charlie well so he can enjoy his new home. Will you contribute to the cause?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

2016 Celebrity Deaths, and We Still Have 35 Days to Go.

Natalie Cole*, R&B singer and daughter of music legend Nat "King" Cole, died New Year's Eve at age 65 from heart failure caused by lung disease.

Craig Strickland, rising country singer and frontman for Backroad Anthem, was found dead at 29 years old on Jan. 4 after going missing during a duck hunting trip in extreme weather.

Pat Harrington Jr., the "One Day at a Time" actor who famously played building superintendent Schneider on the 1970s sitcom, died Jan. 6 at 86.

Otis Clay, soul singer and Blues Music Hall of Famer best known for 1967's "That's How It Is (When You're In Love)," died Jan. 8 at 73.
Angus Scrimm, best known for playing the Tall Man villain in "Phantasm" and its horror sequels, died Jan. 9 at 89.

Michael Galeota, former child actor who appeared in Disney's "Clubhouse Detectives," "The Jersey" and "Bushwhacked," died at 31 of natural causes related to several health problems on Jan. 10.

David Bowie died Jan. 10, two days after his 69th birthday, after an 18-month secret battle with cancer. The music legend was well-known for his fashion, movie roles, Ziggy Stardust and hit songs like "Space Oddity," "Fame" and "Let's Dance."

David Margulies, character actor who played "Ghostbusters" mayor and "Ace Ventura" doctor, died Jan. 11 at 78.

Monte Irvin, who nearly broke baseball's color lines before Jackie Robinson, died Jan. 11 at 96. He played seven seasons with the New York Giants, served as MLB's first black executive, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Brian Bedford, best known for voicing the title character in Disney's 1973 animated film "Robin Hood" as a fox, died Jan. 13 at 80. The British stage actor also had a role in 1995's "Nixon" and appeared on TV shows like "Murder, She Wrote," "Cheers" and "Frasier."

Rene Angelil, husband and manager of Celine Dion, died Jan. 14 of cancer at age 73. The "My Heart Will Go On" singer's brother Daniel Dion died two days later.

Alan Rickman, "Harry Potter" actor and "Die Hard" villain, died of cancer at 69 on Jan. 14.

Dan Haggerty, "Grizzly Adams" actor and '70s star best-known for his beard and rugged looks, died of cancer at 74 on Jan. 15.

Dale "Buffin" Griffin, drummer and co-founder for Mott the Hoople, died at 67 on Jan. 17 after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Clarence Reid, better known as funk/R&B singer Blowfly, died Jan. 17 at 76. He wrote and produced tracks for artists like Sam & Dave and KC & the Sunshine Band, and his often R-rated solo songs were sampled by rappers like Snoop Dogg and Jurassic 5.

Mic Gillette, Tower of Power founder and trumpet player, died of a heart attack over the weekend of Jan. 16-17 at 64.

Glenn Frey, The Eagles guitarist and co-founder, died at 67 on Jan. 18. Frey co-wrote hits like "Hotel California" with Don Henley.

Jimmy Bain, former Dio and Rainbow bassist, died at 68 over the weekend of Jan. 22-24.

Abe Vigoda, character actor in "The Godfather" and "Barney Miller," died at 94 on Jan. 26.

Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane co-founder and guitarist, died at 74 on Jan. 28.

Signe Anderson, the original Jefferson Airplane singer who was replaced by Grace Slick, died at 74 on Jan. 28, the same day as Kantner.

Frank Finlay, Oscar-nominated actor who played Iago in Laurence Olivier's "Othello," died Jan. 30 at 89.

Sir Terry Wogan, BBC radio and television personality and Eurovision Song Contest commentator, died Jan. 31 at 77.

Jon Bunch, former Sense Field and Further Seems Forever singer, died Feb. 2 at 46.

Bob Elliott, one half of legendary TV-radio comedy duo Bob and Ray with Ray Goulding, died Feb. 2 at 92.

Joe Alaskey, a voice actor originally from Troy, N.Y., died from cancer at age 63 on Feb. 4. He was the principal voice of multiple Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird, after Mel Blanc's death in 1989 and voiced Yosemite Sam in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

Maurice White, a founding member of disco-funk group Earth, Wind & Fire, died Feb. 3 at 74.

Dave Mirra, a Central New York native who rose to fame as a BMX biker at the X-Games, had his own video games and hosted an MTV reality show, died Feb. 4 of an apparent suicide at 41.

Dan Hicks, who led '60s band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, died Feb. 6 at 74.

Daniel Gerson, co-writer of "Monsters, Inc." and "Big Hero 6," died Feb. 6 of brain cancer at 49.

Donald E. Thorin, cinematographer for "Purple Rain," "Scent of a Woman" and "An Officer and a Gentleman," died Feb. 9 at 81.

Vanity, an '80s singer-actress and Prince protege also known as Denise Katrina Matthews, died Feb. 15 at 57.

George Gaynes, who starred on "Punky Brewster" and played Commandant Lassard in all seven "Police Academy" movies, died Feb. 15 at 98.

Angela "Big Ang" Raiola of "Mob Wives" died at 55 on Feb. 18 after a battle with throat, brain and lung cancer.

Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Feb. 19 at age 89.

Douglas Slocombe, Oscar-nominated cinematographer for three "Indiana Jones" movies, died Feb. 22 at age 103.

Sonny James, country singer behind hits like "Young Love," died Feb. 22 at age 87.

Lennie Baker, the voice of Sha Na Na's doo-wop hit "Blue Moon," died Feb. 24 at age 69.

Tony Burton, who played Apollo Creed's trainer Duke in six "Rocky" movies, died Feb. 25 at 78.

George Kennedy, tough-guy character actor best known for "Cool Hand Luke" and the "Naked Gun" movies, died Feb. 28 at 91.

Gil Hill, who played Detroit police inspector Todd in the "Beverly Hills Cop" films, died Feb. 29 at 84.

Lee Reherman, former Cornell football star best known for playing Hawk on "American Gladiators," died March 1 at 49.

Tony Warren, creator of long-running British soap opera "Coronation Street," died March 1 at age 79.

Joey Feek, who performed with her husband as country duo Joey + Rory, died March 4 of cancer at age 40.

Pat Conroy, author of "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini," died March 4 at age 70.

George Martin, the "Fifth Beatle" best known as a producer for The Beatles, died March 8 at 90.

Richard Davalos, "East of Eden" and "Cool Hand Luke" actor, died March 8 at 85.

Jon English, singer-songwriter who starred in Australia's "Against the Wind" TV series, died March 9 at 66.

Singer Gogi Grant, whose song "The Wayward Wind" topped the charts for 6 weeks in 1956, died March 10 at 91.

Keith Emerson, founder and keyboardist of the progressive-rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died March 11 at 71.

Sylvia Anderson, "Thunderbirds" co-creator and voice of the Lady Penelope puppet character, died the week of March 15 at age 88.

Frank Sinatra Jr., singer and son of Ol' Blue Eyes, died March 16 of cardiac arrest at 72.

Lee Andrews, '50s doo-wop singer and father of The Roots drummer Questlove, died March 16 at age 79.

Daryl Coley, Grammy-nominated gospel singer, died the week of March 16 at age 60.

Paul Daniels, English magician and star of the BBC's "The Paul Daniels Magic Show" for 15 years, died March 17 at 77.

Steve Young, outlaw country singer best known for "Seven Bridges Road," died March 17 at 73.

Joe Santos, "The Rockford Files" and "The Sopranos" actor, died March 18 at 84.

Phife Dawg, Grammy-nominated A Tribe Called Quest rapper, died March 22 of diabetes at 45.

Joe Garagiola, former baseball broadcaster and "Today" show host, died March 23 at 90.

Ken Howard, "White Shadow" actor and SAG-AFTRA president, died March 23 at 71.

Garry Shandling, comedian and 'The Larry Sanders Show' star, died March 24 at 66.

Earl Hamner Jr., "The Waltons" creator and "Twilight Zone" writer, died March 24 at 92.

Jim Harrison, "Legends of the Fall" author, died March 26 at age 78.

David Baker, Grammy-nominated jazz composer and Pulitzer Prize nominee, died March 26 at 84.

James Noble, "Benson," "10" actor and Broadway veteran, died March 28 at 94.

Patty Duke, Oscar and Emmy-winning actress, former child star and mother of "Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin, died March 29 of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at 69.

Ronnie Corbett, British comedian and star of "The Two Ronnies," died March 31 at age 85.

Gato Barbieri, Grammy-winning Latin jazz musician and "Last Tango in Paris" composer, died April 2 at 83.

Porn star Amber Rayne, whose real name was Meghan Wren, died April 2 at age 31 after appearing in more than 200 adult films.

Erik Bauersfeld, the voice of Admiral Ackbar ("It's a trap!") in "Star Wars" films, died April 3 at age 93.

Leon Haywood, '70s soul singer best known for "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" (sampled by Dr. Dre for "Nothin' But a G Thang"), died April 5 at 74.

Merle Haggard, country music legend who had more than 30 No. 1 hits, died April 6 on his 79th birthday.

Blackjack Mulligan, a former New York Jets player, '70s WWE star and father of pro wrestlers Barry Windham, Kendall Windham and former SU wrestler Mike Rotunda (a.k.a. Irwin R. Schyster or I.R.S.) and grandfather of Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas, died April 7 at 73.

Tony Conrad, an artist, musician, experimental filmmaker, University at Buffalo professor, and member of the pre-Velvet Underground band The Primitives with John Cale and Lou Reed, died April 9 at 76.

David Gest, a producer, Michael Jackson collaborator, reality TV star and ex-husband of Liza Minelli, died April 12 at 62.

Doris Roberts, Emmy-winning actress on "Everybody Loves Raymond," died April 18 at 90.

Les Waas, songwriter for nearly 1,000 jingles include the Mister Softee ice cream truck song, died April 19 at 94.

Pearl Washington, Syracuse basketball legend who popularized the crossover and "shake and bake" moves, died April 20 at 52.

Victoria Wood, British comedian, singer and writer, died April 20 at 62.

Joanie "Chyna" Laurer, WWE wrestling legend and Rochester native, died April 20 at 46.

Guy Hamilton, director of "Goldfinger" and three more James Bond films, died April 21 at 93.

Prince, music legend behind hits "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," "Batdance," "1999," "Kiss" and others, died April 21 at 57.

Lonnie Mack, blues guitar great who inspired everyone from Eric Clapton and Keith Richards to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa, died April 21 at 74.

Michelle McNamara, True Crime Diary writer and wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, died in her sleep April 21 at age 46.

Papa Wemba, world music star and "the king of Congolese rumba," died April 23 at 66 after collapsing on stage at an Ivory Coast concert.

Billy Paul, Grammy-winning jazz and soul singer best known for the 1972 hit "Me and Mrs. Jones," died April 24 at 80.

Madeleine LeBeau, best known for singing "La Marseillaise" as Yvonne in the 1942 film "Casablanca," died May 1 at 92.

Afeni Shakur, film/music producer and mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, died May 2 at 69.

William Schallert, Patty Duke's TV dad and actors' union leader died May 8 at 93.

Nick Lashaway, actor in "Girls," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "The Last Song" and "The X-Files," died in a car crash May 8 at 28.

Tonita Castro, actress in "Funny People," "Go On" and "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," died May 8 at 63.

Gene Gutowski, Roman Polanski collaborator and producer for the Oscar-winning movie "The Pianist," died May 10 at 90.

Julius La Rosa, pop singer famously fired on the Arthur Godfrey show in 1953, died May 12 at 86.

Bill Backer, the real-life Don Draper who came up with Coca-Cola's iconic "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" ad, died May 13 at 89.

Darwyn Cooke, comic book artist best known for reimagining the Justice League in 2004's "DC: The New Frontier," died May 14 at 53 after a battle with lung cancer.

Jane Little, Atlanta Symphony bassist who held the Guinness World Record for the longest professional tenure with a single orchestra, died May 15 at 87 after after collapsing on stage during a performance.

Emilio Navaira, Tejano music legend, died May 16 at 53.

Guy Clark, Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter, died May 17 at 74.

Morley Safer, CBS News correspondent, died at 84 on May 19, days after retiring from "60 Minutes."

John Berry, original Beastie Boys member, died May 19 at 52 after a long struggle with dementia.

Alan Young, star of TV's "Mister Ed" and the voice of Scrooge McDuck on "Duck Tales," died May 19 at 96.

Nick Menza, former Megadeth drummer, died May 21 after collapsing on stage at age 51.

Jeanne Parr, former CBS correspondent and mother of "Sex and the City" star Chris Noth, died May 23 at 92.

Joe Fleishaker, cult movie star in Troma films like "The Toxic Avenger," died May 23 at 62.

Burt Kwouk, 'Goldfinger' and 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again' actor, died May 24 at 85.

Beth Howland, who played Mel's Diner waitress Vera on 'Alice,' died Dec. 31, 2015. Her husband Charles Kimbrough announced the death May 24, 2016, in accordance with her wishes.

Angela Paton, who played the innkeeper in "Groundhog Day," died May 26 at age 86.

Jan Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died May 30 at 78.

Muhammad Ali, the boxing legend born Cassius Clay, died June 3 at 74 after a long battle with Parksinson's disease.

Johnny "The Greek" Karagiorgis, who appeared on "Real Housewives of New Jersey" with his wife Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis, died June 4 after a heart attack.

Bobby Curtola, former Canadian teen idol and singer, died June 4 at age 73.

Kimbo Slice, the MMA fighter and UFC star born Kevin Ferguson, died June 6 at 42.

Theresa Saldana, "Raging Bull" and "The Commish" actress who became an advocate for stalker victims, died June 6 at 61.

Gordie Howe, the four-time Stanley Cup champion and NHL legend known as "Mr. Hockey," died June 10 at 88.

Christina Grimmie, "The Voice" singer who finished third on season six in 2014, died June 11 at 22 after being shot at an Orlando concert.

Janet Waldo, who voiced Judy Jetson on "The Jetsons" and Josie on "Josie and the Pussycats," died June 12 at 96.

Michu Meszaros, the "smallest man on Earth" who starred on "ALF" and appeared in the circus, "Big Top Pee-wee," and Michael Jackson ads, died June 13 at 76.

Fred Caruso, "The Big Gay Musical" creator, died June 13 at 41 of an apparent suicide.

Henry McCullough, former Wings guitarist who played with Paul McCartney on "Live and Let Die" and contributed to "Jesus Christ Superstar," died June 14 at 72.

Ann Morgan Guilbert, "The Nanny" and "Dick Van Dyke Show" actress who also appeared on "Seinfeld" and "Life in Pieces," died June 14 at 87.

Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known for playing Corabeth on "The Waltons," died June 14 in her sleep at age 83.

Lois Duncan, YA author behind "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Hotel for Dogs," died June 15 at 82

P.M. Dawn's Prince Be, singer-rapper born Attrel Cordes and best known for the 1991 hit "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," died June 17 at 46 from complications of diabetes and renal kidney disease.

Ron Lester, actor best known for playing Billy Bob in "Varsity Blues," died June 17 at 45 from liver and kidney problems.

Rubén Aguirre, best known for playing Profesor Jirafales on Mexico's "El Chavo del Ocho," died June 17 at 82.

Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes, who sang on the Mexican version of "The Voice," died June 18 at 45 after being shot in Chicago.

Anton Yelchin, actor in "Star Trek," "Terminator Salvation" and "Charlie Bartlett," died June 18 at 27 after being hit by his own car at his home.

Ralph Stanley, bluegrass music legend and "O Brother Where Art Thou" singer, died June 23 at 89.

Michael Herr, acclaimed author of Vietnam War memoir "Dispatches," died June 23 at 76.

Bernie Worrell, masterful Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist, died June 24 at his home at age 72.

Bill Cunningham, famed New York Times fashion photographer, died June 25 at 87.

Scotty Moore, pioneering rock guitarist for Elvis Presley, died June 28 at his home. He was 84.

Rob Wasserman, founding member of RatDog, died June 29 at age 64 after being hospitalized.

Elie Wiesel, author, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, died July 2 at 87.

Michael Cimino, Oscar-winning "The Deer Hunter" director, died July 2 at 77.

Noel Neill, original Lois Lane actress and "The Adventures of Superman" TV star, died July 3 at 95.

Steven Young, member of M/A/R/R/S ("Pump Up the Volume") and Colourbox, died Wednesday, July 13.

Bonnie Brown, of Country Music Hall of Fame trio The Browns died July 16 at 77.

Alan Vega, Suicide singer and punk rock pioneer, died July 16 at 78.

Garry Marshall, legendary writer, director and actor whose credits include "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Pretty Woman," died July 19 at 81.

Marni Nixon, 'The Sound of Music' singer best known dubbing vocals for Hollywood stars in 'The King and I,' 'My Fair Lady' and 'West Side Story,' died July 24 at 86.

Miss Cleo, the famed TV psychic born Youree Harris, died July 26 at age 54 after a cancer battle.

Jerry Doyle, "Babylon 5" actor best known for playing Chief Warrant Officer Michael Garibaldi, died July 27 at 60.

Dave Schwartz, The Weather Channel meteorologist, died July 30 at 63 after a stomach cancer battle.

David Huddleston, "The Big Lebowski" and "Santa Claus: The Movie" actor, died Aug. 2 at 85.

Ricci Martin, singer and youngest son of Dean Martin, died Aug. 3 at 62.

Sagan Lewis, "St. Elsewhere" actress best known for playing Dr. Jacqueline Wade, died of cancer Aug. 7 at 63.

Barry Jenner, actor who played Admiral William Ross on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," died Aug. 8 at 75.

John Saunders, longtime ESPN sportscaster, died Aug. 10 at 61.

Glenn Yarbrough, founding member of folk trio The Limeliters, died Aug. 11 at 86.

Ruby Wilson, blues, soul and gospel singer known as "The Queen of Beale Street," died Aug. 12 at 68.

Kenny Baker, "Star Wars" actor who played R2-D2, died Aug. 13 at 81.

Fyvush Finkel, Emmy-winning stage and screen actor best known for playing lawyer David Wambaugh on "Picket Fences," died Aug. 14 at 93.

Bobby Hutcherson, legendary jazz vibraphonist, died Aug. 15 at 75.

James Woolley, former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist, died Aug. 15 at 49 from neck-related injuries after falling off a ladder.

John McLaughlin, political commentator and host of "The McLaughlin Group," died Aug. 16 at 89.

Arthur Hiller, director of "Love Story, "The Out-of-Towners" and "See No Evil Hear No Evil," died Aug. 17 at 92.

Jack Riley, 'The Bob Newhart Show' actor and voice of Stu Pickles on 'Rugrats,' died of pneumonia Aug. 19 at 80.

Lou Pearlman, creator of Backstreet Boys and NSync, died in prison Aug. 19 at age 62.

Matt Roberts, founding guitarist for 3 Doors Down, died Aug. 20 at 38.

Toots Thielemans, jazz harmonica legend heard on 'Sesame Street' theme, died Aug. 22 at 94.

Steven Hill, 'Law & Order' and 'Mission Impossible' actor, died Aug. 23 at age 94.

Marvin Kaplan, character actor best known for playing diner patron Henry on 'Alice,' died Aug. 25 at 89.

Juan Gabriel, superstar Mexican singer-songwriter, died Aug. 28 at 66.

Mr. Fuji, famed wrestler and WWE manager born Harry Fujiwara, died Aug. 28 at 82.

Darrell Ward, "Ice Road Truckers" reality TV star, died in a plane crash Aug. 28 at 52.

Gene Wilder, comedy legend who starred in classic movies like "Young Frankenstein" and "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died Aug. 28 at age 83.

Jon Polito, character actor best known for roles in "Barton Fink" and "The Big Lebowski," died Sept. 1 at 65.

Kacey Jones, singer-comedienne best known for "I'm the One Mama Warned You About," "Donald Trump's Hair," and an appearance on "America's Got Talent," died Sept. 2 at 66.

Jerry Heller, former N.W.A manager and Ruthless Records co-founder, died Sept. 2 at 75.

Anna Dewdney, "Llama Llama" children's author, died Sept. 3 after a battle with brain cancer.

Hugh O'Brian, best known for starring on TV's "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," died Sept. 5 at 91.

The Lady Chablis, a transgender performer best known for her role in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," died of pneumonia Sept. 8 at 59.

Alexis Arquette, transgender activist and "The Wedding Singer" actress, died Sept. 11 at 47.

Don Buchla, electronic music instruments inventor who helped develop the first line of modular synthesizers, died Sept. 14 at 79.

Edward Albee, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' playwright, died Sept. 16 at 88.

W.P. Kinsella, author whose book "Shoeless Joe" was adapted into the movie "Field of Dreams," died Sept. 16 at 81.

Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music,' died Sept. 17 at 73.

Curtis Hanson, Oscar-winning "L.A. Confidential" and "8 Mile" director, died Sept. 20 at 71.

Shawty Lo, "Dey Know" rapper and member of "Laffy Taffy" hip-hop group D4L, died Sept. 21 in a hit-and-run crash at age 40.

Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco leader and Louisiana accordionist, died Sept. 24 at 68

Bill Nunn, best known for playing Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," died Sept. 24 at 63.

Jean Shepard, Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member, died Sept. 25 at 82.

Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins baseball pitcher, died Sept. 25 in a boating accident at age 24.

Arnold Palmer, golf legend known as "The King," died Sept. 25 at 87.

Agnes Nixon, creator of soap operas 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' died Sept. 28 at 93.

Gary Glasberg, "NCIS" showrunner, died in his sleep Sept. 28 at age 50.

Rod Temperton, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" songwriter and Heatwave member, died in September at 66.

Neville Marriner, British conductor behind Oscar-winning "Amadeus" soundtrack, died Oct. 2 at 92.

Joan Marie Johnson, The Dixie Cups singer known for 'Chapel of Love' and 'Iko Iko,' died Oct. 3 at 72.

Tommy Ford, best known for playing Tommy on TV's "Martin," died Oct. 12 at 54 after an aneurysm.

Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards, The Intruders singer best known for 1968 hit "Cowboys to Girls," died Oct. 15 at 74.

Kevin Meaney, standup comic who attended SUNY Morrisville, died Oct. 21 at 60.

Steve Dillon, comic book artist who co-created 'Preacher,' died Oct. 22 from a ruptured appendix at 54.

Pete Burns, Dead Or Alive singer best known for 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," died Oct. 23 after a massive cardiac arrest at 57.

Bobby Vee, '60s teen idol who replaced Buddy Holly and helped Bob Dylan get his start, died Oct. 24 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease at 73.

Michael Massee, "24" and "Se7en" actor best known for accidentally killing "The Crow" co-star Brandon Lee when a prop gun was improperly loaded, died Oct. 26 at 61.

Eddie Harsch, former Black Crowes keyboardist, died Nov. 4 at 59.

Jean-Jacques Perrey, electronic music pioneer, died Nov. 4 at 87.

Janet Reno, first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, died Nov. 7 at 78 after a battle with Parkinson's disease.

Leonard Cohen, singer-songwriter behind 'Hallelujah,' died Nov. 7 at 82.

Robert Vaughn, Oscar-nominated actor who starred on TV's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," died Nov. 11 at 83.

Leon Russell, influential singer-songwriter and all-star collaborator, died Nov. 13 at 74.

David Mancuso, DJ and New York nightlife pioneer who popularized breaking new music in clubs via a "record pool," died Nov. 14 at 72.

Gwen Ifill, "PBS NewsHour" anchor and vice presidential debate moderator, died Nov. 14 at 61 after a battle with cancer.

George Ortiz, "Project Runway" hairstylist who appeared on the modeling TV competition for five years, died Nov. 15 at 45 of an apparent suicide.

Lisa Lynn Masters, actress who appeared on "Gossip Girl," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Law & Order: SVU," died Nov. 15 at 52 of an apparent suicide. Sharon Jones, Grammy-nominated soul singer with The Dap-Kings, died Nov. 18 at 60 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Florence Henderson, beloved "Brady Bunch" mom, died Nov. 24 at 82.

Ron Glass, a prolific TV actor known for playing Ron Harris in the sitcom “Barney Miller” and Shepherd Derrial Book in “Firefly,” died Nov. 26. He was 71.

Monday, October 3, 2016

This Ain't Ladies Day!!

Just another day at the office for Ralph and Marty.  

Marty’s a little peeved because Ralph is strutting around the office in his underwear – just like he does on Ladies’ Day at the club.

You see, Ralph can’t help that Munsingwear undies glorify his manly figure! “Clings as snug as a bug in a rug!” he shouts, while Marty stands helplessly in his Unionsuit.

“Hey! My one piece is just as light and cool and snug as your undies, and protects me from drafts as well!” 

Yeah, drafts like World War II had, Marty.  4F, right?

Both, however, agree on the real reason they love their Munsingwear undies.

 “It’s the stretchy seat! The seat alone is worth the price of admission!”  (Evidently, there is an amusement park in them there undies.)

“What a pleasure when I crouch in these!!”  “Yeah?  Well MINE don’t creep!”

Stretchy seat, snug fit…no creeping….well, these are all reasons men should stand around in their skivvies discussing their underwear.

It’s very manly.

“Here Ralph, catch my ball!  We’re both safe with Munsingwear!”

We Came For The Women

Jack, Stu, Arnie and Ralph.
They work for Interpol.  
They work hard.  They sweat.  
Four men.  Eight armpits.  Four crotches.  Probably one with back hair.
Four suits that “take the heat off”. No matter what situation they get in, the suits are breathable, and they’ll look crisp and sexy in their Burton suits when they track down Pussy Galore.
I’m not sure what the sunglasses are supposed to do.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

And then came December (Part 2 of a continuing saga of 18 months of hell)

When Andy died, I stayed for a while telling him how I would miss him, and how nothing would ever be forgotten.  I packed up his shirt and a prayer card left in his room saying someone had come by to pray for him in a plastic bag and left the room.  Completely numb, I thanked everyone who helped take him to the next level and headed for the elevator.

Not Cedars, but it looked exactly like this.


I walked down to the parking garage and asked for a taxi.  I could have stayed - maybe eaten something at our favorite deli, Canter's, but my brain couldn't process anything except "go home".  While waiting for the taxi, I called Southwest to try to change my ticket.  When the agent came on the phone, I said "I have a reservation for tonight, but I just watched my boyfriend die and I just want to go home. How much to change my ticket?"

"Nothing," she said, "and I'm so very sorry."  I thanked her and she offered condolences.
The taxi waiting area
I hung up and waited for the taxi.  Soon a fairly decrepit taxi pulled up and loaded my luggage into the trunk.  I got in.  The driver turned around and said
 "Are you okay, miss?"
"I guess.  I just watched my best friend in the world die.  I need to go to the airport to get home."
"It will be my pleasure, and that's the most horrible thing I've ever heard."

We drove in silence for a while, when he turned and said "Do you smoke?"  I said that I used to, but that I had an electronic cigarette now.  He said "But do you want a real one?"

"Absolutely" I said.  He handed me the pack and said "have as many as you want".  Eventually, he hesitantly asked the particulars and I told him.  "Shit!  That's horrible!  No one should have to do that!  Shit!"

When we reached the airport, he said "do not lift a hand" and carried my luggage to the sky cap.  I paid him and gave him a generous tip, which he handed back.  "God bless you", he said and I burst into tears.


I was about two hours away from my flight, so I stopped at the McDonald's in the airport for the first food I'd eaten since I got to L.A.  I had no idea there was a Canter's at the airport at the time.  It probably would have required me to get re-screened anyway.  I found a table and ate in complete silence and shock.

I wandered to the gate, and found a seat.  Pulling out my phone, I called my best friend Sue and began the long story.  Sue has been there nearly from the beginning of Andy and I.  She had seen the ups, the downs, the together and the separations.  It was always known between us that Andy and I would eventually end up in the old folks home together shouting at the cars that went by.  It was just going to happen that way.  Neither one of us wanted to say it, but I finally did.

"My entire life has been planned around being together in the home, bitching at each other.  What am I supposed to do now without Andy in my life?".  "I don't know," she said, "I never expected it not to happen."  I told her everything that happened and when I was done, I was spent.  She and her husband had offered to come sit in the waiting room when this happened, just so I would know she was close and there if needed.  I vetoed that - nothing more horrible than sitting in a place while I'm in another, but I was so grateful she asked.  Now, after letting my heart bleed with her, I needed to get into line to board.

"Call me when you get home."
"I will."


I had been trying to reach Ed, one of Andy's best friends since childhood, and the only one I knew how to reach, but had been unable.  I had left several messages, each more urgent than the last.  While standing in line, Ed finally called. He'd been in Europe.  He'd also received a call from our mutual friend Avi, who was both mine and Andy's doctor...but unbeknowst to me Andy had not seen him in years.  Avi, a very, very important doctor at Cedar's had the full scoop and had told Ed, who told me he had been expecting it for quite a while, as Andy started to refuse to see him when he was in town.  The last time he'd seen him, he said he looked homeless.  Because I'd been in another town, Andy had been sending photos to me that I thought were current.  They weren't.  I'd figured that out in the hospital, when he had a full head of grey hair, which was not grey when I'd last seen him.  I told Ed I was boarding the plane and would call him when I arrived, and then I took my seat.
Ed and I, at his sister's wedding shortly after we'd met


Once in the air, the flight staff came around and asked if we wanted something to drink.  I said "Oh, just give me a vodka seven, or whatever.  I just watched my boyfriend die and I don't want to feel anything."

The attendant, a wonderful man, knelt beside me and said "Honey, this one's on me", and abandoned his other passengers to get me my drink (which, bless him, was very strong.)
I think he put two bottles in it.

He then served the other passengers and came back with another drink.  He kneeled beside me and asked if I wanted to talk about it.  I told him a little, and he told me how wonderful it was that I stayed with him the whole time and that he was so very sorry.  When we arrived, he escorted me from the plane and said "is someone here to get you?" and I said yes.  He hugged me and wished me the best.  I wish I'd gotten his name and picture.

I went down to baggage and eventually found my suitcase and my way out to my ride.  I called Ed, and my neighbor listened to everything that happened.  Now at home, I pulled my suitcase out, walked in my door, said hi to the dogs and fell into bed.  When I woke, I got dressed and went to my mothers house to find I needed to take her to the hospital as she had not eaten or drank anything since I left, and my brother wasn't much better.

And it began.


More later.

And then came December

When Andy died, I stayed for a while telling him how I would miss him, and how nothing would ever be forgotten.  I packed up his shirt and a prayer card left in his room saying someone had come by to pray for him in a plastic bag and left the room.  Completely numb, I thanked everyone who helped take him to the next level and headed for the elevator.

Not Cedars, but it looked exactly like this.


I walked down to the parking garage and asked for a taxi.  I could have stayed - maybe eaten something at our favorite deli, Canter's, but my brain couldn't process anything except "go home".  While waiting for the taxi, I called Southwest to try to change my ticket.  When the agent came on the phone, I said "I have a reservation for tonight, but I just watched my boyfriend die and I just want to go home. How much to change my ticket?"

"Nothing," she said, "and I'm so very sorry."  I thanked her and she offered condolences.
The taxi waiting area
I hung up and waited for the taxi.  Soon a fairly decrepit taxi pulled up and loaded my luggage into the trunk.  I got in.  The driver turned around and said
 "Are you okay, miss?"
"I guess.  I just watched my best friend in the world die.  I need to go to the airport to get home."
"It will be my pleasure, and that's the most horrible thing I've ever heard."

We drove in silence for a while, when he turned and said "Do you smoke?"  I said that I used to, but that I had an electronic cigarette now.  He said "But do you want a real one?"

"Absolutely" I said.  He handed me the pack and said "have as many as you want".  Eventually, he hesitantly asked the particulars and I told him.  "Shit!  That's horrible!  No one should have to do that!  Shit!"

When we reached the airport, he said "do not lift a hand" and carried my luggage to the sky cap.  I paid him and gave him a generous tip, which he handed back.  "God bless you", he said and I burst into tears.


I was about two hours away from my flight, so I stopped at the McDonald's in the airport for the first food I'd eaten since I got to L.A.  I had no idea there was a Canter's at the airport at the time.  It probably would have required me to get re-screened anyway.  I found a table and ate in complete silence and shock.

I wandered to the gate, and found a seat.  Pulling out my phone, I called my best friend Sue and began the long story.  Sue has been there nearly from the beginning of Andy and I.  She had seen the ups, the downs, the together and the separations.  It was always known between us that Andy and I would eventually end up in the old folks home together shouting at the cars that went by.  It was just going to happen that way.  Neither one of us wanted to say it, but I finally did.

"My entire life has been planned around being together in the home, bitching at each other.  What am I supposed to do now without Andy in my life?".  "I don't know," she said, "I never expected it not to happen."  I told her everything that happened and when I was done, I was spent.  She and her husband had offered to come sit in the waiting room when this happened, just so I would know she was close and there if needed.  I vetoed that - nothing more horrible than sitting in a place while I'm in another, but I was so grateful she asked.  Now, after letting my heart bleed with her, I needed to get into line to board.

"Call me when you get home."
"I will."


I had been trying to reach Ed, one of Andy's best friends since childhood, and the only one I knew how to reach, but had been unable.  I had left several messages, each more urgent than the last.  While standing in line, Ed finally called. He'd been in Europe.  He'd also received a call from our mutual friend Avi, who was both mine and Andy's doctor...but unbeknowst to me Andy had not seen him in years.  Avi, a very, very important doctor at Cedar's had the full scoop and had told Ed, who told me he had been expecting it for quite a while, as Andy started to refuse to see him when he was in town.  The last time he'd seen him, he said he looked homeless.  Because I'd been in another town, Andy had been sending photos to me that I thought were current.  They weren't.  I'd figured that out in the hospital, when he had a full head of grey hair, which was not grey when I'd last seen him.  I told Ed I was boarding the plane and would call him when I arrived, and then I took my seat.
Ed and I, at his sister's wedding shortly after we'd met


Once in the air, the flight staff came around and asked if we wanted something to drink.  I said "Oh, just give me a vodka seven, or whatever.  I just watched my boyfriend die and I don't want to feel anything."

The attendant, a wonderful man, knelt beside me and said "Honey, this one's on me", and abandoned his other passengers to get me my drink (which, bless him, was very strong.)
I think he put two bottles in it.

He then served the other passengers and came back with another drink.  He kneeled beside me and asked if I wanted to talk about it.  I told him a little, and he told me how wonderful it was that I stayed with him the whole time and that he was so very sorry.  When we arrived, he escorted me from the plane and said "is someone here to get you?" and I said yes.  He hugged me and wished me the best.  I wish I'd gotten his name and picture.

I went down to baggage and eventually found my suitcase and my way out to my ride.  I called Ed, and my neighbor listened to everything that happened.  Now at home, I pulled my suitcase out, walked in my door, said hi to the dogs and fell into bed.  When I woke, I got dressed and went to my mothers house to find I needed to take her to the hospital as she had not eaten or drank anything since I left, and my brother wasn't much better.

And it began.


More later.

Friday, May 27, 2016

My Brother Is One of Them....Northern California Vietnam Vets To Be Added To The ‘In Memory’ Program

Northern California Vietnam Vets To Be Added To The ‘In Memory’ Program: The Vietnam Veteran’s Wall in Washington, DC honors those who died from injuries sustained while serving in the Vietnam war. A different memorial honors veterans who died as a result of their service, if not directly from wounds.

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