It’s been a while, so I thought I’d update my blog again. I’ll start with my Gridiron 2011 experience. Once again Ted and the rest of the Gridiron crew delivered bigtime laughs. And I got to run in to some of the luminaries of our fine community as well. That’s not my usual crowd. Sat a couple of rows behind The Wichita Eagle and Sports Daily’s Bob Lutz and his lovely new bride Debbie. Also sat a few rows back behind WSU Ulrich Museum’s and Gridiron alum Teresa Veazey. At intermission I went and paid many respects to Ted’s dad Pat Woodward. And as I was walking back to the parking garage after the show I saw Steve McIntosh crossing the street as he was exiting the theater. I yelled STEVE, and got a wave as he turned and walked the other way down the street. All in all, a good time.
There’s something else I’ve been doing for fun recently. I’ve been meaning for a few years to go to more of the “Flashback” series of movies at the Palace West. Years ago when they were showing “Flashback” movies at the East Palace (which is no more) I saw “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on the big screen. As well as the Danny Boyle film “Trainspotting.” I’ve seen a few more of them over the years, but this needs to be something I work into my regular schedule. Returning classic movies to the big screen is a worthwhile venture, and I need to support this endeavor with my patronage. So, I’ll be there tonight to watch “The Princess Bride.” Weekend before last I went to see the Guy Ritchie film “Snatch.” OK OK, it’s not old enough to really be “a classic,” but I didn’t see it when it was in theaters on its initial run and I wished I had. I did the same thing earlier this year when I saw “The Silence of the Lambs” at the Palace. I might pass up “Hairspray” next week, but I promise I will not miss “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” the week after. And I’m really looking forward to next month when I will get to see “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Click here for the complete “flashback” schedule or visit PALACEMOVIES.COM.
As if I need more movies to watch. I’ve managed to whittle my Netflix cue down to 54 DVD’s, which is an accomplishment because it was over a hundred this time last year (over 120 if I remember right.) But as they keep adding titles of movies and television to their “Watch Instantly” list my cue for direct digital delivery is well up over 70 titles now. Just finished the American version of “Life on Mars…” not bad. A cop procedural with a little sci-fi time travel on top. All the seasons of “Top Gear” are now on instant. Now I like cars and I’m not completely useless when it comes to car repair and maintenance, but I’m not a “car guy.” Even so, I think this is one of the most entertaining currently running shows out there. If you have missed out on this car themed British television show, I’ll hook ya. Here’s a clip of Top Gear’s Richard Hammond and James May trying to turn the useless 3-wheeled Reliant Robin into a working space shuttle. And no, they didn’t fake the footage. Top Gear is famous for stunts like this. Oh, and if you don’t have Netflix… they just put up every episode of the original “Twilight Zone.” One of my favorite shows ever. A couple of my favorite episodes… “Time Enough at Last” with Burgess Meredith and “A Game of Pool” with Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters.