Can a TV series change a life?

Six Feet Under finished airing the last of its five seasons on Bravo TV this week; what a way to end a series! (I never saw it on HBO.) One of its recurring themes was to show characters learning the best way to live the years remaining until they die. It inspired me to make a change in my own life: to stay inside and watch more excellent TV.

Love poem from Boogie Nights

I love you, you love me
Going down the sugar tree.
We'll go down the sugar tree
And see lots of bees
Playing, playing.
But the bees won't sting
Because you love me.

-- as recited by John C. Reilly who played Reed Rothchild, an actor AND a poet, in the 1997 movie Boogie Nights.

Mr. Grumpy on the park bench

Next time you listen to the news on TV or radio, wait for the phrase "on the ground" to be spoken. Is it necessary, that is, does it add anything to the sentence? It usually pops up in a story about international news, like "troops on the ground" or "conditions on the ground." It brings to mind the distinction between those humans who are earthbound and those who float through the air flapping their arms, dodging tree limbs and the occasional helicopter.

Speaking of radio, Chicago's WBEZ is hot for a new kind of "branding." It's the Chicago Public Radio station so the station ID at the top of the hour is thirty seconds of the phrase "Chicago Public Radio" repeated in about twenty different languages. It's not as captivating as it sounds. If their goal was to make me switch to another station, it's working.

This is the first neighborhood I've lived in where grown men ride bicycles on the sidewalk. Is this a new municipal ordinance or is it nationwide? Friday's bicycling man on the sidewalk also wore a parka with the snorkel hood up, which must've made it interesting at intersections. (It was 50 degrees at the time, but that's another rant.)

Midnight Cowboy lyrics

Next time you watch the 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy and you hear the instrumental theme, sing along:
a Mid - night
Cow - ow - ow boy
Your ordinary
Cow - ow - ow boy
Repeat as needed.