A trip to see Hairspray at the JPJ in Charlottesville and observing the crowd there

The Mrs. & I went to Hairspray ...a tremendously catchy musical that was totally worth it, even if I had to check my man card at the door. Hairspray is beneath the dancing and singing, a pretty persuasive story about standing up to racism and discrimination against weight challenged individuals, and for that matter, discrimination of all kinds.

So amongst the thousands in attendance, I could only find one patron in attendance of color. Hmmm . Well I guess that's how it is for a variety of reasons ...hopefully none of the racist.

I just have to at least consider the belief that as much as things have changed ...where a story about fighting for integration because anything other than that is wrong on so many levels, that integration sometimes just "happens" as a matter of culture.
America has surely proven it has changed at the voting booth ...but change in day to day society may still have a ways to go.

The Mrs. and I realized how entertained we were and for the 1/4 the cost of a Springsteen show. Am I getting old or what?

Sex, Religion, Politics ...all in one joke

Four Religious Truisms

1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's chosen people.

2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.

4. Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.

Seth Myers is pretty damn good even without Amy

Seth Myers is coming into his own as Weekend update Host. He and Amy were great together, but Seth by himself hasn't just taken a little getting used to, its actually been a pleasant surprise to see just how good he can be.

"Yesterday, the Republican National Committee selected Michael Steele, an African American, as their new party chairman. You guys know it doesn't work with just any black guy, right?" --Seth Meyers

And the "But Really" commentary about Michael Phelps pot use where he closes by saying roughly that if you are partying with Michael Phelps and you think its more important to take out your camera to sell a picture to the tabloids of Phelps getting high rather than saying "how cool is it to party with Michael Phelps," then you're a dick ! was a dead on conclusion to a well crafted and memorable piece of topical comedy. One of SNL finest moments I thought.

Remembering Lakeside Amusement Park in Salem Virginia


Lakeside Amusement Park...now those were the days in the 70's.

I Grew up in Blacksburg and Roanoke. Had some memorable days there at Lakeside. My sisters and I went and counted out pennies (you could pay per ride in those days) to ride the Shooting Star ...I still have a love for wooden roller coasters. Country nights included Billy Crash Craddock ...and that Choo Choo that circled the park was just the ultimate experience for a kid. I remember the flood that devastated the park, worked at TV10 the day a worker was killed by the coaster, and in the final days of the park, got choked up while editing a package for TV10 that was on the last days of the Shooting Star. Lakeside is surely missed by anyone who laughed there.