Friday, September 20, 2013

Back Home Again In Tucson



O.K. -- Here I am back in my snug little apartment on the Northeast side of busy, noisy, traffic-jammed Tucson. Of course, the heavy traffic only affects me marginally since I no longer drive a motor vehicle. I'm too old and uncoordinated for such  a grave responsibility, which I discovered when I turned 70, four years ago and had a few sudden and frightening close-calls on the highway.

But that's an old story, reported here on the blog [too] many times before.

I am really looking forward to my morning walk to Fry's Market and back. I missed it while temporarily residing outside the city limits, and missed the greetings of my friends I meet along the way... Roger who lives at Edgewood Apartments halfway between my home and Fry's, and Cedric who also lives there... and Haika, the happy handsome produce clerk who always cries out and wraps her arms around me in a big hug whenever I've been away for any length of time... and Marta who always calls out my name whenever she sees me in the store... and, of course, Jennifer, the beautiful, young, energetic, bouncy, smiling Customer Service clerk from whom I always eagerly buy my twice-weekly lottery tickets. And, whichever somewhat disheveled, dolorous, conversation-starved, homeless person that happens to be holding down the loafer's smoking-bench outside the store's entrance.

Yes, I miss my daily routine, and am always glad to return to it.



A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.


On this day in 2012, 16 members of a dissident Amish group in Ohio were convicted of federal hate crimes and conspiracy for forcibly cutting the beards and hair of fellow Amish with whom they had religious differences. The government classified the ruthless attacks as hate crimes because beards and long hair have important religious symbolism to the Amish, who are known for their pacifism, plain style of dress and refusal to use many forms of modern technology.

The men and women convicted in the attacks belonged to a group of about 18 families who lived on an 800-acre farm owned by their leader, Samuel Mullet Sr. The perpetrators -- sometimes wielding shears meant for horse manes—restrained victims and in some cases hurt those who came to their aid. Afterwards, the attackers took photographs in order to further humiliate the injured parties.

On September 20, 2012, the 66-year-old Mullet was convicted along with three of his sons, one of his daughters and 11 other followers. On February 8, 2013, a federal judge in Cleveland sentenced Mullet to 15 years in prison. His co-defendants received sentences ranging from one to seven years behind bars.


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(born September 20, 1967)
Kristen Johnston is an American stage, film, and television actress. She is most famous for her two-time Emmy Award-winning role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. She also starred as Wilma Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. She currently appears as Holly Franklin in the sitcom The Exes.

(born September 20.,1934)
Sophia Loren is an Italian actress. In the late 1950s, Loren's five-picture contract with Paramount launched her career as an international movie star. Notable film appearances around this time included; Houseboat, That Kind of Woman, and It Started in Naples. Loren's deglamorized performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica's Two Women confirmed her status as an acclaimed actress. Later notable films include Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Marriage Italian-Style , Sunflower and The Voyage.

Her first starring role was in Aida (1953), for which she received critical acclaim. After playing the lead role in Two Nights with Cleopatra (1953), her breakthrough role was in The Gold of Naples (1954) and Too Bad She's Bad.

Over the next three years she acted in many films such as Scandal in Sorrento (1955) and Lucky to Be a Woman (1956). In 1957, Loren's star had begun to rise in Hollywood, with the films Boy on a Dolphin (her U.S. film debut), Legend of the Lost with John Wayne, and The Pride and the Passion in which she starred opposite Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

In later years she has appeared in American blockbusters such as Grumpier Old Men and Nine.

(born September 20, 1929)
Anne Meara is an American actress and comedian. She and Jerry Stiller were a prominent 1960s comedy team, appearing as Stiller and Meara, and are the parents of actor and comedian Ben and actress Amy Stiller.

(born September 20, 1991)
Spencer Locke is an American actress who is known for her role as K-Mart in the Resident Evil film series. Prior to appearing as Candida on Phil of the Future, she had a recurring role as Bitsy on season one of the Nickelodeon series Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

Locke has also guest starred as Brandee Case in Without a Trace in the episode "Wannabe", Kayla in That's So Raven in episode "Mad Hot Cotillion", and as Jenny in the animated film Monster House. She appeared in the 2007 film Resident Evil: Extinction as a girl found in the ruins of a K-Mart, hoping to find a safe haven in Alaska. Spencer reprised her role as K-Mart in the film Resident Evil: Afterlife, released September 10, 2010. She also has appeared as Amber Bradley on The Vampire Diaries.


Depression is rage spread thin.
--George Santayana



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