Friday, February 28, 2014

Yeah, She Was A Wild One



178 pounds

I am working on a piece of flash fiction titled Road Rage - Present Day. If I am satisfied with it by this coming Saturday, which is tomorrow, I will post it on the blog.

If I am not satisfied with it, I won't.


I ran across an old picture of my first wife, Kay, the mother of my four children (before she was my wife) and one of her friends, taken just a short time after she graduated from High School.

Bonnie Kay Strain     Evie Miller
Anderson, Indiana, 1958

Here is another picture  --
taken on our wedding day
Rensselaer, Indiana, 1959

Kay suffered an inoperable brain aneurysm in 1978, and died at the age of 37.


Did You Know . . .?

Broccoli is 'man-made' through the breeding of different cabbage crops.



On this day in 1993, at Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas, agents of the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) launch a raid against the Branch Davidian compound as part of an investigation into illegal possession of firearms and explosives by the Christian cult. As the agents attempted to penetrate the complex, gunfire erupted, beginning an extended gun battle that left four ATF agents dead and 15 wounded. Six Branch Davidians were fatally wounded, and several more were injured, including David Koresh, the cult's founder and leader. After 45 minutes of shooting, the ATF agents withdrew. The operation, which involved more than 100 ATF agents, was the one of the largest ever mounted by the bureau and resulted in the highest casualties of any ATF operation.

Following the ATF raid, the FBI took over. A standoff with the Branch Davidians stretched into seven weeks, and little progress was made in the telephone negotiations as the Davidians had stockpiled years of food and other necessities before the raid. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno approved a tear-gas assault on the compound,

Koresh and at least 80 of his followers, including 22 children, died during the federal government's assault on Mount Carmel.



Of, relating to or resembling a thrush, or any other bird of the family Turdidae.

If you feel a little awkward using this word in conversations with your friends, there are two other variants with the same meaning, turdoid and turdine.



(born February 28, 1969)
Robert Sean Leonard is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Neil Perry in the film Dead Poets Society (1989) and Dr. James Wilson on the television series House (2004–2012). He regularly stars in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. As of 2013, he has a recurring role as Dr. Roger Kadar on the TNT television series Falling Skies.

(born February 28, 1976)
Ali Larter is an American actress. She is best known for playing the dual roles of Niki Sanders and Tracy Strauss on the NBC science fiction drama Heroes as well as her guest roles on several television shows in the 1990s. Larter's screen debut came in the 1999 film Varsity Blues, followed by the horror films House on Haunted Hill and Final Destination as Clear Rivers. Major supporting roles in the comedy Legally Blonde and the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love led her to lead roles as the titular character in Marigold and in the 2009 thriller Obsessed.

(born February 28, 1955)
Gilbert Gottfried is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice artist known for his trademark comedic persona of speaking in a loud, grating tone of voice and squinting. His numerous roles in film and television include voicing the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin and Digit in the children's cartoon / educational math-based show Cyberchase.

(born February 28, 1948)
Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer and children's book author. Regarded by many as the foremost interpreter of the works of Stephen Sondheim, Peters is particularly noted for her roles on the Broadway stage, including in the musicals Mack and Mabel, Sunday in the Park with George, Song and Dance, Into the Woods, Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy.

Peters first performed on the stage as a child and then a teenage actor in the 1960s, and in film and television in the 1970s. She was praised for this early work and for appearances on The Muppet Show, The Carol Burnett Show and in other television work, and for her roles in films like Silent Movie, The Jerk, Pennies from Heaven and Annie.


Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.



  1. My gosh, Gene, Kay was a beauty. The thought of someone you loved dying at so young an age saddens me.

    1. Thank you, Anthony.

      It saddens me as well, even after all these years. I think often of how terrible it is that she never got to see her children in their adult years, and was never able therefore to meet their eventual spouses nor share in the births and growing up of the grandchildren.''

      Yes, Anthony, as good as this life can be most of the time, there are events that truly suck.