March 30th, 2016 by Calvero
Ah, the year 1986.  A big year that became very influential in my life.  I hope to write an entry for each one (I already wrote about how I got introduced to Sherlock Holmes), but here’s a summary (in no real order):

Disney’s Dreamers and Doers

The Disney company here in Florida (for a few years) picked someone from each county in the state from elementary, junior high, and high school as someone showing the “4 Cs” – curiosity, confidence, constancy, and courage. And somehow I was picked for the junior high level for Volusia county!  It was one of the most exciting days of my life!  And I still have my medal, hangs in my living room. May 2 is the anniversary 🙂

Sherlock Holmes

Thanks to reading the classic Hound of the Baskervilles story in my 8th grade English class, I got hooked on the adventures of Sir Author Conan Doyle’s famous detective.  Not because of the mystery genre, but in the characters of Holmes and Watson and how the stories were written.  I found, and still find, that endlessly fascinating!  And for the last few years I have basked in the glow of it being a big thing with the help of the Robert Downey Jr movies, and BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’s Elementary tv shows.

The Smothers Brothers

Fate has a wicked sense of humor, and so it introduced me to these guys, by accident. And, boy, I had no idea what I landed myself into.  My poor family somehow put up with me either listening to or watching this harmless looking comedic brother duo – a lot. I also got really interested in classic comedy due to these guys (Thanks Tom and Dick!), along with history (particularly the 1960s), folk music, and being politically involved.

Doctor Who

A guy that traveled in time and space in a spaceship disguised as a British Police Box. And he’s not always able to control where or when his ship ends up.

That’s how the show was described to me by a couple classmates in school.  And I was curious.  And the first episode I watched was the very first episode from 1963, An Unearthly Child.  And I have stayed curious for the last 30 years.  And I still haven’t used to the idea that Doctor Who is a big thing now.  I love it, it’s just weird.

 

Highway to Heaven

The Summer of ’86 introduced me to this show.  I have had a long interest in the nature of God and religions in general, it did not really take off until I happened upon this show by accident. Starred the late Michael Landon as an angel, and Victor French as a former Oakland cop (hence the Oakland A’s baseball cap), driving around the country on assignments from “The Boss”.  Had a lot of heart and some laughs.

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May 3rd, 2014 by Calvero

GMD - The EscapeCurrently I am writing a review for the most recent episode of Elementary, Paint It Black (yeah, I accidentally hit Publish earlier when I was still putting it together.  But thanks to the people on Tumblr who liked and reblogged it anyway :). Wow!) . [Edit – It’s done! Read the review here!)

Until then, here is a possibly theory of what inspired the intro to the show. Below is one of the best scenes from Disney’s “Sherlock Holmes set in the mouse world” The Great Mouse Detective .  The scene opens after Ratigan (the mouse “Never call me a rat!” Moriarty of the story) has captured both Basil and Dawson and has them tied down with various types of weapons aimed at them to all go off when the record player reaches the end of Ratigan singing “Good Bye!”.  Basil’s depressed, and Dawson’s ticked that Basil has given up hope….

And below is Elementary’s intro:

Just something fun to think about!  And I highly recommend GMD.  If you have Netflix streaming, it’s currently on there.  Loads of fun!

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November 8th, 2009 by Calvero
  • planning on taking Kristi to see This Is It as a reward for a great report card 🙂 #
  • @insidethemagic cool! I’ll listen when I get the chance. Looking forward to the Haunted Mansion recording 🙂 in reply to insidethemagic #
  • Krsiti & I liked This Is It. I <3 Startin’ Something & Smooth Criminal w/ classic Bogart & Robinson. Kristi’s was Beat It. Both <3 Thriller #
  • taking on NaNoWriMo challenge. Who knows where this may lead? http://ping.fm/kmqpc #
  • good morning! #
  • RT @Liturgy: You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. Emerson☜ #
  • Moonfruit goes global. Win a pair of flights every day this week, you choose where! #flymeto New York? http://bit.ly/flymeto #
  • only had about 15 minutes yesterday for #nanowrimo . Wrote 112 words. Total so far is 334. I have off today, so aiming for over 1000 🙂 #
  • going to heat up pancakes and grab some orange juice to break my fast #
  • @scoopie77 thanks for the support! Yes, I’m staying positive. If I had all day long to write & only did 334 words I’d be bummed, lol in reply to scoopie77 #
  • Someone is slow on the newswire 😀 RT @poshmama: Apple to put TV Shows on iTunes – I thought this was already being done. LOL #
  • That is funny. I would consider voting for him! 🙂 RT @philcrissman: “is awesome” … That is inspired. Brilliant. http://twitpic.com/o4nrn #
  • hanging out in @FatherRoderick ‘s chatroom waiting for Daily Breakfast podcast to start http://ping.fm/Fc9qx #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Nanowrimo in 3 Minutes http://bit.ly/22w3f6 #
  • taking a break from writing to do laundry while watching Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight #
  • searching for a potato bread recipe #
  • found this recipe http://ping.fm/9de5T (typing with flour dusted hands) #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — NaNoWriMo!!! http://bit.ly/28UtpJ #
  • #nanowrimo is being taken up by @realjohngreen Yay! What will a pub’d author do w/ it? Hmm… http://ping.fm/aqNoA #
  • @scoopie77 wow, they look good! Charles aka Jim barely looks a day older. Loved Murphy Brown! in reply to scoopie77 #
  • listening to Travel w/ Rick Steves podcast “1000 Places to See Before You Die; Haunted Europe” while cooking http://ping.fm/zd6Ql #
  • Hurray! I met my personal #NaNoWriMo goal! At 1386 words, though OpenOffice says it’s 1438. Good either way. Was aiming for 1000 😀 #
  • Added #nanowrimo badge to blog http://ping.fm/WKahe . Now going to bed. Night! #
  • wrote just a little bit for #nanowrimo . Up to 1447 #
  • good night! 🙂 #
  • gooood morning! #
  • going to spend some time outside. Such a beautiful day! Sunny and 66F #
  • I am back. Enjoyed my little outing 🙂 #
  • writing bits on #nanowrimo Darn thing is slowly turning into a Sherlock Holmes fanfic LOL. Nothing @mary_russell needs to be jealous of 😉 #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — OBAMA DOES THRILLER http://bit.ly/bBZcQ #
  • watching the new recording of Star Wars podcast by @FatherRoderick http://ping.fm/xGBOP #
  • Star Wars podcast is finally under way 🙂 http://ping.fm/Tareq #
  • my #nanowrimo is up to 1718 words. Still seems to be heading in a Sherlock Holmes fanfic direction. Heading to bed now. Good night! #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Dawn-Nobody’s Perfect http://bit.ly/yCL0j #
  • forgot to say “Good morning!” 🙂 #
  • home from work. Now to write a little on my #nanowrimo #
  • watching @uncultured ‘s video “What is the Uncultured Project?” http://bit.ly/4DZTVQ #
  • hooray! Made it past 2000 words on #nanowrimo ! 2,042! #
  • good morning! getting kids ready for church #

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September 27th, 2009 by Calvero
  • good afternoon! #
  • working on Comedy Classics Ning – Updating Feedburner feeds for Twitterfeeds.http://ping.fm/m3JMv . So far, so good! 😀 #
  • RT @DFTBArecords: FREE MP3! Follow @dftbarecords & then RT this msg & we’ll DM you a link to Hank Green’s “Demolition Derby” studio version! #
  • RT @jdcoffman: Yo Neil Patrick Harris, I’m real happy for you & I’mma let you finish but #pbs had the best shows of the year, of all yea … #
  • @poshmama LOL. I send my sympathies 🙂 #
  • came home bout 8, & stayed busy reading to Kate, eating dinner & folding clothes while watching Antiques Road Show & History Detectives #pbs #
  • saved store $500+ when I caught 1 of my customers trying to sneak out with electronics. He didn’t know who he was messing with 😉 #
  • ok, well, I was on the computer long enough (:lol). Time to go to bed! good night 🙂 #
  • back from work. Eating late dinner. Watching #HouseMD http://ping.fm/2QFiX #
  • got a lot of pats on the back & “good job!”s today when everyone found out about me catching the guy from almost stealing $500+ yesterday. #
  • I feel better now! stomach full and thirst quenched. Now to working on my sites #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Smile – Ideas Remain http://bit.ly/2MZnWF #
  • time for bed… good night everyone 🙂 #
  • and here we go again! good morning! #
  • about to watch Special Agent OSO with Katie #disney #
  • went downtown to buy Kristi a recorder for her school music class, $3! 🙂 Nice one too. Easy instrument to maintain for a 10 yr old. #
  • also bought dinner. Sweet & Sour chicken with sugar snap peas stir fry. will be starting to cook that in an hour or so. And with Cuban bread #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Health Care Reform: The Hank Factor http://bit.ly/goLAG #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Paper Towns in Paperback: A How-to Guide http://bit.ly/raUvM #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Where’s Margo! A Nerdfighter Event! http://bit.ly/2zJCc8 #
  • morning! #
  • haning out for a bit in @FatherRoderick ‘s live chat while getting Katie ready for school. Cam’s on, but no one is home http://ping.fm/ICyaC #
  • watching @FatherRoderick at http://ping.fm/AZQMa work on Biggest Loser podcast (joint podcast with @gspn ) #
  • heading out the door for a little me time. #
  • #PlayhouseDisney ‘s site http://ping.fm/0TBZf has faulty link. “Watch Episodes” redirects to Disney UK. Now I have a sad 2 yr old 🙁 #
  • RT @FatherRoderick: Excited about the launch of the ‘Biggest Loser Fan Podcast’ with Cliff & Fr. Roderick! http://www.biggestloserpodcast.com #pabl #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes – The Body Language http://bit.ly/XlGki #
  • watching “‘We’re Just Too White’ The Amazing Pink Things on Arsenio Hall”. 1 thing-they had guts http://bit.ly/2FabDf #
  • just ate a sandwhich on whole wheat bread #pabl . Now eating a moonpie, which is not exactly pabl, lol #
  • RT @GSPN: Biggest Loser Podcast w/ @FatherRoderick is going live right now. Come join us at http://gspn.tv/live #
  • RT @johntesh: Podiatrists say FLIP FLOPS are responsible for MORE health problems than any other type of shoes. http://bit.ly/FbSX2 #
  • testing settings. #
  • @Toddly00: don’t remember 1st DVD I saw, but 1st dvd with commentary was “In the Company of Men” #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Surprising language in the Constitution http://bit.ly/RXRBb #

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September 6th, 2009 by Calvero
  • good afternoon everyone!We got back late from church. Girls had a good time. #
  • listening to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" (1 of my favs) on internet radio while making lunch for the girls http://is.gd/2HMe9 #
  • listening to @FatherRoderick 's AudioBoo about his training for a marathon http://ping.fm/1fEAj #
  • goood morning! 🙂 #
  • Sesame Street about to start. And I'm about to put today's first load of laundry in. #
  • listening to internet radio. playing Flock of Seagulls "I Ran" http://bit.ly/5Tg6O
    classic! #
  • listening to TWiT 210 "Banned In Sweden" http://twit.tv/210 interesting talk on Snow Leopard #
  • home from work. eating homegrown pineapple. Sweet! (literally!) #pabl #
  • listening to Great Speeches in History Podcast "Eulogy for Robert Kennedy" http://is.gd/2KonZ Had heard parts for years, but not all. #
  • finishing up reading "The Almost Hopeless Challenge Of Web Security" at TechCrunch http://is.gd/2KrhZ #
  • good night! #
  • good morning! (soon to be afternoon here) #
  • Katie is in for her nap (not quite asleep yet), I put a second load of wash, and looking into updating my forums http://ping.fm/sAZdM #
  • RT @BeatlesTweets: If you live in the USA, VH1 Classic has a Beatles retrospective show tonight with music videos and a screening of Help! #
  • RT @uncultured: After seeing these photos, I want to move to Switzerland – http://bit.ly/15wixU #
  • girls are in bed :). I feel fortunate that they do not put up a fuss when it's bedtime #
  • listening to @FatherRoderick 's "Traveling Light" AudioBoo as he's going to Hong Kong http://ping.fm/Qzx7J #
  • also trying to figure out how to upgrade my forums. It looks easy…. for me to mess up, lol. I think I know what to do now (X-ing fingers) #
  • RT @realjohngreen: I just finished @scottwesterfeld's LEVIATHAN. So fun, so brilliant. Trailer: http://bit.ly/yOXBp #
  • watching "Health Care Overhaul" cartoon using @realjohngreen 's audio from 1 of his earlier vids http://bit.ly/CLrYp #
  • not having luck with upgrading forums. I'll have to continue with it tomorrow. #
  • good night all. time for bed #
  • good morning 🙂 #
  • watching Special Agent OSO w/ Katie http://ping.fm/WzHQb #
  • RT @poshmama: Just sayin' if you don't use soap it's not washing your hands but only rinsing them. #
  • Katie is in for her nap and quiet. And I'm cooking lunch and writing letters (yes, with pen and paper… card rather :D) #
  • Found out from reading (no pun intended) @levarburton 's tweets that Reading Rainbow got canceled! Majorly bummed 🙁 NPR- http://is.gd/2NXbB #
  • Sounds like Katie is awake now. Time to get her lunch ready #
  • listening to @leolaporte 's "Tech Guy" podcast http://twit.tv/ttg592 while taking care of lunch dishes #
  • trying to continue writing cards, but kids keep interrupting. Enjoying them going to bed is no mystery! lol #
  • Decided earlier that I would rough draft on the pc first before wasting a card. Times like now (Katie hanging on me) is one of the reasons. #
  • night! #
  • hello, I must be going. I came to say that I cannot stay. I must be going… Lala! – had a Groucho moment 🙂 http://is.gd/2RadR Night! #
  • good morning 🙂 #
  • morning! came back early from church. I'm tired from working really late last night & Kristi wasn't feeling well. #

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