Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Gene Simmons Family Jewels

I've been a huge KISS fan for almost 30 years. On my 11th birthday in 1977, my dad bought a bunch of 45's to give to the kids at my party. I ended up with Christeen Sixteen/Shock Me by KISS. I LOVED that little record. That soon lead to all the albums, toys, posters, etc.
My favorite was always 'The Demon' Gene Simmons. I dressed up as Gene for Halloween in 1978 or 1979. And I listened to his solo album over and over. I've remained a fan through the good and the bad.
The past few years I thought Gene was a real 'Asshole'. But, after watching Gene Simmons Family Jewels on A&E, I have a new respect for him. He's actually just a regular 'goofy' dad. I really enjoy the show.
In other KISS news, Paul Stanley has a solo album coming out on Oct. 24th called 'Live To Win'.

Here's a song from Gene Simmons 1978 solo album. The Disney classic When You Wish Upon A Star (click to download)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Movies @ Main (updated 10/31/06)

The Akron-Summit County Main Library shows movies in the auditorium every Thursday at 6:30. All programs are free and open to the public. I'm looking forward to seeing some monster movies on the big screen. Here's the schedule--

August 24 - RV
August 31 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
September 7 - Akeelah and the Bee
September 14 - My Architect
September 21 - Ghostbusters
September 28 - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
October 5 - Jaws
October 12 - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
October 19 - The Others
October 26 - Topper Returns
November 2 - The Nightmare Before Christmas
November 9 - Cars (animated)
November 16 - Goldfinger
November 30 - Western Double Feature: Way Out West & Rim of the Canyon

See you at the library.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

America's Walk For Diabetes

Recently I accepted the challenge of walking in the American Diabetes Association's Walk for Diabetes annual fund-raising event (I've been walking for over 10 years). I am involved because I believe in and support the Association's mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Diabetes runs in my family, my brother and I have it and our parents were both diabetic.

You, too, can help by supporting my fund-raising efforts with a generous contribution. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference to the more than 20 million American adults and children who are affected by this disease, and another 40 million who are at risk for developing diabetes.

Now it's faster and easier than ever to support this great cause! You can make your donation online with a credit card just by clicking the link at the bottom of this message.

You can learn more about the American Diabetes Association, its programs and diabetes in general at www.diabetes.org. For more information on America's Walk for Diabetes, please visit www.diabetes.org/walk.

As the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes increases, your generous gift will help us move one step closer to finding a cure! I greatly appreciate your support.

Diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and amputations. Common signs of diabetes are extreme thirst, frequent urination, and/or unexplained weight loss. You are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes if you are: African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander; Over age 45; Underactive; Overweight or obese; Someone with a family history of diabetes; A woman who has had a baby weighing more than nine ponds at birth. To take the diabetes risk test online, visit diabetes.org/risktest.

All donations should be made by Oct. 8. That's when I walk. Thank you.

To donate online, click here.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Geauga Lake Caricature

Yesterday, Me, my wife, son and his friend went to
Geauga Lake Amusement Park. The weather was beautiful and the boys had a great time. Check out the caricature my wife and I had drawn.

TV Theme - Survivor - Exile Island

Survivor - Exile Island Theme (click to download)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Twisted Nightmare Weekend Review

I went to the Twisted Nightmare Weekend Saturday. It mostly features independant movie companies that make slasher/blood & guts type of films. It's not really my cup of tea. But, I did really enjoy all of the Star Wars folks-

The Jedi Knights Of Cleveland

The 501st Legion - Ohio Garrison

The Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club

I met (and got an autograph from)Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.I also went to his panel called 'Being Boba Fett.' He showed clips from his 50 year acting career and took questions from the audience. He was really quite fascinating.

I also got an autograph from Gerald Home, he played Tessek (Squid Head) and a Mon Calamari Officer in Return Of The Jedi.

Michael Berryman is an interesting fellow. He's been in many movies and TV series including The Hills Have Eyes, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Weird Science, The Devil's Rejects, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The X-Files, HBO's Tales From The Crypt, The Guyver and ALF. He's a really cool guy. I got his autograph, also.

Say your prayers and lock your doors, because THE GHOULIGANS! are here! A modern day take on the 60's horror comedies such as The Munsters, Groovie Goolies and Mad Monster Party, THE GHOULIGANS! follows the escapades of four mixed up old fashioned monsters trying to make it in the modern world. I bought their DVD but, haven't watched it yet. It looks kinda funny.

Friday, August 04, 2006

TV Theme - My Name Is Earl

One of the (many) things that I collect is TV theme songs, old and new. I'm going to start posting the occasional theme song here. Leave a message in 'comments' and let me know if there is a theme that you would like to hear. I'll try to find it and post it. The sound quality on the themes that I have vary. Some are real good and some are taped off of an old TV with a hand held recorder.

Here's the first of many--

My Name Is Earl Theme (click to download)