Day 43 – Stories of COVID-19 and Sheltering-In-Place

He apologized profusely and sheepishly moved on to the locker room. Later that evening he used the same move, which I assume he learned from me, to defeat Hulk Hogan.

Monday, April 27, 2020 – Live to Blog…but, geez, it’s a Monday

I think it is Monday anyway. Let me check. (Pause, rustle, pause some more.) Yep, it is Monday, according to my underwear which are labelled for each day of the week. Unless I got confused and put the Tuesday underwear on today.

Two fish. Each in separate fishbowls.

In case you’ve lost track of the days, today is March 87th.

once upon a kata

Homeland – Series Finale

I am a bit sad today. One of my favorite TV shows was Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin. I won’t recap the show here because you can get that on Wikipedia or elsewhere on the internet. I justed wanted to give it my vote for being one of the most compelling and best written shows in American TV. I’m not a fan of most TV shows made in America – too unoriginal.

I had hopes for This is Us but they lost me when they hyped and dragged out the mystery of how Jack died for about 8 months too long. Then, they had the audacity to blame a crockpot. How tacky! The original crockpot people (Rival, I believe) were not happy and I don’t blame them.

Homeland, on the other hand, has delivered in each of its eight seasons. Claire Danes was brilliant as a CIA agent who struggled with bipolar disorder. It doesn’t hurt that she was paired with one of the best, if not one of the most tempermental actors, in the country, Mandy Patinkin. I’ve been a fan ever since I saw Patinkin, in the The Princess Bride, utter these immortal words:

An Encounter with Andre the Giant

Speaking of The Princess Bride, this seems like a good time to watch it for the 8,327th time. It is a movie full of wonderful humor and hope. Plus, it has Andre the Giant in it.

I got to see Andre the Giant in person at a pro wrestling match in the Memorial Auditorium, on the riverfront in Burlington, Iowa. I was sitting in the first row of the mezzanine with the wrestling ring directly in front of me. It was the perfect seat! I nearly jumped out of it, though, when Andre the Giant’s head suddenly appeared in front of me…just his head. He was 7’4″ tall so his head cleared the mezzanine wall easily though it looked like it was just sliding down the top of the wall unattached to any body. As he passed by he turned and said “Hello!” He probably did that for added effect and it certainly had one.

But not the effect he had anticipated. I leapt over the wall, hoisted him high over my head, body slammed him to the floor, and said, “Look, bucko! Don’t scare me like that again!” He apologized profusely and sheepishly moved on to the locker room. Later that evening he used the same move, which I assume he learned from me, to defeat Hulk Hogan. (Winthrop Dijkstra-Baum here, Truth Be Told fact checker. Nothing in this last paragraph actually happened. Tom was doing just fine with the truth up until this point. Rather grandiose and delusional of him, don’t you think?)

It was a great night! What a memory!

SNL Comes Through!

I know I dissed SNL with my unsolicited opinion list on Saturday. But I must admit this was a very funny sketch from their 2nd live from home episode last weekend. Enjoy!

The Adventures of Chickenman – Episode 12

I just realized that we haven’t heard the opening or closing for the Chickenman episodes so far. It turns out that the database where I’m finding the episodes has seperated the opening and closing from the actual episodes. Therefore, as a service to the real fans of Chickenman, I’m including the opening and the closing with today’s episode. Unfortunately you’ll have to click on each separately. However, it is worth it!

Chickenman Opening

In this stirring episode the Feathered Fighter’s mother is called upon to help Chickenman (aka Benton Harbor) escape the taunts of a crowd who has gathered to watch him fly.

Chickenman Closing

Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, keep wearing your mask, and be really careful with the filters on your computer and phone!


Author: Tom Klaus

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2 thoughts on “Day 43 – Stories of COVID-19 and Sheltering-In-Place”

  1. Mandy Patinkin has been one of my favorite actors since I saw him play Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George in ’84.

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