Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering David And Lynn Angell

David Angell was unique among the comedy writers I've met. Like David himself, his humor was gentle and kind, yet deeply funny. He had a brilliant comedy mind, but more importantly he was a good man, and a nice person."

-Bruce Rasmussen, Executive Producer, The Drew Carey Show

From For Ellipsis

Three years ago, I participated in the 2,996 Project which paid tributes to the heroes and victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001. I requested to honor David Angell & his wife Lynn, both of whom were killed when their plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the World Trade Center.

David and Lynn Angell brought light and laughter to the world. I requested to honor the Angells, because I was familiar with his work as a comedy writer, producer and eventually co-creator of the sitcom Wings. I don't know how many smiles he may have brought me over the years... maybe a 1,ooo or so, and I will never get to thank him properly, but I can continue to send a BIG THANK YOU to the heavens, especially on this day, and share how much he meant to me, even though we had never met. A world with a little less humor in it is a sad place indeed.

Please take a moment and visit my original post from September 11th, 2006. These two people were just exceptional individuals and deserve to be remembered for their kindness and humanity.

Thank you David and Lynn for making the world a much happier place in the time your were with us.


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

8 Years Later...

From For Ellipsis

"Liars share with those they deceive the desire not to be deceived."

-Sissela Bok


It doesn't seem possible that 8 years has already gone by. I will never forget how I felt when Alan called me to tell me what had happened. His phone call woke me from the first good nights sleeps I had had in months. I was staring down depression back then, and along with the sadness came an extreme form of insomnia. But the night before I watched a show with Alan, had a few laughs with him, and then went to bed... and slept. I don't know, maybe it was being able to find some humor or maybe it was because Elvis had cuddled into me so lovingly, I don't know what it was, all I knew is that the phone ringing that September 11th morning didn't disturb me, because for once I felt rested and in good spirits. Then Alan told me what had happened.

He was wondering if I was ok, because he thought I would call him as soon as I heard the news. "Yes, I am fine, but what do you mean the World Trade Center is gone?" I asked. "Where did it go?" Even now his words seem more absurd then reasonable. I couldn't wrap my mind around the perfectly correct English words being spoken to me. Alan, in his frustration, told me to "go turn on the TV, but sit down first." I hung up the phone, walked into the living room, and noticed that there was a little red dot lit on the cable box. "What does that mean?" I thought to myself. I Turned on the TV to see already recorded images of the second plane hitting the WTC and the towers eventual collapse. Most all the events that happened that morning, took place in my sleep. And as I sat watching the inexplicable happen over and over again, all I heard outside was a funny kind of quiet... not even a bird. A little later in the day, the silence was broken by the Ethereal Musician playing America on his sax. It was all so surreal, and yet very, very REAL.

Everything changed that day. America changed. But it didn't have to. :( I wish we could go back to the America of September 10th 2001.


D'OH! Another Wayward Republican Caught With His Pants Down!

From For Ellipsis

"So I am getting into spanking her, yeah, I like it, I like spanking her. She goes, "I know you like spanking me,' I said "Yeah because you are such a bad girl.""

-Mike Duvall (Former California Assemblyman)

Great-Day-In-The-Morning... here we go again! Yet another Republican caught with his pants down. Yesterday, California lawmaker, Mike Duvall, resigned his office amid yet another republican sex scandal. I will say the same thing about this sex scandal that I will say every time something like this comes to light. Cheating on your spouse should not be grounds in itself for either dismissal or for resigning from public office, however, in this case I believe his resignation was appropriate because to woman... or women in question (it turns out he had two mistresses) were lobbyists, who just happened to have business before Mr. Duvall's committees.


Don't you think it's about time the republican party stop pretending that they are anymore righteous then anyone else? Mike Duvall, who is married with two children, has been known for his "family values" so tell me, what could have possibly gone wrong? I don't know... maybe no one does, or maybe it is the oldest reason in the book, perhaps he couldn't live up to the perfect life he preached. Shrug. All I know is that perhaps it's about time that political parties rethink their own perfection. I think Mr. Duvall made things much worse for himself today, as he issued a statement denying the affair, describing his conversation as "inappropriate storytelling."

Oh.. ok... just a case of boys being boys?

So instead of being an adulterer... instead of having an affair with a married lobbyist... you merely lied?

Yeah... that's much better.


Thanks for clearing that up. How about you just stand up... admit what you did... and then go away!

Opinions, opinions. Tell me what you think about this latest incidence of Republicans Gone Wild!


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A Thought For The Day...

From For Ellipsis

"In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday."


I wonder... just who is this "unknown" person?

(Tee Hee)


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The President's Back- To - School Message To America's Students Streamed Live

From For Ellipsis

Comeback here at 12:00 PM ET to watch a LIVE stream of President Obama's Back - To - School address.


EMPS: Archived Photos... I Didn't Do It!

From For Ellipsis

"Never explain... your friends don't need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway."

I found this photo in my archives, and thought I would share it with everyone. Hope it brings you a smile. Not entirely coincidentally, the topic for this week's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot is "ARCHIVED PHOTOS." Everyone is invited to join in and play, just pay a visit to yesterday's entry to read all about how to play along.


Monday, September 07, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #54: Archived Photos

"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are."

-Ernst Haas

EMPS #54: Archived Photos. NOW CLOSED!
I have a super easy assignment for you this week... ARCHIVED PHOTOS. Here's what I want you to do. Climb into your ACHIEVES and choose a photo which you haven't displayed before and share it with us. Any subject will do, as long as it is family friendly. The only condition is that it has to be older then a month, and has not been displayed.

Extra Credit: Tell us about the photo. Where did you take it? Why did you take it? Was there something difficult about the experience?

This week's photo shoot assignment closes next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. So, you have until then to complete the assignment, post it to your blog, journal or website and comeback here with the direct link. Please remember, it must be the direct link that goes back to an entry which is specific to this week's assignment. A general link to your site will not do. NO HYPERLINKS ACCEPTED! I need your full URL in order to add you to the Linking List next week. Also, please include a link back here so others can join us for the fun.

Linking List for EMPS# 53: Trees. 08/31/09


1. Sparrow

2. Suzanne

3. Carolyn

4. Jama

5. Greg

6. Karen

7. Patrick

8. Margaret

9. Liz with entry #1 here and a bonus entry here.

10. Mike

EXCELLENT photos everyone! We have a few new participants this week, so be sure to drop by and show your fellow EMPS photographers your support. That's it for this week, see you next Monday with a new Monday Photo Shoot assignment.