# CDXLIV…Eldest’s Milestone…

@ 6 Months

 

On this date, February 4, twenty-five years ago, my eldest daughter, Mena, was brought into this world…thereby making me (an almost-21-year-old) a father for the first time.  Before her birth, however, my life wasn’t really anything special; I mean, I was in the early stages of my “paying” career (working for a Customhouse broker), separated from her mother (who, truth be told, didn’t notify me until three days AFTER her birth but, we would, for a time, live together after she was born) and nothing special in the overall grand scheme to be noticed.

On this twice-in-a-lifetime (I will be dealing with my youngest daughter’s 25th in about 8 years) occasion, I have the opportunity to express just how much better my life has been since Mena’s birth in 1992.  Being a first-time father back then, not to mention the fact that I was as naïve as I was immature, the only real preparation that I’d had was trying my best to copy the nuances of my own late father (he was still seven years away from leaving this planet at that time).

Looking back, I have done my absolute best to be there for her.  She was born in a time when a lot of potential fathers have said, “Not my circus…”, and just split (shirking their responsibilities as a parent for their own selfishness).  I was never going to be one of those; although I didn’t really have a plan for her, I had every intent on being the best father that I could be…at that time, I really didn’t have my ducks in a row and questioned myself on her well-being at any given moment.  Through all the cuts and bruises, happiness and heartbreaks, however, I never had a second thought when it came to making sure that I was in her life!

My life since her birth, although still nothing to be happy about, has become something that I wouldn’t change, even if I could.  The countless memories of happy times (like going to movies or attending her high school graduation), combined with the not-so-happy ones (her hospitalization with pneumonia {long time ago}, my Dad’s passing after her seventh birthday, etc.) are what make this day even more special to me.

To my daughter, I would just like to say that I hope you enjoy your momentous milestone as much as I’ve enjoyed every day since your arrival in my life.

It is in her honor and with great love that I present the list of her fellow celebrants; beginning with late historic pilot Charles Lindburgh (1900-1974), civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks (1913-2005), actor Conrad Bain, who played Mr. Drummond on “Diff’rent Strokes” (1923-2013), comedian David Brenner (1936), and mega-producer George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”, etc.) was born in 1940.

Also, today finds former Vice President Dan Quayle (1947), rock legend Alice Cooper (1948), actor Michael Beck, who played Swan in “The Warriors”, was born in 1949, and football legend Lawrence Taylor turns 58 today (1959).

Coincidentally, fellow Long Branch, NJ native and country superstar Clint Black was born today in 1962 (at the same hospital where I was born), while boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya was born in 1973, singer Natalie Imbruglia (1975), rapper Cam’ron (1976), singer Gavin DeGraw (1977) and former TNA star Chris Sabin finishes the list, born in 1982.

/,,,/ ROCK ON MOOKIE \,,,\

 

# CDXLIII…”Green Arrow” Milestone…

In the book, today’s date, January 29th, covers the birthday of former “Smallville” co-star Justin Hartley (1977)…however, before posting it here, I just want to update it a little bit; although not mentioned, he did flourish after playing “Oliver Queen” from 2006 to 2011.  As a matter of fact, he was on “The Young and the Restless” soap opera (nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor”) and is currently starring in the NBC drama, “This Is Us”…and, for his 40th birthday, I will leave this here…

# xv…Before “Arrow”…

Prior to the current domination shown by the smash CW hit, “Arrow”, and the rock-solid performance of Stephen Amell in that role, the hit CW show “Smallville” had a different version, one that was played by today’s birthday twin, Justin Hartley.  His on-screen performance as the billionaire philanthropist is one of legendary proportions.

As Oliver Queen, he had this unique performance that is, however and in this writer’s humble opinion, inferior to the quality of the latest portrayal.  However, for four years on the hit Superman show, he did a superb job as an action/comic hero star and will forever be linked to the character.

Also celebrating today are; late comedian W.C. Fields (1880-1946), late “Dynasty” and “Charlie’s Angels” star (voicing “Charlie”) John Forsythe (1918-2010), late NHL coach Pat Quinn (1943-2014), “Blue Bloods” (and former “Magnum, P.I.”) star Tom Selleck (who was also great in the movie “Runaway” with KISS’ Gene Simmons) was born in 1945, former “V” (science fiction mini-series from the 80’s) and “Beastmaster” star Marc Singer (who just did a surprising guest appearance in “Arrow”) was born in 1948 and media mogul Oprah Winfrey was born in 1954.

Also celebrating are; former MLB journeyman Steve Sax (1960), former wrestling personality “Hardcore” Bob Holly (1963), former NHL goalie legend Dominik Hasek (1965), actress Heather Graham (1970), former “Roseanne” co-star Sara Gilbert (1975) and current Memphis Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol was born in 1985.

Hoping that you all have a happy birthday and many happy more…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXLII…Excerpting Again…

As tomorrow’s date is just another in the long line of entries to this blog that ring a bell in my psyche, today, January 19th, I covered in my book (still on sale on Amazon for $9.99; bargain for all the work LOL)…and I figured that I would share this with you; it (the excerpting, I mean) may be the last one on this blog for awhile…

# x…”Piece of My Heart”…

Perhaps the most iconic song of the career of the late Janis Joplin (1943-1970), it also describes the feelings of this writer, in terms of where she places in my all-time favorite recording artists; an historic song which could have led this star to greater heights than she achieved in her very short, drug-addled life.

Although the above song was one of two that propelled her to stardom (the other being the classic “Down on Me”), it wasn’t until after her death that she charted her only Number One hit, the always popular “Me and Bobby McGee”.  At the young age of 27, she is a shining example of what the heavier drugs can do to a brilliant person and her light will be forever missed!

Also, celebrating today as their birthday are; late “All in the Family” matriarch Jean Stapleton (1923-2013), actress Tippi Hedren (“The Birds”) was born in 1930, The Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly (1939-2014), former WWF/E personality Pat Patterson (1941), country music icon Dolly Parton (1946) and author/chef Paula Deen was born in 1947.

Late 80’s rocker Robert Palmer, whose hits included “Addicted to Love” and “Simply Irresistible” (1949-2003), former New York Mets’ southpaw Jon Matlack (1950), actor Desi Arnaz, Jr. (1953), “Sons of Anarchy”’s Katey Sagal (1954), comedian Paul Rodriguez (1955), popular artist Thomas Kinkade (1958) and late NFL star Junior Seau (1969-2012) continue today’s list.

Finishing the roster are; comedian Shawn Wayans (1971), actress Drea de Matteo (1972), current WWE personality “R-Truth”, aka Ron Killings (1972), Apocalyptica’s (cello-based rock group…look ‘em up) Antero Manninen was born in 1973, “Full House” co-star Jodie Sweetin (“Stephanie”) was born in 1982 and American gymnast Shawn Johnson was born in 1992.

Thanks for stopping by…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXLI…Thievery of the Long Island Railroad, Part 1…

According to the latest rumor mills, the Long Island Railroad (which I’ve been riding every business day for six years and counting) is planning to yet again put another dent in my always-empty wallet by the time March rolls around.  If you’re not familiar with the latest propaganda, however, this would seem like a “well, they really need the money” type of situation.  For someone who rides this antiquated system daily, on the other hand, this is the exact moment that something should be (and, in this blog post) reported to the authorities.

I am aware, as most people with a head on their shoulders, that variables sometimes take precedence (for example, when someone gets sick on the train, weather, etc.)  This railroad line, though, has had more incidents regarding “equipment problems” that makes me and everyone else that rides question what this agency is actually doing with the exorbitant amounts of money that we pay them every month.

Now, I am aware of the fact that the older “equipment” (sorry, that’s what they refer to their employees as) has to be taken care of…but, with all the broken rails, trains breaking down due to faulty parts (which has made me scramble to make alternate routes) and lack of general “customer service” {every time you ask them any question about disruption of service is met with “I don’t know”}, one has to wonder what it is they plan to do with the copious amounts of cash they receive every month!!!!

I am so tired of hearing “We apologize for (insert reason here)…” that I’ve recently starting telling them to take a plate and drop it on the floor and apologize to it.  Did their apology put the plate back together?  No, and that’s the issue…their apologies mean NOTHING because the system is flawed and broken and, before their plates are filled with filet mignon and champagne with all the money, they need to address the fact that the entire system needs to be overhauled, so that trains DON’T break down (ever heard of preventive maintenance?) and rider satisfaction needs to be improved; remember, without the riders of your railroad, you would be out of a job!

As I step down off my soapbox, I am just hoping that someone in power will see this and really address fixing the above issues, as I (and, I’m sure, my other fellow commuters) have had enough of this “we need more money” bullshit that this world has come to accept!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXL…(440)…Excerpt for a Mentor…

On this short, first post of the New Year, I guess (since it hasn’t been covered in my blog at all) it is time for the last excerpt (if you all want more excerpts, buy the book…) for posting about one of the reasons that I have pursued this so far…it is a very short book entry concerning a man that started my writing endeavors…

# ii…”Foundation” of My Dreams…

Today, January 2nd, is the birthday of the most esteemed writer that I could ever have called a muse for my writing knack…”Foundation” author Dr. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992).  His works have included, as well, the basis for the movie, “I, Robot”, and the movie “Nightfall”, which is along the same lines as the movie “Pitch Black”.  I had read the Foundation novels in my younger days as a stay-at-home bookworm.  His writing style was just so mesmerizing and captivating that I couldn’t help but feel a somewhat “kindred” spirit with the man.

If you’re a science fiction fan or you know of one, he is a multi-award winning author whose works are unsurpassed…Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mr. Asimov…may your light shine eternally!

Also, of note, today is also celebrated by; “Tonight Show” zoologist Jack Hanna (1947), former MLB hurler David Cone and retired Seattle Mariners’ mainstay Edgar Martinez (both 1963), pugilist Pernell Whitaker (1964), actress Tia Carrere (1967), actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. (1968) and actor Taye Diggs was born in 1971.

Short and sweet today…don’t know what tomorrow holds but maybe psychohistory will have the answer soon…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXXXIX…End-of-the-Year Pitch, 2016…

With the dreariest year’s end upon us, I would just like to start this post by thanking all of my “fans”; you have made it possible for me to fulfill my dream of becoming a paid writer, however miniscule it may be at the moment!  As we celebrate the pending 2017 edition of life, it becomes possible to reflect on everything up to this point…and, I must say, I’m not too thrilled; however, I am very thankful for what I’ve done so far.  I now have the drive and determination to do something more…which is why I’ve not been on as much in the past couple of months.

Aside from my career (28 years, as of January 4), an old flame has been rekindled for a much bigger story…details to come (maybe LOL).  Some of my “friends” on social media should know; I’ve had this particular flame in my head for almost 30 years (do the math; I’m 45…that should give you a clue).

This year has been pretty much the apex of where I’ve needed to be for a long time; I know I was placed here for my writing skills.  A true fact is that, on my GED scores (passed on first try, too), I scored lower in math {which I excelled at, by the way} than I did in the writing part of the test and that is why, however downtrodden I may be at any given moment, I am aware of what I must do.

I am very humbled by the fact that people actually appreciate my point-of-view, however skewed it may be…and to those that have touched my life by actually reading it, I thank you from the bottom of my soul!

With the above sentiments off my chest, the real reason that I’m here; as my current book is all about the calendar, and the fact that we’re about to flip ours tomorrow, I figured that it was high time I made one more valiant attempt at marketing my first book.  It is currently on sale on Amazon Kindle {“ROCK ON DUDEZ”} and contains tidbits from my own personal experiences and my love of celebrity birthdays.

You would be amazed at how many people ARE actually fascinated with them; this has been made evident by the number of “shocked” reactions when I speak of the book to the general public!  Here now is the last page of my first completed project…and, hopefully, so many more to come…

# cxcvii…”Can You Hear Them, Clarice?”…

In case you’re celebrating this New Years’ Eve as your birthday, you’re in elite company, as veteran actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was born in Wales on this date in 1937.  Critically-acclaimed for his roles in such memorable classics as “Silence of the Lambs” (where the above title is from), “Meet Joe Black”, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “Legends of the Fall” and “Thor”, he has been a powerhouse in the industry since 1960.

Also celebrating on this laundry list of twins are/were; late “Arizona Cowboy” in Disney history, Rex Allen (1920-1999), late New Jersey-born actress Rosalind Cash (1938-1995), The Police (80’s rock band) guitarist Andy Summers (1942), late country crooner John Denver (1943-1997), talented actor Ben Kingsley (1943) and former “Animal House” co-star Tim Matheson was born in 1947.

Late disco queen Donna Summer (1948-2012), Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton (1951), actress Jane Badler {“V” 80’s TV miniseries} (1953), former “Frasier” co-star Bebe Neuwirth (1958), acting legend Val Kilmer (1959), former Mets’ hurler Rick Aguilera (1961), Anthrax (heavy metal gods) guitarist Scott Ian (1963), New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre (1972), electronic guru Psy (1973) and Apocalyptica drummer Mikko Siren was born in 1975.

Happy New Year to all…and thank you for gracing me with your presence on this “busy” evening…as always…until next year…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXXXVIII…Big Birthday Wishes to Heaven…

As today’s date, December 10, has not been spoken of here in the past, I figured that the following “post” from my book, ROCK ON DUDEZ (still on Amazon Kindle) should do that justice…as you’ll see in this brief snippet…

# clxxxix…”Kingpin”-Sized RIP…

Today, December 10th, is the birthdate of late brilliant actor Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012), who, in case the name doesn’t ring a bell, was the actor that portrayed the villainous ‘Kingpin’ in the hit comic book movie, “Daredevil”.  His career-defining role, however, was in the hit drama, “The Green Mile”, along with Tom Hanks, and earned him an Academy Award nomination.

His acting career, which spanned from 1995 until his death in 2012, was dotted with countless television, movie and video game appearances.  Some of his movies include; “The Scorpion King”, “Green Lantern” (live action movie with Ryan Reynolds, voiced ‘Kilowog’), “Planet of the Apes”, and “Armageddon”.  His light will surely be missed…

Also celebrating today are/were; late actor Chet Huntley (1911-1974), late actress Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996), late actor Dan Blocker (1928-1972), actress Susan Dey (1952), Wang Chung vocalist Jack Hues (1954) and Accept (80’s metal) guitarist Wolf Hoffman was born in 1959.

On the list, as well, are actress Nia Peeples (1961), celebrity chef Bobby Flay (1964), former San Jose Sharks’ journeyman Rob Blake (1969), The White Stripes’ Meg White (1974), wrestling personality JTG (1984) and actress Raven-Symone was born in 1985.

Hope you enjoyed your stay…and please come back soon (I know I will!)…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\