Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Let’s hope a new national hero will emerge in 2017 to bring down the Trumps.

Shalom and hi-de-ho to you and yours! It’s a few minutes past 3 a.m. and I’m wide awake due to a full day of extended and consecutive naps on Monday. I wasn’t being a slug, per se … I was just doing my best to deal with some fucked-up pain issues (an official Shit-O-Meter readout appears below) and there’s only one way to do that: RECLINING ... with good drugs, Tic Tacs and Myrna Loy movies.

Here’s the Shit-O-Meter report that I mentioned above. I was absolutely MISERABLE yesterday, people, mostly with pain in my toes and left heel from diabetic neuropathy, and body aches and knee pain from arthritis. I was also feeling down and depressed due to a conversation between Sam and my primary care physician — after discussing my ongoing struggle with Senior Citizen Exploding Bladder Syndrome — recommending my permanent catheterization with frequent visits by a home health aid to help prevent infection. If that’s not enough to send a cheerful person over the edge, I don’t what know what is.
And here, for your possible interest, is Myrna Loy. I’ve been collecting Myrna movies on our DVR for months. I’ve got all six of her Thin Man movies co-starring William Powell, at least six more of her other films with William Powell — i.e., Love Crazy (1941) and Double Wedding (1937) — plus assorted other classics like The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), both with Cary Grant, The Rains Came (1939) with Tyrone Power, The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) with Max Baer and Third Finger, Left Hand (1940) with Melvyn Douglas.
Incidentally, I’m feeling a billion percent better today and refuse to think about that crappy-sounding permanent catheter hoo-hah. Sheesh.

Roger Smith, 84, who played TV private eye Jeff Spencer on ABC’s insanely popular series “77 Sunset Strip” from 1958 to 1963, died Sunday after battling a terminal illness for many years. He had been married to actress Ann-Margret since 1967 and managed her career full-time after he stopped acting due to health issues. They had no offspring.
I have to admit, after falling for Mighty Mouse in nursery school and before I flipped for Michael Landon on “Bonanza” in the mid-1960s, Roger Smith was my huge celebrity crush when I was in grammar school. I was probably eight or nine years old at the time.

There’s really no need to tell Ann-Margret. She’s got enough on her hands right now.

Are these terrific, or what? Tonight’s herd of FREE FONTS includes lots of fascinating display typefaces, especially “Borlogs,” “Arizona” and the chalkboard-based “Gessetto Family.” I’m really excited about ALL of these and can’t wait to start using them for my greeting card and mug designs for The Howdygram Store. Having a million fonts means I’ll never run out of creative options. It’s like a smorgasbord. Download links will appear after the graphic.

In addition to all those fabulous new free fonts, I’d like to show off my new (and free) collection of watercolor potted succulent plants in PNG and editable AI (Adobe Illustrator) formats, which were part of Monday’s weekly giveaway from Creative Market. I think they’re GORGEOUS even though I have no idea what I’ll do with them. Maybe I can decorate a few greeting card designs. Please drop me a line if you have any suggestions, okay?

I’d like to write about politics tonight but I think I’ll save my thoughts for later in the week, after James Comey begins his testimony in Congress. This will be a real popcorn event, guys, so get ready. I remember watching every minute of the riveting Watergate hearings in the early 1970s, when Senator Sam Ervin (D-NC) became an unexpected national hero. Ervin is remembered revered for his work in the investigation that brought down Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954 and especially his investigation of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
I’m hoping a new national hero will emerge in 2017 to bring down the Trumps, so be sure to watch your favorite news network on Thursday when the fun begins with James Comey. MAYBE WE’LL ORDER A PIZZA! Woo-hoo!

Thank you for reading this.

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