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  • Rey Carr - Cycling Personal Page
    passageways On many occasions I did not know what I would find at the end of the hike Sometimes they would lead up a stream to a thunderous waterfall where multi coloured wildflowers hung delicately from sheer rock walls on other occasions the hike would wind up in a meadow surrounded by granite Elk Meadow I carried a lot of camera equipment with me and I am glad I did This photo was taken with a camera that has a much wider view than normal If you look closely you will see a moose in the meadow along with some rabbits Fortunately I carried several clothing changes in my panniers It could rain then be bright and sunny and then feel exceptionally cold The day I came to the Columbia Icefields was spectacularly cold in October but the hot chocolate from the visitors area was delicious and warming Unfortunately the day I was there a tourist was killed falling into a crevass on the Ice Fields I met another cyclist there who was coming back from Alaska and she said she had changed every part on her bike by the time she reached Alberta Only the frame was the same Fellow Cyclists Although we might start out together each day most of the time our individual pace allowed time to be alone or ride with someone new This photo was taken near the Athabasca Glacier so we are all jacketed I m in the yellow jacket on the right The daily cycling created many great stories which were typically told in the evening around the fire place or at breakfast The sharing led to some great bonding and enjoyment of each other s company On the last day we all wanted photos of the group so we asked some passing tourists from Germany if they would use our cameras to take our pictures They didn t speak English but I knew enough German to tell them we were not crazy I started my journey in Banff a very tourist oriented place but with considerable charm I finished my trip in Jasper one of the greatest National Parks in Canada and complete with hot showers for visiting cyclists I stayed in hotels inns and lodges but plenty of other people on bikes camped the whole way The campgrounds are clean and quiet and very well treed So are the hotels The lakes in the Rockies are spectacular and this one Lake Moraine is no exception The colour of the water is a blue that doesn t exist anywhere else Cycling Story 4 The Spirit Route Beacon Hill Park Cycling is limited in the park to specific paths but this flash of colour can only be seen by getting off your bike Click on photo for full size image Cycling as a form of recreational exercise is beginning to surpass my attraction to playing squash For about a year I have been going out almost every day early in the morning just when the sun is rising for a 25 30km trip that takes me through some of the most beautiful parts of the city of Victoria It doesn t matter if it s raining or below freezing I still go I ve learned to dress for all conditions Mostly I just need to keep my ears fingers and toes warm and dry Voted Best View With the Olympic Mountains in the background the lightkeeper station on Trial Island is completely operational but just out the reach of even the strongest golfers Click on image for full size image The entire route is on wide roads with few cars and almost no intersections requiring a traffic stop There are some challenging hills a few gradual inclines and a number of long flat stretches with breath taking views of the Olympic Mountains and the Straits of Juan de Fuca My favorite vista is on Beach Drive where it divides the links of the Victoria Golf Club Eventhough it is a downhill portion of the trip I always slow down and marvel at the lush green fairways beyond which is the Trial Island Lighthouse and on some days a view of Mt Rainier 300 kms away in the state of Washington The natural beauty of this route is enhanced by some amazing gardens not just the changing displays in Beacon Hill Park which is part of the route but also the efforts of local gardeners to add spectacular plantings in their front yards Although not open when I am speeding by on a downhill route the Abkhazi Gardens are a great place to learn how a couple prisoners of war during WWII eventually found each other and came to Victoria and built one of the most romantic gardens in North America The Flower Count Victoria is famous for its Spring flower count and these yellow tulips in front of an apartment building on my route were included in the more than a billion tallied in the 2002 census Another spot on my route where I sometimes stop is the Mount Royal Bagel Bakery They have hot whole wheat cinammon bagels fresh baked every morning along with many other kinds some of which actually make it home with me A number of other smells permeate my morning route the perfume from various flower displays the raw seaweed washed up on the beaches the salt spray floating off the waves as they crash into the rocky breakwater the coffee brewing at the Oak Bay Marina Deli fresh cut grass newly spread fertilizer vented dryers and the smoke from those early riser fireplaces that are still able to burn wood Alaska Bound Most of the cruise ships stop in Victoria on their way to Alaska Because of the time I go out I hear very little traffic noise and those cars that are on the road are very easy to hear long before we pass each other a plus for safety But the most outstanding sounds of this route are the peacocks calling out in Beacon Hill Park the deep rumble of huge ships being led through the Straits of Juan de Fuca by Canadian pilots the low flying helicopters and sea planes flying to and from the Victoria Harbour the bellowing of the sea lions near Gonzales Bay and the best of all the smooth and rhythmical clicking sound of my chain ring Some days when it is really cold I can see my breath and my lungs ache for a short time while I get used to the frigid air On one day it started to snow while I was riding and although the snow did not stick to the ground the feel of the snow on my face as well as the hypnotic flow of snow as I cycled through it was one of the most exhilirating rides The winds can sometimes make the ride very strenuous There are some downhill sections where the wind makes it difficult to turn the cranks but since my route is basically a round trip I eventually have the wind at my back There is one section at Ross Bay just across from the Ross Bay Cemetery the resting place for Emily Carr where if the winds become too strong during a high tide the road is closed to automobiles because the waves crash over the stone barrier and make the roadway very hazardous I ve seen other cyclists go for it but my excuse is that I don t want to get salt in my derailer I detour through the cemetery and visit some of the souls buried there Ross Bay The gravel beach at low tide has a very exciting walkway at high tide and the famous cemetery where people are just dying to get in is behind the tree line Usually each morning I encounter other cyclists dog walkers cats joggers runners ducks eagles Great Blue heron Melanista and Eastern Gray squirrels quail gulls pigeons crows swallows American robins geese peacocks sea otters and during certain times of the year sea lions and whales On some mornings the cyclists outnumber other forms of transportation A first happened just the other day As I approached an intersection there were cyclists crossing in all four directions If you are one of those riders who barely stops you can imagine the potential for collision when you have several riders all crossing through an intersection after just eye checking Usually it s a cyclist and a car working out a right of way but in this case it was four cyclists all arriving at the same moment I know I share a common bond with the other cyclists and sometimes there is a head nodding as we pass each other in opposite directions I am trying to increase the use of a more formal acknowledgement where you just slightly lift your hand from the grip and give a small wave Another Loner Just beyond this rowboat mooring is the Oak Bay marina and deli where early morning visitors can thrive on oatmeal and fresh baked muffins I like to cycle this route by myself and typically don t ask others to go with me By the time I approach the Oak Bay Marina during the first leg of my route and I see the great view of Mt Baker which is about 200kms south in Washington I have warmed up and I can feel myself going into the zone This is a space where my bike mind body breathing and the environment around me become one Rather than dulling my senses being in the zone actually heightens them this is the zone paradox I can sense cars and other bikes coming up behind me or approaching intersections Of course having a mirror helps I d be glad to share the directions for this route It s obviously not a secret since there are dozens of cyclists using it However if you are one of the those cyclists who passes me at twice my speed feel free to say Good morning Great day for a ride Cycling Story 5 The Business Case for Cycling Street Signs The Oak Bay area is so proper even the ducks know where to cross I start waking up around five a m and I doze off and on for about another half hour It s a cycling day on my every other day schedule This is really the hardest part Actually getting up instead of staying in a warm cozy bed with my partner It s still dark out But it s incredibly still and quiet Even the paper boy knows to creep up and drop the paper lightly on the porch The birds aren t even singing yet Gardeners One of the highlights of riding on Beach Drive Breakfast is typically juice cereal or half a power bar fruit and water Read the paper catch up on email and then dress for the weather If it s under 10 degrees it s a day for at least two layers If it s raining a third layer Below five degrees I add the helmet liner ear protectors and long fingered gloves Over 13 degrees just a cycling jersey and shorts After about an hour of getting ready it s time to go I never ride without a helmet A few riders do some of them are in the elite class some just dangle their helmets on their handlebars and some just refuse to wear them One person I know who consistently won t wear a brain saver believes he is making a political statement about government interfering in the private lives and decisions of its citizens I ll remember that when I m visiting him in the hospital Legislature Fountain This building has wonderful details to explore but forgettable value about what goes on inside At least three people I know have had pretty serious injuries while cycling Two of them would have had much more serious consequences if it hadn t been for their helmets I don t even think about what the government says or doesn t say about helmets I feel safer plus the aerodynamic shape and venting keeps my head warm and cool at the same time Cycling early in the morning suits me Traffic is at a minimum Most people on the streets at that time are cyclists runners and dog walkers And the route that I take for the most part has a speed limit of 30Kh or 40Kh It s mostly residential so no trucks When the cruise ships are in there might be extra tour buses but they thrive on low speed I like cycling alone Sometimes I might think about something I ll be working on later in the day sometimes I can sing to myself and sometimes I go completely into the zone I like setting my own pace I ve learned that while I ve garnered praise as an employee in the many jobs I ve had I am at my most productive when I am my own boss I get far more done working for myself than I ever did working for someone else Choice Point Following the arrow to the left leads to three steep but short hills with an incredible view of the Olympic Mountains and the Straits of Juan de Fuca followed by a long downhill all the way to Foul Bay Road Staying to the right at this sign leads up a long moderate uphill past the Abkhazi Gardens on the downhill side Turn left on Foul Bay at the intersection or go straight a half block and stop for hot fresh bagels and roll down hill to join the other route One of my riding rules is to keep positive pressure on the cranks at all times unless safety requires a release In other words I don t coast or stop pedaling during my entire route I generally try to maintain a steady cadence using the gears to manage up hill and down hill portions of the route This has also translated into a business principle that aids me in my work keep focused balanced and flexible Goodacre Lake Part of Beacon Hill Park where the ducks roam freely when they leave Oak Bay While my entire route is about 35k and generally takes me 50 minutes it really is a neighbourhood route I purposely include streets where friends live and often I see them doing their own morning routines taking kids to school mailing letters going for coffee grabbing the paper from the stairs waiting for the bus driving to work I see other people on a regular basis and we nod to each other or actually say good morning Usually I don t stop to talk so that I won t get chilled from the slowdown But one day I encountered half a dozen friends in different places along the route and had a brief how ya doin with everyone Two hours later I was back at home I like being able to set my own schedule and I particularly like being able to put friendships at a higher level than routines Clover Point In the distance is Clover Point the gulls here let you know which way the wind is blowing but the hundreds of pigeons on the circular roadway can collide with a cyclist This is also a good spot for spotting whales Although I pretty much see the same scenery each time I go on my morning ride there are times when the sun fog flowers ocean views ships or creatures are so attractive I have to stop and take time to absorb the experience I ve started to take my camera with me more often just to try and capture some of the incredible beauty that surrounds my ride I ve included some of the photos with this journal entry Cycling Story 6 The Tax Time Trail A major consideration in my selection of a variety of professional services and suppliers is whether they are in easy cycling distance Most of our business services are even in walking distance However we have one professional service our tax accountants that we continue to use not just because of the quality of service we receive but also because of the cycling route we can take to meet in person with the service providers Sidney the location of our accountants is about 40 k from our office And except for a few streets our office and the accountant s place of business are joined by a combination of the Galloping Goose Trail and the Lochside Trail Each year we pack all our tax records into our panniers flatten a banker s box and tie it on to our rear carrier and make the trek to Sidney Sure we could just send the floppy disk by courier or send the data by email But why miss out on one of the best recreational rides in all of Canada This urban and rural trail combination demonstrates one of the best uses of land incredible cooperation between municipalities strong advocacy of cycling coaltion members and also reveals some of the most beautiful scenery on Vancouver Island And you re not just observing from a car at 90 100k hr you get to interact with the smells of the ocean farm tractors pigs horses cattle sheep goats alfalfa and model airplane engines You can stop and inspect the details of the artisitic murals painted on the walls of tunnels that take you under busy city streets You can rest against the trestle railings while watching rowers compete on the Gorge waterway And you can cycle over the busiest highway on Vancouver Island on a specially designed pedestrian cyclist bridge which I call the Goose Bump named by my fellow cyclist Dale but officially called the Switch Bridge after Dale s entry was too late to be included in

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  • Rey Carr - Chocolate Personal Page
    debate about light chocolate versus dark chocolate I m not sure that Frankie Albert was really buying candy for his nephew but he did give each of us a small box of See s Candy and he autographed each one He took several boxes of candy with him and we became fans of his forever I was fortunate to meet up with him again but that is a different story Whenever I go back to San Francisco there is one tradition I really look forward to a trip to Ghiradelli Square for a hot fudge sundae The Ghiradelli Chocolate Company has preserved the aromas and chocolate making process right in the old Mustard Building Although the chocolate making is just for show when I was a kid in San Francisco we would often visit the factory on our way to Fisherman s Wharf Usually we would do this before we spent the day fishing for cat food off the piers Another common early chocolate experience was completely tied to Hershey Foods Whenever we would go to the movies on Saturdays when I was younger the nickel Hershey bar was a great favorite to watch the cartoons serials newsreels and double feature and sometimes the yo yo contest at intermission On Friday nights at the movies when girls became part of the picture actually part of the audience the fun was asking a girl whether she wanted a bite of this candy bar If she said yes you knew there could be make out potential We also used to love the Hershey Kisses partly because you could throw them at your friends who were already making out a few seats in front or back I don t think kids do this anymore in movies Thank goodness I mean both throw the candy and make out It wouldn t be right to leave this trip down memory lane without paying homage to the best chocolate cake maker ever My mother s chocolate cakes were probably the treats that made me a chocolate lover for ever Although I have her receipes I have never been able to duplicate the combination of richness and lightness that she could put into a cake Both my soulmate Sarah and my sister in law Gittle have been able to duplicate this spirit enriching cake which my brother Alan and I refer to with great historical affection as Dubestorte One of the best places to visit in Victoria is Rogers Chocolates The aromas and the ambiance of this downtown shop are an absolute delight If you come to Victoria this is a must see place not just for the chocolate They also deliver and they know my address for your convenience For several years we have provided an annotated bibliography which researchers have found exceptionally useful Along with the search results there is a phrase asking the user to send chocolates to our office if they were able to find what they were looking for as a way

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  • Rey Carr - Eating Personal Page
    taste of this particular food that tells me whether this is a worthwhile establishment Tamales are not easy to make and usually require mucho preparation One item that I found on the Internet is an electric tamale machine I think it was invented for mass producing tamales So far the best tamales on the planet are actually at a very out of the way place called Leona s in Chimayo New Mexico Leona s is next to El Santurario de Chimayo where a miracle occured so many tourists come to this place and it was the attraction that prompted our visit The great thing about New Mexico is that Mexican food is available everywhere not just in Mexican restaurants There was for a brief time a deli in the Victoria area that was run by a woman from Mexico and she would with notice prepare tamales They were delicious but she is no longer in the business My piece of heaven diminished but only slightly The next best place in the solar system for tamales is in Corte Madera California It s called David s They have four types but my favorite is their chicken tamale which is made with organic chicken and very tasty masa corn flour All the tamales are handmade and one tamale is a full meal It s a small place with outdoor seating and a very friendly and hard working staff Unfortunately when I returned to visit in 2004 it had gone out of business and morphed into a fast food yet healthy burrito place a couple of doors away I couldn t eat there however cause I already knew that the best burritos in Marin County are actually at Lucinda s a true hole in the wall type place in Mill Valley Tiburon Tamales Festivals There is a International Tamale Festival in Indio near Palm Springs California and that it takes place on the first weekend in December of each year I ve known about this event for years and have dreamed about going In 2004 my dream became a reality I thought it was probably a small local event but the attendance this year was over 30 000 people for the weekend This two day event featured more than 40 tamale booths the tamales ranged from organic blue corn to desert tamales to tamales with all types of fillings There were also carnvial rides plus booths selling other stuff and several bands playing around the event grounds Grandma Lupe headed a family crew that prepared tamales non stop and the long wait was worth every minute One booth required a three hour wait That s more than I can handle but the dozen or so family members working in the booth never stopped preparing cooking and serving It was very colorful but I think people might have been fooled since it was the first booth at the entryway so some people might have thought it was the only booth I sampled at least

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  • Rey Carr's Equestrian Dreams
    was trying to muscle the horse with short reins and a very tight grip This only resulted in sore arms for me a feeling that my shoulders were going to come out their sockets and more spirited walking for the mare WILD HORSES Spanish explorers reintroduced horses to North America in the 1500 s Each time I passed another rider I squeaked out a pitiful Sorry very sorry I wasn t sure what kind of a bit this mare had in her mouth but whatever it was it had no effect on controlling her movements The more tense I got the stronger she seemed to move out I was beginning to think that I should have taken her out for a long run before this event But then I started to laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation Here I was being Mr Macho trying to impress my riding friend of my ability to control any horse and instead I was humiliating myself in front of an audience Chuckling to myself however resulted in a dramatic change As I laughed I became more relaxed My legs became less tense and my seat was lighter in the saddle I couldn t feel any muscles in my arms so I m not sure what happened to them but the changes in my body communicated a whole new idea to the horse She slowed her gait and pretty much matched what the other horses were doing I realized that the pressure of my legs and seat and the stiffness of my hands were confusing the horse Because she had a reputation of being strong headed when a rider mounted her the rider would tense up the horse would move out with spirit the rider would tense further and the horse interpreted this as urging her forward Now don t take what I m saying as a formula or recipe Horses do share some common traits and learning how to speak and listen to horse language is essential for both training befriending and riding horses The recent interest in horse whispering and particularly the wonderful work of Monty Roberts is a good example of tuning in to what a horse is saying Yet while horse language has some general principles individual horses have their own personalities It would be a mistake to apply principles without first getting to know the horse by observing and communicating with it Horse Whispering Simplified For a while I owned a great spirited American Standardbred we named Red Bird He loved to play and he had the unfortunate habit of biting If he was in his stall in the barn and an unsuspecting visitor walked down the aisle Redbird would reach over his stall door and nip whoever came within range It was kinda funny when people would observe his beautiful color and physique and walk up to him and just as they were about to say the horse equivalent of pretty kitty he would reach over and go for skin with his teeth Although we thought of him as a guard horse when he was in his stall he was dangerous to strangers I tried many techniques to rid him of the habit I won t go into the details here but nothing seemed to work Finally someone told me about a book written by a horse whisperer who had cured one of Queen Elizabeth s Royal equines of some nasty habits no it wasn t Princess Margaret The book was an encyclopedia of sure fire techniques for problem horses I went to the library but the book was out I waited 12 weeks for it to be returned When the notice came that it was in I made a special trip into the city to pick it up Rather than waiting till I got back I looked up biting horses right away eager to consider how I would be able to put aside any income earning activity and devote full time to the cure When I turned to the chapter on horses that bite it was short simple and painfully obvious Here is virtually a word for word recollection of that chapter in case you have a horse that bites If you have a horse that bites sell it Scaring the Herd One day coming back to the farm in Saseenos from my job in Victoria I found that the traffic on the two lane highway was backed up for a quite a way As I was cursing whatever was causing this delay all four of my horses plus a friend s horse we gave a temporary home to came sprinting across the road galloping through the lawns and driveways of the adjacent houses Somebody must have opened our gate to the field where the horses spent the day grazing I pulled my car over to the side and started chasing after them on foot Fortunately for me they were staying together in a herd and were pretty much following what the lead horse was doing But they were scared and I could see from the shine on their coats they were lathered up with sweat and foam The lead horse I wasn t surprised to observe was Buck Several other people had abandoned their cars and wanted to help but when they saw how big Buck was and how wild eyed Red Bird looked they backed off Two mares and a two year old rounded out the group BUCK IN THE LEAD Tromping towards the cemetery I started running towards them trying to keep up and because they were so tired and scared they couldn t keep up the pace much longer I knew I wasn t going to be able to Eventually they wound up in a cemetery near the ocean They were just standing around breathing hard with great puffs of breath going up as mist in the air I think they just said to themselves Okay we ve had fun now how do

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  • Rey Carr - Favorite Music Page
    Octave 1998 Two musicians that bring together Spanish flamenco guitar with contemporary rhythms and dance percussion Order this disc from Amazon com Ry Cooder Buena Vista Social Club World Circuit Nonesuch 1997 A fantastic group of Cuban musicians assembled by Ry Cooder Order this disc from Amazon com Jesse Cook The Tempest Narada 1995 Rumba flamenco guitar blended with music from the global village Jesse Cook is Canadian The other players are Mario Melo Blake Manning and Andrew Morales Order this disc from Amazon com Patrick O Hearn Eldorado Private Music 1989 A great mixture of voice percussion strings guitar reeds and its digitally mastered Order this disc from Amazon com Tim Timmermans Poems of the Five Mountains Higher Octave Music 1988 With Skipper Wise these two L A musicians blend Eastern and Western music using acoustic instruments flute and synthesizers Order this disc from Amazon com Miles Davis Kind of Blue CBS Music 1959 Originally recorded in New York in 1959 this digitally re mastered classic features Miles Julian Adderly John Coltrane Wyn Kelly Bill Evans Paul Chambers and James Cobb I heard Miles play these tunes at the Blackhawk in San Francisco in 1960 and I never get tired of them Order this disc from Amazon com Brad Prevedoros Firedance Ancient Echoes Music 1994 Brad plays beautiful nylon string guitar and is accompanied with passion by Paul Wilkinson Teel Ray Rothschild Patrick Smith and Greg Joy Another great Canadian recording Order this disc from Amazon com Rebbe Soul Fringe of Blue Global Pacific Records 1995 An incredile mixture of beautiful Middle Eastern themes and mystical reflections played by top L A rhythm musicians Bruce Burger David Scott Cohen Cassio Duarte Richard Hardy and others The artists can be contacted through their recording company Global Pacific and they have

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  • Rey Carr - Television Personal Page
    shows that became classics such as Howdy Doody or the Mickey Mouse Club never appealed to me but when Soupy Sales first appeared I was glued to the set Soupy appeared on the surface to be a kid s show but the use of double entendre satire as well as outrageous humour and except for the great pie in the face sequences were usually beyond most childhood interest In college my friends and I used to abandon our studies every time that Peyton Place came on We even had a huge chart in the TV room that listed all the characters Of course some of my TV watching friends actually knew some of the actors who appeared on Peyton Place and this made the series even more interesting While walking down the main outdoor staircase on the UCLA campus in 1963 I heard over the loudspeaker that John Kennedy had been shot I immediately rushed to my residence and with many other distraught and devastated friends watched the continuous coverage on TV JFK was the first President I had been old enough to vote for and I considered him a mentor and champion Just writing this paragraph brings tears and immerses me in a totally different world The emotions I saw depicted around me and on TV solidified my involvement in what would eventually become key events in my own growth and understanding of life I don t like shows with laugh tracks explosions lots of shooting or things blowing up nor do I like science fiction fantasy shows that depict violence between the species That s probably why I prefer Outer Limits to most of the Star Trek versions except for those where the species are trying to outwit each other And one of my favorite lines is still Wanna see something really scarey from Outer Limits The Movie My favorites in 2000 are WestWing Touched by an Angel NYPD Blue Oprah Hollywood Squares Beggars and Choosers Sex in the City Tales of the City Gilmore Girls Once and Again That s Life The Fugitive Friends early Seinfeld most British crime shows and Hallmark Hall of Fame shows mostly for the commercials I also like reruns of Cheers and Barney Miller The Pretender go Ms Parker was one of my favorites but has been cancelled For the 2001 2002 season I think the best on TV includes The Chris Izaak Show Smallville That s Life Debi Mazar is fabulous Gilmore Girls Felicity Boston Public Once and Again Crossing Jordan the first five minutes of Law and Order and The Educaton of Max Bickford For the 2002 2003 season I think the best on TV includes American Dreams Mr Sterling cancelled 24 Boomtown cancelled The Chris Izaak Show Without a Trace Smallville The Shield John Doe cancelled Everwood Gilmore Girls Boston Public Crossing Jordan West Wing the first five minutes of Law and Order and Dr Phil For the 2003 2004 season it seems that most of the shows I like are only on for a few episodes and then they disappear like Boomtown Karen Sisco Wonderfalls The D A Line of Fire Some shows are continuing that are still great American Dreams The Chris Izaak Show Without a Trace Smallville The Shield Everwood Gilmore Girls Crossing Jordan West Wing Law and Order the Sopranos Six Feet Under D Vinci s Inquest and Curb Your Enthusiasm New shows that seem to have some staying power and are worthwhile include The O C Alienated Cold Case and Joan of Arcadia For the 2004 2005 season resulted in some great new shows Rescue Me Veronica Mars Kristen Bell is probably the best new actress on TV Jack and Bobby now cancelled Clubhouse now cancelled Medium Jonny Zero now cancelled Huff Desparate Housewives The Mountain now cancelled Summerland now cancelled This is Wonderland and Life as We Know It now cancelled Notice a theme here A number of my favorites returned including Everwood DaVinci s Inquest American Dreams now cancelled Joan of Arcadia now cancelled Without a Trace Smallville Gilmore Girls Cold Squad Las Vegas The OC Law and Order Crossing Jordan West Wing Six Feet Under concluded and the Chris Izaak Show concluded The Sopranos skiipped a year For the 2005 2006 season I m delighted to say that some of the shows I liked last year have actually made it on the schedule for this year THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON GREAT BUT WHERE ARE THEY Prison Break Weeds Terminal City DaVinci s City Hall The Book of Daniel Invasion Supernatural Threshold Over There House Reunion Commander in Chief My Name is Earl I Hate Chris The Shield Rescue Me Lost This is Wonderland Medium Everwood Desparate Housewives Veronica Mars Without a Trace Smallville Gilmour Girls Cold Squad Las Vegas The OC Law and Order with Dennis Farina Crossing Jordan West Wing ER Curb Your Enthusiasm Huff For the 2006 2007 season I m delighted to say that some of the shows I liked last year have actually made it on the schedule for this year But the networks are losing even greater numbers of viewers with their airing then cancelling various series THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON GREAT BUT WHERE ARE THEY Friday Night Lights Heroes 30 Rock Brothers and Sisters Intelligence Ugly Betty October Road Dexter Brotherhood The Nine cancelled Smith cancelled Six Degrees cancelled The Riches Prison Break Lost Veronica Mars Without a Trace Monk Cold Squad Las Vegas The OC Law and Order is worthless without Dennis Farina Crossing Jordan The Sopranos Entourage Regenesis Curb Your Enthusiasm The Shield Big Love For the 2007 2008 season there are some good returning shows The writer s strike has provided a longer run for some great shows that would have been cancelled because of low ratings but the networks don t have anything to take their place THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON THE BEST

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  • Rey Carr - Movies
    the group is Spartacus Rather than reveal that Kirk Douglas one of the group is Spartacus each of the dozens of slaves in the group in turn stands up and says I m Spartacus No I m Spartacus Because several of my university mates were in the movie when we would be at a meal together one of us would spontaneously stand up and say I m Spartacus Then the others would follow and before your could say Caius Julius Caesar played by John Gavin in the movie sometimes most of the people in the cafeteria were standing and saying I m Spartacus Then we d all sit down laughing Both my brothers love movies but my oldest brother is really good at naming obscure character actors I ve picked up on that trait but with an emphasis on the production staff My middle brother is great at naming contemporary actors and the other movies they ve been in Whenever we watch movies together we really enjoy playing name that actor Some of my favorite actors include Steve Buschemi Candace Bergin Woody Stroud Sam Macey Bela Lugosi Robert DeNiro Woody Allen Albert Brooks Johnny Depp Burt Lancaster Kirk Douglas Geena Davis Bette Midler Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland If your name is missing from this list it is probably because you didn t RSVP to last year s Oscar party My connection to naming production people came from two sources First I became fascinated with the fascist era in Hollywood when the US government tried to get tough on communism My initial fascination actually came about through learning what role Richard Nixon played in Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy s witch hunt and the hearings of the US House Un American Activities Committee Researching that led me to read about the history of movie production movie moguls the biographies of producers and directors and autobiographies of performers Anecdotes about events that occurred during production gave me some insights into how things get done and also provided me party stories I have probably seen every movie that deals with this horrid period in American history Some excellent examples are Guilty by Suspicion a 1991 movie with Robert DeNiro Fellow Traveller a 1989 movie with Ron Silver Fear on Trial a 1975 TV movie with George C Scott and The Way We Were a 1973 movie with Robert Redford To support my university habit in Los Angeles I was addicted to going to class in order to get my degree I had a part time job that brought me into contact with many people who were in the movie business I worked as a driver for a famous drug store that had a delivery service My job was to drive around Beverly Hills Westwood West Los Angeles Hollywood West Hollywood and Bel Air bringing cosmetics liquor jewelry prescriptions and over the counter medicines to some of the most well known names in showbiz I was privy to who drank how much and was hooked to which drugs or recovering from what type of surgery Sometimes I worked the night shift and would have to bring several cases of something like 30 year old scotch to an in progress event Of course my instructions were always to use the servant s or delivery entrance of the estate mansion or palace that many of the big names inhabited Consequently I often would be dealing with staff at the back door or side entrance Most of the time this was perfect for me I would make my delivery stack or store if needed and more often than not be invited to stay for a cup of tea a bite to eat and a bit of chat in the kitchen pantry or servant s quarters These conversations often yielded little known facts about the people who lived in the house And on a daily basis I was gathering a variety of perspectives that would make a great screenplay The house to house sessions that I would have each work day put me in mind of another one of my favorite movies where Burt Lancaster in the The Swimmer based on the book by John Cheever swims through one sad life to the next From time to time I would actually deliver to the front door and often meet the person who lived in the house Some were great tippers some were very friendly and some made sure that I kept in my slave role One of my favorite people to deliver to was Vincent Price He had a beautiful yet modest house and almost always answered the door himself For a guy who was absolutely great at playing in horror movies he was the friendliest and most gracious person One day when I made a delivery to his house and he asked me how my classes were going I told him about an art class that was troubling me His eyes lit up not the way they would in his movie persona like he was now going to take a bite out of me and he asked me to come inside to the foyer As soon as I did I knew what he had in mind His house was filled with amazing works of art He himself was a painter and artist But rather than telling me about each piece and what is was worth and such he told me about what the piece meant to him and why he had decided that he wanted to have it in his collection His enthusiasm and passion gave me a completely new perspective of the art that I was being examined on in my Art Appreciation class Before my job ended with the drug store I had occasion to make many deliveries to his house and when he was home he would often invite me in to show me some new work he had acquired or was creating While his tutoring had an important effect on my course grade

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