Okay, so they hired Ed O'Neill (famous as Al Bundy from "Married With Children...") to be the new Joe Friday on the new version of Dragnet.
And actually, I HAVE seen Ed play VERY convincing cops in dramas before (see the short-lived series "Big Apple" or the movie "The Bone Collector"), so THAT part of this equation doesn't bother me.
But it seems to be all my friends can think of about this:
"AL BUNDY is JOE FRIDAY?!"
"Bundy? Friday? You're kidding me, right?"
"Jack Webb is dead, there IS no other Joe Friday."
Everyone is so friggin skeptical about O'Neill's ability to be anything more than a dysfunction, hooter-loving schlub, that they are missing the BIG PICTURE...
With fifteen gabazillion versions of either "Law & Order" or "C.S.I.: Toldeo", do we really need another crime drama?
Let ALONE one that is taking one of the CLASSICS of all time and updating it?
Has Hollywood REALLY run out of ideas? (And considering that they REALLY ARE making Rocky 6 and Grease 3, they may have...)
I have a bigger problem with Dragnet EVER resurfacing than Al Bundy-fying Joe Friday.
I mean, no one minded the campy version Dan Aykroyd did a few years back with that Hanks fellow.
Because THAT was a comedy (thanks to Hanks) and Aykroyd was not playing THE Joe Friday, but his nephew.Hell, they even through Harry Morgan a bone by having him reprise his original Dragnet role (now promoted to Captain).
Folks, I say give O'Neill a shot, but be leery of the SHOW.
That's my $0.02, anyway.
Quick "get well" wishes out there to our friend Kendoka.
Well, now that the holidaze are over and I have reasonably recovered from my run-in with the tree, I think it's about time for MY ass to post a bit more, don't you?
Okay, so here's my weekend.
It all started on Thursday when Dan called me and told the good/bad news.
Our Road Manager, Darren "Big D" O'Rourke, was leaving to spend more time with his girlfriend, the lovely Gina.
Now, as Big D's friend, I am overjoyed for him and Gina and I wish them all the luck in the world.
As one of Darren's "Bosses", I am VERY sad to see him go, as he is an excellent asset to the band.
Luckily, Dan knew of a good friend and co-worker of his, Omar, who will be filling the position from here on in. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Omar to the fold and wish him the best of luck, as he has pretty big shoes to fill.
Friday, we had a gig at Durkin's in Cedar Knolls.
Our first time there.
I have to say, it's a great place to play and I think the show went rather well. We made a bunch of new friends, played some great rock and roll and even brought a few people up from the crowd to sing a few songs.
In all, a very hot show to wark up a very cold night.
Saturday, I got to hang out with my good friend, Dr. Howard Kook. We got to shoot the shit about artists and comics and such and generally had a pretty decent day of it.
Sunday, I did something I had never done before.
I watched "Casablanca".
GREAT FRIKKIN' MOVIE!
If you have never, see it. If you have, watch it again.
Not one wasted minute.
Then played a little bit of my newest gaming obsession, Soldier Of Fortune (WOW... Just... WOW...)
About four, we headed over to my in-laws, Rocky and Jeannine's, for a while. Rocky and I had a few beers (well, HE had beer, I had NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE) while we watched the pregame and Sheila and Jeannine were talking upstairs.
About ten minutes before kickoff, we all headed over to Sheila & Rocky's other sister, Susan's, house. Susan and her husband Fred had a GREAT spread set up and despite a SHITTY Stupor Bowl, a good time was had by all.
We had to leave about 9 PM when Sheila remember she had several hours of homework left to do. While she did that, I continued re-reading Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series until I fell asleep.
Folks, the fact that I can sit here right now and write this to you all is nothing short of miraculous.
Or perhaps just lucky.
Coming home from work last night, I (believe) I had a blowout and my car hit a tree.
I was not wearing my seatbelt.
I was able to jump out of the car and check myself for injuries. Blood from my head, my right knee and dripping off of my right hand.
I walked away, essentially.
Sure, I got taken to Overlook hospital (by two very nice paramedics, Mike and Patrick) in Summit, and was treated in the ER (special thanks to Jennifer my nurse, John the X-Ray tech and Pete the CAT-Scan tech and Dr. Bulan (who helped get the glass out of my hand) who were all especially nice and helpful.
I totaled the car.
I totaled the steering wheel.
Took the wheel right in the abdomen and chest.
I bowed out the windshield in two places where my head and hand hit.
Cracked the dashboard with my knee.
And I walked away.
Walked out of the hospital at 12:30.
I have a cut on my forehead, a gash on my knee, and about 100 tiny cuts on my right hand.
And a decent aching in my chest.
But other than that, I am okay.
I haven't even had any Advil since last night.
And, considering, I feel okay.
I would like to give thanks to God, who saw me through this situation, which could have gone SO MUCH WORSE. I kid around about my belief and all, but I do believe in God. He HAD to be watching me last night.
I mean, I could have hit someone with the car, I could have hit another car. I could have crashed into the gas station I had the accident in front of. I could have impaled myself on the steering wheel. Concussion, internal bleeding, puntured lungs. So much could have happened that didn't.
I am a VERY lucky man.
I am also lucky to have a wife that cares about me as much as Sheila does. Sheila who was at the hospital only five minutes after I arrived. Sheila who has been by my side almost constantly since.
I am lucky.
Lucky to have friends like Danny and Blair and Fred, who upon hearing about this, also rushed to the hospital. (Blair and Danny all the way from the shore.)
I am lucky.
Lucky to have a mother who is coming over today because she just does not feel right until she sees me.
I am lucky.
Lucky for my wife's family who have all called me and offered to help in any way that they can.
I am lucky.
Lucky above all that I was not hurt worse, that no one else was hurt, and that I am still here writing this to you.
To paraphrase Emerson, Lake & Palmer...
Oh, what a lucky man I am...
Lee 1/11/2003 01:12:00 PM [+]
Wednesday, January 01, 2003
This was the year that was.
I know a lot of people look orward to the changing of the year, as I'm sure many of us did just one short year ago. I mean, really, who had a GOOD 2001?
But 2002, now that's something different.
Admittedly, I'm kinda sad to see her go, because for me, 2002 was a pretty damned good year.
So I thought I'd post a quick little list of what I have to be thankful for in 2002.
1. My niece, Juliette, born on February 1st, 2002! Easily top of the list, I love that little girl.
2. Overtime releases our very first CD on January 19th, 2002! Twelve years in the making, as the title "Self Defense 90-99" suggests.
3. Our song "Drives Me Wild" is played by WDHA on March 15th and again on May 5th! Thanks to Matt Murray and the Homegrown Spotlight.
4. Sheila gets her grades in January an May, making Dean's List both semesters! And we're hoping for a repeat of that presently...
5. On May 2nd, Potch's Place opens for business! Back then it was known as Lee Potcher's Daily Overtime Weblog.
6. Got a new DVD player for my birthday (December 14th) from my wife! FINALLY I can watch a movie without waiting 30-45 minutes for it to "load".
7. New Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam CD's all KICKED MAJOR ASS! (And I hear Audioslave is pretty awesome as well...)
8. Reconnected seriously with my friend Rob Matsushita! Conacted him two years ago, now we talk (via e-mail) almost daily.
9. Found out I'm gonna be an uncle AGAIN on Christmas Eve, as my Brother-and-Sister-In-Law, Rocky & Jeannine are expecting in August!
10. My mom moved to a pretty damned nice apartment.
So in all, 2002 was a decent year...
Here's hoping all of you have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2003!
Lee 1/01/2003 12:29:00 PM [+]