Recently the union of actors and stage managers announced a change in how new members can join Actors Equity. For the next couple of years (and possibly beyond) one must only prove that you were paid in any previous production to get an Equity card. You must still pay initiation fees and dues but the … Continue reading A Ramble on Actors Equity Open Access plan
Last Thursday I noted I had insisted having my picture taken with one and only one celebrity I have come in contact with in my long career. It is likely few of you guessed correctly. Back in 1986, this gentleman did a show at Bailey Concert Hall when I was the Master Carpenter there... That … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Who is the mystery celebrity?
While Fortune Cookies are most popular in Chinese restaurants, they originated in Japan (think elegant desserts and folding techniques). But they were adopted in America by Chinese restaurants at the turn of the last century and exploded in popularity after World War II and are now an essential part of today's pop food cuisine. Ever … Continue reading National Fortune Cookie Day
I've had this blog for several years and a little counter on my WordPress dashboard informs me that this is my 1,000th post. Quantity isn't really my goal but I hope you have found some quality as well. I hope you have enjoyed the theatre reviews, recipes, and silly jokes. With this amount of posts … Continue reading My 1,000th Post!
As noted earlier, I finally came a cross a treasure trove of old stuff, so you can be bored by my memories. Watch out, Thursdays will never be the same. On October 12, 1987 I was the Technical Director of Bailey Concert Hall, a road house on the campus of Broward Community College in Fort … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – the backstage crew at Bailey Concert Hall in 1987
Stagedoor Productions in Fredericksburg, Virginia will feature my short play "2020 - A Perfect Year for Magical Thinking in their 14th Annual One-Act Play Festival. Performances will be August 12 and 13 at 7 PM and August 14 and 15 at 2 PM and 7 PM. They did another of my plays "Muse" a number … Continue reading Stagedoor Productions will feature one of my plays!
Nope, this is not about rock 'n roll or even the Rolling Stones, today is all about real rocks, real stones. You know, the ones you find on the ground, in a stream, in the ocean. Somebody I know likes to collect rocks. Pretty rocks. Interesting rocks. Significant rocks. Rocks that grab her fancy, which … Continue reading International Rock Day
Long time readers of this blog are well aware that I am a life long fan of my Cincinnati Reds. This century has been pretty tough for dedicated fans such as myself. We seem to have been in re-building mode for the last two decades. In last year's shortened COVID season we made it to … Continue reading The Cincinnati Reds are UP at the All-Star Game Break!
July 11 is National Blueberry Muffin Day and there are few better ways to start the day. To encourage you to eat fresh baked goods at home, feel free to try this simple and straightforward recipe... ===============Simple Blueberry Muffins SUMMARY: There's nothing fancy about this muffin – it's mostly flour, eggs, butter and blueberries. But … Continue reading A simple recipe for National Blueberry Muffin Day!
The second Saturday in July is International Skinny-Dip Day. Here is the naked truth, there are some places where you should not skinny-dip. A snapping turtle pond heads that list. And if you do wish to swim in the all together, look for a sign like this. The proponents of this practice give nonsense reasons … Continue reading International Skinny-Dip Day
Yep, I don't often speak of it and think it may be the first time I am mentioning it on my blog, but today is indeed my birthday. Send any gifts via PayPal! Meanwhile I have found an early photo of me being held by my father. Maybe this is why I have always felt … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – My Birthday!
My recently completed full length script "The Reluctant Prophet" has received its first recognition - it is a semi-finalist in the New Works Festival at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank, California. I'm very excited about this award and hope it moves further in the process. Five scripts will be selected as finalists in August … Continue reading The Reluctant Prophet is a semi-finalist!
Today is National Fried Chicken Day and I truly love this delicious treat. I have made various tasty versions but the best was when I used a sous vide device to first make the meat creamy and perfectly cooked. But if I want to eat this treat out on the town in New York, I … Continue reading National Fried Chicken Day and my NYC recommendation
Happy Independence Day (Observed)! Hope you have the day off. I have thrown up a few Throwback Thursday post from time to time as I came across things. But I recently came across the mother lode of images I was looking for. Sorry, but there will be many more in the weeks and months to … Continue reading A patriotic Bicentennial Thinnes Pharmacy key ring
May you have a very festive and very safe American Independence Day. Celebrate our country and our republic during these difficult and trying times. This nation has seen and overcome tougher days and we will rise from these challenges. Treasure our system of government and don't let the insurrectionists get you down. Patriotism belongs to … Continue reading Happy American Independence Day
Today is the anniversary of the famous/infamous Roswell Incident in 1947. If you are not aware of the Roswell Incident, good for you, and what rock have you been living under? You can find the story related everywhere online and started this small industry and tourism attraction. The US Air Force has been denying it … Continue reading Today is World UFO Day
July is both National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month. So I expect every one of you to get out there and grill at a picnic! As for me, I will likely stay inside with the air conditioning for a while until this heat wave finishes. Let me know when the pizza delivery gets here. … Continue reading Welcome to July!
After a forced shutdown of fourteen months, Broadway is slowly re-awakening and the first eyelid to flicker open is that of a certain Bruce Springsteen. The Boss reanimates his blowout hit of a few years ago, now at the St. James Theatre - "Springsteen on Broadway." This is no arena sing-along event with his fabulous … Continue reading Review – Springsteen on Broadway
A strange thing happened during the recent pandemic last fall. Seasonal flu and other casually contagious diseases experienced a marked decline. Part of that was due to social distancing, widespread mask wearing and compulsive hand washing. Flu bugs can easily be transmitted during handshakes - and there was much less of that during the pandemic. … Continue reading Maybe not on National Handshake Day
The third full week in June is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. It is an effort by the National Weather Service to help increase lightning safety. It may be shocking to learn that lightning is one of the deadliest weather systems. Records kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show lightning in the United States … Continue reading Lightning Safety Awareness Week
Hoping that all Father's have a very special day and that all children have a reason to make it a very special day. Being a biological father is not an automatic reason to be celebrated but the love they give, the protection they provide and the lessons they instill make this a time to honor … Continue reading Honor your Pops on Father’s Day
Last year on this date I advocated turning this traditional holiday into a Federal Holiday and clearly Joe Biden was listening to me. Rather than printing the background information again this year you can go to it by clicking here. https://walterthinnes.blog/2020/06/19/happy-juneteenth-and-a-note-about-federal-holidays/ I'm very pleased that things have changed enough to make this happen and hope … Continue reading Welcome to Juneteenth, the newest Federal Holiday!
Early tomorrow morning about two dozen motorcyclists and a few chase vehicles will start a week long ride for charity through the upper midwest intersecting several times with the upper Mississippi River. I have had the pleasure to join this wacky group for part of one of their previous rides and they are a great … Continue reading Bon Voyage to the Long Reach Long Riders tomorrow morning…
International Bath Day is celebrated every year on June 14 because it is classically considered the day of Archimedes' greatest discovery. I remember that day well. Let me explain. Archimedes (we called him Archie, but that's a story for another day) was a pretty smart fella and an innovative mathematician. He got the whole measurement … Continue reading Eureka! – I have discovered International Bath Day!
Back again with another motorcycle product first look review. The Viking Cycles company has sent me their Ironborn Textile Jacket so that I can review it. Below you can link to watch my five minute video review on YouTube, but first a few notes. This jacket is high quality, seems very functional and and looks … Continue reading Initial Review of the Viking Cycles Ironborn Textile Jacket