A few scenes which can move you

A few scenes that stick with you.

In Ride the High Country there is one pivotal scene at the end of the movie. There is a classic shoot out The two old timers in the film portrayed by Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott fight three opponents in a classic western style o.k. corral style scene.

Joel McCrea is mortally wounded and his partner and he know it.  In the last scene he tells his partner he wants to do this alone.  His partner says “I will see you later”.

I never understood whether that meant he would come back later and bury him or that he too would follow him to the great unknown?  Either way there is always a tear in my eye at that final scene.

He and Randolph Scott, whose career strongly resembles McCrea’s, came out of retirement to make a classic of the genre, Sam Peckinpah‘s Ride the High Country (1962).  Their background was western and you believed them on a horse.  Men with morals and a right and wrong attitude which gets twisted and then straightens out at the end.


The same tear appears in my eye again at the end of Gunga Din.  Sam Jaffee

Sam Jaffe as Gunga Din in the film based on the Kipling poem, 1939
Dies at the end of the film and everybody acknowledges that he saved the day. Interesting this Jewish guy makes you believe he is an Indian water boy and we fall for it.  That to me is acting.

Sam Jaffe(I)(1891–1984)

Born Shalom Jaffe in New York City, he became known to the world as Sam Jaffe. From a Jewish family as a child he appeared in Yiddish theater productions with his mother, a well-known regional stage actress. He graduated from the City College of New York and then studied engineering at Columbia University graduate school.

The lost beauty of youth

Love is in the air like a bouquet of roses,

The smell is alluring and cupid does poses,

But not all is pure in the land of demure,

Greed and corruption rear their ugly heads,

And half the country is half kilter on all those meds.

We are given bodies pure at heart,

At least that is what is done at the start,

And then we poison our bodies with tastes of vile,

Come on, admit, you have done it, I can tell by that smile.

Now pay the piper for the sins of the past,

The times you shouted stupidity with such a blast,

Thought you were impervious to pain and age,

Now you know better as you sit in your apartment cage.

Time erodes our youth and gives us scars and nicks,

The human overload shows that most of us have suffered life’s nicks.

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I am surrounded by monsters, they are all around me.

Some are in my head and others creep up and sit on my knee.

Some remind me I am old and creepy with eyes that are red lined.

Others affect my mental attitude and therefore I cannot unwind.


There is Frankenstein the monster made of parts unknown.

There is the Swamp creature that leaves slime on my phone.

There is cute ET trying to phone home,

And there is the alien trying to come out of my chest,

A creature who is an unwelcome guest.


And so, to avoid them I go to work and try to accomplish my job,

But my boss is an ignorant bastard and reminds me of the blob.

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“I have a pain,” said the old man.

“Where?”  I inquired.

“It depends on what day it is.” He replied.

“Monday the pain is in my head like a headache, throbbing away.”

“Tuesday, it is in my chest, and breathing is difficult, Wed. it is in my hands and arthritis sets in, Thursday it is my gut and food irritates me, Friday it is my bowels and I am irregular.”


“You mean you have no pain on Sunday?”

“No Sunday is the worse.  My wife nags me to death and she is the biggest pain of all”

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The age of change

With age things change:

Puff the Magic Dragon contracts COP and no longer lives by the sea.

Superman gains weight and no longer fits into the S costume.

The invisible plane of Wonder Woman leaks when it rains and therefore is visible with droplets.

Aqua man develops hydrophobia.

The seven dwarfs take steroids and become giants.

Alice becomes lost in dementia and therefore roams wonderland.

Siegfried catches a tiger by the tail and it devours him.

Simon says and is arrested for what he said.

Drones are used as spies by parents and go to school where they spy on their children.

The baseball game is shortening to six innings and twenty-four games because it became boring.

The basketball hoop was heightened to twenty feet to make the game more exciting.

Golf course had wild animals introduced into the system and the golfer’s caddies were armed with guns.

Suppertime in the Twilight Zone

Suppertime:  a time to eat after the day was over with.  And then one night it changed.  There was mom, dad and me sitting down.  But this night there was no talking.  Mom stared at Dad and there was hatred coming from her eyes.  Finally, Mom said something which sent chills down my spine.  She asked my Dad, “are you a man or a mouse?”


Dad did not reply.  Instead he got up and went to the bathroom.  He was in there over twenty minutes.  Mom said to me, “go check up on your father.”


I went to the bathroom door and knocked.  There was no answer.  I started to get worried.  I tried the door knob and it turned.  I opened the door slowly.  Dad was not in the bathroom.  He was nowhere to be found.  I did not see him leave the apartment.  It was as if he vanished.

Mom contacted the police and filled out the police report.  Distinguishing characteristics included that dad had one green eye and one brown eye.  Otherwise just a regular guy.


It was a couple of days later and as I lay in my bed I heard a noise from the hamster cage.  I put on the light in my room and checked on Robbie the Hamster.  There in his cage was what was left of Robbie.  A bloodied corpse.  And eating the flesh was a mouse.  I was enraged.  I was going to scream but then I noticed the mouse looked at me.  In fact, he starred at me.  He starred with his eyes.  One was green and the other brown.  I cleaned up the mess and this mouse became my pet.  I know what you’re thinking but that is crazy.  Anyway, this mouse did tricks.  It seemed to be rather intelligent.


Mom got a job at a factory and that is where she met Harry.  Within a month, Harry started to come over.  It made me sick.  They carried on

With hugs and kisses behind closed doors.  I did not like the guy but we did have food on the table and the rent got paid.


The next month Harry moved in.  I stayed mostly in my room and played with my mouse.  I know it sounds crazy but I talked to him.  Of course, he did not talk back.  But he seemed to listen.


Harry started to change.  Beer appeared in the refrigerator and he seemed to drink a lot of it.  When he did that he became aggressive and nasty.  Then it happened.  He struck my mom.  I tried to help her but he pushed me back into my room.  Later he apologized to us and said it would never happen again.


But it did. It started to happen frequently.


One night it got bad.  He hit my mom and went after me.  I retreated to my room and put the lock on the door.  It was a cheap chain lock and he broke in with a giant push against the door.  Mousy was in its cage and stood up on his hind legs.  I hid under the bed and I am a little hazy with what happened next.  There appeared a blinding light.  It was green with brown highlights.  Harry was in the door frame entering my room with blood in his eyes.  Then the light and he disappeared.  I looked and he was gone.  My mom and I searched the house but he was nowhere to be found.  My had a black eye and bruises on her arm.  We were relieved he was gone and secretly hoped he would never come back.  Then the silence in the room was broken as there was a knock on the door.


We jumped.  We both were scared.  Mom went to the door and opened it.  There in the doorway was my dad.  With the door opened he came in and hugged both of us.  No words were said.  Just hugs.  Dad was home and never said where he was.


They made like the incident never happened.  And now at supper time we sit around the table and there are smiles, hope for the future and a new baby on the way.  Supper time is great.

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