A Day of Dougie
Collusion, SNL & 8-Tracks
March 23, 2019
Happy Saturday and welcome to a Day of Dougie. It’s been a while since I did any of the “DoD” stuff and just wrote randomly and off the cuff and this morning, before I head out to a lovely 11 hour day of chills, thrills and loud people wanting to get wasted, I’ve decided that now is as good a time as any. Maybe this will help me get out of this major funk I’ve been in for the past several weeks. I’m doing okay, but it’s been just one of those times where I’m not happy, not really sad either, but just don’t feel anything one way or the other. I’ve been avoiding people, just in the mood always to be alone, but when I’m alone, wishing I had someone here with me, for me. Just going through the motions, if you will. (Obligatory wrestling reference, if you will… lol). Life is just a bitch right now and it’s been slapping me down… hard. But since I don’t have a shotgun to suck on, I guess I’ll just deal with it as I always do, pray for some relief and just keep on keeping on, cause that’s what I do. (Another obligatory wrestling reference).
So almost two years of investigation, millions of dollars spent and the report is in. No collusion. The details haven’t been released as of yet for the Mueller Report about President Trump, but the main gist of it all is already out there. It’s all been a big political waste of time and money that has vindicated our President. Heads across America, especially at CNN and MSNBC (and at Mad Maxine’s office) are exploding even as it sinks it. It was a dumb charge to begin with. Trump is many things. He’s obnoxious, rude, condescending, an adulterer, a liar and pretty much a total sleazebag, but he’s also someone who gets things done, has been an effective and good President despite all the barriers thrown in his path daily and loves the United States and wants what is best for our nation. He isn’t politically correct to be sure, but he’s not a racist or bigot as people try to paint him either. Just like the “collusion allegations”, people have been calling him racist, but no one can give a single definite example of this. Trump looks at character and ambition and the big picture instead of petty crap like skin color or sexual orientation. He calls a spade a spade and doens’t play the games that are so common in our mixed up and stupid little world. But all of this is not important right now and a rant for a later time. The bottom line is, “No Collusion”. Now time for CNN, MSNBC, Nancy Pelosi, Mad Maxine and the rest to start apologizing. ***crickets*** That’s what I thought. Let’s move on.
And it’s time now to do what I’m here to do and that’s to turn today into a “Day of Dougie”. But then again, every day is a “Day of Dougie” around here. Some people just haven’t realized it yet. Yes, I’m an ass-hole at times and I’m rude, don’t return messages, avoid people, listen to big band music, make obnoxious statements, have a very dark and twisted sense of humor and write about werestling far more than a 52 year old man should, but I’m still a kiss stealing, wheeling deal, Blazer riding son of a gun and for the right man, the best thing going today. Should I do it? Oh yeah, that statement isn’t complete without it. Woooooooooo!
Now, what was I saying? Oh yeah, let’s get to business at hand. Where is that dust covered “Magic Bag” at? I need a couple of topics. I’ll count “Collusion” as one since I managed already to get a paragraph out of it. Now I need two more. We have SNL, which of course stands for Saturday Night Live and “8-Tracks”. Looks like a plan to me so…
Saturday Night Live…
For over forty years now, every Saturday night on NBC, we hear those famous words, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night”. A hit and miss comedy sketch show that has been around forever it seems and has provided hundreds of hours of good laughs and entertainment. The current show, it’s not much on my agenda anymore because of the overly political crap that they do, but I’ll give credit where it’s due. They have some good stuff and can still make me laugh out loud at times. My favoerite times with SNL was the original cast obviously, consisting of Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radnet, Lorraine Newman and Garrett Morris. They were new and original and funny and really out there at times. Oh crap. I forgot John Belushi. How did I do that? My bad because he was one of the best ever.
And then a dry spell for a few years and a new cast showed up. Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Dennis Miller, Dana Carvey, Michael Myers and so many others. The era of the mid 80’s to the late 90’s was incredible with all the talent that worked that stage in NYC. More dry spells as comics came and went and now, Keenan Thompson is the big star and Tina Fey makes appearances and Alec Baldwin practically lives on set, ready to play President Trump.
There have been so many others shows over the years to challenge SNL for late night comic supremacy, such as Fridays, MadTV and SCTV and even, in a way, In Living Color. They follwed the template set by Lorne Michaels and the crew at NBC and did some amazing stuff, but in the end, they all eventually came to an end while SNL, it’s like the Eneregizere Bunny and just keeps going and going and going.
As I said earlier, I’m not a big fan of the current show, but I still go on YouTube and watch the clips sometimes. If there is a sketch I don’t like, I know that one that I do laugh at will probably soon be coming up. The best days may be behind them right now, but all it will take is just one new comic or one new writer or just the idea one day to try a new character and it’ll be the glory days again. I’ve been an off and on fan for over forty years and I’m sure that in some way, shape or form, there will still be people watching and fans forty years from now. It’ll still be kicking and we’ll still be hearing those words each week. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”.
And moving on…
Does anyone still even remember these? I have a few up in the top of my closet and this was how people played music, aside from albums of course, before we started playing cassettes. Big and chunky pieces of plastic that held 10 or so songs. It seems so ancient now when I think about it. I wonder how many people reading this have ever even seen or listened to an 8-track playing? As I said, there are a few up in the top of our hall closet. I think there is a “Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits”, a “Rod Stewart’s Greatest Hits” and maybe if I remember correctly, “Rickie Lee Jones”. There are a few others, but I haven’t looked at them in years and even if I was to go get them now, I haven’t owned an 8-track player in twenty years. But they were the bomb back in the day and prior to cassettes, that was how you listened to music when you were on the go, with your portable 8-track player and the sounds of Debbie Boone filling the air. Crazy times to be sure and so damn long ago. Vinyl and albums have made a sort of comeback and I still love my cassettes, but the 8-track tapes and 8-track players? I think that it’s safe to say that their time in the sun is over. Thanks for the memories, but I can’t see them ever making any sort of a comeback. Not now, not ever. Oh well…
And with that, I’m ending this. Time to go finish getting ready for work. My thanks for reading. Thoughts, comments and any questions, feel free to drop me a line. I’ll be back with some wrestling Q&A later tonight. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. I loves ya.