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Flashback: Thirty Days Of Dougie (2013)
Heroes, Act Your Age & Jesus Christ Superstar
January 19, 2021
Back to 2013 before this site was born, there was still the phenomena known as the “Days Of Dougie”. It’s flashback time. Enjoy…
Thirty Days of Dougie – Part 18: Heroes, Act Your Age and Jesus Christ Superstar
And now we come to Part 18 of the “Thirty Days” experiment. I’m actually feeling pretty decent this morning, but I’m not in a mood to write. Go figure! I was in the mood earlier, but then I allowed myself to get distracted by watching YouTube videos of such extreme intellects as Lawrence O’Donnell, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Whoopi Goldberg spout their propaganda and I could feel my mind beginning to turn to vanilla pudding. Oh, wait, by their standards, using the term “vanilla” is probably racist. My mind was turning to rainbow jello. Oh, wait! Now I’ve probably offended the homosexual community by using the “rainbow” concept, and even though I technically am a part of that grouping, I’m also a republican and don’t buy into all the politically correct liberal B.S. out there so I’ve probably had my membership revoked by now. I guess I should check. Hmmmm!
But my point is I was watching YouTube and my desire to write (or participate in the human race) began to deteriorate. People are dumb-asses. Not all, but enough. Luckily for me, I stumbled upon some clips of Paul Lynde from the Hollywood Square game show and then followed it up with some clips from Family Guy. I feel much better now and my faith in humanity has been restored.
I guess that I should go ahead and write this thing. Let’s reach into the magic box and see what we come up with. The topic (or topics as the case may be) for today are: “Heroes”, “Act Your Age” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Three very different and interesting topics. Should I do one or all three? I think all three have merit and are worth chit-chatting about so it looks like another triple-threat in the house. Let’s do this…
Thirty Days of Dougie – Part 18: Heroes, Act Your Age & Jesus Christ Superstar
January 19, 2013
Let’s get the simplest one out of the way first and that is “act your age”. We’ve all been told this at one time or another, usually when we’re doing something that is fun or crazy or slightly (?) irresponsible. And you know what? My response to this would be, “mind your own freakin’ business!”. Some young people are very mature. Some older people are very childish. But just because their behavior might not be the status-quo of others in the same age range, who’s to say what’s correct and what’s not. If they’re doing it, it’s obviously appropriate in their minds, regardless of their physical age. There is no correct way to “act your age” because different people of different ages act differently. It’s just that simple. So if someone says that I should act my age, I just say “I am!”. ‘Nuff said!
Okay, now let’s move on to heroes. We all have our heroes in life. For some of us, it’s our father or mother. Maybe it’s your teacher from third grade or some fake-ass, blonde Barbie bitch from YouTube. Maybe it’s not even a specific person, but an idea or concept or type of behavior that some people exemplify. There are so many ways a person can identify a “hero” and so many things that a person can use to validate his or her choice.
For me, my heroes haven’t really been certain persons, although there are a few certain people that I respect and admire for what they’re accomplished and represent in their lives. For me, it’s more about an idea and concept. When a person essentially is willing to sacrifice and give up everything to pursue his or her dream, that catches my attention and earns my respect. And when a person is willing to give up everything for someone else and accept responsibilities, that’s pretty awesome too. So many people these days don’t accept their responsibilities and expect others to take care of their problems for them. They don’t care about the girl they knocked up or the children they’ve fathered or the idea that a promise or giving your word means something. These are NOT people to respect or hold up to the light of day. They’re shit!
But when a man steps up and says, “that’s my kid” and does what has to be done, that’s someone to look up to and respect. And when you find those rare few that pursue their dreams but not at the expense of their family and loved ones, that’s the best ones of all. And I’m getting way off topic here, aren’t I? Let me just list a few people that are, in my book, heroes to me. If you want specifics, just ask and I’ll let you know more and why, but for now, in the interests of time and space, I’ll just do a few names.
Kenneth F. Maynard (Dad), Raymond R. Rushin (step-dad), Evelyn Rushin (mom), Brent, Greg, Youngblood, Soce, Vice President Quayle, Alice, James Durbin, Alex, Grandma Vick, K-Mak… There are others to be sure, but these are the folks that to me, represent the best of the best in different ways.
Let’s move on to one of the greatest rock-opera musicals of all time, Jesus Christ Superstar. Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber in the early ’70s, it follows the trials and tribulations of Jesus during his last few weeks, the betrayal of Judas, the crucifixion, etc, all with some great music, moving lyrics, and great acting by a tremendous cast. I’ve yet to actually see the play but count the movie as one of my all-time favorite musicals, only behind RENT, HAIR, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and “Bye Bye Birdie” (the original). It’s just some incredible and inspirational music and lyrics and songs that tell the greatest story of all time about the greatest man who ever lived.
I’m not a religious person by nature, but you don’t have to be to enjoy this album/movie/play/soundtrack to be moved and inspired by it and the characters it chooses to present. It’s designed to make you think and appreciate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, but even if you’re not into the religious aspect of it all, you’ll still find yourself drawn in and just enjoying the great sounds and songs.
The movie has a lot of symbolism and a feel of the seventies/hippie movement, but despite that, it never gets old and has aged really, really well. I never grow tired of watching the movie or listening to the soundtrack. (And no, Mrs. A – I haven’t forgotten that I’m going to make you a copy of the soundtrack. It’s just a matter of sitting my butt down and finding the time to do it! It’s coming!)
It’s hard to really describe how great this music truly is. Just go see the movie if you can (on DVD – available at Amazon and on Netflix) or go listen to the soundtrack or watch clips (find them on YouTube) and experience the magic for yourself. It really truly is that good.
And I guess that’s all for me today. This is short, but then again, so was my last boyfriend… lol. (Just kidding!) I’m Doug and I’m out of here. I’ll be back tomorrow with Part 19. Have a great day and go like our page at InFamousTV. Hey V.P.P. – be afraid, biatch!