Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the sunny island of Nantucket! Great to be back with you on this Thursday morning here in Osterville, the fourth day of August, 2011, a spectacular day at that, as the Cape and Islands have been blessed with some beautiful weather over the past two weeks or so, with only one or two days being unbearable if working out of doors. The reason for my absence here at little old seacapecod.net, was due to the fact that I was privileged enough to work on the Adam Sandler film “I Hate You Dad”, a hilarious take on the secrets that human beings tend to carry around and come out at the most inappropriate times. Suffice to say, it is a movie that you will want to go and see, bringing the fun E with Will Forte (the brother’s Solomon), Rachel Dratch, “Dante” and other members of Saturday Night Live, not to mention the great humanitarian and humorist himself, Mr. Adam Sandler, (power in part by his great production company–’Happy Madison Production’), along with Columbia Pictures, who literally lit up this sleepy little town of Osterville, a mere football toss away from Hyannis Port, former home to the late, great thirty-fifth President of the United States of America, Mr. Jack Kennedy and his beautiful wife Jackie. It was an honor and, as I mentioned before, a privilege to work with such a fine group of human beings… from the principal actors, such as the wonderful Tony Orlando, Leighton Meester, Andy Sandberg, Vanilla Ice and James Caan, to the guys working the California based Gala catering, not to mention “Kraft services”, who kept all of ‘background’ hydrated and happy. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to mention all of the great people I met on the set–professional actors from New York, hello!, Massachusetts, Los Angeles and everywhere in between, as well as the non-union locals, real life ‘regular life’ New England people of the highest class, ranging from systems analysts to entrepreneurs, firemen to nurses, who did such a great job as extras I sometimes felt like the day was over before it began…and of whom many I will consider friends for life. I wish you all the very BEST and please stay in touch! And, once again, to Adam Sandler, may you always remember Cape Cod, Osterville in particular, and know that you brought a whole boat load of JOY into ALL of our ‘Don’t hassle me I’m a local’ (s) lives…(credit the tee-shirt worn on Lake Winapasake by another SNL great, Bill Murray in the classic film, “What About Bob?”) Thank you, and may God Bless you and your family. Moving on to Washington D.C., and the never ending mud fight that is getting this country of ours NOWHERE, perhaps we should all shift gears and tune in to the great state of Texas, on August 6, 2011, or better yet, fly on down to Houston, in order to attend an all day and night prayer rally? Sound good? You bet it does! A prayer rally for the ‘nation’ where Presidential hopeful Rick Perry, current governor of Texas, is planning a big old pray fest, designed, I presume, to solve all of this nation’s very real and very painful problems. Yes, on Saturday, at Reliance stadium, good ‘ole boy Rick Perry will be holding a 7 hour long prayer session that will hope to seek that moral and economic guidance from the big cowboy hat in the sky… Gives ‘YA goosebumps don’t it? Take it away Rick! “With the economy in trouble, communities in crisis and people adrift in a sea of moral relativism, we need God’s help (define GOD governor!)…that’s why I’m calling on Americans to pray and fast, just like Jesus did, and as God called on the Israelites in the book of Joel (are for real?), I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliance Stadium (go…! ah, who plays there?, oh, product placement plays there, that’s right), with praying people asking ‘God’s forgiveness’”. (asking forgiveness for the minimum wage and food pantries?) Thank YOU Rick, for that, just one question, does God endorse Reliance product placement in your quest to forgive the masses for being poor? Perry finishes by saying, “Make plans to be part of something even bigger than Texas…” “You’re a funny guy Mr. Perry, are sure you want to be a night club comic? Where’s the rest of this Moose?” (credit the classic film, circa 1981, Arthur and the late, great Dudley Moore). As Keith Olbermann, of “Countdown, with Keith Olbermann”, airing every week night at 8,11 p.m., EDT, only on Current TV, put it so well on last night’s show, “…that is a bigger number than the number of attendees disguised as empty seats…”, adding, “…the majority of invited speakers and politicians have declined, and only 8000 have registered for the free event, which leaves about 63,000 empty seats in the stadium that housed the 2004 Superbowl. I would say to Governor Rick Perry that he speaks and prays to the ‘God of Sickness’, for Jesus did walk for forty days and forty nights in the desert, tempted by the snake that is Satan, yet his mission was one of Compassion, LOVE, Forgiveness, HOPE, and mostly JOY, for the good news is that Rick Perry has no more idea of what Jesus said, did and MEANT than did Pontius Pilate who ordered his death, nor did the Holy order that ruled Jerusalem at the time. The Son of God would more likely say–should Jesus ever be asked to appear in a football stadium named after some corporate product–something like this. “And now I tell you again, A TRUTH of great importance. God is one. God is God. God has not been split asunder, Cannot be, and never shall be. The nature of God is the very nature of existence, And the nature of Life Itself. And were God to be split asunder, Existence, as existence, would cease to be. And such cannot happen.” Moreover, “If you design to see your brother as ignorant of the truth, If you design to see your brother as being in need of salvation, If you design to see your brother as being in need of your guidance and your wisdom, You are but seeing littleness in your brother, and proving to yourself that you believe that same littleness yet abides in you.” The reason false prophets win over so many minds is through that littleness offered to them, as if to say, “You, my brother, are not worthy, so sacrifice some more, so that ‘we’, can, once again, determine if you are worthy, you know, down the road, or whenever ‘we’ get around to it…but please keep on buying those Doritos…!” Doesn’t sound like the words of Jesus to me Rick! Have a nice day folks and may creative intelligence, or anything bigger than the ego of Rick Perry and his ilk please look upon this nation with kindness as well as looking down upon the millions of refugees on the Somalian/Kenyan border, who are facing a real time FAMINE and could use all of the prayers and donations WE can offer. Should you care to donate, please do so at savethechildren.org or care.org. Thank you. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
August 4, 2011
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