This Old Dark House


Glorious, gorgeous Gloria Stuart, in ‘The Old Dark House’

It’s been a tough year. The most challenging of my entire adult life, actually, with the most recent difficulty being the death of my father a few weeks ago. But it wasn’t unexpected, and Dad passed away quietly in his sleep.

Despite all of the work I had to do to manage my father’s money, and must now do to take care of the estate, now that I’m retired I have more time to do things I enjoy. But because I am no longer drawing a salary, I of course have less money to spend on things that I enjoy.

Way back in the pre-DVD days, I was recklessly spending money on LaserDiscs. One of my favorite LD’s is “The Old Dark House”, a delightfully quirky and creepy 1932 movie with an outstanding cast, directed by James Whale. A recent rave by Leonard Maltin for a new HD transfer of the movie motivated me to see how much it costs. At only $15.50 on Amazon, it doesn’t bust my retirement budget.

Repeal the Second Amendment

Gun advocates who bring up the acts of terrorism committed with cars or knives will see me covering my ears and humming. I will use noise to cover up their noise.

Assault weapons must be banned outright. Period. As they are here in Massachusetts.

The only way that meaningful firearm regulation will ever happen in the United States is if the NRA, and the even more extreme Gun Owners of America, see a real possibility of the Second Amendment being repealed. So that’s what I support.