Not too many people even knew we had a third cat, but a few months after we first got our beautiful calico, Jasmine, who died this past October, we adopted another kitten and named her Lilly.
As people will do with their pets, we gave her a nickname and she became Lillybell. Lilly was not like Jasmine. She did not run to greet visitors and was often hard to catch if you wanted to cuddle with her. For this reason many who will hear of her death this week will not feel the same sadness they did when they heard about Jasmine.
I dare say that even the Bunt girls don’t feel this loss quite the same as Rod and I do.
I have some ideas on how to fix the health care system. OK, maybe more thoughts on what is wrong with it and not so much how to fix it. OK, maybe I just feel like whining about the latest thing that happened to me at my local health care facility.
A while back I went into a tirade about how often mistakes were made to my prescriptions and how those mistakes resulted in hundreds of dollars in medicine being sent to me that I could not use or return. I figure if that many mistakes could be made to my family, surely this same scenario is being repeated in houses across America, costing millions of dollars to insurance companies.
This week I had another incident that illustrates the ridiculous waste of money in the health care system.
Ahh, young love. Rochelle describes (some of) how she and Rod got together. Bunt history like you never dreamed of! Or maybe you did.
Several weeks ago, John Travolta was thrown into the spotlight when his son Jett died suddenly from what turned out to be a seizure. The media and the public couldn’t wait to place blame for the tragedy on the Travolta’s belief in Scientology and the apparent rumor that they refused the medical treatment that may have saved their son.
I have no idea what happened or what the truth is. I do know that every religion has beliefs that those outside that religion question and see as odd. I also know that losing a child feels the same in any religion and they are suffering. Money and fame are meaningless at times like that.
That being said, I have to tell you I feel a special closeness to John Travolta.
As previously mentioned I am known to be a big Howard Stern fan. So it came as no surprise that I was given the New York Times best-seller (yes, that’s right!), “Too Fat to Fish,” written by comedian and Stern castmate favorite Artie Lange.
Not only was I given the copy I hoped for but my husband and I received a surprise autographed copy given to us by our brother-in-law, Rob, who was number 600 in line at the Smithaven Mall on Long Island where he got to have a short convo with Mr. Lange himself.
While my darling daughter, Jackie, anxiously awaits the season premiere of “24” I am delighted to have found a new show that seems to appeal to both me and my husband.
This is a rare thing.We typically suffer through each other’s shows (OK, he watches endless hours of “Law and Order” while I have grown to like “Family Guy”) so when a TV show comes along that captures both of us… well that is a special moment in the Bunt household.
Some shows we have both loved: #1 Hill Street Blues (the best ever! endlessly entertaining, Dennis Franz was outstanding, every character was as interesting as the next, never dull…how we loved this show)
#2 Sopranos (please… need I explain)
#3 House (I liked it and Rod grew to like it)
Okay.. so that’s about it. Until now.Show #4 is Life on Mars, Thursdays 10 PM on ABC.
This is one of those shows that started out in England and we ripped it off and did a US version. The story is about a cop who gets whacked by a car and wakes up in 1973. It is a time travel, cop and robber, surreal type of show and the cool part is the “past” is the year I graduated high school. Sam Tyler, the star, is quite the hottie which is a bonus because I love the show anyway.Sam is trying to figure out why he is back in time. Is he in a coma or perhaps dead? Can he get back to 2008 or is this it? Oh, and every so often there are mix ups in the time… like he picks up a paper and there is a story about G. Bush or a kid has on a shirt with a picture of a current band.
It is really worth checking out.See how your momma lived way back before cell phones, internet and DNA evidence.Part of the fun of the show is watching Sam struggle through 1973 with the knowledge of 2008.There are changes in language and expressions. I actually caught a “blooper” because at one point Sam said something “sucks” and no way would that be okay in 1973.
Oh, and I just found out that this actor Jason O’Mara who plays Sam is from Ireland and is just doing an American accent for the show. That always impresses me.
Other actors on this show include Michael Imperioli (Christopher from Sopranos), Harvey Keitel, and Gretchen Mol.
So the Bunts have another show they agree on. Check it out this Thursday night.
My kids know, my mother knows, most of my co-workers know. I am addicted to The Howard Stern Show. Not such a big deal except I am a 53 year old, middle class female. Now don’t get me wrong, I can live without the bits that involve strippers and hookers but to be honest they are not that frequent and that’s always a good time to actually shower and get ready for work. Oh, who am I kidding? I bring the speaker into the bathroom with me so I don’t miss even a second of the show. I even listen to the wrap up show and repeats on the weekends to catch what I missed when I was at work.
The Stern show is my soap opera. I know all the characters and their problems. Artie relapsed and started doing heroin again but he went to rehab and is clean now. He is FINALLY seeing a therapist. We all hope he and Dana will get back together but there is the dog issue… Howard and Beth got married recently after being together eight years. Howard swears he won’t have anymore kids but he swore he wouldn’t get married again so…. Sal is still married but miserable, Ralph is single and won’t take a lie detector test to prove he isn’t a thief, Richard will do “gay” things to be entertaining for the show but swears he isn’t gay, and so on and so forth….Gary, and Robin, and Fred, and the Wack Pack, and all the others. I need to know who did what over vacation, I need to hear about the wedding and what Sal and Lisa did since they weren’t invited.
See, it isn’t just naked women and gross stuff. It is stories and humor and drama and craziness of everyday life, in a life that I am not part of but I know ALL about.
Sometimes I think Howard is an ass because he has some really old fashioned ideas (for real!) but the man is a genious for what he has created.
Some nights the TV never gets turned on and my husband and I just lay in bed listening to the Stern show AGAIN. Like watching a rerun of a favorite show.
If you happened to be walking by the Bunt house last night,10/27, at around 10 PM and peeked into the backyard you might have thought you were witnessing a rehearsal of something special for Halloween night. There we were: Me, Rod and our dog Jenny. I was lowering something into a hole and Rod picked up a shovel and began covering it with dirt.
I thought a lot about what I wanted to say about this last debate. It was clearly the best one. Surely, on that we ALL agree.
We Bunts have clearly been Obama supporters. I hope everyone realizes that we can’t help but be sarcastic… it’s in our blood. We poke fun and joke even when things are deadly serious. Quite irritating at times. This is the most political we have ever been and I am really thrilled to have my girls so active and involved.
That being said, I am going to TRY to be serious this time because I am really concerned. For real!
Roe vs. Wade
So I was in high school in the 70’s when Roe V Wade passed. THANK GOD!!! I seriously went with several friends to clinics in NYC because there were none on LI. Doctors didn’t deal with this issue, parents were not so open minded, and everyone had to lie and sneak around. This was AFTER Roe v Wade… so you can imagine what it was like before. This was in middle class, white America. I realize it is 35 years later but the very idea that we would turn back the clock and take away a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body is absurd. I can’t even imagine any female accepting it.
I realize McCain feels it should be a state’s decision and that Massachusetts is a liberal state so we are pretty much “safe” but I object to that idea. No state, no person, no one should be making that CHOICE for a woman.
Another thing that pisses me off. I have many friends and relatives who are ‘Pro-Life’. I respect that and have no issue with it. I understand why they feel the way they do and won’t even argue the point since I feel this is THEIR CHOICE.
I AM PRO-CHOICE NOT PRO-ABORTION! I do not even know anyone who is pro-abortion.
One of the joys of having kids is sharing the things you loved as a child with them and watching them enjoy the very same thing. You get to be a child and a parent all at the same time. It is probably one of parenting’s finest moments. Case in point- “The Wizard of Oz.” Unfortunately, as parents we tend to start that one too soon forgetting how scary the movie can be to a child. Ah, well we learn as we go.