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Hollywood calls; Recalling Dad; and more.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I had thought I had heard the last of Mike's Hollywood aspirations when we moved him back East. But ...

Several months ago he was in the final cut for a role on The Crazy Ones with Robin Wlliiams. He didn't get the role: No experience. Fine.

Today he got a call from that casting director. They want him to audition for three movie roles and two TV roles. One is a lead role. Fat chance of that, but they called him. How will he do that? The casting agencies have nationwide offices. Baltimore has a fair sized film industry. So does DC. And of course New York New York, the town so nice the named it twice. So he can audition at one of those locations.

If he gets the part, we will see what can be done. Heck his brother's sister-in-law lives in LA. Betcha she can find a place for him.

Fingers crossed.

I went early to the Y tonight. This afternoon really. The snow was predicted to start around 8:00 and I usually leave just after 8:00 if I run, 8:30 if I drive. So that would have been unwise. I got there and it was very busy ... time of day or snow coming? Mox nix. It was busy. But I wasn't clock watching for closing time so I got in more than an hour and I didn't feel rushed.

Hmmm. An idea germinates within.

Since I am not getting in my running with the cold weather and the snow, and since I hate the treadmill, I set up my trike on the trainer. The thing has 0 road miles on it but a couple of hours of trainer time. And I used a couple of stools and a piece of plywood to make a little desk from which I am writing this as I pedal.

So ... BOOM! Yeah I be clever.

Thirty-five tears ago on President's Day Weekend 1979, my dad, one of the world's great snow haters, died. Right on the heels of that, we had an historic blizzard. I was assigned the job of snow removal. That meant clearing the parking pads for those coming in from out of town.

Dad had been a great one for doing battle with the state roads people about this or that. And the Harford County director of State Roads was a Knight of Columbus like Dad. In the midst of a snow emergency, I called in a favor. "Hello? I need to talk to Mr Snyder. I know how busy he is, but I thought he might like to know that Ed Nohe died." The guy on the other end knew the name and put me right through to Mr Snyder. "I am so sorry, Tim. Is there anything I can do?"

That afternoon the state plows made a turn off MD152 and came down Friendship Road, a tertiary road, usually the last ones to be plowed. Thanks Dad for being such a pain in the butt.

As bad as that Sunday/Monday storm was, we still had the viewing on Wednesday and funeral on Thursday. The West Coast contingent of siblings, Dick, Dave, and Susan were stuck in Chicago because Friendship Airport (now BWI Marshall) was closed. They rented a car and drove here in under 12 hours on Tuesday and they had a place to park.

So this little old storm? Half as much snow and plenty of warning? Pffft. I laugh in your general direction.
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    It's funny what things we remember.

    Best of luck to your son. Hope he gets a role.
    1498 days ago
    Good luck to Mike! And what a tribute to your dad... :)
    1498 days ago
    Great news on the audition!

    Nice story on the blizzard of 78.

    Very clever on the trike desk-------hmmmm maybe I should look into a Trainer for my bike.
    1498 days ago
    Cool for Mike!!

    And a cool story about your Dad, a happy memory.
    1498 days ago
    Indeed, I live in Minnesota, and I say bring it on! Wait a minute, I'm letting my emotions get the best of me--I'm tired of this long cold winter--HELP!!!
    1498 days ago
    Go Hollywood Mike!

    Thank you for sharing the Dad story and way to go on creating a desk so you can trike and surf at the same time :)
    1498 days ago
    Walking down memory land with that one. Our nastiest
    winter was '68-'69. My dad worked for the county and
    drove the snow plow. He stayed in town for weeks, or
    so it seemed. He drove the snow plow ahead of the fire
    trucks to 2 different fires that winter. Sadly, they didn't
    get there in time to save either of the barns but at least
    he tried. He would be laughing right about now. Our
    winter has been fairly uneventful. Hope we can keep
    it that way.
    1498 days ago
    I well remember that storm in 1979. Here in Northern Virginia, VDOT couldn't get the roads plowed for two days. I also remember the quick warming afterwards when everyone's basement flooded. It would have been a tough time to have people come in. You can postpone a wedding, but not a funeral.

    Good luck to Mike. If it requires another cross country trip, you might want to start with new tires. And no pets.
    1498 days ago
    I am rooting for Hollywood Mike!
    1498 days ago
    Loved your Dad story.
    1498 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Wow, fingers crossed for Mike

    Awesome job on the trike desk

    Very clever getting the snow ploughs to clear your road.

    Have a great day
    1498 days ago
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