How I Imagine The Past Lives Of Russians That I Meet In America

Have you ever gotten that weird feeling of displacement when you meet a recent immigrant from another country and they are working a service level job and then you find out that they were like a scientist or doctor in their old life? They tell you that they came here to have a fresh start for their families, but find out that they have to start all over again and work their way back up?

I get those feelings all of the time (and fully expect it to happen to me next) and then I can’t help but imagine what that old life was like. This is what goes through my mind when I meet recently arrived people from Russia.

I blame Hollywood.

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My Top Five Favorite Superhero Shorts (in no particular order)

Like most of you, I love superhero stuff. I see all the big budget, big screen movies, and I give all the small screen TV shows the old college try. But I also love the online stuff.

Screw the Raimi suit, the only suit that matters is Italian Spiderman :  SpidermanPS4

And if it is funny, even better. So, in that spirit, here are five of my favorite online video type shorts. With Superheroes!!

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Rich Little’s Christmas Carol

How do I know that I am mostly culturally white? Simple. I love Rich Little. That is also how to tell that I am getting old.

This is the whole show from 1978. It is by no means good, but it is also perfect and wonderful.

It stars, of course, Rich Little as W. C. Fields, Paul Lynde, Johnny Carson, Laurel and Hardy, Richard Nixon, Humphrey Bogart, Groucho Marx, James Stewart, Peter Falk, Jean Stapleton, Truman Capote, Peter Sellers, James Mason, George Burns, John Wayne, and Jack Benny.

Merry Christmas to all and to all, well, you know…

My Top 5 Favorite TV Comedy Sketches That Changed My Life (in no particular order)

In my early years I was a huge sketch comedy fan. I even planned, at one time, to run off to Chicago and join Second City after I graduated from High School. I didn’t, obviously, and I am a lesser person because of it.

SCTV (Series) - TV Tropes

In remembrance of that lost dream and the importance that filmed sketch comedy had on me as younger person, here are Five TV Comedy Sketches That Changed My Life. Continue reading