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I’m getting a very late start today because I slept like a baby hour after hour. I feel like a new man. I guess I needed the rest. It didn’t matter that I sleep on the sofa…
What adventures in blogging will we share today?
Well, now that I’ve established that it was my Ramen Noodles diet (or rather my daily intake of the little pack of seasoning that you find in each package of noodles–all that salt) that caused the gout that flared up in my left elbow, I’ve eliminated all that salt and my gout is nearly gone this morning and I’m ready to restart my program of deep breathing and stretching exercises tomorrow morning in preparation for karaoke at Nico’s in Little Italy the first Saturday night of February.
I’ve accepted the fact that my fun money only allows me to go to karaoke at Nico’s just once a month, the first Saturday night of every month. Well, one good thing. Now I can just sing The Doors and concentrate on my Jim Morrison impersonation. I mean the audience turn over between performances will keep my act new. At most I get up to sing three songs and the DJ has about 10 songs by The Doors for me to choose from. It’s a win for me and a win for the audience.
Yesterday was a pro-football playoff day. I stretched out on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head and watched silent films on YouTube and listened to football on the radio. Watching silent films and listening to pro-football just seems to go together, at least in my mind. Yesterday I watched several silent films, especially the films of Clara Bow, the “It” girl.
Clara Bow specialized in light romantic comedies. She often played a “flapper.” You know, flaming youth, independent young women flaunting social conventions. This is what Wikipedia has to say about Clara Bow.
Clara Gordon Bow (/ˈboʊ/; July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965) was an American actress who rose to stardom in silent film during the 1920s and successfully made the transition to “talkies” after 1927. Her appearance as a plucky shopgirl in the film It brought her global fame and the nickname “The It Girl“. Bow came to personify the Roaring Twenties and is described as its leading sex symbol.
She appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, including hits such as Mantrap (1926), It (1927), and Wings (1927). She was named first box-office draw in 1928 and 1929 and second box-office draw in 1927 and 1930. Her presence in a motion picture was said to have ensured investors, by odds of almost two-to-one, a “safe return”. At the apex of her stardom, she received more than 45,000 fan letters in a single month (January 1929).
After marrying actor Rex Bell in 1931, Bow retired from acting and became a rancher in Nevada. Her final film, Hoop-La, was released in 1933. In September 1965, Bow died of a heart attack at the age of 60.
Well, there’s more playoff football today. I think I’ll watch more Clara Bow today, especially “Wings.” Wings is about two WWI fighter pilots who are in love with the same woman, the character Clara plays. I’ve seen the film several times over the years starting back when I studied silent films while I worked on my MFA in fiction writing between 2003-2006 at the University of Pittsburgh. The film has some great aerial combat scenes. And Clara looks so cute in her uniform. She drives a truck for the war effort.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
Today it will be an overcast day in the City of Pittsburgh with a high around 32.