Bill Cosby, You’re a Schmuck

The Palace Theater — in its heyday.

The Palace Theater — in its heyday.

Although it’s subject to debate, the literal meaning of the word “schmuck” is penis — the Yiddish version of “prick” as it is used in English slang. A fitting term for a once-revered comedian.

Not everyone loved Bill Cosby. Or liked him. I did.

Did.

I was no fan of “The Cosby Show,” but I enjoyed his albums and his standup act was a hoot. I had fond memories of the latter when I saw him open the revived Palace Theater in Cleveland in the late ’70s. But, in light of the growing litany of rape allegations against him, those memories have become tainted.

The night before the show, I had a dream — a dream that has proven to be prophetic.

I was a truck driver at the time and making good money, so I reserved a whole table for the event. My sister, who was among the people I invited, asked how many seats that included. I believe it was eight.

She jokingly (more or less jokingly) said, “I didn’t think you had eight friends in the world.”

The night before the show, thanks to her comment, I dreamed that I was milling around in front of the theater trying to give away tickets because no one had accepted my invitation to join me at my table.  I got no takers. Orphans begging in the street shunned me. A wino spit in my face when I offered him a ticket.

In retrospect, maybe they were on to something. And it had nothing to do with me.

 

 

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Adventures With Bill

(Apologies to Red Green)

Fans of the Red Green Show are familiar with the Adventures With Bill segments. For the uninitiated, these skits featured Red’s hapless friend Bill involved in one sort of misadventure or another — generally ending in bodily harm.

Bill was a fictitious character. I always suspected he was based on my friend Bill, who is not fictitious. But, when the real Bill sets out to do anything, he can be just as entertaining.

Here are a few shots from a recent camping trip on Lake Fork of the Mohican River.

Bill opts for the manly approach to pitching a tent — ignoring the instructions.

Bill opts for the manly approach to pitching a tent — ignoring the instructions.

On second thought ... Bill decides to have a look at the instructions.

On second thought … Bill decides to have a look at the instructions.

Bill’s friend, Cecie, tries out the tent after he’s done pitching it.

Bill’s friend, Cecie, tries out the tent after he’s done pitching it.

Bill — after getting the campfire started.

Bill — after getting the campfire started.

Packing up after the camping trip, bill has a misadventure with bungee cords. This one ended up wrapped around my car mirror. Yes, Bill, IS closer than he appears.

Packing up after the camping trip, Bill has a misadventure with bungee cords. This one ended up wrapped around my car mirror. Yes, Bill, IS closer than he appears.

 

 

Detail

As I wandered out into the pasture tonight, the light looked right for shooting the flora and fauna. As I once said, sometimes the light is right, the critters cooperate and life is good. Not so tonight. However.

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What the bee sees.

What the bee sees.

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Mt. Jeez Sunset

Chores piling up. There are more important things in life. Grab the camera and follow my intuition. Mt. Jeez did not disappoint.

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God beam detail

God beam detail

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Earlier

Earlier

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Cloud shadows

Cloud shadows

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Shadows and God beams

Shadows and God beams

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Darkness setting in ... mid July

Darkness setting in … mid July

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Meanwhile, in the eastern sky — cloudsplash

Meanwhile, in the eastern sky — cloudsplash