Dreams heading for a crash

Dreams heading for a crash

Broken Dreams
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put…

And Frankie sings it this way:

“That’s life.
That's what people say.
You're riding high in April, shot down in May.
But I know I'm gonna change that tune
When I'm back on top, back on top in June.

I said, that's life (that's life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks
Stompin' on a dream
But I don't let it, let it get me down
Cause this fine old world it keeps spinning around

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet
A pawn and a king
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race.”

Our post today: An illustration of broken dreams.
Sometimes there’s no time left to recover from the blow.

Today is Wednesday, August 15
This is my 127th consecutive daily posting.
Tme is 3.03am and the weather is for partly cloudy skies and warm.
Today’s dinner is…a first go-round at braised short ribs.

I'll be leaving in three weeks for a trip to a most beautiful part of the globe. But I'll never for a moment forget how lovely each day is that takes me through Boston's Public Garden

I'll be leaving in three weeks for a trip to a most beautiful part of the globe.
But I'll never for a moment forget how lovely each day is that takes me through Boston's Public Garden

Photo of the Day
Boston Public Garden Overview

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Who wrote “Richard Cory?”

Recite it.

Find the answer just before today’s Post below. Partial answers for partial credits.

Thumbnail Biography:
Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist.

The police said narcotics paraphernalia were found near his half-clad body, and the coroner's office listed an overdose of narcotics as probable cause of death.

He was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity.
There were those who listened to Lenny Bruce's series of staccato jokes on religion, motherhood, politics and the law, carefully embellished with scatology, who agreed with one estimate that he was "the most radically relevant of all contemporary social satirists."
There were others who said he was "obscene.

His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in the history of New York state, by then-Governor George Pataki in 2003.
Bruce is renowned for paving the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians, and his trial for obscenity is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech in the United States.

In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him third (behind disciples Richard Pryor and George Carlin) on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all-time.

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Movie Details
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film, adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name.
The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming.

Set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner.
It follows her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, and her subsequent marriage to Rhett Butler.
The leading roles are played by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

Production was difficult from the start.
Filming was delayed for two years because of Selznick's determination to secure Gable for the role of Rhett Butler, and the "search for Scarlett" led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part.
The original screenplay was written by Sidney Howard and underwent many revisions by several writers in an attempt to get it down to a suitable length.
The original director, George Cukor, was fired shortly after filming began and was replaced by Fleming, who in turn was briefly replaced by Sam Wood while Fleming took some time off due to exhaustion.

The film received positive reviews upon its release, in December 1939, although some reviewers found it overlong.
The casting was widely praised, and many reviewers found Leigh especially suited to her role as Scarlett. At the 12th Academy Awards, it received ten Academy Awards (eight competitive, two honorary) from thirteen nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director (Fleming), Best Adapted Screenplay (posthumously awarded to Sidney Howard), Best Actress (Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award).
It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time.

The film has been criticized as historical revisionism glorifying slavery, and it has been credited with triggering changes in the way in which African Americans are depicted cinematically.

Gone with the Wind was immensely popular when first released.
It became the highest-earning film made up to that point, and held the record for over a quarter of a century.
When adjusted for monetary inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history.

It was re-released periodically throughout the 20th century and became ingrained in popular culture. The film is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time; it has placed in the top ten of the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 American films since the list's inception in 1998; and, in 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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Word of the Day

the complete loss or absence of hope.

"a voice full of self-hatred and despair".

synonyms: hopelessness · desperation · distress · anguish · pain · unhappiness

Answer for Encyclopediacs

“Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
'Good-morning,' and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich - yes, richer than a king -
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.”

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Today's Post

We want Lenny

Here's Lenny!

Here's Lenny!

That thunderous chant was first shouted in the early years of our reunion.
The halls of the VFW, North End Union and the neighborhood clinic on North Margin St. would tremble until Lenny Gambale went on stage and vocalized his renditions of “That old black magic: and “Up the lazy river”. His vice and gestures emulating those of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin brought down the house. The guys loved it. Encores were no longer requested but demanded. Lenny was composed because he had experience. Through his teens into his twenties that was Lenny’s thing, singing. Street corners, pool rooms, gymnasiums, and dances were his stages, in fact anywhere, anytime Lenny would give you a few lines. In those years, he was handsome, svelte, with blond hair and impeccable in appearance. Throughout the day he would constantly monitor himself. Mirrors, glass door reflections and compliments were his best friends.

He was narcissistic with an ego and a desire to make it big time. However, his association with Ronny ‘Lefty’ Fucillo, and Mario “Scanlon” Siciliano affected his career and consequently causing his demise. The year 1972 was the first reunion for the “Friends of the North End”. It was a non event for Lenny. A few more went by until his attendance was noted and his singing requested. Hence, we want Lenny. The first few times Lenny delivered smoothly. Subsequent years not so well. Finally the guys were disappointed and started to boo him. The next year, he again failed to please the crowd and was pelted with boos and bread. Later, along with the boos and bread came the coffee creamers and dinnerware. At first Lenny stood center stage until finally succumbing to the barrage and dashed for cover along with the honorees. Gigs at the reunions ended drastically when Anthony “Weegee” Tomasone threatened him at gunpoint. Publicly, his career had a similar ending at a performance at a Revere beach nightclub when the owner informed him that if he ever returned there he will be shot to death.

He was an unfortunate kid who dreamed of Las Vegas but ended up in Palookaville.  It’s all behind him now, but I know he still looks back. He and I sometimes fairy tale about how things could have been for him if only for a little luck. Lenny’s singing career didn’t last but his enduring years being a great guy, friend and gentleman have. As far as I’m concerned and others will agree. Lenny will always be our star.