Posts Tagged ‘magic’

Hallmark Christmas Stories of 2016

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Well, it’s only the beginning of December and I’ve already had my fill of Hallmark Christmas movies. This year they started airing on November 5, 2016. All 22 new versions of the same old plot, with different faces. Everyone’s still whispering their lines, and you can hear soft jingling, tinkling bells in the background all through the entire show. Throughout the movie, you’re pulling for 2 people to realize they’re perfect for each other. Somewhere in the last 5 minutes, they give up, fall in love, the music gets louder, and snow starts falling. THE END. The only difference I see this year is that all the characters have upgraded their mobile phone service, and they’re using smartphones.  I’m just waiting to see if one of the characters has a pocket battery explosion. Probably not going to happen, cause that would add  excitement, and that’s something no Hallmark movie has ever had. Thanks for listing. Pass me the tissues.IMG_0069 - Version 2 – Version 3

Best Job In the World

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The TV weather-person has to be the best job in the world. They never get fired for being wrong, they receive praises when they call it right, and their boss lets them play outside when it snows.

WEATHER ALART: It’s snowing in SC tonight. Please remember to keep fresh unfrozen water and food for your outside pets, the wild birds, and the TV weather people. They’re all outside and unable to care for themselves.


Good Foot Brian Williams …. What a Guy

Saturday, February 14th, 2015


I first met Brian Williams in 2004, where we finished 5th and 6th in the New York City Marathon. We became best friends in 2005, at the Quebec Winter Triathlon. Where he twisted his ankle on a used water bottle and was ready to give up. I threw him on my back and we tied for 9th.

Brian was devastated because he believed, and was convinced he would be unable to compete in running events for at least a year. After all, that’s what his doctor, Dr. Oz had told him. Brian was slipping into a deep depression. He was losing his passion for running.

I had to do something, and do it quickly. That’s when I came up with the brilliant idea that Brian and I would team up to go on the Southeastern Three Legged Sack Race Circuit. Just to verify my plan, I contacted my personal friend, Dr. Phil. He was in the middle of show taping, but for some reason, on that day he took my call during a commercial break. He agreed that my plan of competing in Three Legged Sack Races would be a good activity to keep Brian from depression. He also said, he wished he had thought of it. Little did I know how competitive Brian would be by using just his good foot.

That 2005 summer we entered and won every Three Legged Sack Race on the Southeastern Circuit. Over 23 races within a 16 week period. It was an extremely tiring, demanding, and grueling schedule. Lots of farm day festivals, county fairs, and medium size church picnics.

23 first place wins! I don’t think I’ve every witnessed anyone equal to Brian’s strong determination, confidence, and his laser like focus. … Brian Williams …. what a guy.

So, now you know where the slogan, “Put Your Best Foot Forward”  came from…. Thank you,  Brian Williams …. what a guy.

written and lied by Glenn Strange 2015ⓒ

Poor Customer Service

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

I wasted at least 30 minutes in this restaurant’s restroom, and no one …… not a single McDonald’s employee came in to wash my hands. You’d think a major fast-food chain with a menu item called “Happy Meal” would understand the importance of keeping their customers happy. Just another example of improperly trained employees and poor customer service. When I complained to the manager, he looked me straight in the eyes like I was the idiot.

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Wind, Rain, Tractors, and Pig Lovers

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Did I ever tell you how much I hate doing outside shows? Well, several years ago I did an outside show, that until this day, wakes me up with bad dreams.

My good magic friend Jim Holbert was contacted about performing for a festival in early October, in Hendersonville, NC. Jim was unable to do the show and was kind enough to pass it over to me. I sometimes avoid outside shows and festivals because many times you are asked to perform in less than desirable conditions. But, I had worked for this particular festival group before and they have a good reputation for taking care of details and putting on quality events. So, I felt good about agreeing to perform for this festival. On the phone, I stressed, and also put in the contract, that they were to provide a quality PA system. I also emphasized the importance of working in the covered stage area that I worked in two years ago for their 4th of July event. You know the type, an area with nice covered bleachers for the audience to sit under. Just a note, the reason I do not like to use my PA system for outside events is because you never know when a rainstorm will come up or “Miss Marion’s School of Dance” will follow you and keep the stage area tied up for 3 hours where you can’t get your system down and out.


Even a Chipmunk Needs a Best Friend

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

My magician friend Jim uses doves in his show. He has a very nice air-conditioned workshop located behind his home were he builds quality magic illusions. In his workshop among many woodworking tools is a large dove cage. Jim loves animals and he takes extremely good care of his doves, and makes sure they’re happy. He spends time with each bird and gives them all plenty of exercise.


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