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Title: Meander Where You May
Post by: Administrator on July 30, 2018, 12:15:38 PM
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Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: Cornelius II on August 06, 2018, 10:49:43 AM
Thanks, Admin, for bringing it back!
Much appreciated.
Sincerely
Cornelius II
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: ffleate on August 07, 2018, 08:03:24 PM

Well my goodness, what a shiny new site.  Haven't dropped by in years.  Redecorating? 

I will go and explore various corridors.  Good to see this place still exists. 
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: ffleate on August 17, 2018, 03:37:55 PM
 I saw a poll asking about reducing the number of threads/forums here on Escape From Elba.    If the number is reduced, here's hoping that Meander Where You May stays intact.  It's early days after the big reboot, and I'm hoping some of the old NYTs, along with newbies, will start to repopulate this forum.   I'm missing meandering. 
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: ffleate on August 17, 2018, 04:03:00 PM
Why DID they shut down the old NYTs forums, anyway?
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: ffleate on August 17, 2018, 04:34:02 PM
latte?
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Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: whiskeypriest on August 17, 2018, 04:55:33 PM
Why DID they shut down the old NYTs forums, anyway?
Trump. Its primary his fault.

NYT went to a article based comment format. May have also been a pay feature. Memory is not as good as it.was.in times past.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: ffleate on August 17, 2018, 05:25:09 PM
Ah, well.   Good to see at least one familiar name here.   It's been years since the Olden Days,  before the mass migration.

I invited someone to meet me here for coffee, hence the photo.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on September 01, 2018, 03:39:29 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/aug/31/the-village-voice-ceases-publication-after-63-years

RIP.   My uncle (the Bohemian artist one) used to subscribe, and in my youth I would read it sometimes when visiting.   It being Kansas,  that was a pretty good reach for a neighborhood newspaper.   
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: bosox26d on October 11, 2018, 08:12:26 AM
Meander is like the New York football Giants these days
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on January 02, 2019, 01:01:20 AM
Mille Bornes is a great game...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mille_Bornes

It is great like Yahtzee and Monopoly.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on January 16, 2019, 07:58:59 PM
One time when I was attending the AADA, it was raining, and I did not have an umbrella, and all of the stores were sold out of umbrellas, so everyone told me about an umbrella man who walked the streets with a cart selling umbrellas. I went driving around looking for the umbrella man, and I finally found him, and I was running late so I was in a hurry, and I hit the brakes and spun around to where he was with his cart, and for some reason I scared him, and he left his cart there and he took off running. I had to chase him down and tell him that he was safe, and that I just wanted to buy an umbrella. He might have been frightened by my old pickup, I had a 1960 Ford F-250, with a Chevy 350 engine in it, with a 400 turbo trans with a shift kit, it jumped when it shifted gears, and I had big tires on the back, with chrome wheels, and it was black with lots of chrome. It was a cool truck. Anyhow, finally I convinced him that he was safe, and I bought an umbrella, it turned out to be a nice umbrella and it was only five dollars.

Just a little story about a rainy day in the past.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on January 16, 2019, 09:23:22 PM
https://www.abebooks.com/books/weird/?cm_mmc=nl-_-nl-_-C190112-RNC-weirdbAWTRADE-_-b2img&abersp=1
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on January 16, 2019, 10:40:51 PM
One great thing about stories, is that sometimes you wish people were there with you to experience something, and with a story you can share the experience with people, and it is sort of like they really were there.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on April 13, 2019, 03:39:16 PM
From the Wikipedia article on Deutsches Worterbuch, which was begun by the Grimm brothers....

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More volumes and updates were planned, but in their lifetime the brothers could only fully complete portions: Wilhelm Grimm wrote the articles to the letter D and died in 1859; Jacob, who was able to fully complete the letters A, B, C and E, died in 1863 while working on the entry for "Frucht" (fruit).   

Not sure why I find this detail so amusing. 
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on May 16, 2019, 03:35:45 PM
Here are some ghost stories...

One time when I was a kid, just before my father died, I was laying in bed, and it was a bunk-bed with my bed on top, and my brother's bed under mine, and I saw a ghost, it was a lady in white, and she picked me up, and I started praying to God to help me, and the ghost carried me around the room, I remember looking out the window as we went by the window, and then she put me back in my bed, and she disappeared.

Then, I worked at a dog kennel that was haunted. One day I was feeding the dogs, and I had to get more food for them, so I grabbed the food pot and I left the cart there, and I went to the tub room to mix up a pot of food for the dogs, and I turned around to walk back to where the cart was, and there was the cart behind me. A ghost brought the cart to me. I was the only person there.

And another time at the kennel, in the tub room, I watched a funnel get thrown across the room by a ghost.

When my Grandmother died, I was home in bed, and I saw a ghost of a woman in white at the foot of my bed. I just put my blanket over my head, and prayed to God.

Another story... I had a friend, Drew, he was a retired studio executive at Paramount, and at Universal, we were roommates in a group home, the group home was a seven bedroom mansion, and at the time I owned a motor home, and there was a spot on the property to park motor homes, and so my motor home was parked there. We used to sit in my motor home and party, because we were not allowed to party in the house, and my motor home had a nice stereo and stuff, so it was nice to party in my motor home. My friend Drew loved my motor home, and he used to sleep in the motor home sometimes. Well, Drew died, and after Drew died I was in the motor home, and a light turned on in the motor home, and it was Drew turning on the light I bet.

I went from that mansion, to another mansion, and then to my apartment. When I moved into my apartment I soon found out that it was haunted. The stereo would turn on in the middle of the night while I was asleep. The VCR would turn on all by itself. The CD player would turn on all by itself. And I saw a ghost one night while I was in bed, the lady in white, and I put my blanket over my head and prayed. Then my Uncle Dennis died here in my apartment.

I have other stories too. Yes, I believe in ghosts.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on July 13, 2019, 09:31:31 PM
I read that 1,153,237 people got married last year; not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

 I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

 I find it ironic that the colours red, white and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body... men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

 A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

 America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.

 I think my neighbour is stalking me as she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.

 Money talks ...but all mine ever says is good-bye.

Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: josh on July 25, 2019, 10:27:49 AM
I read that 1,153,237 people got married last year; not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

 I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

 I find it ironic that the colours red, white and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body... men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

 A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

 America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.

 I think my neighbour is stalking me as she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.

 Money talks ...but all mine ever says is good-bye.

If one guy marries twice in a year, then it becomes an odd number.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on July 25, 2019, 11:14:36 PM
Here is a story for you...

I was living in Battle Mountain, Nevada, and I was working as a cook at a casino, and it is cold in the winter in Battle Mountain, and I was not making any money, I was only getting five dollars per hour, I was living in an old travel trailer with no electricity, no running water, nothing, I had to pay five dollars at the truck stop to take a shower, and so I decided to go to Florida and try my luck in Florida, I had nothing to lose, I was very poor with no hope of ever rising at the casino, so I jumped on a Greyhound bus and I went to Orlando, Florida.

In Orlando the first thing that I did was to go to a barber shop to get a hair cut, so that I would be presentable as I went job hunting. And then I went to a pawn shop and I bought a cheap beach cruiser bicycle to get around.

Then I got a cheap motel room, and early the next morning I went to Walt Disney World to apply for a job.

I rode my bicycle right down the side of the highway to get to Disney World, it was probably illegal, but I did not get in trouble.

The lady at Disney World said that the only job opening was for cooks, I was tired of working as a cook, I had been a cook for two years for low wages, and I was tired of it, I was working like a slave and I was sick of it, I wanted to make some money. But, I was open to whatever I could get, I had to work, I did not have a benefactor to take care of me. I was on my own in the world. So, I told her that if a job opened up for a cook that I would take it, I told her I was open for anything.

Then I went to look for a cheap motel to stay the night. I struck gold that night, I ended up at a really nice hotel, with valet parking, and everything, it was a nice hotel, and I had a jacuzzi bathtub in my room, and it was cheaper than the cheap motel that I had stayed in the night before. I scored. I soaked in the jacuzzi, and I loved that hotel room, the bed was great, the television was nice, it was a great room. What a blessing that was. But, I was running out of money, and I had to find a job fast or I was going to run out of money and be homeless and hungry.

I put in applications for a job at everyplace I could find. But, no one hired me, and I ran out of money.

After I ran out of money, I went to sleep in a field, I built a camp fire, and I slept on the dirt next to a camp fire. Florida has alligators, and I was lucky that I did not get eaten by an alligator. The next morning I went to go have some breakfast, and I went to the bathroom at the restaurant to shave and brush my teeth and get cleaned up.

The restaurant was a Roy Rogers restaurant, and I told them that my brother married Roy Rogers' granddaughter, and they thought that was cool. I filled out a job application at the Roy Rogers restaurant while I was eating breakfast, and then I turned it in to the manager.

The manager looked over the application, and then he told me that I needed to soften my heart, and that I needed to thicken my skin. I had no idea what he was talking about, I just needed a job.

As I left a beautiful waitress at the Roy Rogers restaurant told me that if I found a job that she needed a roommate, and she said that I could move in with her and live with her. She was a babe, that would have been great. But, I could not find a job.

The economy was not very good in Florida at that time. I applied for a job at every business, but no one hired me.

So, I rode my bicycle from Orlando to Cocoa Beach, to see if I could get a job there. I applied for work all over, but I still could not find a job. Then I went to a Blues club on the beach, and I spent my last three dollars on a cappuccino which I drank while I filled out a job application to work at the Blues club.

As I was filling out a job application and drinking my cappuccino, a guy came walking in with a guitar case, and there was a band playing, and he plugged in and played with the band. The band was "The Groove Monsters" and the guy who walked in to play with them was Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. They jammed all night. I sat on the beach in front of the club and listened to the band play all night, and then I went to sleep under the boardwalk.

I was out of money, and I could not even afford to eat, so that was the end of that journey.

I rode my bicycle to the Greyhound station, and people can send you money with Western Union, so my Mother was going to send me money to buy a bus ticket to get back to Battle Mountain, and the casino said that they would hire me any time.

As I was riding to the Greyhound Station, I found a pair of vice grip pliers on the ground, and I picked them up, and I found an allen wrench on the ground and I picked it up. It turned out that those were the perfect tools to take my bicycle apart, and I found a cardboard box that was perfect for it, and I was able to put my bike in a box so that I could bring my bike back to Nevada with me.

I rode the Greyhound back to Nevada, and I went back to work as a cook at the casino. I rode that bicycle to work.

Eventually I quit the casino and came back to California to train to be an actor and filmmaker, but that is my story about my trip to Florida. I ended up hungry and homeless, but I had the experience of seeing Jimmy Page live jamming with the Groove Monsters, so that was great, and I had a beautiful woman who would have let me live with her if I would have succeeded, and at least I tried.

Salute,

Tony V.

Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on October 14, 2019, 04:42:44 PM
I have been thinking, about how some people enjoy life, they enjoy sunrises and sunsets, and they enjoy food, and music, and movies, and books, and they enjoy socializing with other people, and they enjoy loving other people, and some people love dogs and horses, and the wild animals, etc, some people love life.

But, then on the other hand, we have people who are miserable and unhappy, and they hate life, and they hate other people and they are cruel to animals, some people fight with other people and hate and kill other people, and we have people who hate life so bad that they commit suicide.

And there are poor people who love life, and there are rich people who commit suicide, so it is about more than money.

I know that it is a Mental Health issue.

But for me, I believe that life is a gift, given by a loving God, and life is all about love. And sometimes life is hard, but God will walk with us through the hard times, and when we die we go to Heaven where it is paradise and where we will have eternal love.

All of my life I have tried to enjoy life, and I have tried to make the most out of life. And I have worked hard to try to make a better future. And there were times when I was homeless out on the streets, and there were other times when I lived in million dollar houses.

I never did succeed with my dreams, even though I worked hard, but I hope to do some great things with however much life that I have left. I am optimistic and hopeful.

I want to get my poetry book published, I want to make my movie "Echo, A Rock and Roll Tragedy," and I want to fall in love with a beautiful woman and it would be great to at least have one child. It would also be great to make other movies, and to own a vineyard and make wine, and to own a night club, etc. We will see what happens.

And of course there is good and evil in the world, and a lot of the suffering and bad things are caused by evil. Some people are evil. And the bad people will burn in Hell when they die, according to my faith.

One of my heroes was my friend Tom, he loved life, he loved food, he loved music, he loved movies, he loved other people, and I watched him help to raise over one million dollars to feed the hungry people by running a crew that sold beer and hot dogs and stuff at Angel Stadium and at the Rose Bowl, etc, and he also fed the needy, and he managed homeless shelters, etc. And he was so humble. He was only 50 years old when he died. He was never rich, he was often lonely, he was homeless at times, but he still kept a good attitude and he helped other people. He radiated love. Tom believed that there was a battle going on between good and evil, and he was on the side of good. He believed that suffering and starvation were evil, and he believed that by making people's lives better and by feeding people that he was fighting against evil. Tom showed love to homeless people, etc, and that was part of how he fought against evil.

My friend Lisa too, she serves God by opening homeless shelters and by feeding the homeless, etc. She is getting old, and soon she will retire. She is a wonderful person, and she has helped many people.

And then there was Kurt Cobain, who had it made, and who could have helped millions, but he shot himself with a shot gun.

I also think about the Middle East. It would be great if we could stop the hate, and if we can get people to live in peace. It is sad when people sit around and hate other people, and blame their problems on other people. People need to live their own lives, and they need to stop blaming and hating other people. Live and let live. The misery needs to stop. And they need to learn to be happy with even just simple lives.

We need to teach the children to be happy, and to enjoy life, and to love other people instead of hating them, the world will be better if we can raise better children.

Anyhow, those are a few thoughts.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on October 18, 2019, 09:58:16 AM
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Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: josh on October 26, 2019, 01:46:25 AM

But for me, I believe that life is a gift, given by a loving God, and life is all about love. And sometimes life is hard, but God will walk with us through the hard times, and when we die we go to Heaven where it is paradise and where we will have eternal love.


 
I hope for you that you get to make your movie and your book. And I hope you find love with a woman who cares deeply for you and you for her, regardless of what she looks like - that she is beautiful to you, Tony.

But... I have to tell you, if we have a loving God who has a paradise available for us, I just don't get what the purpose of the pain and suffering down here could possibly be. Is this a "the ends justify the means" deity? I sure hope not!

I had a GF who was all, "if you really love me, you will jump through this hoop!" She eventually convinced me that I did not really love her.

You work hard to be a good person and to live a good life, Tony. What is the point of withholding this paradise from you at this point in time?!



I am glad you have your faith and you should not let my curmudgeonly attitudes bring you down. But do think about looking for a woman who is beautiful on the inside, rather than prioritizing one on the basis of her outside appearance.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on November 01, 2019, 04:14:35 PM
Thanks Josh!

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on November 01, 2019, 04:15:07 PM
Here is a story, which helps me with my low self esteem...

After I came out of the hospital homeless, I was put in a great group home owned by my friend Lisa, and everyday we went in a van to a facility in Santa Ana where they helped us with our paperwork and everything to get signed up for all of the Government programs, etc.

There was a beautiful doctor from Vietnam who worked at the facility, she was a Psychiatrist, and her husband was an actor, he was acting in a musical at the time, The Lion King, and I used to hang out with her a lot. There was a Saint Vincent De Paul thrift store next door to the mental health facility, and they had awesome stuff, all of the Italians donate to Saint Vincent De Paul and so they have wonderful clothes and great stuff.

So, I used to go to the thrift store with the doctor all of the time, and we helped each other pick out clothes. She liked to dress sexy, and I had fun picking out clothes for her. It was fun. She had a great little body, she went to the gym everyday, and she liked to swim, and the clothes looked great on her, she was beautiful.

As for me, I have several nice Italian suits that I got at that thrift store.

She was fun to hang out with, she was a special person, and of course people who are helping the homeless are special. She was great.

And her parting advice for me as I left the program, was that I am a great man, and that I will find a special woman, and she told me not to date the homeless mentally ill women, but rather to find a good healthy high classed woman, she said that life is hard enough dealing with my own health problems, and she said that I need to find a healthy woman. Her advice was to get healthy, and fall in love with a healthy woman.

So, the hot little doctor thought that I am worthy of a good woman, and hopefully I can find a good woman and fall in love.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on November 11, 2019, 04:04:10 PM
Well, I am 52 now, Saturday was my Birthday. I have mixed emotions about growing older.

In one way I have learned a lot, I have had a lot more life experiences and education, so this is the greatest time of my life in that regard. I am older and wiser. And which is why the Native American Indians all respect their elders.

But, I miss my youth, we had a lot of fun at times. And sadly some of my favorite people have died. As I get older and older I lose more and more good people.

But, I am still middle aged, I am not that old yet, and I hope to live a good long life, and there are many things that I still want to do.

I need to find a bride, maybe a hot little model and actress or something. My boss at the dog kennel married a hot little actress who was twenty years younger than him. And they say it is best to be a boss, marry a boss, and build an empire.

And I want to travel, and I want to do charity work. I might donate libraries when I become wealthy.

Hopefully this is the year that I get my poetry book published, and when I get my movie made. And if I make money and if I invest wisely, then it should be cool. I can open a night club in Rome, and there is a lot I can do. I can make wine. We will see what happens. And when I find a woman, she will have plans on stuff that she wants to do, so I will share her dreams too, as she will share mine.

Anyhow, I am sort of healthy, I am not in pain, and I still have my long hair. I have food and shelter, and I am friends with all of my neighbors, I get along good with my neighbors. I live in a pretty cool city. I have a lot to be grateful for. And I hope that I can rise from here and that things will only get better.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on November 13, 2019, 02:14:03 PM
Teamwork...

One example of teamwork which I can use to explain how to make things possible by using teamwork that otherwise would not be possible...

My Brother was in a motorcycle accident, and I had to go to Northern California but I did not have a car to get there. My Cousin had a car, but he did not have gas money. I gave my Cousin gas money, and we went and got my Brother, and everything worked out. Neither I nor my Cousin could have went to get my Brother on our own, but by working together as a team then we were able to accomplish our goal.

And it is the same thing with making movies, making movies is all about teamwork. I have a script, but I cannot make it into a film on my own, I need a whole team of people to make my movie. None of us could do it on our own, but by working together with a team I will be able to get my film made. I also utilized teamwork to write my script, a college professor in Texas helped me to write my script, we worked together as a team.

With my poetry, I could go door to door selling poetry, but I would be better off to get a publisher to publish my book, and get bookstores to sell it, I need to utilize teamwork, and we can all make some money.

With any business then you need teamwork.

Richard Branson sits on a private island and runs a giant company with his computer, and a cell phone. He is a master at delegating, and he builds great teams.

You can do things by working together as a team with other people that none of you can do on your own.

Hermits are not very successful in the entertainment industry, in the entertainment industry you need to be a "people person" and you need to be a team builder.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on January 28, 2020, 03:20:43 PM
In the 1980's everyone wanted to make money, we all wanted to be rich, and now in 2020 everyone just wants to see who can be the toughest gangster, and for me I would rather be rich, in a lot of ways I am stuck in the 1980's. I was never into violence, and I hate to hurt people. I find no joy in hurting someone. And I have worked very hard not to get hardened, and I want to stay soft and loving. I want to care about people, and I would rather feed a starving kid. I want to get rich, and I want to do charity work to help other people.

Sure, we need tough guys to be police, and to be prison guards, and to be soldiers, but that is not me, and I would never be good at any of those jobs. I would rather teach acting to college kids.

I am a poet, and I am a lover, and I just want to get rich so that I can give it all away. And I want to pass down a better world to future generations.

In the 1980's I wanted to get rich, but not just for me, it was about what I could do for others, and about finding a wife and being able to support a family, etc. I wanted to make money and to have a family. In 2020 my goals are the same, I want to make money, and I want to find a good woman and see if we can have a kid. That is a good thing about being a man, we can still have children as we get older.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on January 28, 2020, 06:46:01 PM
One time I went to Mexico on a charity mission with Youth For Christ, we went to a garbage dump where people were living, including children, and then we went to a couple of Catholic orphanages.

When we arrived at the garbage dump the children there did not like me, and they were screaming at me and they were spitting on me, and if I tried to be a tough guy then it would have all been bad, but I am a Christian and I had love for the kids who were spitting on me, and I was there to help the kids. So, I climbed up onto a dumpster and I did a flip off of the dumpster onto a pile of cardboard, and then I had candy, so I started passing out candy to the children, then the children were all happy and they were doing flips off of the dumpster onto the cardboard, and they were all eating candy, everything turned out cool. And we were able to get the lice off of their hair, and we were able to help them. It all turned out cool, because I came from a place of love, instead of reacting in a bad way to being spit on.

Then at the Catholic orphanages the children were great and polite, as the Nuns taught them to be, and the orphanages were very nice and clean, especially compared to how the people lived at the garbage dump.

It was a good mission, and there was a lesson in love.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on February 25, 2020, 11:13:51 AM
I am reading a book on the history of glue.

I can't put it down.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on February 28, 2020, 04:38:15 PM
Many years ago I left one stage of life, and I entered another stage, and in the transition I lived with my cousin at his girlfriend's house in Rialto.

His girlfriend had a daughter who was about 14, and she wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up. As my cousin was often busy with his girlfriend, I would spend a lot of time with the kid. She was a good kid. We even raced around the block, just having fun.

The kid gave me advice on what she thought that I should do for a living, she thought that I should be a host of a science show on television. It is interesting when we see ourselves through someone else's eyes. That was the way that she saw me, through her eyes I would be a great host for a science show on television. I am open for it, I would do it.

But, right now I have my movie script, and my poetry book to make money on. And I may do more writing, and work behind the camera, producing, and directing, etc. I may produce "Echo, A Rock and Roll Tragedy" here in Hollywood, and then I might produce "The Count of Monte Cristo" as a miniseries and shoot it at Cinecitta in Italy.

And I may produce some love stories in Italy.

And I might make wine in Italy, we will see what happens. I also might open a recording studio for my friends, they will be able to record in Italy. And I might also open a night club in Rome, with food and entertainment.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: Hairy Lime on February 28, 2020, 04:55:27 PM
You might continue to post on the internet from your mother's  basement.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on February 28, 2020, 07:28:56 PM
You might continue to post on the internet from your mother's  basement.

With the local economy it would be no shame.

California lost over 500,000 jobs to China, plus we lost jobs to Canada and to other places.

Finally we have a President who is demanding new trade deals. 

A lot of good people are living in their Mother's basements. Some of my best buddies are living with their Mothers.

All over the world. 

And the people in the basements are lucky, some people are homeless without even having a basement. 

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on February 29, 2020, 02:43:29 PM
Two thirds of Italian millennials live with their parents

https://www.thelocal.it/20161024/two-thirds-of-italian-millennials-live-with-their-parents

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Young adults living with their parents hits a 75-year high

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/percentage-of-young-americans-living-with-their-parents-is-40-percent-a-75-year-high/

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Many people are living with their parents, and we have 500,000 homeless people in the USA sleeping out on the streets who do not have parents to live with.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_the_United_States

It is no longer shameful to live at home in your Mother's basement, for some people it is a blessing.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on February 29, 2020, 03:05:03 PM
If I succeed and buy a vineyard and winery in Italy, then no one in my family will ever be homeless again, I will pass it down to future generations in my family tree, and my descendants will always have an income, and they will always have a place to live. I wish one of my ancestors had done it for me. 

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on March 03, 2020, 02:52:12 PM
In life we have good times and we have bad times, and sometimes we have good things and bad things going on at the same time. And we are not alone.

The Bible tells us to think about the good things...

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

So, we should think about the good things, and we should try to cheer up the other people who are on the journey with us. If good and bad things are going on at the same time then we should focus on the good things.

For instance, I came out of the hospital homeless, and that was all bad, but they put me in a million dollar mansion with a studio executive from Universal and Paramount, he told great stories, and we had great food. So, I was often sad about being homeless, but then at the same time I was happy because I was in a million dollar house with great people with great food to eat, etc. I was not the only one struggling, all of the guys were struggling, but we could try to cheer each other up, and life was good if we could focus on the good things and if we could be hopeful of a good future.

And the same thing in acting school, we were all starving, and we were hopeful that the future would be great, instead of being sad about starving we had to be grateful and work hard and know that a great future was coming. You had to be happy for a future that was not here yet, and enjoy the process. And I was surrounded by wonderful actors, I loved watching my fellow students do scenework and stuff. I also love to learn.

There were many times in life when I had good things and bad things going on at the same time and I had to choose to focus on the good things like the Bible says. And sometimes the only good things were created by having hope for a better future, you know, it might suck now but the future is going to be great, hope can sustain you. So even just by focusing on good things that are not even happening yet then you can cheer yourself up, and you can cheer up other people.

Life can be very hard, and life can be very cool, and sometimes life is really bad and really cool at the same time, and you need to do like the Bible says and focus on the good stuff. And dream, and all things are dreams incarnated, someone had to dream that it could happen, and that is what they teach you in college, you dream and then you plan a pathway to reach your goals. And even with acting the characters have objectives and plans, etc. It is important to have good goals and plans, especially during the hard times.

Focus on the beautiful things, and have good goals.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on March 07, 2020, 10:00:18 PM
My favorite teacher at Quartz Hill High School back in the 1980's was an actor, and he was friends with Michael Landon and Ricardo Montalban, and his advice for when you go to parties in Hollywood was to be a good listener, instead of talking and trying to show how much you know or whatever, just slow down and listen, and people will love you, if you just listen then they will love you. People love people who are good listeners. And you learn about other people when you listen to them, and they feel like you care because you listen.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 09, 2020, 07:08:14 PM
When I attended the AADA, they had a vending machine that made fresh cappuccinos from fresh ground beans, it would grind the beans fresh and steam the milk and give you a great cappuccino, it was the best vending machine that I have ever seen. I always thought that a businessman should put those wonderful vending machines at the train stations and train stops, and at the Greyhound stations, etc. It is easy to make money when the product is awesome, and that machine was amazing, it made the best cappuccinos. The people would love to have those machines. You can also put them at Rest Stops along the freeways, etc.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 24, 2020, 04:40:12 PM
You could make money from making handmade sandals in Venice Beach, California. They make them in Capri, and Jacqueline Kennedy bought some, and other famous people. All that you need to do is go to Capri and learn how to make them, and learn what equipment you need, and what supplies, etc. The sandals are very simple, and they would be easy to make. The company is very successful in Capri, and there are a lot of places where you could be successful making them, Venice Beach in California, and Cocoa Beach in Florida, etc.

Link...

https://www.canfora.com/

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 25, 2020, 03:46:14 PM
Now would be a great time for everyone to write a book, or a movie, they say that everyone has at least one great book in them. I already wrote a book, and a movie, a long time ago.

When it comes to getting a book published, or getting a script sold, or produced, you need to find an agent who has connections. I tried to do it on my own, and I almost succeeded, but I never made it.

Right now for movies, I recommend finding an agent with connections to Netflix. And if you find one, let me know, so I can submit too.

As far as getting books published, I have no idea. A long time ago I sent my book to several publishers, including to Random House, with no luck. I guess you would need to find an agent for that too, see if you can find an agent who knows how to submit books for publication.

For many people in the entertainment industry their agents are their best friends. A good agent is important. I need to find one.

I tried everything, I even tried to go start at the top, but my best advice is to find an agent right in the beginning.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on April 26, 2020, 03:57:40 PM
Over the years here,  I've occasionally mentioned unusual place names,  most recently Pee Pee Island (Newfoundland).   And various celebs,  including Jimmy Kimmel and Carrie Fisher,  have visited the town of Dildo (again,  in Newfoundland, and you may well start to wonder if there is some unique cultural force at work there).  And now I'm alerted that there is a Fucking,  Austria,  where,  to quote a wiki entry,  "Its road signs are a popular visitor attraction, and they were often stolen by souvenir-hunting vandals until 2005, when the signs were modified to be theft-resistant."

I also clip this informative paragraph...

Quote
The village is especially popular with British tourists; as a local tour guide explained: "The Germans all want to see Mozart's house in Salzburg; the Americans want to see where The Sound of Music was filmed; the Japanese want Hitler's birthplace in Braunau; but for the British, it's all about Fucking."[10] Augustina Lindlbauer, the manager of an area guesthouse, noted that the area had lakes, forests, and vistas worth visiting, but there was an "obsession with Fucking". Lindlbauer recalled how she had to explain to a British female tourist "that there were no Fucking postcards."   

Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 26, 2020, 07:00:17 PM
Sometimes I wonder if it is God's will that I should write and produce movies, for several reasons.

One thing, my first film that I helped to write is "Echo, A Rock and Roll Tragedy," which I wrote with a college professor from Texas, and Echo has nudity, sex, drugs, homosexuality, foul language, suicide, and what some consider to be devil music, etc, it will definitely be rated "R." It is a movie that I took to Hugh Hefner to try to get the money to make it, and Hef loved it. I could not take it to a Christian group to try to get the money, they would not approve of my movie. But, here is the saving grace, my movie is a story about unconditional love, it is a love story, and that was what Jesus was all about was love. Certainly it is like a classic tragedy in the vein of Shakespeare and Sophocles, so it is of the world, with a modern twist, but the main thing is that it is about unconditional love, and as a Christian I can feel good about making my movie, if I get it made.

And I plan to make love stories in Italy. And movies like "The Count of Monte Cristo" which have a good message. I want to make all good movies with a good message, and good movies about love. I may also make movies about great men, like Lech Walesa, we will see. But I want to make movies about love, and movies with a good message.

I do not know, I have been working on trying to get my production company going for 20 years now with no success. And as a Christian I trust in God's will, and it just was not God's will for me to get my company going yet, but we will see what happens in the future. I still have my script, and I own the copyright, so we will see what happens.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on April 26, 2020, 07:43:03 PM
I even had a Screen Actors Guild representative assigned to my project, "Echo, A Rock and Roll Tragedy," her name is Ruth Garbutt Lewis, so that I could use Union actors and actresses. I want to use all Union workers on my film. I support the Unions. Everyone on my projects will be paid well and they will be treated well. I want my projects to be a blessing for everyone involved.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on May 05, 2020, 04:25:14 PM
I was going to volunteer at the food bank, but I do not have a car, and the food bank is all the way in Garden Grove. They are doing the work of God. God loves it when you give people food.

If I had money, I would buy a new Jeep, I want an electric Jeep.

I need to make money.

I have a poetry book that I wrote and I have a movie script that I helped to write.

I know how to run a dog kennel, and I know how to train dogs.

I know how to cook, and I was a cook at a casino in Nevada for 2 years.

I did construction labor, but I do not want to do construction work anymore, I am too old, and my body hurts. Those jobs are for the young guys. I could study, and become a housing inspector, or I could get into architecture and design, and then there is real estate, etc. Certainly I will buy properties eventually.

I had a security clearance to work on government jobs and I worked at NASA and at China Lake, it would be cool to be a scientist at China Lake or something. I also submitted some experiments to UCI, it would be cool to get my research funded.

I am grateful for the aid that I receive now, I am thankful for my housing assistance, and I am thankful for my Social Security and Disability money, and for the great medical care, but I do not want to remain on aid forever, I want to make money, I want to find a good woman and get married, etc. Being on aid right now is just temporary. Plus I want to have a home and do business in Italy, I want to make wine, and have a night club, and make movies at Cinecitta, etc.

As soon as I am able to make money I am going to talk with my Doctor, and I would like to make my own money and not need aid.

I am grateful, but I want to fly with my own wings. I want to learn how to be wealthy, and be free to do what I want.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on May 05, 2020, 05:15:01 PM
I worked at Universal for just one year, in between community college and acting school, I did not make any money, but it was a good experience, and I was able to attend Bob Hope's birthday party, I was an escort for Phyllis Diller, and cool stuff like that. I learned stuff that I can teach to Cinecitta in Rome, and also if Anaheim opens a movie studio.

It would be cool if Anaheim opens a new and modern film and television studio.

I worked at the Broadway department store in Pasadena too, it is gone now, but that was a good job, and my boss was great. I did not make very much money per hour, but I worked a lot of hours so I was able to earn some money. It is sad that California has lost great stores like the Broadway, it has been gone for a long time now. Someone should open the Broadway back up.

I was a Valet / Doorman for Suzanne Pleshette, at a condo highrise in Hollywood, that was cool, I met a lot of famous people, and I got to drive Hal Needham's Maserati, and other great cars.

And I was a limousine driver in Malibu, for Gemstar, we were the official limousine service for the Jay Leno show. The lady who owned the company owned luxury cars and private planes, etc, it was a good company. It is gone now. And I cannot drive any more, I get anxiety and panic attacks on the freeway, the days of driving a limousine are over for me.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: Hairy Lime on May 21, 2020, 01:26:22 PM
https://www.sciencealert.com/after-17-years-of-quiet-cicadas-are-set-to-deafen-parts-of-the-us

Time to reread Pale Fire, the unofficial Book Mascot of the old NYT Meander.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on May 21, 2020, 03:49:19 PM
Did you catch the Pale Fire references (and quoted lines) in Blade Runner 2049?

Cells interlinked within cells interlinked
Within one stem. And, dreadfully distinct
Against the dark, a tall white fountain played. 
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: Hairy Lime on May 21, 2020, 04:17:50 PM
Did you catch the Pale Fire references (and quoted lines) in Blade Runner 2049?

Cells interlinked within cells interlinked
Within one stem. And, dreadfully distinct
Against the dark, a tall white fountain played. 

Haven't seen it. Waiting for the traditional eighth Director's Cut.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on May 22, 2020, 02:54:19 PM
Ha!

Somewhere a while back (Salon maybe) I saw a piece comparing Ryan Gosling character in 2049 to John Shade,  will post if I find.

Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: josh on May 22, 2020, 10:41:08 PM
https://www.sciencealert.com/after-17-years-of-quiet-cicadas-are-set-to-deafen-parts-of-the-us

Time to reread Pale Fire, the unofficial Book Mascot of the old NYT Meander.

I have no real ada to reread Pale Fire.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on July 10, 2020, 02:19:44 PM
California Dreaming....

I found a boat that I am going to buy after I make my movie "Echo, A Rock and Roll Tragedy."

It is a 100 foot Benetti which was designed by Versace.

Link...

https://youtu.be/RAqsB659KLk

And I am going to build a stage on my boat for my friends who have bands, my friend Jon and his girlfriend Susan will have a luxury suite on my boat, and Jon can decide where he wants the stage, etc. And they will be able to record their music, and plus we can shoot video, etc.

And I am going to set it up so that we can eat good. I want to be able to barbecue filet mignon, and I want to be able to make fish tacos, etc, we need to be able to eat good.

And I want all young hot women to be my captain and crew, my whole crew is going to be young hot chicks.

We could park it here in California in a million places, or we can go down and cruise it down the Amazon River, we could go check out Colombia and stuff, or we could cruise it around the Mediterranean Sea, we could go to Cannes, Monaco, Capri, Greece, Cyprus, etc, we could go a lot of places.

And I could make my boat pay for itself by shooting video for PBS, or for some channel on television, we could cruise down the Amazon and shoot video of the experience, etc.

And plus I will have a vineyard and winery in Italy, a night club in Rome, a movie production company at Cinecitta, etc, which will all help me to make money. And I will have a recording studio for my friends.

And I will date Mahlagha Jaberi, she is a 30 year old model from Iran who lives in San Diego, California.

Here is her Instagram page...

https://www.instagram.com/MAHLAGHAJABERI/

Plus, I want to buy a helicopter to fly from the winery to the movie studio in Italy.

And I want to buy the house where I lived in Malibu.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/6315-Gayton-Pl_Malibu_CA_90265_M15737-07387

And I want to have at least one child. If it is a boy I want to name him Aldo Augustus Verley, and if it is a girl I want to name her Grace Nicole Verley.

And I want to publish my poetry book. I might also write some more books. And my future wife might want to write books too, so I can help her to publish her books. I could help my wife to produce her own television show, or whatever she wants, she can make her own films, etc. She could have her own brand of perfume, whatever.

There is a lot of cool stuff that can happen if I get my movie made and if it is a success.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on August 05, 2020, 05:28:32 PM
A story of survival in Hollywood...

When I was homeless, I stayed one night at the Russ Hotel on Skid Row, and when I woke up in the morning I went to take a shower, and someone had taken a shit in the shower, it was gross. That was the worst place I have ever spent the night. I decided I would rather sleep in my pick-up truck than stay at that hotel.

So, I left Skid Row and I went to Beverly Hills, I used to hang out in the nice areas, and the expensive areas, when I was homeless. And I went to the Beverly Hills free clinic to take a shower, they have nice showers for the public to use. I always stayed clean when I was homeless, I showered, and I did laundry and I wore clean clothes. That day I put on a suit and tie to go look for a job.

I bought a newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, and I looked at the classified ads to look for a job. I found a place that was hiring a valet / doorman in Hollywood, and all that I needed was a driver's license and a clean driving record. The job paid minimum wage plus tips. So, I went to check it out.

As soon as I walked into the office to apply for the job, the lady asked "Are you here about the job?" And she told me that I was hired before I could even answer, she hired me before she even knew my name. She hired me because I am handsome and I look great in a suit and tie, and that was what they wanted, they wanted a handsome doorman / valet who would make them look good.

Then later I found out that my boss was Suzanne Pleshette. My Mother was excited to hear that I was working for Suzanne Pleshette. I was working at a condominium high-rise in Hollywood, where many rich and famous people lived. It was great, I was able to meet a lot of great people, and I could afford to eat, I still did not make enough money to be able to afford an apartment, but at least I was eating good. I was allowed to shower in the clubhouse on the roof of the highrise, there was a clubhouse and a swimming pool on the roof, and I was allowed to use it.

If you are clean and well dressed then people do not need to know that you are homeless. And I was able to meet a lot of cool people. Zsa Zsa Gabor was great, she gave me $20 just for opening her car door, and she said "Thanks Darling" in her special way. Suzanne Pleshette and Zsa Zsa were good friends. I met a lot of cool people. And I was able to drive all kinds of awesome cars, including Hal Needham's Maserati.

I worked there for about 1 year, then I quit and started my production company and acquired and developed a movie script. I had a lot of confidence from hanging out with all of the successful people in Hollywood. I almost made it, the first person who I took my movie script to was Hugh Hefner, and Hef loved my script and he was going to put up the money to make my movie if someone he knew and trusted directed it, so I suggested Oliver Stone based on his work on "The Doors" with Val Kilmer, and Hef said yes, that if Oliver would direct my movie then he would put up the money, so I sent the script to Oliver, and unfortunately he turned me down, then Hef backed out, and I lost the money. That was as close as I have come to success, I almost made it. And Hal Needham said that he would help me with my movie if I needed help after I got the money, I had a few cool people lined up to help me make my movie. Sally Menke, Paul Maibaum, Hal Needham, all wanted to help on it, along with other great people. Anyhow, I almost made it.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on August 05, 2020, 09:55:32 PM
The building where I worked when Suzanne Pleshette was my boss was named "Empire West" and the building was full of rich and famous people, it would be a great place to live if you wanted to make movies because your neighbors could help, everyone could work together to make movies. They had stars, writers, producers, directors, billionaire rich people, famous agents, the place was jam packed with rich and famous people. It was a fun place to work, I met a lot of cool people.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on August 15, 2020, 02:45:04 PM
Here is a vineyard and winery for sale in Tuscany, making Chianti wine, with the option of buying more land to make more wine. I want to own a vineyard and winery in Tuscany, and this is the type of thing I would be interested in doing.

https://youtu.be/rFrfAV_F2es

It would take a lot of workers to run and maintain such a venture, but I can get workers from the Philippines. The Filipinos love Italy. I could hire Filipinos to help me.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: FlyingVProd on August 15, 2020, 05:00:51 PM
Here is a vineyard and winery that is for sale on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, it is awesome...

https://youtu.be/_WDbOqPCsX4

But, the one in Tuscany makes Chianti wine, and I would love to make Chianti wine in Tuscany.

I could also grow tangerines, and I could make cheese. We will see what happens.

Salute,

Tony V.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on August 23, 2020, 02:14:49 PM
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/new-york-is-gone-forever-according-to-me-a-baby-with-no-object-permanence
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: Hairy Lime on August 24, 2020, 10:51:54 AM
Here is a vineyard and winery that is for sale on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, it is awesome...

https://youtu.be/_WDbOqPCsX4

But, the one in Tuscany makes Chianti wine, and I would love to make Chianti wine in Tuscany.

I could also grow tangerines, and I could make cheese. We will see what happens.

Salute,

Tony V.
Time to double my investment in Powerball tickets!
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on September 10, 2020, 06:30:20 PM
(https://e6f7x6r7.rocketcdn.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/diana-rigg-emma-peel-16.jpg)

Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: Hairy Lime on September 10, 2020, 07:41:48 PM
Damn. There was a time when I most definitely dreamed of meandering there.
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: oilcan on September 11, 2020, 07:16:24 PM
Looks like image file was moved.   

Great actress,  and quite the kitten in her Peel years.   She was a good Mrs Danvers in the ITV/WGBH "Rebecca " too.   

Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on September 14, 2020, 10:30:22 AM
http://existentialcomics.com/comic/199

A strip that has some fun with philosophy.   
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: josh on September 25, 2020, 03:23:21 PM
Which reminds me of two of my favorites:

https://garfieldminusgarfield.net/

http://www.nietzschefamilycircus.com/
Title: Re: Meander Where You May
Post by: barton on September 26, 2020, 09:44:47 AM

https://garfieldminusgarfield.net/


Belly laugh.

Brilliant!