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Free Today

My new book – The Flat Earth Gang – is available as a free ebook download today – Friday, January 29, 2021.

The story – Jim, a photographer, and Elaine, a travel agent, were enjoying their time together in Dublin, Ireland when a flat Earth believer approached Jim changing the next week of his life—for the worst. He had become a pawn between factions of the flat Earth movement when he was handed a digital camera’s memory card. Thus beginning a journey combining a mystery, suspense and thriller with light humor.
Rogue agents of the movement sought to destroy the card believing it had information damaging to their political goals. They chased, kidnapped, and threatened Jim to hand it over. He resisted, knowing he’d need the card as evidence against the pursuers. At the same time, he sought help from computer hackers to decipher an encrypted file on the memory card hoping it would explain everything.What began as a romantic getaway escalated into an international incident.

Here’s the LINK.   (Click “Buy it now” for FREE download NOT “Read for Free” which is Kindle Unlimited – an Amazon reading membership.)

And here’s a link, if needed, for the free Kindle app for Mac or PC.


Presidential Politics

Giuliani says Trump ‘probably’ has the power to pardon himself

For the record, I thought of that YEARS before Giuliani –

Election Day for President of the United States

This is the story of Harry Keaton – a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. It is Election Day and Harry is the overwhelming favorite to win! What could possibly go wrong? Well, on the day before the election, Harry had a few drinks and does something that could not only cost him the election but also put him behind bars. On Election Day morning he discovers what he has done and, with the help of his campaign manager, his Vice-Presidential running mate, two Secret Service agents and his wife, he attempts to cover up what becomes known as “the incident”. And he only has about 16 hours to succeed.

Download my ebook Humor Novel on Amazon .


Life imitates Art

Election Day, Kindle, Amazon

Everyone is aware of Hillary Clinton and her email problems. Now I read this headline (click the link to read)…

“Could President Hillary Pardon Herself?”

Let the world know – I thought of it FIRST! in my novel (nothing to do with Hillary and please notice the last sentence in the description on Amazon…) –

Election Day for President of the United States

This is the story of Harry Keaton – a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. It is Election Day and Harry is the overwhelming favorite to win! What could possibly go wrong? Well, on the day before the election, Harry had a few drinks and does something that could not only cost him the election but also put him behind bars. On Election Day morning he discovers what he has done and, with the help of his campaign manager, his Vice-Presidential running mate, two Secret Service agents and his wife, he attempts to cover up what becomes known as “the incident”. And he only has about 16 hours to succeed. (A fictional story meant to be humorous but might come true one day.)


Election Day…Free Download

Election Day, Kindle, Amazon

Election Day for President of the United States

This is the story of Harry Keaton – a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. It is Election Day and Harry is the overwhelming favorite to win! What could possibly go wrong? Well, on the day before the election, Harry had a few drinks and does something that could not only cost him the election but also put him behind bars. On Election Day morning he discovers what he has done and, with the help of his campaign manager, his Vice-Presidential running mate, two Secret Service agents and his wife, he attempts to cover up what becomes known as “the incident”. And he only has about 16 hours to succeed.

Free download of my ebook Humor Novel on Amazon today (7-16-15).
If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the app for your computer or tablet.


Faux Eiffel Tower

Las Vegas, Eiffel Tower

For the Memorial Day Weekend (starting today) my new book
(there are no) Answers to the Mysteries is available as a free download from Amazon.
(The book has nothing to do with photography.)
If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for Windows and Mac.
If you download and like my book, please give a positive review.

“Plato was quoted saying ‘Questioning people on their deathbed
only leaves us with many unanswered questions, or the
sudden realization that now we can never collect the money owed us.’”

From my new book (there are no) Answers to the Mysteries.


(there are no) Answers to the Mysteries

(there are no) Answers to the Mysteries

My new (humor) book is available here – (there are no) Answers to the Mysteries – on Amazon.

“While on an archeological expedition in Egypt, Dr. Salmon discovered the ancient tomb of King Itacher, the only King never preserved as a mummy but was instead ‘freeze-dried’. Instructions written on the side of the sarcophagus declared that with the addition of 5 gallons of water, King Itacher would come back to life.”
“(there are no) Answers to the Mysteries” explores a variety of phenomena – Ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, Life after Death, Reincarnation and Atlantis the Lost Continent. Are Aliens visiting us? Is Reincarnation real? Where is Atlantis today? Is Bigfoot alive and well?
The riveting narrative contains interviews with ghosts and scientists, farmers and college professors, people who have had contact with Bigfoot and the reincarnated. There is the story of a man who claims to be a descendent from Atlantis. Other excerpts include passages from the diary of a man who spent the night in a haunted house and another from the diary of a ghost trapped in a prison cell. Many strange stories are told but there are no clear answers.
The title of the book is “Answers to the Mysteries”, but please note the three words in parentheses “there are no”. The search for the answers continues amid the many interesting stories told. Who knows, maybe someday, someone will provide the answers that have eluded all of us.
Perhaps the biggest mystery to unravel is, “Why do dolphins have an easier time pronouncing the word “hullabaloo” than people?

 


Television Universe

Okay, here are my Top 8 television shows of all time (it’s not that I can’t have a top 10, I just have 2 empty spaces waiting to be filled):

1- Farscape – those who share my love for this series understand my addiction to it.

2- Star Trek (original series) – I watched every sequel – TV or movie, liked some, hated some, but I still love Kirk the most.

3- Seinfeld – I highly recommend the Kramer Reality Tour in New York City. Google it for info.

4- Andy Griffith Show w/Don Knotts – an American comedy  that rises above everything else.

5- The X Files – The first 7 seasons. Always knew that there were aliens but loved the ambiguity.

6- 24 – I want to be Jack Bauer

7- Eureka – Can’t explain it, but I love this series.

8- Dexter – I knew about Dexter, and was familiar with Michael Hall from “6 Feet Under” but didn’t think that I would like a show about a serial killer. All I can say, this show catapulted to the top almost immediately. I am on the edge of my seat watching it.

Now I have plenty of second tier shows that I love – Battlestar (Ron Moore edition), Green Acres (it’s hilarious), The Invaders – if I started a list of top ten show openings, this one would be at the top of the list.

So, this is my list. What’s yours?


The Effects of Friendship

I probably wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for the friend pictured above. He didn’t inspire me to become a photographer, but he was a silly, crazy, excellent guitarist with a hilarious sense of humor. I copied him when I bought a guitar. I was horrible. I followed him around and copied everything else about him. Especially the sense of humor. We made crank phone calls (not very nice, but tame by today’s standards). We marched and protested with signs and posters in our hometown about absolutely meaningless things (you can’t do that today without the police being called). We held mini-Woodstocks in the parking lot next to his house. When he played with his musician friends, it sounded great. When it was just he and I, it was the “Dickie Green Quintet”. By this time I had taken up the trumpet after my favorite musician and band “Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass” (I came to loving the Beatles and the rest of rock-n-roll a little late). My trumpet playing wasn’t any better than my guitar playing, but it did have one advantage – I was unintentionally hilarious. I have recordings from the time and all I can say is, wow. We were Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis – musically, that is.

We also staged mock commencement dinners with speeches. We did that in his apartment, or should I say “store”. His Mom owned a small deli/sandwich store. They lived upstairs and had a room in the back, but when we became friends, business had slowed to a crawl and the store was used for everything else. Next door was a bar that he and I “partially” streaked. We weren’t completely naked and wore paper bags over our heads. It didn’t matter though because the drunks never noticed us.

Then one day, he said the magic words, “Let’s make a movie.” We wrote our version of the “Odd Couple” and then proceeded to film with a hand-cranked 8mm camera and a tape recorder. It took 5 minutes to learn that we did not know what we were doing, but that was the moment that changed my life. I wanted to make funny movies. If I never met him, I might never have thought “comedy and movies.”

PS – Our next movie was called “The Blitz”. It was about a young man (me) who found a Puerto Rican genie (another close friend) who grants him a wish – to become Hitler. It was a silent movie with music. (We adapted.) Now, even after all these years, that movie is still hilarious.