What should we talk about in this edition?
The search for Jimmy Hoffa has, again, been called off?
The city of Toledo wants to go into the compost business?
The candidates for mayor?
The yahoos who control the Ohio legislature, and, apparently, the governor?
How about James Gandolfini? 51 is too young to die.
Bail me out here Kirk
1) The city of Toledo going into the composting business, definitely.
Some news stories come equipped with a punchline so obvious, it's not worth delving in to.
I was interested to see that the equipment the city bought for this is German. Is this a result of the mayor's trip to Germany? Did he save some money by buying it at the duty-free store in the airport?
Just wondering ...
I'm skeptical that this will save $1 million over three years.
It seems a tad optimistic, but I'm an optimistic guy. I still think the Erie Street Market will turn a profit.
2) Gangolfini. The Sopranos made him a household name but for me, it was his appearance as a sadistic hitman in the movie “True Romance” that made him a star.
In a film that starred Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Christian Slater and Dennis Hopper, Gandolfini (who was a total unknown at the time) stole the show--even
though he was only in one scene with any kind of memorable dialog. It was enough to make you sit up and take notice.
Ditto on the Gandolfini RIP -- a great actor and by all reports an amazingly down-to-earth fellow. He once turned down a press interview saying that no one sensible cares what an actor has to say and noting, correctly, that no one asks masons or carpenters to wax eloquent about how they do their work.
Nor does the media ask these craftsmen to opine on current events.
That Tony Soprano was so commandingly watchable, and so likable, to so many people is a tribute to Gandolfini's acting ability, his inherent humanity, or maybe both in equal measure.
THE LAST WORD: Ohio legislators passing bills to make it easier for criminals to get guns, and harder for the authorities to destroy them, takes the national cake for boneheadedness. This is their response to Newtown? How about this for the state's license plates: “Ohio: Where every gun is loved."?