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Bullet Sunday 132

Posted on Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Dave!It's a heatstroke edition of Bullet Sunday!

• Weather. I wish I handled the heat better. As it is, Summer is a season of misery for me. My only consolation is that I handle the cold of Winter even worse. I'm still searching for a magical place where it's Springtime year 'round.

• EMS. It's National Emergency Medical Services Week this week! Many thanks to those who devote their lives to helping others...

DAVETOON: Lil' Dave EMS Guy

• Hawkes. I'm freakish in that when I hear a song I immediately associate it with any movie or television it might have appeared in. While watching the latest episode of Graham Norton, Chesney Hawkes made a surprise appearance to sing his biggest hit The One and Only (which, so far as I know, was his one and only hit). This immediately made me want to grab my Doc Hollywood DVD off the shelf and watch it for the hundredth time (Chesney plays over the opening credits). I love cinema "comfort food"... those films you've seen so often that you can just melt away in them...

Doc Hollywood Poster

One of the (many) amazing things about this movie (other than seeing Julie Warner naked) is that Michael J. Fox was given his Parkinson's Disease diagnosis shortly before filming. He made the entire film after receiving about the worst news you could get health-wise, and yet you'd never know it. On top of being a good actor, he's a total professional. I wonder how many other Hollywood actors could have done the same?

• Courtesy. A couple months ago my credit card number was stolen and I had to cancel my card. My mobile service at AT&T didn't bother to contact me when they couldn't bill the old card... but they were absolutely kind enough to send me an email notifying me that I'm being turned over to collection when they failed two times in a row. I don't get it. Obviously they have me email address... why not notify me of the problem when they first ran into trouble? Why wait until it's a big mess before they do anything? This is stupid on a level of stupid that transcends stupid. It's almost as if they want their customers to fail to pay their bills. Maybe they like charging late payment fees? I dunno. Sure makes for incredibly shitty customer service though.

And now I'm going to go back to sitting on my air conditioner.


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Comments

  1. I remember “Doc Hollywood”. It had many scenes shot in and around Micanopy, Florida which is right outside Gainesville, FL. I was attending UF right at the time they were shooting over there. It was pretty cool!

  2. kapgar says:

    I believe you’re looking for San Francisco. I hear the temperature is pretty consistent there year round.

    MJF was diagnosed that long ago? Wow. And you’re right, there are no other actors that would’ve maintained their poise as well as he always has.

  3. Sybil Law says:

    I could do with a bit of warmth right now – it’s really chilly here!
    Doc Hollywood – awesome! Haha – that is a good movie, and I’d forgotten all about it!

  4. A Lewis says:

    I’m with you on the heat….I posted about this not so long ago….with fear and trepidation of being hated by my fellow Northwesterners.

  5. Ren says:

    Love watching Doc Hollywood. Makes me consider moving to a small town. But then I realize that it’s just a movie and that real life experience would almost certainly disappoint. Especially the lack of 3G.

  6. Finn says:

    I love cinema comfort food too! I own several of mine, but not “Doc Hollywood,” which absolutely qualifies. Love that movie.

    I’m convinced that most businesses simply have their heads up their asses. My soon-to-be-ex-phone company (landline) sends threatening letters if the bill is paid one day later than the due date. I generally get the letter after the payment has cleared my bank. Nice.

  7. delmer says:

    I read MJF’s first book, “Lucky Man,” back when it came out. It’s a good read.

    I’m a big fan of “The Frighteners.”

  8. Yay for EMF week. Cool story about MJF.

  9. Robin says:

    You know something? I have never seen Doc Hollywood. I may have to put that on my ever-growing to do list for this weekend.

    As for AT&T – they did the same thing to my mother when she forgot to update her billing information. The woman nearly had a coronary when she got the “I am telling Equifax on you!!” collections letter. You would think they would shut the phone off before they send the letter to send a message. Weird.

  10. martymankins says:

    Doc Hollywood I liked.

    AT&T I don’t.

  11. It’s nice to know I’m not the only summer-hater out there. Ugh. I hate hot weather.

  12. sizzle says:

    I love Michael J. Fox!

  13. God, I hate AT&T.

    I’m searching for that magical place as well. Everyone says it’s San Diego . . . ?

  14. Sarah says:

    I think I’m going to have to watch Doc Hollywood now.

  15. whall says:

    I had the same problem with Time Warner and an expired card. I just never went in and updated it, and they never notified me. Let me mention a couple things: I’m bad at keeping up and tracking my expenses; my TW bill is just shy of $200/mo; this went on for 3+ months. So all of a sudden they call saying they’re about to cancel our cable, phone, internet for non-payment and I’m like… Scuse me? Granted, it was on the invoice but I hardly ever look at it. Thank goodness they didn’t charge me any fees.

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