Archive for May, 2012

New pen, John Belushi, The Forum

May 30, 2012 1 comment

…Sometimes, when I am depressed, I will buy myself a new pen.

My latest buy is a Papermate Ink Joy 550 RT. Not too bad so far. Will be taking it for a test drive tomorrow. Currently in my pocket are Zebra Z-Grips (my current favorite). Once I’ve done a sufficient test drive I’ll report further…

…I’m very sorry to hear about the death of New Mexico native world champion boxer Johnny Tapia. Unfortunately, it appears that Tapia, who had the Virgin Mary tattooed to his chest along with the Spanish phrase “Mi Vida Loca” (“My Crazy Life”), overdosed one time too many on drugs. His is a very sad story of what happens when a person is unable to conquer their personal demons. Various accounts say he was declared legally dead at least twice on prior overdoses. I hope to see you in heaven, Mr. Tapia…

…I recently watched John Belushi’s final film, Neighbors, in which he co-starred with Dan Aykroyd. The film was released in late 1981, and Belushi died of a drug overdose in March 1982. As I watched the movie–panned by many “critics”, I found myself impressed with Belushi playing a strait-laced role and thought that if he’d lived and cleaned up, he probably would’ve had a successful career playing diverse rules…

…A few weeks ago, the Clio Cast & Crew musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum finished its eight-performance run. I was asked by the director not to cut my hair until after the performance. About a week ago, I got the sides and back trimmed.

I think I’ve found a new hairstyle I like.

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Excited about Houston Astros baseball next season

Next season, my favorite team, the Houston Astros, will switch to the American League and will play probably two sets of road games in Detroit at Comerica Field.

I should start saving money for that now since this will be the first time in about 24 years that I will have seen an Astros game. The last one was 1989 in the Astrodome when the Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies. Mike Scott (if you’re an Astros fan, he needs no introduction), pitched and got the win while Glenn Davis hit a home run.

And now, I’ll probably be the only orange-and-blue clad person at Comerica Field who will not be cheering for Detroit. Added to that will be that the Astros are heavily rumored to change back to blue and orange when they debut new uniforms next season.

Yes, I live in Michigan now, but I’m a firm believer that no matter where you live, you cheer for your favorite team.

Richard Zowie is a Michigan-based writer who works at the Genesee County Herald. Post comments, death threats or marriage proposals here or e-mail them to