Friday, June 15, 2007

NPH, CCA, etc.

I don’t feel like writing much today, but I’m sorta obsessive-compulsive about keeping up this birthday thing.

It’s NPH’s birthday today. For those of you who haven’t seen Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, that’s Neil Patrick Harris, a.k.a. Doogie Howser. How sad to be known the rest of your life as a character named Doogie. At least Mark Hammil is remembered as a lightsaber-wielding farmer boy from a desert planet. Oh, NPH is 34.

Happy birthday also to Courtney Cox-Arquette, who’s marriage to David Arquette seems a little unusual, but cute. Friends, blah-blah-blah… Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark, blah-blah… Family TiesAce Ventura: Pet DetectiveScream, Scream II, Scream III… episode of Seinfeld, yada-yada… the ones that everybody misses are her starring roles in Masters of the Universe (with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor) and the short-lived, but fondly-remembered Misfits of Science. Mrs. Cox-Arquette is 43… WHAT?!?! Man, she was a thirty-something “Friend” for a long time…

Also, it’s rapper/actor Ice Cube’s 38th birthday (btw, I once met him in the Oakland airport – nice guy… wait, that was Ice T). Ice Cube is the funnier actor who makes stupid movies like Are We There Yet, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and XXX: State of the Union. Ice T is the more serious actor who is on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Okay, okay… they’ve both made crap, but have done some fun stuff, too. But the Cube did make the song "Black Korea."

Other birthdays include actress Helen Hunt’s 44th birthday (no offense, but is it just me, or does Helen Hunt seem light-years older than CCA?), former Boston Red Sox player Wade Boggs’ 49th, actor James Belushi’s 53rd, and country-music singer Waylon Jennings (who sang the theme song for The Dukes of Hazzard) would’ve been celebrating 70 if he hadn’t passed away in 2002.

History useless trivia:

On this date fifteen years ago (!) in 1992 (hell, it doesn’t really seem that long ago), Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell “potato” with an “e” at the end. The story was that he relied on a “faulty” flashcard. DO YOU REALLY NEED A FLASH CARD TO SPELL “POTATO?” Sheesh. Here’s a question for you: George W. Bush, or Dan Quayle? Scary, isn’t it?

Twelve years ago today, the glove did not fit, so I guess they must’ve had to acquit… O.J. Simpson. Thanks, Jonnie Cochran (R.I.P.)… As much as you wanted to do justice for a black man accused of killing two white people, you really screwed African-Americans over… But, speaking of that, how can the African-American community really think OJ’s innocent?

Hmm… whaddya know, I did write a bunch.

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