Friday, June 03, 2005


Hi, gang. Philip here. First, let me issue a mea culpa. For those keeping score at home, Thursday’s blog entry READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY? was from me. Pandora raised the point, and I apologize for not mentioning that. I’m kinda new at this daily blog thing, so bear with me. I’m just not used to introducing myself each time out of the gate.

I was expecting Pandora to do today’s blog entry, but as it’s going nigh on five o’clock here in Savannah-land, I’ll drop a live one for the day, as my computer access is much more limited on weekends. Having waxed philosophical on comics and reading, I’m going to take a break from the sermonizing and dwell on more mundane matters.

First off, I want to thank you all for your indulgence, and thank you Pandora for sharing the co-hosting duties. And thank you Sam for trusting us with your blog and offering me this temporary forum. I’d been thinking about doing a little blogging myself, but with other irons I have in the fire, I’ve decided against it. Blogging is a committment, and if I can’t do it well, I’d just as soon stick to my semi-weekly postings at’s Thought Bubble. Yes, that’s a plug, and I’m ashamed, but if fills space.

I understand Sam’s due back on Monday, though I could be wrong. So I’d like to thank his loyal readers for tolerating the replacment bloggers this week. It was either that, or just putting The Real Sam Johnson Show on hiatus, and nobody wants that. (Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, I’m looking in your direction.)

No, not really. I kid. I kid because I love. Going on hiatus offers the blogger a much needed rest, while giving newer readers the opportunity to do some catching up on old posts. It’s like that lame-ass slogan NBC had a few years back: “If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you.” So Ivan, I’ve been enjoying. “Hang the Indian!”

As for me, in the weeks/months to come I’ll be filling my days with home improvement and summer movies. Batman and Fantastic Four are no-brainers for a comic geek like me, though I'm not really optimistic about either one. I have mixed feelings about Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Ever since the talk of remake reared its ugly head, I’ve wondered what kind of casting I could expect. I thought Michael Keaton had potential for the title role. Perhaps Martin Short as Mr. Slugworth or the Candy Store Owner. Whichever role he passes on, Michael Palin could maybe pick up. But that is assuming it would be direct remake, music and everything, of the original Willy Wonka (hey, they did it with State Fair). But what would be the point of that?

The weekend is looking busy, as me and the Missus gear up for an assortment of chores and laundry and whatnot. I’ll probably have my usual Saturday night to myself in the comfort of my Fortress of Solitude. I’ll probably watch a movie or two. Maybe A Day at the Races, maybe Thunderball, maybe both.

So let me wish you all well, and thank you for your heapin’ helpin’ of hospitality.

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