Sunday, August 28, 2022

Mission Impossible

Greg Morris, Peter Lupus
MartinLandau, Peter Graves
Barbara Bain


I've been slow binge watching the TV series 'Mission Impossible' for about a year now.  The show began on CBS in 1966, ending in 1973.  The premise is that a group of government employees (Spies? Never 100% clear) who went from fictional country to country & here in US stopping evil plots against democracy. 

The first season, Steven Hill was Daniel Briggs, the leader of the team.  But he had issues with the shooting schedule because he was an Orthodox Jew & would not work on Saturdays.  IMDB says he was fired but would that be legal?

Martin Landau, a pretty established actor, was Rollin Hand.  He was a magician & master of desguises.  He spent a lot of time playing characters & pulling masks off his face at the end of the show.   He had odd billing, as a "special guest star" which was the first (& maybe last) time that has happened.  I guess it's an actor thing.

Barbara Bain, Laundau's wife, played ex-model Cinnamon Carter who was the femme fatale of the group.  She is still gorgeous & had a great wardrobe.

Greg Morris, played Barney Collier, the smartest guy on the planet who did all of the electronics,drugs & escapes. Nothing would have worked without Barney.

Peter Lupus,, played Willie Armatage.  The muscle.  He carried the heavy stuff & drove all the cool trucks. 

Every week they'd get an assignment from an annoymous voice who told them they could accept the job if they wanted but if they got caught they'd be hung out to dry.  So Dan would come up with the plan, Barney & Willie would do all the work & Rollin & Cinnamon would do sneaky things.  Then at the end of the show, they'd all just walk away together.  That was my favorite part.  The characters & there stories are outlandish but fun.

Then in season 2nd Peter Graves took over the team as Jim Phelps.  Everyone else stayed the same.  No one ever asked about Dan again.  But apparently Peter got top billing & top money & that made Martin mad.  The show refused to negotiate with him so he decided to walk away & Barbara went with him, maybe whether she wanted to or not.   

Rollin & Cinnamon were good but Peter's brother was Matt Dillon for goodness sake.  He deserved billing & money.

Later years had a few more stars--Lynda Day George, Lee Meriwether & Lesley Ann Warren as the beauties & Leonard Nimoy took over Rollin's role although I never cared for character. It was hard to see fuddy Dr Spock trying to be cool.  Sam Elliot was even there for awhile though my Sam-dar was not acute in those days.  I'm looking forward to seeing him later.

In 1988 they tried to revive the show with Jim still in charge & Barney's son but it didn't work out.  Apparently what we fell for & loved in the 60s didn't fly in 1988.  The 60s sets were pretty bad & some of the stories were pretty unbelievable but the writing & acting made us forget that.  I still love every show, hokey or now.

And then they had to ruin things with Hollywood movies with the famous pipsqueak deadbeat dad Tom Cruise.  I saw the first. Will never need to see him in a movie ever again.

I'm in the middle of season 2 now so the Landau-Bain people should be leaving soon.  Their leaving turned out to torpedo their careers.   Laundau even appeared in a Gilligan's Island movie.  He did have a power surge in 1994 when he won an Academy Award playing Bella Lugosi in a movie called Ed Wood.  In his acceptance speech he took a swipe at Mission Impossible.  Still bitter after all the years.  I've never seen it but I'd like to.  But mostly, his career & Bain's fizzled.  Then they got divorced after 36 years of marriage.

It'll probably take me a couple more years to get throught the rest of the seasons.

Saturday, August 27, 2022



Since I retired in 2010, I have lost 70 pounds. I need to lose 20 more.  I say that alot.  I don't lose the pounds but I say that alot.

One of the things I have discovered 100% about myself is I eat what's put in front of me.  I'm good with a light, healthy lunch or a feast for 40.  

Today I ordered a baked potato from a restaruant around the corner & they laughed as I asked for the smallest one. It was way enough but if I got the biggest one I'd eat that too. And then I'd be miserable.  I'm the say with a candy bar.  A miniature bar would do the trick but I have to buy a bag of those & that's dangerous.  So I look for the smaller regular bar, as opposed to the king size option.  Even if the king size has 2 halves, I eat both.  It's not pretty but it's a fact.

And for the record, left to my own devices, I tend to eat odd & easy things.  I had biscuits & gravy for lunch one day this week & Rice a Roni another day.  And I'd have a salad every day if someone made it for me. 

Nothing sounds good & meat does not thrill me.  And my baked potato had bacon on it & I'd be ok if I didn't eat bacon again & I never thought I'd see that again.  I think I need to explore plant based ...maybe that'll help those 20 pounds. 

And bread does not thrill me either.  

I do eat too much sugar.  I'm going to try for no sugar September.  

It's Baseball Time

 I've decided if I were rich I'd travel from town to town to watch minor league baseball which are techncally more fun than major league because the parks are smaller & the fans more fun.  I do love major league but I don't get to Arlington very often to see my Rangers play & Bally Southwest, those greedy bastards, only let Direct TV subscribers see the games anymore.  I hate them.

In my research, I found some that are Summer Collegiate Leagues & not quite minor league or affiliated with major league clubs.  I'm adding them because I love baseball & boys--no matter what age--that want to play as long as they can. 

But I digress.

Here are some of the names.  I'm not a t shirt person but I'd need something from each team.

1. Lubbock Crickets  Our team from 1995-1999.  They didn't fly...not sure why.  Enjoyed every game.  Named after Buddy Holly's band.

2. Sod Poodles, Amarillo,TX  Sod Poodles are prairie dogs. I remember thinking it's a dumb name but it really fits in. 

3. Rocket City Trash Pandas, Huntsville,AL

4.  Rock Hounds, Midland,TX

5.  Pit Spitters, Traverse City, Michigan

6.  Biscuits, Montgomery, AL

7. Tomateros, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

8. Bananas, Savannah,GA

9.  51s, Las Vegas,NV  Named after "Area 51" alien landing area.

10.  Lugnuts, Lansing,MI

11.  Tin Caps, Fort Wayne, IN

12.  White Caps, Comstock Park, MI

13. Inland Empire 66ers, San Bernadino, CA

14.  Portland Pickles, Portland, OR

15. Bees, Salt Lake City, UT

16. Wind Surge, Wichita, KS

17. Express, Round Rock,TX

18. Roughriders, Frisco,TX

19.  Hooks, Corpus Christi,TX

20.   Storm Chasers, Omaha,NE 

21.   Isotopes, Albuquerque,NM

22.  Reserves, Wasco,CA

23.   Weirdos, Austin,TX

24.   Saguaros,Tuscon,AZ 

25.  Drillers, Tulsa, OK

26.   Bluecats, Waco,TX

27.   Black Bears, Granville, WV

28.   Redbirds, Memphis,TN

29.   Sounds, Nashville,TN

30.   Paddleheads, Missoula,MT

31. Rubber Ducks, Akron,OH 

32.  Bats, Louisville,KY

But I also found the Mashers, Louisville,KY

33.  Hot Rods, Bowling Green, KY

34.  Y'alls, Florence, KY

35. Grizzlies, Sauget, IL

36. Shockers, Biloxi,MS

37. Rocky Mountain Vibes, Colorado Springs,CO

Used to be:
And was once:

38.  Bacon, Macon, GA

39.  Stingers, Willmar,MN

40. Hot Tots, Minot, ND

41. River Monsters, Seguin, TX

42. Bombers, Bryan-College Station, TX

43.   Cane Cutters, Youngsville, LA  (Acadiana)

44.  Rougarous, Baton Rouge, La

45.  Generals, Victoria,TX

46.  Crawdads, Hickory NC 

But on a couple of promotion nights, they were completely different teams!
The Dickery Docks...

And The Couch Potatoes!

47.  Naturals, Northwest Arkansas..Springdale, AR

48. Threshers, Clearwater, FL

49.  Mud Hens, Toledo Ohio.  Max Klinger's favorite!

After 2000


50. Tri-City Chili Peppers, Colonial Heights, VA

51. Bombers, Battle Creek, MI

52. Growlers, Kalamazoo, MI
Original logo

Alternate logo

Promotional logo, Father's Day, celebrate Mac & Cheese

53.  Rumble Ponies, Binghampton,NY  

Oldest logo

Previous logo

Found this was a new "Marvel inspired logo" from 2022. Not sure what it is except it's darn ugly.  Webpage looks like they went back to previous logo.

53. Train Robbers, Las Vegas,NV  or Bakersfield, CA
          or Topeka, KS or all of the above. Logo is the same. LV & Bakersfield  list 2024 seasons.
I messaged the team...only Bakesfield now.  

54.  Missions, San Antonio,TX

Old Logo

Current Log

55.  Sand Gnats, Savannah, GA

56.  Cornbelters, Normal Illinois

57. Kernels, Cedar Rapids, IA

58. Guerrero's, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico

59. Chihuahuas, El Paso, TX

60.  Emeralds, Eugene,OR

61. River Dogs, Charleston, SC

62.  Juice, Bradenton, FL 

63.  IronPigs, Allentown,PA

64. Woodpeckers, Fayetteville,AR

65. Blue Crabs (Southern Maryland), Waldorf, MD

66.  Detroit Diamond Jaxx, Warren, MI

67. Quad Cities River Bandits,  Davenport, IA

68. Nuts, Modesto, CA

69. Sea Dogs, Portland, OR

70. Grasshoppers, Greensboro SC

71.  Blue Rocks, Wilmington, DE

72. Hudson Valley Renegades, Wappingers Falls, NY      

73.  Pacifics, San Rafael, CA
74. Seaweed, Vallejo, CA

75. Leprechauns, Dublin, CA

76.  Mallards, Marysville, Ca

77.  Sturgeon, Martinez, CA

78.  Dash, Winston-Salem, NC

79. Jersey Shore Blueclaws, Lakewood, NJ

80. Cyclones, Brooklyn, NY

81. IronBirds, Aberdeen, MD

82. Thunder, Trenton, NJ

83. Keys, Frederick MD

84. Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Niles, OH

85. Spikes, State College, PA

86. Crosscutters, Williamsport,PA

87. Doubledays, Auburn, NY

88.  Red Wings, Geneva, NY

89. Pilots, Newark, NY

90.Skunks, Jamestown (Tarp), NY  

91. Pioneers, Elmira NY

92. Americans, Niagra Falls, NY

93. Finger Lakes Lakers, Canandaigua, NY

94. Batavia Muckdogs, Genesee County, NY

95.  Salt Cats, Syracuse, NY

96.  Bulls, Durham, NC

97. Jumbo Shrimp, Jacksonville, FL

98.  Gwinnett Stripers, Laurenceville, GA

99.  Knights, Charlotte NC