Memorial Day in the 618

With the car loaded up Beverly Hillbillies style, we headed to Salem for a night over the holiday weekend to see my dad and my brother's family. Sometimes iPods and phones can be more curse than blessing, but I'm here to tell you that with seven people in one car for more than about thirty minutes, they become all blessing.

Mason was pretty excited to see his hero (and cousin), Haddon.

Savannah pretty much dominated the Connect 4 circuit.

And, as always, it's just great for all of the kids to see each other while we continue to watch as they grow up together.

Of course, the oil derrick behind my dad's yard was appropriately decked out for Memorial Day. Actually, I think there are always flags on top of oil derricks regardless of the time of year. I may be wrong.

Whatever.

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I can't say I slept well while staying at my dad's. Maybe it was the coffee I drank before bed or possibly the midnight bowl of cereal. Either way, I found myself restless in the middle of the night reading about one of my favorite movies from when I was a kid.

Am I the only person who remembers Poison Ivy?

Let me be the first to tell you that flipping through the internet for an impromptu "where are they now" for actors who haven't done much else besides this made-for-television movie is one way to work your body into a state of rest in a hurry.

Apparently Jerry Disbro died in 2009.

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Many of you know about the random stuff I make -- buttons, posters, prints, stickers -- mostly referencing some deep cuts from my favorite movies and pop culture properties. Believe it or not, there's a market for this and the things I'm doing continue to expand. I recently found that I have the opportunity to grow this thing a bit, but in order to do so, I have to have a brand name.

So hit me with some ideas. Up to this point, I've "branded" myself with my own name ... just the name of my website, actually. But I'm guessing that some markets would frown upon a brand that simply refers a person to an independent website instead of keeping them on their own site.

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The Knicks were surprisingly fun to watch during this year's regular season. Big thanks to the New York squad for drawing us all back in only to crash and burn in the playoffs. 

I'm saying Atlanta in six.

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Finally, I stumbled across a band recently that I've been listening to a ton of over the past several weeks. 

Winnetka Bowling League, congrats on providing the theme song for the 2021 Summer of Tim.

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