Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Sorrow and ugliness hang over the United States these days like a toxic cloud of right-wing flatulence. The struggle to restore our country to one where decency reigns over bigotry and greed will be a long and hard one. As honorable folk fight for a better America, I take strength from the many people and things that bring joy to my life in my daily “Things That Make Me Happy” posts on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s my list for June...

June 1: National Geographic Magazine. Endlessly fascinating. Find the truth and print it. 6-1-17.

June 2: Canoe Cops vs. The Mummy by my pal Stephen D. Sullivan. A monstrously hilarious novel. 6-2-17.

June 3: Homicide: Life On The Street: The Complete Series. Coming my way on July 4th. 6-3-17.

June 4: Barb, Kelly and I cleaned the garage for my summer sales. They did the heavy thinking and lifting. I did whatever they told me to do. It’s a system that works for us. 6-4-17.

June 5: Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin. I like Esther, Susan and Daisy and I’m a tough sell when it comes to comics about college students. 6-5-17.

June 6: Rough Riders by Adam Glass and Patrick Olliffe. Think Teddy Roosevelt leading the 19th Century Avengers. 6-6-17.

June 7: Wonder Woman. The best DC super-hero movie ever. It hit all the right notes for me. 6-7-17.

June 8: Gotham’s two-hour season finale. Big moments in every act. I’m looking forward to next season. 6-8-17.

June 9: The cast of Lucifer has been knocking it out of the park, especially Lesley-Ann Brandt as Maze. 6-9-17.

June 10: The rise of moderate Republicans in Kansas. Still a long way to go, but it’s a start. 6-10-17.

June 11: Gorgo. I watched the 1961 movie again as prep for a G-Fest panel. I enjoyed it as much as when I was a kid. 6-11-17.

June 12: Watching The Secret Life of Pets with Barb, Eddie and Kelly. A rare family movie night. 6-12-17.

June 13: Jason Klepper Solves Guns. Funny, informative, insightful. Kudos to Comedy Central. 6-13-17.

June 14: Allison Janney will voice Goldie O’Gilt in the Duck Tales revival. If that’s not cause for geeking out, I don’t know what is. 6-14-17.

June 15: Assassination Classroom Volume 16. What a game-changer for one of my all-time favorite manga series. 6-15-17.

June 16: Learning cool Monopoly stuff from a Monopoly collector who came to my garage sale. 6-16-17.

June 17: I’ll be returning to the wonderful Pensacon in 2018. Might have a few surprises for you then. 6-17-17.

June 18: Barb and Kelly made a spectacular breakfast for Father’s Day. And for lunch: donuts! 6-18-17.

June 19: Fiesta Jalapeno takeout for Father’s Day dinner with Barb, Eddie, Kelly and Giselle. 6-19-17.

June 20: Putting great stuff at great prices into my next garage sale. Looking forward to happy customers. 6-20-17.
June 21: Adam West’s guest appearance on Powerless. He nailed each and every joke. 6-21-17.

June 22: Snapple’s Takes 2 to Mango Tea. By the way, an ostrich's brain is smaller than its eye. 6-22-17.

July 23: My pal Marlie. He’s been helping me get ready for the next garage sales. When you see all those great Batman and other comics, thank Marlie. 6-23-17.

July 24: The Gong Show on ABC. It’s not the classic Chuck Barris series, but it was still good goofy fun. 6-24-17.

June 25: G.L.O.W. Kelly and I watched the first two episodes. They were fun. Now we have a new show to share. 6-25-17.

June 26: My son Ed, who is 29 years old today. He’s a fine man and our future President. Though he’ll have to disavow that crazy dad of his. 6-26-17.

June 27: Ed’s birthday dinner with Barb and Kelly at the Longhorn Steakhouse. My salmon was amazing! 6-27-17.

June 28: The exhilarating moment when you have a breakthrough on a difficult script and a scene turns out better than you could have imagined. 6-28-17.

June 29: Mark Evanier’s Cuter Than You series on his News from Me blog. It always makes me smile. 6-29-17.

June 30: Thanks to my new phone, I can play theme music whenever I walk into a room. Some members of my family do not find this quite as awesome as I do. 6-30-17.
I’ll be back tomorrow with the latest installment of “Rawhide Kid Wednesday!” See you then.

© 2017 Tony Isabella

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