Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

Telly Savalas

Last night I fell asleep at 9:15 p.m. and slept until 11 p.m. Then I slept again from 1 to 6.
In between, I watch an episode of Kojak. I was never a fan of this show during its original run, but its charms are more apparent to me now. When we lived in Los Angeles, years ago,
we went to our favorite Marina del Rey Indian restaurant. Telly Savalas was there with his family including grandkids. This would have been in the early 1990s. He died in 1994, and we moved to Los Angeles in 1991 (I am pretty sure it was after we moved, though I was in Los Angeles often for work between June 1987 and 1991). He looked very serene and grandfatherly, sitting at the head of the table. I do not bother celebrities when they are out in public,
so I did not seek an autograph or to intrude. Celebrities are pretty much, in my experience, folks with lots of media exposure who are still members of our species. But it was still, I admit, a little fun to get this window into a moment in the life of a fellow from "the pictures". All my celebrity sightings are pretty down-to-earth--seeing Ben Stein at a furniture store, sitting in a screening room watching rushes of a Grade Z film in which P.J. Soles was one there as of the actors, and sitting at the same table at a Mexican restaurant as Elizabeth Hasselbeck because she works with a relative of mine. I like that a lot of the music makers I like are not "celebrities" in that sense, so that I can e-mail them or meet them in person and it's not a "celebrity" thing.

The work my wife did in installing a new modem and router paid off. The internet connections throughout our house are much faster. It's great to be able to watch vimeo without undue buffering.

I think lately how the move to high bandwidth use, higher definition video and more bandwidth use is a mistake. The move should instead be to frugalware, lower bitrate videos, lower expense and ease of use. Time may well disprove my view, but when I watch the CPU usage stats on videos on my computer, I wonder why videos have to consume so much CPU.

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