We Need James Bond, A Respite For America

There are many times each week when it seems there is no end to the onslaught of irresponsible actions from the White House, sports personalities proving they have too much money and not enough character, and science deniers wishing we all would drink their Kool-Aid.   There comes a time when we all need to be reminded that in spite of all the up-side-down world which seems to be our new norm, there are some things which have remained true to what we always knew.

Such as James Bond.

It is important, at this time in America, that we have places where we can escape, such as a dark movie theatre, if for no more than a couple hours, so to be enveloped in a storyline where we know good folks prevail, and certain traditions and customs remain.  Shaken not stirred.

Since 2015 I have discussed this larger issue many times with various people, and always it is told to me how inundated people feel about the amount of news and chaos which gets reported each day and how it makes them feel.  There is a tipping balance for many people, and at some point, there needs to be a place where respite and a retreat from the bombast and craziness can be found.  In such times people like to head to a comfort zone.

A James Bond movie is such a place where there is no need to question the basic assumptions that we need to confront outside the theatre.  Of course, Bond is a fact-driven man who knows justice is paramount.  There is up and down, heroes and villains.  He also knows that the cultures of others are important, and knowing more than one language is a sign of intellect.  He is well-bred and confident in his own skin.

One of the reasons Bond is the perfect antidote to the times we live in this nation is that he has the cool ability of self-control.  While Trump is not able to control any of his base instincts Bond masters his life based on manners, being a gentleman, and when required deadly effectiveness for the job at hand.

No Time to Die with Bond will hit theaters April 10, 2020.  It may seem like a long time away, but it might be just the type of promise we need to keep in mind to make it through this week where many more insane tweets are sure to come from this White House.  The movie trailer was released this week.


Pizza Lovers In Madison Feel Glum

Readers to this blog know I have been excited about the news in the business pages about Giordano’s Pizza coming to our city.  I was ready to rave about a place where it is understood that pizza should not be a thin crust served with skimpy toppings.  I want pizza with heft and hearty servings.

But as we learned this week that tasty delight seems not to be slated for our city.

Jessica Harris, a spokesperson for the Chicago-style stuffed pizza chain Giordano’s, told the Wisconsin State Journal that negotiations on a Madison location aren’t going as planned.  Giordano’s was actively looking for a site in our city and since that has not panned out we have been removed from the “coming soon” area of the company’s website.

How can it be in a city this size that there is not a perfect place for this gem of a business?  I would drive back and forth across the city for a pizza pie of the type made at Giordano’s.  And I strongly suspect many others would have done the same!



Update On My Podcast, Doty Land

There are times I think Rome was built faster, but having said that I can confirm my first podcast is completed and ready for uploading to my publishing platform, Buzzsprout.  I chose this site based on recommendations along with its flexibility and storage needs.

All that remains to be done is having the distribution sources linked to my RSS feed.  Once that is done listeners can use everything from Apple devices to Spotify, Google Podcasts, and iHeart Radio, and others to tap into my podcasts.  After the sites have completed their work my first project will be live.

In addition, there is the completion of my website for this podcast, along with an accompanying Facebook page.  And this week voice-over work was completed from a gentleman in Britain.  To say I am belted into my seat and awaiting lift-off is very much how I feel at this time.  This has been a true adventure with lots of learning and it has been fun.  And at the end of the day, the fun factor is what makes for the biggest impact on life.

We are truly days away……….

Podcast Photo Doty Land