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06/02/07

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Busly Saturdays: Gotta start COMPLETELY off topic...

How I missed this, I'll never know... but I can honestly say that I'm rather saddened at the passing of a celebrity last Sunday that I didn't hear about until last night...

No, this is NOT a picture of Twiggy.
Thanks to Krofft.Net for the image above...

Charles Nelson Reilly was a fixture of American television for many years... and a Tony Award winning actor from the stage...

To me, he was one of the more witty and funny panelists on my mother's favourite daytime show, Matchgame... and the evil warlock "Hoodoo" in Sid and Marty Krofft's Lidsville...

Hoodoo!
Thanks to Krofft.Net for the image above...

To younger folks, they may remember him from a one-episode shot on The X-Files and Millennium where he plays a writer named Jose Chung... I remember the "X-Files" episode best for the bleeping narrative when one of the bleeping people he bleeping interviews bleeps.

Jose Chung

The joy I had at seeing him on the "tube" again... that made a good episode even better.

Reilly also was the voice of more animated characters than one can shake a stick at...

Reilly never "came out publicly" as a gay man... but did he need to? Like Paul Lynde, it was not exactly a mystery... did it matter anyway?

He did discuss it in his one-man stage show, Save It for the Stage... but even he made a point of "Who Cares?" about his lifestyle...

The film, The Life of Reilly is based on this show and has won a plethora of awards... here's the synopsis...

If, in 1940, you had a lobotomized aunt, an institutionalized father, a racist mother, and were the only gay kid on the block, what do you think the odds would be that you'd end up a Tony winner, a staple of television, and a generational icon?

Charles Joseph Reilly passed away on Sunday at the age of 76 leaving his longtime partner, Patrick Hughes III... and our thoughts are with Mr. Hughes during this time.

Oh, and wanna know how much I liked him? I used the image below TWICE in this blog... as it was a PERFECT image for my more long-winded posts...

BORING!




Okay, on to the bidness of these Saturday posts... There's been no movement at all on the bus... not even for my birthday this past Thursday... despite being told by a psychic who e-mailed me that they felt that the bus was coming to us then, it sadly wasn't.

Fiscally, there's no change... how the bus is doing is, apparently, the same... and due to a hectic week, the former bit is not too surprising. I really haven't had the time to promote and try harder... hopefully this week coming up will be different.

I did think about trying this...

Think it'll work?

Think it'll work?

If this is your first time here and are wondering why this bus is so important to us, you'll notice one post on our "Most Searched" list on the sidebar... and it's one of the MAIN reasons that I'm doing everything I can to make this dream come true... Click here to read it if you haven't already.

One Old Green Bus

Well, it's a NEW week with NEW possibilities... and with any luck, I'll be thumping the boards, so to speak, to see if I can increase our dream's public face and perhaps find someone who will help us make it come true.

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This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

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This blog was started in April of 2006... its original itent was really twofold. One was to be a "sounding board" for it's author... and the other... well...

At the time we started this, your humble author was unemployed and going through the usual crisis situations that arise from being jobless.

We (my wife, stepdaughter, and I,) used to "amuse" ourselves (read: Take our minds off our troubles) by more-or-less fantasizing as a family about what we'd do when things "turned around". Along this route, we discussed going to England on a vacation... and in that, alighted on "double-decker buses".

We kind of adopted one bus... Regent Low Height 3... as Our Bus... and we used to talk about what we'd do with "our bus" if we got it... from fixing it up to the trips we'd take on it.

Along the way, we became students of the history of this bus which HONESTLY seemd it was truly for us... trouble was, we couldn't afford the bus and weren't in a position to work towards the bus... so we had a couple of options...

Since the bus' position was sketchy (there's a chance she might be sold for scrap or "carved up" in other ways,) we could forget about her and pretend she didn't exist...

...or we could TRY... ask for help... put our dream of owning and saving "One Old Green Bus" into the universe and see what happens...

As of February, 2008, we knew that there was a perspective buyer for the bus (not us, obviously,) and made some difficult decisions... The first was that we wouldn't "beg" for help anymore and give the little money we received to a few different charities both online and off... and the second was simply hope that either we find a corporate sponsor (for an "ad" idea we have, click here to about read that,) or even a patron who see's the value in a silly family's dream...

But, if the bus is about to be purchased by someone who's planning on restoring it and they "get there first", we wish them well and are glad that at least Our One Old Green Bus is in a safe place being looked after.

For now, though, we are still hoping WE might be the ones to get our One Old Green Bus and see a family dream come true...

Regardless, this blog WILL continue... and we will still "go for" a bus of our own... but this blog will ALWAYS be dedicated to our own One Old Green Bus.

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