We were watching a PBS show about the good old days of rock ‘n roll when a young, energetic Chuck Berry grooved his way on stage and performed his 1958 hit, “Johnny B. Goode.”
The crowd went wild and the go-go type dancers went wilder. It was a fun look back at the days of black-and-white TV. It also reminded us to remind you that the “Jolley Be Good 5k Run” will be on Nov. 19.
OK that was a lame segue, we know. But you may want to register ahead of time rather than at 6 a.m.-ish on race day if you want to join in the fun run, part of the celebration of our new twin-span bridge. The runners will start at Veterans’ Community Park at 7:30 a.m.
Debbie McCabe, special projects coordinator for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, says the race route goes north on Collier Boulevard, crosses the bridge, then returns south back onto the island.
Various cash prizes will be awarded for the 5k run, which is organized by the Gulf Coast Runners Club. Would-be runners can pre-register at the Runners web site: www.gcrunner.org. If you’re a walker not a runner, there’s a one-mile, untimed fun walk around the park. It starts at 7:35 a.m.
The Humane Society of Naples is a co-sponsor of the event along with the city. There also will be a ribbon-cutting that day, to open the new span officially.
After the fun run, head over to the ‘Shred’
If the fun run and all the bridge hoopla aren’t enough for your Saturday the 19th, you may want to head over to Iberia Bank for Keith Dameron’s next Shred Party.
As Keith explained the event in an email to friends and clients:
“I am reminding you all to get to work, if you haven’t already, gathering those old documents, papers, wedding invitations that were misprinted, old magazines you kept, thinking they would be worth something someday but aren’t, credit card receipts, bank records, titles for those cars and boats you sold years ago, plus any other paper documents stacked in your garage, closet or attic.
“The fee of $2.00 per bag or box of shred will go to help fund the visit to Marco Island of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Dec. 7 through the 10th.”
But wait, there’s more. If you show up with some stuff to shred, you will get a numbered ticket and could win a personal shredder in a drawing that afternoon. And the live music and free food makes the event one big Shred Soiree, only in the jour, not the soir.
Taking sides on the
‘Ides of March’
We’re not movie critics, but we suggest there are several reasons to go see “The Ides of March” and several dozen reasons to laugh, nay, to guffaw and snort at its ham-handed, sledge hammer left-wing message that would make Michael Moore, by comparison, seem to be a right wing ideologue.
The good parts are the cast, the impressive film shooting and editing and some, some of the script.
The bad parts are the non-stop laughably looney-left preaching by Clooney’s character, a Democrat governor
who’s running for president.
If you are a conservative, think of it as a silent movie. That is, ignore every scene in which Clooney’s McGovernesque, Dukakis-like goof makes a political speech.
Then watch and listen to Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti, in their roles as ruthless political operatives, demonstrate two superb actors at work. Ryan Gosling’s performance is intense and credible.
Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: email@example.com.