Monday, April 21, 2008

The movie star...

Wow, I have a ‘star car’ now.

Do what?

Well, it’s like this… a couple of years ago we were at a car show at a local high school and ran into a guy who owns “Ragtop Picture Cars”. He supplies cars to movies, music videos, commercials- you name it- he does it. The guy owns 72 cars!!

Anyway, I sent him pictures of our cars and told him to let us know if he could use them in a production… and last week I got the call.

A movie about Billy Graham’s Early Years is being filmed in the area and they needed cars for a 1934 tent revival scene. In those days, they used to line up cars around the tent, shining their headlights into the crowd. That was the main light they had.

So anyway, I agreed to show up with our ’34 Ford. I got there about 3:55pm and met some other fellows who brought their cars. One guy had a replica of the car that Bonnie & Clyde got killed in- minus the bullet holes and blood. It was a sweet car.

Anyway, about 4:30 they called us to start bringing the cars around. The shooting was in a field behind the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, TN. They had a huge tent set up and many, many extras dressed in 1934 clothes. We parked our cars and then waited…and waited…and waited some more.

A crew from Daystar out of Dallas were shooting some background and doing some interviews and they were 15 feet from me. I went behind the interview camera and found that they were using the ’34 as a backdrop for their interviews…How Kool!

Finally it got dark and they started shooting. The first scene was shot from a high boom camera showing all the people arriving for the revival. My little car was VERY visible…and I was in it. Since my car is already 12v, we were going to hook a battery charger up to it so I could leave the lights on without the battery going dead…but we didn’t have enough chargers at first, so for the opening shot, I sat in the car and let it idle. I’ll be looking for my arm hanging out the window!!

Later we moved around to the other side of the tent, found an extra charger and I just sat in the car all night turning the lights on when they were needed. During the crew’s “lunch” (at midnight) I got about 90 minutes of sleep and during some of the scenes that didn’t need the car lights - I got maybe another 2 ½ hours of sleep. We finished at 5am this morning.

Needless to say, I am ragged out, but it was a neat way to meet some interesting people and see ‘behind the scenes’. Look for the movie: “Billy: The Early Years”. We’ll be there.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday's Feast #6

Happy Friday!

Name a color you find soothing.

Soothing...a nice soft teal... sort of reminds me of freshly cut grass. Ever since I went to Navy boot camp and couldn't touch the ground for 9 weeks, I have never minded cutting grass or the smell that goes along with it.

Using 20 or less words, describe your first driving experience.

When I was a small boy (like 3 to 4 years old) my dad would put me in his lap and let me 'drive' the car... or so I've been told.

What material is your favorite item of clothing made out of?

Cotton. I have some soft cotton houth panths that I wear and they are super comfy.

Main Course
Who is a great singer or musician who, if they were to come to your town for a concert, you would spend the night outside waiting for tickets to see?

I cannot think of anyone that I esteem that highly. This one is a bust, I guess.

What is the most frequent letter of the alphabet in your whole name (first, middle, maiden, last, etc.)?

A = 4. R = 3.

Til next week...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday's Feast #5

Who was the last person you hugged?

My lovely wife, on my way in to work this morning.

Share a beauty or grooming trick or tip with us.

This is easy. I'm baldheaded-except for the typical 'fringe' so my 'beauty trick' is to go get all of it cut off every six weeks and it's really easy to wash and curl after that.

What does the color yellow make you think of?

My race car hauling pickup truck-we used to call it "BigBird" It was '78 'vette yellow.

Main Course
If you were to make your living as a photographer, what subject would your pictures revolve around?

Old stuff- old cars, old furniture, old people...anything that was made in years past.

What was the longest book you ever read?

This one has me beat-I read so much that there's no way to remember them all, or a certain one that was really long.

Th-Th-Th-That's all folks.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Confessions of a wannabe comic.

Ok, I finally did it.

I was in Wal-Mart's pharmacy yesterday getting a prescription, and it was raining cats & dogs, so my coat was all spotted with water drops. I was standing there and one of the cashiers said, "Is it still raining outside?"

I looked down at my coat then back up at her and said, "Uh, nope, I just got out of the shower.... here's your sign." and I laughed....

She looked a little perplexed (as IF she didn't know Bill Engvall) and said, "Well, I thought maybe you were walking around in the store..." ??HUH?-soaking wet??

So I said, "No, the showers in the store are broken."

I couldn't help it... I repent.

Until next time... heh-heh.

Friday's Feast #4

Invent a new flower; give it a name and describe it.

It's the "caffineaddictusdelightus". It's really pretty. It has soft green stems and small blue coffee cups as the blooms

Name someone whom you think has a wonderful voice.

Charlotte Church used to, but I haven't heard her in a few years.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how clean do you keep your car?

Oh, dear... outside or inside?
Outside...maybe a 3
Inside... a 4.
I KNOW- I need to do better...

Main Course
How do you feel about poetry?

If it RHYMES... I like it fine. "Poetry" that doesn't rhyme is like dog poo that doesn't smell...unnatural.

What was the last person/place/thing you took a picture of?

A get together at our car club

Till next week...