Saturday, May 4, 2013

Already Working on the Sequel....

If Memorial Day weekend is the "unofficial" start of the summer, then why the hell has the "Summer Movie Season" already started?  Hooray!  Another Iron Man movie.  Truth be told, I am an enormous fan of Robert Downey, Jr. - as much for candid, frank way in which accepts responsibility for all of his off-screen foibles as much as for his on-screen skills (which are quite grand indeed).  And while I also dig Don Cheadle as an actor, I am not a Gwyneth Paltrow fan.  I cannot imagine I was the only who cheered in Se7en when Morgan Freeman cut open the box and what was revealed to be inside of it was her severed head.  Do not misunderstand.  I do not know Ms. Paltrow.  I wish her no harm.  However, my hair hurts simply watching her act.  Sadly, an identical response is provoked by a single note of her husband's music

In the event that you prefer your heroes wrapped in a package of flesh and bone as opposed to shiny metal, then might I interest you in the story of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer Jesse Turano.  According to published reports, at or about 10:00 pm on Tuesday night Officer Turano prevented a Queens man from committing "Suicide by GWB" by grabbing the man around the waist - after the guy had already started his jump by the way - and pulling him back to safety before handcuffing him.  

While pretty much everyone who hears the story of Officer Turano's exploits uses terminology such as "heroic" to describe what he did, his reaction to his life-saving act was decidedly low-key.  Perhaps his reaction has at least something to do with the fact that his April 30th save marked the fifth time this year Officer Turano has stopped a suicide attempt on the Bridge.  Five saves in four months - a figure made all the more impressive when one considers that February has but twenty-eight days and April thirty.

Who knows how many he will be called upon to save during 2013's summer months - - a time period replete with months carrying a full complement of thirty-one days?  It bears remembering that this summer not all of the heroes are celluloid....

....but they are indeed men of steel.


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