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Darrell Vickers – The Ballad of Sweet John Dugan Part Two: Danger Bay, Will Robinson!

Posted in life, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2022 by segarini

The moment of truth was upon us like a bachelor elephant on a Mr. Peanut love doll. We had journeyed nigh on one hundred yards and walked up a full flight of stairs, but now, with our treacherous trek finally at an end, we found ourselves comfortably seated before the bewigged-one. Benevolent John shone his blinding light of ultimate cognition, and the need for a gripping act break, upon our eager and sponge-like cerebellums. Soon we were armed with the scads and skeins and scoops of essential information required to make a whiz-bang sale.

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Darrell Vickers – The Ballad of “Sweet” John Dugan: Part One

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , on March 15, 2022 by segarini

Unlike the rather gloom-and-doom-to-the-tomb predictions of David Bowie and laugh-a-minute George Orwell, 1984 was a banner year for young Mr. Andrew and myself. Nothing major or full-time but enough paying assignments to keep the cockroaches eating our food instead of us. Mostly odd jobs, working for even odder people. While our next stint of gainful employ wasn’t terribly odd, the location of their production office and the executive producer in charge certainly fit that description.

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Segarini – Guilty Pleasures for Crappy Times

Posted in Humour, life, Movies, music, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , on March 11, 2022 by segarini

This effort is going to be short (like most people’s attention spans), and sweet, (like a Lb. of sugar in your Starbuck’s Chocolate Caramel Over-Ripe Watermelon Half-Caff Sea Salt Honey Glazed  Cinnamon Bun Jelly Bean Sprinkles Vanilla Latte).

It’s about distracting yourself from whatever problems you are having that have become overwhelming and are making it impossible to focus on what needs to be done …and your sanity.

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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler Part 11: B**bs

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2022 by segarini

Andrew and I Write for B**bs

Not every writing assignment Ted netted us during his arduous and high-spirited job trawling expeditions turned into pure gold. We once ended up in a condo in Encino teeming with a heap of people just exploding with excitement over their a once-in-a-generation project. They just needed some writers to help put it over the top. The premise was “Don’t Love.” That was basically it. The creator had come up with and patented a heart with a diagonal line through it. To indicate that he “didn’t love” something – I believe broccoli might have been one of the subjects of his copyright-protected stricken heart. That was it. Now go and conjure us up an award-winning show, fellas!

I think we got paid the same amount as the idea was worth.

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Bob’s Completely Unfocused Journal of Important Issues (wherein the Ukraine, Covid, The Beatles, blind truckers, semi-famous people, and more, collide in a cacophony of broken glass, spilt drinks, and trips to the bathroom, and converge to brighten your day …or not)

Posted in COVID 19, Humour, life, Movies, music, Opinion, politics, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2022 by segarini

Deserved or not, Human Beings have been firmly sequestered at the top of the food chain on this planet for the past 4 or 5 thousand years.

As far as planets go, out of the Gazillion or so that zip through space in their little orbits around almost as many stars, we lucked out and got one you can honestly label as a Paradise.

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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler Part 10: Nicholls and Vickers Set Sale!

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , on February 22, 2022 by segarini

Early on in our mutual quest to bring about world peace through comedy, Ted handed down his golden rule for success in The Business. “Suck up to the receptionist.” He would joke with them, send them thank-you notes or flowers and generally spread the butt butter on as thick as possible. They may be the badly treated and criminally overworked trolls of the entertainment industry, but the lowly receptionist is the gateway to talking to the asshole in charge. “Charm the underpaid and disinterested voice on the other end of that line and they’ll push their boss to talk to you.”

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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler Part 9: Stories and More from ‘84

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , on February 15, 2022 by segarini

At one time, Andrew and I had been minorly represented by Lawrie Rotenberg – an almost legendary Canadian agent. He couldn’t find us work to save his life – but he did once keep us waiting so long outside his office that Andrew’s MG got towed. It required a king’s ransom  to  retrieve his car from a barb-wired vehicle encampment under a freeway overpass – a ransom we did not possess because we were being semi-represented by Lawrie Rotenberg. And so, the only Canadian representation we’ve ever managed to semi-secure actually cost us money.

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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler Part 8 – Lights, Camera, Radio!

Posted in Humour, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2022 by segarini

Andrew and I had found our tiny acorn. A funny-dressed, putty-foreheaded, professional goof who living in a rundown bungalow he bought off Cher’s mother. Eventually, this eccentric acorn would grow to make us two of the most envied writers in Hollywood. But, as today’s story begins, our little seed was hosting a CBC Radio pilot for us for a lousy six hundred bucks.

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Roxanne Tellier –  This Week in Racism!

Posted in Books, life, Opinion, politics, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2022 by segarini

When I was a kid, growing up in Alberta, I encountered precisely two black families. One family, that ran a boarding house near my school, had a little girl about my age. When I went to L’Academie Assomption, which was a private girl’s school, the daughters of football player Rollie Miles were the only students of colour. 

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Pat Blythe – Snow….After Life…..and music

Posted in Family, life, music, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2022 by segarini

I make big plans, a list even, of what I want to write about. Then something forces me to make a sharp right (or left), and I find myself tapping out something completely different on the keyboard. I’d make a lousy novelist, as I can’t seem to stick to one thing. My wildly wandering imagination would take far too my detours. The ending would have absolutely no relation to the beginning! ….and so it begins with today’s offering.

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