Friday, July 28, 2006

There Goes the Neighborhood, True Confessions, -and- Hic!

There Goes the Neighborhood - Cindy Sheehan buys land near Bush ranch
True Confessions - Colorado man admits to 48 murders
Hic! - drunken "Baywatch" star banned from flight

On this day in history: July 28, 1957 - A C-124 transport plane carrying three nuclear weapons jettisons its precious cargo into the Atlantic, somewhere east of Delaware and New Jersey. The bombs are never recovered.

Born on this day in history: July 28, 1949 - Vida Blue (1949 - ____) baseball player. He was the fifth pitcher to win the Cy Young award; MVP in same year, 1971.

We watched "Brother's Keeper"--the two-hour pilot for "Miami Vice"--last night. [Miami Vice cop Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) is working undercover to get a Columbian drug lord. When he tries to bust a man who is apparently in business with the Columbian he discovers that the man is New York cop Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), who is also after the Columbian. They both agree to work together, but the New York cop is keeping something from him. Tubbs suspects that someone on Crockett's team might be on the take.] The story is set in 1980s Miami--a glamorous yet dangerous playground for such disparate characters as drug kingpins, models, rock stars and small-time criminals. Vice cops Crockett and Tubbs are the epitome of Miami style as they keep the thugs in line; underneath, though, they are hard-core law enforcement officials sexy enough to infiltrate the underground but smart enough to keep it at arm's length. "Miami Vice" was a great favorite of mine when it was televised in the 1980s, and I generally watch reruns of the show (currently running on Sleuth Channel) each night. The remake of "Miami Vice" lacks the glamor and style of the original, from what I have seen in the previews, and I have no desire whatever to view it.

Here is a photograph of a section of the trail at Burney Falls. The trail is rather steep in sections, and I do not recommend hiking it unless you are relatively fit, dressed in light clothing, and wearing appropriate footwear. Click to enlarge.