Still more lazy thoughts from this one…


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A would be middle-child who ended up first born. I somehow arrived in a place I never thought I’d be — happily married, family man, working at a prestigious medical center well past a third decade now, and in technology. Just don’t ask me to explain it… I once described myself thusly:

“Born in the 50s, grew up in the 60s, but I survived the 70s.”

Truth be told, what I really get out of doing this blog (hopefully) is a chance to put some of me out there in the ether for the benefit of my children.

My role as father in the family makes it difficult for them to gather much beyond that. Naturally, after they discover that their old man really didn’t have anything deep to say about life and the popular arts, they can move on to puzzle out why mom married this guy. Remember kids: if you’ve grown up, got educated, have a successful enough career to afford the psychoanalysis, you can always blame your craziness on your father… ;-)

If you enjoy the logo of this weblog, all credit goes to Ruth of the wonderful blog and community over at Flixchatter who crafted it for moi, for which I am forever grateful.

For those wondering why It Rains… You Get Wet is the title of this blog, I’ll refer to my answer I gave to my colleague Bubbawheat’s question from his Follow Friday article:

“It’s part of a piece of dialogue from one of my favorite films, Michael Mann’s Heat. It could be thought of as a throw away line by one of its main characters, Neil McCauley (portrayed by Robert De Niro), but it’s the capper. And it comes at a critical juncture of the film, after McCauley’s bank heist goes terribly wrong, and all his crew have been killed or wounded. The full quote goes, “He knew the risks, he didn’t have to be there. It rains… you get wet.” I admire it because it’s a small bit of words that speaks volumes. Hopefully, it’s what I strive to do with the blog, but I know I don’t come close.”

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40 Responses to “About”

    • le0pard13

      I’m very honored, my friend. Especially since you’ve included me with such a fine group of creative bloggers with this award. I’ll begin to work on this one shortly. Many thanks.

  1. Bev

    Yay Michael! Sorry I haven’t been around, I have been having some ups and downs lately.
    I do have to be more diligent with my blogs~~I loved reading yours and catching up.
    Hope all is well with you and yours.

    • le0pard13

      As always, good to hear from you, Bev. So far, so good. I hope all is well with you and yours, too. Thanks.

  2. Mark Walker

    I headed over here going on Ruth recommendation Michael. You have a good thing going here. I’ll be back again later to browse further. Good stuff my man.

    • le0pard13

      Welcome, Mark! Any friend of Ruth’s I’d be proud to have come by here. Many thanks for the kind words. I’ll making your blog a regular stop, too.

  3. Vickie Lester

    Mr. Michael – I’m posting on Sunday (I think I’d said Saturday) my blogs dedicated to It Rains… You Get Wet – about being in my twenties and working on indie films in the mid-eighties. Thanks for prodding my memory, such as it is ;)

  4. Zuzana

    Hi, there! Thanks for following my little blog, and thanks for writing – I got the comment below through WordPress but saw no way to respond, so I am writing to you here (feel free to delete after reading):
    “They thought Red State: Another Kevin Smith Commentary on Life and Other Craziness was pretty awesome.
    You should go see what they’re up to. Maybe you’ll like their blog as much as they liked yours!”
    Pray tell, who are “they”? :)
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    • le0pard13

      Yes, I read the bio of your blog via The Lamb and enjoyed a sampling of your coverage of movies and books (something I’m passionate about). Looking forward to whatever you have in store. Thanks, Z.

  5. Zuzana

    Thank you! And I look forward to reading your posts as well! So, are you the “they” you referred to in your message, or is it someone else?

  6. Francis Hinchey

    Michael: I recently ran across your blog researching graphic artist Pablo Ferro. An LA-based friend has produced a documentary on Ferro’s career called “Pablo,” which had a premier Tuesday at the Hammer Museum. Ferro did the main title sequence, among others, for one of my favorite films, Dr. Strangelove. And, I really enjoy reading your wordsmithing.

    • le0pard13

      Welcome, Francis :-). Thank you so much for the kind words and the recommendation for the documentary on Ferro’s career. I really want to see it!

  7. SoundEagle

    Hi Michael! SoundEagle is glad to be acquainted with you here.

    Happy November to you! SoundEagle would like to wish you an ever more satisfying journey of blogging in the final quarter of 2013. Cheers!

    • le0pard13

      I just enabled this via my blog’s WP dashboard. Go to Settings…Protest NSA Surveillance. Click on the checkbox labelled ‘Protest Enabled’, and save changes.

      And thank you very much for the Likes, Matt. Much appreciated, my friend.

      • storiesbywilliams

        Damn! I was so going about this the wrong way, trying to find the right place to plug in the HTML code, toying with widgets and images and such. Thank you :)


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