Valentine’s Day 2021 – 75th Anniversary of Release of Rita Hayworth’s Gilda

February 14, 2021 at 11:33 pm (Arts, Culture, Entertainment, Film, History, Movies, Romance, The Supernatural, Vampire novel) (, , , , , )

It was 75 years ago today that the 1946 film Gilda starring Rita Hayworth was released.

The ghost of Orson Welles was sitting in an armchair in a reflective mood as he sat there sipping a spectral glass of spectral red wine.

“A penny for your thoughts,” said Renfield R. Renfield as he sat in an armchair sipping a brandy.

“He’s probably sitting there thinking it’s Valentine’s Day Night and none of us have a date this evening,” Dr. Marmalade Montague quipped as he sipped a cognac.

In the guest lobster tank in the living room of the billionaire ancient Egyptian vampire Set’s London mansion, Michelangelo the Psychic Lobster held up a sign that asked WHEN SHALL WE FOUR LOSERS MEET AGAIN? IN THUNDER, LIGHTNING OR IN SPAIN?

“I think that’s supposed to be rain not Spain,” Renfield remarked.

In the kitchen, Athelstan the butler could be heard singing the song, “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain…”

“Remember to remind me never to fly over Spain,” Renfield commented.

“I don’t think it’s that type of plane,” Montague observed,” “I think it’s plain as in flat grassland not the object that flies through the air.”

Welles’ ghost was brought back to the present by the sheer inanity of the current conversation.

“I was just thinking that it was 75 years ago today that the movie Gilda starring my then wife Rita Hayworth was released,” Welles wiped away a spectral tear.

“That was considered her greatest role wasn’t it?” Renfield asked.

“It was,” Welles blew his ghostly nose in his spectral handkerchief as tears continued to fall down his cheeks and beard like Niagara Falls.

Michelangelo the Psychic Lobster pulled his waterproof guitar out of his waterproof suitcase and started playing the song Put The Blame On Mame.

“That song was from the movie Gilda wasn’t it?” Dr. Marmalade Montague asked.

“It was,” Welles’ ghost wiped away another spectral tear from his eyes.

“I don’t want to come across as being insensitive or anything,” Renfield adjusted his t-shirt that said THEY DON’T CALL ME LOUT FOR NOTHING, “but why are you bawling like a baby?”.

“Because less than 2 years after that film came out, Rita and I divorced,” Welles wiped away another tear, “Our marriage always was under somewhat a strain. Because as Rita herself said, “It’s tough being married to a genius’.”

“I’m sure that’s one problem Mrs. Justin Trudeau doesn’t have,” Renfield quipped.

“Anyways,” Welles continued, “After Gilda came out, Rita became a goddess in the public eye. And it’s tough for a mere mortal man to be married to a goddess.”

“I wonder if the reverse is true,” Dr. Marmalade Montague lit a pipe, “If it’s tough for a mere mortal woman to be married to a god.”

“Well there goes the Dan Brown hypothesis about who Mary Magdalene was married to down the drain,” Renfield reflected.

Meanwhile Nefertiti Galore the Estate’s guard cat had pulled the drain on the guest lobster tank much to Michelangelo’s discomfiture.

“Oh Rita, Rita,” Orson sobbed.

Welles’ mind returned to an earlier time.

When Rita played Gilda.

It seemed to be a far happier Valentine’s Day 75 years ago when Gilda was released.

For at that time, neither knew what the future held.

-A vampire novel chapter
written by Christopher
Sunday February 14th

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For Valentine’s Day: Anything For Love Video

February 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm (Culture, Entertainment, Music, Songs, Video) (, , , , , )

For Valentine’s Day: Anything For Love Video

For this Valentine’s Day I am posting the link to a photo montage music video I made 10 years ago set to the tune of the Gordon Lightfoot song Anything For Love.

Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot who wrote the lyrics and chords for Anything For Love had an uncle who lived on a farm near Crossfield, Alberta, Canada.

My paternal grandparents also had a farm near Crossfield and one summer back in the early 1940s, Gordon’s uncle asked my dad and my uncle if they wouldn’t mind babysitting little Gordon for the day.

So my dad and my uncle did that.

So I guess one of my sole claims to fame is that one summer day back in the early 1940s my dad and uncle babysat a little boy who grew up to be a major international singer/songwriter and the man who has the unofficial title of Canada’s national poet-laureate.

Here then is the photo montage video I created where the photos I arranged and edited were set in sync to the lyrics of the Gordon Lightfoot song Anything For Love.

Happy Valentines Day. ❤️


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Special Delivery For Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm (Short Story) ()

Special Delivery For Valentine’s Day

Diego Vargas was a special courier.

He didn’t usually work on Saturdays but seeing as how today, this particular Saturday, was February 14th Valentine’s Day this year, he was working.

Diego Vargas didn’t really mind.

He was being paid time and a half by his employers for working today.

He whistled as he drove his delivery van through the busy streets of New York City.

Diego Vargas checked the address on the package with the address of the restaurant.

This was the place all right.

Diego Vargas entered the restaurant with the package.

“Special Valentine’s Day delivery for Mr. Antonio Balducci,” Vargas said to the maitre’ d.

“That would be the restaurant manager,” the maitre’ d smiled, “I’ll take you to his office on the second floor.”

The maitre’d knocked on the restaurant manager’s door.

“Special Valentine’s Day delivery for you, Mr. Balducci… from,” the maitre’ d looked at the name on the card that Diego Vargas had handed him, “Montague Capulet Floral Deliveries.”

Mr. Balducci bid the courier deliverer enter.

The maitre d’ bowed and left Mr. Vargas to his business.

Antonio Balducci looked at the long package that Mr. Vargas was carrying.

“That must be one awfully long bouquet of flowers,” Mr. Balducci thought to himself.

Now who would be sending him flowers?

Diego Vargas opened the packaged box and pulled out a sub-machine gun.

“Happy Valentine’s Day from the Colombian drug cartel,” Diego Vargas smiled as he riddled the restaurant manager’s body with bullets.

Diego Vargas put the machine gun back in the packaged box and left the establishment.

It was his final delivery for the day.

He had certainly made a killing- several in fact- by working today.

Valentine’s Day.

Al Capone would have been so proud.

-A Short Story
written by Christopher
Saturday February 14th

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Renfield’s Attempted Post-Valentine’s Day Invasion of Normandy

February 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm (History, Vampire novel) (, , , , , )

Renfield’s Attempted Post-Valentine’s Day Invasion of Normandy

“Monsieur, Monsieur, are you all right?” the beautiful blonde French woman in the long flowing peasant dress shook Renfield as he lay on the beach.

“Where am I?” Renfield asked as he came to.

“The beaches of Normandy, Monsieur,” the French woman replied.

“Good God,” the Nietzschean inclined atheist shapeshifting hamster/human exclaimed blasphemously from his philosophical viewpoint, “that typhoon must have swept me from the boss’ mansion down to the River Thames and then down the River Thames to the English Channel and then across the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy.”

“I suppose, Monsieur,” the French woman gently caressed his head.

“And so, like the Allied Forces 70 years ago this year, I have landed on the beaches of Normandy,” Renfield got to his feet with some help from the beautiful French woman.

“Yes, Monsieur,” the French woman replied.

“Do you need to be liberated, Mademoiselle?” Renfield asked the French girl.

“Liberated from what, Monsieur?” the French girl asked.

“From your virginity perhaps?” Renfield grinned.

The French girl hit him over the head with her Geiger counter and then continued down the beach.

“Just thought I’d ask,” Renfield called out after her as he once again lay on the sands of the beaches of Normandy.

To be continued.

-A vampire novel chapter
written by Christopher
Saturday February 15th

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