Beginnings (More)

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernie’s (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 1995, #8 – THE FAN. It was made into a movie of the same name, directed by the late Tony Scott and starring Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Benicio Del Toro, and Ellen Barkin. It begins with sports talk radio, which I used as kind of a Greek chorus.

“Who’s next? Gil on the car phone? What’s shaking’, Gil?”

Dead air.

“Speak, Gil.”

“Is this …”

“Go on.”


“You’re on the JOC.”

“Am I on?”

“Not for long, Gil, the way we’re going. This is supposed to be entertainment.”

Dead air.

“Got a question or a comment for us, Gil?”

“First-time caller.”

“Fantabulous. What’s on your mind?”

“I’m a little nervous.”


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20 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:17 am on February 25th, 2018

    Good morning everyone! We are sure with a cast like that it is bound to be good but we plead ignorance. Kind of a different opening than usual and definitely not
    Quacky Baseball.
    Olympics final hurrah. Enjoy Sunday.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:39 am on February 25th, 2018


    Good morning, HOH!

    Another great opening! Top notch cast, but I must admit I did not see the movie.

    A gray, rainy day here in this neck of the woods.

    Today’s GOOGLE Doodle:

    A good day to all!

  3. BearSpiritDog
    9:49 am on February 25th, 2018

    We Here are Big Fans of The Fan. Can’t believe youse Didn’t see it!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:12 am on February 25th, 2018

    Fan!…Not a Fan of the movie but the Charming Mr Abraham’s book is most excellent…snort!…Gil, what a strange guy….yeeeep!

  5. dawson
    12:19 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Me too!
    I did read this skillfully written book and would like to see the movie.

    Good morning all.

  6. B.Stover
    12:33 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Good afternoon all.

  7. Masquers
    1:39 pm on February 25th, 2018

    We read the book first then saw the movie, which did have an excellent cast.
    Riõ’s right…it didn’t compare.

  8. dawson
    2:35 pm on February 25th, 2018
  9. BearSpiritDog
    4:44 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Dawson: They seem to be Friends.

  10. BearSpiritDog
    5:49 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Thanks for the link. Dawson.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    6:43 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Dawson, is that the same site Staff posted from last year?

  12. dawson
    6:50 pm on February 25th, 2018

    HOH: Yes, it is the same site.

  13. Herd of Hounds
    6:57 pm on February 25th, 2018

    We really enjoyed it.

  14. BearSpiritDog
    7:21 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Us too!

  15. dawson
    7:36 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Yah, I got a kick out of it too.
    Here is BooBear in the North:

  16. dawson
    7:45 pm on February 25th, 2018

    It was blue skies up here today – sweatshirt weather at 24 degrees Fahrenheit in the sun.

  17. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Closing!….Ceremonies tonight!…sniffle!…I am always sad on the last day of the Olympics…squirt!weeze!…My heart is happy for all those who won and even for those who came and left without a medal…snuffle!

  18. dawson
    8:16 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Closing ceremonies!
    Thanks for letting me know. I’d thought I missed them.

  19. Masquers
    9:48 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Watching now!

  20. Hobbitz
    11:04 pm on February 25th, 2018

    Reading…there is never enough time to read. Another book I am adding to he list.

    I was elected President of my cat rescue late yesterday. Three hours later, a long-time Foster stepped out of bounds of our policies and procedures and rescued a cat not in our legal care but in the care of another rescue who had legal ownership. The cat was taken to an emergency vet and ended up euthanized at 1:30 am. The foster is now filing animal cruelty charges against the other rescue. It has descended into a legal morass and I have spent hours trying to verify that she acted on her own without authorization and trying to protect our rescue from liability. Fortunately when the foster notified the board by email of her intention to take the cat to a vet, I weighed in right away with legal problems and stated that she could not act of behalf of our rescue without board approval. We have emergency medical funds but the cat did not meet the criteria for help.
    Day 1 of a one-year term of office.
    Note: initial investigation by key board members did not reveal any animal cruelty issues. The other rescue was treating the cat with antibodies and the cat was responding. The cat rescue was taking a wait and see approach. The cat was severely malnourished and had just been rescued two days before. The cat rescue wanted the Cat returned to its foster and let nature take its course. If the cat got better, more treatment could be done if nessary. Instead, the cat was euthanized. A necropsy showed that a (dead) mouse was working its way through the colon. The cat was peeing and pooping and she may have been able to pass it out of the colon.

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