Monday, September 29, 2008

Weekend wonders and woes

"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death" Leonardo Da Vinci

This weekend was a wonderful time, with some sadness thrown in the mix.

First the sad news, the passing of Paul Newman.  Now, this phenomenal actor was one of my favorite people ever.  His life was well spent, not only in the entertainment arena, but in his charitable contributions to kids with cancer. His Hole in the Wall camps around the world give kids with cancer a chance to attend camp, absolutely free of charge.  Paul Newman defied the Hollywood marriage trap and stayed faithfully married to his wife Joanne Woodward since 1958, I think. A true testament that marriage can work.  I have a long list of Paul Newman films that I love, but my two favorite are  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (favorite scene Brick with Big Daddy in the basement,  and of course the last scene, with Maggie the Cat, where he says with that look in those dazzingly blue eyes, " lock the door"  and you see the pillow tossed onto the bed)   and The Long Hot Summer in which he plays Ben Quick( I mean who doesn't love Faulkner and throw Newman in the mix and it sizzles).

Now the  wonder of the weekend.  The fighting Illini ice hockey team came out strong for two wins against the Michigan State Spartans.  Friday's win was close 2-1, with some great performances by returning players and the new freshman players.  Saturday night turned out to be pretty much a blow out  8-0.  Mike Burda played an amazing game at goal.  Saturday night, surprisingly gave us the first gloves off fight, 3 players ejected from the game, two injuries, with one Ilini player being taken off the ice.   What fun!

I also attended the Civil War re-enactment at Kennecuk Cove in Kickapoo state park.  It was amazing and I will save that for a later post.  

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