Monday, July 18, 2016

Russian basketball players going to lunch

In the early 1990s, I was going to lunch in a steakhouse in Charleston, S.C., and I saw about 10 really tall men in front of me. I recognized one of them: Alexander Volkov, a native of the Ukraine who played from 1989 to '92 for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

As the manager came up to them, I passed them, but I could still hear them talking. The manager asked how he could help them. In clear English, the man I recognized as Volkov said "I'm Alexander Volkov, and this is the Russian basketball team. We're here for lunch." The manager then helped them go through the line.

I don't know why they were in Charleston or why they were in that particular steakhouse. I don't even know why I mention it here.

The 6-10 Volkov was one of the best basketball players I ever saw in person, although I never saw him play other than on TV. He's not the best basketball player I've ever seen; I saw Chris Paul in high school and just before he went into the NBA, and I saw Xavier McDaniel (the X Man) play in high school.

But that's another story for another time.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Limitless potential

I started watching the TV show "Limitless" on Netflix last night, and I watched the first two episodes. I don't even know the main character's name yet (Brian Finch; I looked it up).

The show has an attractive premise: a 28-year-old screwup takes a special pill that makes him super-smart for the next 12 hours. He's helping the FBI, and they're slowly giving him more and more leeway.

I can't imagine the real FBI trusting this guy at all; they couldn't control him.

By the way, I see the show was not renewed for a second season. Bummer. It's kind of like the TV show "Forever," which I loved and watched faithfully. That show had a cliffhanger at the end of its lone season, and the show wasn't renewed. I wonder if they did the same thing with "Limitless."

STRAY THOUGHT: Wasn't one of the main characters on "Person of Interest" named Harold Finch? Why do they like Finch so much?


CONTACT: Email me at tgilli52@gmail.com or nc3022@yahoo.com. Also, my Twitter handle is EDITORatWORK.

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• Advice for be and would-be novelists

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Entries from The Dog Blog

Blog entries from The Auto Racing Journal
(a book of great stories about the Intimidator)
(the book of great NASCAR stories)