And, I have to ask, what’s wrong with me? Last night I stopped for takeout from Hot Wok. It was good. Then, nestled under Earl’s quilt, in my jimmies, dark outside, porch lights on, settled in to watch an INSP original movie I taped called, “County Line.” Tom Wopat from that now outlawed series, “The Dukes of Hazard” plays an aging ex-sheriff in a southern town. I settled in to watch a show filled with a cliche ridden friend who was also a sheriff, cowboy hats, loving but tough women who bossed their tough men around like putty in their hands, barbecue joints, cliche ridden bad guys, more rusted out cars in overgrown fields with rusty chain link fences, cowboy boots, Robin Hood-like repartee with a southern twist on it, more barbecue and beer and cornbread in milk (yuck)…and, I sat there and just lapped it all up having a fine time. Oh, and car racing. Swaggers, fights, guns, guns and more guns, even that stupid side-holding gun grasp when the bad guy shoots someone that, in real life, would take off his hand. The only think lacking was a hound dog. How could they have overlooked that? Tom Wopat has aged in an interesting way that is not unappealing. Weathered and cowboy looking. He was always likable and it’s good to see him again. His character is an ex sheriff who’s wife has died, has a daughter in the service deploying overseas, and he has a heart condition but that doesn’t stop him from barbecue, burgers, beer and cornbread dunked in milk, and again to that latter, I say, yuck. And let me turn now to that cultural icon of a program now banished due to misunderstanding, The Dukes of Hazard. How can they deprive me getting to know Boss Hogg? I very well remember someone one Sunday morning in the early 90’s watching a DOH rerun with me, and I think they nearly almost split a gut at the sight of that crazy portrait of a wacky Confederate officer hanging on the wall of someone’s home. Sometimes I think snobs must be the most insecure people in the world.
Mitch Landrieu, ironically enough, while the city flooded again because of heavy rain, received the Profiles in Courage award from the Kennedy’s for his “courage” in removing the Confederate monuments from New Orleans. How about they rename it, the Profiles in Caving to Your Base award.