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Being taken for a ride. And, to paraphrase the late Jackie Gleason “how sweet it was.” Hankerin’, to get out for a little drive, and learning Cheryl Dominici had a fine Jeep Rubicon, a few texts later and she was pulling up in my driveway. We drove around on our wonderful (?) county roads (some of which we were thinking about trying out the 4-wheel drive) until we found ourselves at the turn off for Sycamore Island.

Alas, the gate was locked on the road that led to the San Joaquin River, but this meager, and ramblin’ (again) scribe gives a big thanks for the excursion and adventure. And her hubby Ronn stayed home, which meant we had room for great conversation too.

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Remember when you went to the movies and saw things called “previews” or “coming attractions?” Well, those are now called trailers. I don’t know why. When I think of trailers I usually think of something being towed or something that comes after something else.

Anyway, most of you had never heard of Hal Douglas, but you’ve heard his voice. He was the voice-over artist who narrated thousands of previews and trailers for movies like “Titanic,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Forrest Gump.” Douglas, at 89, passed Friday and we will never again hear his gravelly voice saying, “thrilled by images never before seen…until now.” ...


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