Tis not easy talking about it most often... Not when it hits home Or close to home But we all will have to face that somber music One day or another... It will be time to think back, then... Think back to the good times... with much saudades indeed... - L.P.
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So many years ago, he was here... He was visiting, during his military service... He was in his early twenties. He was destined to leave his country - fortunately not to go fight a losing war on foreign soil for his country's colonial ambitions, but to wind up in another foreign country completely, to start from scratch... And he did just that. Never complaining. Hard-working. Patient. Tenacious. Perseverent. Dependable. All attributes he bequeathed to me, dare I hope.
I am his son. And, ten months ago today, I saw him depart this life and join Jacinta and Francisco and Lucia Dos Santos too Not in Cova Da Iria But where pure souls go.
Two gridiron guys who should have been teammates in the Horsemen were featured here - Kevin Greene, standing side-by-side with Ric Flair, en lieu of Steve "Mongo" McMichael one could say, because "Mongo" had a match of his own against yet a third football freak of nature... More on that in a second!
This one was a joy to watch for many good reasons: despite all the football players in the ring, there was not even a TRACE of one Lex Luger... No stench of hulkamania either here - he must have boycotted the night (as his creative control deal gave him the right to do so - because Flair was scheduled to star and shine on this evening... Hollywood Hogan is one hulkish primadonna - thus, he'd veto his appearance on something that Flair shines in... Hence, there would be no Hulk tonight! No cheap "victory" for the damnable nWo either here...!
In the nostalgia-filled comments section, you will find a detailed description of the pay-per-view event (available on VHS still - somewhere out there!)
Here, let's be luminous and focus only on what truly matters, shall we?
Mongo had a match with NFL star turned preacher Reggie White (who's black, for those who don't know him!) This proved an interesting dilemma for me, see... For I was a fan of Mongo as a member of the 4 Horsemen But I liked White, the man of God! In the end, thanks to interim horseman Jeff Jarrett's interference, Mongo gains the upper hand and wins over White - begrudgingly one might add, for he would have preferred not to have had Double J's assist at all...
The main event is Flair's affair here! As well it should be - this event being held in his hometown! Home state hero, Greene, a star at the time for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, was the natural partner for Flair and should have become a full-fledged Horseman in subsequent years (somehow, it didn't come to pass... Snif!) As for White, a wrestler-for-one-day, Greene was a Horseman-for-one-night! The third component in this trio of TRADITION versus the unruly new world order was Flair's old accomplice, Roddy Piper. In recent years, Piper re-teamed with Flair again and again - last time being in 2006 when the two of them, aging and all, still proved to be too much for the Spirit Squad to handle as they took the tag-team championship from them - two old guys versus five younger ones! FAUT LE FAIRE! But I digress... Back in 1997, the opposition was the over-rated elite members of the nWo - Syxx (aka the 1-2-3 Kid a.k.a. Sean Waltman - the one who got beat up by his girlfriend, WWE's Chyna a.k.a. Joanie Laurer!) along with Kevin Nash (a.k.a. the WWE's Diesel) and Scott Hall (a.k.a. the WWE's Razor Ramon). Flair, Piper and Greene destroyed Syxx, Hall and Nash - pinning them all simultaneously for the unequivocal triumph of time-honored tradition over the rulebreaking ways and degenerescence (!) of the nWo!
WCW won big time on that day! Too bad it couldn't last... :(
Here following (depending upon "availability"...!) is the main event of Slamboree 1997 - easily the greatest tag-team match of its kind, ever! Its aftermath is on the third and fourth screens... Suffice it to say, over all, the good guys won!
"What Is This Thing Called Love"...?
Keely Smith would have done better to have asked Donald Duck instead of Louis Prima I think...
Always a favorite of mine, Donald Duck :)
Then again - all the Donalds I know (Borges, Platrier, Pilon, Schurman, Crump, Trump!) are all Dumbos in reality...
While "L.P." are the initials of luminous people usually...
Linkin Park - the band - sure are.
Prima was one too.
I am another! ;)
And, year in, year out,
luminous people cope with what cards life hands them
whatever facets of life are affected... thus, they do have got all the answers - and more!
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Born in the Age of Aquarius, destined to seek out truths in many an art form, trained as a historian and a journalist but truly a prose-lover... Luciano is out to dispel any clichés and reinvent them all both to the tune of a little something called the truth as also to his own image - being old-fashioned, he does not mind that distinction one infinitesimal tiny bit at all...! "There are two ways to spread the light; be the candle... or the mirror that reflects It." I have chosen to be the latter... okay? ~*~
"To be not only a seeker of light... but a dream weaver of light" ~*~ For as surely as the moon reflects the light from the sun, you and I can reflect the Light from Above - and be, indeed, the light of this world! ~*~*~*~