“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman!”

The day is lovely, and I’m glad I have a slew of errands to do to get me out and about. Last night it poured for a while and then it thundered adding a bit of drama to the evening.

I saw a picture of Superman the other day, my Superman, my faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound Superman. I was reminded of the living room at 37 Washington Ave. It was there, every afternoon, I watched Superman while my mother made dinner. The house was small; it was one side of a duplex. The kitchen table was against the window. The rest of the kitchen was longer than it was wide. Not far off the back door was a fence, and a big white house used to sit way back on the other side of that fence. The driveway to the house wasn’t paved but was rather two ruts worn in the grass by use. Pear trees were there, and we used to eat those pears, and all I remember is how hard they always were. The fence had a gate near the house and on the other side of the gate was the parking lot no one ever used except us kids to roller skate, ride bikes and play wild games like crack the whip. I used to climb the gate from Green Street where the house was. It was a short cut to my own house.

I remember lying on the floor in front of the small TV while I watched the flickering black and white screen as Superman saved the day. I knew that Clark and Superman were the same, and I wondered why Lois, Jimmy and Mr. White never figured it out. The glasses weren’t a great disguise.

Lois was a favorite of mine. She wasn’t afraid to investigate all sorts of nefarious schemes and people. Maybe it was because she knew Superman would always come or maybe it was because she was gutsy and getting the scoop was more important than anything else. I wanted to be Lois, curious and brave, but I never wanted to wear one of those hats, and the first thing I’d have done was ditch the suit.

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20 Comments on ““Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman!””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Wonderful day over here as well! To bad the sun goes down so early now.

    I canΒ΄t remember they ever showing superman when I grew up. I doubt they ever did either, for some reason all fun things were removed from television because it was seen as to violent and kids could get upset. I wonder how delicate they actually thought we were πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I wrote my blog like always today but something went wrong when I posted it and all text is gone and almost all photographs. I didnt even get upset, just tired πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It was a wonderful day here today too, warm and sunny. Gracie and I did a few errands, but the car was getting too warm so we came home. She loved being in the yard moving the sticks I had just piled.

      It really wasn’t very violent: a few punches was about as bad as it got. The bad guys had guns but bullets just bounced off Superman’s chest.

      That has happened yto my blog a couple of times so I wrote another much shorted version of the first.

      • olof1 Says:

        That was still to violent for swedish children πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Even Scoby Doo was seen as to bad for us kids πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    That was the best Superman. All those that followed never could get a Lois the same or a Perry White. The actor for Kent/S was fairly good. We were at the National Theatre to meet the actor in his cape and leotards when a kid poked him with a pin. I thought he was going to take the kids head off. I’ll never forget that.

    • katry Says:

      He was a great Superman and I think I liked Noel Neill as the best Lois. I loved that Lois was in the train in the first Superman movie.

      The kid probably thought the pin would just bend.

  3. Bob Says:

    I also grew up watching George Reeves fly through the air as Superman every afternoon. As a prepubescent male I adored Lois Lane yet I didn’t know why. Unfortunately, all of the characters were dressed in the 1930s style of the original comic book and the special effects seemed to also originate from the same era. I always wondered why no one could figure out that Clark Kent without his black rimmed glasses was Superman. Also, I couldn’t figure out why no one found his street cloths in the phone booth while he flew off to save the world.

    I disagree with Zoey because I think “Superman the Movie” with Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman was a masterpiece. The sequels were not up to the same standard.

    Yesterday we increased the record number of days for this year that were at or above 100 degrees to 71. DFW airport hit 101 degrees. The heat was followed yesterday evening by a line of violent thunderstorms. I think at my house we received about ten raindrops accompanied by a massive display of lighting and thunder. NPR (National Public Radio) ran a piece the other morning that said that this summer was the second hottest on record in the entire United States.

    • katry Says:

      I always thought about those clothes as well. I figured he must have just left them there and kept a spare set somewhere. The better spot was the store room at the paper. At least there he could go back and get them. I thought Lois looked more like the 50’s in her clothes, and my dad always wore a fedora back then also.

      Even in Africa, we didn’t have weather that hot for so many days. I heard the NPR report and actually thought of you. Here on the cape we didn’t have such a hot summer. Only a few days were above 90Β° which is about the average. I wasn’t surprised it was the second hottest summer, but I figured it was cities like Boston and other parts of the country whoich shot up the record.

  4. Hedley Says:

    The Flob (Pink Floyd) are at ear piercing level as I enjoy the Experience Edition of DSOTM . A spectacular remaster as we wait for Justin to gun down Yankees.
    what a huge sports weekend, Tigers and Yanks, Sparty at Ohio State, Tottenham taking on the Arse and our beloved Lions heading to Dallas.
    It’s cold, it’s raining and it’s going to be a great weekend

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      No surprise: Francona’s option was not renewed, but he does hold the record as the second longest tenured manager in Sox history. The owner was the one, according to the news, who made the decision. Theo, though, generally is the decision maker so I wonder if he will be next.

      I have transferred my allegience!

  5. katry Says:

    I don’t disagree-he is the one who chose to pay megabucks for Lackey with about the highest ERA in baseball and Crawford who didn’t hit his way out of a paper bag. Gonzalez hit 122 in September again NY, Tampa and Detroit.

  6. john Says:

    Did ya ever think you’d be old enough to see Kevin Costner play Superman’s ‘Earth Dad’, Jonathan Kent, in a Superman film?
    They’re filming parts of the movie in the rurals between our town and Chicago. I went down last month with my son & met up with a cousin who lives in the area and is really into following the crew and cast.
    Again, some photos:

    • katry Says:

      Nope, I never thought I would.

      That town is great looking. I’d swear everyone of those stores was a real building. I especially love the hotel and Otto’s Barbershop. The sears looked just like one where my mother used to shop. Great fun photos!

  7. john Says:

    Believe it or not, Uncle Lars’ is real!

    The farmhouse is a replica of the original house that was there. The outbuildings are real but the house is ‘brand new’.

    I stopped in Plano and asked the security guard if the bathroom in the 7-11 was still open ,,,,, she just laughed.

    I’m gonna make a trip back next month and see what the town will looks like after the filming.

    Seeing the documentaries on how Wizard of OZ and Gone With The Wind sorta ruined those movies for me. I’d see past the ‘movie magic’ and notice the stagecraft.

    I would have loved to have gone to downtown Chicago when they were filming Transformers. I guess The Loop looked like a war zone.

    • katry Says:

      Boston is really big now for movie making, but I haven’t yet gone to see any of it filmed.

      In the movie Blown Away, there was a huge blast in Boston Harbor when the crew blew up a ship. They sort of overloaded the boat and windows blew out all over the city as well as in East Boston. My aunt had some of her windows blasted into pieces. Iy cost a bit for the production company to replace all the windows.

  8. Bill Sandford Says:

    I remember when George Reeves, the “real ” Superman, shot himself and died. We were heartbroken.

    John Henry, the principal owner of the BoSox, slipped down a flight of stairs on his own 161-foot yacht, only hours after giving Francona the boot. (Henry wasn’t seriously injured.) Coincidence? I think not.

    Yes, as we get older, we “drag our feet to slow the circles down”. Listen to Joni’s “Circle Game”.

    • katry Says:

      I remember that too and was also heartbroken. A bit of trivia for you: that great little car Clark had actually belonged to George Reeves!

      God is getting back at John Henry-no question about it. Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord!

      I so well know and love that song! I also espouse to the number theory on aging. When we are 6, the year is 1/6th of our lives. Now, every year is 1/64th of my life-the smallest piece yet!

  9. Bill Sandford Says:

    You posted your Ghana photos here when you returned. How can I download the one of our Bolga house? They are all copyrighted.

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