Today’s Word: noisome (adjective) – Noisome (NOY-sum) means offensive, especially when referring to odors. As used by William Shakespeare in Much Ado About Nothing: “Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I will depart unkissed.”

Did You Know?: Today’s military salute had its origin in Medieval times. Knights in armor riding past the king would identify themselves by raising their visors.

Worth Quoting: “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” – Edmund Burke

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A Sneak Peek at My Movie, Off the Rails

This afternoon I’ll be attending the European premiere of Off the Rails, a movie I co-wrote and produced a few years ago. As you can see from the trailer, it’s a coming of age story about three working-class kids that try to hit it big by opening a rock ‘n roll bar in a bad neighborhood in the 1970s. It’s based on a true story (not surprising) that took place on Long Island. The bar was called The Right Track Inn. It eventually became very successful, but those first two years were tough going.

My co-writer, Steve Cabrera, was the second of the threesome that opened the bar. The director, Damian Fitzpatrick, grew up in Liverpool, which is why it’s premiering here. The location of the film is South Florida, not Long Island, because the budget was limited and I was given a choice: a period piece in Florida or Long Island today. I thought the period was more important than the location.

Take a look…