Thursday, May 18, 2006

goodbye charlie drake

There was an odd moment a few months back when I popped Jimmy Stewart’s Harvey into the DVD player and saw Charles Drake in role of Stewart’s would be psychiatrist. It was the very same guy I always pictured living out my mostly true, though often uneventful recountings here, and there he was on my television.
During the Blog of Doom’s first couple of weeks, I used my actual picture in my profile. It wasn’t the same one that sits there now, but there was a moustache and worried look involved. Then I came across Charlie Drake wasting away on some B-movie fan site and thought that he represented the exact mix of paranoia,
veteran actor charles drake as rex l. camino
… intoxicatedness,
charles drake reprises his role as
…and swank that I was hoping to achieve.
Anyway, it was fun to hide behind him for a year, sometimes even literally. I could always use him to talk about playing around town,
me @ the exit/in
…hosting Hee Haw along side Buck Owens in the seventies and eighties,
me on heehaw
…or the time Rory Calhoun misunderstood my poor attempt at a Brokeback Mountain joke on the set of Four Guns to the Border back in 1954. Indeed, it was perhaps a bit too early for those back then.
rory and i
So, does this mean that I have now achieved the desired level of paranoia and intoxicatedness within myself that Charlie was here to provide?
Sure, it was there all along. However, I could never hope to come close to his swank and machismo.
Gracias, Charles.

5 Comments:

Blogger Kat Coble said...

So who's over there now?

You realise that it won't be the same without Charlie Drake. He had such that air of gray-flannel-suit-gone-wrong!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

That's really me. I might have to purchase a gray flannel suit and takes some more pics though.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I'm going to miss the guy I didn't think was you, but kind of thought was you, and at times wanted to believe was you.

but I think I can grow to love the real you. I am beginning to even now.

- Lauren

5:37 PM  
Blogger newscoma said...

We will miss Charlie Drake's photo, but the new one has an air of ... umm ... Wrecks El Camino!
Dig it.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Joe Perry said...

You are loved, my friend.

6:16 AM  

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