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.


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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