By David G. Firestone
I’ve had two requiems this week. It’s 3 in the morning as I finally get to writing this. I had to upgrade computers today. I hate upgrading equipment, but I had to do it today. I did it with a heavy heart. My old Lenovo G570 has served me very well. Everything I’ve done for The Driver Suit Blog I did on that computer. It was faithful and loyal. I gave my old faithful friend to my parents, who need a new one. I’ve been working on both computers since about 3 this afternoon, and my Toshiba C55-B5101 is official ready to go.
I did not want to have a Windows 8 computer, and I’ve been spending a lot of my time today figuring this crap out. I especially hated when I first fired it up, and I had too many of these apps that I would never use installed for me. Just give me the OS, and let me add programs at my own discretion! This is going to take some getting used to…ugh
The other requiem today is for Tom Bergeron. I grew up watching America’s Funniest Home Videos. My grandfather had a stroke in 4th grade, and moved from Long Island, New York to Evanston and spent the last years of his life with us, and I got a chance to bond with him before he died. We both loved to watch AFV, during the Bob Saget years. When Saget left, and the duo of John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes took over, they basically killed the show. It was canceled in 1999. Bergeron took it over in 2001, and resurrected the franchise, and made it better than it was. He hosted it for 15 years, and I enjoy every episode.
Last Sunday was his final show. While it was funny, as it always is, it was the end of an era. I will miss him. I can only hope that they get someone who brings the same energy and the same wit to the show. It was funny and sad at the same time.