This isn’t the typical “Happy Friday” I usually celebrate, because as I was scrolling through Facebook this morning, so I can start my day off with judging people by their status updates, I saw that someone had posted that Robert Hegyes died. You may or may not remember that I waited on him way back when and told him that I had a crush on him when he played “Epstein” on “Welcome Back Kotter. He died of a heart attack and was only 60 years old 😦
“He was best known for his role as Juan Epstein — full name: Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein — on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter” from 1975 to 1979. Perpetually scheming and always ready with a self-written note signed “Epstein’s Mother” to explain his school absences, Epstein stood out among a group of characters that included the super-cocky womanizer Vinnie Barbarino (played by a young John Travolta) and hip but beleaguered high school teacher Gabe Kotter (played by Gabe Kaplan).”
(The standout phrase in that paragraph is “the super-cocky womanizer Vinnie Barbarino, played by John Travolta” Womanizer?)
But I hope Epstein’s family is okay.
Anyway, on top of Epstein dying, the Hot Rod also went to its final resting place this week. I admit, I cried a little bit. They towed it away while I was at work, which was probably for the best, but it was kind of like coming home and your parents telling you they had the family dog put down. You knew it was gonna happen, but still sad to see the empty food bowl. The food bowl being a metaphor for the empty parking spot.
But on a brighter note, my brother left for Singapore and gave me his car while he’s gone….and it’s a fast, little sports car that’s really fun to drive…especially without insurance. Just kidding. He’s in Singapore for a stunt job, and as much as I will miss him over the next year, the car makes up for his absence, especially when I’m driving 90mph.
I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂