Friday, November 30, 2012

Watch your mailbox for the deluge of

Long time, no see......
seems that with the sea-change transition to social media like Facebook, Twitter and the like, many online blog postings like these have become forgotten or neglected.  Just a new post to say that we are alive-and-well and residing at Facebook for the past few years.

For those of us industry insiders, the much-lauded "Awards Season" will soon be upon us.  And, for those of us union members of the (merged) SAG-AFTRA, this year is no exception.  Legacy AFTRA-only union members (now grandfathered into the SAG-AFTRA fold), will now be eligible to cast ballots for the "SAG AWARDS" which air in late January 2013.

So, watch your mailboxes and in-boxes for promotional materials from the movie studios and TV networks and production companies.  There will be screeners, ballots, DVD's, etc.  You may even have to show your SAG-AFTRA member card to a local theatre box-office cashier (and explain why you are doing so!)  A friend recently observed such an occurrence at a local movie house, wherein the union actor encountered a movie cashier who was not familiar with such procedures.  Thankfully, the theatre manager was accustomed to such rare inquiries, and after verifying the patron/actor's paid-up union card, gladly admitted him to watch the film (gratis!)  Oh, well.  Such is life when one is a performer in a second- or third-tier actor's market outside LA, NYC or Chicago.  It may be dubbed "Hollywood-on-the-Potomac."  But most folks here still hold down day-jobs with government, defense contractors or private industry (even though a small percentage of those "regular" working stiffs also carry union cards as actors!)

In other news, the winter holiday season is now upon us.  Here's wishing you a safe, happy and healthy future.  Be kind.  Pay it forward.  G-d is Love.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Legacy Talent Unions 

Vote Overwhelmingly to Merge,  

Third Time Is The Charm!  

It's now "SAG-AFTRA."

After a decade and two previous failed attempts, America's two leading talent unions are now ONE.
The American Federation of Tv/Radio Artists (AFL-CIO) and the Screen Actors Guild (Four A's) became known as "SAG-AFTRA" effective March 30, 2012, following the vote counts from eligible members of both unions.  More info can be found at

It is hoped that this new, united, stronger labor union will have greater clout in collective bargaining with the many global media conglomerates, and help in organizing the many non-union cable-news channels and new media.  Many on-air presenters, reporters and correspondents already (independently) belonged to AFTRA and/or SAG for their freelance work, but their employers like CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews remain non-union for on-air talent.  It is also hoped that the current spate of non-union commercials can be nipped in the bud, by increased organizing efforts in that field.

For background, my "parent union" in the old "Four A's" was AFTRA, since I have primarily been a voice-talent since my teens.  Being a legacy AFTRA freelance performer, I am now grandfathered into the newly-formed SAG-AFTRA entity.  Also, I have been a CWA-represented unionized telecom-industry worker for just as long, having worked in the old Bell System and I am a retired/life member of the Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO.)

As many of you may have guessed, with the burgeoning of social media sites like Facebook, most of the more current posts and content that WERE found on this blog are now on my Facebook pages.  This includes posts by veteran Los Angeles AFTRA singers and AF of M studio musicians (many now retired and with second-life careers!)  If you are on Facebook, you can look us up or "message" us, since our privacy settings may restrict "friend" requests from names we don't recognize.  Otherwise, see you on Facebook.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thomas Bähler, author, pens book on AESOP
I hope that all of you are having a great summer and that this oppressive heat has not been too much for you to bear.  As I always say (in my best Yiddish accent when entering cooler indoor premises!): 
"T'anks G-d for de' Air-Conditioning!!!"

We are happy to report --to those of you who don't follow us on Facebook-- that our dear friend, Thomas Lee Bähler (aka: Tom Bahler of Hollywood music industry fame) has written a book about famed Greek fable-writer AESOP.  The Kindle e-book has been out for a few weeks now.  And, as of this past week, the book is now out in trade paperback.  Tom reports that the hardcover edition will be out in a few months.  The tome is titled "Anything Is Possible" and features a hearty recommendation from the "Q" himself -- Quincy Jones.

Be sure to look for it online at Amazon (Kindle or Paperback versions), Barnes & Noble, etc.  Or, ask your bookseller or librarian to order copies.  More information on the book and Tom's journeys in travel, research and writing are available at his blog (linked herein.)


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

I am now on Facebook...

Registered Users and Registered Friends can find me on Facebook by searching for:
"Thomas-Kevin Bähler"
Please note that other performers with similar names like Tom Bahler (aka: Thomas Bahler), John Bahler, Janet Bahler, etc., already have their own Facebook pages separate from mine.

Friday, October 15, 2010

30 years goes by so fast!

Well, it seems as if thirty years has come and gone very quickly. Seems like only yesterday that Yours Truly and my partner, Douglas, met each other back on September 20, 1980.

Since then, we have celebrated many an anniversary, in many ways. Then, about 5 years ago, we got legally married up in Toronto by Mr. Justice Harvey Brownstone of the Ontario Family Courts in North York. That was followed by the requisite Honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Canada. And, then a reception brunch back home the following month, hosted by friends.

More recently, I retired in 2008, then Doug retired in early September 2010 -- just a few weeks ago! This year has been so hectic. Thus, as of this writing, we have yet to celebrate officially. We hope to do so in the coming months at a very special restaurant -- by ourselves. In the mean time, we will try to make each day a celebration by just living simply and enjoying our many blessings, family and friends. And, we hope all of you do the same ... as the lady says:
Eat. Pray. Love.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Welcome to the 21st Century!

As some of you may already know, we (here at Casa Bähler - East) have been stuck with crappy DIAL-UP internet service for the past 10 years or so. Even with my decades of career telecom experience we never had access to even the most basic DSL-type services. A few years ago, the omnipotent Telco deigned to provide fiber-to-the-prem hubs here. And, the monopoly family-owned Cable conglomerate finally upgraded from circa-1987 coax feeders to a coax-fiber hybrid. Trouble is, when you live in a tiny home that is full of furnishings from a 30-year marriage, it is nigh on impossible to have it rewired for any type of landline-based services -- let alone Broadband! And, as for Telco's non-union wireless partnership, it took them from 1988 to 2007 to finally erect a cell site in our densely-populated suburban environs. The recent 2-month Heave Wave of 90- and 100+ degree temps rendered our Dial-Up service useless (not to mention the complaints to the WashPost Tech column about DSL services crashing due to the heat's effect on the copper wire gauge!) We had previously considered getting the highly-touted 3G cellular data service from our "Cellco." But, we didn't want to be the first guinea pigs. Several of our rural friends with no-available-broadband tried the so-called "mobile broadband" before us and were all pleased and amazed with their new services. So we went ahead and opted for the service as well, using instead the mini wi-fi 3G Hot Spot concept in our home. So far, so good. Fingers crossed. We are only about a mile from the cell site as the crow flies. So, our results should be better than that of most folks in more woodsy areas. While it is certainly nowhere-near-as-fast as the land-based ISP offerings, it regularly gives us download speeds equal to basic DSL or T1 that most workplaces enjoy. Besides, it is at least 10-12 times faster than what we've been used to. Now, that's a major improvement for us!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Still hanging in there ...

A quick word of apology to the followers of my blog. As you can see, there have been no new posts since last summer around the time of MJJ's passing. This is no reflection on that event, nor its importance, as that is neither here nor there. Rather, it has been due to my ongoing battle with the chronic pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia. Add to that a really difficult Winter weather pattern here, and you get the picture. As one would expect, my priorities are elsewhere, and not with the blogosphere just now.