Today’s cuppa: English afternoon tea

Click here for a story in which TV critics and reporters talk about the sad situation with David Letterman. Glad that’s Joe Adalian asked my opinion and happy to oblige him — but that’s about the only happy to be found.

Alex_OLoughlin_Headshot_Three_Rivers.JPGMoving on to far more pleasant things, click here for a story just posted on in which I share a few details you may not know about Alex O’Loughlin of CBS’ Sunday-night medical drama “Three Rivers.”

And just because I always like to give my Cuppers a little something extra tasty for tea, here’s an additional story that explains why O’Loughlin wears a very nice watch and owns several more.

“I collect watches. I love them. I’ve been obsessed with watches since I was a boy. My grandfather had a watch. Before he died, he used to turn wood, make beautiful tables. At his workshop, he had this old watch. It was, like, stainless steel with a black face, some old Swiss watch. He would keep it in one of the drawers in his workshop.

“He was an old, gruff Aussie man, so he’d growl at me when I’d go into the workshop. So I’d sneak in — because he had sharp tools, lathes, dangerous stuff. I’d go in and think, ‘It’s so deadly in here.’ I’d go in his drawer, and I’d open it and the watch was this big thing.

“It was cold, and I’d put it to my face. It was cold, metal, heavy. It was like a story in his life. It had dings in it. I remember looking at it when we’d go fishing. So from that point, I’ve always had this thing with watches.”

Unfortunately, O’Loughlin didn’t inherit the watch — which apparently has been now lost — but has several in his collection, which he keeps in a bank safe-deposit box. Don’t know for sure, but probably not a Hello Kitty one in the bunch (but maybe I’m wrong).

Posted by:Kate O'Hare