Sunday, April 20, 2014


 According to a study by Caltech & UCLA there is one nerve cell in the human brain that reacts to pictures of Jennifer Aniston, and only Jennifer Aniston. There is another one that responds to pictures of Halle Berry - even in her Catwoman mask! 
 Isn't that just crazy; just think, millions of nerve cells and each one responding to just one person...

(from Feb.2014 National Geographic)

(those 2 neurons are working overtime now, aren't they?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BEER# 1122

San Miguel Cerveza Negra: A nice tasty dark lager (more like an amber) with rich caramel tones made from roasted pilsen malt.
This showed up in a 9 pack (they used to be 10 packs) of mixed bottles from World Market that my daughter bought me for my 40th anniversary. Interestingly, this beer from the Philippines is from the same brewery that brewed the first beer on my beer list.(Not really sure, but I know when we lived in Wilton after coming back from the Philippines my Dad used to get a case every Xmas from someone he worked with over there & he always let me try things like that - so legend makes it beer#1). 

Really enjoyed the Cerveza Negra, hopefully I’ll be able to find a 6-pack somewhere so I can drink 5 more and share 1 with my beer buddy Jim.
 Hey, that’s what friends are for!

Monday, April 14, 2014


By Matthew Pearl:
‘…often a reader will read a magazine critic’s notice of a book, after having already read the book himself, eager to compare perspectives, and think, “This cannot be the book I read! There must be another version. in which everything has changed, and I shall have to find it, too!”’

Friday, April 11, 2014


The legendary King Gambrinus…and all you beer folk know who that is. So raise a glass and toast the real King of Beers on his something-or-other birthday. Na Zdravi, Mabuhay, Salud, & Prost, Cheers in any language!


Thursday, April 10, 2014


"50 Cent ordered to pay millions to Bradenton company."
(However, he will not be allowed to pay with
50 cent coins.)

Saturday, April 05, 2014


When your parents told you that “I’m telling you for the last time…”,
it rarely was…

Back in the spanking days they always told you that ”This will hurt me more than it will you”,
but it never did…

But if they told you “You’ll always be my little boy (or girl)”,
you pretty much were…

(It’s been 4 years today…still miss you Mom)

Friday, April 04, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


1939 – 3/30/2014: An actress more famous in England than here, though she was in Dynasty with Joan Collins during the 1986 season. But to me, she’ll always be the gorgeous actress from the Hammer films The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein.Even though she’s gone, she will live forever (for me) in those two movies that I watched as a teenager, and re-watched times since.

Interestingly, the monster in the above picture with Kate is Dave Prowse who I got to meet back in the early 90s and was the actor who actually acted Darth Vader in the original 3 Star Wars movies!

Monday, March 31, 2014


 To Jeopardy, perhaps the greatest game show ever. 50 years old yesterday, 30 of them with Alex Trebek (grow back the mustache Alex!). I started watching the show about 40 years ago, back when Art Fleming was the host & Don Pardo (later to do the opening intro at SNL) was the announcer. It is such a great game show, one that actually requires knowing things, which is what makes it so special (at least to me). It was always such fun to play along with the show, and occasionally even win a game.
 Another 50 years (and the question is -  how long should Jeopardy continue?).