Monday, July 31, 2006


Driving by this well known restaurant on Havendale Blvd the other day, noticed
their ad sign out front. They're apparently running a special on something
called the 'Key West Sampler'. It's advertised as a 2 for 1 special...


The second one costs $2.49!

And that makes it 2 for 1 how????

Which reminds of a sign I saw at an ice cream store that said "Buy one get one"



Saw this movie at the Polk Theatre this weekend, what a fascinating movie.
Betty Page was the famous 'model' in the 50s who was in 'men's magazines' dressed in corsets, leather, spiked heels, etc. The movie progresses from her religious upbringing through to her being 'born again'. According to the movie, Betty knew that what she did conflicted with her religious upbringing, but did it because it was the one thing that God made her to do well.
The funny thing about the whole movie is that what she did for public consumption was pretty much tame by later standards; in the pre-Playboy days women wearing underwear w/whips, and posing for 'bondage' photos was deemed 'smut'. (Though oddly enough smut is actually a fungus that lives on corn kernels!)
So, a fascinating look at pre-permissive society, and a person whose fame came from just enjoying what she did(we should all be so lucky).
And the actress who played Betty did a phenomenal job, if you get a chance to see this movie, make sure you see it; or buy it on DVD.

Thursday, July 27, 2006


And they just get dumber all the time. It seems out county government has seen fit to waste more money putting up stupid road signs instead of actually fixing the roads. This, of course, after raising the gas tax a few years ago to pay for road work. Which they did, of course, after the voter's turned down a 1 cent sales tax increase for the same thing. Anyway...

Two of the latest road signs? How about a pre-stop sign sign. Yup, that's right! Over the last few weeks I keep seeing these signs, about 75 feet in front of a regular stop sign, that is a yellow diamond with a picture of a stop sign on it. How dumb is that, since you can see the regular stop sign just pass the pre-stop sign! There's also a pre-speed limit sign, so when the speed limit drops from 55mph to 45mph, you now have that warning that the limit is dropping, just in case you get the urge to actually slow down early.
Because you know how well yellow traffic lights work...

And of course, the question is raised, should you stop at a
pre-stop sign sign, or just pretend that you're going to?
After all it is a picture of a legal stop sign...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Yeah, you might not know him, but maybe you do. He played the engine coolie
in The Sand Pebbles, the one who dies the 'death of 1000 cuts'. He was also
in Pearl Harbor, Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer. Plus he also guested on a bunch of TV shows over the years.
Never a famous actor, but a great actor nonetheless, he passed away on 7/21,
only 72 years old.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Doctor Who: "Knock Knock"

Oscar Wilde: "Who's there!"

Doctor Who: "Doctor"

Oscar Wilde: "Doctor Who?"

Doctor Who: "Yes!"

Oscar Wilde: "Yes; Who? Right?"

Doctor Who: "Yes right; Who!"

Oscar Wilde: "That's what I asked..."

Dr Who: "Knock Knock..."

Sorry...I guesss you had to be there...

Thursday, July 20, 2006


From Merriam-Webster:(1) : a boiled or baked soft food usually with a cereal base (2) : a dessert of a soft, spongy, or thick creamy consistency (3) British : DESSERT 1 b : a dish often containing suet or having a suet crust and originally boiled in a bag

So I was discussing pudding with Fred, who says that only American style creamy pudding is the only kind. Sent him the above definition, which clearly allows for more than 'Fred pudding'.

Which of course reminded me of my Mom's rice pudding, made from scratch. It was soooooo good, served warm with strawberry preserves. Man, now I wish I had some right now. She used to make a killer bread pudding also, but my best memory is the rice pudding...neither of which tasted anything like 'Fred pudding'.

Yeah, I would have to say that American boxed pudding is pretty much the
Budweiser of pudding!

Which reminds me: go to Canada and ask for American cheese...see the looks you'll get...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Lizzie Borden's birthday today, the famous axe murderess. She'd be 146 years
old today, which would make it a little hard to pick up that famous axe.
But, she was found not guilty anyway, so the doggerel should say...

Lizzie Borden took an axe
and gave her father 40 whacks;
When they saw what she had done
they let her off - 'just having fun'

Which is what they'd probably do today also; blame it on a cruel childhood (have you seen the corsets women had to wear? -now that's cruel!!).

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Watched this on TV last night, a great Steve McQueen movie about an American
gunboat in 1926 China. Of course, as more of an anti-hero, he dies at the end.
But it was a great movie anyway. And as a n interesting aside, Candice Bergen was also in it, which I didn't remember from when I first saw it in 1966. Coincidentally enough, she played a teacher named Shirley, which is the name of her character in the current TV show Boston Legal.

Monday, July 17, 2006


Little article in yesterday's paper...Pete Coors of the brewing family lost his driver's license after a D.U.I. arrest on May 28.

Wouldn't it be really funny though, if he had been drinking Budweiser?

Friday, July 14, 2006


Yeah, whatever...but the reason I can remember this is that it's my evil sister's birthday also. She's 50 today, but we don't care because she's almost always been a miserable bitch and cared nothing about mom & dad except getting money from them for her much older
loser boyfriend that she's been with for over 25 years (and he never even married her).
One of the only major mistakes I made in my life was picking her out from the orphanage in Hamburg,Germany, oh so many years ago.

So, happy Bastille Day to ya...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


According to the newspaper, a new study shows that what we consider
'senior moments' may actually be Alzheimer's. Well, isn't that a..............................................................
...umm, wait...what was I going to say...oh, never mind...

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


News today that Syd Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, has passed away (on 7/07/06)at the age of 60.

Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, and wrote many of the band's early songs. The group's jazz-infused rock made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and the 1967 album "The Piper at
the Gates of Dawn" — largely written by Barrett, who also played guitar — was a commercial and critical hit.
However, Barrett suffered from mental instability, made worse by his use of LSD. His behavior grew increasingly erratic, and he left the group in 1968 — five years before the release of Pink Floyd's most popular album, "Dark Side of the Moon." He was replaced by David Gilmour. The album "Wish You Were Here" was written as a tribute to Syd by his (ex)fellow bandmembers.
Barrett released two solo albums — "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett" — but soon withdrew from the music business altogether. He spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge, England, where he was a familiar figure, often seen cycling or walking to the corner store.

No cause of death has been give, but Syd was known to have diabetes.
A damn shame, though I will admit that I never could get into "The Madcap Laughs" (I think he was laughing at the people who actually bought it), but his work with Pink Floyd was incredible, really great psychedelic rock. One wonders what music Pink Floyd would have mad if Syd had continued on with the band...

Ahhh...maybe in an alternate universe...

Monday, July 10, 2006


This is funny...I especially think so now.

Last Saturday night we went to Outback Steakhouse with Crystal; we were visiting with her in Orlando for the day. So, we went to Outback for dinner, the 3 of us.
Ordered our drinks (gotta love 2-4-1 ers), ordered our appetizer (the cheese fries, since the bloomin' onion blooms all night long!), and just before our appy came, ordered our dinner. I had the prime rib, though I usually get the porterhouse. Well, later on, finishing up our appetizer, heard one of those big crashes you always hear at any restaurant you go to. Someone dropped some dishes, and of course you gotta make jokes about that and laugh, it's just too damn funny!

Until you find out that it was your dinner! Then it's still funny, because what the hell, it's still happy hour...

So we waited an extra 15 minutes, but at least they took the appetizer off the bill...

Friday, July 07, 2006


1)Three Blind Mice by Ed McBain: Calusa, Florida, where rape, murder (it's just a shout away) come together with Vietnamese & tennis pros. First one of his I've ever read; enjoyed it quite a lot - looking to read more of this Florida ones.

2)Rolling Stone Album Guide by the Editors,R.S.Magazine: Pretty much what it sounds like, but with big gaps of even well known bands. And some of the ratings were off-the-wall;eg:Thick As A Brick the worst Tull album? I think not!

3)Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler: Detectives Bryant & May chase down a Victorian secret society wreaking havoc in modern London. Not bad, but not enough to make me look for anything else he's done.

4)Dark Carnival:The Secret World Of Tod Browning by David Skal & Elias Savada: And the first secret is...his name wasn't Tod! A fascinating look at a Hollywood oddball, whose career peaked with Freaks.

5)The Walking by Bentley Little: Another creepy one; witches,dams,lakes,& revenge come together after dead people (but only certain dead people)start walking...and walking...and walking...

6)The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall: Gone With The Wind and beyond from a slave girls point of view. Not my usual stuff, but picked it up at Dollar Tree, and it was quite interesting, especially the parts that directly related to events & people from the original.

So there you have it; 3 very good ones, 2 good, 1 not so good.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Did you know...the Transport Safety Agency confiscates an average of 30,000 lighters daily at airports.

Now you know where those flea market lighters come from...

Did you know...smut is the fungus that lives on corn kernels.

And you just thought it was pictures of nekkid wimmen!


In the paper yesterday: a Dollar General store was robbed Tuesday afternoon, the latest in a series of robberies of Dollar Generals & Family Dollar stores.
Now, Phyl always has trouble remembering which is which when she wants to go to one of them, so I'm guessing...

The robber has a grudge against one of the chains...and can't remember which one...


Speaking of P.T.Barnum's birthday, my wife Phyllis grew up in P.T.Barnum's hometown, Bridgeport,CT. They had a statue of him at Seaside Park, which was originally part of Barnum's estate. If you went to this cemetary that we used to live near when we were first married - Tom Thumb was buried there. Including a life size statue of him on his monument. Pretty cool,actually. I remember back then the head had been stolen from the statue a number of times, but they always got it back; I guess it was supposed to be a prank.
And, they also have the Barnum Museum downtown; lot's of circus memorabilia in there. Lots of Tom Thumb stuff; his wedding carriage, clothes,etc. They used to have the pelt of Barnum's giant gorilla Konga(?), but it burned up in a fire. I think I have a picture of it somewhere.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


And that's the edible one, not the inbox crap. 69 years old today, sharing a birthday with P.T.Barnum & Huey Lewis.

A lot of people don't like Spam, but I do on occasion. We enjoy it fried, along with scrambled eggs.

Just don't send me any in my inbox,ok?


In keeping with the high price of gas, here's an energy factoid for you:

The U.S. is spending $5.6 Billion per month in Iraq


In 4 years of U.S. energy research & development, only $6.0 Billion has been spent.


Monday, July 03, 2006


This happened a few years back, but happened to think of it yesterday while driving past the site.
There used to be a psychic who did business on Hwy 92 between Lakeland & A'dale
here in Florida; quite well known, even had an advertising billboard. Won't give out her name, but if you're local, you know who I mean; if you're not local, it doesn't matter. Anyway, one day her house burned down...

Now wouldn't you think that being psychic
she should have known it was going to happen?

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Two articles in the paper yesterday, both in the business section,
on the same page, no less.
The first one talks about Publix Supemarkets recalling their chocolate
chip cookie dough.
The second one talks about Publix going to tourist spots and
giving away samples of their ice cream.
The ice cream flavor they're giving out?...why, chocolate chip cookie dough!!
Coincidence? decide...