Thursday, May 31, 2007


Yes, he's weird...but he's also Al. Saw him on Sunday evening at Cypress Gardens, busy
weekend, wasn't it. This is the fourth time I've seen him, thought the first three were
mainly so my son, Corey, could see him. First time was about 1987 when he was the
opening act for the Monkees 20th Anniversary tour! Isn't that a trip! Saw him twice in
Florida, once at Downtown Disney, and once not sure where; we stumbled upon it by accident
and then got free tix from a radio station.
I'll tell you, whatever else you think, the man has got talent, and he's funny,
and he's a damn good entertainer. He played 2-1/2 hours on Sunday, and during
costume changes he showed video clips from AL-TV and other stuff, so even
when he wasn't actually on stage, he was still entertaining. And he still has the fat suit!
Oh yeah, Corey's seen him 8 or 9 times, but this time my unborn grandson
Ryley got to hear him for the first (I'm sure not the last) time!!

Rock on Ryley, rock on!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Watched the first game of the Stanley Cup finals last night (go Ottowa!)
and they opened in Anaheim, home of the (no longer Mighty) Ducks.
Sold by Disney, almost new name, new logo, and they won last night(boo!)

But, the scary part was Steve Stills singing the American Nat'l Anthem!
The man is undeniably talented as a guitarist/songwriter, but apparently
he was not the harmonic one in CS&N. And apparently his voice HAS NOT
improved with age, as his performance last night was off-key and fairly

So Steve, next time someone asks you to sing the anthem in front of
millions of people...please, please, please tell them you have laryngitis! You
did no credit to yourself or the U.S.of A. with that performance last night.

And that goes for anyone else who may have been a singer at one time,
if you no longer have the voice for it...



At Cypress Gardens Saturday nite. Really good show, after a slow start with his
opening song. It was a hit song (don't remember which), but it dragged on 15-20
minutes with everybody getting a solo spot; way too early in the show for that!
But once he got past that the tempo picked up, and the rest of the show was
really good. He had Norton Buffalo playing harmonica with him, apparently he's
been with Steve for 31 years!
Show lasted about 90 minutes, and they had a surprisingly large crowd, one
of the largest I've seen there for non-country music (this being Polk County
Florida); that was good, maybe we'll get even more Classic rock concerts
next year.

Friday, May 25, 2007


Well...would you? Really? I wouldn't have thought it of you...that just goes to show...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Wopburger Sparks Controversy At Family-Owned Italian Restaurant
May 23, 2007

There's a controversy brewing in Colorado over the name of a burger at a family-owned Italian restaurant.

The Blue Parrot in Louisville has a burger on its menu called the "Wopburger." To some, the name has a negative connotation, but to others, it's no big deal.

The Blue Parrot owners, Joe Colacci and Joan Riggins, said since the restaurant opened in 1919, it has never had a controversy quite like this. However, despite the controversy, they said the name of the burger is going to stay.

An Italian-American customer argued that the name "Wopburger" was offensive and is an ethnic slur, while others said the complaints are political correctness gone too far.

"He was giving my grandson a hard time about this Wopburger," Colacci said. "He said, 'you have to take this off the menu.'"

According to, the term "wop" comes from the word "guappo" meaning "swagger or pimp."

The owners said they considered changing the burger's name, but their customers told them not to.

"All over the country people have called -- I've been on a Baltimore radio station -- and they have all been very supportive," Riggins said.

Because of the controversy, the owners said the Wopburger has become one of the most popular dishes on the menu.

"If you were born in New York or some place maybe a wop was derogatory, but not here," said customer Bob Bush. "We love being wops."

"It's just a wopper. It's just a sandwich," said Riggins. "If I out and called you 'a dirty wop,' then that would be a slur. That would be a problem."


Sitting here this A.M. listening to Bless It's Pointed Little Head on the cd player.
Back when I was 15, I actually saw one of the shows that was recorded for
this album. The Nov.30,1968 show, to be exact. Went with a group from
the Wilton Congregational Church!! How's that for wild? The youth minister
was a real neat guy, did lot's of neat things to get us kids interested in
church. Anyway, we went to NYC for the day, also saw Yellow Submarine earlier
in the day.Then we went to the Fillmore, the show didn't start 'til late (11ish I think). We even got to meet Jack Casady before the show, autographed my ticket stub (and the program is worth almost $400,where oh where is it?) but I don't know where it went. They also had an African dance troupe & Buddy Guy as opening acts, so as you can imagine, we didn't get home until early...
...early the next morning, about 5AM I recall. So I got grounded for
that, but it was worth it, the 1st concert I ever went to, what an experience!

Thursday, May 17, 2007


A-B to Pull Spykes

Brewer CEO makes statement at regulatory conference.

After months of negative publicity, Anheuser-Busch intends to pull the controversial Spykes malt beverage from the market.

A-B CEO August Busch IV declared the brewer's intention today during a panel discussion at the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association conference in La Quinta, Calif., according to two people who saw the speech.

A-B's specific plans couldn't be determined.

Spykes, a malt beverage that's 12 percent alcohol by volume, comes in fruity flavors and is sold in 2-ounce bottles.

Spykes came under fire from advocacy groups that argue it appeals to minors.

...Or maybe it just sucked and no-one bought it...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Gone to meet his maker...

...only not the one he's thinking of...

Monday, May 14, 2007


Well, you can't really teach old Cars new tricks. Saw these guys Saturday at Cypress
Gardens, and while it was a decent enough show, it wasn't the Cars. With the core of
Elliot Easton(who for the last 5-6 years used to play for Creedence Clearwater Revisited) on lead guitar & Greg Hawkes on keyboards there was a Cars-like sound(especially the keyboard parts).
Joined by Todd Rundgren on rhythm guitar, Kasim Sulton from Utopia on bass, &
Prairie Prince from the Tubes & Jefferson Starship on drums, the band put on a
decent show. Mostly Cars songs with some Rundgren/Utopia songs added in, and
there's the rub. Todd Rundgren sings nothing at all like Ric Ocasek, and that's
where the New Cars ruined it for both me & my wife. And, apparently not many people
were interested in seeing the New Cars as the small crowd was the smallest I've seen
at any of the shows I've been to at C.G.
It was fun to watch, but I'm glad I didn't pay for it...

Friday, May 11, 2007


Did you notice that tragedies have been striking in color-named
cities this year? Virginia Tech is in Blacksburg VA & then,
the killer tornado that leveled Greensburg KS.

I'd sure be worried if I lived in Blue Ball Pa
or even Yellowknife NWT Canada!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


 Grocery shopping tonite, what do you think I saw?
A container (1lb..2lb?) of ready to eat cheesecake filling.
Yes, ready to eat, just plop it in the graham cracker ready
to eat pie crust and you're all set to impress your friends
and neighbors with your culinary talents!!
Or, just get yourself a spoon and eat it right from
the hell with your friends and neighbors!
...and you know you have no culinary ability anyway...

Friday, May 04, 2007


Okay, everybod's gt an opinion and it's usually free. Of course, things are worth what you
pay for them...
Now, the way I figure it, when the Founding Fathers wrote the second amendment
they were talking about guns like the musket. Unfortunately, most people
these days seem to want the one on the Uzi.

So maybe, as a form of gun control we let everybody have a gun (1 and 1 only) as long
as it's the one on the left, you know, the Founding Fathers' , not the mass killing one.
I mean, I'd feel a lot safer knowing someone had to take 1-2 minutes to reload after
EVERY shot, instead of firing 200 rounds a second. And you gotta admit, it sure would be a lot harder to smuggle one into a building unseen.
So that's my 2 cents worth, feel free to send me your 2 cents worth...
...or just send me 2 cents...

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


BISHKEK (Reuters) - Police guarding the U.S. embassy in Kyrgyzstan shot a naked man who approached the site "in a threatening manner," the embassy said Monday.

"At approximately 3:00 a.m., a seemingly disturbed naked man approached the front guard booth of the embassy. The man threw a heavy object at the booth, cracking one of the windows," the embassy said in a statement.
So other than the heavy object...what else was he threatening them with...?
And did they really have to shoot him, couldn't they just arrested him for sexual harrasment?