Thursday, January 31, 2008


 I'm lost in the over-abundance of Lost this week. Unfortunately, so far we're on
hour 3 of the `new season' programming, and yet to see anything new.
First up, a 2 hour special which was basically the last 2 shows from last season,
with popups added with minor bits of extra info, but even much for last night.
Then, tonite the `2 hour season premiere'. Oh, but wait... the first hour is actually
a recap of the whole show, the Reader's Digest condensed version, so to speak.
 So what's the odds they'll start out the actual first show of the real new season
with "Previously on Lost"...anyone taking bets on that?
Well, gotta go now, going to wash some dishes and then catch the actual 42 minutes of new programming...........


...Our menu options have changed.
Now, I don't now if you make as many or more phone calls as I do, but doesn't it seem that everybody you call with a pushbutton phone answering system always says that? Why can't these people make up their mind about numbering their options and just keep it that way? What's so confusing (for them-not us) about deciding on what options they need and just keeping them that way?
Here's a thought: Get rid of your damn options and hire yourself a human being!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


So, speaking of beer, I thought I'd share these with you. Below are labels for beer (duh),
but not just labels. The first one may be the new design for Bud cans, but then again, they
may not do it. The other three labels are for beers that have had names copyrighted & labels
designed, but may not necessarily be sold. But I thought you might be interested anyway,
if you're a beer kinda guy like me. And hey, you may see one of these on the shelves one day,
and saw them here first...
This one's by good old A-B; one of their seasonal drafts they may release as a bottled beer.
It may actually be one of theis summer seasonals under a different name.
This is going to be a red lager done by the Rolling Rock people.

And this one, to be private labeled and sold by Costco stores.

So keep an eye out, and let me know if you find one of these somewhere.


Hard to believe, but then again maybe not:
In the county where I live, in last night's primary;
of the Republicans who actually voted,
19% voted for Mike Huckabee!

Yeah, Huckabee, the man who doesn't believe in evolution,
and I'm pretty sure believes the Earth is 6,000 years old!

And to top it off, the man has NEVER DRUNK A BEER...
How could anyone possibly trust someone who has never drunk
a could he possibly be the voice of the common man...puleeze!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Well, it's voting day today if you're a registered party member, and not an independent.
Of course, if you're an independent, you're still paying for it, but that's not what this is about.
What I don't understand is why here in Florida most of the polling places are churches. Seems
rather odd in a country that is (used to be) about the separation of church and state. Now, when
I lived up North (damn Yankees [wasn't that a musical?]) we used to do the voting in the schools, which had the added benefit of us kids getting out of school for the day. And it makes more sense - why vote for liars, cheaters, sex perverts, crooks, and God only knows what else, in a place that is supposed to be holy?

And I'm always tempted to say "For Christ's sake, just give me my ballot"


1) Killshot by Elmore Leonard: Wayne & Carmen vs Armand Richie; dead gangster's wife
versus the mob who have to keep her celibate 'til she dies. Another great Leonard page-turner.
2) Garcia by the editors of Rolling Stone: Collectable coffee table book with all the articles written about Jerry & the Dead in R.S. Magazine. A nice commemorative to remember Jerry.
3) I Am Vidocq by Vincent McConnor: Interesting novel centering around the 1800s adventures of Vidocq, first head of the Surete. Turns out he was a real person, go figure. With guest appearances from French author Honore de Balzac, who apparently also wrote about Vidocq.
4) Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz: Really odd book about clowns vs aerialists,Tocks vs Beezos, clowns vs bakers. With 2 surprises you'll probably not see coming. Really enjoyed this one, one of the better Koontz's I've read recently. And, it would probably make a great movie; could actually be done as either a straight comedy(with some minor changes), a comedy-drama(with even less changes), or just as the suspense story that it is.
5) Serpent Catch by Dave Wolverton: On a far-off planet where some of the people and animals are prehistoric and some aren't; a group band together to restock the ocean with serpents that protect the land from creatures that live across the ocean. Interesting planetary concept, a few interesting parts, but it comes down to a quest novel, if you don't care for them, you probably won't like this.
6) Teenage Idol Travelin' Man by Philip Bashe: Interesting bio of Rick Nelson, whether you like his music or not, you'll have to admire the way he attempted to break away from the control of his famous father & make his own way in the world. Damn shame he had to die young, before he was able to fully make music the way he wanted, and not the way others did.

Monday, January 28, 2008


 21 years ago today, the largest U.S. Shuttle disaster. I actually remember
where I was when this happened, sitting in the lobby at the Owens-Illinois
plant where I worked at the time. Was reading a book, and the radio which was always on in the background was covering the shuttle launch.
Remember hearing the lift off, and then the unbelievable news. I even
remember that for a very short while there was a hope that some of the astronauts may have survived. But, of course, they didn't.
 So a moment of silence for fallen heroes, these and the other astronauts
who died in the line of duty.


Believe it or not...Spam Singles. Oh, yes, a single serving size of
everyone's favorite pretend food. Now, I actually do like Spam
not too often, but occasionally with scrambled eggs instead of bacon.
But even so, single serving size of Spam, come on now. Surely
people aren't actually that lazy that they can't just buy a regular
can of Spam and preslice it just in case they get a craving for
a quick bite of Spam.
Just how stupid and lazy do they think people are...
...oh, on second thought...


Which to my mind are really, really stupid. It just shows a lack of imagination
by the TV networks, and somehow people watch them anyway. Well, I've got
one for you...ladies & gentlemen...


All you need is a studio full of people, but instead of pre-screened contestants,
you pick random members of the audience to play. Everyone onstage then takes
a drug test, and the audience votes on whether or not each person will
pass or fail. If you pass, you get $1,000 for each person who voted you would fail;
If you fail, you get 1 year in prison for each person who voted you'd pass.

Isn't that great, I can see the ratings already...
And if I see this on TV, I'll certainly being suing for my share of the profits!!

Friday, January 25, 2008


Hey, so we're getting a new computer sytem at work. From the way the early steps of
implementation have been going, I'm pretty sure it looks like the one below.
Progress...a giant step backward.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


...or lack thereof. I'm sure you've noticed how hard it is to get any good OTC cold medicine these days. Thanks to the meth addicts you can't even get 12-hour Contac anymore, which to my mind, in combination with Nyquil, was one of the best cold medicines around. Of course, to get the good Nyquil you have to trade in your firstborn child, so don't be fooled by the Nyquil on the regulat shelf, it sucks like the rest of the medicines. Yeah, it used to be nice, Contac in the AM, and a shot of Nyquil at bedtime, and my could would be pretty much gone in 2-3 days. Now it just drags on forever...and that really sucks when you line in Florida!
 Remember when Vicks Formula 44 used to have codeine in it? I do, and when I was a kid, I used to like to go down to Mom & Dad's medicine cabinet and take an occassional swig. Didn't know at the time why I liked it, just knew I did. And it really did work well if you had a cough. Of course, techincally, they shouldn't market Formula 44 anymore, since it's obviously a different formula than the one I grew up with...
 Perhaps they should call it Formula 45NTWAD (NotWorthADamn)!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Just an observation: Here in Florida we have lots of Mexican and Chinese restaurants.
Now, if you go into almost any of the Chinese restaurants, especiaaly the buffet style ones,
you'll usually find quite a few Mexican families eating there.
However, if you go into any of the Mexican restaurants, you'll never find
any Chinese families in there at all, I mean zippo, nada, none.
Why is that, would you think? Do Chinese people never eat out; I mean you rarely
see them at Chinese restaurants either, or is it they just don't like Mexican food?

Beats me, I'll eat vast quantities of either...though never mixed together...yet.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Driving to work this A.M. heard a commercial on the radio for
some place that does hair replacement with lasers. Not quite sure
how that's supposed to work, sounds painful to me.
But the kicker was at the end they announced that they had:
"No cost financing". I'm supposing they actually mean
that they have no interest financing, but no cost financing
would have to be free, wouldn't it. If I needed hair replacement,
(thinning but still pretty much there thank you), I'd be tempted to
go their with a shyster..I mean lawyer...and hold them to the no cost
financing promise.
Hey, at least you'd make the 12:00 news, they're always looking
for something to fill up the time.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Funny looking stuff, eh? Gotta love that 70s furniture.
When we first got married, we actually had a dining room
set & a living room set made like those in the picture, except
solid black. And almost bought the matching bedroom set,
but didn't. Sold most of the furniture, but still have 2 round
end tables we use on the front porch, and the coffee table
my son uses at his house on the back porch.

It may be nerdy - but you can't say it's not sturdy!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Yeah, I'm feeling hungry!!

Friend I work with took this photo from a glass bottom boat at Silver Springs last
weekend. At the top of the bank is a sidewalk the tourists use to stroll around the
park...good thing it wasn't real busy.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Heard this song today; done by the Sons Of the Pioneers back in the 40's - 50's. Written
in 1945, it's just as true (if not truer) today. Also known as Atomic Talking Blues or Talking Atom.

Well, I'm gonna preach you a sermon 'bout Old Man Atom,
I don't mean the Adam in the Bible datum.
I don't mean the Adam that Mother Eve mated,
I mean that thing that science liberated.
Einstein says he's scared,And when Einstein's scared, I'm scared.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini...

Here's my moral, plain as day,
Old Man Atom is here to stay.
He's gonna hang around, it's plain to see,
But, ah, my dearly beloved, are we?
We hold these truths to be self-evident
All men may be cremated equal.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki -- here's my text

Hiroshima, Nagasaki -- Lordy, who'll be next.

The science guys, from every clime,
They all pitched in with overtime.
Before they knew it, the job was done;
They'd hitched up the power of the gosh-darn sun,
They put a harness on Old Sol,
Splittin' atoms, while the diplomats was splittin' hairs . . .

Hiroshima, Nagasaki -- what'll we do?
Hiroshima, Nagasaki -- they both went up the blue.

Then the cartel crowd put on a show
To turn back the clock on the UNO,
To get a corner on atoms and maybe extinguish
Every darned atom that can't speak English.
Down with foreign-born atoms!Yes, Sir!

Hiroshima, Nagasaki...

But the atom's international, in spite of hysteria,
Flourishes in Utah, also Siberia.
And whether you're white, black, red or brown,
The question is this, when you boil it down:
To be or not to be!That is the question. . .
Atoms to atoms, and dust to dust,
If the world makes A-bombs, something's bound to bust.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini...

No, the answer to it all isn't military datum

,Like "Who gets there fustest with the mostest atoms,"
But the people of the world must decide their fate,
We got to stick together or disintegrate.
World peace and the atomic golden age or a push-button war,
Mass cooperation or mass annihilation,
Civilian international control of the atom -- one world or none.
If you're gonna split atoms, well, you can't split ranks.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki...

It's up to the people, cause the atom don't care,
You can't fence him in, he's just like air.
He doesn't give a darn about politics
Or who got who into whatever fix --
All he wants to do is sit around and have his nucleus bombarded by neutrons.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki...

So if you're scared of the A-bomb, I'll tell you what to do:
You got to get with all the people in the world with you.
You got to get together and let out a yell,
Or the first thing you know we'll blow this world to...
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Moscow, too,
New York, London, Timbuktu,
Shanghai, Paris, up the flue,
Hiroshima, Nagasaki...
We must choose between
The brotherhood of man or smithereens.
The people of the world must pick out a thesis:
"Peace in the world, or the world in pieces!"


60+ years and we still haven't learned a hell of a lot, have we???

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


1) Frights by Kirby McCauley: Collection of stories by the likes of Robert Bloch, Brian Lumley, & Gahan Wilson. The usual collection, some better than others.
2) Dark Rivers Of the Heart by Dean Koontz: Interesting combiantion of evil government (aren't they all) and serial killing. If you like Koontz, you'll like this.
3) Strange Wind by Jeffery Lamb: Interesting concoction of drag queens, drug smugglers, and a really big woman, mostly in Key West(of course). A privately published book by a local Florida author, actually bought it from him at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, autographed of course. The only problem is that the author needs a better editor/proofreader, the glaring errors in places came close to ruining the fun (and certainly the flow) of reading the book.
4) Star Trek Creator by David Alexander: Subtitled as the authorized bio of Gene Roddenberry, it's certainly a thorough bio, with lot's of interesting trivia. (TVs 'F Troop' was named after Roddenberry's grandfather's WWI Cavalry Troop.)
5) The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan: It's called a Gothic Western, but it's more Gothic than Western, `tho it does take place in the 'Old West' in 1902. Written in 1974 by the author who was most famous for Trout Fishing In America (poems I believe). So the Hawkline Monster lives under the Hawkline mansion, which is always surrounded by snow, and the two sisters live in the house, but they may be the same person. Confused yet?
6) Jajouka Rolling Stone by Stephen Davis: Claims to be fiction, revolving around the famous Master Musicians of Jajouka in Northern Africa, but seems to be a perhaps fictionalized account of true events, since the names of the characters are real. An interesting read, either way, with a lot of information on the tradition & life of the Master Musicians.

So, some offbeat stuff this time, to add to the usual thrillers & mysteries; the Brautigan is recommended as something different, and definitely the Jajouka book(which surprisingly sold for $1 at the Dollar Tree stores. Perhaps labeling it as fiction was not a good choice.

Friday, January 11, 2008


In 1492 the 'Indians' gave Columbus dried tobacco.
As time went on the Europeans gave the Indians smallpox.
Eventually, a cure was found for smallpox...
...we're still dying from tobacco.

So who has the last laugh now?

Oddly enough, tobacco is in the same plant family as
potatoes, peppers, and poisonous nightshade.

You'd think that last one might have been a tipoff...

Thursday, January 10, 2008


When the tickets for the December Led Zeppelin reunion
concert went on sale, there was seating for 16,000 people.

20,000,000 entered the the online lottery pool for the chance to buy
Yeah, that's 20 Million!

The Zep rules...


Really, you couldn't. According to, this really happened:
In Warsaw, Poland, a couple who have been married 14 years is
getting a divorce. The reason...
The husband decided to cheat on his wife and went to a brothel.
But that's not why.

While he was there, they brought out the girls for him to choose one...

And one of them was his wife!

(of course the real reason was he didn't pick her - hahaha...)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


And we're not talking hi brow bullshit movie. We're talking action, guns,
sex, guns, more action, more guns, & a bit of humor thrown in for
good measure. Oh, yeah, and a baby to boot! What movie is this, you may ask...
well, I'm glad you asked.
Shoot Em Up is the name, an indie feel movie with big budget stars.
Clive Owen is the good guy, Paul Giamatti is the bad guy, and Monica
(hot Italian chick) Bellucci is the hooker with a heart of (almost) gold.
Pretty much non-stop action, and one sex scene, which also includes
guns & action. What more could you ask for? How about a great line
of dialogue?
"Fuck you, you fucking fuckers!"
C'mon now, how could you possibly top that?
So go and rent this movie, you won't be sorry...

Friday, January 04, 2008


Thought I'd share this with you. Crazy album released
in 1995, all cover tunes of StH, hence the title. We're talking
lyric perfect versions with the sounds & musical style of The Doors,
Elvis, B52s, reggae, and lounge act. Even the Beatles!! Even Rolf Harris (Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport - for you old-timers).
Not only are they funny, they're very accurate as to the sound,
especially the Doors version, which you'd swear is really sung
by the Lizard King himself.
Find this album and buy it, do yourself a favor for the new year...

Yeah, never an end to the crazy stuff I listen too, eh?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


 Better late than never; and no sarcastic comments either.
Hope all our 2008s shape up better than 2007.