Sunday, June 30, 2013


Read the book, really enjoyed it; it seemed like a true possibility of what could happen if there really was a zombie apocalypse...
Then I went to see the movie, and despite it being a vehicle for Brad Pitt, it was really freakin' good! The first 20 minutes or so had me on the edge of my seat and catching my breath. The last 20 minutes had me holding my breath and really creeping out(the tooth zombie was truly terrifying - if you watch the movie you'll know who(what) I'm talking about!) The wall scene, which showed in the commercial was absolutely terrifying...even though you knew it was going to happen(even if you didn't see the TV trailer you'd know what was going to happen) and I know I kept thinking "Shut it off-shut it off!"
And you need to see it at least once on the big screen;
I know I"m tempted to go back and watch it again...

Friday, June 28, 2013


20?? - 2013: Not sure when they opened (down here) or exactly when they closed, but was in Tampa the other week and went there for lunch, but no Frankies! Now, we came across them by accident when my wife used to go to the retinal specialist in Tampa and we drove by there one day. Well, being originally from Connecticut, we recognized the name as there were a few Frankies around where we lived in CT. Turns out that one of the Frankie family ended up going to college at UT and ended up opening a branch here. So my wife always got a hot dog, and I loved their steak sandwich(with onion rings and a beer-or two).
 We never got there a lot, since we live 50 miles from there, but they always seemed to have a decent lunch crowd when we did go. And I would have thought that being 2 blocks from UT they would get a good college crowd in the evenings. Hey, but what do I know??
 Anyway, sorry to see them go, hopefully they may be resurrected at some point down the road...


Wednesday, June 26, 2013


“If my mother was tied up and held for ransom,
I might think about making a light beer.”
George Koch
CEO of Stone Brewing


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Gone to the next dimension at the age of 87. One of my favorite authors when I was a teenager; especially enjoyed what is perhaps his best novel I Am Legend, which of course was made into three movies...

Vincent Price starred in the first adaptation in 1964,
 titled as The Last Man on Earth.
Charlton Heston later starred in the 1971 adaptation,
 Omega Man.
The 2007 I Am Legend saw Will Smith star as Robert 
Neville - the seemingly last human on Earth - trying to
 find a cure for a genetically-engineered virus that has
 turned the population into mutant vampiric creatures.

My personal favorite was the Vincent Price version, 
which seemed closer to the concept of the book,
although all 3 are enjoyable in their own fashion.
Now I'll have to dig up my old books (or perhaps buy a
 Kindle version) and re-read his stuff.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013


"James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking TV series "The Sopranos," died on Wednesday vacationing in Italy. He was 51.
Gandolfini, whose performance as Tony Soprano made him a household name and ushered in a new era of American television drama, had been scheduled to attend the closing of the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on Saturday.
He may have suffered a heart attack, Mara Mikialian, the spokeswoman for the HBO network that produced The Sopranos, told Reuters." (From BBCOnline)
(Or, he may have been bumped off by a rival mob…seriously...people get 'heart attacks' all the time in the mafia, don't they? Quite a coincidence, I'm just saying...)

Monday, June 17, 2013


You can see she ate most of the fruit cup before starting on the kettle corn!
(With minor apologies to the unknown lady whose picture I took...but really...?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013


As served in Toronto Canada; unfortunately we were on out way to Wayne Gretzky's 99 Restaurant and were unable to stop to try this out...maybe next visit...


As served at the new Simpson's area at Universal Studios Florida, in a Moe's Tavern glass, of course...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Friday, June 07, 2013

Thursday, June 06, 2013


'Vulcan Ale is just the first of what Canada’s Delancey Direct expects will be an entire series of Star Trek beers. Vulcan Ale, released last month, celebrates the centennial of Vulcan, Alberta, a small Canadian prairie town that has leveraged its name (which it shares with Spock’s home planet) to become a Trekkie tourist mecca. The beer is brewed under contract by the Harvest Moon Brewing Company in Belt, Mont., and according to its label is a "mind-melding good" 5.4% ABV Irish Red Ale. Delancey Direct, which has a licensing agreement with CBS Studios, plans to expand distribution first beyond Alberta to more of Canada, and perhaps next year into the United States. Project director Richard Weger said, "Each year of production will represent a television 'Season' with each beer representing an 'Episode.'" Season One will be comprised of three to five episodes," he noted. "Vulcan Ale is Episode One, a Klingon beer will be Episode Two, and a third beer yet to be announced will be Episode Three."'
(From Real Beer Mail Newsletter)

 Live long and hopsper...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013


“Oh lager beer!
It makes good cheer,
and proves the poor man’s worth;
it cools the body through and through,
and regulates the health.”

Sunday, June 02, 2013


By Patrick A Davis:

A Learjet goes down and the only passenger is the President’s brother. Air Force Colonel Quinn is put in charge of the investigation, but is sabotaged at every turn. Cross and double-cross ensue until the very end.
 A decent read; but I have a bone to pick with the illustrator of the inside cover flap. Artistic license notwithstanding, the plane illustrated is larger than the plane described in the book - and not even damaged in the same manner. (I guess I should have scanned the illustration in question, you’ll have to take my word for it, unless you find a copy of the same paperback edition I had.) Anyway, I always find it amazing when an illustrator can’t take the time to at least skim enough a book to create a cover that at least gets some of the details right!

Saturday, June 01, 2013


Two young men who bragged about robbing a newsagents were caught after their distinctive underwear was spotted on CCTV.
Reece Winfield, 18, of Top Valley, Nottingham and Corey Hobson, 17, of no fixed abode, robbed cigarettes and alcohol from Ling Forest newsagents.
CCTV footage captured their underpants showing above their low-slung trousers, which they were still wearing two days later when arrested in February.(!!!) (from BBCOnline)
(hahaha...sez I...serves 'em right!!