Friday, August 29, 2014


Chop Suey Day. 
Yes, that holiday based on a food that really isn't oriental, but looks like it is.
We used to buy it in a pair of cans; the top one held the chow mein noodles(the hard crunchy ones).

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Beer gelato! Apparently the latest in a line of odd fair foods, coming this season. And made with “local craft beer” according to the article I read, which would be terrific. I can already taste a chocolate gelato with Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale (beer#649).
Florida State Fair can’t get here fast enough now…

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


In an effort to help re-launch its sessionable year-round offering Peacemaker Extra Pale as “Peacemaker Anytime Ale,” the Texas-based craft brewery today rolled out an enormous, Texas-sized 99-pack of the 5 percent ABV golden ale. Packaged in cardboard, the multi-pack is seven feet long, weighs 82 lbs., and sells for $99 at Austin package stores.


‘A nine year-old girl in the US has killed her shooting instructor by accident whilebeing shown how to use a high-powered submachine gun.’
(from BBCOnline)
(hey, she was only using her second amendment rights)

Monday, August 18, 2014


A Canadian police show that is more about finding the murderer than shooting people. A great line from one brother to another…

Brother#2: Who died and left you Mother?”
Brother#1: “Mom!”

Thursday, August 14, 2014


By John LeCarre: ‘Smiley noticed that his wrist-watch faced inwards, conforming with the obscure rites of the military demi-monde from which he seemed to come.’

I found this little quote interesting because of the fact that I wear my watch inwards, though I’ve never been in the military nor have I ever been a member of the ‘demi-monde’. I started wearing my watch like that in the mid-70s when I worked for a compressor manufacturer. During my spare time from keeping the cardex stock cards correct, I would help out in the stockroom. The aisles were quite narrow, and I probably cracked 3 watch crystals while carrying boxes down the aisles before I figured out that I could protect my watch by turning it inward. (I also at one point put a small bolt into the top of my head…but that’s another story.) Well, that was 40 years ago, and it grew so comfortable, I still wear it that way.

Monday, August 11, 2014


A suicide at 63? Say it ain't so Mork...
nanu nanu, over and out...


So Lays has come out with some ‘trial chips’; flavors we can buy in small bags and sample in order to vote on the ones we like. And then I guess the one (two?) favorite(s) will be sold in the regulars size bags.  Well, Phyllis and I have tried two of the flavors out,and they were both interesting.
 The first one was a cappuccino flavored standard chip; never had a cappuccino to drink, so don’t know how close the flavor was to the actual drink. However, it had a chocolatey-cinnamon flavor to it, which in itself wasn’t bad, but certainly tasted odd as a potato chip flavor. Don’t hate it, but not sure if I’d buy it again in any size bag.
 The second one was a rippled chip with mango salsa flavoring, which was quite good. It had a definite salsa taste and even the mango flavor was noticeable. This one I would definitely buy in a big bag, it would probably be good as a dip chip with a salsa, or even by itself since it does have the salsa flavor.
So try ‘em out, not sure what the other flavors are, but there’s probably at least one out there for everyone,even you.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


‘A breastfeeding mother said staff at a swimming pool told her she was breaking it's "no food or drink rule".’

From BBCOnline

Friday, August 01, 2014


 So the wife & I were at Rooms To Go buying a bed for our Grandson  for when he sleeps over; he’s decided he’s too big to sleep on a mattress on the floor. The lady at RTG was very helpful and chatty, and after we had completed the purchase she asked us where we from (almost everybody in Florida is from somewhere else).
We’re originally from Connecticut, and after telling her she said that she was from Milford CT, which is about 10 miles from where we lived. But the kicker was that her husband was a Jai Alai player who played at the Jai Alai fronton on Old Gate Lane in Milford…which was right next door to the Owens-Illinois plant where I worked!  Freaky!
 Especially since we’ve been here 26 years and she’d been here about 20 (we moved after the O-I plant closed down; they moved after the Jai Alai closed). Interestingly the location of the Jai Alai is now a Lowe’s and a Hilton Garden Inn. The O-I plant is still there as of now, deserted and looking the worse for wear as
you can see it on Google Maps. And looking at it today, part of the roof by the raw material storage tanks has collapsed, which was near to where the stockroom (which I ran) was located.
 What a great job I had, pretty much left alone to do my job, which included purchasing as well as supervising, not to mention going to Bobby Valentine’s Sports Bar for lunch, which was across the street. The place is still there, but not owned by Bobby Valentine any longer.
 Well, enough of traveling down Old Gate(memory)Lane for now, time to move along…