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31 May 2005

Aren't You A Little Curious?


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ven just a little bit? You know you are... but how far would you go? Yesterday I was having a nice chat with someone that comes here. I mentioned that in many of the blogs there are pictures of the blogger but it is always hidden or skewed or like mine, very dark with just a light strip across my eyes. Then it occurred to me that I do not walk around with a light strip across my face in real life, why should I do it here? Do I really care what people think of me? Am I THAT vain? Well, the answer is yes.

And I'd hate to be walking around Houston one day and have someone come up to me and say, "Hey, so you're the pervert on that blog. I recognize you from your picture."

Well pardners... this is the NEW me! I am changing the way I do things around here.

I am grabbing the bull by the horns and here I am. I encourage you to do the same. I have an idea! Send me your picture and I will post it on my new "Wall of Honor" or some other suitable name. How's that sound? Do you have the guts? Now that you can see how pathetic I really look, if you stop coming here... I'll know and I will send you my picture everyday in your email until you come back! Laugh.

Burning Questions and Comments

OK, send those pics of yourself to me at denny609@sbcglobal.net Is this a good idea? would you do it? Ok gang. I started it off my photo is now on the right side of this blog under the heading "Not So Normal Portrait Gallery."

Today's Birthday

No birthdays or death dates that caught my eye. But this certainly did: In 1859 the Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" which turned into baseball 20 years later in 1879.

30 May 2005

My Assignment For Today Is!


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emorial Day and what it means to me in 100 words or less. When I was in grade school it meant "Yippee! a holiday, no school!" Then I got older and was working... then it meant "Yippee! a holiday and the store is closed... Here I come beach!"


Then all it took was four years in the Navy to change my perspective. Memorial Day became both a sad day and a happy day.

When I was younger it meant the men and women in World War II and Korea. It starting striking very close to home with Viet Nam. And geez, now it seems like the whole world.

When, when, when will the madness end? In my lifetime? I wish. But it won't, unfortunately. Today we always see on TV or the newspapers the horror, the bombs, the dead... why can't the TV news start their broadcast with something positive. "New School Built In Iraq... film at 6"

That's it for today... I have nothing else to say. I find it hard to be humorous on a day like this. "May God have mercy on your souls" to the honorable that have died in combat. And to the veteran's who have survived: "Thank You." And a special thank you to our friends in Great Britain... for sticking with us, right or wrong. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the Revolutionary War. lol

Geez, my blood still runs cold and tingly when I hear Kate Smith hit those high notes.

29 May 2005

Happy Nettle Day England!


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nce again we come to the annual celebration of Nettle Day, also known as Oak Apple Day. This revered holiday is celebrated in England to commemerate the anniversary of the restoration of the monarchy in England in 1660.


In some parts of the country it is also known as Shick-Shack Day or Arbor Day. Try saying Shick-Shack Day 10 times really fast. Laugh. In 1660, Charles II declared 29th May a public holiday, Oak Apple Day. The popular holiday was abolished in 1859. Oh well so much for hardy partying and public drunkeness.

Traditional celebrations to commemorate the event often entailed the wearing of oak apples or leaves, in reference to the occasion after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 when the future Charles II of England escaped the Roundhead army by hiding in a Boscobel oak tree (known in some parts of the country as a shick-shack).

It is widely believed that these ceremonies, which have now largely died out, are continuations of pre-Christian nature worship. Events still take place at Castleton in Derbyshire, Upton-upon-Severn, Northampton, the Grovely Forest near Salisbury, Aston on Clun in Shropshire, and Great Wishford in Oxfordshire.

Now my 6th great grandfather, William Edmunds came from Coleford, Gloucestershire, England in 1708. Coleford is in the Forest of Dean somewhere I believe. I'm not sure if he celebrated Nettle Day. I knew he liked apples though.

Burning Questions and Comments

How will you be celebrating Nettle Day? How will you celebrate Oak Apple Day? I think you should eat an apple today to commemorate this historic event!

Today's Birthday

In 1903 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes] was born in Kent England... entertainer/comedian

Special Commentary

I've never heard of this song playing and I have never heard of the group. If I had an apple right now I would shove it down her throat and put her out of misery.

Humble Apologies Department

I humbly apologize to Rhode Island celebrating, the raucus, partying Ratification Day. And to Wisconsin celebrating the equally boisterous Admission Day. I couldn't think of anything to write. But hey, send pictures of your celebrations and I will surely try and post them. The more raucus and dirty pictures the better.

28 May 2005

Announcing the 2005 Telethon For...


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logophobia (noun or descriptive adjective) 1. I You can't think of a thing to write today. 2. Fear of writing a blog entry 3. A mild form of Blogitis....


Yes people, it's time that I stood up for the more unfortunate bloggers of the world. Too meek to admit it, they suffer from a recent disease that has descended upon us... it knows no race or continent... no boundaries. It hits when you least expect it. One day you're fine and full of things to write about and then suddenly, without warning... BAM! It hits you square in the middle of the forehead. How traumatic... How do you know if you are beginning to develop symptoms of Blogophobia? You sit down at your computer and stare at the screen... no words are forming in your brain and you begin to break out in a sweat. You feel a sense of panic taking over.

It's not beneath you to even make up diseases to champion. You begin to look at friends Blog in order to steal get ideas. Then you spread out and begin surfing Blogs, friend and strangers alike looking for anything that might pass as a decent blog script. You'll even resort to putting in an extra blank line here and there to make it look like you have a lot to say.

Finally, in desparation you simply come face to face with the truth and admit to the world that you have nothing to write about.

As you may have noticed, I very rarely have this crippling disease. I always have something to say... That is why I am bringing to the world the plight this dire cause.

Furthermore this is why I, Denny Shane, self-appointed myself to be the champion of this cause. I need you to please donate, and I mean really donate very heavily to this aggregious and unfortunate illness. I even selected appropriate music for today. Doesn't it just scream, Send Money? Please send your donations to me in care of this Blog. I will post the names of all contributors.

Burning Questions and Comments

Any comments? Anything at all? Even if you have nothing to say... make up something!!

Today's Birthday

Nothing... not one birthday did anything for me today, not even Deaths... nothing in History and there are no holidays in the world.

PLEASE NOTE: Today, 28 May 2005 really, really SUCKS!

27 May 2005

Stick 'Em Up Pardner...


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o we have way too many notorius people as heroes? I noticed today's birthday is that of Wild Bill Hickock. Now Wild Bill wasn't a gunslinger or anything. He was the US Marshall of Deadwood in the Dakota Territory. Geez, talk about having your hands full with your job...


But the thought occured to me that we sensationalize gangsters, thieves, and anyone else that captures our mind... especially on the wrong side of the law. Billy the Kid, Al Capone... the list goes on and on. We write books about them, make movies... put them in the category of quasi-hero. We have computer games that memorialize them.

Granted growing up they captured my imagination as well. I couldn't get enough of the Untouchables with Robert Stack. All the bad guys pretty much got it in the end, but I have to admit being young sometimes I hoped they got away. I mean, come on guys admit it, didn't we all fantasize about spending one night with Ma Barker? Laugh.

Burning Questions and Comments

Who out of history have you found totally captivating... either good guy or gangster? And I've also wondered for you guys over in Europe... did your TV shows portray gangsters from your country? or is it just in the USA?

Today's Birthday

On this date in 1837 "Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler] famous cowboy and scout.

26 May 2005

OK, I've Been Tagged


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any thanks go out to Adrienne for tagging me. Even though I have listed many items in my 100 list that I have never done or ever want to do... I've tried to come up with 10 more items. So here we go....


10. I have never been to Michigan.
9. I have never petted an octipuss.
8. I have never canoed on the Amazon.
7. I have never been to China.
6. I have never performed brain surgery.
5. I have never been told I SHOULD have brain surgery.
4. I have never had an erotic dream about anyone I've seen on my blog.
3. I have never shook hands with Queen Elizabeth.
2. I have never gone topless on the Italian Riviera.
1. I have never lied a few times writing this list. lol

Once again, thank you to Amanda for making me use my brain at 5 AM this morning. Now I have to pass it on to 3 people huh? Ok, my 3 people are:
Brighton
Magicfingers
Lois Lane

Now I know someone in that little group has already done this, but hey... I HAD to pick three people.

Burning Questions and Comments

Do you get tired of these lists? Do you really find them useful? Would you be stupid enough to answer this question: Would you like to do some lists?

Today's Birthday

In 1886 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson] was born. He played in the Jazz Singer and was also a silent film actor.The song you hear him singing, Hatikvah, is extremely rare and is the national anthem of Israel and translated: "The Hope"

25 May 2005

I'm Baaaccckkk and I Am The Lucky One!


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ver since Friday the 13th it's been one thing after another. I'm not going to go through the litany of events and mishaps... you already know the items.

Starting today, it's going to be all good luck. I may even buy a lotto ticket!

If I win, I'll fly all you guys to Houston for a party! How's that? For good luck I rubbed my relic of Saint John Nueman... I also made my usual lottery pact with God... if I win I'll start going to church on Sundays, donate heavily, be good, give to the poor, blah, blah, blah. I think even He yawned at that one... I guess it gets old after awhile.

4,6,9,11,15,23 Am I cool or what? I'm even giving you the winning numbers... on one condition... if you play and win you must give me a cut. If you don't wanna cut me in then don't play those numbers. Instead you play 31,25,16,21,1,5, they are guaranteed losing numbers. How do I know they are losing numbers? Laugh... Trust me I know...

Burning Questions and Comments

Have you ever won the lottery? Even a small amount? Or do you want to come clean and admit you won for millions? Have you ever played the Irish Sweepstakes? I have and lost as usual.

24 May 2005

Taking the Day Off!!


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orry guys, but I am taking the day off. Got a lot of things to do.

I promise, I'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning!

23 May 2005

Goodbye Old Car - Hello New Car!!


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ell... So how did my weekend go? Funny you should ask...

I am soooooooooooooooo pissed..... I mean REALLY pissed.



Saturday morning started out like so many other mornings... however by lunchtime that would all change. I am driving up 45, minding my own business, heading towards the San Pedro Social Club event that I wrote about on Friday... when all of a sudden, this dumb shit yahoo in a pickup decided to cut in front of me. He was on the left and me in the middle lane. Normally, it wouldn't be a problem but this guy wasn't quite fully in front of me when he cut over. The back of his truck caught my left fender... I'm not even sure he knew he hit me.

However, it started me in a spin... the car behind me couldn't stop in time and he plowed into my right side... and pushed me into Mr. Yahoo. The ONLY reason Mr. Yahoo is alive and didn't get shot by me was the fact I was trapped in my car.

Several things went through my mind. Kill Mr. Yahoo, am I going to Heaven or Hell, shoot Mr. Yahoo. Luckily I had my seatbelt on and my bags deployed like they were suppose to deploy. I always wondered about that... but they did. At first I couldn't see because there were bags all over the place... went they went down I realized how lucky I was to be alive. That's when thoughts of "kill, kill and more kill" started flooding my mind.

Fast forward after the cops got me out of the car... Mr. Yahoo was sitting on the side of 45 looking as if he didn't have a care in the world or a clue what happened. Can you spell DRUNK? I think he was a bit started when I ran, without my cane over to him with my fist clenched. I guess lucky for me and him a cop grabbed me. A trip to the hospital for the excrusiating pain in my neck and back, a call to my attorney, car insurance, etc I got home thanks to one of the cops.

Everyone involved was medically fine... I think the guy in back of me also had major pain in his neck and back... amazingly the yahoo had insurance.

Anyway... it's funny... believe it or not I practically never wear my seatbelt. I'm petrified of being trapped in my seatbelt and the car catching on fire and blowing me up. But for some unknown reason yesterday I hooked it on. I think God knew what was going to happen.

So, I spent my Sunday looking for a new car since my really nice Bonneville got creamed. Above is what I decided on getting. It's a really cool looking Chevy Blazer. I was getting too old for my cool looking Bonneville anyway. I'll go pick the Blazer up today since they had a few things to do on it. They were nice and gave me a 2005 Tempest to drive around.
Burning Questions and Comments

Have you ever been in a car accident?

Today's Birthday

Drew Carey, born this date 1961 in Cleveland OH, actor/comedian (Drew Carey Show)

20 May 2005

Yea! It's Friday!!


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nce again it's here... the beginning of the weekend... and I've waited all week for it. This weekend is the San Pedro Social Club's 3rd annual party and fund-raiser for the kids of San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye in Belize. So what is the San Pedro Social Club? Well 3 years ago a few of us got together informally to raise money to build a school lunchroom for the little school on Ambergris Caye. Two years ago we got a little more serious about raising money... and raised $8,000 out of the $50,000 we needed. This past year we elected a Board of Directors and we're up to about $20,000.00. I think now we have 80 members from all over the country, and a few members from all over the world!! The event starts today in Lake Conroe, Texas about 40 miles from me and will last until Sunday. Among the drinking activities we have a great show lined up for tonight, then tomorrow is our Sunset Cruise that goes out onto the lake for some serious partying and swimming. Tomorrow night is the main event at Papa's on the Lake. Music, more drinking, and prize's. Continental Airlines has donated air flights, hotels in Belize have donated 5 and 7 night stays. The prize list just goes on and on. At $50.00 per chance... you can't beat it. And all the money raised goes towards the lunchroom.

I originally made my reservations at the motel up there for today and tomorrow... but this morning I realized I have entirely too much to do today... so I called and cancelled my room for today and will head up there first thing in the morning.
So if I am scarce this weekend you'll know the reason. I wish I could think of something neat to say on my new toy, but I can't. I don't like my voice..


Today's Birthday

Jimmy [James Maitland] Stewart born 1908, in Indiana PA, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life)

19 May 2005

Hello... Hello? Is Anyone Out There?...


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Texas, My Texas...


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hank you to Magicfingers for putting this on her blog. I was so impressed with it, that I stole it... yes, I admit it... I STOLE it from her. Anyone else who has the inclination to steal it from me... go right ahead...



TEXAS

When you're from Texas, people that you meet ask you questions like, Do you have any cows?" "Do you have horses?" "Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh?"They all want to know if you've been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.

Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be.. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at it they know what it is. It's Texas.

Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt and he'll know what it is. What happens if I show you a picture of any other state? You might get it maybe after a second or two, but who else would? And even if you do, does it ever stir any feelings in you?

In every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride off in a pickup.
There is some little bit of Texas in everyone.Did you ever hear anyone in a bar go, "Wow...so you're from Iowa? Cool, tell me about it?" Do you know why? Because there's no place like Texas.

Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves, but stayed instead to fight and die for the cause of freedom. We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and James Bowie and Crockett and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes. John Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is the Spirit of Texas.

Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Ana at San Jacinto.

Texas is "Juneteenth" and Texas Independence Day.

Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National Forest.

Texas is breathtaking mountains in the Big Bend.

Texas is the unparalleled beauty of bluebonnet fields in the Texas Hill Country.

Texas is the beautiful, warm beaches of the Gulf Coast of South Texas.

Texas is the shiny skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas.

Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork.

Texas is Mexican food like nowhere else, not even Mexico.

Texas is the Fort Worth Stockyards, Bass Hall, the Ballpark in Arlington and the Astrodome.

Texas is larger-than-life legends like Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Landry, Darrell Royal, Rick Husband, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Sam Rayburn, George Bush, Lyndon B.Johnson, and George W. Bush.

Texas is great companies like Dell Computer, Texas Instruments and Compaq. And Lockheed Martin Aerospace, home of the F-16 Jet Fighter and the JSF Fighter.

Texas is NASA.

Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops.

Texas is skies blackened with doves, and fields full of deer.

Texas is a place where towns and cities shut down to watch the local High School Football game on Friday nights and for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and for the Night In Old San Antonio River Parade in San Antonio.

Texas is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities.If it isn't in Texas, you probably don't need it.No one does anything bigger or better than it's done in Texas.

By federal law, Texas is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag. Think about that for a second. You fly the Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, California, or Maine and your state flag, whatever it is, goes at 17 feet. You fly the Stars and Stripes in front of Pine Tree High in Longview or anyplace else at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at the same height - 20 feet. Do you know why? Because it is the only state that was a republic before it became a state. Also, being a Texan is as high as being an American down here. Our capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building in Washington, D.C. and we can divide our state into five states at any time if we wanted to! We included these things as part of the deal when we came on. That's the best part, right there. Texas even has its own power grid!!

If you are a REAL TEXAN you won't even need to be told to pass this on.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Now haven't you just once in your life wished you could visit Texas?

In history today...

Mexico gives Texas to US, (again) ending the war in 1848.

18 May 2005

A Blank...


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t's happening again gang. I've been sitting here for 2 hours trying to figure out what to write about today. I even looked in the bottom of the barrel and nothing is even sloshing around down there. I did see something interesting entitled "Why Toenails Turn Yellow" but couldn't find anything humorous in that title... God knows yellow toenails are not attractive and so unfortunate an affliction for the owner of said toenails.



Now while kinda, sorta researching this subject I came across two reasons for yellow toenails. The first is a fungal infection and the second is toe trauma. Now don't laugh... toe trauma is serious. Toe trauma is caused by too tight of shoes or strenuous exercise. Did you know that? Don't lie, you didn't.

Now for women that have yellow toe trauma: the coverup is easy... apply a base coat to prevent further discoloration, then paint on a dark, vampy polish to conceal your damaged dogs. A good choice might be L'Oreal Shock Proof Extreme Wear Nail Color in Plum Mystique, $4.95. Sorry guys... no suggestions, nothing for you. Incidentally, after researching this extensively I discovered that it takes at least nine months for a toenail to grow out, regardless of what ails it, it'll be that long before your feet are ready for display.

Now where else on someone's blog can you go and read about important medical problems and corrections? Well, that's it for today. I really hope that tomorrow I can think of something to write about.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Have you ever had toenail problems? Don't be embaressed... we're all friends here. We won't laugh... well, not to your face anyway.

Happy Birthday To You

Today's Birthday wish goes out to Perry Como, singer, born in 1912, Canonsburg, Penna.

17 May 2005

Remember the Alamo!!


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hose were the exact words that Sam Houston used to rally his troops just prior to defeating the Mexican army at San Jacinto... a battle that took exactly 18 minutes. I could never understand why Sam Houston allowed Santa Ana to live. But then found out he gave the Mexican general a choice: die or give Texas its' freedom. Texas as we know became it's own country... prior to becoming a State.

Watching Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, swinging the butt of his rifle around his head always sent chills up my back when I was a kid and yes... I DID have a coonskin hat like every other kid in Philly. Then John Wayne produced for the big screen his version of The Alamo... An excellent retelling of that fateful period. Last night I finally got to see the new Alamo movie, directed by John Lee Hancock... and starring Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston and Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett.

I couldn't help comparing it to the original John Wayne version. I remember when it first came out and people compared, and they weren't too kind to the new version. However, the new, 2004, version seemed more in tune with the history of what happened those 13 days from February 23, 1836 to March 6, 1836.

The Mission San Antonio de Valero, then the Alamo, as it was originally known was the cornerstone of the Republic of Texas. Kids in grade school here in Texas learn about the Alamo before they learn about United States history, literally. 183 men held off the Mexican Army of nearly 2,000 soldiers under the leadership of Santa Ana. (His name is actually spelt with one "n", but history has given him 2 n's.

Every year I take a 3 hour car ride out to San Antonio to visit the Alamo. I've been there 14 times I think. It's never the same... I always find something new, learn something I've never known before. It's an awe inspiring place. In a few weeks I'll be making my 15th trip to the cradle of Texas liberty. I'm not going to retell the story... everyone already knows it... or should, because:

Without the Alamo there could have been no Battle of San Jacinto.

Without the Battle of San Jacinto, Texas could not have existed. (and I'd be living in Mexico right now)

Without Texas, the westward expansion of the U.S. would have been thwarted.

Without the West, the U.S. would have remained an Atlantic power, and not risen to become a world power.

Without the U.S. as a world power, the world as we see it today would not exist.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Have you ever been to the real Alamo? What local landmark where you live has captured your interest and imagination?

Happy Birthday To You

Today's Birthday wish goes out to A P "Tich" Freeman cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England) born 1888. What exactly is a leg-spinner?

16 May 2005

Take a tip...


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rom me... If you ever have a stroke and find yourself in need of walking with a cane... do not, repeat, DO NOT ever try and walk without it. Now I do go without it when I am in the apartment. If I need to grab something, which is rare, I always have something: a sofa, chair, pole lamp....

Yesterday I was feeling pretty good and decided to go grocery shopping. I felt sooooo good as a matter of fact... I decided to go without my four-legged cane... you know, just in case I saw a gorgeous female shopping. I wanted to make sure she saw me, but not with a walking aid. I got to the supermarket, parked my car... in a normal parking spot and not the handicapped one. Got out and proceeded to the entrance.

Lo and behold here comes a gorgeous, beautiful, really hot ok, she was a female. I smiled, she smiled. "Beautiful day..." she commented. "Yes, it is", I replied in my best Clark Gable voice. She sauntered past me. MMmMMmM I could smell "Este" in the air. I turned to watch her walk to her car.

Then it happened...

I tripped and fell flat on my face... I mean really tripped and fell on my face. The only thing that saved me from a broken nose was the fact that my knees both hit the pavement at the same time. Luckily no one saw me... or if they did, no one ran to help me up. Which is fine with me.

I got up and looked down. There were two identical bruises, one on each knee. Blood pouring out of each of them. Being the analytical and fast thinking person I am, I looked down and said: "Holy crap!... I'm going to bleed to death right here."

I looked around and saw no one in sight. Back into my car I went. Why did I park in that far away non-handicapped spot. After what seemed to be a really long hike, I got back to the safety of my car. Stinging, stinging, stinging... drip, drip, drip... squirt, squirt, squirt. By the time I got home and parked and got out of the blood-mobile I looked down. It looked like I was walking on amputated legs... it looked as though my legs just returned from a guest appearance in a Nightmare on Elm Street movie.

"Please God, don't let anyone see me and I'll donate heavily this Sunday to the church of your choice."

Once inside the comfort of my apartment I performed emergency aid to my knees. Caution: Do not try and tend to brusied legs while trying to put your foot up on the bathroom vanity. It doesn't work. Anyway, I managed to get everything under control... knees bandaged... I didn't know whether or not to hobble or limp... crawling on my knees was definitely out. I got to the sofa and that's where I pretty much spent the day.

Lessons Learned

Never, ever look at a female with dirty thoughts in your mind while walking.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

What's the most stupid, non-life threatening accident you ever had? (The more embarrassing, the better)

My Luck Continues

I'd like to thank my former friend Restless Angel for providing me with this link. I feel so complete now.

The Death Card
You are the Death card. Death is a stage in the
cycle of life. Without death, there would be no
room for new things to grow. When you receive
the Death card in a tarot reading, fear not;
Death is only an indication that transformation
is about to occur. Death allows us all to
evolve by removing that which is no longer
needed. The end of one cycle makes way for a
new one. Old behaviours and patterns which have
tied us down are released. Death cleans house
so that we don't have needless drains on our
energy. In Death's ruthless destruction there
lies compassion. Image from: Danielle Sylvie
Taylor
http://members.limitless.org/~morpheum/gallery.html


Which Tarot Card Are You?
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15 May 2005

Ladies... Bare Your Neck Please...


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ith envy I watched as the moonlight embraced her entire body. She pulled back her flaxen, blonde hair to reveal a slender neck, I could feel my pulse quicken. Her lightly scented perfume engulfed my senses. I could feel my lips enclose around that part which beats with a rhythym, ever so softly.


Ok, ok... you're sitting there thinking, "hmmmm, where is Denny going with this?" Well, sorry, but that's as far as I am headed. In the birthday section yesterday I noted it was the anniversary of the death of Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco, a descendant of the real Dracula. An email I received yesterday is what prompts me for this blog today.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a real Dracula" and he's in my family tree. Granted a distant cousin but he's in there hanging around from a branch... one of the fruity branches so to speak. Born in 1431 was the son of Vlad II or Drac the Dragon... now how's this for a schoolyard showdown: "My dad is Drac the Dragon and he can beat up your dad." Anyway, Vlad II had 2 sons Vlad IV the Monk and the infamous Dracula... which means Little Drac. The end of his name, ula, means "little".

Now Dracula was a little weird... granted he did have his enemies spiked and hung up along the paths to his castle... Now come on folks, tell the truth and shame the devil... who among us hasn't wish we could do that to some people?... granted he did have his dinner out there on the roads that led to his castle with all of his spiked enemies... but come on folks... he didn't bite their necks and drink their blood. Ok, Ok... he may have had his servants drain their blood and THEN he drank it... but again he was not barbaric and he drank the blood from a nice goblet... and did not suck the blood from their necks. Geez folks, he had a little more class than that.

So anyway Virginia... I hope I have answered your question. I also hope you sleep well tonight knowing their are decendants of Dracula still wandering the earth. I forgot to ask you... are you in Texas per chance?

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

So, were you aware that there was a real Dracula? They give tours of his still standing castle... would you go?

Today's Birthday

And Happy Birthday wishes go out to another distant cousin, Lyman Frank Baum from Chittenango NY, ... this date 1856. Author of the Wizard of Oz.

14 May 2005

Yesterday...


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ell folks, yesterday, Friday the 13th lived up to its' reputation. It started out as any other day. I woke up to the usual face licking by Easter... got her food, sat down to drink my coffee. Everything pretty normal... until I opened my front door.

(Insert theme from Jaws here)

There was a letter taped to the door knob. I thought to myself that this was odd and that only the apartment complex where I live does this. I opened it up and read that because it has been discovered that I had 2 unregistered cats in my apartment, I needed to come by the office. And... to put down a $500.00 non-refundable fee. I was stunned.

So over to the office I walked... getting more pissed with each footstep. I went in, and both leasing agents were present. They smiled... I didn't. I pulled the letter out and asked who wrote it... one of the agents raised her hand. I asked where she got her information that I had 2 cats? She said the other day she walked past my apartment and saw a cat in my one dining room window. She said when she got to my other set of windows in the living room she saw another cat in the window. I told her it was the same cat! It just runs faster than her pudgy little legs could walk. I pulled out my key and said to go ahead over and I would give her $1,000.00 per cat over 1 cat that she found. She backed down.

We got to the meat of the letter. I asked if I had a 100 lb. dog... what would the charge be... and she said the same amount. I couldn't understand how they could charge the same fee for a dog versus a cat. A cat, cleans itself and goes in a litter box. A dog sheds hair all over the place and if you don't walk it... it has no problem going in a corner somewhere, plus they slobber everywhere. "Cats have an odor" I was told. My mouth dropped completely open. I was in a no win situation.

I couldn't justify nor afford to throw $500.00 out the window to these people. I hated myself and still do... Being on Social Security Disability, I couldn't afford to throw away $500.00.

To make a long story short... Easter has a new home... she woke up this morning to new owners. But in all honesty I was beginning to doubt myself if I was a cat person in the first place. All my life it's been dogs. I was use to a dog's goofing around, and not a cat's finicky personalities. Her stay here may have been short anyway, I don't know... and it doesn't make any difference now anyway.

When my lease was up not long ago I debated with myself about staying here. I decided to stay... the property was nice, I liked the amenities, etc. I'll be a bit more critical when my present lease is up... right now I have a bad taste in my mouth.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

What would you have done?

Today's Birthday

Ok, I had a moment of confusion and whatever... today's birthday gal is Heloise born in 1919. However it is also the day two of my favorites died as well: Frank Sinatra in 1998 and in 1997 Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco descendant of the real Dracula, who died at 76. So there, see my problem? lol

13 May 2005

Paraskevidekatriaphobia...


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o you suffer from it? Suffer from it... I can hardly pronounce it. If you know what today is, then surely you know what Paraskevidekatriaphobia means... come on, let's all say it outloud... A fear of Friday the 13th. How did this joyous holiday ever begin in the first place? Well, according to my many sources the origins of the Friday the 13th superstition has been linked to the fact there were 13 people at the last supper of Jesus, who was traditionally crucified on Good Friday, but it probably originated only in medieval times.

It has also been linked to the fact that a lunisolar calendar must have 13 months in some years, while the solar Gregorian calendar and lunar Islamic calendar always have 12 months in a year. Another suggestion is that the belief originated in a Norse myth about twelve gods having a feast in Valhalla. The mischievous Loki gatecrashed the party as an uninvited 13th guest and arranged for Hod, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Baldur, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Baldur was killed and the Earth was plunged into darkness and mourning as a result.

However, I believe that the arrest of Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and 60 of his senior knights on Friday, October 13, 1307 by King Philip IV of France is the origin of this superstition. That day thousands of Templars were arrested and subsequently tortured. They couldn't handle the torture any more and they 'confessed' and were then promptly executed. From that day on, Friday the 13th was considered by followers of the Templars as an evil and unlucky day.

Today, Friday the 13th, some people will be so paralyzed with fear they simply won't get out of bed. Others will steadfastly refuse to fly on an airplane, buy a house, or act on a hot stock tip. It's Friday the 13th, and they're freaked out.

"It's been estimated that in the U.S. $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do," said Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

You already know the question of the day... Are you superstitious? Do you take extra care on Friday the 13th? How many times have you seen the Friday the 13th movie?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boy born in 1950 on this date is Stevie Wonder [Steveland Morris] Saginaw MI, singer/songwriter (I Just Called To Say I Love You, Superstition, You are The Sunshine of My Life, My Cherie Amour).

12 May 2005

The Bottom of the Barrell...


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es, once more I have dove down, head first, into the bottom of the proverbial blog barrell and came up with another excellent posting. Back in the early days of capital punishment in this country you usually were either hung or shot... end of story. Prior to the invention of the electric chair, you were hung. But a colleague of Thomas A. Edison, answering the call from prison wardens that they wanted something more humain than hanging, he invented the electric chair.

Imagine that, the electric chair was more humane than hanging... hmmm.. ok, if they say so. So therefore you were "getting the chair" or "you're gonna fry" The electric chair was pretty popular and the less humane way of executing people, by hanging, slowly became a thing of the past. While doing minimal research for this article, I was shocked to find out there are some states that actually give the condemmed person their choice: hanging or firing squad... unbelievable, huh? Laugh.

The along came the gas chamber... "you're getting gassed". Lately we have adopted lethal injection... and this is the whole thrust of this blog entry. If someone is going to die by lethal injection, then where are they going? Remember, "you're getting the chair", or "you're getting gassed." What do they say to someone that is going to be executed by lethal injection? "you're gettin' the needle pal"? That doesn't sound too scarey. Or "yeah pal, you're gettin' stuck tonight"? We need a phrase that gets the point across in a scarey way... I think we need something to say that is also a deterrent, more than "yeah pal, you're going to the little room, where you lie down and they'll inject you and then you go to sleep" Really, does that sound scarey?



Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Can you think of anything for a new phrase? It's hard... Are you for or against the death penalty? and why?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday girl is Katharine Hepburn, born 1907 in Hartford CT, actress. In addition to all of the great parts she played... she also starred in such favorites as African Queen, Adam's Rib, and On Golden Pond.

11 May 2005

Thirty Minutes Ago......


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ulia Roberts, the non-pregnant one... and I were lounging on a white beach having margaritas... The sun shining, waves crashing... Julia turned to me and started to tell me I was the sexiest man she had ever known... then I was brutally awoken. Instead of my Julia running her fingers through my hair... I felt someone licking my little bald spot... and then munching on my hair. What the hell kind of mightmare was this?...


Once the dream stopped and reality set in... there I was laying on my stomach as I normally sleep... Easter aka Frankencat aka The Grey Monster From Behind the Sofa, was lounging on MY back and licking my bald spot, and then to add insult to injury she began EATING my hair... the little bit left on my head. The conversation went as follows:

ME: What the hell are you doing?
Easter:

ME: Is there something mentally wrong with you?
Easter: meow

ME: Do you know it's only 2AM?
Easter: meow, lick, meow, munch, lick, meow

I dragged myself out of my bed... went to the kitchen and it became clear to me. Her food bowl was empty. God forbid it's empty for more than an hour. If she missed a meal, she would be doing posters for animal cruelity. Normally, I wouldn't mind, but I filled her bowl before I went to bed. Special note to Easter: If you are reading this blog today, pay close attention to the words in the music...

I had full intentions to write about the electric chair today... now that will have to wait.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Is this normal? What the hell is wrong with her? I think she fits very well into this "Not So Normal Group."

Today's Birthday

And speaking of Not Normal... Today's birthday boys are Chang & Eng Bunker Chinese Siamese twins, connected at their waist. Born in 1811. Hapy Birthday - Happy Birthday.

Incidentally


Over on the holidays for today you may have notice Lemuria. I admit I did not know about this holiday. I looked it up and:
The last surviving LEMURS exist on Madagascar. This is why the ancient land tying India and Australia together, that sank incrementally over time, is referred to as LEMURIA.

Myriads of ancient writings from the South Seas, and the ancient Tamil writings on palm tree bark still exist protected underground in the Vatican archives, having been pillaged from various cultures and transported to Rome by order of various popes.

The Tamil bark writings in Southern India tell of the gigantic Southern part of India which used to connect to Australia cataclysmically sinking incrementally over a long period of time. This was ancient Lemuria.

10 May 2005

It Takes Two to Lie...


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ne to lie and another to listen. Can you guess whose birthday it is today? Is there anyone on earth that has not seen the Simpsons? People fall into three categories... those that love the Simpsons, the other small part of the world that doesn't like the Simpsons and the natives of Papua, New Guinea who don't watch TV. Yes folks, today is Homer's birthday.

It was actually a tough decision as to whom to memorialize here today... my choices were Homer Simpson, John Wilkes Booth or Fats Domino. Decisions, Decisions...

Well, two out of three isn't bad. I can remember when the Simpson's first came on TV. I hated them... couldn't stand them... but they started to grow on me. I use to sit there and think: "this show is so stupid" as I laughed my ass off. Now, believe it or not, the Simpsons is the longest running animated series in the history of television.

The very first Simpsons was shown on the Tracy Ulman Show in 1987. The title was "Good Night" and it ran for 1 minute 45 seconds.

I also need to get off this little kick of writing about the birthday people... I need to write honest to goodness, real blog entries. I'll do better tomorrow... promise.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Do you like the Simpson's? Why? Or do you hate them? Do you have a favorite Fats Domino song?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boys are Homer Simpson, born 1955 and Fats Domino, born in 1929... and that other guy... the assassin.

09 May 2005

Winkin', Blinkin', Nod... and Yours Truly


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rying to dovetail a musical selection to go with whatever I write can be challenging sometimes. Today's birthday is none other than Dante Allegheri. So what music would go with this theme? I immediately thought of Enigma once again. I have some advice... do not listen to Enigma at 3AM, with lights dimmed... the music slowly engulfs you and takes over your brain. "mMMmMmmMmm, yes (insert name), move a little closer, snuggle your head in my arm... let me feel your warm breath as it flows across my body..." Huh? Where am I?

I couldn't get anything written... well nothing that I could put in print on here anyway. So I did the next best thing... I went back to bed. laugh. I was just about to sail off with Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod in a wooden shoe, and sail on a river of crystal light into a sea of dew... when I felt something nibbling at my underarm hair (romantic, huh?). We, that being Winkin', Blinkin', Nod and I, berthed the shoe and the three kicked me out and told me to walk.

As I sat on the beach watching the three go back out to sea, I swore I could hear the moon "Where are you going and what do you wish?", the old moon asked the three. "We've come to fish for the herring fish that live in this beautiful sea; Nets of silver and gold have we" said Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod.

I thought that since I certainly wouldn't be fishing for herring, I'd get out of bed, with Frankencat, aka Easter, aka The Creature From in Back of the Sofa, attached to my underarm and try and write a blog entry.

Dante Alighieri as I said was the guy who gave us such great works of the written word as The Divine Comedy. Have you ever tried to read this? Back in high school, I thought I would impress everyone by reading it... I constantly fell asleep. I ended up just carrying it around, making sure people could see it, and thereby "think" I was an intellectual. Just now I started reading it on the 'net. I swear Winkin, Blinkin and Nod were coming back for me.

I've come to a major decision. I will never: listen to Enigma at 3AM and try to write a sensible blog entry, I'll never try to work Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod into any future blog article and will never, ever read the Divine Comedy.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Have you ever tried to read The Divine Comedy? Did you finish it? Did you understand it? What was the last book you completely finished? And would you recommend it?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boy is Dante Alighieri, Italian poet, born in 1265. Author of the Divine Comedy.

The stained glass artwork above was done by Wendy Larson

08 May 2005

NO SWIMMING by Order of the Sheriff


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oday's birthday guy is Peter Benchly, the person responsible for bringing Jaws to our favorite swimming spots. Many of the readers here were probably a little too young to remember the furor and paranoia caused when this movie was released. Who didn't go swimming that summer, 1975, and stand in an inch of water, look down and think of Jaws? I can remember standing at the beach-edge in Wildwood in a half inch of the Atlantic, looking down and reassuring myself that a shark couldn't swim in a half inch of water.

It was definiely a very gory and suspense-filled movie for it's day. I can remember going down to the Fox Theater in center city Philly. The line was around the block to get in... the last time that happened was when Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" was released... another movie that was cutting edge in that days' movie markets, but very tame by today's standard. And who could forget in Psycho II, when that poor girl was sitting on the toilet "taking care of business" and Anthony Perkins barges in and hacks her to death. A few scenes later we re-visited the bathroom and there was the girl, sliced to pieces, laying on the floor... with her slacks pulled up? Could she have been sitting on the toilet, peeing with her pants pulled up? lol.

Geez, today's standards have to include a young couple, naked, making love and then along comes: Freddy, Jason, or whoever... anyone wielding a huge knife, machete, etc... and the poor couple gets hacked to bits... arms, hands, legs, everything being slung around the theater.

Prior to these movies, the holy trio ruled the theaters: Dracula with Bela Lugosi, Frankenstein with Boris Karloff and the Wolfman with Lon Chaney. Then there was The Thing, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob... hold on a sec, someone's at my door... help! aaarrrggghhhh! help! moan....

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Who could forget Saturday Night Live's skit of the knocking on the door and hearing "candy-gram" I fell of my chair laughing. What is the scariest movie you have ever seen? Did you cover your eyes? Could you sleep? muhahahaha...

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boy is Peter Benchly, author of Jaws.

07 May 2005

Don't Cry For Me Argentina, or Broadway... OK, Maybe a Little...


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ast night while searching for the music to play on today's Blog, it occured to me that I had never seen a real, honest to God, Broadway play. You would think, that with living in Philly, and being a hop, skip and jump from New York I would have gone... at least once. Nope, never.

Growing up in Philly there were tons of legit stage theaters. Center City Philly had plenty of places where a stage show would come to iron out any last minute wrinkles before heading to the bigtime on Broadway. And sometimes it was the final curtain call... the play was too bad to even go to off-Broadway. But I believe now they are all gone... their final curtain call closed them all down. I was a little too young to go to one of those theaters.

Houston has quite a few theaters but they are mostly for actors and actresses learning their craft, just starting out. And I have been to a few of those. There is one theater downtown where the big ones play... but that's rare. And I think the people who are in the plays have real courage... to be live on-stage, night after night. No re-shoots, re-takes... you make a mistake, you live with it and move on.

Well, that's it for today... hopfully, I'll see y'all tomorrow!

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Have you ever gone to a Broadway play? What did you see? Or perhaps a play in your town at a local theater? Have you ever been IN a play? Did you ever see the movie "Evita" with Madonna? What did you think?

The song playing is Sarah Brightman's rendition... I have to say, no matter what song she sings... she takes my breath away...

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday gal is none other than Eva (Evita) Duarte Peron. First Lady of Argentina. Born in 1919, Los Toldos, Argentina

06 May 2005

Friday Cleanup: Odds and Ends


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riday is upon us... I decided today and maybe every Friday will be odds and ends day... unless I have something to really talk about. Since I don't have anything today, then it's clean-up day here at your favorite newspaper. And exactly what does this mean, you ask? As you read you'll catch on... I hope.


Holidays
Remember yesterday when I talked about Holidays? Well, if you look over on the right side of the paper this morning, you'll see a little section entitled Today's Holidays. This is where I'll start putting the daily holiday somewhere in the world. We can all wish those people a happy day. For example: In Bulgaria it's Shepherd's and Herdesmen's Day. So happy holiday to all of our Shepherds and Herdemen out there! I guess Shepherdesses and Herdeswomen too.

Frankencat Update
I should put this down in the Burning Questions section, but why...WHY... does this cat find the perverted need to come into the bathroom as I am sitting there minding my own business... and park herself directly in front of me... and stare at me? and when I reached for the toilet paper, she lunges at the roll and tries to tear the paper and my fingers to shreds?

Free Weekend
The last two weekends I took my daughters to the Father/Daughter Dance, then it was my daughter's First Communion, etc. This weekend is free and I haven't a clue what to do with myself. If I knew where any of you lived, I could pop on over for dinner. I think it is going to be nice here for Saturday and Sunday... maybe something outdoorsie?

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Hey! Don't forget Mother's Day is this weekend. Look down the side bar and click on the mall. You can order flowers from 1-800-flowers at discount prices!! You'll be a hero to your mom or wife! and I'll make a few cents commission! Good idea huh?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boy is Sigmund Freud of Freiberg Moravia, cigar smoker, father of psycho-analysis. Born in 1856. Also today a birthday wish goes out to Tony Blair in the UK. Tony was born in 1953... and congrats on his victory.

05 May 2005

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!


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oday is Cinco de Mayo and for you non-Texans who are wondering what Cinco de Mayo is... it's Spanish for the 5th of May and is a big deal here in Texas. And why you might ask is Cinco de Mayo so special? Well, it's the Mexican celebration of their winning battle over the French in 1862 at The Battle Of Puebla and not Mexican Independence day as so many people mistakenly think. And why exactly am I writing about this? Well back in February I noticed 2 visitors to my blog from Mexico. And being the accomodating person that I am, I wanted to make them feel at home today assuming they didn't come here by accident and are still visiting me. I know, you're thinking I've really gone over the edge now, huh?

I was thinking that since there are visitors from different parts of the world that come here, I would try and be cognizant of any particular holiday that they might be celebrating. For example, in Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand they celebrate Boxing Day on 26 December. So on that day I'll talk about that holiday and how it has absolutely nothing to do with Boxing. But I'll wait until the proper day to discuss that. So, in the comments section, leave your special holiday... I'll put it on my calendar and if I remember to look at it, I'll write a llittle something about it. Comprende?

Many major cities in Texas come alive with Mexican festivals, music, fun, and food. Personally Mexican food ranks right up there with Italian food. I really enjoy it. When I lived in Philly, there was one Mexican restaurant that I loved going to visit... no, not Taco Bell. Then when I moved to Texas... geez, the place is over-run with restaurants. One of the most celebratory (is that a word?) places in the state is San Antonio for Cinco de Mayo. It comes alive, expecially on the River Walk, and especially La Villita. La Villita is a small re-constructed Mexican town, a stones throw from the Alamo and the River Walk. Music and the aroma of food fill the air and compete against each other. It's a nice day and I'll celebrate maybe with a shot of Tequila later today! Vivas!

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

I know there are people from all over the world that come here. What special holiday do you celebrate in your country? And yes, Americans can answer that question also. Picking Christmas is not allowed. I'm talking a holiday specific to your country or locale.

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday guy is Spencer Tracy. Born in 1900.
Hey! Don't forget Mother's Day is this weekend. Look down the side bar and click on the mall. You can order flowers from 1-800-flowers at discount prices!! You'll be a hero to your mom or wife!

04 May 2005

Burning Blogging Questions


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very so often I really do think about my blog and what I write. Not so much the content but the length of it. Some blogs I visit are 3 sentences long... others are paragraph after paragraph. To be honest, I'm not sure which I like better... somedays it seems like I am in a hurry and prefer the short ones. Then there are the days when I read and read and read... but then I am too tired to leave a comment.

So, I decided to turn to you... fellow readers of blogs, compatriates of the written word, others with no life like me... to see what you like.

Another problem I have is leaving comments. Granted, it seems like I never get around to your blog, but I try. Some I leave comments, others I don't and to be quite honest, I really don't know what prompts me to leave a comment or not. I feel guilty when I visit a blog and do not leave a comment... and I should. I know how I feel when there's not a lot of comments. I love the comments and I do try and write something on other peoples blogs.

If I am babbling, feel free to stop me anytime you want. lol...

Most of my entries are the same length... three, maybe four paragraphs. To be more exact, when my brain starts sputtering that's when I wrap things up and put in that final period.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

So... long or short blogs? You MUST leave a comment. Do you go to other peoples blogs and leave comments or not? Any rationale behind that? Does anyone really read the side bars on a blog?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boy is Hosni Mubarak, the present Egyptian President born in 1928. Happy Birthday Hosni!

Hey! Don't forget Mother's Day is this weekend. Look down the side bar and click on the mall. You can order flowers from 1-800-flowers at discount prices!! You'll be a hero!

03 May 2005

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas


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ey... it's my Blog and if I want to write about Christmas in May... then I can... and you can't stop me! When I was looking up today's birthday I saw that it was ol' Bing Crosby's birthday today. Happy Birthday Bing. One thing led to another and now here I am writing about a holiday in December. It should be a mild 80 or 85 here in Houston today.

When I lived back in Philly we use to have a HUGE Christmas party on Christmas Eve. Anybody and everyone was always invited. If you were invited once, then you were pretty much on the list from there on out. To this day my daughter who lives in my house still has a Christmas Eve party every year.

So much food... I don't even know where half of it came from, but there were tons of it. Were there drinks? I had more drinks to serve than the neighborhood bar...

Then the kids started coming. In the beginning it was pretty easy... a few stuffed animals and all was set. As they got older things got a little more sophisticated... we had to put things together. Ugh. If you have kids, then you already know what I mean. It got to the point where we had to have the guests at the party putting toys together. Why do this you ask? Bcause the party use to last until 4AM. We would no sooner clean up a little, get to bed... and 15 minutes later the kids were running into the bedroom yelling "Merry Christmas." Ugh Ugh... It's a good thing I was still drunk because I wouldn't have been able to handle it if it were a hangover. By the time the gift opening was done, breakfast made, baths, getting dressed... I was pretty sober. The day began... visiting, visiting and visiting. Visiting... gifts... ooohs and aahhs... and drinks... more drinks. Ugh! Ugh! and Ugh! I lived for December 26th. My head stopped spinning just long enough to realize that New Year's was in a few days.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

What were your Christmas's like in your house? Did you visit or have people coming to visit? Any traditions that are carried on today?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boy is Harry Lillis Crosby, better known to the world as Bing Crosby. Born 1903, in Tacoma WA, Crooner and Actor best known for White Christmas, and Going My Way.

02 May 2005

Yoo-hoo, it's me! Pinky Lee!


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oo-hoo, it's me...
My name is Pinky Lee
I skip and run with lots of fun
For every he and she. .


It's plain to see
That you can tell it's me
With my checkered hat and my checkered coat
The funny giggle in my throat
My funny laugh like a billy goat.
That's it's whooooo
PINKY!

Geez, I had all but forgotten old Pinky Lee. On television in the mid 50's here in the US, every kid watched as he would do the typical kids things... dance, sing and slapstick. This hyper-kinetic, slapstick comedian wasn't without his critics. Milton Berle once commented at a gathering of comedians that "if a bomb hit this joint, Pinky Lee would be a hit!"; and New York Times reviewer, Jack Gould labeled Lee "crude, tasteless and...a conspiracy against parents." Nonetheless I watched Pinky Lee everyday. Back then there were tons of kids shows on the new thing called television. Let's see... Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Meet Mr. Rivets, who could forget the Mickey Mouse Show. The MM Show was on opposite Pinky Lee and it out-paced the Pinky Lee Show... the MM Club pretty much wiped out all of the kids shows back then. Pinky's ratings dropped and he had a heart attack on live television. His show was cancelled in 1956. Pinky Lee died of a heart attack on April 3, 1993 in Mission Viejo, California.

Many of these shows were Live, and the goof ups were funnier than the show. One time Mr. Rivets was on... he was a mechanical man... and his arm fell off! There was a show from Philly called the Big Top. It featured circus acts and was a kids show. I was in the cub scouts and we went to a live show.

During the show one of the performers got injuried and hurt her leg. The kids in the audience all went "awwww", except me. I was busy watching for when the camera would swing around and I'd be on TV. The camera turned around and while everyone else was going "awwww" I was clapping and smiling. laugh. That was my only time seeing the Big Top.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

What favorite kids shows did you watch as a kid? Did you ever meet any of the characters?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boy is Pinky Lee, children's show host of the Pinky Lee Show. Born this date in 1907.

The 100 Things Countdown Continues

Continuing with my list:

11. When my kids were smaller, they watched Barney. I hated, hated, HATED Barney.

10. I was little but I met Pinky Lee in person once. I can only remember meeting him, nothing about the meeting though.

If you really want to see my uptodate 100 Things.

01 May 2005

In Dreams... My Dreams


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o you have recurring dreams? Either a nice, regular dream or a nightmare that keeps playing over and over as if it was on a VCR and your brain keeps hitting the replay button? I do... I've had this particular dream for as long as I can remember. I'm not sure which category it falls into as far as genre of dreams. Now don't laugh... I'm Superman. Yes, I'm faster than a speeding bullet and can leap tall buildings... well, kinda/sorta.

In this dream, I am in my superman outfit... I run just like superman does and then I jump into the air and take off. This is where it gets kinda murky. After taking off into the air, I get caught up and entangeled in telephone wires. It seems to take forever to get out of the mess. After that I can't fly for crap. I still fly, but I'm slower than molasses... a flying turtle could go faster than I do. I never get to whatever catastrophe I was flying to in the dream.....



I've thought about going to a dream analysis person but I already have basically figured out what is going wrong in my life. I have always felt, especially when I was in politics that I could accomplish anything (superman)... but I was always held back for one reason or another (the wires).

Another slight variation is the dream where again I am superman. I'm trying to get on a bus... the driver won't let me on because I didn't have exact change. Now come on... I'm superman and that costume doesn't have a pocket to hold any cash.

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Is there anyone out there that interprets dreams? Any thoughts on what I need to do to stop this nightmare? Do you have any weird dreams? that are recurring?

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday gal is Calamity Jane [Martha Burke], frontier adventurer/Indian fighter. Born in 1852. Another favortie of mine is Kate Smith, born 1907 in Greenville, Alabama. Born in 1907, she was known for her rendition of God Bless America and as the Philadelphia Flyers Good Luck Charm.