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31 July 2005

Taking Off...


I decided to take the day off from Blogging today. See y'all tomorrow morning!!
30 July 2005

Remember When...


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ou were a kid and in magazines or the newspaper there would be 2 pictures of the same thing. You had to find out what was different in the picture. Guess what? That's what we're gonna do today!!

On the right there are two pictures of my desk. The top picture was taken I guess a year ago and the second picture was taken at 3:30AM this morning.

Can you find the subtle differences between the two pictures? Yes I know it's a little hard, you really have to challenge your brain to begin working over-time to find these slight changes. Do you have anything else to do right now? I didn't think so... I suppose there should be a prize... for the person to come up with the closest number of changes without going over. Maybe a real live phone call from me? Dunno... or maybe a more appropriate prize... like nothing. LOL But then I just thought, I will have to count everything myself to determine who comes the closest.

On second thought, no prize, it would be way to much energy to expend....

Observations and Questions
Oh just go and count the stuff and put your answer in the comments... or if there's an item you would like further explanations of, I'll try and answer.





Birth Announcements and Death Notices

Today's birthday boy is Paul Anka, born 1941, in Ottawa Ontario, singer.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Still time :) Come on, you know you wanna send in your picture.

29 July 2005

We Celebrate Today...


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hree important events in history. Today when you go to work, once again your fellow employees will marvel at your intelligence. Go ahead and give it a try as you're sipping coffee or standing at the water-cooler. "Hey guys, know what today is?"

Well, first off it is the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California! Yep, the 27th annual extravaganza begins today and lasts until the 31st. If you haven't made plans to go, you still can make it. Pictured is the Queen of the Garlic Festival and her court.

The event actually does have merit... In 2004 over 4,000 volunteers from 166 non-profit groups worked 43,243 hours to host the 26th Annual Garlic Festival. $225,000 was distributed to non-profit organizations. From 1979 through 2004 the success of the annual Festival has enabled the Association to award almost $7 million to these groups, not to mention the other charities which generated funds through booths operated at the three-day event. Hip Hip Hooray for the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Next is a religious holiday. St. Olaf's Day - Olsok, in Norway. Olsok means the wake of St. Olaf, in memory of king Olaf Haraldsson who brought Christianity to Norway and who fell at the battle of Stiklestad on July 29 1030. In old days this was an important holy day and a popular day of celebration. In many country places, mainly in the west, bonfires were lit, as on Midsummer's Eve. The weather on St Olaf's Day was said to portend how it would be for the coming autumn. Olsok has gained new importance more recently as a day when local history groups and clubs enact historical plays and hold services at places of special historical interest.

My head is just spinning from reading all about the fun in Norway on this day.

And finally, today we honor the passing of dear Momma Cass. Originally the story spread around that she choked to death on a ham sandwich... honest I'm not trying to be funny... the official autopsy report concluded that she died of a heart attack. Man, such a powerhouse of a voice.

Observations and Questions
Well once again the crack staff of the Not So Normal News has uncovered another set of non-award articles for your pleasure. So what's so special about today where you live? Any grade B holidays? Or will you be celebrating Garlic Day by adding it to your meatloaf tonight?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

Born in 1938, Peter Jennings, Toronto Canada, news anchor (ABC Evening News). Get well soon Peter.

Leading our Death Notices... the one and only Cass "Mama Cass" Elliot, singer with Mamas & Papas at 30 in London in 1974.


Gentle Reminder of the Day

Still time :) Come on, you know you wanna send in your picture.

28 July 2005

Today's Background Music...


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omes from the talented Whitney Houston... "I Have Nothing" and this song has significance in today's blog article. Why, you ask? Well, let me explain so you'll understand. Whitney Houston has nothing and well, so do I have nothing. Hard to believe huh? It just dawned on me as I was typing this... I say "I have nothing", but think about it... I do have something... I have nothing!

To better explain, let's look at this little scenario. You are held-up while taking a nice little walk in the evening. The robber says, "empty your pockets" You reply, "But I have nothing." "yeah, yeah the robber says, now empty your pockets."

You obey and take nothing out on your pocket and hand it to him. "I told you I have nothing... you wanted nothing, so I gave it to you." I hope this little demonstration cleared up precisely what I mean when I say "I have nothing."

In closing I would like to say, "I am thrilled that I could produce nothing for you today."

Observations and Questions
Please, feel free to talk about "nothing" in the comments.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1907, Earl S Tupper, invented Tupperware.

And in our Death Noices we have Cyrano de Bergerac, French dramatist/novelist, dies in Paris in 1655.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Still time :)

27 July 2005

I Am Officially Open


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or business. For those that don't know I am basically retired... on social security disability actually. After a heart attack and two strokes and sitting around doing nothing, about 2 months ago I started a little travel agency. It's right over there on the left and there are two parts to the agency; one half for Belize and the other half for the rest of the world. After I retired from politics and moved to Texas I worked for a resort on Ambergris Caye (pronounced 'key', not 'kay')on an island off the coast of Belize in Central America. During that time I became fairly knowledgeable on the tiny little country and decided I would include that destination as a separate part of the business....

During the time I was with the resort I became friends with many people from all walks of life; politicians, recording artist, television and movie stars, powerhouse attorneys and yes, the little, average people as well, just like me. I saved many of the email addresses of those people and sent out an announcement as soon as I opened the agency for business. I was over-whelmed with the support from these people who I grew to know and really like... and they started booking almost right away. So far I've made over 30 reservations for these people at different resorts on the island. To be honest however, I had more fun booking the average people like me. We had more in common... like trying to go on vacation without any money. LOL. The money people were kind of like extra gravy.

So why am I telling you all this? It's my blog and I can write anything I want. Laugh... no, not really. I know many of you travel and I want you to avail yourselves on some of the incredibly low prices on air and trips... and in particularly trips to Belize and Ambergris Caye.

Observations and Questions
I know you're all busy, but I would appreciate it if you would click on the link on the left and go to the online agency, the Belize link in particular and play around and tell me what you think... are there any typos? Links that don't work? What SHOULD I have on there or what should I remove? Thanks!

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1944 Bobbie Gentry, born in Mississippi, what did Billi-Jo throw off the bridge? and in the death notices... 1990, Bobby Day rocker, (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 60.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Still time :)

26 July 2005

Pompeii and Vesuvius...Day 2 &3


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k, ok... so I lied. Yesterday I said this chapter would be next Monday but I was talked into doing it today. What really sealed the deal was when I woke up I couldn't think of anything for today... so here we are back in Pompeii for day 2 & 3.

On the right we have 3 pictures... Top picture is the Marina Gate. One of several entrances to the city. The gates were named according to where they would lead you. For instance, the Marina Gate faced the sea, while the Vesuvio Gate faced Mt. Vesuvius. Middle is Via degli Agustali and the third is inside the tomb of Vestoria Prisco and located just inside of the Vesuvio Gate. Beautiful frescoes such as these line the inside of the walled burial chamber..

Even today Pompeii is still being unearthed. Some of the houses are free, but then there are those that you have to tip the "guard" and he'll unlock the gate and let you inside. They are the places you want to go... the ones not open to the public. I don't know about today but when I was there, you had to pay to get inside the brothel. Some things never change I guess... Laugh.

The picture below is from one of the many brothels in the city. That thing sticking out isn't a tree limb. Let's just say that Roman thought "highly" of himself. He is actually weighing "it". He is holding a scale in his right hand. Laugh


As I mentioned yesterday there is bread still in the oven, baking for the days meal. The interior of the homes have been remarkably preserved. Once the volcanic ash and lava was removed, stunningly beautiful paintings emerged virtually unharmed.

I couldn't help thinking of the terror in the people as they all raced down these tiny, little streets trying to escape the inevitable that awaited them.

Observations and Questions
This is the bad thing about having the second part of the story on the second day. I asked the questions yesterday... so... oh just say whatever comes to mind. Special Note: If you are offended by the one particular painting here today, I am truly sorry. However, I didn't paint it, I didn't unearth the painting, I just hung it for art's sake. (And if art is reading this today, calm down boy!)

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1943 Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, in London. and in the Death Notices today we have in 1952, Eva "Evita" Peron, Argentina's 1st lady, She died in Buenos Aires at 33. I still believe she is one of the most remarkably interesting females of her time.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Still time!!

25 July 2005

Pompeii and Vesuvius...


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ext month on 15 August is the anniversary of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and and a major entry in the pages of history. I remembered this morning that I promised Mondays would be Travelogue day and I've been forgetting it ever since. So in an attempt to revive that and hopfully to actually do it on Mondays, here is today's entry. My trip to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius. Plus I don't know how I did it but I deleted yesterday's blog entry with today's, and I haven't a clue how I did it. Shrug...

On the right, the three pictures depict looking out towards the Mediterranean, and two brothels. The murals are a bit too graphic to put on my blog. Laugh.

The entire city of Pompeii has been left just as it was found when possible. Bread still in the ovens, food on the tables for dinner... preserved for history. Even the frozen in lava for all time is a dog barking and howling... forever entombed now sending forth silent barks.

Pictured below are residents of Pompeii frozen where they fell under the rolling lava.

You can travel from Pompeii via cable car to the top of Vesuvius. Over time I have developed a slight fear of heights... I'm glad I wasn't when I went to Vesuvius... it's really high up there!

Once ontop the crater you could look out over southern Italy... Naples in the short distance, Pompeii beneath and Hurculeum a few miles over. I'm not sure about now but when I was there you could actually walk a ways down inside the crater. I'm not sure if you were actually allowed or the fact there was no guard to tell you "no". But being the sort of adventurous person I am, I climbed down into the crater... not all the way down, but down enough to at least say I was inside it.


I was so engrossed in Pompeii and Vesuvius that I spent another 2 days wandering around. One of the things that was deafening was the silence of the place. No sounds at all. I could see birds in the air but could hear none. No traffic, nothing... just a very eerie silence. It permeated the air around me.

The first day was spent on exteriors and Vesuvius, while day 2 and 3 were spent inside the villas. Incredibly restored, paintings on the wall as if they were painted yesterday. On my next trip back I am going to Herculeum another city buried that day. If I remember, next Monday I'll talk about the rest of the trip... I don't know about you, but I find this stuff totally interesting.

Observations and Questions
Have you ever travelled to Pompeii? If you lived by Vesuvius and it erupted and you were frozen in time, what would you be doing? or want to be doing at that moment?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1978, Louise Brown, born in Oldham England, the world's 1st `test tube baby... and in the Death Notices today we have Vincente Minnelli, husband of Judy Garland and father of Liza, movie director, dies in LA at 76

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Congrats and welcome to our newest member of the Almost Normal Members of the Not So Normal Club Portrait Galley, Caribbean Colors who lives on an island in the Caribbean off the coast of Belize in Central America! and owns an art gallery!

23 July 2005

How Much Is A Severed...


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enis worth? ... in jail-time that is... Got your attention now, huh? Well we have a case that just ended in court on Friday about a female who cut off 80% of her boyfriend's penis as he slept, according to the man.

Delmy Margoth Ruiz, 49, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after, police said, she cut off 80 percent of 35-year-old Rene Aramando Nunez's penis with a kitchen knife on Oct. 29, 2004, as he slept at a northeast Houston home he co-owned with Ruiz.

In closing arguments, the assistant district attorney tried to convince jurors that the attack was the result of a jealous rage because Ruiz suspected Nunez was cheating on her. Ruiz took the stand Thursday. The Salvadoran immigrant became emotional as she testified that she cut off Nunez's penis in self-defense. She told jurors through an interpreter that he tied her up with pantyhose and raped her, and was about to force her to perform oral sex when she grabbed a knife from the bed table and severed his organ.

"She just cut it off and threw it outside on the porch," Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Leal said. "I don't know (what happened to it). The dog must have took it or something. She said that a dog took it."

Neither the severed penis nor the knife used in the attack was ever found. Ruiz faces between two and 20 years in prison. The penalty phase of the trial began Friday afternoon.

Observations and Questions
What kind of music goes along with a severed penis story? Would you have the guts to ever do this to someone? I can't think of any other appropriate questions.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1968, Stephane Seymour model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover-1988) and in our Death Notices we have Ulysses S Grant 18th US President, dies in Mount McGregor, NY, at 63 in 1885.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Time is running out!! Get your picture to me so I can hang it in the Picture Gallery!

22 July 2005

In Or Out, Up Or Down...


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ake the test, don't take the test... Life is full of choices and 79 year old Francis Light obviously made the wrong choice, I suppose. Francis has been the crossing guard at the Oak Forest Elementary school here in Houston for over 16 years... that is until he was recently fired. What would cause poor Francis to get fired: job performance? Nope. Absenteeism? Nope, maybe Lateness? Nope. He was fired from his position because he refused to take a mandatory drug test.

"It hit me the wrong way. I'm old, old-fashioned. School's out, and here I am going on 80, why do they want to take drug test on me?" Light said his system is clean, and after so many loyal years on the job, he was insulted.

"I got to think as long as people know me, long as I've been doing this, then they want me to take a drug test kind of made me mad," he said. An HISD spokesman said all employees are subject to random tests.

"We go the extra step of having them sign the form, acknowledging that they understand that," said Terry Abbott, an HISD spokesman. Light signed the form, but did not read the fine print.

Some in the community are uniting with Light, saying he did more than just escort kids across the street. He was even nominated by some of the children in a contest for heroes.

"He's the only one with loving touch. He knows you by name," said Kenneth Bonte, a student. Parents said they would miss Light's presence at the school intersection.

"It sounds like there was a misunderstanding. He should've been handled possibly more gently," said Vonda Bonte, a mother. "He's as much a part of the school as teachers are," said Ann Zallar, a mother.

Light said he should have just submitted to the drug-alcohol test, but said there are no hard feelings. He said that he will be turning 80 years old soon and he was considering retiring anyway. Light just did not want it to end like this.

HISD considers all refusals to take the drug-alcohol test as a positive test. It requires employees to submit to the tests immediately. The district has a policy to terminate all employees who refuse to take the test.

Observations and Questions
I agree on zero tolerance 99% of the time, but there are SOME cases that should be looked at twice. Is this a case that should have been treated differently? Would a note from his Doctor be sufficient?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1940, Alex Trebek, born in Sudbury Ontario, TV game host (Jeopardy) and in the death notices we have John Dillinger (gangster) shot dead in 1934 at the Biograph Theater in Chicago.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Time is running out!! Get your picture to me so I can hang it in the Picture Gallery!

21 July 2005

Beam Me Up, Scotty...


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ctually, it's us beaming Scotty up as the world-known actor died the other day. Doohan, who sweated it out in the engine room of the USS Enterprise as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the original Trek TV series and, indeed, found himself beamed all over the world via reruns, videos and DVDs, died Wednesday at his home in Washington state. He was 85 and had been battling Alzheimer's disease and, most recently, pneumonia.

Per Doohan's request, said longtime agent Steve Stevens Sr., the sci-fi star will be cremated and his ashes launched into space by the same Houston-based aerospace company that shot the remains of Gene Roddenberry into orbit following the Star Trek creator's 1991 death. Stevens said he didn't know precisely when Doohan's outer space memorial would occur. "As soon as the next flight goes up," he said.

With Doohan's passing, the surviving original Trek crew members include: William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) and George Takei (Lieutenant Sulu) and Walter Koenig who played Chekov. DeForest Kelley, the starship's venerable Dr. McCoy, died in 1999.

Geez, I can remember when people use to be buried normally in the ground... now they're going into space, being buried in their cadillacs, coffins with music...

Observations and Questions
Would you be buried in outer space? Above or below ground? Nice music or not? Laugh

Today's Birthday or Permanent Departure Day

In 1924 Don Knotts, born in Morgantown WV, actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company) and in 1967 Basil Rathbone, Johannesburg S Africa, actor, dies at 75.

As an aside note... back when I was 4 years old I had to have a radical mastoid operation done on my ear. My parents and I were sitting in room 2 of Dr. Albert P. Seltzer's office. He was a big shot ear, nose and throat specialist in addition to a wolrd known plastic surgeon... here's where I name drop... guess who was in room 3? Yep, Basil Rathbone.... maybe he was getting a nose job.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Time is running out!! Get your picture to me so I can hang it in the Picture Gallery!

20 July 2005

Just Another Day At...


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urger King... well, unless it's the one my parents frequent.

Yesterday started out to be another normal day in the sleepy, little N.J. town where my parents live. Well, normal that is until my parents stopped at Burger King for lunch. Being the comedian that my father can be, he orders "2 baked potatoes and two side orders of chili... without the finger." The cashier first looked at the register, then my father and then finally got the "joke" referencing the woman who claimed she found a finger in her chili. Anyway everyone laughed... yeah my father pulled off another one. The lunch goes smoothly, they enjoyed their baked potato and chili. During lunch they said afterwards they would have to go to the place where they dropped off film of their trip to the Jersey shore and get their pictures.

Lunch is over and back into the car for the short 5 mile drive. They get to the place and start to get out of the car and my mother discovers that she doesn't have her handbag. This of course causes major concern as they search the front seat, look in the back seat and glove compartment. Where could it possibly be... they are both stymied as my mother has never left her pocketbook anywhere, ever before.

Burger King... yep, she left it there. Imagine 2 people hitting 80 years old, going slightly above the speed limit back the same 5 miles they just came and worrying about the pocketbook. Finally arriving they notice something peculiar... a rather large crowd is assembled across the small street from the Burger King and they are all staring at the Burger King... until my parents pulled into the driveway... then they fixated on my parents. They park, my father gets out of the car and looks in their direction and keeps walking and goes inside.

Once inside he thinks something may be wrong. He looks around and there are no customers enjoying their lunch of hamburgers and french fries. Another strange thing was that there were no employees either. My father, being the type of person not to get involved in things that don't concern him makes his way to the table where they sat. Sure enough the pocketbook was sitting there. He picks it up and heads back out to the car after giving the restaurant once last look-over. Hmmmm, very strange indeed. So out the door he goes... pocketbook in his hand.

Walking back to the car he glances over at the group of people. They're all still there staring at him with the pocketbook in his hands. Into the car and off they go without a care in the world.

Did you already guess the outcome of this story? LOL... apparently someone thought my mother's pocketbook was possibly a terrorist bomb... and they, along with the employees and customers cleared out awaitng the bomb squad and local police.

NOTE TO DAD I told you to becareful of the things you tell me. You never know when they'll end up as a headline on here. Laugh

Observations and Questions
Have you ever left things at a restaurant? Was it still there when you went back? Or answer any question that comes to mind as I can't think of any.

Today's Birthday or Permanent Departure Day

In 1938, Jo Ann Campbell, born Jacksonville Fla, Lawrence Welk's "champagne lady".

Gentle Reminder of the Day

There's still time!... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

19 July 2005

What A Quandry...


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hich subject to write about. So what do I write about? ...the birth of Liz or death of Mary Jo? Today I was presented with two items to put on the blog today, since they both are in the Birth/Death Days below: The Hatchet Murders and/or the murder, homicidal manslaughter accidental death of Mary Jo Kopechne. I think the Mary Jo story is just way too sad to pick apart, but I did want to at least honor her memory by mentioning it here.

So let's talk about something fun. Lizzie Borden (Happy Birthday Liz) who turns 145 today totally disrupted her quaint town in Mass one day. OMG, it just hit me... Liz and Mary Jo were both from Mass. How interesting.

On the hot morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden allegedly murdered her stepmother with an ax, in the Borden's family house at No. 92 Second Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. Abby Borden's body was found between the bed and bureau, in the guest room. Ninety minutes later, she killed her father, Andrew Borden, in the same way. He was found laying with his head on the sofa arm, next to the door, in the downstairs sitting room. Lizzie was acquitted at trial due to a lack of evidence. Although ostracized by the community, Lizzie lived in the house until she died on June 1, 1927. However, now after all these years there is a belief going around that... she didn't do it. How interesting.

After Lizzie's death, the house remained a private residence for several decades before being converted into a bed and breakfast. Guests are allowed to view the murder scene and can sleep in Lizzie and her sister Emma's bedrooms, Abby & Andrew's Bedrooms or the guest Room where Abby was killed. Now really... would you not only visit the house but sleep in the same room where one of the gruesome murders took place?

Observations and Questions
Would you sleep overnight at the LB House? Does your town or city have a place where a famous "incident" took place? And finally, was Liz really innocent? and what did she do in the 90 minutes between murders?

Today's Birthday or Permanent Departure Day

Born in 1860 Lizzie Borden, alleged murderer, gave her mother forty whacks. Died in 1969 Mary Jo Kopechne, dies at 28, in Ted Kennedy's car

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.


18 July 2005

Where Have All...


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he bloggers gone? Maybe it's just because it's summer... maybe they're all moving on... maybe I've become... gasp... boring. I can remember when there were 75 to 100 comments from people. Then overnight BANG down to 25 or 50. Are we that flighty?

I know myself I don't get around to my blogging friends as much as I should... and I hate myself for that. Maybe I've just put way to many blogs into the list over on the right... no, not the pictures I mean the other list below the pictures. It seems to me that once people get on the list, they disappear. Maybe they are just fair-weather friends... get on the list and then disappear. Now not all of them, many of them still come here and post comments.

However, there are some blogs over there that I don't even recognize... even when I go to their page. Shrug... Is it too late for spring cleaning? I just counted 70 blogs there... and maybe I faithfully try and go to 25% of them... I do remember about 3 weeks ago, going to all of them and found 7 were completely out of business. Not to make excuses but I do know part of my medical problems include forgetfulness and memory loss. I've been to some blogs and can't figure out why I would have even added them to the list. Maybe everyone is on vacation... yeah, that's it...

Observations and Questions
Do you have a list on your blog? Do you visit everyone? Or do you just keep adding more and more figuring they add your page to their list?

Today's Birthday or Permanent Departure Day

Born in 1941, Martha Reeves in Detroit Mich, singer (Martha & the Vandellas

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

17 July 2005

Got Bug Spray?...


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hether you enjoy backyard barbecues or backpacking, cycling or just sitting by the pool, summer means it's time to get outside. But nothing spoils the fun faster than one very tiny creature: the mosquito. Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, leaving people peppered with itchy red welts and driving them indoors, but they can also carry diseases that pose a threat to your family's health.

While all mosquitoes feed on nectar and other sugary sources, most female mosquitoes also require blood meals, and some will fly for miles to find it.

Most biting mosquitoes prefer horses, cattle, birds or small animals, but humans, unfortunately, are also on the menu. Mosquitoes use carbon dioxide, moisture, color, and movement to help locate their prey. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is studying hundreds of naturally occurring chemical compounds on human skin to try to isolate which ones appeal to mosquitoes.

Many mosquitoes are especially active at dusk and dawn, with some species biting through the night. Some kinds of mosquitoes bite during the day, too, especially on cloudy days and in shady areas, which are moist and sheltered from wind.

Observations and Questions
Do these pesky air-borne picnic-ruiners bother you? Do you have a favorite spray? How do you fight these guys?

Today's Birthday or Permanent Departure Day

Died on this date in 1959, Billie Holiday blues singer, dies of liver failure at 44 in NYC.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

So excited... I got to hang another photo over in the Gallery! Welcome TV anchor Michael Manning! Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

16 July 2005

Play It Again, Sam...


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nd again, and again, and again. We all have favorite songs or at least melodies that once in our heads take up permanent residence and refuses to check-out. For me, the song you hear right now, Intuition by Jewel is one of those songs that has camped out in my head.... and it isn't stopping. It's not the words but the melody that I like.

A few years ago when she came out with it, the melody stuck in my head on permanent re-play. Finally it stopped.

However, the other day I was in my car and it came on the radio... then yesterday I got in the car, the radio came on and guess what was playing? Yep... Intuition and now it won't leave my head. There are just so many other things I would rather have stuck in my head... unfortunately I can't describe any of them on my blog. LOL

This affliction has been with me a long, long time. When I was smaller and thought I was a fire engine, if I heard a song I like then I became the singer and began singing or humming it outloud until my parents threatened to put me in Byberry Mental Institution. That was a scary place for sure, or send me to Daniel Boone Problem School. My father told me when we would pass Daniel Boone if you kept quiet and listened you could hear the kids crying from the beatings they got. Me like a dope would shut up and listen for the wailing. It was so ingrained in me that I actually thought I heard screaming and pleadings coming from the building. I always thought why would they name such a horrible place after a hero like Daniel Boone... what would be next? ... the Mickey Mouse School for wayward girls?

Then when I had kids and we would drive past the school... I was so ashamed, yes, you know what I did...

Observations and Questions
Have you ever had a song or melody stuck in your head and it would just play over and over again? What is your favorite song of all time?

Today's Birthday

Born in 1932 Richard L Thornburgh, former Governor of Penna., US Attorney General under Ronald Reagan and my old boss.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

So excited... I got to hang another photo over in the Gallery! Welcome TV anchor Michael Manning! Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

15 July 2005

I Love You...


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ut I'm not IN love with you... What the hell does that mean? A very good close friend heard those words from his wife the other day. Apparently she has been seeing someone on the side, and not only seeing... but touchy, feely also. My friend discovered this situation a few weeks ago and has been beside himself since then. The couple have three kids, all under 10 years old. One of the little things he use to do for her is have flowers delivered from all over the world once a month to her. He constantly had the kids, watching them all the time as she worked crazy hours as a cop. He's brings home a good salary since he is in the stock market business. So money isn't the problem.


I suggested a therapy group which he joined, and he has since made an appointment with a psychiatrist. He cries everyday. They've been married about 12 years I guess. Now to make a long story short. He called this guys wife... the guys been married 2 times before and the wife has been married 3 times before. She confronts the guy and throws him out of the house. The guy then turns around and begs his wife to take him back. This wasn't known by my friends wife. So much for true love eh buddy? The wife refuses and he's out in the cold so to speak. So he's made his bed and now he has to lay in it. He's also a cop. My friend also watched the kids while wifey went to another state to "see her mother." Get the picture?

Observations and Questions
What can you say to this guy? If anything? I really feel bad about the whole thing.

Today's Birthday

Born in 1946 Linda Ronstadt Tucson Az, singer

Gentle Reminder of the Day

So excited... I got to hang another photo over in the Gallery! Welcome Zaza! Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

14 July 2005

Do You Know What Today Is?


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oday the country that brought us: the French kiss, French fries, French pastry, French toast and French vanilla ice cream... celebrates Bastille Day. Plus we thank Marie Antoinette who allowed her breasts to be molded into the first champagne glass. This is their holiday akin to our Independence Day. As a symbol, the French people stormed the Bastille which was a prison that housed 7 political prisoners.

And who could forget those ladies that clean our spaces, the French Maids. Those French maids have been responsible for a billion dollar business in porno. Taxable porno, I might add, that fills our coffers so we can spend it on developing a scientific study on the reproductive stages of the grasshopper.

So I say to you fellow bloggers, when you go outside today and off to work, wear that French beret with confidence. Girls puff out that chest... do it for France! Vive la France! Yawn... now if you'll excuse me I'm going back to bed to dream about all those French maids cleaning my apartment.

Observations and Questions
Have anything planned for Bastille Day festivities? BBQ?, picnic? Anything?

Special Note

I will be scarce today as I have my pre-colonoscopy meeting with an 25 year old nurse, who will explain the procedure to me in riveting detail... even though she explained it to me the last time.

Today's Birthday

Born in 1834 James Abbott McNeill Whistler, artist, (Whistler's Mother)

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

13 July 2005

Yes, It Happened Again


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ow! And I do mean wow. I went to bed last night, normal time almost... but woke up at 6AM!!!! 6AM??? Talk about over-sleeping. Half the day is gone. So you can imagine that I am rushing around now and playing catch-up.


When I get up at 2 or 3 I feel that I have time to goof off until a blog subject begins developing in my brain. I'm sitting here in a panic and I have nothing.

And I feel so bad... here I am the CEO, so to speak, of a world conglomerate and one of my duties is to come up with titilating ideas to write about. The only thing that pops into my mind right now is that yesterday I stopped in to see the local travel agent. As y'all know I have my own travel agency over on the left side of this blog. Anyway I went incognito and told her I was planning a suprise anniversary gift for my wife and it included a trip to Belize. I asked her all the questions I thought prospective clients might ask me... even got some neat catalogues for me to use. Am I ashamed of my actions? Well, no. It's a dog eat dog world in the travel business. For too long in my life I was always the "eatee", but now I am the "eater". Oh get your minds out of the gutter, I know what you're thinking. Laugh.


Or perhaps you might want to hear about the monthly visit from the bug exterminator yesterday? Then I went to Walgreen's drug store which is next to the travel agent. I figured since I was out I may as well stop in the supermarket, which is right next door to Walgreen's who you know is already right next to the travel agent.

But all in all... I have nothing for you. Film at 11.

Observations and Questions
So what did you do yesterday? Anything out of the ordinary? You didn't do a thing... so make something up... who will know...

Postcard of the Day

Today's postcard comes from Zulu. Zulu was nice enough to begin a second round of cards I think, or this was a bonus card so to speak. This card depicts the home of the Lousiville Slugger baseball ball bat. Good card Zulu, thanks!

Today's Birthday

Born in 1942... Harrison Ford, actor. Loved those Indianna Jones movies.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

12 July 2005

You're Gonna Shove That Where???


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ulius Caesar, Theme from Romeo and Juliet, and my colonoscopy... I ask you, where can you go and get a combination like that? Now I bet you surely didn't think you would be reading about this subject when you came here this morning? I received a letter from the VA that I am scheduled for one next week. I have a pre-whatever on Thursday of this week. I have a slight problem with colonoscopys... I did have one about 4 years ago... it was not pleasant, the actual test was ok, it's the preparations that have me upset. As you can imagine you need to take a lot of drinks, pills, etc. I'll spare you the details.

My main complaint was they gave me a gallon of terrible tasting liquid to drink... an 8 oz. glass of it every 10 minutes throughout the day before. This is HORRIBLE stuff. The actually procedure was a breeze compared to this junk. To be honest, I was awake for the whole thing and found it interesting as I could watch myself on closed circuit TV. Laugh I have talked to at least 10 people that have all told me they don't have to drink the gallon of crap. They just do pills, a little bottle of liquid... that's it! I have a whole damn drugstore to take. One person told me that things have changed in 4 years... well it better have changed. If I have to drink this stuff again I am telling the pre-colonoscopy nurse this week that I am not going through it again. Period!

Observations and Questions
Have any of you had a colonoscopy? Did you have to drink a gallon of stuff? Should I be MIA for the day?




Postcard of the Day

Today's postcard comes from the Peanut Queen again. She sent me two cards... I have to admit I am kinda partial to the bikini clad girl on her first card, but this one is nice also! Thanks Stacy!

Today's Birthday

A very Happy Imperial Birthday wish goes to my 72nd great-uncle Julius Caesar, born in Subara, Italy, Roman Emperor and brother to my 72nd great-grandmother Julia Caesaris Minor.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

11 July 2005

Tic-Toc--Tic-Toc


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ic toc... I have, like everyone else, an alarm clock on my night table. I never set it to go off simply because I don't need it. One of the benefits of not working I suppose. Anyway, I woke up and looked at the clock, it was sitting there smirking at me and read 2:30 AM.

Out of bed I kinda-sorta jumped and began my day. Into the kitchen to put on the coffee, to the bathroom to ummmm "do things". Combed my hair because you never know who is gonna see me at this hour of the morning.

Anyway, back into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee and then into my little office at the Denny Shane Conglomerate and World Headquarters. I sat down and just happened to look at the computer clock... 3:30AM. Now wait a minute, I didn't do much and it took me 45 minutes? Am I operating in slow motion or what? I got up and walked back into the bedroom to look at the alarm clock... 2:45AM??? Went into the kitchen 3:31AM... Somehow the bedroom alarm clock, which is electric, was short-changing me for God knows how long. No wonder lately that I've been taking my sweet old time doing things... I was 45 minutes ahead of myself. I'm not going to fix the clock... for some reason I want to see what happens tomorrow morning... maybe it's some kind of time warp space continuum (continuum is spelled correctly as I ran spell checker on it). Anyway....

Observations and Questions
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever noticed all the clocks in your house never say the same time?


Postcard of the Day

Today's postcard comes from our buddy Pete in Hamilton, Ontario. He stole my idea and made up his own card. Great job Pete. From left to right: the Farmers' Market and Library, HMCS Haida, Marine Discovery Center, Christ the King Cathedral, Hamilton Bulldogs hockey team, Hamilton Tiger Cats, and a beautiful sunset on Lake Ontario. Thanks Pete... great card!

Today's Birthday

In 19?? Our own Patticake who turns ?? today. She requested the song that is playing... so hey patti... happy birthday!!

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

10 July 2005

Nothing!


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uess what? I've made an executive decision here at the My Anything But A Normal Life Conglomerate.

I'm taking the day off. And I mean I'm not doing anything... no holidays on the right... no new music on the left... and no article in the middle.

Nothing... Nada... Zippo... Zilch... Zero...

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday morning as much as I am... even though I went to bed at 10PM and then woke up at 2:30AM and have been sitting here for about 3 hours. Maybe I'll just go back to bed. Yeah, that's the ticket.

See y'all tomorrow friends!

09 July 2005

Aaaarrrggghhhh!


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ow I'm not stupid... I'm educated... Fairly patient... Ok, you get the picture. As you know I have my own travel agent website. If you haven't been there yet to plan your exciting vacation, then by all mean please visit. The link is right over there on the left column. Once there you can go one of two ways, the world or to my corner of the Mayan Empire in Belize. The GTI site alreadys has a module that accepts credit cards. I am now installing a credit card module on the Belize side. And I have been working on it for 24 hours now... actually 19 hours straight.

I've been losing my mind. Oh yes, I've read the instructions, well 4 pages of them anyway. But who needs 'stinkin' instructions"? I'm intelligent, I can do this! Aaaarrrggghhh... Calm down now Denny... you can do it, you're smart, you went to college...

Once again in case you missed it the first two times: Aaaaarrrrggghhh!!!

#&*@&^#^ %#)&@##!& #&##^@((( There I feel much better!

Observations and Questions
Talk about anything your heart desires today!

Today's Birthday

In 1879, Ottorino Respighi, born in Bologna, Italy. Composer

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

08 July 2005

Innamorata


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nchanted... is the translation. Sit back, relax and imagine for a few seconds, if you will... you and I are in Rome, we've decided to go to the Ristorante de Amour on the Via Venuto and our backdrop is the ancient Coliseum. The lights are low, the flickering flame from the candle on our table sparkles in your eyes, your gentle perfume completely surrounds and engulfs me. A small glow comes from the fireplace in the corner, gently warming you... you feel absolutely gorgeous... and you are... from out of nowhere you hear the melodies in the air... Innamorata. I absolutely love Italian love songs. (Sorry guys, the previous scenario only works if you're a female. Get your own fantasy. lol)

Today's music was selected because it's Jerry Vale's birthday. Now normally I am not a big fan but he deserves his dues on his birthday.

This morning when I was preparing this blog and Innamorata was playing it started me thinking as to who is my favorite opera singer. The short list includes Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza and of course Luciano Pavarotti. And for some reason I have always drifted towards the male opera singers. Even though the women like Maria Callas sing the same exact songs, the men have that deep, booming voice that simply commands attention. Their voices roll across an audience and captivating them... almost paralyzing them... until that last note.



Also playing into the scenario is the language of course. Italian, Spanish and French, the languages of love all decended from ancient Latin. You can take the same song, translate it into English and it does not even come close to the original. There are some that can hit those high notes with such power, my blood runs cold (in a good way.)

Observations and Questions
Do you enjoy opera? or is it that you just enjoy the voices? Do you have a favorite performer? Male or Female.




Postcard of the Day

Today's postcard comes from June in Saskatchwan, Canada and depicts many of the breathtaking views. Thanks June, great card!

Today's Birthday

In 1931 Jerry Vale, singer, (Arriverderci Roma)

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

07 July 2005

So Sorry Great Britain


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s you probably already have heard, there was a major set of explosions in London's Tube today and on at least one double-decker bus. What can one say at a time like this?


I know the terrorists will not succeed in disrupting liberty for all peoples of the world, it's just a shame that we have to go through this once again. I know Bush has stated to countries of the world, "you are with us or against us." I think the statement should be "you either help us find these cowards, or we will find you." And then, REALLY go after these people.... not like whatever we're doing with bin Laden and this other kook in Iraq, whatever his name is.

The time for these countries harboring and aiding these people is over. As General Santa Ana proclaimed during the seige of the Alamo in San Antonio, "No quarter"

No quarter indeed.

Vegas, A.C. or Indians?


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in-NNAH! Bells go off, lights flash, sirens wail... the guy next to you becomes your long, lost cousin. You've just hit the jackpot in either Las Vegas, Atlantic City or one of the many Indian Reservations.

I was watching the travel channel yesterday and they had a Vegas marathon all day. They were showing you everything you wanted to know about the gambling capital of the world. So far, I have never been to Vegas or any Indian Reservation, but I did hit a slot machine in Atlantic City for $500.00 one time. Lucky for me we were walking out of the casino to go home when I threw my last pieces of change into a lonely machine by the door. Bells went off, men in dark suits came running. Laugh. As I said, we were leaving and that was good because I know I would have just given it all back.

Watching the shows yesterday I learned how the casinos make you feel comfortable with color schemes, there is nothing left to chance in that department... from the color of the rugs to the bland ceilings... the rug is too busy to look at and the ceiling is too bland... so where do you look? Straight ahead at all the gambling and happy people. If they catch someone cheating, it's not: "excuse me sir, would you come with us?" No, no... they said they want to make examples to the other possible cheaters and they go right for the jugular on the gambling floor. Grab the guy, wrestle him or her to the floor, tons of security... so everyone looks. The science is simply amazing.

Observations and Questions
Have you gone to any of these places? Have you won? Lost? If you're a big roller, what are the odds you might take me along with you next time?


Postcard of the Day

Today's postcard comes from Nori. It shows the Cape Cod National Seashore. I could see me laying out on that sand all day! Nice card Nori, thanks!

Today's Birthday

In 1923, Eduardo Falu, who you are listening to right now playing Zamba de Vargas "Spidermonkey of Vargas", born in Argentina.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

06 July 2005

One, Two, Three O'Clock Rock...


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ome people think the Rock 'n Roll era began in the 50's, some claim it was the 40's, and real idiots think it started back when David would blow a rockin' flute for his sheep...

But for me anyway, I think it started when Bill Haley and the Comets came out with a record and a movie by the same name... Rock Around the Clock. I wasn't even 10 years old yet. Today is Bill Haley's birthday. In 1954, bandleader Bill Haley and His Comets recorded a landmark rock and roll song, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," which held down the Number One spot for eight weeks and went on to sell 22 million copies worldwide.

Haley was one of the earliest groups of musicians to bring rock and roll to the attention of America and the rest of the world. Bandleader Bill Haley had previously been a country performer; after recording a country and western-styled version of "Rocket 88", a rhythm and blues song, he changed musical direction to a new sound called rock and roll. Although several members of the Comets became famous, Bill Haley remained the star. With his spit curl and the band's matching plaid dinner jackets and energetic stage behavior, many fans consider them to be as revolutionary in their time as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones were in theirs.

In 1957, the band became the first major American rock and roll act to tour England, and their arrival at Waterloo Station in London was greeted by thousands of screaming fans who created a scene that became known as The Second Battle of Waterloo.





Observations and Questions
Do I dare ask... are you old enough to remember Bill Haley? Don't be afraid to answer, I feel just as old now. Laugh
Postcard of the Day

Today's postcard comes from Celti in Iowa. It shows a Celtic design which appears on many of Celti's beautiful handmade jewlery.

Today's Birthday

Many of you are too young to remember the beginnings of Rock n Roll... but there are some that might remember "Rock Around the Clock" with Bill Haley and the Comets... In 1925, Bill Haley born in Michigan.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

05 July 2005

Talk About P.T. Barnum and the Circus...


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ast night I watched a freak show on National Geographic. First of all before I continue, if you have any piercings on your body at all... I'm pretty sure you are not who I am talking about. This was industrial strength piercings. It was a show on body piercings to the extreme and tatoos. See the picture of the hook? Now imagine 4 or 5 of these beauts stuck in your back. Then you are suspended in air by these hooks and you swing back and forth. I am serious. This is done not for sexual pleasure but for some kind of body-numbing pleasure.

This wasn't some 3rd world foreign country either. This was in Maryland, Texas, California... all across the U.S. I can understand tatoos and piercings in different African tribes where they are age old customs, but these people on YV were a little deranged or something. One girl, after being suspended for 10 minutes claimed, "This was better than sex." Okay honey... your sex life has got to be worse than mine. A guy going through the same deal said, "It was beautiful, there were white lights all around me." Okee dokee... I don't even want to tell you what one guy did with his tongue.

Observations and Questions
Do you have any piercings? How many? Have you ever heard about the above type of piercing that I wrote about? Would you ever do it?
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Today's postcard comes from Kathryn and shows the Blue Ridge Parkway. This parkway crosses six rivers along its 469 mile route, including the James River seen here from the Trail of Trees near milemarker 64. Very nice Kathryn, thanks
Postcard of the Day

Today's postcard comes from Kathryn and shows the Blue Ridge Parkway. This parkway crosses six rivers along its 469 mile route, including the James River seen here from the Trail of Trees near milemarker 64. Very nice Kathryn, thanks.

Today's Birthday

In 1810 Phineas Taylor Barnum in Bethel Conn, better known around the world as P.T. Barnum... circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey Circus) Famous quote: "There's a sucker born every minute."

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

04 July 2005

Happy 4th...


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he next time your kids beg you to go to a 4th of July parade or picnic and you tell them you're just too tired. Consider the following:

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.


Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.

Thanks to Now Danny for that list. Imagine, these guys went through all of that just so we could be doing the things we're going to do today. Amazing when you really think about it...

Today's Observations and Questions

How far would you go for independence today? As egotistical as I use to be in politics, I wonder what I would do...

Today's Birthday

In 1878, George M Cohan, entertainer and composer.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see and don't forget our Postcard Club!

02 July 2005

OH MY GOD...


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alk about nightmares! Here it is 12:30AM and I cannot go back to sleep. I woke up and tried, I really did. I finally got up. I do remember my dreams on occasion... and the one I just had was a nightmare! and I do mean nightmare.

This dream/nightmare was in beautiful color. When I dream in color, there is color and then there is COLOR. This dream was in mind-blowing living, gorgeous TECHNO-COLOR

Here goes: I dreamed that when you die and led a good life you became a beautiful fish. All kinds of fish colors: blues, greens, orange, purplish, ... every color of the rainbow and some colors we haven't even seen yet. All kinds of sizes and shapes... teeny weeny fish, small fish, large, extra large... even humoungous. But they were all happy and no fish were eating other fish. The surroundings were even more fantastic than the fish... underwater mountains, the colors you've never seen on mountains. Big beautiful trees and foliage of all kind.... plants, flowers, even the weeds looked beautiful. I can't even fully describe the place, but you kinda get the picture here. Welcome To Fish Heaven!

Even the sinners of the world were there as well, kinda sorta... Unfortunately they weren't beautiful fish. They were fish food! Yes, fish food... the beautiful fish would come along and eat the sinners aka fish food of the world. And eventually, you know what's coming, right? The beautiful fish pooped you out and you sunk to the bottom of the water. Disgusting, smelly fish poop. This is where all the little happy catfish are searching for little morsels of poop. They eat the poop and guess what? Yep, you get pooped out all over again. Then along come the glorious bottom suckers... they eat all the real junk, and then you know what happens, right? Yep... you guessed it. This process kept repeating until you were a mere little piece of poop and kept getting pooped out until you were no more. This made room for the other bad people in the world who were just starting out on their eternal voyage.

Can you guess in which group I was assigned??? Hey, don't laugh... I saw a few of you there with me... Have you ever seen the insides of fish intestine? Yuck. Coming out of the fish at the other end wasn't too pleasant either. God am I so glad I woke up in a nightmarish sweat... and I swear... I am Mr. GoodyTwoShoes from now on!

Today's Observations and Questions

I know I've kinda written about dreams before, but have you ever had a nightmare you remember to this day? Has anyone else ever dreamt they were fish? And then... have you ever dreamt you were fish poop? I know dreams are supposed to be reflections of ourselves and how we feel deep down about ourselves and life situations. But of all things why do I feel like fish shit? LOL

Today's Birthday

In 1941 Gloria Allred feminist attorney, and in 1943 Geraldo Rivera aka Gerry Rivers, nosey newsman (Geraldo).

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see and don't forget our Postcard Club!

Live 8...


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ill you watch? Live 8, an expanded version of the Live Aid sensation 20 years ago, will take in 10 cities and four continents, starting in Tokyo in the east and ending in North America in the west. In London, boasting arguably the strongest line-up of the 10 concerts planned, Paul McCartney and U2 frontman Bono are due to open proceedings before more than 200,000 fans with a rendition of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Unlike 1985, when an estimated 1.5 billion television viewers tuned in to watch Live Aid and donated over $100 million for Ethiopia's famine victims, organizers have the Internet and mobile phones to help them reach an even bigger audience.




One of the cities and my hometown, Philadelphia, the city that invented the Fourth of July, embarks on a musical and political extravaganza designed to persuade the world's richest democracies to help the most impoverished continent.

The concert tomorrow on the Art Museum steps figures to be the highlight of a full weekend of events that will culminate in the same place Monday night, when another huge throng is expected for Elton John and fireworks. Geez, how many times I have walked up those steps. The same steps that Rocky ran up prior to his championship fight. It's an awesome view when you reach the top step.

I asked different relatives and friends there in Philly if they were going downtown to watch it live. They all had the same answer... "Are you nuts? I'm watching it on TV" Laugh.

Observations and Questions
Will you be one of the 2 billion people across the world to watch Live 8? Do you remember Live Aid back 20 years ago? That was awesome and once again held in Philly.
Postcard of the Day

Geez, even Caesars has gotten into our Postcard Club. lol See postcard above that I received. Now do I have to send a postcard back to Caesars? We still have time gang, email me and I'll give you my home address... zip off a postcard and give me your address and I'll zip one off to you. It's been really interesting so far!

Today's Birthday

Now this really surprised me. In 1956, Jerry Hall born in Mesquite Tx, model/Mrs Mick Jagger.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.

01 July 2005

It's A 4th Kinda Weekend...


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lags, celebrations, endless parades, fife and drums, bugle corps and the list goes on and on. I started searching for the 4th of July to find out when it started being celebrated with all of the festivities that we have today. What I found, send me for a loop. I thought I knew everything, but the following simply proves your not too old to discover new things.

(on the right: As you can see, I was extremely patriotic... lol)

Anyway, what shocked me was something I never even thought, nor did I ever learn in school. Maybe it was because I went to school in Philly, which we all know is in Pennsylvania, one of the original 13 colonies, and maybe they just forget to teach about this item. When it came time and Thomas Jefferson presented the draft of the Declaration of Independence to the Second Continental Congress for the delegates signatures on that now famous document, in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My home state actually voted NO along with South Carolina. Nine colonies voted Yes, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. My home state voted "no"???? I never knew this. At least the picture on the right was taken in patriotic New Jersey. However, as we all know, the 13 colonies all did finally sign the document.

Observations and Questions
Any plans for the holiday? Picnic? Family Gathering? I doubt our friends in Great Britain celebrate the 4th... but then again maybe they celebrate getting rid of us. LOL




Postcard of the Day

Today's Postcard is from the Peanut Queen herself. Doesn't she look absolutely yummy!! Yes indeedy... The only thing wrong with it was that the card had all those little red and yellow blotches on it. :) I was using this postcard thing as a ploy to see where I wanted to move this time. The mountain scene and grassy lawns all had a chance until I saw what they grow in Florida. Now I don't know, my mind is all confused. Just that darned red and yellow blotchy disease....

Today's Birthday

In 1899, Charles Laughton England, actor (Mutiny on the Bounty)and also today in 1908, Estee Lauder CEO (Estee Lauder's cosmetics) and maker of my all time perfume "Estee"

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.


We still have time gang, email me and I'll give you my home address... zip off a postcard and give me your address and I'll zip one off to you. It's been really interesting so far!