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31 August 2005

2 Fer 1 Deal Today..


wo Fer One... that's right, today only you get 2 articles for the price of 1 article. The first article is related to an article that I did the a week ago about the female topless parade in Swaziland... remember? Well it seems that even the King gets involved. Read below:

For his next queen, who will become his 13th wife, King Mswati III of Swaziland has a pick of 50,000 virgins who presented themselves at a topless parade.

"It's as if the girls are going on an auction sale with the king picking," said Mario Masuku, leader of the banned opposition party. The king will pick his new queen after further review of the video of the festivities.

The portly 37-year-old monarch seemed pleased after viewing the bevy of teenage "flowers" at the Monday Umhlanga, or the Reed Dance, annual festivities. Swaziland ranks as the country with the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection.

The girls danced, twirled and pounded the earth outside the royal kraal, proclaiming their willingness to become the wife of the last absolute monarch in sub-Saharan Africa, Britain's Telegraph reported. "We are happy, we are healthy and we are alone," sang thousands of tuneful, high-pitched voices. "We are the flowers of the Swazi people."

King Mswati has 27 children from his 12 wives. The Umhlanga is the highlight of Swaziland's traditional calendar. Every chief in the country of 1.17 million people dispatches a group of teenage virgins to the royal kraal.


econd article... Be on the lookout!! Police in Ohio are working on an urgent "missing persons" case -- finding a capuchin monkey before the circus leaves town.

"He ran around once before in Florida during a storm, but he came back the next morning. I'm hoping he'll do that again," he said. Dillion ran off into the woods Monday after he was frightened by a train whistle, his trainer, Philip Hendricks, told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"One moment he was on my shoulder and the train whistle blew and the next moment he was gone," Hendricks said. Hendricks and Dillion are one of the acts in the Hendricks Bros. Circus, which is playing this week in Springdale, north of Cincinnati. The circus is scheduled to move on Thursday.

Dillion is described as 2 feet tall, weighing about 8 pounds and wearing blue pants and a leash. Hendricks said he is usually friendly and confident around people but suggests that if anyone spots him they should leave him alone and call police.

Observations and Questions
Ok... Remember when I mentioned in the other article that we should also celebrate Umhlanga here... and suggested everyone send me topless photos of themself? I haven't received any yet. And as far as the poor monkey... how does he know to return to the circus if he's never been in that city before?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

2 Fer 1 deal! In 1970, Debbie Gibson, Brooklyn NY, singer (Only in My Dreams), and now here is something I didn't know... our birthday boy today was born in Philly... in 1949 Richard Gere, Phila Pa, actor, (Breathless, Cotton Club). And in our death notices were also have a 2 Fer 1 Deal: In 1964 Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash and in 1888, Mary Ann Nicholls a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

30 August 2005

Counting Sheep: 786,787,788..


eez, last night I had a terrible time sleeping... or should I say trying to sleep. I was stretched out on the sofa, watching TV and I could feel myself slipping away to go visit Mr. Sandman. So I decided to hit the sack... it was about 10 PM. Got into bed, and began tossing and turning. 10:30, 10:45... finally I must have drifted off and then the next thing I knew it was midnight. Rolled over... opened my eyes 1:45 AM... Are you catching on how my night went? This went on until the last time I remembered looking at the clock... 2:15AM... I gave up and got out of bed. I figured I'd screw around until I fell asleep in my tracks.

Well, here it is 4:45AM and I haven't gone back yet and at this point there's no use to trying, since I have to be at the hospital by 8AM for some testing. Going to the hospital isn't why I kept waking up, as it's simply a routine visit... so no worries there. In all fairness, I do normally wake up to go to the bathroom, which I never did in my younger days... but now it's a normal routine and usually go right back to sleep. Well, after my "now this isn't gonna hurt" visit, I'll be back. Have a good day!

Observations and Questions
Do you have any problems either falling asleep or staying asleep?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

Way back in 1797, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, born in London, England, author of Frankenstein. So sad, another bright star cut short... in 30 BC, Cleopatra VII, most famous queen of Egypt, commits suicide by having an Asp bite her.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

29 August 2005

Sono venuto, ho visto, Roma ha conquistato


came, I saw, Rome conquered. Senatus Populus que Romanus. The Senate and People of Rome. Never in a thousand years could I ever properly give justice to this magnificent city. Think of every single word you could come up with to describe beauty, regalness, enchanting and you would still not even come close to Rome. It is over-flowing with history, art, gold... I've never experienced anything like it before in my life.

Where to even begin... I checked into my hotel, the Hotel Savoy on the Via Venuto. Very little strikes me anymore in this world, but Rome repeatedly strikes me dumb and speechless everytime. This was 1987 and my 3rd trip to the Eternal City. If you EVER take a trip anywhere in this world, make sure it's Rome. You won't be disappointed. I'll never, ever be able to describe this city. As you stand in the Forum and all around, you are engulfed in history... the power, the beauty, the raw personalities that is and was Rome. As I walked the streets in and around the forum, the Caesars were all around me. I could see them standing there, great orators all...

First stop on my tour of a lifetime was Vatican City. As I was typing the previous sentence I thought to myself "Denny, you're an idiot - You can't possibly put Rome into such a small space. What will you include and what leave out?" The pictures you see on TV certainly doesn't do the Vatican any justice at all... period. It's MASSIVE... a marble wonder... you don't even have to be Roman Catholic for your mouth and jaw to drop open.

Vatican City is the smallest independent state or country in the world. The Vatican is home to St. Peter's, the largest basilica in the world, and to a museum containing some of the greatest pieces of art know to man. I debated about putting my photos on here, but you've basically seen them, maybe not mine, but what they are pictures of... and I really don't want to take up precious space... The magnitude of the place takes you over. Laugh... I just get done writing the previous sentence about not putting pictures here and what's the very first thing I do? Laugh

When you walk into the basilica one of the first things I noticed was the anti-rooms on each side which had small altars, final resting place for saints.

One of the tombs I came across was that of Raphael, arguably the most famous name in the history of painting. In a way I guess I was taken aback at the simplicity of the tomb. I thought for Raphael, it would be huge and more massive, but then quickly realized the tomb was in quite an elaborate place. He couldn't have picked a better place.

I walked around and saw what I thought were simply amazing things, like the statue of Saint Peter where everyone touches his big toe for good luck... his chair, which holds a place of honor on the main altar and Bernini's awesome columns.

One of the next places inside the Vatican that I knew I HAD to see was the Sistine Chapel. This place simply blew me away. I don't think their is a mille-inch of empty space...

I think Michelangelo managed to paint every available spot in the room. You could absolutely overdose on the beauty. A little unknown fact but on the one painting at the far end, in the corner of the painting, as if standing there watching the goings-on is a self portrait of Michelangelo.

I hate to do this but realized how much space this series is going to take. I've got a full page and haven't even gotten to the part where I disobeyed the sign in Italian that said: "NON ENTRARE"... yes, No Entrance. Hey, it should have been in English. How was I suppose to know at that time you weren't allowed down there? Stay tuned for next week's entry...

My Short-Lived Excursion Into The Tombs of the Popes

Better Known As...

"Excuse me sir, take another step and I'll throw this spear at you."

Observations and Questions
No questions for me to ask here today. Think up some on your own.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1962, Rebecca De Mornay, actress (And God Created Women), and man did He do a good job on Rebecca. And while we're kinda/sorta on religion today... In 29 A.D., John the Baptist was beheaded.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

28 August 2005

The Answerman Commeth...Once Again!


es, tis I once again. My good friend and mentor, Denny Shane, has brought me out of retirement.

As you know I live in Mollytown, on the outskirts of Houston. I've been living part-time with Monique, owner of Monique's Home House Calls, Stucco Siding and now defunct shopping mall. The rest of the time I am living with LuluBell Fontaine, the twin sister of Monique. Now just because LulaBell is an out of work actress and lives with Monique doesn't mean I am living with two hot females... but anyway, you didn't come here today to hear that messy story.

Some rules: You can ask anything you want, no subject is taboo. You can send your questions to me in care of Denny Shane and he will get them to me if the carrier pigeons are still flying.

First question...

Dear Answerman: Do you think we REALLY went to the moon? And if so, why haven't we gone back with all our NEW technology since then? !!!
Signed Kathryn

Dear Awesome Novelist Kathryn:Did we go to the moon... hah! Supposedly we can get to the moon, but don't you think it's very peculiar that we haven't gone to any OTHER planets? When I watched on TV I could swear I saw a McDonald's flag on the horizon. I hope I answered your question and actually I really don't care if I didn't! lol

Next Brain Twister Question...

Dear Answerman: Why does a woodchuck chuck? Signed, PBS

Dear PBS: This is so easy... a woodchuck chucks because he or she can chuck... if you were a woodchuck, wouldn't you chuck all the time also? Boy, am I glad I spelled that right.

Moving along...

Dear Answerman: What is the story of the model for the sculpture Spirit of Ecstasy? Signed NowDanny

Dear NowDanny, Although the creation of the Spirit of Ecstacy is well documented, the name of the model who inspired Charles Sykes to create it is still a mystery. In creating the figure, Charles Sykes had in mind "the spirit of ecstasy, who has selected road travel as her supreme delight and has alighted on the prow of a Rolls-Royce car to revel in the freshness of the air and the musical sound of her fluttering draperies".

Circumstantial evidence suggests that the model who inspired Sykes was Eleanor Velasco Thornton, Claude Johnson's former secretary at the Automobile Club. Eleanor had posed for many of Charles' creations and was undoubtedly his favorite model in the early years of the 20th century. Sadly Eleanor did not live to tell later generations about her life among the artists, aristocrats and writers of Edwardian and pre-First World War London; she was drowned in 1915 when the ship on which she was traveling through the Mediterranean was torpedoed by a U-boat.

And Finally... I Never Thought I'd See The End...

Dear Answerman: I have a question for you. Why does everyone pretend that they don't blog nekked when we all know we do? Signed Caribbean Colors

Dear CC, I know CC, I know... it's disgusting, I mean that they don't admit it. I think all naked bloggers should send me their pictures to prove they blog naked. And then I want to know if all naked bloggers have cameras hooked up to their computers. And then I want to know what time they're all on. And then I want to know where they go on cam while they are naked. And then I want to know what they do while on camera naked while blogging. Am I asking too many questions here? lol

Well thank you folks for trying to trip up The ole Answerman...which none of you succeeded in doing this week. Stay tuned because I'll be Cometh again next Sunday.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

27 August 2005

Something New..


n a small attempt to keep my visitors interested, I am trying something new... again. Over on the left column you'll see Book Section. I thought since I've noticed many of you sometimes write about books you've read and/or written I would start this little section. Here is where we can write about and talk about the current book you're reading. Maybe even make recommendations on novels or literary works.

You can leave comments about your current read or comments about what other people are reading. Ask questions about a particular book and see if anyone else has your taste in books.

I know we have quite a few authors and budding authors that visit frequently. It will be interesting to get their take on different stories. If I see this section is getting as lot of action, then I will buy it and make it a permanent feature.

The cover shown here is the current book on my desk here. I just started it yesterday and have only gotten through Chapter 1.

Observations and Questions
What do you think? Is this something that might be interesting and you would participate in doing?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1952, Mr. "I Have A Rocket in my pocket" Pee-wee Herman aka Paul Reubens, actor (Pee-wee's Big Adventure). In the dusty crypt notes we have in 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

26 August 2005

Pieta - A Work of..


ompassion. And actually that is what Pieta means in Italian... compassion. I suspect everyone reading this has seen the Pieta in either person or pictures or illustrations. And why am I writing about the Pieta? Well, I don't have a clue. Maybe it's because on this day Michaelangelo was commissioned to make the statue. I happened to notice that it was on this day, in 1498 that Michaelangelo was commissioned to sculpt the Pieta. We all know that this statue sits in the Vatican in Rome... however, I bet the majority of us don't know why it was created?

Michaelangelo actually created this statue for the funeral monument of French Cardinal Jean de Billheres. However, Pope Alexander VI had it installed in the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century. Ummmm sorry there Jean we need your tombstone. The Pieta's first home was the Chapel of Santa Petronilla, a Roman mausoleum near the south transept of St. Peter's, which the Cardinal chose as his funerary chapel. The chapel was later demolished by Bramante during his rebuilding of the basilica.

Now I bet y'all didn't know this... shortly after the installation of his Pieta Michelangelo overheard someone remark that it was the work of the inferior sculptor Cristoforo Solari. In a huge fit of rage, Michelangelo carved "MICHAELA GELUS BONAROTUS FLORENTINUS FACIEBAT - Michelangelo Buonarroti, Florentine, made this" on the sash running across Mary's breast. He later regretted his outburst of pride and swore to never sign another work of his hands. Sorry to laugh here but I think this is a riot. Not to mean I am laughing at Michaelangelo, but the fact that he couldn't just carve his initials MB... instead he wrote out a whole sentence and more on the statue.

When I was in Rome I had the opportunity to actually touch the statue, run my hand across the bodies... the thing that amazed me was the smootheness of the statue... very, very smooth to the touch. Afterwards some guy attacked the statue with a hammer while shouting, "I'm Jesus Christ" The extensive damage was repaired and then put behind barrier so you couldn't touch it anymore.

Observations and Questions
Have you ever had the opportunity to actually see a real sculpture of anything? What was it? It doesn't have to even be famous.

This Is Amazing Department

I did this and was stunned....

1. Open up a blank Word document.
2. Type in Q33 NY in "capitals". (This is the flight number of the 1st
plane to hit the World Trade Center).
3. Highlight it.
4. Change the font size to 48.
5. Change the actual font to wingdings (#1).

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1981 Macauley Culkin actor (Home Alone, My Girl). And in the death notices we find in 1974, Charles Lindbergh dies at 72, in his Hawaiian home.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

25 August 2005

Another Questionaire


kay, I admit it, I am a thief. I lifted this from Peanut Queen. I know I previously stated that I would not do these anymore and not to send them to me... I guess it's ok however, if I steal them.

1. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what's the first thing you look at?
Hmmmm... my face for some reason... actually, I think how bad I may or may not need a shave.

2. How much cash do you have on you right now?
$0.00 mainly because I am not wearing anything that would hold money.

3. What's a word that rhymes with "TEST"?

4. Favorite plant?
Probably the one over by my window that is dying an ignominious death. I think it's ivy or something. But I do have an aloe plant that I've had for about 5 years. I've put it in the same pot with a texas cactus I bought... neither are looking very healthy. I often look at them and wonder if they are secretly fighting each other under the dirt? Hey, I'm allowed to thnk like that... I am seeing a psychiatrist ya know. I make her day when it's time for my appointment.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
No one. I don't get calls on my cell phone unless I am back in Philly visiting.

6. What is your main ring tone on your phone?
Dunno... it just goes "ring ring"

7. What shirt are you wearing?
Ummm, right now? It's almost 4AM, why would I be wearing a shirt?

8. Do you "label" yourself?
I try not to label myself. I'm not sure what I would label myself as. What do you think?

9. Name brand of your shoes currently wearing?
Ok, this is the last time I am going to say this..."I am naked... it 4AM in the morning! There is no one in my apartment to see me, so I can"

10. Do you prefer a bright or dark room?
I prefer darker rooms... subtle lighting.

11. What did you have for breakfast?
Well, when I get around to it... bagel, butter and juice.

12. Since question 12 is weirdly missing, make some shit up.
I think this might have been a question Peanut Queen was embaressed to answer.

13. What were you doing at midnight last night?
At midnight? Ummm, trying to figure out a solution for world hunger, then world peace... finally I re-wrote Beethoven's 5th and then went to bed about 12:15AM.

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say?
I don't ever get any text messages.

15. Do you ever click on "Pop Ups" or Banners?

16. What's an expression that you say a lot?

17. Who told you they loved you last?
My daughter Nina at the Zoo. We were standing at the gorilla cage. I don't know, don't ask.

18. Last furry thing you touched?
Well, let's think here... nope, can't be that... I haven't touched one in 5 years... sigh. lol

19. How many hours a week do you work?
Laugh... geez these questions are lame.

20. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?
I have 3 I think. But ever since I bought my digital camera I've kinda forgotten about the rolls. I think they are about 2 years old now.

21. Favorite age you have been so far?
Lemme think here. I would think my teenage years in Philly... except I didn't know it at the time that they were my best years.

22. Your worst enemy?
Jack Daniels

23. What is your current desk top picture?
You're kidding right? This is a family blog.

24. What was the last thing you said to someone?
I swear this is true. Last night I ordered pizza. The delivery person was a girl. After she gave me the pizza and I paid her and gave her a $2 tip, she said "anything else I can do for you?" I froze and said "ummm no thank you" Dumb dumb dumb!

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to go back in time and fix all your mistakes which would you choose?
hmmmm It all started with my First Confession. I lied IN the confessional box. I couldn't think of any sins I commited so I made some up. The priest, Father Tallon knew and asked if I knew it was also a sin to lie in confession. Looking back, "Bless me Father for I have sinned... I disobeyed my parents 100 times, lied a 100 times and missed Mass 100 times" wasn't a very original confession. Hey, gimme a break, I was 6 or 7 years old and it sounded good at the time. Very traumatic for me. lol

Observations and Questions
Someone take this quiz, please.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1930, Bond, James Bond... Sean Connery, actor was born. And in our death notices... yeah yeah I know all the jokes, laugh... in 1822, William Herschel, discovered Uranus, dies at 85.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

24 August 2005

Your Thoughts..


ave I read this book? Yes, I've read it twice. The second time was to read and catch whatever I missed the first time around, plus for some reason I couldn't get through the first read. After reading it the second time, I was hooked. Then I took it a step further and bought the CD of the book and listened to it. I actually got 2 perspectives from it, reading vs listening.

Mixed with fact and fiction, Dan Brown has certainly created an uproar of sorts with many of his allegations, etc. in this book. But many of these allegations have deep roots and go back a long time before the DaVinci Code hit the stores.

Back in 381, the Council of Constantinople was called and was represented by religious and theologians from around the world. Constantine, emperor of Rome and Pope Sylvester I (314-35) called the council because there were just way too many different beliefs in the Church. The basis of this council was to streamline the Church throughout the world. One of the subjects discussed was the divinity of Jesus Christ... man or God... One of the arguements was did Jesus actually survive the crucifixtion... and I am not even going to go into that portion.

Observations and Questions
My question is have you read the book? Will you see the movie? Why and why not? Your thoughts?

Also, I absolutely love this music and it's in my top 5 movie scores of all time. There are times when I really, really like the sounds of Enigma, flowing throughout the room... particularly the bedroom. Lights out, Enigma on 5 speakers slowly taking me out of consciousness... then there are times when I enjoy a knocked down, dragged out, high soaring movie theme such as Exodus... and you?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1924, Louis Teicher, pianist, (Ferrante & Teicher-Exodus). And in the death notices we honor Bernard Castro, invented and patented convertible couch, dies at 87 in 1991.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

23 August 2005

Happy Umhlanga Day!!


es, it's come around once again... and I bet you didn't even notice. Did you? Traditional ceremonies are an integral part of Swazi life, in Swaziland, despite the advent of modernization. I just love the old, traditional holidays... don't you?

But first before I go on, please note the females are all topless in the picture.

Umhlanga or the Reed Dance which is held during a week at the end of August or early September. Swazi maidens, of marriageable age, gather at the Queen Mother's residence and set out in parties to gather reeds. The reeds are used to repair the windbreak around the Queen Mothers residence.

The girls return by the fourth evening and spend the fifth day preparing their elaborate costumes for dancing. The singing and rhythmic dancing takes place on the afternoon of the sixth and seventh days at the Royal Village. Photography is permitted at the Umhlanga, provided a permit is first obtained from the Tourist Office.

Y'all know how strongly I feel about honoring customs and holidays around the world and I think this one is exceptional. Therefore my blog will be the unofficial headquarters of the Umhlanga Day, U.S. branch. Now in order to participate in the parade all of you females first have to be topless, just like in the picture. Second, send me photos of your participation, include your female neighbors also. I guarantee the Umhlanga gods will be smiling. I did mention this was a topless parade, didn't I?

Observations and Questions
So who wants to be the first to sign up as Umhlanga co-ordinator in your town?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1912, Gene Kelly, Pittsburgh, PA., dancer/actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) In our death notices today we have in 1926, Rodolpho Alfonzo Rafaello Pietro Filiberto Guglieimi Di Valentina D'Antonguolla... whew... better known as Rudolph Valentino, silent movie idol, dies in NY at 31.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

22 August 2005

Mondays Are Bad...


ren't they? You just can't seem to get started. But if you're on the other side of the pond, you've already begun your Monday and it's almost gone.

Even I get totally sluggish and can't get fully moving on Monday mornings. You know don't you? Yep, I have nothing to write about this morning. I had to even put in about Babe Ruth over on the holiday section... there's not even a holiday to celebrate today. I know Monday's are supposed to be travel days and I am sorry for no travel stories. This morning I couldn't even make Rome sound exciting. I promise... next Monday will be Rome day on my blog. Everything Roman.

Is there anything you would like to see me discuss here? Anything at all. I got an email from a visitor that said I should write more personal things about myself. I'm not sure just how personal I should get. Any ideas? I know... you ask me a question about me, my life, my proclivities, desires, wants, etc. and I'll do my best to answer them and discuss them. However this should not be confused with questions for the Answerman... I guess you could separate the two and put Questions for the Answerman or Questions for Denny. Shrug.

Observations and Questions
So... got any questions for me? I don't even care how private they are... Do you think I have too much hair on my chest? It's a good thing I am not standing up in that picture. See how desparate I am? Laugh.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1862, Claude Debussy, born in St Germain-en-Laye, composer (La Mer, Clair de lune). In the dusty death notices we have in 1977, Sebastian Cabot, actor (Mr French-Family Affair), dies at 59.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

21 August 2005

L'Uomo di Risposta Viene - Separa Quattro


lease pardon my Italian. What is this you ask? This article is from the past on the Not So Normal News and was a weekly feature, until I felt it needed a rest. So now I've decided to bring it back and see what happens. The following was published back on 30 January. It will give you some idea what the Answerman does (and doesn't do). You can ask anything you want, no subject is taboo. You can send your questions to me and I will be sure to get them to the Answerman. Send them to Denny Shane

As I said last week, The Answerman Cometh was going international. Therefore, translation for the linguistically challenged: The Answer Man Comes - Part Four. You could say, The Answerman is multi-tongued... kinda, sorta.

This was a rough week with questions. I had to dig really deep in that part of my brain that is really reserved for old, dusty articles and things that I learned in school, heard about on street corners in Fishtown... just in case I was ever a contestant on Jeopardy! Problem is that as I get older, it keeps getting harder to pull the answers out.

First question...

Dear Denny: Rubber Cement: is it hard rubber or soft cement? Signed Always sticking, blue2go

Dear blue2go: This question confuses many people blue2go. Should it be hard? or is it better soft? It continually goes round and round, up and down, all over the place. Actually blue2go, it's both. However, I checked with Monique at Home House Calls and Stucco Siding and she said the best method is to mix it around and play with the mixture. She said pretty soon you'll see that while it starts out as soft cement, once you keep playing with it... eventually it does turn into hard rubber. Let me know how this works out for you.

Now here we have magicfingers... she keeps asking where her question is... her question first appeared here 2 weeks ago, AND I answered it on 16 January... "well little miss magicfingers, I gotchur question right here, yeah baby.. right here... See below please...

Dear Denny: Could you explain the "separation of church and state?" Signed, Religiously Curious, magicfingers

Dear magicfingers: At first I thought you were being funny and trying to trip me up, but then after a lengthy discussion with my friend Jack Daniels, I realized you were serious. I threw away all the humorous answers and went straight for the serious one. Here it is. Separation of church and state is extremely hard to explain, however a diagram might be more helpful. Get a pencil and paper... ready? Now write the word "church", then on the same line write the word "state" Done that? Finally, draw a simple plain line between the two words. Viola! You now have a graphic display of "separation of church and state" If you followed my directions carefully, you should have something like this: church | state If not go back and re-read the directions.

Moving along...

Dear Denny: Why? Signed Life is a sexy question mark, Jen

Dear Jen, Why Jen? Why?... ok, one last time: Hit it maestro!!... M - I - C (see ya real soon) K - E - Y, (why? Because we LOVE you.) M - O - U - S - E. Now that's it Jen.. no more, not gonna sing it anymore, even if you are a cute, hot and sexy female and I love your blog.. oh ok... M - I- C... laugh
(As a side note: when I was ummm about 10 and my sister was 6 we would watch the Mickey Mouse Club with our MM ears on. When we were bad, my father made us watch it without our ears... so traumatic..)

Next question from a newcomer...

Dear Denny: What is the meaning of Life? Signed MiKell

Dear MiKell, This answer is so easy I'm almost ashamed to put it here. Please refer to Jen's signature above. She summed it up nicely when she signed her question "life is a question mark." So let me know if that cleared your quandry up a bit.

el baño, por favor?...POR FAVOR!!

Dear Denny: Donde esta el baño? Signed I can't hold it anymore, Kat

Dear Kat, There are just so many ways I could answer your question. However, in the sense of urgency, let me pick just one, very quick answer... por el vestíbulo y a su izquierda.

Now for something historical...

Dear Denny: Who said this? "...It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts... etc. Signed, I regret that I had but one question to submit, NowDanny

Dear NowDanny, I really had to think about this one... I reached way down into my brain for this... then it started to come clearer to me... It was a beautiful spring day in ole Virginny, right around Richmond. The blacksmith was toiling away at his shop when he saw the distinguished man approach... "Morning there Mr. Pat, beautiful day, care for a shot of ol' granmas' Elderberry Wine? "No thanks blacksmith" Pat replied, I'm due at old Saint John's Church. I'm giving a speech today... hey blacksmith, tell me how this sounds..." Ole Pat took in a deep breath and billowed out, " is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men engaged in a great and arduous' struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who having eyes see not, and having ears hear not, the things that so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anquish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past." "Wow Pat, sounds so statesman like Pat, hey ya know, just last night Mrs. Blacksmith was complaining about all the house chores and she shouted, "Give me liberty or give me death"... soon as I heard that I thought of you and you might want to use it sometime" "Blacksmith I thank you, I'll work on it. Well, I need to git now." Just then the town preacher came along, "Morning there kind sir, and how is Mr. Henry doing?"

On his way into St. John's Church, Henry picked up a paper laying on the ground. It was the day's newspaper, 20 March 1775 and the headline read: Better luck next time Now Danny! laugh!

Well thank you folks for trying to trip up The ole Answerman... stay tuned because I'll be Cometh again next Sunday.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1944, Jackie DeShannon, Hazel Kentucky, singer (What the World Needs Now) and in the dusty death notices we have in 1940, Leon Trotsky dies of wounds inflicted by an assailant the day before.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

20 August 2005

At Some Point Today...


he Not So Normal News will host its' 30,000th visitor to this blog. At present, at 5:18AM I noticed there have been 29,973 visitors to my little humble blog. Amazing. And thank you to all the diehard visitors that keep coming back. I enjoy reading your comments. If you happen to be the 30,000th, let us know... mention in it in the coments section. You can find the visitor counter on the left side at the very bottom of this page.

The busiest day so far was on 22 March 2005 when 338 visitors came in here to read my blog. Anyway...

I wish I had a really great blog entry to commemorate this event but I don't. The only reason why I even mentioned the 30,000th entry is because I have nothing to write about today and I was grasping at straws. Yesterday I had a really good item to write about today but can't remember what the heck it was now.

Observations and Questions
So if you were or had been the 30,000th visitor to my blog, what kind of prize would you have really liked? Not that you're getting anything. Laugh. Actually, if you're reading this right now and before you leave a comment, hurry down the left side and see what number visitor you are and then leave it in the comments section. Boy, do we know how to have fun? Hello?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1921, Jacqueline Susann, Phila Pa, author (Valley of the Dolls). And rounding out the death notices is Leon Trotsky, who in 1940 was icepicked by Frank Jackson.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

19 August 2005

Kelly Monaco Doesn't Fake It...


ndeniably, a real beauty in every sense of the world, Kelly is a fellow Philadelphian... good Lord what cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels can do to a girl. While I could talk for hours on her Playboy Playmate April, 1997 appearance for hours... this is about her tempest dancing in the hit TV show "Dancing with the Stars". No, this blog entry for today shows that not only can controversy be good for business, sometimes it can inspire a two-part special. If you missed this show, which was the summer's best offering that pitted professionals with a celebrity partner. I really wasn't interested until I found out that the real, true love of my life, Kelly, was dancing.

Even though Kelly was simply unbelievable in her Playboy appearance she is better known for her daytime soap opera exploits on General Hospital and her prior role in Port Charles. Don't think I am a soap opera devotee based on the previous statement. I just know she was in those shows. Ok, I admit it, I watched them sparsely... does sparsely also mean a lot? I think so. Anyway...

Monaco, the daytime soap star, took the first round against John O'Hurley, the former Seinfeld player, back on July 6 when she and professional dance partner Alec Mazo were named champs of the six-week made-for-TV contest.

Coming in the wake of early shaky efforts, Monaco's win was greeted with suspicion by O'Hurley die-hards who thought the show's elder statesman had samba-d circles around the competition with the help of partner Charlotte Jorgensen. One conspiracy theory had ABC plotting to put Monaco on top in the name of corporate synergy.

The newly sure-footed Monaco, meanwhile, refused to be tripped up by talk that she didn't earn her victory, and welcomed a rematch. "Bring it on," the actress said at the ABC press conference last month. "You want a dance-off, come on up here. I'll give you a dance-off." You go girl!!

In its inaugural run, summer's biggest TV hit aired once a week, for six consecutive weeks, starting June 1. One dance team was eliminated at the end of each episode, except the first episode, on account of no team got eliminated until a lousy performance was at least one week old.!!.

So now there is a rematch of sorts between the couples, to fend off any accusations that Kelly was picked because of her affiliations to the network showing the competition, ABC.

Observations and Questions
Did any of you happen to watch this show? What did you think?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

Going where no man had gone before, in 1921, Gene Roddenberry executive producer and creator of Star Trek. And in the death notices we sadly remember Julius (Groucho) Marx, NYC, comedian (Marx Bros), dies in LA at 86 in 1977.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

18 August 2005

Ok, Ok... I Admit It...


rom my first set of genuine Ginzu knives, I have been an addict of junk. You know, you buy things that if you don't posses one you'll die. I needed those Ginzu knives just in case one day I needed to cut in half my beer cans and then go make a hoagie and slice tomatos.

Yesterday I struck it rich! The first item on the right is a Pedometer. I decided for my health I should measure how much I walk in a day. How many steps I am taking to improve my heart, breathing, etc. I went to a website called "America on the Move." The premise here is that you are to walk the entire length of the Alaska Military Highway by 28 September 2005... all 2451 kilometers, or for our measurement impaired, 1523 miles. By the time I am finished and reach the other end of the highway I'll either be dead or extremely fit and much slimmer. In order to reach this goal I need to walk 1823-2000 steps each day. Ummmm, yesterday I walked 500 steps, so today I have to walk 3646-4000 steps to make up for it. And did I buy a cheap one? No... I bought one that talks to me! A very nice lady comes on and says: "you have walked xx steps so far" I think more of an incentive would be if she came on and said: "hi sexy, you have walked xx steps closer to me" I'm exhausted already. I wonder if anyone will pick up a hitch-hiker along the highway?

The second item on the Denny Shane improvement list is a tooth whitener! Yep, after all these years I've decided yellow is not my color, especially on my teeth. So I saw this "wonder" paste on TV and like the Ginzu knives of old, I rush to the phone and ordered my tooth whitener.

Pictured at right is the setup which arrived yesterday. Ok, looks easy enough... the long thing is the injector filled with some kind of miracle paste. There are two sides to the container and each one filled with a special paste. I take it and lay a line of paste on the teeth guard, the clear thingy. Having done this I put the tooth guard into my mouth just like a sports mouthpiece. Now comes the space age part. You see the blue light thing? (I turned it on so you could get the full effect) I now put that into my mouth clamp down and turn it on. It shines a blue light into my mouth for 10 minutes.

I was so impressed with this setup that I called White Light and cancelled all future shipments... immediately. The bottem line here is that while I may still have slightly discolored teeth, dammit I will be looking healthy as a result of my pedometer!

Observations and Questions
Admit it... what have you bought because you couldn't live without it? And now find it totally useless, if you can find it at all?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

She started it all, literally. In 1587, Virginia Dare, the 1st American born of English parents. And in today's death notices we have none other than Mr. Genghis Khan, Mongol conqueror, died in 1227.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

17 August 2005

"Something" Into...


rothels... All I needed to see was the title and I knew what I was watching last night on HBO. What the "something" was, wasn't important. It was about brothels! Yes, I admit it, I am a slut for movie titles like that, aren't we all? Anyway, on with the brothels of somewhere. Actually, the real title once it started was Born into Brothels... and was I surprised.

I wanted to do this group justice and not add too many of my own words... so I ummm "lifted" some aspects of the story from their website Kids With Cameras In Calcutta's red light district, over 7,000 women and girls work as prostitutes. Only one group has a lower standing: their children. Zana Briski became involved in the lives of these children in 1998 when she first began photographing prostitutes in Calcutta. Living in the brothels for months at a time, she quickly developed a relationship with many of the kids who, often terrorized and abused, were drawn to the rare human companionship she offered.

Fascinated by her camera, Zana thought it would be great to see the world through their eyes. It was at that moment that she had the idea of teaching photography to the children of prostitutes. To do so would involve overcoming nearly insurmountable obstacles – brothel owners, pimps, police, local politicians, and organized crime syndicate. Zana held weekly photography workshops between 2000 and 2003. There the children learned camera basics, lighting, composition, the development of point-of-view, editing, and sequencing for narrative. To Zana's delight, equipped with inexpensive point-and-shoot35mmm cameras, the children produced incredible work. Their images are explosions of color: self-portraits, family pictures, street scenes, stunning tableaus of Bengali life. These children were destined to become just like their parents and sisters, if nothing could be done.

To make a really long story short. By the time this woman was done, teaching the kids, etc... and the kids living their lives as the offspring of prostitutes, and father-pimps, she took their photos to New York and to Christie's famous auction house. Instant success for these kids.

The photos, along with their stories were remarkable. Zana even went further and made some contacts with friends who could actually do something with the photos. They decided to have a "showing" and bring the kids to New York for the opening. It was unbelievable to see the looks on their faces when they saw their prints, in frame, hanging on the walls. They were even more astonished when they saw the people that came, and talking excitedly about their pictures. What was more astonishing was the pricetags... For the entire collection of prints... I believe were 11 in total... $10,000.00

Yes, you read correctly... If you want to read more, or buy any of the photos go to the website I mentioned above.

Observations and Questions
What do you think?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

"Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier" Yes, in 1786, Davy Crockett, US frontiersman/adventurer/politician/defender of the Alamo. And rounding out the death notices we have in 1990, Pearl Bailey, broadway actress/singer, dies at 72 from a heart attack.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

Medical Alert! Medical Alert!

Remember yesterday where I saluted the material girl on her birthday? Here's how she celebrated:

For most stars in the fickle music business, the bad break is hitting middle age. For Madonna, it's suffering bad breaks on her 47th birthday.

The still potent pop powerhouse broke a collarbone, fractured a hand and cracked three ribs Tuesday after she fell from a horse while riding on her London-area estate

16 August 2005

Bedroom Art...


he other day when I put up the list of 7 things, in it I mentioned that I had 3 wall hangings in my bedroom. Someone emailed me and asked if I could put them on here. So, since I am an accommodating person, here they are in no particular order:

This first one called "The Sleepers" and depicts 3 girls resting. Two of the girls appear to be asleep but the third girl, ever watchful keeps staring at me. Laugh. Of the 3 hangings in my room, I've had this one the longest and like it the best. It's been in various rooms in the past but seems to go well in the bedroom.

It's called "The Dreamers" and was done by Albert Joseph Moore. Moore was born in York, England 4 September 1841 and died in 1893. He had 14 brothers and sisters all of whom were artists of some sort.

I bought the next one a few years ago when I moved into this apartment. To me it depicts running away from the past. The couple running looks back at something they obviously don't like or afraid of in some sense. Perhaps running towards a new life or beginning. Unfortunately I know nothing about the artist and there is no indication on the print itself as to the artist or origins.

However, I do notice a style here very similar to that of William Adolphe Bouguereau. As a young man, Bouguereau put himself through the Ecole des Beaux-Arts by keeping books for a wine merchant. In his spare time, late in the evening, he created drawings from memory. This diligence and discipline resulted in an extrordinarily productive artistic life. Bouguereau produced more than seven hundred finished works and achieved a remarkable level of public acclaim and financial success. And yes, she is totally nude under that flimsy gown. woo-hoo!

However, thanks to Nori in the comments section she recognized it and it all came flooding back. Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883) was a French painter of the Academic Classicism school who created several works of lasting popularity, including Les Printemps, featuring two young lovers sitting upon a swing, and The Storm. Both these paintings have been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; The Storm belongs to the museum while Les Primtemps is owned privately. A number of his paintings are in the collection of The Louvre in Paris.

Cot also was renowned for his portraits, which made up the majority of his work. The more enduring figurative work, such as The Storm, is comparatively rare. Thank you to Nori!

The third and final one is huge. It is very large and extremely heavy and I can't imagine how I even hung it. I think I used railroad spikes to hang it.

It's called An Allegorical Ceiling Painting by Edward Francis Burney. Many nights I have laid in bed looking at it and trying to depict a story or something to give me a clue as to what it was saying.

Burney was born in London, 7 September 1760

So gang, that's the nickle tour of my bedroom art. I know, I know... y'all thought my bedroom was some super studs room with all kinds of porno and gadgetry.

Sorry, just a very normal, quiet place. Someplace where I can relax and have Enigma, Pavoratti or Sarah Brightman waifting through the air. So nice...

Observations and Questions
So.... what's hanging in YOUR bedroom? Is there anything else in my apartment that you would like a picture of or a tour of?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1958 the Material Girl herself, Madonna (Ciccone), in Bay City Mich. And in the death notices we have in 1948, Babe Ruth, Baseball legend, dies in NY at 53

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

14 August 2005

Sorry Guys...


ou're stuck with yesterdays posting. I'm just way too tired to even think about a post for today. I'll be back tomorrow morning bright and early.



ust when I thought, I've been around the world a few times and I've heard just about everything... but this really had me shaking my head. It seems that two former caretakers for Koko, the famous gorilla who communicates with humans using sign language, say they were continually pressured to show Koko their breasts or face the consequences. Yes folks, Koko was harassing the help... sexual intimidation in the work place.

Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller are suing Koko's primary caretaker, Dr. Francine "Penny" Patterson, because she allegedly asked them to "perform bizarre sexual acts with Koko" — namely, taking off their tops — to bond with the five-foot-tall, 280-pound female gorilla.

"Patterson would interpret certain hand movements made by Koko as a 'demand' to see exposed human nipples," the suit alleges. "Patterson made it known to Keller and Alperin that if they did not indulge Koko's nipple fetish, their employment with the Gorilla Foundation would suffer."

They are seeking more than $1 million in damages for sexual discrimination and wrongful termination. The women were expected to file a second amended complaint this week, emphasizing details of Koko's alleged "nipple fetish" and Patterson's indulgence of the ape's sexually aggressive behavior.

It's not known how these developments will affect the separate case of former Foundation administrative assistant Iris Rivera, who filed suit a week after Alperin and Keller, claiming she acquiesced to Koko's alleged demands seven or eight times over a two-month period last summer. According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, when Rivera grudgingly lifted her T-shirt and bra for the ape, Patterson exclaimed, "Oh look, Koko, she has big nipples." Rivera quit her job in January.

Patterson began to teach Koko sign language as part of her master's thesis on the potential for "interspecies communication." The experience developed into a lifelong bond with Koko, whom she hand-raised.

Alperin was hired in April 2004 to be a research assistant and gorilla caregiver at the Foundation. On at least three occasions, she claims, Patterson pressured her to show Koko her nipples as a way to bond with the gorilla.

According to the complaint, Patterson would communicate to Koko, saying, "Oh yes, Koko, Nancy has nipples. Nancy can show you her nipples," or, "Oh Koko, why don't you and Nancy have a visit? I will go and do some other things. I wouldn't want anything to impede the relationship between you two."

Keller, who was hired as a research associate and gorilla caregiver in March 2004, claims she was twice asked to show Koko her breasts, alleging that Patterson once told the gorilla, "Koko, you see my nipples all the time. You are probably bored with my nipples. You need to see new nipples. I will turn my back so Kendra can show you her nipples."

Observations and Questions
Should Koko be punished for sexual harassment? Does this mean that Koko is gay or at least bi?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1903, John Ringling North, circus director. And rounding out the death notices we have in 1958, Gladys L Presley, mom of Elvis, dies at 46.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

13 August 2005

I Am Sooooo Pissed...


his is the second time this week I was just finishing a post and somehow I hit something and I erased it or shut it down or something. It took me two hours to do it... Now I am too pissed to try and do it over, so there is no blog entry for today. Maybe tomorrow...

Ok, ok... I redid it... I can't think of all my answers right now, maybe as the day wears on...

Seven things that scare you:
1. That there's no afterlife
2. If there is an afterlife, I'm going south
3. Any of my children would die before me
4. Any of my grandchildren would die before me
5. Nothing else scares me in this world
6. See #5
7. See #6

Seven things you like the most:
1. A powerful tenor opera voice
2. A real cheesesteak
3. My old summer home on the lake
4. To see everyone around me happy
5. A really good horror movie
6. Good Italian/Mexican food
7. A pleasant nudist resort

Seven important things in your bedroom:
1. Bed
2. Three wall hangings
3. Pieta statue
4. Crucifix on the wall
5. Solitude
6. Pillows
7. Down comforter

Seven random facts about you:
1. I'm ambidextrous except for writing
2. When I was 5 or 6 I wanted to be a fire engine
3. I don't make friends easily
4. Once a friend, it's for life
5. I am really hard to make mad
6. I've only broken 7 of the 10 Commandments
7. And of the 3 left I didn't break them intentionally

Seven things you plan to do before you die:
1. See my 2 youngest daughters happily married
2. Re-organize my family history for the 100th time
3. Live to be 100
4. Go back to Rome
5. Become a millionaire, but times running out
6. Finding true love might be nice
7. Does making a good and truthful final confession count?

Seven things you can do:
1. The ability to cut to the chase with problems
2. Advise people on anything
3. Decide in 5 minutes if I like you or not
4. The Mummer's Strut
5. Tie a cherry stem with my tongue
6. Won a bet with a girl for doing #5
7. She was the good looking, hot, horny sister of my then girlfriend... I feel so dirty...

Seven things you can't do:
1. Purposely hurt any living human
2. Purposely hurt any living animal
3. Fast dance
4. Speak Polish
5. Have patience when I want something
6. Say No to anyone
7. Tolerate loud and obnoxious people

Seven things that attract you to the opposite sex:
1. Eyes
2. Intelligence
3. Enjoy same interests
4. Humor
5. The ability to listen
6. Hair (on head)
7. Being rich wouldn't hurt

Seven things you say the most:
1. Shit!
2. Dammit!
3. Now how did I do that?
4. Oh really?
5. You're kidding
6. What?
7. Huh?

Seven celeb crushes:
1. Jennifer Aniston
2. A former girlfriend that is now on TV, RH you know who you are
3. Lauren Bacall (in her younger days)
4. Julia Roberts
5. Sarah Brightman

Seven people you want to see to take this quiz:

1. Anyone
2. Anyone
3. Anyone
4. Anyone
5. Anyone
6. Anyone
7. Anyone

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

There are two notable births today: In 1899, Alfred Hitchcock, London, director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window) and in 1860, Annie Oakley, born in Drake Ohio, frontierswoman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West). And in the death notices we have in 1991, Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

I haven't received any photos lately to hang on the wall over there. Come on guys.

12 August 2005

Death: There Is A Funny Side...


fter this past week of doom and gloom, I thought I would simply finish out the week with at least a kinda/sorta humorous item on the dark side. Actually it kind of surprised me, but then why should anything surprise me anymore. Did you know there was a popularity contest amongst dead stars? Yes, you read that correctly.

I'm not kidding... there is a company who sends out questionaires and asks people to rank their favorite dead TV, movie and stage stars.

Lucille Ball is America's most beloved dead star. The company that developed the "Q score" that broadcasters and advertisers quietly consult to measure a personality's popularity has done a survey that tests the reputation of performers who have gone on to that big soundstage in the sky.

The redheaded sitcom star of the 1950s and '60s, who died in 1989, has topped past "Dead Q" lists as her comedies seemingly live forever on television, said Steve Levitt, president of Marketing Evaluations, Inc., which conducts the tests.

"What is there not to like about Lucy?" he said. Bob Hope, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Red Skelton follow her on the popularity list.

For 41 years, Levitt's company has given consumers a list of names and asked if they know the people and to rate how much they like them. From their responses they calculate the Q score, a measure of both familiarity and likability.

Advertising executives use the information to make sponsorship decisions, while broadcasters check Q scores to see how well their news and entertainment stars are connecting. Dead stars still do business, though. Coors used film clips of Wayne in a popular commercial, while Fred Astaire has danced to hawk a vacuum cleaner.

"Some of these deceased personalities have Q scores equal to or greater than some of the live personalities we measure," Levitt said. Two performers are relatively new to the list: Johnny Carson and John Ritter were both ranked among the 10 most popular dead stars.

Others offer a reminder of television's power to keep people figuratively alive; "The Honeymooners" star Jackie Gleason, who died in 1987, is still remembered and beloved. "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz and Michael Landon fill out the top 10.

Observations and Questions
I'm glad to know that the dead stars are still working hard. They are working harder than some live people I know. Do you have a favorite dead star you would like to see doing commercials? Would you buy the toothpaste that dead star Bela Lugosi was selling on TV?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1859, Katharine Lee Bates, US, author (America the Beautiful) and in the death notices we have in 1982, Henry Fonda, actor, (On Golden Pond), dies at 77 from heart disease.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

11 August 2005

Just When I Thought It Was Safe...


o watch the news again, the first story I hear is that Dana Reeve, wife of Superman, Christopher Reeve, now admits she has lung cancer. And no, she never smoked either. One in five women diagnosed with lung cancer have never lit up a cigarette. Dana never smoked.

But non-smokers like Dana Reeve, who tend to contract the disease due to genetic factors, often respond better to new cancer drugs and also have a lower risk of developing a second tumor than smokers.

I try and limit myself to one sad story a week, but this one just totally caught me off guard. You always hear that if a non-smoker has lung cancer it was 2nd hand smoke that caused it. This is the very first time I have ever heard anyone say it was because of genetic factors and not from smoking or 2nd hand smoke.

Well, while I am on the lung cancer soap box, Bel Geddes, a quiet, but formidable presence as Ellie Southworth Ewing Farlow, the matriarch of TV's dominant prime-time soap of the 1980s, died Monday of lung cancer at her home in Maine. She was 82.

And since I am on the "death" subject, Matthew McGrory, the deep-voiced 7-foot-plus actor, a gentle giant in the movie "Big Fish," has died. He was 32. McGrory, who had size 29 1/2 shoes, had received attention from the national media even before he became an actor. He attended law school and showed up in music videos before starting his career in Hollywood B-movies. He died of apparent natural causes, police said. Natural causes? Sheesh... at least it wasn't lung cancer.

Observations and Questions
That's it for today's news. I thnk I am going back to bed and hopfully will wake up to better news.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1953, Hulk Hogan [Terry Bollea], Ga, WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89). And in our death notices for the day, 1988, Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

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

10 August 2005

My Very Own SIM ...


haracter! Yes, I now have my very own SIMS character fashioned after myself. Several months ago I was asked if I wanted a SIM character patterned after me... looks, likes, dislikes, etc. Sure, why not... I've got to go down into history as something. Viola! So it might as well be a SIMS person. Just too funny. So the next time you are playing SIMS and if you see me you can shout, "Hey, I know that guy!" Laugh.

Denny Shane arrives in style!

And it might surprise a few to realize it was the butterfly in the garden that convinced him to settle in...

Or perhaps it was the pool [who knew such an older gent would be so darned flexible!]

Of course, all that high diving, flipping and spinning makes man hungry...

... and it just might have been this tempting view from the front window...

...that attracted Coral and Monty.

Of course, Denny wasn't too happy to find that Coral wasn't so interested in a swim, but rather...

... she wanted to chat in front of the television about medical issues [maybe that's just something old folks do a lot of because it's all Coral seemed to want to talk about].

So much so that it puts Denny right to sleep!

Meeting Rhodent the next day seemed to go much better. Perhaps Denny is a man with the eye for the young ladies...

He chats with Rhodent well into the night....

And into the morning! [Poor Denny, he's getting a bit old to be staying up with the young ladies all night... ]

After getting in a quick nap, Denny finds Coral has returned with a young [and pregnant] friend.

It surprises the Goddess to see Denny turn out to be quite the vicious gossip... but it seems to amuse Coral to no end. Must be something the older folks like to do - talking trash about those young whipper-snappers.

After Coral and friend make their exit, Denny spends a bit of time alone honing his chess skills...

...and attempting to do a bit of stargazing - which much to the surprise of Denny's Goddess, turns into an alien abduction!!!

It's a rather quick spin around the neighborhood before the aliens spit Denny back out onto his front lawn. Perhaps they didn't want the ladies to be without their new man about town... or he just wasn't the young lab specimen they were looking for.

Observations and Questions
What can I say? Except "thank you" to Plain Jane from Adventures in Cyberia. The only critism I have is that I am not quite that old looking. Laugh.

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1928, Eddie Fisher, born in Phila. Pa., singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain)and ex-hubbie of Debbie Reynolds and Liz Taylor. And in the death notices, who could forget the old woman in the "Where's the Beef?" commercials? In 1987, Clara Peller, actress, (Where's the Beef), dies at 86.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Hey... come on now... who hasn't sent their picture in yet?