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30 November 2005

She Finally Scores!


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rs. Noteboom of Doylestown, Pa. was a staunch Phila. Eagles fan. As far as she cared, they, the Eagles, were the ONLY team in the NFL. An avid fan to say the least. Now coming from Philly I have witnessed some really unbelievable things over the years in our stadiums during football and baseball and hockey games. However, this may have to rank right up there with the failure of ParachuteMan to descend center field during a Phillies game.

Last Sunday's game between the Eagles and the Green Bay Packers was a normal, run of the mill football game, with this one exception. Enter Christopher Noteboom of Tempe, Arizona...

While the game was in play, Chris ran across the field, dodging players... all the time spreading a bag of ashes onto the playing field. Yes, it was Mrs. Noteboom. As a fitting memorial to his mother, Noteboom ran across the field, sprinkling her ashes as he ran. As he reached the 30-yard line, he dropped to his knees, made the sign of the cross and laid down on his stomach. Security personnel reached him moments later and he offered no resistance as he was escorted from the field. Upon arrest he stated, "I know that the last handful of ashes I had are laying on the field, and will never be taken away. She'll always be part of Lincoln Financial Field and of the Eagles."

"It's bizarre, but we have a zero tolerance for people who run on the field," Police Inspector William Colarulo said. "We especially have a zero tolerance for people who run onto the field and dump an unknown substance in a stadium full of people."

Eagles spokeswoman Bonnie Grant said the team has declined previous requests to spread ashes on the field.

Observations and Questions
Okee dokee... you may not desire cremation for yourself, but let's play pretend. Let's assume you are going to be cremated... and you wanted your ashes spread somewhere... where would it be and why?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1929, the world's oldest teenager himself, Dick Clark... see ya on NY's Dick! And in the high note death notices we find none other than in 1996, Tiny Tim, [Herbert Khaury], entertainer (Tip Toe Through the Tulips), dies at 71.
29 November 2005

I Need To Read...


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n article completely before I decide to act. The other day there was a special on HBO that struck a chord with me and I decided to search the internet and then write about it. I obviously didn't listen to the TV closely nor did I read about it completely on the internet...

It seems that the seniors at Whitehall Middle School in Whitehall, Tennessee decided on their class project. They were learning about the Holocaust and how prejudice and power in the wrong hands can be catastrophic. Whitwell Middle School is a small rural middle school located in eastern Tennessee. The student body consists of about 425 students who are mostly Christian with very little cultural diversity. when they learned about the Holocaust and that 6,000,000 Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, the students could not believe that that many people were killed and no one did anything to stop it. So, to show them just how many 6,000,000 was, the school came up with the "paper-clip" project.

They chose paper-clips for a special reason. During World War II, Norwegians wore paper-clips on their clothes to show their opposition to Nazism. So they decided to collect 6,000,000 paper clips and then display them somehow.

Paperclips began pouring in... they even received paperclips from some of the survivors. Soon they realized that not only were 6,000,000 Jews gassed, that another 5,000,000 non-Jews were also gassed. Making a long story shorter... somehow they managed to acquire an actual boxcar used in the transport of these people to their deaths. They decided that when the project was complete they would have the walls of the boxcare plexi-glassed and put on display somewhere in the town.

After reading the article I ran out and bought a box of clips to send to them since they were asking people across the country to put some paper clips into an envelope and to mail it to them. Great idea!

I went back to the article to get the mailing address... and I read the entire article... the project was scheduled to end December 31, 2001. Ummm that was 4 years ago.

Observations and Questions
Anyone need a box of paperclips? Has anyone ever heard about this project and the final outcome?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1832. Louisa May Alcott Philadelphia PA, author (Little Women). And in the death notices we find in 1924, Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer, dies in Brussels.
28 November 2005

Answer: Celtic Woman...


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uestion: What do Chloe, Deirdre, Lisa, Mairead, Meav and Orla all have in common? Individually they all have beautifully exquisite voices. And all together it's heaven.

Saturday night found me really restless... I didn't feel like going out... no one to chat with on the computer... not even a decent flick on the scifi channel. I accidentally clicked on PBS... it didn't take long to realize it was by no accident... it was fate so to speak. I've heard of them but not actually sat and listened to them...

Together they form Celtic Woman. ... and their voices simply blew me away. You may have gathered by coming here that I love music... and these girls have definitely jumped into my top 5. It's funny how music plays an important part in our lives. It's everywhere and it effects all of us. There's an old story that when Ravel's Bolero was played for the first time in Paris, the entire left bank broke out and was making love to each other.

Observations and Questions
Who is your favorite artist? When you hear their music you simply relax and go off into another world?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1967, Vickie Smith, Houston TX, playmate (May, 1992). And in the death notices we have in 1939 James A Naismith, creator of basketball, dies at 78.
26 November 2005

The Saturday...


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orning Comics. Nothing to write about today so I am providing a few jokes that I thought were funny. Enjoy.

Three friends from the local congregation were asked "When you're in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?"
Artie said: "I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man."

Eugene commented: "I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives."

Don said: "I'd like them to say, "Look, he's moving!"

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A blond wanted to go ice fishing. She'd seen many books on the subject, and finally getting all the necessary tools together, she made for the ice.

After positioning her comfy footstool, she started to make a circular cut in the ice. Suddenly, from the sky, a voice boomed,

"THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE."

Startled, the blond moved further down the ice, poured a thermos of cappuccino, and began to cut yet another hole. Again from the heavens the voice bellowed,

"THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE."

The blond, now worried, moved away, clear down to the opposite end of the ice. She set up her stool once more and tried again to cut her hole.

The voice came once more, "THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE."

She stopped, looked skyward, and said, "IS THAT YOU LORD?"

The voice replied,

"NO, THIS IS THE MANAGER OF THE HOCKEY RINK."

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Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?

Why can't women put on mascara with their mouths closed?

Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a 'broker'?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn't Noah swat those two darn mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needles used in lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?


Observations and Questions
Do you have a joke you would like to share? In case you might be wondering about the music today... it's the original music score of Parla Piu Piano.. which later became the theme for The Godfather.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1922, Charles M Schulz, cartoonist (Peanuts). And in the death notices in 1973, Albert DiSalvo, the Boston strangler, stabbed.

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25 November 2005

The Day After...


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hanksgiving is one of my very favorite days of the year. This is the traditional beginning of the Christmas season, especially the buying season. People go crazy, the stores have unbelievable sales... the malls are super-packed. I've seen people that have creatively designed "Handicapped" signs on their computer so they can hang them on their rear-view mirrors and get the best parking spots. Shop, Shop, Shop is the credo and battle cry.

Is this why today is one of the best days of the year? Nope!

Today is the day I can eat left-over turkey sandwiches!! There is nothing better than sitting down to a nice white meat sandwich. Not that I am prejudice or anything... people should love dark meat also, but I am a white meat person. I've never had dark meat. Maybe someday I'll give it a try.

Observations and Questions
So... white meat or dark meat? Will you go shopping today?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1893, Robert Ripley, illustrator (Creator Ripley's Believe it or Not). And in the death notices we have in 1990, Bill Vukovich, Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27.

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24 November 2005

Happy Thanksgiving...


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Great Spirit, Creator of all that we
see, hear, smell, taste, and all that we touch.

Mother Earth, Make Ina, Womb of all beings,
Provider of all our needs.

Keeper of the West, Home of the Thunder People,
place where Grandfather Sun sleeps at night.

Keeper of the North, Home of the Great White Giant,
from where fresh breezes blow.

Keeper of the East, Land of the Rising Sun,
Home to the Big Red Mountain.

Keeper of the South, Land that we always face,
from where the Growing Warmth comes.

I pray to the Stone Peoples, the Green Peoples, the Winged Peoples,

I pray to the Four-legged Peoples, the Swimming Peoples,
the Crawling Peoples, and to the Star Peoples.

I pray to ALL who give us food, clothing, medicine, dwellings, and designs

To the Ancestors of All The Peoples,
I pray for their Help in Keeping Us in Balance and
Teaching us the ways of the Creator and Mother Earth.

To the Star Peoples, Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon
I give thanks for their lighting our way in times of darkness.

To All these Peoples, I give Thanks for all the Gifts and Help
I get in My Life Each and Every Day.

For ALL These Reasons and for life Itself,
I give my thanks!





Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1864, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, France, painter. And in our death notices we find in 1962, James J Kilroy tank inspector (Kilroy was here), dies at 60.

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23 November 2005

Things You Can...


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nly get away saying on Thankgiving. How many times have you said something and wished you hadn't. Here are some things you can getaway with safely tomorrow, but maybe not on other days of the year.

1. Talk about huge breasts!
2. Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.
3. It's Cool Whip time!
4. If I don't undo my pants, I'll burst!
5. That's one terrific spread!
6. I'm in the mood for a little dark meat.
7, Are you ready for seconds yet?
8. It's a little dry, do you still want to eat it?
9. Just wait your turn, you'll get some!
10. Don't play with your meat.
11. Just spread the legs open and stuff it in.
12. Do you think you'll be able to handle all these people at once?
13. I didn't expect everyone to come at once!
14. You still have a little bit on your chin.
15. How long will it take after you stick it in?
16. You'll know it's ready when it pops up.
17. Wow, I didn't think I could handle all of that!
18. That's the biggest one I've ever seen!

Observations and Questions
So what are your plans for tomorrow? Staying home? Going out? If you're not from the U.S. then make up anything you want to talk about.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1887, Boris Karloff, [William H Pratt], Dulwich England, actor (Frankenstein). This is freaky: 1962, Gloria Gordon, actress, (My Friend Irma), dies at 81. And in 1972, Marie Wilson, actress, (My Friend Irma), dies at 56.

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22 November 2005

If You're Old Enough...


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ou will always remember where you were when you first heard that John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. It's just one of those things that is embedded in the American psyche... forever. What an absolute shock.

It was a Friday afternoon. I was 16 years old. I was in high school and had gotten out for the weekend and was on my way to work as a cashier for a supermarket. I got off a trolley at Germantown and Erie Avenue to wait for another trolly to take me to Germantown and Cheltin Ave. where the supermarket was located.

Once at the trolly-stop, I noticed a small crowd standing around a police car sitting on the corner. I just had to walk over and see what was going on... The cop had his regular car radio on, which was a shock to me. The lady next to me was crying... what could have happened I wondered? Then I heard the words... words I never, ever thought I would hear... "Once again folks, we must tell you that John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was shot today in Dallas, Texas."

I was stunned... My mouth had to have dropped open. This couldn't be true. My mind raced back a few years when he was running for President and I was a paperboy delivering The Evening Bulletin in my neighborhood. I had gotten hold of about 100 small pictures of Kennedy and took it upon myself to stuff the newspapers with his picture prior to sticking them in the doors of my customers.

Then The Bulletin had a contest for the carriers... whoever signed up the most new customers would have a chance to actually go to the inauguration. To make a long story short... I knew I just HAD to win... and I did. That day I got to see people that most people have only read about in history books... Eisenhower, Truman, Johnson, Robert Kennedy, JFK's parents, J. Edgar Hoover and even General Douglas MacArthur! The parade was simply unbelievable. Of course the big moment was when JFK and Jackie rode past in the convertible limo... What a day...

The radio in the patrol car continued... and I couldn't focus. Little did anyone that day ever imagine what was in store for the country in the coming days and years... Viet Nam, Watergate, Mr. I Didn't Have Sex with that Woman, and Iraq...

I'd rather be back in Camelot.

Observations and Questions


Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1961, Mariel Hemingway, Ketchum Id, actress. And of course in today's sad, sad death notices we find John F. Kennedy, shot in Dallas in 1963.

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21 November 2005

Did Anyone...


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atch the season finale of HBO's "Rome" last night? It had a couple things wrong with the ending. Yeah, yeah I know Caesar is brutally murdered in the end. After the Senators all got a lick at him and he lay dying on the Senate floor... and then it was Brutus' turn to stab him... I waited and waited for Caesar's last words "et tu Brute'?" (and you also Brutus?) But the words never came. Brutus stabbed Caesar and he died. Not even so much as an utterance of the famous words. However, I have to admit it was one of the best death scenes I've ever seen on TV.

But poor Caesar's death wasn't the shocker... if you watched it you probably know where I am going. The beautiful Niobe kills herself by falling off the balconey of her house after her hubbie finds out that his supposed grandson is actually her son by her brother-in-law. This daliance just happened while Vorenus was off conquering France. How could she die???? How could they kill her off???

I was under the impression that this series was a one time deal. Just this season. But then I saw in the TV listings something like "Season 1"

Observations and Questions
What is the worst ending you've ever seen in a movie?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1945, Goldie Hawn. Ever wonder what her real last name is?: Btudlendgehawn.

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19 November 2005

The Butler...


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idn't Do It... or did he? You'll never know if you don't visit our section over on the left side of this blog. Are you an author? or a wannabe-author? Just enjoy reading fresh material from fellow bloggers?

The Butler Didn't Do It will fill all of those needs. It's really neat, I think. Some authors have put their works in progress there to get reaction from readers in order to change the story line around, etc. You should check it out! It's free... just go, sign up for a free account and start posting if you want, or be content to read. And if you are either a budding author or published we would love to hear from you...

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1962, Jodie Foster, Bronx NYC, actress (Taxi Driver, Accused). And in the musical death notices we find in 1828 Franz Schubert Austrian composer, died. (Today's Musical Selection)
18 November 2005

It's Beginning To...


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ook A Lot Like Christmas and it's not even Thanksgiving. I can remember not long ago you didn't see Christmas decorations going up until after Tday. In Houston, Walgreen's has their Christmas decorations out for sale as do the different supermarkets, card stores, etc. I think some even had them up and selling after Labor Day. I can only imagine that the malls have already started. I can remember someone even saying "geez, it's not even Halloween" as one store began with the Christmas items.

Aren't we rushing things just a little bit too much here?

Going over for my mail the other day around 5AM while it was still dark, I noticed an apartment with Christmas lights up on their window already. I laughed and shook my head and thought "crazy". No sooner did I say that and there next to me was another apartment with the windows decorated with lights, artificial snow... the whole nine yards.

This year the 4th of July comes on... well, the 4th of July. I figure at this rate, right after New Year's it should be safe to start with the red, white and blue bunting.

Observations and Questions
When do you start getting into the Christmas mood or spirit? When do you decorate?

And... not to forget our friends on the other side of the fence... when do you celebrate Chanukah? I know WHEN it really is, but do y'all get carried away like we do for Christmas? For the benefit of those that have heard about Chanukah but haven't a clue what it is:

Every year between the end of November and the end of December, Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year. The holiday celebrates the events which took place over 2,300 years ago in the land of Judea, which is now Israel. Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1928, Mickey Mouse, California. And in the Group Death department we have in 1978, Leo J Ryan (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 912 members. Geez, what a day that was...

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17 November 2005

Ask Not What...


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our brain can do for you, but what you can do for your brain... And apparently my brain has ceased to exist. I don't know what happened yesterday and I even took all of my medicines.

I looked at my wall calendar in the kitchen and saw that it was 20 November. Then I thought, "wow, today is the anniversary of JFK's death." See the problem yet?

Not only was it not the anniversary of the day JFK was assassinated, he wasn't assassinated on the 20th of November, it was the 22nd... and in any event it wasn't the 20th or the 22nd. It was 16 November. The worst part, all day I kept thinking Kennedy was shot and how come there was nothing on TV or on the internet. I thought how quickly we forget and I couldn't believe there was nothing about it anywhere. There is usually something about the death... some documentary, even the news mentions it.

I continued like this all day... went to bed and then woke up this morning and realized today was the 17th, so yesterday was only the 16th, and not the 20th or the 22nd.

Observations and Questions
By any chance did anyone else think it was the anniversary of Kennedy's death yesterday? I didn't think so... Anyone else get dates confused?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1930, David Amram, Philadelphia PA, composer, (Today's Musical Selection). And in the death column we find in 1917 Auguste Rodin, sculptor, (The Thinker) dies in Meudon, France.

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16 November 2005

Not Today...


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ope. No dirty dishes, no bed thingies, and no bed mites. I have a special treat for you today.


Today, I am writing about:








Observations and Questions
Yes, that's right. Invisible Blogging! It's the latest rage with bloggers in Pau Pau... I think it may catch on here... Yes?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1895, Paul Hindemith Hanau Germany, composer (Today's Selection) And in our Gone With the Dead section... Clark Gable died at 59.

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15 November 2005

Guess What?...


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mmediately after posting yesterday's article, I went into the kitchen and emptied the dishwasher. All my nice clean dishes and glasses. And then filled it up right away with all of the dirty dishes I talked about. Put the soap in and hit the button. Whooosh! It started... cleaning all of my little dishes, scrubbing, spraying, soaping and whatever else the dishwasher does inside there. Almost immediately, the whole process started over... dirty coffee cup in the sink, breakfast dishes in the sink. I am in some kind of loop here.

Since I am on housework, or the lack thereof... how often do you change your sheets on the bed? Last night I happened to catch a show on the health channel about your bed. Do you have any idea how many skin flakes come off your body while you sleep? Millions! And then guess what? You make the bed... then that night you climb right back in with all the previous million skin flakes from yesterday. The process continues until you change the sheets. You are rolling around all night having a great time dreaming AND rolling around in dead skin thingies. They're getting all over your body, in your hair, on your face.

I betcha you're glad now that you came here this morning, huh?

Observations and Questions
How often do you change your sheets? The average is every 11 days.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1919, Joseph Albert Wapner, LA, Judge (People's Court). And in the death corner we find in 1984, Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at California medical center.

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14 November 2005

I Am Drowning...


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n a sea of dirty dishes! Honestly, I'd take a picture and put it on here but I would be mortified. In my kitchen I have a very nice dishwasher. Right now it is full of squeaky clean dishes... that I did on Friday.

On top of it, are all of the dirty dishes that have been accumulating since last Friday also. See where I am going with this?

What is my problem with emptying the dishwasher when it is done and all the dishes are clean? Am I lazy? Do I have my priorities mixed up? It seems it is much easier to take a clean dish, use it and then place it into the sink because the dishwasher is full of dishes waiting to be put away.

Next Installment: Do you rinse your dirty dishes off first before putting them in the dishwasher?

Observations and Questions
Do you have a dishwasher? What is your procedure? Are you the type that once it's done cleaning you immediately empty it to make room for new dirty dishes?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1840, Claude Monet, France, impressionist (Water Lilies). And in the death notices we find in 1915, Booker T Washington, educator/organizer, dies at 59 in Tuskegee AL.

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13 November 2005

Good Sunday Morning...


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urprised to see me here on a Sunday morning? So am I actually.

My purpose is to make an appeal. Not so much to the regulars but to the people for whatever reason pop in here and leave without ever commenting, etc. No, wait... that's not right either... ok, it's to everyone.

See the book on the left side of the page here? "The Butler Didn't Do It?" It's a message board that I have about books, novels, authors, etc. What I need you to do today is simple. Just go over there and sign up for a free account. My goal for today is 10 new people. It would be nice if those 10 people would also begin to participate.

If we can't get it going, then I have to close it down. I can't see paying $30 every six months and just taking up space. Hey, what else do you have to do for the next 10 minutes?

Observations and Questions
If you're not going to do it, why? I really am curious. I'll still be your friend!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson Scotland, author (Treasure Island). And in the mysterious death notices: In 1974 Karen Silkwood, killed in a car crash under suspicious circumstances.
11 November 2005

Thanks, Guys...


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ou know, I was sitting here earlier this morning wondering what to write today, Veteran's Day. How many different ways can you say "Thanks" to the Veteran's?

If it weren't for them, imagine the mess this country would be in today... geez, we'd be another Afghanistan or worse. While I have a very serious issue with our present war in Iraq, I do support the troops... you know, the little guy that was torn away from his family to go over there... the guy in the grocery store that happened to be a "reservest" serving in a part-time capacity to bring in a few extra dollars for his family and then BAM... he's over in Iraq getting shot at, blown up... it's sad. I can also add the she's in there as well. The women are holding up their ends as well. They're all doing the best they can.... as have all of the Veteran's previously in wars that we have been involved with throughout the world.

From one Navy Vet to all of the other Vets, "Thanks guys"... yeah, that includes the Marines also :)

Observations and Questions
No comments are really needed today but say what's on your minds. If you feel the need to bash, go ahead and bash, but do not bash the soldiers and sailors... they follow orders.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1885 George S Patton general "Old Blood & Guts".

Portrait Studio!
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10 November 2005

Help! My Brain Is Leaking...


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ell, fancy meeting you here. You're here for your morning fix of witty, humorous, or serious banter... aren't you?

I'm soooooo sorry. I can't think of a blessed thing to write about. I hate when this happens... I really do. So then it boils down do I simply write nothing? or do I write an article telling you I have nothing? Or I could write about something I just learned 2 minutes ago. Remember this: In 1871, following seven months of searching, foreign correspondent to the New York Herald Henry M. Stanley succeeded at last in locating Scottish missionary David Livingstone in Ujiji, Central Africa. Stanley prefaced his encounter with these words: Dr. Livingstone, I presume.

You always heard the phrase and now you know the circumstances and the date he said it. Fascinating, huh?

Observations and Questions
Does anyone remember "Ramar of the Jungle"? Make-up a comment so it looks like we have something to talk about today.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1916, Guido Turchi, Rome Italy, composer (Invettiva). Looking around in the death pile we have in 1985, Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyer's goalie, dies in drunk driving accident.

Portrait Studio!
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09 November 2005

Doctor Denny's Remedies...


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ver have one of those little pesky irritants that drive you crazy? Like a throat tickle that won't go away? Well, you came to the right place today. I am dispensing, for free, little known cures.

Below are several of the simple self-healing tricks people can do with their own bodies. The body has its own hidden cures, once you know how to push your body's own buttons."

Simply opening the ear canal with a little scratch stimulates nerves that create a reflex in the throat, which cause a muscle spasm -- or a gag -- which will relieve a throat tickle.

Pushing the tongue to the top of the mouth while pushing on the spot between the eyebrows with the pointer finger will help clear a stuffy nose. Pushing on both places at the same time moves the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages, back and forth like a seesaw. The motion loosens the congestion and after about 20 seconds, the sinuses begin to drain.

Also coughing can dull the pain of receiving a shot. The cough causes a temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, which blocks the areas in the spine where pain originates.

When eating ice cream, many people dig in too quickly and get the dreaded "brain freeze." Pressing the tongue flat against the roof of the mouth -- covering it as much as possible -- will "fake the body out." When the mouth gets very cold, it fools the body into thinking the brain is also freezing. The headache comes from the body compensating and overheating. Heating the mouth will prevent this.

And there ya have it... a short and accurate look at how to get rid of those little annoyances.

Observations and Questions
Do you have any little known remedies for things? We need to hear about them.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1903, Gregory Pincus, inventor (birth control pill). In the death notices we have in 1970, Charles DeGaulle, French President, dies at 79.

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08 November 2005

Ummmm, Err, Well, Hmmmm...


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ow do I get out of this one? I could have SWORN that yesterday was Election Day. I was even dressed and thinking should I or shouldn't I go and vote. Then I read a comment that tomorrow (today Tuesday) was election day. Duh! Now you see how my brain functions before I take my medicine.

So now I need to decide if I'm going to vote today. I'm glad I didn't go try and vote yesterday, I would have really been upset. Please tell me you have these days, and yes... you can lie. This is the only blog where I give you complete authorization to lie your ass off.

I should go vote. Voting is so serious back in Philly, that even the residents of Palmer Cemetery in Fishtown, vote a few times during the day. If the dead can get up and vote... then dammit, I should get myself together and go vote!

Observations and Questions
Soooooooo, will you vote today? Do the dead rise and vote where you live?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1951, Mary Hart, Sioux Falls SD, TV hostess, (Entertainment Tonight). And in the death notices we find in 1978, Norman Rockwell, artist, dies in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, at 84.

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07 November 2005

Today is...


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ash day AND Election Day here in Houston. I know I mentioned one day last week that it was wash day, but I suffer from Pepophobia... don't look it up, because I just made the word up. It means fear of pep. I figured I could skip the wash for a week. I didn't need clean clothes since I wasn't really going anywhere. Anyway...

It's also election day. It's funny after spending 20 years in Philadelphia politics and it being an integral part of my life for so long, in Texas it doesn't even phase me. Things are a bit too gentil for me. Not like the old days in Philly...

There was the day when a fistfight broke out in City Council chambers. Two city councilmen fighting it out, rolling around on the chamber floor. Yes, those were the days.

Then who could forget the Treasurer of Pa., who was going to be indicted on some charge, I forget now. But he decided to go on live TV and hold a press conference. During his live press conference, he stopped... paused... opened a large manilla envelope... pulled out a revolver, put it into his mouth and blew his brains out... I did mention this was LIVE television, right? My secretary and I sat stupified, mouths dropped open... yes, those were the days, exciting days in politics... I'm not even sure I am going to vote today, it brings back too many memories.

Observations and Questions
Are you voting today? Ding your wash today?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1964, Dana Plato, Maywood CA, actress (Kimberly-Diff'rent Strokes). And in the cemetery we have in 1980, Steve McQueen, Slater MO, actor, dies at 50.

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05 November 2005

Girls...


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ust wanna have fun... Well as you know, yesterday was my youngest daughter's 7th birthday. And as expected she loved all the gifts from me, my parents and my sister. She oooohhhh'd and aaahhh'd at all the presents.

Today they are going to a beauty palor that is closed to adults for the day and girls take it over for birthday parties. My middle daughter when she turned 9 in September had her party there and it appeared to be fun. The girls do each others hair. Style it, even color it. Everything is monitored by the shop owner to make sure the girls don't get carried away.

By the time they are finished all the girls have green, purple, yellow and colors I've never seen before, hair. It's the stuff that little girls parties are made of... laughing, giggling, the whole bit.

I asked Nina, "Are boys invited?" Her reply, "No, boys are yucky." I looked suprised, "But... I'm a boy." She hugged me, "No you're not... you're Daddy."

Gotta love it.

Observations and Questions
Today is open mike day... anything you want to say...

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1911, Roy Rogers, Cincinnati Ohio, cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show). And in our dusty death notices we have in 1977, Guy Lombardo, orchestra leader, (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75.

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04 November 2005

Nothing...


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an you believe it? Nothing... yep, I have nothing today. Even more astonishing, I only woke up about 20 minutes ago. I haven't even got my first coffee in me yet.

My mind is blank... well, not quite blank... just rumaging through things that I need to do today. Print out checks for my bills, design a DVD cover for my daughter's Mexican dance film that you saw the other day. Go to the grocery, then to the post office and mail cards to my oldest son for his birthday and his sons first communion. Take back software that I don't like to CompUSA.

Then wrap my youngest daughters birthday present and take that over to her. Also gather my parents presents to her and my sisters presents to her since they both mailed her presents here instead of my daughters apartment. She turns 7 today.

Observations and Questions
I'm exhausted just typing it all out. Humor me and tell me what you've got going on either today or for the weekend?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1937, Loretta Swit, Passaic NJ, actress (Hotlips Houlihan-M*A*S*H). And in the death notices we have in 1995, Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, dies at 73.

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03 November 2005

Only In America...


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an a guy whose 17 year old girlfriend shot the guys wife in the face, pleads guilty to statutory rape, spends a year in jail for insurance fraud and pleads not guilty to carrying ammunition make good in America!

Remember Joey Buttafuoco? Who could forget. Well, you'll be happy to know that he has gone straight... he now hands out protein shakes and ice cream to the stars of "Desperate Housewives" and "Crossing Jordan"

Yes Joey, is working in craft services on the Hollywood sets of TV shows, according to a story in the latest issue of Inside TV.

See? Prison can rehabilitate a person!

News Bulletin
Remember yesterdays entry about the mummy? Well, I received a reply from my email to my ex-wife about this Sunday. My daughters 3 cousins are coming over in the morning for the day. Soooooooooo...


Observations and Questions
So would you buy ice cream from Joey? "Hi babe, would you like nuts with that?"

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1931, Monica Vitti, Rome Italy, actress (Tigers in Lipstick). Hanging up her guns for good, in 1926 Annie Oakley died.

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02 November 2005

Crazy...


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es gang, that's exactly where I am going... Crazy! If you are a regular visitor to my humble blog, you know the problems I have been having with my two younger daughters and trying to organize our trip to the Museum of Natural Science and the mummy museum display of Nesperennub.

You need to reserve spaces for this special tour. I made the reservations the first week and my one daughter got sick with 5th Disease. So I canceled and made the reservations for the next Sunday. On Thursday of that week, my ex forgot to tell me that my youngest daughter was in a dance at school on that Sunday.

I had to call and reschedule again. I looked at the calendar and saw that the following Sunday was the day before Halloween. I was going to be smart this time. I figured the day before Halloween, I am sure they would have something to do... I didn't make reservations and I was right. They both had parties to go to... So, I made reservations again, for this Sunday... I think they know my voice by heart at the Museum now. Anyway, everything was set and reservations made for Sunday at 11AM. Finally we were going to see the High Priest in person.

You would think huh? I should have known better... I forgot to look at the calendar. I looked yesterday and it's my youngest daughter's 7th birthday on Friday... which means her birthday party will be on Saturday or Sunday. Now I have to hold my breath until after I find out today sometime on which day the party will be held.

Observations and Questions
Have you ever had problems like this trying to make plans and they go terribly awry?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1755, Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France. And in the death notices we find in 1980, Edith Bunker, the TV character, not the actress, dies on "All in the Family".

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01 November 2005

Well, It's All Over...


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he vampires are all tucked away in their coffins until next year, werewolves have changed back into human form and ghosts and goblins have all disappeared into the mist. So what are we left with? Bags of candy... some good, some really bad... After halloween I always went through the bags to weed out the really crappy and suspect candy, tossing them into the trash when the kids weren't looking. I already know this mornings news will have the usual stories about razor blades being found in apples, etc. What is wrong with these people? Just turn out your lights and go to bed early...

Anyway, halloween had a damper on it here in Houston last night. It began raining and thundering about 5PM and continued off and on until about 9PM when I fell asleep on the sofa watching some horrible movie... horrible as in a piece of trash.

I did watch a special on the History channel about the hunt for Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains in Hungary. You do know there was a real Dracula, right? Not quite the Bela Lugosi Dracula but close enough. That I'll save for another posting. He was quite interesting... and he did drink the blood of his enemies.

Observations and Questions
So what did you do last night? Have any ghoulish visitors? Or did you turn out the lights and pretend no one was home? And yes, this is still the music from yesterday, mainly because I like it... plus I was too lazy to go find something fresh.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1942, Larry Flynt, magazine publisher (Hustler). And in the animal death notices we have in 1947, Man O' War dies.

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