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31 October 2006

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r is it Merry Halloween? Anyway, today I am going to point out some things about two of my long, lost relatives. Yes, it's me bragging, once again, about my family history.

Of the three major people I am going to talk about today, I am related to two of them and possibly the third as well. Trust me, I can show you the charts.

First, did you know that Dracula and von Frankenstein actually met in person? Believe it or not they did. Von Frankenstein fought in a battle in which Dracula was leading his troops to protect his hometown. However, they met again in the literary sense many years later.

The first relative you all know well as Dracula. Always a pain in the ass at Thanksgiving when all the other relatives enjoyed a nice chianti, he had to be different.

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His real name was Vlad Tepesch, better known as Vlad the Impaler of Romania. You know his story. Bram Stoker, the writer, created the fictional elements of Dracula based on real events in the life of Count Dracula. Even though he had never traveled to Transylvania he wove a story of true horror.

Frankenstein, was brought to life by 17 year old Mary Shelly. Even at her tender age she was known in literary circles as an excellent authoress. So much so, at one time she received a letter from Jacob Grimm. Yes, one of the brothers Grimm himself. He told her of a story about one Johann Konrad Dippel. Dipple wasn't the typical "crazed scientist" but I suppose he came very close. Ummmm he actually did experiment on dead bodies that he dug up from the local cemeteries. Being born in Castle Frankenstein probably didn't help him either as he tried to bring the bodies back to life. It's true, I swear it! (Below is the real Castle Frankenstein in Darmsdt, Germany)
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Shelly was captured by this story and while traveling in Germany one summer she and her husband traveled to Darmstad, Germany to find Castle Frankenstein... which they did. It was during a vacation in Lake Geneva in Switzerland while visiting the poet Lord Byron. A horrendous storm came over the city and the party-goers were forced to retreat inside the villa. It was here that Byron decided to come up with his very of a parlor game of sorts. Byron's other guests sometimes read from a volume of ghost stories, thus, one evening, Byron challenged his guests to each write one themselves.

Mary's story, inspired by a dream, became Frankenstein. Shelly continued the writing of Frankenstein after she went home. Frankenstein was finished when she was 19 and published at the young age of 21.

Next on my list is dear old "Aunty Liz" better known to people as Erzebeth Bathory. We stopped inviting her to family gatherings when we discovered that our young, nubile female cousins were kinda disappearing. Shown below is home sweet home...
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In order to improve her complexion and also to maintain her failing grasp on her youth and vitality, she slaughtered six hundred innocent young women from her tiny mountain principality... in... yep, you guessed it, Transylvania. Why does the goofy side of my family always come from Transylvania?

Anyway, her tastes were of a certain slant, and consequently she began to gather about herself (as her ample financial resources readily accommodated) persons of peculiar and sinister arts. These she welcomed into her presence, affording them commodious lodging and lavish attention to each of their most singular needs and interests. Among them were those who claimed to be witches, sorcerers, seers, wizards, alchemists, and others who practiced the most depraved deeds in league with the Devil and too painful to mention even in a story such as this. They taught her their crafts in intimate detail and she was enthralled. But learning such unspeakable things was not enough.
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Erzebeth was not alone in her 'unusual' interests. Aware of Erzebeth's complex preoccupations, and amused by them, her aunt had introduced her also to the pleasures of flagellation (enacted upon desolate others of course), a taste Erzebeth quickly acquired. Equipped with her husband's heinous silver claws, she generously indulged herself, whiling away many lonely hours at the expense of forlorn Slav debtors from her own dungeons. The more shrill their screams and the more copious the blood, the more exquisite and orgasmic her amusement. She preferred to whip her 'subjects' on the front of their nude bodies rather than their backs, not only for the increased damage potential, but so that she could gleefully watch their faces contort in horror at their most grim and burning fate.

Her mood deteriorated markedly and one day, as she viciously struck a servant girl for a minor oversight, she drew blood when her pointed nails raked the girl's cheek. The wound was serious enough that some of the blood got onto Erzebeth's skin. Later, Erzebeth was quite sure that that part of her own body - where the girl's blood had dropped - looked fresher somehow; younger, brighter and more pliant.

Immediately she consulted her alchemists for their opinion on the phenomenon. They, of course, were enjoying her hospitality and did not wish to disappoint, so, fortunately, they did recall a case many many years before and in a distant place where the blood of a young virgin had caused a similar effect on an aged (but generous) personage of nobility and good grace.

With such clear evidence at hand, Erzebeth was convinced that here was a brilliant discovery; a method to restore and preserve her youthful glow forever, or at least until she got what she wanted. The advice of her 'beauty consultant,' a woman named Katarina, concurred that her clever realization was most surely sound.

Erzebeth reasoned that if a little was good, then a lot would be better: she firmly believed that if she bathed in the blood of young virgins -- and in the case of especially pretty ones, drank it -- she would be gloriously beautiful and strong once again.

For years, Erzebeth's trusted helper in her various secret pleasures had been Dorotta Szentes. Now with her, and other 'witches' to help carry the load, Erzebeth roamed the countryside by night, hunting for suitable virginal girls as raw material for her difficult quest.

When back in the castle, each batch of young girls would be hung, alive and naked, upside-down by chains wrapped around their ankles. Their throats would be slit and all of their blood drained for Erzebeth's bath, to be taken while the heat of their young bodies still remained in the thickening and sticky crimson pool.

And every now and then, a really lovely young girl would be obtained. As a special treat, Erzebeth would drink the child's blood: at first from a golden flask, but later, as her taste for it increased, directly from the stream, as the writhing and whimpering body hung from the rafters, turning pale.

Although she had held off her political foes, after five years of this enterprise Erzebeth at last began to realize that the blood of peasant girls was having little effect on the quality of her skin. Obviously such blood was defective and better blood was required.

In early 17th century Transylvania, parents of substantial position wished their daughters to be educated in the appropriate social graces and etiquettes, so that they might gain the 'right' connections when ripe. Here was an opportunity.

In 1609, Erzebeth established an academy in the castle, offering to take 25 girls at a time from proper families, and to correctly finish their educations. Indeed, their educations were finished.

Assisted by Dorotta Szentes (known also by the graceful diminutive "Dorka") these poor students were consumed in exactly the same beastly fashion as the anguished peasant girls who preceded them. This was too easy, and Erzebeth became careless in her actions for the first time in her dreadful career. During a frenzy of lust, four drained bodies were thrown off the walls of the castle.

By the final count, 600 girls had vanished; Erzebeth admitted nothing. Dorka and her witches were burned alive, but the Countess, by reason of her noble birth, could not be executed. Katarina was somehow seen as another victim, and was set free.

So, Erzebeth was damned to a death while alive. Sealed into a tiny closet of her castle -- and never let out -- she died four years later.

Erzebeth did not ever utter even a single word of regret, or remorse.
30 October 2006

OK, SINCE TOMORROW IS HALLOWEEN


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nd I want to do a halloween blog, I've decided to cut short the contest. Plus I don't think anyone will get the puzzle. After looking at it, I've decided it might be a tad hard.

It is "The Gleaners" by Millet.

The Gleaners


Oh shut up... that was easy. Now that I've told you, y'all are sitting there saying, "oh yeah, The Gleaners by Millet" I am pretty sure we learned about Millet and The Gleaners back in 4th grade at Nativity BVM School in Philly.

Painted in 1857, the original hangs in the Louvre in Paris.

Observations and Questions
I don't know what to say... Next week, I'll try and make it easier for y'all.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1945 Henry Winkler NYC, actor (Fonz-Happy Days, Night Shift). And in the death notices in 1893 Sir John Abbott PM of Canada (C) (1891-92), dies at 72.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
New Zealand: Labor Day-last Monday in October
1871 Phila Athletics beat Chicago for 1st Natl Assn baseball pennant
29 October 2006

WELCOME TO PART 4 OF THE FIRST NO PRIZE CONTEST


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es, this is Part IV of the ever popular First No Prize Contest. As you know, this is where I put a brain teaser up and you have to guess what it is.

Of course there is absolutely no prize for your endeavors other than having your name emblazened in red ink on the front page of the "News"

Now what we need here is the name of the painting. Extra points if you can also give me the artist. Spelling counts.

A Puzzle


HINT: There is one piece showing that if spotted should give away the whole answer.

Observations and Questions
Now this is sooooooooooooooo easy a 5 year old could do it.

As normal the puzzle will run today, Sunday and tomorrow Monday with the answer on Tuesday's blog.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1955 William Gates billionaire CEO (Microsoft). And in the death notices in 900 Alfred the Great English monarch, dies.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Cuba: Loss of Major Camila Cienfuegas
Czechoslovakia: Foundation of the Republic Day (1918)
Greece, Cyprus: Ochi Day (1940)
US: Mother-in-Law's Day - - - - - ( Sunday )
New Zealand: Labor Day-last Monday in October - - - - - ( Monday )
US some states: Veterans Day - - - - - ( Monday )
28 October 2006
27 October 2006

LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING?


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ow well do you look at your phone book? This is an actual advertisement from the U.K. yellow pages. It remained that way for quite awhile until someone realized what was going on... lol

This is an advertisement from the yellow pages, until they realized that if you turned it upside down and covered the lady's head and the hand holding the glass, all was not as it seemed.

The telephone company has now taken this ad out because of the content.

Take a look at the first picture, and then the second picture (which is an inverted version of the first), watch as her face and the glass are covered — and see what you get.

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P.S. Where do people find the time to read the Yellow Pages UPSIDE DOWN??

Some critics have long maintained that companies and their advertising agencies often employ subliminal advertising to increase sales by concealing words and images (usually of a sexually suggestive nature) in their advertisements. The nature of "subliminal," of course, means that these alleged hidden persuaders are not obvious to the ordinary viewer and may require intense scrutiny or an unusual approach (such as viewing an image backwards, upside-down, or with a magnifying glass) to discern.

Observations and Questions
Ummmm, when was the last time you really, REALLY looked at your yellow pages?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1728 James Cook captain/explorer, discovered Sandwich Islands. And in the death notices in 1990 Xavier Cugart bandlander, dies from heart failure at 90.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Cuba: Discovery Day (1492)
Iran: Imam Reza's Birthday
St Vincent Islands: Statehood Day (1969)
US: Navy Day (1775)
26 October 2006

I SIMPLY NEVER LIKED HER...


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ust who am I speaking about? I wouldn't even walk across the street to get a look at her. I've never liked her. Yes, folks I'm speaking about 64 year old Babs Streisand.

I came across her contract rider which outlines what the singer requires. Below is a snippet.

We will arrive in:

Thirteen 53 foot semi-tractors trailers FIFTY-THREE ?????
Four rental vans
Fourteen crew and band busses
One limo (For Babs)

The venue should provide:

Five complete living room sets, fabric covered, no vinyl
Five coffee tables
Ten end tables
Ten floor lamps (Torchiere type)
Thirty-Five banquet tables, 8x30
One hundred and fifty folding chairs
Two TV sets

What happened to the butt wiper?

Observations and Questions
So, do you have any stars you really love to hate?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1947 Jaclyn Smith Houston Tx, actress (Charlie's Angel, Nightkill). And in the death notices today in 901 King Alfred the Great, died.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Austria: National Day
Benin, Rwanda: Armed Forces Day
Iran: Birthday of HIM the Shahanshah
South Vietnam: Constitution & Republic Day (1955, 1956)
Switzerland: Flag Day
25 October 2006

WHAT A WORLD CLASS JERK...


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ix foot ball players on the varsity team of Willis High School decided to give blood and be late for football practice. Pretty commendable if you ask me. We hear so much these days about the bad things kids do... it's about time we hear something good.

The only problem here is that the football coach, a supposed adult, threw the boys off the football team because they missed practice and gave blood instead. I had to read this article twice because I just knew I misread it. Unfortunately I didn't.

The football players said head coach Mack Malone kicked them off the team after he saw them giving blood at a school blood drive right before practice on Monday. "We were all ready for practice," player Jeff Chachem said. "We were going out to practice and all of our stuff was taken out of our lockers and we were told to go home, that we were done playing football."

Some of the players are seniors, and the final three games of the season were their last chance to try to secure a college scholarship.

"He overreacted. He wasn't using the thought process that he tries to teach his kids and thinking things through. It never was about giving blood. It was about coming to practice a little bit late," said Brian Zemlick, the Willis Independent School District superintendent.

No shit Dick Tracy.

Observations and Questions
I can't think of any questions. Unload your comments.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1967 Julia Roberts Smyma Georgia, actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman). And in the death notices in 1400 Geofrey Chaucer author, dies in London.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Taiwan: Restoration Day (1945)
Virgin Islands: Thanksgiving Day
23 October 2006

AND THE WINNER IS...


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ell, I'm not sure. Maybe I should have a 1/2 winner situation. Many of you guessed correctly a to what the picture was depicting but failed to say who the people were in the painting.

A lot of you guessed "The Last Supper" and y'all were correct with Pam leading the way... Please see the full picture below.

McDonald's Last Supper


The part you didn't get was that it was the characters of McDonald's. Hey, it's my contest, why can't you follow simple rules? The table was the give-a-way. Okay, maybe you knew it was the Last Supper, but come on... does the original have a Big Mac on the table? LOL

Observations and Questions
Thanks for playing! Should this be a weekly event?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1788 Sarah Josepha Hale author (Mary Had a Little Lamb). And in our death notices today we find my friend, in 1983 Jessica Savitch news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
World, UN: United Nations Day/Dia de las Naciones Unidas
Zambia: Independence Day (1964)
22 October 2006

WELCOME TO PART 3 OF THE FIRST NO PRIZE CONTEST


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nce again I am happy to provide Part 3 of our First No Prize Contest. Since the first 2 parts went over so well, I thought I would continue it with a 3rd part.

This representation is so popular I couldn't show the entire picture because you would get it immediately. Therefore I proudly present "the snippet" entry in our contest.

Snipet Contest


This one is the easiest so far. Everyone will get it right away. Simply tell me what this snippet is... The answer is twofold... who the people are and what are they doing? That's it... 2 answers wins the glamorous prize, which is nothing.

As normal this exciting contest runs today, Sunday and ends Monday night. On Tuesday mornings blog, I will post the entire picture and the winners name.

Observations and Questions
Come on, you know what it is... Take a wild guess!! HINT: Use your WILDEST imagination.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
My first TRUE love... SIGH: Born this date in 1942 Annette Funicello, Utica NY, actress (Mickey Mouse Club). And in our death notices today in 1934 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd shot dead by FBI in Ohio.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
India, Mauritius, Singapore: Deepavali Day
Japan: Jidai Matsuri/Festival of the Eras (1895)
Puerto Rico: Veterans Day
Vatican City: National Day
US: Mother-in-Law's Day ( Sunday )
US some states: Veterans Day ( Monday )
21 October 2006

YES, WE HAVE NO PICTURES TODAY


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oday is a good example why you should prepare. All week long I knew I needed to either find a picture in my album or take one of myself. I procrastinated all week. Even last night I thought to myself, "I'm sure I've got one." I believed that until I woke up this morning and began frantically looking through everything.

I found nothing. I thought of laying in bed, pretending to be asleep and take one. The logistics just weren't working out too well.

So now, here I am with no picture and because I just knew I could come up with something I didn't plan on an article either. I knew you would be coming today and I really wanted to have something good so you weren't wasting your time. Ummmm, sorry. LOL

I was even gonna pack a small bag today just in case the bomb threat was real since the Texans stadium is only a few miles from where I live. I planned on driving out I-10 to San Antonio and wait it out at the Alamo. Guess now I won't even be going there.

Observations and Questions
Hope you have more plans than I do for the weekend. You can tell me but please make them sound really boring so I don't think you have a better life than me.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge England, poet (Rime of the Ancient Mariner). And in the death notices today we have in 1805 Adm Horatio Nelson dies in the Battle of Trafalgar.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
England: Trafalgar Day (1805)
Hondurous: Army Day (1956)
Hong Kong: Kite Flying Festival
Laos: Full Moon Holiday
Somali/Sudan: Revolution Day (1964)
20 October 2006

BUT CAN I STILL SMOKE IN CHURCH?


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n Wednesday, Houston finally passed it's version of a smoking ordinance. It is now the 100th gazillion city in America that has imposed sanctions and laws against smokers.

The ordinance, approved by the City Council on Wednesday, bans smoking in most workplaces, including bars, starting next September. It includes an array of exemptions: outdoor patios, cigar shops, tobacco bars, hotel and motel rooms, and private rooms in nursing homes. It also allows smoking in designated rooms in convention centers and other meeting facilities.

Smoking


Bingo halls, gaming facilities, billiard halls and sports arenas are among the list of public places where smoking is banned.

Hotels and motels, too, have their own restrictions; no more than 35 percent of rooms in a hotel can be designated for smoking.

The rule would have permitted the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for example, to continue its annual One Great Night in November fundraiser at the museum. It's billed as an old-fashioned smoker, a black-tie event at which men smoke cigars and vote on art to be purchased with the proceeds from the $1,000-a-plate dinner.

I am soooooooooo glad there is no restriction in the new bill on smoking in church on Sundays. There's nothing like kicking back in a pew, putting your feet up, lighting up a nice, 100mm ciggie and listen to the gospel or a sermon.

Observations and Questions
Suppose they found out that wearing lipstick could cause illness or kissing someone that is wearing lipstick could be hazardous to your health? huh???? I suppose it's too much to ask our city politicians to allow the business's to decide huh? If they are losing business because of smoking, then guess what?? Geez, little by little I am beginning to wonder about the Declaration of Independence.

OKAY, OKAY Maybe I am misleading some people here. What I am trying to say is: let the business owners run their own business! This is supposedly America... if a business allows smoking then don't go in there...

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1931 Mickey Mantle NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown). And in the death notices today we find in 1906 William "Buck" Ewing hall of fame catcher (NY Giants), dies at 67.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Guatemala: Revolution Day/Dia de la Revolucion (1944)
Kenya: Jomo Kenyatta Day
19 October 2006

I'M SAFE... I'LL NEVER BE EXECUTED...


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ith all of my illnesses, the following story has convinced me that if I commit murder, I'll never be executed. This is just unreal and the perfect example of how bad our justice system has become.

An Ohio judge has delayed the execution of a former cult leader and convicted murderer who claims that obesity and diabetes will put him at a greater risk for suffering during lethal injection.

Jeffrey Lundgren, once a self-styled prophet in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was scheduled to die Oct. 24 for the shooting deaths of his followers, Dennis and Cheryl Avery, and their three daughters, ages 7 to 13, on April 17, 1989.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost granted Lundgren's request for intervention based on his arguments that the current lethal injection protocols are insufficient to ensure that he will not suffer "excruciating and conscious pain."

WTF????

"It cannot be established to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the drugs administered in the lethal injection process will adequately sedate this plaintiff," Lundgren's complaint states. "The current lethal injection process creates an unacceptable risk that he will not be anesthetized sufficiently to render him unconscious and unaware of the excessive pain during the duration of the execution."

Did he care about pain and suffering to his victims?

Observations and Questions
Comments?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1945 John Lithgow actor (Harry & the Hendersons). And in the death notices today we have in 1978 Gig Young, actor, kills his bride of 3 weeks & then commits suicide at 64.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Mauritania: Independence Day (1960)
Virginia: Yorktown Day (1781)
18 October 2006

WHEN A CAT TAKES OVER YOUR BRAIN


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kay... I didn't want to make this posting because it might show you what a wimp I have become. Then again, I thought maybe I should submit, post it, and thereby help my friends to not become a slave to a cat.

Below you can barely see a set of piercing feline, beady eyes looking in my window.

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I guess about 6 months ago all of a sudden I noticed this cat walking around the complex. A very nice kitty... orange and white in color. I would walk past it and I'd say 'good morning kitty' and the cat would meow back at me.

In my apartment I always keep one front window open about 6 or 7 inches to allow fresh air into the place. One day I was sitting on the sofa watching TV or reading and all of a sudden I saw this little orange head pop up. After a minute that was followed by a long meow. I went over to the window and began talking to it.

I remembered some cat chow I had in the closet leftover from the kitten I had last year. So I went and got it, put it in a bowl and set it outside for the cat. BIG MISTAKE #1 The next day, guess who was back? I gave it some more chow. This became a routine... right down to the point where I actually went to the grocery and bought a bag of food. This was BIG MISTAKE #2.

Okay, fast forward 6 months. Now the cat comes to my window and meows as if to say: "ok, here I am, where's my food?" I swear that is exactly what she is saying.

We've become ummmm such pals that she now is coming 2 times a day! So far I have ignored her on the 2nd trip. Once a day I don't mind but I'm not being taken advantage of by a cat.

Yesterday, she comes to the window and goes through her little "I am starving meowing routine". I sigh and get up, open the front door and bend over to get her treats that I keep by the door. The second I am pre-occupied... she makes a dash through my legs... thinking she was getting into the apartment. I trap her between my feet. Oh no, this friendship only goes so far. I reach down and take her by the scruff of the neck and turn her around... pointing her in the other direction. She immediately turns around and tries one more time to get inside. Persistent little bugger.

So, here we are today... so far I haven't seen her but then again it's only 5AM. Yes, I have debated about 'adopting' her... but the complex has that 'you can have a pet for a $300 deposit' deal. I don't think so.


Observations and Questions
Do you think this cat loves me or is taking advantage of me?
17 October 2006

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW


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ometimes words just aren't enough....






Observations and Questions
I have to thank Peanut Queen for sending me this video. Thanks babe!

Almost forgot! The winner of the contest was Bud Buckley. Yes, it's Philly... the picture was taken across the river in beautiful, downtown Camden.. so kudos to Sal as well!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1948 Margot Kidder Yellowknife, actress (Lois Lane, Amityville Horror). And in the death notices we have in 1991 Tennessee Ernie Ford country singer (16 Tons), dies at 72.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Haiti: Dessalines Day (1806)
Malawi: Mother's Day
15 October 2006

WELCOME TO PART 2 OF THE FIRST NO PRIZE CONTEST


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ince last weeks' no prize contest went over so well, this week I'm doing it again. However, I have away too many clues in last weeks posting. So this week I'm just saying it's a skyline. LOL

Skyline - 2003


I could make it more interesting to also ask from where the picture was taken. That could be really hard, however you'll earn extra points if you can tell me not only what is the skyline but also from where the picture was taken.

It's not really that hard. It's so easy I am ashamed to put it up.

Observations and Questions
So.... what is the picture?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1959 Sarah Ferguson [Fergie], Duchess of York. And in the death notices on this date in 1917 Mata Hari Dutch dancer/German spy executed by firing squad in Paris.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
French Guiana: Cayenne Holiday
Tunisia: Evacuation Day
Alaska: Alaska Day (1867)
14 October 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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oday's pictorial subject is "Lost" and to be honest I really had to scrounge around for something. Then I came across the Big Bend pictures. The last I was in Big Bend was about 10 years ago. If God ever had a playground, this is it.

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Early Spanish explorers of the Southwest discovered and developed many mines, some yielding silver and gold. According to legend, a rich ore body was discovered near the summit of Lost Mine Peak. Prisoners were forced to work the mine. These men were blindfolded on several occasions, in their march from Presidio San Vicente, to prevent them from learning its location. The ruins of this presidio are about 20 miles southeast of this peak across the Rio Grande in Mexico.

Lost Mine Trail - Big Bend - 1996


The story relates how Indians who resented the Spaniards' invasion of their homelands, attacked and killed them to the last man. The final act, according to the story, was to seal the mine entrance to prevent further exploration.

The legend states that if a man stood in the door of the chapel at Presidio San Vicente on Easter morning, he could see the sun's first rays strike Lost Mine Peak on the exact mine entrance.

And 'yes' I got lost every single time I went into the desert at Big Bend. Essentials are water and a map.

Observations and Questions
If you ever get a chance to go to Big Bend, GO... there is no place on earth like it.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1644 William Penn English Quaker & founder of Pennsylvania. And in the death notices today in 1977 Bing Crosby dies of a heart attack at 74, in Madrid, Spain.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Bangladesh: Durga Puja
Malagasy Rep: Independence Day (1958)
Maryland: Peggy Stewart Day-US sinks ship against taxes (1774)
Peo's Dem Rep of Yemen (South Yemen): Independence Day (1962)
13 October 2006

LOOK WHO'S BACK...


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fter my brief hiatus I am now all full of my favorite brain drugs and am happily back to normal. For the brief time I was out of the meds and my head was clearing I even wrote an email to someone and told them they were a piece of crap. Wheeeee.

However, I decided also that I am taking way too many pills and I think some of them are duplicates just under a different name. On my next visit to my primary doctor I think we're going to go over this list and get rid of some.

I hate this whole idea of a Primary Doctor and then they send you out to all of the other doctors for each ailment. What happened to the "all in one doctor?" You know, you went to see your family doctor and he took care of everything... no making an appointment with another doctor who then sends a report to your family doctor... I'm not sure this system of referring works...

Back in Philly when I was a kid we had Dr. Bigley, who actually made house calls. Even if he didn't get to your house until midnight, he got there. (You knew when Dr. Bigley came you were good for at least 3 days off from school. I'm pretty sure he is the patron Saint of school children.) So when I grew up and got married and had kids, Doctor Bigley was still in business and he became the family doctor. He finally retired and that's when things went to pot. You saw the primary and he farmed out your different illnesses to other doctors.

Observations and Questions
Anyway, I'm glad I'm back. Since it's Friday... any plans for the weekend?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1853 Lillie Langtry [Jersey Lily], vaudevillian actress. And in the death notices we find today in 1974 Ed Sullivan TV host (Ed Sullivan Show), dies at 73.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Burundi: Hero of the Nation Day
12 October 2006

I'M HERE AND ALIVE


Thanks for the emails concerned about where I am... I'm here. Just that I ran out of some meds the other day and put in an emergency call to the hospital for a new supply. They finally arrived by Fed Ex late last night. They'll take a few days to get re-working in my system and then I will be back to normal again.

I should be back tomorrow morning.

Thanks again... y'all are just too cool.
11 October 2006

WHAT A MISERABLE AND HORRIBLE DREAM


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ver have a day where you wish it simply never happened? I mean a day where everything went wrong... even your dreams aka nightmares were terrible? Welcome to Denny's World... otherwise known as My 24 Hour Visit to Haides.

Times are all approximate:

Now we're talking yesterday here... I woke up at around 2AM... ugh.

3AM - Started to write blog for the day.

4AM - noticed Killer the Fish staring at me. Mouth pressed against the glass of the tank, making opening and closing motions. I figured maybe he was hungry. Ack! No food. This is where I started to think maybe I was becoming a mental case... I got dressed at 4AM in the morning and went to Walgreen's to buy Fish Food!

5AM - Finished writing blog for Tuesday.

6AM - N.Y. Bagel store opens. Hop in my car with nice, warm, crisp bagels floating around in my brain. That was right up until I felt this thump, thump, thump. God, please don't tell me I have a flat. I get out of car and look at all my tires... the 3 nicely inflated tires and the one flat one. To make a long excruciating story short... call AAA's to come fix my flat.

7AM - AAA finally shows up and fixes flat. Go to bagel store and buy bagels that I don't feel like eating anymore.

Noon - It starts raining a little bit. I figure it's time for lunch. I'll make a nice sandwich of imported ham and cheese, with onion and pickle, tomato and lettuce. I have all the ingredients except I notice there are only a few slices of bread left. I reach in and pull out two slices. Is that mold on the corners? OK scratch sandwiches. Left-over pizza is pretty good for lunch anyways.

Okay, this reliving my day is depressing me... let's skip ahead to:

8PM - I settle down on the sofa to watch Dead Like Me on the SciFi channel. I have a sneaky feeling this show seeped into my brain for things to come.

9PM - I finally go to bed. Think I can sleep? Nope, I am laying there thinking about my funeral. I have got to stop atching that show. Right after I was buried, I fell asleep...

11PM - I wake up for a race to the bathroom. I finish and hop back into bed. Fall asleep right away. I drift off to dreamland... I dream about death again... I have to select 13 people to die. Wheeee.... I'm not even going into it...

1AM - Up to the bathroom again. Back into bed and back into another dream. I can see one of my ex's carrying what appears to be a baby. She's on a staircase with a bunch of people in her way. She tells me the baby is dying. I grab the baby... Now don't laugh here... I open the cake box... yes, the baby is in a cake box. When I open it, there is the baby... a vanilla frosted cake, yellow insides with red stripes. I decide to slice off a little piece and I hear a voice telling me not to slice the red stripes because they are the veins.

2:19AM - here I am writing this blog again.

Observations and Questions
Sooooooooooooooo... how was your day?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1884 Eleanor Roosevelt 1st lady/crusader. And in the death notices in 1809 Meriwether Lewis capt of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies at 35.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Panama, Panama Canal Zone: Revolution Day (1968)
Sri Lanka: Deepavali
US: General Pulaski Memorial Day (1779)
Western Samoa: National Day
10 October 2006

AND THE WINNER IS...


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e had a few people that named the area so to speak as Shibuya Station in Tokyo. While The Laughing Frog was the first to say it was Shibuya Station in Tokyo, it was Barman that correctly identified the intersection, as requested... Dogenzaka and BunKarmura Dori. Congrats to Barman for winning nothing! If I had a 2nd place prize it surely would have gone to the Laughing Frog.

E-coli claims one final victim


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Observations and Questions
Please say anything you want today in the comments because I don't have a damn thing to talk about... unless you are interested in my self-operation on my hangnail on my big toe with graphic pictures.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1813 Giuseppe Verdi Italy, composed operas (Rigoletto, Aida, Otello). And in the death notices today in 1985 Orson Welles actor (Citizen Kane), dies at 70.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Afghanistan: Deliverance Day
Cuba: Yara Day/Beginning of War of Independence (1868)
Finland: Aleksis Kivi Day (1834)
Japan: Health-Sports Day (1964)
Namibia, South Africa: Kruger Day (1825)
Oklahoma: Historical Day (1802)
South Dakota: Pioneers' Day
Taiwan: Double Tenth Day/National Day (1911)
08 October 2006

WELCOME TO THE FIRST NO PRIZE CONTEST


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es folks... this is the Denny Shane First Annual No Prize Whatsoever Contest. Here is how it works... I am putting up a picture and you have to guess where it is in the world. The picture below also happens to be the busiest intersection in the world also with 1500 people crossing at the same time, everytime the light changes, at any given time, day or night!

Busy Intersection


Now you can't win if you just put the name of the country. This is hard so you'll need not only the city, but the intersection also!

Today is Sunday, so I'll leave this up today and tomorrow Monday. I'll announce the name on Tuesday along with the winner of nothing!

Hey hey! No pushing in the back there... everyone will get a chance to win nothing.

P.S. And no, they are not all my ex's lining up for alimony either.
06 October 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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his week, our photo entry is called sleep. Since last week I put my bed on here for the "Comfy" selection, I couldn't use it again this week.

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Grab the Scavenger Hunt Code
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So, for this week and Sleep... I thought "The Final Sleep" might be good. This is a picture of my 5th great grandfather, Jacob Ehrenhardt. One of the founders of Emmaus, Pennsylvania and the Moravian Church in Pennsylvania. Born in 1716 in Germany, he died in 1760 in Emmaus, Pa.

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Observations and Questions
Any plans for the weekend? And to our neighbors in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving on Monday!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1927 Al Martino Phila, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (Godfather). And in the death notices today in 1849 Edgar Allen Poe poet, dies in Baltimore at 40.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Fiji: Deed of Cession (1874)
German Dem Rep: Constitution Day (1949)
Libya: Evacuation Day
05 October 2006

AND YOU THOUGHT WE HAD SOME GOOFY LAWS...


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es, I know, you thought only the United States has some pretty dumb laws... Well, as a public service to my readers who may be planning a trip abroad I wanted to inform you of some laws you may need to know.

In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animals must be female. Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death.
(Like THAT makes sense.)

In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman's genitals, but is prohibited from looking directly at them during the examination. He may only see their reflection in a mirror. (Do they look different reversed?)

Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a corpse. This also applies to undertakers. The sex organs of the deceased must be covered with a brick or piece of wood at all times. (A brick?)

The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.! (Much worse than "going blind!")

There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the first time. Reason: under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry.
(Let's just think for a minute; is there any job anywhere else in the world that even comes close to this?)

In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. The husband's illicit lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired.

Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool , England - but only in tropical fish stores (I couldn't make this stuff up... honest!!)
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In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness the act. (Makes one shudder at the thought.)

In Santa Cruz , Bolivia , it is illegal for a man to have sex with a woman and her daughter at the same time. (I presume this was a big enough problem that they had to pass this law?)

In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending machines with one exception: Prophylactics may be dispensed from a vending machine only "in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises." (Is this a great country or what? Well, not as great as Guam!)

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (I! s that why Flipper was always smiling?)

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and
always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. (From drinking little bottles of???) (Did the government pay for this research??)

And, the best for last?
Turtles can breathe through their butts. (And I thought I had bad breath in the morning!)

Observations and Questions
I am so glad I live in Texas.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1906 Janet Gaynor Philadelphia, actress (Sunrise, A Star Is Born). And in the death notices this date in 1989 Bette Davis dies at 81.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
1889 Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture
1991 Elizabeth Taylor weds for the 8th time (Larry Fortensky)
Egypt: Military Day

HOW TO BE LIKE ME HEALTHWISE


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ell here we go again. This is the 2nd in my little series on my health problems and maybe a guideline for how not to live your life. (If you need to catch up: 28 September blog article) Okay, so I'm laying in the hospital and the doctor comes in and informs me I've had a heart attack, and they also discovered diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

To quicken the pace here, I get out of the hospital, rest at home awhile and go back to work. Remember, I am out of politics now and in Houston and working for a resort on an island off the coast of Belize in Central America. This resort, which shall remain nameless is owned by 3 Muslims... none of whom know their ass from a hole in the ground. The day I go back to work, all of the owners are on vacation. A worker comes in and hands me a letter from one of the owners... I am out of a job! Hey welcome back Denny! Geez.

I hurry up and get another job this time working for a theater here in Houston... a legit theater not a"men only" theater. LOL As I am learning the business, I am beginning to notice things... like I can't remember anything. What the hell is going on? And I mean I can't remember work related things one day to the next. Needless to say I am let go from this place.

I think this is just a bit too much for my wife and she decides to leave AND file for divorce. Wheeee.... buckle your safety belts... here we go... Anyway I go through the divorce, totally befuddled.

Let's just say by now I am sinking fast, mentally. I feel like crap. I head to a Psych at the hospital in dire straights... very dire. Enter Clinical Depression.

Awhile later I am sitting at the computer one day and all of a sudden I feel this tingling in my face. "This is odd", I think to myself and go to the mirror. GASP! the left side of my face looks as if it's sliding off my skull. Stroke Number 1. Back into the hospital for probing and testing and all kinds of things. I am now mentally exhausted, completely spent. I thought to myself, Denny... you're on your way out. This now on top of the depression and everything else was simply way too much for me to handle. I don't do sickness, illness and catastrophic things well at all.

All of my fast living, divorces, politics, etc., was finally catching up with me.

Observations and Questions
Next Thursday... Strokes 2 and 3.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1902 Ray Kroc Illinois, founder of McDonalds/owner (San Diego Padres). And in the always popular death notices today in 1967 Clifton C Williams Jr astronaut, dies at 35, in T-38 jet crash.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Azores, Guinea-Bisau, Maderia, Portugal: Republic Day (1910)
Bulgaria: Independence Day (1908)
Indonesia: Army Day
Lesotho: Sports Day
04 October 2006

I AM BEYOND PISSED AND HORRIFIED


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y blood pressure has been off the charts over the last few days. I want everyone to know that if I have a heart attack or another stroke, it's because of this goddamned mother f-cker in Paradise, Pa.

I can't even imagine the horror going through those poor girls' minds...

I can't even think of an appropriate name to call this piece of shit. And this bullshit about him molesting cousins 20 years ago, and the urge for himself to molest little girls is absurd. I'm not buying into it at all.

Aside from the families of those poor little girls, I really feel sorry for his wife and 3 girls. Oh.... My.... God.... the psychological problems they are destined to have for the rest of their lives. "Oh yes, my daddy massacred a half dozen little girls." And then he takes the cowards way out by killing himself.

I really, really, really, REALLY hopes that he is not forgiven in the afterlife. I hope his balls are crushed and ripped off every minute of every day for all eternity.

The Amish people held a meeting or a service and said they forgive the guy. BULLSHIT... there is no amount of forgiveness. I can't imagine the families of these little girls getting up and saying they forgive the guy.

I have little daughters and little grand-children... I would be beyond livid and there would be NO forgiveness in my heart no matter what religion I was involved with...

I am so glad I am calmed down since yesterday when I originally wanted to write this posting. I am sitting in an air-conditioned apartment as I write this. You wouldn't believe how bad I am sweating right now. God damned son of a bitch, mother f-cker.

Observations and Questions
Your thoughts?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1923 Charlton Heston actor (10 Commandments, Ben Hur, Planet of the Apes). And in the death notices today in 1904 Frederic Auguste Bertholdi French sculptor ("Statue of Liberty").

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Bangladesh: Shab I Barat
Lesotho: Independence Day (1966)
03 October 2006

MY PREDICTION


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eez, I go away for a few days and all hell breaks loose in our beloved Capital. So our Congress is now grappling to contain a mushrooming sex scandal just five weeks before the November 7 vote. Hold onto something (no not that), this is gonna be a big one.

Trust me, this isn't just confined to former Congressman Mark Foley. This could rival Watergate, and not just be confined to one Republican. I suspect some Democrats will be working their fingers to the bone also...

Yes folks, welcome to "Pagegate". Now when the news media steals my name for this, remember where you read it first! (Extra Note: Would you believe that when I check the visitor totals, I noticed CBS was on my blog not once, but twice already today?).

5. 3 October 00:58 CBS, United States
6. 3 October 01:00 CBS, United States


Observations and Questions
But seriously folks, when you go to the polls in about 5 or 6 weeks and pull that big lever, will this and should it have any bearing on how we vote?

Joke Of The Day
Just before takeoff on an airplane flight, the stewardess reminded boxing champ Muhammed Ali to fasten his seat belt. "Superman don't need no seat belt," replied Ali.

"Superman don't need no airplane either," retorted the stewardess.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1939 James Darren Phila, actor/singer (Gidget, Diamond Head). And in the death notices this date in 1979 Claudia Jennings playmate (Nov, 1969)/actress, dies at 29.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Bangladesh: Jamat Ul-Wida
Barbados: United Nations Day/Clerks' Holiday
Germany: Reunion Day "Tag der Deutsche Einheit" (1990)
Honduras: Moraz Day/Soldier's Day
Iraq: Independence Day (1932) Yeah right.
Netherlands: Relief of Leyden Day (1573-74)
South Korea: National Foundation Day
02 October 2006

GOOD MONDAY MORNING OR AFTERNOON


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ou may have expected Confession here today but between yesterday and today I haven't quite been myself. I decided to take a rest. I'll be back tomorrow morning bright and early.

Thanks for stopping. You can comment about anything today!