Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tomorrow is the 90th birthday of Angelo Dundee, the man forever linked with Mohammad Ali. He was Ali's trainer, counselor, confident and minder.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Six years later men's and women's fashion had changed completely. Brooks Brothers had introduced the Odd Jacket, or sport coat a few years earlier. Before the odd jacket, gentlemen wore contrasting suit coats with summer flannels to achieve a sporting look, as are the two men below on the right. The photo below, taken in Havana in Feb, 1930 shows how much fashion for men and women had changed in only 6 years.
But look closely to the men on the right, especially the sport in the white suit. Unlike the women, would he look out of place today?
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
As much as I may wish otherwise, I am rumpled, my body is rumpled, my clothes, taking on my my shape are rumpled. In the hotter months I wear rumpled linen and OC, a lot. Seeing me neat and pressed after Memorial Day would offend those who know me too well.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
From Beloit College I present the Mindset List, Class of 2015 edition
The Mindset List for the Class of 2015
Andre the Giant, River Phoenix, Frank Zappa, Arthur Ashe and the Commodore 64 have always been dead.
Their classmates could include Taylor Momsen, Angus Jones, Howard Stern's daughter Ashley, and the Dilley Sextuplets.
- There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.
- Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
- States and Velcro parents have always been requiring that they wear their bike helmets.
- The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
- There have always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.
- They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.
- As they’ve grown up on websites and cell phones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.
- Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
- “Don’t touch that dial!”….what dial?
- American tax forms have always been available in Spanish.
- More Americans have always traveled to Latin America than to Europe.
- Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
- Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you're talking about LeBron James.
- All their lives, Whitney Houston has always been declaring “I Will Always Love You.”
- O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
- Women have never been too old to have children.
- Japan has always been importing rice.
- Jim Carrey has always been bigger than a pet detective.
- We have never asked, and they have never had to tell.
- Life has always been like a box of chocolates.
- They’ve always gone to school with Mohammed and Jesus.
- John Wayne Bobbitt has always slept with one eye open.
- There has never been an official Communist Party in Russia.
- “Yadda, yadda, yadda” has always come in handy to make long stories short.
- Video games have always had ratings.
- Chicken soup has always been soul food.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show has always been available on TV.
- Jimmy Carter has always been a smiling elderly man who shows up on TV to promote fair elections and disaster relief.
- Arnold Palmer has always been a drink.
- Dial-up is soooooooooo last century!
- Women have always been kissing women on television.
- Their older siblings have told them about the days when Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera were Mouseketeers.
- Faux Christmas trees have always outsold real ones.
- They’ve always been able to dismiss boring old ideas with “been there, done that, gotten the T-shirt.”
- The bloody conflict between the government and a religious cult has always made Waco sound a little whacko.
- Unlike their older siblings, they spent bedtime on their backs until they learned to roll over.
- Music has always been available via free downloads.
- Grown-ups have always been arguing about health care policy.
- Moderate amounts of red wine and baby aspirin have always been thought good for the heart.
- Sears has never sold anything out of a Big Book that could also serve as a doorstop.
- The United States has always been shedding fur.
- Electric cars have always been humming in relative silence on the road.
- No longer known for just gambling and quickie divorces, Nevada has always been one of the fastest growing states in the Union.
- They’re the first generation to grow up hearing about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics.
- They pressured their parents to take them to Taco Bell or Burger King to get free pogs.
- Russian courts have always had juries.
- No state has ever failed to observe Martin Luther King Day.
- While they’ve been playing outside, their parents have always worried about nasty new bugs borne by birds and mosquitoes.
- Public schools have always made space available for advertising.
- Some of them have been inspired to actually cook by watching the Food Channel.
- Fidel Castro’s daughter and granddaughter have always lived in the United States.
- Their parents have always been able to create a will and other legal documents online.
- Charter schools have always been an alternative.
- They’ve grown up with George Stephanopoulos as the Dick Clark of political analysts.
- New kids have always been known as NKOTB.
- They’ve always wanted to be like Shaq or Kobe: Michael Who?
- They’ve often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.
- Their parents sort of remember Woolworths as this store that used to be downtown.
- Kim Jong-il has always been bluffing, but the West has always had to take him seriously.
- Frasier, Sam, Woody and Rebecca have never Cheerfully frequented a bar in Boston during primetime.
- Major League Baseball has never had fewer than three divisions and never lacked a wild card entry in the playoffs.
- Nurses have always been in short supply.
- They won’t go near a retailer that lacks a website.
- Altar girls have never been a big deal.
- When they were 3, their parents may have battled other parents in toy stores to buy them a Tickle Me Elmo while they lasted.
- It seems the United States has always been looking for an acceptable means of capital execution.
- Folks in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have always been able to energize with Pepsi Cola.
- Andy Warhol is a museum in Pittsburgh.
- They’ve grown up hearing about suspiciously vanishing frogs.
- They’ve always had the privilege of talking with a chatterbot.
- Refugees and prisoners have always been housed by the U.S. government at Guantanamo.
- Women have always been Venusians; men, Martians.
- McDonalds coffee has always been just a little too hot to handle.
- “PC” has come to mean Personal Computer, not Political Correctness.
- The New York Times and the Boston Globe have never been rival newspapers.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The magical childhood spell was broken when he went away to school. Taunted and bullied by the older boys, forever teased for being Christopher Robin, something he had no hand in. A shy and sensitive child, Christopher began to resent his father's building his career on the shoulders of a little boy. The wounds were deep.
Christopher died in 1996, selling the bookstore shortly before his retirement in 1983. For 61 years it has been a going concern. Changes in the neighborhood, how people read and changes within the publishing industry are now forcing Christopher Milne's bookstore to close for good at the end of September.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Once you get the questions right, the answer is often obvious.
I visualized its operation. I compared one side to the other looking for differences. There it was staring back at me all along.
Why was the top of one pulley shiny and the other not? Somehow it worked lose, spinning freely until it became out of round. A few dollars and half an hour later all was well, until next time, and another lesson reinforced and probably soon forgotten.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I have tears in my eyes writing this. Meeting the likes of ADG is why I show up here most days. It was one of the highlights of my life.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
We may have stayed too late. Sadly we had another 500 miles to drive that day and could not stay as long as I would have liked, but I'm already planning our return.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Roald Dahl, in My Uncle Oswald says it best:
“That’s all right, then,” I said.
They took the empty snail-shells away and soon afterwards they brought on the grouse. By grouse I mean red grouse. I do not mean black grouse (blackcock and greyhen) or wood grouse (capercaillie) or white grouse (ptarmigan). These others are good, especially the ptarmigan, but the red grouse is the king. And provided of course they are this year’s birds, there is no meat more tender or more tasty in the entire world. Shooting starts on the twelfth of August, and every year I look forward to that date with even greater impatience than I do to the first of September, when the oysters come in from Colchester and Whitstable. Like a fine sirloin, red grouse should be eaten rare with the blood just a shade darker than scarlet, and at Maxim’s they would not like you to order it any other way.
We ate our grouse slowly, slicing off one thin sliver of breast at a time, allowing it to melt on the tongue and following each mouthful with a sip of fragrant Volnay.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #296
The Wannabe Prayer
Oh Lord, let me look upon your children and, in their eyes, see my reflection. Let my name, for good or evil, be incessantly chatted and blogged about by those who are not themselves worthy of being chatted and blogged about. If it be thy will, grant me a cable reality show because my life is just so ca-razy! If that's not thy will, then how about arranging for me to fornicate with a famous person so I can casually say to my friends, "Guess who I'm banging?" Whatever, just free me from the bondage of anonymity so I might be recognized in a nightclub, or trendy eatery, or courtroom, or on line at the DMV. For in that recognition lies my salvation. My eternal reward for looking heavenward and proclaiming, "I have no actual skills, nor the time, talent or patience to learn one, but people still have to look at me when I walk in the room and murmur, 'Hey, isn't that somebody?'" Amen.
More recent ravings may be found here.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Personal Federal taxes began as a funding mechanism to help pay for the War of Union Aggression. When they saw what a great job it did for the US treasury, states got in on the game too. Often once the war was paid off, the money quietly slipped into another pocket, and the show went on. For instance, the State of Alabama in 2011 continues to collect a tax which funds its Civil War Veterans Retirement Home. That the home closed 72 years ago, and the last southern veteran died in 1951, is irrelevant. The tax receipts are not.
HolidaysVictory Day: Were you aware that Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan? Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a paid holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.
(While VJ Day is August 14, RI celebrates on the first Monday after the first Tuesday of the August- today)
Bonus daughter and I will be on the road 'till Friday. We hope you won't mind if we stop by to use your bathroom and refill our canteens. We'll try to be neat. I may be a bit slower than normal on the uptake. It's a cross we'll all have to bear.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Friends: my muse has been bound, gagged and silenced. One of the many recent upgrades to Blogger has left her unable to speak, comment, harangue, lecture, hector, amuse, cajole and/or elucidate. Blogger has left her mute, and we are not amused.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Should you find yourself in or around the Crescent City tomorrow evening don't forget to participate in one of New Orleans's newer summer traditions, White Linen Night. Held in the Warehouse District (400 Julia Street) along Gallery Row, White Linen Night is a combination block party, art walk and fund raiser for the contemporary Arts Center. 20,000 or so are expected, so dress up, bring a bit of cash to help a worthy cause and eat and drink the evening away with kindred souls.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
"Whereas the Emperor Augustus Caesar, in the month of Sextilis*, was first admitted to the consulate, and thrice entered the city in triumph, and in the same month the legions, from the Janiculum, placed themselves under his auspices, and in the same month Egypt was brought under the authority of the Roman people, and in the same month an end was put to the civil wars; and whereas for these reasons the said month is, and has been, most fortunate to this empire, it is hereby decreed by the senate that the said month shall be called Augustus."
*Those keeping track remember that August was the 6th month of the original 10 month Roman calendar year.
The Celts knew that August 1st. was time for the festival of Lughnasadh, from the Irish god Lugh, it's the first harvest festival. Lugh dedicated the festival to his foster mother,Tailtiu. On her deathbed Tailtiu promised that if funeral games were held in her honor, the Irish would never be without song. Both sides have kept their end of the bargain.