“I heard papa tell mama, let that boy boogie-woogie, it’s in him, and it got to come out.” John Lee Hooker, Boogie Chillun’
I’ve said many times that ice cream is God’s own perfect food. If I’m ever told I have three months to live I’m not eating anything but ice cream and Lance’s cream-filled oatmeal cakes. Maybe the occasional Hostess Sno-Ball or Dolly Madison Razzie.
Other than actually eating ice cream, the next best thing is talking, reading about, or looking at pictures of ice cream. And, that’s what I like about Sally Turner Kennedy’s latest blog on North Coast Muse. It’s all about recent adventures making ice cream in her kitchen and it comes with photos.
As some of you know we spend our summers in the Outer Banks. Marianne’s father built a cottage there back in the late 60’s, way before it got all touristy and whatnot. Anyway, with Irene passing through last week it got me to thinking about life at the beach and all that goes with it. By the way, Irene shot up behind us on The Sound side so the cottage escaped unscathed. This time.
It was another eventful summer with lots of visitors. Some stayed with us and some stayed elswhere, but I think everybody had Continue reading Random Musings About Life on the Big Sandbar.
The following column by David Brooks appeared in the September 2, 2011 edition of the New York Times. While I as a Democrat don’t agree with all Brooks has to say, he really isn’t speaking to me so much as he is speaking to his own political party. As a moderate Republican, Brooks is having the discussion all Republicans need to be having but is being avoided by the party’s elected politicians and leaders.
There’s a specter haunting American politics: national decline. Is America on the way down, and, if so, what can be done about it?
The Republicans, and Rick Perry in particular, have a reasonably strong story to tell about decline. America became great, they explain, because its citizens possessed certain vigorous virtues: self-reliance, personal responsibility, industriousness and a passion for freedom. Continue reading There’s Not a Republican in America Who Shouldn’t Read This
America has been taking the first Monday in September off since the late 1800s. The holiday rose from the labor violence of that era as a reaction to the growth of the unionism and collective bargaining. It is a day whose purpose is to honor the efforts of those who fought so hard to attain better conditions for the nation’s working classes.
In the decades that followed, the day has come more to mark the end of summer rather than a day to acknowledge the reason for the holiday itself. Labor Day is a day Continue reading As You Drink a Cold One on Monday
Lucas Perie recently offered for sale on eBay a very simple ink drawing of a Hewlett-Packard TouchPad on plain white copier paper. He clearly and honestly stated in the ad and description exactly what people would be bidding on and the ad included two photos of the drawing, one of the front and one of the rear of the HP TouchPad. As you may know, the bidding on the original auction reached close to $100,000.
Well, just when you think people aren’t that crazy, along comes living proof that P.T. Barnum was more than correct when he famously said, “There’s a sucker born everyday.” I was browsing the headlines Continue reading Barnum Had it Right…Everyday There’s One Born!
I received word from our travel agent, Bob Sims, that the deadline for booking the January McClain Alumni Cruise at the “early discount” rate has come and gone. There are still rooms available but it will require the full deposit and at whatever the prevailing rate is at the time of booking.
The cruise is scheduled for January 22, 2012 out of New Orleans, LA aboard the Continue reading McClain Alumni Caribbean Cruise
Couple of weeks ago I was in the Wheeling, WV Cabela’s store, took a few photos and ragged on them a little. That may have prompted one of our readers to forward this joke to me. Hope you get a chuckle or a smile.
The Blind Cashier:
A woman goes into Cabela’s to buy a rod and reel for her grandson’s birthday. She doesn’t know which one to get, so she just grabs one and goes over to the counter. Continue reading The Blind Clerk at Cabela’s
I’ve written about Parker J. Pfister before. Many of you around our area may remember him as Jason Pfister who graduated from McClain High School in the late 1980s. Jason was always a creative and talented person and in the years since leaving Greenfield he has carved out quite a name for himself in the world of photography, especially wedding photography.
Jason has garnered many honors, is a sponsored representative for Continue reading Parker J. Pfister, Master Photographer
From the feel-good tempo of “Annie” to the brutally true account of “The Laramie Project,” SSCC Theatre’s 2011-12 season covers the range from comedy to tragedy with a few stops in between. Season tickets go on sale Sept. 1 via www.sscctheatre.com at a cost of $15 for all four shows, a savings of up to $9. Continue reading Southern State’s Theatre Season, 2011-12
Just when you think you can’t get more upset you pick up a cyber newspaper and in the words of Emeril “BAM,” you get smacked between the eyes. This morning’s draw dropping headline screamed that at least 25 American corporations paid their Chief Executive Officers more in salary than they paid Uncle Sam in taxes.
On the list were such luminaries as Boeing, eBay, Verizon and General Electric. Of the 25 companies the average CEO salary was $16.8 million in 2010 while receiving tax refunds from the federal government. Continue reading Companies Pay More to CEOs than Uncle Sam
Yesterday I received an email telling me about an item posted on Ebay that was drawing major attention along with bids nearing $100,000 dollars. The seller was a young college student, Lucas Perie, from Greenfield. The item being sold, a simple drawing of a Hewlett-Packard Touchpad computer.
It appears that following HP’s announcement they were discounting their popular touch pad device the demand skyrocketed and inventories rapidly dwindled. Dwindling inventory drove the price into the stratosphere and somehow Lucas conceived the idea that Continue reading Lucas Perie, Ebay Star
Back in the spring I ventured over to the Atlantic coast near Virginia Beach for some salt water fishing. I love to drive and don’t seem to have any trouble finding things to do as I wind my way along the Interstates and secondary roads. I stop frequently to stretch the legs and on occasion back track to take a look at some point of interest or historical monument.
Another way of passing time is to take note of the many signs alerting the traveler of nearby towns and villages bearing interesting or curious names. Continue reading A Place Named Betsy Bell
In the world of the blues there are legends and then there are LEGENDS. David “Honey Boy” Edwards was a LEGEND. At the age 96 he was still making the rounds, singing his songs and telling his stories about women, drinking white whiskey, gambling, rambling, and never knowing he was writing himself into the pages of blues history.
After the passing of Pinetop Perkins, age 98, in March of this year, Continue reading The Last Man Standing, Isn’t Anymore
I am fascinated to know the origin of sayings and clichés. I have several books on the subject. My grandmother and mother had a trove of sayings and my brothers and I use them frequently but I notice that most younger people do not “GET” them. One old saying I do NOT use is “RULE OF THUMB” because it stems from the fact that in old English law a man was allowed to punish his wife and children with a rod as large as this THUMB! Continue reading The Rule of Thumb