Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
He launched a great internet cartoon campaign. A what? Yes, an internet cartoon campaign....and even his own Action Figure.
Friday, January 26, 2007
In Heaven there is no beer
That's why we drink it here
And When we're gone from here
All our friends will be drinking all our beer-
I tried to come up with something we all can do to make the world a better place, and decided we could start by drinking an Iron City Beer today. It's no secret the Brewery (cool old picture at that link), is having it's share of problems and the workers have accepted deep concessions to keep the barrels rolling, so to speak.
Iron City has been the beer of choice in my family for over 100 years. But the beer has been flowing a lot longer than that:
FROM THE LABEL:
- In 1861, over 100 breweries competed to quench the thirst of Pittsburgh's many citizens. Around this time, a German immigrant named Edward Frauenheim began brewing a beer so rich and full-bodied that it became the drink of choice. A few years later he met a fellow named Leopold Vilsack and a partnership was formed. Soon a brewery was erected on Liberty Avenue. Today, this landmark till stands, the only brewery to survive from that era, producing beers as legendary as the city they come from. Brewed and bottled by the Pittsburgh Brewing Co., Pittsburgh, PA.
"It was bigger than the Kennedy Funeral." That was how the widow of America's Polka King, Frank Yankovic, described his funeral in October of 1998. Frankie lived to be 83, and I'd say he drank a lot of beer in his day.
So what's the connection with "Weird Al" Yankovic? Frankie did record novelty-type records with "Weird Al," who may have been a distant relative. He also has worked with author and singer Kinky Friedman ( who just recently ran and lost the race for Governor of Texas,) and the actor Drew Carey.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Memorable Quote from Pretty Woman: Vivian ( Julia Roberts): "I appreciate this whole seduction thing you've got going on here, but let me give you a tip: I'm a sure thing.
Monday, January 22, 2007
I once turned in a neighbor for having a chicken
in his yard.
The township is residential- and you can’t raise chickens
in this neighborhood. Each day I passed the neighbor’s yard.
The chicken was still there.
It was plastic.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Janis Joplin was born on January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. Of course everyone knows her for Bobby McGee...
yet she didn't live to see the song, and that last album Pearl, make it really big. The album went to #1. The track Buried Alive in the Blues was to be recorded on October 5, 1970. She died the night before.
I can sing every nuance of every song on that album. Okay, well.... I USED to be able to. Some of the high notes elude me now.
The Tee shirt above was my favorite birthday present in 1985.
Sometimes I'll fire up the turntable... ( yes, I have a working turntable) and play that last song, which the band kept on as an instrumental, and wonder what the song was supposed to sound like with Janis singing a vocal part. I suppose I could search around and look to see if anyone has ever posted the words to that ill-fated song. Then again.... sometimes I think I don't want to know.
If you have a few minutes... here is a nice little Youtube video I found featuring Janis's life. The doodle portrait was done by Janis.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Fortunately, it won't hit us. The incredible photo to the left was taken by a guy from Pittsburgh on January 7, 2007.
This comet has been heading in an orbit that will pass very close to the
sun right here in our solar system! It's been coming right at us in the midnight sky for months now. In plain sight. Check this out. It is said to be the brightest comet visible from Earth in 30 years. It is six times brighter than Hale-Bopp in 1997, and 100 times brighter than Halley's Comet when it appeared in 1986. It may be the brightest comet in recorded history.
MORE PHOTOS OF THE COMET If you go to the site CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO MAKE THEM BIG. The quality is great.
Remember how that strange group of people killed themselves over Hale- Bopp? In March 1997, the cult group called Heaven's Gate chose the appearance of the comet as a signal for their mass cult suicide. I wonder if they really did leave their earthly bodies, as they had hoped, to travel to the spaceship that was supposedly following the comet. The spaceship controversy had ties to the Art Bell show on Coast to Coast Am.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
(Today's threat level is Ernie for all commercial flights,
and Bert for everything else.)
During the Cold War
Not sure what it all means,