Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Silly Photo to Fill Space- Dolphin Photo

When I was a kid for the two years we lived in Turkey (1977-1979), I used to watch a lot of episodes of "Flipper." I suppose the whole series is on dvd now.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quote of the Week- Mike Royko

Lately, we have been posting quotes from famous people associated with large American cities.

Today, we go with a quote from famous Chicagoan Mike Royko (1932-1997) who was the Windy City's most famous journalist:

"When I asked him how long he had been driving a taxi, he said. Dree mouse."

Note: The cabs in this photo are actually from New York!

Songs of Our Youth (10 of 12)- "Rasberry Beret"

This song came from the artist formerly known as Prince, or is he now calling himself Prince again?

I was not a fan of him as a teenager, but like a lot of music I grew up with I like it more now than I did back then!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Songs of Our Youth (9 0f 12) "Istanbul (Not Constaninople)" by TMBG

Due to the fact that I had taken in a Journey/Night Ranger concert the night before (no snickering please), I was unable to attend a They Might Be Giants show in Raleigh, NC, the following day.

But the quirky group known not only for "Istanbul (Not Constaninople)" but also the theme song for the sitcome "Malcolm in the Middle" will be performing at the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY, on Oct. 1. Perhaps, some of you live in that area......?!

TMBG is also known for singing some very, very short songs!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Songs of Our Youth (8 of 12)_ "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses

I actually found the lp which featured this song by the punk band The Waitresses at the Big Flea Market in Greensboro, NC, for a mere two bucks!

The band from Akron, Ohio, is also known for their song "Christmas Wrapping," which is frequently played on radio stations around Christmas time.

Sadly, the Waitresses' lead singer Patty Donahue tried at age 40 from lung cancer in 1996. The band also performed the title song for the cult tv sitcome "Square Pegs," which ran in the early 1980s and featured a very young Sarah Jessica Parker.

As for Uma Thurman, well---yes, I am definitely an admirer of her's!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Birthday to Us!

As of yesterday, this blog, which originally started on AOL, is now in its fourth year.

We recieved record traffic hits during the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy and the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Otherwise, it's been something like nine hits per day, and frankly I don't give a

Monday, September 21, 2009

Quote of the Day/Week_ W.C. Fields

I must profess that I had a hard choosing one of W.C. Fields' quotes, so I chose two instead. Fields (1880-1946) was a pioneer comedic actor during the early talkies period of the 1930s:

"Anyone who hates chaildren and animals can't be all bad."

"A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Songs of Our Youth (7 of 12)- "Doctor, Doctor" by The Thompson Twins

With the on-going health care debacle in Congress, we thought this song might make for an appropriate entry.

I must profess that from living in North Carolina, that I find it ironic that those who whine most about 'personal responsibility' regarding one's health are chain smokers who vote GOP.........(They also seem to eat a lot of Double Whoppers)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Silly Photo to Fill Space- Cat in a Hat

I imagine someone looking at this blog in Bergen, Norway, might think Americans are odd people (apologies to Michael Medved, but the truth hurts!)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Quote of the Week- Martin Scorsese

I love the way this one sounds.........in a different tone, it could have applied to the late Charlton Heston:

"I can't envision a time when I'm not shooting something."

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Know your Mayors (Entry 10)- Yvonne Johnson

Mayor Yvonne Johnson is up for reelection this year. She is the mayor of the following city, which is also know as "The Gate City." It is located in North Carolina. Johnson, a Democrat, was first elected in 2007.

Is she the mayor of:

A) Raleigh

B) Durham

C) Greensboro

D) Winston-Salem

E) Charlotte

We will have the answer with the next entry in this series.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Songs of Our Youth (4 of 12)- "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds

This is for John Hughes. Of course, being a cat person, I couldn't resist this.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Silly Photo to Fill Space- Weinermobile

Some Muslim friends of mine may object to the fact that I am posting a photo of the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile (particularly since I am the son of a Turkish immigrant) during the holy Ramadan season (for those who don't know Muslims are forbidden to eat pork). Nevertheless I love this photo, and I once caught a glimpse of the Weinermobile as it was passing through Hopewell, Va., (near Richmond) a few years back. And, perhaps the company does offer hot dogs with turkey meat, which still might not sell well in Patterson, NJ (where a large number of Turks and Arabs live).