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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Buzzy Christmas Party



In all your Christmas churn of shopping and bustling here and there pretending that this really IS the most wonderful time of the year, consider the Buzzy Christmas Party as your one seasonal event where none of that matters and you can simply relax and enjoy yourself.  

This year's Buzzy Christmas Party is set for Saturday 21 December starting around 5.  As always there will be a great selection of good things to dine on.  If you want to bring something for the Buzzy table, great and please feel free to do so.  However, if you can't do so, come anyway because there WILL be lots and lots of goodies to nosh on.

There are rumors that Santa may drop in at some time during the evening but we'll just have to see if  that Ole Boy can ft Buzzy's into his busy schedule.  What is certain however is that at 7 pm we will have the official lighting of the Buzzy Christmas Tree.  Someone left a Bruno lawn decoration on the Buzzy front porch yesterday, so this year we will have a second official Buzzy Christmas Party lighting when we illuminate Bruno along with the tree lighting.  Since this will be the first ever Christmas Lighting of a Dog, you'll want to be there for that.    As always at Buzzy's you will be able to enjoy a beverage or two throughout the evening. As Bob Barker would say "Come on down."


I would have lost money had you asked to bet me that Lynyrd Skynyrd had ever done a Christmas song.  But as I said yesterday, you live you learn.  Or at least some of us do - learn that is.
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Graduate (Me?)

How do you remember the movie The Graduate ending? They're on the bus sitting in the back, happy and laughing as they ride away into the sunset, correct?

Well, that's how I remembered it too until just the other night when I re-watched it.  

My wife Pam was out of town and because she does not care to re-watch a movie that she has already seen, I use those times home alone to re-watch old movies.  I can re-watch a movie several times and still enjoy it just like the first time I saw it.  Guess that I am just an easily-entertained-boy-from-Ridge.

The Graduate however, was one movie that I had not re-watched since I originally saw it back in the late 60's when it first came out.  My second viewing of it the other night though, conjured up some different takes for me.  For instance, the whole "plastics-is-the-future" thing struck me as kinda prophetic and ironically (sadly?) funny.  

Also, Mrs. Robinson, as the cougar, didn't seem as villainous to me this time around probably because I'm now viewing as an old fart who sees her as a hottie and not just as some old hag wanting to get laid by a younger dude.  (Little trivia for you, in real life when they filmed the Graduate, Anne Bancroft at 35 was only 5 years older than was Dustin Hoffman at 30.  Katherine Ross, as Elaine Robinson, was 27.  Both Dustin and Elaine then were a little older than their roles called for while Bancroft was much younger than Mrs. Robinson would have been.  Double trivia for you - name Katherine Ross's current husband.  Free drink at Buzzy's for you if you knew the answer without having to look it up (click here.)   

But, as I alluded to above, my biggest revelation re-watching The Graduate had to do with the ambiguous ending of Elaine and Ben on the bus going from joy to whatever state of mind it was that they went to.  First time I saw the scene I didn't get all that nuanced bs about them slowly coming to realize that they had just screwed up royally.  In fact, as I said, I always recalled the scene as a happy, up beat one of "We made it!  Now let's party!"  

Searching around to read reviews and critiques of the movie now (click here) I just shake my head at how I missed all that "great ending" stuff.  In my defense however, keep in mind that when I first saw The Graduate, it was back in my get down days so my perceptions may have been artificially skewed at the time.  Feeling good, I may have "Rorschached" the movie's ending and saw what I wanted to see. 

I tried explaining all this to Pam as to why it is good to re-watch movies and pick up on things that you may have missed the first time around.  Now, it was her turn to shake her head as she made some comment about how pathetic I am that I didn't get it the first time around.  (Why DO I love this woman?)  But hey, you live you learn right?  Better late than never!

Here then is that final scene that only took me 50 some years to process.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

"You Shouldn't Believe Everything That You Hear - Especially Wth Your Eyes"

Have you ever heard of something dubbed the McGurk Effect?  Here it is explained in this video:


Speaking of magic, well sorta, and since it is Twofer Tuesday here is  a second video that runs a mere 2 minutes. The Lovin' Spoonful, like this song were a rather short lived group (1965 to 1968) but while they were on the scene churned out some great songs like this their first hit.  They were inducted in the Rock and Roll HoF in 2000.
 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Sentimental Christmas Time

OK, so I did a semi-snarky Christmas post yesterday, on a Sunday no less, but hey it's only rock n roll right?  In my defense, it did involve our President 45, so what else would you expect other than something snide and snarky involving him?!  

In the spirit of the season however, I will make amends today, by passing along a nice little video that I guarantee will make you shed a tear or two.  (If you do not cry, nor at least choke up a bit, then you got no soul and shouldn't be reading the Buzzyblog anyway!)  

Note that several of the commercials feature older folks meaning that we should all spend as much time with them as we can not only at Christmas but also throughout the year.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Nativity Scenes and Sinatra

Should any of you not like that sheep comparison, just deal with it and Baaaa Humbug to you!

I went looking for a video on Nativity Scenes and found the following: 
https://www.facebook.com/pg/jasendixonofficial/photos/?ref=page_internal
It involves a 2015 Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller discussion about a Zombie Themed Nativity Scene somewhere in Ohio.  (Best I could determine, the Zombie Nativity Scene is no longer around after the city council banned it in 2017 (click here.)

The second part of the O'Reilly/Miller interview features Dennis telling a Sinatra story that I have previously mentioned (click here.)   It's worth another listen to:

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Christmas Cheer

Looking for something to do to get you in the Christmas spirit?  
https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/colonial-christmas-2019


Bubby's Flat Iron Christmas Farm is in full swing too:
As always Buzzy's is only a short drive away.  Drop in and I'll have you taste test this year's batch of Buzzy Egg Nog to see if it is indeed party worthy.

When it comes to funny Christmas songs I guess the old standby Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer is probably up there on everybody's funniest list.  (By the way, here is a cartoon along those lines for you.  If you don't get it, don't spend too much time on it because it's one of THOSE kind of jokes:)
However, I never particularly cared for Grandma Got Run Over and instead offer you this classic one by Ray Ragsdale whom you know as Ray Stevens.  The midget makes it even funnier.  (Guess I shouldn't have called him a midget, but hey, it's only a "little" mistake right?!)


Friday, December 6, 2019

TGIF? Maybe!

So you think you know what TGIF stands for? Not so fast Batman. Check out this summary from the Free Dictionary folks (click here.)

I omitted the following one from the list because I wanted to save you the trouble of wondering what the hell is THAT?
 Short answer - it has something to do with research on rat cells.  This is from their website (click here.)
You just never know where the Buzzyblog will go do you?

Here is a Friday feel good song for you that should make you wanna get up and dance or at least get up and go do something fun if dancing isn't your thing.  Do like that "See yourself like I do, tonight looks good on you" line.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Old Farts' Humor - FWIW

Some items that recently found their way into my wheelhouse as opposed to my wheelchair.  Not yet anyway.


For a good article on age-related comics and humor (click here.A sample from that article follows:

When Mick first sang this tune in 1965 he noted that the rinsed-out blonde beside him at the bar "was common, flirty, she looked about thirty."  Note here (below) how he modified that lyric in 1995 (2:15 mark) to say "she was nifty, thrifty, she looked about fifty."  Wonder what he, at age 76, would sing today: "she was crazy, weighty, she looked about eighty."  

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mom's Accidental Christmas

I will conclude my Mom and Her Christmas Story trilogy today by telling you about her worst Christmas.

It was a couple of days before Christmas in 1998 when Buzzy called me at work.  We were having our office Christmas party and I was in a fairly upbeat mood until I heard Buzzy inform me that "Your Mom was just in a real  bad car wreck and they've taken her to the hospital.  You better get over there."  When I asked him "How bad?" he was so shook up he just said "I don't know, but it's bad."  I told him I was on my way and I'd call him once I got to the hospital.

Driving from Pax River to Leonardtown I couldn't think straight and feared the worst that she might be outta here.  As I didn't have a cell phone back then I had no way of calling to find out how she was or wasn't doing.  Let's just say that it was a very long and anxious drive to Leonardtown.

Once at the hospital, I hustled into the emergency room and located Mom in a room resting quietly.  She was conscious and seemingly ok but also in a lot of pain.  I was expecting the worst, but seeing that she was ok, I was immediately and secretly very relieved. 

Greeting her then, I tried to make light of her situation by saying "You know what they say, any car accident you walk away from is a good one."  She just shook her head slowly and correctly informed me "Well, this must have been a bad one then, because I didn't walk away.  They carried me here on a stretcher."  I immediately kicked myself for not thinking my way through that quote a little more given her circumstances. 

Turns out that she had suffered a collapsed lung, a couple of broken ribs and was very bruised up.  Overall though, she had survived an awful accident but would spend the next several days including Christmas in the hospital recovering.

She had been on her way to take her friend Judy Raley a Christmas gift.  As she drove through Ridge on Rt. 5 at the Wynne Road intersection, a lady coming out of Wynne Road ran the stop sign and T-boned her.  Mom was not wearing a seat belt at the time and ironically that may have saved her from further injuries.  When she got broadsided, instead of being crushed in her seat, she was hurled over to the passenger side of the car.

On Christmas day that year we all visited her in the hospital.  Here are a couple photos: 
My niece Katie and sister Donna Jean with Mom:
Judy, Donna and Father Karl
Music-wise here is a Christmas hymn that is among my favorites and not just because there are some good looking Celtic women singing it here:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Mom and the Ex

Speaking of Mom and the holidays (previous post) I found this article in  a folded up copy of a 1988 Enterprise that Buzzy had stashed in his old newspaper collection.

I enlarged it some to make it easier for you to read.  Note that when Mom refers to "the oldest" pounding up the stairs, that would be me up early even back then.  The "Cousin Bill" she mentions later in the article would be Bill Raley.  (I've also hi-lited what I think was her best line and advice when she talks about about "letting go of the past and savoring the present.") 
Whenever I pick up one of these old copies of the Enterprise that Buzzy retained, I also scan the rest of the paper to see what else was being written about back then.  

Imagine my surprise then when I opened up the page to find this photo appearing right above my Mom's article:
Yep, that's my son Brady and his Mom who served as the Second District coordinator for rounding up toys as part the County's annual toy drive. How's that for a coincidence?

This great Hollies' tune (below) was supposedly written about Marianne Faithful but Graham Nash said he was too shy to mention her by name so he changed it to say Carrie Anne.  

And since it is Twofer Tuesday, note that the flip side of this 45 featured another great Hollies' song Bus Stop.  I guess that there is a metaphor to be made somewhere in these two songs about women who come and women who go, but I don't have the energy to suss it all out this early in my day.  Come back tomorrow and I'll try again.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Driving Home for the Holidays

A dude in Buzzy's Country Store was lamenting having to drive several hours on Christmas Eve to go see his folks up in Pennsylvania and be "home" for Christmas.  (I parenthesized home because the guy noted that while PA is not his home, he still has to make the trip up there because his folks moved there several years ago to be near his sister.)  

It made me realize how thankful I am that I live where I live.  With the exception of my two daughters, one in Hawaii and one in San Diego, all of my other immediate family members are right here in the Southern Maryland area near me.  

My Mom at 88 has gotten to the point where she won't venture out to be anywhere other than her home on the holidays.  That means that on any given holiday I will make the Piney Point to Ridge trip to see and visit her.  I don't mind doing so.  She will always tell me "Honey, you don't have to drive all the way down here just to see me on (fill in the holiday.)"   

I tell her that I drive to Ridge every day to open Buzzy's so it is not an issue for me to also do it on (fill in the holiday.)    I will joke with her that it's no big deal because "(fill in the holiday) is just another day to me."  That is always an inside family joke between us because her father Harry used to make  that same comment on a holiday.  (My Grandfather Harry lived alone and had a little bit of a hangdog way of looking at life.)  Whenever I trot out the "just another day to me" line to Mom,  she will always laugh along with me and say "Now, you sound just like Daddy."  

All of which makes me realize that I am not looking forward to when the time comes that I won't have to go visit her anymore on any given holiday; but, as with other life passages, I will deal with that when I have to. 

Nice little tune here about driving home for Christmas.
 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

December 2019

Q:  What does the month of December have that no other month has?
A:  The letter "D".

December birthdays in the extended Buzzy family include:  My Brother in-law Jerry Taylor on the 7th; Jason Aldridge also on the 7th; Greg Madjeski 10th; Jimmy Cullison 16th; Mike Fenhagen 18th; Pat Birmingham 23rd; BJ Gray 27th; Brian Barnhill 28th; and Bill Holmes 29th.  

The Buzzy Christmas Party is set for 21 December.  Capt. Jimmy and Mary Lou Cullison are bringing their oyster fryer down and there will be all sorts of good things to eat.  We're starting at 5 pm this year so come early and join the fun.  


On December 31st, at Buzzy's we will celebrate 2020 by dropping the Bud on the hour starting at 6 PM.  


Speaking of birthdays though, why did it surprise me to learn that Taylor Swift will only be 30 years old when her 13 December birthday rolls around this year.? Seems like that little minx has been around for forever doesn't it?  She released this tune back in 2010 about some ex-lover she dumped.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

It's Beginning to Look......

Couldn't Resist Passing This Along - I Think It Was Photoshopped But Am Not Sure What Is and What Ain't Real Anymore
OK, now that we got that whole turkey business in the rear view, let's begin to focus on Christmas.  

Since Thanksgiving was so late this year, the Christmas season has been shortened from 5 to 4 weeks.  This explains why the retailers jump started Christmas shopping even earlier this year because they knew that folks like me don't really begin to think about Christmas until Turkey Day is done.  Once again, the one-day-at-a-time philosophy holds true.

Here are a couple of Second District events to help get your Christmas mojo in gear:


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The following is probably not the most appropriate video to include here in a post on starting off the  Christmas season but so what?!  Did you know that depression and suicide rates actually decrease during the holiday season (click here.)

Friday, November 29, 2019

Party Friday at Buzzy's

Today, while other businesses are conducting their Black Friday sales events, at Buzzy's Country Store we will be partying.  Let's just call it Party Friday at Buzzy's.

Starting around 1 o'clock, Joe Stone will be escorting his travelling road show party of friends and folks for their annual South County Crawl.  It is always a fun time and my thanks to Joe for all his efforts in organizing and acting as tour guide for the group.  

Later in the afternoon Rich Brewer has orchestrated  a reunion of the Raley's Softball Ball Team that in the 70's featured one of the best lineups of softball players ever fielded in the County.  I found this Enterprise article talking about Raley's winning the Young Men's Championship in 1978.  Rich's teammates voted him MVP on that team.  (Note too, the mention of  my cousin J.W. Raley hitting two homers in the championship game.) 

http://stmalib.archivalweb.com/imageViewer.php?r=1334&in=1992&d=0
Amidst all that testosterone today at Buzzy's, we will also host Tricia Neal and Mary Garland Clarke along with their Aunt Leah Sterling and several other family members.   Tricia Neal and Mary Garland sold their place on Harry James Creek and moved to Florida some time ago. 

However,  they return back home every other year at Thanksgiving time and drop into Buzzy's Country Store when they do so.   Come say hello to and catch up with them if you  can.
Here is a photo I nicked from Mary's FB page showing a summertime visit that they made several years ago:
Music-wise, I have always liked this Solomon Burke song Everybody Needs Somebody.  However, its gained some new respect and appreciation from me because even the Amazon folks couldn't mess it by up using it as a commercial!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Buzzy's Is Open Today

Anna will open Buzzy's Country Store at 1 o'clock today.  Drop in if you need a little liquid fortitude either prior to or after dining and dealing with your dinner mates.  Football game(s) will be on and of course the beer will be cold. Happy Thanksgiving!  Good article here worth reading (click here.)

As suggested in the following song "May God forbid that you ever have these blues."

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

St, James Deli

I stopped by St. James Deli Monday to check in with my fellow Ravens' fan Dave Thompson in preparation for Monday Night's Football game between the Ravens and the Rams.
Sherry and Dave 
In addition to discussing football,  I asked Dave about the recent Enterprise article on his and wife Sherry's planned expansion.  Dave laughed and said that it had been quite an effort juggling all of the bids, estimates and financing for the work along with obtaining all the permits and ok's from the County to do so.  He said that the Liquor Board approval mentioned in the article  wasn't too bad to obtain but that some of the other hoops and hurdles he was having to go through were a real pain.  

He also commented on having to plan for being out of business for 6 months or however long it will take to do the renovation/expansion.  He said that they had to do it though because their business had grown such that they needed to expand their footprint.  I told him that this was a good problem to have.

In case you missed it, here is the Enterprise article by Dan Belson on Sherry and Dave's expansion plans. 



Bob Mann caught Frankie Valli performing last week at the Warner Theater and told me that Frankie at 85 years old still has it going on and that he put on a great show.  And yes, Frankie  did perform this tune that runs thru my mind every time I meet or hear mention made of someone named Sherry.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Yes Someone South or What

Ok, here is another simple but not-so-easy-to-solve riddle for you.  I'll even give you a little tip to assist you - read closely and watch the punctuation marks!

Someone's mother has 4 sons. 
North, East and West. 
What is the name of the fourth son. 
Can you guess?

First off, the correct answer, literally, to the riddle is "Yes" because you can guess all you want.  (Remember I said that this was the LITERAL answer.)  On the other hand, if you are a contrarian and either can't or don't feel like trying to solve the riddle, you could answer "No, I can't solve it" and you would be correct there also.

As for guessing the correct name of the 4th son, South would appear to be the logical/correct answer.  But that's too easy right?  And remember, I cautioned that punctuation matters matter.  The third line of the riddle reveals in a declarative statement that the boy's name is What.  The period at the end of the sentence indicates that this is not a question but rather is a statement of fact.

OK, now that I've got you completely confused here is a curve ball answer: the boy's name is provided in the first line of the riddle when it states that "SOMEONE's Mom......"  Thus, his name is Someone.  For more info on this riddle (click here.)

Speaking of riddles, here is a nice little song with it's video bordering somewhat on the trippy side of things.  Natalie received a Grammy Nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1997 but lost out to Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On.  No doubt in my mind which one of those two should have won that Grammy.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Stupid Joke Monday

Of all the jokes told in Buzzy's Country Store, Little Johnny jokes probably win the prize for Most Often Told.  No matter the circumstance or event,  there is always a Little Johnny joke to be told about it.  For example on the subject of snowmen someone told this Little Johnny joke that I am not sure I completely "get" but nevertheless it is still funny:

Teacher: "What is the difference between a snowman and a snowwoman?"
https://en.wikipedia.org
Little Johnny: "Three snowballs."

It got me wondering about the origins of Little Johnny jokes.  After spending more time than I should have looking for how Little Johnny jokes came about, I gave up trying to do so.  However, I did read a lot of Little Johnny jokes in doing so.

The closest explanation I came to the origins of Little Johnny jokes was this Wiki note that there was an Italian version of Little Johnny known as Pierino (Little Peter.)  Pierino appeared in several funny and erotic Italian movies in the 70's and 80's.  However, it seems to me that Little Johnny jokes pre-date the 70's and that Pierino was probably based on Little Johnny versus the other way around.

Regardless, here is an old Italian-based Little Johnny joke that has recently been updated: 

A history teacher told her class.  "Today we are going to review famous historical quotes.  Who said 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death'?"

Little Johnny was the only student to raise his hand and when called upon by the teacher said "Patrick Henry, 1775."

"Very good Johnny" said the teacher and continued with "Who said, 'Government of the People, by the People, for the People'?"

Once again, there was no response from the students except for Little Johnny who answered "Abraham Lincoln, 1863".

The teacher complimented Little Johnny but said to the rest of the class "You should be ashamed. Little Johnny is Italian and yet he knows more about American history than you do."

She then heard a loud whisper from someone saying "Screw the Italians."  She asked "Who said that?"  Little Johnny replied  "Adolph Hitler, 1943."

Just then a student in the back said, "I think I'm gonna puke." The teacher looked around and asked, "All right! Now who said that?"

Again, Little Johnny answered, "George Bush Sr. to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991."

Now furious, another student yelled out "Oh yeah? Suck this!"

Little Johnny jumped out of his chair waving his hand and shouted to the teacher "Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!"

The teacher fainted.

And as the class gathered around the teacher passed out on the floor, someone said,
"Oh shit, we are so screwed!"

Little Johnny said quietly, "The American people, November 9, 2016."

Video-wise, here is a funny Little Johnny video shown to me by Brian Barnhill:


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Born Under a Good Sign

Funny how things pop up.

Yesterday, after I did my Buzzyblog post on Hattie Dunbar celebrating her 100 year birthday, I went looking for other posts that I have done on folks who are 100 years young.  (I am on a mission to meet as many 100 year olds as I can and am now up to 6 of them.  (Would have been 7 if someone named Frances hadn't intervened, but that's another story for another day.))

I met Sister Marceline last year in Indiana at the Sisters of Providence Mother House when I attended my cousin Sister Marianne's Silver Jubilee (click here.)

When I replayed the video that I had included in my previous post on Sister Marceline, I had to smile and just shake my head at the 00:20 mark.  It was there that Sister Marceline was asked by the person doing the interview the date of her birthday.  She replied  "November 23 - I'm down by the turkeys."

That Sister's birthday falls on the same day as Hattie's was a nice coincidence.  As I said, it surprised me and made me smile at how things like that happen.  It also made me wonder if there was any significance or correlation of life expectancy to the date that one was born on.  

I conducted a quick 2 minute study and learned that there may be some correlation.  Checking out the birthdays on this list of folks who have lived the longest  (click here)  I only found one person who listed 23 November as his/her birthday.   

However, I also found this study (click here)  that noted that women born in the month of November live on the average 7 months longer than those who were born in May.  November-born men live almost 1 year longer than their May counterparts.  Overall, the study found that people born in the fall months live longer than those who were born in the spring months.  

Just to test this fall-to-spring theory then, I went back to the list of folks who have lived the longest and counted 30 folks with fall birthdays but only 26 with spring birthdays.  (I'm guessing that with 100 people on the list and 4 seasons to choose from, the average should have been around 25 birthdays in each season.  Then again I'm no stats kinda guy so take all that  with a grain of something.)  It does seem to imply however, that fall birthday folks tend to hang around a little longer than those born in the spring.

But back to Sister Marceline who turned 104 yesterday.  My cousin Sister Marianne confirms that Sister Marceline is still doing well and is now the oldest sister in their Community.  Congrats to her and again to Hattie for serving as role models for all of us on how to age gracefully.  I particularly liked Hattie's outlook expressed in her bio "to smile and speak to everyone with kindness to make them feel comfortable."  Good words to live by wouldn't you say?

Here is one of the all time best music scenes in a movie.  I like it when the cute little red headed nun cuts loose at the 2:14 mark. 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Hattie Hits 100!


Happiest of birthdays to Hattie Dunbar who celebrates turning 100 today!  Earlier this year, the St. Mary's County Office on Aging held a luncheon in Hattie's honor and I posted the following (click here.) The Enterprise ran an article on the luncheon and had this to say about Hattie.
Here is Hattie's bio that was included in the Luncheon Program.  (My thanks to Deb Tilton for providing me this copy.)
Hattie's family and friends will be celebrating with her today at the Ridge Firehouse.

In that previous post I did about Hattie, I included Five for Fighting's song 100 Years.  Here is another good song of their's.  Call it a beautiful song for a beautiful lady.   

Friday, November 22, 2019

Otherwise Nice Day in Dallas

Another pissy problem with getting older is that you accumulate all these anniversary dates to be relived, talked about and remembered every year when they roll around.  

Today for instance, as with every 22 November since 1963, the Kennedy assassination will once again be front and center.  

You will be hearing all sorts of very somber reflections on this throughout your day, so  how about we check out some satire from The Onion?  I know, I know how can you satirize an assassination?  Well, because we now live in an alternative-facts-era where things bad can be explained as actually having been good, read on: 
https://www.theonion.com/new-exhibit-at-dallas-visitor-s-center-focuses-on-thing-1839544956
https://www.theonion.com/new-exhibit-at-dallas-visitor-s-center-focuses-on-thing-1839544956
Music-wise we have the line "Who killed the Kennedy's?" in Sympathy for the Devil.  For a good discussion about Mick's famous line along with his infamous followup "When after all, it was you and me"  (click here.)

You've heard the Stones' version of Sympathy, so check out this take on it by a group from Slovenia named  Laibach.  It includes the also infamous "I ain't no cop" quote by Hells Angel Sonny Barger (00:28 mark.)  Barger made this comment on a radio call in show that you can catch here in its entirety (click here and go to 00:55 mark.)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tommy at Buzzy's

Some photos of Tommy Courtney at Buzzy's Country Store celebrating his birthday yesterday.





Here also  is the link to the MPT show featuring Tommy (click here and scroll over to the 2:50 mark.)  Be sure to catch Tommy's great opening line "Two things I'm not thinking about when I leave the dock -  money and women.  Thinking about having fun and fishing."  

You go Tommy, long may you run.  (Maybe that should read - long may you fish!)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Rips Country Inn

This month's Beverage Journal has several good articles in it and is worth taking a gander at (click here.)  (For all you oenophiles, (I didn't want to call you wino's but I'm not so sure oenophile is any better) check out page 14 for a look at the wine Brunello di Montalcino.  Pam and I visited the town of Montalcino in Tuscanny a few years back and it really is an impressive place.  Brunello wine is a little on the pricey side but if you are looking for a nice, Thanksgiving hostess gift, this would be a good choice.

All that said however, the article from the Beverage Journal that I want to pass along to you is a profile of Marshele Burgess owner of  Rips Country Inn in Bowie Maryland.  With over 100 employees and 4 businesses, Rips has always been one of my stops when doing any road trip travelling Rt.301 up that way.   Read the article to learn how Rips got its name.  The baseball connection seems fitting given that the Bowie Baysox ball park is now located right next door to Rips.  (I hi-lited that section of the article if you're in a hurry and don't care to read the entire article.)


Following video starts out rapping about going to the liquor store but soon devolves into I don't know what.  I hung with it because it does have some very cool shots of cars and scantily clad ladies.  Probably could have done without the Andrew Dice Clay rip off midway thru but glad I stayed for the guitar solo (starting at the 6:07 mark.) 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tonite MPT, Tomorrow Buzzy's

Watch the show tonite and come wish him Happy Birthday tomorrow!  
http://www.mpt.org/home/
Tommy Courtney and his right hand Mann (Bob) will be featured tonite in a MPT show.

https://www.thebaynet.com/articles/
And then tomorrow, Tommy will be making his annual birthday visit to Buzzy's Country Store.  Watch the show tonite and tomorrow drop in Buzzy's to wish Tommy Happy Birthday!

How can these guys still make me laugh after all these years?!