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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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"Two" For Tuesday - Double Entendres

In Buzzy's Country Store there are certain words, expressions or catch phrases that, as soon as they get said, I pretty much know that the next comment will usually be of the double entendre variety. 

For example, whenever  the word "Hard" is said in Buzzy's, regardless of the context, you can bet that some sexual follow up will soon be made.  (Reminds me of the joke where the Good Girl says "It's hard to be good" and the Bad Girl follows up with "It's got to be hard to be good.")  

Another popular double entendre that tends to generate sexually charged follow up's in Buzzy's is "come" or "comes."  I will spare you examples of various comments said in Buzzy's after the word "come" is sometimes said.    (But I will tell you an early Christmas joke sorta related to this discussion:  Why doesn't Santa have any children?  Because he only comes once a year, and when he does, it's down the chimney. )

Music-wise, the double entendre has always been a go-to way to discuss things in a funny and sexual manner.  Many of the old blues and rock and roll songs would use double entendre to entertain listeners and  appease would-be censors.   (For a good list of the 19 Greatest Double Entendre songs according to Salon click here.  Missing from the list is Chuck Berry's only Number 1 record - his cover of an old double entendre tune titled My Ding-a-Ling.)

I overheard this Dinah Washington tune the other day that made me want to go home and watch some T-V.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Don't Talk Politics

There is a scene in the book News of the World (previous post) where an argument over politics turns into a full scale brawl.    Although the narrator reading the news to his listeners purposely tries to avoid mention of local politics and focus instead on events going on in other parts of the World, the argument and brawl break out.  The narrator is then forced to curtail his reading.

As I read the description of the scene, it made me think "Wow, not much has changed has it?"  Seems that nowadays no political discussion or conversation can be had without it turning into an argument or a name calling session.  In Buzzy's Country Store, where the tide runs very Red, I no longer even try to join in any political conversations knowing that it is a complete waste of my time to do so.   Like Buzzy used to do, I have learned to tune out the things that I don't really care to hear about.  Also like Buzzy used to do when the shit gets really deep, I simply turn the music up a little louder.

Thus, when Bill Maher came up with his new rule about not talking politics, I laughed along with him but knew that his rule was not so new in my Buzzy world.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

One Message to Deliver

My sister Donna gave me the book News of the World which I thoroughly enjoyed in a sadden and bitter-sweet kind of way.  The novel's synopsis here doesn't do it justice for how well written and how thought-provoking a story it is.

The news reader is one Captain Jefferson Kidd a widower who is trying to reunite a young girl with her family as he travels around Texas bringing news to folks in the places he visits.  The following scene occurs after a shoot out with some lowlifes who wanted to steal the girl from the Captain and put her to work as a prostitute.  The Captain is reflecting on this incident and his past:


The line "Maybe we have just one message"  made me stop and think about it for awhile.  We tend to clutter our lives over thinking, over planning and over doing things when after all, life is a fairly simple process of just doing what needs to be done.  Maybe we really do have just one message to convey and when all is said and done, that is all we have to worry about. 
  
And speaking of a carrying a message, this song sums up what's it like to read the news and reflect on it.
 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Election Day Hassels

The other day I suggested shortening the election cycle to make it a less onerous affair.  Here then is another suggestion that's been on my mind and was reinforced by this recent letter to the Enterprise from Sue Lyddon-Hayes:


The letter appeared in the Friday 9 Nov edition of the Enterprise (click here.)  

Sue was being nice in her suggestion that politicians instruct their volunteers to behave.  However, my suggestion goes one step further by proposing to just outlaw all of that malarkey.  Don't allow any such gatherings, tents nor tables nor signs anywhere near polling places.  I haven't talked to anyone yet who thinks that all those folks hanging around the polls trying to influence how you vote serve any useful purpose.  Even the candidates running for office that I talked to said that they didn't care for it and doubted that it did any good for them.  Why is it allowed then?   Just mandate that they can't do it.

Speaking of running, check out this dude running to stop his ex-girlfriend's wedding only to be surprised big time.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Matassa's Market

Here is a nice story about an old general store in New Orleans' French Quarter that has been around as a family run business since 1924.


The French Quarter has changed thru the years such that Matassa's has also had to adjust:

The article mentions how the store's founder John Matassa also owned a nearby record store.  His son Cosimo Matassa was a record producer who worked with a number of artists such as Fats Domino,  Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas and Allen Tousssant.  Ck out this great video of Ernie and Allen performing together at the Dew Drop Inn.  (No, not our St. Inigoes Dew Drop Inn.)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

What's It Gonna Take....?

Someone in Buzzy's Country Store the other day told of his conversation that involved a back and forth over the price of an item.  As the negotiation stretched out and was obviously not going too well, my friend noted "I finally said to the guy "What's it gonna take M *****F*****?  Either you want to sell this bitch or you don't.  Shit or get off the pot." 

I asked him how that went over.  He laughed as he said that the guy told him that he'd have to think about it some more and accordingly the deal wasn't done.  

Somewhere in there is a lesson on how, or more aptly, how not to negotiate the price of something.  Ironically enough, two of the more popular books on the subject of negotiating were both published in the early 80's.  A quick scan of their contents fails to reveal any technique involving the lines of my Buzzy friend's "What's it gonna take M+++++F+++++."
I think Robert Palmer was addressing his "What's It Take" comments to a senorita who had some other "commodities" he was interested in.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bring That Beat Back (Raking Leaves Pt. 3)

OK, I've saved the worst for last re: my Raking Leaves Buzzyblog posts here these past couple days.  Hey, it's fall after all and the days are getting darker earlier as the weather is getting chillier, so the Buzzyblog is reflective of this slowing down syndrome.  Here then is a very lame raking leaves joke for you:

One fall day Dave was out raking leaves when he noticed a hearse slowly drive by. Following the first hearse was a second hearse, which was followed by a man walking solemnly along, followed by a dog, and then about 200 men walking in single file. Intrigued, Dave went up to the man following the second hearse and asked him who was in the first hearse. "My wife," the man replied. "I'm sorry," said Dave. "What happened to her?" "My dog bit her and she died." Dave then asked who was in the second hearse. The man replied, "My mother-in-law. My dog bit her and she died as well." "Can I borrow your dog?" "Get in line." replied the man.

source: http://www.jokebuddha.com/Raking#ixzz5WgLhDlGt


Then again this other dude named Dave has a rather nice, laid back tune of yesterdays come and gone.  (At the 5:00 mark when he finishes the song, he then starts relaying some crazy story about the Khoisan people of South Africa.  It's a little weird but still kind of an interesting story nonetheless and no, it doesn't involve a rabid dog biting and killing anyone!)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Raking Leaves / Selling Dope

In yesterday's post about raking and disposing of leaves, I made a joke about buying a leaf blower and then just blowing the leaves into your neighbor's yard.  It reminded me of Senator Rand Paul's run in with his neighbor this time a year ago as discussed in the following:

To read complete story (click here)
The neighbor who assaulted Paul was a 60 year old retired anesthesiologist and he was charged with felonious assault.  In June of this year he was found guilty, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $10,000 (for story click here.)  Moral of story - if your neighbor blows his leaves into your yard, retaliate by blowing them back into his yard and not by assaulting him!

J Cole retaliated against his neighbors by writing a rap tune about them based on something that actually happened to him as follows:

Monday, November 12, 2018

Raking Leaves - Pt. 1

As I was bopping thru some YouTube videos looking for info on how to re-light the pilot light on my gas fireplace, I came upon this video "How To Rake (Bag) Leaves."  Just like you are probably saying right now, my first thought too was along the lines "You got to be kidding.  This has got to be a joke."  However, I also noted that the video had had over 2.4 million views, so I decided to give it a look see.

Well, you know how it is when you thought you knew all there was to know about a subject only to find that you don't?  Watch the video and see if this old boy doesn't teach you a thing or two on how to get rid of your leaves other than just taking a leaf blower and sending them over and into your neighbors' yard.

Too, I never thought of "air as the enemy" prior to watching this. 

While I was not a big Air Supply fan, in a guilty pleasure kind of way I didn't mind this one from them as much as some of their other shlock that really tended to get on my nerves.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sister Marianne - "Any Good I Do is God's Work, Not Mine"

My Cousin Sister Marianne Ridgell celebrated her Golden Jubilee as a Sister of Providence this past summer.  I was fortunate enough to attend the ceremony in Terre Haute.  (Click here to see previous Buzzyblog post.)

Here then is an article she wrote on her 50 years as a Sister.



Check out this Christian music act known as Skillet.  Christian music sure has come a long ways from I Saw the Light hasn't it?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Maryland's 350th Celebration - 1984

Mike Marlay's obituary (in a previous post) contained a reference about him and his wife Maggie hosting the Duke and Duchess of Kent in 1984 as part of  Maryland's 350th celebration. 

My Mom was also on that 350th committee that organized a series of events and celebrations in honor of that birthday occasion.  Although Mom's official title was "Secretary" she did all of the behind- the-scenes-work that made the events so successful.  To this day, Mom looks back on this time of her life as a very fond memory for her.  She notes that she did most of the legwork while others on the Committee did nothing but were the ones posing in the photos and taking all the credit for everything.  Mom laughed recently as she told me about this and noted "But you know what?  I didn't care about all that because I truly enjoyed what I was doing.  Plus, I'd just as soon not have my picture taken to try and act like I was somebody important."

In looking back through old issues of the Enterprise though, I did manage to find this 350th photo of Mom and a couple of other 350th committee members:
Here too is a photo commemorating the Duke/Duchess visit mentioned in Mr. Marlay's obit:
https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/speccol/sc4900/sc4975/html/350th.html
This particular moment in time was also a special and memorable occasion for me because my youngest Reagan was born on May 19th of that year.  Somewhere I have  very nice note from Mom welcoming Reagan to this world and mentioning the 350th celebration.  Reagan's arrival coincided with a Saturday parade held in honor of the 350th celebration.  This front page Enterprise article discusses the 350-related events of that weekend:
http://stmalib.archivalweb.com/imageViewer.php?r=1350&in=2893&d=0&s=q%3Dparade%26p%3D32%26r%3D1350
The article also includes some photos (on the inside pages of the paper) including this one of Big Chief Bootsie in the parade:
Although she did not receive any praise nor recognition for her efforts during the celebrations, later on Mom did get some recognition at a going away luncheon for her.  Here is the Enterprise article on Mom being recognized for her efforts on  and contributions to the 350th Committee:

In a subsequent article, columnist for the Enterprise Joe Norris had these nice words to say about my Mom:
http://stmalib.archivalweb.com/imageViewer.php?i=1349643&q=ridgell&s=q%3Dridgell%26p%3D32%26r%3D1350%26s%3Da%26o%3D75%26ps%3D15
Since the 350th was a celebration of Maryland's birthday, here is a birthday tune from Altered States an 80's group from Scotland as in over there and not Scotland. Maryland!

Friday, November 9, 2018

TGIF

Where did the acronym TGIF originate?  Who came up with it?  Such deep thoughts and questions really do prove that I need a life eh?

Couple sources credit some DJ in Ohio with first saying TGIF as his catchphrase back in 1970 (click here also.)   Not wishing to devote too much of my time to researching this, I will take their word for it.

However, I did learn that the restaurant TGI Fridays started back in 1965.  It was initially a singles bar founded by a gent named Allan Stillman.  He used to be a perfume salesman before starting the bar/restaurant.  To watch a  video featuring him discussing how he started TGI Fridays (click here.) 

Lots of sappy Thank You songs out there; but check out this funny take on Toby Keith's thank you tune.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

If It Keeps on Raining...

This Friday Forecast
With rain in the forecast for tomorrow we have got to be getting close to setting some kind of record for most rainfall in a single year.
Enterprise Sep 2018
The little bit of Googling I did on the matter just now turned up this 21 September 2018 Enterprise article (headline above) on how we were just 10 inches shy of breaking the record of 61 inches set in 2003 (click here.)  (In 2003 we had some heavy snow storms along with Hurricane Isabel.  This year we've just had a lot of rain.)  

And because I think in song lyrics, this tune, which I have included below, came to mind.  When the Levee Breaks is an old blues song first recorded in 1929 written following the Great Mississippi flood of 1927.  (If you ever get a chance to do so try and read the book Rising Tide,  which documents the many historical impacts of this flood.  Following synopsis gives you a good idea on what is discussed.)
You know Led Zeppelin's cover but check out the original here by Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Riddle Me This

Each year Dee Duffy gives me a Jeff Foxworthy's You Might Be a Redneck If calendar.   For the most part the daily jokes are kinda silly focusing on burps, beer, pickup trucks, NASCAR etc..  However, every so often one will appear that hits a little too close to home - literally!  For example here is one that appeared the other day "You Might be a redneck if directions to your house include "Turn off the paved road.""

In addition to carrying it's thought of the day concerning redneckery, the calendar also includes a daily riddle.  Here are a few that appeared recently: (Answers are below.)

What goes around the world but stays in the corner?


You throw away the outside and then cook the inside.  

You then eat the outside and throw away the inside.  
What did you eat? 

That reminded me of this old riddle I heard somewhere in my travels:


Who makes it and has no need for it?

Who buys it and has no use it?
Who uses it but can't see nor feel it? 
What is it?

Jackson Browne supposedly wrote this song based upon his friendship with Gregg Allman (click here.)
 



Riddle answers - a stamp, an ear of corn and a coffin.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Nikos - Missed and Loved

For various reasons, I have been on a No Facebook run here during the leadup to the election.

However, when I ventured back into the FB waters just now, I found this extremely nice exchange on the closing of Nikos Restaurant in St. Mary's Square.

(As you may or may not recall, I have previously mentioned how Pam and I have always referred to Nikos as "our place" (click here for related story.)   So we too were very sadden to hear that Lambrini had closed her shop.)

Katz Springer summed things up very nicely in the following note that Lambrini's daughter posted on their FB site:


Following Katz' excellent letter, several folks made similarly nice comments as follows:



All that I can add to the above comments is my best wishes to Lambrini and her family.  Pam and I appreciate all of their efforts thru the years in making Nikos "our place."

Musically there haven't been too many Greek rock groups to have made an impact on the American music scene.  (Yanni doesn't count as a rock group.)  One group Lefki Symphonia had the first Greek video on MTV way back in 1988.  They are still around and touring and yes they have a FB site (click here.)  Good little tune here from them even if you've no clue what they are singing about.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Only One More Day - Thank God!

I have struggled mightily to keep the Buzzyblog apolitical this election cycle.  Save for an occasional comment here or there on our Idiot in Chief, I have been very restrained.  And now with only 1 day left of this crapola, all I can say is - thank God it's almost over.  Regardless your political leanings, we can all agree that our current election process for National, State-wide and local elections is all hosed up.  There has to be a better way than how it is now done.

Here then is one simple remedy that won't cure all of our election problems, but would give us and the candidates running for office some precious time back in all our lives - make the election cycle shorter.

Keeping it local, all of the candidates I have talked to as they trundle thru Buzzy's Country Store schlepping for votes agreed with me that it is too drawn out a process.  All of them also made remarks that they too would be very relieved once it is done and over with.  Most of them have spent just about all of 2018 in campaign mode.  Some who filed to run as early as last year, have now spent almost two years running for a local office.  (I won't even begin to talk about money and how much is being spent to run for office.  But that would be another suggestion I would offer - limit the amount of money that candidates  can spend.)

Here then is the current election schedule from the St. Mary's Board of Elections:
https://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/2018%20Election%20Information%20and%20dates.pdf
My suggestion - compress the entire process.  As with anything painful that you have to endure, the quicker you do something and get it over with, the quicker you can move on.   Pretty simple actually.

Little bit of a
tear jerker tune for you but the title fits, so voilĂ :

P.S. Don't forget to vote.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mike Marlay, Sept 17, 1920 - Sept 24, 2018

I have long maintained that obituaries should be published before someone dies.  My reasoning is twofold in that a) we can learn about that person and maybe thank him/her for what they have accomplished during their time here in this Country Store of life; and b) it might inspire some of us to do more and perhaps be a better person ourselves while we are still here.


I thought of this the other day as I read Mike Malay's obituary printed in the local paper.  I encourage you to take a moment and read it (click here.)

As the obit cites, Mike's life was one truly based upon "service above self."  He and his wife Maggie were both very active in the local community.  Individually and together they made significant contributions that enabled the County to be a much better place to live.  They were folks we should all try to emulate. 

This song from Tracy on the subject of trying to do better came to mind:

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Ann and Tony's

My Mom and I went to Mike Ridgell's Baymart yesterday for lunch.  While there I reminisced about how the place used to look back in the day when Ann and Tony Cocimano, and before them the Yosts, used to run it.

First thing I remember thinking is that it was a very big store in comparison to Buzzy's Country Store.  They had a bar room where the deli is now and I also recall the place extending back farther beyond where the beer case is now.  I also recall the place as being chock full of items for sale. I asked Mom if she remembered it when the Yost's had it and she said yes but she didn't know anything about them.  She laughed and noted "Too bad Buzzy isn't still around because he knew all about the businesses around here back then." 

I did some noodling around on line for info on the Yost's operating the store but was unable to find out much.  However, I did manage to find a couple articles on the Yost's successors Ann and Tony Cocimano plus I new both of them from their visiting Buzzy's frequently through the years. 

Ann and Tony enjoyed coming into Buzzy's.  I remember Tony would lean over on Buzzy's counter (much as Ann is doing in the photo below) and converse with Buzzy as they knocked back a drink or two.  The fact that Ann and Tony both enjoyed the Buzzy atmosphere so much I think it helped influence their decision to buy Yost's.  They had run several businesses previously so they knew what they were getting into.  Still, I believe Buzzy was a positive influence on them wanting to own and run a place similar to his. 

When Ann and Tony bought Yost's in 1976, I remember making some comment to Buzzy about them being competitors and taking business from him.  Buzzy just laughed and said that he wasn't worried about it, that more businesses meant more business in the area and that was good.  (Remember, we still had Raley's Market and Albertsen's/ Hideaway back then too.)

Thus, Ann and Tony purchased the business from Harry Yost in 1976.  Here is the Enterprise article about Liquor Board actions:


For the next 20 years Tony and Ann successfully ran the business to include the store, the bar and Ann's hair shop.  As this photo from Deb Siegal testifies, Ann and Tony's was your One Stop Shop:

   This from a 1987 Enterprise article.

Ann Cocimano Talking to a Beer Deliveryman

http://stmalib.archivalweb.com/imageViewer.php?i=1370507&q=%22ann%20cocimano%22&s=q%3D%2522ann%2Bcocimano%2522%26p%3D32%26r%3D0

And this 1998 article:

http://stmalib.archivalweb.com/imageViewer.php?r=1364&in=1&d=0&s=q%3D%2522ann%2Bcocimano%2522%26p%3D32%26r%3D0
(Note that the article above begins with Ann and Tony's and ends with a Chief Larry quote about Buzzy's.  Since Buzzy was Ann and Tony's role model in a way, how's that for a full circle story?)  

Following Ann's passing in 1996, son Tony ran the business before selling it to Ben Raley in 2000.

With references to "Anthony working in a grocery store" this Billy Joel song came to mind:




Friday, November 2, 2018

Greenwell State Park

If you have never visited Greenwell State Park, this Saturday morning would be a good time to do so.  They are having their monthly Open Barn from 9 til noon.  Admission is free.

The purpose of the Open Barn is to let folks know what programs and events they sponsor throughout the year.  For instance they offer an equestrian program for youngsters to learn all about horses. 

For more info on Greenwell State Park (click here.)

All of this was just a way for me to play this great Byrds song that remains one of my favorites' of theirs(There is an interesting back story as to how this song was initially intended to be part of a rock musical based on Peer Gynt story (click here for more info.)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Buzzy Birthdays

There are several famous people born in November along with numerous inventions/creations that also arrived on the scene this month.  For a good listing of these folks and their creations (click here.)  But the most famous creation of all may just be the most simplest - the sandwich.  November marks the birthday of Sir John Montagu who originated  the sandwich as follows:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandwich

Here are the birthdays we celebrate this month in the extended Buzzy family:

John Carbone on 2 November, John "Busser" Eaker on the 4th and Wes Demko on the 5th.  Darlene Madjeski the 8th, John Porter the 9th, Sharon Barnhill the 12th, Harry Wheatley and Wade Norris 14th, Joe Stone 16 November,  John Wayne Raley, Warren Burke and Tommy Courtney the 20th, Mary Lou Cullison and Mike Raley the 23rd,   Bobby Cook and Bubba Cullison on the 30th.  


In my immediate family, my Grand daughter Lily celebrates on the 17th and my niece Katie (Taylor) Allen on the 25th.  Also, 10 November is the Marine Corps birthday.  Semper Fidelis! 


Country and Gospel music performer Josh Turner celebrates his birthday on 20 November.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fade to Black

Funeral today for Judy Raley.  She was one of a handful of people I have known about which I can say that I admired, respected and loved her.  For her obituary  (click here .) 

Some photos follow.  First two are from Mike's birthday party at Buzzy's in 2012.  Photo of Judy and J. Frank is from his birthday party at Mary's Hope in 2011.   

The last two showing my Mom, J. Frank and Peaches with Judy were sent to me from my daughter Ryan in Hawaii.  Chris Woodburn
had sent  them to Ryan and now here they are on the Buzzyblog after going around the world.



Jay and Judy


Heard this Dire Straits tune the other day and I must warn you  - don't listen to it if you are already feeling down because it will take your sad song and make it sadder. Finding and watching the video bluesed me out even more than I already am.  (Please note too that it has nothing to do with Judy other than it sort of fits and sums up my current mood.

But because it's Halloween and I don't want to leave you tricked with no treats, here's a more uplifting tune from some dude by the name of Charles Hardin Holley. Don't say you never heard of him.  This song was released 60 some years ago on 27 Oct 1957 (click here.)
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Henry Ford, Richrd Branson and Buzzy's

https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/bad-business.html
If you ask any small businessman "How's business?" you will rarely if ever get an honest answer.  The customary response from them is usually a variation of Buzzy's answer:  "I'm just like the Federal Government.  I've been losing money every year I've been here."  (Buzzy had another line that worked pretty well too where he would respond "Business is great.  I took in under a million dollars last year."  Sometimes folks didn't get it and would act impressed with "Wow.  That's pretty good."  When they did so, Buzzy would then follow up with "True.  Way under a million."

And while on the subject of money how bout this joke:

What do sex and a bank account have in common?

Answer: Once you withdraw, you lose all interest!  (I didn't say it was a good joke now did I?  Too I think there may be a better punchline in there somewhere having to do with penalties for early withdrawals.)

Back to trying to be semi-serious for a moment on this Halloween Eve, here is something on business success that I found quoted from Richard Branson on his Virgin website (click here.)
Somewhere between Mr. Ford's "A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business," and  Mr. Branson's philosophies - particularly the "enjoy what you're doing" secret - is where I hope my Buzzy's Country Store business model resides.  I'll be the first to now know when it is no longer fun.
Little known JT Money song wherein he even pokes a fun at himself (1:45 mark) by singing:
When I began the game
See me singing 'bout the fire and rain
Let me just say it again
I've seen fives and I've seen tens



Monday, October 29, 2018

Tiki Bars

Tiki bars never did much for me.   I don't exactly know why because in general I prefer "outside" bars to the usual dark and stuffy interior bars.  My dislike of things Tiki also may have something to do with our Solomon's Island Tiki Bar which I always thought was an awful, see-and-be-seen, overpriced rip off of a place.   
Solomon's Tiki Bar - Gone and Forgotten
(Another reason I don't care for Tiki Bars has to do with my upbringing in a country store that doubled as a bar.  In Buzzy's, things were definitely non-Tiki.  No fake palm trees, items were priced right, the clientele was not of the see-and-be-seen variety and the atmosphere in Buzzy's was never forced nor pseudo;  in fact it may have been a little too down to earth and genuine at times.  Thus, my disdain for Tiki Bars may have something to do with what was ingrained in me from a young age.  How's the old saying go - you can never get above your raisin'.)

I thought of all this when I listened to this recent podcast from a series titled Life Behind Bars. 

In each episode, the Life Behind Bars narrators discuss various bar room issues and topics.  It's a good discussion about bars and drinks in general.  In this episode the topic is Tiki Bars in general and those in New York in particular. 

One disclaimer for all you Trumpsters out there: I did not include this particular Tiki Bar episode just to make the Donald appear any meaner and pettier than he already is.  In fact, him throwing a Tiki Bar out of his place of business is something I would applaud him for.   I found the following at The Daily Beast.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Say a Prayer

Sunday, so I've ginned up a little prayer quiz for you.  

Cited here are the precursors of a very famous prayer written by American theologian Reinhold Nieburh.  See if you can guess or decipher what prayer was inspired by these.

Did you figure it out?  "Niebuhr's Prayer" is as follows:
Here are the Stones saying a prayer for the hard working people.  However, the line that caught my ear (at the 1:35 mark) when I just re-listened to it goes "Let's think of the wavering millions, who need leaders but get gamblers instead."  Better say a prayer for them too.