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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 14, 2017

Bud Santa

Buzzy and Bud Ridgell Christmas 1983.

Bud's full name was Joseph W. Ridgell.  With my name as Joseph S. Ridgell, thru the years we would get each other's mail as well as run into other mistaken identity instances. 

For example, I was in the Doctor's office one day when Bud came in, signed the sign in sheet and then pulled up a seat next to me and we began talking.  He noted that he didn't think that he had an appointment but the Doctor's office had called him and told him to be there at 10 o'clock. 

As he said that, the receptionist came out from behind her desk to ask us "Which one of you is Joseph S.?"  I answered that it was me and she then looked at Bud and said "There has been a mistake, you do not have an appointment today."  Bud immediately shot back "I knew damn well I didn't until you all called me and said I did!"  The receptionist followed up by saying that she would try to work him in if he didn't mind waiting.  Bud replied "Hell no.  I'm not waiting because I didn't want to come here in the first place."  With that he got up to leave and said to me as he walked out "I'm going down to your old man's place and have a drink."  

Scene from the now classic Christmas movie Bad Santa:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Scary Christmas

Here is a photo of Mom and Dad visiting one Christmas.  As you can see, Ryan wasn't quite sure what to make of Santa Buzzy as she checked him out.

Brady did not seem to mind too much.  But then again, Buzzy had dropped the beard.


For quite a few younger kids their first reaction to Jolly St. Nick is one of fear.  Who can blame them?  Some fat dude is coming at you dressed in red with a scraggly beard and saying "Ho ho ho."  That'd scare me too if I didn't know the routine.  For a related article on "Santa Phobia"  (click here.)  
Following video contains other samples of kids scared of Santa including a punny Claus-trophobic joke at the end.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Two For Tuesday

Still my all time favorite Christmas song:

And then Jimmy Fallon does this killer version of it:

Monday, December 11, 2017

How Am I Gonna Be an Optimist About This?


I texted both my sons Brady and Shea yesterday morning with a 23-20 prediction of the Ravens beating the Steelers later in the day.  They both responded in disagreement and noted that the Steelers just had too many weapons for the Ravens to beat the Steelers on their own home field in Pittsburgh.

Brady even laid the following video on me with a note that said the line "How am I gonna be an optimist about this" made him think of me and my belief in the Ravens.  Shea too has a broad streak of optimism in him as he noted "Ravens lose tonight but beat them in playoffs after Jax and before NE to go to Super Bowl."

As I thought about our three views - trusting optimist (me,) hopeful optimist (Shea,) and outright pessimist (Brady,) it brought to mind some quote I saw somewhere that goes "I am not an optimist but hopefully someday I will be." 

T
he Ravens ultimately lost to the Steelers 39-38, but the optimist in me is now focusing on Shea's forward-looking belief that the Ravens can win a game or two left in this season, still make the playoffs and go from there.  Here is the video that Brady sent me.

Something else kind of cool happened as I prepared this post.  When I snipped the above photo of Flacco, I stashed it on my PC Desktop with the title Balt.  I had to smile when it appeared next to the following photo that I also have on my Desktop:

Bart was a big Ravens' fan also.  He passed away 3 years ago today and I continue to miss him even more as the years drag on.  The optimist in me believes that we will meet again sometime.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bad Things Good People

Friday night's benefit for Karen got me thinking about the 1981 book When Bad Things Happen to Good People.  Very powerful book written by a Jewish Rabbi whose son died from a rare disease at the age of 14, Bad Things deals with the question of how could a benevolent God allow such terrible things to happen to people.

The answer/explanation gets very involved very quickly. Bottom line though, according to the author of Bad Things is that while God is here to assist us through pain, suffering and life's hardships,  God is not able to prevent bad things from occurring (click here.) 

There is a fancy name for this explanation known as theodicy.  It is defined as "a theological construct that attempts to vindicate God in response to the evidential problem of evil that mitigates against the existence of an omnipotent and omnibenevolent deity."(from click here.)   
As I said, the explanation is complicated.  The word conundrum gets thrown around a lot which means "We don't really know." 

Having tried to mush my way through all this hokey pokey however, it still leaves me wondering about the initial question of why?  God can do all things right?  However evidently either He can't, won't nor doesn't want to.  It makes me want to offer God a petition/prayer as follows "Come on dude, do your job."  (I also found this article that parses all this a little more and much better than I have just explained it (click here.)

Actor John Dye played the role of Andrew  the Angel of Death on Touched by an Angel.  His angel came calling for him as he died of a heart attack at the young age of 47.  Momma Angel Tess aka Della Reese passed away last month at the age of 86.  Roma seems to be doing ok.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I Want to Go Home

It was somewhere cruising between Bratislova and Vienna and relaxing after dinner when I heard the following song sung by the boat's musical entertainment crew.  

I was in a melancholy kind of mood and the song resonated with me.  Much as I love to travel, I love it even more when the travel takes me back home.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Benefit for Karen

Benefit for my Buzzy's Country Store neighbors tonite.  Please help out as best you can.


Also, regarding yesterday's mention of the Newman's Own tax break, here is a follow up article discussing how the tax break is no longer in the bill (click here.)  See, just one mention in the Buzzyblog and it gets axed.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Newman's Very Own Tax Break

There are lots of curve ball things in the new tax bill that is about to be unloaded on us.  (And for all those of you who are eagerly anticipating your "massive" tax cut, I know a Nigerian Prince who is dying to meet you.)  

However, there is one entity in the new tax bill that will definitely be seeing a huge tax cut and that's Paul Newman's Own company.    

The background and explanations for the Newman tax carve out in the bill are a bit complicated but it has to do with Newman's being a philanthropic business that donates all of its profits to charity.  For some screwy reason, when Paul died and the business passed to his foundation, some crazy tax rules kicked in that now require them to pay a huge chunk of change to Uncle Sam.  The new tax bill will eliminate that tax requirement and allow Newman's Own to continue donating all of its profits to charity.  (If you would like a better explanation of this than my Cliff Notes' review of it (click here.)

All of which makes me think that maybe I should make Buzzy's a philanthropic operation too. I even have the logo all ready.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

History

For those of you who, like me think that the aforementioned Twelve Days of Christmas is one of the dumber Christmas songs, well, think again.  The history surrounding the origins of Twelve Days is kind of interesting (click here.) 

As for the theory that the Twelve Days originated as a clever code or "underground catechism" for persecuted Catholics in King Henry's England to get their message out, the Snopes folks deemed that to be incorrect (click here.)  Another source also noted that the song has been around since 1780 long before the English-Catholic throw down transpired (click here.)  So, who knows what the damn song is really all about?!  

However, all that said, I do have to admit that I have elevated my opinion of Twelve Days ever so slightly now that I know some of the history and controversy associated with it.  Guess that it's only a matter of time before a case is made that the Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is really about some secret Communist society trying to take over the world!  That Putin at it again!  

Check out Brad ripping it on electric guitar here.  Pretty good for a country boy:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Math

Here is a math quiz for you along with one of my least favorite Christmas songs.

T
he Twelve Days of Christmas features some dummy trying to get next to his lady friend by sending her a slew of presents.  Just to refresh your memory it goes something like this:

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:  A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me THREE presents:

Two turtle doves
A partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me SIX presents:

Three French hens
Two turtle doves

A partridge in a pear tree

This carries on until the twelfth day of Christmas, when my true love sends me:

Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five gold rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
A partridge in a pear tree


Now here's the quiz for you - all totaled how many presents did the true love send?  For the answer (click here) and if I were you I wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to figure it out for yourself just click!


I think Jeff's got a better version of the song:

Monday, December 4, 2017

English

Ran into a version of the following titled An Ode to English Plurals:

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!
Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England .
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and
get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
in which your house can burn up as it burns down,
in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and
in which an alarm goes off by going on.
And in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop?


As to who originated this and/or its background I found this on the www.

Equally ironic in content is this Elvis C. video discussing evolution amidst several, sexy, bikini clad dancers:


Sunday, December 3, 2017

It's All About Those Ball Hairs

I try and keep the Buzzyblog in the PG-13 realm.  However, today I'm trucking down the R-rated, adult aisle.  It's Sunday, so why not do something semi-blasphemous?  (I would tell you to go watch your Sunday morning T-V news shows instead of reading the Buzzyblog but there too, you will get a full dose of smut and sex talk what with all the harassment stuff currently being discussed.  Speaking of which, do you really think Matt banged her until she passed out?!)

But now back to my little walk on the wild side today.  On our recent trip to Central Europe we visited Vienna where we toured the Vienna Boys Choir School.  Here's a little experiment for you - ask any 5 folks to say something other than "Sausage" when you mention Vienna to them and I bet they will all respond with "Boys Choir."

We toured the Boys Choir School escorted by 2 former choir members who were now in high school  there.  The facility has an elementary, middle and high school and we were provided a tour of several classrooms as well as common areas. 

Before we were treated to a performance by the Boys Choir we were shown a classroom where the boys practice their musical numbers.   As our two young tour guides described their class room and how many hours a week they devote to studying and learning about music, you couldn't help but notice
the following on the black board behind them :
Photo by Brian Barnhill
I immediately recognized the graffiti penis as being a replica from the Netflix show American Vandal. The show is a funny spoof of the many T-V crime shows of late such as Making of a Murder, The Keepers, Story of O.J. etc..  Below is a clip from the show. 

The two guys shown in the video are the supposed documentary researchers trying to clear graffiti artist Dylan of a vandalism charge.  They are looking into the crime case which involves trying to find out who sprayed painted penises on cars.  The ball hairs on the penises turn out to be a critical piece of evidence.  Obviously, whomever drew the Vienna Boys Choir copy on the black board also knew the importance of including the ball hairs.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ben Bradlee

One Christmas I got the bright idea to give my Mom a copy of Ben Bradlee's book A Good Life.   The book had just been published and I knew that Mom was a fan of Mr. Bradlee.

My son Brady was doing some carpentry work for Mr. Bradlee at his Porto Bello residence on the St. Mary's River.  I used that "in" to phone Mr. Bradlee and ask if he would mind signing a copy of his book for my Mom.

Mr. Bradlee told me to swing by and he would be glad to sign the book for me.  I immediately drove over to Porto Bello where Mr. Bradlee  escorted me into his office, pulled up a chair and asked "You said this was for your Mom right?"  After I answered yes, he then proceeded to pen the following inscription.

"A good life is having a good son - right? Ben Bradlee"


And here is the scene in the movie that Woodward referenced:

Friday, December 1, 2017

December

December features the celebration of Saturnalia, which originated in Ancient Rome as a celebration of the God of Agriculture Saturn. 

Lasting a week, Saturnalia was quite the feast as folks put up decorations, had parties and celebrated big time with food and drinks.  If any of that sounds like something familiar that we do later on this month, now you know how and why it started pre-Christianity.
https://shirleytwofeathers.com/The_Blog/pagancalendar/category/december-days/page/2/
December Buzzy birthdays include the following:  Brother in-law Jerry Taylor on the 7th; Greg Madjeski 10th; Jimmy Cullison 16th; Mike Fenhagen and Steve Bradburn 18th; Pat Birmingham 23rd;  B.J. Gray 27th;  Brian Barnhill 28th; and Bill Holmes the 29th.  Don't forget to put 16 December on your calendar for the Buzzy Christmas Party.  (I would tell you to save the date but Larry David has convinced me that STD's are kind of dumb.)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ann

Post Thanksgiving I begin pulling out the Christmas decorations and every year I do so I think of my former boss Ann Combs.  Here's why.

At Christmas time Ann would always do something special for all of us who worked for her.  For instance, one year she had all of us to her house in Helen for a luncheon she prepared for us.  Other years she would take all of us out to lunch and pick up the tab. 

One year she presented each of us with a quilt or a quilted wall hanging that she had made.  Here is the one she made for me and the one that reminds me of her each year I pull it out of the attic.
However, this year my remembrance of Ann was different.  In previous years, whenever I would pull the wall hanging out I would think of her and wonder how she was doing.  I would then make a mental note to get in touch with her sometime. 

Through the years since we both retired, I tried a couple of times to catch up with her but when I did so things invariably fell through.  She was always very busy taking care of her husband Bob along with her elderly aunt and uncle who lived nearby.  She was also on the Health Share Board with my wife Pam so I would see her every so often at one of their fund raisers.

As noted, when I pulled out the wall hanging this year, my mental note was one of sadness at not having contacted her and not having maintained closer contact with her.  You see she died of  cancer this previous May at the age of 68. 

In his remarks at Ann's funeral service, Father Woods noted how knitters and quilters often will leave a mistake in their works to demonstrate that nothing in life is ever perfect.  As he said those words I thought to myself "I bet there weren't any mistakes in any of Ann's works."  Ann was a perfectionist.  The only thing imperfect about her was how she died.  I really do wish that I had stayed in closer contact with her.  As is, I will forever think of her at this time of year when putting up Christmas decorations.  Her obit follows.
http://mgfh.com/book-of-memories/2948216/Combs-Ann/obituary.php


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Curse in Reverse

On my recent trip I met a lady from Houston and in the course of our conversation congratulated her on the Astros winning the World Series.   I asked her if she attended the post-Series parade to celebrate their win.  "You bet I did" she said as she whipped out her cell phone and showed me several pictures of the event. 

She also showed me a photo of the following and asked if I had seen it.
At first I thought it was Sports Illustrated's post-Series cover.  However, my Houston friend encouraged me to look at the date on the cover - June 2014.
Even more amazingly coincidental is that SI's Cover boy George Springer was named this year's World Series MVP.  Now that's some prognosticating!  (For more info on how SI came to predict this so accurately 3 years ago (click here.))

In the past I have been one of those folks who has knocked SI for their cover jinx.   I recall once seeing Maryland Men's Basketball team listed as their pre-season pick for Number 1 and knew right away they (Maryland) would not be Number 1 that year.  (They weren't.)

Some years back SI even ran this clever cover when all of  the NFL Playoff teams that year declined to be on their cover for the NFL Playoff issue.
However, because that 2014 cover accurately predicted Houston's win in the 2017 World Series, I will now give SI a pass when their supposed jinx curse comes up again. 

And speaking of curses, it is tough
to beat Screaming Jay's version of this tune (which I have played for you and discussed previously click here ) but Eric does come close.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Two for Tuesday - Christmas Party and Music

With Thanksgiving in the rear view, it's time to get ready to get ready for the appearance of the Little St. Nick.  The Buzzy Christmas Party will be on 16 December starting around 5 pm. and roll on from there.  In the past I have tried to lock in on having the Buzzy party the Saturday before Christmas.  However, with this year's preceding Saturday being Christmas Eve eve, I thought it best to move it back a week.

Capt. Jimmy Cullison, who will also be celebrating his birthday on the 16th, will perform his oyster chef duties and serve up some tasty goodies for everybody.  As always, fun and food will be part of the evening so plan on coming down.  (Note too that we are starting a little earlier than usual so for those of you who have multiple events to attend that night, swing by Buzzy's first and keep on moving.)

May even have some live music for you at the Buzzy party but I promise that you won't have to listen to any Christmas tunes.  Don't be alarmed, according to this article I am actually doing you a favor because listening to too much Christmas music is bad for you.
http://www.independent.co.uk
That said I got to play this for you because I mentioned it above.

P.S. I don't know who the Fendertones are, but they sure nail this Beach Boy song.  It may have had something to do with all those half empty Yuengling bottles sitting around. 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Blue Monday

https://en.wikipedia.org
While in Budapest, I checked out the Shoes on the Danube memorial and in a way wish I hadn't.  It was a very sobering and depressing sight once I learned of its reason for being there. 

In 1944 and 45 Budapest Jews were taken to the river where they were lined up and shot.  Because shoes were valuable commodities at the time, they were forced to remove them before being executed and falling into the water.

In 2005 a Hungarian sculptor came up with the idea of fashioning 60 pairs of bronze shoes in a row along the Danube. Each pair of shoes in the memorial was modeled after an original 1940's pair.

Somewhere in my reading about the memorial I found a reference to the following video.  Warning - it's as equally shocking and depressing as is the memorial itself: 

Can't leave you down so how's about something from the Fat Man who passed last month at the young age of 89.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Atheistically Speaking

Sunday so we'll talk some religion beginning with a little entree pop quiz for you: what is greater than God, more evil than Satan, the poor have it, the rich need it and if you eat it you die?  (Answer below.)

Now, for the main course - name a country where
atheists comprise 75% of the population.  

If you said the U.S. then you are very incorrect.  Fact is, the U.S. is way at the other end of this religious/non-religious spectrum in that approximately 70% of the U.S. population regards religion as important (click here.)
St. Stephen's Church In Prague
On our recent visit to the Czech Republic, every tour guide we encountered was quick to note that in their country 75% to 80% of the population  are atheists.  One of their explanations had to do with the Nazis and then the Communists having controlling them for so long that a generation or two has grown up with little to no emphasis on the importance of religion. 

Other explanations go back even farther into Czech history to explain their distrust of religion:


Re: Why is the Czech Republic so atheist?
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2013, 01:28:14 pm »

Religion is simply not part of the Czech national identity. In Poland and Slovakia, countries with very similar cultures, for instance, being Catholic is part of being a Pole or a Slovak (even if a lot of these "Catholic" Poles and Slovaks are these days not actually religious in anything but name). But when the idea of the Czech nation was being developed in the 19th century, organized religion just wasn't a part of it. Most of the big events in Czech history that endure in the national consciousness were rebellions against or oppression by religious authority, whether its the Hussite rebellion or Battle of White Mountain (and the execution of the (Protestant) Czech nobility by the Habsburgs). The church has always (since the 15th century at least) been seen as a symbol of oppression in the Czech Republic, and so opposing the church is in many ways part of being a Czech. (From click here.)
And speaking of having little use for organized religion, Mark Twain had several great quotes along those lines (click here.)  Here is one:

"By temperament, which is the real law of God, many men are goats and can't help committing adultery when they get a chance; whereas there are numbers of men who, by temperament, can keep their purity and let an opportunity go by if the woman lacks in attractiveness."

(I know, that quote doesn't exactly convey Twain's disdain of organized religion, but I couldn't resist the "men are goats" reference.)

Caught the T-V showing of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Award to David Letterman the other night.  Eddie Vedder did a great version of Warren Zevon's tearful goodbye song.  Zevon was one of Lettermen's frequent guests.
Answer to above pop quiz is Nothing. Nothing is greater than God and more evil than Satan. The poor have nothing while the rich need nothing and if you eat nothing, well you know the rest.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Iron Bowl Today

Today college football features one the better rivalries in all of sports as Auburn and Alabama play in the annual Iron Bowl.  (It is named Iron Bowl because it started out being played in Birmingham, Alabama where a lot of iron was being produced at one time.  Now it seems that Birmingham is getting to be known mostly for its number of winners and contestants on American Idol (click here.))

In 2013 my son Brady and I were in San Francisco on this Thanksgiving weekend to attend one of the final football games being played at Candlestick Park before it was demolished.  While we were in the hotel room, we flipped on the Iron Bowl to catch the end of that year's Iron Bowl.  I sure am glad we did because it was quite a game and featured an unbelievable ending (see video below.)

Because of the kick return for a winning touchdown with no time left on the clock, the game has come to be known as the Kick Six game.  The game and the final play were recognized with 2013 ESPY awards for best game and best play of the year 2013.

What I most enjoy about watching the Iron Bowl is that I don't care one way or the other who wins.  I like both schools and both teams and really don't have a favorite that I root for or against.  That means I can sit back and enjoy the game.

Think I have probably overplayed Sweet Home Alabama for you previously here on the Buzzyblog so how's about something from Brad talking bout Bama - the band.



Friday, November 24, 2017

Barack Friday

Now that we are great again.
And in recognition of Kennedy's assassination anniversary the other day (November 22, 1963) here is this tune from  Johnny Rebel:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tombstone Pizza

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving by offering up a tasty bar room story for you.

Tombstone Pizza originated in Medford, Wisconsin as follows:
(Maybe when I broke my hip I should have been developing recipes for a Buzzy Pizza.)
The rest is pizza history.  Joe and his brother Ron began churning out frozen pizzas for their clientele and then for neighboring bars.  Next thing you know they went big time as in Nation-wide.  Their slogan used to be "What do you want on your Tombstone?"

The brothers ultimately sold the pizza business to Kraft in 1986 but the Tombstone Hq's and main production site is still housed in Medford.  Kraft sold it to Nestle in 2010.

The former bar (above) where it all started is no longer in business and currently sits as a vacant building.  Given its history, seems like the Medford folks would at least make a pizza joint of it!

Speaking of opening up, Pat Birmingham will have Buzzy's Country Store open today at 3 o'clock should you need a break from all that family, food and football. (Redskins don't play until 8:30 tonite.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Back Home

"Just flew in from Cleveland and boy my arms are tired."  That's a Henny Youngman joke I always think of when I fly back home from somewhere.  I know, I know it doesn't take much to amuse me.
Pam and I travelled with several family and close friends to Budapest, Hungary, where we jumped on a Viking boat and cruised down (up?) the Danube to Passau, Germany.  We then bussed over to Prague, Czech Republic for a couple days. 

On the boat along the way we also stopped in Vienna, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia.  (Our tour guide claimed that these two cities are the closest of National Capitols in that they are only 34 miles apart.  Turns out she may have been a little off in that because I found this explanation that places them at only #3 on the closest list.  (The Vatican and Rome are the closest followed by the Congo and what used to be Zaire.) 
Famous Chain Bridge with Buda Castle in Background
Highlights of the trip for me were Budapest (above) and Cesky Krumlov (photo and video below.)

Budapest is actually two cities with Buda on one side of the river and Pest on the other.  Our boat was docked on the Pest side right next to the famous Chain Bridge.  One sunny morning I was able to walk over and make my way back across the Chain Bridge before the weather turned cold and cloudy.  I can now check off another famous Bridge that I have walked across along with the London Bridge, San Francisco Bridge and the Cornfield Harbor Bridge,  (Not too many world travelers can claim the Cornfield Harbor Bridge in their "Bridges Crossed" backgrounds.)

Unlike Budapest with all of its glitz and activity,  Cesky Krumlov is a nice  little town that, despite having been discovered by tourists, is still a cool place to visit.  (What'd Yogi say about it being so crowded that nobody goes there anymore?!)  Well, Cesky Krumlov is such a happening place that even with all the tourist crapola going down, it's still a very nice place.  Here's my man Rick telling us about it:

As always, my thanks to Jenn, Anna, Pam, Lisa, Terri, Pat and Kayla for taking care of things at the Store while I was away.   Always seems like things happen when I am away and this time was no different as the beer case acted up.  However, Jenn contacted Robbie McKay and got it taken care of.  I am very fortunate to have such a great group to help me out not only when I am away but also every day week in and week out. 

Like Buzzy always said after one of our trips away, "It's good to get away, but it's great to come home."

One of the nicer things folks greet me with in the Store when I return is "Welcome back."  I always smile and when I do so this song runs thru my head.  Who would ever have thought that Vinny Barbarino would go on from high school to become such a big movie star?



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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sade and Janis

Years ago when I worked on Base, a co-worker Tony Manich came in one morning and informed me that he had been to a Sade concert the night before. 

I asked him how it went and if she rocked any more in concert than she does on record.  Tony laughed and replied that Smooth Operator was about as rocking as she got.  That's not a bad thing.  I like women who deal with things on a low keyed basis.
I have a couple of Sade's CD's in the rotation. That said however, I would like to see her just bust out Janis-style every once in awhile.
Janis talks about the difference between herself and other female singers in this classic Dick Cavett interview with her.  (Title is misleading as Janis simply discusses the differences between U.S. and European audiences.)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bo Diddley

Five months before Elvis would shake things up with his appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Bo Diddley appeared on this day in 1955 (click here.)

Bo was supposed to do Ernie Ford's 16 Tons but crossed everyone up by doing - what else? Bo Diddley!  The tune is one of rock's seminal rifs but has its roots in the Shave and a Haircut - Two Bits tune that Bo sped up.  To this day, I can not hear mention of Bo without mentality going duh, da, da, da, da - da da!