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.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Frank is Back!

Remember my telling about how I had to take my Frank Zappa Crappa picture down in order to make my home apartment bathroom in-law ready?  Click here to see my video from October 2017 documenting Frank's quasi-eviction from Chateau Ridgell:

Well, I am very happy to report that Frank after a couple years of lolling around in the attic has found a new place to hang around so to speak.  

Here he is shown in his new digs - the recently completed new bathroom in Buzzy's Country Store.
Welcome back Frank!

Most folks, if pressed can only name one Frank tune (below.)  However, what they don't know is that it was actually a suite of 4 songs Frank recorded on his Apostrophe album (click here.)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Thank You, Bob


The above reminded me of an interview with Bob Costas I heard many years ago wherein he was asked why he had decided to reside in St. Louis.  Bob gave an explanation that I often think about whenever I hear folks discuss how much they are or are not making salary-wise at their jobs.

He noted that while professionally it would probably have been better for him to live in New York or L.A., but instead he preferred to reside in St. Louis.  He went on to say that once you make enough money to be able to pick up the dinner check for your friends that was sufficient for him.  He noted that the difference between making say $50,000 and a $100,000 a year was a lot.  Likewise, he noted that doubling  a $200,000 annual salary was significant too.  

However, he noted that once you start making big bucks, like say a million a year, doubling that doesn't really mean that much.  Hence, Bob noted that he would rather stay in St. Louis doing what he was doing (MLB Game of the Week) even if it meant not making as much moola as he could have living elsewhere.  

For some reason, Bob's explanation about how much money was enough always resonated with me.   Working 37 years for Uncle Sam, I was obviously not money-driven regarding my main goals in life.  When I first started working on Base, I recall Buzzy telling me that working for Civil Service meant that "You will never be poor but you will never get rich either."  I resigned myself to that state of affairs and went to work every day on Base for almost 40 years.  When I look back on life decisions I made, that is one I do not regret.

Whenever the opening rif to this song comes on the radio in Buzzy's Country Store, someone will invariably ask me to turn it up.  I will do so but secretly I don't care for this song, although it does have an interesting back story how it came to be (click here.)  My problem with it has to do with it containing some of the dumbest lyrics ever written.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Look or Nod But Don't Touch

I've been dragging anchor with a cold or the flu for the past week so this little blurb below about not touching at Mass caught my eye.  

It reminded me of someone I overheard once giving this explanation for his not attending Mass.  "Why would I go somewhere and sit next to someone who I wouldn't even say hello to if I saw him on the street but in Church I'm supposed to shake his hand and wish him Peace?"  I see his point.
I recently played the tune Keep Your Hands to Yourself so instead of rerunning that one how's about we go with the Boss on the subject of not touching:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fast Food Junkie

Fake News folks made fun of 45 for serving the Clemson bubbas and brothers a dose of fast food.  However, I thought that it was one of the Trumpster's better moves.

But of course it was the Dems' fault (click here.)  

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Twofer Tuesday - Gimme a Drink

Usually "Twofer Tuesday" Buzzyblog has two music videos for you but with this week being the anniversary of Prohibition taking effect (Jan 17, 1920) today let's look at two articles on the subject.

The first article provides a good historical review of how alcohol came to be such an important part in our American identity (click here.)  If for no other reason, look the article over just to read the classic line "Prohibition is incontrovertible proof that you don't have to be drunk to come up with really, really bad ideas."

The second article discusses a leading lady in the Temperance Movement - Carrie Nation:
Gives New Meaning to "Old Battle Ax"
I wonder if Jimmy Buffet had heard of Carrie when he wrote "Some people say a woman's to blame..."

Fortunately, Prohibition was repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933.  It was originally enacted via the 18th Amendment and remains the only amendment to our Constitution that ever took away a right.  Think about it.  

Time for a tune that I've played for you before but seems more than appropriate for today's sad tale of no drinking.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ain't It Good To Know....

Speaking of friends (previous post) when I returned from my trip over the holidays 2 very nice Christmas cards were awaiting me at Buzzy's Country Store.
First, Steve (Polock) Soroka (above) sent a card and wished all of his Buzzy friends a Merry Christmas.
Also awaiting me was a nice card from Bob and Sue Dyer:
Bob included a check in his card with instructions to buy all of Buzzy's Thirsty Thursday crew a drink on him.  I am a little embarrassed to admit that I don't really know Bob nor remember having met him.  When I asked Jimmy Cullison about him, Jimmy called Barbara Demko who sent me the following photo from their high school yearbook:
I called Bob and thanked him for his generosity and wished him a Happy 2019.

And since I included Carly yesterday it's only appropriate to play some JT today:

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Post Trip Thoughts

Hand in the Sand - Punta del Este, Uruguay
Following a trip, it usually takes me a week or so to get back to where I need to be.  Buzzy's Country Store doesn't afford me any time in doing so however, because there's always beer and booze to be bought, tax stuff to file, apartment problems to deal with and lots of other things to do to catch up.  I'm not implying that any of this is a monumental task, but still it's something that I got to do before I can slide back into my " normal routine" whatever that is.

Bottom line, it's not a problem at all.  I am very grateful to my Buzzy clerks Jenny, Rachel, Anna, Kayla, Lisa, Terri, and BJ who kept the Store open and rocking thru the holidays while I was away.  Unlike Buzzy, who once he left for a trip was able to completely forget about the Store, I can not not think about it when I am away.   I stay in constant communications with step daughter Jenny and she keeps me informed on what all is happening in my absence.  As they say, it's a mixed blessing I guess.

After a couple days back in the hood however, I feel as if I never left.  It reminds me of something I once read that noted shorter vacations are more beneficial to you than are the longer week or two week kind (click here.)  

But coming back home and catching up with all my family and friends rejuvenates me as much as the relaxation and vacation away did.  Pam and I watched a good documentary on Quincy Jones the other night that is well worth checking out.  At one point in the movie, Quincy offers up a toast that goes "May you always have love to share, health to spare and friends who care." That sounds pretty good to me. Sometimes you need to leave your home, your family and your friends just to appreciate them all the more when you do return!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Top 5 Love Songs

A cruise ship comedian did a funny skit about the Top 5 Love Songs of all time. He referenced Billboard's rankings (click here) and then added his own selections.  To save you from clicking on the Billboard rankings, here were their Top 5.

1.  Endless Love / Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross
2.  I'll Make Love to You / Boyz to Men
3.  We Found Love / Rhianna
4.  How Deep is Your Love / Bee Gees
5.  Silly Love Songs / Paul McCartney and Wings

The comedian's list included
1.  Let's Get it On / Marvin Gaye
2.  I Will Always Love You / Whitney Houston
3.  Endless Love
4.  Unchained Melody / Righteous Brothers
5.  Islands in the Stream / Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

After I thought about it awhile, my top five favorite love songs correspond to those 5 ladies who played a key role in my life at one time or another.   My list includes these songs to and about  a couple of wives,  a couple of lovers and a lady whom I always regarded as the one who got away.  None of these will make sense to any of you.  However, if any of the ladies in question happen to see this, they will know exactly what I'm talking about.

And to the one who got away:

Friday, January 11, 2019

Global Economy

While on an excursion in South America, a tour guide informed us of Chile's top exports as follows:
Just for comparison I checked out Maryland's Top Ten exports to find the following:
Back to Chile, our tour guide also pointed out that Chile was the world's largest producer of lithium.  I found this article that confirms this.  However, the article also notes that China's lithium production is quickly increasing as they are buying up companies and expanding operations (click here.)

This was a bit ironic to learn because the excursion we were on in Chile took us to the Indomita Winery.  Only 17 years old, it was a beautiful facility and very impressive.  But guess who recently purchased it ?  Yep, Chinese investors who also purchased two other Chilean wine makers (click here.)

Some Delbert seems appropriate here:

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Where Are You?

Seeing the latitude and longitude notations in a photo I posted yesterday reminded me that I wanted to learn more about the whole latitude/longitude subject.  I found this site that tells you exactly where you are (click here) and punched in Scotland, Maryland.
I won't even begin to try and explain how Latitude and Longitude are computed but you can check it out on your own if you care to do so.  It all has to with a bunch of math stuff based on angles and stuff I once thought I knew but now don't even have a clue about.

However, to simplify things, I do recall somebody telling me that the way to differentiate between the two is just remember that Longitude is "long" as in up and down and that Latitude comes from the Latin word Latus which means wide.   When you see a notation for the two, Latitude is always listed first.  (Just think alphabetically.)  

Thus, Scotland's 38° Latitude represents distance from the equator while the -76° indicates the distance from the Prime Meridian located in the UK.  The minus indicates going westward from the Prime Meridian.

When thinking about a song to include here, What's the Frequency Kenneth popped into my head.  It has nothing to do with latitude and longitude but does bring up knowing or not knowing where you are at any given time.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

At the Capes

OK, full disclosure here, the previous two weeks' of Buzzyblog posts have been those that I pre-posted before I left for a two week trip to South America.  (Blogger has a nice feature where you can write up a post and then schedule it to appear when you want it to do so.)

Today, I am back live and in the present and no I won't bore you with a blow by blow of  "How I spent my Christmas vacation."  However I do want to tell you a little about going around Cape Horn at the end of South America because it reminded me of a trip Buzzy and I made to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa many years ago.  First, I'll tell you about the trip to Cape Horn. 

We cruised from Buenos Aires over to Uruguay and then bopped down the eastern coastline of Argentina until we reached Cape Horn located in Chile.  Along the way we made a couple of stops but the high light was Cape Horn which in Spanish is dubbed the Cabo de Hornas.  Because it was first negotiated by some Dutch explorers, the Cape was named after their hometown city by the name of Hoorn.  Here are a couple of photos I took of the Cape Horn lighthouse.  

As cool as it was to see and cruise past Cape Horn, nevertheless I felt a little disappointed  because when I reflect back on Buzzy's and my trip around the Cape of Good Hope it was no comparison.  In South Africa we were on land via a bus trip and it was an entirely different experience from being on a cruise ship seeing Cape Horn from afar.  It made me dig out the photos I had from when Dad and I visited the Cape of Good Hope.  

Two Dudes at the Cape of Good Hope
This group of folks that I photographed below came prepared with champagne toasts to commemorate their visit to the Cape.  It prompted Buzzy to remark  "That's a good idea.  Someone could make a killing if they opened up a beer joint down here."

The Bar of Good Hope?
Following video is set to Gordon Lightfoot's tune about Cape Horn:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Two for Tuesday

Growing up in the Scotland/Ridge area,  I never once thought about myself as being from the "poor side" of town.  However, when I went to high school, I mixed and mingled with folks who regarded those of us from down county by a different standard.  And yet, I never really understood why these "uptown folks" thought they were any better, mostly because I tended to judge folks by who they were and not where they were from. 

 Johnny had the big hit with this tune he co-wrote with Lou Adler.  His version features Darlene Love and her Blossoms as backup singers and it's hard to top or compete with that. This is just a great f'ing song! 

That said however, I think I prefer Nick Lowe's stripped down version a little moreMaybe that's just because I'm a toned down kinda county dude.

Listen to both below and see what you think.

Monday, January 7, 2019

PL&S (Peace, Love and Soul)

Working 37 years for DoD I encountered more acronyms that I would ever need or want to know in a lifetime.  However, I recently encountered two new ones that made me stop and think about each of them for a bit.

Listening to a business report I heard the know-it-all announcer explain that the recent Stock Market fluctuations were mostly due to the FANGs moving around..  He went on to discuss tech stocks so I correctly deduced that FANG stood for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google stocks.  (Google is now owned by Alphabet so maybe the more correct term is FANA,)

Couple days later I heard a shrink on the radio talk about being lonely during the holidays.  She noted that holidays are dangerous times for folks in recovery from some sort of addiction.  She mentioned HALT as the primary reasons that recovering addicts will be tempted to relapse during times of Hunger, Anger, Loneliness and Tiredness.  

Here is probably the most famous "acronym" song of all time but I'm betting you won't recognize it by its official title TSOP =  The Sound of Philadelphia. It is by another acronym MFSB = Mother, Father, Sister, Brother.  You're probably saying "What?"  But once you hear the songs' beginning you will immediately know it as this T-V show's theme song:

Ah yes, peace, love and soul.

Sunday, January 6, 2019


Seeing this Benjamin Disraeli quote got me to thinking about Cream's album Disraeli Gears and how it got that title.  

Turns out that it was more about a bicycle than it was about the former British Prime Minister.  As a member of Cream, Eric Clapton mentioned wanting to buy a racing bicycle.  Someone picked up on it and said "One with  Disraeli gears?" The speaker mispronounced derailleur gears but the band members like it enough to keep it as the title of their debut album.  
Disraeli Gears featured two of Cream's bigger and more popular hits Sunshine of Your Love and Strange Brew.  Both are great tunes but SWLABR is the one that I played repeatedly because it always got me up and moving.  Its crazy lyrics reminded me of some similarly crazy ladies that made me want to move away from them and draw a moustache or two on their pictures.  (SWLABR stands for She Walks Like A Bearded Rainbow.)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Drumming, Strumming and Dancing to the Beat

While I got the guitar jokes, I must admit that Fred's drum jokes all went over (under?) my head.  Guess you could say I missed a beat or two.

Linda seen here in the 60's, barefoot, beautiful and with that pitch-perfect voice.  No wonder I fell in love with her first time I heard and saw her sing this song:

Friday, January 4, 2019

Euronating All Over the Place

OK, so you don't visit the Buzzyblog for financial news and updates.  I get that.  However, allow me this one diversion for today and I promise to return to the usual mish mash of booze, music and b.s. tomorrow.

Today marks the anniversary of the Euro's arrival on the scene. 

To read additional info on the introduction of the Euro click here.  And in case you are wondering, today's Euro is  equal to 1.14 U.S. dollars right about where it was when first introduced in 1999.  That rate has bounced around alot due to various factors such as Brexit repercussions and the Trumpster's messing with tariffs (click here.)

Found this video from April of this year where the narrator gives a good overview of how the Euro has or has not progressed since its 1999 debut:

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Because the Redskins were playing the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day I ginned up a Football Pool.  As I finished marking up the pool however, out of nowhere, I thought "Maybe I should draw a turkey on here somewhere."

Bear in mind now that I have absolutely zero artistic talent so why I would even begin to think about trying to draw anything is sort of startling to begin with.  But I guess somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind, there lingers a grade school memory of a nun directing us to draw a turkey.  Perhaps that long ago experience triggered something in my brain that made think I could and hence should draw a turkey.  And boy was I wrong.

However, after a couple half-assed attempts to do so, I gave it up and did what any hipster would do - googled "How to draw a turkey."  I found this sample that I think I could probably do if I took my time.  (I don't know though, that beak part looks a little tricky.  I may have to practice some to get that just right.)

All of which is a good excuse to play John's supposed drug withdrawal song.  Truth of the matter is that John wrote it following a case of food poisoning.  (If true, I'm betting that Yoko had something to do with that.  John thought that it sounded too candy asssed to admit that it was about food poisoning so he attributed it to heroin withdrawal.)  

This is an ironic twist wouldn't you say when years ago he tried to explain Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was not about LSD but about some drawing that his kid drew and brought home from school.  How much more candy assed can one get?  Too, I wonder what would have happened had the kid brought home a drawing of a turkey in the sky with diamonds!  (See post title.)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Show Me the Money

There is a funny scene in the Kominsky Method where Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin meet a singer performing as Freddie Money doing Eddie Money songs.  Turns out that it really is Eddie Money who informs them that he makes more money as a Tribute Act.  
Check out the show's trailer and you will hear Eddie doing the theme song.

P.S. Kominsky is worth watching particularly if you are an old fart like me who has to go to the bathroom a lot. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Hey, It's 2019!

Happy New Year Buzzy family and friends!  Here's hoping that 2019 is a good one. 

Buzzy birthday celebrants for this first month of 2019 include:  Teresa Newbold, Carol and Sue Norris on 6 January; LP Mercure the 13th; Dennis Wilson  the 14th, Barbara Demko the 16th; Polock the 19th; Richard Lepper on the 27th and Paula Decker on the 29th.  My Mother-in-law Stella Aroesty celebrates her birthday on the 28th.  My Bonus Granddaughter Emma Peterson celebrates on 12 January.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Buzzy's New Year's Eve Party

Not exactly sure where I will be, but do know that The Bud will drop on the hour later this evening at Buzzy's Country Store.
In case you are wondering click here to see where it is midnight when we drop the Bud on the hour at Buzzy's.  For example when it is 6 p.m. here it is midnight in Amsterdam.

Rachel will be behind the Buzzy counter serving up some champagne toasts to help get you ready for 2019.  Happy New Year!

Stones set to tour again starting this April.  Keith just turned 75.  This video is from 1968 - 50 years ago!  It's only rock n roll but it sure has lasted wouldn't you say?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Just Not Good Enough, Ted

Speaking of the NRA (previous post) card carrying member Ted Nugent thinks that his association with them explains why he is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Crosby would be David Crosby who is a twice inductee into the Rock HoF once with Crosby, Stills and Nash and before that as a member of the Byrds.  While Nugent did have Cat Scratch Fever as a kick ass song, after that, I'm at a loss to come up with any other signature tune from him.  Think I'm with the Croz on this one.  

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Save the Last Dance For Me

Doc Pomus was a songwriter who penned hits such as Why Must I Be a Teenager In Love, This Magic Moment, Sweets for My Sweet,  Suspicion and many others.  However, his biggest and most successful hit has a wonderful back story as to how he came to write it.

Pomus had polio from a very young age.  Then as an adult he needed to rely on crutches and ultimately a wheel chair to get around.  He met, fell in love with and married a dancer named Willi Burke.  On the day of their wedding, Willi danced with Doc's relatives and friends as Doc sat and watched.  The words "Save the last dance for me" ran thru his mind along with him advising her "don't forget who's taking you home tonight and in his arms you're gonna be."   Doc wrote the complete song a couple years afterwards and Ben E. King's Drifters had the hit:
Doc and Willi eventually divorced. Wonder if he ever thought to re-write the song to say "DON"T save the last dance for me?"

Friday, December 28, 2018

Toubab Crewe

While eating at Smokey Joe's in Leonardtown I was enjoying the music coming thru their speakers.  However, I didn't recognize too many of the songs nor the artists performing them.  As an instrumental tune was playing, I asked the waiter "What channel is playing?"  He said he would ask the bar tender.  When he returned he gave me a slip of paper with Toubab Crewe written on it.

Once home I checked Toubab out and found that somewhere between me asking the waiter and him asking the bartender, my question about what channel is playing got translated into who is playing.
This is the song being played.  When I found this video on YouTube I smiled recognizing that this indeed was the tune I heard playing in Smokey Joe's.

In Buzzy's Country Store I mostly keep Classic Rock playing as it seems pretty much everyone likes and recognizes those 60's tunes from the Rock Gods.  Wonder how some world music such as Toubab Crewe would go over?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Chuck Ferrar

Awhile back I discussed being a member of the American Beverage Licensees organization.  Here is a good video from ABL narrated by Annapolis liquor store owner Chuck Ferrar. I have had the pleasure of meeting Chuck and view him a little like those E.F. Hutton ads of yore - when he speaks I listen.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Day of Relief

Isn't the day after Christmas classic mixed emotions' time? You are sort of sad that it's come and gone but you are mostly glad that it's over and done.

Then again it's not officially over until Mariah says it is. Much as I hate being out in the snow, she makes it look kinda fun.