Friday, February 17, 2006


Steve Martin, that is

After the dismal and disgusting Saturday Night Live performance [see
February 3 and 5th postings, "Original Airdate: February 4, 2006"] things are getting better for Steve. A whole lot better.

The Pink Panther movie had all of us laughing most of the night, it was hilliarious. I would recommend going to it. Rated at 'PG', it could have been rated 'G' except for a couple innuendoes and a crotch burning scene. And those weren't nearly as funny as the rest.
Now, I laugh out loud, LOL, I really do. With my mouth open too. I wasn't the only one laughing, everyone was. And I didn't go to sleep once--except during the commercials before it started.
Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau in MGM/Columbia Pictures' The Pink Panther - 2006


Beyonce Knowles as Xania in MGM/Columbia Pictures' The Pink Panther - 2006 [Beyonce is a Houston, Texas, girl made good in the flicks]

Jean Reno, Steve Martin and Emily Mortimer in MGM/Columbia Pictures' The Pink Panther - 2006

Go see it and report back. But you had better hurry, we are likely to see it again very soon.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Son Tim send this.
I'll pass it around in case you haven't seen it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

(Click on picture to enlarge)

The rarely photographed South Florida Squirrel

Friend, John, sent this. John is in our Early Ford V8 Club.

For more rodents, see
Rhodent's blog.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A penny saved (here and there) is
65 million dollars earned.
Picture courtesy of
SouthWestern Ontario
Transportation Museum Tour

Houston new traffic laws have have dropped freeway crashes from an average of 14,670 a year in 2003 and 2004, to 13,137 in 2005. That amounts to about a $65 million saving in property damages and injuries for a city cost of about $3 million.

Give credit to Houston's Safe Clear program. The idea: If you get stalled, wrecked, or have a flat, you hadn't better stay on the freeway for more than about seven minutes or you will get towed off. That really cuts down on congestion lost time too, besides the fewer accident costs.

Who is this new deputy?-- Remember, I'm not political
(hint: do you know Lou Ferrigno, age 54?)

(and I didn't shoot him)

Why it's Hulk, of course. Watch the
video at

This morning I searched the blogs from my tool bar (why don't you guys have the Blogger Search tool bar at the top of yours?)
Cheney: 280, 452 posts. Cheney and Attorney: 15, 729 (176 so far about his shooting).

I haven't looked at many yet. Wonder what "My Fellow Bloggers" are saying. Most are nicer than me, so they probably are behaving. I will go see.

(later) I just returned from the 'rounds.' Only two with my links mentioned the affair. They weren't mean at all, at least to the V.P. Glad to hear that, I hope nobody thinks I'm mean. I will be watching Letterman tonight though.

A 'friend sent me some of what I missed last night on the TVs, Yahoo put it all down in their 'news (link).' Since the victim is hurt more than they thought, these aren't so funny (if they were to begin with).

Monday, February 13, 2006

Headline says, "I Shot the Sheriff"

"but I Didn't Shoot No Deputy"*

Picture courtesy of
International Airgun Hunting
Photos and Field Reports

What it really said:
Cheney, victim lacked proper hunting stamp
By JAMES PINKERTON and JULIE MASONCopyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

"CORPUS CHRISTI: Vice President Dick Cheney and Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, the Austin lawyer he wounded in a weekend hunting accident, did not have the proper stamp on their hunting licenses to shoot quail, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife report released today.

"This afternoon Cheney sent a $7 check to the TPWD to pay for the upland game bird stamp, according to the vice-president's press office."

But then, I suppose the V. P. is above the law, Himself being the law.

Remark 1: I do regret not getting to see the Dave Letterman monologue tonight. It must have had the real low down, dirt and all!

Remark 2: I do not intend to get very political here. I would have said the same name for Kerry's V.P., old "what's his name." Your comments are welcome, I really did mean it when I said the blog wasn't intended to be political.

Remark 3: See Lopez at Large.

*Song by Bob Marley Lyrics

I Shot The Sheriff Lyrics
(I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.)
Yeah! All around in my home town,
They're tryin' to track me down;
They say they want to bring me in guilty
For the killing of a deputy,
For the life of a deputy.
But I say:
Oh, now, now. Oh!
(I shot the sheriff.) - the sheriff.
(But I swear it was in selfdefence.)
Oh, no! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh)
Yeah!I say: I shot the sheriff - Oh, Lord! -
(And they say it is a capital offence.)Yeah!
(Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!
Sheriff John Brown always hated me,
For what, I don't know:
Every time I plant a seed,
He said kill it before it grow -
He said kill them before they grow.
And so:
Read it in the news:
(I shot the sheriff.) Oh, Lord!
(But I swear it was in self-defence.)
Where was the deputy? (Oo-oo-oh)
I say: I shot the sheriff,
But I swear it was in selfdefence. (Oo-oh) Yeah!
Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town, yeah!
All of a sudden I saw sheriff John Brown
Aiming to shoot me down,
So I shot - I shot - I shot him down and I say:
If I am guilty I will pay.
(I shot the sheriff,)
But I say (But I didn't shoot no deputy),
I didn't shoot no deputy (oh, no-oh), oh no!
(I shot the sheriff.) I did!
But I didn't shoot no deputy. Oh! (Oo-oo-ooh)
Reflexes had got the better of me
And what is to be must be:
Every day the bucket a-go a well,
One day the bottom a-go drop out,
One day the bottom a-go drop out.
I say:
I - I - I - I shot the sheriff.
Lord, I didn't shot the deputy. Yeah!
I - I (shot the sheriff) -
But I didn't shoot no deputy, yeah! No, yeah!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

. . .Abe Lincoln. . . .
Today is

February 12, Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Well, that is nice. How do we honor it? Mostly with a writing on the calendar, some don't even mark it.

When I was young, way back in 19xx, we would get a half day holiday from school for Abe.

We would get another half day for George Washington on February 22. And of course we all played and partied Valentine's day, February 14. February was a short month as it was, having these three holidays just made it the best of months for school.

Are the kids getting shortchanged today? Yes, having President's Day on a Monday ruins it all for school kids. You see, the parents are likely to be off also. All day. That makes for planned family activities, which leaves the kids feeling they might just as well be in school.

The good old days were good that way. We always felt those two half days were special, just for kids. We could play kid things away from school, sometimes away from parents. Freedom, just to do our own thing.

Can you see why older people like the good old days? There are jillions of other reasons too.

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