Monday, May 25, 2015

Hot Dog!

          TUESDAY, MAY 26TH

                HOT DOG!
    Some of the family gathered in our
yard for a Memorial Day picnic
     My wife decided it would be a good
day to fire up that grill we reconditioned
a week or so ago.
     I volunteered to do the cooking. I
can't say I remember volunteering.
But I did find myself at the grill
tending to the hot dogs and hamburgers.
     In honor of the day I wore my old
"News Alliance" T shirt which sports
a flag on the front and back and my
western hat which offers protection
from the sun.
     Only problem is, the shirt is dark
blue and the hat is black! They don't
reflect the heat. They absorb it!
     The air temperature hovered in
the mid to high 80's. The gas grill
must have been kicking out close
to 650 degrees!
     I knew I was getting pretty hot.
But I didn't start worrying until I
saw that large bird circling overhead!
     Had I overcooked those Ballpark
Franks? No. I didn't think so! I've seen
enough desert movies to know what
it meant! That vulture, or whatever
it was, was waiting for me to keel over.
     I was the likely target since I
had already served all the burgers
and dogs.
     Not wishing to be served up
myself I adjourned to the Living
room and turned the air conditioner
on full blast.
     Hope the bird isn't waiting around
for dessert, and that all your NEWS
is good!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday In The Park

       MONDAY, MAY 25TH


  We hit the road again yesterday. After
a Birthday dinner with family and some
friends my wife and I took the Miata
on some back roads to see what we
could find.
   In reality we've been on most of those
back roads many times over the years.
But when you head out in a direction
you haven't taken for awhile there's
always surprises just around the bend.
  We found ours at Eurana Park!
  I've written about this place before.
A visit there is like going back in time
to an era when most small communities
had their own park where families would
gather for picnics or concerts.
   Eurana Park was given to the town by
Charles Schwab and his wife Eurana in
   There's a large swimming lake,
refreshment stand, large pavilion, shelter
sheds, a  band shell and a  large
     Since it's the Memorial Day weekend
we expected to see kids enjoying a dip
in the lake and, perhaps, crowds gathered
by the band shell to enjoy a concert.
     Instead, the park was practically
     The only large "crowd" to be found
was in the water where thousands of
Pollywogs were heralding the arrival
of summer. How they knew it was the
Holiday weekend I'll never know. We've
never seen so many at one time!
     We did find a few folks inside the
building holding the basketball court.
We wandered in to use the rest room
then learned we were actually
crashing a kid's birthday party. Since
my wife shares her birthday with the
kid I figured we were OK.
    We didn't stick around for snacks,
But, truth be told, we had the remainder
of her birthday cake in the car.
    Someone suggested the park might
be opening officially for the season
    I hope so. It's way too nice a facility
to let to the Pollywogs! Besides, they're
lousy in concert!
    Hope you stop by some day and that
all your NEWS is good!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mulch Ado About Nothing

      SUNDAY, MAY 24TH


  Today is my wife's Birthday!
On Friday we picked up the presents
she requested. Ten bags of Mulch!
   It's a lot less expensive than
jewelry. But it's a lot heavier!
   Yesterday I told you about her
doctor's advice to get more active.
Still, many of you wrote to me
suggesting that I'd be the one
spreading all that stuff around our
back yard.
    No way Jose!
    That's not to say my wife couldn't
use a helping hand.
    So, being a good guy I called my
12-year-old grandson to pitch in.
He did very well!
     My plans were to sit out this
garden insanity on the couch. And
I nearly made it.
     But, with two people tied up
spreading mulch somebody else
would have to cut the grass.
     I looked around. I was the only
one left. Oh well.
     Hope my wife enjoys her
Birthday and that all your NEWS
is good!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Doctor's Orders.

        SATURDAY, MAY 23rd

     The doctor's advice, in a nut shell, was
"Get more active."
     It surprised me a bit. I try to walk a
little most mornings. And we trudged all
over the place, including "jungle like"
grass, when we walked to some of those
steep cliffs on Hawaii's Big Island just
a couple weeks ago.
    Anyway we went straight from the
doctor to Lowes where two young men
loaded ten bags of mulch into our van.
    When they turned down my request
to come home with me I realized I'd be
a big part of unloading those bags in
our yard.
     Mulch, of course, is an organic
ground covering usually made up of
material like decaying leaves.
     Since we just raked up piles of
those a couple week ago I wasn't sure
why we were now replacing them with
this new material that seems to come
in 50 pound bags!
     I guess it was part of the "Get more
active" prescription!
     This was my wife's appointment,,,,
not mine!
      I'm going back to the couch!
      Hope she enjoys spreading the
stuff and that all your NEWS is good.   

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Borrowed Time

          Friday, May 22nd

    Hope you've enjoyed the last four
years! You weren't suppose to have
them. How soon we forget!
    According to a prediction made by
Christian Broadcaster Harold Camping
the world was suppose to end on May
21st., 2011.  Four years ago yesterday!
    That prediction prompted some of
his followers to sell their homes and
possessions in preparation for
Judgment Day.
    I took a chance and wrote a Bog
that day anyway. I kept writing even
after he "adjusted" his prediction to
October 21st., 2011. Guess I'm just a
risk taker. Or maybe I just remembered
that Camping had originally called for
the world to end in September of 1994.
    I had just about forgotten about
Camping when somebody pointed out
that the Mayan calendar ended abruptly
on December 21st., 2012!
   Surely that proved the world would
actually end on that date, What a
bummer. Right before Christmas!
    When that date found everybody
still here I had to run out quickly to
buy presents!
     Now here we are, 4 years later, and
it turns out we've got a whole year
      A Professor from Salt Lake City
who was excavating with his students
at the site of the famous Donner party
disaster of 1847 found a time capsule
left by the settlers which contained 
a prediction that nations will begin using
biological warfare and that, in 2016,
one such disease will spread and kill all
of the humans on the planet.
     So we've all got some time. Well,
not all. The end of the world finally
did come for Harold Camping. He
died on December 15th of 2013.
     I wonder if he saw that coming?
     Enjoy everyday you have, and may
all your NEWS is good!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Pickers Were Here!

     THURSDAY, MAY 21st


  The Pickers came by my place
yesterday! I saw them!
   But as much as I looked there
was no sign of Mike or Frank. And
certainly no trace of Danielle.
Although a couple of the guys might
have been sporting tattoos like hers.
    The crew that roared through our
neighborhood seemed to have a
little different system than the guys
on TV.
    First, they took absolutely
everything, Secondly I have to
believe they aren't looking to
resale anything since they were
crushing much of their take even as
they picked it up!
     In reality, these guys were part
of our Township's annual waste
cleanup drive.
     Armed with a Pay loader, a Dump
Truck, and some very strong arms,
they've been going everywhere in our
community cleaning up old sofas,
chairs, mattresses, and nearly everything
else residents have left along the curb
side. Unfortunately they weren't taking
    They have to work fast, A Township
worker told me there are actual "pickers"
that start making the rounds as soon as
people put their trash out.
     You know what they say. One man's
trash is another's treasure! That's
especially true if there's any metal out
there. The pickers head for that as soon
as they can so they can make a few bucks
at area Scrap dealers!
      There was an old sofa out
there that looked kind of neat to me. My
wife didn't seem to fancy it.
      It's a great service to those of us who
live in the matter who's
doing the picking up!
      Hope my wife hasn't put out anything
I really need......and that all your NEWS
is good!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Casting Call


            CASTING CALL!

     It's amazing!
     On Monday I added the description
"Actor" to my Facebook profile.
     Yesterday I was asked to play another
     A friend of mine is producing a short
film based on books she's written about
the sinking of the Andrea Doria.
     For you kids out there, the Andrea
Doria was a passenger ocean liner that
was rammed by the vessel Stockholm
during a foggy night on the Atlantic
in July of 1956. 52 people lost their
     But Pierette Simpson's movie is
about the heroic efforts that lead to
the survival of 1660 passengers and
crew members.
    She knows what she's talking about!
She and her grand parents were among
those survivors!
    Unfortunately the scenes she's envisioned
for me are to be filmed in Detroit in mid
June. Much as I'd like to be a part of her
production my family and I will be in
New Jersey for our annual vacation!
    It's a non-paying part so, in that respect,
it's just like the television work I'm doing
    It would have been quite a challenge.
    She had wanted me to play journalist!
    Talk about being type cast!
    Heck I've still got clothes that fit the time
 period! In fact, I still wear them!
    I would have loved to stick a "PRESS"
sign in the brim of my hat or run after
survivors with a Kodak camera.
    I suppose Brad Pitt has turned down
some roles too!
    Hope he doesn't take any of mine, and
that all your NEWS is good.