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Monday, May 22, 2017

If you thought MSNBC anchors...

Shepard Smith

...like Rachel Maddow were biased, the last of the big names on Fox News, Shepard Smith, is right up there with the worst.

Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren have jumped ship, and with the firing of those gasbags Bill O'Reilly and Bob Beckel (and that tinhorn phony Sean Hannity rumored to be on the bubble), with Tucker Carlson still wearing training wheels, Smith is the leading news network's biggest name!

The irony here is that the least antagonistic-to-the-Trump-Administration of the broacast media, now features one of the most openly hostile to Donald Trump anywhere on the airwaves.

For his part, Smith does even try to disguise his con­tempt for the President.

That's going to cause some problems for Fox News.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Never let it be said...

...that the developers of the old bowling alley property on Sunset Avenue and Mill Road are going to let nature stand in the way of their project.

Young tree at risk.

The yellow overlay area indicates the approximate curb cut and driveway apron along Mill Road, with the healthy young tree smack in the middle of it. More...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Robert Yale Lary (1930-2017)

He wasn't in any sense of the word "spectacular," playing the position which has today come to be designated "Free Safety," but Yale Lary, the 5'11" first-team All-Southwest Conference defensive back in 1951 in his third and final year playing for Texas A&M University, was a great one during an interrupted 11-year career for the Detroit Lions, playing on three NFL Championship teams.

Having traded away their picks in the first two rounds of the 1952 NFL draft, the Lions made Lary their first selection, #9 in the third round (#34 overall), ahead of such notables as Pat Summerall (#45 overall) and Jim David (#261 overall). More...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why I'm reading Dennis Lehane...

...and have been for the past year or so... so many of his books are so good:

"The only thing good Catholics love more than God is a short service. Keep your organ music, your choir, your incense and processionals. Give us a priest with one eye on the Bible and the other on the clock, and we'll pack the place like it's a turkey raffle the week before Thanksgiving."

– "Prayers for Rain," November 1999.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

May Village Board Meeting

The meeting again started late this evening due to Black Sheep Television's tardy arrival with, according to video­grapher Jacques Dittes, a new high definition camera.

(Exactly what that has to with with the 7:10 pm start time was not immediately clear.)

Mayor Maria Moore announced that the June Village Board Meeting would be held June 8 instead of June 1 due to Trustee availability... two of the Board will be else­where engaged on the usual day. More...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Here's a face and a name...

...I hadn't seen in over 50 years, since we were young men in Westhampton Beach, Tommy, elder son of Helen Elfmont for whom I worked when she and her partner ran The Busybodies out of what is now Country Heroes.

This "reintroduction" occured during Friday's ABC telecast of a compelling documentary "Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992," the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the riots following the acquittal of four LAPD officers charged with excessive force in the arrest of Rodney King. More...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Not to worry...

...OtBB was down for a bit... a conflict between us and the caching system on the host's servers, whatever that means. But now everything's jake again.

This digital stuff works in mysterious ways.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It was an instructive Sunday afternoon...

...spent in the company of my wife, my Congressman, and a capacity crowd in the Shinnecock lecture hall at Suffolk County Community College, on the campus referred to as "Riverhead."

There are polite audiences, disruptive audiences and rude audiences... and I've seen all of them, right here in Westhampton Beach. But I guess I've been fortunate in that I've never attended one at either the old fire house or at the new Six Corners Village Hall where the Mayor wasn't able to quickly maintain control and get on with the substance of the meeting, even at the ill-advised "Police Commissioner" hearing. More...

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's all changing, damnit!

And like many of my fellow septuagenarians whose regular activity is often characterized as a grumpy old man standing on his porch shaking his fist and railing against kids playing on his front lawn, I don't think all change is beneficial.

For decades, the sole financial institution in Westhampton Beach was Seaside Bank, prominently located at 154 Main Street (corner of Mill Road), its "exclusivity" protected by a New York State banking law which prohibited another bank from opening a branch in a municipality as long as the sole bank in was a "stand-alone." More...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sassy at three years old

This is our little Sassy, short for Sasquach due to her unwillingness to acknowledge her people's personal space (i.e., our feet!) when she first joined us in July 2015.


Her kennel documents list April 19 as her birthday, and we can't do anything about that, so she shares that date with, among other events, Paul Revere's celebrated ride, the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto, the FBI's murder by fire of scores of religious zealots near Waco, Texas, and Timothy McVey's misguided act of retribution the following year in Oklahoma City.

Little matter... she's a terrific addition to our household.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April Village Board Meeting

As Jack Benny used to say at the end of his Sunday evening radio programs, "Sorry folks, we're a little late tonight," as an excuse for no further jokes or skits.

Mayor Maria Moore, without excuse or explanation, began tonight's sparsely attended meeting at 7:05 pm, led the Pledge of Allegiance, then began the evening with a Public Hearing regarding Outdoor Displays for John's Pools on Old Riverhead Road.

During the Public Hearing on the 2017-2018 Tentative Village Budget, a question was raised by a local More...

Righting a long ago wrong

Seen on Sunset Avenue opposite Hansen Place:

The new Best Market entrance and exit on Sunset Avenue

There always was a sidewalk cut and access at that More...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Not my best Wednesday ever!

This is not what I want to see when I pull up to Eckart's for my weekly sausage, egg and cheese wrap!

Eckart's front doorway

I'm prepared for such a disappointment in late December, but not in April! More...

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Timely 'Tonight Show' Rerun...

...through the digital wizardry of YouTube:

Johnny Carson's opening monologue is thin, and a prop sketch with his long-time side man Ed McMahon is flat, but his line-up of guests, Glen Campbell, Don Rickles, Dom DeLuise and Jimmy Breslin, is an odd mix indeed. More...

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Hillary explains it all!

According to failed Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodam Clinton, there were four reasons why she lost last November's national election, none of which had anything to do with her.

Hillary Clinton Explains Why She Really Lost to Trump

  1. Russian meddling in the election
  2. FBI Director James Comey's involvement toward the end of the race
  3. WikiLeaks theft of E-mails from her campaign chairman
  4. Misogyny

Where to start? More...

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Patrick Ewing needs hair...

Patrick Ewing

...more than anyone else I've ever seen, 'cause without his locks, he looks like his face is painted on a distressed leather egg.

Though never a member of an NBA Championship team, Ewing was one of the better New York Knicks players over the past 30 years... he was their one successful lottery draft pick (#1 in 1985), having led the Georgetown Hoyas to the NCAA Championship Game three successive times (1982–1985).

This week, he was named Head Coach of his old team.

But man, he's got to do something to get some hair back.

Monday, April 03, 2017

For the first time in my recollection...


...the Los Angeles (née Brooklyn) Dodgers opened a baseball season without the incomparable Vin Scully anouncing the game to his devoted radio and television audiences.

Thanks to the "World Wide Leader in Sports," I was able to watch most of the Dodgers... my Dodgers... opening day demolition of their neighbors down the Coast, More...

Friday, March 31, 2017

I guess this'll have to do...

...for now since ESPN seems determined to do away with one of my Sunday morning viewing staples, "The Sports Reporters," a corporate decision excoriated here two months ago.

The "make-do" show is a re-vamped edition of Friday's Bob Ley-hosted "Outside the Lines," subtitled "The Friday Four." More...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How does a bill like this even get...

...to the President's desk for his signature to become law? This is horrendous!

Congress votes to wipe out landmark internet privacy protections

"Congress sent proposed legislation to President Donald Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections...."

This is a blunder of Patagonian proportions! More...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Since Southampton Town was willing...

...to meet me halfway, I went to Hampton Bays this evening for a Town Board meeting at the Hampton Bays Community Center on upper Ponquogue Avenue.

(Given the advancing decreptitude of the actual Town Hall in Southampton, this is something the Town fathers and mothers might consider doing on a regu­lar basis... are ya running with me, Jay?)

The Town Board

I had deemed that my 2015 Property Tax assessment for the ole family homestead was too high. More...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You can call me a big baby...

...if you want, but listening to and watching the man sing makes me feel like crying, so I was misty-eyed during PBS' showing of "Roy Orbison: Black & Night 30" this past weekend.

(PBS [Channel 13] is reprising the 90-minute concert at 1:30 am Wednesday... set your DVR timer.)

Recorded on September 30, 1987 at the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, Orbison was supported by an extraordinary array of talent, from Bruce Spring­steen and Elvis Costello to Bonnie Rait and k.d. lang, plus Elvis Presley's reformed TCB Band. More...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I'm not ashamed to admit that...

...we slipped off a barstool together a few times back in the early '70s while imbibing in a pre-Magic's Pub then known as Shotwell's Pump.

Jimmy Breslin, who died today from pneumonia, age 88, used to Summer in Quiogue in the late '60s/early '70s, and liked to get his drinking done at 112 Main Street.

They were good afternoons, as he was an eminently lis­ten­able raconteur... the rhythms of his Ozone Park-accented speech were those of his writing even if his words weren't, evidence for me that he worked diligently on his columns and books. More...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

I just did a quick inventory of my personal rock 'n' roll experiences, and dating back to the Summer of 1957, I think I've seen Chuck Berry, clownish "duck walk" in­cluded, more than any other entertainer ever.

From the "Big Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Shows" at the Brooklyn Fox and the Brooklyn Paramount, to 1988 when he did a show at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton with a pick-up band backing him, one which included Matt Mangas on rhythm guitar. More...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sabina still at it

It was pretty clear who had authored the story, if not the headline as well, when it showed up on my Google news­feed for Westhampton Beach this morning:

Westhampton Free Library Board of Self-Appointed Trustees Meeting Wednesday, March 15, 7 pm

Yup, the perennially disgrunted-with-the-Westhampton-Free-Library Sabina Trager, crusader for a democratically-elected Board of Trustees. More...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Seriously P.O.'d!

It'll come as scant surprise to anyone who knows me that one of my all-time top broadcast television series is "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010), and while I never missed a first-run episode, I'm still a sucker for re-runs ever since the mid-'90s when it went into syndication on cable, first on A&E, then Sun­dance, TNT, WE tv and WGN America.

I've likely seen each of the 456 "L&O" episodes five-six times, and am so familiar with them that if I doze off during one of the late afternoon showings, upon awak­en­ing I immediately know exactly where I am in the nar­ra­tive and, effectively, nothing has been missed. More...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Not any sort of inducement...

...to make The Mill Roadhouse a regular stop on my watering hole circuit... as if I still had one!


It is nowhere recorded what Southampton Press photo­grapher Erin McKinley said to her subjects before she snapped the photo, but the young woman (2nd right) seems to have gone into her Miley Cyrus mode.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

A trio of truly terrible people...

...who've thoughtfully assembled together for a group photograph:


The occasion was, of course, the President's first address to Congress last week. More...

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Helluva (Unsung) Team

I didn't finish researching this during "Black History Month," but when NFL Network (Cable 219) aired "Forgotten Four," about a quartet of players who broke the color barrier in professional football, it had a photo of three members of the 1939 UCLA football team...

l-r: Woody Strode, Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington

...the middle one, wearing #28 and perhaps not immedi­ate­ly recognizable without his celebrated #42, is a historic figure, Jackie Robinson. More...

Monday, March 06, 2017

Too Much! Way too often!

Loudmouth Samuel L.Jackson

It's called "over-exposure," and for the past several years the number one on that list has been Samuel L. Jackson, so loud and strident with his intrusive Capital One demand, "What's in your wallet?" that I find myself reflexively responding "None of your freaking business, you gigantic anus!"

(Of course, that's the expurgated version.) More...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Best Market pricing update

No surprises here... a marked disparity in sales pricing between Best in Westhampton Beach and Riverhead.

February 24-to-March 2's most blatant examples:

Sale Item Advertised in each Flyer1190111978
85% Lean Ground Turkey, 28.8 oz.2 for $5.00$2.79 each
Almond Breeze Almond Milk2 for $5.002 for $6.00
Calavo Fresh Hass Avocados99¢ ea.4 for $5.00
Premium Sweet Strawberries, 16 oz.2 for $3.00$2.99 each

Strawberries almost 100% higher in Westhampton Beach?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Schaap: fill-in/audition, or preview...

...if the latter, it is furiously to be desired!

Last month when cable ESPN announced that, after 29 years, it was canceling "The Sports Reporters," OtBB had something to say about it.

Bench Mike Lupica and bring in Jeremy Schaap, exactly what was done for today's edition.

(Not surprising, The NY Post's Page Six also hung it around Lupica's neck, but then it must be remem­ber­ed that Lupica's by-line has always appeared in a competing New York City tabloid.) More...