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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Owls of East Main

We have some welcomed new inhabitants at the ol' family homestead... ones that are decorative, inquisitive and beneficial in that they keep the property rodent-free!

(Not that we were infested with such critters, but mice and voles are not unknown hereabouts.)

Jeanne's younger daughter Kate, passionate birder she, came for a visit earlier this month, and found a number of feathered friends right here, on the East side of the house and atop the garage: More...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Latest Tesar Sighting...

...courtesy of Elyse Richman in a Comment to a previous OtBB entry.

Tesar, like "The Dude" in "The Big Lebowski," abides.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hope there's a video record of this event

I'm doubly up for this one:

This summer you can hear Vin Scully become Abraham Lincoln in 'A Lincoln Portrait'

As the immediate universe knows, I'm a huge Dodgers fan, and have a tremendous fondness for the dulcet tones of the great Vin Scully, their broadcaster for 67 years. More...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Now it can be told...

Yvonna Craig as 'Batgirl'

..."Batgirl" was a babe of the major variety!

While puttering 'round the 'Net researching some facts for the previous OtBB entry, I came across some nifty photos of the late Yvonne Craig.

Barnara Eden as "Jeannie"

Craig was a curvaceous gal who, despite her feminist activities was not reluctant to appear in two piece swim suits, more bikini than the con­ven­tional bathing garb of the time... remember that Barbara Eden's bubblegum-pink harem pants routinely covered her navel for the five year (1965-1970) 139 episode run of the popular "I Dream of Jeannie" series. More...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sic transit signum "camp"

Fresh from today's news:

Adam West, Straight-Faced Star of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 88

With the exceptions of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, I'm not given to celebrating anyone's death and I won't start now, but I'm not going to mourn West's pass­ing at home last evening of leukemia. More...

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June Village Board Meeting

Newly sworn Westhampton Beach Police Officers Joseph R. Loria and Andrew Kirwin

Mayor Maria Moore opened the Monthly Village Board meeting at the appointed time and went straight to the first order of business, lauditory remarks by Chief Trevor Gonce and the swearing in of two new full time police officers, Joseph R. Loria and Andrew Kirwin, bringing the departmental staffing levels back up to 13 members, a figure which includes suspended officer Joseph Pesapane.

Two perfunctory Special Exception Public Hearings were dispensed with, granting an Outdoor Dining permit to Joe's American Grill but not Mill Road House which withdrew its application.

(The one approval is timely as weather reports unanimously suggest that the chilly weather is over and this weekend will see temperatures in the 80° to 90° range! Huzzah!) More...

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The things I never used to notice...

Los Angeles Dodgers

...in the first 40 or 50 years of watching major league baseball.

This afternoon's match-up at Dodger Stadium between the league-leading Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers featured the first ever head-to-head meeting of All-Star right-hander Stephen Stras­burg and the consensus "Best Pitcher in baseball," ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw. More...

Friday, June 02, 2017

A teary moment at 256

Doctor Baier Rakowski

...earlier today when Jeanne and I watched a live streaming video of her capped and begowned son Baier graduate from the Western University of Health Sciences as a Doctor of Osteopathy.

The "D" word as far as my wife is concerned, is the operative one because it allows her to borrow a line from that old Mike Nichols and Elaine May mother and son sketch:

"...and that man is a doctor." More...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Frank Deford (1938-2017)

Frank Deford

I can't really say enough about Benjamin Franklin Deford III, so I'll keep it brief: he was an old school sports writer/editor (as well as author of a score of books, not exclusively about sports), and six times voted Sports­writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

Deford's résumé is unassailable: his half-a-century at Sports Illustrated, his 37 years of commentaries on National Public Radio, and his journalism on HBO's "Real Sports" where he always shown above the mediocrity of host Bryant Gumbell and other hacks like Soledad O'Brien and that uber-weenie Bob Costas. More...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jack O'Connell update...

...courtesy, as is her wont, of Mary Fitzgerald:

Jack O'Connell Coca Cola commercial

Yeah, it's a cola commercial... it keeps the lights on... but I take comfort in knowing that the former Club Marakesh doorman and Magic's Pub bartender abides.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday's once again in balance

It's not much of a secret that a feature of my mid-week routine is an egg, sausage and cheese wrap at Eckart's Luncheonette, a repast that's not only tasty but holds me for the day so that I skip breakfast and can enjoy a lighter-than-usual dinner/supper.

Not so, however, the previous two Wednesdays! I had left feeling uncommonly incomplete as the wrap seemed less substantial than usual. More...

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 doesn't 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...