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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...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Here's an excellent example of...

...how the mainstream media lies, the current case in point courtesy of tonight's edition of "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley"

In the second segment, Pelley introduced correspondent Margaret Brennan from The White House:

"Margaret, there was some confusion today on immigration. The President said one thing and then his Homeland Security Secretary rushed out and said another."

Brennan: More...

Comedy Tonight: the other shoe falleth

Okay, so last night was a "shake down cruise," the maiden voyage of comedy at The Claddagh, and while I have no idea what sort of capacity the Fire Marshal established for the place, it seemed pretty near capacity.

That is to say, I think the launch was a successful one... Jeanne certainly enjoyed herself, and it seemed the rest of the crowd did as well.

And for good reason: two of the comedians, Jack Simmons and especially Peter Bales, in the parlance of their trade­craft, "killed." More...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Comedy Tonight...

...and no it's not some $90-a-seat-in-the-back-balcony at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

(But then it's not Lewis Black or Ron White, either!)

It's at The Claddagh Restaurant and Tap Room (née Papa Joe's) tonight at 8:00 pm, and features Jack Simmons, Peaches Rodriguez and Peter Bales, not exactly "head­liners" but the funniest acts in a local barroom since Billy Thorne went on a quacking rant last Summer!

We'll give it a shot because Jeanne loves this type of thing, #1, and, #2, I've had several good meals there and want to see them succeed.

Monday, February 20, 2017

After a great start, Best Market...

...is sending an unfortunate signal that while Wald­baum's/A&P may be gone, one of their more onerous and odious policies lives on at 70 Sunset Avenue.

(Calling Dot Berdinka, Kay Frankfurt and Joanna Ferraro-Levy! We can't call it "CRAAP" anymore... maybe "CRABY?" )

I recall the suits in Montvale, NJ referred to it as "zone pricing," by which shoppers at the Westhampton Beach store pay a chunk more than those who travel 8¼ miles to buy the identical item at the Best on Route 58. More...

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Makes me freakin' nuts!

Rather than curse the darkness, Jeanne went out and bought a 2-pack of Silvania LED bulbs...

Rediculously oversized packaging

...at BJ's (@ $12.99 + sales tax) for the light by her television chair where she reads her periodicals while I'm watching anything that disinterests her... which is just about everything since "Justified" went off the air. More...

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

One down, but more need to go!

Most up-lifting news of the week:

Syndicated Entertainment Veteran 'The Insider' to End

"Hosted by Debbie Matenopoulos and Louis Aguirre, the CBS Television Distribution series will wrap on a to-be-determined date in early- or mid-September. Staff, including correspondents Michael Yo and Keltie Knight, were informed of the decision during a Tuesday morning meeting."

Hard-and-fast rule @ chez Speir: no information/news shows with muzak-esque soundtracks... ever!

With the sunsetting of "The Insider," "Access Holly­wood," "Entertainment Tonight" and "Extra" can't be far behind!

If there's any mercy left in this universe!

Friday, February 03, 2017

How they dealt with Muslim fanatics...

...in the old days, if Hollywood history is at all accurate.

I love old movies, especially the ones from my youth, and I disremember in which "oater" I first heard this, but I've never forgotten it as it speaks directly to consumption:

"Indians boil the buffalo hooves."

(i.e., nothing is wasted; when they kill an animal, it's not just for the meat and the hide.) More...

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Stunning Irony in Successionist California

I was still reeling from the unresolved (then as now) murder of President John F. Kennedy when student unrest, then upheavals, became national news in 1964 and 1965. At that time, such activism was widely considered a "Euro­pean thing," virtually unknown in the United States.

That, of course, all changed with the emergence of student protest leaders like Mark Rudd at Columbia University and, in 1964, Mario Savio at University of California, Berkeley in what was called the "Free Speech Movement." More...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Memo to ESPN:

By whatever is sacred to your corporate selves (yeah!, we all know it's Mammon), you've gotta rethink the cancela­tion of the Sunday staple, "The Sports Reporters."

It's not surprising that the weekly 30-minute show has had some of its luster diminished, having lost, to early deaths, the only two hosts it had ever known, Dick Schaap and John Saunders, and their successor, Mike Lupica, is woefully inadequate to the task. More...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Battle lines being drawn...

...and the first to stand against President Donald Trump's Executive Order barring refugee is the previously unheralded United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly for the Eastern District of New York.

Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees...

"A federal judge in Brooklyn came to the aid of scores of refugees and others who were trapped at airports across the United States on Saturday after an execu­tive order signed by President Trump, which sought to keep many foreigners from entering the country, led to chaotic scenes across the globe. More...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

An idea whose time is ASAP!

California secession movement starts gathering petition signatures

I actually fantasized about this several weeks ago, remem­bering a gag someone told on "The Jack Paar Tonight Show" when Hawaii was about to be admitted to the Union, and arranging 50 stars would be a challenge.

Old Glory 1958-59

Under discussion was what a 50-star flag would look like; the tran­si­tion from the 6 X 8 Old Glory with which I'd grown up, to the 49-star version with the ad­dition of Alaska, was a simple More...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Were we that wrong back then?

"Then" being 46 years ago when the seminal Moniebogue Press crew, as eclectic a collection of odds and sods who somehow published a "alternative" newspaper on a fairly regular basis.

Along with excoriating the Shoreham nuclear power plant and mercilessly (and somewhat unfairly) tweaking Legis­la­tor H. Beecher Halsey over the possibility of landing 747s at the just demobilized Suffolk County Air Force Base, we actually halted a proposed 247 "garden apartment" devel­opment of the Moniebogue wetlands, the marshy area between the municipal marina and Modern Yachts off Library Avenue. More...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Look's inviting, doesn't it?

Mcdonald's McCafé® Caramel Mocha

But as Marshall Efron and PBS' "The Great American Dream Machine" taught us almost 50 years ago More...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Today, we are 9!

Which for me is a new personal relationship duration re­cord, so I splurged with the world's richest triple choco­late layer cake from Simon's Beach Bakery...

The richest chocolate cake ever

...and a couple of cards from Lynne's Cards and Gifts, 'cause Jeanne dearly loves cards!

(Sweet Honey Mustard! I remember when the best Hallmark Card was only 25¢!)

As is evident, we didn't wait 'til after dinner to dive into the cake!

"As adults," Jeanne decided, "we can do that if we want!"

We did... and then some!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Watching Public Television...

...which in this area is PBS, Channel 13, is not one I spend a great deal of time tuned to.

But on occasion there's something that intrigues and compels, like this week's program about Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and then a just-concluded two-part series devoted to Barack Obama's Presidency "In Divided States of America" narrated by the supremely gifted Will Lyman.

(Great pipes!) More...

Friday, January 20, 2017

Who we have elected...

...as Chief Executive for the next four years, is Donald J. Trump, and it seems unlikely that he won't for all time be known as "The Twitter President."

(Which, considering the alternative, "The Pants Suit President," is for me greatly preferable! [shudder!])

So I'm willing to give the new President some room to show his stuff, but I am reminded of an observation by adult film writer-director Jacky St. James:

"If you're cruel on social media you're either a coward or a dick."

Mr. President?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Congratulations 2017 Hall of Famers...

...Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and "Pudge" Rodriguez, voted into the Cooperstown baseball shrine, each with over 75% of the votes cast by the Baseball Writers of America.

I have no quibble with any of those inductees, though I'm saddened by the lessened vote totals for outspoken pitcher Curt Schilling, doomed by Political Correctitude, a curse defeated only by Donald Trump.

But again I am infuriated by that uber-weenie Bob Costas who, during the announcement cablecast on MLB (Channel 222), made snide comment about Bagwell's induction on his sixth year of eligibility, saying that it was because Mike Piazza was voted in last year. More...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Say what???

From President Obama's 29th and final White House press conference, responsing to a question:

"I think somewhere we're ging to have to spend... and this willl require some action by the Supreme Court... we have to re-examine the flood of endless money that goes into our politics, which I think is very unhealthy."

It was not immediately apparent just which candidate he had in mind: 2016 Presidential Campaign Expenditures.

Monday, January 16, 2017

One thing I'll miss about...

...President Barack Obama is his way with a laugh line, an art apparently missing from President-elect Donald Trump's personal style.

Great line... perfect delivery!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Helluva game! Helluva week!

The week ended the same way it began, with a teriffic, nail-biter of a football game!

Last Monday night it was the 2017 College National Championship Playoff between the #2 ranked Clemson Tigers and the top seeded Alabama Crimson Tide.

With one (1!) second left, Clemson scored the game-winning touchdown, allowing the Tigers to finish the season at the top for the first time since 1981. More...