Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
It's crap like this:
Now, what is the reader to not unnaturally suppose before clicking on the link to the story? Opening day of deer season, Right? Woods full of blood sport hunters? More...
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
M'gawd, what a five day run for me 'n' my Detroit teams, the Red Wings (3-0-0) and the Lions, with yesterday's huge win over arch division foe Green Bay.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
...by the unaccustomed happenstance of the Detroit Lions... yes!, my Detroit Lions... winning on Thanksgiving Day, something they hadn't accomplished in the past ten years!
(Which is why I usually hear around this time Thanksgiving afternoon from my cousin Charlie in Sarasota, cackling obscenely and chiding me about "those pussycats.") More...
It's Thanksgiving... but it's also the 12th anniversary of the meeting, mating and matters penultimate to Jeanne's and my matrimony much later in the decade.
(Yes, it took me that long to seal the deal!)
It happened at the New Moon Café back when Shana and Ron annually held open house for the lame, the halt, the aged, the infirm, the less-fortunate and the jus' plain alone... I enjoyed being one of the volunteers who carried meals around to the shut-ins and immobilized. More...
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It is a great tribute to the skill of the fourth generation1 actor Jack Huston that most aficionados of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" choked back a tear when his character met his end in the Season 4 finale, "Farewell Daddy Blues," this week.
"Richard Harrow" was an expert marksman fighting on the battlefields of The Great War, and returned from Europe with the left half of his face, including an eye, shot away and his vocal chords, damaged by mustard gas, able to speak only in a raspy whisper. More...
Monday, November 25, 2013
...just like that, right in the middle of a sunny albeit chilly morning with Thanksgiving still several days away and me still walking around... quite comfortably... in shorts.
That's the tiny fish pond Jeanne built a decade ago and a natural ice sculpture formed by the water jets from the aeration pump... it was built up over the weekend on the wire cover protecting our trio of goldfish from the depredations of the local raccoon population.
(Saw one on Griffing Avenue Friday evening that must've gone 25 pounds!)
The Winter Solstice is still 27 days away!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
...thy name is Drew Barrymore!
I have no idea why the woman was chosen by Turner Classic Movies (cable channels #97/734 on the local system) to co-host their Saturday evening "The Essentials," but last night she exposed herself more fully than she ever did in either "Doppelganger: The Evil Within" [NWS] or "Boys On The Side." [NWS]
It was neither attractive nor titillating! More...
Saturday, November 23, 2013
...being a continuation, if not a conclusion.
I think the first conspiracist to capitalize on the JFK Assassination was attorney Mark Lane with Rush to Judgment, a 1966 volume highly critical of the Warren Commission Report's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and not in concert with others when he fired three rounds into Dealey Plaza at 12:30pm, 22 November 1963. More...
Friday, November 22, 2013
I might say, "you had to have been there!"
Not in what the media termed "Camelot" (because no one I knew thought of it that way), but as a 20 year old emerging from eight stodgy years of a Dwight Eisenhower Presidency marked by regular golf outings and a heart attack... and the almost surreal presentation1 of the 1955 Davis Cup to the victorious Australians by Vice-President Richard Nixon on black-and-white television from the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.
Well, that's how I remember those eight years... and, of course, the Rosenburgs' executions and the early deaths of James Dean and my father.
John F. Kennedy was the first of what today we would call "a rock star," and we loved him for it... his hair, his smile, his youth, his quips and his wife, especially his wife! More...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
I spotted the upper portion of this thing as I rounded past the Westhampton Beach Post Office late this morning.
I kinda knew what it was, I just didn't know quite where it was!
As I passed the Mill Road parking lot, I located the crane at the Southeast corner of the Waldbaum's building, and a surge of hope brightened an already delightful mid-November day.
Improvements to the building were being done! More...
Sunday, November 17, 2013
And it's apparently all Jeremy Lin's fault!
Remember the suspension of one on-air personality, Max Bretos, and the firing of another for use, in an innocuous way, of the word "chink" in reports about the play of the Asian-American guard, then with the New York Knicks.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
From yesterday afternoon's updated 27East story about the Quogue Bridge repairs project:
"Built in 1940, the drawbridge is inspected biannually by the county and has been moving up the priority list since its last round of renovations some 15 or 20 years ago, Mr. Hillman said on Friday afternoon."
(That would be Bill Hillman, chief engineer of the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.)
I make that closer to 25-30 years ago, and it was a complete rebuild.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
...OtBB would direct attention to today's Southampton Press Western Edition Letter to the Editor signed by one Brenda Simmons who identifies herself as "Chair, African-American Museum of the East End, Southampton."
Captioned "Join The Conversation" and belatedly inviting readers to attend last Thursday's...
"...opening night of the eighth annual Black Film Festival..."
...Ms. Simmons attempts to equate the blatantly More...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
When we went West to revisit the Trackside Cafe (terrific!) last month, Jeanne and I noticed that the old Trolly Barn was up and running as La Copa Dorada, so following a harrowing 133 minute early show at the Hampton Arts for "12 Years a Slave last Saturday," we headed to Speonk.
Whatever we might have anticipated, it wasn't! More...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I don't care whether it's a "robo-call" such as those which had kept my 'phone ringing in the weeks leading up to last Tuesday's election...
(O how I loved getting a recorded message from George Pataki, Tim Bishop and Nancy Pelosi so I could bellow into the mouthpiece until the dogs hid behind the couch!)
...or an E-mail such as just received from Steven Nardizzi, Executive Director of the Wounded Warrior Project. More...
Thursday, November 07, 2013
From today's Southampton Press Western Edition, page 13:
"Injectable day?" Color me appalled!
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
...but some questions remain:
Why are these women smiling?
Why did Brad Bender come out now?
"There's a lot of people that worked really hard and did a lot for our team, and I want to thank my husband, Larry, who did my website and my Facebook [page]..."
Mr. Bender will not be the first homosexual on the Southampton Town Board, just the first one open about it... after the election.
It wasn't a big secret, but why now, Brad? OtBB would've suported you either way.
Monday, November 04, 2013
...and trying to find someone new to the Town Ballot who has chosen to forego the commonplace "preserve our way of life" or "protect our natural resources" platitudes, and offered up a promising solution to a genuine issue.
Alas, I look in vain!
And it's not due to a lack of issues at any strata! More...
Sunday, November 03, 2013
This has been a remarkable election season... has anyone noticed the large amounts money spent on certain campaigns that one would think wouldn't ordinarily warrant such expenditures?
Sure, the Superintendent of Highways always garners significant campaign contributions from businesses who seek to be rewarded with lucrative contracts for paving and construction materials... that's been common practice for more than a century. More...
Saturday, November 02, 2013
...when we need to remember to change our chronometers to accommodate Standard Time and bid farewell, for the time being, to Daylight Saving Time.
So, "Fall Back" 'til March 9, 2014 when we "Spring Forward."
Friday, November 01, 2013
Updated Monday, November 04, 2013 – 17:50pm
...when I opened the mail and found a hand-addressed envelope with a single sheet of paper, one side of which excerpted this week's East End Independent endorsement of the Kabot candidacy for Southampton Town Supervisor which read, in part:
"The circumstances surrounding Kabot's DWI arrest four years ago still rankle us and it likely cost her the election. We believe then, and we believe now, that it was a set-up, and her subsequent acquittal proves that1."
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
...or as my diehard Fenway friends of yore, John Shotwell and Peter Harrold, used to call them, the Red Flops... and that was decades before Bill Buckner had his notorious mishap at first base in 1986.
What few seem to have noticed is that Boston has just won its third World Championship in the past ten years... that's approaching dynasty status!
And one other thing... the Red Sox success this season after finishing last in their division a year ago means that their 2012 manager, Bobby Valentine, will never manage another major league game in his life!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Yeah, I know... the Government, in league with the insurance industry, wants it known as "Superstorm Sandy," but I was here and I know what we lived through.
I also know what I've lived through from "Carol" in '54 through Isabel in '03, and they were all hurricanes, damnit!
And if anyone thinks I'm being strident about it, I know people in Breezy Point who will be happy to punch More...
Sunday, October 27, 2013
...when the Detroit Lions turned the ball over on downs with 68 seconds remaining and the Dallas Cowboys leading 27-24.
I snapped off the TV set and moped around the house for several minutes before deciding to watch one of my birthday DVDs to try to get my mind off the Lions' second straight loss at home to a team the bookmakers had made the underdog.
O me of little faith! More...
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I've had it with Fox Network's baseball announcers Jack Buck and Tim McCarver... especially the latter with his endless didactic condescension!
I admit that I'm spoiled, having grown up in the New York area when there were three... count'em, three!... major league baseball teams playing here, and all three of'em had top notch announcers calling their games on the radio.
We were all spoiled by the great voices of Red Barber, Mel Allen, Vin Scully, Russ Hodges, Curt Gowdy and More...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I am diminished.
One of the most listenable "sports talk" radio personalities I've ever had to pleasure of tuning into, passed away today at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, ten days shy of his 93rd birthday.
Bill Mazer was, in fact, "the father of New York sports talk radio," in 1964 launching a "late drive" call-in show over WNBC (660 am, now WFAN) that single-handedly moved me off AM Rock 'n' Roll1 and kept my car radio dial on the same station for the past 48 years. More...