On The Beach Blog | November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Who among us?

This morning's news headlines throughout the seventh state admitted to the Union:

Maryland State Police remove firearms from Sharpsburg home, suspect not found

While officials have yet to identify the "suspect," or reveal why "a huge amount of law enforcement officers... More...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Po' ol' Albert...

...Einstein, that is, not O'Connell, whose greatness could be measured by the number of quotations being misattrib­uted to him.

Case in point an E-mail which has been making the rounds of the Internet this Fall linking to similar sites such as "The Day That Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived" or "Technology overlaps Humanity." More...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My latest disgruntlement...

...is directed at the "premium" cable channels such as HBO, Showtime and Starz which have taken to ending episodes of series such as "Boardwalk Empire" or "Homeland" by directing viewers to their Websites...

"To uncover the truth you have to know where to look. Only the official Homeland site has the exclusive content you need to get the whole story and it's only at SHO.com and the official Showtime app for smartphones."

Yeah? Screw them! More...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mama, don't let your babies...

Emma Stone

...grow up to be unintentional Internet porn stars.

Time was, a sweet young thing fell hard for the wrong guy and "things went too far," if he had a big mouth she got a bad rep in high school, maybe even 'round town. More...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bryan Dean's SOS from Dubai

This desperate E-mail arrived Friday morning from the Middle East:

"I'm with family on vacation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

(Wow! Semi-retirement has been very good to Bryan.)

"We are in trouble, we were mugged last night in More...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday...

...is an artificial event originating in Philadelphia circa 1961, which is not observed in this household.

(Jeanne, however, admits that when her two youngest were young and times were "tighter," she could be found outside Caldor, K-Mart or Wal-Mart at 5:00 am, elbows honed and a look of steely resolve on her face.) More...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Risen from the ashes of...

...the most recent business George Malamas got his hands on, behold Boom Burger!

Boom Burger

Nothing fancy, just the basics... and most importantly, it's one less vacant commercial premises not just in West­hamp­ton Beach but on one of the Village's main thoroughfares.

G'luck to the Anthonys, Catanzaro and Cicogna.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Wounded Warrior Project Redux

No to Wounded Warrior Project

Updated 11/19/2012 – 03:45 pm

The radio interview with WWP CEO/Executive Director Steve Nardizzi conducted by Tom Gresham yesterday on his GunTalk 'Netcast was very instructive, and is recommended listening for anyone considering support­ing that charitable group.

Fortunately for Nardizzi, Gresham, as earlier noted, is a "peaceable man" (as opposed to some of the more combative interviewers in the mainstream media), but Nardizzi came off sounding like a three-card monte spieler on a street corner, and with the credibility of an ambu­lance-chaser with a client in a neck brace.

Gresham had some follow-up thoughts and insights on today's podcast.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The NHL is now dead to me!

The Commissioner's Office of the National Hockey League announced earlier this month that it had officially canked the only contest on ice left that I was actually still caring about!

NHL cancels Jan. 1 Winter Classic

Incredibly, with 327 regular season games through the end of this month having already been canceled in More...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Wounded Warrior Project...

...an organization OtBB has been pleased to support in the past thanks to the local activism of young Derek Araujo, has taken a salvo this week for its stupidity and hypocrisy.

It began small Tuesday on my old colleage Tom Gresham's GunTalk Facebook page in a thread entitled "Wounded Warrior Project Email Exchange," and took off from there.

The gist of the controversay is that when Gresham invited the Wounded Warrior Project to join him on his Veteran's Day radio broadcast and talk about their work, their More...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Upon Reflection...

First Edition cover

...it was times such as during the past fortnight when I felt like the men on the American nuclear submarine USS Scorpion in Nevil Shute's (pure­ly coincidentally) post-apocalyptic novel "On the Beach," cut off from the rest of the world (as they knew it) and not even sure what's left out there.

And like Stanley Kramer's grim 1959 film version with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner, when I looked out the window during the first few days of "Superstorm" (thank you, Andy Cuomo!) Sandy, it almost felt like a black and white world. More...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Paula Broadwell Cosmetic Tip

Paula Broadwell on TV

For the love of Pete Klotz, would some­one please send this woman an economy-size compact of Max Factor face powder before she goes on camera again!

The glare from her forehead is über-distracting.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Life after 'Magic’s'

Not sure how many are left who might still remember Jack O'Connell who served as, among other capacities, bartender at the old Oliver Twist Inn and doorman at Magic's Pub, and who has long pursued a career as an actor.

(We actually appeared as "background actors" in "Rocket Gibraltar" together when it filmed here in 1987.) More...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Another Dolans scam

Anyone who is a member of "Optimum Rewards" is by now familiar with the E-mail with the subject line:

"[your name in capital letters here] family, enter to win a St. Maarten Car­ibbean1 trip from Optimum Rewards"

It shows up in the account holder's E-mail inbox several times a month, and the clickable link takes one to the digital entry form. More...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I don't think that's quite...

...what Paula Broadwell had in mind when her biography of retired four-star General David Petraeus was entitled...

"All In"

The publisher's blurb now takes on a special irony: More...

Friday, November 09, 2012

Day 12 Diary, and perhaps I should...

...just suck it up and stop counting.

Yesterday, after spending close to 25 minutes on hold on LIPA's "Report a Downed Wire" line, I received the abso­lute assurances yesterday of a Mrs. Diaz that our power would be back by Saturday at the very latest.

(But then, I make it 14-to-five that Mrs. Diaz would say the same thing even if her hair was on fire.) More...

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Our friend, Westhampton Free Library...

...and no, that's not written tongue in cheek! I weally weally mean it!

(Hey!, I already live in a house divided.)

While chez Speir has yet to right itself from the impact of Hurricane Superstorm Sandy, we've been muddling More...

Day 11 and counting... and counting

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
    George Santayana (1863-1952)

...and, it would appear, are condemned to repeat its mistakes as well.

Who'd'a thunk it? At home we are still without power, and today marks one day longer than we were with no electricity post-Gloria in 1985. More...

Monday, November 05, 2012

You won't believe we're on the Eve...

Updated 11/07/2012 – 10:13 am

...of a National Election (with appropriate apologies to P.F. Sloan and Barry McGuire).

Many of the pundits... and we know how popular The Pundits are... are saying that Hurricane-which-turned-into-Superstorm-by-the-time-it-hit-New-York Sandy swung the balance to re-elect President Obama. More...

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Thanks, Fred...

...your insights and leadership qualities as one of our elected State officials are nothing less than stunning.

Never was this more apparent than this pithy glimpse into the obvious, courtesy of 27East:

"State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele said Friday afternoon that residents should limit their driving to conserve gas."

Way to step up, Fred! About on a par with your annual, and pathetically ineffectual, messages about the elevated gasoline prices on the East End

Friday, November 02, 2012

There is a difference between...

...Westhampton Beach and Quogue, but then the late T. Decker Orr had assured me of that decades ago.

Where it became abundantly apparent this week was in the manner that each municipality's law enforcement personnel dealt with the lines of gasoline-seekers at the 11959 Hess station on the corner of Montauk Highway and Jessup Avenue, and the 11978 Valero retailer on Montauk Highway at Old Riverhead Road. More...