On The Beach Blog | November 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

A week already complete

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.

This afternoon Jeanne, as an early Christmas present, took me to Nassau Coliseum to see the Wings take on the Long Islanders and thoroughly man-handle them, 5-0. More...

Thursday, November 28, 2013

...made even more special...

Detroit Lions

...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...

A Special Day for me us

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

Richard Harrow (c 1897-1925)

Richard Harrow

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

A Warning of W-W-Winter...

...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.

Natural Ice Sculpture On Our Backyard Fish Pond

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


Miss Drew Barrymore

...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

JFK + 50 - II

Dallas 1963

...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

JFK + 50 - I

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

O no it doesn't!

Headline on WCBS Channel 2 New York's Website:

Joan Jett’s Appearance At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Stirs Up Controversy

The "controversy?"

Joan Jett and her band of rockers have been removed from a state's tourism float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade after ranchers complained about having a vegetarian and animal rights advocate representing them. More...

Monday, November 18, 2013

A sign of progress?

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

Damn, but I'm starting to hate ESPN!

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.

Well, Lin may have moved on to Houston, but the political correctness watchdogs at ESPN still have his back. More...

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I don't think so!

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

Speaking of 'offensive...'

...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

Checking out Speonk's latest dining spot

La Copa Dorada

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

Thank you for your service!

Veteran's Day graphic

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The inadequacy of automated anything!

No to Wounded Warrior Project

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

Are they freakin' serious?

From today's Southampton Press Western Edition, page 13:

"Injectable day?" Color me appalled!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

So the polls have closed...

...but some questions remain:

Why are these women smiling?

Nancy Graboski, Linda Kabot, Ann Nowak

Why did Brad Bender come out now?

From 27East:

"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 supported you either way.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Marking the 2013 Ballot - II

...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

Marking the 2013 Ballot - I

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

Tonight's the night...

...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

Linda Kabot lost me today...

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."

Indy editor Rick Murphy is welcome to his beliefs2 no mat­ter how crack-pot they may be, but it was the Kabot More...