On The Beach Blog | April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thank your Higher Power...

...for the likes of first West Texas rancher Cliven Bundy and now Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, a couple of old (mean age 74) white males who have failed to evolve with the times and expressed some decidedly politically incorrect views.

Over the past week the two men have all but driven Russia, the Ukraine, Al-Qaeda, Malaysian Flight 370 and the drought in California from what passes as "news" today. More...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Made us right at home

It is well-known that Mrs. Speir and I are dog people and to that end we harbor a pair of rescue dogs, "Gracie" from Brookhaven Animal Shelter and "Rosco" who we retrieved from the Riverhead version.

And if ever anyone considered dog-ownership a conceit of some sort, the value of our pair during Hurricane Superstorn Sandy should put paid to that cock-eyed notion.

Without the pups... 60 or so pounds apiece... to pull into our bed during the dozen evenings we were with­out heat and power, Jeanne and I are maybe not seen again 'til after the Spring thaw... and only then after we are laid out in one of Gordon Werner's parlors. More...

Friday, April 25, 2014

When this song was popular...

...and I used to bop about the house warbling in my (as yet unchanged) 10 year old voice:

"Tra-la-la, tweedlee dee dee it gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning to the mockin' bird's trill"

...I hadn't the faintest idea what a mocking bird sounded like!

Now, after a couple of mornings waking up in my cousin Steve's home in Port Charlotte to the sound of that trill, it doesn't sound anything like that of Patti Page, and it's a good thing for Mr. Mocking Bird that I couldn't find that .410 shotgun my host has stashed away!

Oppressive and in the words of Stan Freberg, "too piercing!"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

V or V: a Clarification

Yesterday's OtBB entry contained the following:

"When Ms. Richman finally did show up in court, Justice Robert A. Kelly Jr. dismissed the charge because, well, that's what Gus does...."

While the "that's what Gus does" part is accurate, he does not seem to have done it in the cited instance, having recused himself from any cases involving Elyse Richman to avoid any perception of "a conflict of interest." More...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vindication or Validation?

Playing on a neutral field for the first time, the Village of Westhampton Beach obtained the legal decision it had sought in the polarizing Shock Ice Cream sign case.

The Appellate Term of the New York State Supreme Court of the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts, by a unanimous decision of the Panel, decided the question of "Did the municipality get a fair shake in its own Justice Court?"

And Shock's proprietrix Elyse Richman is going to have to live with the answer: "No, it didn't!" More...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Greetings...

"You idiot!" thanks to my daughter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's Stanley Cup time...

The Joe Louis Arena Octopus

...and if I had a nice, hand-rolled Arturo Fuente Opus X Ciudad Perdida, I'd still be relaxing here six hours after the Detroits took the measure of the Bostons, savoring a superior smoke and raising a small ice-cold tumbler of 15-year-old Oval Swarovski Crystal Vodka.

I celebrate the improbable 1-0 victory of the rebuilding Red Wings over the President's Cup winning Bruins, and the artistry on ice of one Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Congratulations to the Dicks...

...of Mill Road on the litter of eight sired by their Champion Sandcastle Yankee Legend (a/k/a "Mickey1") of Westhamp­ton Beach.

The best of Breed's brood of nine

Mickey's dam for the occasion was "Aislin," listed in Irish Set­ter Club of America records as Champion Sandcastle New Kid on the Block of Litchfield, Connecticut.

Puppies! Yea!

  1. Think #7.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Really, Andy! Do you really...

...hold the voters of New York State in such contempt that your campaign brain trust believes we'd buy into this #CutPropTax Plan?

"My plan will cut property taxes by requiring local governments to work together. Please tell your legislator to support my plan. And let's keep building a new New York together."

"Requiring local governments to work together?" More...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GOT IV, 2(a): Big Spoiler redux

"The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon!
The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!"
Danny Kaye, "The Court Jester"

The King is dead! Long live the poisoner of boy King Joffrey Baratheon, first... and by the Old Gods and New... hopefully the last of his name!

There's been speculation among the Brotherhood without Banners as to just who that poisoner might be.

Actually, there should be no mystery if one watches the peripheral activity during the Purple Wedding.

Re-watch that sequence... if you can tear your attention away from the vicious humiliation Joffrey is inflicting upon his uncle, Tyrion Lannister... and all should be revealed.

Monday, April 14, 2014

GOT IV, 2: Big Spoiler!

The King is dead! Long Live the King... I don't think so!

Diminutive but determined Arya Stark crossed the first name from her prayer kill list a week ago, while last evening I, and I daresay several million more of the Brotherhood without Banners, removed the name of King Joffrey Baratheon from our own lists of those who must die! More...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Not a feint...

...it's official, or at least it's two-thirds of the way there as Lilac Avenue resident Maria Moore has picked up a candidate's petition and is presently circulating it around the Village!

Her intention is to stand for Mayor of West­hampton Beach this June, a position held for the past eight years by Conrad Teller.

An attorney by training, Mrs. Moore succeeded the deposed Hank Tucker as Treasurer on the West­hamp­ton Free Library Board of Trustees. Her current term ends July 15, 2015.

Election Day is Friday, June 20, 2014 at Village Hall.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

So endeth me 'n' 'Elementary!'

I don't consider myself a preeminent "Sherlockian," but for more than 60 years I've been an admirer of the celebrated consulting detective since my father would read to us from Arthur Conan Doyle's canon.

Despite the re-imagining of the character as an expatriate Londoner in contemporary New York City as a recovering heroin addict, and Dr. (Joan) Watson as his live-in "sober companion," I fell into the habit of watching CBS' Thursday evening "Elementary" series. More...

Friday, April 11, 2014

The day they tore ol' Casey's down...

blue note

...there were no bells ringing or people singing "Na, la, na, la, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na...."

Born around 1962 as the new "Bridle Path," in 1974 Tony Galgano, Skip Schmedes and Richie Murphy formed the first of their many partnerships in the retail liquor trade and re-opened the place as Wilson's Garage, a name which had caught Richie's attention in the then contemporary Robert Redford version of "The Great Gatsby." More...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wait for it...

...'cause you know it's going to happen again when a hor­rifying incident like this captures international headlines!

Student Stabs 21 People at a High School Outside Pittsburgh

It's a syndrome known as "copycatting," and is especially prevalent among the young and impressionable.

The likelihood of it recurring is directly proportional More...

Monday, April 07, 2014

GOT - IV, 1...

Arya Stark

...was splendid, a triumph of a season debut in which young Arya Stark was re­united with "Needle." the sword her bastard half-brother Jon Snow had custom-made for her before he left to join the Night's Watch.

Remembering the words of her Braavosi fencing master, Syrio Forel, when she came across Polliver, the arrogant lout who claimed it from her in the Riverlands two years ago, she relieved him of her weapon and used "the pointy end" to dispatch him, thus removing Polliver's name from her prayer kill list without having to rely on the sinister offices of Jaqen H'ghar. More...

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Everybody up for GOT!

It is on!

Game of Thrones title card

O, boy, is it ever! More...

Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014)

A most unusual man of letters, born in Manhattan at the height of the "Roaring '20s" and who several times circum­nav­i­gated the globe before settling on the East End, died of leukemia yesterday at that home in Sagaponack.

I never met Peter Matthiessen, but I knew his second wife, Deborah, and his step-daughter Rue. The latter, who shared a birthday with my own daughter, was the issue of Deborah's prior marriage to my neighbor Clem Pollack who lived in my great uncle George Griffing's house on the corner of Main Street and Griffing Avenue. More...

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Bustin' Cheering Chops!

What an evolution has taken place over over the past four-five decades at 214 Mill Road right here in the Village!

I don't recall what was at that location before Eddie Dean struck out on his own... he'd been butchering for Mickey Thompson in Hampton Bays... and opened Dean's Country Market. More...

Thursday, April 03, 2014

April Village Board Meeting

Tonight's Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting saw the annual unveiling of the Tentative Budget where the 13-pages of spreadsheet figures were first made available for inspection and Public Comment, then adopted by a vote of theTrustees and the Mayor.

Considering that the routine business of the Village was also conducted, plus myriad seasonal personnel appointments made... all in well under an hour... not a lot of time was devoted to 2014-2015's $9,667,168 budget. More...

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Aw, for the love of Edward R....

...Morrow and Walter Cronkite! I knew that NBC faked reports like this, but CBS, too?

CBS Apologizes For "Audio Error" Of A Loud Car Engine Dubbed Over Tesla Footage

"CBS issued an apology today for footage of Tesla car that had been dubbed over with the sound of a tradi­tional engine...."

So the "60 Minutes" was faked... why? To what purpose?

My distrust of all things NBC News is well-known and thor­oughly documented, from the faked footage of the ex­plod­ing gas tank in a GM truck to the fraudulently edited tape of the George Zimmerman 9-1-1 call, the broadcaster is out-and-out dishonest and none of its information is to be trusted.

I had higher hopes for CBS, but I just don't understand why the News Division thought that the footage of the Tesla re­quired any sort of "enhancement."

The whole concept of "news footage" is that it is what it is, the unvarnished truth, so to speak!