On The Beach Blog | February 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

I did not know that...

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...Westhampton, on the books of the Federal Communications Com­mission, at least, is the "City of License" for a Spanish-language FM (98.5 MHz) radio station, call sign WBON; it began broadcasting Noon, September 20, 2007.

And while that comes as a total surprise to me, I suspect that it is well known to those gathering mornings along the fence on Montauk Highway behind the Westhampton 7-Eleven store.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Dog Food Buyer Alert!

Today brought alarming news for dog owners who've embraced Blue Buffalo as the healthiest choice for their household best friends:

General Mills to buy natural pet food company Blue Buffalo for about $8 billion in cash

Blue Buffalo has been one of the higher end makers of quality pet foods with an emphasis on nutrition and really healthy eating. More...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

So Long, Michael...

My initial reaction was one of shock, though not surprise.

William Michael Pitcher, Former Editor of The Southampton Press Western Edition, Dies February 21

Or as it was known when "W. Michael Pitcher" edited it from its offices on Mitchell Road, and I wrote for it as "Waldo Lydecker," The Hampton Chronicle-News. More...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Not that unusual in that part of the world

This news report caught my attention this morning:

Cruise ship on which big brawl broke out docks in Melbourne

"A cruise ship that had to have 23 members of an unruly family booted off after a mass brawl has docked in Mel­bourne. Passengers described three days of mayhem during what was supposed to be an ideal holiday through the South Pacific."

I think George Takei said it best: "O my!" More...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

FBI taking a helluva hit this year...

...and the year isn't even eight weeks old yet!

First it's the intimate lovers' exchanges between Bureau Special Agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page... 50,000 of them so far... that called into question the legitimacy of the FBI's investigation into then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unsecured E-mail server, as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible Trump Presidential campaign collusion with Russian intelligence agencies. More...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

So now they've settled the $$$ dispute...

...between Altice/Optimum (née "#$@&%*! Cable­vision!") and the Starz cable channels that's been raging simmering since the end of 2017.

(cf: "Happy New Year from Optimum...")

This arrived in an E-mail this very morning:

Great news! Starz and StarzEncore are returning to Optimum!

"We fought hard on your behalf to reach a fair agree­ment with Starz so you can enjoy the drama, action and excitement from Starz and Starz Encore on your TV lineup at a great value."

(Uh oh! Better get out the lube!) More...

'Cause we both missed it...

...on the actual 10th Anniversary date of January 24th even though I have it memorialized in my cell' 'phone calendar, and our friends JoAnn Rich and Cathy Loviglio presented us with...

Jeanne and the commemorative stone

...a lovely inscribed commemorative stone for Jeanne's decorative backyard garden, this might help!

Happy Saint Valentine's Day, my love!

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Sound of the Other Shoe Dropping...

My dear ol' Mom was fond of quoting Geoffrey Chaucer's proverb: "All good things must come to an end."

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And it has, for now at least, to the corner of Library and Main which was so bad an eyesore 22 years ago that the Wilenski Administration popped for a stockade fence and some land­scap­ing to shield the the parcel from the gaze of passers-by. More...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Here's an area of the swamp...

...a particulalrly feculent area, that desperately needs draining: Medicare!

(United States Medicare, a single-payer, national social insurance program, is administered by the U.S. Government's Social Security Administration.)

In a television commercial that probably would never air in prime time, being relegated to "overnight" time slots, the first image shown is the familiar red and blue on white Medicare Health Insurance card while a voice over asks if anyone carrying such a card is suffering from "chronic back pain or knee pain?" More...

Friday, February 09, 2018

Rand Paul...

...explains it all:

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You go, Rand!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

New Rule for NFL Broadcasts

Cris Collinsworth

Eight year National Foorball League vet­er­an receiver Cris Collinsworth last caught a pass in 1988, but has been in the broad­cast booth as a "color man," variously on NBC and Fox, ever since.

I'm not sure exactly when he passed his prime, but by the end of the first quarter of this evening's Super Bowl LII telecast, it was apparent that Collinsworth has devolved into a 59-year old gas bag who not only doesn't com­plement play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, more often than not he gets underfoot. More...

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Tarnation! 'Damnation' has been axed!

Cable USA (Optimum Channel 38) has dropped, after just one season, it's '30s period drama "Damnation." Drat!

'Damnation' Canceled at USA Network

"With live-plus-3 returns, Damnation bowed to a not-insignificant 1.4 million viewers. Subsequent episodes, however, dropped dramatically."

Double drat! I really liked that show! More...