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Today in History

I remember walking home about a mile-and-a-half (in the Summer heat, in Tempe, Arizona) the day of the Moon landing, with friends Jim and John, after bowling a few lines @ Tempe Bowl.  The RED CARPET Lounge, in the bowling alley, had an exterior sign missing some letters.  As we were irreverent high-schoolers, it was always the Ed Carp Lounge to us!

We came home to watch the history on our televisions.

Interesting that there is a direct line from JFK asking we land on the Moon ‘in this decade’ (certainly as a technology/arms race with the Soviet Union), to the Moon landing, to further development of solid-state technologies leading us to personal computers, the Internet and cellular telephones.

We didn’t know the half of it watching Neil and Buzz!

But we were proud.

h/t Theo Spark

Today in History, Again

Many of you know part of my daily routine is to visit Ref Desk and view the subheading Events, Births, History.  This almanac sometimes educates me, sometime shocks me and sometimes amuses me.

And some days just seems replete with events – births, deaths, famous stuff.

Like today.

A few select examples…

Birthdates which occurred on July 03:

1883 Franz Kafka Czech, author (Metamorphosis, Trial, Amerika)

1913 Dorothy Kilgallen Chic Ill, columnist (What’s My Line?)

1941 Gloria Allred feminist attorney

1943 Geraldo Rivera aka Gerry Rivers, nosey newsman (Geraldo)

1962 Tom Cruise Syracuse, actor (Risky Business, Color of Money, Rainman)

Deaths which occurred on July 03:

1969 Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones drowns to death at 25

1971 Jim Morrison rocker (Doors), dies of heart failure in Paris

1981 Ross Martin actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61

1989 Jim Backus actor (Magoo, Gilligan’s Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia

On this day…

1841 John Couch Adams decides to determine the position of an unknown
planet by irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus
(insert joke here)

1861 Pony Express arrives in SF with overland letters from NY

1895 Start of Sherlock Holmes “The Adventure of Black Peter” (BG) (insert joke here – I know, I’m a sick puppy!)

1898 US Navy defeats Spanish fleet in Santiago harbor, Cuba

1911 Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game. Does not get a hit next day

1915 US military forces occupy Haiti, remain until 1934

1939 Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes “luckiest man” speech

1950 1st time US & North Korean forces clash in the Korean War

1976 Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew & passengers being
held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers

1988 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290

Other days, not so much.

Missing Guffaws

Nope.  I’M not missing…

But, with all going on in the World as of late, guffaws on this blog certainly have been!

With that in mind:

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Tonsorial Spendor

Well, my roomie is expected back from visiting her family next week.  In her absence, I’ve been ‘holding down the fort’, policing the livestock and being the puppy wrangler.

Most of which has been relaxing and rewarding (at least some of the time!)  :-)

But, I’ve also engaged in a small project which I’d not done in some years:  I started a beard!

I’ve grown (and subsequently shaved) facial hair, in various patterns, since I graduated high school.  I started shaving when I was a sophomore, and grew my first mustache right after graduation.

And shaving has been a pain-in-the-*ss ever since!  (I know, this means I’ve been doing it wrong.)

But, with a quasi-law-enforcement career, much of the time, mustaches were frowned upon, and beards prohibited.  Afterward, they simply became facial adornment until I tired of them, or until I tired of looking at my naked face in the mirror.

My last full beard was in the 90′s, which I shaved off to become Woody Harrelson’s character in Natural Born Killers one Halloween.  I also shaved my head and sported fake tattoos.  (I always went all out @ Halloween).

When I decided to grow back my facial hair, I was shocked and surprised – it was coming back in largely WHITE!  I would NOT be Santa Claus!  So I went back to shaving.  (Once-upon-a-time it was brown!)

Over the past ten years, I had a mustache and goatee, and after J. and I broke up, the goatee went away.  Now that she’s been away for a couple weeks, I thought I’d give it another try and surprise her.  (I know, growing a beard in the Summer is stupid!)

Regardless, here I am, two-weeks-in, no razor or scissor having touched my face.

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J. is scheduled to return this coming Monday.  And she doesn’t always read GiA.

Surprise!

Guffaw, Now PLEASED!

I sometimes get frustrated with the ‘stuff of life’.  I’m disabled, on a small disability income, my 15-year old Oldsmobile is more or less parked for lack of funds for needed repairs, and with my disabilities regarding walking, standing or even sitting it is sometimes difficult or painful.  And a little less than two years ago I lost my home of 18 years.

Yes, sometimes I whine about other stuff, too.

BUT, I try to keep a stiff upper lip.  And keep chipping away at those things that I can do something about.

My stand-alone desktop computer has been waylayed for a little over a month.  For most folks having their home computer not functioning correctly is an annoyance, but in the grand scheme of things it’s not that big a deal.

BUT, not being very ambulatory, and now even less mobile, it became readily apparent my computer is a window to the outside world.  My email, and 3-year-old blog being it’s primary functions.  I can talk back to the TV, but it rarely responds.

FORTUNATELY, my roommate J loaned me an old laptop she wasn’t using for me to keep up with the day’s events and continue to publish my blog (such as it is) daily, as I’ve done since March 6, 2011.

For this I am forever grateful.

Being less-than-competent with regard to computer/Internet stuff, I’ve not been able to diagnose the problem with my computer, determine if it was even repairable, or what the cost might be.

J left town to visit her daughter and become a tourist for the holiday weekend, and I’m left as the dog wrangler again.  This is okay, because I love the dogs (and the cat – more or less) and it gives me more time to try to move files to the laptop and play at fixing my old computer.

I DID IT!

Somehow, something inadvertently changed a couple of settings (not me!) – I changed them back (with about 100 missteps in the interim) and now the computer connects to the Internet, again!!

HUZZAH!

I’m using my original machine to write this!

This may not be watching a rose bloom, or being in love, or a new car, but DAMN I’m pleased!

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HOT DOG! YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WIENER!

With Summer just around the corner, Summer food popped into my head!  (Not that we can’t eat Summer foods all year ’round here in Arizona!)

PawPaw’s House recently did a post about ‘discovering’ Ball Park Franks.  Yummy, but got me to thinking about my history with the proverbial tube steak…

(are hot dogs mentioned in Proverbs?)

‘ve always been a picky eater.  Hot dogs have been a perennial  favorite.  But one does develop ‘taste’ as one matures.   (Theoretically…) When I was a kid, pretty much any hot dog would do.  Armour, Bar-S, Hormel, Oscar Meyer.

THEN I discovered Hebrew National, Vienna and Nathan’s!  And Ted’s Charcoal-broiled, and Portillo’s!

But my heart belongs to Jimmie’s of Savin Rock!

Sure, they are ‘on the shore’, and have myriad seafood choices, steak and prime rib.  I don’t care about that (from them).

They have The Best Hot Dogs In The World!  Period!

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Savin Rock was an amusement park in West Haven, Connecticut, and Jimmie’s grew with them.  When the park closed, Jimmie’s stayed.  I was born in Connecticut.  I remember visiting from AZ with my family in 1967.  The hot dogs resembled the cartoon hot dogs of my youth – strung together!  They serve them split, to hold more condiments.  They were so yummy, my Father packed a few pounds in ice & styrofoam for our trip back home!

I haven’t had one in years – I’m thinking of ordering a few pounds overnight express…

I’m not too compulsive, am I?

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How NOT To Get Ready In The Morning

Roomie went away for Easter Weekend.

Once again, I’m dog wrangler and now puppy wrangler.

Something new has been added.

As the dogs are not yet fully comfortable with the puppy (and for everyone’s protection) they are bivouacked downstairs, and the puppy (in her carrier) is quartered upstairs.

Usually on the roommate’s bed, with the crate door open (!)  (Not that the puppy is spoiled, or anything…)

SO, in an effort to be consistent (sigh).

Each night since Friday has been a little different, but she has mostly slept through the night, and alerts me if she needs to use the facilities. (She is paper trained and has one in the communal bath).  A good dog, but still a puppy. (3 months!)

The most difficult time is the shower.  The puppy likes to join the queen roommate in her shower, but with my physical disabilities, I fear I might step on her or slip.

So Lola has been relegated to her crate.  Which she deems to be medieval torture, and screams and cries bloody murder!  I’m certain the neighbors think I’m Michael Vick!

Showers have been quick.

Then, while getting dressed, Lola wants to steal socks and underwear, and play biting games with fingers and other flesh.  OW!

SO, I took one of her toys from her crate – Flatty Fox – an unstuffed toy with squeakers at helm and stern, and played tug-of-war while getting dressed.  Better than using my shorts!

Nope.  She’s not spoiled.

Small Arms Review

Nope.  Not the periodical.

Some years ago, I met a guy who became a friend.  He remains so.  At the time, he was actively participating in owning and shooting legal machine guns and such, and was pals with ‘famous’ folks in that firearms community, including a gentleman who at the time was the ‘small arms editor’ for a journal designated for ‘the armchair adventurer’.

And I was anxious to meet him.  At the time, I think I was carrying a borrowed Ruger .357 (thanks, again, Dave!).  I had the perspective of both the poor and the gun poor of such individuals.  Star-struck?  Shiny-brass struck?

I was having a conversation with my sister, who, while she knows I’m a gun guy, has no interest in such things.  And I mentioned this gun writer, Id-ing him as ‘the small arms editor of…”

And, my sister, who has similar (twisted) sense of humor to mine, responded,

Do they have any editors with regular-sized arms?

Of course, we both broke up laughing as we pictured ‘Willie the Penguin Boy’ of sideshow fame!

penguinYes, I should be gassed.

This concludes the politically-incorrect humor portion of our program.

The You Tube Files – Missing TV and Guffaws

Being a child of TV/movies, I’m always looking for things referencia obscura for my daily You Tube posting.  You Tube is terrific, because almost every snippet or clip I desire seems to be there.

I DID say almost…

There was a one-season-wonder, a police who-done-it in 1995, starring Karen Sillas, called Under Suspicion.  (The TV show, NOT the films.)

It was good stuff.  Sadly.  it’s not available on VHS or DVD – and You Tube only has a couple short segments featuring some guest star I don’t care about.

But, perhaps one day…

However, I did remember something else that had slipped through the cracks.  Another not-straight-to DVD wonder.

It Came From Hollywood.  If you like MST3K, you’ll LOVE IT!

Apparently, there were so many obscure clips in it they could no longer get rights to, it was too expensive to re-release on DVD.  So I held on to a VHS player in hopes of one day buying the one VHS copy that used to be available on Amazon.  (It’s also available on Laserdisc!  Woo-Hoo!)

But, in my travels, I found it in it’s entirety on You Tube!!!

(sadly, some of the transfer to video isn’t great, but considering many of the films mentioned aren’t either…)

Rather than putting a whole film on my You Tube link, I’m putting it here.  I’m in serious need of guffaws!  I’d suggest full screen viewing.

 

Klansmen

I vowed to myself when I began blogging to never promote intolerance or hate (except of those who wish to destroy our individual rights, way-of-life or Constitutional Republic!)

However, TODAY, I’m promoting the KLAN!

Specifically, THIS faction…

Gay black Jewish KlansmenBecause, after all, what’s right is right!

h/t Peter, Lenny Bruce

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

This election is not about who gets voted off the island.
It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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