Sunday, December 30, 2007
Hi Everybody...With 2007 winding down, I'd like to thank each and every one of my Blogging Buddies for making this one of My Greatest Years EVER!!!
The Love that is floating around the Blogesphere is immeasurable!
Last Year I listed everyone that visited me the previous year, This year I can't even begin to list my visitors......But Thank You All!!!
Special Thanks To Jenn The SignQueen for her Patience, Love, and High-Tech Prowess..xox
...and to my very special Holler-Girl.. .. xoxoxoxox
Drink in Moderation..
And to those that have my number..
Drunk Texting IS Acceptable New Years Eve!!
Happy New Year....Galen
Thursday, December 27, 2007
THIS DAY IN HISTORY...
In 1978 after four decades of dictatorship,
Spain became a democracy again.
Three years after the death of Francisco Franco.
In 1932, Radio City Music Hall,
the world's largest indoor theater,
opened in Rockefeller Center.
An earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter Scale,
Hit Eastern Antolia Turkey killing 20,000 in 1939....
Hey, I realize that I took some liberties on the numbers
You know what?..BFD!!..Hahahaha...
Anyway, if you have participated in this weeks 55, please let me know!
The Beautiful Susie, is still in India...
...and about the Earthquake?
I didn't write the news you know!!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Hi everybody if it's Wednesday, it must be time for 'Ask Mr. Knowitall'..
Well it seems that Nobody has any questions fo me this week, so Maybe I'll just Ramble On for a bit...I had a wonderful Holiday, I hope that you did as well. I did develope quite a horrible Tooth-Ache, and I've been on Pain Killers for 2 days, I hope My dentist is in on Wednesdays!
Anyway, How's about some interesting answers to some Un-Asked Questions?
Famous Historical Names....
Joel Roberts Poinsett... A lifelong American Diplomat, he was Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren. While Ambassador to Mexico, he brought back the 1st 'Poinsettia' to the U.S.
Patrick Hooligan...A notorious hoodlum in 19th Century London. His name became a generic term for any 'Troublemaker'.
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch...An Austrian Novelist, His books reflected his sexual disorder, a craving that was later dubbed 'Masochism'.
Arnold Reuben...A NYC deli owner of the 50's. He put corned beef, kraut, and Russian dressing on some rye bread and named the whole thing after himself..The Reuben.
Belinda Blurb... A model portrayed on a book jacket by American Illustrator Gelett Burgess. She inspired the common term for a publishers comments on a book cover..The Blurb
Franz Anton Mesmer...An Austrian Physician, He popularized outrageous medical theories on animal magnetism in Paris in the 1780's. He Mesmerized the public!
William Russell Frisbie...An American Pie Maker, he founded the Frisbie Pie Company in Bridgeport Connecticut, in 1871. In the 1900's, students from up the road in New Haven Connecticut, (Yale) Found they could flip the Frisbie pie tins like flying saucers....
Mr Knowitall's tooth hurts like a MoFo...
Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Snooping for presents,
Picking out a tree.
No School for 2 weeks..
It was great being free!!
Sitting on Santa's lap
Wrapping presents with Mom,
Sloppy kisses from 'Old Aunt's"
Card's with money were the BOMB!!
But those are distant images
How the years have travelled fast
Oh what fantastic memories
Christmas' of the past!!!
Happy Holiday's Everyone... Peace!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Yes I know that I'm not following today's HNT instructions, but last year if you recall, my daughter was studying in Prague, and it was a very lonely Christmas for her Daddy...
But this year we are all together....YAY!!!!!
The big Fat Cat's name is Galen
The happy daughters name is Amanda
The small Fat Cat's name is....Careful now...Beaver!
Monday, December 17, 2007
I've been doing this at this dealership for 20 years..
The first thing you have to do is get the vin #
Then you get the keys.
Then you clean off each car.
Then you get in and start each car
Then you plow the lane in front of each car
Then you pull the car foreward into the plowed lane
Then you get back in the car and back it into it's original spot.
8 inches..Wind Chill of 9...
The first shot is what the Cobalt row looked like
The final shot is what the lot looked like after we were done..
I'm wayyyyyy too old for this shit....
And hey folks...Speaking of OLD!!!
The Beautiful Jenn...AKA SignGurl..Is Having a Birthday Today!!!
YAY!!!! YAY!!!!! And not only THAT..She is STILL in her 30's!!!
For Real!!!...Go wish the Beautiful, Ever-Shrinking, and Smokin-Hot SignGurl a very happy birthday..I'd have her name in that blue ink link stuff if I knew how to do it..Go On!!!
Hi Everybody!! I trust that you all remember the lovable little Piglet.
He was quite worrisome..just like many people I know, but things always seemed to work out!
Hope all of you folks in the Mid-West, and North-East are safe and warm...
And we will soon see if Charles can blog from work...Hahahahahahaha...
Sunday, December 16, 2007
This post should probably go on the Jack-Assery Blog...
One day last week, I was a little late for work because all of the doors on my old "beater" were frozen shut. In the trunk of my car I happened to have some clothes that were destined for the Goodwill...So My bright Idea was to put a little door protection up so they would not freeze shut again...And since The snow has been falling at about a rate of an inch an hour for the last 6 hours, I feel like Fricken Einstein...hehehehe..I hope you don't get 'Dumped' on today, By Mother Nature...or anyone else for that matter!!!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I loved Saturday mornings growing up..
...and watch my favorite Westerns!
I think that you'd agree with this statement..
"Christmas and Birthdays are for kids!"
Trix are for kids too, but I may be wrong.
I had a wonderful childhood,
Just maybe... thats why I'm still a big kid at heart!
(Any Saturday Morning from 1948-1960)
....The house is quiet...Suddenly, The William Tell Overture starts to Blast Out of the TV Speakers!!...An excited narrator with a great voice Booms....
"A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver!
The Lone Ranger!
With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, The daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early West. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...The LONE RANGER rides again!!"
God, what a great line..."A Fiery Horse with the Speed of Light!"
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Hi everybody, If it's Wednesday, it must be time for ..."Ask Mr. Knowitall".......
A Mr. Paul Harvey from Chicago Illinois, asks..Dear Mr. Knowitall....
"Was George Washington a sad man?"
"Dear Paul, George had at least 4 sets of false teeth, which he soaked in port wine everynight to make them taste better. By the time he was president he had only one tooth left and used a set of dentures fashioned from cow's teeth. George later contacted the best dentist in Philadelphia, who produced a state of the art set carved not from wood, but from a hippopotamus tusk. They were thoughtfully made with a hole drilled to fit over his remaining tooth. Sadly, they were not a very good fit. And George was in such constant pain, that he had to take laudenum...Now you know, The rest of the story!!!...Good Day?
A Mr. Richard Fallsoff of Bendover England asks...Dear Mr. Knowitall...
"Weren't the British, the first ones to discover a cure for VD?"
"Dear Richard...Early Brit cures for the clap included..
1.) Having intercourse with a virgin
2.) Rubbing dung into the male organ
3.) Bathing in horse urine
The only regular precaution taken to avoid VD in Elizabethan times was to wash the genitals in vinegar. 18th century cures for VD included a sound thrashing and having the penis wrapped in the warm parts of a freshly dismembered fowl"....Very Cosmopolitan!!!!
A Mr. Tommie Lee of Hasbeen New York asks..Dear Mr. Knowitall..
" Other than Milton Berle, and John Dillinger, name me a more famous 'endowed' personality."
"Dear Tommie, The famous French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, suffered through a series of childhood accidents that gave him the appearance of a dwarf-But not in every way!
When he lived in a brothel, the prostitutes were amazed by the contrast of his small body size, and his large male 'member'. They affectionately refered to him as "The Teapot""...
Mr. Knowitall grows weary of all this 'Schvance' talk.... Peace!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Birthday Booty....(Not the kind you were thinking either).
Three 'Do' rags for my head whilst riding..
A scented candle for my bathroom..(????)
A Butane lighter...
A very neat Chevrolet pocket watch..
And last but NOT least...A bunch of Tim Horton's gift certs..YAY!!!
And for all of my friends in Bloggerville....Thank You All!!!!
This was one of my most touching Birthdays ever..
And all the rest that visited me and sang and composed stuff...XOXOX
Peace...(BTW..The Gorilla card was from my daughter Mandy)
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Unless you are a total sports geek, or the unlikelyhood that you are older than me, you have NO idea who this is..This was the quarterback of the Detroit Lions the last year that they won a championship..1957!!!!
I remember that team, I was 8 years old....
The reason that I mention this obscure fact is that Tomorrow me and my buddy Berky, are traveling to Ford Field in Detroit to see the Lions take on the Dallas Cowboys...Courtesy of Huntington Bank..hehehehehe..One of the many 'perks' of the car business...
Last Night in a little community just West of Flint named Flushing, they had their annual "Candle-Walk". Everone in the town puts a plastic milk jug in their front yard with a burning candle in it and the streets look quite lovely. My friend and Fraternity Brother Dave Wiget lives in this community. He has a lovely house right on main street, and each year he lets some local artists use his yard and electricity to create the most wonderful ice sculptures.. He was also my friend from the previous post Deadly Nedly's Big Brother in the Fraternity. Since he recently fell off of a ladder doing some roof renovations, Me and Alex dropped by his beautiful home, and did some 'drinkin and rememberin'...Life is too short to not spend it with the ones you love...
Have a great Week-End, and thanks again to everyone for their wonderful comments on my friend Ned...Peace!!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
In the Fall of "68", I pledged and joined a Fraternity at our local college. Phi Delta Tau!!
We had the only Fraternity house on campus, and we partied like there was no tomorrow. Our pledging process was quite difficult, and those that made it through became very close friends.
The close friends that I have to this day are my Fraternity Brothers..Alex, Berky, Wiggy, et al!
In the Spring of "71", a young brash kid just out of high school, by the name of Edward Jack Kintner joined Phi Delta Tau. He went by the name of Ned, and we called him "Deadly Nedly"!
For some odd reason, we became very close. We loved to hunt and fish...We loved to smoke and drink..We loved party and go to concerts. We had a blast!!..Ned was never very book-smart, and like all Flintoids at the time, if you got a chance to work for GM, you took it! So at age 20, he started work on the assembly line at GM. I finished my degree(Eventually), but we remained very close friends. We went to many many concerts, we closed many many bars... Ned, myself, and Alex, used to go fishing every June to Northern Ontario for the greatest Wall-Eye fishing in the world! The first time I ever rode a Harley-Davidson, was Ned's Harley at Alex's wedding reception. After that I was "Hooked on Hogs"!! We went to Florida together for Spring Break one year, and drove strait-thru blasting "Radar-Love" by Golden Earring, and "Dead Babies" by Alice Cooper the whole way down on his 8-Track..
Ned transfered to a Lansing GM plant 20 years ago, and when he was 50, he retired. He moved to a beautiful spot on the western part of Michigan after he retired, and never married! You could never tie that boy down! He still loved to hunt, and fish, and ride his Harley!!
Last Monday, Ned had a massive stroke and lay paralyzed in a hospital in Muskegon ever since he was found unconscious by a neighbor on Thursday. He was expected to live and pull through it, but this morning I got a call from his brother Tom( also a Fraternity Brother), and he said that Ned went to sleep last night, and never woke up!! You might as well have Gut-Shot me!!
I have been meaning to call Ned for about the last 6 month's but didn't...
Now I never can...
When Tom ended his conversation with me today, the last thing I said to him was "Tom, I love you"...He replied.."Galen, I love you"...Everything else was understood!!!!!
We had great fun Nedly,
My long and loyal friend
We thought we were immortal
That the party would never end
But the years catch up to you
Time is never on your side...
So buckle-up, and rev it up..
For that long final ride!!!
Soon enough brother...We'll be riding side by side!!
Monday, December 3, 2007
This morning....like all other mornings...I was in a rush getting to work!
Looking in the fridge, I spot 3/4 of a rotisserie chicken from Sam's Club, 2 tubes of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits, 4 stalks of celery, and I then grabbed an Onion from the pantry..No carrots were anywhere to be found. I take 2 Chicken-Flavored Boullion cubes, throw everything in a bag, then head off to work...
Since I had to work till 8:00 tonight, I decided to have a late lunch...About 2:00 pm I got my hot plate out, cranked it to high, and commenced to boil 2 qts. of water. I added the chopped up onion and celery, salt and pepper..with a pinch of dill seed and thyme, and boiled it for 10 minutes.
While this stuff was cooking, I de-boned the chicken, and set it aside..
I then made some gravy fixin's (4 heaping spoonfulls of flour disolved and stirred up till the lumps are out..in COLD I repeat...COLD water).
Oh Yeah, I had put the boullion cubes in also. But when the stuff came to a boil, thats when you gradually stir in the thickening goop, after adding the chicken.
It turns to a nice Golden Gravy, and it is quite edible now. But this is when you open the biscuits and drop them on top of the boiling stew. Cover the top, and wait 12-15 minutes.
Honest to God, it's as good as any home cooked Chicken and Dumplin's that you'll get...
And it was cooked on a counter, on a hot plate. Of course I shared!!!!...hehehehe