Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is a self-governing dependency of the British Crown. Its legislative body is the bi-cameral Tynwald, reported to have been founded in AD 979, and arguably the oldest continuous parliament in the world.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I have been taking pretty pills for years. See how well they work?
Lucille Ball was a funny actress, but the types of women she portrayed would be anything but funny, were they in real life.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

NEVER post anything on the computer that indicates you are not at home. Just a "Welcome" sign to intruders.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Consistent discipline

Discipline has a tendency to become no discipline if it is not administered consistently. Show leniency to one, and very soon we must show leniency to all or be accused of partiality. Children are very adept at using parental inconsistency against us.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Old radio shows - great hobby

I would not call myself an authority on old radio shows because there are several types of them in which I have no interest. But I have listened to a lot of them between our own collection and what I hear on Sirrius radio. A great hobby, really.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Memories of The Lawrence Welk Show

My wife and I were visiting tonight about how both our grandmothers were dedicated watchers of The Lawrence Welk Show, and allowed no interruptions during it.
One of the all-time great Hollywood compliments:

Jimmy Stewart in "You Can't Take It With You," 1938:
"You're so beautiful, it makes me want to gag."

Monday, December 12, 2011

My favorite all-time character actor has to be Barry Fitzgerald. He was just so much fun to watch - and to listen to.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Train station announcements on Jack Benny

What three cities were constantly being announced by the PA in the train station on the Jack Benny show?

Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga

Thursday, December 08, 2011

What an American institution went by the wayside with the demise of the brass cuspidor!

Remember thy Creator

There is divine wisdom in the commandment, "Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth." There is so much that can happen physically and mentally as we grow older that make it difficult or even impossible to do the things that we wanted to do and planned to do. Because of the demands of younger adulthood, some of those things are not possible at an earlier age; but much can be done, and ought to be done, because there may not be the opportunity later on.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

An underrated radio show was Rocky Jordan. He owned the Cafe Tambourine in Cairo - probably a take-off from the movie Casablanca. He was not a detective, but he was always solving mysteries anyway. Well done show, and worth listening to.