Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Monday Is A Hero This Weekend !

Monday gets it's just rewards on long weekends ! Usually unliked and rarely lauded, poor Monday got it's glory this past weekend. I hope everyone had a great and safe weekend. Hat's off to Monday! Ya did good, kid !

Today I'd like to introduce you to a man named Don Marco, also known as Mr. Crayola. He was born in Minnesota in the 1920's, joined the Army Air Corp as a young man and later turned to work as an air traffic controller where he worked until his retirement from Honolulu International Airport in 1973.

Before his retirement, he developed a technique to create fine art using Crayola crayons. After his retirement, he published his first print. Living in California, his work was in much demand, including commissions by Burt Reynolds. As you can see, his art is outstanding, so I thought I'd show you some of his work over the next two days.

There'll some interesting new things in my journal this week, including a new feature from Joe Loong and the fine people at AOL, who continually find new methods to enhance the journals. Without going too deep into how to use the new feature, suffice to say it will be a polling feature where, among other things, we can have more import for the Cat's Ass Trophy (CAT) award which we frequently give to some of the hemmorrhoids of life. Stay Tuned ! 

The Pictures: The majority of the pictures shown today are from Don Marco's collection, including the "Moutain Man", the "River Elk" and some interesting old west drawings.. I added my perfect martini, an arctic fox pup, a stunning sunset and one of the "usual suspects" being judged by his peers.

This Date In History: 1781; Spanish colonists found a settlement in Southern California known as El Pueblo Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porcuincula (Los Angeles) which roughly translated means, Spain founded it, Mexico had it, America took it, and Mexicans have taken it back. 1971; American Swimmer, Mark Spitz, wins seven gold medals in the summer Olympic games in Munich, West Germany.

Birthdays: Rene Chateaubriand, statesman, inventor and well known for his preparation of filet mignon for two <not> (1896), Tom Watson, professional golfer (1949).

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: The Mafia Accountant (Thanks to my lifelong pal, Victor).

The Mafia godfather learned that his accountant, who was deaf,  had embezzled ten million dollars from the Mafia chieftan's accounts. The main reason why the godfather had hired the accountant was his disability, in that he could not overhear any family matters that could be repeated in court.

When the godfather confronted the accountant, he had brought his attorney with him, who knew sign language. The godfather asked the accountant where his ten million dollars was. The attorney, in turn, repeated the question to the accountant using sign language.

The accountant signs back, "I don't know what you're talking about." The attorney repeats the answer to the godfather. The godfather pulls out his gun, puts it against the accountant's temple and says, "Ask him again!"

The attorney signs the question again to the accountant. The accountant signs back, "Ok, Ok, you win! The money is hidden in a brown suitcase behind my cousin Enzo's shed in Queens!"

The godfather says to the attorney, "Well, what did he say?" The attorney replies, "He says you don't have the balls to pull the trigger!"

That's it for today, my ragged little long weekenders. More tomorrow.

Stay Tuned !


midwestvintage said...

 His art work is great.  I could never even color in the lines.


nhd106 said...

Hey Jimmy...where ya been?  Haven't seen ya commenting on my blog very much.  Ya doing ok?


bamawmn46 said...

I like the artwork, Jimmy.... Hope you're doing well!