Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Lone Ranger Rides Again !

I recall listening to "The Lone Ranger" on our RCA Victor radio, when my Mom asked me to go for a walk with her. In protest, I told her the "good part" was on and asked to hear the end of the program. She sat down beside me and patiently waited while I listened to the few remaining minutes. He face seemed a little odd and unbeknownst to me, she was in labor with my sister, Jeanne.

As we walked outside, she told me that she had to go to the baby store and pick up my new baby sister. New baby sister? When did this transaction go down? I don't ever remember hearing my parents discuss anything about the new baby nor do I recall ever seeing a belly on my Mom. I guess kids just don't notice sometimes.

She went on to tell me that I was gong to my Aunt's house while she and Dad picked up the new baby. That was fine with me because my Aunt had a piano and every time I went there, I'd sit down and pick little tunes out. Although the memories of this occasion fade in and out, the next picture that comes into my mind was, once again, sitting in the kitchen at my Aunt's house and listening to "The Lone Ranger".

Oddly enough, the only other major memories I have of that period was riding my tricycle in front of my Aunt's house and the night they brought my sister Jeanne home. Everyone was excited and I recall going out to the "Florida Room" and having my picture taken with sister Jeanne and my recently born cousin, Clifford.

Every time I hear the William Tell Overture, the theme song for "The Lone Ranger", it takes me back to those memories.

The Pictures: Just a few of my favorites today, including one of the Lone Ranger and a few of the other memories of that era. Most of these show well enlarged. Then again, I guess we all do !

This Date In History: 1848; The California Gold Rush kicks off when James Marshall, a constructionworker, discovers a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill, California. 1935; The first canned beer is sold by the Krueger Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia. 1965; Winston Churchill, prime minister of Britain from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955, dies in London England, at age 90. 1985; In Portland, Oregon, Penny Harrington becomes the first female police chief of a major American city. 1993; Thurgood Marshall, the first black member of the United States Supreme Court, dies in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 64.

Birthdays: Edith Wharton, writer (1862), Ernest Borgnine, actor (1917),  Aaron Neville, singer (1941), Mary Lou Retton, American Olympic Gold medalist (1968).

The Hits Just Keep On Coming:

Andy's wife, refusing to give in to the looks of growing old, goes out, and buys a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to look years younger.

After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the "miracle" products, she asks her husband, "Darling,if you didn't know me, what age would say I am."

Looking over her carefully, Andy replied, "Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure; twenty five."

"Oh you flatterer ," she gushed. Just as she was about to tell Andy his reward, he stops here by saying.....

"Whoa, hold up there sweetie", he interrupted, " I haven't finished adding them up yet."

The remainder of Zen of Sarcasm from my pal, Andy.

1. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

2. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

3. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.

4. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

5. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

6. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

7. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

8. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

9. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

10. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

11. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

12. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

That's it for today my little onion rings. More tomorrow.

Stay Tuned !


nhd106 said...

I like your lone ranger story... very cute.  
And I really like that sarcastic Zen stuff!


garnett109 said...

I wasn't yet born to listen to it on the radio, the waited to have me when it came on tv!
Hey Tonto, what's that smell!

lsfp1960 said...

Jimmy I think you and I must be close to the same "vintage."  I also listened to Buster Brown, I think it was on Saturday mornings. We had no TV until I was in the 8th grade (1955-56). My mom had my brother in 1950 when I was 8-1/2.  I don't remember much about it, other than they kept telling me there was going to be a surprise~I'm thinking maybe a pony or a puppy. I stayed with a sweet old neighbor lady down the street.  She had one of those wall phones, where you had to climb up on a stool and hold the receiver to your ear and talk into the mouth piece. I remember the call came and she came and got me and helped me climb up on the stool so I could talk to my mom and hear the news I had a new brother.  BROTHER !?!?  What about the pony or the puppy? I still give my wonderful brother a bad time about that but he's pointed out to me that I've got many more years of enjoyment from a brother than I would have gotten from a pony or a puppy.  He's right !  He's wonderful!  Linda in Washington state

shrbrisc said...

oh Andy is like most men they just don't know when to shut up lmao I loved it

luvrte66 said...

"The baby store..." Too funny!


lanurseprn said...

Loved your story about the "Baby Store." Your mom was creative!  I haven't watched the Lone Ranger for years. Sometimes I'd find it on TVLand.
Enjoyed your pictures as always. I never know what you are going to put on your entries.
Hugs..Pam xoxox

midwestvintage said...

 Loved your story.  I wanted to see the baby pictures.


mpnaz58 said...

Depends what you're "enlarging".  I don't do well enlarged, thank you!  The baby store huh?  Must be one on every corner nowadays!  Have a great Friday :)
xoxo ~Myra

jmorancoyle said...

    Okay, so I like the joke, but # 12 makes more sense than anything else you've said in this post.

ma24179 said...

What a sweet memory... but your poor mom had to wait. What a patient lady lol! -Missy

ksquester said...

well somebody looks happy in # 32 and #33...............;-)   Anne