Friday, July 18, 2008

A Fit Of Nostalgia

This is one Friday that I've been looking forward to. My attempt to go out on Hump Day was sabotaged by a number of bizarre happenings, but all is well and under control. I have had to put this week's "missions" on the back burner due to conflicting schedules, but all have been re-scheduled for next week. Thankfully, my lady friends understand my little world and put up with me.

Tonight's trek to AREA 51 will take me to a number of places that I haven't been to in a while and I'm rearing to go. I haven't been to these places in a while and it will be nice to see some of my other pals who go there. The current plan is to hit these places early for happy hour and take it from there. No rhyme, no reason, just do it !

The TAC Award has had a nomination from Jude, author of My Way. Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Evans and teen son, Kent shipped pan pizzas to troops in Iraq for Independence Day. They did it with cash donations and help from DHL and Lou Malnati's.

I agree 100 percent with Judes's nominees and a TAC Award goes to the patriotic father and son team.

If anyone becomes aware of person(s) deserving of the TAC Award, feel free to nominate them. In the case of multiple nominations, we'll poll the readers as to who should receive the award (or we'll just give it to 'em all, anyway).

The Cats Ass Trophy has had no nominees this week as yet but nominations are open until Monday at noon. I'm relatively sure someone will surface who fits the description.

The Pictures: Nostalgia is my personal theme for today and some of the older pictures from AREA 51 are the subject matter. AREA 51 was born in this particular building and the name of the restaurant-lounge has changed over the years. I'll be giving you more detailed information when I finish writing "The Story of AREA 51 ."

The restaurant-lounge began as a private club named the Le Sabre Club and later was operated under many names, including Delaney Street (15 years), La Tasca (2 years) and Krystel's Restaurant and Lounge, which is where the majority of these pictures were taken. I remember those days fondly and I'd like to share them with you.


In the interim, if you like Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, I guarantee this video will please you.

This Date In History: 64; Two-thirds of Rome burns. The emperor, Nero, rebuilds the city afterwards but remains unpopular and is driven from the city four years later. It was suspected that he was playing his violin while the city burned and the rumor was later confirmed later by Jack Benny. 1936; Led by generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola, a rebellion of the army against the Spanish Republic begins the Spanish Civil War.

1969; Senator Edward Kennedy drives his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Although his passenger, Mary Joe Kopechne, drowns, he fails to report the accident until the following morning. The major reason for not reporting the accident was due to the fact that he's an asshole and he was drunk.

Birthdays: My father, James Sr., rest in peace, Dad (1911), Robert Hooke, scientist (1635), Nathalie Sarraute, writer (1900), Nelson Mandela, South African president (1918), John Glenn, astronaut and politician (1921).

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Thanks to my pal, Rose for this heartwarming cowboy story.

An old cowboy sat down at Starbucks and ordered a cup of coffee. As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him.

The woman asked him, "Are you a real cowboy?" He replied, "Well, I've spent my whole life breaking colts, fixing fences, branding cows and working on my barn, so I guess I am a cowboy."

The woman said, "I am a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. Every thought that comes to my mind is about women."

A little while later, a man sat down on the other side of the cowboy and said, "Are you a real cowboy?" The cowboy replied, " I always thought I was , but I just found out I'm a lesbian."


There are many laws akin to Murphy's Law (if something can possibly go wrong, it will) and here are a few:

1) Law of mechanical repair: After your hands have been covered with grease, your nose will itch and you will have to pee.

2) Law of gravity: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

3) Law of probability: The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4) Law of biomechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

5) Law of random numbers: If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

6) Law of the alibi: If you tell your boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning, you will.

7) Law of variation:If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one that you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

8) Law of the bath: When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.

9) Law of close encounters: The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

10) Law of physical appearance: If the shoe fits, it's ugly.


That's it for today my little mercedes bends. Have a great and safe weekend and more on Monday.

Stay Tuned !


luvrte66 said...

Have a great weekend and enjoy Area 51!


rjsisti said...

Have a great weekend!

I love Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

I'm enjoying the little tidbits you keep throwing me about Area far very interesting!

Thunderstorms going on my my neck of the woods.  I was even going to put on my dancing shoes and go out for a while but it's not worth it in this weather!

Hugs, Rose

Roses Are Read Journal

robinngabster said...

Looks like someone wet their pants in pic number 3.

ksquester said...

LOVED all of your pictures.  I'm glad to see you added just a touch to the 1969 incident. ;-)  Anne

garnett109 said...

I'd like to nominate you for the tac jim . Salute!

lsfp1960 said...

Great entry today Jimmy.   My dad was born in 1913...just a couple years after yours.  May they both rest in peace.  Have a great weekend....Linda in Washington state  

bamawmn46 said...

I hope you have a great time tonight, JImmy!

I viewed the pics in the 'larger' mode.... btw, i like the new Woody Woodpecker thingy... are you going to keep it for awhile?

Drunk Ted.... and now he has a brain tumor. So many questions... don't care about the answers...


jmorancoyle said...

    Have a great weekend as well. And damn, Murphy's Laws are always right. Like every task will take as much time as you have to give it. Or What can go wrong, will go wrong, and at the worst possible moment. There are many, many others that are just as right.

midwestvintage said...

 Loved the skit today and the jokes.


shrbrisc said...

I hope you had a great time

fowfies said...

Nice hangout there. :) Loved seeing all the pictures of you and your friends. Looks like everyone has a good time there. I see it was your Dads birthday. We never forget our loved ones birthdays. Ians moms birthday just passed on the 11th. She would have been 62. Keep the jokes coming, I just love them! XOXO Kelly

lurkynat said...

dear Jimmy,
I think the laws are very favorite!
p.s. come by Interface, my journal sometime!