Friday's journey to AREA 51 turned out to quite the experience. My pal, Emilio, joined me for the evening and I had the good fortune to be the dedicated passenger. This factor gave me quite a bit of cocktail leeway and I took advantage of it.
We arrived at my pal, Mercy's house around 8:30, a little early for my normal evenings, but then again, the invitation said 7:00 pm. I knew most of the people at the party as they were mostly in real estate and/or musicians. Being a political rally, things were a little stiff at first, but when you're with people who are mostly Latin and imbibe regularly, it didn't take long for people to loosen up.
The affair, quite by accident, had three major areas of interest. There was a domino game outdoors in the patio, musicians singing and performing on one side of the entertainment room and people mingling in the bar area on the other side.
Things later centralized to the music area, with various people (myself included) performing. As the evening progressed, many people who normally don't (or can't) perform, drank that extra glass of courage and gave some impromptu performances. Later, the dancing began and everyone seemed to be having a great time. It turned out to be an enjoyable evening and I have no idea what time I got home. Like I said, I was the designated passenger.
Breaking News: Jimmy's Journal, not to be outdone by CNN, has received information from un-named sources that Russia has invaded Georgia. Oddly enough I had Georgia On My Mind this morning and I had an inkling that The Devil Went Down To Georgia. It is uncertain at this time if the Russians took The Midnight Train To Georgia.
I urge Americans all over this nation to gather arms and fight against this immoral Russian tactic. In the interim, I suggest that the residents of Atlanta return to their home city of Detroit and take the news and political anchors of CNN with them. This has been a public service announcement.
Kudos to 41 year old Olympic athlete, Elizabeth Torres, who swam the anchor leg in the in the 400 meter freestyle Sunday. The team earned a silver medal, bringing Torres' lifetime Olympic medal count to 10, the first (gold) occurring in the 1984 Barcelona Olympics at the tender age of 17.
Sorry to see the passing of comedian Bernie Mac (50) and musician Isaac Hayes (65) this weekend.
The Cat's Ass Trophy (CAT): The CAT award had 2 nominations. Myra, author of My Thoughts, nominated John Edwards for acknowledging his long rumored affair with Rielle Hunter. Garnett, author My Brain Is In Pain, nominated Vince Weiguang Li, the dirtbag who decapitated the man on the bus. The latter is a no brainer, but I'd much be the one who administers the lethal injection to Mr. Li.
The matter of John Edward's tardy admission of guilt only reinforces my opinions of slick talking politicians, who are experts at telling you what you want to hear. Their only goal is to win and they'll say and do anything to get there. I return to my stand on presidential politics; This Is Not American Idol ! The Cat Award goes to both nominees.
The Pictures: Things I found today that made me smile.
This Date In History: 1841; Fugitive slave Frederick Douglass, soon to be a well known orator, speaks before a mostly white abolitionist meeting for the first time on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. He begins his speech with a well known Nantucket limerick. 1952; Sixteen year old Hussein ibn Talal is proclaimed king of Jordan after his father is declared unfit to rule. King Hussein remains on the throne until his death in 1999. This author has been on the throne many times, but never surpassing 20 minutes.
1956; Abstract painter Jackson Pollack dies at the age of 44 in an automobile accident on Long Island, N.Y. 1992; The largest mall in the United States, The Mall of America, opens in Bloomington, Minnesota. The developers wanted to call it the Pall Mall, but the name had already been taken.
1997; Bill Clinton is the first U.S. president to use the line-item veto (a power granted by Congress to the president in April 1996, but ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1998 because it was intelligent and they didn't want to break tradition).
Birthdays: Giford Pinchot, forester (1865), Louise Bogan, poet (1897), Alex Haley, brother of Bill and novelist (1921), Jerry Falwell, evangelist (1933).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
One day, a father gets out of work and on his way home, he suddenly remembers that it's his daughter's birthday. He stops at a toy shop and inside, asks the saleswoman, "How much for one of those Barbie dolls in the display window?"
The saleswoman answers, "Which one do you mean, sir? We have Beach Barbie for $19.95, Dancing Barbie for $19.95, Work Out Barbie for $19.95, and Divorced Barbie for $265.95.
The amazed father asks, "It's what? Why is the Divorced Barbie $265.95 and the others only $19.95?"
The annoyed salesperson rolls her eyes, sighs, andanswers, "Sir, Divorced Barbie comes with Ken's Car, Ken's House, Ken's Boat, Ken's Furniture, Ken's Computer, one of Ken's Friends, and a cute little key chain made with Ken's balls.
That's it for today my little cocoa nuts. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !