Hurricane Gustav hit the Louisiana coast this morning as a category three hurricane with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. As of yet, there seems to be a sense that the gulf coast will come out of this in much better shape than they did when Katrina hit. The final tallies are not in yet, but things look good. My hopes and prayers go out to those affected by the storm.
My Friday journey to AREA 51 was different from my usual weekend sojourns. I decided to go Saturday evening to Alcazaba in Coral Cables, a place I used to go to many years ago. The club has been resurrected and it was packed. Alcazaba is located in the Hyatt Regency, a five star hotel and resort near Miami. It's non-stop music and dancing with a another bar called Two Sisters next to it. Alcazaba is a mix of all types of music and dancing and Two Sisters is a salsa and meringue bar.
The good thing about both bars is that there are a number of French doors leading out into the terrace area. The terrace also has a bar and one can escape the noise for a bit or possibly have a private conversation with one of the many lovely ladies that were in attendance.
Although a little on the expensive side (drinks were $11 and up), it was well worth the expense for the excellent atmosphere and elegance. It was a very enjoyable evening and I made it home before the paper boy (just barely).
Phil Hill, the American-born 1961 Formula One champion and three-time 24 hours of Le Mans, died last Thursday, August 28 of complications from Parking disease. Hill also was a three-time winner of the Sebring twelve-hour race and a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Hill was a true gentleman and champion in every sense of the word.
Billy Mays is a commercial announcer who I've learned to hate. This bearded motor mouth seems to be on every commercial that possibly exists. Has a loud, one-toned method of delivery that makes you want to stick a sharp pencil in your ear. I'm afraid if I were to hear him in person, I would be forced to strangle him with my bare hands! Whew ! I feel better now.
The Cat's Ass Trophy (CAT) Award had one nomination which was made by Woody, author of Old Woody's Boomer Page. He nominated China Arnold, who was convictedFriday of killing her one month old daughter, Paris Talley, by burning her in a microwave in 2005. How sad that an infant's life was senselessly ended by a some dimwitted Neanderthal who shouldn't have been permitted to breed in the first place. The CAT Award goes to China Arnold.
The Pictures: I downloaded some pictures of the Hyatt Regency and Alcazaba so you could get an idea of the resort. Of course, there's also a few of my eclectic selections for your dining and dancing pleasure.
This Date In History: 1807; Former American vice president Aaron Burr is acquitted on charges of treason in his alleged attempt to set up an independent republic in Spanish territory in the Southwest. 1923; A major earthquake nearly destroys the city of Yokohama, Japan, as well as much of nearby Tokyo. More than 100,000 people die in the quake.
1939; Nazi Germany begins World War II with its invasion of Poland. The invasion will lead Britain and France to declare war on Germany two days later. 1972; Bobby Fischer becomes the first American to win the world chess championship when he defeats Soviet champion Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland.
1983; In one of the last major incidents of the Cold War, a Soviet fighter plane shoots down Korean Air Lines flight 007, killing all 269 on board, after it strays into Soviet air space.
Birthdays: Special birthday wishes for my pal, Rosa and my pal, Hector, both of whom had birthdays this past Saturday (19XX), Gentleman Jim Corbett, boxing champion (1866), Edgar Rice Burroughs, novelist and creator ot Tarzan (1875), Walter Reuther, labor leader (1907), Rocky Marciano, heavyweight champion boxer (1923), Lily Tomlin, comedienne (1939).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Thanks to my pal, Beverly for the following story.
A woman in her forties went to a plastic surgeon for a face-lift. The surgeon told her about a new procedure called 'The Knob,' where a small knob is placed on the top of a woman's head and can be turned to tighten up her skin to produce the effect of a brand new face lift. Of course the woman wanted 'The Knob.'
Over the course of the years, the woman kept tightening the knob, and the effects were wonderful, and the woman remained young-looking and vibrant. After fifteen years, the woman returned to the surgeon with two problems.
“All these years, everything has been working just fine. I've had to turn the knob many times and I've always loved the results. But now, I've developed two annoying problems: First, I have these terrible bags under my eyes and the knob won't get rid of them.”
The doctor looked at her closely and said, “Those aren't bags, those are your breasts.”
“Well,' She said, 'I guess there's no point in asking about the goatee.”
That's it for today my little moonpies. More tomorrow.
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