My weekend jaunt to AREA 51 was a little different than usual, seeing that I was forced to keep one eye on Hurricane Ike. Fortunately, my Friday evening went rather well, because between the intermittent showers, I ran to a friend and we decided to go to my house for a couple of drinks.
Saturday, I went to see my pal, Emilio, who prepared some great Cuban dishes and we had dinner with his daughter and her boyfriend. We ended up doing some Karaoke songs and generally having a good time. Although my alcohol consumption was relatively small, I still didn't get home until 4:00 am and by then it was getting a little windy.
Hurricane Ike took a shift to the south and left South Florida in relatively good condition. It's going through Cuba at this time and is expected to gather strength when it emerges. The next target looks to be the Texas-Louisiana coast as a category three hurricane. I'm sure that by now, the gulf coast residents are getting a little slap happy.
Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, two of the largest mortgage lenders in the nation, have been taken over by the U.S. government. The CEO's of both companies were also dumped. I strongly applaud this preventative move as these two lenders own or guarantee 5 trillion dollars and have lost over 14 billion dollars. This effectively makes the U.S. government the largest mortgage lender. The move will probably cost taxpayers money initially, but it will inevitably lower mortgage rates and save taxpayers future costs caused if the two giants were to fold completely.
The O.J. Simpson trial begins today in Las Vegas with jury selection. The killer is facing robbery and kidnapping charges and faces life in prison with the possibility of parole. Since the venue is Las Vegas, and not Los Angeles, perhaps this time the jury will get it right.
The Pictures: Are you tired of movies with sequels? The first movie may or may not be good, but you can bet your sweet bippy that the sequels will tank. Remember how good "The Exorcist" was and how bad "The Exorcist II" was?
Today's pictures are called "future movies," id est, sequels to some of today's current feature movies. Take a look.
This Date In History: 1565; Spanish colonists led by explorer Pedro Menendez de Avile establish the first European settlement in North America at Saint Augustine, Florida. 1900; An unexpected hurricane devastates Galveston, Texas, killing 6,000 people.
1954; The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is founded by the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Thailand, the Philippines, The United Kingdom and France. 1974; U.S. president Gerald Ford, who took office after Richard Nixon's resignation months earlier, pardons Nixon for "crimes he committed or may have committed."
Birthdays: Richard I, the Lion-Hearted, English king (1157), Antonin Dvorak, composer (1841), Jimmy Rodgers, country music singer and songwriter (1897), Peter Sellers, actor and comedian (1925), Patsy Cline, country music singer (1932).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
An elderly couple were discussing plans to get married and wanted to iron out any potential problems with their particular properties.
The woman said, "I want to keep my condominium in my name" The man said, "That's fine with me." The woman said, "I also want to keep my Cadillac in my name only." The man said, "that's fine with me."
Then, the lady said, "I want to have sex six days a week." The man said, "That's fine with me - put me down for Fridays."
A man goes in to work and notices that his co-worker, Tom, is wearing an earring.He says, "Hey, Tom, I didn't know that you were into earrings." Tom says, "Yeah, it's no big deal."
The man remains quiet for a while, but his curiosity prods him to ask, "When did you start wearing earrings?" Tom replies, "Ever since my wife found it in my car."
Two old men were sitting on a park bench and the first old man says, "Do you ever play doctor with your wife?" The second old man says, "No, what's it like"?
The first old man says, "It's amazing. Last night, my wife and I spent almost 10 hours playing it." The second old man says, "10 hours? How in the hell did you manage that at your age."
The first old man replied, "It was easy, I just left her in the waiting room for the first 9 & 1/2 hours."
That's it for today my little patty cakes. More tomorrow.
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