Archive for October, 2007

Funny Line of the Hour

It’s lunchtime in the office.  Somebody had apparently attempted to toast some bread in the toaster.  It was not a succesful toasting.

One of the doctors who works up here…a truly hilarious individual…walked through and said, very non-chalantly in her Canadian lilt (what do you call a Canadian accent?) , “Somebody lost the recipe for toast.” 

What I Love Most On Television These Days

Have I mentioned how I adore Jimmy Kimmel?  I can’t think of anybody on television who makes me laugh more than Jimmy except maybe the crew from The Office and maybe the 30 Rock people.  I think Jimmy should take David Letterman’s spot when he retires.  Or Jay Leno’s.  Whoever hangs it up first.

This week, Jimmy is filling in for the vacationing Regis Philbin.  While doing the Regis and Kelly Show, Jimmy is also flying back and forth everyday to Los Angeles, taping his show and flying back to New York.  Crazy, yes.  If those stinking fires weren’t happening in California, I think this would’ve maybe gotten a little more press.  (They even pre-emptied Boston Legal last night, come to find out on my dvr tonight).  I fear Yimmy’s going to collapse in a heap just like Marie did the other night.  He wasn’t looking so good on the R & K show this morning.

Jimmy has a cast of hilariously funny sidekicks on his show…Guillermo (I crack up everytime he says “Yimmy.”) Veatrice is a trip, but, I think Jimmy’s Uncle Frank and Aunt Chippy are one of the funniest comedy duos on tv these days.  Or maybe the funniest comedy duo that doesn’t mean to be a comedy duo.  How many old couples does everybody know like this? 

Hysterical. Uncle Frank looks EXACTLY like the dearly departed stepfather. The Late Stepfather was not as robust as Uncle Frank and had a midwestern accent that made me cringe everytime he called my mother “Chickadee.” :shudder: Uncle Frank is also an obsessive compulsive neatfreak like the Late Stepfather was. He would follow us around at Christmas, when we were unwrapping presents, with a trashbag. Drove me insane.

And I Watched It Burn…

fallbrook_fire.jpgMy cousin Bart and his wife, Barbara live near San Diego.  I’m going to let Cousin Barbara guest blog what’s going on in their world….Hard to imagine. She has pictures, too.

WE ARE ALL FINE!!!   Fires in the County started yesterday and by this morning they were everywhere.   We are abt 2 miles from the coast and we have not even a breeze but inland the are expecting hurricane like winds…up to 80 miles a hr.   They were expecting the winds to die down over the evening so they could gain ground on them and the winds kept blowing.   Jason was sent home from work as they expanded the evacuation area.   Brandi’s FI was sent home as there was too much smoke.   A major freeway in our area has been closed as the fire has jumped that freeway and everyone is told to stay off the highways and not go to work if you can.   We are probably abt 20 minutes North of the evacuation area but the way the winds blow it should stay away area but with those winds you never know.   Fire is heading West.     It shouldn’t come our way but if it does I will be heading to the beach…won’t be any where else to go.

It’s abt 1:00 pm and before this last group of evacuations there were over san_diego_fire.jpg250,000 people in the County evacuated and there are more areas of mandatory evacuations that have since been added.   Winds have been clocked at 102+.   We live on the North side of Highway 78 and the evacuation areas goes up to the South side of the Highway.   They predict it to burn to the coast (Coast South to us)

  Just went outside to put mail in mailbox and we are in the only section of blue patch of sky.   To the South of us   all the way to the coast is dark and covered in smoke and we also have a smoke section to the North of us.   Although there is no ash falling like the last time…probably because the air is so still where we are.   Very eerie!   You watch the news and the winds are so bad yet so still here.visitors.jpgThese are misplaced horses who have been bunking at a local ballfield, being misplaced because of the fire.     

Stay safe, Barbara.

The Cold, Hard Facts of Life

Ironic that I wrote about Tater Tate and Brent Burkett dying from Lung Cancer the other day and mentioning that Porter was hospitalized when come to find out today that he is also fighting lung cancer.

And he’s another one of those that I can see, plain as day on their way to the Opry stage, with the ever-present ciggarette in their fingers.  Dang. 

Porter is still vital to country music, as you can <a href=”“>see on this clip from his recent appearance on David Letterman and from his new cd.

Keep praying for Porter.

Happy Fall, Y’all

scarecrow.jpg#2 looks like he’s about to be attacked by the Scarecrow.


We thought the white pumpkins looked like garlic.


I tried to talk the boy into getting one of those pumpkins with the tumors, that it would be kinda like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, a Charlie Brown Pumpkin. He wouldn’t go for it.

Now, the challenge will be listening to #2 ask everyday, “When can we carve the pumpkins?”  I keep telling him if we carve them too early, they’ll rot, especially since it’s so warm.  It’s funny that all three kids get a pumpkin every year.  Who ends up doing most of the carving? 

Grand Ole Opry Sorta Stuff

I hear that  Porter Wagoner, is in the hospital.  I don’t know why or what, but, say a porterwagoner.jpgprayer for the Wagonmaster, would ya?

I meant to mention last week, the passing of Brent Burkett, who was part of The Fabulous Four Guys that were featured on the Opry for many years.  These guys, I think were the only act to ever become members of the Opry without the benefit of a record deal/hit record.  It’s a shame they never had a major record deal because I watched them perform many times from the side of the Opry stage from the time I was about #2’s age on up til I was grown…those guys ALWAYS lit up the crowd and got them guysmembers2_2_ssss-313x275.jpggoing.  Always.  They were great singers and entertainers, always dressed impeccably…I never saw them not wake up a sleeping Opry audience.  (I’ve seen many sleeping Opry audiences, too.) Interesting trivia about Brent is that he hailed from the same hometown as Dean Martin…Steubenville, OH. I don’t remember ever knowing that little tidbit.

And somebody else I want to mention, who died a couple days ago is Clarence “Tater” Tate.  Tater was extremely well known and revered in the Bluegrass world.  He was a tatertate.jpgmember of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys as a fiddler and a bass player.  He worked with all kinds of people through the years and even played on Patty Loveless’ most wonderful Mountain Soul album.   One artist he worked for was Wilma Lee Cooper.  He worked with a teenaged Mr. Smiff in those days.  Mr. Smiff has a hilarious imitation of Tater.  He will be missed.

Thing about Tater and Brent though…one of the things I remember about both these guys is I never saw either of them without a cigarette, except when they were onstage.  I can remember as a kid, all the way up til I had my own kids,  seeing Brent at the side of the Opry stage, looking at the show schedule, in his fancy suits and he seemed huge to me when I was a kid, but always had that cigarette between his fingers.  I believe both men died of lung cancer. 

Kerr & Bishop

The last surviving member of the Rat Pack is gone.  joey.jpg

(Check out young Regis)
Also, the woman that made lots of women want to go to the top of the Empire State Building and make out on the beach with waves crashing around us, Deborah Kerr, passed away this week as well.  She was great in An Affair To Remember, From Here To Eternity  and The King and I,  but, I think my favorite movie with her is Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison in which she played a nun opposite Robert Mitchum. 

Kerr and Grant were a classic combination though.