Archive | May, 2008

Steven Tyler in Rehab? What???

22 May

Are you kidding me? I am shocked! Just look at the guy … does this look like someone who would ever let alcohol touch his lips?

Best Western Theme Ever?

21 May

I have watched both “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and “The Magnificent Seven” in the past couple weeks. Both are really good (and long) flicks. Got me thinking about the best Western themes ever. On the silver screen, I really love  Ennio Morricone’s “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” but would have to give the nod to Elmer Bernstein’s sweeping theme from “Magnificent Seven” (aka The Marlboro Man song). Another really good under-rated one is “The Big Country.” As for the boob tube, you could go with “Rawhide,” but my sentimental choice would be “Bonanza.” How could you side against good old Hoss Cartwright?

Have a listen (and look) below — and you decide, Podner. Hard to go wrong with any in this group.






Speed Bump or Speed Hump?

20 May

Is it one in the same or is there a difference between the two? I had always heard SPEED BUMP, but not here in Florida. Maybe a Speed Hump is a larger, more menacing Speed Bump? Perhaps a Speed Bump is a kindler, gentler Speed Hump? Any idea? Or are you saying to yourself, “Honestly, I couldn’t care less.”

A) A Speed Hump from Barco Products                        

B) Daddy, Momma and Baby Speed Bump (Barco)

I have also noticed signs down here that warn, “TRAFFIC CALMING AHEAD.” Seems like TRAFFIC SLOWING AHEAD would make more sense … unless they’re now using Valium as a gas additive.

“I Couldn’t Care Less”

20 May

This phrase drives me nuts — because most people do not use it properly. More often than not, you hear people say “I could care less.” I heard it again this morning on ESPN’s Sport Center. Well, if someone COULD care less, then that means that they do care at some level. The proper “I COULDN’T care less” makes a lot more sense … meaning there is nothing in the world they care any less about.

Take it for what it’s worth. If you’re going to keep this one in your bag of verbal tricks, please use it correctly. And thanks for caring enough to read today’s rant. Humor me, people! 

Old Blue Eyes with Antonio Carlos Jobim

19 May

Saw this clip on TCM recently — didn’t even know it existed. A great meeting of musical masters! Frank was at the top of his hipster game and Jobim had recently introduced bossa nova to the masses.

Enjoy the clip … and get this CD or LP if you can find it.


What exactly is a Vandella?

19 May

My wife and I were listening to an FM oldies station over the weekend — lots of great sonic memories from the Golden Age of radio.  

“Dancing in the Streets” by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. That was one tune that really tickled the old nostalgia bone (it’s right next to the funny bone). That got us asking ourselves, “What in the hella is a Vandella?” Neither one of us had a clue, so we turned to Wikipedia.

This is what we found:  

Among the Amharic speakers of North Central Ethiopia, a vandella is one of several types of ghost-walking or dream-invading demons/vampires, somewhat similar to a succubus or the vetala of India. Charming, huh? I guess Supremes was already taken and Berry Gordy was in a hurry to get the record out.

They don’t look all that scary, do they?

We also heard a number of one hit wonders … including Starbuck’s “Moonlight Feels Right,” and Spiral Starecase with “More Today Than Yesterday.” The Ides of March with “Vehicle,” “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass,  … I could go on and on. Hey, I was an FM boss jock in the ’80s and many of these songs are seared into my memory banks.

What act is your favorite one-hit wonder? Weigh in here for the world to see.

Grab Yourself a Pasty — they’re brilliant!

19 May

Never knew much about these treats — some call them “British Soul Food.”

Imagine a savory meat turnover or maybe a pot pie in a more portable form.

There is a great place here in Sarasota that I would highly recommend. They will even mail you a few pasties if you can’t make the trip down this way. The eatery is called 4 & 20 Pasty Company and it’s located in an otherwise non-descript strip center on Swift Road. Just look for the Union Jack flying proudly overhead. The British couple who run the place are wonderful as well — very friendly and always helpful. They love what they do and it shows. You can taste the TLC in their food too!

My favorite pasty flavor is the Chicken Tikka Masala — stuffed with chicken, yogurt and Indian spices. The Shepherd’s Pie version (ground beef, onion, and potato filled and served up with a dark brown dipping sauce) is also extremely tasty. Each pasty runs about $6. They’re a meal in themselves.   

Give ’em a try or seek out a similar eatery in your neck of the woods.  You won’t be sorry. mate! Visit them online at

Rain in Florida??? Get out!

19 May

Yup — it is finally raining here. It feels like it has been about 2 months since our last rain of any measurable amount. I know we need it, but it’s a shock to the system when there is such a lengthy gap between downpours. The humidity is becoming more noticeable with each passing day … guess summer is on the way. Bring on the heat … a refreshing dip in the Gulf of Mexico is just footsteps away!

Here, in case you’re wondering, is the annual weather detail for Siesta Key:

JANUARY 72 51 63 2.6″
FEBRUARY 74 57 64 1.5″
MARCH 77 57 68 4.3″
APRIL 81 59 74 1.01″
MAY 87 68 78 2.8″
JUNE 89 73 83 5.0″
JULY 92 75 86 7.9″
AUGUST 91 74 87 5.4″
SEPTEMBER 89 73 85 7.8″
OCTOBER 85 68 79 4.5″
NOVEMBER 80 69 72 2.0″
DECEMBER 73 59 67 1.91″

Low 58%



Hokie Softball

18 May

It’s hard to believe — but I am actually getting into the NCAA Women’s Softball Tourney. It helps that my alma mater is making some serious waves. I actually watched the Va Tech vs. Tennessee game on ESPN 2 yesterday (Saturday). Never thought I’d see the day when the Hokie ladies were on national TV … and that I would be leaping off the sofa and cheering out loud as Tech’s # 9 hitter blasted a grand slam to put away the Lady Vols. Guess my Hokie Pride has reached a new level of enthusiasm. Hokie Hokie Hokie High!

The picture seen below is OF Caroline Stolle, who swatted the game winning blast. You go, girl!

Orioles vs. Nationals (Part 1)

18 May

That means civil war in our household. I’m from the DC area … Eileen is from the Baltimore area. She’s not a huge baseball fan, but that doesn’t stop us from some good natured ribbing when the Nats and O’s meet on the diamond. The O’s have taken the first 2 games of the 6 to be played this year. But I do have to point out that the first 3 games are being played at Camden Yards (the Orioles home turf). I have tried to get sons Austin and Travis to side with me, yet they have tried very hard to remain neutral. Austin says he hates it when the Nats and O’s play because it’s confusing and he “doesn’t like to see Mom and Dad scrap.” It’s really not that bad, but bragging rights are not to be taken too lightly around here.

Here are a few pictures of longtime Nats fans.

How could you possibly cheer for the O’s vs. the Nationals? Un-American!