Wild Turkey Crashes Through Bedroom Window

May 31, 2009 by  
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“A Wisconsin woman and her 5-year-old daughter got a fowl visitor when an unwelcome wild turkey crashed through a bedroom window.

Heidi Herrera said she was watching television with her daughter Thursday when the bird quickly charged into the living room of their home in the eastern Wisconsin town of Mishicot. Herrera got her daughter and their pet Chihuahua to safety in another bedroom. The mother then ventured out and found the turkey in the kitchen.
When she walked toward it, the bird ran out the open front door and down the street, leaving behind feathers, blood and glass scattered throughout the house.”
The Associated Press

I’m an animal lover and I have never hunted or gone fishing in my life, but if a wild turkey crashes through my window and walks into my kitchen, guess what? I’ll mutter “how convenient”, wring that turkey’s neck, and cook it for dinner.

I don’t own no freakin’ Chihuahua, I have a  Pitt Bull/German Shepherd and a Chow/Lab, and I wouldn’t have to usher them to safety in another room. In that foul intruder had ventured into my house he would have left behind feathers, blood, and entrails.

There is no way in hell that a wild turkey or even a dog could crash through my windows, Heidi should  buy safety glass for her windows and trade in her Chihuahua for a Pitt Bull.

The Twinkling Tones Of The Lounge Show, Hosted By Jay Robillard!

May 29, 2009 by  
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johnny-mercerI landed with a thud in Austin, Texas, November 6th of 1995, escaping some turbulent times. I became a hermit by choice, a recluse in my own little tortoise shell. “I bug no one, no one bugs me,” that was my motto from a grotto. Didn`t answer the phone, had no job, just little old me stuck on my own private ‘Gilligan`s Island;’ nothing penciled in on my calendar for as far as the eye could see. Yea, the rest of the `90s was free time, unless sumpin` should give.

To help pass the idle hours, and to placate my petrifying predicament, I tuned into the Lounge Show, hosted by Jay Robillard, on KOOP 91.7, broadcast every Saturday morning from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM CDT, since December of 1994. The Lounge Show is still going strong and is streamed on the internet, so that all may enjoy it.

Jay`s parents had a radio station in Louisiana, so he has ample training as a DJ. Jay has a record collection out of this world, and frequents the Record Convention here in Austin to spice up his vinyl holdings. There is so much going on the show, in the way of music, that it takes years and years to soak it all in. It`s a history lesson each week. Mambos, Cha Chas, comedy bits, novelty, movie tracks, vintage commercials, and my favorite, Flower-Power covers are just a fragment of Mister Robillard`s eclectic offerings.

Jay begins every show with “That Old Black Magic” by Robert Maxwell, his harp and orchestra over a colorful spiel that bundles his themes for the day. He`ll rotate these intros from time to time, but on a broadcast from 8/16/1997 *(the Golden Era of the late 1990s), it went something like this:

“Good morning, Austin, you are listening to KOOP, Austin, Texas, broadcast on 91.7 on your FM dial. The time is 3 minutes past 10 O`clock and you are invited to join us for the next 2 hours on the Lounge Show! It`s the program that brings you premium Hi-Fi relaxation. I am your morning man, Jay Robillard, stay tuned, there many magical music moments to come with Eartha Kitt, Buddy Greco, The Mighty Sparrow, Serge Gainsbourg, Katy Lee, Tipsy, The Black Velvet Flag, Edith Piaf, and a whole lot more.”

“Surface noise on many of today`s selections has been drastically reduced through syntonic warping of the inner groove, producing a clearer signal to noise ratio for distraction free listening enjoyment. Now relax as you recline to the soothing sounds of the Lounge Show.” That was twelve years ago, but Jay is still bringing us the stress-reducing, bliss-inducing, rollickin` rocker-chair tones of The Lounge Show!

Dude Arrested For Mowing Grass At Public Park

May 29, 2009 by  
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“An Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at a public park said he just wanted to make his city look nice. John Hamilton said he took control of the situation because the grass in Sandusky’s Central Park was about a foot high. According to a police report, a witness said Hamilton was blowing grass onto the sidewalk and shredding trash in the park that had not been picked up.”

The Associated Press

In these hard economic times municipalities have to make many cuts, and paying for upkeep in public parks is usually the first casualty.

I commend Hamilton for taking the initiative, and mowing the unkempt grass at a public park. We need more solid citizens like Hamilton, who take pride in a safe and neat city.

But Hamilton should have stopped mowing when police ordered him to stop. A good citizen doesn’t disobey a police officer, and unfortunately the cops had no choice but to arrest him.

In these litigious times cities can’t afford to let citizens mow lawns in public parks. For every good guy like Hamilton there are ten bad guys who will claim that they were injured while mowing a city lawn and sue for millions of bucks.

Our economy is on the verge of collapse, and we will have to learn to deal with unkempt public parks. Hamilton will have to satisfy his yen to be a good citizen by picking up litter.

Pink Dolphin With Red Eyes A Big Hit

May 28, 2009 by  
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“What’s pink, has red eyes and leaps around a Louisiana shipping channel long enough for you to believe your eyes? A rare albino bottlenose dolphin. Bottlenose dolphins are common in the lower Calcasieu Ship Channel, feeding in the deep water and riding on top of boats’ waves. And when the pink one jumps amid four dark gray dolphins, it’s easy to spot.

The albino is just the 14th reported worldwide, and the third in the Gulf of Mexico, according to biologist Dagmar Fertl of Plano, Texas.”

The Associated Press

We’re familiar with pink flamingos, pink Cadillacs, pink prom dresses, and pink cotton candy, but a pink dolphin will draw a lot of double-takes.

The pink creature is a common sight on the channel south of Lake Charles, fisherman and tourists have grown to accept the unique animal as part of the scenery.

Let’s hope that this cool dolphin isn’t captured by a marine amusement park, Pinky should be allowed to roam free.

I urge any fisherman who has snapped  photos of this wonderful dolphin to post them on the Internet.

Is Rock/Jazz an Oxymoron, Or Not?

May 28, 2009 by  
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john-mcWhen I was growing up I always believed that Rock and Jazz were two completely different forms of music. This assumption was shattered when the two forms began to merge in the late 1960s. Three bands, Electric Flag, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Chicago Transit Authority were the pioneers of this change. Some jazz devices were employed, yet traditional pop arrangements with the horn section were still used, especially with the last two bands. Nonetheless, some common ground was established between Jazz and Rock.

This is a phenomenon that I never thought could be possible! To clear up the foggy evolution of Jazz/Rock, I have been reading “Jazz Rock” by Robert Palmer, which does a good job of summarizing the emerging milestones of this unusual hybrid. The quintessential fact in this timeline of Jazz/Rock was the release of “Bitches Brew” by Miles Davis in 1969. “Brew” had featured the stunning guitar work of John McLaughlin, who soon became the Megastar of this new form.

Being a ‘Rock Purist’ as I was and all, back in the good old days, I was reluctant to embrace this new expression initially. With the release of “The Inner Mounting Flame” (John McLaughlin) however, I started to convert, and from clever coaxing from a friend who found a spiritual catharsis through perpetual rotation of this record, I too saw the ‘inner light’! McLaughlin`s masterful improvisation seemed to lift you out of the moment, and lead you to a Higher Power. John`s the Pied Piper of JR!

Before I float off on a cloud of bewilderment, I thought I`d ask you one question. A British rock guitar virtuoso issued a landmark ‘fusion’ record in 1975. What is the name of the album and artist (this is my favorite JR record) ?


“I’ve Seen Films” Festival

May 27, 2009 by  
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MILAN, ITALY (PR): Over 3,000 entries were sent from 92 countries for the “I’ve Seen Films – International Short Film Festival” of 2009. 

The event was founded last year by actor Rutger Hauer, whose best known for his roles in Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, The Hitcher, and Sin City.  This festival gives aspiring filmmakers the chance for exposure, but also the opportunity to make films that meaning and a sense of purpose.  Not only is Hauer one of the judges this year, but so are directors Ridley Scott and Robert Rodriguez.

The submission was closed almost four weeks ago on May 7. 

The “I’ve Seen Films” event will be shown online — along with a contest (also online) that will last for 10 days from late September into October at the Centre Cultural Francais (9/24, 9/26, 10/1), THECA (end of September), and the Gnomo Milano Cinema (9/29-10/3) in downtown Milean.

More can be found at www.icfilms.org

Dude Convicted Of Stealing Bottle Of Ketchup From Cafeteria

May 27, 2009 by  
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“A former school board trustee from Southern California has been sentenced to two years of informal probation for stealing a bottle of ketchup from a college dining area.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Jacki Brown on Tuesday also ordered Steve Rocco to pay about $200 in fines and stay 100 yards away from the college.
Rocco was convicted by a jury last month of misdemeanor petty theft for stealing a 14-ounce bottle of ketchup from a Chapman University dining area.”

The Associated Press

Wall Street types routinely get away with stealing millions, but this poor guy gets two years probation for pilfering a bottle of ketchup from a college dining area.

I don’t condone taking what’s not yours, but this case should have never gone to trial. An arrangement could have been worked out between the college and Rocco, sparing him from embarrassment and the public from the expense of a jury trial.

A smart lawyer would have argued that the ketchup is their for the use of customers, and that Rocco loves ketchup so much that he needed the whole bottle.

I sometimes grab a handful of packets of ketchup when I eat at a fast food joint, I hope I’m not arrested for theft.

The Trail Of Howlin ‘Wolf

May 27, 2009 by  
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wolf“He had a voice like shattered glass being dragged over hot asphalt. It enabled him to register rage, paranoia, loneliness and lust almost as a single emotion clenched into a taut vocal fist that punched like none other on earth.” Mark Humphrey

Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin` Wolf (1910-1976), grew up in rural Mississippi and was a farmer by trade. Wolf came into his own as a musician in the early 1950s when he signed with Chess Records. He produced hits like “Moanin` At Midnight,” “How Many More Years,” and “Smokestack Lightning.” I first heard about Howlin` Wolf by way of British musicians who covered his songs. The Rolling Stones themselves had first introduced ‘The Wolf’ on the hit TV musical show “Shindig!”

In the 1960s many of the British Rock bands were highly influenced by Howlin` Wolf, and covered all the songs that they could get their hands on. The Animals and The Yardbirds had covered “Smokestack Lightning.” “The Lemon Song” by Led Zeppelin was modeled after “Killing Floor.” And I thought that Jim Morrison of The Doors had written “Back Door Man”- wrong! It was the Chicago Blueman and upright bass player on my question below.

I have two questions for you: 1.Who was the famous bluesman who wrote many of Howlin` Wolf`s hits? (hint: he wrote “Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy”) 2.What is the name of the record issued in 1971 that featured many famous British musicians? By the way, my favorite tune of ‘The Wolf’ is “Who`s Been Talkin`.”

First Comes Divorce, Now Comes Fatherhood (again) for Mel Gibson

May 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Celebrity, Top Story

LOS ANGELES: On the heels of his divorce, Mel Gibson’s going to be a dad again, as the Oscar winner and new girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, will be expecting their first child.   Gibson, 53, has seven children with soon-to-be ex-wife Robyn, who has cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the couple ending their 28-year marriage. 

“Look, when it’s all said and done”, the actor-director said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday night, “I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage myself.  I’m to blame.  If you’re inclined to judge, put it here.”

The 39-year-old Grigorieva, a Russian musician, has a child with former Bond Timothy Dalton. 

Gibson first broke the news when he came on The Tonight Show.  “I guess I’m the Octo-Mel now” he jokes.

Memorial Day Box Office Results

May 26, 2009 by  
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Comedy proves to easy over the 4-day Memorial Day weekend, as Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is number one at the box office with $70 million.  The expected winner, Terminator: Salvation, was number two with $53.8 million. 

The fourth installment of the popular franchise that made  Governator “I’ll be back “Arnold an international superstar icon fall short of expectations, as it so far taken in an estimate $67.2 million out of its $200 million budget.   However, Star Trek, continues to beam up with $29 million to take third place against last week’s winner Angels & Demons, who’s fourth now with $27.5 million.

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