Tuesday, March 31, 2009
You know, it's the little things that make life better.. First I got rid of my ugly old license plate. Today, I pull up my driveway, and what's there but a brand new trash can - and not a minute too soon.....
How old is the can that we had? Well, I've been in Flotown for 12 years, and I never got a trash can this old. My guess is that this was the original garbage can from when the house was built in 1992... Since I've been here, the can had been run over twice, and as you can see, the lid no longer closes flush. It's also about half the size of the new can. Two bags of trash, and the can is full....
So, how did I get a new can without even calling the city and asking? My guess is P-Luv passed by my house, saw the can, and immediately called Mayor Old Wooden Head, and VOILA !!! New trash can... Man, I have pull !
Monday, March 30, 2009
So, you want to do something a little different? Something that no one else you know has done before? Something that MIGHT cause you to puke - but you'll love it anyway? Have I found an event for you .......
It's the Krispy Kreme Challenge Run. It began a few years ago in Raleigh, NC with a dozen or so (like donuts) NC State students, and now, it's one of the fastest growing events in America..
It's pretty easy in theory. You run the two miles thru Raleigh from the campus belltower to the Krispy Kreme. The the hard part - you have to eat a dozen of the glazed goodness that are Krispy Kreme donuts. Then, run the two miles back to campus - all in under an hour. With 5,500 other lunatics...
It only costs $16, and that includes a t-shirt, and the donuts. The rest of the money is donated to the North Carolina Children's Hospital. This year's race raised over $35,000 for the kids. So, if you're interested, I'll be getting the 15 passenger rented and ready to represent Flotown in what could be the next Olympic event. If you want to experience it, check out this ESPN clip of this year's event... See you there next year.
You're probably saying 'Mike, why are you showing your license plate on the internet?"... Well, first off, you all know where I live. Feel free to track me down - I could use the houseguests..
Secondly, this tag is useless now. That's because after ten years and four cars, the plate has finally been replaced by the SCDMV !!!! Thank God! Nothing sucks more than driving a new, decent looking car with a old tag. Look at it - the Palmetto Tree has been almost worn off !! It's like being married to a woman who has a face like a supermodel, until she opens her mouth, and it looks like she's wearing Bubba Teeth ....
Well, that's done now. Now I have to memorize my new plate !
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The battle over economic stimulus money is getting past a war of words between Mark Sanford, Jim Clyburn and Hugh Leatherman. The war has gone to the streets - or more correctly, to the front yards of South Carolina.
I had an e-maied forwarded to me by the Richland County GOP. It was sent by the Executive Director, and he was warning them to be on the lookout for misleading signs in the area. They simply say "Accept the Stimulus, Impeach Sanford", and include the phone number for the SCGOP. Obviously, the SCGOP is not trying to have Gov. Sanford impeached, whoever made it was trying to let the SCGOP hear from the people who want the payoff.
The big question of course is who made them? SCGOP is saying that the signs are from the Democrats. But who? Carol Fowler? Jim Clyburn? Jim Rex? The Ghost of Fritz Hollings? Yeah, I know he's still alive.... You know that around here, we don't go for anonymous attacks on other people. My guess is that with enough investigative work, they can find out exactly who. We'd rather see the guilty party admit it was them, and have them state their case....
As sure as the SCGOP is that it was from the Democratic Party, it wouldn't surprise me if some House and Senate Republicans felt this way. They want to get their hands on the money, and no matter what points Sanford is attempting to make in his numerous requests to not take all of it, they don't care. That money can buy a lot of happiness (and votes) for people in Columbia......
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I gotta tell you, growing up as a kid in the early 70's was great. Yeah, we had Garanimals, but the TV shows were much better. We had some pretty trippy shit on the Tube back then. You KNOW Shaggy from 'Scooby Doo' smoked pot, and HR Puf N Stuff was one big LSD Festival. Then, there were other, more subversive kid's shows that looked nice to Mom & Dad, but deep inside, they were trying to turn us all into Hippies - FAR OUT, MAN !!!!
What show am i talking about? The Magic Garden .... Sure, it seemed harmless - a pair of pigtailed chicks named Carole and Paula playing acoustic guitars and singing standard tunes. Carole was more talented, but I thought Paula was hotter. But. once you scratched the surface, it was Reefer Madness from start to finish.
Back then, two girls that sing like Joan Baez wasn't viewed as particularly scary, but we see when Joan went. And I think the 'Magic Garden' was mainly a mushroom patch. The dancing flowers, the Astro Turf, and the furry sidekick with a Brooklyn accent? What the hell was going on in this show?!!! How I didn't move to San Francisco as soon as i finished high school after watching this my entire childhood is beyond me....I checked up on them to see what they're doing now. Carole dropped her acoustic, and now lives on a commune in Oregon. Like many 70's hippies, Paula went Yuppie in the 80's, and now she's known as Mrs. Bernie Madoff. OK, maybe not......
Did they have this show on down here? Let me know. If not, through the 'magic' of YouTube, I have a clip for your perusal. Breathe deep The gathering gloom, Watch lights fade From every room, Bedsitter people Look back and lamentAnother day's useless Energy spent, Impassioned loversWrestle as one , Lonely man cries for love And has none, New mother picks up And suckles her son. Senior citizens Wish they were young.........Cold hearted orb That rules the night, Removes the colours From our sight, Red is gray and Yellow white, But we decide Which is right And Which is an Illusion.......
Most of you probably know, but in case you didn't that's Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, or Mt. P, as the locals call it.. It seems that everytime I do a post on any South Carolina related topic, the comments jump up. We're gonna try it again, and see if I can pique your interest once again..
You think you know your state? Well, we're going to put it to the test here. Take our little quiz, and see how you did. We have one rule - NO CHEATING !!!!! Good Luck ...
1. Your in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, But You're Not in Europe. What road are you on?
a. A Skyy Vodka Ad
b. Hwy 321 in Orangeburg County
c. Hwy 21 in Lancaster County
d. The Corridor of Shame
2. Where Is the ACE Basin ?
a. You'll 'See the Sign" in the Swedish Pop Music section.
b. Outside of Shaw AFB
c. Colleton County
d. McCormick County
3. Where Are the Old Fort Walker Ruins?
a. Hilton Head Island
b. Fripp Island
c. Callawassie Island
d. In the bathroom after a bottle of Johnny Walker Red
4. You're in the Birthplace of Dizzy Gillespie. Where Are You?
a. on the A-Train
b. West Columbia
5. Chris Rock Says He's Straight Outta Brooklyn, But He Was Born Where in SC ?
a. North Charleston
b. Wherever they drop the F-Bomb the Most in SC.
d. Fort Mill
6. If You Go Due West from Due West, At What College Do You End Up?
7. Where Is Pumpkintown ?
a. Pickens County
b. Good Grief, It's in Charlie Brown Town.
c. Dillon County
d. Abbeville County
8. You're On Your Way to Myrtle Beach, But You Have an Unstoppable Need For a Nedburger. What Town Are You In?
b. South Central L.A.
9. Where Is Tirzah?
a. Just west of Downtown Baghdad
b. Union County
c. York County
d. Cherokee County
10. You Want to Visit the 'Real Greenbow, Alabama' From 'Forrest Gump'. What Town Do You Go To?
1-B, 2-C, 3-A, 4-D, 5-C, 6-C, 7-A, 8-D, 9-C, 10-A.
If You Scored:
0-3: Don't volunteer to be co-pilot, because you have no idea where you're going. My advice is to either buy a Tom-Tom or move back to Ohio...
4-6: You're not a total embarrassment, but don't go out of your safety zone without a map, lest you get lost and a search party needs to get you home.
7-9: Feel free to ride shotgun anytime and give directions, because the driver could do alot worse than you. Just don't be too cocky, because you wife will still think you have NO IDEA where you're at.
10: Good Job, Bobby !!! GPS? Who needs GPS when it's all in your noodle... Garmin should name their newest model after you, because you're directionally infallible. That, or the biggest honor a South Carolinian can get - an interchange in your name. Congrats, and get a life.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have NO motivation to write anything political today. It's been a very busy and frustrating week, but it's paying off as we near end of the month... So toniht, we're going for total fluff..
If you're my age or a little younger, you know Winnie Cooper. No, not the little car - that's a Mini Cooper. Danica McKellar played Little Kevin Arnold's love interest in that TV Classic, The Wonder Years. Well, Danica has grown up - big time..
She certainly ended up a lot hotter than I ever thought she'd be, but draft picking teenagers wasn't my specialty. If it was, I would have known how hot Jennifer Maysonet was going to get when she liked me in Junior High.... However, Danica is more than just a pretty face. She has authored books, and is considered one of the brighter young mathematical minds around. She's even had some of her work published.. How do you them apples???
Well, she's off the market now. Joining her as her maid of Honor was her sister, Crystal, who you may not know played Becky Slater, the girl that punched Kevin when he dumped her on the show. Some of the other cats members attended as well, but Fred Savage wasn't there. He's busy, you know......
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tomorrow is band practice, so I decided to put out my NCAA picks out today, rather than get them out too late. In case you have missed it, I have been TOTALLY kicking ass with my picks in the first two rounds. So far, I'm a blistering 38-10 ... But who can't pick the North Carolina's over the SUNY-Binghamton's of the tourney, right? Rounds 3 and 4 separate the men from the boys....
So, here are my picks:
Louisville over Arizona
Kansas over Michigan State
Pittsburgh over Xavier
Villanova over Duke
UConn over Purdue
Memphis State over Missouri
N. Carolina over Gonzaga
Oklahoma over Syracuse
Yep, the Big East and Big 12 dominate, and we have a couple upsets in the 2-3 seed matchups, but no real Cinderellas this year...
Hi Honey, and how was your day ??? Boy , it was a wild one in Flotown today.. I'm at work, doing my usual routine, when all of a sudden, about ten cop cars, cruisers and cars that I never knew were cops before come flying past the dealership and they all go into the condos near Celebration Puddle - I mean Lake. Next, two helicopters are overhead, and about ten more cop cars join the fun. What was it? Just another day at the office for Kenney Boone and his boys at the Florence County Sheriff's Office....
It seems that we had a trio of people driving down I-95 with about 5 pounds of cocaine - probably doing the usual Miami-to-New York trek, when they got stopped by a FCSO deputy. While questioning one of them outside of the car, the other two took off in the vehicle,and the chase was on....
The nice thing about being a moron from NY or Miami is that you think South Carolina is a bunch of farmland, but these jerks found out real quick what Flotown traffic is all about. They got off on the first exit in town - either Lucas Street or Hwy 76, and quickly ended up in West Florence on Cashua Drive - one of the busiest areas in town! They went past Delmae Elementary, and tried to hide in a small patch of woods behind the school. Delmae immediately went on lockdown, which was inconvenient for me, because one of the teachers had a loaner car of mine that I really needed - but hey, the law is the law..
For hours, no one was allowed in the area, and the copters flew overhead. At print time, one of the escapees was caught. The third was rumored to have been found in Middle Swamp, but there has been no confirmation of it. For Florence, this is about as exciting as it gets - except for Monday Burrito Madness at Moe's .....
I just got this from Kenney Boone's Facebook page.. Here is a pic and the info on the at-large suspect... keep your eyes open.
One of America's Worst Ecological Disasters Hits the Big 2-0 !!
Yeah, it seems just like yesterday, but it's already been 20 years since the Exxon Valdez, piloted by fellow Long Islander Joseph Hazelwood (was he hung over or not? who knows) ran aground on Bligh Reef, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound ....
Even though it's been so long, there is one ironic point to it - Exxon still hasn't settled the lawsuits with the locals who lost their livelihoods due to the accident. They've managed to keep it in the courts for a litany of reasons. So, while the Sound has been cleaned up, and things are back to normal (I think), there are two things that haven't changed - Exxon still hasn't paid, and Bobby still doesn't get his gas there.....
Monday, March 23, 2009
Today, the Treasury Department announced that it would team up with private investors to buy up nearly $1 Trillion of bank assets that are clogging up ther ability to lend further. These 'toxic assets' will basically be taken off of the lenders books, making their balance sheets more stable, and allowing them to loan money to businesses and ordinary citizens. This would hopefully increase consumer spending, and get the economy rolling again.
This is all economic theory, of course, so it is subject to interepretation, but it sounds pretty solid to me. Banks make money on loans if they 1) loan to people qualified to repay them, and 2) don't go apeshit with risky ventures. It's actually an very simple business if done sensibly. Ever see a Credit Union go under ????
I do have one question: What the hell took them so long to do this? They were talking about doing this six months ago. If the economy was in such a sad state, why did they take so long to do it? Maybe because voters do get all jacked up about economic and banking policy, but they do when you say 'Economi Stimulus'?
Between this and the stimulus, this is the adjustment that will get the economy rolling again. The private markets have much more influence on economic change than a bunch of handouts. Alas, it's not sexy...
It was announced this week that the City of Florence will be building a $7.5 million Tennis Complex in town. For those of you keeping score, that's on top of the Performing Arts Center, the New Florence Little Theatre and the Drs. Bruce & Lee Library, which was the only real improvement. It just seems that after that, they've been trying to find something else worthwhile to build. They're still trying, but not succeeding.
So, how do they decide what to build? I'm not sure, but I think I've got a feel for who is benefitting from this - and it won't surprise you. Rich people. Rich people play Tennis, go to the Theatre and the Opera. Sure, i've played Tennis a few times - I play like an Old Man. The Theatre and Opera? Forget it! But, I do know that Tennis seems to be the sport of choice of all the bigwigs and their wives. I've heard them speak amongst themselves. 'Bob is a 3.5 skill level' and stuff like that. No, I don't know what it means..
Why not find some ideas that would benefit some of the less affluent people in town. Maybe some community centers or something like that. I'm not an ideas guy, I'm the guy who picks the right stuff, and a Tennis Complex doesn't really sound like it to me...
Okay, there is ONE THING I like about Tennis...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
From Presidential Candidate to The Verge of Losing His Senate Seat In a Year - The Fall of Chris Dodd.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
So much for having to be an expert to pick the NCAA's.... In case you missed it, I went a blistering 24-8, with four of my losses being by 1 point, 2 points, an OT, and 2 OT's. If I can do this well with no knowledge of the teams, then maybe Congress really can fix an economy that they have no understanding of...
Anyway, onto the Sweet 16.. I'll be honest - a couple of the games have already started, but I'm being honest on these picks, so here we go in Round Two. Don't take these picks to your bookie - It'll hex me.
Western Kentucky over Gonzaga - Cinderella 2009!
Washington over Purdue
Missouri over Marquette
Xavier over Wisconsin
Louisville over Siena
UNC over LSU
Duke over Texas
Syracuse over Arizona State
Arizona over Cleveland State
Villanova over UCLA
UConn over Texas A&M
Kansas over DaytonMichigan State over USC
Pittsburgh over Oklahoma State
Memphis State over Maryland
Oklahoma over Michigan
Friday, March 20, 2009
You know, I didn't think that I'd be writng about Barack Obama sticking his foot in his mouth on consecutive days, but he's really screwing up this week. The man needs his teleprompter back, and BAD .....
In case you missed it, here is the clip of Obama accidentally insulting handicapped people on Jay Leno last night...
Now, he almost got away with it, and Leno did a pretty good job of ignoring the comment, but when you say something like that on National TV, you earn the criticism. His staffers did the right thing by calling Special Olympics immediately to apologize, but it wasn't exactly asking for forgiveness from your biggest detractors...
What do i mean? Obama called the Director of Special Olympics, Tim Shriver. Tim Shriver, as in sister of Maria Shriver, Obama's spokesperson in California. Tim Shriver, as in nephew of Ted Kennedy, Obama's first big backer last year. Was there any doubt that Shriver was going to accept his apology?
I think Obama has learned a valuable lesson this week. First, he should stick to the teleprompter more, because his extemperaneous skills are not as sharp as people think, or they're getting worse from having to actually run the country. Secondly, California may have elected you, but it is a double-edged sword. Thy love knocking big shots doen there just as much as they do in DC....
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Here at SC6, we like to pick on everybody. Why, because no one is as perfect as some would make you think they are. When those moments come along, we like to playfully knock them down a notch...
Today, the barely-employed Service Advisor takes aim at our President. One of the main reasons Barack Obama became our president was his ability to convey a message - his wonderful speech giving skills, right? He was the "Anti-Bush". Where a lot of people took pleasure in tearing apart our 43rd Prez's inability to be eloquent, and his use of 'Bushism's', they sometimes forget that Barack Obama is not always the greatest speaker without his beloved teleprompter...
Here's the evidence. It's Obama speaking yesterday about the stance he has taken in dealing with the AIG mess. He compares AIG to dealing with a suicide bomber - first faux pas. Secondly, he doesn't even make any sense. Honestly, if you didn't see it was Obama, and just read the text or listened to the clip, you'd swear it was Bush at his worst..
Wow, post number 1900 ! That means that sometime in late April or May, we'll be hitting a benchmark that few blogs have reached. But, until then, we'll just keep trudging along talking about things that the other blogs bypass.....
Today, we celebrate one of the finest creations ever to come out of Pennsylvania. No, not Bobby or Joe Paterno. JoePa is from Brooklyn, Bobby is from Pluto... Nope, we're talking about making Whoopie - Whoopie Pies , that is!
If you've never had a Whoopie Pie with a glass of ice cold milk, you have missed one blissful moment of life's simple pleasures. A Whoopie Pie is made of two supermoist chocolate cake-like halves, with a French Vanilla creme center that is to die for. In Pennsylvania, my Aunt Anna used to make them (along with her homemade bread) for us at every family reunion in Luzerne.
I came across this NYT article about Whoopie Pies, and no one at work knew what they were. Assuming you might be the same, I thought I'd post the article for you. It has everything you want to know about Whoopie Pies - it's history, recipies, and just what it is about them that makes people like me DROOL at the mere mention of the word.
You're all going to think that I'm being goofy here, but I'm serious. If you've been a fan of the blog for any period of time, you know about The Curse of Reino. Anything it seems that I come into casual contact with ends up having something bad happen. It's been documented previously here, and I think I did it again this week.
You know about actress Natasha Richardson's passing from a brain trauma during a freak accident while skiing. I somehow feel that my curse played a small part in it. You see, I can name exactly one movie of her's that I saw - I watched 'Nell' probably 7-8 years ago. That was until Sunday..... I watched 'The Parent Trap', then one day later....
Of course, I know that I probably had nothing to do with any of this, but when you have a track record like mine....... Now, for those of you who are concerned about our own safety of knowing me, fear not. If you're very close to me, it appears that you are safe. Most of the people in my immediate circle seem to be leading long, healthy, accident free lives. If you live only on the periphery of my existence, you might want to come by more often, and bring some dessert....
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Let's be honest.... I know nothing about basketball. I'm White, i'm 5'8", I can't dribble or shoot. It just isn't my game. But, i've been pretty good at picking NCAA basketball Tournament games. Better than i am at picking elections....
I have band practice, so I'll have to make my predictions tonight - with no thought about it at all...
Pitt over East Tenn St.
Tennessee over Oklahoma St.
Florida St over Wisconsin
Xavier over Portland St.
VCU over UCLA
Villanova over American
Texas over Minnesota
Duke over SUNY-Binghamton :(
Louisville over Alcorn State
Ohio State over Siena
Arizona over Utah
Wake Forest over Cleveland St.
West Virginia over Dayton
Kansas over N. Dakota St.
USC over Boston College
Michigan St. over Robert Morris
N. Carolina over Radford
LSU over Butler
Illinois over Western Ky.
Gonzaga over Ark.-Little Rock
Arizona State over Temple
Syracuse over Stephen F. Austin
Michigan over Clemson
Oklahoma over Morgan State
Connecticut over UT-Chattanooga
Texas A&M over BYU
Purdue over UNI
Mississippi State over Washington
Marquette over USU(?)
Missouri over Cornell
Maryland over Cal
Memphis State over CSN (Crosby, Stills, Nash?)
OK, what the heck am I talking about this time? In 'Back to School', Thornton Melon said in his Tall & Fat clothing store commercials, "If you want to feel thin, hang out with fat people." I think Barack Obama decided to use Melon's theory with his VP Choice - if you want to look smarter, surround yourself with idiots...
Yep, Joe Biden did it again.... JoBi pulled another verbal boner yesterday at a DNC fundraiser. In a rambling, erratic speech - one in which he called something 'his last point' three times - he overblew the task that the Obama Administration faces with it's current crisis. He said 'We have inherited the most difficult first 100 days of any president, I would argue, including Franklin Roosevelt." All together now............ WTF ???!!!
Biden continued... "It was clear what the problem Roosevelt inherited was. This is a more complicated economic issue. We've never been here before - here or in the world. Never been here before." Uh, not since 1982, when virtually all of the same economic indicators were the same, except mortgage rates were about 13%, more than double what the average is now.
Luckily, Roosevelt went on television, and he calmed the country down, and......Sorry, I couldn't help it! Please, Joe. We are not in 25-30% unemployment, the stock market hasn't bottomed out totally, everyone hasn't lost all their savings in the banks. What was the Dow Industrial at when it tanked in 1987? How about 775... Nearly SIX THOUSAND points below what it is now. This is a recession, not a depression, folks.
Biden should spend a few minutes with his Mom, and ask her what the Depression was like. We're all lined up and down the street with our 3 cars and 7 TV's at the Soup Line, right? I didn't think so. Biden's words insult everyone who actually went through the Depression, including both my parents. I wish he could just tell the truth, and say 'Things kinda suck right now, but it's been this bad before, and a lot worse.'
But, that's Joe Mouth. That's his job - to say dumb shit, and make us glad that at least Barack Obama is in charge , rather than him..
With the depressed housing market, sellers have gotten extremely inventive at dumping their real estate. This is the story of a house in New Jersey thta recently sold for $1. This isn't some inner city Detroit shithole. This is a Robert Venturi !!!!! No, I don't know who Robert Venturi is - I guess he's the Karl Farvman of architecture. It's a beach house with a sailboat shaped window, and a huge number 9 on the front. To get it for a dollar is a steal - until you factor in the external costs...
You see, it was the main house on a piece of property Barnegat Light, but the new owners of the property had no plans for the house - except to flatten it for something newer and bigger. Rather than demolish it, the owners sold it Robert Gotkin and Deborah Sarnoff, who own a plastic surgery practice in Manhattan. The catch? They would have to pay to move it. The cost to move it 95 miles to their house on Glen Cove , Long Island by barge? Over $100,000.
Sarnoff and Gotkin already own a Venturi built house shaped like a sailboat, and the new one will go on the same property as a guest house. Must look an amusement park at their place.. But, one man's trash is another man's treasure. That, and some people will blow $100k on anything..
Monday, March 16, 2009
You know, even though the weather has been pretty crappy the last few days, I'm in a bit of a chipper mood. I'm not sure why exactly, but i think I've been doing a good job of focusing on the little things in life, and being somewhat grateful for all the things I have - a job, a home, manageable debts, my health, and a good amount of friends. More importantly, a good amount of GOOD friends. Yeah, it's a bit cliche', but for a negative putz like me, it's a breakthrough....
So, to commemorate realizing what I have, and to try and make up for the other two slack posts I put up today, I wanted to tell all of you thanks, and I LOVE YOU ! Here's a clip for you, my friend. I hope you like it.
No, I'm no Irish, but I've been inside enough Irish girls to be an honorary Irishman... Hey, when you like freckles as much as me, you're bound to hang out with a couple Irish girls now and then.
Yes, it's time for another March 17th, the day, where we wear green, eat brisket or corned beef.... and get drunk on nasty, green beer. Yeah, it IS beautiful. Most of you have already celebrated St. Patrick's Day this past weekend in Columbia, but in case you haven't , we offer you this old Irish blessing....
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of His hand.....