Using my blog to try and make the world a better place. If I can help someone forget their troubles for a few minutes a day, it's all worth it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Haunted Houses

I always liked the concept of haunted houses, although I've never been in one. If any house could be haunted, it's the one I presently own - it's pre-civil war. But so far, no ghosts (yet). The tenants who were in place before I bought the house said it was haunted, but I've found no evidence that it is. I'm sort of disappointed. I wouldn't mind the company.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

I just love these guys:

Peanuts is probably one of THE most successful comic strips ever. I don't think their appeal will ever die (well, for me anyway). You can check out their website at:

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Keep On Truckin

This was a popular phrase in the 70's. You would see it on bumper stickers, tee-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, etc.

To this day I have absolutely NO IDEA what this means, nor do I think anybody else did, either.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Reefer Madness

This illustration for Job Cigarette Papers was done by Alphonse Mucha in the late 1800's. Job is still selling cigarette papers to this day, but come on, who REALLY uses these for cigarette tobacco anymore???????

Once when i was 'using', i went to the local convenience store and said to the cashier: "I'd like a pack of cigarette papers please". And she said "Oh, rolling your own?? Don't worry honey, I used to buy these, too, until I couldn't afford what you put in them anymore".

She was such a nice lady....

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Saturday, November 19, 2005

My Grandfather Joe

This old guy is exactly the same type of guy as my old grandfather Joe. He died in the mid 80's. He was the type of guy who would pick on you even if you minded your own business. Me as the artistic, sensitive type, i was always the object of his mean-ness. Back when he was a little boy (ca. 1900), it was the era when little boys were dressed to look like girls. There was a photo of him in my grandmother's house with his hair done up in curls and a hair bow, and a dress-looking type of outfit. He looked like Shirley Temple.......

Friday, November 18, 2005

So Typical Of Some People:

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Cool House Plans

If you're a fan of architecture like I am, or are planning on building your dream home, click on the link below:

I visit this site all the time. This plan is probably my favorite, I may build it somewhere on my property.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Life lessons I learned on 70's TV

"Not everyone's going to like you" - One Day At A Time

"You know, Kip, there's going to be many things in your lifetime worth fighting for, and many causes to stand up for. But you better choose your fights carefully, because you're not going to win them all. Remember that." - Bosom Buddies

"You shouldn't put down a loser Cindy. You might just be one yourself someday." - The Brady Bunch

"Well, Lana, a leopard can't change his spots". "That's true, but he can climb a different tree every once in a while." - Three's Company

Saturday, November 12, 2005

70s TV Show Line-up

The following is from an article about TV in the 70's (when there were actually decent things to watch):

"You could make a strong argument that during the early 1970s, CBS on Saturday night had the single best night of prime-time TV ever: "All in the Family," "M-A-S-H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show."

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Reasons I Like Having A Beard

These are just 4 reasons I like having a beard (by the way, i'm not either of these 2 guys):

1. You get called "sir" more often.

2. It's the one fashion statement women CAN'T copy (although biologically i guess they can).

3. You can style it yourself.

4. It's acceptable at the office but you can still be a hippie on the weekends.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The GOLDEN years

I'm not looking forward to getting older.

When life imitates art (or vice versa)

In the mid 90's, I worked at a donut shop in Orleans, Mass (as mentioned in my bio). I worked behind the counter like the guy in the photo, but i didn't wear that hat or dress in white. This shop is EXACTLY the same as the one I worked at. It was called Sunrise Donuts. It's still there today. I also worked the evening shift (can you imagine working evenings in a donut shop????????). The only difference is there was a door in the corner right behind the guy sitting by himself. There was an inside door exactly where the one pictured is. It's uncanny. On the job application there was a question: "Why do you want to work at Sunrise Donuts?". I wrote: "Because donuts make the world a better place". I didn't sell many donuts, but I sold alot of coffee.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Free To Be You And Me

In 1972 (or was it '74?), Marlo Thomas and her friends came out with "Free to be you and me". It was a one-hour long special targeted towards young children. It's goal was to help us accept ourselves despite our flaws.

Rosey Grier told us that it was allright to cry, it would make us feel better. Alan Alda taught us it was okay for boys to play with dolls, and Michael Jackson sang of the fact that he didn't need to change at all, he was fine just as he was...... (yeah, right, Michael!).

I never had this album but my cousins had it. I saw a re-run of this show on TvLand a few years ago. It's interesting to note that Michael Jackson's name is not given credit on the front cover.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Hillside Singers

One of my favorite groups of the 70's is the Hillside Singers. They sang "I'd like to teach the world to sing and furnish it with love". If you're into folk music, this cd is a must-buy. If I could offer any advice it would be: Don't play this cd if you're driving your car at night and you're tired. It could put you to sleep.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Mothers and caterpillars don't mix.

In the summer of '74, we lived in a split level home. Off the upper level, from the dining area, was a sliding glass door that led to a deck. Mom used to sunbathe and fall asleep. One day, while she was sunbathing (and sleeping) my friends and I were playing with caterpillars. We went up onto the deck where mom was, and i placed a caterpillar on her stomach. We were standing around her in a circle to see what would happen. She opened her eyes, looked down at her stomach, and panicked. I got in so much trouble, especially when we started to laugh. I heard my first 4-letter words that day. I was grounded for the rest of the day. I was a pretty rotten kid. I don't think my friends were ever allowed over after that day. Come to think of it, mom was always fair skinned, and after all that sunbathing, I don't ever remember seeing her with a tan....

Tuesday, November 01, 2005