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I watched the World Cup and really enjoyed it. There is the issue of flopping, pretending you are tripped, injured and roll on the field in pain.
Key and Peele are very funny comedians. Here is their version of flopping”
Posted on July 14th, 2014 No comments
I received the following story from one of our readers. I get many comments but because much of it is spam e.g. “I love your blog please buy this vacuum cleaner,” I don’t get to read most comments unless they are emailed to me and not posted on the blog. Enjoy this one.
He is engraved in stone in the National War Memorial in Washington, DC-
Back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it.
For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories.
For you younger folks, it’s a bit of trivia that is a part of our American history.
Anyone born in 1913 to about 1950, is familiar with Kilroy.
No one knew why he was so well known- but everybody seemed to get into it.
So who was Kilroy?
In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program,
“Speak to America ,” sponsored a nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy,
Offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article.
Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim,
But only James Kilroy from Halifax , Massachusetts , had evidence of his identity.
‘Kilroy’ was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war who worked as
a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy . His job was to go around
and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and
got paid by the rivet. He would count a block of rivets and put a check mark
in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn’t be counted twice.
When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.
Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time,
Resulting in double pay for the riveters.
One day Kilroy’s boss called him into his office.
The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters,
and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized what had been going on.
The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn’t lend themselves
to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk.
He continued to put his check mark on each job he inspected, but added ‘KILROY WAS HERE’
in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with
The long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message.
Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks.
Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint.
With the war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there
wasn’t time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy’s inspection “trademark” was seen
by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced.
His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen,
Because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific.
Before war’s end, “Kilroy” had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls
to Berlin and Tokyo . To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was
a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that someone named Kilroy had
“been there first.” As a joke, U.S. Servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever
they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.
Kilroy became the U.S. Super-GI who had always “already been” wherever GIs went.
It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable
(it is said to be atop Mt. Everest , the Statue of Liberty , the underside of
The Arc de Triomphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.
As the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely
sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for
Coming invasions by U.S. Troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI’s there).
On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!
In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin,
And Churchill at the Potsdam conference.
Its’ first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian),
“Who is Kilroy?”
To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials
from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he
gave to his nine children as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse in
the Kilroy yard in Halifax , Massachusetts .
Posted on July 4th, 2014 No comments
Today they held the annual hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs on Coney Island. I happened to watch it live on local television. Jaws Chestnut won it again but this was the first time I had seen him “perform.” While the other contestants from time to time would wash down their food, Jaws seem to presoak the hot dogs in liquid. I couldnt tell whether it was water, soda or beer. But his success I believe is linked to his stuffing the mushed mess into his mouth without pausing to drink.
Anyway It is raining hard here on the East coast so mostly indoor activites and no local fireworks. Here is Jaw’s biography:
“Joseph Christian “Jaws” Chestnut (born November 25, 1983) is an American competitive eater. The 6-foot-tall (1.8 m), 225-pound (102 kg) competitive eater is currently ranked first in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. He is a Vallejo, California native who currently resides in San Jose, California”.
Millbrook NY has an amazing treasure, Innisfree Garden, considered one of the great gardens of the world. Here is a new video of the garden. For those of my readers who are too far away, enjoy. For those close enough to visit, dont miss the chance
This does not fall into the category of jealousy, just madcap extravagance. It just doesn’t seem that he should be denied a reasonable fee ($20 Big Ones) to have worked so hard. Note below his claim that the findings against him put too much emphasis on words. Does that mean they should only look at his deeds? I for one think that calling a case bullshit is perfectly reasonable and surely not a reason to throw out the case.
A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) trader who helped lead the firm’s bets against subprime mortgages before the financial crisis asked a court to throw out an arbitration ruling denying him more than $20 million in unpaid compensation.
Deeb Salem encountered a “kangaroo court” and a “shocking and blatant miscarriage of justice” as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrators didn’t allow him to call some of Goldman Sachs’s top trading executives as witnesses, he said in a complaint today in New York State Supreme Court. Salem, 35, said in the complaint that members of the industry-funded regulator’s arbitration panel called his case “ridiculous” and “bulls—” during a hearing.
Salem left the firm in May 2012, a year after a U.S. Senate subcommittee said he and other Goldman Sachs traders tried to manipulate prices of derivatives linked to subprime home loans in 2007 for their own benefit. The subcommittee’s assertions were based in part on Salem’s discussion of an attempted short squeeze in his self-evaluation, a finding which Salem said “put too much emphasis on ‘words,’” according to the Senate report.
I have a friend I grew up with who is a very successful writer. He has published 16 books over the years and I recently had a written correspondence with him commenting about a book he wrote about our old neighborhood and his memories of our early years. He even mentioned me in the book.
Now here is the interesting part. As a talented communicator he doesn’t do email and as far as I know doesn’t even use a computer.
Of course, as a result, he will never read this post so I can tell you anything I want about him but there isn’t much to tell. He married a girl from our high school class, has been married ever since and sits in a chair and writes.
No I wont tell you his name as it’s none of your damn business, any guesses?
Are we the only ones whose mailbox is filled with catalogs? I received one yesterday titled QCI Direct, formerly Picket Fence. I shuffled through it before tossing it and found numerous things that I wouldn’t even want for free. Do any of my readers need:
1- Solar powered wind chime
2- Portable handgrip suctions for your bathtub
4- Hair removal at home
6-Lawn aeration spiked shoes
7-Solar powered decorative owl
And last and probably least
Eliminate Wasps Without Chemicals Deter wasps without traps, pesticides or harming the environment. The Waspinator replicates the look of an enemy nest. Territorial wasps see it and scoot. Nothing to spray, fill, empty or clean. Just puff out the sides and hang. Repels instead of attracting. 16″ l.
Posted on June 12th, 2014 No comments
Many of my readers I am sure have heard the endless ads on radio for MyPillow.com. It turns out that this pillow costs $70, I guess about 5 times the price of even a good standard pillow. Here are a few comments from the internet:
1-I bought the “green” standard size pillow. and chose the 10-14 day shipping option for a shipping charge of $10 on the company website. I was pleasantly surprised when I had it delivered 3 days later. I unpacked the pillow, which came in a frighteningly small box just larger than a 2 liter bottle. The pillow was very flat when it came out, but it expanded somewhat as it sat there for a few hours. I put the pillow in the drier for 10 minutes as suggested on the sheet that it was packed with. The pillow had greatly expanded and was now the size and thickness of a standard pillow.
2-I did not notice any of the odor that a few others have mentioned. I have used memory foam pillows, so I know exactly what kind of chemical smell they are mentioning, and this pillow did not have any of that smell. I am wondering if the people that did notice a smell either got a bad batch or if the pillow they bought was not an authentic My Pillow. I even asked my girlfriend, who is very sensitive to smells, if she noticed a smell, and she did not.
3-As far as sound that the pillow makes while laying on it, I specifically listened for sound and could only hear a VERY slight rustling noise while I moved that was only slightly louder than a standard pillow. I have used sobakawa pillows which are incredibly loud, and My Pillow is nothing like this.
I will not buy one nor will I buy the spray paint can that supposedly covers bald spots or exercise equipment which always ends up in the yard sale.
Posted on June 12th, 2014 No comments
Roosevelt Field Long Island. Lucky Lindy took off eighty seven years ago and crossed the Atlantic for the first time man had flown a plane single handed from Long Island to Le Bourget field near Paris. Forty five years ago Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. 9 years earlier President Kennedy spoke to the Nation and set the goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. The space program is all but gone now and we are spending one tenth of one percent of our entire federal budget on cancer research. What’s wrong with this picture?