Thursday, January 31, 2008


Each year I participate in the MS Walk, an important charitable function for me as my grandmother suffered from multiple sclerosis and two dear people who have been in my life are presently battling the disease.

My friend Jennie is doing a heroic job of fighting her condition, while at the same time raising a toddler and taking care of a husband who works many hours at a challenging job.

If you click on the link to the right, you will go to my MS page. At this writing I am 0% toward my goal of raising $250, and I would love to raise much more.

Help us out. Five dollars, ten dollars, whatever you can do. Every little bit helps.

You can donate on-line or email me and I can send you an address if you wish, to mail your support.

Thanks in advance to all who join me in seeking an end to multiple sclerosis.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

All Hat and No Cattle

My last night in Dallas I went to a rather well-respected local steakhouse (one with the word "cattle" in its name), and ordered a ribeye cooked medium rare.

When the steak was presented it immediately had the appearance of something well-done. But a little searing on the outside that belies a cool, red center is okay with me.

But it was not to be. The steak was not only well-done, but very well-done. It was awful, and I consumed but three or four small bites. When the waitress returned to the table, she could sense by displeasure and realized, by looking at the cut, that it had not been prepared to my specifications. When she asked me, "You don't like the steak?" I replied, "It's all hat and no cattle, friendo."

Images from the Past

Carowinds amusement park, 1986.

From left to right: me, George, Fred.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Call it, Friendo

Quoted from the Urban Dictionary (used without permission): Friendo - An intimidating word you use when you want to shake down or scare someone who actually isn't really a friend.

"Call it, friendo."

- Anton Chigurh (played by Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men), to an old, simple convenience store proprietor after flipping a coin to determine whether the old man lives or dies. Bardem is the favorite to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the cold, money-seeking hit man.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

From Dallas, Texas

Ah, the great state of Texas, where everything is big, including my dinner bill last night.

I received a challenge this week which I will attempt to meet with courage and honor: Mike challenged me to use the phrase “all hat and no cattle” at least once while I am in Dallas. And that I must call someone "Friendo."

I shall make every effort, and report back in this space on my success.

In the mean time, pardner, it's back to work with me.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Images from the Past

Jolly gets his American Express Card. The year was 1989, and I lived with Jolly and Terry in a little house on State Street in Cayce.
That's Randall pictured with Jolly and his AMEX card.
Shortly after this photo was taken, Jolly exclaimed, "Kick it!" and purchased a new set of drums, a Ford Mustang, and a selection of items from the 59/69/79 cents value menu at Taco Bell.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Stuck in the Snow

My friend Matt sent me a few pictures from our recent snowmobiling trip to Hyak, Washington, in the Cascade Mountains. That's Matt's sled sunk in six feet of fresh powder, and that's me trying to dig it out.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Farwell to Favorite Toonsmiths

I have been reading the David Michaelis's book on Charles Schulz, which I am enjoying very much. I have always enjoyed Peanuts, since I was a small child, and Schulz's humor and insight instilled in me a love of cartoons that I carry even until this day.

Schulz died in February of 2000 with instructions that no new artists would ever be allowed to draw or create Peanuts comic strips, though new animated television specials, taken from stories previously crafted by Schulz in his comic strip, will continue to be produced.

We have lost several other cartoonists in the last year whose work I have admired:
  • Joseph Barbara, the famed television animator, created and produced memorable shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones.
  • Doug Marlette, a political cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize, was widely known for the comic strip Kudzu.
  • In April both Brant Parker, 86, and Johnny Hart, 76, died. Parker and Hart created the Wizard of ID and Hart alone was responsible for B.C.
  • Iwao Takamoto, creator of Scooby Doo.

And in an unusual and controversial twist, Lisa Moore, a character in the daily comic strip Funky Winkerbean, who was married to perennial favorite Les Moore, died of breast cancer in October.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A Few More Photos from Christmas

A tired child after a busy day, Christmas lights at Disney-MGM Studios, dinner at the drive-in, and goofing over breakfast at Mickey's Kitchen.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

A Few Pictures from Christmas at Disney World

The Wilderness Lodge, Cinderella's castle at night, Main Street USA decorated for Christmas, and my daughter and I at the Disney MGM Studios park.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Recent New York Times

Thanks to Tim Hill for the image.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Year 2008 Arrives!

And here are a few other things that arrived this morning:
  • The newspaper.
  • A new Washington minimum wage of $8.07.
  • A 2007 "wrap-up" column in newspapers nationwide from the mostly-silent Dave Barry.
  • The Twilight Zone marathon on the Sci-Fi channel.
  • Collard greens and black eyed peas.
  • Colds for two of us in the household.
  • A new service package from DirecTV.
  • A leap year.
  • The end of sending and receiving text messages in motor vehicles in Washington state: "texting" is now illegal.
  • The Chinese Year of the Rat bringing prosperity with a side of egg rolls to all who embrace the DVD release of Ratatouille.

Oh yes - and a very Happy New Year to you all, of course!