Wednesday, February 29, 2012



I have been singing this song in my head for days!  Rachel and I are obsessed with The Big Bang Theory.  We watch it every night, at least once.  I have a nerd crush on Sheldon...

Here are the lyrics so you can sign along with the link above

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty, Little ball of fur;
Happy Kitty, Sleepy Kitty, Purr Purr Pur.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012


 ~  Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th was the first fictional character to receive an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award.  Others include Godzilla and Chewbacca.

~  Jon Stewart proposed to his wife with a specially commissioned crossword puzzle.  New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz helped put together the puzzle.

~  The original 7 members of the Justice League of America were Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Green Lantern.  In their first joint appearance in DC Comics in March 1960, they took on Starro the Conquerer.

~  Cyndi Lauper sang the opening theme song on the Saturday morning kiddie TV show Peewee's Playhouse.  She is listed in the credits under the stage name Ellen Shaw.

~  Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, launched his cooking career at the age of 40 when he started preparing food for hungry travelers in the rear living quarters of a gas station he ran in Corbin, Kentucky.

Monday, February 27, 2012


Well, I guess I survived my virus.  I missed Thursday and Friday of last week with a terrible sinus infection.  I finally got what has been going around. 

When I got up this morning and left for work, I realized that I had not left my house since last Thursday! 

It is good to be back in the land of the living.

(Jimmy, I am sorry I kissed you last Saturday and now you are sick.)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Happy Mardi Gras!

~  The name Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, a day of feasting before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. This day is also known as Shrove Tuesday.

The first known Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans took place in 1837, though prior to that it was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703.

~  Floats became part of the New Orleans celebration in 1837.

~  The official colors of Mardi Gras have meanings. Purple is for justice, gold is for power and green is for faith. These were chosen by the Grand Duke of Russia in 1857.

 ~  Mardi Gras became a legal holiday in Louisiana in 1875.

~  Krewes, which are parade groups, started as private social clubs. The oldest of these is Comus which was founded in 1857. 

~  The tradition of handing out items to the audience dates back to Renaissance Europe. In New Orleans, the first person to do that was a Krewe member dressed as Santa Claus in the 1880s.

Monday, February 20, 2012


 What a wonderful time we had Saturday night in the first ever Decatur Mardi Gras parade!  The rain held off, and there were big crowds of spectators!  The float of the Crewe of Chaos was the place to be!  Khef is getting the float ready with the dry ice (above).

We were all so proud of the end product of our float.  Blood, sweat, tears and beer went into the decorating of the trailer.  It looked so good.  The crowd loved the color coded cans tied to the back (Grapico, Countrytime Lemonade, and Mountain Dew!)

 Let's see who all is ready to get their parade on!  There's Btut in the trailer and Wino Bill waving behind her...also Scapecoat (not sure that nickname is going to stay), P Lolly, and L BigDawes waiting to go!

Here's Btut and TCW mid-parade.  We had so much fun throwing out beads, cups, toys, coins and balls!

After pulling the float back to Mom's garage we all sat around, had a few beers, and patted ourselves on the back. (J, R RightWright, AndyRandy and TCW)

This would not have been possible without Dr. Sweephay and A Andyrandy!  Thanks for showing us how much fun Mardi Gras can be!

K RightWright and Scapecoat with the winning float! 

Thanks again everyone.  It really was a blast!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


...That is Sally's new nick name for when she is eating baby squirrels and field mice that she catches.  As I mention in previous blogs (see "Murder on Pennylane" and the one about Washaway laughing at inappropriate times) Sally catches and then proceeds to almost completely eat various prey.  It is so gross!  One time, Rachel and I were in the Smoking Lounge and she had left a squirrel head under my chair.  She always catches prey and then brings them to the Smoking Lounge to devour.  And I mean devour...bones and all!  You can hear them CRUNCH!

Therefore TCW and I thought up a nick name for when she is such a cannibal.  And what more appropriate name than a take off from one of your favorite movies Silence of the Lambs.

Her new nickname can be added to the already pretty extensive list of Sally nicknames:  Salad, Creamy Parmesan, Evil Zlid, Salibu, Wombat, Wombatacus, TinkTink, Sally May Jefferson Jackson Johnson Washington....

(I think the pic above represents her in her killing personality!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

 ~  Sherlock Holmes pursued the hobby of beekeeping after he retired from crime solving.
~  The only currency found in Abraham Lincoln's wallet after he was assassinated was a Confederate five dollar bill.

~  Hot tempered tennis star Goran Ivanisevic was forced to withdraw from the Samsung Open in Brighton, England in 2000 because he ran out of rackets during a match.  The hard-serving Croat had smashed 3 rackets in three separate outbursts and didn't have another one with him.

 ~  A century old pair of Levi's jeans discovered in a long-abandoned Colorado coal mine was sold for $25,000 in 1997.

~  The spice turmeric gives American-style mustard its yellow color.


It's beginning to look a lot like Mardi Gras!  Thanks Wino Bill for the great banner.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

THIS COULD BE TROUBLE... friends and power tools....

...using a trash can as a saw horse...

...ingesting adult beverages...

 ...all in the comfort of Miss Polly's garage!

Carpenter BigDawes!

Dr. Sweephay and TCW!

Carpenter J and the Krewe!  Wish us luck.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


~  The first players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League were required to attend Charm school classes during spring training.  The AAGPBL, which existed from 1943 to 1954, was memorialized in the 1992 film A League of Their Own.

~  Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offers a performance degree in bagpipes.  The university, founded by Scottish-born steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, has offered the degree since 1990.

~  Susan Lucci was nominated 19 times for an Emmy Award before she finally won in 1999.

~  Violet is the color that has the shortest wavelength.  The visible colors, from shortest to longest wavelengths, are violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.

~  In personal ads, the acronym DDF stands for Drug and Disease Free.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Had a great time at the Right Wright's Friday for the Birthday/Family Reunion Singin'!  Here they are singing a lovely duet!  Thanks for providing such quality entertainment!  Loved the Christmas Song!

 Wait, who is that?  Yes, it is Wino Bill, Btut and TCW....(sorry these pics are so dark)

"May I make a request?  It is time to get our Broadway on...

 "I want to wake up in the city that doesn't sleep.... find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap!"

  Love the "jazz hand" K Right Wright

Thanks again for a wonderful time! And Happy Birthday R RW!

 Happy Birthday KL (notice AndyRandy promoting his favorite team and the beer rings on the wine bottle)

I think TCW and Btut had a good time too!