Sunday, July 28, 2013

Musical Memories Featuring Barry McGuire

Cosmic Cowboy


Bullfrogs and Butterflies


Eve Of Destruction



Friday, July 26, 2013

The Shaved Duck Revisited

 My brother, Rich, my sister--n-law, Linda, Chris, and I decided to go to The Shaved Duck for dinner tonight. This is the third time Chris and me have been there. The food is fabulous. It is a great neighborhood restaurant located at 2900 Virginia Ave in south St. Louis, MO.

We started with the Pulled Pork Flatbread for an appetizer.

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Chris tried the
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 Linda had the
Pulled Beef Brisket Sandwich - $10.99 
Slowly smoked and pulled to serve sandwich style
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Rich opted for the 
Pork Steak and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes.

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The food was delicious. Ourserver, Amber, was attentive without hovering. We ate till we were full...and then...our server mentioned dessert. Rich had a decadent Peanut Butter Pie. It was decadent.

Being from St. Louis, I opted for a local treat a Gooey Butter Brownie...with a small glass of milk as a chaser. I wish we could show you pics of the dessert...but they were too wonderful to take the time to snap any more photos as dessert was shared all around the table. If you're looking for a new spot to eat in St. Louis, Mo...Try the Shaved Duck...You won't be disappointed.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Musical Memories: The Sounds of Summer

 Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer-Nat King Cole



In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry


Hot Fun in the Summertime- Sly & the Family Stone


Summer In The City - The Lovin' Spoonful

Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts



Sunday, July 14, 2013

A DDD Themed Birthday Party

It's no secret that Chris and I are addicted to DDD...the Food Network Show starring Guy Fieri..."Diners, Drive-ins &Dives". We have been to restaurants featured on the show in Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska. We had planned adding Tennessee to our list of DDD places...but decided that home repairs needed to take precedence.

Chris was discussing how our plans fell through with her sisters. She was disappointed because the trip was supposed to be part of  my 60th birthday celebration. One of her sisters suggested having a DDD themed birthday party for me. Chris loved the idea so she sprung into action. She sent out the invites...instead of presents bring a DDD inspired dish. Recipes are on the Food Network site.

The party was last night. There were some outstanding dishes. It's hard to pick a favorite. Chris used the recipe to make fried chicken from Big Mama's in Omaha. Jerry and Freddie made BBQ spaghetti from Highway 61 Roadhouse. Christopher brought Jambalaya. Rich and Linda brought BBQ ribs. Ann made a wonderful salsa. John brought super cole slaw. I'm not sure what the Tex Mex chicken recipe that Mona and Cletus brought is called. Add to that watermelon...meat and cheese platters and there was food galore...and it was all wonderful. 

If I missed anyone, I apologize...I am old after all. They say the memory is the first to go...and I can't remember who they are.

Rich and Linda, Mom, John and Donna, Eric and Amy thank you all  for the gifts...I appreciate them even though they weren't necessary. A special thank you to Connie for all the assistance you gave Chris with party prep, errands, cleaning etc...I know Chris ran you ragged. We both appreciate it...although I have to get back at you for the the senior citizen cane. Be afraid...very, very afraid.

DDD and me
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Chris and Ron next to DDD sign
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Jerry, Freddie, and Mona next to th spread
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The Spread
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Spider-Man Balloons...what can I say...Chris decorated
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The Spider-Man Cake...again Chris did it. It was a neat idea from Sam's Club. It was 30 cupcakes with icing making it look like a web cake. It was a hit.
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Even though I'm 60, I still like Spidey...However, I'm not sure I would have chosen him as decorations or cake. LOL

There was more food than the 25 of us could eat. Plenty of leftovers for the week. I think everyone enjoyed themselves...and as for me...being another year older with aches and pains...still beats the alternative. Doesn't it?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Musical Memories from July 1953

Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes - Perry Como

 Till I Waltz Again With You- Teresa Brewer

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window - Patti Page

You You You -The Ames Brothers 

Rags To Riches - Tony Bennett

On This Day...

Saturday, July 11, 1953
Top News Headlines This Week:
Jul 12 - KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting   Jul 13 - J A Bruwer discovers asteroids #1658 Innes & #3284   Jul 14 - 1st natl monument dedicated to a Negro-George Washington Carver   Jul 14 - NL beats AL 5-1 in 20th All Star Game (Crosley Field Cincinnati)   Jul 14 - 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati   Jul 14 - Communist offensive in Korea  
Top Songs for 1953
I'm Walking Behind You by Eddie Fisher     Song from Moulin Rouge by Percy Faith    
You You You by Ames Brothers     Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes by Perry Como    
Vaya Con Dios by Les Paul & Mary Ford     No Other Love by Perry Como    
Rags to Riches by Tony Bennett     The Doggie In the Window by Patti Page    
Till I Waltz Again with You by Teresa Brewer     St. George and the Dragonet by Stan Freberg    
1953 Prices US President
Bread:  $0.16/loaf Dwight D. Eisenhower
Milk:  $0.94/gal US Vice President
Eggs:  $0.75/doz Richard M. Nixon
Car:  $1,850 Academy Award Winners
Gas:  $0.29/gal
Best Picture:From Here To Eternity
 Directed By Fred Zinnemann
Best Actor:William Holden
 in Stalag 17
Best Actress:Audrey Hepburn
 in Roman Holiday
House:  $17,400
Stamp:  $0.03/ea
Avg Income:  $4,706/yr
Min Wage:  $0.75/hr
DOW Avg:    281
People born on July 11
1953 - Leon Spinks US, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic-gold-1976)
1899 - E B White, writer (Charlotte's Web, Elements of Style)
On TV in 1953
What's My Line?    U.S. Steel Hour    Jackie Gleason Show    Omnibus    Make Room for Daddy   
Our Miss Brooks    I Love Lucy    Kukla, Fran and Ollie    The Burns and Allen Show    Dragnet   
Hot New Toys in 1953
Plastic Army Men   
Top Books in 1953
The Mirror and the Lamp by Meyer Howard Abrams     The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow    
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark     Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin    
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Mean Drunk

Two men are sitting drinking at a bar at the top of the Empire State Building, when the first man turns to the other and says "You know, last week I discovered that if you jump from the top of this building, the winds around the building are so intense that by the time you fall to the 10th floor, they carry you around the building and back into a window". The bartender just shakes his head in disapproval while wiping the bar. 

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The second guy says, "What, are you nuts? There's no way that could happen. "No, its true," the first man says. "Let me prove it to you." He gets up from the bar, jumps over the balcony, and plummets toward the street below. 

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As he nears the 10th floor, the high winds whip him around the building and back into the 10th floor window and he takes the elevator back up to the bar. 

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He meets the second man, who looks quite astonished. "You know, I saw that with my own eyes, but that must have been a one time fluke." "No, I'll prove it again," says the first man as he jumps again. Just as he is hurtling toward the street, the 10th floor wind gently carries him around the building and into the window. Once upstairs he urges his fellow drinker to try it. 

"Well, why not." the second guy says, "It works. I'll try it." 

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He jumps over the balcony, plunges downward passes the 11th, 10th 9th, 8th, floors. . . . . and hits the sidewalk with a SPLAT. 

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Back upstairs the bartender turns to the other drinker and says, "You know Superman, you're a real jerk when you're drunk". 

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Happy Fourth of July!!!

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God Bless America- Kate Smith


America the Beautiful - Ray Charles

God Bless America Again - Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty

The Stars and Stripes Forever - U.S. Army Field Band


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