THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS & DOGS
Brooklyn Boy sent me the article Mystery cat takes regular bus to the shops, which reminded me of a similar story about a local dog.
I worked across the street from a dive of a bar called the McClintock, upon which I based my Spud Shelanski story. The owner had a beagle named Buddy who sunned himself in the front window while putting on a great show for passers-by. During the Christmas season, he’d bark and howl at the horse drawn carriages.
Buddy was known for visiting area restaurants. He'd trot right in the front door and someone would give him food. His was a discerning palate, according to his owner, because he’d bypass a few of our local eateries causing him to wander far and wide for his culinary delights. So his owner attached a medallion to his collar which instructed anyone who found him to put Buddy in a Vet's Taxi. (One time the cops found him toddling along the interstate.) The taxi drivers knew Buddy and would deliver him back to the bar where they would get paid.
Buddy’s activities were such a hoot that the McClintock owner and the Vet’s Taxi owner got together and made this hilarious TV commercial using Buddy. "Have a carefree evening of fun at the McClintock and then let a Vet's taxi safely take you home." There was Buddy shown hopping out of the taxi, trotting into the McClintock and hopping upon a bar stool. Later, there was Buddy trotting out of the bar and into the taxi out front.
Everyone loved Buddy, but the health department finally banned him from the bar, which made no sense cuz Buddy was the cleanest thing there.
LET TONY WHACK THE TERRORISTS
Cent'anni! It's an Italian toast meaning may you live happily for a hundred years. America was always the land of hope and promise, the land where "pursuit of happiness" is our inalienable right. Maybe I'm gettin' older, or maybe I'm just too damned cynical for my own good. But I'gotta tell'ya that I see politics ruining America. God love him, but President Bush, despite his valiant efforts and total commitment to the WOT, is being battered about like a political piñata by the half-vast Left and the driveby media and even by some Repubs. Which is why, as I was absorbed in the SOPRANOS on Sunday night, I kept thinking that Tony would know how to deal with the terrorists. No sit downs for T. Just whack 'em. And he'd put those cafones on the Left, and those on the Right, in their place, too. There was a time when I facetiously suggested putting the mob in charge of defeating the terrorists. Lately, however, I'm giving it more credence -- well, kinda. Maybe a Capo di tutti capi is what the WOT needs. Take the politics out of the war and let Tony whack the terrorists.
I loved Sunday night's episode of The Sopranos. The opening scene was a perfect foreshadowing of the final shows. With cops banging incessantly on their front door early in the morning, Carm bolts upright in bed and asks, "Is this it?" The big surprise for me was when Bobby admitted that he had never "popped his cherry" by whacking someone.
Here's the synopsis.
I didn't think it was slow, however ... Final Season Premiere: For those of you who were disappointed by the lack of action and violence in the last season, rest assured, and brace yourselves: you're in for a classic--and merciless--Sopranos comeback! Although the first episode will start slow, by the end of the second, it will be quite apparent that the show will neither bow out quietly, nor succumb to a dull exit. This final season promises to be packed wall-to-wall with dramatic, jaw-dropping, and riveting scenes confirming that in its final hours, the show will get ugly!
Cast your VOTE HERE: Who do you think will get whacked this season on "The Sopranos"?
Interblogatory musings ...
8 Speaking of presidents, Doug Powers wants to know, Do We Really Want a President Who Is Afraid of a Cable Network? (scroll down to heading): A presidential candidate who’s afraid of a friggin’ cable television network probably isn’t the best equipped to protect the nation from Iran, Al Qaeda, Kim Jong Il or any other threat — but dammit, they’ll have shown Fox News who’s scared!
8 Y'gotta be kidding! Blog Police?
8 If you could, Which Show Would You Stop?
8 Is thatch all there is? Roofers Wanted: Irish thatchers are turning to immigrant labor to fill the empty slots.
8 Don’t leave home without your fast food maps.