Sunday Morning Music

We’re going for
an international
kinda feel today
with our
Sunday Morning
Music post…..

you’ll see what
I mean, I think.

I hope you
really enjoy it.


Sade —
I Will Be Your Friend


Boozoo Chavis —
Sugar Bee


Snow Patrol —


Red Elvises
” Red Lips Red Eyes Red Stockings


Thin Lizzy —
Whiskey In The Jar


Rolling Stones —


Moseek —
A Room And A Kitchen


Bob Marley —
Sun Is Shining


Seo Linn —
” Buy Me Time


Tears For Fears —
Head Over Heels


Christie McVie —
Love Will Show Us The Way


Radiohead —
” High And Dry


Little River Band —


Grateful Dead  —
Mexicali Blues


Aslan —
Crazy World


Shonen Knife —
Buttercup (I’m a Super Girl)


ZZ Top —music
Mexican Blackbird


U2 —
” Vertigo


Cold Play —
A Sky Full Of Stars


Flower Kings —
Serious Dreamers


Manhattan Transfer —
I Know Why


Ghinzu —
Take It Easy


Amy Winehouse —
Lullaby Of Birdland


Rush —


Golden Earring —
Radar Love


Swing Out Sister —
” Where In The World


!!! HOY !!!



Friday Mail Bag

Bonjour and
Bienvenue to
another Friday
Mail Bag Post.

Read the Tumblr update
at the bottom if you’re

In the meantime:
Our post today
has quite an
feel to it,
— and
it’s almost
that have
being victimized
( errrr…
I mean,
utilized )
in previous
Friday editions.


Oh man,
who knows?

Cause they’re
all great cards,
and I appreciate
everybody who
sent em in.

No matter
where you
go in this big
ole world ,
or west –

– you’ll still
find plenty
of folks
a laugh or two.

While a
sense of
humor is
you’re traveling,
it certainly
don’t hurt
any at
all other
as well.





An update on the Tumblr situation —
our site over there (which is where we
post stuff a bit more adult-oriented
that isn’t appropriate for WP) is going dark as of the 17th, but we are trying out a few new platforms -including:
Sharesome, Mastodon, and Fetlife-
– and of course, we’re still open to
suggestions !!!
(From experience, of course).

If you’re in the same boat,
look us up over there at
the same user name as the
Tumblr one and please
follow/send a friend request !


!!! HOY !!!



No Ordinary Ordinaries

This is a big ole world —

and although I
certainly recognize
that it’s impossible
that we should all
get to know each other ,

( heaven knows exactly
what THAT would
teach a person about
human nature )

— it’s nice to find things
that we all seem to have
in common, no matter
how far you get from home.

And there are a surprising
number of things, once
you start counting.

One of my favorites is
the love of delicious food
is something you will find
in every part of the world.

Sometimes, of course,
how you define ‘delicious’
requires more of an open
mind and things may take
a little getting used to,
perhaps even an adjustment
made to accommodate
your new surroundings.

Just remember —
— if it’s the
spécialité de maison,
smile and say YUM.

It’s true, though –
ingredients can often throw
you even if you ain’t usually
scared to stray out of your
comfort zone.

Another is seasoning –
– what you and
I might think
is ‘too hot to handle’
wouldn’t impress
the average 5 year
old Thai kid —

— and what seems ‘too fishy’
to your Aunt Sally might be
right up the alley for a
resident of the
Hawaiian Islands
in their ‘Poke’.

How do you like salt
in your coffee ?

Folks in parts of Ethiopia
won’t drink coffee without it.

Textures and scents that
you’re not used to can also
throw you —

— chewy drinks like:
Bubble Tea In Taiwan
my friend Juanita’s Orxata —

or that sticky, smelly fruit
from Southeast Asia
called Durian.

Condiments can seem
very strange, too —

Banana Ketchup
is a popular
one in the Philippines —

and in Sweden,
they’ve got
some stuff in a tube they
spread on toast
that’s supposed
to taste sorta like caviar
but is actually cod roe  –
called, oddly enough –
‘ Kaviar ‘ .

And it does beat
eating dry toast, so….

As like we say around
here a lot, it’s all about

Culture is like that too.

And that’s why travel
is so important –

— it exposes and opens
one up to the possibilities
in food,
in clothing,
in life style,
in attitudes,
— in every thing.

It doesn’t mean
that you’ve
got to put yak butter
in your tea the
rest of your life,
if you don’t like it once
you’ve tried it –

— but it does
mean that you recognize
that people have
the right to like it
the way they like it.

And why would you
have it any other way?

!! HOY !!


The International Scout

Before there was a Bronco –

Before there was a Blazer –

Before there was —

there was always
a war-surplus Jeep,
I guess.

it goes back
a ways, any way –

The International Scout
was the ‘go-to’ vehicle for
folks who wanted to ‘go to’
when the weather or terrain
otherwise wouldn’t cooperate.

The SUV class of vehicle,
now rather common, was
an unheard of term in the
middle part of the
20th century….

— most vehicles made to serve
that function were tractor-like,
or truck-like.

International Harvester,
a tractor manufacturer
themselves, saw a market
for a vehicle like a Jeep
(but not a Jeep) that could go all
sorts of places without having to
train a special equipment operator –

– it would handle
like an automobile,
and have amenities
the Jeep CJ didn’t offer –

— but also have the
toughness necessary for the job.

The head of International Scout
design department once said:
the task was basically to
“design something to
replace the horse” .

In late 1960,
the first Scout 80
came off the assembly line
in Fort Wayne, Indiana –
equipped with a rather
under-powered 152 c.i slant
4 cylinder gasoline engine,
a fold down windshield,
removable windows,
either fixed or removable roof,
and was available in either
2 wheel or 4 wheel drive models.

The 4 cylinder engine utilized
was actually the right half of
a 392 V-8 “Comanche” engine
used in the International
“TravelAll” pickup truck.

Scout quickly developed a
reputation for durability
and reliability, and the
Scout 8 series
(80, 800, 810)
(with small refinements
along the way, like:
electric wipers in 1967,
a SportTop convertible
option in 1966-1968,
glam packages like the
“Champagne Series”
with headliner, door
and floor treatments,
and finally,
an offering of a 266 C.I. V-8
in 1967) continued until 1971 –
when it was ‘replaced’ by
the Scout II – which were
produced until 1980.

Following the tendency
on the part of International
Harvester’s tractor
manufacturing mentality
not to make heavy style
changes on tried
and true machines,
in particular in sheet metal,
the Scout II wasn’t all that
different from the original
Scout –

— it is easily enough distinguished
from the previous models by
horizontal bars in the grill
and SCOUT II markings,
but otherwise, it takes someone
who’s an affectionado to really
explain the differences in
each years offering.

And one of the things that
does make the whole Scout line
stand out, other than the
affection and dedication
their owners seem to have
for their vintage vehicles,
is the long list of special
versions that were offered
at one time or another —

— one might see a
‘Soft Top Safari’ ,
a ‘Traveller’ with a hatchback ,
a ‘Terra’ with a half top,
a ‘Shawnee’ with a Hurst performance package,
a ‘Midas’ camper
conversion, and any
one of
a number of others–

This was simply due to
the fact that the IH Scout
platform was so flexible,
adaptable, and dependable.

No wonder so many
folks still love them-
even 38 years after
they were last produced.

!!! HOY !!!


July 7th is National Ice Cream Day

a1I recently got an ice cream machine……

You know…….
so I could make homemade Ice Cream.

It’s not one of those gizmos you might be thinking of, though……

This one doesn’t use ice, or salt, or a crank.

According to the directions, you just freeze the liner thingee for a coupla hours (days), plug it in, and you’re ready to make ice cream.

I’m not saying it doesnt work…
— it works.

It’s just not up to the demands I’m making on it, I guess.

11I mean, when I want ice cream, I don’t want to have to wait three days for the liner to freeze, and then cook up some custard, cool that, and then wait again for the damn thing to mush it together.

I want instant homemade ice cream.

And it doesn’t do that.

I guess what I really need is one of those high tech (and high dollar) restaurant gadgets with the built in freezee device.

Like they use on Iron Chef to make sushi favored ice cream.

1917Does anybody wanna give me a amen and a YUCK-O?

I love sushi.

I love ice cream.

That doesn’t mean I want them in the same bowl.

Travelling as an ice cream fan isn’t always easy, ya know.

coolnessCause Yer Ole Uncle Nuts’ travellers rule book clearly states : “When in Rome… ”

That means, you got try the local specialities.

Even if they don’t sound ……. ummmm…. all that appetitizing.

Ever tried Octopus flavored ice cream?

I have… it’s a big seller in Japan.
………… for some reason.

22If the idea of the octopus inside ain’t enough to discourage ya,

well, you oughta see the color–

………….. kind of a squid ink purplish gray.

You do get little chunks of octopus, too.


My idea of absolutely nothing to eat.

Now, Cherry Blossom Ice Cream is nice….

…. most flower-flavored ice creams are surprisingly good.

I can do without the salt flavored ice cream…….

………… and the horsemeat flavored one is absolutely wretched.

There’s also a soy sauce ice cream, garlic and tomato ice cream, and a shark fin ice cream –

—— but I had to decline trying them.

My stomach can only take so much punishment…

………… and I don’t want to develop an aversion to ice cream, after all.

Man, travelling really can be rough on the stomach.

stickI gotta say, though……

If it wasn’t for travel, I’d never have made the ultimate ice cream discovery of all time.

You wanna know the secret?

Ok, I’ll tell ya…
( ’cause thats just the kinda guy I am. )

The best ice cream in the world is made in Italy-

Italian “Gelato” is as different from the crap we get in the grocery store as Chet Baker’s music is to that idiot’s who always wears a clock around his neck.

It is extremely dense, with no air pumped into it….

….. no preservatives or chemicals– it’s creamy, dreamy and lemoney.

(Oh, didn’t I mention my favorite flavor?)

The first time I ordered it,
they gave me a little tiny scoop ….

It cost something like 2800 lire… ( about 4 bucks)

I was kindly disappointed…
……………… until I tasted it .gelato

A little dab’ll definitely do ya.
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yummm-o.

Eat it quick, though…….

…….. it melts much faster than American ice cream….

Or you can just hang around the counter and mooch samples all day.

Just point at a flavor, smile, look pitiful, and say “prego…”


It’s not like I need an excuse to eat it, but when you think about it,

Ice Cream is a win-win kind of food.

Plenty of protein ( umm,,, lots of fat, too… but we’ll skip that )

It’s yummy…. it’ll cool ya off……. it’s yummy…….

You can always offer to buy a nice looking girl an ice cream, and she won’t take offense.

( assuming, of course, she’s an adult and you ain’t some kinda pre-vert… )

And, there’s nothing sexier than a sexy woman eating ice cream.

(if image isn’t moving, click on it)

Hey –
what can I say….
……….. I lick ( I mean…. LIKE) the simple things in life.

There are some brands of American ice cream I like, too…..

Not Haagen Dasz, though….
overpriced, and not that good when compared to others.

No Breyers either…
too much air, too much ice…
It used to be much better…..
……. but now, it’s run of the mill at best.

Mayfield makes a flavor called “Birthday Cake” which I adore…..
…….. once a year, anyway.

It’s a buttercream flavor, with little bits of icing……
….. ok… yes, it’s fattening, so sue me.

a1Mayfield also makes a banana pudding flavor which is very, very nice, too.

Publix’s store brand Cherry Vanilla will shock you how good it is,

and they also make a Lemon-Sugar Cookie flavor around the Holidays which is superb.

Ben and Jerry out of Vermont makes a cherry-chocolate flavor called “Cherry Garcia” which is absolutely terrific on a hot summer evening….

Carvel used to make a lemon flavored ice cream I loved…..
….. there’s no more of them around here, though.

As far as local ice cream places are concerned….

I dunno if it’s just the old timey atmosphere or what,

but Leopolds Ice Cream in Savannah always rates a visit whenever I’m around there…… they’ve been making ice cream the same way since 1919.

When in Philadelphia, I never fail to visit the Bassett’s Ice Cream place in the Reading Terminal…..
to go with my hot pork sandwich.

Hoooooooo boy….. what a treat.shonuf

At home, I can occasionally get Turkey Hill , another Philadelphia style- around here, which has a Cherry Vanilla to kill for……

Philadelphia style ice cream is rich, creamy, higher in milk fat than other stuff….

ok. guilty.

Hey – you can’t deny yerself ALL the time…..

Ocean City, Maryland used to have a place on the boardwalk that served the best vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two hot waffles……

that wuz something I always looked forward to……

… even though it was a matter of seconds before you had it all over ya…..

I have no idea what the name of the place wuz, though……

And I remember a brand from the Republic of the Phillipines I liked called “Magnolia”…

I wonder if they still make it… or whether it went out with Subic Bay.
( It went down great with a cold San Miguel. )

Of course, I’m no ice cream snob…..

I’m not above pullin in to a local Dairy Queen for a soft-serve dipped in that hard red coating….

even though, I have no idea what that red stuff is —

or what flavor it’s supposed to taste like, for that matter.

It does keep the stuff from melting as fast, which is great if you like yours in a cone,

and don’t wanna get all….



…. sticky .


I’m gonna give ya one of the secret recipes I stole for use with my machine………………

……………… this one is for Rose Petal Sorbet.

Dissolve a cup of sugar in a cup of water in a medium heat saucepan.
Take off the heat, and put in about 6 cups of unsprayed aromatic rose petals.
Let set in refrigerator for about 4-6 hours.
Warm slightly, and strain to remove rose petals.
Add 1/4 cup of orange juice , and place mixture in machine.
Once it starts getting some slushy, fold in 2 whipped egg whites.



Did you know that Charlotte has one of the remaining original Dairy Queen stands?


You can visit this one around the 2400 block of Wilkinson Blvd….

Be sure to ask for the red stuff dip on your cone.