March 15, 2010
It was announced that the Key West Home of Ernest Hemingway has been named a “Literary Landmark”. The home is the location where he wrote “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. There is no doubt that this is a deserving and long overdue designation by the “American Library Association”.
That part is a good thing.
The part that bothered me was that neither The Huffington Post or the AP Release they cited as source material mentioned the other famous thing about this property – The Six Toed Cats on the property that are descendants of an original cat owned by Hemingway (click here for more info).
Naming something as a landmark is GREAT but if we REALLY want to encourage people to go visit, we need to remind them about the Six Toed Cats.
I’ve been there with my wife and I have toured the property. I don’t remember much about the house but I do remember the Six Toed Cats.
How excited do you the think the kids are going to be about going to see a dead author’s house when the Carnival/Disney cruise ship stops in Key West. Not Very.
Tell the kids that it is – THE MUTANT CAT HOUSE!! - They will be racing to see who gets there first.
Sneaky way to get your kids edumacated so they can be sophisticated writers like Hemingway. Not writers of shlocky blogs.
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March 15, 2010
I saw an article over the weekend that made me sad for the future of American Society.
Macy’s will be ENDING their gift wrapping service in all but a few stores.
Due to the popularity of gift bags.
Maybe I’m just Old School but I find this vulgar and an affront to proper civilized society.
Are people going to put their gifts of wedding china and silver in gift bags?
Maybe it doesn’t matter – don’t most people register at Target and Crate and Barrel nowadays?
I’ll admit, I haven’t used the service in years but it was nice knowing it was there.
If I want gift wrapping I guess I’ll have to go to Belk in Canton, GA. – YECHH! – It’s hard to act Hoity Toity when you are giving a gift from Belk.
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March 9, 2010
I got a message from a friend last night wanting me to bail them out of jail. My response was -
I ended up sending bail money though because it was a MDA jail. As in a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
She was lucky. If it was real jail I wouldn’t have bothered – I think she might be a flight risk.
She’s out now but you can still donate to MDA if you want to make her look good. – (click here).
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February 25, 2010
February 13, 2010
It started snowing in Atlanta Friday afternoon so both my wife and I came home early. With nothing to do and not wanting to watch Wall to Wall coverage of “THE BLIZZARD” we decided to watch a movie on HBO that we had missed when it premiered last week, Temple Grandin with Claire Danes.
I was somewhat familiar with the real life Temple Grandin story (Click here for a full bio) because my wife is currently reading her book “Animals Make Us Human” and there was a profile of her on 60 minutes a few years ago.
The primary thing to know about Temple Grandin is that she is a highly educated and respected animal scientist and professor but is also autistic. Most importantly for this post is that as part of her autism she says that she – “Thinks in pictures”, like internet pages. She visualizes anything she has seen, in her mind and can pull it back up and piece it together with other like material – Basically she is a human google.
All of this is covered in the HBO movie and is quite fascinating. But while watching the movie it dawned on me – SHE’S A REAL LIFE “CHUCK”!!!
In case you are not familiar with the NBC show Chuck – it revolves around a central character named Chuck who has had massive CIA files downloaded in to his brain. And when he recognizes something he “flashes” and all the information stored in his brain for that item is downloaded in to his conscious mind – LIKE A HUMAN GOOGLE!!!
This has to be obvious to everyone who sees both because I am SOOO bad at making these kinds of connections like everyone says that the movie “Clueless” is based on Jane Austen’s “Emma” – Once told I see the connection but I’m not one to spot it.
If you are not convinced watch the show on Monday nights on NBC and watch the movie on HBO. Then make up your own mind.
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January 29, 2010
I’ve had the @IAMDANDC account on Twitter for 2 or 3 months now and of course the people who follow that account are varied. There have been some writers, comedy clubs (no I don’t do standup) and a wide group of miscellaneous.
Today though was the strangest and or coolest. I got followed by a band called “The Cringe” (Twitter name @thecringe). Now if they were a 70’s cover band I would understand. But they are based out of New York and record contemporary music.
After following them back, I went to their Website – www.thecringe.com and was checking them out and I knew one of the band members looked familiar. I’m thinking where do I know this guy from? So I clicked on the “about” tab on their website and started reading their bios.
One of the names ALSO seemed familiar but 1+1 was not equaling 2 yet. But I assumed the familiar name matched the familiar face. So of course I went to google and googled the name.
This guy who is their lead vocalist and one of the guitar players – IS MARRIED TO RACHAEL RAY FROM THE FOOD NETWORK!!
I knew I recognized that dude.
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