Monday, April 25, 2011

Why Is Today Special? 4/25/11

Jason Lee (1970) - Is 41 today, star of many movies as well as the TV series "My Name Is Earl"

Renee Zellweger (1969) - Is 42 today, famous actress star of many movies.

Al Pacino (1940) - Is 71 today star of MANY movies immensely famous actor. Most  known for Scarface.

State License Plate Day - Remembering the anniversary of the first state issued license plates in New York in 1901.

Malaria Awareness Day - was designated to be April 25 by President George W Bush in 2007. In his proclamation, President Bush called on Americans to join in on the goal to eradicate malaria on the
African continent


1861 - American Civil War: The Union Army arrives in Washington, D.C.

1881 - 250,000 Germans petition to bar foreign Jews from entering Germany

1944 - United Negro College Fund incorporates

1952 - American Bowling Congress approves use of an automatic pinsetter'

1953 - Scientists identify DNA

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Song of the Day 4/23/11 - DJ Mangoo - Eurodancer

In a techno mood...enjoy.

Idiot Drivers

Let me take some time to you talk about some of the idiot drivers that are out on the road. Back about a week ago there was a fairly bad rain and wind storm averaging over an inch an hour of very heavy rain with extremely strong winds. I am traveling home in the highway and that's when the close encounters of the idiot kind began.

Idiot #1: Billy Badass in his lifted Dodge truck with extremely over-sized tires felt as if he owned the road and was indestructible not only did he ride my ass until I moved over he needed to put the hammer down and top out his truck at over 100mph until his taillights vanished into the night up the road. I can understand wanting to get somewhere in a hurry but there is no real need to do that speed in that kind of weather (hard to see in front of you) and pass anything and everything just because you think you are the king of the road.

Idiot #2: Mini Van Stan in another Dodge vehicle. Not only was he also speeding at over 100 mph with what I hope would be an empty van and nobody besides him in it. He was speeding on at least two doughnut tires.  I really doubt any doughnut tire is Z rated for high speed nore able to tread out water properly. It is people like this who hydroplane over every lane of traffic and cause piles and or kill many people.

Idiot #3 Pick a lane Pete. This was probably the biggest idiot of them all, one who almost killed himself right in front of me.  I was getting off at the exit and they were too or so it seemed. They were kind of in between the exit lane and the travel lane. Mind you it is 1am so it is very dark and with the heavy rain you could barely see.  He continued on his route until about 20 feet from the exit sign almost plowing right into it before veering sharply back into the travel lane.

This was just a quick rant displaying some of the idiots out there. If you are one of these types of people SLOW DOWN. Getting there 1 minute earlier in a rain storm isn't worth it.

Why Is Today Special? 4/23/11

John Cena (1977) - He is 34 today, he is a wrestler in the WWE and also an actor.

George Lopez (1961) - He is 50 today, he is a famous comedian and actor. starred on the George Lopez show.

Michael Moore (1954) - He is 57 today, he is a controversial documentary film maker.

William Shakespeare (1564) - He would be 447 today, he was a famous playwright.

National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day - A day that recognizes the beauty of bulldogs, despite their droopy looks.

Book Day and Lover's Day (Spain) -  Saint George’s Day and the anniversary of the death of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes have been observed with special ceremonies in the Palacio de la Disputacion and throughout the city since 1714. Book stands are set up in the plazas and on street corners. This is Spain’s equivalent of Valentine’s Day. Women give books to men; men give roses to women.

1597 - William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen.

1618 - Imperial civil servants thrown out a window of Prague Castle

1883 - Baseball game between one-armed & one-legged players

1922 - Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Friday, April 22, 2011

Song of the Day 4/22/11 - Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover

Just an instrumental song but what an awesome instrumental it is!

Why Is Today Special? 4/22/11

Peter Frampton (1950)  - He is 61 today, he is a famous rock guitarist.

John Waters (1946) - He is 65 today, he is outrageous actor/director.

Jack Nicholson (1937) - He is 74 today, he is a very famous actor.

Earth Day - is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earths natural environment. Try something different today, drying clothes outside or not turning on as many lights.

Good Friday - is a day observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crcifixation of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. 

National Jelly Bean Day - is a time to enjoy gobs and gobs of jelly beans, go buy a bag a munch them down! Jelly beans date back to at least the 1860's

1056 - Supernova Crab nebula last seen by the naked eye

1823 - R J Tyers patents roller skates

1906 - New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls

1966 - USSR performs underground nuclear test

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Song of the Day 4/21/11 - Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy

It surely is a shame to think what people listen to these days when there are classic songs like this most kids today would not even know about...

Food I Cook: Kielbasa & Beans -EASTER EDITION-

Well in the spirit of Easter I thought I would debut a new series "Food I Cook". In this series you will get to see what I personally cook. I will post all recipes as well as pictures. Most things will be easy to moderate difficulty. I am no professional chef but I do try so enjoy.

The first food will be Kielbasa & Beans, this is a very easy recipe and does not take long at all to cook.
Kielbasa is a very popular Easter food.


-Beans (get as many cans as you'd like depending on how much you want to serve)

-Kielbasa (at least 1 big link)

How to make it:

Open package of Kielbasa.

Cut into desired sizes and put into a deep pot (if your not using a crock pot to warm up this dish)

Fry the pieces to desired color/crispness.

Open your can of beans.

Add beans to pot (or crock pot) with the meat.

Stir together and let it warm up over a medium-low heat.

Heat to a serving temperature, serve and enjoy! The beauty of this recipe is that everything is already pre-cooked (double check your kielbasa) so all you have to do is fry up the meat, add beans and warm.

Why Is Today Special? 4/21/11

Robert Smith (1959) - He is 52 today, he is the singer/songwriter/gutairist for The Cure.

Tony Danza (1951) - He is 60 today, he is a famous actor, played on Who's the Boss?

Iggy Pop (1947) He is 64 today, he is the singer/songwriter for the band The Stooges.

Eilzabeth II (1926) - She is 85 today, Queen of UK.

Kindergarten Day - Kindergarten Day is celebrated in honor of Friedrich Froebel. He was born on this day in 1782. In 1837, he started the first Kindergarten in Germany

Maundy Thursday - Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great & Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

National High Five Day - Self explanatory, raise those hands and high five!

1789 - John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington)
1794 - NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publically owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British.

1898 - Spanish-American War begins

1956 -   Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel," becomes #1

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Explosive News Update!!!

Well I am going to be gone for the day, lots to do today. Stayed tuned tomorrow because I am debuting a new series. Just a little hint, it is an informative series that you should be able to digest well. Oh me and my word play.

My stomach is grumbling so that is the queue to go, off to a late breakfast. I guess I will leave you all with a quote to make this worth a read...

"Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it."

Why Is Today Special? 4/20/11

Joey Lawrence (1976) - He is 35 today, woah! He is a fairly famous actor along with his other brothers.

Carmen Electra (1972)
- She is 39 today. She is a well known model, singer, TV personality, actor and sex symbol.

Don Mattingly (1961) - He is 50 today. He was former a 1st baseman for the Yankees, now a manager for the Dodgers.

George Takei (1937)
- He is 74 today. Best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights.

National Equal Pay Day - This was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages.

4/20 - A counterculture holiday in which cannabis rights activists and smokers alike celebrate in their own ways. Either by just smoking or participating in rallies to try to legalize it.

295 - 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

1505 - Jews are expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg

1775 - British begin siege of Boston

1777 - New York adopts new constitution as an independent state

1799 - Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews

1861 - Colonel Robert E Lee resigns from Union army

1948 - NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cent

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Song of the Day 4/19/11 - Steve Miller Band - Jet Airliner


Why Is Today Special? 4/19/11

Hayden Christensen (1981) - He is 30 today. Most notable for his role in the Star Wars series.

James Franco (1978) - He is 33 today. He is a very famous actor who appears in many movies, also my favorite actor.

Suge Knight (1966) - He is 45 today. He is the founder of the rap label Death Row Records.

Paloma Picasso (1949) - She is 62 today. She is the daughter of  Pablo Picasso and does fashion designing and perfume.

National Hanging Out Day - Instead of drying your clothes in a dryer, use a clothes line to save energy and money.

Passover / Pesach (Jewish)
- is a Jewish holiday and festival. It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.

607 - Comet 1P/607 H1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0898 AUs of Earth 
(not sure how close that is lol)

1529 - 2nd Parliament of Spiers bans Lutheranism

1770 - Capt James Cook 1st sees Australia

1775 - Minutemen Captain John Parker orders not to fire unless fired upon

Monday, April 18, 2011

Technical Difficulties and Stuff

Alright I only got a few minutes for a quick check-in/update. I was only able to make one real post today because of internet problems and also being extremely busy. I only have a couple minutes free at work to post this. Everything will resume as normal tomorrow. If I have time when I finally get home I WILL get to all the blogs posted today if not definitely when I wake up because I really do enjoy reading all you guys share as I hope you enjoy what I share.

Why Is Today Special? 4/18/11

Today is April 18th.

Taxes are due today!!!

-Famous Birthdays-

*America Ferrera (1984) She is 27 today. She is the star of Ugly Betty.

*Melissa Joan Hart (1976) She is 35 today. She was the star of many teen shows.

*Conan O'Brien (1963) He 48 today. He is the star of his own late night show.

*James Woods (1947) He is 64 today. He is a very famous actor. He is also appears on Family Guy sometimes.


*National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day - Wear them if you wont get fired...

*Anniversary - Paul Revere's Ride - The famous ride where he announced that the British were coming.

*Passover (Jewish - begins at sundown) - A Jewish holy day and festival. Commemorating the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.

-Historical Events-

*310 - St Eusebius begins his reign as Catholic Pope.

*1676 - Sudbury, Mass attacked by Indians.

*1775 - Paul Revere & William Dawes warn "British are coming!"

*1783 - Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Song of the Day 4/17/11 - Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin for you

Why Is Today Special? April 17th.

Today is April 17th 2011.

-Famous Birthdays-

*Victoria Beckham (1974) She is 37 today. She was Posh Spice in the Spice Girls.

*Jennifer Garner (1972) She is 39 today. She is a famous actress.


*Bat Appreciation Day - A day for appreciating the bats important role in nature.

*International Ford Mustang Day - Celebrating the first day the Mustang was introduced.

*Nothing Like a Dame Day - A day to pay homage to dames and their unique blend of wit, wisdom, strength and style

*Palm Sunday - Commemorates Christ’s last entry into Jerusalem

-Historical Events-

*858 - Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope

*1629 - 1st commercial fishery established

*1704 - 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell

*1797 - Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions to Spanish territories in America.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Achievement Unlocked: 100 Followers

I'd like to take a moment to announce I have reached my first milestone, 100 followers. Hopefully you will all still be here when I am announcing the 200 mark. I hope you continue to enjoy my blog and as long as you keep reading them i'll keep writing them.

Song of the Day 4/16/11 Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child

I usually do not like to post just a video or just a picture I try to post actual blogs that can be read. While I believe this I also believe that people would like something quick to look at, at least for the people who do not appreciate a good read.

This being said I will try to post a song of the day which I feel deserves a listen. Hopefully you enjoy my taste of music but that's just what it is MY taste. If you like you like it if not try back tomorrow, maybe I will turn you on to a new song or band.

Kicking this off right with some Hendrix!!!

Why Is Today Special? P.4

Today is April 16 2011.

-Famous Birthdays-
Lots of Birthdays today!

*Selena Quintanilla-PĂ©rez (1971) She would be 40 today. Selena was a famous Hispanic singer who was unfortunately shot by her fan club leader.

*Jon Cryer (1965) He is 46 today. One of the stars of Two and a Half Men.

*Martin Lawrence (1965) He is also 46. Star of many movies and some sitcoms.

*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947) He is 65 today. Center for the Lakers.

*Pope Benedict XVI (1927) He is 84 today. He is the Pope.

*Charlie Chaplin (1889) He would be 122 today. He was a silent film star.

*Wilbur Wright (1867) He would be 144 today. Was a partner in making the first successful airplane flight by a human.


*Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox) - The day before Palm Sunday, a feast that celebrates the resurrection of Lazarus of Bethany.

*National Auctioneers Day - A day recognized by auctioneers across the world as a day to reflect back on one of history's oldest professions and it's history.

*Record Store Day - A day celebrating unique culture surrounding over 700 independently-owned record stores in the USA.

*Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day - Yeah teach her to volunteer for stuff.

-Historical Events-

*1178 BC - A solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War.

*73 - Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.

*556 - Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

*1724 - 1st Easter observed (OS=Apr 9)

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Blog Series In The Works!

I am currently working on two or three new series types to keep my blog fresh and entertaining. Just thinking right now how I want to present them and how often. All the series I have posted in the past will still be around until I run out of material but as for now things are still going strong with your support.

My blog is still new and I am still buttoning things down so any feedback to make it better is welcome no matter what aspect or if there is anything you may want to see blogged about let me know. May you continue to enjoy my blog as do I enjoy many of yours! If you keep reading I will keep posting.

Stayed tuned one of these new series may be presented within a week!!!

My Short Lived Car Restoration Experience

Back about 4 years ago or more I had gone through a phase where I wanted to do a restoration on a car. I decided to look over auction sites daily and finally found a decent candidate from what the pictures led me to believe. The price had start at .01 so I could not pass up bidding on it, long story short, a few hundred bucks later I was the the new owner of a long neglected 1979 Z28 Camaro.

My first mistake was not looking at the car in person but when you're younger and have your mind set on something it does not really occur to you. My second mistake was buying a car that was not more intact then the one I had gotten. I go pick it up and bring it home and start to look it over. "This could work" I said to myself. I did not really care about the inside of the car at the time because I wanted to restore it into a drag car so all the inside was going to be stripped out anyways. The outside look what would be expected for 20 years of neglect and who cares if it did not have a motor I wanted to slap a big block in it!

The next day I start to tare into it, literally. The carpet was so bad I could rip it out easily with my hands. Out comes the carpet, seats and rest of the interior. Rust spots galore with some holes as well. Headliner comes out nothing but rot in the roof where the T-Tops were. Great now I would need a new roof. Taking it apart took place over the next couple days then it got put on back burner as I bought new tools and some literature on restoration.

Time passed it still sat on back burner, the job growing ever more difficult by the day. Having to find the missing parts to start the body work proved too much and too expensive. I cut my losses and labeled this car as a basket case. It would cost way to much to restore then it is worth and way too much time to do it. It was not a total loss I managed to part it out and now it sits again, a shadow of its former self. I hate to do it but there is one last thing I must do. If I don't find someone who wants it for any renaming parts or rear end it is going to the scrap yard, sad I know but not much else can be done with it.

What the car looked like in 1979. (Not the actual one I bought)

The car when I got it.

The craptastic interior.

The car as it sits today.

Rest In Peace.

Why is Today Special? P.3

Today is April 15 2011.

-Famous Birthdays-
*Seth Rogen (1982) He is 29 today. Funny comedy actor in some peoples eyes.
*Emma Watson (1990) She is 21 today. Most famous for Harry Potter series.
*Leonardo Da Vinci (1452) He would be 559 today. A very well known artist and inventor.

*Tax Day - The normal deadline for taxes but extended to April 18th this year!
*National Take a Wild Guess Day - Take a wild guess what this holiday is about.
*Anniversary of Titanic Sinking - A well known even about "great" ship that sunk in 1912.
*National That Sucks Day - See Tax Day and Titanic sinking.

-Historical Events-
*1250 - Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova Spain to build a synagogue
*1450 - French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years' War
*1632 - Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War
*1654 - England & Netherlands signs peace treaty
*1715 - Uprising of Yamasse-indians in South Carolina

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Places I Eat. P.1

In a new series I will delve into places I have eaten at. These places will be not chain resturants (unless a crazy story happens at one) but they will be little to unknown places for most, holes in the wall if you will. Hopefully you food lovers will enjoy this series because its aimed at you! All locations are in USA unless otherwise noted.

First in this series we will visit Carl's Diner also know as The Oxford Diner.

Location: Oxford, MA
Price: Average
Serves: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Portions: HUGE

Carl's Diner is medium sized at best, most would call it "cozy". There are only two real places to sit, at the counter on stools or in the back room with maybe 5 booth style tables. If you go on a Friday or Saturday good luck finding a seat. The atmosphere is slightly loud seeing the place is smaller then most. All the help is very friendly. Overall the food is good, great prices and quick service you cannot go wrong.

Today I went for breakfast and this is what I got...

(Sorry ahead of time if the pictures are bad, I only had my cell and the lighting wasn't good)

Outside Views:

What I Ordered:
Pancakes with Bacon and a Coffee, Total: $8.50 (my friends order, a link kielbasa with homefries was in background he got pancakes, a coffee and OJ too. $10)

10 pieces of bacon...with some homefries hidden underneath.

5 plate sized pancakes (1 hidden at bottom) and slab of butter.

DONE. Missions accomplished.