Monday, 30 March 2009
On the weekend I posted about South of the Border and the billboards on the highway we encountered driving back to Canada from Florida. Located in Dillon, South Carolina, South of the Border started out almost 60 years ago as a beer stand. Over the years it steadily grew to become, you might say, the Kingdom of Kitsch.
I didn't take pictures of all the billboards through South Carolina on I-95. But I have found some others, from over the years, on Google Pics. Enjoy!
Other billboards included the following themes:
* Pedro's Weather Forecast: Chili today, hot tamale.
* Keep America Green! Bring Money!
* Keep yelling, kids! (They'll stop.)
* Sommtheeng Deeferent
* Honeymoon Suites: Heir Conditioned
* Fort Pedro, Fireworks Capital of the US
* Etymologically Correck!
* Howdy, Pardner!
* Top Banana!
* Pedro's fireworks! Does yours?
Saturday, 28 March 2009
And then, before you know it the mecca of kitsch is upon you.
You know, I remember travelling with the kids when they were younger, driving to Disney World and those billboards provided us with hours of fun seeing who could spot them first and reading the silly mesages written upon them. We even stopped to see what all the fuss was about. Today, however, with two old farts bent on making good time, South of the Border was gone in the blink of an eye. Besides I'm really not one to kitsch and tell...;)
Friday, 27 March 2009
After all, the saying isn't: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to get their taxes in on time."
That reminds me. Good thing we're leaving for home today. I've gotta file my tax return!
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Here's the main entrance of Fort Lauderdale Stadium...
So when it comes to the Grapefruit League Spring Training? Been there, done that, got the t-shirt! (C'mon, you musta seen that comin',)
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
BTW, the sign was found on the Florida Turnpike between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
Friday, 20 March 2009
Times have changed. In the mid 80s Fort Lauderdale was overrun by somewhere in the area of 350,000 hot-blooded and/or drunk teenagers. Today things have changed. The city fathers have discouraged the love-in and now cater to an older, whiter-haired and richer kind of tourist. And it's to Fort Lauderdale I have come for 2 weeks, and as for older, whiter-haired and richer? Two out of three ain't bad...
Here's a modern Fort Lauderdale beachfront hotel, compared to the tiny motels from days gone by, followed by an older edifice, updated.
And here's a view from across the street of the famous Fort Lauderdale Beach, practically deserted.Here's where the boys are these days...the Nirvana of southern Florida: BASS PRO! Here's where else the boys are: air-boating through the everglades...
And spotting alligators...
And unfortunately it's no longer where Connie Francis is...
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
It's an oldie but a goodie from The Beatles early in their career, followed by an almost equally good cover of the song by The Who in the twilight of theirs (in Toronto in 1982 on one of those rare occasions when bassist John Entwhistle sings!). Shake it up baby, now!
Oh and if you're wondering if I'll be thinking of you while I'm suckin' back a cool one while I'm deep sea fishing, suit yourself. See ya in a couple of weeks.
A backhoe weighing 22 tons is on top of a lowboy trailer and heading east on Interstate 70 near Hays, Kansas .
The extended shovel arm is made of hardened refined steel and the approaching overpass is made of commercial-grade concrete, re inforced with 1 1/2 inch steel rebar spaced at 6 inch intervals in a criss-cross pattern layered at 1 foot vertical spacing.
(Assume no effect for headwind and no braking by thedriver...)
Yes, you can neglect friction.
Beware The Ides Of March
Ah, yes, the Ides of March or the 15th day of the third month. Yeah, I know it's only March 14th. But it would be too late to beware if I told you tomorrow. The phrase is best known as the fatal warning given Julius Caesar, prior to his assassination.
Julius Caesar has heavily influenced our culture and society in ways you may not have known.
For example, Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the conspiracy against the Roman dictator of the same name, his assassination and its aftermath. It is one of several Roman plays that he wrote, based on true events from Roman history.
Caesar seems to have been the originator of the phrase “We have not to fear anything, except fear itself,” spoken to his wife on the eve of his death. FDR nicked the expression for an inauguration speech in the depths of the depression in 1933 when he said “…we have nothing to fear but fear itself…”
Julius Caesar is responsible for a very famous idiom. He literally “crossed the Rubicon”, which is an expression used down through the ages to exemplify when one passes the point of no return.
Julius Caesar said “I came, I saw, I conquered” He might have been referring to the fact he was married 3 times.
He may have heavily influenced Richard Nixon because he said: “If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it."
We know he preferred listening to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead over Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention because he said: “It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.”
And we certainly know he enjoyed eggs. When asked on the morning of his death if he’d eaten eggs for breakfast he replied, “Ate two Brute!”
Caesar and his pals (including a young Marlon Brando) got the Hollywood treatment in 1953...
And he served as an inspiration to comedians. First up Monty Python in this short wordless wonder…
And to conclude, this longer yet classic routine from the Canadian comedy duo of Wayne and Shuster. My favourite line? The immortal words in Canuck comedy: “I told him,’Julie, don’t go!’”
Friday, 13 March 2009
You Are WTF?
As far as you're concerned, the internet is getting weirder and weirder.
And you're the type of person who can never look away, no matter how bizarre or gross something is.
No doubt about it, there are some pretty deeply disturbing people out there. And they are totally shameless!
You can't help but say, "What the f*?" There really is no other appropriate reaction.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Kerouac is best known for his 1957 novel On The Road, a work that established him as the father of the Beat Generation.
"My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them."