None Shall Pass

A buddy of mine posted this meme on FB:

If you don’t immediately recognize the scene, click on the link below from my old blog.

OK, We Will Call It A Draw



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According To Doctor Al. . .

“Any religion or philosophy which is not based on respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.”

Albert Schweitzer

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On Time & Music

“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid”.

Frank Zappa
1940 ~1993


The trick here for me is to find a Zappa song that passes the “my mother reads the blog” test. “Wet T-Shirt Nite” is out of the question.

While the song below may appear silly to you, the music is ridiculously complicated and the band is made up only of “A-list” players.

A quote on Frank’s music: His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture

Here’s the full  Wiki:  Frank Zappa.    He was a genius.

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A cartoon that was given to me a few years ago.  

I think our daughters would vouch for its validity.

I used to have a T-shirt with “I Narcaned Your Honor Student” silk-screened on the front.  You develop a unique sense of humor when you spend time in emergency services.

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The Long & Short Of It.

Tull, that is.

I came across an article the other day that caught me by surprise. Even though I have been a fan of the band, Jethro Tull for over 40 years, I don’t recall hearing (even though I have the album) a song called “Grace”

It is a short poem, put to music and is 39 seconds long.  It is the shortest duration song by the band.

At the other extreme is a tune I know well. . .  Thick As A Brick, which is 45 minutes and takes up two sides of a vinyl LP. It is the longest duration song by the band.

Here is an abbreviated, live version from 1978.

Trivia for the sake of knowing things few other do.

Musical genius, for those that take the time to listen carefully.

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On Direction

“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. 

You can steer yourself any direction you choose”.

Dr. Seuss. (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

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A Pocket Full Of Memories

I fell and hit my head last night.

Nothing serious, but it did shake loose a few memories that I decided to share this afternoon.

It was 1982-83 and I was completing my studies at the once venerable Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Back in those days, most students lived in apartments at area funeral homes. It was a win-win as the student had a place to live to continue to apply what they were learning in school and the owners of the funeral home got cheap, yet eager labor.

I was fortunate to land one of the best places to work, spending my time at the Schaefer & Busby Funeral Home, (S&B), a “storefront”  at the corner of Race St. and West 9th Street in Downtown Cincinnati.  S&B’s lineage made it the oldest continuously operating funeral home in the state of Ohio. It was the funeral home of the Proctor’s, the Gambles, the Taft’s and other Cincinnati notables.  Dave Danner and the late owner, Harold Wittmeyer provided a great supplement to my schooling, along with some really fun times. Unfortunately, this iconic business has been sold and the building itself has been turned into a residence.

I lived around the corner from a Skyline Chili parlor and from the best restaurant I have ever been to in my life, Scotti’s.  It has been at the same location since 1912. My wife and I visited Scotti’s in 2017 and  I was worried that the food would not live up to the memories of eating there in the early 1980s with my mentor, teacher, and friend, Todd VanBeck, but it was even better!

Living downtown, I was only two blocks away from the YMCA on Central Parkway and

Scotti’s, 2017

when our class schedule allowed, I would walk over at lunchtime for pick-up basketball games.  That wouldn’t have been all that big a deal, except for the fact that one of the guys who played almost every day was the legendary, Oscar Robinson.  There was a wide assortment of guys playing and everyone was treated with respect and camaraderie.  The only thing that kept me in the games was that for a tall, skinny, white guy, I was scrappy.  Good times when I could brag that I played hoops with the “Big O.”

Down the street from where I lived was a Deli that is still famous, even though it is no longer kosher, has moved a block away and has opened several remote locations. Izzy Kadetz was a Kosher deli and a meeting place for the rich, the famous and street people alike. It was there that I first met, and over time, became acquainted with Jerry Springer. At that time, Jerry had served a year as mayor or the city and was the #1 news anchor in the city. He was a very friendly guy and we spent a few meals talking about current events, like the friendship between Larry Flint and Simon Leis.

So, in honor of the Jerry and one of my favorite bands, I give you The  Springer Sing A Long, by The Good Rats.

Thanks for letting me share.

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Notes To Self

I stumbled upon this today and have filed it away in my “Notes to self” folder.

“My little brother just asked, “Why are people so nice to the people who are about to die?”  And I told him that we want to make their last few moments on earth happy, and he told me, “Everyone dies a little every day and sometimes we don’t know when a person is going to die, so why isn’t everyone always nice, because we never know what’s going to happen to someone”.

Thanks to @deathcafe

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Wrong Story

“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.”
– Mo Willems

Found on and “borrowed” from SwissMiss blog, one of my daily reads


Unrelated photo of Martha resting her head on my leg while I’m sitting at my desk. She’s in the right story.

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Please Help Support MI

OK, I’m anticipating taking some incoming on this one, but I can’t stop watching this.

For the record, our three daughters all fall into the millennial category, but rarely exhibit any of the traits described below and when they do, it is only fleeting.

My wife and I are blessed in this regard.

Like Lays Potato Chips, betcha you can’t watch this just once. And, if you want a real treat, click on the Youtube option and read some of the 1,700+ comments…funy, funny, funny.


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