March 18, 2007

Sunday — Nuttin’ Much.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:50 am

It’s Sunday morning, and I’m sitting here with a cuppa thinking about what to write. I’m frankly too lazy to write about the federal investigation into yet another croooked Jersey politician and the state legislature’s smarmy and secretive practice of tossing taxpayer money to favored legislative districts at budget time (quaintly referred to as “Christmas Tree Grants”).

So, I thought I would just share a couple thoughts that have passed through my cruller on this Sunday morning:

Kumquats/Cumquats: Who eats them? I never have. When I think of them, I think of the W.C. Fields movie, “It’s a Gift”, where a guy insists on buying Kumquats/Cumquats from Fields’ character, Harold Bisonette (“That’s ‘Bee-soh-nay'”). Finally, the word(s) “Kumquat/Cumquat” sound dirty to me.

Hip Hop: It rhymes with “Shit Plop”. That has been banging around in my head for days. Damned if I know why.

Fig Newtons: I hate them – strangely shaped soft, tasteless “cookie” wrapped around stuff that looks like crap and has the mouth feel of sandy glop. I can only imagine how gross it looks to see these things expelled from a giant extruding machine prior to being sliced into eating size – a turd wrapped in dough. Blecch.

“Access Hollywood” and similar crap: If you’ve wondered whether we are doomed, sit through a half hour of that shit to remove any doubt. Sad.

Cable TV: When we got cable TV in the mid-seventies, it cost approximately $14.00 per month. The guy said, “This price will never go up. If anything, it will come down.” I laughed in his face then, and I laugh (sort of) now each time I open the cable bill and it tickles $100.00, not counting the $40.00 per month for cable internet service. The hell of it is, I think the guy actually believed what he was saying back then. I figure he must have fallen off a telephone pole.

Penn & Teller: I think that Penn should lose the ratty looking ponytail, don’t you?

Well, that’s about it. Later I’ll be heading to Da Post to join the Usual Suspects for The Original Bill’s wonderfully prepared annual corned beef and cabbage dinner, complete with Irish soda bread and maybe a beer or two.

Play nice.


  1. The only way to eat Fig Newtoons is frozen. It’s worth a try.

    Comment by LeeAnn — March 18, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

  2. Every time I go to the hair dresser, I page through a People or Us magazine. It’s fascinatingly grotesque how self-involved all of those people are. I don’t think I could bear to watch it on television – it would promote active nausea.

    Comment by Teresa — March 19, 2007 @ 12:10 am

  3. Speaking of nausea – corned beef and cabbage ? I always think of it as enriching our culture as so many Irish abandoned the ould sod for this fair land to get away from it. Instead, it traveled with them.

    Alright, the corned beef and boiled potatos I can handle, as well as the soda bread and beer. But the cabbage should have remained behind. The only part of the Irish heritage I cannot (literally) stomach. Odd, I find the rest of it so delightful – – –

    Comment by Charlie — March 19, 2007 @ 11:20 am

  4. I’m just blown away that there was cable television dating back to the mid seventies. I had no idea, but then again, how would I?

    Oh, and best WC Fields movie ever: “The Golf Specialist.” Laughed my ass off the hundred or so times I’ve watched it.

    Comment by Erica — March 19, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  5. corned beef and cabbage with potatoes… mmmmmmm.

    Comment by Jean — March 19, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

  6. “I’m just blown away that there was cable television dating back to the mid seventies. I had no idea, but then again, how would I?”

    Actually, Erica, cable TV was around in the late 40’s, early 50’s. It was orinally known as CATV (Community Antenna Television). Sections of Pennsylvania, for instance, could not receive television signals from stations due to mountainous terrain. So, an antenna was place on a mountain top and the signals were brought into the city/town via coaxial cable. Each home/business was then wired into the “system”. So, the original cable systems were born of necessity. Here’s a link for you to read.

    Comment by Jerry — March 20, 2007 @ 8:09 am

  7. Don’t diss on Penn. According to Wikipedia:

    “In July of 1999, Penn was granted U.S. Patent 5,920,923 for the “Jill-Jet”, a hot-tub jet specially angled for a woman’s pleasure.”

    Comment by Harvey — March 20, 2007 @ 8:31 am

  8. OMG! – Jimbo, lookee: A post about various Edible “Quats.”

    Unsurprisingly, they were featured on Blog d’Elisson.

    Comment by Erica — March 27, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

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