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Friday, August 31, 2007

Recently I had an experience, to put it lightly. And I've told the story many times now, but writing it down hasn't produced the best narrative of it. But, regardless of that fact, I'm going to try again, here, in a series of posts. Hmmm, what to title it?

Law, Liberty and Luck - A true story
Part I

It was a lovely Saturday morning, where everything seemed right with the world. I hopped in a car with a couple of friends. Our goal: a long weekend on the Cape at our friend's parents' beach house. We had purchased a great deal of meat, uncleaned slabs of beef that would require lots of work, but gave us the chance to make our own thick cuts of meat, sausage sausage sausage, and plenty of chicken. Our protein was in good shape.

So we begin our journey down to the Cape. A rather uneventful ride, mainly music and chatting. We make it to Yarmouth, where we stop at a grocery store to pick up further supplies for our weekend of fun. After leaving the grocery store, we get into our car. My friends Terrence and Jim both think it is a good time to smoke a bit of weed that we have with us. I protest this idea - for reasons that will become all to clear in the future - but they convince me that I am only paranoid, and that we'll be fine to smoke. So smoke we did.

After smoking and stashing, we continue on our journey. The place we are staying is less than 2 miles from the grocery store, but after that first mile, our weekend took a turn for the worse. Blue lights in the rear view mirror make several hearts find their ways to their owners' throats.

End of Part I

Thursday, August 30, 2007

72. Two-term mediocracies.

73. No-Alcohol policies at state and national park camping areas.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

THE SMOKING PUCK!

August 29, 2007
By Rev. Sully

Counting Down the Daze Until the Puck Drops
aka: Nothing To Do But Curve the Sticks and Sharpen the Skates...


Boring...boring boring boring. Preseason NFL Football. No Red Sox Hat Kicking Day in August this year unless it has been moved up to mid-September...with the Daylight Saving being moved around in 2007 and all it's tough to see how that pans out in Red Sox Blue. October 5th can't come soon enough.

In the news, recently fired ex-coach of the Boston Bruins Dave Lewis becomes the new assistant coach of the Los Angeles Kings. There is nothing to talk about...

Coach Lewis in his playing days.

I am so bored & desperate for Hockey news that I can tell you that in two hours the San Jose Sharks unveil their new jerseys. Why do I care about the Sharks new "sweaters"? Or how about that I checked out the Atlanta Thrashers web site and they got banners & gear featuring the Southern Conference Champions...I guess I'm jealous. The Calgary Flames unveil their new threads September 4th. A bit more than 6 weeks to go and only now are the Fashion shows brewing. It makes me think of this moment from "Slap Shot"...about 1:30 into the movie...



But Detroit went traditional and didn't change a bloody thing...


The Florida Panthers though went Bloody Ugly...I thought these were supposed to make the Sport look better!..but iDigress...


The Nashville Predators got pristine road whites...


This is the look of the New York Island-duhs...and these duds are duds.


The Ottawa Senators look great though...


Although not as repugnant as their original "lightning sleeve" 3rd jersey of the mid-1990s, these new Tampa Bay Lightning shirts still retain the coolness of a superhero's crest


The Vancouver Canucks have cause for celebration...they finally got their sweaters "right" after all these years...


That's all from Mr. Blackwell toady. Only a few teams remaining to see what looks good & bad in NHL merchandising these days...with no waggling private parts from Johnny (for those Slap Shot fans of fashion shows).

And only a few weeks left until the Puck finally drops on the 2007-2008 NHL season...I can't wait if only to have something besides fashion to talk about!

'Namaste,

Rev. Sully


All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.
Sully - welcome back to Summyville. Email me your new address.
101 Things That Should Not Exist:

74. Working Without the Benefit of a Sick Day.

75. Being without a coffee maker at 7:30AM on a hangover Saturday morning.

76. Diet Coke Plus. There's just something wrong with that. Sure, I admit to drinking a can of regular Diet Coke for breakfast but that's because I'm temporarily without a coffee maker.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I've been looking at the Toyota Yaris as my next car, and it seems like too good a deal to not buy new. That's weird for me, as a die-hard "pay cash for a used car" guy, but it seems to have everything I need going for it. Toyotas are known for reliability, the Yaris gets around 40mpg, and they start at under $12,000. I'm thinking that with a few thousand as a downpayment, I could pay the rest off in 3 or 4 years, and end up with a great little car that woill likely last a long time, and get hybrid-like mileage with a conventional (and therefore easy to find a mechanic who can work on it) engine.

As the saying goes though, "your mileage may vary".
Hey what's up Ochenators-

I have been on ocho that much but I'm hoping to change that. And without anything better to talk about, I figured I'd mention that Heroes season 1 came out on DVD today, so go hit those Netflix queues.

In sadder news, our car got stolen and left for dead in Everett, and my lovely wife accidentally killed all our fish. It's been a downbeat week at the Hooey household. So the question is, to zipcar or to buy?
That's messed up. I somehow doubt that guy's neighbors will put up with it quietly.
Cats: furry friends or feline foes

This story was on last nights 7pm news show. It is wrong on so many levels...

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hello from Graves Ledge!
When I realized that my summer was going to be filled to bursting with weddings and house renovations, I carved out a block of "Matt time" and reserved a camp site on Lovells Island. I told some diver buddies about it, and we decided to take one of the boats and make it a "dive for your dinner" weekend.

It was definately worth waiting for, and a perfect day for it. While the entire Boston area was blanketed in oppressive hazy, humid, heat, the weather out on the islands was pleasantly warm and dry, as you can see from the partly cloudy skies in the photo.

The underwater visibility was fantastic, the lobsters, scallops, mussels, and tautog were all abundant, and the water was so warm I was able to make a couple of dives wearing a thin wetsuit I usually use in the tropics.

Since we had some "emergency" corn on the cob and steak tips, we had quite a feast for dinner, and even invited some guests from the boaties who were good enough to share their beer.

There's a slideshow here if anyone is interested.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Hi OCHO!!!

From beautiful downtown Somerville, MA in 2007...I have returned.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Another interesting wedding this past weekend... my sister's. It was unusual to say the least, with highlights including the groom making his entrance to the lakeside ceremony on waterskis, the wedding party walking off mid-ceremony to grab instruments and accompany the groom in a rendition of Enrique Iglesisas' "Hero", an address adapted from "The Velveteen Rabbit," several pyrotechnic displays, and a selection of vows written by the wedding party, including one requesting them to roll with the punches because you can't plan for everything, and even if you could, no one would sell you monkey attack insurance.

That's a good wedding, right there.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Run, don't walk, to the nearest theater and buy yourself a ticket for Superbad. It's without a doubt one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, and in addition to being a great entertainment value it's got heart dammit.

I give it all five stars... it goes well beyond standing on the shoulders of it's predecessors like Porky's and American Pie, and elevates the genre to a whole new level of excellence.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS! A Wednesday Stack o'Funnies and a Roast of a Real Turkey!

LO...and Behold! The Last DC Universe Crossover will be coming in May 2008. That's what Grant Morrison, the writer of FINAL CRISIS allegedly said. That it'll be like the Lord of the Rings of the DCU.

Hey I love the CRISIS stories! I think when it's all done...the Gnome & I are making a dedicated longbox just to the the Keystone in the Foundation for the DCU. I'm all for creative filing as well...if FLASH #13 and ALL-FLASH #1 belong in the story of the COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS, then should it be filed among them in narrative order? Hmmmm...I think I'm gonna pick up Grant Morrison's wonderful 1989 ANIMAL MAN arc called "Second Crisis".


ANIMAL MAN: DEUS EX MACHINA Trade Paperback. To be Filed After CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS yet before ZERO HOUR: CRISIS IN TIME. DC Fans Remember: Grant Morrison wrote the tightly-organized and very-applauded DC Crossover event DC ONE MILLION so I expect FINAL CRISIS to live up to its name...


JLA: ONE MILLION trade paperback

Let's start the stack, shall we!

BATMAN #667

Grant Morrison now holds the Torch. What nuggets of clues will we see in his titles that'll lead to his FINAL CRISIS? Geoff Johns left a breadcrumb trail throughout his runs on FLASH and TEEN TITANS leading up to his INFINITE CRISIS, the referred to "middle Crisis". Morrison revisits the Silver Age from the New Earth P.O.V with the Batmen of All-Nations & The Club of Heroes, twisting them into something new & macabre as
only Grant Himself can Pen.

GREEN LANTERN #22

Geoff Johns and his lead-in to the FINAL CRISIS will be the Alan Moore prescribed "Final Night" Prophesy wrapped in the Sheep's Clothes of the SINESTRO CORPS WAR. All he pieces and players are there. I know what comes next...the Empire of Tears. This is Advanced Fayboy Esoterica here but Alan Moore's Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 (1986) was bizarre & macabre (again!) as his previous and then-consecutive work on SWAMP THING. It would only be fitting to give the Guardians of the Universe an adversary that will take a chunk out of them. That's the Gnome's Prediction At Least. Good things from this title...I have them all!!!

And we are in for the Demonically-Themed...
SUPERMAN #666

It just looks good and I've comes to terms that yes...I am a Superman Fan.

On the MARVEL House of Ideas "Front Line", just waiting on "newuniversal" and ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN I guess after this week...

POWERS VOL.2, #25 come out today!!!

NEW AVENGERS #33 comes out but ya know...

Brian Micheal Bendis explores new territory with a character dropped into the MARVEL Universe by Brian K. Vaughan in his short-lived MAX title THE HOOD. The Proof of the Puddin' is in the POOT! We'll see...if the Bendis makes with the Spidey Crackin' the Wise then again mebbe...

And behold...in the Gnome's series on cheesy superhero television of the late 1970s he POOTS the live-action gem "The Roasting of the SuperFriends". Pretty keen racial humor from African-American actor Brad Saunders as "GHETTO MAN"! My first reaction was, "this is way too Uncle Tom" but when it was finished it was jive as Richard Pryor-Lite, dig?


'namaste...
I Wuv YouTube



A little blast from the Past for OCHO to love...
The Sketch is called "A Night on Freak Mountain"
from a 1978 episode of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: guest-star and music Frank Zappa

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish...



Rare river dolphin 'now extinct'

A freshwater dolphin found only in China is now "likely to be extinct", a team of scientists has concluded.


The researchers failed to spot any Yangtze river dolphins, also known as baijis, during an extensive six-week survey of the mammals' habitat.

The team, writing in the Royal Society Biology Letters journals, blamed unregulated fishing as the main reason behind the dolphins' demise.

It would be the first extinction of a large vertebrate for over 50 years.

The World Conservation Union's Red List of Threaten Species currently classifies the creature as "critically endangered"

Source:
iCandy: More sweet tracks to chew on

Hey kids, big news on the music front for me. I bought an album!

I download a lot of music tracks, but with the exception of some David Grisman I bought to help with my mandolin practice it's literally been years since I heard a record (did I say record? It has been a long time) that made me say "I have to have it, and I want to pay for it." In short, I recommend The Wood Brothers (bassist Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin & Wood with his brother on guitar) Ways Not to Lose. The third track from the album is at number 1 on my current 10. I listened to it 6 times in a row when I first heard it, to ensure I had the words right when it got stuck in my head.

1. Luckiest Man - The Wood Brothers
2. I Got a Woman - Ray Charles
3. Love Hungry Man - AC/DC
4. Wayfaring Stranger - Bill Monroe
5. Guiltiness - Bob Marley
6. Tales of Brave Ulysses - Cream
7. Unsquare Dance - Dave Brubeck
8. Jack-a-Roe - Grateful Dead
9. Machine Gun - Jimi Hendrix
10. Treetop Flyer - Steven Stills

Monday, August 06, 2007

I officiated at a wedding this past weekend, and absolutely loved the speech the father of the groom gave at the reception. He began on what was, for many in attendance, an akward note.
As a bit of background, while neither of the intended was particularly religious, the groom's family is Jewish, and the bride's is Irish Catholic.

The groom's father began his speech with a troubled tone. He pointed out that the bride and groom come from very different backgrounds, that they were raised with conflicting values, and that mixed marriages are often rocky. He went on to say that while he very much liked the bride's family on a personal level, he found it very difficult to abide the notion that he'd he would now have to suffer the company of those dirty, despicable, misguided, Yankee fans at family functions. He was much relieved to learn that despite her mother's objections, the bride had agreed to convert, and in an effort to sway her relations into following her onto the righteous path, for the remainder of the evening there would be an open bar for Red Sox fans, and a cash bar for Yankee fans. The bartender had been instructed to accept "Go Sox!" in lieu of payment.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

YouTube has this for us...the cheesy as all hell 1979 Legend of the Superheroes

Check out this Silver Age "Pre-Con" of the SINESTRO CORPS WAR in the first few moments of this clip...

THE SMOKING PUCK!

August 2, 2007
By Rev. Sully

G’Day, Guv’nah!!!
aka: Jeremy Jacobs Jingle-Heimer Schmitt...His Blame is My Blame Too


Longtime Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has been elected Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors. The much-maligned, oft-lambasted and quasi-nebulous 32-year leadership of the Bruins starts here with the Jacobs Family and their corporate identity Delaware North Companies. For the next two years, the Bane of the Gallery Gawds Himself is the Frank Sinatra of the Rat Pack of NHL Owners.

Joey from Chelsea on the Cahh Phone is on Line 9, Dale...

I can hear it now. Can you? I’ve actually tried to listen to Sports Radio but I’ve rather be listening to the Telemundo Futbol match...at least I’m beginning to understand that but iDigress...

There must be vitriol on the AM Airwaves of Beantowne Faire!!! Now the Spectre of Bill Buckner has been Banished to the Nth Dimension and the Hypothetical Bambino’s Curse has been Reversed, where does one go to really flame a disappointing hierarchy? The Celtics until this very week were in that same breath until Sane Minds Prevailed...let the healing begin!!! Fiat Lux! But the Bruins have been transformed into the sad secret in Boston Sports. All the Hate, None the Love. I for one do not abide. I wasn’t in the Gallery Damning Hal Gill when it wasn’t his Fault. It’s gotta be said...Boston fans love to be haters. I have this internal Archie Bunker in my Boston-Sports Psyche as well...perhaps his is the narrative voice of my Superego. The Crux of the “Suck” Chant. The Motive for Throwing Debris. The Entitlement to Be Misanthropic. The AM Airwaves of Boston Sports Radio must be blazing...Jeremy Jacobs is probably currently sedated due to his ears ringing so bloody hard.

On a Sidenote about “Big Hal Gill”, I saw Hal himself on the North Station Green Line platform earlier this Summer. He was hard to miss; sandy hair, ruddy cheeks and tall as the day is long. I looked right at him, got his attention with a slight interrogative hand gesture & craned eyebrow combo...he waved back. I winked & gave him a “thumb’s up”. I happened to be wearing my Red Wings jersey that day as well. The guy’s from Hull, MA, home of Nantasket Beach & the missed Paragon Park.



I remember those matches...yeah.

So let’s hope the the Bruins can bottle some of this Local Lightning that’s going around. The Red Sox making big trade deadline deals. The Celtics have Instant Credibility. The Patriots have more talent on both sides of the ball than some NFC Divisions. But even evident in the Channel 7 WHDH Sports News that a hockey puck is no longer included in the segment’s segue CGI animation, which sports a baseball, football and basketball. Some people believe that Hockey is becoming less & less a legitimate force in Sports Culture; that in Boston, Bruins Hockey is invalid in the face of Champions in the Other Three. I say that the Bruins need their fans more now than ever. I say damn the Sports Culture...the NHL will never fit into the widely-accepted idea of success when it comes to a Pro Sport in the early 21st Century USA. I’m fond of the clich√© “Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater” thinking about this...the Jacobs included. Lest we forget 25 consecutive playoff years under Harry Sinden, the late 80’s/early 1990s and the fact Winter is a fact of life in Boston and so is hockey. The rinks are still full of hockey of every age. Hockey is alive in well in New England, good Gawds. Embrace it.

Maybe it’s time for a Little Love to counter all the Shame that’s going around in being a Bruins Fan. Would you yell at a failing child as we would our Sports Figures...food for thought & much to ponder.

'Namaste,
Rev. Sully

All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.
The Comics Gnome POOTS! a Quick One!

September 1. One Month Away... No it's not the title next DC Mega-Event Concept. It is actually the Zero Hour when the students return to Beantowne Faire, when moving vans clog streets and intersections. A Day When little Quarter is Given. I remember one time helping a pair of friends move. They'd reserved their Big Orange U-Haul months in advance for a September 1st move. When we returned the truck to the Lot, we were propositioned by no less than 5 sets of people, all desperate and out of hope to get a truck for their moving day. It was like the last shuttle off of Alderaan but iDigress...

Today though is my moving day. August 1st is a much better day to do the Urban Nomad Thing. I'll be a Somervillian Again in Magoun Square & the Gnome will be joined by a Pug Named Phat Teddie. Wuf.

Today my hero is Meathead who for the fourth time is helping me move intracity. It's Tradition Now.



There is a Karaoke Bar on the Corner...that is dangerous. I've been practicing my Johnny Cash in the Shower.

Only two titles this week. The Gnome says he carries a bag all day long and he ain't carrying any of my crap up three flights of stairs. Both were DC titles this lite week...I took in a stroll through the new 'Hood with the Gnome. Who's got Money for Funnies? I got moving to do! Do you know how much a full comics longbox weighs? It's heavy. Although I did choose the Davis Square FunnyBook Bodega & then lunch at Redbones. Would be all that strange to say that it's very much like Saturday Morning?

DC COUNTDOWN #39

This title will alter its name with issue #26 to COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS. What is FINAL CRISIS? In May 2008, a seven-part over-sized "CRISIS" will bookend the IDENTITY and INFINITE CRISES. If you read Top Cow's ruthless & amazing WANTED then you'll understand the scope of J.G. Jones artwork. The FINAL CRISIS will be penned by Grant Morrison. The tag line is "Heroes Die...Legends Live Forever" and I think I'd guess on which hero "dies"...if I had to forecast I'm pretty good at this game. I have been wrong before, I know I'll be wrong again. But I think that __________ is going to fall in battle.

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #8

This issue is another gem by master DC craftsman Geoff Johns. This time the focus is on team member LIBERTY BELLE, the All-American Powerhouse. This character's been in the back-burners for over a decade. Her parents were the Golden Age JOHNNY QUICK & LIBERTY BELLE (I) in the JSA and ALL-STAR SQUADRON of Earth-Two. JESSE CHAMBERS hero name used to be JESSE QUICK in the 1990's FLASH title, part of the FLASH FAMILY of Speedsters inheriting her father's power. But after losing the Speed Force powers her mother's side kicks in. Her powers aren't even explained in this issue although it's still another consistently good issue from Johns & Co. Great cover by Alex Ross!

So it's time to move this to a new address...I just hope the Gnome gets it so I don't miss by Weekly Stack! The Gnome will in turn forward it onto other important folk like the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Loyal Union Lodge of Keebler Elves.

See You, Space Cowboy...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster...

was invented by Zaphod Beeblebrox, a major character in the "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" series. Its original, fictional recipe, is as follows:

* Take the juice from one bottle of that Ol' Janx Spirit.
* Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V.
* Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost).
* Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it (in memory of all those happy Hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia).
* Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qualactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heady odours of the dark Qualactin Zones; subtle, sweet, and mystic.
* Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian suns deep into the heart of the drink.
* Sprinkle Zamphour.
* Add an olive.
* Drink... but... very carefully...

"Here's what the Encyclopedia Galactica has to say about alcohol. It says that alcohol is a colourless volatile liquid formed by the fermentation of sugars and also notes its intoxicating effect on certain carbon-based life forms. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. It says that the effect of a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick. The Guide also tells you on which planets the best Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters are mixed, how much you can expect to pay for one and what voluntary organizations exist to help you rehabilitate afterwards. The Guide even tells you how you can mix one yourself. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy sells rather better than the Encyclopedia Galactica."

Zaphod is the only person able to drink more than three of them at one sitting.