my children made me do this.
Isn't Hanukkah over yet?
People, please eat the dried fruit. At this point, it the only thing keeping you from colon cancer.
Christmas video countdown -
December 16, 1971 -
Don McLean's eight-minute-plus version of 'American Pie' was released and became one of the longest songs to ever hit the pop charts.
I could have used the clip with Don singing in it but did you really want to look at Don for over 8 minutes. Kids, use the song as a cheat sheet for what happened during the 60's.
Today in History:
December 16, 1773 -
The Boston Tea Party took place 236 years ago today.
A group of young colonists, dressed as native Americans, stormed a few British ships in Boston Harbor and tossed their tea cargo overboard in protest of the British insistence that Americans ride their horses on the left-hand side of the street. While this is often remembered as a defining historical moment in the development of our proud nation, it should not be forgotten that Boston Harbor was for a long time one of our most polluted waterways.
I equally deplores the ecologically disastrous precedent set by these hotheaded young good-for-nothings, and their demeaning depiction of native Americans as savage, tea-hating polluters. Also please do not confuse the Tea Party with Tea Bagging - two very different things although men wearing short skirts figure prominently in both of them.
December 16, 1950 -
President Harry S. Truman declares a state of emergency, after Chinese troops enter the fight with communist North Korea in the Korean War.
With all the business going on in the world in the intervening 59 years, the order is still in effect, one of four current states of national emergency granting extraordinary powers to the President.
What the hell were we thinking.
December 16, 1977 -
Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, goes into general release on this date.
Feel the Night Fever in your polyester shirts kids.
December 16, 1985 -
24 years - where has the time gone? What were you doing 24 years ago - I left work, cut through a parking garage in the middle of the block and walked passed the limos in front of the steak house on the next block.
John Gotti was looking to improve his position with IBM (the Gambino crime syndicate.) He had his boss Paul Castellano ventilated at Spark's Steak House in Manhattan.
John and Paul are long gone but I still have an office in the same location.
Thought for the day:
Wisdom comes with winters.
And remember to tip your waitress.
Continue to shop til you drop, 8 more shopping days until Christmas.
And so it goes.