Major Gridlock Alert - Avoid, like the plague or swine flu, midtown today!
Thousands will gather at Rockefeller Center in New York City for the 77th Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremonies tonight. Do you really want to be stuck in the middle of the throng? So once again, I've given native New Yorkers a gentle reminder - watch last year's lighting here.
The tree lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Center is just about the same every year. The insane, morally weak and tourist are welcome to attend - everyone else should stay home and watch it in the comfort of your own home.
I laughed when I first saw this:
But upon further reflection, I'm left with so many disturbing questions that I need to lie down with a cold compress and a warm cup of tea.
My thoughts are so troubling.
Christmas video countdown: The Jacksons (that happy family from Gary, Indiana.)
Besides being a meal ticket from the grave, I wonder what Michael will get his brothers for Christmas?
Today in History:
December 2, 1814 -
Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, Marquis de Sade, dies in a lunatic asylum at Charenton.
The Marquis must have been a panic at parties - talk about getting carried away at orgies.
The Monroe Doctrine was proclaimed on this day in 1823.
The doctrine set forth the principle that meddling European bastards should keep their meddling goddam hands out of the Americas.
It should not be confused with the Marilyn Monroe Doctrine, which stated that fondling European bastards should keep their fondling goddamn hands out of—
December 2, 1908 -
John Baxter Taylor Jr. was an American track and field athlete and member of the Irish American Athletic Club (yes, they were integrated) notable as the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal.
Less than five months after returning from the Olympic Games in London, Taylor died of typhoid fever on this date, at the age of 26. In his obituary, The New York Times called him "the world's greatest negro runner."
(thanks to our friends at www.wingedfist.org for the reference)
December 2, 1939 -
LaGuardia Airport opens for business on this date.
Some of the first scheduled arrivals should just about be getting in.
December 2, 1956 -
George P. Metesky, better known as The Mad Bomber, strikes again. Angry and resentful about events surrounding a workplace injury suffered years earlier, Metesky plants yet another bomber at Brooklyn's Paramount Theater, injuring 7.
Metesky planted at least 33 bombs, of which 22 exploded, injuring 15 people in New York City theaters, terminals, libraries and offices, including Grand Central Terminal, Pennsylvania Station, Radio City Music Hall, the New York Public Library, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the RCA Building, as well as in the New York City Subway between 1940 and 1956.
Metesky was finally arrested in January of 1957. After undergoing extensive psychiatric examinations, for the time, he was found to be legally insane and incompetent to stand trial.
December 2, 1986 -
Desi Arnaz died from lung cancer, on this date.
Although recognized as a great innovator of television, I guess he might have had second thoughts about that Lucky Strike sponsorship of the "I Love Lucy" show.
10 more shopping days until Hanukkah, 23 more shopping days until Christmas.
And so it goes