Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Astonishing 'Nikko Blue' Flowers

“If you've never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.”
- Robert Brault -

The pride and joy of my garden: Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'. The flowers on this plant are astonishing...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Silliness

Let’s start the day with a smile...


Before going to Europe on business, a man drove his Rolls Royce to a downtown NY City bank and went in to ask for an immediate loan of $5,000. The loan officer, taken aback, requested collateral.

"Well, then, here are the keys to my Rolls Royce," the man said. The loan officer promptly had the car driven into the bank's underground parking for safe keeping, and gave him $5,000.

Two weeks later, the man walked through the bank's doors, and asked to settle up his loan and get his car back. "That will be $5,000 in principal, and $15.40 in interest," the loan officer said. The man wrote out a check and started to walk away.

"Wait sir," the loan officer said, "while you were gone I learned that you are a millionaire. Why in the world would you need to borrow $5,000?"

The man smiled. "Where else could I park my Rolls Royce in Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?"


- As you board the plane, you notice the co-pilot is frowning and wearing an "I'm with Stupid" T-Shirt.

- The Captain announces over the intercom the flight is delayed while he looks for his keys.

- The Airline mechanics, wearing propeller beanies, seem to be pointing and laughing an awful lot, and drinking something from inside brown paper bags.

- The Ground Crew are seen using pennies to check tire wear.

- A man with an oily rag hanging from the back pocket of his dirty coveralls, and sadly shaking his head, turns out to be the airline's C.E.O.

- A voice on P.A. system warns you to keep your heads and arms inside the aircraft at all times, while the plane is in motion.

- The air sickness bags have the Lord's Prayer printed on them.

- Jumper cables are dangling from the door to the cockpit.

- A man in clerical garb walks through the plane, sprinkles all the passengers with water, mumbling something in Latin & exits.

- A telephone with a really long cord connects the plane to the control tower.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sunny Side Up

“I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.”
- Anonymous -

This week’s smile warns why it’s important to give out the good stuff on Halloween...

Enjoy the weekend, everyone.


Plants gracing smaller businesses and organizations that don’t (or can’t) hire professionals are cared for by the staff. When plants are maintained by a company’s employees, the results vary depending on the skill levels of the caretakers; they may flourish, cling to life or bite the dust. In addition, you can usually tell if only one person is carrying out all the care requirements, as opposed to a team effort, because the plants more or less all look the same visually – healthy or ragged. For example, whenever I walked into one of the local convenience stores in the city I previously lived in, all the plants there looked equally beaten with their broken down soil, dry leaf tips and tired foliage. I’m guessing that the same person took care of all of them. (This is not to say that plants can only thrive under the care of hired professionals. You don’t need a license or a degree to acquire a green thumb. But in order to get to the point of this article, let’s concentrate on plants grown in less than ideal environments by a specific individual who doesn’t have the greenest thumb.)

Moving along...

Every now and then, there is one plant that defies the ‘all plants look the same under the care of one individual’ logic by responding differently from the surrounding victims – er - greenery. And that was the case with a particular specimen in a doctor’s office from my previous city where a variety of interesting plants resided. The overall impression I got was that the live plants were being cared for by a staff member that a) was making a sincere effort but didn’t have a green thumb or b) didn’t like plants but felt obligated to care for them or c) was grudgingly caring for them but was subconsciously (or consciously) doing something that was sabotaging their health (passive/aggressive behaviour).

There were a couple of Phalaenopsis Orchids – no longer in bloom – that looked like they were ready (and hoping) to check out soon; an Aechmea Fasciata wondering what it had done to deserve growing in a dark corner; a Dracaena Marginata that had shed its lower leaves and its determination to make new ones; an Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’ making the best of a bad situation because they’re such good troopers; a Dieffenbachia Camille that had lost almost all of its variegation and looked rather offended by the appalling growing conditions; a Spider plant that had decided to self-destruct and end its misery; and a Peace Lily – well, I won’t even get into details about that one. Hence, they were all equally dilapidated, which lead me to believe that one person was caring for all of them. But then there was an Anthurium in that battered collection that defied all logic. It was happy as a clam with its regular production of healthy new leaves and frequent blooms. In fact, that plant was doing so well that it was growing into a monster-sized specimen. So it threw a monkey wrench into my overconfident logical deduction that ‘all plants look the same under the care of one individual’. Damn plant.

On another note – that doesn’t involve my ego – Anthuriums are a wonderful choice if you’re looking for attractive foliage and long lasting flowers. And although many resources maintain that these plants do not adapt easily to average indoor conditions, I find that they roll with the punches better than most.

A Beautiful Flower And Foliage Plant

Belonging to the Araceae (Aroid) family of plants and a relative to the extremely popular and beloved Dieffenbachias, Philodendrons, Aglaonemas, Alocasias, Caladiums and Spathiphyllums, the genus Anthurium is the largest group in this clan boasting 600 – 800, and probably much more, different varieties. Despite the fact that there are so many of them, very few are available to the general public, with the A. Scherzerianum and A. Andreanum leading the way. There is a third one - A. Crystallinum – that is grown primarily for its ornamental foliage because the inflorescence is quite insignificant compared to the other two specimens. But you are much less likely to find this one in local stores.

Characterized by shiny, dark green foliage and showy, heart-shaped flowers that come in shades of red, pink and white, an Anthurium can bloom all year round with proper care. Long lasting, with flowers that stick around for many weeks, this ornamental plant adds a decorative touch to any home or office, and makes a great gift.

Ensure that your Anthurium receives plenty of light. Choose a spot that provides bright, indirect light. A little early or late day sun is ideal. Do not place this plant in low light areas, regardless of what some houseplant books say. These plants need a lot of light to bloom.

While your plant is actively growing, water generously and keep the medium evenly moist. In the winter, when growth slows down, allow it to dry slightly between successive waterings. Never allow the plant to dry out completely; occasional slight dryness around the root ball can be tolerated but frequent under-watering cannot. Be especially careful of over watering. Use a very porous, coarse, fast-draining medium; Anthuriums will not survive long in compact, waterlogged soil mixes. Keep the plant slightly root bound.

Warm and humid conditions are needed by this plant that originates from the tropics. Although an Anthurium will tolerate slightly higher levels, ideal temperatures range between 18°C -21°C (64°F -70°F) with a slight drop at night. Protect from cold drafts and constant temperature fluctuations. Raise humidity by placing the pot on a pebble tray filled with water or by adding a humidifier nearby. (For other ways to increase moisture in the air, visit Improving Humidity) Feed monthly from May to September if the plant is healthy and putting out new growth.

Hydroculture And Anthuriums – A Perfect Match

If you want to be permanently rid of the water juggling act associated with growing these plants in soil mixes, switch to hydroculture. Anthuriums convert easily and grow happily in this alternative style. The plant adopts the system quickly with very little stress; there may be some yellowing of leaves but not much else. Make sure that you eliminate all traces of soil from the roots before transplanting to avoid rot. Anthuriums have a dense root system that is usually caked with soil; you may have to disassemble the setup, once or twice, to wash the roots again if the first time hasn’t left them thoroughly clean.

If you’re searching for plants that can handle the day-to-day stresses of indoor environments reasonably well, visit a local business that grows indoor plants cared for by the staff. If all the plants look worn out except for one, find out what that robust survivor is and pick one up at your local garden center. Chances are it may be an Anthurium.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tune Time - Hotel California

An absolute classic, "Hotel California" is the title song from the Eagles' album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977. Three months after its release, the single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America representing 1,000,000 records shipped. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Hotel California" at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978. In 2009, the song was certified Platinum (Digital Sales Award) by the RIAA for sales of 1,000,000 digital downloads.

The lyrics describe the title's establishment as a luxury resort where "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." On the surface, it tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish luxury hotel that at first appears inviting and tempting. The song is an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction in the Southern California music industry of the late 1970s; Don Henley called it "our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles" and later reiterated "it's basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about. (Info from Wikipedia)


On a dark desert highway
Cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas
Rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself
"This could be heaven or this could be hell"
Then she lit up a candle
And she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted
She got the Mercedes-Benz
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys
That she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember
Some dance to forget

So I called up the captain
"Please bring me my wine"
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here
Since 1969"
And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
They're living it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling
The pink champagne on ice
And she said, "We are all just prisoners here
Of our own device"
And in the master's chambers
They gathered for the feast
The stab it with their steely knives
But they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax," said the night man
"We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave!"

Today's Trivia – Horror Movies For Halloween

I don’t know what it is about them, but I love watching horror movies. And seeing that Halloween is just a hop, skip and jump away, I’ve included a list of horror movies for those of you looking for a film that makes the heart rate go way up...

Some Of The Top Rated Horror Movies

- 28 Days Later (2002)

- 28 Days Later (2003)

- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

- Alien (1979)

- Aliens (1986)

- An American Werewolf in London (1981)

- Army of Darkness (1992)

- Audition (1999)

- Black Christmas (1974)

- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

- Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

- Carrie (1976)

- Cemetery Man (1994)

- Child's Play (1988)

- Confessions (2010)

- Darkness Falls (2003)

- Dawn of the Dead (1978)

- Dawn of the Dead (2004)

- Day of the Dead (1985)

- Dead Alive (1992)

- Dead of Night (1945)

- Dog Soldiers (2002)

- Don't Look Now (1973)

- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

- Event Horizon (1997)

- Evil Dead II (1987)

- Extremes (2004)

- Eyes Without a Face (1960)

- Faust: A German Folk Legend (1926)

- Feast (2005)

- Frailty (2001)

- Frankenstein (1931)

- Freaks (1932)

- Friday the 13th (1980)

- Ginger Snaps (2000)

- Grindhouse (2007)

- Halloween (1978)

- Halloween 2 (1981)

- Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

- Hellraiser (1987)

- High Tension (2005)

- Horror of Dracula (1958)

- Hostel (2005)

- Hour of the Wolf (1968)

- I Saw the Devil (2010)

- Interview With The Vampire (1994)

- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

- Island of Lost Souls (1932)

- IT (1990)

- Jacob's Ladder (1990)

- Jaws (1975)

- Ju-On (2000)

- King Kong (1933)

- Kwaidan (1964)

- Les diaboliques (1955)

- Let The Right One In (2008)

- May (2002)

- Misery (1990)

- Night of the Comet (1984)

- Night of the Demon (1957)

- Night of the Living Dead (1968)

- Nosferatu (1922)

A famous scene from one of the first notable horror films, Nosferatu.

- Onibaba (1964)

- Pet Sematary (1989)

- Phantasm (1979)

- Planet Terror (2007)

- Poltergeist (1982)

- Psycho (1960)

- Re-Animator (1985)

- Repulsion (1965)

- Return of the Living Dead (1985)

- Ringu (1998)

- Rose Red (2002)

- Rosemary's Baby (1968)

- Salem's Lot (1972)

- Saw (2004)

- Scream (1996)

- Shaun of the Dead (2004)

- Storm of the Century (1999)

- Suspiria (1977)

- Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

- The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

- The Amityville Horror (1979)

- The Birds (1963)

- The Blair Witch Project (1999)

- The Body Snatcher (1945)

- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

- The Cremator (1969)

- The Curses of Frankenstein (1957)

- The Descent (2005)

- The Devils (1971)

- The Evil Dead (1981)

- The Exorcist (1973)

- The Eye (2002)

- The Fly (1986)

- The Frighteners (1996)

- The Haunting (1963)

- The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

- The Host (2006)

- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

- The Howling (1981)

- The Innocents (1961)

- The Invisible Man (1933)

- The Last House on the Left (1972)

- The Legend of Hell House (1973)

- The Man Who Laughs (1928)

- The Mist (2007)

- The Mummy (1932)

- The Omen (1976)

- The Orphanage (2007)

- The Phantom Carriage (1921)

- The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

- The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

- The Ring (2002)

- The Ruins (2008)

- The Saw (2004)

- The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

- The Shining (1980)

- The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

- The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

- The Thing (1982)

- The Uninvited (1944)

- The Unknown (1927)

- The Wicker Man (1973)

- The Wolf Man (1941)

- They Live (1988)

- Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

- Village of the Damned (1960)

- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

- White Zombie (1932)

- Wolf Creek (2005)

- Zombie 2 (1980)

- Zombieland (2009)

And finally, here’s the movie trailer for one of my absolute favourite horror films: Jacob’s Ladder. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, do it. It will spook the living daylights out of you...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pretty Coneflowers

We should be getting our first frost by the end of this week, so yesterday I carried out the sad task of wrapping up my garden. No more potted plants. No more garden décor. No more annuals. No more seasonal birds. No more butterflies or bees or dragonflies. No more chipmunks. No more blooming perennials. For many, many months. Sigh...

It’s tragic, I tell you, tragic. And in order to make myself feel better – once again – here is another round of pretty flowers to remind me – and maybe you – that there is hope on the horizon. Last week it was about Rudbeckias, this week it’s about coneflowers (Echinaceas).

Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'

Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Echinacea 'Sundown'

Echinacea 'Sunrise'

You know, I believe I'd feel better if I could spend a few of the winter months on a tropical island. Near the beach. Yeah, I think I’d feel a whole lot better...

Words Of Wisdom

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Patties

This is another wonderful recipe that I enjoyed while growing up. My mother used to make a huge batch of these patties and freeze some for another day. Although the recipe calls for them to be served warm, these patties can be eaten hot or cold, both equally delicious.

Pumpkin Patties
Yield: About 20


1 ¼ cups pumpkin
¼ cup chopped onion
2 eggs
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced parsley
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup flour
½ cup vegetable oil for frying.


Combine all ingredients except flour and oil; blend well.

Shape into 2-inch patties and roll in flour.

Fry in vegetable oil until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels.

Serve warm.

(Note: The Greek word for this recipe is Kolokithokeftedes...a bit of a tongue twister...)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tiny But Precious Flowers

“Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you
go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail
drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.”
- Lewis Gannit -

The tiny but precious flowers of Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday Silliness

Let’s get right to this week’s silliness...


A lady approaches her priest and tells him "Father, I have a problem. I have two female talking parrots, but they only know how to say one thing."

"What do they say?" the priest inquired.

"They only know how to say, 'Hi, we're prostitutes. Want to have some fun?'"

"That's terrible!" the priest exclaimed, "but I have a solution to your problem. Bring your two female parrots over to my house and I will put them with my two male talking parrots whom I taught to pray and read the bible. My parrots will teach your parrots to stop saying that terrible phrase and your female parrots will learn the joys of praise and worship."

"Thank you!" the woman responded.

The next day the woman brings her female parrots to the priest's house. His two male parrots are holding the rosary beads and praying in their cage. The lady puts her two female parrots in with the male parrots and the female parrots say "Hi we're prostitutes, want to have some fun?"

One male parrot looks over at the other male parrot and exclaims, "Put the beads away, brother. Our prayers have been answered!"


A burglar broke into a home and was looking around. He heard a soft voice say, "Jesus is watching you". Thinking it was just his imagination, he continued his search.

Again the voice said "Jesus is watching you". He turned his flashlight around and saw a parrot in a cage.

He asked the parrot if he was the one talking and the parrot said, "yes."

He asked the parrot what his name was and the parrot said, "Moses."

The burglar asked, "what kind of people would name a parrot Moses?"

The parrot said, "the same kind of people who would name their pit bull Jesus".


A man goes into a cinema with his dog to watch a film. It's a romantic comedy and when there's a funny scene the dog starts laughing. A little later on there's a sad part and suddenly the dog starts crying.

This goes on throughout the entire film, laughing and crying at all the right places. A man sitting a few rows back has witnessed the entire thing and decides to follow the man out. In the foyer, he approaches the dog owner and says, "That's truly amazing!"

"It certainly is" The dog owner replied, "He hated the book!"


And finally...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sunny Side Up

“Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot,
and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.”
- George Carlen -

This week’s end of the week smile is an advertisement for werewolves. Seems they need a little help with that mangy hair...

Have a terrific weekend, everyone.

Ananas Comosus

The first thing I’m going to tell you is that Ananas comosus is not an epiphyte like Aechmea fasciata or Vriesea splendens or the cute little Tillandsia plants, all of which are bromeliad cousins. What this means is that if you expose the roots of this lovely plant to the air by removing them from the soil (or whatever other growing medium you’re using, like clay pellets) to attach them to driftwood or a seashell or some type of magnet, you will kill this plant. This is a terrestrial bromeliad and it needs to be grown in a pot with an appropriate medium. So, don’t go pulling any epiphytic moves with this bromeliad. Big no-no. Capiche?


Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’m going to tell you another thing: this plant is very easy to grow indoors provided you aren’t growing one for the fruit; the chances of your Ananas comosus producing a pineapple – no matter how perfect the growing conditions - are very slim. Very. Grow it for its interesting foliage and its ease of cultivation, not its fruit. If you want pineapple, visit your local grocery store.


Alright, now let’s talk about care, starting with light, which Ananas comosus needs lots of. Especially sun. Provide this bromeliads with plenty of bright light, preferably a few hours of sunshine a day. Without adequate light, it will stop growing (or grow very slowly) and the leaves with be smaller, thinner. This terrestrial must receive adequate amounts of light; if you can’t provide that, don’t grow it.

Choose an airy, fast-growing medium and water thoroughly when the plant is thirsty; do not water again until the plant dries somewhat. Ananas comosus is a prime candidate for rot from over-watering, so it’s wise to be careful with the watering can. Reduce watering significantly during the winter when the plant is resting. This is a great candidate for hydroculture. Simply remove the plant from the pot, wash the roots free of soil and place in a container with clay pebbles. Water roots should form within 4 to 6 weeks.

Like all bromeliads, above average humidity levels between 40 to 60 percent are greatly appreciated but often difficult to maintain in the average home, especially during the colder months of the year when heating systems cause humidity levels to plummet. Increase humidity if possible, but don’t fret; Ananas comosus tolerates dry air better than most indoor plants.

Average room temperatures are fine but if you’re determined to try and make your Ananas comosus bear fruit, temperatures of 24°C (75°F) and above may be required. When the plant is a few years old, it may produce a sturdy stem bearing small flowers that are surrounded by pretty, colourful bracts. Soon after, a small fruit will appear. Even though this whole process is not easily achieved when this plant is cultivated indoors, it’s certainly worth a try; you really have nothing to lose.

During the active growing season, if your plant is growing in ideal conditions, feed it every two weeks or once a month with a general liquid fertilizer that is diluted to half strength or less. Do not feed during the winter months or if your plant is growing in poor lighting.

That’s all there is to it folks; it doesn’t get any easier than this. This plant is definitely worth trying indoors, as long as you have a sunny spot for it.

Sunny Side Up

“Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot,
and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.”
- George Carlen -

This week’s end of the week smile is an advertisement for werewolves. Seems they need a little help with that mangy hair...

Have a terrific weekend, everyone.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tune Time – We Didn’t Start The Fire

I love this song by Billy Joel that alludes to headline events from March 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) to 1989, when the song was released on his album, Storm Front. It’s a challenge to learn the fast-paced lyrics and I applaud anyone who has succeeded in doing so.

We Didn’t Start The Fire

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye

Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Maciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dancron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai

Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkwether, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichman, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law
Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Today's Trivia – Advertising Slogans (Part 3)

Some advertising slogans are (or were) so well-known that as soon as you hear them, you know immediately what company or organization they belong to. Below is a third list of some familiar slogans. How many do you recognize? How many do you remember? How many do you find yourself sometimes repeating?

Let’s get started...

“Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline.” (Maybelline)

“Merrill-Lynch is Bullish on America” (Merrill-Lynch)

“More doctors smoke camels than any other cigarette” (Camel cigarettes)

“Moving at the speed of business” (UPS)

“My goodness, my Guinness” (Guinness)

“Neighbor's envy, owner's pride” (Onida TV in India)

“Never follow” (Audi)

“Nicorette, Nicorette, you can beat the cigarette” (Nicorette)

“No battery is stronger longer” (Duracell Batteries)

“No more tears” (Johnson's Baby Shampoo)

“Nobody can say no to the honey nuts in Honey Nut Cheerios” (Honey Nut Cheerios)

“Nobody does chicken like KFC” (KFC)

“Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee” (Sara Lee)

“Nothin' says lovin' like somethin' from the oven” (Pillsbury)

“Nothing comes between me and my Calvin Klein Jeans” (Calvin Klein jeans)

“Nothing runs like a Deere” (Deere & Company)

“Nothings sucks like an Electrolux” (Electrolux)

“Now you're playing with power!” (Nintendo)

“Obey your thirst” (Sprite)

“Oh what a feeling” (Toyota)

“Once vou pop, you can't stop!” (Pringles)

“One thing leads to another” (Nescafe)

“Only Smarties have the answer” (Smarties confectionary)

“Our repairmen are the loneliest guys in town” (Maytag)

“Passion for the road” (Mazda)

“Pepsi - for those who think young” (Pepsi)

“Pizza! Pizza!” (Little Caesars restaurants)

“Please don't squeeze the Charmin” (Charmin)

“Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is!” (Alka-Seltzer)

“Porsche. There is No Substitute” (Porsche)

“Power, Beauty and Soul” (Aston Martin)

“Preparing to be a beautiful lady” (Pear's Soap)

“Probably the best beer in the world” (Carlsberg)

“Promise her anything, but give her Arpege” (Arpege)

“Pump your money back into Canada” (Petro Canada)

“Pure Life (Nestle Aberfoyle Natural Spring” Water)

“Push Button Publishing” (

“Put a smile on” (McDonalds Happy Meal)

“Put a tiger in your tank” (Esso)

“Quality is Job 1” (Ford)

“Quality never goes out of style” (Levi’s)

“Race for the taste, the honey sweet taste, the honey-nutty taste of Honey Nut Cheerios” (Honey Nut Cheerios)

“Reach out and touch someone” (AT&T)

“Refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach” (Heineken)

“Relieves gas pains” (Volkswagen)

“Rice-a-Roni the San Francisco treat” (Rice-a-Roni)

“Ring around the collar” (Wisk laundry detergent)

“Rip. Mix. Burn.” (Apple Computer)

“R-O-L-A-I-D-S spells relief” (Rolaids)

“Run for the border” (Taco Bell)

“Same time tomorrow?” (Diet Pepsi)

“Save money. Live better.” (Wal-Mart)

“Sch... You know who?” (Schweppes)

“Screw yourself” (IKEA)

“See America at see level” (Amtrak)

“See the USA in a Chevrolet” (Chevrolet)

“See what brown can do for you” (UPS)

“See what the future has in store” (Future Shop)

“Share moments. Share life.” (Kodak)

“Sharp Minds, Sharp Products” (Sharp)

“Sheer driving pleasure” (BMW)

“Shouldn't your baby be a Gerber baby?” (Gerber foods)

“Silly Rabbit, Trix are for Kids” (Trix cereal)

“Simply years ahead” (Phillips)

“Skim milk does not come from skinny cows” (Alba Dry Milk)

“Small Wonder” (Volkswagen)

“Snap, Crackle, Pop” (Rice Krispies)

“So easy a caveman can do it” (GEICO)

“Solutions for a small planet” (IBM Computers)

“Some of our best men are women” (United States Army)

“Something special in the air” (American Airlines)

“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t” (Almond Joy/Mounds)

“Sooner or later, you'll own Generals” (General Tires Corp.)

“Spend wisely - save wisely” (Brooke Bond)

“Sponsors of tomorrow” (Intel)

“St Augustine founded it. Becket died for it. Chaucer wrote about it. Cromwell shot at it. Hitler bombed it. Time is destroying it. Will you save it?” (Canterbury Cathedral)

“Take a bite out of crime!” (National Crime Prevention Council)

“Taste them again, for the first time” (Kellogg's Corn Flakes)

“The Army. The Edge.” (Australian Army)

“The best a man can get” (Gillette razors)

“The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup” (Folgers)

“The best seat in the house” (Jockey underwear)

“The best tires in the world have Goodyear written all over them” (Goodyear Tires)

“The best to you each morning” (Kellogg Company)

“The car in front is a Toyota” (Toyota)

“The champagne of bottled beer” (Miller Beer)

“The choice of a new generation” (Pepsi Cola)

“The Colgate ring of confidence” (Colgate Toothpaste)

“The daily diary of American Dream” (Wall Street Journal)

“The eye in the eyes” (CBS)

“The first network for men” (Spike TV)

Let’s end this trivia post with a video of Alka Selter’s “Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is!” It’s a very old commercial.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lovely Rudbeckias

It’s not awfully cold out, yet, but the garden season is pretty much over. The majority of the perennials are looking shabby, all the outdoor decorations have been put away, almost all the flower pots have been cleaned out, and I will be pulling out the annuals from the ground in the next few days – before the weather gets really bitter.

So, it is looking awfully depressing out there; even most of the birds that were visiting my backyard and adding joyfulness to it have left. And since this sad state will continue until March, it’s time to start flipping through photos taken during the prime time in the garden and keeping the hope going that spring will return – eventually – and bring back all the wonderful things that the warmer months of the year have to offer.

Like all the gorgeous Rudbecakias below...

Rudbeckia ‘Autumn Sun’

Rudbeckia goldsturm

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cordoba’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Marmalade’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sonora’

Rudbeckia maxima

I miss you, garden. Please come back soon...


Words Of Wisdom

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Bread

This recipe was posted about two years ago, but since it’s amazingly delicious, and a terrific recipe for the fall season, I had to reintroduce it. If you haven’t made this yet, do it; it’s one of the most delicious breads you’ll ever have.



3 ½ cups flour
3 cups sugar
1 cup corn oil (I use canola)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup water
1 15 oz can pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not the pie filling type)

1) Preheat oven to 350º.

2) In an extra large bowl beat sugar & oil on medium speed. Add eggs; beat well.

3) Add pumpkin. Beat until everything is well mixed.

3) In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg. Add dry mixture and water alternately to sugar mixture, beating on low speed.

4) Spoon batter into greased loaf pans.

(Optional: Lick whatever batter is left in the mixing bowl while the bread is baking to help prevent self-combustion. The aroma may just kill you while you wait.)

5) Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

7) Cool in pans for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from pans, let cool completely. Refrigerate for a couple of hours, then cut into slices and serve.




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