Oh…Wow…Far…Out!

We’ll get to that in a minute.

It’s Memorial Day!

It’s a day for barbecue in the backyard, heading to the lake, continuing last week’s graduation celebrations, and watching John Wayne war movies. All those things are great for a celebration store like Liquor Barn… especially watching John Wayne war movies. Today, we look back on World War II and the Korean War and the Vietnam War with the knowledge of how it all ended. I think we forget sometimes that members of “the greatest generation” didn’t have the advantage of knowing how it would all turn out. At home they faced days of ration cards, blackout curtains and loved ones in peril halfway around the planet. Those loved ones faced days of marching, sailing, flying, and fighting, knowing simply that the only way home to the people and the country they loved was to win. In the face of that uncertain victory, they soldiered on and gave us the finest gift imaginable; freedom. Take some time today to watch a few minutes of one of those old films from the point of view of uncertainty. I think it will heighten the respect and gratitude we all feel towards those in the service who put it all on the line for us today and make us perhaps weep for a moment for those have not and will not return home to enjoy what they made possible.

Two of my favorite people have birthdays today

–          Christopher Lee was born today in 1922. I don’t believe I’ve seen any war movies that Mr. Lee may have been in, but some of his over the top Hammer horror movies made me weep with laughter.

–          One of my very favorite writers; Harlan Ellison was born today in 1934. I think my favorite of his short stories is “Jeffty is Five” and of course there’s his remarkable “A Boy and His Dog”. I highly recommend Mr. Ellison’s work.

Interesting things happened today

–          Today in 1919 Charles Strite patented the pop-up toaster. I wonder what banks gave away for new accounts before that?

–          The first all-female (20 British women) team reached the North Pole today in 1997. A thousand comments spring to my lips, all of which I will keep to myself.

–          My favorite James Bond movie, “From Russia with Love” was released in the United States today in 1964.

–          And…

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Oh, wow!

The first black light was sold today in 1961.

Far out!!

Paintings on velvet suddenly became meaningful.

Today’s libation needs to look good in black light.

Zombie Waltz at Midnight Cocktail

2 oz. Hpnotiq

2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps

One Half Can 7-Up

1 oz. lime juice

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass.

Turn on the black light, tune in some Jimi Hendrix, and gaze thoughtfully (or so he thinks) at your Bob Dylan poster – I’m sure you’ve got one around there somewhere.

Cheers!

Roger

5/27/13.

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