It’s a Very Cool Day!

Way, way cool;

–          Today in 1698, in an effort to “Westernize” his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposed a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and the peasantry. I gotta ask; what about the bearded ladies?

–          Kentucky’s own Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) was awarded the gold medal for his first place finish in the Light Heavyweight division of the boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome today in 1960.

–          Also in sports, today in 1906, the first legal forward pass in American football was thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22-0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin). Actually, I’m a little conflicted about this one: my money was squarely on Carroll College, but I had Bradbury Robinson on my fantasy team.

–          The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon (“Trolley Troubles”) was released by Universal Pictures today in 1927. That just sounds like something worth celebrating. Besides, I may put Oswald on my fantasy team as well – a lucky rabbit couldn’t hurt.

There’s a bunch of cool birthdays too;

–          Former Kentucky Wildcat, Nazr Mohammed was born today in 1977, as was World Series hero Bill Mazeroski in 1936.

–          Outlaw Jesse James (1847) shares this birthday with outlaw songwriter Louden Wainwright III (1946). Sing! “…stinkin’ to high heaven.”

–          American composer John Cage (1912) (we won’t be singing any of his tunes), actor Raquel Welch (1940) and comedian Bob Newhart (1929) were all born today, as were

–          Film director Werner Herzog (1942) and Scottish songster Al Stewart (1945).

Drink 4cast 4 2day & Quote of the Day

Today was the day in 1957 Jack Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD was published. Kerouac’s novel depicted a new America, connected physically by cars and highways, and separated philosophically by age and culture. Mr. Kerouac inquires of us; “Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?”

One of the mainstay party beverages of this penniless “beat” generation is the inspiration for today’s drink recipe. Before you go on, please keep in mind that we’ve all matured a bit (for better or for worse) and that not even Jimmy Buffett wants to grow up to be the old Jimmy Buffett anymore. Drink responsibly, folks…and don’t drink on the road.

Wine Spodie Odie


1 (5 lb.) package of ice (preferably 1 large block)

2 liters Polar Club Soda

For each guest;

1 favorite fruit

750ml of their favorite wine


  1. Go out and buy a brand new plastic garbage receptacle.
  2. Bring it home and wash it well.
  3. On the day of your “Spodie Odie” as your guests arrive, put in the block of ice and add club soda.
  4. Have glasses ready.
  5. As guests arrive, have them add their chosen wine, chop or slice and add their favorite fruit.
  6. Add a ladle, spread blankets on the lawn, turn on the tunes, and invite your neighbors so you don’t keep them up!


Doesn’t it sound awful?




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