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It’s a Very Cool Day!

September 5, 2013

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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!

Cool!

Doesn’t it sound awful?

Cheers,

Roger

9/5/13.

Today is Cool!

September 5, 2012

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.

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

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. 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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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!

Cool!

Doesn’t it sound just awful?

Cheers,

Roger

9/5/12.

Why Celebrate Today? January 31, 2009

January 31, 2009

Btms^ for January 31. On this date in…

1919  –  Jackie Robinson (baseball player) born.

Here’s 42 cheers to you Mr. Robinson for not only being a ground breaker in so many arenas but also for doing them so well.

Jackie spent his entire MLB career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and had a lifetime of firsts that include: first African-American Major League Baseball player of the modern era; first MLB Rookie of the Year, first African-American National League MVP award-winner, and the first African-American vice president of a major American corporation.  Posthumously he was award the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Freedom. A toast to him with a glass of Graham Beck Brut from South Africa (it was served at the presidential inauguration of  Nelson Mandela) would be a fitting!

 

1937  –  Suzanne Pleshette (actor) born.

 

Along with her distinctive sultry ‘whiskey’ voice, this talented and classic beauty brought class to every role she played. A master at underplaying, she delightfully laid claim to a classic TV moment when she reprised her role as “Emily Hartley” from “The Bob Newhart Show” on the final episode of “Newhart”. (If you’ve seen it – you know how TV-perfect this ending was, if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth searching out! They out-Dallased “Dallas”.)

 Her most memorable film role was in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds” filmed in large part in Bodega Bay, located on the Point Reyes Peninsula in California. Some fine Point Reyes Blue Cheese and Rokyjam California Cabernet Sauvignon would be an equally fine memorial toast to Ms. Pleshette.

1872  –  Zane Grey (author) born.

It might surprise you to learn this prolific ‘wild west’ writer’s first home wasn’t ‘on the range’ but rather the sage-free zone of Zanesville, Ohio!  We can think of at least two perfect celebratory toasts to the author of “The Riders of the Purple Sage”  – Abita Brewing’s Purple Haze beer and Grey Goose vodka! Write it down!  

 1970  –  Minnie Driver (actor) born.

Nominated for an Academy award for her role in “Good Will Hunting”, one of Minnie’s first roles was in the wonderful coming-of-age film “Circle of Friends” . Add it to your Netflix list if you’ve not seen it before, or even if you have and it’s been awhile, she and the film are that charming! Much of her talent (really!) and time of late has been spent on her singing and recording. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah, she wowed the crowds when she took to the stage to perform several of her songs. Gather with your circle of friends for a toast to the birthday girl with a Guinness Stout!

1931 –  Ernie Banks (baseball player – “Let’s play two!”) born.

The first African-American MLB player for the Chicago Cubs, Ernie played his entire career with the Cubs. Renowned for his ebullient disposition and his loyalty and popularity in Chicago, Mr. Banks has not one but two nicknames: “Mr. Sunshine” and “Mr. Cub”!

Two toasts to the man who loved to play double headers  (It’s a beautiful day…let’s play two!”) with double shots, be it of espresso, or Hancock’s Bourbon, or two glasses of Chardonnay!

1928  –  Scotch Tape 1st sold.  Btms^  

It’s perfectly clear to us, we should stick with a glass of Chivas Regal Scotch to celebrate this date! And that, my friends, is a wrap!