Posts Tagged ‘Jack Kerouac’

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.

Bikinis, Beats, & Beer Barrels!

June 3, 2013

Bikinis!

–          The first bikini swimsuits were displayed for sale in Paris today in 1946.

Beer Barrels!

–          Today in 1939 “The Beer Barrel Polka” by Will Glahe hit number one on the pop music charts. Well of course it did! Everybody loves a polka… Oh yeah, beer too.

Beats!

–          Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was born today in 1926. Mr. Ginsberg’s initial recitation of his poem “Howl” in a garage/art studio in San Francisco (with Jack Kerouac passing the hat for wine from the attendees) in the 1950’s seems to be a landmark moment in our cultural heritage. It marked a moment of artistic flowering of a whole generation – a generation of artistic gardening that had been developing in the post-WWII years. Suddenly music (rock and jazz), literature, and visual arts (the Bay Area Figurative Movement) seemed more important and more urgent. A nation linked as never before by faster and better highways and communications caught fire. I confess. I woulda liked to have been there.

Singing!

–          Memphis Minnie was born today in 1897. She wasn’t born in Memphis and her real name was Lizzie Douglas but there’s nothing bogus about her blues guitar or her singing. Ms. Minnie recorded for 40 years and paved the way for artists like Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley.

–          Today is also the birthday of Josephine Baker. Ms. Baker was a French war hero (she was born in the United States) and a pioneering singer/dancer. She was one of the biggest star entertainers of Europe, but had no great success in her country of birth. Go figure.

And of course, Swinging!

–          Today in 1888, the poem “Casey at the Bat”, by Ernest Lawrence was published. “It looked extremely rocky for the Mudville Nine that Day…”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Another fine singer, Dakota Staton was born today in 1930. I’ve always enjoyed her rendition of “The Late Late Show”. Let’s toast Ms. Staton’s natal day with a;

Dakota Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Hancock Bourbon

1 ½ oz. Durango Tequila

Combine in a double shot glass and serve.

Don’t strike out!

Cheers!

Roger

6/3/2013.

 

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.

Howling, Singing, & Swinging!

June 3, 2012

First – Howling!

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was born today in 1926. Mr. Ginsberg’s initial recitation of his poem “Howl” in a garage/art studio in San Francisco (with Jack Kerouac collecting for wine from the attendees) in the 1950’s seems to be a landmark moment in our cultural heritage. It marked a moment of artistic flowering of a whole generation – a generation of artistic gardening that had been developing in the post-WWII years. Suddenly music (rock and jazz), literature, and visual arts (the Bay Area Figurative Movement) seemed more important and more urgent. A nation linked as never before by faster and better highways and communications caught fire…and bloomed. I confess. I woulda liked to have been there.

Singing!

–          Memphis Minnie was born today in 1897. She wasn’t born in Memphis and her real name was Lizzie Douglas but there’s nothing bogus about her blues guitar or her singing. Ms. Minnie recorded for 40 years and paved the way for artists like Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley.

–          Today is also the birthday of Josephine Baker. Ms. Baker was a French war hero (she was born in the United States) and a pioneering singer/dancer. She was one of the biggest star entertainers of Europe, but had no great success in her country of birth. Go figure.

And of course, Swinging!

Today in 1888, the poem “Casey at the Bat”, by Ernest Lawrence was published. “It looked extremely rocky for the Mudville Nine that Day…”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Another fine singer, Dakota Staton was born today in 1930. I’ve always enjoyed her rendition of “The Late Late Show”. Let’s toast Ms. Staton’s natal day with a;

Dakota Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Hancock Bourbon

1 ½ oz. Durango Tequila

Combine in a double shot glass and serve.

Don’t strike out!

Cheers!

Roger

6/3/2012.

Wine Spodie Odie & a Tax on Beards!

September 5, 2011

What an interesting day.

–         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. What a concept!

–         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 bitter about this one: my money was squarely on Carroll College.

–         The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon (“Trolley Troubles”) was released by Universal Pictures today in 1927. That just sounds worth celebrating.

There’s a bunch of interesting birthdays;

–         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).

–         American composer John Cage (1912), 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).

Plus, it’s Teachers’ Day in India!

Double plus!! It’s Labor Day! (and here I am laboring…just not right)

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 I suspect not even Jimmy Buffett wants to grow up to be the old Jimmy Buffett anymore. Drink responsibly, folks!

Wine Spodie Odie

Ingredients

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

2 liters 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. Stay with me on this…
  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. (That would be drinking glasses – I know we’re getting older…)
  5. As guests arrive, have them add their chosen wine, chop or slice and add their favorite fruit. (It just keeps getting better – yes?)
  6. Add a ladle, spread blankets on the lawn, turn on the tunes, and invite your neighbors so you don’t keep them up! (I might just skip straight to this step)

Crazy, man…crazy!

Doesn’t it sound awful?

Cheers,

Roger

9/5/11.