Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Buffett’

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.

January Grump? Oh Yes, He’s in the House!

January 4, 2013

Thirty-something degrees

Yuk!

Raise your hand if you are one of those “Oh, I love the four seasons!” zealots.

My hand is not raised.

I’m a three-season guy and not ashamed to admit it. I think bundling up to go outdoors should be strictly limited to throwing on a windbreaker. Drinking coffee should be an experience in dining, not an exercise in thermal adjustment. I remember seeing a sign on the front of a store in Key West on a rare 48-degree day that read; “Sorry, our shop is open but due to the frigid conditions our doors are closed today”. That’s a right and proper attitude in my book.

I love living in Kentucky, but I view winter as the rent I pay for doing so. Sigh…

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Noticing that today happens to be the birthday of the coach of one of my favorite football teams, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, I slipped into another bout of Florida dreaming. Coach Don Shula was born today in 1930.

There’s not much that I need that’s not in Kentucky, but I might trade a cloudy, thirty-degree day for some dolphins on the horizon.

Of course, thanks to that spectacular performance by the Louisville football team, we Kentuckians might not be terribly welcome these days in the Sunshine State.

Be that as it may, we’ll celebrate Mr. Shula’s birth with a;

Blue Dolphin Martini

3 oz. Opulent Vodka

½ oz. Blue Curacao

½ oz. Peach Schnapps

Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

Add all ingredients.

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Go watch reruns of Miami Vice or, if you’re truly desperate, Flipper.

Sing it! “Faster than lightning…”

Cheers!

Roger

1/4/13.

Our Goose is Cooked!

December 25, 2012

Well…not exactly…but it is thawing in the kitchen.

Our tradition actually does include a Christmas goose on the menu and it’s quite tasty, thank you very much. I’ll be celebrating that today.

Presents have been opened (even the pup’s), wrapping paper has been flung. We will celebrate being together.

I drive to Louisville with great frequency. As I pass the horse farms between Versailles and Frankfort, the white fences and the field ornaments (I believe you call them horses) remind me repeatedly what a beautiful planet we get to live on and that I get to live in one of the most beautiful parts of that planet. I’ll celebrate that as well.

There are also some birthdays I’ll be celebrating.

–          Today is the birthday of New Orleans trombone master Kid Ory in 1886. “The Tin Roof Blues” shines when Mr. Ory plays it. I’m a big fan.

–          Humphrey Bogart (1899) and Jimmy Buffett (1946) were both born today.

–          Jazz arranger Pete Rugolo (1915) shares this birthday with “The Twilight Zone’s” leading citizen, writer Rod Serling (1924).

–          And there was someone else important…oh yeah…

It’s Christmas!

It’s Christmas!!!

Even in these cynical times, this day holds a promise of better things and better selves for each of us if we’ll only make them happen. What should we make happen first?

Where’s my pink bunny suit?

Drink 4cast 4 2day

We’ll watch Christmas Story eight times and we’ll toast the day with a;

Merry Berry Christmas Margarita

1 oz. Durango Gold Tequila

½ oz. Triple Sec

2 oz. Margarita Mix

½ oz. Pureed Cranberries

Garnish with lime and orange.

Rim glass with red and white sugar.

Mix all ingredients together and serve on the rocks.

Don’t shoot your eye out!

Cheers!

Roger

12/25/12.

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.

A 388-Year Long Party Begins!

January 28, 2012

Today in 1624, Sir Thomas Warner founded the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of St. Kitt’s. According to the songs of Jimmy Buffett, the party started about 15 minutes later and continues to this day.

Clearly, there needs to be a Liquor Barn on St. Kitt’s! I volunteer for the assignment.

What are they drinking in Montana?

It snowed in Fort Keogh, Montana today in 1887. The world’s largest snowflakes were reported; 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

Ri-i-i-i-i-i-ght!

I think I wanna party with those “weather observers”. I’m guessin’ if we took them to St. Kitt’s, they might see snowflakes there!

Drink 4cast 4 2day.

I almost declared it to be Serendipity Day and not just because I like saying it.

It seems that today in 1754, the word was coined by Horace Walpole in a letter to Horace Mann (side note – in my whole life I’ve never met a “Horace”). Having this word available made possible the formation of the 1960’s folk group the Serendipity Singers – by the way, they were a “neuf-tet”. That’s for all you fans of the film, “A Mighty Wind”.

That’s good enough for me! Let’s hoist a;

Serendipity Cocktail

1 oz. Giannelli Amaretto

1 ½ oz. Grand Marnier

1 oz. Triple Sec

2 oz. Denaka Vodka

1 oz. Grenadine

4 oz. Orange juice

Mix everything in a shaker and serve over ice.

Sing! “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.”

Cheers!

Roger

1/28/12.

My Goose is Cooked!

December 25, 2011

Well…not exactly…but it is thawing in the kitchen.

Our tradition actually does include a Christmas goose on the menu and it’s quite tasty, thank you very much. I’ll be celebrating that today.

Presents have been opened (even the pup’s), wrapping paper has been flung. We will celebrate being together.

I drove to Louisville the morning of Christmas Eve. As I passed one of the horse farms between Versailles and Frankfort, three horses stepped up to the white fences and stood with their heads out over the fence enjoying the day passing by. I was reminded yet again of what a beautiful planet we get to live on and that I get to live in one of the most beautiful parts of that planet. I’ll celebrate that as well.

There are also some birthdays I’ll be celebrating.

–          Today is the birthday of New Orleans trombone master Kid Ory in 1886. “The Tin Roof Blues” shines when Mr. Ory plays it.

–          Humphrey Bogart (1899) and Jimmy Buffett (1946) were both born today. Who knew?

–          Jazz arranger Pete Rugolo (1915) shares this birthday with “The Twilight Zone’s” leading citizen, writer Rod Serling (1924)

–          And there was someone else…oh yeah…

It’s Christmas!

It’s Christmas!!!

Even in these cynical times, this day holds a promise of better things and better selves for each of us if we’ll only make them happen. What should we do first?

Where’s my pink bunny suit?

Drink 4cast 4 2day

We’ll watch “Christmas Story” eight times and we’ll toast the day with a;

Merry Berry Christmas Margarita

1 oz. Durango Gold Tequila

½ oz. Triple Sec

2 oz. Margarita Mix

½ oz. Pureed Cranberries

Garnish with lime and orange.

Rim glass with red and white sugar.

Mix all ingredients together and serve on the rocks.

Don’t shoot your eye out!

Cheers!

Roger

12/25/11.