Posts Tagged ‘The Rolling Stones’

Batman, the Pony Express, & Sleepin’ Late – All Noble Aspirations!

October 24, 2013

I’ll explain shortly, but first;

–          Today in 1946, a camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.  An odd thing to celebrate, but these photographs always put things in perspective for me.

–          At the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Houdini gave his last performance today in 1926.

–          On this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel – on her 63rd birthday! Annie certainly knew how to show herself a good time.

We have birthdays today!

–          It’s a big day for “big” singers. Operatic baritone Tito Gobbi (1913) and the Big Bopper, J. P. Richardson (1930) were both born today. “Hello Bay-bee!”

–          Other musicians share this birthday; bluesman Sonny Terry (1911) and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936).

–          From the world of the stage; playwright Moss Hart (1904) and actor Kevin Kline (1947) were born today. Mr. Hart will give us our quote of the day; “So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o’clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience.”

–          The creator of Batman, cartoonist Bob Kane was born today in 1915. I suppose his quote of the day would be something like; “Wham! Zap! Biff!”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States was completed. This pretty well spelled the end of the Pony Express. But before it goes, let’s celebrate it with a

Pony Express Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey

¾ oz. White Tea Liqueur

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Maple Syrup

Combine ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon peel.

Ride’em cowboy!

Cheers!

Roger

10/24/13.

Don’t Tell My Wife!

July 6, 2013

Today in 1858, Lyman Blake patented his shoe manufacturing machine. I am married to Kentucky’s answer to Imelda Marcos. I’m convinced she’s the sole (sole?) reason Zappos came to Kentucky.

There are other things to celebrate today

–          It’s National Fried Chicken Day.

–          Louisville’s Ned Beatty was born today in 1937, as was Janet Leigh in 1927. Ms. Leigh’s shower scene in the film PSYCHO kept us well out of the water until JAWS came along and finished the job.

–          The Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” hit number one on the charts today in 1965. Sing! “Baby better come back, maybe next week, coz you see…”

Famous first meetings!

–          Today in 1965, Jefferson Airplane formed – a fine idea.

–          The White House Plumbers Unit was formed today in 1971 to plug leaks – a poor idea.

–          John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time today in 1957 – the best idea!

Quote of the day

Actor Sylvester Stallone was born today in 1946.

“For every guy, there is an opportunity to be a lot better than he thought he could be. We can’t all be the star of the team, but we can be the star in our life. That’s where you set your goal.”

What else would you expect from Rocky?

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” made its debut today in 1974. We’ll stretch a point and celebrate with a;

Mexican Prairie Fire Cocktail

¾ oz. Durango Gold Tequila

¼ oz. Tabasco Sauce

Pour Tequila into a shot glass.

Top with Tabasco.

Shoot!

Just when you thought it was safe…

Cheers!

Roger

7/6/2013.

Hey! It IS Round!

October 24, 2012

–          Today in 1946, a camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.  An odd thing to celebrate, but these photographs always put things in perspective for me.

–          At the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Houdini gave his last performance today in 1926.

–          On this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel – on her 63rd birthday! Annie certainly knew how to show a girl a good time.

We have birthdays today!

–          It’s a big day for “big” singers. Operatic baritone Tito Gobbi (1913) and the Big Bopper, J. P. Richardson (1930) were both born today. “Hello Bay-bee!”

–          Other musicians share this birthday; bluesman Sonny Terry (1911) and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936).

–          From the world of the stage; playwright Moss Hart (1904) and actor Kevin Kline (1947) were born today.

–          The creator of Batman, cartoonist Bob Kane was born today in 1915. Wham! Zap! Biff!

Drink 4cast 4 2day

On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States was completed. This pretty well spelled the end of the Pony Express. But before it gallops into the sunset, let’s celebrate it with a

Pony Express Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey

¾ oz. White Tea Liqueur

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Maple Syrup

Combine ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon peel.

Ride’em cowboy!

Cheers!

Roger

10/14/12.

It’s Crocker Farm Winery Day!

July 6, 2012

Because that’s where I was yesterday

I’ve driven many a tiny road to get to a winery. I’ve walked around wineries and vineyards in 100+ degree heat. I’ve met and communed with winery dogs (in this case, the charming Katie and Leo). I’ve sat in the kitchen at wineries and sampled many an unlabeled bottle (sometimes ya gotta take things on faith. I’ve done these things before and I did them all yesterday – nothing new there. What was new was doing all this with a winemaker in scrubs! I admit to some initial trepidation.

Dr. Dan Crocker is a veterinarian (and according to Katie and Leo a darned good one!) in his non-winemaker/grape-grower life. Thus, the scrubs. Trepidation quickly melted in the warmth of Dr. Dan’s greeting and the Simpson County sun.

We sampled his Reliance White (his “chardonnay of the South”).  It reminded me of a vinho verde and on this super hot day it was quite refreshing. Crocker Concord was a different take on this grape: it was dry and light in body and color. It’s a red wine you could chill a bit and enjoy without the heaviness and sweetness I usually find in concord wines. What of course ignites my interest is that these wines were made from Dr. Dan’s own grapes. His cabernet franc was made from his neighbor’s grapes. Talk about Kentucky Proud!

For me, the people behind the wines are what count the most. Talking and walking and tasting with Dan Crocker are fine ways to spend an afternoon. Listening to his plans and hopes and tuning in to his passionate support for the local farmers’ market made the trek home last night a thoughtful journey. It feels like our industry might be reaching a critical mass of bright, driven, energetic vintners and growers. Could we be near to witnessing a new level of quality? Perhaps that level once reached will evince a Kentucky-centric twist that will move Kentucky wine from the “me too” stage to something that is both fine and uniquely Kentucky. If so, it will be because of the people behind the wine who are working so hard and with such imagination…like Dan Crocker.

I wanna buy a ticket for that show!

There are other things to celebrate today

–          It’s National Fried Chicken Day.

–          Louisville’s Ned Beatty was born today in 1937, as was Janet Leigh in 1927. Ms. Leigh’s shower scene in the film “Psycho” kept us well out of the water until “Jaws” came along and finished the job.

–          The Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” hit number one on the charts today in 1965. Sing! “Baby better come back, maybe next week, coz you see…”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” made its debut today in 1974. We’ll stretch a point and celebrate with a;

Mexican Prairie Fire Cocktail

¾ oz. Durango Gold Tequila

¼ oz. Tabasco Sauce

Pour Tequila into a shot glass.

Top with Tabasco.

Shoot!

Just when you thought it was safe…

Cheers!

Roger

7/6/2012.

Hits & No Hits!

April 16, 2012

First the “hits”

–          Today in 1964 the Rolling Stones released their debut album. It brought them a lot of “satisfaction” despite their musical protests to the contrary.

–          The man who made a hit out of “Blue Velvet”, Bobby Vinton was born today in 1935.

–          Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seemed to make every shot I ever saw him take. Mr. Abdul-Jabbar was born today in 1947.

No-hits?

–          Today in 1941 Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball. He beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0.

–          It was distinctly not a hit today in 1178 BC when Odysseus returned home from the Trojan War. I understand there was some house-cleaning to do.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Admit it. Aren’t you a happier, more fulfilled person now that baseball season is here? Let’s toast that with a;

No-Hitter Cocktail

1 oz. Jagermeister

2 oz. Denaka Vodka

1 can Red Bull

Mix with ice and serve.

Sing! “I’ll always see blue velvet in my dreams.”

Cheers!

Roger

4/16/12.