Destined To Replace The Mudshark In Local Mythology

It’s a line fram a Frank Zappa song.

And now, just to make me feel REALLY old…

You said your birthday is 1 / 29 / 1954
which means you are 50 years old and about:
37 years 3 months younger than Walter Cronkite, age 87
33 years 8 months younger than Pope John Paul II, age 83
29 years 8 months younger than George Herbert Bush, age 79
22 years 4 months younger than Barbara Walters, age 72
20 years 2 months younger than Larry King, age 70
14 years 0 months younger than Ted Koppel, age 64
10 years 7 months younger than Geraldo Rivera, age 60
7 years 7 months younger than George W. Bush, age 57
2 years 6 months younger than Jesse Ventura, age 52
1 year 9 months older than Bill Gates, age 48
6 years 7 months older than Cal Ripken Jr., age 43
12 years 5 months older than Mike Tyson, age 37
16 years 6 months older than Jennifer Lopez, age 33
21 years 11 months older than Tiger Woods, age 28
28 years 5 months older than Prince William, age 21

and that you were:
47 years old at the time of the 9-11 attack on America
45 years old on the first day of Y2K
43 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
41 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
40 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
39 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
36 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
35 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
31 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
29 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
29 years old during Sally Ride’s travel in space
27 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
25 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began
22 years old on the U.S.’s bicentennial Fourth of July
20 years old when President Nixon left office
18 years old when Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot
15 years old at the time the first man stepped on the moon
14 years old when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated
11 years old during the Watts riot
9 years old at the time President Kennedy was assassinated
5 years old when Hawaii was admitted as 50th of the United States
3 years old when the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 was launched

And then there’s the Movie Version…

You said your birthday is 1 / 29 / 1954
which means you are 50 years old and about:
35 years 0 months younger than Zsa Zsa Gabor, age 85
23 years 8 months younger than Clint Eastwood, age 73
21 years 0 months younger than Kim Novak, age 71
18 years 0 months younger than Burt Reynolds, age 68
14 years 0 months younger than Nick Nolte, age 64
12 years 9 months younger than Ann-Margret, age 62
6 years 10 months younger than Billy Crystal, age 57
4 years 3 months younger than Whoopi Goldberg, age 54
1 year 6 months younger than Robin Williams, age 51
2 years 5 months older than Tom Hanks, age 47
4 years 10 months older than Jamie Lee Curtis, age 45
7 years 2 months older than Eddie Murphy, age 43
16 years 6 months older than Jennifer Lopez, age 33
25 years 1 month older than Jennifer Love Hewitt, age 25
34 years 2 months older than Haley Joel Osment, age 16

and when these movies were released in the U.S. your age was:
Old Yeller: 3
Ben-Hur: 5
West Side Story: 7
The Sound of Music: 11
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: 13
Midnight Cowboy: 15
The Godfather: 18
American Graffiti: 19
Jaws: 21
Star Wars: 23
Animal House: 24
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: 25
ET: 28
The Terminator: 30
Top Gun: 32
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 33
Steel Magnolias: 35
Home Alone: 36
Wayne’s World: 38
Jurassic Park: 39
Forrest Gump: 40
Fargo: 42
Saving Private Ryan: 44
Toy Story 2: 45

And the Top 40 version

You said your birthday is 1 / 29 / 1954
which means you are 50 years old and about:
20 years 11 months younger than Yoko Ono, age 71
12 years 8 months younger than Bob Dylan, age 62
10 years 6 months younger than Mick Jagger, age 60
8 years 10 months younger than Eric Clapton, age 59
5 years 8 months younger than Stevie Nicks, age 55
1 year 8 months older than David Lee Roth, age 48
4 years 7 months older than Madonna, age 45
8 years 1 month older than Jon Bon Jovi, age 42
13 years 2 months older than Billy Corgan, age 37
16 years 2 months older than Mariah Carey, age 34
20 years 4 months older than Alanis Morissette, age 29
27 years 10 months older than Britney Spears, age 22

and when these songs were topping the charts
and these events occurred your age was:
Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley and His Comets: 1
Don’t be Cruel, Elvis Presley: 2
American Bandstand first airs nationally: 3
Tequila, The Champs: 4
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper die in a plane crash: 5
The Twist, Chubby Checker: 6
Big Bad John, Jimmy Dean: 7
Sherry, The 4 Seasons: 8
The Beatles first appear live on The Ed Sullivan Show: 10
Downtown, Petula Clark: 10
The 8 track tape player first offered in 1966 Fords: 11
To Sir with Love, Lulu: 13
Hey Jude, The Beatles: 14
Woodstock Music Festival: 15
Me and Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin: 17
ABC TV premieres In Concert: 18
Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce: 19
I Shot the Sheriff, Eric Clapton: 20
Silly Love Songs, Wings: 22
Elvis Presley Dies: 23
Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, Rod Stewart: 25
Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd: 26
John Lennon is shot to death: 26
MTV makes its debut: 27
Who Can it be Now, Men at Work: 28
The recording of We Are The World: 30
Walk Like an Egyptian, Bangles: 32
Didn’t We Almost have it all, Whitney Houston: 33
Back In The U.S.S.R. is released exclusively in Russia: 34
Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor: 36
Emotions, Mariah Carey: 37
Fleetwood Mac perform at Bill Clinton’s inauguration: 38
The Sign, Ace Of Base: 40
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens: 41

And finally, the TV version…

You said your birthday is 1 / 29 / 1954
which means you are 50 years old and about:
27 years 8 months younger than Andy Griffith, age 77
24 years 2 months younger than Dick Clark, age 74
22 years 10 months younger than Leonard Nimoy, age 73
20 years 9 months younger than Carol Burnett, age 70
18 years 0 months younger than Alan Alda, age 68
16 years 7 months younger than Bill Cosby, age 66
11 years 2 months younger than Linda Evans, age 61
9 years 0 months younger than Tom Selleck, age 59
6 years 1 month younger than Ted Danson, age 56
3 years 9 months younger than Jay Leno, age 53
0 years 0 months older than Oprah Winfrey, age 50
1 year 1 month older than Kelsey Grammer, age 49
4 years 4 months older than Drew Carey, age 45
7 years 4 months older than Michael J. Fox, age 42
10 years 9 months older than Calista Flockhart, age 39
15 years 0 months older than Jennifer Aniston, age 35
18 years 11 months older than Alyssa Milano, age 31
23 years 10 months older than Colin Hanks, age 26
29 years 7 months older than Mila Kunis, age 20
37 years 5 months older than Madylin Sweeten, age 12

and that you were:
1 years old when the series Gunsmoke started
3 years old during the first airing of Leave It To Beaver
5 years old when the first episode of Bonanza aired
8 years old at the time Beverly Hillbillies first aired
10 years old when the Addams Family first appeared on TV
12 years old at the time the first Star Trek episode was televised
16 years old when All in the Family was first shown
18 years old at the time the TV series M*A*S*H began
21 years old when Saturday Night Live first aired
24 years old when CBS introduced Dallas
26 years old during the first airing of Hill Street Blues
28 years old at the time the first Cheers episode was televised
32 years old when L.A. Law was first aired on TV
33 years old at the time the series Married with Children began
36 years old when Seinfeld was first televised
37 years old in the month Home Improvement began
40 years old at the time the TV series Friends began
42 years old when Everybody Loves Raymond first aired
45 years old when Who Wants To Be A Millionaire began in the US

And now please excuse me while I go put myself in a museum:)

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Attack Of The California Cows

I worked my ass off in the garden building and putting up the retaining walls I need for the veggie bed. Used all recycled lumber from various sources I had around here. By the time I got done with my building tho, I was too tired to actually plant the veggies. Oh well, I’ll plant a few every day after work this week.

Got a bitch of a sunburn, but as is my usual healing pattern it is almost painless now. At this rate I might have a tan by August.

And now off to work.

Outside In The Cold Distance, A Wild Cat Did Growl

Went to visit my mom today. Had a nice time and man oh man is her garden a thriving jungle. After I left her house, I stopped by to see my sister and brother in law and niece.

When i finally got home around 2:00 PM, I found that the hot sun had fried some of my waiting to be planted plants. A quick watering revived most of them, but it’ll be tomorrow before I know if they’re all ok.

We sign the final paperwork on the refi on our home yesterday. In a matter of days, our fuckin’ credit cards will be paid off and shortly thereafter, cut up. Well, ok, we are keeping one for emergencies.

Tomorrow, My Sweet Little Marshmallow Peep of Passion and I will: (A) replace our old front garden faucet with a new taller and easier to use setup (B) eat delicious grilled Docburgers for lunch and (C) generally mess around doing home and garden stuff.

Pistols And Jelly Donuts

No really big news from Chateau Cross today. Hopefully the veggie garden bed will finally be ready this weekend and we can plant our many veggies and herbs.

I’m going up to Marysville to visit my mom this Saturday. It’s been awhile since I was up there so I’ll probably stop in and visit my sister and her family, too.

Our refi on the house is very nearly a done deal. Our monthly rate will actually increase slightly, but that is due to us borrowing enough to pay off all of our credit cards, so we’ll actually save several hundred bucks a month now. We’ll have some extra $$$ from the loan, so we’re going to get a few things we need and also set aside some $$ for our bigass GenCon trip this summer.

Speaking of GenCon, I’ll try to remember to bring as few of you lucky folks some dried herbs and chiles from here at the Cross Herbal Fantasyland and Dog Spa. Believe me, by August, I’ll have plenty to spare:)

Woke Up Ready To Rock

Recently, the Great and Powerful Robin D. Laws had a blog entry on the subject of putting ideas for novels/short stories/etc out where the public might take them and run with them. This is based on the fact that any writer (or in my case, daydreamer) will at any given time have many more ideas than he will have time or energy to deal with them.

So, my little scalawags, here are a few ideas that have spent long enough in my Humongous Box of Creativity. Do with them as you will.

1: Middle aged guy (thinking a Jim Belushi type here) gets super powers. He’s invulnerable and can fly. No super strength, X ray vision, etc. Does he become a hero? If so, how does he keep his identity secret? Does he tell his wife? How does he explain being gone at odd times? How does he use the two powers effectively? I can imagine a pretty funny movie here.

2: What if women really ARE a different species? Maybe they aren’t aware of it yet. Or maybe they are and they have secret organizations in place to hide the truth.

3: A small town in the Gold Country of Northern California is a nexus point for the strange and paranormal. Yes, this does borrow a bit from the old tv show “Eerie, Indiana”, but I see this as being played straighter and scarier.

ACK! Time for work! I’m outta here!

NOTE from 2/11/06: See, I need to do stuff like this alot more often. I get about 473 ideas every day and I could be putting them out there for y’all to marvel or laugh at.

Doc Tempest And The Robot Master

HELLBOY

Grace and I just returned from seeing “Hellboy” and I’ve gotta say that it was a damned good movie. Action packed, funny and full of good comic booky strangeness. You should go see it if you want to be cool.

OTHER STUFF

As I sit here writing this and chowing down on a bigass Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger (no, I’m not on the low carb diet:)one important question keeps running thru my mind: Where the fuck am I gonna plant the strawberries I bought yesterday? Gotta be in a full sun type of spot…but not readily visible from the street, lest the half-civilized little shitheads that pass for children in this neighborhood find them and eat them. Hmmm…maybe I can plant them in amongst the tomatoes and peppers.

I guess now that I’m growing lemon grass I should give a bit more study to Asian cooking. Looks like I’ll be picking up “Asian Cooking For Dummies” :)

Well, time to go move soil and plant veggies. More bloggage later.

Doc Tempest And The Sound Of Death

My Saturday Adventures

Got up early to take the car in for the 90,000 mile service. Got it back around 12:30. Went out and bought most of the plants I need for the veggie garden, as well as a couple of Lemon Grass plants, some more Lemon Verbena, a really striking looking Red Coreopsis and an assortment of Canna bulbs. Didn’t do much else today except play “Empire Earth” and blanch off another 2 pounds of spinach from the garden. At this rate, our freezer will be halfway full of spinach soon. We ate salad tonight that was picked from my pots of Mesclun Mix and Butter Lettuce. Yummy good!

Grace and I went to see “Hidalgo” tonight. Great adventure movie! The horse was a really pretty paint and Viggo Mortensen was a pleasure to watch. He’s a fine actor.

Well, that’s it for now. In the morning, I’ll go buy a bunch of teas from the tea & herb lady, then take My Sweet Little Green Singing Finch of Love to see “Hellboy”.