Thursday, January 08, 2015

Crushing on Clark Gable

Look at Clark in his nice little turtleneck and his big ol' eyes and bushy brows.  Yum...

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Holiday Windup

Sorry I haven't blogged in a while.  The holidays kicked my ass.  Thank goodness my family drinks so I could survive the exhilaration of tons of family and lots of food and booze.  (And thankfully one of my family members gave me this sign as a Christmas present!)  While dry out and get back in to the swing of things, check out these previous posts of holiday seasons past...

Early in to starting the blog back in "ought-5" (2005), I was delighted to find these old holiday ads.

Later that year, my Christmas recap was kind of a downer, due to budget restraints.

In 2007, I was pretty pissed of with the media's portrayal of Christmas.  

In 2008, I reflected how horrible the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" kids' special really is.

Later that same year, I was feeling really nostalgic and introspective, reflecting on Christmas when I was a kid.

I had quite the turnaround this year, as my Christmas and New Years was full of lots of family, food, and cocktails.  I hope all of yours was just as good!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Burning Question!

"A startling and shocking exposure!"  I wish I could've seen this to know the Truth.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BoozeQuest: The Singapore Sling

I usually order Vodka Collins when I go to bar.  But when I got tickets to The Magic Castle in Hollywood, I thought I'd go for something fancier -- the Singapore Sling.

If you've never been to The Magic Castle, it is a private club for magicians and their friends that is nestled in the hills of Hollywood.  Inside is a multi-story mansion with gothic d├ęcor and a bar around every corner.  They have a few showrooms where you can see magic shows, and you have to dress up and bring a lot of cash because everything is over-priced.  I especially like going because -- for some reason -- I'm always picked as the magician's unwitting volunteer to assist in a trick or two.

I get a group of five of us to go and after saying "Open Sesame!" a wall slides open and we're in the club.  We head directly for the piano lounge and get the waitress' attention. The cocktail waitress shortly returns with our drinks.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kitchen Options

Which one would you choose?  Lemon/watermelon, tomato/grass, or more watermelon or more watermelon?  Tough choices...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Donald O'Connor
Donald O'Connor was born on August 28, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, to a family of circus performers.  He entered the family business in the family's vaudeville act, becoming a featured dancer in low-budget musicals.  Ten months after O'Connor's birth, his 7-year-old sister Arline was struck by a car and killed. O'Connor's devastated father died of a heart attack weeks later.

During the Great Depression, the surviving O'Connor's traveled from city to city, performing for food if necessary.  His mother had become extremely overprotective of her remaining children, seeming never to completely recover from the shock of losing her daughter and husband.  Donald enjoyed being on stage, which served as escape from his domineering mother.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BoozeQuest: Shots & Chasers

I'm going to San Diego with Gina for the weekend to gamble my paycheck away at an Indian Casino.  The casino has a very traditional, Vegas feel.  I feel a little old school atmosphere warrants more flexibility and adventure.  So this weekend's drink, no -- theme -- is going to be Shots and Chasers.

I arrive at the casino Friday and head straight for the bar with Gina.  We order a tequila shot and beers.  The bartender - the smart, savvy businessman that he is - upsells us to a higher caliber of tequila.

Round #1:  1800 Tequila shot, Budweiser chaser
Gina and I toast to our luck and down the shot.  It's so smooth that it goes down quickly and I don't even need the lime.  The bartender gives us a "Good luck, ladies," and we're on our way to the slots.  We decide to head to the cheap penny slots - to keep our money for booze.  The slots are more like games in the penny section; if you hit a certain combo they bring up a bonus round where you make picks and play a mini-game.  We find two machines next to each other and I stick in a 20 dollar bill.

Monday, November 17, 2014


"Don't judge me, although Phil, Bob, and Frank are gossiping about me adding sugar to my 'Four Roses' cocktail.  But I can't help it...I just love that added sweetness.  'Four Roses.'  When you don't care what those pipe-smokin' judgemental bastards think."