Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Photo Album: Working Girls

Here is the last in the series of my photo albums!  During the war, when I wasn't performing at the USO, I was a factory worker.  Here are some photos of the girls an' me at the factory!
It's tiring working at the plant, but I keep a smile on my face:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour

Today's Thirsty Thursday is going to be a bit more educational - with two more cocktail recipes than usual!  Did you know there are three different ways to make what people think is the typical "Fuzzy Navel"?

There's the typical Fuzzy Navel:
In a rocks glass, over ice, pour 1 oz. Peach Schnapps and then fill with orange juice.

Then there's the Hairy Navel:
In a collins glass, over ice, pour 1 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps, and then fill with orange juice.

And then there's the Pierced Navel:
In a collins glass, over ice, pour 1 oz. tequila, 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps, and then fill with orange juice.

So now you know there are 3 ways to have your belly button cocktails!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Mabel Normand
Known as the "Queen of Comedy," Mabel is also noteworthy as one of the most powerful women of the silent movie era.  She was a revolutionary comedienne and actress of silent film, the "It Girl" of the early 20th century, and one of the industry's first female screenwriters, producers and directors.

Onscreen she appeared in a dozen commercially successful films, occasionally writing and directing movies as well as sometimes co-writing and co-directing with Charlie Chaplin in films in which they played the lead roles. At the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Normand had her own movie studio and production company.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bartending 101: Mid-Term Exam Prep

I finally decide that it's time for me to take the written exam.  Yeah, before that whole "12 drinks in seven minutes" practical exam, you have to pass the written exam -- which I am told usually takes around 2 hours to complete and is a complete bitch.

I interrogate Betty all week about what the test is like.  She says you have to get a 90% to pass the test, and that she has seven different versions of it.  More importantly, no one is allowed to take the test home, whether they pass or fail it.  Damn, no chance of getting an underground photocopy.  There goes Plan A.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Photo Album: World Travels

This week's photo album is from my travels around the world!  This was my lovely travel agent Rita.  Her services weren't the highest of caliber, but, hey - it was cheap:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mee-Yow Thursday

Did you miss your favorite cat fights?  We just wanted to revisit the greatest of them all...that is, the Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford feud that has spanned generations.
The Queens of Vintage website reviews the feud, finally digging to the bottom of the fight and discovering that it all started with a man.  Of course -- it all makes sense that two successful, beautiful women would fight over a man.  Sound familiar, anyone?

As the website states: "It was the most notorious cat fight in Hollywood history...A little investigation shows that these two cinematic giants were reduced to duking it out over, what else, a man. Namely, the slightly less legendary, Franchot Tone...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

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Jean Harlow
The phrases “platinum blonde” and "blonde bombshell" did not even exist before Jean Harlow.  Harlean Carpentier, who later became the illustrious Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was considered a major sexpot back in the day. In her own words, she bluntly explains her success: "Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal their husband. At least not for long."

In the beginning she was having trouble finding roles in feature movies, but eventually she landed her first big role in Howard Hughes' World War I epic “Hell's Angels” in 1930, which turned out to be a smash hit. Not long after the film's debut, Hughes sold her contract to MGM, where her career shot to extraordinary heights. Her appearance in “Platinum Blonde” (1931) cemented her role as America's new sex symbol.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Bartending 101: Pass the Poseur

It's another week at Bartending School, and this week Betty lets us know that the latest trends can change the popularity of drinks ordered.  Apparently whenever a new song, movie, or TV show highlights a particular drink or alcohol, people flock to it, most of the time not even knowing what the heck they're ordering. 

For example, before you go all Snoop Dogg at the bar and order a gin and juice, you might want to decide what juice you'll be wanting with your gin.  Apparently when posed this question many wanna-bes acquire a vacant expression on their face.  Snoop Dogg was not specific, but you need to be.  Suggested juices that go well with gin are cranberry or grapefruit juice.  

Monday, September 08, 2014

Bartending 101: More Than Just a Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea is one of my favorite cocktails, just because you get the most alcohol for your money -- basically 5 shots of alcohol in one glass, and it really does just taste like an iced tea.  So if you're on a mission to just get drunk one night, this is definitely the way to go. (A future post will show you just how drunk you can get on these.)

But if you think you only have one way to order this delicious drink, you're missing out on 4 other versions out there.  I'm sure bartenders are out there who are making even more unique versions of this cocktail than these, but these are 4 basic ones that you should be able to order anywhere, even if you're not in Long Island.
So first let's start with the classic:

Long Island Iced Tea
In a collins glass, pour:
1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz. Sweet & Sour mix
Splash of Coke (this is what mostly changes in the other drinks)
Garnish with a lemon.

Then there's the varieties...

Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday Photo Album: At the Pool

Summer is gone, so I thought for this week's photo album I'd share my time at the pool with my friends! 
Here I am with Trish and Lyn.  My ass looks bangin' in this suit.  Too bad the other girls are so flat chested.