Close Encounters of the Perv Kind

Perhaps you’ve seen Stan Romanek, the delusional idiot guy with the video of an “extra-terrestrial” peering in his bedroom window.

I have, and I fail to see what’s so special. You can’t look out my window at night and not catch an extra-terrestrial looking back. Goddamned interstellar-illegal-alien-peeping-tom-pervert-sons-of-bitches!
I really don’t get why they’d travel millions of miles just to look at me in my underwear, but whatever….

On a side-note, am I alone in thinking that at one time Larry King was actually a respected journalist, or has he always been an opportunistic crackpot?

The Internets to the Rescue

Speaking of Letterman, this week is ‘Magician Week’, which prompted me to renew my search for a comedy routine I remember from the late 80’s or early 90’s which I’ve been looking for (obviously not hard enough) for years. 5 minutes of Googling earlier tonight and I’d found it:

Greg Travis as ‘David Sleaze, Punk Magician’.

Steve Earle Update

If you’ve really been paying attention, you might remember me mentioning that I bought tickets for the Steve Earle concert in Columbus during the ‘pre-sale’.

I just got confirmation on my seat assignment.

Pit Section
Row AA
(I’m not telling you which seats; army of web-stalkers).

Southern Theater seating chart

That’s right, just like the great Bob Uecker, “I must be in the front row!” (How many times do you think I’ll use that line that night?)

Except I really am in the front row!


As of Monday, September 10th at 9AM; yours truly is on vacation.
Right now it’s “Vacation Stage I“:
Cooking yummy food, riding the bike(s), and eating yummy food.
Omelettes, rice pudding, and various pasta and Mexican dishes typically dominate the menu during this stage.

Friday afternoon kicks off “Vacation Stage II“:
Old Fashioned Days.
Live music, dangerous-looking carnival rides, arts and crafts, pedalboat rides, and surprizingly good fair food — representing many different cultures. You can have your funnel cakes and corn dogs, personally I’m a sucker for the Cajun booth;

  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Beignets
  • Jambalaya
  • Shrimp & Andouille Gumbo
  • Crawfish etouffee
  • Who knows, I might even snack on some gator on a stick!

Ayeee! That’s some fine eating! And the whole thing takes place literally a stones throw from my luxurious domicile.

Saturday night brings the Balloon Glow which really is the highlight of the event (not to diminish the fun of watching the constant stream of illegally parked cars being towed away just below my kitchen windows.) Ahhh…. Schadenfreude!

Sunday things wind down early but the delicious smells linger into the evening.

Monday will be a big ride day. I never get to ride on Monday!

Then Tuesday kicks off Vacation Stage III – The drive to Indianapolis to shower Mom, Aunt Donna, and my step-father with their extravagant and opulent birthday gifts. Then Wednesday we’ll have the big Adkins-approved meat feast and while everyone is recovering/relaxing and enjoying their new treasures, I’ll sneak in a bike ride.

Then it’s back home for Vacation Stage IV,
bracing myself for the return to work and apologising to Caldonia for leaving her alone for 2 whole days.

Old Fashioned Days

Balloon Glow, Xenia, Ohio
Click photo to enlarge

So, this weekend was Xenia’s annual “Old Fashioned Days” festival (not to be confused with “Old Timers Days”, which is different; or with “Grumpy Old Bastard Days”, which I made up).

Every year the highlight of the festivities (for me, anyway) is the Balloon Glow. Well that and watching the illegally parked cars get towed away.

The best part is that all of this fun takes place literally a stone’s throw away from the homestead.

Movies: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

So, I stumbled across this site which lists ‘great’ movies by year. I poked around a bit and found my way to 1967, a year which gave us these classics (amoung others):

  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • The Graduate
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • In Cold Blood
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • The Jungle Book
  • Two for the Road

That’s 10 (count ’em, ten!) amazing pieces of cinema in one year. Compare this to the dreck that Hollywood is churning out now. I’d wager we haven’t had 10 movies of this quality in the last five years, and certainly not in any single recent year.

Rural living

There are some (to me) interesting facets to living in the so-called Midwest (I say so-called because the moniker hasn’t really made sense for a hundred years or so, but anyway, I digress). One is advertisements for Tractor Supply Company on television. Another is the plethora of festivals and fairs… in this area we have:

Of course every county has its own fair, too, which brings us (finally!) to the point of this missive. Small county fairs are actually pretty interesting… a good opportunity to see all sorts of interesting livestock (and people) that you normally wouldn’t… and to eat all that good fair food, that you know you shouldn’t.

Anyway… the other day the “Green County Shopper” was waiting in my mailbox. Publications of this sort (every community seems to have one) provide a wonderful window into said communities. On the cover there’s an ad for The Warren County Fair, which will feature (among other things) Wambold’s Circus!

What’s so special about that, you ask? THIS!

Dr. Happy LaClair
& “Blaze”
World Famous
Balloon Blowing/Talking Goat

I’d pay the $6 admission just to see that!