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12.31.08 Happy, happy... you know the drill.

Times Square cam

O know:

A lesson I learned from Ken Kesey:
Some simple things aren't always easy,
And trusting a sage
Who looks old for his age
Is mistaking a gale wind for breezy.

Looking for a AA meeting? here

12.30.08 Hope '09 will be better than '08- hard to be worse.

At age 4 success is not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is having friends.
At age 16 success is having a driver's license.
At age 20 success is having sex.
At age 35 success is having money.
At age 50 success is having money.
At age 60 success is having sex.
At age 70 success is having a driver's license.
At age 75 success is having friends.
At age 80 success is not peeing in your pants.

--Author Unknown

12.26.08 Glad that's over until next year. Karen and Peter.


A Tribute to TJs or WAs:- Ove

Verbal pilots with nowhere to land
Are too restless to lie, sit or stand.
Lofty-LIPPED, so to speak.
As we know, tongue-in-cheek
Go with foot in the mouth, hand in hand.

Accustomed to tasting his Reeboks,
With foot in mouth, up past his KNEE socks,
He's known for his fibbing,
And nonstop adlibbing.
Let's hope that we'll see him in DE-talks.

12.25.08 No pain today. Have a nice holiday.

12.24.08 Pain series (for Everyone).

12.23.08 Pain series (for Jean Einbeck-Vogrin -sick in NJ).

12.22.08 Pain series. (for M.E.L. -sick in Mexico)

12.21.08 A week or two ago, Keith Olbermann's "Countdown," on MSNBC, featured two guests: Al Franken and Ben Stein. It was the first appearance of Franken-Stein. -O

Peter Bieling in his kitchen.

12.20.08 Ove writes (inspired by the governor of Illinois):

Though we simplify good versus bad,
No conscience means utterly mad.
To some, copacetic
Is sociopathetic.
There isn't much more I could add.

A little snow last night brought Monet to mind:

12.19..08 Kath;

12.18.08 Talking with Hak Vogrin the other day.

12.17.08 We wonder where Wa was when wicked.



12.15.08 The Toopine counter. The server is smoking.

An Ove Michealsen lyric about Whiting:

Nothing's as exciting
As a Tuesday night in Whiting.
Nothing on my list as far as pla-ans go.
With Karaoke Sundays,
And bingo night on Mondays.
The rest of the week we sit and watch the gra-ass grow / sky-y snow.

12.14.08 Old Wa below shows how my head feels today.


O :

In an age of increasing fragility,
And technology's awesome ability,
One day the great sun
Will be corporate run
If not owned by a major utility.

12.13,08 Annmarie tonight:

Dan tonight thinking Pine Barrens website.

I upgraded out server to the latest and greatest, hope the experience is smooth, if not we will work thtough the bugs. - Zeepo

12.12.08 George Inness' Morning, Catskill Valley. Inness was a NJ artist and an early influence of mine.

Inness paintings

12.11.08 The 2008 Falsies Awards keeps an eye on the spin.

the lies

12.10.08 John Frederick Peto's trompe l'oeil paintings were made in a basement in Island Heights which is not far from here. They would throw food down to him.


12.9.08 Frederic Edwin Church's Autumn Shower:

Autumn Shower

Asher Brown Durand's Trees on a Rocky Hillside

12.8.08 "He That Tilleth His Land Shall Be Satisfied"

Featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's show, American Folk Painting from the Collection:

12.5.08 Censored today! We aren't TOOpine for nothing. We had to remove a previous post for offending a minor rock star. I will have to do a truly offensive week soon- stay tuned.

12.4.08 Limmerick from O:


Of many, we capture too FEW of them.
Once in custody, what should we DO with them?
Repeat their offenses,
Neglecting our senses
And righteously slay the whole SLEW of them?

Small funnel (left) nearly nails us.

12.3.08 Hak Vogrin turned 88 recently- still sassy.

12.2.08 Evan Santa is jealous of Leon Russell's hair.

Leon Russell

12.1.08 Help.