Friday, October 24, 2014

"Free Pot"

Today I receive my first "free pot" from the local Shaw's supermarket. This "Cuisinart 2 quart stainless cookware" only took $1,000 worth of groceries with one "green stamp" received for every ten dollars worth of items purchased. So I guess this pot isn't really free but it is "catchier" in marketing than saying "You can get this here saucepan for only one thousand dollars worth of purchases".

Similarly, there is a local pizza place that says "Buy one large pizza and get a small cheese pizza free.". You can't get the "free" pizza without spending money. A lot of promotions are "BOGO" (buy one get one).

Well, I guess I can't complain too much especially as I do eat everyday and with this pot I did "get a little help from my friends" with the green stamps; but that is another story plus the retail price for this pot is supposedly $39.99.

"Skyline Chili In A Bowla"

I just finished recording an acapella  song today where I talked about not wanting or liking "Ebola" and in this song I mentioned that I'd rather eat "Chili in a bowla" when just at noon time I received a package from "Pauline " of Lawrenceburg, Indiana containing 4 cans of "Skyline chili" renowned in Cincinnati, Ohio area since 1949. Pauline and her husband were recent guests driving their car all the way to the "Soundings Resort A Bluegreen managed resort" in Dennisport on Cape Cod. On arrival I was speaking with Pauline and her husband about the "Skyline Chili" and also the "Mike Fink Riverboat of Covington, Kentucky". Pauline said, "Hey Rick, give me your address and I'll send you some chili". True to her word, today I'm in "Chili Heaven!" with the arrival of this chili package. Thanks Pauline for  the chili and crackers  and remembering me. I hope you and your husband had a great time visiting the Cape and the Soundings. I'll have to try your serving ideas and also add a hot pepper or two from my recent garden to make this chili even hotter than the "five alarm version".

Ebola Me No Like. Not Fun

I don't like Ebola.            Ebola is no fun. I just don't like it. Too bad we can't restrict this deadly plague to Africa and try to contain it, treat it, and eliminate it. BUT, apparently that is not "politically correct" and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the Obama Administration seem to feel that it is better NOT to restrict air travel or secured our borders as people from the affected Western African countries will willingly submit to testing,  quarantine, and telling the truth about their flight origin and medical history and potential Ebola exposure. Their logic is IF we restricted travel from the affected countries then these people would just enter through our unsecured borders without any medical testing or monitoring and spread Ebola even faster.

I don't know. Doesn't seem to make sense to me. I don't want or like the thought of Ebola and having blood spurting out my eyeballs. Not fun.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Doggone Dog Visits the Soundings"

This week we had a late night visitor on the grounds of the Soundings Resort in Dennisport on the Cape. Maintenance man "Pete"  found this "doggone dog" wandering around without an owner is sight. We decided to keep this dog in the lobby and call the police to help determine who owned the dog from the dog tag license number. This dog who we found out was named "Honey" was quite playful and curious as it wandered around the lobby and office. Honey found a whiffle ball in the back office so we played fetch for a while and I gave the dog some water from a bowl while waiting for the police officer to arrive. It was determined that the dog lived nearby and this 10 month old Yellow Labrador was given just a verbal warning for trespassing and sent on its way when its owner arrived.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Special Delivery

Thanks for the "special delivery" "Joe G" from West Haven, Connecticut of a "clam pizza" from "Pepe's Pizza " of Wooster Street in New Haven all the way to the Soundings Resort in Dennis Port on Cape Cod (a 186 mile trip according to Google Maps). "Pepe's Pizza" a New Haven landmark, was recently voted the Number ONE pizza in America with the clam pizza. I appreciate this gesture from you Joe and the over three hour trip you made to the Cape.

I remember back at the University of Connecticut in 1975 while attending school there that student John DeStefano Jr. and others used to make the drive from Storrs, Connecticut to Wooster Street in New Haven for "Pepe's and Sally's pizzas". John later became New Haven's longest serving  mayor and still resides in New Haven (one of the "Pizza Capitals of the World if not THE pizza capital of the world").

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Deer In Headlights"

A couple nights ago I was driving to my house around 11:40 PM from the Soundings Resort. I was a few hundred feet from the turn off to my street when out from the corner of my eye I saw a deer running from the right hand side of the road towards my car from between a couple of houses. I though for an instant "Hmm, I've never seen a deer on this road before". The deer kept on running and didn't stop so we ended up colliding on the right passenger headlight area of my car. I was probably driving around 30 MPH at the time and didn't have enough time to avoid the deer. I wonder what this deer was thinking? Probably not too much I guess. From the collision , the deer was knocked into the center of the road on to its side; the deer looked at me for a second and then got up and continued running across the street.  I guess deer don't know enough to watch out for traffic so I literally had a "deer in headlights".

I went back later an found the piece of plastic from the headlight on the road and taped it up. The next day I went to a local auto parts store  and they said that they could order the replacement part for $375.00 and it would be there the next day. I decided to check the Internet and found the same part on EBay with a "buy it now price of $195.06 including shipping for a parts store in Illinois with arrival scheduled for Tuesday. So, I will see if I made the right decision when the part arrives although they do allow for free return shipping if the part doesn't fit.

I'm glad the deer seemed "OK" and I'm glad my car wasn't "totaled" but I kind of wish the deer was able to "chip in a few bucks" but it ran away before I could ask for identification.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dennisport Mural

Here is a photo of a sailing mural located on a former brick wall in back of Main Street in Dennisport on Cape Cod near "Auntie's Ice Cream Parlor, the Red Nun Restaurant and Jeremy's Barber Shop" which I took on "Columbus Day" this year. This mural represents sailing of course, but not the "Nina, Pinta, or Santa Maria" of the Christopher Columbus fleet of 1492. It is said that the Vikings visited Newfoundland in Canada and also the town of Dennis before it was a town in approximately 1005 with Leif Erikson. We don't have a "Leif  Erikson Day" celebration with getting off of work although October 9th has been deemed "Leif Erikson Day".