Thursday, April 28, 2011

Joke's On You! Vintage Practical Jokes

April Fools! Whoops. It's supposed to the be first day of the month and not the last day, huh? Oh well. I came across these vintage pranks and thought that they'd be good to show in case that you're interested in a little harmless revenge.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

St. Elmo's Memories: 1980s DC Bars

I picked up this old poster on my travels recently. Brought back a lot of memories because I began my career (cough) in economics in DC in the Late Eighties, the height of the Reagan Years. Good times. I lived in: Georgetown (briefly), MidTown on Mass. Ave., Foggy Bottom, Old Town Alexandria, Bethesda and, most recently when I had a kid, in The Kentlands in Gaithersburg. The Fam has long since packed up and relocated to The Old North State. But these old images still bring back some great memories!
Back then, my college friends liked: 'The Third' (Edition), Garrett's, Sign of the Whale, Flaps or perhaps Whitey's in Old Town. My softball friends liked Sammy's (Samantha's), The Black Rooster, or the Aussie or New Zealand Embassies (if we were invited!). -Don't forget that great hole in the wall next that that slightly larger 'Postie' hole in the wall The Post Pub. It was a tiny little thing more at home in NE or SE called The Night Cap. -Don't remember The Night Cap? Your loss.

Back in those days, Georgetown and the rest of DC were a little more hole-in-the-wall and less Rodeo Drive. Fewer chains and more character. Alot of these bars were moldy, dark dives and got hot and crowded on Friday nights. But wouldn't you prefer those to prepackaged 'concept' bars with the character of airport Applebees? Yep.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Trailer Trad Gardening: Let Mother Nature Take Care of It!

Let's be clear. Lawn care in suburban Raleigh is a contact sport. It's neighbor against neighbor, competing to see who will have the most spotless lawn. I, on the other hand, have a more relaxed approach. I struggle to remain average in the lawn department for most of the warm weather months but, for a few weeks in April, nature does takes care of my light work and puts on a show.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Have Fun on the Big Day Lil' Bean!

I thought that I'd make a change and do something unexpected. Instead of talking about some dusty antique that I'd found or great prep clothing that I'd scored, I would briefly brag on my Daughter. She's very special and her Mom and I wish her all of the happiness that life can provide.
She's not so little anymore and probably will roll her eyes at this. After which, she will resume playing Nancy Drew video games or watching the Japanese anime cartoons that she is so fond of.