RP's Theatre of the (Almost) Absurd

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Down for the Count

I apologize to everybody, but no post today. I suffered a bit of heat exhaustion this afternoon. Went to three nurseries searching for roses and other plants to landscape the backyard with before the El Nino heavy rains come. It was pushing 90 degrees inland and the humidity was at least 70%. It... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Who's a Gypsy?

And just where was Mother's father born? The family story on my mom's side goes that her father, my grandfather, was born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and was kidnapped by Gypsies as a small boy. According to family lore, the boy's mother (who may have been a Gypsy) died when he was... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Nun's Playing Sports

and in full habit... Unless you've been off of TV for a few days, you've probably seen Sister Mary Jo throwing a ceremonial perfect pitch at the opening of the White Sox game on Saturday. Good for her. The video's gone viral. Reminds me of when I was in grade school, a Catholic grade school, and we... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Before Computer Games...

there was still "stuff" to do. I was thinking of little things we did that weren't board games (or bored games, depending on one's point of view, when I was a kid. We'd play hop-scotch at recess and after school. Chalk was essential for making the squares. Sometimes the squares were painted on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

No Post Today

No post today. Had the family over for an impromptu visit and lovely dinner. Thankfully, Lucille's, of BB King fame, provided quite a spread of carbs for us. They even packed up heavy paper plates to use instead of my dishes. For starters, I had set out organic corn chips (there's a reason I like to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 17, 2018

"Don't Wash Those In My Sink Ever Again!

File Under: Extended Family and "Oh, Poor Mama..." I 've mentioned my grand-uncle Y in this blog before, and said I'd be posting little tidbits about growing up with him as part of our extended family. G-Uncle Y, or Uncle as he was known, brought with him some unusual habits from the old country. Or... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

In Old Palm Springs...

"Did You See That?" That's what I said, once upon my lifetime, after we left the restaurant. Every so often, back when, we'd get a night away from the kids and zip off to Palm Springs for some R & R, long before there were classy hotels in Palm Desert. One could still see the occasional celeb there;... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Who Makes the Best Coffee?

How come my mom could make the best coffee ever? All she used was tap water, plain old Folgers or Yuban ground coffee from a can, and an old percolator coffeepot bubbling atop a gas stove. She knew just how much coffee to add to the amount of water in the pot, how long to let it percolate/brew, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Who in the heck were the Oenotrians?

And what did they wear? The Oenotrians were an old, old, wine-loving people who lived in what is now Southern Italy as early as the 11th Century B.C. That's a long time ago. They came from Greece, before Greece was called Greece! Sophocles wrote of them in the 5th Century B.C., and Dionysius of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Don't Wash Me a Load...

Talk about Thrifty! There was some discussion here in Blogitsville about the recycling of plastic items. Now, I'm all for recycling but there are some things, yes, like personal items, for which it may not be appropriate to consider a second use. But I'm not goin' there, folks. Along another vein of... Sign in to see full entry.

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