Wednesday, 8 April 2020


. . . To See What Condition My Condition Was In (yeah, yeah, oh yeah)

It's sad news that Kenny Rogers died a few weeks ago. Like many, I was a fan right from his days as lead singer for The First Edition with its evolving rock/folk/country sound, through to his even more successful solo career as a country singer.

Here's Kenny Rogers' first big hit with The First Edition in the late 1960s when he was almost unrecognizably young, hairy and handsome. Now considered to be an early classic of psychedelic rock, it's also a classic cautionary description of drug addiction.

This song went on to even greater heights as the musical backdrop for the drug-fueled dream sequence "Gutterballs" found in the cult classic movie The Big Lebowski (1998). This surreal dream sequence has it ALL -- bad visual double entendres, bowling, a valkyrie, a fabulous Busby Berkeley-esque dance sequence, and (best of all in my opinion) the hilariously exuberant, but completely atrocious, dance routine of Jeff Bridges as The Dude.

Please pardon me, but in the true spirit of over-the-top Lebowski excess, here's a third version of the song that I simply must include in this post. I found it while looking for the other two. It's a great cover version done recently in a more folksy-bluesy-country style by a band called Front Country. As you can see, they perform it while dressed as the main characters from The Big Lebowski, LOL! Their lead singer, Melody Walker, does a superb job -- it's definitely worth a listen!

And this concludes our musical interlude for today!

Monday, 6 April 2020

Time To Go Grocery Shopping!

Remember to put everyone's needs on the grocery list.

Suit up!

Once you get to the grocery store,
be ready to rumble!

Grab a cart! Disinfect the handle!

Remember to social distance yourself from others!

And then hit the aisles!

Don't forget the fresh produce!

And when you arrive home,
hope you get back in!

But let's be truly serious for a moment --

So it's very important to . . . 

Here are guidelines that come from
front-line grocery workers themselves --
  1. Don’t bring your whole family to the store — come alone if you can.
  2. Don’t get in an employee’s personal space.
  3. Don’t ignore any markers on the floor that encourage social distancing.
  4. Don’t go to the store if you feel sick.
  5. Don’t give employees unsolicited advice on how to protect themselves.
  6. Don’t come to the store “just to get out of the house.”
  7. Don’t touch stuff you don’t intend to buy.
  8. Don’t tell employees how “lucky” they are to have a job.
  9. Don’t complain about items being out of stock.
  10. Don’t ask them to “check in the back” for out-of-stock items, either.
  11. Don’t complain to your cashier about having to touch the keypad to complete your transaction.
  12. Don’t try to sanitize the credit card machine before touching it.
  13. Don’t fight with other customers over hard-to-find items.
  14. Don’t complain about the store’s new hours.
  15. If your store has set up special shopping hours for elderly, pregnant, or immunocompromised customers, don’t violate them.
  16. Don’t whine about store limits on how much toilet paper or hand sanitizer you can buy.
  17. Don’t pay with cash if you have the option of using a credit/debit card.
  18. Don’t tell employees that you think all these new precautions are an “overreaction” or “unnecessary.”
  19. Just don’t be rude!

Friday, 3 April 2020

My Two New Pastimes

Rak 6Am GIF

Every day, I watch both the local and the national news on all three major Canadian networks. (Yes, I am, and always have been, a news junkie). Social distancing, self-isolation and working from home have greatly affected broadcast news lately, same as for the rest of us. And this development has given me my first new pastime.

These days, the vast majority of "talking heads" -- politicians, pundits, experts, even journalists themselves -- now appear via video link from their places of residence. And I find it fascinating! Not because of what they're saying necessarily, but because of what I can see behind them.

Yes, I have become a shameless Looky-Loo and a major Judgy McJudgerson as I harangue the talking heads from the comfort of my couch --

  • Oooo, you clearly used a professional decorator!
  • Your taste is appalling! 
  • Your taste is non-existent!
  • Look at that clutter!
  • Why is there nothing at all on your walls -- does nobody live there?
  • OMG, who chose that hideous painting? Or that beautiful painting? I want it!
  • My gawd, get some better lighting on your face! And brush your hair!
  • For Christ's sake, put your laptop camera at eye level! Do not look downwards at it -- it makes you look like you've got three chins! 

You may well ask where I have acquired my impeccable interior decorating and personal style expertise all of a sudden. Which brings me to my second new pastime --

Yes, I'm watching endless re-runs of Colin & Justin's Home Heist, which is a Canadian home makeover show from about 10-12 years ago. I am totally smitten with its two outrageously campy, gay interior designers, Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan. Partners both in life and business, they are Scottish in origin and have the brogue to prove it. Another charming aspect of the show!

Every episode, they wail, shriek and deride some hapless Canadian couple's bad home decorating taste and then design a much improved look for the residence. Their large home reno crew usually gets the whole job done in less than a week. Notable personalities on the crew include fashion-conscious Cheryl, the long-suffering project manager in charge of purchasing, and Graeme, the cute but whiny carpenter who usually screws up something every single episode and incurs the (temporary) wrath of The Boys.

Anyway, the show is great fun (and educational, too). A number of episodes are available on YouTube by searching the series' title, if you're interested in checking it out further.

What, you've got something better to do these days?

Clearly, neither do I, LOL.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Happy April Fools Day!

Oh, I don't know about that.

Want some cake?

You deserve a sweet treat today!

Be a good sport though!

Here's the most important lesson of all --

Sure, kid, sure.

Unfortunately, this last meme is not 
an April Fools joke.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Good Riddance, March!

But I'm sure things
will get better
very soon!

We'll be traveling again --
don't worry!

And sunbathing too!

This pandemic will teach us
the very valuable lesson
that true beauty is not our
superficial appearance, but
that which lies deep
 within each of us.

Oh, screw that -- I've got
the kitchen shears out already!

We all just need to look on bright side -- 
things could be a helluva lot worse!

And be careful what you complain about!

"Just in case . . . ."

I'm sure next month will be
much, much better!

Friday, 27 March 2020

Keep On Smiling, Everyone!

But at least the government
is doing all it can . . .

. . . which is very helpful!

Let's all band together!

Yes, I use the correct term for the virus now, 
not the generic term. 

I'm classy and intellectual that way.

And speaking of classy --

Most Canadians are trying
to observe the new rules.

As people are doing everywhere, hopefully --

My Rare One found and sends
this next meme to 
all her peeps out there!

Toilet paper still seems to be
the world's most valuable commodity.

Screw gold!

And how am I doing, you ask?

Well, keeping busy, of course.

Still working full tilt on
my new food blog!