Monday, March 31, 2008
There's just something about Pelicans that I love. Every time I get to go on holiday to 'somewhere with a beach' I find myself watching the Pelicans and snapping photos of the goofy looking birds. I see them almost every place I've been. I remember the ones on Granite Island, South Australia and the boat load shown here off Tobago and this guy on the right on Caye Caulker. And believe it or not, we even have a flock of American White Pelicans that hang out most of the summer on Shadow Mountain Lake near Pine Beach. Last Memorial Day at the parade in Grand Lake a squadron flew over about the time the F-16's did. I wonder if Jim Reeman knows he was almost shown up by a flock of Pelicans? So hats off to the family Pelecanidae whose members also include the Cormorant and my favorite, the boobies!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
You hear about these stories now and then, but this really happened last night. Skip McClelland, who runs the pool table at the Lariat on Friday and Saturday nights, decided to dress up for 'Louie Heckert Night'. He got out a suit that he says is all polyester and of course still fits him perfectly. Skip knew he hadn't worn it in a long time but didn't realize how long it had been until he reached into the pockets. Inside he found some receipts from a pool tournament he coached in Anaheim, California in 1968! He remembers they had given him a gift for being the coach of the team. The gift was four gold pesos, which in 1968 was probably worth about ten dollars each. With the price of gold today hovering around $1000,00 dollars and ounce, I think it was a pretty good find. It's a good thing he hadn't given, or worse yet, thrown it away! So in getting into the spirit of celebrating the birthday of his old friend Louie, he found a little good fortune to go along with it. Wait 'til Barky Lew hears about this one!!!
So don't forget to check those pockets boys and girls!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I remember after her memorial service how worried everyone was for Louie without her. I asked him if he was going to be OK and he said he'd better or a big foot would come out of the sky and kick him in the ass. For a number of years we had celebrated Louie's birthday and one year Gladys asked me why we didn't celebrate hers. Trust me, you did not argue with Gladys, so that October we threw one for her. I remember putting on a grey wig, horned rimmed glasses and a big stuffed bra(probably Mindy's) under a Hawaiian shirt. I got to drink bourbon and water and go around grabbing all the guys hands(not their asses like she used to) and not letting go. It was great fun, and except for the beard, I made a fair imitation.
No one will ever be able to imitate that dynamic duo but we can still celebrate them tonight by dressing up and dancing and laughing together as we remember what special people they were and I know they surely made my life richer for knowing them.
Happy Birthday Louie! (and don't forget Gladys)
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Lana was a lot of fun to have with us and enhanced our visit so much! I hope she's brave enough to go with us again somewhere. We met lots of wonderful folks on the trip and had a few adventures along the way. Our travels took us through Dallas to Belize City and then on to one my favorite spots .... Caye Caulker. After five days there, it was on to Placencia. Both places are very 'Laid Back' filled with plenty of characters and stories, not unlike Grand Lake. I'll have many more photos and stories in some future blogs. It's good to be home and, of course, woke up to be greeted by some fresh snow this morning. Now it's back to work.... oh well, guess it had to happen sometime.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Man how they grow up! Remember when Otis was just a pup? Well he's almost grown now and I'm not sure, but maybe he should be holding Bob up now. OK, there's probably been times he's had to hold Bob up and maybe even drive home. I think Otis is part Malamute, Shepard, Retriever and Wolf. Alright, he's a Heinz 57.
Bob Nichols aka. Chocolate Bob, Nine Toed Bob, and other names I
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
A boat and a bicycle. That's all you need to get around on Caye Caulker besides hoofing it. The only vehicles on the island are a police car and the truck that delivers that wonderful Belican Beer!
It only takes about 20 minutes to walk from one end of the island to the other, if you don't stop to get a bottle of the local drink. The guy that sells it uses a tricycle like this one and rides around the main drag yelling 'SEAWEED... seaweed, seaweed, seeeeee..weeeeed'!!!!! It's a combination of milk, seaweed and spices and is very tasty. It's kind of an island energy drink and not bad with a little 'One Barrel' rum mixed in. I can hardly wait to get there and swig down an ice cold one!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
This Winter's been colder than a welldigger's ___, colder than a witch's ___, it's been COLD! I guess it's time to blow this pop stand and find a warm beach somewhere.(sounds like a song, doesn't it?)
Speaking of 'Somewhere with a Beach', Ronnie Roo has resurected the old gal from the CD cover and has entered her in a T-Shirt contest (not a wet T-Shirt contest I hope). You can check it out and leave a comment to vote for it at... http://shirt.woot.com/Derby/Entry.aspx?id=10904 or her web -www.northernfront.net/RonnieRoo/artwall9.htm
You should also check out her blog at http://roodroppings.blogspot.com
Well, like my friend Ben (pictured here), I was also born under a wandering star and will be seeking out that place in the sun soon. I might try to keep the blog going while I'm gone, but if not, I'll start it up again when and if I return. In the meantime...keep those cards and letters coming!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
'Washboard Annie's got nothing on my brother, 'Real Elderly'! It's not a well known fact, but he and Chuck Schmuck were called upon by President Regan to "clean up the music business". So with Chuck on the washtub bass and Real on the washboard, they toured the country scouring all the well known Honky Tonks and Dive's until they happened upon the one and only Lariat Saloon.
It was there that I first hooked up with the 'Mr. Cleans' of percussion and formed the core of one of music's legendary bands, 'The Elderly Brothers'. After a while, Real took to playing the harmonica and was replaced on washboard by Alligator Al. This lasted until Barky Lew gave Al's washboard the 'Federal Buoyancy Test' in Grand Lake one night and therefore ended the washboard phase of our musical progression.
Real still makes it up to sit in on harmonica now and then and was on hand last Saturday night for 'Jimmy Buffett Night'. Though a series of conga players, guitar players, keyboard and tambourine and even the dreaded 'Egg Shakers' have come and gone, my brother is still with me keeping the crowd going. His secret harmonica cleaning solution of Canadian Club and water keeps both he and the harmonica in 'TUNE'. Thanks brother, and hopefully we have a few more 'road trips' still left in us!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Last night was no exception and proved to be a great night for Parrot Heads! My brother 'Real' Elderly was on hand to help me with the music on his harmonica and 'Nine Toed Bob' made an appearance, but then he got high, then he got high, then he got high!
We always do this night of Jimmy Buffett songs the first Saturday of March and it helps to get over the pain of 'Cabin Fever'. Margarita specials and Land Shark beer got everybody primed for action. It was a great night, so thanks to everybody for dressing up in Aloha shirts and Leis to help break up a long and frosty Winter. See ya all next year!!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
So , if Leeper sees his shadow on Leap Day, do we have four more years of Winter? Well I've been a little annoyed about this whole Leap-Day business so I thought I'd check with the one and only Leeper. He's the head of 'The Breakfast Club' and always seems to know what's going on. Yesterday, February 29th, I tracked down Leeper and asked him what he thought about Leap-Day. He said he thought it was all a bunch of hooey and he was not responsible. He said if it was up to him, the extra day that occurs every four years wouldn't be in February, when it's below zero most of the time, but rather in June or July. Why not an extra day in the summer and why every four years. Why not get rid of February all together and just add a week to every month from June to September! Well it makes perfectly good sense to me and I admit I have to agree with Leeper. Let's have more Summer and less Winter, we've got enough. Anyway, February's history now and we don't have to worry about this issue for another four years. Thanks for the advice Leeper!