Just a quick one…

July 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm (By Ron)

Ron here…in a contest based on a cocktail I made! I need some voters who are on Facebook also!

Vote here.

Thanks a bunch! Ron

Added:  I have a Ginger Rogers post up at the Classic Movie Blog.  Check it out here!

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A love letter to our Amba!

July 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm (By Ron)

From Weird Al Yankovic, no less!

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Hey say, Kats and Kittens!

July 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm (By Ron)

There is no particular reason for this post….I just feel the blog should not be left alone for so long!
I’m in a writing mood, and I was wondering…

How is everyone doing? 1-10 scale, 10 being high, how’s your life overall at the moment?

Is there something right now that makes you super happy? or sad?

What’s the best meal you’ve had lately? Did you make it or did you go out?

If you could meet any person from the Classical Age of Greece, who would it be?

If you could meet anyone currently alive who would it be?

Favorite animal?

It’s summer! Make these!

The 1965 Rolling Stones with Patti Boyd (then Mrs. George Harrison, later Mrs. Eric Clapton)

The Official AmbienceMobile! A stretch DeLorean.

Zingerman’s corned beef hash…with toast!

Pick a song…any song….make a point of singing that song out loud today! Just because! And NOT in the shower! Ron feels just doing so will make you feel better here in the Height of Summer.

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Have a Nice Weekend!

May 30, 2014 at 11:48 am (By Ron)

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Multiple Dimensions

May 22, 2014 at 10:21 am (By Ron)

You may not believe this but this sort of ties into the previous post.  When I was a wee lad, I was quite the taper of things….not video tape, but audio!  I taped everything I could; TV shows (nearly all the Peanuts specials), radio….what have you.  When I heavily got into classical music, I had no records except an 8(!) disk set of 78’s of Bruno Walter conducting the Beethoven 5th.  These disks….could have been back up shields for Captain America, man, they were heavy!  I failed horribly trying to put them on the skinny spindle my sisters used to cue up their 45’s.

Detroit had a host of classical music on WJR, Karl Haas, who had a show called “Adventures in Good Music”.   Haas was fine, but he never told you about pieces he had just finished playing, only what was coming next!  So one day I would up recording something I really loved, but had no idea what it was!  I thought it was Haydn or maybe Mozart.  I would play this thing over and over just for background music when I was on a tear of reading… Finally I figured out it was the 3rd movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto #3.  This was electrifying for young Ron…loving a Beethoven piece without even knowing it was one!

I mention all this because I’ve come back around to it again…in my old ways, with 20 things going on at once in my head.  I cook, I watch and emjoy my tree, I read online 10 things at once, writing crazed notes about subjects I know nothing about…but want to know.  And of course, I write….and like a conversation in rhythm, Beethoven is right there, right in my ear, my heart, my head, sometimes even adjusting how I type my ideas in “keyboard rhythm” to the music.  I don’t even see myself doing this, sometimes, and really notice when it stops!

So I knock off this little post, just to share for you….in the hopes that you too can find that rhythm for something you love….and want to do more of.

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May 20, 2014 at 7:28 am (By Ron)

Well, hi folks….It’s not a rolling beach, or a stunning cityscape, or misty mountains….but it is spring and I do have a tree outside my window.



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“When you slam on the brakes, you’ll be ahead of the pack!”

May 7, 2014 at 7:44 am (By Ron)

So on Facebook the other day, Amba — remember her, bantamweight, the Bulldog Drummond of copyeditors — mentioned that the Chinese may make Detroit a Chinese City.  Now, I thought, why?  Don’t they have enough empty cities of their own?  Or are  they trying to complete the set, like baseball cards?

But there must be a million things we could do with Detroit.  They’ve already got a new business in “ruin porn” tourism!  Can’t screw up that by fixing their problems, can they?  It would be just like Detroit to do just that.  So I put it to the floor — what would you do with it?  Blow it up?  Make it into an 11,000 hole golf course?  Maybe a place to test new weapons!  Oh, we do that now?  Never mind.  Maybe Detroit is the cutting edge of America’s future….the canary in the fiscal coal mine, setting the standard for collapses to come.  Endless possibility — that’s what Detroit has always been about!


My post title comes from Bruce McCall’s Bulgemobile series from the old National Lampoon.  His cool book is The Last Dream-O-Rama.


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Some Anti-Oscar for you…

March 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm (By Ron)


Thanks Jerry.

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Leaving work behind.

March 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm (By Ron)

I have a few thoughts on how we are “tranisitioning” (to use a modern buzzword) away from work as fast as we can.  Posted over at The End of Work

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We need a laugh….because….well, the world!

March 12, 2014 at 11:58 am (By Ron)

I got this from a Tumblr post….sorry for the length but I hope you enjoy it.


How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces?

These are from a book called Disorder in the Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATT ORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid

ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless th e Circus was in town I’m going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS : Are you qualified to ask that question?

And last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

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