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Fat Cat and Big Baby

"Top Cat," Hanna-Barbera's 1961 prime time animated sitcom, is coming to DVD. All 30 episodes, originally seen on ABC-TV, will be included.

Its predecessor, "The Flintstones," was a reworking of "The Honeymooners." "Top Cat" refitted "Sgt. Bilko" for felines.

I was a kid at the time. We had high hopes for the show. In my circle, after Fred and Barney and Wilma and Betty," "T. C." was the double scoop on the cone. Sure, we knew the series was lame, but something about its spirit captured our imaginations.

One sunny day, we gathered in a garage to form The Top Cat Club. The highlight being we would each become one of the program's characters. I was elected Benny the Ball. I was the chubbiest. There wasn't even a run-off.

Lewe was Top Cat. Charlie or Jim was Spook or Choo Choo. Robbie made Fancy Fancy. Or vice versa. I forget the details -- or, maybe, I'm simply coy, sworn to eternal secrecy.

All I remember or can say of The Top Cat Club, due to our strict Constitution and By-laws, is we ran around the yard banging metal trashcan lids together, while ever on the lookout for the fearsome Officer Dibble.

Forty years later, I'm way beyond those cats. I let my membership lapse and I'm in financial arrears to the organization back to August, 1972.

There was some talk of a court marshall for theft of office supplies, amounting to little more than a catnip mousie and a partially munched bag of Tender Vittles.

On the advice of counsel, I returned the fish skeletons and the herring sauce.

Now, I watch "Family Guy" and identify with Stewie, the maniacal erudite infant.

What the deuce? I'm also on the lookout for that fearsome Lois woman.


Ends and Odds

My dyslexia is kicking in again. ... Remember when Larry King would write his dot dot dot columns in "USA Today"? ... Me neither. ... Long Beach, you're on! ... I like kitties in the spring rain. ... We're having black bean burgers for supper. ... You can't explain Windows XP to a moth. ... I fear The Marx Bros. will never make another picture. ... In that 1963 movie "Hootenanny Hoot," is the whole thing a hoot -- or is there only a climactic solitary hoot? ... "Where have all the flowers gone? ... Long time passing. ... When will they ever learn? ... If the kiddoes wanted to see a kimodo dragon, where would they go? ...

According to "The Macon Telegraph," movie director and Kate Capshaw aficionado Steven Spielberg says of his new film, "The Terminal," "It was more comedy than I've ever done before." ... I guess he saw "1941" and "Hook." ...

I've never been a bad mammer jammer. ... I'm not even certain what a mammer jammer is, but I am sure I wouldn't be a bad one. ... I have pride. ... I'd give my mammer jammering the old college try, maybe some caffeine. ... (Or is that mammering jammering?) ... I know my limitations. ... I'd be a fair to middling mammer jammer. ... That is if they categorize them that way. ... Otherwise, my mammer-jammer might be day-old or, perhaps, argyle. ...

My Blockbuster Video doesn't stock the classic "SCTV Network 90" DVD box set, but they do have "The Bernie Mac Show." ... Up the road, another store I frequent doesn't stock the classic "SCTV Network 90" DVD box set, but they do have "Who's the Boss?" ... My Wal-Mart doesn't stock the classic "SCTV Network 90" DVD box set, but they do have "The Hee-Haw Collection." ... Now, here's Buck Owens. ...

Is it me or is Ronald McDonald looking more and more like Maureen O'Hara? I think he's touching up his roots. ...

My spellcheck doesn't know "mammer jammer." ... That is bad, mammer jammer. ... It asks should I replace with "mammary" and "camera"? ... Yes, please. ... I would like a mammary camera. ...


Break's Over

We were having so much fun, I took some time off to give all the other blogs a chance to catch up.

Arbiter of Fairness
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