Halloween Cartoon Carnival

Bugs Bunny and Gossamer: "Hair-Raising Hare" (1946, Chuck Jones) via YouTube

Popeye the Sailor: "Ghosks Is the Bunk" (1939, Max Fleischer) via YouTube

Tom and Jerry: "The Flying Sorceress" (1955, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera) via YouTube


There Will Be Butterfingers

The perfect Halloween: "Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948) and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis get "Scared Stiff" (1953).

That's my night -- plus, the obligatory stomach pump. Nurses in nurses costumes. Maybe a Certs.

I'll be dressing up as the remote control. I hope I don't lose me in the sofa.

It's the wife's favorite costume. She mutes me.

"Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein" Trailer via YouTube

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis: "Scared Stiff" Trailer via YouTube



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My Recent Confessions and Observations on Twitter:

My television emitted a Kajagoogoo reference. I got up off of my couch and slapped the set. It's better now.

I see @kirklands is on Twitter. Suddenly, it smells like wicker and cinnamon in here. Ick. I'll wait out in the car....

My connecting with these kids today clicks. We hunky-dory. More Goober peas for me peaps!

Drat. I missed some event in ATL called Day of the Cupcake. I would've liked to attend. I was at Day of Crumbs on the Bottom of the Oreo Bag.

Oops. I missed commemorating my 3500th tweet. My impeccable life has been blemished. Damn you, Twitter! Aaarrgh, a misstep. I need a skink..

I've been asked to participate in ATLANTA BALLET'S NUTCRACKER. Okay, but no starch in the tutu.

Watched RAISING HOPE. Not one, not two, but THREE spit-takes in a single episode! ... Bliss.

News: Porn Bunkers for the Apocalypse. In my small town, selection limited to the landfill with a blow-up possum in knee breeches and snood.

Picking out the perfect ascot and ear trumpet for my first day as a hip-hop mogul...

I saw an ad for Shaggy's Doggy Daycare. I'm the type of guy who would go get a puppy just so I could say "Shaggy's Doggy Daycare."

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100 Things About Me #185

A Lifelong Dream Fulfilled!

I opened for Don Rickles!


100 Things: #1 | Previous | To Be Continued


Big Weekend

Big weekend, screw loose at "Footloose." 

About 90 minutes into the film, I stepped outside our car.

"Where are you going?" my wife asked.

"To get more clich├ęs."


Shovel-Ready Throb

Continued From: "Big Weekend," "Meanwhile...," and "It Sucks to Be Mikey

After forking over $600 to have our septic tank pumped, I discovered it was not enough money to get the dirt placed back into the hole.

Silly me.

"Okay, I'll do it," I told my wife. And she let me.

I figured I'd save another couple of hundred bucks and, at the same time, tone and glisten the exotic sinewy musculature we all call "Golly!"

My cats were chagrined I didn't cover up the box with my feet, but that would have meant getting onto all fours and violating my 30-year-old sacred oath: "No push-ups."

No. No. Nope. Too close to push-ups for comfort.

Besides, my godsons read these pages.

I'm faithful, young men! Church, more church!


It Sucks to Be Mikey

Continued From: "Big Weekend" and "Meanwhile...

Due to government boneheadedness™, this photo op cost The Happy Durretts $700. Bathe yourself in it.

I snapped this memento moments before the septic tank exorcist hooked up the big hose to his suck truck. I had barricaded myself inside the house to escape the forthcoming fragrant ambiance.

It didn't work.

To my shock and "Eww," I discovered the smell was more tolerable outside than indoors, so I strolled over to the scene of the slime and looked in.

I guess it's my broadcasting training, but I couldn't help myself with the play-by-play action.

"Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Spousal Unit. Mine. Mine. Mine. Bug Man. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. In-law to Be Named Later. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Cat vomit. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Unintelligible. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Birthday Boy. Mine. Mine. Mystery meat. Mine. Mine. Mine. Was Lindsay Lohan here? Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. It's squeezably soft; it's irresistible. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Toothless Goon Poltergeist. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine...."

Indeed, I am a proud man.

Oh. And, kids, let this be a lesson to you. You never know where your bendy straw has been.



Cat photos: Where's Morty?

Morty beholds the wonder of my "cat box."

"Daddy's da man!"

Wait 'til he sees me cover it up.


Big Weekend

Big weekend, digging out our septic tank to comply with some goofy government regulation.


Several hours and shirts later, the deed was dood.

Thar she blows!



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My Recent Confessions and Observations on Twitter:

Just sayin "just sayin." ... Just sayin.

Watched my 1st ever RAISING HOPE episode. Why was I not told about this show? Who are you people keeping me in the dark? I never liked you.

Planning to see DOLPHIN TALE this weekend. It's in 2-D, so we don't need to wear glasses, but, oddly, we do have to have blowholes.

Not getting much writing done. Finally, after 11 hours, my sleepy cat Morty has relinquished the desk chair. Just in time for my nap.

To All the Girls Who Didn't Fall in Love and Marry Me: Friday night, my wife and I will be watching BABE and BABE: PIG IN THE CITY in HD. =p

I hate to waste a shower. I took one earlier and promptly spilled a mug of coffee on my lap. Wet. I got another hour to sit on this saucer.

I'm eating rugged, original recipe Cheerios, not those fancy schmancy Multi Grain Cheerios my wife prefers. I'm a man. I'm holier than thou.

Some nights are harder than others to work in dinner anecdotes about de-ticking Dog the Bounty Hunter. ... Who wants watermelon?...


CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG sequel reported to have a 21st century angle. Then, I'd be calling it CHEETOS CHEETOS BONG BONG.

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Okeydokey, 'Oklahoma!'

I love "Oklahoma!" Of the numerous bright moments in the movie and stage play, this is my favorite:

"Oklahoma!": "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top (Reprise)" (1955) via YouTube

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's transformative 1943 Broadway musical world-premiered its motion picture incarnation at the Rivoli in New York on Oct. 11, 1955.

I, however, had to wait until the 1963 re-release to see the film. I hate to enter in the middle. It took awhile to first catch up with "Alabama!" through "Ohio!"

All were surprisingly bald on show tunes.

And, to be honest, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "American Samoa!" stunk.

I had thought, erroneously, there would be roasted marshmallows and chocolate succulences between parallel graham crackers.

"Oklahoma!" made up for everything. The title song is one of my earliest memories, from around age 3. I'd hear it on television and the radio. Long before I knew what "stirring" meant, I was stirred.

"Oklahoma!": "Oklahoma!" (1955) via YouTube

And I keep coming back for s'more.


Buster Keaton: Rock Wrangler

Photograph of Buster Keaton seated. Buster Kea...Image via Wikipedia
The amazing, seemingly fearless physical comedian Buster Keaton was remembered on his birthday, Oct. 4. Some of his admirers, including me, corresponded on the occasion. Me:

Here is one of the most memorable and breathtaking stunt sequences I've seen. So risky as a film-maker's challenge, too. I could not believe the eyes on my first viewing of "Seven Chances."

I'm so glad I wasn't a grip on this picture.

Buster Keaton: "Seven Chances" (1925) Chase Scene via YouTube

Frank Thompson shared this clip ... and says, "Let's celebrate Buster's 116th birthday by showing this brilliant scene from "Seven Chances" in which he's chased by at least 116 rocks."

Thanks for counting.


Off the Wall

Saving Facebook: My Confessions: 

On Technology

Friend Randy

Randy, that is, without a doubt, the worst email address ever.

You've heard of "butt dialing"? I "butt posted"! :)


On Hitch's List

Friend Michael
‎"North By Northwest," one of Alfred Hitchcock's most revered films, premiered on this date [July 17] in 1959. Where do you think the film ranks among Hitchcock's body of work?

Tends to be the Hitchcock I watch most often -- and that says a lot, considering I'm practically roommates with PSYCHO and REAR WINDOW.

On My Radio Pal Bob Middleton's Birthday

Bob, you were certainly the highlight of my radio career. I'd take nothing for those 16 months we partnered on the air each morning. You taught me much, expanded my creativity chops, encouraged me to fake it, hooked me on coffee, never offered me your bacon, failed to get me laid, failed to get me laid with the note from your Mom, never took me to see a Komodo dragon and if I wanted to take the kiddos to see a Komodo dragon, where would I take the kiddos to see a Komodo dragon?--

.... What? What's this? Wait. You're not dead? Shh-- Forget this then. I am not doffing our collective hats. See if I steal any more Bob and Ray with you. And I hired a cummerbund....

Happy birthday, Bubber. May a crazed holy man behead your PEZ dispenser.

Thanks, Mike, I now get the senior citizens discount at the Piggly Wiggly. May a crazed pirate leave a peg leg in your chicken bucket.

May Peg Leg Bates' ghost tap dance his way into your cart and Morse Code your grandmother.

May Abe Vigoda drool on your stool.

I hope an amorous wiggly piggly corkscrew-tails your donut pillow.

May a ruthless weasel force you to back into a cold doorknob.

Leave our former boss out of this. May you sit on your keys and unlock your lunch.

May an unruly Mugwump pop a boil on your lip.

I hope the ghost of Harry Dean Stanton repossesses your carbuncles. And if he's not dead, may he come over and sort through your garage.

May Moms Mabley drop her last tooth in your sitz bath.

May Al "Grandpa" Lewis return from the dead with your act.

May Don Rickles rake your boot.

May Dudley Do-Right mount your Canadian Club.

May Rocky the Squirrel fly into your pants.

Well, thank you very much. That would be ever so delightful; nevertheless, may an amorous moose become your hat tree.


May a horny anteater lick your sister. So there.

May The Great Pumpkin appear in your soul patch.

May a day-old bread truck backfire mold on your hood ornament.

May Alvin and the Chipmunks Bobsled your colonoscopy.

"Bobsled your colonoscopy." Mike, you are so bad..

May David Seville speed up your bowel movements.

Friend Alan
I call it a tie!


Big Weekend

Big weekend at the drive-in, seeing the wonderful true-life film "Dolphin Tale." We declined to sit outside the car in folding chairs, but my inflatable baby pool was so ambience.

I got some excellent exercise blowing it up, while I worked on my moon-tan.

I would've written sooner, but I was too pruned to punctuate.

All in all, the evening was absolutely delightful. Well, until some wise guy stuck a corn dog in my snorkel.

I hate to get mustard on my pool noodle.


Birthday 'at Tiffany's'

"Breakfast at Tiffany's," Blake Edwards' romantic comedy, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, celebrated its 50th anniversary Wednesday. The film premiered on Oct. 5, 1961 in -- where else? -- New York City.

I've scribbled about the movie multiple times on this site, which is kind of surprising to me. I mean, writer Truman Capote's main characters are morally bankrupt and/or creepy. I wouldn't care to hang with any of them -- well, except Cat, of course.

Nevertheless, I have an undeniable warm spot for "Breakfast at Tiffany's," most likely due to the effervescent Ms. Hepburn, plus the lush and bubbly Henry Mancini musical soundtrack.

Savoring 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
Here's a 2009 piece with video clips, including the fine opening title sequence and the "Moon River" fire escape scene, alongside the original theatrical coming attractions trailer.

Movies in the Movies: 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
A bit of product placement trivia has become one of the most visited of the 2000-plus posts on this ol' blog.

And I located several other personal "Breakfast at Tiffany's" mentions:

Spending too much time prepping [Fox Theatre] screening of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S. First hints: sleep deprivation & legal name change to Mikey Golightly.

My mother probably saw BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S in original release (probably at the Fox), but she certainly saw Audrey [Hepburn]. She took to Holly Golightly's upswept hair look and that was Mom's style for years.

I was tackled and forced into crewcuts.

Upswept crewcuts.


I Got Nuthin'

Consolation Video: Frank Sinatra: "High Hopes" via YouTube
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