Friday, April 28, 2017

Marietta Downtown Concerts Begins

Tonight is the night of the first concert at Glover Park in Downtown Marietta.  I like downtown Marietta scenes.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday, Clayhomes

Eating watermelon with my sister Frances overlooking the mess.  This picture was taken near our back door when we lived in the Clay Homes in the early 1940s.

In recent years the Clay Homes has been bulldozed away and the low income residents were replaced by yuppies slinging money all around.  That is Gentrification!.  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Movie the FOUNDER, checking out

Is it FOUNDER or FOUNDERS?  I suppose it is who you ask.
The movie is about the rapid growth of the McDonalds' franchise.  (mistakenly I typed "rabid" growth of McDonalds'  franchise - that could be considered correct too".
The McDonald Brothers Mack an Dick were born in New England.  They wanted to run their own business jointly.  They tried numerous ventures, from movie theaters and some minor restaurants.
They ended up in California with a hamburger joint.  The hamburger joint was planned carefully.  Space cost money, preparing foods  took space, so logically they figured the less items on the menu the less space.  They sold hamburgers, French fries, soft drinks, and milkshakes and no sitting area.  It was all ordered "to go."
The lines were out to the street.  Mac and Dick McDonald kept a close watch on how the food was cooked and made changes as they went.  It was a small business the community could be proud of.
Back to the milkshake machine.  With lines all the way to the street they needed a more productive milk-shake spinner.  They ordered six milkshake spinners from sales representative Ray Kroc.  He called the McDonald brothers to verify they wanted six.  They said they changed their mind, mike it 8.
Ray was intrigued.  He dropped everything and drove down Rout 66 to see this restaurant that ordered 8 milkshake spinners. 
When he drove up the little restaurant with no seating had long lines.  He was impressed and wanted to get in on it.
But the McDonald brothers wanted none of it.  They did not want to expand their business or menu items.
If you want to know Ray Kroc build a huge McDonald franchise worth billions and leaving the MDonald brothers with their one store with no royalties rights, and no legal right to use their real name McDonald's rent the movie, I am not going to ruin it for you.

"If you sue me, you might win, but again, paying for legal fees might break you first."   I am paraphrasing a line in the movie.  I heard  almost that same line when a disgruntle contractor  was alleging  quoting Trump when it was reported he did not pay the full price to a contractor that was agreed on.  Strange.

If Trump really did refused to pay the agreed amount  knowing the short- paid person or company could not afford legal fees to get their money he possibly could sue Ray Kroc, for using his method without written permission.

It was directed by John Lee Hancock and starred Michael Keaton as Ray Krog, Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald (Parks and Recreation), John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald, and Laura Dern as Ethel Kroc, Kroc's wife)  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Buddy Ball Looking at Rock

Buddy Ball at the poolside 1960 Marietta High School  50th Class Reunion in 2010.
I remember Buddy's statement the moment  this picture was taken:  "Rock!"
Then I smiled and said, "Buddy!"

Click on photo to enlarge it, to make Buddy look even happier.


Monday, April 24, 2017



On NPR the other day I heard there are over 1900 National Days.  I think they have to be approved by congress.  They are shameless promotions or to bring your attention to an idea or movement, product,  or whatever.

Another person estimated there are almost 2200 National Days.

It means a lot if Congress approved it (Me rolling my eyes).

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Yesterday morning  on Willow's and my walk, about 5:30, passing a yard in my peripheral I sensed movement.  I looked in that direction was something low and chubby waddling towards us.

As it got closer I saw it was a little undersized opossum.    It was probably a baby, just winged  and out to meet the world and try to survive.

It looked innocent and cuddly.  It reminded me of a little pig waddling along.

Then it saw us. It turned around and with more speed waddled away, not looking back.

That's right Little Possum, you are on your own.  Trust no one!

SUNDAY FUNNIES!! Another MAD Baseball Game Illustrated by Jack Davis

click on each picture to enlarge it so you can read the balloons and know what is going on.

I still have the Braves fever.  The novelty of baseball in Cobb County will probably wear off me soon.  After all, I do have a short attention fan.
I wanted to squeeze in one more Kurtzman'a  baseball story before it goes.  This is from the second issue of MAD Comicbook.
Take it away, Harvey Kurtzman and Jack Davis!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Today's Dog Park Report
This morning was a nice morning for the dog park.  Usually on weekends three to five people show up with their pets about 9 A.M but one weekends more come, maybe a dozen or more.
This morning a lady in the parking lot on the other side of the fence asked me if there is a place to take small dogs.  I showed her the gate that said "SMALL DOGS".
She had her family with her: a husband, another grown up and about three or four kids.  They had two dogs, one was a little puppy and the other one was a little dog.
In the SMALL DOG section their two dogs stood at the fence and looked at the dogs on our side.  They looked envious. The lady and her family decided to come over.  They entered through  the gate very reluctantly and carefully.  They kept their dogs on leashes.
John suggested to them to take their leashes off so they could run and have a good time.  They asked would it be dangerous?  We said NO all the dogs like new comers.
(fresh meat)
The leashes were unfastened and bigger old time dogs gathered around the two little dogs and liked them and tried to get them to play.
Then Ellwood, a highly energized dog, mounted one of the small dogs.
Rhoadie, a overgrown puppy himself, followed Ellwood's example and mounted the other one and started hunching.
The family with three or four kids, all kept a plain non-expressive faces during this time.
Ellwood's and Rhoadie's   owners pulled the dogs off.
Then several of the dogs starting howling.  Every time certain dogs are present the chemistry is just right for howling and singing.

About that time the new family put the leashes back on their small canines.  As they were leaving John said, "Comeback when your dogs learn how to sing."

1848 House, again

From Google:

 Planter John Heyward Glovers, Jr. built Bushy Park, a Greek Revival plantation house, on his 3000 acre property in 1848. The house had 17 rooms and many outbuildings, including a stone kitchen, which still exists. Heart Pine floors and hand-hewn beams are featured in the house. William King* and his servants occupied the mansion during the Civil War battles in 1864. The house was also used as a federal hospital.”

1848 House Postcard

I took the above picture with the gates closed about  two years ago.
In the mid 1920s, when the house was vacant once, there were rumors the house was haunted.  My father, a teenager, on a dare spent the night alone.  During the night he felt something pull his hair.  He said he left rather abruptly.  The next day he and friends went back, in the daylight time, to investigate.  They concluded it  were cobwebs that pulled Daddy's hair.
Near the year 2000 Bill Dunaway, Marietta, Mayor, of Marietta, bought  The 1848 House and turned it into an upscale restaurant.  We dined there several times and was impressed.  So were the food critics and some TV food shows.  There were weddings, receptions, birthdays, and other gala affairs.  It was the place to be - it came with bragging rigts.
Bill Dunaway said they still had the ghost problem.  There was at least one ghost on the premises that was mischievous and a wannabe womanizer.   He goosed the some of the staff at times and maybe swing the chandelier at times.  
The 1848 House ran its course and it went up for sale.  Rumor was that Mick Jagger was considering it.

Finally, it and the many acres that surrounded the house was sold.   A subdivision was built around it.

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