Saturday, May 27, 2017

Our 2 or 3 Hour Visit at the Atlantis Paradise Island

click on photo to enlarge, it will look better.

The Atlantis is a very expensive resort for the elite.  On the ground level, or should I say "sea level" is a huge aquarium of sharks, ray fish, and many others types that make a good show.
The hosting level has restaurants, casinos, and artsy kind of decor to admire.
One of the James Bond movies shows Agent 007 calmly playing cards in the casino before he springs into action.   Also in the compound  I think  Ophra and others have get-a-ways.  I think Michael Jackson did but that may have been dissolved with other Jackson's estate.
 The Atlantis is a little island next to Nassau in the Bahamas.  In fact, they are so close you could walk over a little bridge or wade from one island to the other.  In our case, we came with a car full of tourists and a tour-guide driver.  He left us there.  It was not easy finding a way back.  I do not remember the details but somehow we rode back in a crowded  speedboat  with a bunch of natives and I think a young couple on their honeymoon.  The speedboat was so crowded he Atlantic Ocean's water line was close to the overflowing into the boast line.  But as  the driver (Pilot? skipper?) picked up speed the boat rose itself a little.  I suppose he knew what he was doing.

I wondered if some of the Atlantis guests looking out their windows might wonder if we were Cuban refugees .  And if they had thought that, they might not have been entirely wrong.

The tourguide/Taxi Driver told us that the citizens were not allowed, by law, to play or dine at the Atlantis Casino; only to work.

This glass sculpture served sort of like a center piece  in the huge casino.  I think it is an original by artist Dale Chilhuly.

Where is Plato?  He created Atlantis.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Benjamin and Mom & Dad in April 2017

Most of the pictures are by Mom Sabrina.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Leonard & Jeannette Phillips Petty's 50th Anniversary in 1995

Throwback Thursday.  Mama's youngest brother Leonard Francis Petty (1924-2001) married Jeannette Phillips (1925-2004) in June 1945.  They had four children.  Their children gave them a 50th Anniversary party in 1995.

Click on each picture to enlarge it.

Leonard and Jeannettes' extended immediate family

Below, when a person is given a title like sister, or daughter, it is generally the relationship Leonard and Jeannette have of the subject, with exceptions, which I try to point out.

Son Billy and grandson

Billy's son and daughter LaVern

Brother Wallace and his daughter Cheryl

Sister Janie (Mama), and her daughters Frances & Bonnie

Daughter LaVonne (R) and sister-in-law MaryJo (Tom's wife)

Friend of family since growing up in Cohutta, Monroe Reece

Sister Sarah (R) and her beau.

Daughter Susie and her daughter

Daughter Lavonne with her husband and two grown children.

Leonard with brother Wallace

Brother Wallace, sister Janie, and Janie's daughters

The four of the five* surviving children of 12.
That was 22 years ago, they have all passed now.

*absent is brother Roy Petty of Carmel, NY.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

No Pulled Pork

I am not a well read person, I'm just a so-so read person; just enough knowledge to be dangerous.    

But anyway, below, these two unconnected facts in UNCLE JOHN'S BATHROOM READER assortment of odd-facts at the bottom of each page,  seem to conflict each other, Oxymoron Facts:

World's most widely eaten meat:  pork.

Most common male name:  Mohammed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Adam!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Alaskan Bucket List

My Alaskan Bucket List

We are planning a trip to Alaska soon.  It will be partly land travel  and partly a  cruise.  I am working on a Bucket List:

1.  King of the World.  At the bow at the very tip of the ship, in rough waters,  do something original, like spread my arms out like an eagle and proclaim I AM KING OF THE WORLD!"

above: Humpback Whale Breaching

2.  The cruise ship almost guarantees you will see a whale come out of the waters and breach.  I think I am going to jump on it as it breaches and hollow "Yahoo!" (holding on with one hand and waving my hat with the other.

3.  The ship will also bring us up to a close view of a glacier, maybe two.  I will rush around and remind the tourists of how the Titanic hit an iceberg and  sunk, but tell them not to worry, because if anything goes wrong I am there to fix it.

4.  Beat a lumber jack at arm wrestling.

5.  Beat a lumber jack log-rolling.

6. Beat another lumber jack chopping trees down.

7.  Go into saloon known for its high-stakes poker game and take on each player and take all their money, and the whole time giggling explaining this is the first day I have played poker.

8.  Walk into the wildest saloon  in the Yukon and beat up every man there and wink at the swooning Can-Can dancers.

9.  While in the Yukon, take the afternoon off and mine for gold and find the biggest gold vein in history.

10. Practice singing until my voice sounds just like Johnny Horton, then treat my fellow travelers to the song "North to Alaska".

11.  Carve a totem pole, making the top or bottom figure a very good likeness of me.

12. Swim upstream with the salmon.

13. Snatch a salmon out of a polar bear's mouth and eat it in front of him and dare him to say anything.

14.  Slap a grizzly bear silly.

15.  Climb up Denali Mountain/Mount Mckinley, to the tallest point in North America, beat my chest, and again proclaim "I am King of the World!"

16.  Ski down the mountain, skiing backwards, doing flips, and a variety of other ski tricks I will learn while I'm doing them.

17.  Run the Iditerod Dog Race trail, and beat all the winners' records, of course.

19.  Take a picture of a moose.

20.  Pretend to panic when the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis appear and run around and say this is proof the Bible prophesies coming true, the end of the world is here!   And sell them mood rings that will protect them.  Then the next day tell them I was only joking.

21. To top things off visit Sarah Palin, smooth-talk her and go to the kitchen and look out the window and see Russia and make a face.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES!! Fat Freddy Himself!

Written and Drawn by Gilbert Shelton.

Click on it  to make it bigger and  readable, but it still might not make sense.


Saturday, May 20, 2017


At the dog park our conversations and subjects have taken many directions.
I forgot what was said that reminded me of this true event, which I told:
In 1963, July of 1963, I spent 30 days as a transient waiting on orders at the Charleston Navy Yards.
Just outside the main gate was a busy business area, all designed to fleece the average sailor.
When I was on that main street studying where I might get the most for my money I saw a bar with loud music.  Sailors were  lined up at the door.  When some sailors left the door man would let a certain number in, I suppose to replenish the ones that left.
It must be something good going on there.  Maybe cheap drinks I thought.  I got in line.
Finally I was allowed in.  At the bar there was a female bartender, good looking, smiling and bouncing with the loud music.  Everybody had their eyes on her.
She asked a person  ahead of me in line what would he have and they he a mix drink.  She told him the cost, which I thought was outrageous.   The person paid and chipped in  a couple more bucks for a tip and she got busy mixing their drink.  She put whatever ingredients the drink required, and as a final "touch" she reached her hand down into her shorts and apparently gave herself a quick masturbation.  Then she brought her finger out, smelled her finger in a showy way, and smiled.  Then she used that finger to mix the drink to perfection.
Some of those men have been out to sea a long time.

I  wondered what kind of score they got from the health inspector's visit?

On This Date in History, May 20, 1989, Gilda Radner Died.

On this Date, May 20, 1989, Gilda Radner died, at age 42.  

I loved watching her on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, she gave all of herself  in her performances. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thomas Stokes at a Bell Reunion

Thomas Stokes at a Bell Reunion.  

I think of Thomas as quiet sort of person.  I was in high school with and in the Boy Scouts, Troop 132 with him.

In school and the Scouts I don't think Thomas ever did any vandalism or anything mischievous.  He went by the rules and was respectful to everyone.  We ran in different groups.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throwback Thursday, Keeping Up With The Jones

Throwback Thursday.  This Ann's mother's mother side of the family, the Jones.

Photo 1.  c1903.The father is Walter Vernon Jones (1873-1940).  The mother is Mintora Mathis Jones (1880-1975).  They lived in the Milton/Cummings, Georgia, area. The oldest daughter, standing next to her mother is Myrtle Irene Jones (1895-1991).  She married Paul Everett Foster.  She and Paul are Anna's grandparents.  The next oldest daughter is Edith Gertrude  Jones (1898-1986).  She married Twigg W. Wood.  They had no children.  The boy is Felton Murdock Jones (1900-1981).  He married Voncile Carolyn Anderson.  They had three children.  Felton owned an ice cream shop in downtown Roswell.  The baby sitting in her mother lap must be Nellie Elizabeth Jones (1903-2001).  She married Leonard Floyd Stone.  They had one daughter.

Photo 2. Same  Jones family some years later.  I believe it was taken before 31 October 1912, because the youngest child Vivian Velma Jones is not listed.
Left to Right.
First Row:  Nellie Elizabeth,  Willie Echo Jones (1908-2002),  She married Bennie Hill Glover.  They had four children.  And Vernice Vivian Vera Jones (1906-1982).  She married (1)David Cain Sudan.    They had one son. (2) Horace Wood.  No children.  And (3) Herman Bown.  No Children.
Second Row:  Gertrude, Irene, and  Felton Jones.

Photo 3. July 27, 1991.  Surviving sisters Nellie Jones Stone,  Willie Jones Glover, and Velma Jones Kelly attending their sister Irene Jones Foster's burial at Midway Church  between Alpharetta and  Cummings.   
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