Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star Wars Memory




With the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens teasing us at the end of the week, naturally lots of Star Wars memories crop up.


As the dutiful father (and yes, for self-serving reasons as well), I made certain my son was caught up on the original Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi) prior to hitting the theaters for the new film in the series, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,  in the spring of 1999.

11 years old at the time, his favorite character in the film was the villain Darth Maul, better known as "the pokey guy."



.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Thursday, November 19, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: Jack Kirby Marvel Characters (mostly)



It's pretty well-worn, I've had it for 15+ years and I still wear it.

Triton, Reed Richards, Captain America, The Silver Surfer, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Karnak, Thor, The Thing, Black Bolt, Gorgon, Black Panther, The Human Torch, Wyatt Wingfoot and a funkified Wolverine as done by The King himself, Jack Kirby. 

(Though ... don't know who drew that Wolverine as Kirby never drew the character in his career that anyone knows of ...)


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )
- with assistance from (El) Ken Herrera and Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

For Cats, Not Dogs





Excellent for cat owners. And people who can't stand cats and find themselves in homes with cats.

Won't work for dogs for long, however. Dogs will consider this a new play thing and chew the crap out of it.

Because they're dogs ... and aren't as easily amused as cats.


.......... Ruprecht ( just STOP petting cats and everything will be all right )
Unabashedly and shamelessly stolen from The Poke.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Some Advice


There's some truth here ...



How to Age Gracefully !
Posted by PlĪ±isir . on Thursday, August 27, 2015

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )
 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

More Veterinary Nonsense



You can't make this stuff up ...

There were other conversations at the vet that day, too. This one? This one was the one that beat'em all.


It kept me on my toes ... and by "on my toes" I mean it forced me to stay alert to the fact I might guffaw unexpectedly at what was said or that it was possible I would offer up some wiseass remark before it was too late to stop myself from doing so. 

Not actual Kaftan Lady
A woman (who I will call "Kaftan Lady" going forward) walked in the front door of the vet's office wearing a huge - and I mean HUGE - muumuu-ish garb of such flamboyance you couldn't help but notice the thing. It would have been comfortable in Eddie Murphy's 1988 Coming To America. Peppered with groovy swirls of purple and gold and swaths of paisley all over the place, its length draped from shoulder to floor, complete with side slits way too high on the thigh for its own good. I was in fear of accidentally finding out what color underwear the woman was wearing ... if, indeed and in fact, she was wearing underwear. (Thankfully, that scenario never presented itself.)

Now, when I say "woman" I don't mean to assume she was old. Or older for that matter. She wasn't. She looked to be in her late 20s but her mode of dress made her appear a lot older than she probably was on closer inspection. (Not that I was inspecting her - it was difficult not to notice her.)

She wandered to the front counter and said who she was and why she was there. Having been told she'd be helped in a few minutes, she made somewhat of a spectacle of herself as she plopped down beside me. As she was rather large framed, it was a bit difficult to sit herself down without rubbing up against me or making some sort of contact. But she was careful about it, as careful as she was able (and probably a little too careful). Thus the fussiness of her actions.

The vet waiting room was packed to the gills with all sorts of cats and dogs. The admitting assistant at the counter was doing a bang up job of multitasking - checking on those coming in, writing up billings, asking questions about what people were there for, all while answering the phone as best she could whenever it rang. Which was a lot.


In between all the commotion, Kaftan Lady got the attention of the admitting assistant: "Excuse me ... you don't happen to have some of those pet carriers available by chance, do you? If you do I'd like to buy one. My cat got out of the box I had duct taped while we were on our way over here. I don't know how she managed it because I had the box taped up pretty good. But she's good at getting out of stuff and she sure got out of that box! Right now both my cats are in the same carrier and they really shouldn't be. They kind of defecate all over each other when they're in the same carrier. So ... do you have any carriers I could buy?"

The cats in question had been in the waiting area on the floor for the last 10 minutes. I hadn't heard a peep out of them. No movement, no meowing, to fighting or signs of agitation ... zippo. I rolled my eyes ever so slightly to myself, knowing this woman might be the kind who likes to make things more dramatic than they needed to be.

She got her carrier, thanked the assistant and proceeded to construct it right there in the middle of the room with everyone watching. When complete, she gently opened the door to the carrier the cats were in and extracted one of the animals. The cat she took out was monstrous and hairy and nervous about coming out in the open amid a dozen other animals. With little effort she quickly lifted it up and deposited it into the newly constructed box where it immediately proceeded to meow loudly and pathetically ...

... such that it got the attention of all the dogs in the room. 


Who, one by one, began to snuffle and whine.

Which made the cat cry even more.

Which caused the dogs to threaten to turn things the way of a ruckus. Every owner in the place pulled their pets closer and shushed them as best they could. 

Then woman turned to me.

"I'm an absolute wreck today. I came down here to get shots and medicine for my cats and a few things for my two dogs back home but I had to run to the printer down the street to see what he was doing with the logo I'm having him do. You don't happen to know anyone who does logos, do you? The guy doing mine is kind of opinionated and likes to do things his own way, which isn't the way I want my logo to be done. He thinks he has free reign with it but I don't want him going wild. I want it the way I want it. Besides, he's charging me too much. I just want someone who will do what I tell them to do for a cheap price. You don't know anyone ... do you?"



This image might hit close to the mark



I was exhausted just listening to her story ... which I swear she blurted out in a single, solitary breath.

"No, sorry ... I don't." I confessed. She sighed and shook her head.

Immediately, and for the next 15 minutes, she busied herself asking almost everyone in the place why they were at the vet or telling them how gorgeous their pets were. It's like this woman could not sit still or shut up to save her life.

Finally, the assistant called out to her stating all her stuff was gathered and ready and the cats didn't really need shots. They gave her the total of the bill, some $265 dollars plus change. She explained they would need to contact her husband.

"He handles all the money, you see. If I give you his number at work, can you call him and give him the total? He'll give you a credit card number over the phone ..." The assistant called from behind her for someone to come help her out. When a nurse came to the front, she took the woman's number.

"Now, when you call my husband (his name is Frank by the way) don't be alarmed if he sounds drunk. It's just the medication he's on from the accident he had recently. He may be a little hard to understand, so just be aware," she instructed. "A lot of people have a hard time understanding him, but it's okay because he's not drunk. He just sounds that way, even at his work."

I stifled a bout of laughter I could feel rising up from within. But I was beginning to wear down; if this continued much longer, I feared I wouldn't be able to quell the urge to guffaw. I could feel it deep down, anxious to get out.
 

The nurse called the number, asked for Frank and held tight while he got to the phone. She introduced herself and began explaining why she was calling ... and then stopped all of a sudden.

"I got hung up on" she confessed making Kaftan Lady sit a little straighter with an unexpected start. "I don't know what happened. I'll try again."

It took a few minutes but the nurse finally got through to Frank, finished her reason for calling and completed the transaction. But man ... did it ever take a long time, the better part of 10 minutes by my estimation. I could tell the nurse wanted to pull her hair out but she remained calm and hung up when finished. She told Kaftan Lady all was good to go.

"Good! I'm so glad! Did he sound drunk? Because most people think he's drunk when they talk to him on the phone. But he's really not drunk. He just sounds that way, even at his work" she repeated once again.

Up she rose, went to the counter grabbed her stuff and blustered out the door with a thank you.


...but without her cats.

She was parked in the handicapped space right outside the office. I heard her curse as she got out of the car. She slammed the door, practically ripped open the office door and whooshed back in a huff.

"I forgot my cats!" she said apologetically while gathering the two carriers. She headed for the door a second time.

When she got in her car and finally left, it was as if everyone
heaved a sigh of relief ...


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Monday, October 26, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: No Hay Lucha




Shirt and background.

Just because.

P.S. Shirt translation: "There is no struggle without a mask."


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Friday, October 23, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: Oakland Raiders




While technically not a T-shirt, it's part of the collection.


Because ... Raider Nation, baby.

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Of Man-Thing And Mike Ploog


A couple guys named Michael:
Mike Ploog (left) and Michael Noble (uhm ... oh, on the right)


Yes ... I've been busy with a lot of things of late.

Including guest writing over at Warehouse Find, the Official Blog for NostalgiaZone.com where my meanderings reveal 

MY SUPER HERO ORIGINS ... !!!

(Well ... maybe just the origins of how I got into comics ...)


Take a gander ... and comment over there, too.


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

... With A Bit Of Stuffing On The Side ...



Absolutely True Story ...
 
While at the vet yesterday, in came a monster of a  Newfoundland puppy. The owner and sat right next to me in an open seat and the dog plopped on the floor right near me. I swear he left a crater in the floor.

Understand I use the term "puppy" in the broadest sense in this case. The pooch, I discovered, was a mere 6 months old ... but topped out at 92 lbs. when he got on the scale.

"Oh ... he'll top out at get upwards of 150 lbs," the owner told me. "He's just in for a check up, is all."

He was a beautiful, alert and gentle animal that craved attention.

"What's his name?" I asked.

"Jeremiah Buttercup," she offered. "My granddaughter named him."

I smiled at her broadly, cocked my head, said "Who's going to argue THAT ... ???" and chuckled.

"Who indeed," she replied.

A little girl approached who had just come in with her mom and pet and reached hesitantly for the dog. "Careful" her mother scolded.

"Oh ... he's absolutely the gentlest with children ..." the owner offered.

"I'm more concerned with the dog," the mom explained tilting her head to her daughter. "She has a habit of slapping dogs in the head."

The owner of the Newfie scrunched her face a bit and looked at the girl.

"You can pet him if you like ..." she told the child. "... he thinks little girls taste like chicken ..."



.......... Ruprecht ( never STOP learnin' the children early )

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

T--Shirt Collection: Watchmen



Shirt front

From the deep, dark recesses of 2008's San Diego Comic-Con (really, there are no deep, dark recesses at San Diego Comic-Con) comes this nifty promotional shirt hocking Watchmen.



Shirt sleeve

Shirt back

For the record, I didn't think it was a bad film at all, a worthy adaptation of the award-winning comic series and graphic novel. 


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Brief Morning Conversation




"What's that bar stool doing over there by your chair?"

"I don't know ... I'm not its keeper. It might have walked over there on its own. Or ... I might be using it to put my coffee on. Why?"

"You better not be standing on it ..."

I stretched out my arms in supplication, an "oh well" sort of gesture.

"... because that would not make me happy."

I stretched them out a wider.


"That's Life," I said.

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Friday, October 16, 2015

Punk Does Not Sleep Induce



Coming home from work at the midnight hour, it's a rare occurrence when I can drop off to sleep right after walking through the door. I'm still wired and need to wind down.

Usually, I pop the television to life and catch my recorded "NBC Nightly News," just as I did early Friday morning.

With the news beneath my belt and still not quite ready to turn in, I scrolled through the channels to see if there was anything further to lull me to sleep. I found something, but it wasn't anything to whisper slumberly sweet nothings in my ear.

It was Penelope Spheeris' The Decline Of Western Civilization, the 1981 documentary detailing the Los Angeles punk scene. It had been some time since I'd seen it and I settled in for the next hour.

The kicker for me was hearing once more the band Fear fronted by caustic lead Lee Ving belting out "Beef Bologna," "I Don't Care About You" and "Let's Have a War."

I'd forgotten what a force Fear was to punk and at that specific time. And the performances they put on in Decline - complete with verbal attacks, sexist and homophobic slurs directed at the audience - were raw and powerful.

I went to bed humming "Let's Have a War." And it's been stuck in my head all the live long day.

So, for your dancing and dining pleasure, I present it here for auditory consideration. Please enjoy ...


... and don't blame me if it gets stuck in your craw. I didn't twist your arm and make you press "PLAY" ...


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: The Goon Kickstarter Campaign



In honor of Eric Powell wrapping up The Goon with today's publication of the series finale (*sniff*), I present the Kickstarter T-shirt I received as reward for contributing to the campaign back in 2012. 

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Numbskull


This isn't Bill. This isn't Bob.
It's Steve ...



You remember Steve, don't you?

Well sir, Steve's been through the ringer. He's seen better days.

He's weathered physical abuse (note the lack of the top of his head, various scuffs and abrasions, a reattached jaw that split in two right down the middle), quite a few relocations over the many, many years, unfortunate name changes (more on those in a bit) and other ailments.

But he's still here. Still ready, willing and able to make his annual Halloween appearance. And who can blame him? That's his thing.


I pulled Steve out of his packaging a year or so ago and he was in pieces ... literally. His skull was irreparable. There were so many skull fragments fixing him was out of the question. Recently, his right eye orbit gave way. He's forever had a couple missing front teeth so that's never been a problem. (He doesn't exactly eat, you know.) But the dude just keeps on keepin' on. Kudos for his persistence.

And that name thing? My fault.


You see, I've forgotten his name on a few occasions and mistakenly called him by others. Beside Steve, he's erroneously been called both "Bill" and "Bob," neither name having that "joie de vivre" which typifies his personality. Additionally, they don't roll off the tongue quite the way "Steve" does.
  
Really. Truly. Try it out. Say "Bill" out loud, wait a moment, then call out "Bob." See? Just don't sound right, do they?

Now ... say "Steve" then you tell me which name sounds better spoken aloud. I mean, all three names are monosyllabic but you're able to add that extra emphasis with "Steve" you just can't with the other two.
 

"Steeeeeeeeeve." "Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeve." See what I mean?

I blame myself completely and totally for the flub, of course. And I'll chalk it up to nothing more a brain malfunction, some synapses or three not firing on all thrusters.

Something I should have done long, long ago was make certain I remembered by writing his name down. It doesn't get any simpler than that. But that's akin to the need to write down the names of your children. Or your dog. You know what your children's names are! You damned well know what your dog's name is! You don't need reminders for those things! But ... for a charismatic, suave man-about-town like Steve who only makes an appearance once a year, I'm sad to say things can get forgotten. Like, you know ... names.

So I've rectified that little worry as you can see. And unless the back of his face falls off, I won't forget his name again.



Happy Halloween, Steve. Do your thing.

 .......... Ruprecht ( has rectified a way to STOP forgetting Steve's name is Steve )
 

Friday, October 2, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: Too Much Coffee Man




This "Japanese bootleg" shirt was purchased long, long ago in a magical land far south in California (San Diego) from multiple Eisner Award winning cartoonist Shannon Wheeler himself, creator of Too Much Coffee Man, God Is Disappointed In You and other works.

Which is all very well and fine, sir, but ... what does it say?


"Coohii wa juubun da yo"
or
"Coffee is all I need"

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Years Of Living Dangerously



Today's Throwback Thursday post is about life and death and common sense ... or lack thereof.

Somehow, I survived my childhood

  Please enjoy ...

.......... Ruprecht ( will STOP living dangerously when he dies )

 

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Little Bit Over



What is "a little bit?"

A small spoonful more vegetables at dinner? A top off of wine? A quarter screw-turn more on a bolt? 

All depends on the circumstances. 

I ventured into the grocery store recently on a quick stop at the deli to see if there was anything to catch my eye for a good side dish for my on-the-fly dinner at work. A red and white potato salad with hatch chilis sounded different and I asked the girl behind the counter for half a pound. I knew I had about $3.00 in my pocket so at $4.99 a pound that worked out perfectly.

Glopping the salad in a container atop a scale, she announced the amount was "a bit over ... is that okay?" I told her no problem and was handed my purchase. 

I discovered at check out, however, that "little bit over" came to $4.05. Wait ... what? I was under the impression the amount of overage, the "little bit," would be miniscule, not in fact (and I did a quick mental calculation) more than 60% of that requested.

That was a big difference. .815 pounds is not "a little bit more" than half a pound. And when you're not exactly certain how much cash you have in your pocket and you unexpectedly have to fork over $4.00+ instead of the $2.50 you had planned on paying well ... that's rather the jump.

Luckily I was able to make up the difference in the pocket change I had on me so no harm, no foul. 

But it got me thinking: 60% is not "a little bit" ... I don't care who you are. By comparison, had I ordered a pound of some specialty deli meat at $11.99 a pound and I got 60% more, it would have topped out at the better part of $20.00! See what I mean?

In that scenario, a stink would have been raised. 

But not over a buck fifty for potato salad. A buck fifty it just so happened I had, fortunately.

The potato salad was delicious, by the way ...

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )
 




Friday, September 25, 2015

Dear Safeway $5 Friday Ad Manager


Dear Safeway $5 Friday Ad Manager:

I'ven't'd any complaints with any of the weekly advertisements you've put out in the past. They've all been short, sharp and shocked, no questions ...

... until today's ad that is.

Virtually all the products noted are to the point. You know what is being hocked either by the photo provided or by the accompanying description.



I can plainly see the cheese is cheese, the bag of tortillas are, in fact, tortillas, that the Jif is peanut butter (as if there's anyone out there who doesn't know what Jif is but, you know, it's appreciated by somebody it's called out as peanut butter) and that All American Sub Sandwich is, indeed, a sub sandwich by inclusion of its name in the description.

But ... there's one exception:



What the hell is "Pirate's Booty" ... ??!? Gold doubloons? (No. At $5 there's no possible way.) Miniature chocolate gold doubloons? (Makes sense ... but only 12 of them? That would make them about 42¢ a pop which sounds a bit pricey.) Gummi Bears in the shape of pirate's backsides? (Now that would be funny.) Something else entirely? 

You see ... I have no clue what Pirate's Booty is. There's no description of it and the print on the packaging is so minuscule it's unreadable. Thus, I was forced to hunt for myself as to what kind of product Pirate's Booty is.

Which wasn't all that difficult.


I'm all the wiser now that I know the product is aged white cheddar baked rice and corn puffs.

I was just annoyed for a few moments and needed to satisfy my curiosity. Because I don't let things bug me to the point of "I wonder what the hell that is?" and then mentally toss the question aside. 

I want to find out about it, no matter how trivial the information gleaned might be.

So: Safeway $5 Friday Ad Manager? Get on the stick and take this as a friendly jibe to do your job a little better, please.

You're Welcome, Rupe 



.......... Ruprecht ( doesn't STOP at merely wondering about things, finds them out )

Thursday, September 24, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: Lyle Lovett



It's well worn and relegated to the "yard work wear" collection of shirts but this faded, thread-bare black Tee brings fond memories of attending Lovett's Park City, Utah concert in the summer of 2001 on the ski slopes of Deer Valley Resort under the stars.


And if you haven't ever seen the man in concert, it's well worth your time to do so. Everyone I've recommended his concerts to has become a fan.


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Decline Of Western Civilization (cont.)


From the post to the photo and right on down to the comments therein, every single thing about this image is frightening.




.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )


Saturday, September 19, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: Tales From The Dougside




It seems like ages since I put in a Kickstarter backing for Douglas Arthur's 20th Anniversary reprints. 

I contributed not only funds but I submitted a forward for one of the volumes. (Thankfully, it wasn't rejected.)

For my efforts, one of the rewards was this spiffy "backers only" T-shirt, the latest shirt in my extensive collection. 

Yet to be washed, brand spankin' new, never ironed and first time donned, it is presented here for your dining and dancing pleasure.   

Boom. 

Interested or curious about the reprints? You can purchase them here along with other delights. 


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: The Unbelievables



One of the ultra-rare collector's shirts of that crime-fighting trio. 

What? You don't know of The Unbelievables? Well ...

One day, three altruistic rogues (Jeff Hickmott, Clark Brooks and myself) were lounging around the racquetball club when we decided to use our unique skills and senses of style to form a non-government affiliated, multi-jurisdictional, not-for-profit crime & injustice fighting organization.

On that day The Unbelievables were born. Originally, their adventures were chronicled in the top-secret files of The Kitsch Bitsch but now, we explode in your face (metaphorically speaking of course) on our own website thrice weekly and on other media outlets everywhere.

Interested in sexy, action-packed adventures of double-knit clad men? Polyester fashions accented with un-ironic mustaches? Does macrame underwear do it for you? Crime-stopping? Helping your fellow man? If so, you'll love The Unbelievables!


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Cousin, The Comedian



My cousin thinks he's a joker, a real comedian. 

He claimed, long ago, he wrote out a few lists of things indicative of who I am - some quirks, kinks and characteristics. 

But, when asked to produce these alleged lists, they were "conveniently misplaced" or "lost somewhere."

Well sir? Supposedly they've "resurfaced," miraculously found while cleaning some room or another.

For your consideration (along with each item typed out for legibility) I present said lists. I leave it to you to figure out which items are statements of fact and which are falsehoods.


 

- Cholula with rice
- Will wash dishes but tends to break them
- Loves dogs, tolerates cats
- Likes Cholula w/ eggs
- Cholula w/ meat
- Cholula w/ chicken
- Cholula on toast
- Cholula in milk
- Favorite beer - Coors Light
- 2nd favorite beer - Corona w/ lime
- Gives up something for Lent - but cheats on weekends
- Still drinks milk
- Watches - American Idol, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Survivor
- Caffinated coffee w/ Coffeemate - French vanilla (1-pot)
- Sometimes the computer is his third appendage
- Would prefer to suffer through a cold than take asprin, Nyquil or antihistamine
- Flu shots? - HA!!


- Keeps files of everybody & everything
- A pretty good chef - except for corn muffins, always stick to the paper
- Makes a mean corn salad
- loves corn on the cob, corn bread, corn chowder, corn tortillas - you get it? He likes corn
- Once his hair is combed, don't touch it
- Loves the dollar menu at McDonald's and Arco
- A good barbequer as long as there's a Coors Light in his hand (barbeque beer)
- Would love to own a pair of Magnum P.I. shorts
- Loves beach parties
- Comic-Con maniac
- Lucha libre impersonator
- Don't get between him & The Walking Dead
- Award winning holiday decorator
- Most things can be fixed with duct tape
- Likes toasted English muffins
- Occasionally goes on a "beer diet"
- World's authority on obscure music
- Prefers any "live" music to recorded
- Knocked over the Michelin Man
- Speaks perfect Spanglish

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Sunday, August 30, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: Dan Bois




A couple years ago, during San Diego Comic-Con in 2013, I picked up this pretty spiffy T-shirt from my good friend and artist Dan Bois who has been showing and selling at The Con for more years then I'm certain he'd care to admit. (Maybe not.)

It's one of my prized T-shirts with nifty graphics perpetrated by Dan himself. And printed in unique positions you don't often see on a shirt: on the sleeve and on the lower torso. Yes ... that makes it a bit difficult to photograph while you're wearing it ... but I took the challenge for what it's worth.





You can find his stuff for purchase here and frequent his (not all that up to date) blog here. (Hey ... the man's busy selling his wares and drawing -- he doesn't have time to keep his blog updated.)


.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: Rattler Stout




Beer shirts? Yeah ... I've got a few of them. Because, you know ... beer.

Never did like the term "Cali." But I do like this shirt.




.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Less Sugar



Quite possibly one of the most unnecessary items you will see today: Limited edition air freshener.

Limited. Edition. Air. Freshener.

*shakes head back and forth slowly*


"Hey, Mom! Remember to pick up some of that limited edition sugared cranberry air freshener at the store! It won't be around long, you know!"

"In fact ... pick up a couple!"


"Wait ... Better yet, I have an idea! Why not get limited edition sugared cranberry air freshener for everyone on our Christmas list! Won't they be thrilled ... !!!"

 .......... Ruprecht ( STOP limited edition sugared cranberry air freshener )

Friday, August 21, 2015

T-Shirt Collection: Underdog




An oldie ... but a goodie ...


.......... Ruprecht ( he may be pretty faded but you can't STOP Underdog )


Monday, August 17, 2015

A Bunch Of Different Passings ...

What an interesting day it's been so far.

And it's not over yet.

I retired last night knowing a good friend of mine - one who I've never met in person - was in a critical state and hospitalized.


This morning, I got the news she passed.

It brought me incredible sorrow and I mourn the loss with the deepest condolences to her family and with a sadness I haven't felt in a very long time.


Debra enjoying her granddaughter ...

I "met" Debra Cox in one of her personifications on the American Idol website along with a gaggle of other acquaintances during the 5th season of the show. That was some 10 years ago. Since that time, Debra has followed and "talked" with me through many a blog and website and social media incarnation. I could always count on her commenting or contributing something to my writings, be it a piece of wisdom, some humorous anecdote or a left of center side note. She was a Godly woman who made me laugh, shared some of her deepest concerns with (from what I gather) a very few close friends (of which I was one of them to a degree) and she gave me what-for a handful of times with regard to my thoughts. All of it was welcome.

There will be a hole in my heart at having lost such a genuinely caring and thoughtful soul. I will dearly miss her.



Direct ... from Sweden ... !!! 

On the flip side, I received an interesting package in the mail today, posters from Sweden of a musician who does his take on artist Bob Dorough, one of my favorite artists. Yes ... from Sweden. The gentleman who sent them to me was gracious enough dig them up and shoot them my way out of the goodness of his heart. I owe him a favor ... and soon.

The photographer obviously lives in a black and white world.
But Clark looks great in it.

Additionally, my friend Clark Brooks seems to have had a swinging and successful outing at Side Splitters on the left coast of the continent. If only I was closer to be able to support him and his efforts ... which are pretty damned good.

I built a table of discarded wood today, got another job offer (which ended up conflicting with the job I'm currently at now) and I'm entertaining a hundred thousand thoughts and concerns inside my head ... because I'm obviously bored and don't have anything to do. (Those who know me well know that's a bald-faced lie.)

And I haven't even taken off for work yet and I'm exhausted.



.......... Ruprecht ( STOP ) 
P.S. One of my favorite albums - XTC's Drums And Wires which launched my love affair with the band - was released 36 years ago this very day, too.

P.P.S. Hope you don't mind the borrow, Mr. Fenton