Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Winner ... Sort Of

"I won some bread. Now it's time to win some meat
to complete that sandwich."
- Carl Hunter

Carl Hunter: Bread Winner

And an unfulfilled bread winner at that ...

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

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ethyl 'n' Burt

On the rare occasion of a "movie date night" Ethyl was usually quick to tire of millennial whispering and whining once the film got started.

Her husband Burt, on the other hand, enjoyed her lapses - it gave him a chance to change seats. That way he could get through an entire movie without listening to Ethyl snore ...

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Really ... I Should Just Stop While I'm Ahead

Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day 

So ... ladies? Happy International Women's Day.

But, in so offering, I open a can of worms. No matter what, you know I'm going to work my way into some sort of trouble.

I wonder: Is it even appropriate to offer such a salutation, coming from me? A man? If I don't consider myself the male equivalent of a true feminist, is the sentiment disingenuous? Should I just leave well enough alone and keep my big yap shut? 

Howza 'bout I offer a simple image as way of greeting? Or is something like this too bland?

"We're women. We're more than just an icon."

After all it might illicit a not-so-(insert word here) response and counter any well-meaning intention.

Is the "strong woman" icon rote in this day and age?

"You think we're here simply to continually clean up your messes and keep you in line?"

How about something simple, non-controversial?

"Geez ... could you have picked a better image?
One without a trio of females whose heads aren't bound in scarves?"

Or something staid? Sedate?

"Boooooooooooooooooooring ..."

Maybe I should just put something comical up. You know, acknowledging the day while at the same time shooting for laughs and typical male behavior? (Women like honesty in a man ... right?)

What about the equivalent of an image of a man's power tie in a corporate meeting, so to speak? Something potent and robust?

"Ever try running around in an outfit like that, Michael?
Your boobs would pop out by the third step ..."


I just can't win. I'm not even going to try. I'll just continue digging my own grave over here, quietly ...

.......... Ruprecht ( can't help it. He'll never STOP bmaking mistakes. He is male, after all. )

Friday, March 4, 2016

Heavy Metal State Of Mind

In my childhood I, like many other kids, were dropped off at relatives' homes so the parents could get kidless for a bit. A parent's night out or an "adults only" weekend getaway or some such. Often, these drop offs consisted of overnight stays with my grandparents.

A lot of fun was had during some of these stays. They could include elaborate, out-of-the-ordinary things such as special dinners out or out-of-the-way Sunday drives we wouldn't normally be privy to. On the contrary, small surprises were the order of the day, too - helping out in the kitchen, construction projects we wouldn't normally do at home, etc.

It was during these latter times a seemingly immovable virtual tick, a life-long foible was placed in my mind I have yet to completely eradicate. Though I've had some success in circumventing it to a degree.

In my youth, automatic dishwashers were making their debut in the common home. Invented in the 1920s, they didn't really gain any sort of popularity until the 50s when they claimed status in upper class housing. Their real surge came about in the 70s, however, where many the average home enjoyed one. My family didn't have one ... and neither did my grandparents. (To this day, I prefer washing dishes by hand rather than loading them into a dishwasher. It gives me a small sense of accomplishment to do so.)

Which leads directly to the point of this post.

Lacking a dishwasher, my grandparents of course washed all their dishes by hand. But, as their years progressed, they weren't as careful about the care and cleanliness of them as they could have been.

That metal drinkware you see in the above photo? Those were the kind of "glasses" my grandparents served my sister and I juice and soft drinks and milk in. The problem was their were forever particles in the bottom corners which tainted anything poured into them and gave them an unmistakable smell as one got to the bottom of the glass.

It was old, fermented, I'm certain moldy leftover drink from who knows when. Weeks past? Months? Probably longer.

As a kid, I just went with the flow. But when I figured this out later in life, a little light went off inside my mind and I found I could no longer imbibe from metal drinkware.

And this quirk didn't stop with drinking vessels: It progressed over to metal plates and dishes and servingware.

I began tasting a metallic or coppery tang whenever food was served with a metal spoon scraped fresh from a metal bowl. Sizzling metal platters? Eating off of them became impossible. If you scraped a knife and fork across each other, a nerve was set off inside me. If I did it, I would have to get another pair of utensils to eat with. Eating Spumoni out of a chilled metal dish in an Italian restaurant? Nope, none for me, thanks.

I can still smell that vile scent and taste that distinctive metallic tang at the mere sight of cups made of metal.

But ... I'm happy to report I'm progressing toward the "not so sensitive." A Christmas gift is what did it for me, moving me away from my foible.

Our household contains a dish that does not require butter to be refrigerated, assuring room temperature, easily spreadable butter. Sure enough, the interior of it is a brushed aluminum. Scraping a knife against it is commonplace now. At the beginning, however, I had to conquer my "metalphobia," squelch it into submission.

And I think I've done a pretty good job of doing so.

No, I still can't eat off anything metal ... but at least I'm a little less of the freak I was not so long ago ...

.......... Ruprecht ( has yet to STOP fearing metal dishes )

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Eye Problem

"Climb up a ladder or pull out the zoom lens to see what's on the roof? Decision was made."

"So ... you couldn't tell it was a chimney from where you stood?"

.......... Ruprecht ( should really STOP harrassing Strawberry Vine Photography )