Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This is the legendary log cabin Bird House in Laurel Canyon built by movie cowboy Tom Mix - part of it designed by the same guy who built 10050 Cielo - and occupied by Frank Zappa. Can't you picture wild 60's parties with Jimi's "Little Wing" playing as the soundtrack?

What it is is what it is is what it is, Torn Slatterns and Nugget Ranchers

At a Southern Illinois minor league game, a skunk ran out on the field chasing away the players and delaying the game in the ninth inning. As opposed to the Washington Nationals, their play chases away skunks.

This just in: in the time it took to report that story, Brett Favre retired and un-retired twice.

During the preseason, NFL team’s starting defense scrimmage their starting offense. In a sadly related story, in a scrimmage of the Detroit Lions, both sides lost.

South African 800 runner Caster Semenya will undergo tests to determine if she is female; the test is fairly standard, she is handed a beer and a TV remote. They then toss a flower vase at her, if she drops either the remote or the beer to catch it, she is not a male.

In the HBO series “Hard Knocks” Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson revealed he eats at McDonalds three times a day. Ochocinco is a nickname for his number, 85, which is also the amount of heart attacks he will have before he dies.

In the HBO series “Hard Knocks” Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer humiliated his center, Kyle Cook, on camera, by complaining that his hand stunk after placing it under Cook’s butt for the snap. What kind of ignorant and arrogant primma donna insults a guy so responsible for his own protection? Where did Palmer go to college? USC? Oh, yeah.

Phil Specter has complained to his friends that he is in prison with convicts who would kill for “a 39 cent bag of soup.” Apparently Specter would prefer to be with people, like him, who kill just for the fun of it.

R.I.P. Ted Kennedy. He served the people so much better than he served himself.

The name Kennedy will forever be a monument to unrealized potential. Tragically for John F., Bobby and John F. Jr. and sadly for Ted.

Since you asked:

As I read "Helter Skelter" two things stick out:

One is that, besides her brutal murder, it is also tragic how Sharon Tate's legacy will forever be linked to the lurid decadence of drugs and orgies of that place at that time. Yes, it would turn out that her husband, Roman Polanski, was a degenerate pervert and child molester, but by all accounts Sharon was sweet, innocent, kind and naive with, what turned out to be, a fatal attraction to powerful men.

The second thing that sticks out is how Manson-murder-victim and Warren Beatty "Shampoo" movie inspiration, Jay Sebring, was nearly a perfect personification of Hollywood.

Outwardly, Sebring was handsome, charming, sharply dressed, lived in a beautiful home with a butler, slept with hundreds of beautiful models and starlets, drove an expensive and fast sports car and motorcycle and owned a thriving business that enhanced the appearance of his many exciting movie star friends.

In truth, Sebring was a small, sad, lonely and heart-broken - by all accounts he was still deeply in love with Sharon Tate - pathetic rapidly-aging Lothario who was deeply ashamed of his sexual shortcomings as well as his bondage and sadism predilections, heavily in debt and addicted to cocaine.

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"They went rushing down that freeway messed around and got lost
They didn't care they were just dying to get off."

"Life in the Fast Lane."