Rule Five: 50’s Flashback (NSFW)

I knew that “Bettie Page” had been a  famous model in the 1950’s, but didn’t really know much about her.  A few years ago I saw a movie called “The Notorious Bettie Page.”  It was an interesting story but I rarely trust movies to be completely factual and accurate.

So, I did a DuckDuckGo search and read about 12 different biographies about her including one from her official website.  All of the bios had a very similar central story and facts, but it seemed like each one had a fact or two that the others did not.

For most of the 1950’s, she worked with photographer Irving Klaw and did a lot of S&M, Bondage work including many short films.  Ms. Page also was the centerfold in Playboy 1955.

Nearing the end of the 1950’s, Ms. Page became a born again Christian and stopped modeling.

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Rule Five: Redheads

One day during the final week of eighth grade, there was an announcement: “Any eight-grader wishing to sign up for high school choir will be dismissed from last period to do so. That is all.”

The guy sitting next to me poked me.

“I don’t want to join choir.”

“No, we get out of 7th period, sign up and the goof off the rest of the time.  Just drop the class during summer before we get our schedules.”

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Hey, not a bad idea. I never missed a chance to goof off and quite frankly was very impressed at how quickly this guy could come up with a “plan.”  I don’t remember which federal penitentiary he’s in now.

Well, flash forward to the week before high school starts and I get my schedule.  CRAP !!! I didn’t drop the class!!

Well, first day of school I make a beeline to the Vice Principal’s office and I tell him that I don’t want this class.  He said “Fine”, and handed me a form and said, “Have the choir director sign this and we’ll get you another 1st period class.”

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So off I bounded with my get out of jail free card up the stairs to the choir room and when I entered: The room was full of high school WOMEN, not Jr. high girls, WOMEN!!!!

Holy Crap !!! Even with the accelerating loss of blood to my brain I was able to do the quick math and figured the chick to dude ratio was about 8 to 1. WOW!!!

I crumpled up my transfer sheet, tossed it in the garbage and took my place on the riser.

 

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As an uber insecure, painfully extreme introvert, choir was heaven for me!!  It forced be to be around WOMEN and to interact wit them and I had a lot of opportunities that I otherwise would not have had if I wasn’t in choir.  It was my sophomore year in choir that I met my first girlfriend.  If I hadn’t been in choir and if she hadn’t been so forward, I probably wouldn’t have had a girlfriend for many more years!

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My first girlfriend was a redhead and that was something that has had a lasting affect on me.

I both thank her and curse her.

Just How Stupid Are Facebook Users????

Facebook uploaded email contacts of 1.5m users without consent

 

Facebook has admitted to “unintentionally” uploading the address books of 1.5 million users without consent, and says it will delete the collected data and notify those affected

The discovery follows criticism of Facebook by security experts for a feature that asked new users for their email password as part of the sign-up process. As well as exposing users to potential security breaches, those who provided passwords found that, immediately after their email was verified, the site began “importing” contacts without asking for permission.

The issue was first noticed in early April, when the Daily Beast reported on Facebook’s practice of asking for email passwords to verify new users. The feature, which allows Facebook to automatically log in to a webmail account to effectively click the link on an email verification itself, was apparently intended to smooth the workflow for signing up for a new account.

 

OH DEAR GOD !!!!!

How could any person be so stupid to give their email password out???

But the real shame is on FACEBOOK !!

How many people in their organization knew of this, allowed this and accepted this idea???

CAVEAT:

I have a Facebook account only because it is the only way I can keep in contact with a few people.  Otherwise, I would never go near Facebook.

 

Two Men Beat Black Man, MAGA Hat Involved…….

 

The incident happened on April 13 in the area of the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Dr. According to Montgomery County Police, Crawford and Roberson approached the victim, who was wearing a MAGA hat, and asked why he had it on. Before walking away, the victim told the suspects that he was entitled to his own views.

Authorities say the pair then repeatedly struck the victim, demanding that he take off the hat. When the man fell to the ground, Crawford and Roberson stole and destroyed his belongings.

https://patch.com/maryland/germantown/2-men-charged-after-robbing-assaulting-man-wearing-maga-hat-pd

 

Oops !!! It’s not like you thought it was going to be !!!

 

 

WOOOOOO !!! MARCH MADNESS !!!!

WOOOOOOO !!!!!!

MARCH MADNESS !!!!!!

So I’m at the gym for some treadmill time and I see all of the TVs turned on to MARCH MADNESS, WOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!

 

Actually, no “WOOOOO!!!!”

March Madness ranks up there with the “Super” Bowl.

Not really interested at all.

Quite frankly, except for fans that have their respective teams in the tournament, I doubt that there would be much other interest at all without the 1.21 gigawatts of dollars being illegally wagered on the tournament.

 

Open Water Grill: Avon, NC

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Open Water Grill was literally a stone’s throw from the condo.  Now, the original website I found for OWG did not have a menu on it and when I googled around, I found a Yellow Pages site that had the menu.  My daughter was excited that  there was BBQ brisket on the menu. (Our last vacation last year was to the Wisconsin Dells and we had dinner at Paul Bunyan’s and we had the BBQ brisket and she was quite taken with it.)  Well, turns out that menu was from 2015 and there was NO BRISKET !!!!

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My daughter ended up getting chicken tenders and hush puppies.  They were really good she said.  I got the fish ‘n chips.  They are made with the catch of the day and I’m not sure what it was, but it was great.  The crust was kind of a combination of breading and batter.  When cut with a fork, it didn’t all crumble and fall off.  Came with an unusual spicy kale slaw that was good.

This was an expensive dinner.  With tip it was about $70.  That’s how the food bill adds up quickly !

A Walk In The Woods

 

This is a post continuing the “Park” series:

Sorry, Park’s Closed

Weekend At The Park

Another Day In The Park

Sunday In The Park

My dad still lives in the house (for now) that my great grandfather bought about 1890.  Separate from that house property is a small piece of land that is wooded about a mile away.  It was fairly common back then to have a plot of woods for firewood, lumber and  hunting.

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The red square is my dad’s land, and the yellow, is the pathway.  One of the downsides is that there is no direct access from the county road.  We have been using that pathway since about 1890.  Now, about five years ago, the $@#!^$@ jackasses that were leasing the land that had the pathway on it put up a gate at the county road entrance and locked it.  They also plowed up most of the pathway and were preventing access to my dad’s land.  About $5000 later in court, we had access to the pathway legally back. (Access Easement).

We used to go out to “the woods” when were kids with my dad to get firewood or dig up a tree to replant, but I hadn’t been out there for probably 25 years.  My brother on the other hand deer hunts out there every year.  Since the little piece of woods in yellow, just next to the red square, is not our property, it is not maintained by the %#@*!&@$ jackasses.  It’s not a long walk to park off the county road and walk in, but the path in through the little piece of woods was not passable.  (The court order also prohibited us from parking on the ^$$@*#^ jackass property.)

Soooooooooooooooooooo, I can stand at a firing line at the range or at my brother’s ALL-DAY-LONG, but I want to take my skills up a notch.  I wanted to set up a shooting course in the woods. (Plus it would be just dang fun!!).  Since I wanted something, I would have to do the work to get it.

This video is the “Before” shot.

I had shorts on so I did not go in too far for fear of any of about 30 plants that would result in me being very itchy.

Now, I planned on shooting the same day and brought my IView glasses and GoPro for filming, and I was planning on documenting myself working.  Well, once again I greatly overestimated my ability to do manual labor.  The work itself was not really that hard, but since it had rained the night before and the woods were so dense that no wind blew through, it was like being in a tropical rain forest.  Added to that I was wearing a hoodie with the hood up to keep the mosquito’s off.  While the mosquito’s were not a problem  I left the hoodie on just so I wouldn’t waste time swatting bugs while I was working.  After about 30 minutes, I was literally soaking wet.  I finished after about three hours of work and was in absolutely no condition to do any shooting !

The above video was the “After” shot of me driving in the next day

This is the drive from the county road to the woods:

 

I drive a small crossover and is not really made for four wheeling.  But as long as it’s dry, it should be OK to get in.  This video was the day after I cleared the path.  The video is at 2X speed to make it a little less boring.

I hauled in a weed wacker and chainsaw to do the work.

Just waiting for the next weekend to get out to the woods again !!