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: “Concert Time”

I have never really been much of a concert goer in my life and I do remember my very first concert.

Summer of 1980 my redheaded girlfriend’s mother worked at a hospital that was involved in promoting a concert and we were given tickets for the concert.

I think it was eight of us that piled into a classic 1970’s behemoth station wagon and made the trip to Poplar Creek to see: Bob Hope and Barbara Eden.

Yep.  Bob Hope and Barbara Eden.

I was getting to spend time with my girlfriend and I couldn’t have cared less as to who the performers were !!!  We were definitely the youngest group of people there.  It was actually a very nice concert.  Barbara Eden sang and she had a pretty good voice and of course, Bob Hope told jokes.  Bob Hope was quite the dirty old man on stage !!!! Not at all like his Christmas specials on TV.

Enjoy some  photos of a pretty lady.

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Stare at the checkered pattern too long and you will get dizzy.

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Such a pretty young lady and some capital cleavage !!!

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I had to select this photo just for the nippleage

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It would appear that Miss Eden managed to avoid doing any nude work in her career.  This is the most erotic photo I could find.  Since I couldn’t find any similar photos to this one, I suspect this may be a fake.  What do you think??

Rule Five: The Farmer’s Daughter

I attended a local JC my first year after high school and for those couple of summers I worked for a local farmer, “Farmer Dave.”

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Farmer Dave was an older farmer, probably just around 60 at that time and he had ceased being a big time farmer a few years previous.  When I worked with him he sold eggs and insurance, at anytime had 10 calves and 20 steers, 20 acres of hay and 40 acres of corn.  He rented out the rest of the acreage that he had and was doing pretty well for himself.  He sold a lot of hay and most of the corn we ground and fed to the cattle.

One can always look back in life and with a fogged memory, misremember how things were, but even at the time I was working for Farmer Dave, I knew that doing that job was going to be one of the best jobs of my life.  It was hard work but not brutal, always kept busy so 8-9 hours a day went by quickly, plenty of interesting challenges, but the best part of the job was…………………..

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The Farmer’s Daughter !!!!

Farmer Dave had 5 daughters that had about 20 years between the first and last.  There was about 8 years between the last two.  Julie, the youngest, was a year older than me and the same age as my older sister so I knew her from growing up and attending the same grade school, high school and church. (Small town !!)

A very pretty girl, 5’6″, 125 pounds, long blonde hair, classic Scandinavian features.

I had too much going on in my head the first summer and really didn’t pay too much attention to Julie or have any thoughts about her, but the second summer was different.  The first summer I think Julie spent most her her time going to work with her mother (high school librarian) but the second summer she was seemed to be home most of the time.

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One thing Julie did do,was drive the tractor when I baled hay !!!

OH DEAR GOD !!!

She would wear a pair of “Daisy Dukes” and a 1980’s string bikini top !!!!

RELEASE THE HORMONE MONSTER !!!

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When you drive the tractor for baling, you sit sideways and watch the hay get taken in which meant that every time I looked forward, WHAT A VIEW !!  Yeah, she knew I was looking.

How do I know?  She told me.  I was pretty sure that she was not seeing anyone at the time and halfway through the summer I took a chance and asked her out and she said “yes.”  We went out about 5-6 times, went swimming, to the movies, nothing too serious but I was really glad we spent some time together that summer.

 

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She still lives in the little town we grew up in and I see her 4-5 times a year at events. (Still looks pretty darn good!!)

 

 

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.

Rule 5: “Can You See The Real Me?”

I had enough credits to graduate high school after the fall semester of my senior year.  I had always taken extra classes every semester.  I had zero intention of graduating early, that would have done nothing for me other than having to get a job !!  I wasn’t lazy, but I knew school was a lot easier than work !

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So, for the spring semester I had choir, computer science and a math class.  I think I was done every day about 11:40 am.  One of the things I did to fill the time was to take a computer science class at a local junior college.  1 pm-3:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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I would go home and make a quick sandwich for the drive to class and there was an FM radio station that would “track” an album every day at noon.  I would throw in a 90 minute cassette tape to record it and then listen to it when I got home later.  The station was a “classic rock” station and they played a lot of cool music that I would have never otherwise hear. Two albums stuck out.  One was “The Best of Jethro Tull” 1976.  WOW !!! What a great band, what great musicians !!

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But, the one album that was played was literally an epiphany for me.

1973 “Quadrophenia” by The Who.

WOW ! WOW ! WOW !

Blew me away!!  I think the first song I heard was “The Real Me.”

The drumming, the bass line, the never ending crescendos of guitars and the ripping vocals !

Man I was hooked !!

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Up until that time I mostly listened to the “oldies” station on the radio (late 50’s, early 60’s)  and didn’t really follow popular music of the day (1980).  I was also a huge Beatlemaniac.  I had all of their albums and knew every song forward and backwards.

Like I said, this was a musical epiphany for me and I have been a life long Who fan ever since. “Genius” is thrown around way too much in the world, but the Quadrophenia album showed Pete Townshend was a musical genius.

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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.

 

Rule 5 : Maria Conchita Alonso (NSFW)

We dropped cable/dish services back around 2012.

Really don’t miss it much. Signed up for Netflix and it fills the need for watching TV along with checking out DVDs at the local library. Quite frankly, the family should do less “sitting around watching TV activity.”

So, I also just signed up for Hulu to add a little more variety to the programming.

One of the first movies that popped up and that I watched was “The Running Man.”

A decent 80’s schlock movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But better yet, co-starring Maria Conchita Alonso !!!!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  !!!!

 

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Oh what a pretty lady !!

 

 

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Reminds me a bit of The Knack’s  “My Sharona”  album cover.

 

 

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It would appear that Maria did a shoot for Mexican Playboy and I suspect this was from that.

 

 

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Probably from the Mexican Playboy shoot as well.

Really glad she did not have a boob job !!

Literally the only lingerie photo I could find.

 

 

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There’s a double standard with people accepting aging people, for men it is seen as being “distinguished” and it’s less accepted for aging women.  I personally don’t mind many aging women.  Maria is a couple of years older than I am and I think that she has aged well.  Yes, I know there is some makeup involved but I still think she looks HOT !!

 

 

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Because I promised something NSFW !

I learned a few things while putting this post together.

  1.     There are a fair number of Maria’s photos on sites devoted to “Feet”.
  2.     Maria does not have a problem going out in public bra-less.
  3.      Despite an very large film bibliography and acting career,  I had a hard time               finding a lot of quality photos.

 

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Homemade Bacon !!!!

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve made some homemade bacon.

One of the problems is the time.  It takes a week to “cure” the pork belly in the fridge (yes, that really is rather simple),  but because of the time it takes to smoke the bacon, it doesn’t take much to screw up the schedule at home and not have the time !!!

Well, that was certainly the case this time.

I had plenty of time off during the recent holidays but it was way too cold and wet for me to go outside and smoke.

So, instead I just did it inside in the oven.

As my daughter said, this was the best bacon so far !

Two things were done differently.

Obviously doing it in the oven gave me far better and consistent temperature control  and also, I left the pork belly uncovered in the fridge overnight to get completely dry.

I also ended up making over six pounds of bacon, quite a bit of which I gave to some special people at work.  You know you’re special if I share my bacon or ammo !!

Enjoy:

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 !