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Poor little guys!

It's hard to find deer food under a foot and a half of snow!

iTunes is currently playing: Dig Down Deep from the album Marc Cohn by Marc Cohn.

Another adorable SmartCar

This one was spotted in a Smart showroom in Naples, Italy.

I love Smarties. I love Hello Kitty. I love this car!

Hello Kitty Smart Car

iTunes is currently playing: My Sanctuary from the album Join the Parade by Marc Cohn.


Jay Leno test drives "the car that makes people smile".

I want one. I want one. I WANT ONE!!!

iTunes is currently playing: Short People from the album Little Criminals by Randy Newman.


Why would you change the name of your company ...

... from NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE (which conjures up such lovely, relaxing images) to HURTIGRUTEN???

is currently playing: Ain't That Peculiar from the album Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye by Marvin Gaye.


Imagine that you work for the phone company …

... and you want to tell the world that someone is a jerk.

This message appears on a telephone pole on Rt. 9 in Lanoka Harbor, NJ.

Who is Steve and what did he do (and to whom??)

iTunes is currently playing: Everybody Loves A Clown from the album Greatest Hits by Gary Lewis & The Playboys.

when cowboys ruled the world

When I was in Indiana for a year, one of the things I missed was the Roy Rogers Restaurant in Bayville, NJ. Their roast beef sandwich is to die for.

The other day I noticed that they still have a picture of Roy up on the wall, with a quote from him about how good the food is. Kind of weird, considering how long it has been since he passed away. It occurred to me that most of the people under the age of 40 (or maybe even 50) who go in there probably don't even know who Roy Rogers was, which is a shame. He and Dale were the sort of people who made the world a better place by the way they lived their lives.

Another interesting thing about Roy Rogers (the restaurant, not the man) is that they apparently don't give a rat's behind about being politically correct. If you buy a super size meal, your fries come in a cardboard holster. Kids can even wear it on their belt and keep their toy gun in it. Oh, wait, kids don't play with guns anymore, do they. They aren't supposed to play cowboys and indians anymore, either, I guess. (Oops. I meant to say "cowboys and Native Americans".)

Well, it may not be politically correct to say so, but I think that holster is adorable.

iTunes is currently playing: SHOTGUN from the album Jr Walker & The All Stars - Ultimate Collection by Junior Walker & The All Stars.

I grew up in Northwest Indiana …

... but I never knew that Kendallville, a small town in the northeast section of the state, was the WINDMILL Capital of the world! Read about it here (courtesy of CNN).

iTunes is currently playing: Only Way Home from the album A Drop Of Water by Keiko Matsui.


Who says Peeps are just for Easter?

If you look forward to finding yummy, chick-shaped Marshmallow Peeps in the stores around Easter, you might want to pick up the Marshmallow Peeps Marshmallow Maker Machine from Wham-o.

Marshmallow Peeps Marshmallow Maker Machine

Yes, now you can have Peeps in a variety of shapes and colors all year round, assuming you are willing to concoct them yourself and then clean up the mess. (I like Peeps as much as the next guy -- okay, way more than the next guy -- but it seems like a lot of trouble to me!)

Burning The Daze

Burning The Daze by Marc Cohn

Burning The Daze

by Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn's albums are a great blend of rock, blues and ballads, with lyrics that put one in mind of Randy Newman's non-humorous songs (think "Same Girl" or "Baltimore"). It is easy to see why Cohn's fans are chomping at the bit for his long-promised fourth album.


Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

Blackbird House

by Alice Hoffman

A beautifully written collection of related stories about the families who live in a Cape Cod house during a 200 year period. If you haven't read Alice Hoffman before, you are in for a treat. If you have, you won't be disappointed.


Antenna Car ??

I came across this car as I walked through the parking lot at the Corning Glass Museum. I can't imagine why the owner attached this complicated antenna to his roof. Ideas, anyone?

Antenna Car

iTunes is currently playing: Driving from the album The Language Of Life by Everything But The Girl.