Are you dying to know what Country Music artist makes the most money? Why it’s Toby Keith. Taylor Swift is right there behind him. Here, Billboard can fill you in.
Does Toby still have that restaurant and bar over there in Cincinnati? I’m just asking this in a lazy kind of way. I don’t actually care.
Most of you know about my Country Music past. I’ve met and I’ve known a bunch of great performers and just about all of them have more to offer and were better than the top Country acts today. I bet you, hell I know, not a one of them ever made the kind of money these people are making. This makes me a little depressed.
I wouldn’t walk across the street to see or hear Toby Keith and I sure the hell wouldn’t cross the river to Cincinnati to eat in his restaurant or drink in his bar.
Sure. Call me bitter.
(Image from giphy.com)
The River City News ran an interesting story this week about Downtown Covington, Kentucky and its rebirth. They are giving us 18 signs (well, actually 20) that the city is making a comeback. You can click here to read the story.
I’m pretty much agreeing with this. There is something in the air now—an energy—that wasn’t here when I moved to Covington three years ago—and here’s another positive sign.
Next month, Dollar Tree is going into that old Walgreens location on Madison Avenue. Now I know what some of you are saying or thinking. Covington doesn’t need a dollar store and/or it’s not the type of business that helps grow a city. I don’t look at it this way.
When Walgreens left their old location last October, my fear was that the building would sit vacant for years. Being vacant for only nine months isn’t bad and, in general, Dollar Tree stores have a good looking storefront and it is going to generate more foot traffic on Madison Avenue. That’s a good thing for any downtown area.
Look at me, being all positive and all. You know, it’s kind of nice to be living in a city that’s on the upswing.
(Photo from city-date.com)
I’ve never made a secret here (why would I?) that I’m a Woody Allen fan (I don’t care about the rumors out there about his personal life, not getting into that—OK?). I think I have just about all his movies on my computer. I have two favorites—“Annie Hall,” and “Manhattan” in that order. My third favorite may surprise you.
“Deconstructing Harry” came out in 1997. I was living in Clifton’s Gaslight District at the time and I remember walking over to the Esquire Theatre on Ludlow one afternoon to watch it. I loved it—have seen it many times since.
Harry Block is a writer who’s a bit of a mess. If you’re interested, you can click here to get the plot of the movie.
I don’t think the movie was a big hit, but it hit a nerve with me. It’s kind of a mean little movie and I like that. What does that say about me?
The clip down below, in my view, is one of the funniest scenes ever in a Woody Allen film—Harry Block and “The Affair.” Woody and Kirstie Alley are great together. Warning: it’s laced with bad language.
I shall return here on Wednesday.
(Image from WordPress)
When I was a kid, hell even now as an adult, I would have an ice cream sandwich from time to time. They taste damn good. My own kids also never turned down an ice cream sandwich. I mean, we’re talking ice cream here.
At Wal-Mart, I don’t think we are. Ice cream melts. The ice cream sandwiches at Wal-Mart don’t. Local television station WCPO first ran a story on this and the Business Insider has done a follow-up on it.
Conclusion made? I won’t be buying my kids any ice cream sandwiches from Wal-Mart. They won’t be eating them and I won’t be either. Something doesn’t smell right here.
The Wal-Mart ice cream sandwiches are the store’s “Great Value” brand. Maybe a more suiting name would be, “Great Hoax.”
(Image ripped off from walmart.com)
A slightly different version of this was posted on Facebook, July 22, 2014.
In the photo over there to the right, take a look at that bamboo plant over to the left. The plant was purchased down at the corner of happy and healthy (Walgreens/Covington) in the early spring of 2013.
During the first several months that I had it, the bamboo plant didn’t grow all that much, but recently that has totally changed. It’s growing like crazy. It’s even taller now than when that photo was taken which was in late June—only about a month ago.
I’ve been trying to figure out what has changed over the past few months. I know that since early April, I’ve been playing my mandolin 15 to 20 minutes a day. Maybe the plant is responding to the music—maybe it’s a musical bamboo.
Now, I’m thinking there is probably another and/or better reason. Over the past ten months, the bamboo plant has not had to put up with my cigarette smoke as I now “vape” on an e-cigarette.
So, just like me, my bamboo plant is enjoying a smoke free apartment. I think I’m going to tell myself it’s also enjoying the mandolin music too.
(Photo taken by my son)
I’m pretty sure you know by now I consider myself an old coot. No, I’m not really all that old and not a grump all the time—but calling myself an old coot seems to suit my personality, so there you go. I gotta be me.
Being an old coot, at least in my mind, also means being out of touch on some things. Take for example, Hollywood. For the most part, I don’t know who “stars” are anymore. Most of the “stars” visiting those late-night talk shows I’ve never heard of.
However, I do know who Cameron Diaz is and I also know who Drew Barrymore is. I’ve even seen them in movies and consider them both good actors or actresses—whichever word you want to use. I didn’t know there was a friendship between the two of them, but I do now.
Apparently Cameron was on a radio show when one of the hosts started taking jabs at Drew. That didn’t go over too well with Cameron who cut the interview short. Here, you can click here to read all about it.
Really, nothing much in Hollywood warms this old coot’s heart, but I like the fact that Cameron Diaz stood up for Drew. That’s part of what friendship is all about.
(Image from gipy.com)
That’s me—the one on the left—with the last goose I baked. This picture was taken when I was living in Westwood, so it’s been a little bit since I’ve prepared goose. It’s a little time consuming but it’s always worth it. Maybe this fall or winter—maybe around Thanksgiving—I’ll cook my first goose here in Covington, Kentucky.
The first goose I ever prepared was back in the winter of 2005. I have writer Richard Ford to thank for that.
OK, changing the subject just a little bit, but the topic is still a goose. . .
You know a goose can be a pretty mean bird, especially when the female has eggs in her nest. The video down below I’ve probably watched a dozen times (maybe you have too, but I’m sharing anyway), but I always get a laugh out of it.
My goose was cooked. So was this guy’s. Gee, I’m such a card.
The card shall return here on Thursday.
(I think my son took the photo)