...and if I had a nice, hand-rolled Arturo Fuente Opus X Ciudad Perdida, I'd still be relaxing here six hours after the Detroits took the measure of the Bostons, savoring a superior smoke and raising a small ice-cold tumbler of 15-year-old Oval Swarovski Crystal Vodka.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
...of Mill Road on the litter of eight sired by their Champion Sandcastle Yankee Legend (a/k/a "Mickey1") of Westhampton Beach.
Mickey's dam for the occasion was "Aislin," listed in Irish Setter Club of America records as Champion Sandcastle New Kid on the Block of Litchfield, Connecticut.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
"The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon!
The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!"
– Danny Kaye, "The Court Jester"
The King is dead! Long live the poisoner of boy King Joffrey Baratheon, first... and by the Old Gods and New... hopefully the last of his name!
There's been speculation among the Brotherhood without Banners as to just who that poisoner might be.
Actually, there should be no mystery if one watches the peripheral activity during the Purple Wedding.
Re-watch that sequence... if you can tear your attention away from the vicious humiliation Joffrey is inflicting upon his uncle, Tyrion Lannister... and all should be revealed.
Monday, April 14, 2014
The King is dead! Long Live the King... I don't think so!
Diminutive but determined Arya Stark crossed the first name from her prayer kill list a week ago, while last evening I, and I daresay several million more of the Brotherhood without Banners, removed the name of King Joffrey Baratheon from our own lists of those who must die! More...
Sunday, April 13, 2014
...it's official, or at least it's two-thirds of the way there as Lilac Avenue resident Maria Moore has picked up a candidate's petition and is presently circulating it around the Village!
Her intention is to stand for Mayor of Westhampton Beach this June, a position held for the past eight years by Conrad Teller.
An attorney by training, Mrs. Moore succeeded the deposed Hank Tucker as Treasurer on the Westhampton Free Library Board of Trustees. Her current term ends July 15, 2015.
Election Day is Friday, June 20, 2014 at Village Hall.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I don't consider myself a preeminent "Sherlockian," but for more than 60 years I've been an admirer of the celebrated consulting detective since my father would read to us from Arthur Conan Doyle's canon.
Despite the re-imagining of the character as an expatriate Londoner in contemporary New York City as a recovering heroin addict, and Dr. (Joan) Watson as his live-in "sober companion," I fell into the habit of watching CBS' Thursday evening "Elementary" series. More...
Friday, April 11, 2014
...there were no bells ringing or people singing "Na, la, na, la, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na...."
Born around 1962 as the new "Bridle Path," in 1974 Tony Galgano, Skip Schmedes and Richie Murphy formed the first of their many partnerships in the retail liquor trade and re-opened the place as Wilson's Garage, a name which had caught Richie's attention in the then contemporary Robert Redford version of "The Great Gatsby." More...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
...'cause you know it's going to happen again when a horrifying incident like this captures international headlines!
It's a syndrome known as "copycatting," and is especially prevalent among the young and impressionable.
The likelihood of it recurring is directly proportional More...
Monday, April 07, 2014
...was splendid, a triumph of a season debut in which young Arya Stark was reunited with "Needle." the sword her bastard half-brother Jon Snow had custom-made for her before he left to join the Night's Watch.
Remembering the words of her Braavosi fencing master, Syrio Forel, when she came across Polliver, the arrogant lout who claimed it from her in the Riverlands two years ago, she relieved him of her weapon and used "the pointy end" to dispatch him, thus removing Polliver's name from her prayer kill list without having to rely on the sinister offices of Jaqen H'ghar. More...
Sunday, April 06, 2014
A most unusual man of letters, born in Manhattan at the height of the "Roaring '20s" and who several times circumnavigated the globe before settling on the East End, died of leukemia yesterday at that home in Sagaponack.
I never met Peter Matthiessen, but I knew his second wife, Deborah, and his step-daughter Rue. The latter, who shared a birthday with my own daughter, was the issue of Deborah's prior marriage to my neighbor Clem Pollack who lived in my great uncle George Griffing's house on the corner of Main Street and Griffing Avenue. More...
Saturday, April 05, 2014
What an evolution has taken place over over the past four-five decades at 214 Mill Road right here in the Village!
I don't recall what was at that location before Eddie Dean struck out on his own... he'd been butchering for Mickey Thompson in Hampton Bays... and opened Dean's Country Market. More...
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Tonight's Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting saw the annual unveiling of the Tentative Budget where the 13-pages of spreadsheet figures were first made available for inspection and Public Comment, then adopted by a vote of theTrustees and the Mayor.
Considering that the routine business of the Village was also conducted, plus myriad seasonal personnel appointments made... all in well under an hour... not a lot of time was devoted to 2014-2015's $9,667,168 budget. More...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
...Morrow and Walter Cronkite! I knew that NBC faked reports like this, but CBS, too?
"CBS issued an apology today for footage of Tesla car that had been dubbed over with the sound of a traditional engine...."
So the "60 Minutes" was faked... why? To what purpose?
My distrust of all things NBC News is well-known and thoroughly documented, from the faked footage of the exploding gas tank in a GM truck to the fraudulently edited tape of the George Zimmerman 9-1-1 call, the broadcaster is out-and-out dishonest and none of its information is to be trusted.
I had higher hopes for CBS, but I just don't understand why the News Division thought that the footage of the Tesla required any sort of "enhancement."
The whole concept of "news footage" is that it is what it is, the unvarnished truth, so to speak!
Friday, March 28, 2014
...to it's new home just down the highway.
Once again there's movement on the marquee at Six Corners as the projector lamps (actually pulsed xenon bulbs) will soon be lit at the Hampton Arts Twin Cinemas.
Let movie-goers' joy reign unconfined!
And on Tuesday of this week, Westhampton True Value Hardware left its Petty quarters to the West and opened its doors where Ronny Avalone once operated his photography shop.
I just went into the brand new store for a simple little purchase and all I could say was "Wow!"
"We've been getting that a lot this week," one of the staff told me.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In Monday's (updated) OtBB entry, "Demos outed as a 'rat'" examining the perennial Congressional wannabe's unscrupulous dealings with whistle-blower Peter Sivere, the question of "Why?" was raised... and speculated on:
"Who knows? Perhaps Sivere's approach and motivation offended Demos's personal sense of propriety."
Monday, March 24, 2014
Updated 03/25/2014 – 01:51 pm
Part of Conservative-Republican George Demos' curriculum vitae which hasn't gotten enough scrutiny was his career as a United States Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Attorney from 2002 through 2009, focusing on prosecuting corporate fraudsters.
As with any enforcement agent's investigation efforts, a major aid in tracking wrong-doing in the form of misconduct or illegal activity occurring in an organization, is the whistle-blower, an insider more intimately involved with the workings and personnel than any outsider... no matter how good a detective he or she maybe, without the help of a whistle-blower, the investigation is often stillborn. More...
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Earlier this week when I saw the hysterical Chinese woman being forcibly carried from a news conference, one she and a swarm of other relatives of the missing Malaysia Airlines passengers has literally crashed into, I was incredulous!
"Exactly what does she think she was going to accomplish? Wailing and screaming and carrying on like that?"
"I think it's a cultural thing," my wife suggested. More...
Friday, March 21, 2014
As with any David v. Goliath tale, this was very watchable!
By this time as the interested part of the world is More...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
One place I never expected Donald MacPherson and George Guldi to show up was on The Sundance Channel (cable channel 192) in a show about a former Los Angeles Police Officer-turned-lawyer!
"Loredana, Esq.," launched Monday evening, is an LA-based "reality show" featuring criminal defense attorney Loredana Nesci who, aside from her quick legal accumen, has upper arms that would make female Michelle Obama admirers take notice.
One of the cases featured concerned Lorri Moore, a big-eyed, long-haired bottle blonde of a certain age who, for reasons not quite clear, gave MacPherson More...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Which is as polite a way as I know to say in an OtBB header, "My ass!"
This past week's most offensive effront to my U.S.P.S. mailbox has to be the giant postcard from the George Demos campaign featuring that Leroy Lockhorn-looking, Republican-in-name-only Rudy Giuliani attesting to Demos' Conservative credentials when he cannot even attest to his own. More...
Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
...and while in this age, that could mean print, television or digital, this definitely has the feel of front page 96 point black letters:
This will be accompanied by the traditional graphic of a dome-headed, oblong-eyed extra-terrestial and some fanciful text slightly less assertive than the headline.
A source from some official-sounding non-governmental organization, i.e., the Center for Outer-Space Observation and Studies [coos] will provide a quote that can be interpreted as supportive of the notion that the missing Malaysian Airways flight didn't crash in the Indian Ocean, it was sucked through the ozone and into an enormous intergalactic craft for the purposes of studying Oriental homo-sapiens.
But not to worry, another source from a competing NGO will dispute that one and counter that all indications are that Flight 370 was drawn into what Steve Jenkins has theorized is a Sagittarius Black Hole.
And yet a third egghead from an outfit centered high in the Himalayas will postulate that the Boeing 777-200ER was caught in a Geomagnetic Reversal of Timewave Zero.
And those were just individuals! With Flight 370 we're talking 277 people!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
...to the grand tradition of Saint Patrick's Parade Weekend in Westhampton Beach? It used to be... upon personal recollection... a blast!
I would start celebrating... now-a-days it's called "partying..." Friday evenings at 111-113 Main Street where, like that celebrated scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" as the flock steadily gathered onto the pipes of the jungle gym, the warmer weather regulars would straggle into Magic's and The Dodger to belly up to the bars.
Firm grips and manly abrazos were exchanged, tales told and in the background Maddog Harry Maddox thundered on his 12-string as adult beverages freely flowed. More...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
In last week's report on the Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting, OtBB incorrectly asserted that Village Police Officer Joeseph Pesapane's suspension continued but with pay.
This was inaccurate.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
What else would the National Basketball Association's league-wide promotion, Éne•bé•a Noche Latina, observed earlier this month when the Knicks visited Chicago?
(But shouldn't the home team's jerseys more properly have read "Los Toros?")
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Really? I don't think so... not after what I saw heading for the Quogue Canal Friday!
But go ahead, set your clocks an hour forward tonight! Official Spring is just a fortnight away! 'Til then, brrrh!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
So I missed the last several meetings of the Westhampton Beach Village Board... but based on personal observation and all accounts, I didn't miss much.
(Well, yes, I did miss the 30-day suspension of Village Police Officer Joseph Pesapane... yes, he's still suspended... but he's back on the payroll, so now it's a paid leave of absence, courtesy of the taxpayers. All his prior suspensions seem to have taught him is how to play the system to his greatest benefit.)
This evening's 1½ page agenda was dispensed with in 25 minutes, including almost ten minutes at the More...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
...I'm following with considerable interest:
The bet here is that both husband and wife do the minimum... she skates with probation, and he goes for no more than three years. More...
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Updated March 06, 2014 – 09:17 am
...when they sang "Won't Get Fooled Again!"
First off, I acknowledge that I did it to myself... I'd spotted a 30-minute show on the cable program guide announcing simply "Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Peter, Paul and Mary."
(The time slot, 4:00 am, shoulda been a clue.)
The pulse quickened... for 50 years come this Fall, I've been looking for a black & white performance given by Bob Dylan of "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" one Sunday afternoon on, I believe, WOR-TV, New York's Channel 9. More...