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What's in a name? Nothing. Especially if you're selling tea.

In Act 2, scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare writes:

Juliet
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father, and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

Romeo
[Aside.] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

Juliet

’Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O! be some other name:
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.

Ya see, that’s all fancy talk for "You can all "chocolate" "dog shiz" and it won’t alter the taste; chocolate tastes like chocolate no matter what you call it.

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Attack of the Non-Killer Tomatoes

Look, sometimes the tomatoes don’t kill – they’re just behind you. At the grocery store. They’re not up to no good; they just want to make sure you’re clear on where they are hanging out.

That is all.

Frozen! (dog photo)

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This is completely amazing to me: he’s standing in the snow, but there’s no dog tracks. The snow is totally frozen!

Hand Dryer Humor

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Somebody knocked it out of the park – or should I say – mocked it out of the park? But yeah – well done, some guy in the movie theater bathroom.  This is the best graffiti ever.

Car with cars on it

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A car with cars on it? That is bonkers! Who would do something so wacky?

This was sent in by creativejamie.com contributor George, who you can see on episodes of mixers and movie reviews.

Photo after the smallest hurricane ever

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It was windy and raining, but for the most part, the tiny hurricanes here in Bergen County New Jersey did little to no damage. I got the above photo with its eerie lighting toward the end of the day.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure

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While we didn’t have the opportunity to take in allof the Six Flags Great Adventures Fright Fest opportunities, we did enjoy the decor and performance by the zombies that they let loose throughout the park.

The hippest curb your dog sign around

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What else can you say? That’s the best curb your dog sign I’ve ever seen.

Tomato smile

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Now that is one happy tomato.  I wonder what’s got the rest of the tomatoes down.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…

I like signs – I can’t explain why, but I think signs are awesome.  I talk about them all the time!

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Here’s today’s sign, found at a small Italian restaurant.   As you can see, they’ve… What, gone for a Morse Code style?  I get that the dots are there to break up the words, but for some reason, this is still very funny to me.

That’s all – nothing too out of the ordinary.   This short post might be a sign that my tendinitis is bothering me!

Hofbrau beer packaging is the least likely anomaly of all time

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Much to my surprise, the Hofbrau beer packaging included the only cleavage I could find in the beer aisle. You’d think it would be a veritable waste land of scantily clad women, but not so.
Wonders will never cease!
(Forgot to check if their tag line was “Drink till she looks like this.”)

Sand Shadow (photography)

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As you can see, the sand on the pavers was moved by the rain, which left a shadow from where the watering can had been.   Neat, huh?

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly chilling in my garden

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My butterfly bush works like gangbusters at attracting butterflies, so well named there!  The Internet says the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly likes pink, purple and red flowers, and I certainly have those in spades.

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Oh Hot Wheels, you so crazy…

Hi, I’m Jamie, and if you didn’t already know, I’m a crotchety old man.   Hence the following complaint (Do your best to imagine a garbled old man voice while reading the text below):

In my day (the eighties) we had die-cast metal Hot Wheels and we liked it that way.   If your friend pissed you off, you’d just bean him in the head with a corvette or a station wagon and he’d know you meant business.  Now these. ..  These pathetic substitutes for Hot Wheels are not only poorly constructed,  but look at this ridiculous marketing tie in!  What kids want to play with the VW from Footloose or the convertible that was featured in Beverly Hills Cop?  Why are they selling toys now that should have marketed to me twenty-five years ago!?!

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Suburban Squirrel

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This dude was just hanging out (“hanging out with his family, having himself a party!”) and didn’t seem to mind having his picture taken, so here we are.

Suburban Bunny

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There’s a fair amount of bunnies wandering around my hood and for that, I am grateful.   Just look at that guy! You gotta love him.

5 Observations on Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Dorney-ParkWe visited Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom this past weekend – this was my first time there and for the most part, my observations are based on a comparison with Six Flags Great Adventure. Let’s dive in: Read the rest of this entry

The Icee Bear has rabies!

There’s been a an innovation in slushy technology, and I’m guess that it has wacked the Icee Bear out of his gourd! Does he have rabies now? He looks demented! Look at his face – look! Or maybe he’s just had too much sugar? I bet that’s it. Jeez, I bet that a lifetime spent drinking Icees have made him a diabetic. That’s a damn shame.

Sugar and bears don’t mix. Or do they?

Understanding The Village Voice’s Slideshows (Fireworks and Bass on the Hudson)

If you don’t live in the New York Area, then you may not be familiar with The Village Voice or their website and one of its regular features, the slide show. These slide shows function like bad high school year book ‘Just for fun!’ sections and, like a high school year book, they only make sense to the people who were there at the time. Take Fireworks and Bass on the Hudson as an example – it looks like the sent a photographer to an event, told her to take as many photos as possible and make sure she told everyone they could see them on VillageVoice.com in an effort to generate as many page impressions as possible – because just look at these photos! There is nothing interesting happening here – aside from that one kid’s Koopa backpack.

And of course, we have the obligatory photo of young ladies dancing, proving once again that if one must put their hands in the air, one must do it in a manner consistent of not caring, because they look pretty silly to me – but then, such is the fate of most still captured dancing.

Fremont Bridge Troll (Seattle)

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“You gotta pay the troll toll…”

How cool is this guy?  That is one big troll, and he does live under a bridge, so you can’t go wrong.  I was surprised by all the sand down there…

Anyway, if you’re in the area, check it out.

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