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#43248 Miscellaneous, Odditys, Potpourri, Whatever

Posted by Spinal Tap on 17 March 2014 - 11:23 PM

Anything you'd like to toss out. 


I re-watched That Thing You Do recently.  Terrific film IMO. Made me think back to one hit wonders.  Plenty of choices (music, literature, actors, etc.), but I'm going to post this one.


New Radicals.  Had one great tune...and then..


https://www.google.c...t what you give


#105719 CJ Cummings from Beaufort sets world youth record

Posted by williewonk on 05 July 2016 - 07:03 AM


#44486 Los Angeles Angels Sign Mike Trout To Long-Term Contract

Posted by ludwick on 29 March 2014 - 03:30 PM

Several years ago, I became a fan of the Los Angeles Angels.  It didn't hurt, at the time, that the team was owned by Gene Autry.  (What?  You mean you didn't love Gene Autry when you were a kid?)  I realize most of you guys pull for the Braves, if you pull for anyone other than the Gamecocks, but, hey,.......You can only imagine how happy I was when they picked Michael Roth.


Yesterday, news leaked out that today (Saturday) it will formally be announced that the Angels have signed a six-year extension with Mike Trout through the 2020 season, a contract worth approximately $145MM, at which time Trout will be 29 years old.


When I was a kid, like some of you, I was lucky enough to have watched Mickey Mantle on TV as he was concluding his career.  I used to listen to the games on the AM radio every night as Bobby Richardson played with Mickey and the rest of the Yankees.  I learned a lot about baseball listening to Phil Rizzuto and Red Barber, Joe Garagiola, and occasionally Mel Allen, broadcast the Yankees games.  I've soaked up everything I could read and view about Mickey Mantle ever since.  Of course, I got to see just a bit of Willie Mays and others of that era, too, on the Falstaff Baseball Game of the Week with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese.


Three years ago, little more than a year after Mike Trout had been chosen as the #25 pick of the 2009 major league draft, I began reading articles which blew my mind:  Mike Trout was being compared to none other than Mickey Mantle.  At first, the sacrilegious suggestions were usually placed at the end of articles where the writer could hide if readers started throwing eggs his way.  Similar articles eventually became easier to find.  Even after his American League Rookie of the Year season in 2012, baseball fans and executives weren't sure that the "sophomore jinx" wouldn't rear its head.  Well, it didn't!  As a matter of fact, Trout's second season was deemed by some to be equal to, if not better than, his first.


I write this so that baseball fans who love the game and have a sense of history will TAKE NOTE.  If you missed Mickey Mantle and his early career the first time around. you MAY be being given a second chance to watch the HISTORY OF GREATNESS as it's being made.


LA Times


Angels Baseball






Beyond The Box Score


Mike Trout At Any Age


The Best of Mike Trout, 2012 & 2013




By the way, Michael Roth is scheduled to start the 2014 season with the Angels' AAA team in Salt Lake City.


So far, Mike Trout is the clean-as-snow model child.  Doesn't drink.  Lives with his parents in New Jersey during the off season.  Of course, I suspect he'll buy a home in Newport Beach now.  Or better yet, for tax purposes, Florida; he can rent in Newport Beach for six months a year.

#120555 Guardians VOL 2

Posted by Spinal Tap on 13 May 2017 - 09:53 PM

Went this AM.  Enjoyed the movie.  I go to the theater 3 or 4 times a year.  Stick with what I consider "Big screen" offerings.


This qualified.  But, I'll see it later at home too.  Mrs. Tap will be buying the DVD.  It qualified.

#122137 More niece bragging

Posted by IvaRoosterBooster on 21 July 2017 - 03:49 PM

My niece, Abby, has also won a Police Officer's Association Scholarship from the Pasadena POA to go along with her tennis deal at Methodist University.  Uncle Tony is beaming again. :D :D

#123536 In News From Aynor

Posted by Spinal Tap on 14 September 2017 - 01:36 AM

Somehow, this is just being reported.  Has video.  http://www.wmbfnews....cam-video-shows


Badcock needs to dish on this and give us the local perspective.

#118808 Chuck Barris Passes at Age 87

Posted by williewonk on 23 March 2017 - 04:23 AM

The Gong Show may have been the funniest show ever. Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine, the Unknown Comic, etc. I would laugh for the entire show. RIP Chuck.

#115860 Star Wars Rogue 1

Posted by Spinal Tap on 22 December 2016 - 02:24 AM

Well worth the time.  Big screen film fo sho.  Waited until the theaters wouldn't be packed.


In essence, it's a prequel to the first of the Lucas creations centering around the development of the Death Star. 


They throw in some humor, cameos, and neatly fill in gaps from earlier (later in time sequence) story lines.  

#122023 Dixie Dregs Reunion

Posted by Spinal Tap on 15 July 2017 - 06:46 PM

I don't know how much gas they have left in the tank, but you know these guys are still solid musicians.  Maybe they can have the mini-tour and then land is some other towns.



#125818 HS Team Scores 19 Points in One Minute to Win

Posted by williewonk on 10 November 2017 - 05:28 PM


#120288 Project Green Book

Posted by Spinal Tap on 30 April 2017 - 03:07 PM

Newly introduced mobile travel guide geared toward sites of the African-American experience in our state. 


You'll probably know something about some of these places and you might find something near you that you aren't aware of.



#127319 DJ thought for the day

Posted by Doug Jolley on 13 December 2017 - 03:02 PM

DJ’s thought for the day:
From a biological perspective, human beings can be made by accident. From an eternal perspective, God knew and loved each one of us as a unique individual even before the foundation of the universe. From His perspective, we are not a mistake. He has a plan for our life. The catch is, He gave us free will. So we make the choice - His plan or our plan for us. Choose this day whom you will serve.

#125210 Surprise From Amazon

Posted by williewonk on 23 October 2017 - 08:56 PM


#122173 Congrats to Jordon Spieth!

Posted by Spinal Tap on 23 July 2017 - 07:16 PM

Pulled it together when the wheels could've easily come off.


And a tip of the cap to Matt Kuchar. 


Two good golfers.

#121652 Thunder Shirts

Posted by williewonk on 26 June 2017 - 10:58 PM

Anybody had any experience with Thunder Shirts for dogs afraid of thunder ? It is currently storming every single day in Central Florida and I have a little mixed breed dog that is just petrified...I have heard good and not so good things about these shirts but about ready to try anything.

#115492 Smart Baseball

Posted by williewonk on 09 December 2016 - 12:34 AM

When I saw this I knew that I had to post it for GA....


#124521 Las Vegas Shooting (NO NEW GUN LAWS)

Posted by fanalways on 05 October 2017 - 10:40 PM

The shooting event that happened in Las Vegas is tragic and strange. More gun laws are not the answers.

#127575 Christmas Tree: GOOD or BAD?

Posted by fanalways on 21 December 2017 - 04:37 PM

The information below is found in the Bible (King James Version):


Jeremiah 10:2

Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. (WINTER SOLSTICE/DECEMBER)

Jeremiah 10:3

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

Jeremiah 10:4

They deck it with silver and with gold: they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Jeremiah 10:5

They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.



Learn not the way of the HEATHEN for the customs of the people are vain!!! (EVERYTIME YOU PUT A GIFT UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE BOWING DOWN TO A FALSE GOD).


Jeremiah 10:10

But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

#120772 Cuba

Posted by Big Easy on 23 May 2017 - 03:02 PM

I have arrived home safely from Cuba. I recommend that if you can go, that you should make a trip. The culture is amazing and the scenery is wonderful. 


Where to begin with Cuba… Getting to Cuba was one of the easiest things that I have ever done… I flew JetBlue and chose “people to people” for my reasoning and was never asked again. I flew out of Fort Lauderdale and paid $50 for my Visa. It was literally a 45 minute flight. We landed around 9:15 A.M. and were through Customs in about 20 minutes or so… We knew someone that was there, so they picked us up from the Airport. We stayed in two separate AirBnBs. My buddy and I stayed in a place that was $35 a night. It was literally a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom with two beds and a bathroom. We got the short-end of the stick on this one. We were told that we could not flush toilet paper and we came to later find out that the A/C in the bedroom did not work. We ended up improvising with one of us sleeping in the living room and the other moving the bed to directly under where a fan was aimed. Our friends on the other hand had a place that was $70 a night that had a huge living room, kitchen, two baths and two beds, along with a nice balcony. The owner of the place even came over in the mornings to cook us breakfast for 5 CUCs a person. 
The people of Cuba are amazing. You can get a taxi and get around anywhere for basically 10 CUCs. We quickly figured out that you could negotiate all prices to 10. We would walk up and down the streets of Old Havana and the locals would pop out and say “Americano??? You like cigar??? We have Cohiba right here. Good price. Just for you, just for today.” We would say “No, Gracias” and be on our way. They only way to make sure that you are getting a legit cigar is to make sure that you are buying it from a hotel or if you buy it straight from Cohiba.  If you are a rum drinker, then Cuba is the place for you… Havana Club is probably the most famous of the Cuban Rums. I enjoyed the 3 year rum, which is a white rum in most of my mixed drinks. If I was ordering a Mojito, the 3 year was the rum of choice. The 7 year Havana Club was perfect for just sipping and enjoying. I had a few of those while enjoying a cigar on my friends balcony. The other rums I had were Santiago de Cuba and Ron Dupay. Both were nice, but the 7 year was the most enjoyable. Next time I go, I will  make sure that I get my hands on the 15 year from Havana Club.
Friday we just kind of wandered around and tried to get ourselves lost… We walked all over the place and would stop into different places to grab a drink. You could definitely tell that we didn’t know what we were doing Friday. For lunch a cab driver drove us to a place where the cheapest meal was $14 and that was basically spaghetti. We would order drinks and they would ask with or without, meaning with or without rum. The 4 of us ended up spending $140 CUCs on lunch. We then proceeded to just wander around and made it a point to walk along the Malecon which is a 5 mile long boardwalk/seawall. This is probably the most famous view in Cuba. Lots of movies have filmed along the Malecon. At night the Malecon is filled with people young and old, all out there with rum and smoking and just enjoying the night. I’ll get back to the Malecon shortly. So after we left the Malecon, we went into this little market and picked up some beers. I only saw 5 different beers while we were down there; Sol, Heineken, Bucanero, Cristal (pronounced Crystal) and Presidente. Presidente and Cristal were the most common and I preferred Cristal. When my buddy walked out of the market we asked him how many beers he got, “12” we followed up with “how much” and his response again was “12.” When it was time for dinner I had a general idea on where we should head. My one friend refused to put on a shirt of his tank top, so we basically would go to a place and leave because he wasn’t dressed well enough. We finally stumbled up this outside restaurant where there was literally a birthday party going on in the courtyard. We again spent around $160 CUCs on dinner and went on our way. After dinner we had a cab drop us of along the Malecon. This place was wild. When I say that everyone was smoking, I mean everyone. Young and old. We again would have the locals try and talk to us about trying to get us to buy cigars from them, but they quickly realized that it wasn’t going to work. Two of the locals decided to tag along with us for a while and would ask us if we wanted a variety of different drugs. We would politely decline and change the subject. I then was left one on one with one of the locals and he proceeded to ask me a bunch of questions including asking for money. I would say no habla or no entiendo which means “I don’t understand.” I then was approached by 3 women and it quickly became apparent what was going on… this gentleman was their “pimp” and they were looking for action. Also calling them women could be a stretch, they could have very well been under 18. The girls then start asking my name and what I am doing. I reply by telling them that I am just walking and enjoying the night. They want to know if I am walking alone and I politely tell them that I am walking with my three friends. After I informed them of that, they left me alone and walked away. After all of that excitement we decided that we should hit the hay so that we could get in another full day on Saturday. 
Saturday started off with a 6:30 a.m wake up call, shower and then a short 5 minute walk to our friends apartment where Tito (the owner) and his wife were preparing us breakfast. They cooked us some eggs with sausage and they paired that with mango and fresh guava juice. I love mango, but there was something about this mango. I had never had any mango like this before… who knows, it was probably just like any other mango. The juice was also out of this world. I could have drank that all day every day. After breakfast we wandered around some more. Basically doing the same ole walk that we had previously done. I made sure that we stopped into this bar called El Floridita. This is the place that Hemingway would come and drink daiquiris. There is even a bronze statue of him inside the bar. Also these aren’t the super fruity daiquiris that people now think of… this is a real deal daiquiri how they are supposed to be; white rum, simple syrup and lime juice. This is most definitely a touristy bar now, but well worth it. They have live music playing in there and it’s kind of cool drinking somewhere that Hemingway did that is not the Florida Keys. We left there and did a bit more wandering. We walked up and down this area where people were selling all sorts of goods. Paintings, jewelry, purses, you name it and they were selling it… except a Cuban hat. I was searching everywhere for the perfect hat. As we were walking my friend happened to spot a beer tower. Beer towers are getting more and more popular and in the states you can get them at Happy Hour for about $18 in a college town. We spent $10 CUCs for a tower of Cristal. We were enjoying the outside and the shade and before I could get the last drop out of the first tower a gentleman walked over and asked if we would like another… the rest of the group wasn’t paying attention so I made the executive decision to order us another one… I mean it was only $10. As we are drinking the second tower a lady comes walking over from what reminded me of like a concession stand from a high school football game. She proceeded to tell us the special which was either fresh fish or lobster tail with veggies, rice and potatoes for $15. She also said that she would throw in a beer tower for free. Now we were starting to get the hang of this place. We should have known that this would be a great place, because we were the only gringos in the place. Those are the places you want to go for food. The less gringos, the better and cheaper the food. By it was all said and done, it was about 5:00. We decided to go pick up some more beer, retire to our apartments to shower and freshen up because we had a 7:00 dinner reservation. This time I made sure that my friend was dressed well… 
When we get to El Cocinero for dinner they tell us that we can go up to the bar area and wait… We found out that we were going to be sitting in the inside level. We really weren’t too into that idea, so we convinced the hostess at the outside bar to let us sit there… she said we could but we only had 1 hour. That didn’t really work out too well for them… first off they were kind of slow doing everything. We were seated for about 30 minutes before they took our entrée order. That unfortunately gave us plenty of time to continue to put back some drinks. This wasn’t your typical Cuban food either… I feel like it was kind of one of the newer places that you would find in the states where the menu constantly changes and the portions aren’t great. We finish our dinner and one of the guys asks if we can do tequila shots. She runs down a list of tequilas and also says that they have a mezcal. He asks her what he favorite is and we end up with 4 mezcals. I was the only one that liked it… After dinner was over we walked up the spiral staircase to this 15 foot walkway that they have kind of turned into a rooftop bar. The bartender is situated inside of a smokestack. This is when the night really started to get going. As I am standing at the bar ordering drinks, 3 other gentlemen walk up next to me. I look over to my left and thought that one of them looked really familiar. I finally say “Hey, you look like a shorter Tyler Hansbrough.” Him and his two friends begin to laugh and next thing you know I say” Oh poop, you are Tyler Hansbrough.” The rest of the night our 4 man crew and his 3 man crew become the people that you want to hang out with…  We ran into people that knew me from a local bar back where we are from… things started getting weird. Finally after we drank all of the beer that this bartender had I decide that we need to make some moves. I start coordinating what we are going to do next. I learn that we need to go to this place called Espacio. I run to the bathroom and next thing you know, everyone is gone. I don’t panic or anything because hey I’m the one that made the plans. I hop in a cab and he takes me to a place before Espacio. We enjoyed some rum and then he dropped me off. This place was like a giant house party. It was insane. Dancing everywhere, live music, drinks, women you name it this place had it all. After drinking and dancing for what seemed like 30 minutes, my buddy looks at his watch and it’s 3:30. We hop in a cab and call it a night. 
Saturday night was a major success. 
More to come... 

#101098 RIP Keith Emerson

Posted by Spinal Tap on 12 March 2016 - 02:34 PM

Fortunate enough to see ELP 3 times.  Those shows were a blast.  Still have some vinyl in my album rack.