Monday, June 15, 2009

Odds And Ends: Goodbye To Rabbit Ears

Television left the antenna behind this past Friday, going forward into the digital era. Since I subscribe to cable, there was no fanfare or remarkable change. Life continued on, as usual.

The good thing about the change is that the constant barrage of warnings and advice will now end. The non-stop warnings of the impending change were getting to the point that I wanted to email the television stations with the message, "We Get It!"

Now, antennae and rabbit ears, ala the eight track cassette, will retire to the electronic burial grounds and the industry will have to create a new crisis to annoy and worry the public. Now if we can just get the TV stations to stop saying, "In High Definition......"

Congratulations to fifty year old Mark Martin for winning the Michigan 400 this past Sunday. Jimmy Johnson and Greg Biffle, running first and second respectively, both ran out of fuel on the final lap giving Martin the win. Johnson and Biffle could have easily run first and second, but both entered into a pissing contest rather than think of the big picture and the added speed while contesting first position drained the remaining fuel in their tanks. Martin, the wise veteran laid back conserving fuel and when the two village idiots ran their fuel cells dry, Martin cruised to victory.

Congratulations are also in order for Team Pugeot for winning the 24 hours of Le Mans this past weekend. Marc Gene, David Brabham of Britain and Alexander Wurz of Austria completed 382 laps in 24 hours, one lap more than the Peugeot No. 8 driven by French trio Sebastien Bourdais, Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin. The win was the first for Pugeot in 16 years and ended the Audi dominance.

A Chevrolet Corvette won the GT1 class at the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the number 63 Corvette Racing C6.R scored the team's sixth class victory in the French endurance classic. The question is, will this be the last victory for Corvette at Le Mans?

The number 63 Corvette Racing C6.R of Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Johnny O'Connell prevailed when the number 62 Corvette Racing entry broke down with gearbox issues while leading the class with just two hours to go. The number 63 car faced its own issues as Jan Magnussen fell ill with food poisoning during the night and was unable to continue.

This Date In History: 1215; King John signs Magna Carta, the basis of English constitutional liberties. 1752; Benjamin Franklin conducts his famous kite experiment during a thunderstorm, confirming his belief in the theory that lightning is an electrical phenomenon. 1844; Charles Goodyear patents a process to manufacture vulcanized rubber.

1907; The Second Hague Peace Conference opens in The Hague, in the Netherlands, attended by representatives from 44 countries. 1919; John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown complete the first-ever non-stop transatlantic flight.

Picture Of The Day: I sto..., borrowed this picture from Martha, author of Menagerie. Martha's always got a lot of really neat pictures and this one struck me so I grabbed it. You can see more pictures like this over at Martha's at

Birthdays: Edward, the Black Prince, Prince of Wales, who distinguished himself as a military leader during the Hundred Years' War 1330, Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer 1843, Harry Langdon, Amerian film comedian 1884, Erik Erikson, German-born American psychoanalyst 1902, Yuri Andropov, Soviet leader 1914, Mario Cuomo, American public official 1932.

Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) Aside from the platypus, one of God's best jokes on us was to make our arms an inch short of that itchy spot on our backs, just between the shoulder blades. 2) Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days, no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to? 3) I was taking to a friend on Sunday and he asked me if I "got lucky" in AREA 51 this weekend. I told him that I found my car in the parking lot and I thought that was lucky. 4) I find that the easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. 5) If were a drug smuggler, I'd gently insert the drugs into my dogs ass. Then, should the drug sniffing dogs come around......

The Hits Just Keep On Coming:

David Letterman's crude sexual joke about Sarah Palin's 14 year old daughter Willow has the entertainment world up in arms. Although I like Letterman, there's a place to draw the line in the world of humor and he defintely stepped over it. In some circles, he's being referred to as a lecherous old pervert.

Post Script: 7:00 pm (EST) - David Letterman will formally apologize to Sarah Palin's daughters, Willow and Bristol, and to Sarah Palin and her family, on tonight's show on CBS.

A man boarded a plane with six kids. After they got settled in their seats, a woman sitting across the aisle from him leaned over and asked, "Are all of those kids yours?" He replied, "No, I work for a condom company. These are Customer Complaints."

Two old ladies, Gertie and Sadie were outside their nursing home having a smoke, when it started to rain. Gertie pulled out a condom, cut off the end, put it over her cigarette, and continued smoking. Sadie asked. "What's that?" Gertie replied, "A condom. I put it on my cigarette so it doesn't get wet." Sadie said, "Where'd you get it?" Gertie answered, "You can get them at any drugstore."

The next day, Sadie hobbled into the local drugstore and announced to the pharmacist that she wanted to buy a pack of condoms. The guy looked at her strangely, but politely asked what brand she preferred. Sadie said, "It doesn't matter, as long as it fits on a Camel."

A young fellow was asking his grandfather about sex. He asked how often you should have it. His grandfather told him, "When you first get married, you want it all the time and you'll do it several times a day. Later on, sex tapers off and you have it once a week or so. Then as you get older, you have sex maybe once a month. When you get really old, you are lucky to have it once a year like maybe on your anniversary.

The young fellow then asked his grandfather, "Well how about you and Grandma now?" His grandfather replied, "Oh, we just have oral sex now." The young fellow asked, "What's oral sex?" Grandpa said, "She goes to bed in her bedroom and I go to bed in my bedroom. She yells, 'Screw You', and I holler back, 'Screw You too!'"

That's it for today my little turtle doves. More on Wednesday.

Stay Tuned !


Julie said...

Rick found the pine tar soap he lost as soon as he got back from the store buying a new one. It had been missing for 2 months. Weird the way that happens.

Linda's World said...

I wish I had my old rabbit ears, someday they will make a great conversation piece. I too have cable so am not bothered by the big switch. But there's no cable out at Bob's place and he's lost the 2 coupons I sent for and gave him. So right now, he's stuck with watching VHS videos. I agree, David Letterman stepped over the line this time. And it irratates me when I hear people like that sleazy Joy Behar say that Sarah Palin & her family more or less deserved the remark. Linda in WA

Jimmy's Journal said...

I rarely jump back in to comment on my own entries, but Linda brought up a great point. Joy Behar, in her younger comedian days, was a second rate, dirty-mouthed hack.

Now, for some reason, she's a part-time moderator on the Larry King show. Go figure.

She's defintely a sleaze bag.


garnett109 said...

Jeeze I missed david letterman now i'll have to find it on youtube

Anonymous said...

Letterman was definitely out of line on this one.

I have cable so fortunately I'm not bothered with all the new transitions. I was so sick of listening to all the warnings and advice about it for months.

Your "Printable Things I never told you" are still my number one favorites now! LOL

Love all your graphics and I personally know how time consuming it is to search, find, snag, copy, paste......etc.

You're the best! Hey! I went to my Area 51 today by accident. I was out shopping and I had a coupon to this restaurant for a free dinner so I thought perhaps I would just get it as a take out.

Then from the bar, someone yelled out Hi Rose! OMIG....people I have not seen in 10 years or so.

P.S. tons of laughs....Johnny Walker by my time for a change!

Hugs, Rose

Martha said...

Cool! Thanks for featuring my flower photo Jimmy! Excellent post as always - you are great at finding the interesting and funny stuff. Have a great week :-)

Tabby said...

Hiya Jimmy,

I am so sick of seeing those stupid commercials also about rabbit ears. I do feel bad for people though who have older tv sets because even if they get the converter box it still does not work in some areas and all you can view is a few stations. They did a news story up here in Boston on it. I do not have to worry as I am high tech all the way baby...LOL But I do feel bad for the people who will be out of luck. Those where some funny jokes and I loved the flower picture. Have a great day!

Paula said...

Good entry as always.