Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2607, February 25th, 2014

Our “Maybe I’m Amazed” logo.


MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….and thankful that the games in Sochi ended peacefully. The threats of terrorism were real and rampant. It is good to know that somehow the monsters were held at bay at least for a while.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….that “This Week” has a quiz on its Sunday program regarding politics and Presidents. The last four weeks I got shut out on all the questions. This week I got one right and it was about Olympic Women’s figure skating, something I never watch. The question was who was the last citizen of the Ukraine to win a Gold Medal for that sport. It was Oksana Baiul. Have no idea why that was rattling around in my brain. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……………that Outsiders, the bar that was closed after a killing last fall in Wilkes Barre was cited for serving liquor after it was shut down. Really? Are they dumb or greedy? And why in the hell would anyone go there, I mean it’s not like there aren’t other places to get a drink. I’m a brand guy through and through and I have loyalty to places I love. But this is too much.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……but pretty happy that Pope Benedict joined Pope Francis in the ceremony naming 19 new Cardinals. For the Church this is huge because it represents the past, (Benedict), the present (Francis) and the future (the 19 who will be naming the next Pope.) It was the first time Benedict and Francis have appeared together at a public liturgical ceremony since Benedict retired a year ago and became the first pope to step down in more than 600 years. We are closing in on the first year anniversary of Benedict’s leaving the Papal Chair. Benedict had the real Bob Uecker seats, in the front row with the senior cardinals. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that even though Kate Upton didn’t make the front cover of Sports Illustrated this year, she did get the back cover. Alone. Those at SI, no dummies. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that “K” was chosen to stand for a strikeout when the letter “S” was designated for Sacrifice.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that the very best breakfast in the morning for a drive through bagel is at The Bake House outlet in Edwardsville. Hot, fresh and the best way to kick start the morning.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……but not really that Tom Wolfe now has topped the list of candidates running for Governor on the Democratic side. Introductory biographic spots are extremely important in gaining statewide recognition. The very model for this earlier this century was the Rendell for Governor spots. And a generation before Milton Shapp, a wealthy businessman like Wolfe garnered huge recognition by blanketing the airwaves with his bio commercials.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that before there was the big Peaches and Herb number one hit in 1979, “Reunited”, there was a hit in 1968 entitled “United”.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that there are 21 secret highways that dot the entire countryside on the U.S. Interstate Highway system. There are no markings or signs indicating where the roads are located.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that fifty years ago tonight, Sonny Liston lost the Heavyweight Championship to former Olympian Cassius Clay. Now 5 decades later, there are reports the fight was fixed. Anyone who saw that fight thought Clay swung and missed with the "knockout" punch. All I remember about that fight was that it was the talk of sports that week in school. You would be hard pressed to talk about boxing in the present tense these days.


At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peaches and Herbs first hit was on Date Records a Columbia subsidiary
which was at one time run by a Scranton guy named Gene Weiss. Over the years there were several Peaches, but only one Herb.


At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that there are 21 secret highways...

These routes are officially part of the Eisenhower Interstate System, Yet are official essentially only on paper or internal documentation as no shields or other signage of their existence is posted. Additionally they are federally maintained and adhere to the standards of any other signed Interstate highway.

In many cases an Interstate is unsigned as to not confuse or overburden motorists with an additional number on an already signed route. This occurs in Maryland with the segment of Interstate 595 as it is already known as U.S. 50 and U.S. 301.

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, I'm not so sure the games in Sochi ever had a real threat of terrosism. I believe if it were real, one of two things would have happened; one an attack or two, an arest. Neither happened thus my thought that there was no real threat, just some chain rattling.

Tom Wolfe began this election with solid support based simply o his very first TV ad. How do you argue against a guy who worked for state government in a top position, took no pay, np perks and no comany car. He simply served the Commonwealth. He followed that by the statement that he shares 20 to 30% of his company's profits with the employees thus killing the corp;orate greed that is so rampant today. Can you imagine if Walmart did that? And finally, he made certain that his educational credentials were made known. I for one walked away from that first commercial thinking that if he isn't caught molesting a child on Public Square, he will be the next governor of Pennsylvania. What a breath of fresh air. An actual candidate that does not need the fracking money, cannot be influenced by big business and has a need to serve. Count me in. By the way, we are due for lunch.


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