Monday, December 9, 2019


A penny hang was an establishment common in port cities, and located in a cellar or basement. It featured hooks in the walls, with ropes strung in parallel from one side to another at about shoulder height. In the late evening, drunk and exhausted "clients", who had spent all their money, or were too boisterous to be allowed anywhere else, would enter the penny hang, after paying a penny, and then drape themselves over a rope, and attempt to sleep as best they could. As a crowning flourish to the glories of this place, the proprietor could come down in the morning and untie one end of the ropes, so that the clientele who had not managed to wake up and stagger out already would collapse together in a heap on the floor. In 1933, a London sleeping  establishment, known as the Twopenny Hangover
In 1933, a London sleeping establishment had just such an arrangement. At the Twopenny Hangover the lodgers sat in a row on a bench; with a rope in front of them, and they lean on this as though leaning over a a fence. A man, humorously called the valet, cuts the rope at five in the morning.  There are similar shelters in Paris, but the charge there is only twenty-five centimes (a halfpenny) instead of twopence.
There are suggestions that the word 'hangover' and the expression 'sleep tight' originated from this.

1957 Spud Cigarettes Magazine Ad

This is an original 1956
Spud Cigarettes Ad
Measures 13" x 11"
#B 693

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Confucius Says

"Silence is a true friend who never betrays." 
Is he saying you should keep your mouth shut?

Saturday, December 7, 2019


It's alright to wish for snow, as long as you don't complain about it afterwards and are prepared to shovel where needed.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Windshield Wipers

When I went outside the other day and hopped into my van, I noticed a bit of snow on the windshield. Not thinking too much about it, I started up the engine and 'crack ', the wipers went across the glass and one kept going out onto the driveway. It seems that the day before I had neglected to turn off the wipers all the way. Under the snow was a bit of ice that froze the wipers to the glass. Hence the loud crack when the wipers broke free from the ice. 
My son came out, found the parts and put it back together. So, lesson learned, at least for that day.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Golden Rendezvous by Alistair MacLean

The Golden Rendezvous is a modern tale of pirates. A tramp steamer, with the absurd idea of having A1+ cabins for the ultra rich, meanders from port to port. It is hijacked by some of its own passengers and sails on with murder and mayhem to an expected destination. After a slow start, it is fast paced with excitement reminiscent of James Bond.

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Law at Randado by Elmore Leonard

Once in awhile I read a western just to keep in touch with the genre. This a story of a western town where the town's elite decide that they don't need the state's judicial system and set up there own court. Of course these are just vigilantes who mete out their own sort of justice. Most of the story is the give and take to get the town back on track. I thought it was a slow starter with the fight scenes dragging on. I pushed on and found it a good story and enjoyed the battle for supremacy at the end. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019


My T.V. remote was working too well, volume wasn't working, hard to change channels, etc. So I took it apart and wiped it all down with alcohol. What happens is, oil from our fingers gets inside and gums up the buttons. After that, I put it all back together and all is well.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019


This is the 11th. book with Jason Bourne. As always it is a never ending roller coaster of Bourne's fights and escapes. The story takes place mostly in Mexico with side trips to Israel and China. He is on the path of revenge for the death of his loved one, resulting in the death of almost every character in the book, friend or foe. More room for new characters in the next book. I like the short write ups on the progress of each character as the story moves on, all aspects of the story gets filled in, each character on its own path, heading for the inevitable crash. And to top it all off, the surprise ending was a surprise.

Privacy is Iphone.

Saw that ad recently. 
For me privacy is no phone.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb

This is a historical mystery from the 14th. century. It is historical but light on the mystery aspect. If you are looking for excitement, you will not find it. I found it slow going for the first few chapters, picking up later on, convincing me to finish the book. with the book completed, I was left with the impression that everyone drank mulled wine.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

I used to wear an engagement ring.

In Germany, engaged men and women wear a ring on their left hand. When they get married, they switch the ring to the right hand.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Can you just imagine

what kind of a country the U.S.A. would be if all the politicians worked together for the betterment of their country, rather than their self interest and greed.