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webmaster | 05/30/12

Blushing Bozo. Last Saturday, the regular fun bunch at Chubby’s sang that little ditty of a birthday song to this clown. And, to top it off, pretty waitress Julia did just that with a candle sticking out of my sausage. Just one you say? Well, if she would have put the correct amount the candles would have cost more than the breakfast. And a heartfelt thank you to all that sent cards, emails and such to yours truly. Each one was special.

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“We’ll leave the light on for you.” That’s been the motto of Motel 6 and Tom Bodett since 1986, but an iconic restaurant in LA has gone one better. By accident. Clifton’s Cafeteria did some renovation recently and discovered a neon light had been left on since 1935. Someone forgot to unplug it before it was concealed with the remodeling. Dubbed “the world’s oldest neon light,” calculations say the ever-burning luminescence has cost $17,000 in electric bills over 77 years.

Now, yours truly has a black light and a lava lamp, but I turn them off. Both in my study and in my head.

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Go ahead, “Light My Fire.” Great song by the Doors, but in the case of “burning a candle at both ends,” that could be too much of a good thing. Even for lead singer Jim Morrison, who was around before they invented Viagra. Of course I told you that to tell you this. “Burning the candle at both ends” means working too hard, as in, meeting deadlines, etc. But originally (Randle Cotgrave recorded it in “A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues” in 1611) it meant a husband and wife spending too much. Well, either way, it certainly has happened around this house...


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