Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Oscar Levant

Smart ass, depressing, talented, hypochondriac; that's Oscar Levant, the "enfant terrible" of America in the 40's and 50's. It's hard not to like a guy who "made insanity America's favorite hobby." And just at the point he starts to get good at something he quits. Pianist, Movie Star, Talk Show Host, you name it, he quit it! Christ, this is a man who is clearly 50 years ahead of his time! Really, he's effectively a bhodisatva for half the people I've ever met! A defining archetype of The House of Fun.

Quips and Quotes:

  • Upon meeting Greta Garbo: "Sorry, I didn't get the name."
  • To George Gershwin: "Tell me, George, if you had to do it all over would you fall in love with yourself again?"
  • Of Leonard Bernstein: "I admire Leonard Bernstein, but not as much as he does."
  • Of Elizabeth Taylor: "Always a bride, never a bridesmaid."
  • Of Perry Como: "Perry Como's voice actually comes out of his eyelids."
  • Of Debbie Reynolds: "She's as wistful as an iron foundry."
  • Of Minnie Guggenheimer: "She's a good friend. As long as you're on top she'll stick by you."
  • Of Grace Kelly: "She just married the first prince who asked her."
  • Of Doris Day: "I knew Doris Day before she became a virgin."
  • Of Richard Nixon: "He swings a big mouth and carries a little stick."
  • Of Zsa Zsa Gabor: "Zsa Zsa Gabor has learned the secret of perpetual middle age."
  • "Someone once asked me where I lived and I said, 'On the periphery . . . '."
  • "I paid thousands of dollars to psychiatrists to forget my childhood."
  • "My psychiatrist once said to me, 'Maybe life isn't for everyone'."
  • "I was thrown out of one mental hospital because I depressed the patients."
  • "There is a fine line between genius and insanity, and I have erased that line."
  • "Happiness isn't something you experience, it's something you remember."
  • "A pun is the lowest form of humor – when you don't think of it first."
  • "It's not what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts."
  • "I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself."

Here's the cool Wikipedia link on him. Read and be edified!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Unmotivated Saturday

Nuthin's goin' on, got no funds, and things are kind of blah in my head. The weather is great, though, and I heard good news from my doctor about my ticker the other day... it's in fine shape! Amazing! Is the Little Man well? Probably off careening around....

I may go downtown just to check out the city... that's fun....

I hope you good activities planned for your weekend.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Put your dancing shoes on!

Go on, find someone you love, er, like, er don't hate that much and dance with them today! It'll be good for your mental health, and somewhere Fred & Ginger will see you and approve....

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Good stuff!

take 1 lb of cherry tomatoes, divide them in half.

put some olive oil on the bottom of a good size baking dish.

spread the tomatoes in the dish, add salt, pepper, more olive oil on top, some garlic, and some chili flakes and bake for 30 minutes at 375.

boil an lb of rigatoni noodles.

combine finished tomatoes -- don't forget the juice! -- pasta, and feta cheese to taste.


Thanks to City Cook for the recipe!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

My Personality Recipe!

Thanks to Cynnie!


- 2 heaping tablespoons of crazy
- a scoop of charm
- a heaping teaspoon of wealth

Combine all stirring until smooth.
'What is your personality recipe?' at QuizGalaxy.com

Marshmallow Fluff -- We Salute you!

Hey, it's the 90th anniversary of Marshmallow Fluff the stuff not that dreams are made of, but for which this dippy blog may well be named!

Here -- edify yourself with the History of Fluff!

(kudos to Slashfood for pointing it out!)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Ok, so I didn't get...

one of these. But I did get an oil change, and even some gas! For me, these days, I take what small victories I can.