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lolly gagging

November 12, 2010

A long time ago on a planet far…far away, I was brought up with the English Language and at the time it was the #1 language in America. Anyway, we had such marvelous words such as skedaddle, dilly dally, hot diggidy, ding bat, zinger, moxy, wing dinger, bamboozled, tom foolery, & lolly gagging.

Well anyway there were so many words like that and I was using one of them recently one day and a youngster said to me, “What is that?” I said, “What do you mean?”, and he said, “Lolly gagging?” Then I said that everyone knows what lolly gagging is. He said, “I don’t know what lolly gagging is! Does it have something to do with a lolly pop?” I said, “No...No…No! Well, maybe your right.” Lolly is a British word used for a candy sucker and gagging means that you were so busy with your sucker that you weren’t doing what you were supposed to do, so you were “lolly gagging”. It’s amazing what these kids don’t know today.

Of course my wildest word flip was one day in class. Some kid used the word Hoe, and I jumped in and said Oh yes I had one in my victory garden. The whole class broke out into hoots and hollers and laughter. Now what’s wrong with that word? I THINK I KNOW. Times they are a changing.

By the way we ran some of these words past a 13 year old girl and the only one she seemed to be familiar with was “smooching”. Go figure.

If you have any other words I missed, write them down and I will add them.  After all, “getting old isn’t for sissies”.

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9/11 never forget

September 8, 2010

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July 29, 2010

I just recived this e-mail and can't stop the tears. Please pass this on to all the Grande People. russ

Uncle Russ...

Just wanted to let you know that my brother and friend, Jon, passed away Tuesday night (in his sleep). He's been sick for a long time. Still seems pretty surreal that he's gone.


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Polish Magic

April 23, 2010

Growing old isn’t for sissies but, every once and a while there is a story that warms the old heart.

I was working out at the Dearborn Racquet and Health Club pool the other day and there was a senior citizen lady floating around on her noodle. Now, a noodle is a rubber water wing device that you use in the pool. So, she was paddling around in the pool while I was doing my thing. All of a sudden an elderly gentleman, who looked liked Adolf Menjou with a little tiny mustache, says, “Ahhhh, hello good-looking!” She smiled. And before long, as I paddled past them, I heard her say to him, “would you like to come over for dinner?” And he said, “Oh yes I would and I’ll bring the kielbasa.” And she looked at him and said, “Oh, but I don’t have any mustard.” He said, “Don’t worry. I’ll bring the mustard too!” And with that, she hopped off of her noodle and they paddled off to the side of the pool. He hopped out and jumped into the hot tub and she went in gracefully after. So, there they were. The two love birds splashing away in the hot tub.

See what a little kielbasa can do!

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April 22, 2010

That moment just before the pain begins...

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An Ode to Motherhood

April 20, 2010

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April 18, 2010

Last night at the dinner party for the Henry Ford Estate it was announced that the U of M will return the estate to control of the Ford family. ! What is the real reason for this return ? Let me think about it and I will comment later.

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Memories are made of these

March 31, 2010

You took a 'moonlight cruise' to Bob-Lo with Captain Bob-Lo or went to Edgewater Amusement Park .

And you could stamp your girlfriends name on the coin from the vending machine.

You shopped at Hughes and Hatcher, B Siegel, Peck and Peck, Himelhochs, Robert Hall, Crowley's, Montgomery Wards, Shoppers Fair, EJ Korvettes, Muirheads or Federals

You rode the elevator at J. L. Hudson's, which was 'run' by an elevator operator,who sat on a stool. And the adult and kid sized bronze drinking fountains.

You remember a Winkleman's and Sanders store in your neighborhood. Ahhh,that hot fudge sunday !!!

You remember the 'Big Snow', Buffalo Bob, Howdy Doody, Clarabelle, Phineas T. Bluster, Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring.

You remember Twin Pines Dairy delivered milk and juice to the chute on the side of your house and Milky the Clown performed magic with the magic words 'Twin Pines. Plus Browns Dairy with the horse drawn milk wagon.

You remember the Good Humor man in a white uniform, ringing the bells as he rode down your street,on his trike.

You remember Olympia Stadium.Home of the red wings.

You remember when Vernors was made on Woodward Ave,with the wood floor and wooden benches to sit on while your watching the bottles being filled.A great place to take your date after a movie! And a bearded gnome was on the bottle.

You also rember that Coca Cola bottles had the town it was bottled in embossed on the bottom of the bottle.The person with the farthest away bottle wins the bet !!

Your Mom got groceries at Great Scott, Food Fair, Wrigley's or Chatham.

Your Mom saved Holden Red Stamps, S&H Green stamps, or Gold Bell Gift stamps, and you licked them into those little books.

Kresge's and Woolworth's were 'Dime Stores.'

Cunninghams Drug store.

"I will meet you under Kerns Clock !!

Michigan, United Artists, Uptown, Broadway Theaters, and don't forget the National Burlesque "Theater"!!!

You had an uncle in the furniture business, (Joshua Door).

You know who Bill Kennedy was.

You saw the Detroit Lions play football in Briggs Stadium.

You remember The Faygo Kid & Black Bart and the Faygo song. Or how about 'Which way did he go? He went for Faygo, old fashion root beer.'

You watched Rita Bell's! prize movies in the morning.

You remember Jack LeGoff and Van Patrick.What about Betty Bahr and the weather ?

You remember Milky the Clown, Pat & Johnny and Ragmop, Soupy Sales, Johnny Ginger, Poopdeck Paul, Captain Jolly, Sagebrush Shorty and maybe even Sergeant Satko Salute.

You visited the Wonder Bread Bakery or The Silvercup Bakery on Wagner St in Detroit and got to take home a mini loaf of bread.

Your address had a two-digit 'zone' before there were zip codes. Detroit 19, Michigan.

And you had a Townsand, Webster, Logan ,Kenwood or Twinbrook phone exchange. Did you have a two or four party line ? Ohhh a private line !! Rich people eh !!

You remember 'Get on the right track at 9 mile and Mack, to get the best deal in town. Roy O'Brien. it's the best deal in town.'

You remember a laundry chute and a milk chute and a coal chute.

How about the icebox and iceman?? ....A fridge.with the coils on top ? ....How about a gas Fridge?

You remember going to Detroit Edison with your Mom to exchange burned out light bulbs for new ones, for FREE !!

The Jim Dandy Ice Cream Shops

Oh yes, the Grande Ballroom.

Oh, what memories!

Thanks, Mr Patrny

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"here you go"

March 29, 2010

I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'
- Eleanor Roosevelt –

Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement.
- Mark Twain -

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain -
The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.
- George Burns -

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.
- Victor Borge -

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates -

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
- Groucho Marx -

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.
- Jimmy Durante -

I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor -

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.
- Alex Levine -
My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.
- Rodney Dangerfield -

Money can't buy you happiness... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.
- Spike Milligan -

Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP.
- Joe Namath -

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.
- Bob Hope -

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.
- W. C. Fields -

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.
- Will Rogers -

Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
- Winston Churchill -

Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty... But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.
- Phyllis Diller -

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere.
-Billy Crystal -

And the cardiologist's diet: - If it tastes good spit it out.

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“I Remember When…”

March 23, 2010

Becoming a senior citizen has its bad points, but it also has its good points. One of the good points is that you reminisce a lot. And I started to reminisce about some things in Dearborn when I was growing up. And then I wondered about what memories you might have.

Well, the first thing that I remember is the Carmen Theatre being built down on Schaffer Avenue, not far from Ford Road. It was the state of the art. They had an ice cream parlor up in the big Rotunda, which was an added attraction and went beyond the popcorn, potato chips, and the Milk Duds. But the main attraction for us at that time, being middle school or high school kids, was that they had lover seats. There were two seats glued together without the arm rests. And maybe you could get a little bit of sparking done with your girlfriend when you took her to the movies, which by the way cost 25 cents a piece to get in.

The other thing that I remember distinctly was going down to the Cunningham Store on the corner of Schaffer and Michigan. That was one of the top shopping centers in Michigan at the time.

And of course there was the People’s Outfitting Furniture Store on Warren Avenue. It wasn’t a warehouse in the beginning, but somewhere along the line it turned into a Hudson’s Warehouse. And what did it become? I don’t know. Maybe you remember more about that.

Also there was Herb Heritage’s Hamburgers, (spelling?). It was right on the corner of Wyoming and Warren Avenue. During WWII, Herb was German and of course we were fighting the Germans. So to prove his Americanism, he would wrap his hamburgers in little Pro-American poems with little American flags printed on the wax paper so that when you got one of Herb Heritage’s Hamburgers, they may have been made by a German American, but they were real American hamburgers.

Now right across the street from Herb’s was a bar called the Hay Market. It was on the opposite corner of Wyoming and Warren Avenue. The North East corner and it was one of the main bars in Dearborn evidently at the turn of the century. Later on there was some kind of murder that took place and it closed down and became a drug store then became something else and then disappeared from the face of Dearborn and our memories.

Of course, there was Rouge Park when it was a beautiful park, well kept up. I drove through it the other day and was so disappointed to see how Detroit has maintained the park. It looked like a dump. It’s just so sad, the story of Detroit. Give me a break.

Oh, and then we got to taking about growing up with flowers. Now I remember people picking up these little yellow flowers. Buttercups they were called. And we would put them under our chin. Now if your chin turned yellow it meant that you liked butter. The other one was, while I was talking to my aid Jennifer, We got to talking about the flower that bit you. We could not think of the name of those for the life of us and then all of sudden I said snap dragons. Remember snap dragons? They are beautiful flowers, but if you put something in them they snap closed. I guess they don’t eat the bugs. They just sort of let the bug fly around and get pollinated and let them go to do their insect thing.

So what are your memories of growing up in Dearborn? I have plenty.

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