St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida
May 24, 2013


We adopted Luee from the Humane Society in 1996. He was 2 years old, but still a pup. He has slowed down a bit; his age is catching up to him. He is the best dog anyone could ever have. Luee had to be put to sleep on April 15, 2009. Rest in Peace Pup.

Christmas Eve 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

NINA HULA 7/28/2012

NINA HULA 7/28/2012

Jeff, Sam, Nina and Ian

Jeff, Sam, Nina and Ian
Ian's Graduation from Kindergarten

Luck Be A Lady

Luck Be A Lady

Little GQ 12/12

Little GQ 12/12

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Joey and Elizabeth

Joey and Elizabeth

Nina June 2013

Nina June 2013

Friday, May 29, 2009


Good Evening Guys and Dolls:

Just wanted to wish you all a great weekend and June is just around the corner. Here are some of the June Monthly Observances we will be celebrating.

June is:

Cancer From The Sun Month. And I'm not talking zodiac sign
Celibacy Awareness Month - That one could be hard to observe.
Turkey Lovers Month. - And I thought it was in November.
National Accordian Awarness Month - Go out and support your local Polka Band.
National Bathroom Reading Month - For all you Al Bundys out there, grab that newspaper or the nudie magazine and relax.
National Ice Tea Month.
Potty Training Awareness Month - Get the little ones on the Porcelain God.



Here he is the latest Florida Crazy revealed:

This 82 year old man was arrested on suspicion of beating his girlfriend unconscious because she loaded the dishwasher incorrectly. She left a few dirty dishes in the sink.

I knew the crazies would return after the rain eased up.


Hey Speakies: As you know I'm giving you reviews of the various restaurants and pizza joints in my area so if you come to Central Florida you can savor good food and stay away from the tourist trap restaurants.

Here's another pizza place in Kissimmee, nothing fancy. It is a metal type building shared with another take-out place. It's called Al's Pizza, located at 1107 Bryan St., Kissimmee, FL you can Google it for directions before you go. Al's is a take-out only place with one window, give your order and wait. Pizza sold by the slice or whole pie, big portions on both and not expensive.

Another fine restaurant in Kissimmee is Tarantino's, located on West Monument Ave., family owned for 16 years in the area. Good variety on menu, price is right. Here is their web site check it out:

If your into the Italian chain food restaurants, my wife and I find that Romano's Macaroni Grill is the best down here. One is located on U.S. 192 near Old Towne and Disney and the other at the Loop off the Osceola Parkway and John Young Parkway. Remember restaurants near Disney and the other attractions are packed, so take a drive out and dine at a local one if you can.

Thursday, May 28, 2009



Here's a little news article that caught my attention today. Can't help but pass it along to my readers.

A men's health magazine decided to take a look at which major U.S. cities most needed a little Viagra. This was based upon erectile dysfunction studies nationwide. They also noted how many urologists were in the town, as well as the number of prescriptions that were filled for erectile dysfunction. The 10 cities most in need were, and this is where my comments are called for:

1. Tulsa, OK - When all that beef is not enough.
2. Lubbock, TX - Everything has to be bigger in Texas.
3. Charleston, WV - No Comment.
4. Arlington, TX - What's wrong with Texas here.
5. Fort Worth, TX - Opps Texas did it again.
6. Oklahoma City - Keeping up with the Jones, I mean Tulsa.
7. Anchorage, Alaska - Since Sarah became famous, gotta keep the flame burning for the little women at home.
8. Bakersfield, CA -Californians will try anything new, probably will incorporate it into a sushi platter.
9. Modesto, CA - We ain't comin in second to Bakersfield, we'll make ours a taco.
10. Omaha, Nebraska - I hear women screaming, Oh! You Corn Husker Man You.

All in jest cities, no offense given.


This blog was set up to have fun, pass on information, ask questions and give opinions. We discuss pizza's, food in general and best vacation spots you have been to. I'll give you my restaurant reviews and try to answer any questions you may have if you are coming to Central Florida. If I can't answer them, my Rosemary has all the right answers. So don't be shy, post a comment the more the merrier. If your from the Trenton, NJ area let me know or just say hi.


Hello Speakies:

Today is Thursday, May 28th and I hope all my Speakies are having a good day. No history lessons today, but listed below are the names of real life people who passed away in the most unusual fashion. Take a look below:

Jack Daniel, founder of the Tennessee whiskey distillery, died of blood poisoning six years after receiving a toe injury when he kicked his safe in anger at being unable to remember its combination.

Inventor and chemist Thomas Midgley, Jr., accidentally strangled himself with the cord of a pulley-operated mechanical bed of his own design.

Anton Webern, the Austrian composer, was accidentally shot dead by an American Army soldier on 15 Sept. 1945, during the Allied occupation of Austria. Despite the curfew in effect, he stepped outside the house to enjoy a cigar without disturbing his sleeping grandchildren. - See what wanting that last smoke can do.

The Collyer brothers, extreme cases of compulsive hoarders were found dead in their home in New York. The younger brother, Langley, died by falling victim to a booby trap he had set up, causing a mountain of objects, books, and newspapers to fall on him crushing him to death. His blind brother, Homer, who had depended on Langley for care, died of starvation some days later.

Garry Hoy, a Toronto lawyer, fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre
in order to prove the glass was "unbreakable."
Way to go Garry.

That leaves us with the Thought of the Day - "Every human being comes equipped with a brain at no extra cost".

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


All Right Speakies: You haven't had a history lesson in 2 weeks, so let's put a little smarts in that grey matter.

Born This Date:

1837 - "Wild Bill" Hickok (James Butler).
1894 - Dashiell Hammett - Author - Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon or as Boggy would say, "If a woman slaps you, you'll take it and like it".
1911 - Vincent Price - great actor.
1961 -Peri Gilpin - Actress "Roz" from Frazier.

Put in the Ground this Date:

1949 - R.L. Ripley - Cartoonist Believe It or Not.
1964 - Jawaharial Nehru - India's 1'st Prime Minister, also famous for the Nehru Jacket craze in the 60's.
1969 - Jeffrey Hunter - Actor - Greatest Story Every Told. He was Jesus.
1992 - Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo - Mobster (St. Valentines Day), dies at age 86. He survived.

Stuff that Happened Today:

1878 - Australia Cricket 41 & 12-1 defeat MCC 33 & 19 - Don't know what that means. Not much happened around that time period.
1907 - Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco.
1933 - Walt Disney's "3 Little Pigs" released. The money still keeps coming in.
1941 - German Battleship Bismarck sunk by British Navy - Johnny Horton becomes famous in the 1960's with his song "Sink the Bismarck".
1961 - First Black Light is sold. Posters to follow.
1964 - From Russia with Love premieres in US. James Bond on a roll.
1969 - Walt Disney World construction begins in Florida. Some locals wished he never started.
1981 - John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol - wrong choice Johnny Boy.

That's all that's interesting. Pop Quiz later.


Hello Speakies: People are always quoting this and quoting that, reminding you to do this and that. We need funny stuff to remember and help us pass those sometimes boring hours at work. Never fear Joey Z is here. I'm here to give you some famous quotes and hope you all have a chuckle or two.

Committees - The true definition is a body of persons selected to consider and act or report on some matter. Now here is the definition we all can relate to: A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary.

Here are some more quotes to cheer your day from the one and only Rodney Dangerfield, one of my favorite comedians:

I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.

I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.

I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth; that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers and a bartender.

I met the surgeon general - he offered me a cigarette.



My little princess is graduating from Kindergarten today. Sorry I could not be there Nina. Pop Pop sends you his love, kisses and hugs. Have a great fun day. I love you and I'm so proud of you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Guys and Dolls: I've been telling you about the restaurants down here in Central Florida, but for my readers heading up north and if you are near Trenton, NJ here is the pizza place for you. Now we call it Tomato Pie, not pizza and the place is DeLorenzo's on Hamilton Ave. and the other is DeLorenzo's on Hudson St. both located in Trenton, NJ. Just ask anyone, they will give you directions. DeLorenzo's also opened a new place in Hamilton Township and has a website so check it out. I'm posting a picture of DeLorenzo's on Hamilton Ave., the picture is a courtesy from Mack. If you are from the Trenton area check out his blogsite, it's listed on the ones I follow on my main page, make it yours too.
Another favorite tomato pie place is on Brunswick Ave., called Top Road Tavern, good pie, everything on the menu is fresh.


Good Evening Speakies:

Thought I'd hit you with a few more reviews of the local eateries. While being on a small vacation last week, Roe and I had an early dinner at Applebee's on US 27 in Davenport, FL. We tried the 2 for $20 meal idea. This includes 1 appetizer and 2 main courses for that price. We chose the onion rings for the appetizer, I had the sirloin steak with baked potato and asparagus. Roe chose a chicken pasta dish. The onion rings were a little dark and crispy and thought that was how they served them until the table along side of us received their order. They received a huge platter of golden brown and fresh looking onion rings. My meal was good, but Rosemary's was bland and certainly not an alfredo sauce they should be serving. Roe asked to speak to the manager and explained about her meal being tasteless and how we thought the dark crispy onion rings were the way they made them; he assured us it's not and they are suppose to be golden in color. Roe feels the server should not be serving something that would be considered 'unacceptable' according to the company's standards, but refrained from telling that to the manager. We weren't looking for a discount and none was given. I received a free New England Ice Tea from a table who did not want the 2 drink happy hour special.

We took our son Joe and his girlfriend Elizabeth out last Friday to LongHorn Steakhouse. Visitors coming to the area, this one is located on West 192, near the Orange Lake Country Club Resort, heading towards US 27. The restaurant was packed with tourists due to its location. My chop steak was good, Roe's ribs were sucked to the bone, my son had crusted chicken and enough to take to work that night. His girlfriend really enjoyed her steak and brought some home also. Good Food, get there early.

On the last evening of our mini vacation, we tried one of our usual places, Giordano's Italian Restaurant. We go there every year for a meatball sandwich and beer. It was early, nice booth, waiter was OK, so we placed our order, 2 meatball sandwiches, no cheese just marinara sauce. Will never eat there again. Sandwiches were served on a type of Cuban bread, sauce was thin, orange looking with chopped onions and other veggies. I've seen golf balls softer than the meatballs. Roe had to use a knife to cut hers, being Italian herself, meatballs are to be soft and tender like a woman. They also had a funny spicy taste we could not lay our finger on. We of course brought this all to the waiter's attention who later sent the manager over to our table. Rosemary advised him how to make meatballs the Italian way and the proper sauce to use. We found out the chef was Moroccan and thus the funny tasting spice in the meatballs became known. The sauce we were told was the product of the chain itself, better get some better marinara we told the manager. He was going to grab the tab, but we told him we did not complain for that reason. Things are tough and when you go out for lunch or dinner, people only want the best for their dollar earned. This place rates a 2 thumbs down.

More to come as we venture out to eat.


Speakies or my Guys and Dolls:

I've decided to start my own restaurant review page. Being a local in Florida, I want to make sure all those visiting Central Florida are assured of a good meal at the right price and when you leave say that Joey Z knows his restaurants. Roe and I took a few days off last week and did some day trips and ate at a few places of which I will give you my review.

Prior to our small vacation, we had lunch at a new restaurant in Orlando called O'Charley's located at 8081 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL. Rosemary had a Roast Beef Ciabetta Sandwich, a French Dip type sandwich, absolutely the best. Try it. I chose poorly with the 4 mini cheeseburgers over cooked and well done. Server was notified of this and the kitchen was made aware. Nice place for lunch, good choices. Check out the menu at

On our anniversary we traveled to Ocala, FL. I wanted a true German dish called Sauerbratten.
I have not had sauerbratten since we moved to Florida and the last time I enjoyed this was in my home town of Trenton, NJ at the Old Heidelberg. The restaurant in Ocala is called The Schnitzel Factory, 1053 NE 14th St., Ocala, FL, phone 352-433-2300. Their home page is Now the restaurant itself is not fancy, plain tables covered in blue and white tablecloths, truly a German theme. The waitress and staff are all German born and the woman who does the cooking is the owner. Roe and I were not disappointed at all. The Sauerbratten with the schnitzel and red cabbage was to die for. Roe's veal with string beans and mashed potatoes was delicious. I enjoyed washing it all down with a great German beer. Certain Saturday nights they have a band and the place looks like a good fun spot. If you are in Ocala and enjoy German cuisine do make it a point to stop in. They are closed Sunday and Monday.

If you are visiting the Disney area, and like pizza, I recommend 2 places. In Kissimmee, on John Young Parkway near the downtown area is a place called LaForchetta, very good pizza and food. The people are friendly and from NJ originally. The other pizza place with a great menu selection is in Winter Garden, FL called Winter Garden Pizza Factory, 42 Plant St., Winter Garden, FL. This restaurant is located in the historic district. We ate lunch at this restaurant last week, 2 slices of pizza and a drink, $5.95. Good pie and as we were enjoying our meal, the food coming out of the kitchen passing our table, made our eyes bulge out, huge portions. Check the internet, I believe they have a menu posted.

Hope you all enjoy these reviews. More to come.


Good Morning Speakies:

Nice to be back and writing again. Hope you all had a great holiday weekend with nice sunny weather. Not so in Florida, coming off a very wet week, but the weekend was half good. Took a few days off last week, will have some restaurant reviews for those coming to the Sunshine State this year later on today.

Here are the holidays we are celebrating on this last week in May 2009.

May 28 - Sierra Club Day
May 28 - Slugs Return From Capistrano Day - I guess the Swallows now are cleared for a landing in March.
May 30 - Hug Your Cat Day - Have a fur ball on your cat.
May 31 - World No-Tobacco Day - Put the hurtin on Joe Camel.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Joe Zuba should come up on google, but it doesn't..Oh sure, there are other Joe Zubas, but not the one that really counts..Me...Did you ever do a search on yourself? Now Rosemary has about 2 full pages with her listed. Not just the name Rosemary, but HER!! All I want is google to show me, Joe Zuba and not some person with my name.

Just hello

Hey, this is Joe Zuba...just stopping by to let you know I'll be back posting come tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a pleasant Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 21, 2009



Happy Anniversary, thank you for 31 Wonderful Years, through the good and the bad. Love you Always and Forever. May we share at least 31 more.

Monday, May 18, 2009


Good Morning Speakies,

I'm busy reading my proofs and doing a little writing. Just wanted to say good morning from a very rainy Florida and wish you all a wonderful day.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Hi Readers: Received an e-mail from my publishing company. They sent me my final proofs on my book to review which must meet their deadline. I will be taking a few days off from posting to do the reviews. I have some ideas for my second book and want to write them down before my thoughts melt within the grey matter. I will not forget about our contest that is ending on Monday and will let you all know the results. If there are any topics you want discussed on this blog, send them to me. Remember it's called Joey Z's Speak Easy and you are suppose to speak at ease.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Readers, this weekend let's not forget to celebrate the following holidays:

May 16

Armed Forces Day - I was there.
National Sea Monkey Day - Remember them.
Preakness Stakes - Another reason for a horse race.

May 17

Rural Life Sunday Day - Get out to the country, scare the locals for a day.
World Telecommunications Day - Call someone you love.
NASCAR Day - Zoom Zoom.

Readers have a great weekend, see you on Monday. Be careful out there.


I'm always starting my new posts with Good Morning or Hello Readers. I have to come up with a name for you readers. Star Trek has its Trekkies, Oprah has her Oppies I guess. Should I call you my "SPEAKIES" or being my site is called Joey Z's Speak Easy, reminding me of the 1920's, I just may call you my "GUYS AND DOLLS". Why don't you readers decide? Contest will end Monday morning. I'll check for your votes on Monday, if none I'll do the picking.


Good Morning Readers:

Today we have a batch of holidays to celebrate, so here they are:

National Chocolate Chip Day - One of my favorites, especially in ice cream.
National Safety Dose Day - Be careful with that Geritol seniors, oops that's me.
Nylon Stockings Day - This one is for Barb P. from the Burg.
International Virtual Assistants Day - I just sent mine out to get me a coffee.
National Bike to Work Day - Not here in Florida, they way they drive here you could be run over on the sidewalk.
National Pizza Party Day - Here's another one for Barb P. from the Burg. Barb, you and hubby head over to DeLorenzo's and enjoy.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Let me get away from political statements and on to the important things that occurred in history today.

Born on May 14:

1898 - Zutty Singleton - U.S. jazz drummer (I liked the name)
1936 - Bobby Darin (Walden Waldo Cassotto), Bronx, NY - Would have been the next Sinatra.

Died on May 14:

1982 - Hugh Beaumont - Actor - Won't call for the Beaver no more.
1987 - Rita Hayworth - Actress - She was a Knockout.
1998 - Frank (Francis Albert) Sinatra - The all around man, dies from heart and kidney disease, bladder cancer and senility at age 82. He died "HIS WAY".

Things that Happened on May 14:

1878 - Vaseline is 1st sold. - I'll just leave it at that.
1908 - 1st passenger flight in an airplane - Had to be a short trip.
1918 - Indians' Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched in one game (19) - Who said us "Polaks" can't play baseball.
1932 - "We Want Beer!" parade in New York.
1951 - Ernie Kovacs TV Show debuts on NBC - Trenton, NJ boy makes good.
1966 - "A Lover's Concerto", sung by Mrs. Miller hits #95 on the charts.
1991 - World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 pounds - Taco Bell restaurants close nationwide for a day.

Thought for Today - "Most campaign literature is an insult to intelligence. Sad that many never realize it".


Good Morning Readers,
I usually do not voice my political or religious views, but today I have to comment on the City Beautiful as Orlando, Florida is called by the local media and the powers in place. Last night on the local news, budget cuts for the city were announced. The proposed budget cuts are subject to a series of meetings and public hearings before a final city commissioners vote in October. The proposed cuts include the following:
1. A number of city police officers and firefighters. The city chief administrative officer stated that even with fewer police officers Orlando PD can do the same good job, thanks to technology. Hate to tell you, crime in Orlando is rising each day, but you idiots choose to lay off officers needed by the community. In regards to the firefighters, how many wildfires are burning throughout the state now, hope a big one does not hit, maybe the mayor can put on his firefighter costume and join in.
2. No holiday decorations this year, no tree and no city decorations. But wait everyday on the news you want to draw crowds to the city and for them to enjoy the nightlife. Christmas season, one of the busiest in the area, No Decorations good move.
3. Park maintenance, community centers and swimming pools will be scaled back. This really give the youth of our area things to do this summer. Hope crime is not one of them.
4. Here's a new one one me, we have teams who fan out and pick up litter every day. They are being cut. I guess they were doing such a fine job, because litter can always be seen everyday all over town.
This city is spending millions on building a new arena for the Orlando Magic and plans to renovate the Citrus Bowl. Plans for a high speed rail system are still on their wish list, who will use it? Parking facilities around town are at a premium, what parking measures are you planning at the proposed stations. People are angry at the toll road increases now and you think they'll pay the parking fees and cost to ride the rail line.
Orlando you have serious problems, take care of the important issues or you'll only be known as the CITY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009



Here is your trivia question for today. Now if you browse this blog, feel free to post your answer. You are also welcome to post a comment on any of my topics. Join the fun.

Question: Name the only person to perform live instead of the usual lip-synch on the original American Bandstand.


Dear Readers,

The answer is: CAVIAR. I prefer Beluga with a Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred.


Good Morning Readers:

Today I honor my sons with 2 holidays that are celebrated today:

For my son Joe - National Night Shift Workers Day also called National Third Shift Workers Day.
For my son Jeff - Root Canal Appreciation Day, go ahead boys celebrate.
We also celebrate Receptionists Day.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Here's something new I'd like to try a few times a week, a Trivia Question. So readers here is my first question to you. Post your answers and I will give you the correct answer tomorrow morning.

Question: More than 90% of the world has heard of it, but only 17% of Americans have ever eaten what?


Birthdays We Celebrate Today:

1820 - Florence Nightingale - Nurse
1925 - Lawrence "Yogi" Berra - Catcher, New York Yankees - A man of many confusing sayings.
1937 - George Carlin - Comedian - 7 Words You Can't Say. My Man.
1950 - Jocko Marcellino - Rocker - Sha Na Na

Passed on Today:

1992 - Robert Reed - Actor - The Brady Bunch

Stuff That Happened This Date:

1792 - Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented.
1865 - Last land action of Civil War at Palmito Ranch, Texas - Later becomes the Bunny Ranch.
1928 - Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy - Don't tick off an Italian woman.
1958 - "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dickie Doo and the Don't hits #40 on the charts.
1959 - Liz Taylor gets married for the 4th time (Eddie Fisher is the sucker).
1973 - "Dueling Tubas" by Martin Mull hits #92 on the charts. - I only bring you the most important stuff that happens.
1990 - Nora Dunn and Sinead (Baldy) O'Connor boycott Saturday Night Live to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay as host.
1993 - Final broadcast of Cheers on NBC.

And that's history for today readers.


Good Morning Readers,

The week of May 10 to 16 we celebrate the following:

National Nursing Home Week
National Police Week
National Return to Work Week - Did I miss something here, I've been at work all month so far.

Daily Holidays Today are:

Library Legislative Day
Limerick Day - Here's a little one I always remembered:

There was a Dashing Young Salesman from Leeds,
Who Rashly Swallowed Six Packages of Seeds,
In a Month Silly Ass, He was Covered with Grass,
And Could Sit Down with the Weeds.

National Nutty Fudge Day

Have a great day everyone, and remember go back to my older posts we have the favorite vacation post, along with your favorite place to eat. Don't be shy, write a comment.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Just wanted to say a brief thank you for all those who logged on and saw my Mother's Day Post. I hope every one's Mom had a great day and enjoyed the song I had playing. In case you missed it go to, the song was "I'll Always Love My Momma", by the Intruders, a song from the 1970's. You can also hear it on You Tube. Have a great night.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


I want to wish all the MOTHERS out there a very "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY". A special wish to my wife Rosemary for having been a great mom to our sons Joe and Jeff. They grew up to be fine young men with the help of you honey. A second special wish to my daughter-in-law Samantha, Happy Mother's Day to you. You are doing a good job with Nina and Ian. Love you both.

The song now playing is devoted to all you moms. If your Mom is with you to share the day or watching down from heaven, I'm sure she'll like my choice of music. I lost my mom several years ago but the memories live in one's heart always. Listen and enjoy.

Friday, May 8, 2009



You are famous for your concerts in the park on your blog. Being a World War II buff, I love listening to Glen Miller. Here is one of my favorite songs. I heard a bit of this in the movie Memphis Belle. I read your brother was a gunner on the B-17's. So when you read this, play the song below, I'm sure memories will be brought back.

Just click on and listen


Forgot his birthday today, here's a little tribute to him. I saw him in person at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City in the late 1950's:

Copy, paste and listen if necessary or just click and listen. Whatever works, do it.




Good Morning Class, pay attention and take notes, a pop-up quiz may occur on this blog site at any time.

Born This Date:

1926 - Don Rickles (Mr. Warmth).
1934 - Sonny Liston - Boxer - Called the Bear by Ali.
1973 - Wolf Wigo - Water Polo Driver (1986 Olympics) - I liked the name.

Died This Date:

1994 - George Peppard - A-Team

Stuff That Happened Today:

1784 - Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsboro, SC) - I was there, dated a Southern Belle when I was in the service from that town.
1794 - US Post Office established - Their opening motto, "Let's Raise the Price of Stamps every Year."
1877 - 1st Westminister Dog Show held - A mutt wins.
1900 - 250 grave robbers shot to death - A bad choice of profession in those days.
1945 - World War II ends in Europe.
1952 - Mad Magazine debuts - "What Me Worry."
1993 - 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman and takes NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride. - Poor kid didn't get a train set for Christmas when he was little.

CALENDAR FOR MAY 8 and 9, 2009

Good Morning Readers,

Today we celebrate the following:

No Socks Day - Let them feet breathe.
VE Day - World War II is over in Europe.
World Red Cross Day.

May 9

International Migratory Bird Day - Watch the borders.
National Miniature Golf Day - Everybody Putt Putt.
National Train Day
Stay Up All Night Day

I'll be back later for a little Mother's Day Song.
We will also have a history lesson later. Have a good morning, remember it's FRIDAY.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Births, Deaths and Events that occurred on May 7th in history:

Birthdays Today:
Gary Cooper - 1901, Actor - Sergeant York and High Noon.
Eva (Evita Duarte) Peron - 1919, - Don't Cry for Me Argentina.
Darren McGavin - 1922, Actor - Night Stalker and the famous Old Man in "A Christmas Story", you'll shoot your eye out kid.
Johnny Maestro - 1939, Singer - The Crests and Brooklyn Bridge.

Passed on Today:
1929 - Albert Anselmi, John Scalise and Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, all gangsters murdered this date by Al Capone. Old Scarface had a field day that day.
1989 - Guy Williams, Actor - Zorro and Lost in Space fame.

This Stuff Happened Today:
1765 - Admiral Nelson's sailboat HMS Victory runs aground - good help is hard to find Admiral.
1888 - George Eastman patents "Kodak Box Camera". I still have one.
1914 - U.S. Congress establishes "Mother's Day". Here's looking at you kid.
1915 - Lusitania sunk by German Submarine U-20. That was a no no Fritz.
1986 - Phillies Gary Maddox retires - You know the old saying, "3/4 of the Earth is covered by water, the rest by Gary Maddox", well spoken by the late Harry Kalas.

Religious Observances Today
Old Roman Catholic - Feast of St. Stanislaus, bishop, martyr, patron of Poland. I'm Polish.

Thought for Today: "They do not love that do not show their love."


Good Morning Readers: Hope you all are having a great Thursday so far. Today we celebrate the following:

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
National Day of Reason - So use your noodle.
National Day of Prayer

History for today will follow shortly, get ready to fill your grey matter with knowledge.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Readers, here is a new one for all of you. My pizza joint places had a few hits, so I'm trying something new. This post will be under the heading of Vacations and Cruises. I want you to tell me your favorite vacation haunt or about the cruises you've taken and the places you dream about visiting. Now I know there are readers out so don't be bashful, let the world know your favorites. The idea here is to have fun and maybe make friends along the way. So let's get started.

My favorite vacations are cruises. Roe and I have been on 2 Carnival Cruises, 2 Holland America and 3 Royal Caribbean Cruises. She was on a Disney Cruise and before we got married I went on the Oceanic out of New York to Nassau in the 70's. We both would like to do a Mediterranean cruise to Italy and an ocean crossing cruise to Europe. Maybe when I retire or win the lottery. My personal dream would be a South Pacific Cruise.

We are planning some short weekend trips also, my advice, take time and go, enjoy life.

OK you've heard mine, now post yours.


Daytona Beach, FL - The westbound lanes of I-4 between the interchanges of I-95 and U.S. 92 were closed during rush hour this morning. A big rig overturned and spilled sweet potatoes onto the highway. The driver told investigators he swerved to avoid a large animal on the highway. Investigators later discovered that the "Jersey Devil" is not in Florida on vacation. The driver was charged with failing to maintain a single lane. (Maybe one to many)?

Orlando, FL - SeaWorld unveiled its newest attraction to guests yesterday. The flying roller coaster called Manta. After boarding, the seats rotate forward to position riders face down on their stomachs. This makes vomiting easier for all riders.


Good Morning Readers:

Here's hoping you all had a wonderful evening last night, now here are the observances for May 6th.

Great American Grump Out - True honor for Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy - Bristol Palin is appearing on Good Morning America. Parents take notes.
National School Nurse Day - A dedicated profession, have an aspirin on me.
No Diet Day - Pizza, cheese steaks and fries for all. Lay a little Tiramisu on yourself for dessert.
No Homework Day - Will teachers really tell their students about this one?
Nurses Day - True dedication is recognized here. Hats off to you all. Especially Melina at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Heart Care Unit.

Later today I'm going to do a post regarding favorite vacation spots or cruises you have taken. So get ready to respond America.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I wish you all a Happy Cinco de Mayo Day. My daughter-in-law Samantha is of Mexican and Spanish heritage. Happy Cinco de Mayo Sam. So here's a little music to make you all happy on this day.

Paste this to your Yahoo or home page search and enjoy.


Happy Tuesday Readers,

Listen a Tuesday is better than a Monday to be at work. Here's a little history for today.

Born to us this date:

Actor Spencer Tracy, 1900
Actress Ann B. Davis, 1926 - Alice the Maid from the Brady Bunch
Michael Palin, 1943 - One of Monty Python's Gang

Died this Date: Nobody of great importance.

Stuff that Happened Today:

1494 - Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica on his 2nd voyage - Rum and Coke for all.
1847 - American Medical Association organized in Philly.
1867 - Battle of Pueblo; Mexicans defeat the French (Cinco de Mayo) - Party Time.
1912 - Commie Party newspaper Pravda first published.
1916 - U.S. Marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924. I would stay too, it was probably nicer then.
1936 - Eddie Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip - Take that Billy May.
1962 -"West Side Story" soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 54 weeks. (That's for you Roe).
1962 - Los Angeles Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Baltimore Orioles, 2-0. Way to go Trenton, NJ Boy.
1997 - "Married with Children" final episode on FOX TV - Al Bundy has had it.

The Words of Wisdom for Today - "A Plucked Goose doesn't lay Golden Eggs".


Today we recognize:

World Asthma Day
Cartoonists Day
Cinco de Mayo
Totally Chipotle Day
Childhood Depression Awareness Day
National Teachers Day

Monday, May 4, 2009


I want to try something with this new post. I'm starting to get hits on my site from all over the good old USA. I know most people like pizza or where I come from in Jersey we call it tomato pie. Readers, I want you to list your favorite pizza place and location and maybe a brief description of what makes it special. I figure if any of you visit one of cities listed, you can stop in for a pie. What do you have to lose, just a few minutes of your time. I'm going to list this post under the heading of Pizza/Tomato Pies and feel free to add to it at any time.

I'm starting it off with 3 places: Joey Z says
Trenton, NJ - DeLorenzo's for regular tomato pie and Nino's on Chambers St. for Sicilian pie.
Kissimmee, FL - LaForchetta on John Young Parkway.


One of my favorite funny men. Moe Howard (Moses Horowitz), Age 77, Died May 4, 1975. Moe and the rest of the Stooges are probably driving God nuts.

2 Crazies in Florida Today

Researched the local news and one of these stories made national news on Yahoo today also.

Lakeland, FL - Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to the home of Troy Ryan Bellar, age 34 of Lakeland, FL after receiving calls of a domestic disturbance at 9:30 p.m. last night. Old Troy using a high-powered rifle with scope, shot his wife, 2 sons ages 5 months and 7 years old as they were leaving the residence. His older son managed to get away only after being shot at several times, all misses. Troy shot himself and did not miss. TROY THERE HAS TO BE A HELL FOR YOU.

Orlando, FL - A local Radio personality got angry with his dog, picked up a handgun and threatened to shoot the dog, the gun went off wounding the dog in the leg. The bullet also struck his wife in the head. Both wife and man's use to be best friend will fully recover. One thing to say to you MR. RADIO MAN YOU'RE AN IDIOT.


Good Morning Readers: This week we celebrate National Wildflower Week, so go out and pick some. For today's date of May 4, the following holidays are celebrated:

Melanoma Monday - No joke, take care of your skin and go for that checkup you're always putting off.

Respect for Chickens Day, I'm not kidding. So be kind to our clucksters and forget lunch or dinner at KFC, Popeyes or Chick-Fil-A. Have a nice burger or tuna salad today.

Be prepared for a brief history lesson later today or tomorrow, I will also have to check out the crazies here in Florida and give you any news on their return to the local headlines here in the sunshine state.


Joe and Jeff,
Mack took these pictures, our house on Revere Ave and your old school Washington. Show them to Sam and the kids and Joe to Elizabeth. Have a nice day boys.

Friday, May 1, 2009


I usually stay away from a computer over the weekends, only to check and see if my lottery ticket was a winner but I have to acknowledge some special holidays over this coming weekend.

Saturday, May 2:

National Scrapbooking Day - Have to devote this to my wife Roe, it's her hobby and if you want to see her work, check out Creative Liberties on my blog site.
Kentucky Derby Day - And their off.
National Homebrew Day - I'll drink to that.

Sunday, May 3:

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day - I work with a girl who has done that - Here's to you Shoes Stanwix.
Motorcycle Mass and Blessing of the Bikes Day - Services at your local Harley Dealer at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday Mass in Polish at 6:30 p.m.
Lumpy Rug Day - Need I say more.


Good Morning Readers:

The month of May is upon us and the monthly observances to name a few are:

Better Hearing and Speech Month - Say what?
Clean Air Month - Hear that New Jersey
National Egg Month - I'll take a Cheese Omelet with Ham
National Hamburger Month - Send me a Rossi's Burger
National Photo Month - Here's a month for you Rosemary
National Salsa Month - The kind you use on a Taco or the Dance
Older Americans Month - I'm getting there

The first week of May we observe "Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week". - Poor Fletcher Christian, should have stayed on the Bounty


Amtrak Day
Emmet Kelly Clown Day
Lei Day - That's the flower now
May Day - For all you of Russian Descent
Mother Goose Day
And now for my favorite - "NO PANTS DAY"

I hope your 1st day of May is a happy and safe day for you and if I don't write another post today, I wish all my readers a "GREAT WEEKEND, BE SAFE AND ENJOY."