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

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's all over!!!

I told you Speakies the end was near and today July has come full circle. I wish there was interesting stuff to share with you guys on this last day of July, but the truth of the matter is that there is nothing entertaining worth sharing. So today's post is just going to be short and sweet with the hope that August will give us some great entertainment and just crazy stuff. So, please stop back tomorrow and let's kick off August the right way with entertaining info. Take care.

                                                         Son of Zippy

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The end is near

Speakies, welcome to Tuesday!!! Well July is winding down and there isn't much left to celebrate, but luck has it that there are a couple of events that's worth noting. So let's dive head first into today's list of events and off beat celebrations!!
                                                                    Son of Zippy

Let's Celebrate..........

Comedy Day- My second favorite genre of movies!!!
National Cheesecake Day- Wish I had a piece right now!!!


1863 Henry Ford (auto manufacturer)
1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger Austria, body builder (Commando, Terminator)
1956 Delta Burke Orlando Fla, actress (Suzanne-Designing Women)
1961 Laurence Fishburne (actor)
1963 Lisa Kudrow (actress)
1982 Yvonne Strahovski, actress (Chuck)- Loved that show!!!

Today in History........

1870 Staten Island ferry "Westfield" burns, killing 100
1889 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Naval Treaty" (BG)
1916 German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, NJ
1948 Professional wrestling premiers on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
1956 US motto "In God We Trust" authorized
1975 Teamsters Pres Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit

Monday, July 29, 2013

Don't say the M word!!!

How's it going Speakies. I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed themselves. Yours truly had a great weekend. Saturday, wifey and I took a day trip over to Tarpon Springs. We enjoyed our time down there and had a great lunch. Later that night we met up with some of our friends for dinner and enjoyed every one's company the entire night. I am very happy I have weekends off as of now and get to spend them with Wifey. Hopefully it will continue into the next year. My normal post will continue tomorrow with July almost over and August right around the corner we'll see what's still left to celebrate. Until next time, take care.

                                                                  Son of Zippy

Friday, July 26, 2013

It's Friday!!!!

Hello Speakies. Just wanna wish everyone a happy Friday. I hope you all enjoy your weekend and be safe. Wifey and I are going out with some friends for dinner on Saturday night, so looking forward to that. As for the rest of my weekend not sure just yet, I'll fill you Speakies in on Monday. Until then take care.

                           Son of Zippy

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Combo Post

How's it going Speakies!!!  Hopefully everyone is excited that we are much closer to the weekend. I was having computer problems yesterday which prevented me from posting a new and exciting blog for you speakies, but like in the past I will include some highlights from Wednesday and today. So, let's get this party started!!!

                                                                            Son of Zippy

Wed/Thur in History........

1870 1st trans-US rail service begins
1946 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show
1947 US Air Force, Navy & War Dept form US Dept of Defense
1964 Beatles' "Hard Day's Night, A," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 14 weeks
1969 Apollo 11 returns to Earth
1969 Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal
1972 US health officials concede blacks were used as guinea pigs in
40 year syphilis experiment
1975 Apollo 18 returns to Earth


1898 Amelia Earhart, U.S. aviator, 1st woman to solo Atlantic
1924 Estelle Getty NYC, actress (Sophia Petrillo-Golden Girls)
1942 Chris Sarandon US, actor (Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, Lipstick)
1947 Robert Hays Bethesda Md, actor (Airplane!, Starman, Scandalous)
1951 Lynda Carter Phoenix Az, Miss USA/actress (Wonder Woman, Billie Jo)
1969 Jennifer Lopez, Actress/Singer
1982 Anna Paquin, oscar winning actress, Piano

Passed Away......

1862 Martin Van Buren 8th pres, dies in Kinderhook NY
1979 Archie Duncan actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
1980 Peter Sellers dies at 54

Odd Holiday to Celebrate.......

National Tequila Day
Hot Fudge Sundae Day
Candles on a Cake Day
Merry-Go-Round Day
Instant Coffee Day

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It's Tuesday!!!

Good day Speakies!!! So, hopefully we all made it to Tuesday together. I know that first day back can be a bit rough, but it's all behind us now and we can move forward with the week. I know my post as of late have been more informative than funny stories or personal stuff, but I enjoy doing the history stuff because i learn something new everyday and you never know when the useless knowledge you read on my post may be an answer to a trivia question!!! So, get out your paper and pen!!!

                                  Son of Zippy

Celebrate the following with me..........

Parent's Day- Can't thank them enough for everything they ever done for me. Hopefully I myself will be a great parent as they were to me one day!!!

Mosquito Day- I hate them!!!!

National Hot Dog Day- Yummy!!

Vanilla Ice Cream Day- A little hot fudge makes a great topping.

History Lesson........

1798 Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt
1877 1st telephone & telegraph line in Hawaii completed
1904 Ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches during La Purchase Expo
1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers
1966 Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"
1968 Fred Blasie wins 5th wrestling world championship belt
1984 Vanessa Williams, 1st black Miss America, resigns due to posing nude

Blow out your candles........

1961 Woody Harrelson (actor)
1965 Slash (guitarist)
1970 Charisma Carpenter (actress)
1972 Marlon Wayans (actor)
1973 Monica Lewinsky (former white house intern)
1989 Danieal Radcliffe (actor)


1885 Ulysses S Grant 18th US pres, dies in Mount McGregor, NY, at 63
1982 Vic Morrow killed during filming of "Twilight Zone" at 53

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday, Monday

Hello Speakies!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I know i enjoyed mine. Wifey and I went out to a couple of places to eat for both lunch and dinner over the weekend, really enjoyed the time together. I have six months with this new schedule and i hope to take full advantage with it and try do as much as I can with Wifey. Now since July is winding down and August is right around the corner, let's see what's left to celebrate shall we.......

                                                                           Son of Zippy

On this day in History............

1933 Wiley Post completes 1st round-the-world solo flight
1942 Gasoline rationing begins in US during WW II
1969 USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12 communications satellite
1991 Jeffrey Dahmer confesses to killing 17 males in 1978

It's Your Birthday......

1940 Alex Trebek Sudbury Ontario, TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy)
1941 George Clinton rocker (Testify, Funkadelics)
1947 Don Henley drummer (Eagles-Desparado)
1955 Willem Dafoe actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)

6 Ft. Down.......

1934 John Dillinger shot dead at Biograph Theater in Chicago

Odd Holiday's to Celebrate........

Pied Piper of Hamelin Day
Rat-catchers Day
Maple Syrup Day

Friday, July 19, 2013

Weekend Wishes

Just stopping by to wish everyone a great and wonderful weekend. This will be my first full weekend on my new schedule and I plan on taking full advantage of it with the wifey. Take care Speakies and i will be back on Monday with a new post!!!

                                                                           Son of Zippy

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Short but Sweet

Speakies listen up!!! Now i know you are probably saying " That Zippy missed another day of posting". Well, yes I did but i promise not to make a habit of this. When my dad use to write this post he would do a whole weeks worth of post and just schedule them on their corresponding day. I try to do them on a daily basis, but sometimes i can't get to it. So, just like Tuesday's post this will include a little of both Wednesday and Thursday highlights. Enjoy!!!

                                                                                                        Son of Zippy

On these days in history......

1861 Congress authorizes paper money
1867 1st permanent university dental school in US, Harvard
1879 1st railroad opens in Hawaii
1954 Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
1955 . . . Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County
1967 Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act
1988  Shooting begins on "License to Kill"


1900 James Cagney actor, A yankee doodle dandy, hold that grapefruit
1910 Red Skelton comedian (Clem Kadiddlehopper, Freddie the Freeloader)
1917 Phyllis Diller Lima Ohio, comedienne (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number)
1929 "Screamin Jay" Hawkins Cleveland, rocker (I Put a Spell on You)
1934 Donald Sutherland Canada, actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers)
1939 Dion DiMucci Bronx, rocker (Dion & the Belmonts-Teenager in Love)
1939 Hunter S Thompson writer (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas)
1949 Terry "Geezer" Butler bassist (Black Sabbath)
1952 Tony the Tiger

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2 for Tuesday

What's happening Speakies!! I hope everyone made the most of their weekends. I know I enjoyed mine. As you can tell there was no post for Monday due to my busy schedule, but fear not I am writing today which I will include some of the more exciting stuff from yesterday and today. So, let's not waste any time and get this show on the road.

                                                                                               Son of Zippy

Celebrate Today with the following Holiday's......

Gummi Worm Day- Great childhood candy!!!
Be a Dork Day- Wifey always calls me one!!
International Juggling Day- Tried with no success
National Ice Cream Day- Chocolate Peanut Butter my favorite!!!


1606 Rembrandt van Rijn Leiden, Netherlands, painter (Night Watch)
1779 Clement Clarke Moore US, author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas)
1887 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson black sox player (Say it aint so, Joe)
1907 Orville Redenbacher popcorn king (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet)
1946 Linda Ronstadt Tucson Az, singer (Different Drum)
1961 Forest Whitaker actor (Bloodsport, Platoon, Stakeout)
1962 Brigitte Nielsen Eisinore Denmark, actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV)
1963 Phoebe Cates Manhattan NY, actress (Fast Times at Ridgemount High)
1971 Corey Feldman Encino Calif, actor (License to Drive, Stand by Me

Pushing Up Daisies......

1881 William "Billy the Kid" Bonney killed by Pat Garrett

Today in History......

1439 Kissing is banned in England
1935 1st automatic parking meter in US installed, Oklahoma City, Ok
1945 1st atomic bomb detonated, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico
1951 Novel "Catcher in the Rye" by JD Salinger published
1955 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
1956 Last Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus under a canvas tent
1969 Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on the Moon, launched
1980 Ronald Reagan nominated for Pres by Republicans in Detroit


Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom

Just wanna wish my Mom a very Happy Birthday. I hope you have a great day and I love you so much. Thank you for everything you have done for me in the past and in the future. Your the best!!!

Weekend Time!!!

Hey Speakies, it's the weekend!!!  Give yourself a high five you made it. Well I wish you all a very enjoyable weekend. I hope everyone makes the best of it and I will look forward to your return on Monday. So until then let's see what we are celebrating over the weekend shall we.

                                                                                                  Son of Zippy

Weekend Celebrations......

National Pecan Pie Day
National French Fry Day- Wifey loves her fries!!!
Eat Your Jello Day
Swimming Pool Day- Sounds like a great day especially in Florida!!!
Gruntled Workers Day- We've all been there I'm sure.
Pick Blueberries Day- Like I said before, love blueberries


100 -BC- Julius C‘sar Roman Emperor
1854 George Eastman Waterville NY, invented Kodak camera
1864 George Washington Carver studied the peanut
1908 Milton Berle Harlem NYC, comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television)
1937 Bill Cosby Phila, actor/comedian (I Spy, Cosby, Leonard Part 6)
1948 Richard Simmons exercise guru (Deal-a-Meal)
1951 Cheryl Ladd Huron SD, actress (Charlie's Angels, Purple Hearts)
1940 Patrick Stewart actor (Capt Picard-Star Trek Next Generation)
1942 Harrison Ford actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic)
1946 Richard "Cheech" Marin comedian (Cheech & Chong-Up in Smoke)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Countdown begins

Hello Speakies!! We are one day closer to the weekend and that's a good thing in my book. I am sure if you are a frequent visitor to my blog you may have noticed there was no entry for Wednesday. Well it was a bust day, plus i slept really late, so hope no one was disappointed. Looking at what to celebrate today was really bland, but none the less i will hopefully give you speakies some info that you may have not known. So let's get the ball rolling.

                                                                                                  Son of Zippy

Today in history.......

1798 US Marine Corps created by an act of Congress
1934 FDR became 1st pres to travel through Panama Canal
1936 Triborough Bridge linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens opens
1955 Congress authorizes all US currency to say "In God We Trust"
1969 David Bowie releases "Space Oddity"
1969 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
1985 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)
1989 President Ronald Reagan sportscasts the All Star Game

Happy Birthday......

1767 John Quincy Adams Braintree, Mass, 6th Pres (D) (1825-1829)
1899 E.B. White writer (Charlotte's Web, Elements of Style)
1920 Yul Brynner actor (King & I, 10 Commandments)
1943 Susan Seaforth Hayes SF, actress (Days of our Life, Young & Restless)
1945 Deborah Harry singer (Blondie) actress (Videodrome, Hairspray)
1950 Bonnie Pointer singer (Pointer Sisters)
1959 Richie Sambora guitarist (Bon Jovi-You Give Love a Bad Name)


1989 Sir Laurence Olivier acting great, dies at 82

Celebrate the following Holiday's......

National Blueberry Muffin Day- I love blueberry anything!!!
Vegetarian Food Day- I've tried a few vegetarian dishes, not bad.
Convenience Store Day- (7-11 opened in 1927)


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gimme a Beat

Hey Speakies!!! Hope everyone is having a good week so far. This week we celebrate something that is near and dear to my heart....Music!!!! That's right it is  Music for Life week. You can ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you music is my life. I love going to concerts and i have a Cd collection that is insane to say the least. At one time I even played in a local band with my brother and a mutual friend of ours. Even though we never reached mega band status, it was one of the best times in my life. Music can do a lot for people. It can make you feel better when your having a bad day or just set the mode as you drive. Now many people may not agree on what's music now at days and I myself do like certain styles of music, but to each their own. So, this week to celebrate music week i purpose that to all speakies is go out and enjoy a concert or better yet maybe discover a new artist. Whatever you do just crank the volume 11 and enjoy!!!!

                                                                                                               Son of Zippy

Monday, July 8, 2013

Let's do it again!!!

Good day speakies. I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July weekend. Unfortunately reality has set in and most of us are returning back to work. On the other hand I am working ten straight days because of a schedule change. Until the end of the year yours truly is now going to be off Fri/Sat!!! Wifey and I are extremely excited because now we can feel like a normal couple and actually have weekends together. Looking forward to the weekends with her. Now, lets see what going on this week and day in history....

                                                        Son of Zippy

On this date......

1835 Liberty Bell cracks (again)
1889 Wall Street Journal begins publishing
1969 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam
1988 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992
1990 12:34:56 on 7/8/90 (1234567890)

Happy Birthday......

1918 Nelson Mandela Transkei South Africa, jailed political activist
1933 Marty Feldman London England, comedian (Young Frankenstein)
1951 Anjelica Huston actress (Prizzi's Honor, Ice Pirates)
1958 Kevin Bacon Phila Pa, actor (Diner, Footloose, She's Having a Baby)

6 Ft. Under.....

1957 William Cadbury chocolate maker, dies at 89- He made some good chocolate!!!!
1959 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
1985 Phil Foster comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72

Party Hat's and Streamers, we're celebrating the following today........

Video Game Day- Still playing!!!
Be a Kid Again Day- Definitely a simpler time
National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day- Hershey Bar anyone!!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Snakes and Sparklers!!!!!!

Happy 4th of July Speakies!!! I hope everyone has a great day. Enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities and great food. Also, remember if you are using fireworks tonight don't become one of those people you will hear about on the news or dumbest stuff people do. Take precaution with your fireworks, be safe!!! I'll try to make a post for Friday, but if not enjoy the weekend and come back Monday for craziness!!!
                                                     Son of Zippy

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fireworks are almost here!!!

Hello Speakies!!! Hope everyone is hanging in there so far. It's the middle of the week and hopefully it will be a long weekend for the majority of you because of the holiday that is upon us. I remember going to watch fireworks as a kid at various places. Mostly just parks, but one of my uncle's loved buying fireworks and I remember going to my grandmother's house and it would be a festive kind of day with your normal cookout food and watermelon!!! Lots of great memories. Let's see what July 3rd is celebrating today......

                                           Son of Zippy

Air Conditioning Appreciation Day- In Florida it's a must!!!!
PacMan Game Day- Dropped a few quarters back in the day on this old school gem!!
Stay Out of the Sun Day- Especially if you go by the name Count!!!!

Today in History.........

1754 George Washington surrenders to French, Ft Necessity (7 Years' War)
1778 British forces massacre 360 men, women & children in Wyoming, Pa
1863 Battle of Gettysburg Pa ends, major victory for North
1958 "The Andy Williams Show" premiers on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)
1978 Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio
station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words"-Booo
1986 Pres Reagan presided over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty
1989 The movie "Batman," set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

Birthday's today........

1925 Tony Curtis [Bernard Schwartz] Bronx NY, actor (Some Like it Hot)
1943 Geraldo Rivera aka Gerry Rivers, nosey newsman (Geraldo)
1962 Tom Cruise Syracuse, actor (Risky Business, Color of Money, Rainman)

No longer with us.........

1971 Jim Morrison rocker (Doors), dies of heart failure in Paris
1981 Ross Martin actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61
1989 Jim Backus actor (Magoo, Gilligan's Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tueday's Gone with the wind

Wazzup Speakies!!! Like I said in yesterday's post July is going to be a crazy month. There are a lot of events to celebrate this month besides July 4. Here are just some of the things we are going to celebrate this week alone. Lets see what's behind the curtain shall we.....

                                                                                                                  Son of Zippy
Celebrate all this wonderful food this week.....

July 3 - National Chocolate Wafer Day / Eat Beans Day- Dangerous combination!!!
July 4 - National Barbecued Spareribs Day- Love me some Ribs!!!!
July 4 - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day- I'll pass for obvious reasons.
July 5 - National Apple Turnover DayJuly 6 - National Fried Chicken Day- I enjoy Popeye's spicy chicken.
July 7 - National Chocolate Day- I have a major sweet tooth!!!
July 7 - Macaroni day- As a Italian, I enjoy various pasta dishes.

A stork dropped off the following today....

1922 Dan Rowan Beggs Okla, comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in)
1937 Richard Petty auto race driver (Daytona 500-1979,81)
1957 Bret Hart Wrestler
1986 Lindsy Lohan Actress

Had a date with an Angel or Devil......

1566 Nostradamus French astrologer/physician/prophet, dies in Salon
1882 James Garfield assassinated
1961 Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death in Ketchum Idaho
1969 Brian Jones founder of the Rolling Stones, drowns



Monday, July 1, 2013

Welcome to July

Good Day Speakies. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine is just beginning, but I had a wonderful Sunday with wifey. We went to go see the movie World War Z. A lot better than i thought it would. I ordered the book and I will start to read that as soon as I get it. Also we had dinner with some friends of ours at Manny's Orginal Chophouse. It was a great day. July is going to be a crazy month. so lets see what we are celebrating today!!!

                                                                                           Son of Zippy

On this day......

1776 1st vote on the Declaration of Independence
1847 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 Franklin & 10 Washington, NYC
1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pa; Lee's northward advance halted
1904 3rd modern Olympic games opens in St Louis
1910 Chicago's Comiskey Park opens

1932 NY Gov FDR nominated for president at the Dem Convention in Chicago
1943 1st withholding tax from paychecks
1967 Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," goes #1 for 15 weeks
1989 Hugh Hefner (Playboy editor) weds playmate Kimberly Conrad

Born today.......

1932 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd), Fort Worth Tx, rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin)
1934 Sydney Pollack director (Tootsie, Presumed Innocent)
1942 Karen Black Park Ridge Ill, (5 Easy Pieces, Trilogy of Horror, Pyx)
1945 Deborah Harry rocker (Blondie-Heart of Glass)
1952 Dan Aykroyd Ottawa Canada, comedian/actor (SNL, Dragnet)
1961 Lady Diane Spencer (Princess Di) consort of England
1967 Pamela Anderson Ladysmith BC, playmate (Feb, 1990) (Home Improvement)

No Longer with us.......

1991 Michael Landon actor (Bonanza), dies at 54 from cancer

Events to celebrate today......

Canada Day
American Zoo Day
Hersey Incorporated Day- I love me some Hersey Candy!!!!
T.V. Commercial Day- There are fuuny and stuipid ones for sure!!!