Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Haunted Evening

It;s that time of year again, and Bill Tucker has been working long hours to create a new haunted area. Stop by his house on Halloween to meet Billy Bob Bayou and friends. Admission is free, donations are appreciated,

October 31, 2010
7 pm until ?
116 Sanford Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Are You Older Than Dirt?

From John S.....Thanks!

'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat? It was a place called 'at home,'I explained. 'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

 But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow)

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a..m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you
didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never
be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :
Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about.

Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the
last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning.(there were only 3 channels... [if you were fortunate])
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H greenstamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulbs
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You' re older than dirt!

Broadway Brassy Comes To Town!

Friday, November 12 at 9:00pm - November 13 at 1:00am

LocationThe Red Palace (formerly the Palace of Wonders)
1210 H. St NE
Washington, DC

Created By

More InfoSugar Shack Burlesque Presents: "A Good Old Fashioned Burlesque Show"
November 12th
The Red Palace
1210 H. St NE
Washington, DC
Doors 8pm, show 10pm

Who doesn't love a little bump and grind? Coming to you direct from the Big Apple are none other than New York Burlesque SuperStars Legs Malone, RunAround Sue and Scooter Pie. Sassing up the mix is the one and only Broadway Brassy with her golden throat and endless heart and soul! Charlie RVA will be on deck kittening and shimmying for your perverted pleasure. Join us as we bring to you, "A Good Old Fashioned Burlesque Show" with live music, hot burlesque, unforgettable audience participation and a few other things unfit to print... Bring your friends, your lovers and everyone in between.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Steve Whisler Meet and Greet

News from Glenn..

Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 9:00 PM

At El Nayer Restaurant, corner of Mellor Avenue and Frederick Road

You are invited to meet Steve Whisler. Get to know your candidate surrounded by  Catonsville's finest Mexican food. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors who would like to meet Steve. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Feel  free to bring your own beer or wine.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Luck of the Irish Basket Bingo

Pat Foster and family are once again hosting  basket bingo.  It is always a fun evening.
And, 100% of the proceeds go to Relay for Life.

Friday, October 8, 2010         Doors open at 6, Bingo at 7
The Lodge   2832 Frederick Road   Catonsville, MD 21228

Tickets are $15,  Table of ten is $120 total,  $3 off per ticket
There will also be additional raffles and special baskets.

Who would like to go? You can email Pat for tickets at

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hello from North Carolina

We landed in Charlotte and drove down to Asheville yesterday. Everyone is having a great time at the reunion.  Only weird event was that the hotel assigned another patron to my room at 11:30 pm, and I awoke to hearing the door card click and the door opening. Think both of us were equally surprised!

Biltmore Estates was amazing. Situated on 8000 acres, it features forests, mountains, fields, two rivers and streams. Gorgeous! Dad loved all of the woodworking masterpieces in the house, and Mom loved the relaxing lunch at Deerpark. I loved everything!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jeff's Ice Cream Photo

From Glenn with love

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Shhhh, Strange Relationships at Sam's

The Joy Boys and Akbar

Gladys and Bill T.

Lois and Glenn

Donnie and Doug

Bill W. and Sue

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Get Well, Glenn!

Jean, Katelyn, Tom and Paul, a good weekend visit!

Glenn was in Sam's this morning. He was having knee replacement surgery at Kernan's this afternoon.  Send him your best thoughts and healing powers!

The $50 Cucumber

A few weeks ago, a groundhog ate all of the cucumbers off of the plant my Dad had raised from seed. My Dad bought and put up fencing around the plant, whuch had to reinforced several times. He caught and delivered two groundhogs and several squirrels to the state park. And here is the fruit of all his Mom calculated that given the cost of the fencing, this is a $50 cucumber! Delicious.

At the Parade

Paul, Pop, and Dusty.....the John Deere tractor goes to the parade.
Dorothy and Paul with a cold drink
The gang on the curb


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy July 3rd in Catonsville!

Chairs are even on the roof for the 4th of July Parade on Frederick Road!

Blankets are staked out at Catonsville HS  for the fireworks.

The holiday weekend kicked off with a Friday night concert by Appaloosa. Weather was perfect!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Frederick Road Fridays and Happy Father's Day!

And here's my dear Dad on his prized John Deere green riding lawn mower.

TGIF everyone! Free Friday night concerts start tonight
Park by Sam's and walk on over

Frederick Road Fridays
New Summer Concert Series

EVERY FRIDAY – June 19 to Sept 11, 2009
Egges Lane, Catonsville, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Great Fun for the whole family.
Spend your Fridays in the heart of Catonsville.

Current Schedule: Subject to change

June 19 - Automatic Slim
June 26 - 5 Oaks
July 3 - Appaloosa
July 10 - Reality Jones
July 24 - Bill Dickson & MTT
July 31 - The Gigs
August 7 - High Strung
August 14 - Marquis Soul
August 21 - The Channel Cats
August 28 - Groove Mammals
September 4 - Blue Streak
September 11 - UMBC Night

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hi Hon!

Dorothy's husband, Dusty, snapped this photo of Sue, Dorothy and Alicia.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Only in Bawlmer, Hon!

6 PM to 6 AM Relay for Life at CCBC Tonight

Pat, Dorothy and Alicia relax in the Glamour Tent while Sue gets her do done.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hon Fest This Weekend!

Happy Birthday to Pat R. today....hope you celebrate!

If you want to go to Hon Fest, we are meeting at Sam's parking lot tomorrow, Saturday, at 11 am, and we can carpool. I am not planning to stay more than a few hours, and I am not planning to go if it rains. We had a lot of fun last year, so I hope you can come. Tease that hair, wear your leopard print and  cat-eye glasses!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Embrace Life - Wear Your Seatbelt

OK, Doug S., this one's for you. Watch this excellent video and buckle up, you have lots of folks who love you!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Greet the Troops at BWI

Below is the June schedule for troop arrivals at BWI. Could you post this for all to see. A few people expressed interest. There is a warning regarding the schedule. Arrival times can change at any time so please verify the time before you leave for the airport. Go on line to or call 410-630-1555 two hours before you leave. Your parking ticket will be validated by a member of the group . Volunteers should arrive one hour before the arrival time in order to put up signs, fill goody bags or do whatever needs to be done. Team Leaders have a store room behind the Air Tran ticket counter. The food and water is loaded on carts, put on the elevator at the end of Air Tran counter and taken to the area where the troops arrive. If anybody is interested, they can follow me down or ride with me.
From Pat Richardson

Check the dates, they are not in chronological order.
June 2 -7:00 p.m.
June 16 - 8:30 p.m.
June 30 -2:30 p.m.
June 3 - 8:00 p.m.
June 17 - 8:30 p.m.
June 5 - 9:30 p.m.
June 18 - 1:00 p.m.

June 7 - 3:30 p.m.
June 23 - 9:00 p.m.
June 9 - 6:00 p.m.
June 24 - 1:00 p.m.
June 11 - 7:00 p.m.
 June 25 - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Gratitude Campaign

Thanks to John S. for sharing this video about showing gratitude to our servicemen. Click on the link to watch and pass it along to others as we celebrate Memorial Day.

Coffee, Bagels and Family Information

A great photo of Harold sailing at Key West  :)

Corridor at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

Famous Key West sunset

You never know what you might learn at Sam's. This morning, Harold and I learned that our son, Paul, was enroute to Ocean City! He had spent the night at a friend's, then they decided to get up early and drive to the beach. Stopped by my folks at 5:30 this morning (knowing my parents would be awake) and asked them to let us know where they were headed. Harold and I had stupid expressions on our faces.....

Then people discussed crazy things their grandmothers said to them.
If  Dorothy said she didn't have anything to do, her granny said
 "Take off your stocking and pee in your shoe".
Her granny also said "Pick up a horse turd and run"  if you said you needed some fun.

Harold's Gram told him to "Pat yourself on the ass and yell hooray" when he said he was bored. She was also famous for saying "I'll give you something to cry about".

If your family has a crazy saying, please commeny below and tell us about it.

Doug H. said he always learns something new when he comes to Sam's.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Relay for Life and Hon Fest

Bill T's trashy alligator

Glenn wants us to check out the American Cancer Society Catonsville Relay for Life at . It will be held on June 12, 2010. We can participate by walking and/or by giving a donation.

The Sam's crowd had talked about this event last year but only after it was too late. It is June 12/June 13 this year. I suggest we get a group. Get costumes. And go as a Sam's field trip to Hon Fest. What do you think? Tacky enough for our crowd?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

another beautiful butterfly

Hi everyone, it is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. And here is a green hint for you. Bring your travel mug to Sam's when buying coffee. Not only do you save using a paper cup, you save some cash too. Coffee in a
travel mug will only cost you 99 cents! So do something good for your planet today.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Steel Drum Concert at Catonsville High Tomorrow

Join me Friday night, April 16, at Catonsville High School to see the Steel Drum Band and the world-famous Ken "Professor" Philmore play.  See you at 7 won't even see the Pro's hands move when he plays. I think the cost is $10 per adult.

News from Glenn

Sue's photo from the Butterfly Enclosure at The Museum of Natural on Tuesdays

We are asking local schools, churches and businesses to help us with advertising our annual Basket Bingo Fundraiser. If you can add the following information to your bulletins, communication emails, or newsletters as a community event, we would greatly appreciate your support.
St. Agnes Hospital Cancer Center is hosting a Basket Bingo featuring filled Longaberger Baskets and Vera Bradley Bags on Friday, April 23, 2010 at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church at 27 Melvin Avenue, Catonsville, MD. Doors open at 6:30 and games begin at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and include one (1) book of cards with 20 games. Reserve tickets in advance by calling 410-368-2603. Cash or Checks only (with checks payable to St. Marks Catholic Church).
Additional raffles and door prizes, three (3) specials and King Tut sold separately.
All proceeds support The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, St. Mark’s Scholarship Fund & the Ribbons of Comfort.


I wanted to make sure that anyone with a desire to help was aware of the tragedy we recently had in Catonsville. Jessica Moran Lombardini, wife of The Candlelight Inn co-owner Christian Lombardini, died on April 6 at the age of 27. She had just given birth on March 29 to their first child, a son named Gianni Franco, when she subsequently developed complications and was admitted to the University of Maryland Hospital. The exact details are not clear, but she passed away a short time later. A trust fund to benefit their newborn son has been set up at Wachovia Bank at 582 Frederick Road in Catonsville. Christian and his brother Marc, who took over the Candlelight when their father Franco passed away, have been long-time supporters of local causes and solid and reliable business people and advocates in the community. Jessica was not only Christian's wife but the restaurant's banquet manager. I know all of your hearts and thoughts will go out to Christian and baby Gianni in this tragic time.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

They're Back!!!!

  • After several days' absence, the familiar blue napkins are back at Sam's, much to the delight of one of our regulars. Bon appetit!
  • Gladys made it in yesterday after falling last week and sustaining a lumbar fracture. She is in quite a bit of pain, but came in without a walker ubder her own power, and managed to laugh with us.
  • The Cluster Map for this blog showing readers has been automatically archived and reset. I was rather sad to see the dots removed from six continents and reset to just two dots now. I truly enjoyed seeing all those dots representing unknown visitors. We have had over 32,000 readers to date.
  • Don is back from his trip to Florida with his family. It was so quiet while he was away.
  • Bill T. told his oldest son that another son (previously unknown to the family) would be attending his grandfather's funeral. In perpetuating this prank, he introduced me as this long-lost child's mother at the funeral home! I think Bill should be prepared for paybacks in the near future.

    Here is an adorable Easter photo of Alicia's twin nieces, wearing fire helmets (their favorites) and searching for eggs in the backyard. Alicia reported that after their visit (and potty training), she found a line of Easter stickers in the bathroom.
And for the weirdly curious, here is a photo of my brisket scar, caused by accidentally pouring gravy on my leg as I removed a roasting pan from the oven. It now appears in the shape of an "S", so my Sam's friends have dubbed it "Susan's Super Sexy Seder Sauce Scar".  Can't wait to invite all of you over to dinner soon!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Arrangements for Bill Tucker's Dad

Bill Tucker's Dad passed away last week in Florida. Bill and his brothers had five good days with their Dad before he died, for which they are really grateful.  We are glad to have Bill back in our midst, we missed his laughter. You were in out thoughts and prayers. The arrangements are as follows:

William Tucker
Viewing at MacNabb's Funeral Home
Frederick Road at Wade Avenue
Friday, April 2, 2010
Viewing from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm
Funeral Saturday morning at MacNabb's

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 12, 2010

Stimulus Money Suggestions from John S.


Sometime this year, we taxpayers will probably again receive another 'Economic Stimulus' payment.
This is indeed a very exciting program, and I'll explain it by

Using a Q & A format:

Q. What is an 'Economic Stimulus' payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen of it.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a High-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?
A. Shut up.

Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.S. Economy by Spending your stimulus check wisely:

* If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will Go to China or Sri Lanka.

* If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to the Arabs.

* If you purchase a computer, it will go to India, Taiwan or China.

* If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala ..

* If you buy an efficient car, it will go to Japan or Korea.

* If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan.

* If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go To management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.

Instead, keep the money in America by:
1) Spending it at yard sales, or
2) Going to ball games, or
3) Spending it on prostitutes, or
4) Beer or
5) Tattoos.
(These are the only American businesses still operating in the U.S.)

Go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a yard Sale and drink beer all day!

No need to thank me, I'm just glad I could be of help

The Great Catonsville Cow Flop 2010

Type: Causes - Fundraiser

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2010

Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Christian Temple

Street: 5820 Edmondson Ave

City/Town: Catonsville, MD  21228

On April 11, 2010 The Friends of Troop 306 is putting on
The Great Catonsville Cow Flop 2010
The event is taking place at Christian Temple on Edmondson Ave in Catonsville. The event is a fundraiser for the Boy Scout's High Adventure trip to Northern Tier taking place in June.

What happens is people purchase a 1x1 square foot “plot” and there are 2000 of these plots sold

On the day of the event a newly fed cow is brought to the field and is allowed to roam around until it poops……………… yes I am 100% serious!

Anyway, if it poops on your plot you win $1500. There will be celebrity judges making the final call.

Tickets are being sold for $10 each. Tickets can be purchased from Troop 306 parents. Also, tickets will be sold at the Catonsville 7-11 on Frederick Road (outside the Beltway) on March 20 and at the 7-11 on Edmondson Ave (the Junction) on March 27.

Tell all of your friends!!!! It's going to be a fun day!!!!

Get your tickets from Jeff S........and yes, this is another blog post full of BS!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bill called to say that his Dad's health has taken a turn for the worse. He and his two brothers are leaving this evening to drive down to Florida  to be with him.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill and his family. Hope your trip is safe.

Bill also wanted to remind everyone that his wife, Janice, has $5 tickets for the all-you-can-eat benefit breakfast at Applebee's. It will be held this Saturday from 8-10 am, proceeds go to the Ravens Roost. You can email me if you need Janice's phone number.

I am attending a class this week, so I hope to see everyone on Sunday.  Stay well!

And I corrected an error.....Jeff plunged into the Atlantic, not the Bay.  Brrrr either way, Jeff! Thanks for your contribution to the Special Olympics program.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Welcome Back, Gladys!

Glenn can get tickets for CCBC's Women's Expo this weekend. You can check out the agenda at  (Hey Glenn, I read this link as "women sexpo md"...... I blame too many breakfasts with Donnie!) Tickets benefit Glenn's fundraising as well.

Also this weekend, the Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast will be held from 8-10 am at Applebee's, 6505 Baltimore National Pike. A $5 donation is requested and all benefits go to Ravens Roost #88. Janice, Bill T's wife, is a member.

Alicia is spending the week sailing around the Bahamas with her family. Sounds great, send pictures!

Jeff was snowed out from the Deep Creek Lake Polar Bear Plunge, but he plunged anyway  in the  Atlantic Ocean to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Glenn reminds us of  Baltimore County's hazardous waste collection day, April 11, 2010. 

Good luck to Pat R. who is in Fort Lauderdale, FL, considering a condo purchase.