A Chapel fixture for over 40 years. The pie has a custardy filling made with milk, eggs, melted butter and, of course, you-know-what.
PUMPKIN PIE-- Aboard the USS North Carolina
On Thanksgiving 1943, sailors on board the battleship USS North Carolina, stationed off the Gilbert Islands in the Pacific had a feast. Baked ham, giblet gravy, shipped potatoes, Waldorf salad, Grench peas, Parker House rolls, pumpkin pie and ice cream.
For the pumpkin pie crust, baker Donald Ayer's recipe required 200 pounds of flour, 96 pounds of shortening and 6 pounds of salt. The custardy filling included evaporated milk, sugar and eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Pumpkin Pie For 2,339. --RoadPie
LOVEMAKING TIPS FOR SENIORS: Set the mood with lighting. (Turn them ALL OFF!)
1. ACADEMY AWARDS-- A big thanks to Regal Cinemas in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, for devoting screens to showing the movies nominated for Best Picture in the Academy Awards. Of the nine nominated, I had only seen four of them (despite having been to theaters 55 times in 2017): "Darkest Hour", "Dunkirk", "The Post" and "Three Billboards."
I have since seen "Call Me By Your Name", "Lady Bird" and "The Shape of Water". I plan to see the other two this week.
2. DRIFTWOOD PROBLEMS-- I have actually been able to catch up on my blogs after having all sorts of problems while at Panama City Beach at the Driftwood Lodge, which would not accept my laptop and at one time we didn't have enough power to get on line.
3. PRINCE O'WHALES-- Last week, Liz called me from the computer downstairs to watch the episode on NCIS: LA in which the bar Prince O'Whales near Los Angeles was blown up. We'd visited the bar back in 2006 when we were looking for NTN sites to play trivia. It was surely a dive bar then, but still stands as an area in the back specially constructed for the site was blown up. They even had a "See Us Get Blown Up" party.
Love Those Dive Bars. --RoadDog
LOVEMAKING TIPS FOR SENIORS: Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.
1. VACATIONS SURE GO FAST-- We just got back from a sixteen day vacation to Panama City Beach in Florida. It was two, well three, days down and two days back. We were there by Feb. 2 and I was thinking, "Wow, we have eleven more days to go." Then, suddenly it was time to leave. Wouldn't it be nice if vacations lasted longer.
Well, for that matter, every day goes real fast when you're retired. Hey, we're almost through two months of this new year. Didn't it just begin?
2. GAS GOUGE-- Our local Fox Lake, Illinois, gas stations pulled their monthly gas gouge earlier this week. Monday, I filled up one car for $2.30. Tuesday that station had gas for $2.60. Because they can.
3. FLOODING-- Since we got home northern Illinois has sure entered the monsoon season. It has rained and rained. Thankfully, though, it was rain and not snow. Had it been snow we would have had at least 16-22 inches. The warm weather melted around eight inches of snow already on the ground and then all that rain as well as frozen lakes and rivers and all that rain, there was no where for the water to go so we had a lot of flooding, but nothing too serious.
Kinda cold this morning, but warmed up nicely. Caught some rays on the deck. Best day we've had so far.
We've been trained well by three local sparrows to feed them whenever they chirp.
Went back to Patches and, unbelievably, got a place to sit inside. Had cheap beer at Shuckums and split a half pound of fresh steamed shrimp. Donovan's of course.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Another nice day for the deck. At the Driftwood Lodge, our front door is about 200 feet from the Gulf of Mexico and with all that super white sand. Went looking for Cici's pizza, a favorite of ours, but it was closed. Ended up in Panama City at Golden Corral and all that food. Donovan's, of course.
APPLEJACKS-- Wayne Couny Fair at fair time. (Nope, not a cereal.)
Last year, a church folded, fried and sold more than 8,000 of 'em. In case you're wondering, they are a crispy, just-fried apple hand pie, meaning you eat it without a fork... your hands. I had one once at the Fremont Daffodil Festival. Good eating anytime, anywhere.
GRAPE HULL PIE-- Duplin Winery, Rose Hill
N.C.'s oldest winery and largest by volume. These are muscadine grapes and some don't become wine. They become pies.
Pie Me. --RoadPie
SOME OBSERVATIONS: The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims." try it.
1. BILLY GRAHAM-- I was listening to the Surf, WVCO 94.9 FM out of North Myrtle Beach this morning. The song "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield was playing. At the end of it, the deejay said that he had just gotten the news of Billy Graham's death. Quite a coincidence.
2. WARM MYRTLE BEACH-- I am a bit jealous of Myrtle Beach, S.C., though. Temperatures there today are in the upper 70s, and even lower 80s in some places. Must be a Southern thing.
3. COLD HERE-- Well, as warm as Myrtle Beach is today, we are cold here in Northern Illinois. Yesterday we had 55 degrees, but it rained all day. We are so thankful it wasn't 21 degrees as it is today as we'd sure have had a real lot of snow.
Rain (not so good) then sun and sat outside and enjoyed it. Stayed put today as we'd sure driven enough the last four days.
Walked across the street to Donovan's and watched the Super Bowl drinking $1 pints and quite an array of food. Mostly Eagle fans (everyone is tired of New England always being there. Great game and first ever Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Championship. Congrats, the Eagle Has Landed!!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Enjoyed the deck on a nice day. Went to Dusty's, a favorite place of ours for a pitcher of beer and then Donovan's. Watched as much of the movie "Woodstock: Director's Cut from 10:30 to 12:30 a.m., until I couldn't stay up any longer. Earlier today an article in the Panama City News Herald about a woman living there who was at Woodstock and got her picture in Life Magazine.
So, Today Was Woodstock Day (Coming Up On Its 50th Anniversary). --RoadDog
We arrived in Panama City Beach (PCB) around noon and checked into the Driftwood Lodge. Went to Wal-Mart to stock up the beer and then drove the long, long way (distance, traffic and stoplights) out to the east end of PCB looking for a bar friends had told us about called Patches, but couldn't find it.
Disappointed as we were, we drowned our sorrows at Sharkeys, Pompano Joe's and finally, our favorite PCB watering hole, Donovan's Reef.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3
Had breakfast at Burger King and did some shopping at Dollar Tree and bought a king cake at Winn-Dixie. Hey, Mardi Gras after all. And, Mardi Gras in both Panama City and PCB was a big reason we came down this early in February.
Drove to Panama City for the St. Andrews Mardi Gras parade and collected a whole lot of beads even though we weren't really trying to get them.
We "found" patches on the way back, and it was everything we had heard it was, a locals favorite and quite the dive bar with patches of military, fire departments and police all over the interior.
Went to Donovan's, something we did every day we were in PCB.
In case you're wondering why so many of my blog entries of late have dealt with things that happened on specific days, we have been in Panama City Beach, Florida for a couple weeks and the local Panama City News Herald has a Today in History column.
On FEBRUARY 3, 1959, rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
ON FEBRUARY 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS.
The Beatles Sure Had a Huge Impact On Me. --RoadDog
SOME OBSERVATIONS: If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?
We went to Panama City Beach, Florida, in the early part of this month for our annual drive to the warm and Mardi Gras. We covered 2,350 miles, and went through Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida.
On the way down, we managed to catch a rush hour in Indy, the trucks from hell in Louisville the first day and, on the second day, with thoughts of making it to PCB , ended up spending a night in Enterprise, Alabama, when the front brakes on the car went out.
Fortunately, we found a Chevrolet place in Enterprise and they fixed it right away the next day to send us on our way.
Arrived at the Driftwood Lodge in PCB on Friday.
A Two-Day Trip Turned Into Three Days. --RoadDog
SOME OBSERVATIONS (From the Wassup magazine) Do twins ever realize that one of them was unplanned?
It is just so sad to find out the horrible thing that happened at that Florida high school on Wednesday. Seventeen more innocents murdered by a deranged psychokiller. An, he didn't even have the decency to kill himself. Instead, the coward sneaked out of the school.
Yesterday, we saw his public defender saying he felt sorry for doing it and that it was because of his mental illness.
I wish media would refuse to show his picture or mention his name. Maybe he just did it to get his name and face out there.
First it was the five student murders at Northern Illinois University, now this.
10. THERE IS-- Dells #20
9. BABY NOW THAT I FOUND YOU-- Foundations #11
8. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE-- Cream #5
7. NOBODY BUT ME-- Human Beinz #8
6. GOING OUT OF MY HEAD-- Lettermen #7
5. I WISH IT WOULD RAIN-- Temptations #4
4. DIFFERENT DRUM-- Stone Poneys #13
3. SPOOKY-- Classics IV #3
2. I WONDER WHAT SHE'S DOING TONIGHT-- Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart #8
1. LOVE IS BLUE-- Paul Mauriat #1
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You Cry and Moan and Say It Will Work Out." Answer below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "As I approached the intersection, a stop sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid an accident." Those really sneaky stop signs like to do that.
20. SIMON SAYS-- 1910 Fruitgum Company #4 First hit for the New Jersey Bubble Gum quintet. I don't care what anybody says, I really liked that Bubble Gum Music. And, they even had the Shadows of Knight record some of it.
19. DOCK OF THE BAY-- Otis Redding #1 "(Sittin' On the ) Dock of the Bay" Recorded just three days before his death on December 10, 1967.
18. WE CAN FLY-- Cowsills #21 Family pop group from Newport, Rhode Island.
17. EVERYTHING THAT TOUCHES YOU-- Association #10 Formed in Los Angeles in 1965. Their last Top Ten.
16. GREEN TAMBORINE-- Lemon Pipers #1 "Green Tambourine." Psychedelic Bubble Gum quintet from Oxford, Ohio.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Sittin' In the Morning Sun. I'll be Sittin' When the Evenin' Comes." Answer below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "A truck backed through my windshield and into my wife's face." Sure.