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Friday, February 29, 2008

I Have a Blogaroni

A whole year of blogging finally paid off. On Thursday, February 28, 2008, I was awarded a Blogaroni Award at the Springfield Local Area Blogger's Award Ceremony. It was held at the Panera on National Avenue.

It was informal. I didn’t rent a tux, but I did make myself a mask, just in case someone took a photo and put it on their blog (I wouldn’t want my true identity to be known).

I had a great time meeting the people behind the blogs I read everyday and talking with those I already knew. We discussed everything from Larry Rice, my coverage of the Chase Waggoner, scandal, "Popcicle Boy," Iphones, and the local blog which we dubbed "Worst Blog Ever" (the guy wasn’t there and probably wouldn’t show up if we asked him).

Congratulations to all the winners. I will post a picture of my "slightly ripped" award. As Sally Field said, "You like me! You really like me."

There is a complete list of nominies over at Larry Litle's sight. Here are the winners: 1. Best Special Event Coverage (Blog and the coverage) -
Life of Jason - Live blogging at City Council

2. Best Comical Blog - Desdinova, Super Villain of the Ozarks -- Winner

3. Best News Blog: KY3 Political Notebook --Co Winner
Branson, Missouri -- Co Winner

4. Best Entertainment Blog: Go Magazine -- Winner

5. Best Photography Blog: Ozark Photos --Winner

6. Best Personal Blog: Fat Jack's Erratic Rants -- Winner

7. Best Local Coverage Blog: Life of Jason --Winner

8. Best Resource Blog: Ozark Storms -- Winner

9. Best Sports Blog (coverage, promotion, or fantasy sports): Springfield MO Soccer -- Winner

10. Best Political Blog: KY3 Political Notebook --Winner

11. Most Improved Blog: The 2 Dollar Bill --Co Winner
Busplunge -- Co Winner

12. Rookie Blog of the Year: Life of Jason -- Winner

13. Blog of the Year: Life of Jason --Winner

14. Blog Post of the YearLife of Jason post: “If I had a retard for a kid…” -- Winner

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Buddy Miles Dies

All Access reports: "BUDDY MILES, 60, died TUESDAY night in AUSTIN with his family at his side. He was the drummer and co-founder of the legendary BAND OF GYPSYS with JIMI HENDRIX. MILES worked with some of the biggest names in music, including STEVIE WONDER, BARRY WHITE, DAVID BOWIE and GEORGE CLINTON. MILES also recorded and produced the CALIFORNIA RAISINS commercials."

All Access left out Buddy Miles was a member of the pioneering-but short-lived 60s band Electric Flag. They were first of what some jokingly refered to as the "Horny bands." Their brassy, Big Band sound paved the way for Blood, Sweat and Tears, Lighthouse and Chicago.

One of the members of Electric Flag, Nick Gravenites said of Miles, "He was a big, huge guy, looked like Baby Huey."

William F. Buckley Jr. has Died

William F. Buckley Jr. has died. He was not the screaming, threatening wacko we’ve come to hear on radio. He was different than those guys. Buckley was more subtle. He used big words which he spoke slowly and softly. He was a Preppy if there ever was one.

He was a fixture on PBS from the late 60s until 1999 (which the talk radio freaks hate). He wasn’t afraid to mix with the other people who probably to see things his way or take him seriously. He was in a crazy question and answer segment on Laugh-In (Allan Sues asked him if he had seen Myra Brekkenridge). On the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson got him to admit to smoking pot. His guest even included Beat poet Allen Ginsburg and Groucho Marx.

He founded National Review in 1955. Former President Ronald Reagan credits the magazine with his switch from being a Democrat to a Republican (Why couldn’t he have read Mad magazine or something else?).

Mr. FaBuckley, as Lilly Tomlin’s operator Ernistine, called him was 82. Here is CNN’s story.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy V.D (That stands for Valentine's Day)!

Valentine’s Day is here and almost past. It is a holiday that you either love or hate, because your memories are either good or bad. CNN has a great story on their website about this.

Sadly, at the moment there is no woman in Desdinova’s life, so I haven’t had to purchase anything for VD (Valentine’s Day).

I understand my co-worker, Chubby or whatever his name is, has been railing on Valentine’s Day as an evil plot by women to get gifts. Nice attitude. Of course, across town, “Popcicle Boy” has been giving advice on what to do for Valentine’s Day. Men: I’m no chick magnet (although I have invented one and when it is perfected I WILL RULE THE WORLD! Mwu-HAHAHAHA!) but I’m know that if you are taking advice on how to be romantic from Vincent David John Jacob Jingle Himerschmit Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla (who found a kangaroo) Shimmy Shimmy Ko-ko Bop Ramma Lama Ding Dong Do Wah Diddy Diddy Da Do Ron Ron Ron Da Do Ron Ron Gidyup Ooomp Pompa Oooomp Pompa Mow Mow Hiyo Silver Away Banana Fanna Fo Fanna De Doo Doo Doo De Da Da Da (That's all I want to say to you)Gabba Gabba Hey Gabba Hey (Now you're one of us) two all-beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onion on a sesame seed bun, Itsy Bittsy Tiny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Joiner-Kersee Sammy Davis Junior Jericho, YOU DON’T DESERVE A GIRLFRIEND OR WIFE!

I spent a ton of money between seventh grade and my senor year on Eunice Moneymaker (pictured above). She went and married another guy. I really feel that she should pay me back for all the money I wasted on her. For instance, I would buy her a box of chocolates and she would give them to the rednecks and jock boys in her homeroom class. Eunice's knack for heartbreaking is responsible for me becoming the Super-villain of the Ozarks.

However, being nice does sometimes have advantages. I gave one young lady I was interested in a Valentine. I sort of snuck it in with something else. She didn’t notice it. I thought I had failed. The next day, she told me she found it later. She thanked me for it. She also told me the rat she was dating at that time had not given her a Valentine. She’s now married to someone else, but at least she appreciated it.

So Happy VD to all of you!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Do I Get The Points or Is the Game Off?

There was a time when the members of the blogging community played a strange game with Ron Davis at Chatter. When someone would hear of the death of a famous or semi-famous, we would e-mail Ron with the info and he would give the person who contacted him first "the points." Some critisized us over it and Ron is busier with KSPR news. So they game may have ended.

However, I wanted to bring these three deaths to your attention.

  1. Cartoonist Gus Arriola, who created the comic strip "Gordo." The comic strip about a Mexican bean farmer who becomes a tour guide. The strip is credited with helping educated many American's about Hispanic culture and their neighbor South of the Border. He was 90.
  2. Actor Barry Morse. My generation knew him as Dr. Victor Bergman on Space 1999. Older people remember him as Lt. Gerard on the Fugitive. He made Gerard almost deranged in his hatred of Richard Kimble, played by David Jansen. In one episode, he is told Kimble may have died in a car accident. He squeezes a coffee until it breaks. Steven King once said that he thought rather than admitting he was wrong about the one-armed man to Kimble, he should have shot himself or beat up Kimble while screaming "NO!NO! It should have been YOU! I WANT YOU TO BE THE KILLER!" Morse was 89.
  3. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru to the Beatles, Donovan, Mia Farrow, Beach Boy Mike Love, David Lynch and Deepak Chopra. John Lennon was got upset with him and wrote the White Album song "Sexy Sadie"He was 91.

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