Roman Pasta-Eating Santa With Dominick The Donkey

Bettmann/Corbis Dec 1959 image in Dec '05 Saveur mag

Bettmann/Corbis Dec 1959 image in Dec ’05 Saveur mag

Birthday Bang-Up: From Iggy To Oaxaca

Originally posted on The Blog of Funny Names:

You may have read that yesterday was long-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II’s 89th birthday. But it was also a day of birth for much funnier-named folk than Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. Yep, that’s her regal name. It’s not quite as interesting as singer Iggy Pop (not to be confused with Iggy Azalea, whom we profiled less than a year ago), who turned the big 6-8, enjoying his Medicare benefits while sitting topless on a couch. Does he even own shirts? And nope, Iggy wasn’t his real name. He was born James Newell Osterberg, Jr.

Who else ate cake yesterday? Little Jason Duggar turned 15, surrounded by many of his 18 brothers and sisters. Peace out, Jason.

Jason, the one who fell 12 feet into an orchestra pit and broke his leg, carries a rather normal name. However, let us recall that ALL of his siblings have J names:

Joshua, twins Jana…

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At Your Service

Univ of Colorado 1955

Univ of Colorado 1955


Viking Yearbook 1949

Viking Yearbook 1949

Down A County Road, Part II

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As I continued down the county road, I passed these signs. The bluebonnets were still hanging on. They usually disappear by tax day, April 15.

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There were seas of them.

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A storm had possibly split the trunk of this chinaberry tree.

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And mesquite trees dotted the land.

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Happy trails to you!



Down A County Road, Part I

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I took advantage of the nice spring weather and spent the better part of Friday morning, driving down a nearby county road. I passed this white horse.

And this lemonade stand.

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A field of wildflowers.

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A rusting propane tank, not unlike the kind I used as my horse when playing cowgirl as a child.

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And some wheels that hadn’t been driven in years, better suited for the streets of Havana, Cuba than an antique car graveyard.

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Dogs Watching Football

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The dogs had a front-row seat to a father-son football game in the backyard last night. They witnessed the passes and fumbles.

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As usual, the male seemed more interested in the game. Jemima paused briefly from her latest goal of digging a hole to China while Tonto looked enraptured.

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Good Way To Ruin Those Florsheim Shoes

1952 El Rancho

1952 El Rancho

Log Surfing



Highway Wildflowers

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Bluebonnets 017We couldn’t pass these up yesterday. Who knows who long they’ll last?

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