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|[Musical Tidbit] When I wrote Feelin’ Alright, it had a question mark after it. It was an unrequited love song about not feeling too good myself. Denny Cordell, who was producing a new album with Joe Cocker said, “I have something I want you to hear.” He proceeded to play me the recording of Joe’s version of Feelin’ Alright. Wow. I was blown away. This song was no longer about not feeling too good myself. It WAS feelin’ alright! I owe a great debt of gratitude to Joe Cocker for cutting that song. Even though I wrote it and sang it with Traffic, it is the quintessential version that will live on long after his passing and mine. What a voice. ~Dave Mason|
|[“Tipping your mail carrier and garbage man”] When I lived in the Keys I would only tip the garbage man because most of the time he went above and beyond. My mail I picked up from my PO box. Now that I live in Hudson and get my mail delivered and I know my mail carrier loves chocolate so there is always fancy truffles in the mailbox for her on the 24th.
My garbage I actually have to take to what they call a dump which in the Keys we would call a fancy park complete with Sand hill Cranes. You have to stop at a gate where the ladies are friendly (on the 24th I take them a big tray of cookies), then you drive through the park-like area to where the guys tell you in which of 10 bins to put your trash (I also give them a big tray of cookies). You never see garbage except your own and you never smell garbage. I do this because they are all good people who I see and talk to weekly and it makes me happy to do it, not because it may or not be politically correct
|[Engrish] On my T-Mobile cell phone I pay by the minute, and I’m paying for daily ads—spoken in Spanish!|
|Want to create the best Christmas ever? Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve your forgiveness. Hug a stranger. Pass on something that you want to keep for yourself. Spend time with the ones you love. Spend time on your knees. Decorate your life with light and laughter. Love yourself while you’re loving others. Christmas is about Christ and Christ is all about your joy and happiness.|
|Merry Christmas to Ed and the CT!Tis the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
Not a creature is stirring, !Caramaba! ?Que Pasa?
The stockings are hanging, con mucho cuidado,
In hopes that St. Nicholas will feel obligado.
To leave a few cosas aqui and alli,
For Chico y Chica (and something por mi!)
Los ninos are snuggled all safe in their camas
(Some in camisas and some in pajamas).
Their little cabezas are full of good things,
Todos esperan que Santa will bring!
Santa is down at the corner saloon
(muy boracho since mid afternoon);
Mama is sitting beside la ventana,
Shining her rolling pin para manana,
When Santa will come en un manner extrano.
Lit up like the Star on Mountain cantando,
Y Mama lo manda to bed with a right,
Merry Christmas a todos y todos a good night!
|This is Tom Jones show featuring Tom, Joe Cocker and the Grease Band. Video|
|Christmas Day Dec 25th Springer’s will be serving Christmas dinner with all the fixings. Fried turkey, roasted ham, mashed potatoes, and everything else we can think of. Christmas dinner will be served starting at 2 pm.Friday December 26 Live Music with Tim Andrews starting at 6 pm. Check it out at VideoSunday December 28. Football !!! 14 TV’s, Every game is on. Your friends are here. We’ve got a full bar and Happy Hour specials!
Monday December 29 is Mexican Monday – Specials with a Mexican twist
Tuesday December 30. Italian Tuesday – Italian inspired food specials
New Year’s Eve, Wednesday December 31 The Party is on!!! Giveaways, Free Jello Shots, Lots of Fun (Springer is entertaining), Free Shot at Midnight
Thursday January 1. Begin the New Year at Springer’s. We open at 11 am. Come in for our Bloody Mary’s.
Every Saturday in January. Bill Hach, our favorite comedian is back!
Merry Christmas form everyone at Springer’s!
|I could not pass this opportunity to respond to Oprah donating millions. If she didn’t, the IRS would take the money, that’s why you donate, for tax purposes, and that you would rather see your money put to good use. The flip side of that coin is this, if you are a recipient of her generosity, you have to pay taxes on it. Food for thought|
|The Keys worst cover of “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus“. Hey, give them a break it was Christmas Eve 2011. Video|
|[“AOL. Uh Oh! Email Returned”] People actually still use AOL? I thought it went out of business.|
Redneck stocking stuffers.
|I’m convinced that Deer Ed’s computer problems are his computer’s reacting to being abandoned all week end!|
Happy “Holidays” to you politically correct people.
|“I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
|You can make this the happiest season of all for everyone
As sung by Andy Williams, one of the famous crooners of our lifetime, this is the “Happiest Season of All.” But not for everyone.There are many of us who through hard work and a bit of luck are fortunate to enjoy the many blessings of a fruitful life. We have good reason to consider this the happiest season of all. On the other hand, there are many among us, indeed some of us, whose lives have gone in other, less pleasant directions.We all know people who are suffering with medical and mental health issues; have lost loved ones and dear friends; who are displaced or homeless; whose lives have been torn apart by domestic unrest and divorce; who are struggling to make ends’ meet and who live paycheck to paycheck; who are living in their golden years either by themselves or in facilities; who have lost their jobs and have no reasonable prospect of employment; who suffer from addictions that control and often destroy their lives; or who have little food to eat.
For those of us who are less fortunate, Andy Williams’ holiday song has very little meaning.
Your situation may be such that there is not much if anything of a material nature that you can do for people in need. You pay your taxes. Perhaps you make donations to charitable organizations, or you give regularly at your place of worship. You trust that your gifts will be used to help those in need, and in most instances your generosity is well rewarded.
But there is something else that you can do this time of year — actually year round — that will not put a dent in your purse or wallet. It’s what this time of year is all about.
When you come across someone who is down on their luck, or is working in our stores, restaurants, hotels, offices, hospitals, health care facilities, schools and other places of business or service, give those people a sincere smile and wish them a happy holiday season.
True affection for those in need is contagious. A community that prides itself on being “One Human Family” can with a simple smile, a neighborly nod of the head, an expression of holiday cheer, or a simple “thank you” can go along way toward demonstrating that we practice what we preach.
Give it a try. It works.
If you put aside the materialism that has come to dominate this time of year, and focus a little on loving and respecting your friends and neighbors, as well as strangers, isn’t that what truly makes this the “Happiest Season of All”?
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2
|[“Opening Cuba”] You do the math. McDonald’s opened its doors in Moscow on Pushkinskaya square. At dawn on 31 January 1990 more than 5 thousand people came to be the first at its opening. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) ceased to exist on December 26, 1991.|
|There’s more, much more, to Christmas than candlelight and cheer; It’s the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It’s thoughtfulness and kindness, It’s hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men!|
|I would like to know if there are any jobs in the Keys for a painter with 33 yrs experience?Also I have been a roadie off and on for many years with a PA that is stage ready. I have worked with Willie Nelson, Hank Jr, Brother Kane, 38 Special, Delbert Mc Clinton, John Anderson, and ZZ Top just to name a few. I live in Alabama right now, but will relocate if the right jobs were available. Thanks. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Merry Christmas to all.|
[Why Christmas is held on 25th December] According to popular tradition, Christmas is celebrated on 25th December to honor the birth of Jesus. However, no records exist in the Bible or elsewhere to suggest that Jesus was actually born on this date, which raises the important question – why is Christmas celebrated on 25th December? In fact, the selection of this date has its root in both Persian and pagan traditions. Link
|“P4P[?]” I’m guessing, pay for pussy.|
|[How does a homeless man spend money] Josh Paler Lin wanted to find out, so after handing a random homeless man $100 in cash, he followed him. You won’t believe this. Link|
|[IKC Update] I bought myself a gift this year. I got the Stoeger X20 supressed .22. It’s quieter than my Gamo whisper .177, and has great penetrating power. Used a Keys phone book that is approx. 1″ thick as a target and at 30 yards it cleared the book and halfway through a piece of 3/4″ plywood. Very accurate, no iron sights. Link|
|Merry Christmas to all you Keysers!|
|[Dumb Voters] Remember if 99% vote the other 1% doesn’t matter anymore.|
[Correction] Yesterday’s picture was Joe Cocker on The Ed Sullivan Show performing “Feelin’ Alright,” April 27, 1969.
|A New Year’s resolution from the voters of District 2. We hereby proclaim that the new sewerage process plant on Cudjoe Key be named The Murphy, Neugent, & Rice Sewerage Treatment Plant, in honor of the neuevo gang of three that brought us the turd grinders.|
|Political pundits are taking the day off.|