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By Paul Goldfinger

Last Christmas a young lady gave her heart to a slick, fast talking ski instructor.  She was swept off her feet and wound up on a bear rug at the lodge. But she couldn’t help herself, and after a long night of mistletoe, jollies, and egg nog, she found herself alone by an open fire, surrounded by chestnut shells and with Jack Frost nipping at her toes.  When she regained her poise, she swore not to make that mistake again, but guess what’s going to happen this Christmas?

Here are the Puppini Sisters relating this sad story.  Hopefully there is a lesson to be learned: This Christmas be careful whom you allow to jingle your bells.

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Paul  Goldfinger, Editor Blogfinger.net.  Re-post from May, 2012. Eileen’s Ocean Grove garden.

We bought a honeysuckle plant about four years ago for our little OG garden  which has a shady northern exposure and looks toward Asbury Park. The nursery expert told us that it needs sunshine, but we really wanted one, so we got it and planted it where it gets partial sun, from the west, late in the day.

Fast forward to now, and it is blooming nicely, thank you very much.  There are over one hundred varieties, but this one has funny looking orange flowers.  Some would call it a bush and some would call it a vine, but you can call it Al.  Anyhow, it is vining its way over the top and then through the  chain link fence to Meredith’s yard where she gets to enjoy it also.


Soundtrack
: This song, “Honeysuckle Rose,”  is a jazz standard, performed by many of the greats. But we chose Jenna Mammina because we like her style (think Blossom Dearie,) but also because of the unique confectionery way that she enunciates “honeysuckle rose.”   PG

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. “Summer Tents”–anybody creeping around?
Paul Goldfinger photo

Re-post from 2012.

We have been having, according to Kathy Arlt, a bit of a “tent festival” on Blogfinger.  We have slow dancin’ in a tent and then Kathy’s historical account of tenting in the Grove.  Then we have the Hebrews sleeping in tents as part of the Passover story.

Well, it seems that throughout history, some hanky panky finds its way into somebody’s tent.  It sure did occur when the Sheik of Araby showed up, creeping around the campground.  Here’s Asa Prebner, even though he’s no sheik.   Asa is a rocker, and this is from his Session Americana album

—Paul Goldfinger

 

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Ocean Grove at night.  Concert.   By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net © 2012.

SOUNDTRACK:  Aaron Weinstein  (violin)   “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”

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Washington Square Park. August, 2012. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright.

Washington Square Park. August, 2012. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click for full view.

 

ALICIA KEYES:  “Empire State of Mind (Part II).  Broken Down.”  From the album The Element of Freedom.

 

“Even if it ain’t all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!”

 

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Channel District. Tampa, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger

If you eat French food, you need a little French music : “Que Reste T-il De Nos Amours”  (tr.   What remains of our love?   By  Charles Trenet)

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Saturday night. Ocean Grove, NJ By Paul Goldfinger

 

SOUNDTRACK.  Joe Venuti. This song is usually done with a trumpet lead—Louis A. mostly.  But Joe Venuti is something else altogether.  He uses a violin for the lead, with the trumpet coming in later. His voice sounds like a combo of two Louis—Prima and Armstrong.  PG

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Eydie Gormé

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Eydie Gormé passed  away in 2013 at the age of 84  (1928-2013).  She became a star at the age of 22.  She had  one of the best voices in popular music. This article is re-posted from August 2013 @Blogfinger.net.

She was born in the Bronx to immigrant parents from Sicily and Turkey. She was fluent in Spanish, and later in her career her Spanish language recordings were more popular than the ones in English.  She became an international star.  Unknown-2

Eydie Gormé performed for most of her career with her husband Steve Lawrence, and everyone knew them as “Steve and Eydie.”  They were a huge draw in Las Vegas.

Her biggest hit was “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” but here is one of the number one recordings she had in Spanish—in this case recording with the “Trio Los Panchos.”

EYDIE GORMÉ WITH THE TRIO LOS PANCHOS:  “Amor”  This  album is one of her most enduring.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Next August, 2021, at the Axelrod Theater in Deal, Steve and Eydie’s son David Lawrence will be presenting the music of his parents. He will have a songstress performing with him.   Steve Lawrence is 85 years old (1935-) and lives in California.

Steve Lawrence and his son David. 9/19/20.

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Thornley Chapel, Ocean Grove, New Jersey (1889). By Paul Goldfinger.

The Dixie Cups know where they’re going:

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waffle-house

Photos and text by Paul Goldfinger.  Editor Blogfinger.net.    (Re-post 2013)

FEMA has named four corporations as the top companies in the U.S. for disaster preparation. They are Home Depot, Loews, Wal-Mart and the Waffle House chain of fast food restaurants. FEMA has been so impressed by the Waffle House company that they have created the “Waffle House Index” which is a metric that they use to informally guage the severity of a disaster.

Inside a Georgia Waffle House along Route 95.

Inside a Georgia Waffle House along Route 95.

Waffle House is a privately held company based in Georgia. They have 1,700 outlets in 20 states across the south and along the Atlantic corridor from the Carolinas down to Florida. Their restaurants stay open 24/7 and they are known for fresh, fast home cooked food. Waffle House restaurants do not advertise and they have achieved some cult status, being mentioned in movies ( a scene in“The Tin Cup”,) country songs, web sites and comedy routines. Traveling musicians, athletes and police love to stop there, and down south they call it a “cultural icon.” Each unit has a juke box and they strive to use diner lingo such as “scattered” hash browns, meaning spread out on the grill.

Much of their notoriety is because they try to never close during disasters such as hurricanes. They have manuals to guide their employees towards that goal. All the units have generators and other special equipment and they are prepared and supplied to continue cooking and making ice no matter what.

The WH Index was developed by FEMA in 2011 after several catastrophic Class 5 tornados struck in Joplin, Missouri, and 5 of the WH stores managed to stay open when everything else closed.

After a disaster, FEMA checks how the Waffle Houses are doing and they use a color code depending on whether the restaurants are serving a full menu, a limited menu or if they are code red (ie closed.) The commitment of the Waffle House company is so strong that FEMA knows that things are bad if Waffle House can’t function. We spoke to some of their employees who verified that pride and commitment.

Eileen and I stopped at a few of their units in the Carolinas and Georgia. They are small places with lively and pleasant staffs. A couple of times we went in at sunrise, and it was like an oasis with the lights on and the personnel ready.

The shops are spotless, and all the workers wear clean starched uniforms. The cooking is done in the open. The cook faces the stainless steel grill and has a basket of eggs in front. She cooks the eggs in small fry pans reminiscent of what you have at home, and great care is given to prepare your food just the way you want it. She flips the eggs into the air and catches them without any breakage—I think it makes them taste better.

The waitresses discuss your order with the cook, while you watch the action. It seems so comforting to be in one of these restaurants, especially if it is dark out and you’re on a journey.

ANNIE BATTLE.  “Waffle House.”

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