One hundred years ago, April 10th, a relative of mine from the small town Addergoole, in County Mayo, Ireland, boarded the RMS Titanic to begin a new life in America. As fate would have it, my relative never made it to America as he perished on the ship. However, before the ship went down, he assisted many women and children who were trapped below deck in third class escape to the precious few life boats.
December 8, 1980, I was upstairs in my room listening to the radio with my headsets on high volume. The radio disc jockey broke in and announced that John Lennon was just gunned down in front of his apartment in New York City. He was shot four times in the back. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
For some reason, I'm feeling old today. I grew up listening to the Beatles. I just knew that the "Paul Is Dead" was all a hoax. I was pissed off when Yoko broke up the band.
Lennon would have been 71 years old.
Instant Karma's gonna get you
Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you're gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of
Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin' to do
It's up to you, yeah you
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Over the past several years, Dublin's Department Of Motor Cars has seen a sharp decrease in passing grades in young males taking their drivers license test. It now takes the average male 12 attempts to obtain their license.
The Irish Ministry of transportation is in the process of conducting a study on why the failure rate is so profound. Perhaps it has something to do with the new Dublin school instructor, Kathleen McPeaks.
The cobblestone roads in Ireland and the inferior car shocks make objects in cars jiggle more than normal. Keeping your hands on the wheel and not keeping one's eyes on the road are the top two failure reasons.
Pictured above is the iconic green and white light house located inside the Geneva-On-The-Lake harbor. At one time, it was used to alert ships of shallow water and the shore line. Now it stands dormant still guarding the coastline with my LOGO emblazoned on it for all to see.
Perhaps this very lighthouse was witness to the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter leaving port from Cleveland, Ohio to begin it's final voyage destined for Whitefish Bay in Canada. On November 10th, 1975, as Gordon Lightfoot sang,
"And later that night,
When his lights went out of sight,
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
So I'm flying United Airlines, (Which BTW I am a Mileage plus customer) and I get assigned seat 13D, wich is a standard aisle seat. Twenty four hours ago, I attempted to change my seat by logging onto United's website. Lo and behold, the computer said all seats were taken even though several emergency row exit seats were showing available. WTF!!!
I called United's 800 number and after going through 11 prompts, I got to a real person. (At least I thought I did) The United agent took my information and stated all seats were taken and the flight was full. I informed her the United web site showed three emergency exit row seats available. The United agent said that the United website was not accurate and not showing real time updates. I asked why would United post outdated information misleading paying customers. She said she didn't know but all seats were taken for my flight.
The next day at the airport, after just viewing the (Updated) available seats, two emergency row seats were still available. I asked the ticket agent if I could please change my seat assignment to one of the emergency row exit seats. Inez, (The ticket agent) typed away at her keyboard and like the robot agent on the phone the previous evening said that all seats were assigned. Again I told Inez that the United website had seat 12A and 12B still available. She said I was wrong. In essence, by saying I was wrong she was stating United was wrong.
In an instant the other shoe dropped. Inez said that seat 13D, (My seat) was a premium seat that had 5 extra inches of leg room and that I didn't need to change my seat. (If you go to seatguru.com it states that my seat on an Airbus A320 (United's Jet) was not an economy plus seat and had a standard seat pitch. As I already knew, my seat did not have the extra leg room Inez, the United airlines ticket agent claimed it had.
An hour later I boarded the plane, stowed away my carry on and took my seat on the plane. A woman took sear 12B and just as the door was closing, a young man sat in seat 12A. During the four hour flight, we got to talking and he said he switched flights taking an earlier one and he was damn lucky getting on the plane for seat 12A was the last seat available.
Now you understand the photo above of the LOTGK logo in the process of loading a program.
Did you ever notice how the old cigarette magazine and bill board ads had a design flow. The readers eyes would automatically flow to the sexy woman seductively holding the cigarette gently stroking it. Even the the print dialog drew your eyes toward one spot on the page, the cigarette and the sexy woman. The reason for this was to keep the reader from seeing the Surgeon's General's warning that smoking causes cancer.
Notice the LOTGK logo on this Ford F-150 rim. The rims were dirty and I used my finger to print the logo on them hoping this would spark Patrick, Lead Scientist of the Grassy Knoll Institute, to perhaps utilize the water hose and bucket and wash the truck.
I was wrong!!!
Hey look, you can see my reflection in the chrome rim of the tire.
That night I watched the new ABC network series pilot, Lost, and came away formulating two theories. One was virtual reality and the second theory a new millennium Rod Serling Twilight Zone. I combined the two theories and wrote my first Lost update. Five years later, with one season remaining to Lost, my theory stays constant with nary a variable.
BTW, my LOTGK logo is somewhere in the island sand. Can you spot it?
If you ever have the chance to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, be sure to ride the ski lift at the top of the Smoky Mountains at Ober Gatlinburg. These five pictures are the view you will have climbing the mountain. See if you can find the Grassy Knoll Institute Logo.
This is "Thee" Grassy Knoll. The infamous icon located on the fringe of Dealey Plaza, where president John Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963. The conspiracy goes that Oswald was positioned on the sixth floor of the School Book Depository and another shooter was on the grassy knoll. Both assassins fired at the president to ensure a successful mission.
The Olly girls (Holly and Molly Olly) are fighting to get their jobs back on Sunset Tan, a reality TV program involving beautiful women working at a tanning salon. A couple of strategic tattoos around the nether region couldn't hurt right. Let's face it, they are the stars of the reality show, and this is one clever ploy to boost ratings higher than their implants.