10 Days Of Dougie – Day 5
Turtles, USA for Africa & Mixed Drink Recipes
October 1, 2017
I stayed up way too late last night… and got up way too early today. Yeah, I know I’m complaining and that probably isn’t the best way to start a piece that I actually want people to read, but what the hell. My blog – my rules and I feel like bitching. I have no one to blame but myself for not coming home and going to bed at a decent hour. But he’s kind of cute, a little bit crazy and hormones took precedence over common sense. It happens sometimes. And it’s good to know that when one situation becomes a problem and has to be nipped in the bud, there are always alternatives. And damn, what an alternative. So out most of the night, sleep for about two hours and now I’m up for the day. It’s going to be a glorious day. Really, it is. Really…
Do I even want to do this today or should I give myself a pass and take the day off? Considering I also have a “Music Fact or Fiction” and a “Wrestling Fact or Fiction” waiting in the wings, outlined, but also needing to be written and posted, I don’t think a day off is a good idea. Way too much to do and I have to keep the momentum going. My stats for this site and the number of readers is growing daily and it’s pretty damn cool. We’ve got it going on and the site is growing so I can’t stop now. I can’t break my stride. And by the way, thank you to everyone who comes to this site and reads my stuff. I know it’s a little out there at times and there really isn’t a rhyme or reason to some of the stuff I write about (except wrestling – we all love our sports-entertainment), but I love doing it and every view and every comment means the world to me. So thank you for your support.
Speaking of “means the world to me”, I have to send out Happy Birthday wishes to an incredible young man, Kayden Michael McDonald, who turns a big “6” years old today. This kid has been through so much in his young life and he is so strong, but he never quits smiling, from Day one to now, he’s so out there and full of energy and just incredible to be around. This young man means the world to me and though we may not be blood-kin, he’s my nephew and my best friend (sorry Kenneth) and just that damn good. He wears me out sometimes wanting to play, but I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything. Just an awesome, amazing and fantastic young man. Happy Birthday Kayden. I love you, buddy!
And now, time to get busy. Where is the “Magic Bag” at? Found it. And the topics of discussion for today, Day 5 of “Ten Days” are: Turtles, USA for Africa and Mixed Drink Recipes. That’s an odd combination, but I guess that’s what makes this fun, the eclectic nature of it all and not knowing what the topics might be. Okay, I’m ready. Let’s do this…
What can I write about turtles that hasn’t aleady been said? They’re usually either greenish or brown, live in the water or near water, like to eat Pizza and at least four of them are Ninjas who were trained by a giant mutated rat. There are several turtles out at St. Andrews at the lake that like to come around when we go feed the ducks and it’s fun to watch the little head pop up as they come across the lake to join the feeding frenzy and if a piece of bread in the water happens to get past all of the quacked up residents of the lake, you’ll see it vanish and get pulled under water by the turtles trying to get in on the action. And there are some big ass turtles out there at St. Andrews too. Occasionally, one will come close enough to where the water is clear and you can see the outline of their shell. Some are as big around as a hubcap or even larger. I imagine that they could easily take off a toe if one was to waggle their feet close enough. Anyhow, that’s all I have on turtles. These pieces can’t all be winners, my friends. Did I mention that my buddy Kayden, loves the Ninja Turtles? He calls them “turtle power” and who can disagree? The last movie though, kind of sucked. My opinion and not Kayden’s. He liked it. Never forget, turtles are people too. And now, let’s move on.
USA for Africa…
Remember way back when forty some music stars all got together, led by Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldolf, and formed a one-time super-hit called “We Are The World”? This was late eighties and that song was (and still is) awesome. Between this single and the Live-Aid events, hundreds of millions of dollars were raised to help provide medical care and famine relief to starving people in Africa and around the world and this also spawned a great number of other concerts and events, such as Farm Aid, Comic Aid, Hear N Aid, etc., to give charity and help to people in need. It was a good thing at the time and was a cool way for all of those entertainers to give back a little bit and raise awareness.
And I was actually thinking the other day that with all of the recent hurricanes such as Harvey and Maria and the damage they’ve caused in Texas, Florida and especially Puerto Rico, this might be a good time for a new version of USA for Africa to make a comeback. All of the big names could get together, led by Quincy Jones, Kayne West and Beyonce (because her video was the best ever, right Taylor Swift?) and do a song for Hurricane Relief. I could just see it now, Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Justin Beiber, etc, all pop up and start singing these lyrics, to the music from “We Are The World”.
“We are obscure, we have egos, we need a disaster to be famous again
and these hurricanes keep blowing through
won’t you buy our albums again
we are obscure, we can’t sell records
everyone now is all about I-tunes
but maybe if we sing about the storms and flooding
it’ll save our careers and save them soon”
And so on and so on and so on. I’m actually surprised that there haven’t been any major events or happenings with the famous people to help the people in the storm stricken and flooded states. I know there have been a few small events and some people have donated lots of money, but where is the mega-event? Where is the modern day “Live Aid” for the victims of these Hurricanes? I guess everyone is too busy protesting OUR PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP, to worry about anything actually important. Too bad because it would be great.
And let’s close this baby up with the final topic.
Mixed Drink Recipes…
I think I added this particular topic to the “Magic Bag” when I was at work and looking through a book we have of mixed drink and cocktail recipes. I actually copied down several recipes that I thought sounded good and that also had a wrestling theme to them in the idea that I could relate the drinks to certain wrestlers in a future “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News” column. For those of you not in the know, that’s the name of my column that I occasionally contribute to the wrestling website, http://www.pwbts.com. Check them out when you can. All of the latest news from WWE, TNA, ROH and the Indy’s at your command. A great site and I’m happy to be affiliated with them. Now what was I saying? I found several good recipes while thumbing through that book and I guess, for this topic, I’ll just share a couple of them. Sounds like a plan, right?
Here’s one that was popular in the early 20th Century in the post-war years. Adam Sandler, this one is for you. It’s call a “Sloppy Joe”.
1 measure (1 1/2 tablespoon) of Red Port
1 measure (1 1/2 tablespoon) of Cognac
2 measures (3 tablespoons) of Pineapple Juice
2 Dashes of Cointreau
Shake all well with ice and strain into a wine goblet. Garnish with 1/2 slice of orange.
Doesn’t sound too bad, but a little fruity. And by the way, we have Cointreau at our local ABC store (where I work) and the Pints are $19.95 and the Fifths cost $39.95. So it’s a bit pricey, but it goes a long way so that’s not too bad.
Zack Ryder’s favorite drink, a “Woo Woo”, but he calls it a “Woo Woo Woo” – you know it! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. This one goes like this.
1 measure (1 1/2 tablespoon) Vodka
1/2 measure (6 teaspoons) Peach Schapps
4 measures (6 Tablespoons) Cranberry Juice
Shake all ingredents well with ice and strain into a highball glass that is 1/2 filled with cracked ice.
And finally, because Pimpin’ ain’t easy… it’s “The Godfather”.
1 1/2 measures (6 teaspoons) of Amaretto
1 1/2 measures (6 teaspoons) of Scotch
Mix well in tumbler full of crushed ice and enjoy.
And there you go. And with that, I’m going to wrap this up and call it a day. I’ve got things to go do and I’m not getting anything accomplished sitting here in front of the computer. Thank you for reading. Thoughts and comments welcome. And now, I’m down and gone. Until tomorrow and Day 6, take care and have a great one.