reblog: Toni DeBella, Rick Steves, and The Food Police in Italy

Very funny (while informative) video produced by Toni DeBella, a blogger (Orvieto or Bust) who has relocated her life to Orvieto, Italy.

location of Orvieto, Italy

location of Orvieto, Italy

Rick Steves, a travel consultant, is based in my state and is well-known for helping Americans be smart and courteous European travelers.  I had a bunch o’ Rick’s info packed for my Italy trip that didn’t happen.

There are apparently four videos in The Food Police series, but I did start with the Rick Steves episode at the link (below).  It’s only 9 minutes long, well worth watching (loved Rome’s cobbled side streets).  The other episodes are shown at the link, too.  Only about 3-something minutes each.

Rick Steves in My Inbox



Mom emailed this riddle, entitled “A Riddle for Seniors”:

You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed.

On your right side is a sharp drop-off.

On your left side is an elephant traveling at the same speed as you.

Directly in front of you is a galloping kangaroo and your horse is unable to overtake it.

Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the kangaroo.

What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?

↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ More

speaking of orange

Our good friend and artist, Victoria over at Neo Watercolour, posted a study in orange.  I love orange.  The world needs more!  Her post has inspired me to post.  (Well, too bad I crashed back in mid-December when she actually posted, but it’s never too late to celebrate color!)

lah orangeI had orange put in my hair recently.  That picture was taken at the park where we stayed for Thanksgiving.  I’m getting the orange renewed early next week and will probably feel as if I must show you all about it then!  Maybe even without a hat covering most of it.

We stopped at a thrift store on the way there to do some nosing around.  When we pulled in to park, some lazy-butt had left the trolley in a parking spot, so I jumped out into the cold rain to move it.  Grabbed the handles to shove it away, looked down, and there was a sodden, folded twenty dollar bill.  Good deeds!  Can never tell if you might get paid for ’em!  <:-D

In the shop, rooting through a pile of paper cast-offs, I became vaguely aware that a man had joined me on the other side of the same shelf.  He leaned over a bit toward me, and while staring at my hair, was getting ready to speak.

My mode switched from idle perusing to Oh buddy, don’t even bother me now.  You have no idea what I’ve been going through and if you start, I’m gonna scream.

He started anyway, despite my thought balloon dripping knives and blood.

Excuse me, but I had to tell you.  You shouldn’t have dyed your hair silver.

Blank look from me.

You should have left it orange.

My sudden gust of laughter at his cleverness.

Thanks for the tip!  What was I thinking?!


PS.  If you aren’t familiar with Victoria’s painting, here is one that never fails to make me smile:  How to Sharpen Your Nose.

a new Great Cycle begins…

…or why the world probably won’t disappear in a puff of apocalyptic smoke and ash.

I’ve been distracted and not-here for most of 2012, so an apocalyptic end of the world has been meaningless to me.

This morning, while visiting a new-found blog me, mine and other bits, I clicked over to another blog and finally read something that offers an alternate meaning to 21 December 2012:  the idea of change and renewal being the central theme to the end of this one cycle and the beginning of a new.

Here’s another short explanation for the hoo-hah over Winter Solstice 2012.

Our 2012 wall calendar, The Apocalypse Calendar, has been a joy of artful enthusiasm and expression of the apocalypse.  (Look at the countdown button at the top of the home page!)

Ryan Browne (cover art!)

Ryan Browne (cover art!)

These folks are the reason it took us so long to buy a 2013 calendar–we didn’t want to give up the art!

Plus, on each month’s calendar sheet, you shoulda seen the running commentary, some in red, a countdown, if you will.   For instance, on Big Mister’s birthday on 20 November (click to enlarge to read the text):

uh, Happy birthday, Big Mister?!  (That's 20 November.)

uh, happy birthday, Big Mister?!

The best bit was how the last days of December are grayed out, as if, well, you know!

21 December 2012...  and beyond

21 December 2012… and beyond

We like it so much that we bought a 2013 wall calendar for a $1.00 and will tape the 2013 month sheets over the old months, keeping the apocalyptic artwork!

Here is December’s artwork, courtesy The Apocalypse Calendar folks.  Go to the site and click around.  Truly splendid!  They also have allowed us to download the art as wallpaper (just remember to attribute if you publish)!

Jay Ryan, artist

Jay Ryan

Peace and much humor to you all in the new cycle.  I’m pretty sure the old one has been grinding down to the end like masa on a metate, making this a tough go for a lot of folks.  How’s that go?  Illegitimati non carborundum (“don’t let the bastards grind you down”).

Here are the other months, in no particular month order, just by artist name–because their mothers are still proud!

Zander Cannon

Zander Cannon

Thomas Quinn

Thomas Quinn

Steve Seeley

Steve Seeley

Sean Dove

Sean Dove

Ryan Browne

Ryan Browne

Nick Pitarra

Nick Pitarra

Matt Moore

Matt Moore

Maris Wicks

Maris Wicks

Jenny Frison

Jenny Frison

Daniel Hertzberg

Daniel Hertzberg

Chandler OLeary

Chandler OLeary




I’m a helper girl!

A long-distance friend has been feeling overwhelmed by Life and even tho’ I can’t show up with chicken soup and stupidity, I can email funny stuff.

Here are some links (that SHOULD open in a new window) to the stuff I’ve sent.  These were good to send, right?

Morning Wakeup Call

Space Ghost Interviews Lassie

Cartoon Theme Song Most of You SHOULD Know Unless You’re from Waaaaaay Outtttta Town


the Weather Service KNOWS…

I’m a weather-freak, the stormier the better.  When it’s calm, I’m not.  Go figure.  I ain’t gonna.

This morning got my day going perfectly:

take heed, Earthlings!

Joss Whedon and politics

Don’t think this is only about the US, people.  You have been warned!

Joss Whedon On Romney

Joss Whedon is responsible for Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Angel; Firefly; Dollhouse; and, most recently, The Avengers.   His brain is weirdly wonderful!


PIXMAVEN – The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator

PIXMAVEN – The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator.

Just go there for an art giggle!
(Ed. note:  I just tagged this post with “Art” and “Humor.”  My kinda stuff.)

Up the Curtains: The Very Best in Cat Theatre

Up the Curtains: The Very Best in Cat Theatre.

Hey!  Yeah you!  With the cat stories!

Just go read this, then send your story links to Deirdre at Confessions of a Cat Woman!

Maybe you have a drawing and not a story?  Run it by the nice Confessions lady–you too could be part of Cat Theatre!

“Ciao, Professore!” (movie); Io speriamo che me la cavo (the book)

“Ciao, Professore!” is a charming, laugh-out-loud movie, by Lina Wertmüller, released in 1993.  Next to the title in parentheses were these words:  Io speriamo che me la cavo.  Here’s the Netflix blurb:

In director Lina Wertmüller’s upbeat comedy, Marco Sperelli (Paolo Villaggio) — a priggish upper-class teacher from northern Italy — is mistakenly assigned to a tumbledown school in an impoverished village near Naples. But upon arriving, he finds most of his students hustling on the streets to earn money for their families — and before you can say “school of hard knocks,” Sperelli becomes the pupil as the kids tutor him about life’s realities.

I don’t speak Italian, so the English subtitles could be accurate that translated the very, very rude language of the 3rd graders.  Somehow it worked, those little children hollering some terrible language.  It probably worked because it was coming out of the mouths of little children.  Laughed and laughed till I couldn’t breathe!

The parenthetical title in Netflix was in little tiny letters and got me curious.  (Thank you Google.)  The movie is based on the book, released in 1990, Io speriamo che me la cavo (I did not know there was a book!).

Apparently, the book is a collection of the real essays written by children going to school in Arzano near Naples.  At that link there is a sample of the humor and is well worth reading.  I remember this passage well in the film and it was hilarious!  Still funny!  Now I want to read the essays…. !!  Better get studying!

The real reason I started this post was to quote a particular piece of wisdom in the movie.  But I digressed. (gasp!)  I’ll tell anyway:

Q:  Why is LIFE like chicken coop stairs?

A:  Because it’s short and shitty.

Pusheen the cat

This animated cat is way too funny!

Pusheen the cat.

transportation issues

Big Mister gleefully sent this to me recently.  (He found it on I Can Has Cheezeburger.)

HE thinks it’s the shape of things to come. Fat chance, buddy-boy!

never mind; I’m used to the other way

Big Mister, swell Big Mister, has been giving me a boatload of his time.  He works hard at his job 5 days a week, makes the drive to visit my mother one evening a week, does 98% of the cooking, fixes my shoulder when it goes bad, and just generally is a delightful companion.

Today, he was helping me to extend the shelving in the studio.  My idea about construction is:  I just want two shelves right there, only about 4 feet long, so it should be fast.  No. No. No.  Poor patient guy.  He does manage to show me the error of my ways like so:

“Here, hold this.”

“Do you want to hold this up or go fetch?”  (I chose “fetch,” but he made me be the holder-upper.)

“Help me tighten the clamps, then you won’t have to hold the wood while I use the saw because it makes you cry.”

I’m willing, so start to twist the screw thingie to get the clamp to meet the boards.   I don’t even bother to think:  lefty-lucy, righty-tighty because it’s never what I expect.  I’m pretty sure the guys what put the threaded things together were actually standing upside down, and that’s why sometimes it’s left-tighty, righty-lucy, like the camper windows.  Why why why?!  So I’m helpin’ by tightening the screw thingie and he says:

“Wait!  Stop!  Oh, never mind.  It’s OK; I’m just used to the other way.”  (The other way meaning:  he almost always has to correct the direction I’ve chosen.)

I barked with laughter.  How could I not?  How could I argue or feel offended?!

Shelving is coming along.  !!  Yaaaaaaaay!


you know how when you’re drunk…

… you sometimes try to carry on civilized conversation?  Maintaining, we used to call it in the other-drug-addled days.   And sometimes you give away the besotted-show when happening on a single word?  Here’s one that’s a killer for me when I’m sober!

Go ahead, you say it, but do keep to the intended number of syllables.  If you can.


PS.  hahahhahahahaha

(PPS.  I am posting with the tag and category Humor.  How long has it been?!  Lordy, will wonders never cease?  Prolly not, cos that’s how it has been working for me.  The wonders, that is.  Working.  Me.  Grateful.)

Bookworm, the game

I just love this word-find game!  It’s a long story, but yesterday was the first day I could get it to work since I got my new MacBook 1-1/2 years ago!

The Universe needs its laughter, so I’m happy to oblige as the joke’s-on-you-du jour.

Bookworm online.

Bookworm to buy as a downloadable game.

(PS.  I haven’t lost my sense of fun, though it does go missing occasionally!)

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