Saturday, December 24, 2011

Coke and Cookies

It's Christmas Eve and at the time Santa Claus is getting ready for that nightly ride through the world giving little boys and girls their presents.  According to this ad he'll be bringing Coke along to stave of the inevitable tiredness that comes from traveling all over the world in one night.  Few people realize that the jolly Santa wearing a red outfit was given to us by the Coca Cola company in their ad campaigns in the 1930's.  He wasn't the only one created out of an ad campaign.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Give Me a Ten High

I'm wondering if the bellhop in this ad is working at some swank hotel or just insists on dressing like he's in the Imperial German Army.  I'm rusty on my Waffenfarbe or service colors but white collar and cuffs I think designated the baggage train troops which would be apropo since he is a bellhop.  The 1930's and 40's saw a proliferation of these "storyline" ads which sometimes could have a comic book appearance or at others is like this ad.  Gentleman has a great day at the fair, asks the bellhop what's to drink around here.  Bellhop suggests Ten High Whiskey, gentleman is pleasantly surprised and gives bellhop a great tip.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sunday Stealing: Satan's Family History MEME

Today we ripped off a blogger and blog called BlueLifeMemories. It's long so we will do it in two parts. She states she stole it from a friend, but did not say which friend. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The Blue Memory Meme, Part Two

Cheers to all of us thieves!

26) Are you happy with the person you've become?
         Sometimes, I still look in the mirror and realize there are things I can change about myself to make me better
27) What's a sound you hate; sound you love?
         Leaf Blowers, I'm not telling
28) What's your biggest "what if"?
        I won the lottery

29) Do you believe in ghosts?
30) How about aliens?
31) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?
         Asking my wife to marry me, it's been almost 5 years now I never regretted it
32) What's the worst place you have ever been to?
          Sarajevo, Bosnia during the Civil War in the 90's
33) Can insanity bring on more creativity?
           Most creative people are insane so yes

34) Most attractive actor of your opposite gender?
           Anne Hathaway
35) To you, what is the meaning of life?
         Influencing others in a positive way
36) Define “Art”.
          Art lacks definition due to it's subjective nature
37) Do you believe in luck?
38) In your opinion, what makes a great relationship?
        Friendship, besides being husband and wife we are best friends.  I honestly never understood women who "Just want to be friends".
39) What's a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
         There's alot but as of late it has to be Minor Swing by Django Reinhardt
40) Where were you yesterday?
         CVS to buy some Hav-a-Tampa Cigars and Publix for sundries
41) What's the worst injury you've ever had?
         I was stabbed over a hand of Poker
42) Do you have any obsessions right now?
         Yeah moving into an apartment
43) What's up?
         The opposite of down
44) Ever had a rumor spread about you?
45) Do you believe in real magic?
         Maybe, but it's not for us mere mortals to wield it
46) Do you ever hold grudges against people who have done you wrong?
        Yes I have a couple
47) What's your favorite (non-pet) animal?
        Wren Tigerian... hes a Tigard
48) What is your secret weapon to get people to like you?
        I don't need one, either you like me or you don't
49) Where is your best friend?
        San Diego but he's leaving next week for Troy, Pa to work with an oil company
50) What do you think is Satan's last name?
        Cipher... as in Luis Cipher

Behind the Scenes...

So what really happened you may inquire, to cause me to abandon the blog for so long?  Well as you may remember, I was transitioning from Entrecard to Project Wonderful.  I had just completed a spiffing month with over 3,000 pageviews and having reached my wits end when it came to server issues with Entrecard I was ready for a change.  That was early November.  At the same time I was in the last few weeks of my wife's visa process and I was required to concentrate more and more on that and the blog started suffering.  After I transitioned to Project Wonderful I enjoyed a few days of great pageview numbers but I noticed an inconsistency in that Analytics would count 100+ pageviews but Project wonderful would count just 11.  Honestly I don't know what the issue is with their system of counting but I realized early on I made a huge mistake in canceling Entrecard. 

After that I made a few bad decisions with regards to the blog and readership dropped off with the resultant crash in Pageviews.  In one week I went from a solid 150/day to just 12.  About this time I was readying for my wife's flight over to the USA and, consciously or subconsciously, I just shelved the blog in a fit of depression over what had happened.  I spent the last month doing nothing with it but I am ready to pick up the banner again.  On a positive note I have page rank now and that is generating some search traffic, however I am still fighting with Entrecard to get my blog listed again.  In the meantime, Project (not so) Wonderful has delisted my blog due to low performance. 

I'm not giving up on either one, I will e-mail Entrecard every damn day if I that's what it takes to get them to approve my blog again.  In the meantime I will get back into the flow of writing articles and eventually, traffic will take care of itself.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, Just Find BrSpiritus Already!

Prepping the Turkey

We have Flames!

Ready for Smoking

Isn't she beautiful?

Laid out for dinner

Going for a walk after dinner
First Thanksgiving in the USA for my wife

Yeah I know it's been awhile since Thanksgiving and I just never seem to have enough time lately.  That coupled with sharing the computer with my wife has left me in the lurch trying to get work done on the blog.  I'm fixin' to get going with it again soon though.
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