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Saturday, August 17, 2013


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Ah, the good old days of 1956 taking the family out to dinner at the local drive-in restaurant.  In Cincinnati, the place to go was Frisch's Big Boy.

This photo is from Houston, Texas and since the family has that nice 1956 air conditioned Caddy to ride in, the drive-in has a special blower for the car hop to blow cold air on them even though the car windows are open.

Notice the clear plastic tube on the far side of the back window where the Caddy air conditioning blew in from the trunk.  The little girl in back is drinking a shake from a real glass container while dad chugs down a cold Miller high Life suds.  Mom is in front holding her baby.

One commentor nailed it:  "Life was so much better when you could drink and drive, kids were sitting on mom's lap and you could stretch out in the back seat and take a nice nap without that pesky seat belt. I have to admit though that I did miss those wing windows when they went away.  They made it so much easier to flick your cigarette ashes."

When he refers to "wing windows" he is talking about what we referred to in Ohio as "cozy wings" and the manufacturers called "front and back door ventipanes."

So, today we have safer cars but more idiots driving them while they text useless information.  

Go figure!


Mike Slater said...

Ah, the good old days. I was 5 years old in 1956 and remember riding with my parents and little brother in dad's 55 International Harvester pickup. Me in the middle and my brother on mom's lap.No seatbelts or air bags and yet we somehow survived.

midnightsstaff said...

I thought it was a big vacuum to remove the contents of a wallet.
..Yeah mom's sitting there trying to figure out how to tell Ozzie she's pregnant again.
.. who is that car hop? looks like she's moonlighting a stewardess job or as a theater usher.

Rick Kepple said...

Vacuuming the wallet ... no, the woman has to be married to do that. ROFL

Thanks for the compliment on the video, Jim, Middy.

Tosha (daughter) and I went fishing on the river today. We caught a lot of bass and beavers were hanging around just a few feet away without any fear!

So today, it was magical. It felt as if time and space were all mixed up. Even now, we're all reading and writing. Baking bread and cakes. Simplicity is best.

Area 51 exists. It's like the 1950's simple times coming or something.

Now Jimmy, Middy and CJ, y'all gotta come for Christmas. Baking stuff to freeze for the holidays. Tosha's birthday is this month ... I could get her a Buck Rogers ray gun!

Rick Kepple said...

I just looked at the numbers on the film "Torrent," just released this morning! Hundreds of views!

Each time, we need to improve. That's how they did it in grandpa's time!

Rick Kepple said...

I'm so glad that Lana is the face to be seen on TV.

The 1950's. Nice simple times. Fishing on a lazy river. Kayaking. Starting a company from your bootstraps and defying the odds!

The only thing that is keeping anyone from living like this is a sense of reality and polite behavior.

I'm crazy. That's why I can turn my barn into a studio and a bunch of us decide to make our own jobs. But you gotta figure that living in the Ozarks is sometimes like living in the 1950's.

Pretty soon, there's gonna be this classy woman from the Ozarks on TV. Blonde hair, blue eyes, stylish. Glamorous. I hope we still go deer hunting this winter.

We can bring checkered wool hunting clothing back in style.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy! It doesn't work if you watch the video, "Torrent," over and over again!

Praise God! You should see the numbers on that video! VIRAL!

Rick Kepple said...

Esoteric with lots of commas.

Rick Kepple said...

Can you imagine how much good that video that we made will do for the flood victims and the Good Samaritan Resource Center helping people with winter coming up?

If the video went viral, things could be set right again for a lot of people. In theory.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy is right about climbing out on a limb. Hence the SN study. Following her life decisions as my rules. Focus on the studio and work.

The product is doing well. Numbers continue to climb. Seems that everyone is pleased and I hope that the Good Sam has more phone calls than they can handle and truckloads of donations.

It's God's magic.

Pevie Hicks said...

Sunday / Funday

PROUD said...

Not true when it comes to Obama supporters:




midnightsstaff said...

..too late- they took it down.

Yeah, I am pretty sure she meant esoteric, the English language is pretty specific.
I do the same thing- somehow the interpretation comes through a lot of the time.

Big storm on the mean streets last night, thought it was going to blow the roof off.

Rick Kepple said...

Pevie, I tried several different ways to find that post. Facebook links have not been working well today, so that might be the problem. I went to your Facebook page and didn't see anything.

Nice page though

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, it's a little esoteric, but you should really watch Torrent again.

Every time that I look, it is better. For some reason, the video is starting in the middle. Stupid Internet.

I miss the 50's. Life was so simple back then. It's different now. I'm too big to carry around.

midnightsstaff said...

esoteric is just rice toes spelled wrong.

I liked A&W when they were part of what made this nation work, car hops kind of went out of fashion when drive thru's got popular; wait until five years from now when the industry is fully automated, at least you won't have to deal with some tattooed counterculture with a bone through the nose and a propensity for licking other people's buns asking you if you want it supersized.

..a human- at least a biological entity giving you your gag and puke will be considered the good old days before the world went to hell in a hand basket.

Rick Kepple said...

"Big storm on the mean streets last night, thought it was going to blow the roof off."

Apparently Phoenix had bad storms last night. I looked up Cali weather and there have been a few isolated storms, but nothing major. Oklahoma weather showed a little low pressure about 5-8 p.m., but no rain.

Rick Kepple said...
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Rick Kepple said...

Esoteric can be a good thing. Many esoteric films have never been forgotten and become cultural masterpieces.

We're making new American history working out of a barn.

Middy said that if we had more people who had something in mutual need for the films that we'd do better.

648. Second day of being uploaded. We've been filming since December 2012. We're like some 1950's company robbing peter to pay paul. Peter's just gonna have to get sore and that's the way it is.

My theory is that as we prove we can draw an audience, we will have funding. If we can prove that we can do professional work, maybe we can get investors or advertisers.

Don't put it past me to put in a video, "And now a word from our sponsor."

I'm figuring out what motivates people to watch films and that translates into money for a community. And that's pretty esoteric, I guess.

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy might actually have something with this entire retro thing.

In 1953, President Eisenhower began going to church, because he felt that it was necessary for a leader to be pious. Eisenhower feared that Americans were "deadened in mind and soul by materialistic philosophy of life," and that's where the Pledge of Allegiance came from.

"Our government makes no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious sense - and I don't know what it is."

The story reminds us that the 50's was a consumer driven society rather than an investment driven one, like now. Were people happier? Mom on tranquilizers and alternately diet pills to keep her cleaning and cooking?

These days, Christianity is up to 79 percent of the country, according to research. But cyberworship is becoming more normal than it used to be. Folks going online to a church instead of an actual building. Islam is only about 1 percent of the entire American population, according to

Instead of gas guzzling tail finned cars, there are gas sucking Humvees. Mom is smoking a joint instead of popping a pill.

Watch Torrent.

An interesting note is that the film viewer numbers rise before and after church hours, but not during.

So maybe statistics are doctored and people are in fact more religious now than they were in the 1950's.

ArizonaDave said... first year at Ole Miss and had been into golf for about 8 years...Eisenhower was President I think...and Dick Clark's Dance Party was up and running...I had a red & white '55 Ford Fairlane 500..

....remember the buckles on the back side of your pants...and flat top haircuts were the cut of the $2 a visit...

Gas was 29.9 cents a gallon for regular and 35.9 cents for premium.

....that would be 57 years ago...Thanks Jim for the memories.

midnightsstaff said...

Great lightning show in the barrios- two nights in a row, got a real downpour last night but nothing yet here, looks like a foul weather alert for Buckeye and probably Wickenburg as well.
Gotta love the monsoon eh?
gonna make an A&W root beer float and enjoy the show, I still have four of the mugs I liberated in the sixties.. real old style glass made like a pair of fins on a fifty seven mopar- solid...

midnightsstaff said...

But enough about me..

..Calling "campus violence a reality" to prepare for, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced plans Thursday to spend $60,000 on the Clark Kent of teacher supplies: an innocuous-looking white board that can stop bullets.

.."The high-tech tablet — which hangs on a hook, measures 18 by 20 inches and comes in pink, blue and green — can be used as a personal shield for professors under attack, according to the company that makes it, and a portable writing pad in quieter times".

..does the insanity have any limit?.. slap me silly if it's not about to be a full moon.
Someone please tell me some congresscritter didn't slip this mickey in the appropriations bill for public education.

As long as they are spending the money on this type of nonsense why not just use our taxpayer money for invisible blankets to wrap themselves in- that sounds as logical.

I am only surprised in that this idea didn't hatch in the great unicorn preserve on the west coast, (day be slippin')- but I have faith after they get wind of this sweetheart of a deal they will be motivated to elevate their game and get back into lead position in the Loonytune 500.

Rick Kepple said...

I like reading what you write, Middy. I've never been blessed with hanging on to the treasured memories of life.

I used to correspond with lots of different writers and over the years, the letters were lost to time. Or stolen.

The VA docs (there were two of them) asked me if I ever had Depression.

"Only when I'm depressed."

Root beer floats sounds like fun, actually. A frothy float on the veranda as the sun is setting. I miss the double sunsets of the Southwest.

Hey, Middy and I could be roommates ... I'd be zoned out for days on the computer creating a new Product. Then suffer from Depression during the off times.

Course, I'd be rich cause I'm just that good. ROFL

And now ... onto the next film ... I keep planning to use the Green Screen until I find something else. Fiction is hard, author Pat McManus once wrote me.

So when you coming to visit, Middy? Gonna have to renew my passport, but I don't see myself traveling anytime soon ... unless I'm wrong about that.

Rick Kepple said...

They should make a tablet that not only stops bullets, but reacts in a defensive way to channel all of its energy into a plasma beam that cuts the shooters in half. When it's done defending the teacher, it is dead of course, having sacrificed itself for the innocent humans.

Middy, me and the daughter could make films.

"Sometimes, my mind is just racing with ideas and I don't know where they come from. I swear, I'm psychic!"

Actually, the 1950's had a lot of those neato ideas for movies, but reality is stranger.

We could make a 50ish film. Maybe even poodle skirts returning. Big tail fins on Humvees.

Views are at 700 now for Torrent. I hope the Good Samaritan Resource Center has to rent warehouse space for all the donations. That would be cool, cause the film has been seen all over the world, according to statistics.

Rick Kepple said...

In the 1950's, people were more financially responsible. I think my dad was pretty happy to be paid the prevailing minimum wage back then ... 75 cents an hour.

Grandma used to keep money for a Rainy Day. Heck, I don't know anyone in person that has any money in a savings account.

I saw on a video that SN used to save half of her income , because her parents taught her to do that. I used to save money, but it was always confiscated to fix the car, pay the rent, etc. and never repaid. Thus explaining my behavior.

However, I read or view SN behavior and try to be more like her, cause she's from another era. A better class.

As I pointed out, people took religion more serious in the 50's, largely because Communism would lead to a lack of faith in an invisible God.

I wonder ... could that also translate into a lack of imagination and would that also lead to blindly obeying government, even when the People knew the government was lying, accepted the lies as truth and now ...

Government has this idea that they are the parents and we are the children. It's the 1950's mentality ... Do as I say and not what I Do!

But now we're all grown up and we can handle the truth that Area 51 exists, says the CIA.

So now, that leads right back to the 1950's mentality. Cold War. Except we're all growed up and we can handle the truth.

Worse ... how about all those conspiracy theorists called nuts and told to put on their tinfoil hats? They deserve an apology, but won't ever get one. And what about that professor who worked at Las Alamos and had his entire life ruined because he said that Area 51 existed.

It's just bothersome that the government is stepping out of the 1950's. Next they'll admit that I exist and happened with Reagan and the other unmentionables.

You're never gonna believe who's really behind the death of JFK. That's just gonna blow your mind. Not that I know ... but I've heard rumors.

Rick Kepple said...

A lot of the dots connect with the JFK assassination with things said over the years. I anticipate a death bed confession, but there are children, so it may only be for their ears only.

The guy once told me that if the American public ever found out what he'd done ... but God will deal with him. His children are trying to do good things. I suppose one could blame Communism, but look at us now. What did all that death accomplish, when our government behaves like some Communist regime.

Connect the dots and you won't want to believe it, but the evidence doesn't lie. Little bitty sentences as published in the media and alone mean nothing, but all put together and they are as much as a confession as you will ever get.

Middy's right. Our government can't be trusted, but I think Obama is trying to regain our trust, just so he can create even greater lies.

Americans need their conspiracies. Pax Obama.

midnightsstaff said...

Sometimes it's just better to stand back when the monkey cage starts hurling feces..

.."Forever 21, like all retailers, staffs its stores based on projected store sales, completely independent of the Affordable Care Act. After a recent evaluation, Forever 21 realigned its staffing needs to better reflect sales expectations. This realignment impacted less than 1% of all U.S. store employees. Forever 21 values all of its employees and made every effort to affect as few employees as possible in this realignment".

haha.. it's gettin' a bit personal for the voting sheeple about now, but as I have always said- no lesson sticks with a person like a good beat down does.
..(good thing we didn't roll the dice on some religious God fearing jerk who wanted to put America back to work eh?) appears Rick and I are expected to carry the whole blog again..
..some things never change.

Rick Kepple said...

I don't mind carrying the blog, if Middy doesn't mind. Pax Middy.

Wow! Full time to part time ...

At Lana Jefferies Music LLC, none of us are paid. Big lenders tell me that I'm supposed to be paying my debts back and not using their money to finance the business. The other employees are so impressed that they volunteer their time. Naturally, we have grumblers that leave and spread vicious rumors that we don't pay anything, which is true. I'm sure that at some point, some government official will fine us for not paying us any money. We'll have to go to court and face our accusers in the mirror and pay fines for not paying us what we've worked for.

It's different when you hire people and they're not partners in the corporate management and promise them actual wages, a good job and then pull the rug out from under them like they live in Missouri or something.

Uhm, Middy ... that God fearing jerk had a track record of outsourcing all the jobs, but I see your point. He got rid of the jobs, so he'd also know how to bring them back. It makes sense in a government sort of way ... really ... it's how government works!

Mike Slater said...

28 total comments on this blog and 17 are from Ricky. Some things never change.

midnightsstaff said...

Jim cut his hours back to 29.5 a week, he is just making the most of it I guess.. haha- unintended consequences..

..kind of sultry lately, but this weather is just fiiiinee with me...

Gloria is on vacation, John jumped off another roof and I have been tiling my sink base, slow comment day I guess.

Jim McAllister said...


That Facebook url won't come up.

Jim McAllister said...


That 55 Fairlane was a great car and at 29.9 you could afford the gas.

I was a sophomore in HS in 56. 57 years ago is a long time; where has it gone?

Jim McAllister said...


Rick is one a roll.

Jim McAllister said...


I cut the hours back so I wouldn't have to pay myself health insurance. Just trying to get used to the new obama world.

Actually, this blog was just a quickie. I saw that drive-in photo on Shorpy and thought it would be worth a few words.

midnightsstaff said...

Snuggly the Security Bear has a message for all you unpatriotic Americans who have reservations about the new security measures that are now in effect.

..yeah Jim they took that baby down fast, must have been something embarr.. erh-eh, I mean "slandering" in the content about our brave, well intentioned RCIC.
..(rodeo clown in chief).

midnightsstaff said...

alarm clock broke again Ozzie?

Rick Kepple said...

Yeah Jim! Mike's right! Why are you letting scum like me hang around for anyway?

Rick Kepple said...

You know Jimmy ... Mike is right.

I mean, what happens if LJM gets all famous suddenly, money comes pouring in and the media suddenly finds your blog! You know how you hate Facebook and your name will be shared and twitted.

742, third day.

Rick Kepple said...

Jolene slowed down for a brand new sound of Dolly Parton.

Rick Kepple said...


The viewership just keeps growing! It's remarkable how much people care.

midnightsstaff said...

Looks like local LE is getting some necessary upgrades. teacher buddy in God's insane asylum sent me this link, I told him Hey, may as well let the local police get armed as well as we already are.. I just have heartburn with federal troops invading my great state of Arizona. long as the local Law enforcement is constantly reminded by the good citizenry that their primary mission is being Peace Officers and not just some revenue generating thug bureaucracy there shouldn't be a problem.
once Sheriff Joe is gone, Phoenix will look like Pacoima.
..these phony purists who don't have a clue what is in store once liberalism takes over Maricopa PD are living in Denial.
Joe does his job the way he lives his life, he ain't perfect but neither are we.

midnightsstaff said...

I wouldn't be expecting a great trade day tomorrow, the Japanese mkt. took another cup check.

clowns on acid.

Jim McAllister said...

The great Jimmy Durante (with Monty Wooley)in a 26 second scene from "The Man Who Came To Dinner" (1941).

Rick Kepple said...

Some people want to return to this kind of health care system.

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, a writer like you never posts something that doesn't contain a message between the lines.

Not sure whether to kick the Missouri bum out or ask him to stay?

I prefer to follow the example set by SN. She's been so good to me over the years. I can't remember all the things that she's ever done and I am thankful for those things.

Rick Kepple said...

There is a movement to boycott, "The Butler," because Jane Fonda is playing Nancy Reagan.

It brings to mind when SN told me that she saw rats in Walter Reed Hospital. I told a Congressman and Congress looked into it. Yet, that same Congressman wrote to me that SN doesn't deserve any recognition for her helping the USO.

So the discussion among veterans is; did Jane Fonda try to tell the government what was going on? Yeah, she gave the notes to the enemy that POW's slipped to her, but she was a shielded child of a wealthy family probably having never seen any violence.

I'm sure she told her father. She must have told someone.

Then there is the fact that rich folks never travel alone. So someone else saw what she saw and no one said anything.

And why is Jane Fonda playing the wife of a Republican President in a time when the CIA and NSA are coming clean?

It's suspicious behavior and considering the Cold War mentality from the 1950's, it should be viewed as a veil concealing even more lies that we aren't aware of.

Rick Kepple said...

So Middy. Cat got yer tongue?

Jimmy ... nap's over.

Mike ... time to put your teeth back in.

CJ ... nevermind.

Supper's ready.

Smile at you.

Pevie,(once imagined I had a relationship with a girl named Stevie) Hicks said...

Dear Rick,wanna carry the blog:

Get a job & STFU Especially the increasingly frequent S/N references.

(You have to be your own WORST ENEMY.
Everyone already knows your an unhinged, dirt poor, CRAZY celebrity stalker. No need to continue to publicize it like this)

Rick Kepple said...

That's it?

I don't know what STFU means.

You can't have my SN. It would be stupid of me to give you my SN. That's my SN and it would be illegal for me to give you my SN, or S/N if you wish. Same difference as Social Security is concerned. It's not 1956, you know.

Jimmy, I love your codes. And yeah, you guys do inspire me, so I figure y'all are friends of the Company. It's an interesting read.

I mean 1956. Egypt, I mean.

Pevie. You're nuts, or stupid. It's tough to tell the difference with you.

But I'm figuring that this comment will get Jimmy 300 comments. Maybe 400, if I do my job right.

Right, Mike?

SN. 819

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy's brilliant.

midnightsstaff said...

..don't go off on the rant just because you are being forced to do a monologue, maybe you should try radio.

Everyone is a bit stressed out I guess, not much seems normal and this blog topic just rubs it in I suppose.

Everyone votes for the fifties as being the best decade in history and in truth things were not all that different, just now it's in everyone's face and not hidden by a false economy fueled by endless debt.
Inflation is intentional, what it allows is for the actual worth of property to be transferred out of the common people's hands back into the European royalty's pockets who are running all European states as they always have.

The day of the middle class is finished in this country yet most mind numbed sheep even tho they sense it are still in denial about where it is headed...

Rational, skeptical people should be investing in things that have intrinsic value, ammo, weapons, emergency food and property..

Good news is the ammo shortage seems to be over at least temporarily.
I bought a brick of .22lr today and there was a stack left.
I can guarantee you tho that most people will soon forget this year's lesson and the fact is it will be much more painful when it's food that is simply not available..

I wouldn't want to be living near any liberal hell hole when the green tip phase starts.

..face meet asphalt.

pevie,(if I keep clicking my own video,I can call it viral) hicks said...

Rick said: "I don't know what STFU means"


Rick Kepple said...

Well Middy, the numbers are slowing down, but as a result of the video, Kricket Alley band is organizing a concert benefit for the flood victims. I think that's pretty cool how music fixes everything.

Why would Pevie want me to join the Southern Tenants Farmers Union (STFU)? I support unions, but I wouldn't join one. And I don't farm anymore.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, I got these ideas for films, but I have no actors and no budget. Just theories.

Theories involving Jimmy's blogs, feature films and how to influence an ever increasing number of Internet viewers.

It was 1956 when the United States discovered that they were OUT in the COLD when the rug was pulled out from underneath of them by other allies. It was a counterintelligence embarrassment.

Now, what if the U.S. has once again been tossed under the bus and that alone gives us lots of new enemies. Pakistan proved that we can't trust anyone.

So, what's the answer?

Jimmy, Middy, CJ joining forces with LJM. The answer is just so simple and so cool. We could change the world.

Rick Kepple said...

This should really irritate Pevie.

SN made the Christian Science Monitor. That's pretty impressive, even though the story was sorely misconstructed. Does anyone actually care when the CMT show Crossroads began?

But it's a good ploy to use LA and SN together to increase viewership. Both powerful people!

I don't blame SN for being wary of people doing her songs ... I'm thinking elevator 1956 big band version of some really rockin' song!

Just imagine, kind of swaying back and forth to the 1956 music and virtually inserting long gone dancers from the era ... all in the elevator. Dentist's offices. Just the music ... no words. Big band. Hideous.

This is the kind of music that SN must stop in the future! Kids behaving like Lawrence Welk. Chaos.

Pax Pevie

Rick Kepple said...

Yay! Middy found bullets! I saw them online, Middy. Pages and pages of bullets. It was a beautiful thing.

Thanks for the encouragement.

847. Lana Jefferies Music LLC (LJM) rocks!

I have some great ideas for making some great films! It came to me when I was writing on Jimmy's blog!

midnightsstaff said...

..join today, help turn back the lies of the ray-cysts and non-beeelievers.

(and don't forget to send along a contribution as well)

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, I got a great deal on the Club Obama and signed you, me, Middy and CJ up for a membership! Only 19.95 a month!

Benefits include: Online swimming pool (you provide the water), Virtual Weight Room where game characters do exercises so you don't have to, Free cell phone, a monthly allotment of diet food supplied with Food Stamps, and lots more free stuff paid for by the U.S. taxpayer!

You don't have to leave our homes to participate in the program, comrades!

Stephanie Lynn Nicks said...

Rick, please just: STFU.

Do this and I will marry you and live happily ever after!

Rick Kepple said...

Not funny, huh?

Well there's a lot of strange stuff out there on the Internet.

Did you know that President Obama was preselected as President in 1971? Yep. A secret government program created Obama.

Oh and dinosaurs were invented by the CIA to prevent unauthorized time travel.

The theory of Time Travel suggests that an object does not move, but rather it Time itself moves. It is easiest done in something called, Psychic Time Travel. A Navy SEAL thought it was time to tell the truth about Time.

Supposedly some dude came from 2038 and told the government that time travel was real and apparently the CIA had to make dinosaurs to eat illegal Time Travelers. Harsh man!

Hence the SN song, Planets of the Universe. And we just want the song from the CD for the theme song of Lawn Chair Time Machine. We're gonna need a budget.

Hey Middy! We're going kayaking this week. Be here on Thursday if you wanna go. Let's talk about the movie.

We're looking to cut expenses and increase quality. A little idea that I learned from an old friend.

midnightsstaff said...

Best moonrise I have seen in a long time, the perfect sunset..
Yeah Arizona has it all.

I remember the drive in movies with the speaker in the window.
..what a time to grow up, the Hot Chick was onto something with ours being the best generation for living our working years.

The negativity she has towards us for playing the hand dealt by the existing rules seems a bit futile and most likely is misdirected anger..

I try to remain philosophic about it and realize it's not us personally but what we represent- whatever that might be.

However, we all have a good reason to hold the political class responsible for ruling against our better interests.

I am tired of apologizing for doing the right thing by others all my life.

I suppose you feel the same- ten years ago if you told me what is happening today would be happening I would have laughed out loud.

.."We are here on earth to do good unto others;
what the others are here for I have no idea".. – W.H. Auden

midnightsstaff said...

..yeah, you guys go ahead and get started, I'll catch up.

Rick Kepple said...

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules.

When the stooges travel back in time ... 1962.

Film footage from a Charlie Chaplin movie shows a woman talking on a cell phone. "Can you hear me now?"

We could make films like this. "Look at this photograph of a man in 1956 with a mysterious lawn chair." They did a pretty good job with the video and got over 600K views.

Look at the number of views of more Time Traveler images. Millions of views. Lots and lots of money.

People like time travel and it's mildly controversial while easy to make. The lawn chair would just be a funny gimmick.

Research shows that the shorter, the better when controversial. Higher numbers. The best stuff was made in the 1950's.

Rick Kepple said...

Gonna miss a lot of fun, Middy. It's safer than raccoon hunting at night!

midnightsstaff said...

No mention of an actual space alien- but lots of great tales were told evidently..
..strange blue lights....

Rick Kepple said...

Dora was a big believer in UFO phenomenon. I have always had my doubts.

Yeah, like an advanced civilization will be flying around scaring the crap out of the earthlings.

Think about it. That's akin to Middy and CJ cruising through some barrio in a glowing Humvee to observe the locals.

I'm supposed to believe that an advanced civilization is mutilating cattle, doing anal probes of the locals and they're hovering around in a triangular shaped spacecraft to sort of help earthlings to believe that they are real.

But what if they are sent by politicians of their world? Well, then they'd be offering us terrestrial aid. Bailouts. Giving Mexico ray guns and the U.S. ray guns so we can kill one another ... nope. Not seeing that.

So just HOW are these space aliens more advanced? They're obviously male because they don't ask for directions and they crash a lot.

They could be extraterrestrial celebrities and that could explain why they mess with us and why they are such snobs.

They could also be teenagers messing with the humans.

midnightsstaff said...

Nasssssdakkkk trade halted due to "technical difficulties"...(probably aapl)

..where do you think you're going?- we are about ready to have the happiest effin' Christmas ever!

midnightsstaff said... belt check..

Nonetheless it's nice to see Christmas sales in August.
..glad I got my lights up early this year.

Rick Kepple said...

"We're at the threshold of hell!" Christmas Vacation.

All the experts say that the cities will go first. The Ozarks is about 30 years behind the times, so about 2043, things will go to hell where I am.

For you, it might be tomorrow.

Rick Kepple said...

Trading resumed, Middy.

They do that when everything is about to go into full Depression mode.

But yeah ... the SHTF could happen just that fast. No one knows why things suck, so they blame rich folks.

But who is it that writes books about himself and is in office to be remembered well? Isn't it curious that a guy just like that was elected by Americans? What's that say about the mindset of most people?


Pax Obama.

Rick Kepple said...

"The Street" says that a "Trading Glitch" froze all stocks on Thursday.

According to another story a few days ago, Wal-Mart's profit losses suggest a global economy is collapsing. Eleven million people on disability and a 14% Unemployment Rate! (It's a good video)

Put your money in Lana Jefferies Music LLC. We are starting to show positive signs of profit making. We may not make three million a week any time soon, but you probably won't lose your shirt.

Just don't jump out a window when the market collapses, since many of you live on the first floor and that would just be embarrassing.

midnightsstaff said...

.."Put your money in Lana Jefferies Music LLC. We are starting to show positive signs of profit making. We may not make three million a week any time soon, but you probably won't lose your shirt"
..frothy exuberance?...

..with an emphasis on the words, "starting" and "probably..

.."buy a car at Junior's car lot and you will never walk again"-

No probably about it- now that's marketing.

Mike Slater said...

Jim, you need to rename your blog to the middy and Ricky blog.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, if you invest with me, I'm pretty sure that I can guarantee you a lot of fun and a lot of money!

We took a remarkable leap in viewer numbers with the movie, "Torrent," and Middy, you called it, "Esoteric," and it is.

The previous three videos had less than 200 views, collectively.

The population of Pulaski County Missouri is about 56,000 people. Yet, Torrent was watched in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, India and many other countries.

So Torrent was actually watched by less than 1 percent of Pulaski County Missouri's population.

On Sunday, I noticed that viewership climbed until about 9:30 a.m. and picked up again in the afternoon, until about 5:30 p.m. and why? Church and 85 percent of the United States believes in God.

According to research on computer usage, 9 of 10 church pastors use computers. More research says that Christians are just as likely to use the Internet as nonbelievers.

According to a Pew study, 38 percent of Christians religiously download music.

The Torrent numbers coincide with research that says only 1 percent of Christians use the Internet as a form of church and 74 percent of Christians use the Internet. Experts agree that it's okay for Christians to watch secular movies and listen to secular music.

I have lots and lots more research into why people would watch our films. And if you watched Torrent, you see why our numbers jumped when we engaged an esoteric market.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy and Ricky ... sound like siblings.

midnightsstaff said...

Both of us are similar only as carbon based life forms- after that any similarity disappears.

What I have done is put a block on everyone else who attempts to post, that's why you only see me and Rick.

..full moon rising tonight.

Stephanie,(somebody get this hick out my life) Lynn H-icks said...

"the middy and Ricky blog"

What with the sequester and all, I think (the latter),half of that NEEDS TO GO!!!!!

midnightsstaff said...

Hey, I have rowed a lifeboat away from a few wrecks in my life, what's another?

..there is some serious hacking going on this last week, Amazon, Google and now the Nasdaq..

I sent a Dragon memo- - around to a few emails on the issue.
Peer to peer communication simply has to have tighter security and encryption because these snoops including the government are getting pretty slick and of course Java is nothing short of a booby trap waiting- if you don't have to have it you probably should turn it off in the tools section of your browser.

Pevie Hicks said...

I missed hearing about any hacking at Amazon, what's the skinny?

pevie,(my carpel tunnel's acting up from making my nothing Torrent video go viral) Hicks said...

If Mitt Romney had (another) son...he'd look like Delbert:

midnightsstaff said...

I just repeat what people tell me to..

Seriously there are issues with all internet connections when you have the level of personal espionage with the blessings of a lawless Justice Department going on.

Business is a prime target for fraud and the problem especially for government is there is a degree of criminal element working in sensitive positions.
The EME has family contacts deep in the Clownaforina government; it's been documented but not widely reported due to the predictable politically correct reasoning- it's just like Obama filling the federal government with MB trash- the new normal, besides I already advised you to pick up another language; start with allah akbar!..

Rick Kepple said...

Nothing runs without Java, so conceivably an Off-Switch could be created.

I read about that some years ago in case of national emergency, the Web would be turned off and only a government website would be up and with instructions of what to do when told to stay in your home.

midnightsstaff said...

Anyone wanting to shut down their own Java program can go to tools, open add on's and either activate or deactivate all Java programs..
I use Firefox and mine are all off right now.

.."Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites.

"We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," the Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in a posting on its website late on Thursday.

"This and previous Java vulnerabilities have been widely targeted by attackers, and new Java vulnerabilities are likely to be discovered," the agency said. "To defend against this and future Java vulnerabilities, disable Java in Web browsers."

..that was earlier this year and it hasn't improved since.
Most people simply don't need Java for normal operations.

Rick Kepple said...

I will speak to the computer tech about this. I'll of course do some thorough research first and starting with Homeland Security and possible ulterior motivations.

No wonder news media doesn't like me.

Question authority.

Thanks for the heads up, Middy.

midnightsstaff said... looks like magic but it's nature.

midnightsstaff said...

.."The FBI had an opening for an assassin . After all the background checks, interviews and testing were done, there were 3 finalists; two men and a woman.

For the final test, the FBI agents took one of The men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.
‘We must know that you will follow your Instructions no matter what the circumstances.
Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair . . . kill her!!’

The man said, ‘You can’t be serious. I could never shoot my wife.’
The agent said, ‘Then you’re not the right man for this job. Take your wife and go home.’

The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about 5 minutes.
The man came out with tears in his eyes, ‘I tried, but I can’t kill my wife..’ The agent said, ‘You don’t have what it takes. Take your wife and go home.’

Finally, it was the woman’s turn. She was given the same instructions, to kill her husband. She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard, one after another.
They heard screaming, crashing, banging on the walls.
After a few minutes, all was quiet.
The door opened slowly and there stood the woman, wiping the sweat from her brow.

‘This gun is loaded with blanks’ she said. ‘I had to beat him to death with the chair"..

midnightsstaff said...

whoa.. this is a tough crowd.....

Rick Kepple said...

Sorry Middy. We were kayaking and ended the day in the Cave Restaurant near Richland Missouri. It's the only gourmet restaurant in a cave in the world! The owner gave us permission to film Casablanca in the restaurant.

It was a nice board meeting on the Gasconade River. We decided to table the Java thing for now, until more research is done. We want to make an Ozark Casablanca based on behavior in the local people and the naughty folks that occasionally hide out in the Ozarks.

BTW, I read the joke to everyone and they're all rolling on the floor. The ambulance and fire department have been called to help them get up. I hurt my back laughing!

midnightsstaff said...

Well, since that last one went over so well how about another?..

.."A man who just died is delivered to a Louisiana Mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit. Bubba the Mortician asks the deceased's' wife how she would like the body dressed. He points out that the man does look very good in the black suit he is already wearing.
The widow however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives Bubba a blank check and says, "I don't care what it costs, But please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing."
The woman returns the next day for the viewing. To her delight she Finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit. The suit fits him perfectly. She says to Bubba, "Whatever the Cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job And I'm very Grateful. How much did you spend?"
To her astonishment, Bubba presents her with the Blank check. "Dere's no Charge," he says.
"No, really, I must pay you for the cost of that Exquisite blue suit!" She says.
"Honestly, ma'am," Bubba says, "it din't cost me a Ting. You see, a Deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly After you left yestaday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I Asked his missus if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said "It make no difference as long as he look nice."
"So, I jus switched da heads"..

.."Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.
When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.
"Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer." Said his mother

"I don't have to," The boy replied.
"Of course, you do," his mother insisted. "We say a prayer before eating, at our house"
"That's our house," Johnny explained. "But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook!" I hear an Amen?? haha..

Rick Kepple said...

Both great jokes Middy. I'll respond more later.

midnightsstaff said...

Good one Rick..

..probably not every one got it.

Glo said...

Um, so Jim - is this still your blog?

midnightsstaff said...

I thought you were on vacation...
I was reminded of the allegory of the cave written many years ago and the wealth of enlightenment included in that lesson.

.."the truth is that the State in which the rulers are most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed, and the State in which they are most eager, the worst"..

..and that is merely a secondary truth overshadowed by the larger of man, enlightenment and the moral responsibilities people either accept or reject.

..but Glo, no one wants to discuss anything of matter either and I feel like some backwoods preacher bringing it up.
I try to encourage the exchange of thoughts which are normally misunderstood and honor the sometimes uncomfortable truth which is normally held in contempt.

I really didn't block anyone from posting on this site, since Wednesday this week there has been some kind of boycott going on- I hope it wasn't directed at me but being the introspective and sensitive type I have to consider it probably is.

Best thing for me is to take a month or so off and see if things improve.
I have little influence over other people and I have found attempting to persuade others never works.
..hence the jokes.

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Rick Kepple said...

I started watching "The Searchers" with John Wayne and it was made in 1956. The entire movie is a metaphor.

Rick Kepple said...

Middy, thank you for your thoughtful and nice behavior. It is greatly appreciated.

Syria is looking ugly. Told ya ... and look up America's role in the Middle East in 1956; we got blindsided. Left out in the Cold by our own allies.

Now, remember that there is a Midterm election coming, so what will the U.S. response be to Syria? Remember that it won't be the right thing, but it will be about winning an election. It won't even be about helping anyone.

Keep in mind that rich people in politics seldom actually change. It's all about being Remembered. It's why people become rich and famous too!

Sadly, one can be famous and poor. That sucks. A bunch of us are teaming up to change that.

Rick Kepple said...

Well Middy, it looks like our conversation is over.

Keep in mind that both Republicans and Democrats want Syria gone. Maybe they haven't said as much in the news, but that's the way it is and I agree.

Syria is using chemical weapons; live by the sword, die by the sword. It's too late to change what's been done.

So what's Jimmy waiting for? Middy's done a fine job of setting me up.

Jim McAllister said...


You guys were getting along so swimmingly that I just have been sitting back and paying attention.

Jim McAllister said...

I'd like to know what happened to all my photos.

Rick Kepple said...

My computer tech said that disabling Java will also disable photographs .... and videos.

Rick Kepple said...

Jimmy, your photos are not the only images missing.

I checked my Blogger and everything is fine.

So then I Googled, "Blogger, missing images," and I found many people with missing photos.

Jimmy, try right clicking on the missing pics and choose "show picture." See if that works.

It seems to be a symptom of Google Chrome and Firefox, according to research. I use IE. I'm not certain of this, but that's a possibility.

One family said that they lost years of photos on a family blog.

Well, I'm no one of consequence. You might ask Middy.

Jim McAllister said...


Thanks, I appreciate your comment. I don't have a notation for "show picture". I think they are all history.

Google must be really catching hell. I Googled pictures missing and there was a stack of emails to them.

Oh, well.

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Rick Kepple said...

Still researching, Jimmy.

Facebook users with Google Chrome and Firefox are reporting lost images too.

I've searched for Tea Party members reporting government conspiracies and there are none re: lost images.

Have you checked with the NSA to see if they could give you a backup file, Jimmy? (Internet lost images joke)

Rick Kepple said...

Just FYI, had to go back on high blood pressure medication. If you're a friend, you know the implications of that ...

Middy, while I follow some advice of the government, but it is not in your pattern of behavior to follow the advice of Homeland Security. Middy, you hate Homeland Security.

And I don't believe them. Java is the program that makes the programs work that squeals on government corruption to the American people and all I see is a massive intelligence project going on in America.

Syria has long been a target and just like Egypt, once the Muslim Brotherhood has done their job, they'll be discarded too.

Do you think we should create a romantic comedy or a comedy in the studio? I'd like to do the film, Casablanca. Modern and in the Ozarks.

Rick Kepple said...

Both Democrats and Republicans want rid of Syria. They're weak and now the U.S. has the excuse we need to take their chemical weapons by force.

An hour ago, the Obama Administration decided to go with military intervention in Syria.

I told ya that we were going in Libya. Now it's Syria and there are golden reasons for war.

Wall Street might take a dip for a bit, but the fact is that no corporation has ever made a profit from global war. Plus the fact that many rogue countries do not obey copyright laws and Hollywood and mainstream music has a powerful lobby.

Now, when this happens, Al Qaeda et al will retaliate against America. People will die, but in the years to come, you'll make greater profits in an era of peace.

But you don't want to know this stuff. Don't blame you. Nobody wants to know the name of the cow where their milk comes from.

pevie, (used to plow S/N like the family farm) hicks said...

Sunday wonderin?

Does the moron that screams, "Get in the Hole!", every time any televised professional golfer taps his putt,

Work at a colonoscopy clinic the other six days?

Speaking of Butt holes, when the hell is Rick going to STFU? (still wonderin)

Rick Kepple said...

In 1952, the intelligence agencies and Muslim Brotherhood tried to overthrow Egypt and it failed. In 1956, MI6, Israel and France took the Suez Canal. (CIA historical documents)

If we can take Syria, Iran can be reasoned with, because they will stand alone. We can control the global oil and avert another global war.

Lessons from 1956 prove this, Jimmy and consider this: the DoD works with Hollywood and they're all retro. Coincidence?

BTW, a sequel to Casablanca was announced by WB. What happened to Rick and the inspector after they left Casablanca was one script idea. Another one was Rick's kinfolk running the café.

Pevie, mentor to high level peoples and former political strategist , Hicks said...

(STILL wonderin)

Rick Kepple said...

I would LOVE working in a REAL studio like this one, but I'm in my 50's. It's too late.

You compare that with the studios of the 50's, that kind of resembles my barn.

If I would have only been given a chance in 1981, things might have been different. The world might be a different place now.

Because of the decisions of a coke addicted rock star, we have Obama as President and we're about to become the American Empire.

Well, it's payback for 1956, 1979 and 1981. Millions will die and because of poor decisions by rich folks, rivers of blood will run.

Which reminds me; I think I'm out of catsup.

Rick Kepple said...

These rich folks. They are the problems. Folks in Scottsdale and Hollywood don't even rate.

The bin Laden family is No. 8, richest family in the Middle East. So there are billions of reasons to go to war in Syria.

I'd like to make friends with those folks. The world will never change. Might as well profit from it. A SN Rule.

Rick Kepple said...

Last night, a professional music artist calls up to see if they could BORROW our computer to use with their recording equipment to make a hit song and upload it to iTunes.

Middy has taught me a lot about life, so I refused their kind offer.

BTW, the music recording computer goes back to the store this week. We only record music if we need it for a film.

Middy has taught me well.

Rick Kepple said...

I am adopting Jimmy and Middy rules for life.

I found a passage in the Old Testament that said that it is unhealthy for oneself to be TOO NICE, so I have license to be more like Middy and Jimmy.

"Can we borrow a computer to record music instead of going to your studio?"

Middy and Jimmy answer? NO!

In fact, the iMac rental has already been decided to be returned. So I suggested that they rent the computer, buy the expensive software and do it themselves.

Yes, a good friend, but business is business and friends is friends.

Jimmy and Middy rules of life. God agrees.

Rick Kepple said...

I think I found your photo problem, Jimmy.

I downloaded the one working photo and it was a JPEG. I downloaded a nonworking photo and it's a PNG.

Did you switch over to a new program? Did you have the photos in some Google file that got removed? I think that PNG is Adobe, but I am pretty sure that it's not Google compatible.

My paranoia says you got hacked. Someone might have converted your files.

My tech also said that if your Java is disabled, it leaves a door open for hackers to change anything they want. I'm not sure if this is true. It suggests that Homeland Security lied and I can't imagine that of a government agency. That's just crazy!

Anonymous said...

OK, I know this doesn't relate to the Middy-Rick conversations on this post, but I thought it was very humorous and telling when I heard it on TV last night.

They were having the Teen Tournament on Jeopardy!, and mis-way they ask the players questions. Alex asked this button-down, very smart kid named Barrett what his one true goal is in life. Barrett said very seriously: "To be president of the United States."

So Alex asked him what he would bring to that positiuon after the presidents of the last few decades. What did barret say immediately?

"Competence and accountability."

Almost fell on the floor luaghing, and immediately though of our bloggers who loathe Obama (and those of us who want to throw up at the very mention of Dubya).

Smart kid.

Glo said...

Glo not Anonymous!!! Grrr...