Thursday, May 22, 2008

In Memory of my best friend, Robert Snogles..."On Eternal Patrol"...

This Memorial Day will probably the most emotional and sad Memorial Day I have ever experienced. As I write this, it is Thursday the 22nd of May, and the weather is cold, with gray overcast and rain. It's very fitting to match my mood as my life long best friend, Bob Snogles lay dying in a hospital in Syracuse, NY. He will soon be on Eternal Patrol. He has been fighting a long battle with various health problems since last September, and although a well fought battle, he has a "Do Not Resuscitate" order and will taken off life support and kidney dialysis today and allowed to pass. The doctors have told us that because of the lack of dialysis, he will simply enter into a coma, and then the organs will shut down, and it should be a relatively painless death. The picture above is his old "Boat", the USS Sam Houston (SSBN 609).

I feel a strong need to resurrect and review some old and fond memories of Bob and myself going back to about 1958 or 59 when we first became good friends. We grew up together on Oneida Lake in central upstate New York, and as one would expect, we spent large amounts of time fishing the lake and enjoying all water sports. I can't help but recall those cold Spring nights that we would fish for "bullheads" all night long and then sell our catch to local restaurants the next day. This kept us in spending cash and was a fun way to earn some bucks.

Bob and I were considered tough guys, and very few other young guys messed with us, and those that did, paid a painful price. We knew how to fight and fight well. After we graduated from High School in 1962, I went on to college for a spell, but, in June of 1963, Bob and I joined the US Navy and were designated for Nuclear Submarines.

We stayed together through "boot camp", Submarine School and the Naval Nuclear Power School in Bainbrdge, Maryland, and Saratoga Springs, NY. I recall that while in "Boot Camp" at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, our Company Commander found a letter to Bob from one of his girlfriends. In the letter, she had called him "Snuggy Bear". The CC read the letter aloud to all the Company and he never lived that name down ever again, but it was fitting to his stature and personality. It was while at Bainbridge that Bob met his lovely wife, Joyce, with whom they had two loving children, Stacy and Lee Ann. Bob then went on to serve honorably on the USS Sam Houston, an FBM(Fleet Ballistic Missile) Submarine out of Holy Loch, Scotland, going on several long patrols under the North Sea and Arctic Ice Cap during the "Cold War".

In that we were the adventuresome types, when we left the Navy, I became a Syracuse Police Officer and Bob became a Syracuse Fire Fighter, and both our lives were filled with many more adventures in those careers. It was during Bob's tenure as a Fire Fighter, about 30 years ago, that both his kidneys failed and he needed a kidney transplant. Even after the transplant, he continued on to fight fires and save lives.

Throughout all our lives, we were avid deer hunters and together were responsible for putting quite a large amount of venison on our families plates. Bob was an excellent hunter and I learned much from him. We preferred to hunt with antique/primitive weapons, muzzle-loaders, as this gave us only one shot at the deer, but made it much more challenging and sporting. It also made one a much better hunter.

Fishing, God were do I start? Oneida Lake is known for it's great Walleye fishing, and we certainly put a dent in that population as well. In fact, on one occasion, we took 3rd in a National Walleye Fishing contest together, as well as taking other honors for lesser fishing derby's. The last time we fished together was two years ago and because his health was beginning to fail even then, that was the last time we ever "sore-mouthed" any fish together.

There are those folks we meet throughout life that we just immediately take an instant liking to and feel comfortable around, and Bob was one of those. He was a quiet man who was liked, loved and respected by all who met him. He was an avid golfer, having played in many semi-pro tournaments all across the country over the years. We had both learned to play gold at the young age of 13 while caddying at a local Country Club for "the rich folks", another fun way of making some cash.

We both shot Trap" & Skeet at our local Brideport Rod & Gun Club, a club which he had also been a past president of, as well as having gotten the Nationals Trap competition held at for many years, and still is today.

As I compile this all to brief tribute to my best friend who loved life, served his Country and community well, the tears flow freely, and of this I'm not ashamed. The only other man who has ever walked this earth that I loved so much was my brother. Bob will be gone by the time I publish this as the lack of dialysis and life support will have done it's job, but I take comfort in the fact that he will suffer no more. Somehow, I can't think of a more appropriate time for this posting than on Memorial Day weekend as it just seems so fitting.

I would like to say Thank You to all who prayed for my friend throughout his illness, your thoughts and prayers were felt and appreciated by Bob's family and myself.

So, in remembrence of all those fine Military folks who have gave their live for our great country, and for:

ROBERT SNOGLES, my best friend,


UPDATE: My life long shipmate began his Eternal Patrol at 10:30 PM this date, May 22nd, 2008.


Thinkin of takin a break fer a spell....

Well Sir...CSSSCC from Tampa sent me this here little ditty that I thought I would share with y'all.....


....and Patrick wants to share this here message with everyone.....

Important message about getting old !!


Now I forgot what I was gonna tell ya.

The "Quote of the Week" comes to us from Susan Gertson.....

Leave it to "Sir" Charles ..

Quote of the week from our esteemed friend Sir Charles Barkley:

"Poor People have been voting for Democrats for the last 50 years, .............and they are still poor."


These people were always finding water all over their pool deck and furniture, every time they came home, after being away for a few hours. They thought the neighborhood kids were waiting for them to leave, and using the pool. However, they could never catch them doing it so they set up their video cam and left. This is what they found out...............

Thanks Missy Sue.....

...and yet anuther sign from the infamous "Casa D'Ice".....


Questions and Answers from an AARP Forum

Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find younger, sexy women who are interested in them?
A: Try a bookstore---under fiction.

Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?
A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement.

When you are done you will have a place to live.

Q: Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned in the Bible.

Is that true? Where can it be found?
A: Yes. Matthew 14:92: "And Mary rode Joseph's ass all the way to Egypt."

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 60+ year old husband?
A: Tell him you're pregnant.

Q: How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly---wrinkles?
A: Take off your glasses

Q: Seriously! What can I do for these crow's feet and all those wrinkles on my face?
A: Go braless. It will usually pull them out.

Q: Why should 60+ year old people use valet parking?
A: Valets don't forget where they park your car.

Q: Is it common for 60+ year olds to have problems with short term memory storage?
A: Storing memory is not a problem, retrieving it is a problem.

Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.

Q: Where should 60+ year olds look for eye glasses?
A: On their foreheads.

Q: What is the most common remark made by 60+ year olds when they enter antique stores?
A: "Gosh, I remember these."


Hey Amigo's & Amiga's, I got some uncomfortable and disconcerting things goin on in my personal life right now, so, aside from a post I'll be puttin up on/about Memorial Day....I'm gonna take a short break from bloggin fer awhile.....

Y'all stay good now ya hear.....


Monday, May 19, 2008

Cookie's checkered, and musical past...... and "Think before ya speak"....

Well of the main aspects about bloggin is to chronicle, and/or journal, events and situations of yur life, past and present, that were/are, the defining moments that make you what you are today.

Now, I know that this followin story might be a tad hard fer some of ya to envision, but back in the Cookie's high school and college days, I was a pretty damned good singer, dancer and actor(even if'n I do say so myself). However, these talents went un-discovered up until midway through my Junior year in High School because I was hangin around with a pretty bad-ass gang of guys. Gang fights, car thefts, burglaries, a stabbing or two and an all around trouble maker for all my teachers. My grades were just about all failing and the prospect of graduation seemed all but impossible.

Then, my English teacher, spotted some attributes about me that even I didn't know were present. One, I wasn't half bad at writing, and two, since I was always "acting out" in some way or another to get attention, she set up a meeting between her, the school music teacher and myself. At the meeting, to my great surprise ( I thought it was going to be a disciplinary meeting for something or another that I had done), she strongly recommended to the music teacher, that I become a part of one of the school's upcoming musical entertainment nights, "West Side Story".

Naturally, since I had quite a bad rep, the music teacher strongly objected and expressed her grave reservations. My English teacher convinced the music teacher to give me a try, explaining that I was already a bad-ass gang member and my presence would add authenticity to the musical itself.

Cutting to the chase, I surprised everyone, including myself, by performing very well and enjoying every minute of the rehearsals. Learning the lines, the songs, the dance choreography and the acting itself all seemed somehow natural. I only had to punch out one asshole who made the mistake of laughing at me one time when I flubbed one of the dance routines. From there on out, no one ever did that again, at least not in front of me. Suffice it to say, that idea and intercession of my English teacher had a profound life changing affect on the rest of my life. I wound up graduating High School with honors, and had even had one of my Sci-Fi short stories published in a "pulp-fiction" publication.

Eventually, I would go on to perform in several college productions, and during the summer, I did some Summer-Stock in New Jersey and also worked as a waiter in a place called "Vacation Valley" in the Pocono's. The job entailed much more than being a waiter. After all the meals had been served, most of the staff would perform various Broadway musicals that were popular at the time, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, and of course West Side to name just a few. It was the only job I ever had that I had to actually audition for. The male staff was also expected to socialize and dance with any unescorted female guests who were observed to be by themselves and not having a good time during various functions. Seriously, think of Patrick Swayzee in "Dirty Dancing", that was my job, and the part I enjoyed the most, for very obvious reasons.

Oddly enuff, almost every character I played, I was, or became. A gang member, a Sailor, a Cop, and I've always been a country boy.....

OK...nuff ramblin fer now. Here are some video's of some of the skits from some of the plays and shows I was in.....

"The Jet Song"....West Side Story....

"Gee Officer Krupke" from West Side Story....

"There is nothing like a Dame"....South Pacific....

"With a little bit of Luck"...My Fair Lady

...and "The Barnraising Brawl"...Seven Brides fer Seven Brothers...


...and me good compadre Patrick warns us all about the importance of thinkin carefully before we speak.......

Y'all gonna really like this one.....

Always think before you speak..!!!!!

This is a great example of 'did I say that out loud???'

This happened at UWI in October last year. In an
OESH class, the Professor was discussing the high glucose levels found in
semen which gives the sperm all the energy for their journey.

A female Masters' candidate raised her hand and
asked, 'If I understand you correctly, you're saying there is a lot of
glucose, as in sugar, in semen?'

'That's correct,' responded the professor, going on
to add statistical info.

Raising her hand again, she asked,

'Then why doesn't it taste sweet?'

After a stunned silence, the whole class burst out laughing.

The poor girl's face turned bright red, and as she
realised exactly what she had inadvertently said (or rather implied), she
picked up her books without a word and walked out of class, never to

However, as she was going out the door, the
professor's reply was classic. Totally straight-faced he answered her

'It doesn't taste sweet because the taste buds for
sweetness are on the tip of your tongue and not in the back of your

Tuesday...time fer some "Foggy Mountain Breakdown".. and other great music...

Well Sir...most times when I'm preparin my blog-post(s) fer the next day, I've got my AOL satellite radio music playin some good old Blue Grass tunes in the I'd share a few classics with Y'all.....

....and yes...that's Steve Martin on one a the Banjo's. Unfortunately, this great music was bein played on that asshole David Letterman's Show....but don't let that stop's still GREAT pickin.... "Foggy Mountain Breakdow"

...and yesterday, my good naybor Clem's son, Klem, got t'playin some Banjo music with some strangers that was passin through these here parts of the Adirondack foothills..... "Duelin Banjo's" .....

....and one of them strangers wound up squeelin like a pig later in the day....

Caution.....R-Rated scene ahead.....

...and we just gotta have some Jerry Reed with "East Bound & Down".....

...and up the road a piece, there be a 9 year old young lady that plays one mean fiddle...."Orange Blossom Speacial".....

...Slim Pickin's..."The Ballad of Jesse James"....

...BUT...more than likely Y'all remember "Slim Pickins" as Major Kong frum this here 4 minute long, absolutely classic scene outta the dark comedy....... "Dr. Strangelove".......

OK....on that note......Have a great day now.......

Sorry C.D., I looked all over fer some video's of "The Culhanes" but came up empty.....

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Monday...time fer some Buttons, "Hee Haw", and some R-Rated "racy" stuff...

Got some new ones, so I threw in some of the older ones fer those who mighta missed em before....

Gotta Thank both "Charlie the Cop" and Susan Gertson fer sendin me the buttons....

Well Sir...a day or so ago, I posted a YouTube video with C&W entertainer "Cousin Mini Pearl" in it, and later, my good amiga "Nicki" left a comment and related how when she was a youngin, she loved watchin "Hee Haw", with her grand-daddy, and in particular loved the regular skit/song "Pffft...You were Gone". Well ya go miss Nicki...hope this brings back some great memories fer y'all....



*** Partial Nudity and Adult Language Ahead. ***

Today is National Female Breast Appreciation Day!

"One must always appreciate the beauty that surrounds us everyday...."

Sure Beats the Shit out of Martin Luther King and Flag Day, don't it (although I certainly would salute these puppies as well)??

Gotta give a HAT-TIP to Clint Griffin frum Californy fer that one....

Saw a woman yesterday at the Mall wearin this......

An interestin acronym to say the least....

Naturally, I don't believe any of this of course....


How to check your car's Air Conditioner.

1. Roll up the windows

2. Turn the AC on Hi

....and the MOST important Step....

3.Put the A/C tester in the car.

Yupper...It's a wurkin just fine!

....and we can all Thank "The Chief" frum over at "Smolderin Embers" fer that vehicle maintenance suggestion......

....and...CSSSCC (Sandy) frum down Tampa way reminds us that a great indicator that it's almost Summertime is when the girls start showin off their belly-buttons.....

Hold on to yur Coffee folks and whatever y'all do.....DON'T take a sip of it before viewin this here photygraff...!!!


...and of course...I can't let a day go by when I don't get in my usual shot at the Democrats.....

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