Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Demons of the Chafing Dish

Well, now I've gone down a rarebit hole, I mean rabbit hole. Turns out Thomas Edison did a film about the rarebit fiend . It's a Live-action/animated film. Windsor McCay (pictured) did the nightmare sequence animation that involves demons crawling out of a chafing dish. Speaking of which, my ex-cook Shelbey wrote a book of poetry called Demons of the Chafing Dish. Shelbey asked me to paint cover owl (c) 2009.
One of my favourite poems in the volume is the one about that nocturnal bird
The Owl
What are you doing here in the city with your built-in thatched roof?
Your fists, now prongs --
Run mammal! Run!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The toad has a crust

Regarding terminology I do not agree with esteemed grammarian H. W. Fowler that "Welsh Rabbit is amusing and right. Welsh Rarebit is stupid and wrong." I believe the Welsh rarebit is right. I believe eating it stupid and wrong. Speaking of which, here's another brilliant UK dish called Toad in the Hole. As you can see the Toad has a crust, a filling of Yorkshire pudding and then pork product: sausages. You can also use kidneys.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Foot Hooks

Speaking of hardware, Ida Cottage now sells handsome foot hooks on their site. They come in pairs: right and left.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Digdug Saga

Turns out that Alpine Village has a sister mall in Malaysia called Ida Cottage. Click on the aforesaid link to view the Ida Cottage cheese. Don't forget to scroll down. Yes, they have things with clocks in them, though I promise no rocking chairs. Their watering can reminds me of my mother's Desert Rose pattern of Franciscan Ware which we used as our everyday dishes. It was a wedding gift from my father who purchased it mail-order, and it was shipped from Laguna Beach to Norway via Air Cargo Express. Being Scandinavian, my father liked his coffee boiling hot from the percolator. He would then cool the coffee by pouring some of it into the Desert Rose saucer. My mother thought this crude. He really didn't speak much at dinner; Norwegians don't. He liked doing crossword puzzles between bites of Welsh rarebit or reading a famous Norse saga with missing pages called...

The Pottery Shack in Laguna beach is still a great place to buy whatever pieces of Franciscan Ware you need replacing. And where to eat brunch? Why The Cottage, of course, no matter what the Laguna ex-pats say.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Late night radio show Volume II

We'll being playing Illya tonight, his song "Communication" and that's what it's all about isn't it? Got a couple of requests, one for Gulliver's People. They are groovy man, and I hope to have them on the show next time they are visiting the Sunset Strip from groovy London. I'm on early tonight subbing for Charlie Tuna who sprained his shoulder frugging. I got a hold of Shadoe Stevens, but the dude sounded very uptight so here I am! On the early shift! Remember McCallum in The Polk Salad Annie Affaire?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Late night radio show Volume I

This is DJ Digdug speaking to you from atop the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles. Yes, I've been hired to do a late night radio show. We'll be sharing our observations with you, spinning some LPs, taking calls, rapping about whatever you want to rap about and in general having a heck of a time. It's so great looking over the lights of Los Angeles. Over there is the old Hollywood Palace. I remember seeing The Holding Company there. The squares in the row behind me sure didn't like the long hair on those rock 'n' rollers. I think Buddy Hackett was on the bill that night too. His hair isn't exactly short. He doesn't talk like that in real life, you know.

It's so great to be broadcasting in the same place as Rodney Bingenheimer. Putting electrons of connection out to your radios where Elliot Mintz used to rap. Tonight I've got a whole selection of records to play. I wish I could describe to you the back cover of the MGM High Fidelity stereo recording (SE 39460C) of Carnival! with Anna Maria Alberghetti. Anna is snuggling with a green walrus puppet made of wool whose head is slightly larger than hers. The walrus' whiskers and nose are made from raw yarn. The rest of the puppet is shag carpeting. If you want any of this sheet music you can go to vintagemusicbooks. In the mean time, take care of yourself - dig?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Digdug's California Adventure

Fab find! This film: Rodney Bingenheimer and The Clambake. Well, that was the original title, now it's called Mayor of the Sunset Strip. In it you'll find that Nancy Sinatra named a booth at Cantor's for him. L.A. radio - brings back old memories. I spent a short time there writing for the television series Cornonet Blue.

Friday, September 4, 2009

A word to the wise

Wear safety goggles and gloves when handling large magnets. The ones used in this experiment are medium sized, but can still cause minor pinches. Small ones are very safe unless taken internally.