Archive for February, 2020

The First Del Taco, Yermo, California

Monday, 24 February 2020

“Ed Hackbarth and David Jameson opened the first Del Taco in Yermo, CA in 1964. With a menu of 19¢ tacos, tostadas, fries and 24¢ cheeseburgers, Del Taco brought in $169 in sales on its first day in business – the equivalent of 900 tacos.”

Seems that the Del Taco pictured above opened in 1961, predating the one that opened in Barstow in 1964. It was originally named “House of the Taco,” er, um, “Casa del Taco.”

$169 in 1961 is about $1,500 in 2020 dollars. Not a bad first day.

[Image found here, caption here.]

Onomasiological Hot Links

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Racing possums.

Augmented Hand Series.

Build your own trebuchet.

And not a single US flag…

This song is stuck in my head.

Fill in the blank: “No ____ no gain.”

The murder of Jovanni Alexander Sierra.

“Bullied 9-year old dwarf is a fraud” is a hoax?
(He’s also a young actor.)


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


[Top image from here.]

Saturday Matinee – The Great East Japan Earthquake 2011, Steve Gibbons Band, Keb’ Mo’, Juzzie Smith & Jeff Beck’s Killer Lineup

Saturday, 22 February 2020

11 March 2011 – The Great East Japan Earthquake (video at Sendai Airport) measured 9.0–9.1 on the Richter Scale. It moved Honshu (the main island of Japan) 8 feet east.

It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that may have reached heights of up to 40.5 meters (133 ft) in Miyako in Tōhoku’s Iwate Prefecture, and which, in the Sendai area, traveled at 700 km/h (435 mph) for up to 10 km (6 mi) inland. Residents of Sendai had only eight to ten minutes of warning, and more than 19,000 were killed, many at evacuation sites, more than a hundred of which washed away. [Wiki]

[Watch the whole thing. Video found here, via here.]

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That’s a tough one to follow, but let’s try this.

Long intro, good story by The Steve Gibbons Band (1977). If you don’t know who he is, check out his credentials. I bought one of his albums for his cover of Chuck Berry’sTulane.”

Keb’ Mo’ plays Son House‘ “Walkin’ Blues” (1930), accompanied by musicians from six countries. It’s part of the “Playing For Change” video series.

Juzzie Smith introduces his One Man Band, and it’s amazing. I can play harmonica and guitar, but my brain won’t let me do both at once.

Jeff Beck (guitar), Tal Wilkenfeld (bass), Beth Hart (vocals), Lizzie Ball (violin) and Jonathan Joseph (drums) crank out Freddie King‘s 1971 classic “Going Down”  at Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. What a lineup.

That should hold y’all for a bit. See you back here tomorrow for something or other.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 673 – The Rain Train, The Getaway & Really Tired

Friday, 21 February 2020

[Found here, here and here. Related train .gif here.]

And it begins…

Thursday, 20 February 2020

[Found here, h/t Octopus.]

Nothing Much Happened Today.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

[Found in here.]

THE SHIRT.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

[Image from People Matching Artworks [via].

Intriguing Tree Switch

Monday, 17 February 2020

These young visitors to Homosassa Springs, Florida seem to be intrigued by the natural beauty of the Red Cedar Tree, which is only one of many kinds of trees growing in this, ‘Nature’s Own Attraction’, located on U.S. 19 and 98, just 76 miles north of Tampa and St. Petersburg.

[Found here.]

Lyin’ Dog-Faced Pony Soldier Hot Links

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Classical cleaner.

Granny’s Southern Peanut Pie.

Now about those eco-friendly wind turbines

How China Built a Hospital in 10 Days [via].

A Lindisfarne board game piece. The 3D interactive image is cool.

Those ubiquitous skydancers were invented by Trinidad artist Peter Minshall for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. They are illegal in Houston (.pdf).


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


[Top image: Lyin’ Dog-Faced Pony Soldier?
Apologies to the late Buster Keaton and the late Poppie.]

Saturday Matinee – Hercules Beetle Pupa, The Husbands of Target, Chapelle on Smollett & The Pips

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Just when we thought we’d seen it all, the internet dishes up a fat, red alien baby that looks like it’s been ripped from the scorching sand dunes of Venus (we wish).

In reality, it’s just a Hercules beetle in its pupa form, enshrined in a chrysalis as it prepares to take on its adult form. But let’s not talk it down too much – this writhing cocoon is about to become one of the largest insects on Earth.

More about that beastie here.

I heard this on The Tim Conway Jr. Show KFIAM 640. The video is even better.

Heh. “Jucet Smolliet.” Dave Chappelle is one funny guy.

In 1977, _____ & The Pips appeared on The Richard Pryor Show sans Gladys Knight. IIRC, she had laryngitis that night.

Have a great Presidents’ Day weekend, folks, and we’ll do some stuff tomorrow.


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