Saturday, December 7, 2019

A Date...

...which will live in infamy...so spoke President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a joint session of Congress on December 8th, 1941.

And so it has down through the decades.

December 7th, 1941...Japan bombs Pearly Harbor, declaring war on both the United States and Great Britain.

Thus began 4 long, bloody years of war, defining a generation, its psyche and culture, and altering the course of history.

In 1945, if a 16 year old boy fooled the Army recruiter into letting him join, that "boy" turned 90 this year.

So the Greatest Generation has very nearly vanished from this earth.

If you're lucky enough to know one of them, count your blessings, care for them, and thank them for saving your world.


Searching for a segue...

Here's my latest fait accompli...

...the 8th installment of the Papa's Model T Young Readers Series...just in time for Christmas.

Famed literary critic Biff Bifflemeyer offered to give it a read...
...but I was able to distract him with something shiny long enough to make my getaway.

You on the other hand should roll the dice and take a chance on it.

When was the last time you risked it all and lived on the edge?

Y'know, drove on the S curve during rush hour?

Told your girlfriend her new shirt makes her look fat?

Ate that last green piece of bread in the bottom of the bag?

Well this is nowhere near as foolhardy as that.

Plus, it's at least theoretically possible you won't hate it, and I guarantee* you'll be a better person for it!

* not a guarantee 

Moving on...


My mcm aluminum Christmas tree was looking a bit under dressed with its bare feet showing...
...so I ordered a tree skirt from RetroLifeStyleCompany

Looks good, right?  But while I was admiring it, Ms. Grinch showed up and stole it!

I know it was her because she left these behind...

Found out she put the tree skirt under her tree!
Da noive!

What choice did I have?  Ordered another one for mine.

That's an American Flyer train, by the way...
Gotta love a train underneath the Christmas tree.


The Diva of Christmas Decorating continues her assault on Hare Manor, both inside...



...and out...

...there's little to be done other than shelter in place and wait it out...at least it hasn't been snowing when we're out there hauling boxes and standing on ladders.


Almost time for the dreaded Christmas Letter again...
...if you're on the naughty list, I apologize in advance...it's an annual compulsion I can't seem to shake.

If it helps, you should know I am in therapy...
...but he's getting a letter, too...


And that dear readers...
it's the thought that counts...
...is a wrap for this edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe.

As always we thank you for your time and only wish we could have monopolized more of it.

later, mcm fans...

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

If You Love Mid Century Modern...

...you HAVE to buy this book...it's called "The Evergleam Book" and was written by Theron Georges.
As Mr. Georges says in his introduction, you can think of it as a reproduction of the Evergleam Catalog, and so it is.

Filled to overflowing with all kinds of technical information - pictures, charts, price lists, instruction sheets - about various Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree models and related paraphernalia - color wheels, tree stands, replacement parts - it is the definitive resource for all things Evergleam.

But it is so much more than that...from the moment it arrives, looking like the prettiest present under your tree, til the moment you've perused the last page, this book is cover to cover a visual delight.

It's like leafing through the best photo albums and scrapbooks of this unique product from a unique era, but all categorized and organized for your reading and reference pleasure.

The author has even compiled a playlist on Spotify to accompany his book, so you can "listen along" as you explore the wonderful world of Evergleam.

The Charlie Brown Christmas special notwithstanding...
...if you love mid century modern, you "get" aluminum Christmas trees...and you NEED this book.

Buy it here: The Evergleam Book  You'll be thrilled you did.

And don't say I never did nuthin' for ya...

As promised...

...some pics of 2019 Thanksgiving...replete with good food...
...delicious pies...
Karen may have made the pies, but the Cool Whip was my contribution
...and seasonal decor...




...but no people pics.

Their people warned our people we'd be sued if we published any copyright likeness of the attendees...so we made up some instead:
...close enough for government work, I guess.


Since Thanksgiving came as late on the calendar as it possibly could this year, the Diva of Christmas Decorating set me, her humble servant, hard to the task of sweeping Thanksgiving under the rug and splashing Christmas all over the Manor this weekend...
started with my aluminum Christmas tree and color wheel, of course


Santa and crew on runway 36R...it was Karen's idea to have them on the stair step ledge this year, a big improvement...don't know why I never thought of that...


manger scene


holiday wreath

all lit up at night

May not seem like much, but that took most of Saturday...lots of climbing up and down ladders and running extension cords.

Of course Karen continues to transform the indoors as well...






our Koffee Korner gets a holiday makeover


even Sir Kitschalot is getting in the spirit

More to come, I assure you.


I know it's a disappointment...
...but that's gonna have to do for this one, folks.

But never fear, friends...assuming we survive Cyber Monday we'll be back with another thrillin' edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe next week...
...if that ain't good news, I don't know what is.


later, mcm fans...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving...


...a day when we give thanks to God in heaven...just as the Pilgrims did in November of 1621 for His gracious provision and mercy.

For many, the day has become little more than a time for overeating, watching football, arguing with relatives and planning their assault on the bastions of retail the day following.

But the origin of the day is rooted in giving thanks to God, plain and simple.

And though many there be who deny it, this is an historical reality, the evidence of which is George Washington's original Thanksgiving proclamation written on October 3rd, 1789.

To wit:


By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- 


and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be--

That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--

for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--

for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--

for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--

for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--

for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions--

to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--

to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--

to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--

To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--

and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

So Happy Thanksgiving, y'all...hope it's a good one for you and yours.

Karen has been hard at work preparing the feast for our motley crew -

(not to be confused with the group Motley Crue...
...whose songs I can honestly say I've never heard)

- consisting of Karen, my oldest son Micah, his sons Isaiah and Isaac, and your humble correspondent.

And it is a lot of work...turkey (of course), stuffing, corn, green bean casserole, fruit salad, cranberry sauce, potatoes, rolls and four different kinds of pies.

Not to mention various libations for all the hail fellows well met.

Details to follow as the big day happens tomorrow.

[ hey, I could recycle some of last year's pics...


...but new pics of 2019's gala are forthcoming ]

My friend Larry is up north for Thanksgiving with his family, and also doing some deer hunting...and he sent me this pic of what he's seen so far:
...but the problem is he needs to put on his X-mas X-ray glasses...
...and then he'd see this:
...BIG difference, yes?

(Larry, please do NOT shoot Yukon Cornelius)

Papa's Model T: The Bambino is coming along...
...Ike and Papa X are currently visiting 1916 and dealing with issues there...I'm at 10,000 words and counting, which means we're more than halfway through.

Hoping to bring it in for a landing in the next week or so.

And speaking of coming in for a landing...
...we've managed to negotiate another wildly successful edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe.

Hey, don't let the photographic evidence to the contrary fool you.

As Groucho Marx famously asked, who are you going to believe?  Me, or your own eyes?

later, mcm fans...

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