Saturday, September 19, 2020

This Week's Big Project...


...was attacking the clutter in the garage...some of it, anyway.

Got rid of a Bagster full of junk...

...which included some unusual finds...

...easily explained by treasures we unearthed...specifically my Marx Atomic Reactor (with battery)...perfect for generating nuclear power when you really need it in a pinch...

...but also our wedding cake topper (yes, it was a humble but joyous occasion)...and a bust of Franky with a couple of his bosom buddies (Drac and Wolfie).

Almost as impressive were the fully functional radio / 8 track player and the Crosley record player we found...

...replete with ample supplies of both 8 track cartridges and vinyl albums (insert excited "woo hoo" here).

Retro boogie, here we come!

I sold most of my train collection before we moved in 2017 but apparently kept more remnants than I remembered...and that includes a couple of cool monorails like my early 1960's Schuco...

...that Disney commissioned back in the late 1950's in honor of their ultra popular Disneyland monorail.

Nice to rediscover them after 3 years in garage storage purgatory.

Now...what to do with them...??

Bought a Driving Iron off ebay for cheap...

...and I'd like to report I put it through its paces today.

Sadly, I cannot.

I did make my usual pre-dawn trek out to the links...

...but when I arrived, even though their sign said Open, they had cables strung across their driveway entrance, apparently due to the threat of frost.

I tried calling them to find out what time they'd be opening on this glorious fall morning, but why would a public golf course answer their phone?

They didn't even bother with a recorded message, detailing the time they would climb out of bed and fling open the doors of their business to service their customers...instead their phone just rang...and rang...
...and rang...and rang...

So, on this crisp, cool, sunny autumn morning I guess I'll swat some whiffle golf balls in my back yard instead...

...while cursing the cretins under my breath...

In a few days Karen and I will celebrate our 15th anniversary...

...and I'm thrilled to report these have been the best 15 years of my life...deeply in love and incredibly happy from the day I carried her over the threshold...
photo taken by Karen's dad

...through today and Lord willing, stretching many years into our future together.

Happy Anniversary to us...

Watched an interesting flick the other day...

...The Founder, starring Michael Keaton.

It's the story of how Ray Kroc got involved with the original McDonalds brothers and their revolutionary "fast food" restaurant in San Bernardino, CA.

Post-war southern California spawned the genesis of the car culture / drive-in restaurant craze which by the 1950's had become enormously popular.

The main drawbacks to this ubiquitous style of restaurant were twofold:

For the customers, it was slow...typical wait time was 30 minutes from the time they gave their order to the carhop until their food arrived on a tray placed on their driver side door.

For the owners, it was expensive...from the big menus to the bloated payroll with carhops and cooks, it was a tough model to execute well and make a profit.

The M bros had a successful drive in, but became convinced there had to be a better, more profitable way to run their restaurant.

They'd noticed that in spite of their expansive menu, mostly what they sold came down to 3 basic items: hamburgers, french fries and a drink (coke or milk shake).

Using that as their springboard, they developed what they called the SpeeDee system of preparing those 3 basic items and delivering them to the customer in 30 seconds rather than the usual 30 minutes.
the guy in the middle of the sign is apparently SpeeDee Burger

A simple menu, efficient food prep, no plates and silverware and no carhops...just good food delivered in an eye blink.

It was a slow start for them because it was so radically different than everything else being done...people had to get out of their car, walk to the window and place their order...but after 3 months the idea caught on and in short order they became the most successful restaurant in the area.

Enter Ray Kroc, a traveling milk shake mixer salesman, who hopped on Route 66 and drove the 1800 miles from Missouri to California to see them because they were ordering so many of his milk shake mixers.

The movie then takes us on an intense journey as the hard charging, abrasive Kroc, intent on expansion...

...bullies his way into the lives and business of the two inventive, industrious brothers whose main focus was simply making their restaurant as good as it could be.
what a beautiful mid century modern building

Everything in the film is well done, from the gorgeous period correct sets to the spot on architectural design of the original McDonalds' restaurants.

And while all the actors do a wonderful job, there's no doubt this film belongs to Keaton.

His portrayal of Kroc as a workaholic who sees business as war is tempered by a certain personal magnetism and charisma.

You may not want to be best friends with a man who actually said "if my competitor was drowning I'd stick a hose down his throat", but you'll find yourself admiring him, if only grudgingly, for his dogged persistence and the enormity of his accomplishments.

This one is definitely worth your time...give it a look.

Before you sneak out the back - yeah, I see where you're headed - here's a few sights around the Castle Frankenstein...

another box we found tucked away in the garage...all they had to do was ask me

apparently this year's pepper crop was less than expected

mr. bee caught in the act

pony shoes...the baby brother to horse shoes...should have had these set up for the Labor Day cookout

the fall command center

happy fall, y'all

As Fall has arrived and is bestowing upon us some truly glorious weather, I leave you with this reminder from Scripture:

"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
    - Psalms 118:24

later, mcm fans...

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