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Subject: Montreal #12 - That Flintstones Scene
(Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 09:42PM )
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Here's the skinny on that classic Flintstones scene referenced at the bar in Montreal after dinner when Bobby Bo goes for a refill of his glass of red wine and is talking to the bartender.

The episode here was called "Love Letters on the Rocks" and comes from season 1, episode 21, and was first aired on Feb. 17, 1961.


Watch the scene unfold here as Fred goes to meet Perry Gunite, the P.I.


You just have to love those lines Perry had, "Rocks over rocks" and "Bartender ... put that in a dirty glass." This is real knowledge of the world stuff going down here, and they don't teach this wisdom in school, kids, so pay attention.

Perry's bowed-out-knees silky smooth stride to the bar is also killer stuff. Just gotta marvel at it, even if I can't quite make my own legs bend quite like that with such awesome curvature. No doubt, this kind of cool entrance to a crowded room is something to work on at home alone to make oneself a more complete and well-rounded human being.

This scene has scarred Bob since childhood.



Subject: Tenerife #18 - Finca el Drago / El Teide
(Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 01:58PM )
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The wedding reception setting, Finca el Drago is still there to this date, and looks to be holding up well since 1994.

You can imagine the scene by the pool unfolding for the DeathList exchange, as well as bachelor night when Dudley got dropped off drunk at the cottage on the property, back to "da Boss."


Here are some photos of the island's peak / volcano, El Teide, and the national park around it, as well as more shots of the villa and compound. Generally, the island overall is a pretty spectacular place on many fronts. This NASA satellite radar shot from 1994 gives a great view of the whole island and its shape.


Parts of the island really can look like Mars, and here's the video shot there in 1991 by The Shamen - Move Any Mountain, as referenced in the chapter and included in the music playlist.


And as also mentioned, right after filiming the video here, Will Sinnott (or Will Sin) drowned while swiming off the coast of nearby La Gomera, another island that is part of the Canaries chain.


You can just imagine the scene at this wedding in the UK. Strange but true.

Self-Castrated Man Delays Wedding
Sep. 20, 2013

'The image that comes to mind is that of a loving couple holding hands in church before a vicar, who is saying, "If anyone knows any reason why this couple may not be joined in matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace..." Then, all of a sudden some random geezer rushes in, drops his pants and snips off his testicles with a pair of scissors. FULL STORY


Proof positive once again that "it's always funny until someone loses a testicle." In this case, he may have even doubled down on that. Bob's glad he was NOT around for that episode. It hurts to even think about it.

Or maybe, he was just the last groom married there, as this points out nicely. Sorta kinda same result in the end, isn't it?


Hey, when you're some single guy attending weddings worldwide, you think about stuff like this and what it all really means in the long run.



Great book

The main character Bob takes us into an intimate journey to weddings all over the world with great humour, a fine sense of observation, and great social skills. The conversations are funny, savvy, and rarely serious. Delicious book. A must read!

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Marielle Croft | November 12, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.CA
Subject: Santiago #30 - Some of those character names
(Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:25PM )
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One of the buried elements inside that wedding (and indeed generally sprinkled throughout the book) is the use of some past famous or notable people names for some of the local / regional characters in the chapter.

If you are from those places, be it Chile, Bolivia or Germany, some of the names may well mean something to you, and were noticed. Four names were slipped in here for the following characters:

- Anita Lizana (1915 - 1994) was a famous Chilean tennis player who reached World #1 ranking in 1937 when she won the U.S. Championships.


- Ramon Vinay (1911 - 1996) was a Chilean operatic tenor.


- Antonio Diaz Villamil (1897 - 1948) was a Bolivian writer, novelist, historian, and folklorist (not to be confused with florist, although one could be both in an exceptional circumstance). The embedded bio link for this cat is in Spanish.


- Oswalt Kolle (1928 - 2010) was a German sex educator who first became famous in the 60s and 70s for his books and films on sexuality. Hey, even the groom doesn't get away clean here.


Just because some single guy is hitting far-flung weddings for fun and adventures, doesn't mean a few obscure references can't get thrown in there every now and again. Not that any of the above folks looked at all like the characters present at the wedding. And if they bore more than a passing resemblance to each other, maybe it was all just coink-e-dink.

In keeping with the Chlean wedding backdrop, and discussions harking back to a certain politcal periiod in the country during the reception dinner, here's an inspirational number from 1973 that seems just as suitable today in many places around the world outside of that country. Go figure. Some stuff is timeless. The song title translated to Engreesch, means "the people, united, shall never be defeated." It was also on the music playlist for that chapter, no doubt another coink-e-dink.





Subject: Epilogue - Of Max and Mexico
(Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 09:33PM )
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Another obliquely inserted reference near the end of the book lies with one of the two wedding help letters written to Bobby Bo in his imaginary gig as a wedding advice newspaper columnist.

Who was Max and what was he on about? The answer might lie with his location and parting line.


Credenhill, in the UK, is the home of 22 SAS Regiment. Yes, that's right, the Special Air Service. Maybe, that is why Max signs off with "Who Dares Wins" playing off the SAS motto of "Who Dares, Wins." Or that was just accidental. Quite possibly, Bob may just have goofed and forgotten the comma too. D-oh, Homer! Or maybe both are in common usage in reality.

Note that Heref (Herefordshire) is not the same as Herts (Hertfordshire). The two are a couple hours apart by road. Since Max is ostensibly some covert operations guy, he could have tried a sly substitution of the latter, for the former, in order to be purposely misleading. He could then claim it was a mistake, and would have plausible deniability. Either that, or he could do it to see if anybody was actually paying attention.

Now, on the main matter, why would some of them SAS cats take a covert gig in Mexico doing wedding security? Maybe they might, and even if they did, it would be a case of steadfast denial if ithe word ever got out there. And how would some part-time typist ever find out about it anyway either, unless they were writing to him for advice?

In this day and age, with military budget cutbacks all over the gaff, and subpar pay in the ranks, it's all about the money, honey--especially if you turn to the private sector where all the fat be, Bobbolino. Just look at Academi (as changed from Xe and Blackwater before thet in some weak rebranding exercise to try and play "let's hide the past"). Everybody just wants to be paid out, as Dr. LoveSexy might say. Who cares who wins?


Our man Max could have also been some local-pub punter wannabe nearby the base, just hanging out and being a pretender.

At the end of the day, it's all just about some single guy's wedding adventures and funny tales therein.



Subject: Mustique #47 - The three spots
(Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:58PM )
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All the action that day and evening back in February 2000 for Patty and Bruce's wedding revolved between the two villas, Yellow Bird and Flomarine, and Firefly, which was where the ceremony and initial mini-reception were held.

Yellow Bird was where "somebody" woke up poolside in the mornng at the opening of this chapter after a big night out.


Flomarine - Gin and tonic anyone?


Firefly - Awesome place to get married, no matter if you want to call it a guest house, a restaurant, or a bar, depending on your point of view. The ceremony took place in the garden by the pool.


Many other island shots are on this related Pinterest board Bob put together for this sun-drenched escape  Here's a great teaser video for Mustique to cap this all off. One is way better grabbing some sun and fun in late February for a tropical wedding than being somewhere like snowy, frigid Canuckistan in the dead of winter.




Subject: Los Angeles #70 - Manuel Noriega and Oreo Cookies
(Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:43PM )
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It was a fast comment in passing by Wade Roe in dialogue, but based on fact.

"It took out the Northeast faster than Manuel Noriega does a bag of Oreos."

Manuel Noriega has (or had) a large love of Oreo cookies. I wouldn't spin no crap on that. Here's some support from back in the day when our main man Manuel first started cooling his heels in the clink.


Exhibit #1

WELL, THAT'S HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES
October 30, 1990

Who's that kid eatin' the Oreo cookies? Surprise, surprise, it's the pineapple-faced Panamanian Manuel Noriega, former Foreign Enemy No. 1, who now resides in the "dictator's suite" in Miami's Federal Correction Center.

We don't know if he's a twister, a dunker or a cruncher, but we do know that the Nabisco treats are his favorite snack and just one of life's little pleasures that the once-mighty strongman enjoys while awaiting his Jan. 28 trial.

Source: Philly.com

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Exhibit #2

January 25, 1991

DO EX-STRONGMEN EAT THE FILLING FIRST? It`s doubtful, however, that even daily 2,500-milligram injections of coconut would do much for the pockmarked, russet complexion of Panama`s deposed Manuel Antonio Noriega, a confessed chocoholic (if not drug co-conspirator). "The Dictator's Suite" at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Miami is stocked with candies and other junk food, Oreo cookies being Noriega`s favorite.

Source: ChicagoTribune.com

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Exhibit #3

News of the Weird
May 02, 1991

Vanity Fair reports that Manuel Noriega always offers visitors to his prison cell Oreo cookies. Said Noriega's lawyer, "He may no longer be the ruler of his nation, but psychologically he still has this need to offer you hospitality."

Source: ChicagoReader.com

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Exhibit #4

He's Our Thug, And We're Taking Good Care Of Him

October 29, 1990

The government isn't revealing the cost of maintaining Chateau Noriega, which was custom-designed because an ordinary jail cell was too confining. Nor is it known which of the general's goodies - from deodorant to English-lesson tapes to his beloved Oreo cookies - are paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Source: TheSeattleTimes.com


Case closed. This is the kind of weird stuff that gets thrown at you while attending fun and wonderful weddings around the world. Nabisco shoulda made that guy their spokesperson for the brand. Everything taken away, and he chooses Oreos for a treat. That's hardcore! You can't buy that kind of brand loyalty.

Only the important stuff for you, and just the facts.



Very funny and smart

Very funny to read, amazing speed of story telling and an interesting combination of funny anecdotes, some serious messages, good descriptions of the moments in time the book describes (and makes you think). I felt like being on a passage in time of my own life, but not just... Definitely recommendable to read!

Rating 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Caspar | October 28, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Subject: Amazon Consumer Review
(Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 09:31PM )
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Funny, side splitting a laugh a minute

Really enjoyed reading this. You will too.

Bob takes you on a rollicking ride on different weddings he's been to.

Rating: 4 / 5 *

Original Posting: Stepurplehayes | October 16, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.co.UK