Thursday, October 9, 2014


No one had the correct answer to identify yesterday's photo of a wino on a bench with his bottle still between his legs.

And it's no surprise.

For who would have thought that a passed-out rumpled figure slumped with his addiction protected could be . . . . .

 . . . the normally resolute conservative Washington activist Grover Norquist!

Yes it really is, though the picture is somewhat of a lie.  Here is the story.

And keep in mind that the story and the photo are two and a half years old.

I stumbled across it while searching the Google for a painting of a passed out wino and his bottle.  And being the good Democrat that I am, I couldn't resist it.

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That out of the way, here's today's photo for Throwback Thursday.

And no, that's not Norquist again.  This one is your heroic scribe on the beach in Southern California quite a few years ago.  Huntington Beach State Park, photographed by my tv cameraman of the day, Tim Dietz.  We were on our way to an interview, Tim was driving and after passing one beach after another, Tim suddenly exlaimed "All right, we've got to check this out" and pulled off the road.  I took the opportunity to collect a few small seashells.


  1. Nice outfit, had a similar one myself. (BTW, 70's era family pictures are the worst!)

  2. I blush to admit I actually saw the first AS, paid money to have an hour plus stolen from my life.

    Nice leisure suit. Genuine polyester?

  3. You look like a passenger from the "Love Boat!" I mean that as a compliment.

  4. Not Al! I am disappointed...
    A nice You collecting seashells.

  5. Wasn't Norquist at Burning Man this year?
    You were a real Dapper Dan in your day.
    We can title this one North Dakota boy leaves farm and discovers beach.

  6. Thank you all for the compliments.

    And Phil, I am from North Dakota but the only time I was on a farm was to see the farmer's daughter!

    1. I have heard stories about that affair.

  7. Can you still squat like that? I only ask because I know that I can't.
    I'm moving to an apartment near 32nd Street and Camelback. My landlords are selling the house I was renting so it's the perfect opportunity to down size a bit. Goodwill is making out like crazy on this deal.

    1. I certainly can't. And if I could I know I'd never be able to get up.

      Good luck with your move.


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