The Don Feeds Baba Wawa

This is one of those pictures that get bloggers killed. But in the interest of free speech and fearless blogging, may I present Barbara Walters eating out of Donald Trump’s hand:

Donald Trump, Barbara Walters, and Ivana Trump

You saw it here first. Unless you saw it back in 1989 when it happened. Look at The Donald’s hair. Perfect then, as now. . .

Westminster Dog Show Starts Tomorrow

For all you pedigree dog lovers,
the Westminster Dog Show starts tomorrow.
From the official site:

The Westminster Kennel Club 136th Annual Dog Show
Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2012
Madison Square Garden
Pennsylvania Plaza
Seventh to Eighth Avenues and 31st to 33rd Streets
New York, New York

Last year, a Scottish Deerhound named Foxcliffe Hickory Wind,
or Hickory, won.
We managed to scrape up a picture of the lad:

Hickory, Best in Show at 2011 Westminster, and Donald Trump

Hickory is the hairy one,
the one with the blue collar,
the smiling one,
the one looking for females
the one not in a suit.

Sewer Tour or Chocolate Strawberries?

Here we go with another Valentine’s Day. As usual with all things celebratory, we got you covered with the very latest and greatest in gifts. (I have a tasty turkey meatloaf recipe for Groundhog Day. Ask and you shall receive.)

Two options for the big V-Day. First up, the exotic. Are you looking for glitz and glam? Flashbulbs popping? Hollywood? You are not going to find that with our first choice. What you will get is the Manhattan skyline and a 53-acre sewage plant:

The sweet scent of sewage may not sound romantic, but for lovers of urban infrastructure, the Department of Environmental Protection is offering a Valentine’s morning tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater treatment plant.

“It’s a unique date, and one they’ll never forget,” said plant superintendent Jim Pynn.

Jim Pynn offers visitors on romantic tours of the Newtown Creek sewage plant this Valentine’s Day

Pynn hosts public tours every month, but in honor of the holiday, visitors next Tuesday will get a special candy treat.

“Couples and singles and children and old folks — whoever shows up is welcome to a Hershey kiss,” he said

Not into the whole sewage scene? You don’t like to waste your time? No problem, how ’bout some chocolate-covered strawberries, an old standby:

Of course, the frugal way to make chocolate dipped strawberries for your sweetheart is to take the DIY route. It’s easier than you might think, says Andrea Correale, president of Elegant Affairs Caterers in New York. Here is the recipe she uses when catering special events for such celebrity clientele as Donald Trump, Billy Joel, and Russell Simmons:


16 ounces milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves

Chocolate Covered Strawberries


  1. Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.
  3. Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into Styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.

I have no dog in the fight. A fun-filled, romantic sewage tour or some boring, fattening ol’ strawberries. Your call, Shipmates. . .