“Old Rock & Roll News”

Old rock and roll news

with Newton Snookums’ Tooth Guy

and The Story Lady Shows*


  • (The Tooth Fairy and The Story Lady join up with Doctor Science as part of Cool Ed’s weekday morning offerings beginning at 7 a.m. and repeated at 9 – is he on vacation because Newton Snookums(sp?) showed up as a repeat yesterday? – on WPGS 840 AM from Mims-Titusville.  The Local 840 web link will reach well past the smallish station’s throw-weight and the station’s lineup worth the listen, especially if the other yakkers begin to bore.  Weekends with oldies – some going back even into the mid-and late 1940s beats the rust off many of those mush-hear – originally wrote must-hear but I like this version better – radio send-my-your dollars devices.)

“A ‘Tooth***’ Of Fridays” Tanka 603

A ‘Tooth’ of Friday:

tasty tomatoes, sharp onions,

hot peppers and all,


even a June-hiding hard

cucumber, all prickly*!


  • (Friday, June 2 (Tooth, I insist in the past-future perfected sense) wanting a without-lettuce salad, I walk through the garden and whilst picking yellow and red pear and red cherry and mutating back to pear state grape tomatoes and wondering when ever the store-boughten seed-sprouted “vine” tomatoes of the second setting will turn red and yield mostly tasteless red decorative wedges to collect salt, pepper, olive oil and home-made redwine vinegars, I lift a curious vine which decided to crowd out some new parsley seedlings and lo-and-behold baby gherkin cukes down by the pot and as I pull up the rest of the trailing vine reveals this inch-and-three-quarters ’round, dark green – glorybe! without wax! – cucumber, dense and hard and still prickly as if to say, pick me and die! Chortling and gleefull I guide my sandaled feet through the parsley and bronze and Florence fennel fronds, the Caribbean thyme, all lush and big and muted beige and light-green leaves with exact thyme taste, and wonder should I pull a few red torpedo onions or use the Granex – same genus-species as their more-famous Georgia cousins reposing naked in the plastic prison in the fridge?  Deion Sanders Time: Both! A few leaves of marjoram and several scatterings of oregano and just worthy** of cropping new basil, like the cuke, hiding in the mostly shade, and some cuttings of several kinds of garlic and don’t forget the purple/lavender garlic chive blossoms to go with some thinly sliced rounds of carrots, celery and radish that promises not to feel poorly since they came from the cellophane and not mine own wormy dirt.  Dressed on a large platter I take my early evening’s repose and repast, replenished.  And burp.)
  • ** (Just had to correct “wirthy” with its real spelling of “worthy” in the first comment despite many misgivings about “Leave It Be! It deserves its fate in this column concerning herbiverousness!”  But, since I had a double-dog – first steamed then split and fried in light canola oil on two slices of toast with just mustard hot dogs, my slightly sheepish Yea! He’s gone To The Other Dark Side! persona will just have to wring meat-gnashing teeth as I remember: we got some several kinds of olives, butter pickles and a few sour gherkins left in our cold larder…cheese and some hard salume, too?  Might as well make popcorn for after!  I’ll svelte down after the universal collapse and resultant famine, no?)
  • *** (The most asterisk(es?) ever I have used, but in this case I must:  “Tooth” I have used before and always in conjunction with The Second Day of Any One, especially as it applies to some eating activity.  Just ‘splainin’.)

“Attention ReOrder Deficit*”

My bud Bruce Jewett

Attention Order Deficit:

He casts long shadow!


  • (We were engaged in the DeMerits of Cable, which GoodSir Jewett says he always has eschewed, but allows as ho he feeds his Attention Deficit Disorder with helpings and helpings of YouTube for his cultural enrichment.  I demurred most uncoyly: Not ADD, Bruce, but Attention ReOrder Deficit, which I now define as the mental condition of recalling you hast failed to fling the proper reorder form onto the refrigerator and thus you hope to find some soft banana leaves outside for your pre-ablutionaries following the other things one does in that room. Tee-shirt bottoms and shorts-legs serve for the dry-cleaning after the washjob.  ARD also is the sound heard most often around these skewed Acronymics poking fun at the follies of people who listen to drug-dispensing quacks who’d really rather shut you up than your kid: but what-the-hay, synthetic speed and coke keeps the pretty pharma-reps dropping by in their shiny new corvettes, so just keep writing those scripts!)