Archive for April 18th, 2014

Oh My, The Shaggs!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The ‘60’s coughed up some strange bands and one of the weirdest was the Shaggs. I hate to criticize anyone’s music – but this group was the hairball of all-women bands.

The Shaggs were composed of the Wiggin sisters: Dot Wiggin, Betty Wiggin, Helen Wiggin, and later, Rachel Wiggin.  I would have called them the “Friggin’ Wiggins” but their father named them after insisting they play together in a commercial band.  He probably didn’t realize that in Britain, to “shag” a girl means to have sex with her.

Austin “The Dad” Wiggin didn’t seem to realize a number of things.  His girls couldn’t sing, couldn’t  play their instruments and didn’t want to learn, and were not exactly ‘eye-candy’ on stage.  The girls immediately disbanded upon Dad’s death in 1975.

Frank Zappa, of the Mothers of Invention, said the Shaggs were one of the “top-3 bands in history.” Perhaps he hadn’t yet listened to: My Pal Foot Foot. As one critic wrote, “I can’t decide which song is worse: the one played by the drummer or the one by the guitarist.”

Maniacs In Yorkville

Friday, April 18th, 2014

When my sister was 7 and I was 8, we used to love staying at Aunt Esther’s house in Yorkville, New York. On one visit, Aunt Esther was ‘spooked’ – so she sat us down for a serious talk. She told us (can you imagine?) that Marcy State Insane Asylum was close  (I now know it was about 20 miles away) and sometimes the patients escaped and murdered unsuspecting, naive people who let them into their homes – usually slitting their throats with their own kitchen knives.

I can only imagine our faces and open mouths as we heard this unhappy news. (Thinking back, maybe the lesson here was not to let anyone in when we were at her house…. or …maybe she was just crazy.)

BUT – not to worry – Aunt Esther had a PLAN to save ourselves if a crazy person got in (which must have slipped the minds of all those naive Yorkville homeowners who had their throats slit.) The plan? DISTRACT the maniac.  As soon as he picked up a knife, we were to say (in a friendly voice) “Say, would you like something to eat?”  And when we went to the kitchen to make him lunch or a snack, we were to throw open the back door and run like hell!

I don’t remember questioning the wisdom of this plan, but I know neither Joanne nor I EVER let anyone into Aunt Esther’s house.

He’s a mess …

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Do You Have The Balls For March Madness?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Snip, snip.

Did you know there are men who deliberately schedule vasectomies during basketball tournament’s  “March Madness?” After the operation, they get to lie on their couches and recuperate while watching the games.  You can read the story in the Washington Times:


Police Lineup

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe?