(meme) Three and Three Meme #4

Snarfed from gyesika. Make a comment in this entry. I’ll go to your profile, pick 3 userpics and interests, and then you explain them in your journal.

Which I did in her journal, and here’s my answer:

Sheriff John Cake. People who read my journal see this icon often; it is used on every birthday post. It is a picture of KTTV Children’s host John Rovick, better known as Sheriff John, who hosted a children’s show on KTTV Channel 11 as I was growing up. As these shows were wont to do, children (or their parents) sent in their names, which would be read on the air daily while a birthday song was sung. Each host did it differently: Hobo Kelly had her magic glasses, and John Rovick had his cake and the Birthday Cake Polka. You can hear and see him singing a snippet here. I have always preferred this song to “Happy Birthday to You”, and so, the rest is my birthday tradition. All together now, “Put another candle on my birthday cake…
Angry Dog. Long before David Lynch did Twin Peaks he was a cartoonist in the LA Weekly, and had a cartoon called “The Angriest Dog In The World”. The basic conceit was that every panel was the same except for the last panel, with the joke in the last panel. You can see an example here. Often, the comic made no sense. However, I just love the repeated line in every strip: “The dog who is so angry he cannot move. He cannot eat. He cannot sleep. He can just barely growl. Bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches the state of rigor mortis.”
Dr. George. Dr. George Fischbeck was a weathercaster on KABC 7 in my youth. So, when I needed a userpic releated to weather, I had to choose a picture of Dr. George. He was one of the last true TV meteorologists. I believe he is still alive.

And, for the interests…

fountain pens. Back when I was in college, I got introduced to fountain pens, and never looked back. They are my preferred pen of choice since I was about 20. I have quite a large collection, and prefer to sit with a bottle of ink, marking up documents on paper. For me, the most reliable are Sheaffer, Parkers, and Mont Blancs, in that order.

oerm. Orange Empire Railway Museum. I was introduced to OERM in 1986, and have been a member since around then. OERM, located in Perris CA about .5 hr S of Riverside off I-215, is the west coast’s largest operating railroad museum. I’m particularly interested in OERM because they have preserved, and have operating, streetcars from the history of Los Angeles (Pacific Electric and LARy). After as long as we’ve been members, the folks there have become like a family. A good place with good folks, including our own larymotrmn. I believe patgund is also a member.

zen driving. Have you ever gotten in a car and driven, just for the fun of it. Just to see where the road takes you. That’s zen driving, and its just wild fun to do. Pick a street near you, and drive it end to end. Make a right, and keep going. Take that side road… you’ll never know what you might find.