Saturday, November 30, 2013

It's the Fourth Night of Hanukkah

Don't leave small children unsupervised in the kitchen.  Especially with all that hot oil.

now it time to figure out how to send all the mishpokhe home.

The Gelt Song - Klezmatics

The Latke Song - Debbie Friedman

Hanukkah Song with Leonard Nimoy - A Thing Called Waiting

Hannukah Dance - Woody Guthrie

Check to see if the oil has gone rancid?

Guess the theme?

The Christmas Waltz

Winter Wonderland

Sleigh Ride

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

The Christmas Song

Get outside and get a little exercise: with all of the eating everyone's been doing, you probably need it.

Friday, November 29, 2013

It's that time of year

The Sixth Annual Christmas Spectacular

The holidays are upon us and we here at Dr. Caligari's love to celebrate like it nobody's business. So over the next several weeks check back daily (we hope) to see what we're listening to or thinking about - Today's kick-off - The lights of Christmas (exterior)

David Richards, from Canberra, Australia has covering his home in so many LED lights that he has reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the most number of Christmas lights strung on a house. Richards took around a month to set up the decorations, using half a million lights (or 502,165 to be exact) spread along string which if you rolled it out straight would stretch a distance of 29.8 miles

The Richards family says the lights are likely to add an extra $2,300 to his electricity bill for the month of December, but hopes his efforts will be worth it as he plans to raise money for charity when the illuminations open to the public. Two years ago, his light show raised around $71,000 for charitable causes.

Once again, it's nice to see that the public is helping suport the public utilities.  You know that they are barely eking out a living.

It's the third night of Hanukkah -

Move on to the donuts.

The Chanukah Song (Part 3)

Oils - A Thanksgivukkah Miracle

Burn - Hanukkah - The Maccabeats

Potato Latkes Recipe for Hanukkah

Remember to eat some steamed vegetables

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It started tonight but you're probably a little busy

Hanukkah means "dedication"

so let the serious eating commense

Original Hanukkah Song  Adam Sandler -

Hanukkah Harry -

The Hebrew Hammer

The Chanukah Song  Neil Diamond -

And kids, know when a simple game becomes an addiction - please no actual gambling while playing with your dreidels. Gamblers Anonymous (718) 352-1671

Remember, pace yourself - 8 days is a long time

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Since you probably can't reach me at home

This is a message for my family but feel free you use, if needed

(If you are of a certain age and lived in the NYC area, this is what was playing on WPIX in the afternoon after the parade ended.)

Sorry I'm not with you this Thanksgiving.  If you can't reach me by phone, need are the recipes you're probably looking for:

Shrimp Dip

Carrots/ Celery Sticks
Pre-cubed Cheese from local deli

Turkey w/ Stuffing

version 1 or
version 2

Ginger Carrots
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Green Beans

Fennel Salad

Apple Crisp
Vanilla Ice Cream
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Coffee/ Tea

Have a great Thanksgiving and hopefully you've remembered to check your guns at the door!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

For that tickle in the back of the throat

I don't often use cough syrup but when I do, I use One Night -

One Night, ask for it by name!

Monday, November 18, 2013

This just about says it all

These gentlemen will be beaten for their lunch money throughout their lives

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

November 11, 1821 -
Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born on this date. Mr. Dostoyevsky is universally recognized as one of the pre-eminent authors of nineteenth-century Russia and perhaps one of the finest novelists of all time. As mentioned yesterday, on November 10, 1969, public television broadcast the Children's Television Network's first episode of Sesame Street.

I like to take advantage of this serendipitous occasion by celebrating both of these cultural icons, who have more in common than you might think.

One of Mr. Dostoyevsky's most enduring characters is that of the angst-ridden student, Raskolnikov, who brutally murders an old woman with an axe in order to confirm his own intellectual freedom. One of the most popular characters on Sesame Street is Big Bird, an eight-foot-tall, easily flustered, flightless yellow bird of indeterminate species.

Mr. Dostoyevsky's novels deal with a broad range of complex issues such as as parricide, political philosophy, epilepsy, freedom of the will, suicide, theosophy, revolution, addiction, dissipation, forgiveness, and the legitimacy of absolutist rule. Sesame Street deals frequently with the alphabet and the numbers one through ten.

Mr. Dostoyevsky was once sentenced to death, blindfolded before a firing squad, then reprieved at the very last moment and exiled to Siberia, where he overcame great obstacles to produce some of his finest work. On Sesame Street, Ernie and Bert often bicker over household chores.

Mr. Dostoyevsky was a devout Russian Orthodox Catholic, and in The Idiot he explores the practical difficulties of living a life according to the principles of love, tolerance, and forgiveness set forth by Jesus Christ. Sesame Street features a grumpy green monster named Oscar, who lives in a garbage can and frequently breaks into song to proclaim his love of trash.

Imagine all of those similarities. Now write a two hundred page essay discussing all of this and your have a doctoral thesis.

You're welcome

Monday, November 4, 2013

Special Snowflake Syndrome

(This post is only significant to a very tiny segment of my readers - everyone else can ignore it)

A malady affecting a significant portion of the world's population wherein the afflicted will demand special treatment, conduct themselves with a ludicrous, unfounded sense of entitlement, and generally make the lives of everyone around them that much more miserable.

The danger of this disease is that the sufferers rarely, if ever, know that they have contracted it, and continue about their merry way under the assumption that EVERYONE ELSE is the problem.

This condition, if left untreated, can radically alter the carrier's demeanor, to include any of the following: a complete devolution to child-like behavior, temper tantrums, and/or fits of narcissistic rage.

When confronted with an individual suspected of harboring Special Snowflake Syndrome, one's best course of action is to run away. Further attempts at educating the carrier on the reality of their condition will likely prove futile, and potentially hazardous to the informer.
Thank you

Sunday, November 3, 2013