Water, water everywhere

It's now been a year [and 22 hours, but who's counting] since all but a tiny fraction of my belongings were destroyed in a flood that had absolutely positively nothing to do with global climate change whatsoever nosireebob. I found a text file of quotes and saying about water I thought I'd share:

"Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet." -- African Proverb

"STREETS FULL OF WATER. PLEASE ADVISE." -- Robert Benchley in a telegram to his editor sent upon his arrival in Venice

"In shallow waters, shrimp make fools of dragons." -- Chinese Proverb

"Don't bargain for fish which are still in the water." -- Indian Proverb, slightly modified [maybe] in Wire's "The Agfers of Kodack"

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water." -- James Michener

And a few more flood photos guaranteed to CAUSE NERDS PAIN:


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I had made a sweet deal for a semi-full set of Atom funnybooks in the middle of my Gil Kane mania -- the first year of the Silver Age ATOM series are under those SHOWCASE issues. A fragment of my Frank Miller run of DAREDEVIL to the left, a scattershot of Saudelli and Sala comics to the right and the long boxes that once housed them all along the top.


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One of my uncles was a recovering Lee & Kirby fan; for my birthday just before he died, he filled in every hole in my L&K FANTASTIC FOUR run [at least three dozen late-period issues]. These are a handful of them; I think the only FF I still have is the kickass Annual where the boys have to go into the Negative Zone to get some McGuffin to help Sue safely give birth to Franklin. Even as uninterested in comic books as I've become, that FF Annual is still one of my favorites.


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Even more Silver/Bronze Age Marvels. Part of my work computer can be seen at the top left. [I'm still limping along with my old home laptop.]


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Signed posters, left to right: Will Eisner, two Jack Kirbys and a Beatles [Paul and George]


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A smorgasbord of destroyed comics in a wide spectrum of genres, styles and formats.


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But this is the load that actually hurt to throw out; the Auad-produced Toth books, a few Ditko collections and my NANCY library were the only things I repeatedly tried to save and the last things I threw out.

The 1101st step on the last road home.

day five

hour and a half, no change

The 1096th step on the last road home.

For our infotainment, Part Four: Politics and oddities

Hey, ho, let's go.

So, the oldest registry in the SSDI is this one; I'm not sure I believe that this person was 192 at hir time of death, though. [I was going to post the youngest one, but it just made me sad.]

Name: ELENER M SKUNDOR
Born: 11 Dec 1800
Died: 07 Sep 1992
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 194-52-7259
Issued: Pennsylvania

Every President of the United States elected since the creation of Social Security has had an SS account, and his number was released into the SS death index following his demise -- except one. I bet you can guess which dead President that is!

Name: HARRY TRUMAN
Born: 08 May 1884
Died: Dec 1972
Last Residence: 64050 (Independence, Jackson, MO)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 488-40-6969
Issued: Missouri

Name: DWIGHT EISENHOWER
Born: 14 Oct 1890
Died: Mar 1969
Last Residence: 17325 (Gettysburg, Adams, PA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 572-64-0315
Issued: California

Name: LYNDON JOHNSON
Born: 27 Aug 1908
Died: Jan 1973
Last Residence: 78705 (Austin, Travis, TX)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 577-60-6128
Issued: District of Columbia

Name: RICHARD M NIXON
Born: 09 Jan 1913
Died: 22 Apr 1994
Last Residence: 10708 (Bronxville, Westchester, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 567-68-0515
Issued: California

Name: GERALD R FORD
Born: 14 Jul 1913
Died: 26 Dec 2006
Last Residence: 92270 (Rancho Mirage, Riverside, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 372-28-6532
Issued: Michigan

Name: RONALD W REAGAN
Born: 06 Feb 1911
Died: 05 Jun 2004
Last Residence: 90024 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 480-07-7456
Issued: Iowa

Yep, no JFK. Weird, huh? Here are two Camelot-era heirs to the throne:

Name: ROBERT KENNEDY
Born: 20 Nov 1925
Died: Jun 1968
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 026-24-0879
Issued: Massachusetts

Name: BARRY M GOLDWATER
Born: 01 Jan 1909
Died: 29 May 1998
Last Residence: 85253 (Paradise Valley, Maricopa, AZ)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 526-01-2474
Issued: Arizona

For our infotainment, Part Three: Art, Literature and Music

Third time's the charm. I'm amazed by the sheer number of bluesmen who have died in December, that Marvin Gaye was on SSI before he died, and that Marcel Duchamp had an SS account.

Book peoples, art peoples and music peoples, in that order [I'm too tired to alphabetize these]:

Name: JOSEPH HELLER
Born: 01 May 1923
Died: 12 Dec 1999
Last Residence: 11937 (East Hampton, Suffolk, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 071-12-2689
Issued: New York

Name: VLADIMIR NABOKOV
Born: 23 Apr 1899
Died: Jul 1977
Last Residence: XX846 (Europe)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 088-26-5320
Issued: New York

Name: GEORGE A PLIMPTON
Born: 18 Mar 1927
Died: 26 Sep 2003
Last Residence: 10021 (New York, New York, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 110-20-7206
Issued: New York

Name: SUSAN SONTAG
Born: 16 Jan 1933
Died: 28 Dec 2004
Last Residence: 10011 (New York, New York, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 573-40-3268
Issued: California


Name: WILLIAM DEKOONING
Born: 24 Apr 1904
Died: 19 Mar 1997
Last Residence: 11937 (East Hampton, Suffolk, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 043-26-2725
Issued: Connecticut

Name: MARCEL DUCHAMP
Born: 28 Jul 1887
Died: Oct 1968
Last Residence: 10011 (New York, New York, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 080-36-7128
Issued: New York

Name: ROY LICHTENSTEIN
Born: 27 Oct 1923
Died: 29 Sep 1997
Last Residence: 11969 (Southampton, Suffolk, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 126-22-8051
Issued: New York

Name: ROBERT MOTHERWELL
Born: 24 Jan 1915
Died: 16 Jul 1991
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 093-28-5098
Issued: New York


Name: CLARENCE L FENDER
Born: 10 Aug 1909
Died: 21 Mar 1991
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 545-18-5083
Issued: California

Name: SETH E LOVER
Born: 01 Jan 1910
Died: 31 Jan 1997
Last Residence: 92840 (Garden Grove, Orange, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 368-03-5016
Issued: Michigan



Name: JACK WILSON [Jackie]
Born: 09 Jun 1934
Died: Jan 1984
Last Residence: 08840 (Metuchen, Middlesex, NJ)
Last Benefit: 30080 (Smyrna, Cobb, GA)
SSN: 385-30-9743
Issued: Michigan

Name: JAMES BROWN
Born: 03 May 1933
Died: 25 Dec 2006
Last Residence: 29842 (Beech Island, Aiken, SC)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 259-32-3801
Issued: Georgia

Name: MARVIN GAYE
Born: 02 Apr 1939
Died: Apr 1984
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: 90254 (Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, CA)
SSN: 577-54-8569
Issued: District of Columbia

Name: JAMES JAMERSON
Born: 31 Jan 1936
Died: Aug 1983
Last Residence: 90034 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: 90034 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
SSN: 251-52-7038
Issued: South Carolina
[Date of birth 1 year + 2 days off]

Name: EARL F VAN DYKE
Born: 08 Jul 1930
Died: 19 Sep 1992
Last Residence: 48207 (Detroit, Wayne, MI)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 367-26-6334
Issued: Michigan

Name: WILLIAM BENJAMIN [Benny]
Born: 15 Jul 1925
Died: Apr 1969
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 377-20-0866
Issued: Michigan
[Date of birth 10 days off]

Name: EDWARD BROWN [Bongo Eddie]
Born: 13 Sep 1932
Died: Dec 1984
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 377-32-0225
Issued: Michigan

Name: JOHN E GRIFFITH JR
Born: 10 Jul 1936
Died: 10 Nov 2002
Last Residence: 89170 (Las Vegas, Clark, NV)
Last Benefit: None)
SSN: 371-32-1091
Issued: Michigan

Name: ALBERT KING
Born: 25 Apr 1923
Died: 15 Dec 1992
Last Residence: 62059 (Lovejoy, Saint Clair, IL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 430-34-9098
Issued: Arkansas

Name: FREDDIE KING
Born: 03 Sep 1934
Died: Dec 1976
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 326-28-5363
Issued: Illinois

Name: SAMUEL MAGHETT [Magic Sam]
Born: 14 Feb 1937
Died: Dec 1969
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 324-30-7197
Issued: Illinois

Name: EARL HOOKER
Born: 02 Jan 1930
Died: Apr 1970
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 349-24-6241
Issued: Illinois
[Date of birth off by 1 year + 2 weeks]

Name: EARL S JOHNSON [Earl King]
Born: 07 Feb 1934
Died: 17 Apr 2003
Last Residence: 70175 (New Orleans, Orleans, LA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 438-40-5192
Issued: Louisiana

Name: CHESTER BURNETT [Howlin' Wolf]
Born: 10 Jun 1911
Died: Jan 1976
Last Residence: 60619 (Chicago, Cook, IL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 415-34-8575
Issued: Tennessee
[Date of birth off 1 year]

Name: MCKINLEY MORGANFIELD [Muddy Waters]
Born: 04 Apr 1915
Died: Apr 1983
Last Residence: 60559 (Westmont, Du Page, IL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 350-22-2546
Issued: Illinois

Name: JOHN COLTRANE
Born: 23 Sep 1926
Died: Jul 1967
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 245-32-5071
Issued: North Carolina

Name: THEOLONIUS MONK
Born: 10 Oct 1917
Died: Feb 1982
Last Residence: 07087 (Union City, Hudson, NJ)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 102-16-5277
Issued: New York

Name: F V ZAPPA
Born: 21 Dec 1940
Died: Dec 1993
Last Residence: Not specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 546-56-0064
Issued: California

Name: CHESTER B ATKINS
Born: 20 Jun 1924
Died: 30 Jun 2001
Last Residence: 37215 (Nashville, Davidson, TN)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 415-32-0696
Issued: Tennessee

Name: LEONARD BREAU
Born: 05 Aug 1941
Died: Aug 1984
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 414-90-1108
Issued: Tennessee

Name: KURT D COBAIN
Born: 20 Feb 1967
Died: 05 Apr 1994
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 536-90-4399
Issued: Washington

Name: DARRELL L ABBOTT [Diamond/Dimebag Darrell]
Born: 20 Aug 1966
Died: 08 Dec 2004
Last Residence: (72)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 451-57-9874
Issued: Texas

Name: DANIEL W GATTON
Born: 04 Sep 1945
Died: 04 Oct 1994
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 213-46-9916
Issued: Maryland

Name: JOHN MONTGOMERY [Wes]
Born: 06 Mar 1923
Died: Jun 1968
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 303-20-9111
Issued: Indiana

Name: JOSEPH A PASSALAQUA [Joe Pass]
Born: 13 Jan 1929
Died: 23 May 1994
Last Residence: 91605 (North Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 127-20-3297
Issued: New York

Name: JEFF HYMAN [Joey Ramone]
Born: 19 May 1951
Died: 15 Apr 2001
Last Residence: 10003 (New York, New York, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 051-46-1202
Issued: New York

Name: JOHN CUMMINGS [Johnny Ramone]
Born: 08 Oct 1948
Died: 15 Sep 2004
Last Residence: (72)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 116-38-2498
Issued: New York

Name: DOUGLAS G COLVIN [Dee Dee Ramone]
Born: 18 Sep 1951
Died: 05 Jun 2002
Last Residence: (72)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 055-44-4838
Issued: New York

Name: C W WESTOVER [Del Shannon]
Born: 30 Dec 1934
Died: Feb 1990
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 365-34-3005
Issued: Michigan

Name: ROBERT N STINSON
Born: 17 Dec 1959
Died: 18 Feb 1995
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 471-80-6352
Issued: Minnesota

Name: J A GENZALE [Johnny Thunders]
Born: 15 Jul 1952
Died: 15 Apr 1991
Last Residence: (PE)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 089-42-6705
Issued: New York

Name: ARTHUR KANE [Killer]
Born: 03 Feb 1949
Died: 13 Jul 2004
Last Residence: (SI)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 086-38-7684
Issued: New York

Name: ELVIS PRESLEY
Born: 08 Jan 1935
Died: Aug 1977
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: 38116 (Memphis, Shelby, TN)
SSN: 409-52-2002
Issued: Tennessee

Name: FRANK SINATRA
Born: 12 Dec 1915
Died: 15 May 1998
Last Residence: 90212 (Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 138-16-0442
Issued: New Jersey

Name: DEAN P MARTIN
Born: 07 Jun 1917
Died: 25 Dec 1995
Last Residence: 91604 (Studio City, Los Angeles, CA) \
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 268-16-9502
Issued: Ohio

Name: S DAVIS [Sammy]
Born: 08 Dec 1925
Died: May 1990
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 362-24-9984
Issued: Michigan

For our infotainment, Part Two: Movies

Second verse, same as the first. I'm sad to see that Orson Welles was on SSI when he died, and delighted that Margaret Dumont, in addition to snowing everyone about being a high-society matron who didn't get any of the Marx Brothers' jokes, added a whopping seven years onto her age to help sell her dowdy cluelessness. In reality, she was an actress/singer/comedienne from New Jersey, born Daisy Juliette Baker. You can't concoct a more brilliant Jazz-Age-heroine name, short of adding another middle name. Anyway, I subscribe to the theory that even Groucho was bamboozled by Miss Dumont's truthy backstory, mostly because Groucho was the funniest when he was the easily fooled smartest man in the room.

So, movie people I found:

Name: MATTHEW BEARD [Stymie]
Born: 01 Jan 1925
Died: Jan 1981
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: 90043 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
SSN: 564-14-6140
Issued: California

Name: MARLON BRANDO
Born: 03 Apr 1924
Died: 01 Jul 2004
Last Residence: 90025 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 337-12-6854
Issued: Illinois

Name: WALTER DISNEY
Born: 05 Dec 1901
Died: Dec 1966
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 562-10-0296
Issued: California

Name: MARGARET DUMONT
Born: 20 Oct 1889
Died: Mar 1965
Last Residence: California
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 568-09-3951
Issued: California
[Date of birth off 7 years]

Name: JOHN FORD
Born: 01 Feb 1894
Died: Aug 1973
Last Residence: 90210 (Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 562-18-9036
Issued: California

Name: JOHN M FRANKENHEIME[r]
Born: 19 Feb 1930
Died: 06 Jul 2002
Last Residence: 90210 (Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 110-24-6438
Issued: New York

Name: ALLEN HOSKINS [Farina]
Born: 09 Aug 1920
Died: Jul 1980
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 565-12-4777
Issued: California

Name: HAROLD LLOYD
Born: 20 Apr 1893
Died: Mar 1971
Last Residence: 90213 (Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 561-09-5680
Issued: California

Name: ARTHUR MARX [Harpo]
Born: 23 Nov 1888
Died: Sep 1964
Last Residence: California
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 564-18-0721
Issued: California

Name: GROUCHO MARX
Born: 02 Oct 1890
Died: Aug 1977
Last Residence: 90024 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: 90067 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
SSN: 564-18-0720
Issued: California

Name: HERBERT MARX [Zeppo]
Born: 25 Feb 1901
Died: Nov 1979
Last Residence: 90069 (West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 559-12-5905
Issued: California

Name: LEO MCCAREY
Born: 03 Oct 1896
Died: Jul 1969
Last Residence: 90403 (Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 551-05-1993
Issued: California
[Date of birth 2 years off]

Name: GEORGE R MCFARLAND [Spanky]
Born: 02 Oct 1928
Died: 30 Jun 1993
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 547-10-9480
Issued: California

Name: STAN LAUREL
Born: 16 Jun 1890
Died: Feb 1965
Last Residence: California
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 547-10-8329
Issued: California

Name: BRUCE LEE
Born: 24 Nov 1940
Died: Jul 1973
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 564-58-5856
Issued: California
[Date of birth off by 3 days]

Name: L MARVIN [Lee]
Born: 19 Feb 1924
Died: 15 Aug 1987
Last Residence: (PE)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 083-18-0210
Issued: New York
[Date of death off by 2 weeks]

Name: TERRANCE S MCQUEEN [Steve]
Born: 24 Mar 1930
Died: 07 Nov 1980
Last Residence: (VA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 556-32-8432
Issued: California

Name: WARREN OATES
Born: 05 Jul 1928
Died: Apr 1982
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 402-32-7030
Issued: California

Name: DAVID PECKINPAH [Sam]
Born: 21 Feb 1925
Died: Dec 1984
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 567-44-2389
Issued: California

Name: CLAUDE RAINS
Born: 10 Nov 1889
Died: May 1967
Last Residence: 03270 (New Hampshire)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 573-03-9428
Issued: California

Name: EUGENE W RODDENBERRY
Born: 19 Aug 1921
Died: Oct 1991
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 550-28-5731
Issued: California

Name: ROBERT RYAN
Born: 11 Nov 1909
Died: Jul 1973
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 551-20-7062
Issued: California

Name: RODMAN SERLING
Born: 25 Dec 1924
Died: Jun 1975
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 086-18-5427
Issued: New York

Name: PRESTON STURGES
Born: 29 Aug 1898
Died: Aug 1959
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 565-18-5600
Issued: California

Name: AKIM TAMIROFF
Born: 29 Oct 1899
Died: Sep 1972
Last Residence: 90069 (West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 562-07-3391
Issued: California

Name: IWAO TAKAMOTO
Born: 29 Apr 1925
Died: 08 Jan 2007
Last Residence: 90210 (Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 529-30-2830
Issued: Utah

Name: WILLIAM THOMAS [Buckwheat]
Born: 12 Mar 1931
Died: Oct 1980
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: 90008 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
SSN: 567-18-9706
Issued: California

Name: ORSON WELLES
Born: 06 May 1915
Died: Oct 1985
Last Residence: 89120 (Las Vegas, Clark, NV)
Last Benefit: 89120 (Las Vegas, Clark, NV)
SSN: 119-07-5434
Issued: New York

For our infotainment, Part One: Comics

While doing even more research, I found yet another database and yet another block of time to kill. This info is from the Social Security death index -- I'm fascinated by what notable people collected their SS benefits and who didn't, who legally changed his name and who didn't, where they lived, and how often birth dates and/or death dates are either off or not reported in full, stuff like that. [The SS numbers are dead and useless, of course, unless a writer needs a number with some significance. I'm reprogramming my gym-locker padlock to open with Wally Wood's serial number.] I'm not an expert, but I would assume the "Not Specified" residences signify people who were completely off the SS grid at the time of their death [ie, not working and not collecting their bennies] and "None" benefits are for people who were still working but not collecting.

So first, here are the dead American comics figures I found:

Name: CARL BARKS
Born: 27 Mar 1901
Died: 25 Aug 2000
Last Residence: 97526 (Grants Pass, Josephine, OR)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 564-07-0732
Issued: California

Name: CHARLES C BECK
Born: 08 Jun 1910
Died: 21 Nov 1989
Last Residence: 32609 (Gainesville, Alachua, FL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 046-01-0009
Issued: Connecticut

Name: HERBERT L BLOCK
Born: 13 Oct 1909
Died: 07 Oct 2001 (V)
Last Residence: 20071 (Washington, District Of Columbia, DC)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 284-05-4729
Issued: Ohio

Name: VAUGHN BODE
Born: 22 Jul 1941
Died: Jul 1975
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 053-32-5127
Issued: New York
[Date of birth a day off]

Name: CARL BURGOS
Born: 18 Apr 1916
Died: Mar 1984
Last Residence: 11010 (Franklin Square, Nassau, NY)
Last Benefit: 11010 (Franklin Square, Nassau, NY)
SSN: 105-24-1404
Issued: New York

Name: JOHN N BUSCEMA
Born: 11 Dec 1927
Died: 10 Jan 2002
Last Residence: 11777 (Port Jefferson, Suffolk, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 108-20-9641
Issued: New York

Name: MILTON CANIFF
Born: 28 Feb 1907
Died: 03 Apr 1988
Last Residence: 10017 (New York, New York, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 083-05-9402
Issued: New York

Name: JOHN T CRAIG
Born: 25 Apr 1926
Died: 13 Sep 2001
Last Residence: 17011 (Camp Hill, Cumberland, PA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 132-14-0775
Issued: New York

Name: ROYSTON CRANE
Born: 22 Nov 1901
Died: Jul 1977
Last Residence: 32809 (Orlando, Orange, FL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 467-10-4749
Issued: Texas

Name: WILLIAM EISNER
Born: 06 Mar 1917
Died: 03 Jan 2005
Last Residence: 33321 (Fort Lauderdale, Broward, FL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 095-14-1181
Issued: New York

Name: HAROLD FOSTER
Born: 16 Aug 1892
Died: Jul 1982
Last Residence: 33512 (Florida)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 042-26-5938
Issued: Connecticut
[Date of birth 2 days off]

Name: WILLIAM M GAINES
Born: 01 Mar 1922
Died: 03 Jun 1992
Last Residence: 10021 (New York, New York, NY)
Last Benefit: 10021 (New York, New York, NY)
SSN: 070-18-1437
Issued: New York

Name: MARTIN GOODMAN
Born: 18 Jan 1908
Died: 06 Jun 1992
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 087-07-1191
Issued: New York

Name: FLOYD GOTTFREDSON
Born: 05 May 1905
Died: Jul 1986
Last Residence: 91207 (Glendale, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 562-10-0262
Issued: California

Name: CHESTER GOULD
Born: 20 Nov 1900
Died: May 1985
Last Residence: 60098 (Woodstock, Mchenry, IL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 341-03-9884
Issued: Illinois

Name: R A GRIFFIN
Born: 18 Jun 1944
Died: 15 Aug 1991
Last Residence: (PE)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 551-62-4994
Issued: California
[Date of death 3 days off]

Name: RORY HAYES
Born: 08 Aug 1949
Died: Sep 1983
Last Residence: 94101 (San Francisco, San Francisco, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 545-82-0533
Issued: California

Name: JACK E JACKSON
Born: 15 May 1941
Died: 08 Jun 2006
Last Residence: 78757 (Austin, Travis, TX)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 457-68-2574
Issued: Texas

Name: GILBERT KANE
Born: 06 Apr 1926
Died: 15 Jan 2000
Last Residence: 33180 (Miami, Miami-dade, FL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 116-18-3359
Issued: New York
[Date of death two weeks off]

Name: ROBERT KANE
Born: 25 Oct 1915
Died: 03 Nov 1998
Last Residence: 90069 (West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 069-28-3556
Issued: New York

Name: WALTER KELLY
Born: 25 Aug 1913
Died: Oct 1973
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 564-07-0750
Issued: California

Name: JAY M KENNEDY
Born: 18 Apr 1956
Died: 15 Mar 2007
Last Residence:
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 141-40-6204
Issued: New Jersey

Name: FRANK KING
Born: 09 Apr 1883
Died: Jun 1969
Last Residence: 32789 (Winter Park, Orange, FL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 088-05-7154
Issued: New York

Name: JACK KIRBY
Born: 28 Aug 1917
Died: 06 Feb 1994
Last Residence: 91362 (Thousand Oaks, Ventura, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 083-05-7551
Issued: New York

Name: BERNARD KRIGSTEIN
Born: 22 Mar 1919
Died: 08 Jan 1990
Last Residence: 11435 (Jamaica, Queens, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 157-03-1321
Issued: New Jersey

Name: HARVEY KURTZMAN
Born: 03 Oct 1924
Died: 21 Feb 1993
Last Residence: 10552 (Mount Vernon, Westchester, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 084-18-8209
Issued: New York

Name: DON E MARTIN
Born: 18 May 1931
Died: 06 Jan 2000
Last Residence: 33143 (Miami, Miami-dade, FL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 141-24-0542
Issued: New Jersey

Name: WILLIAM H MAULDIN
Born: 29 Oct 1921
Died: 22 Jan 2003 (V)
Last Residence: 91602 (North Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 339-18-7011
Issued: Illinois

Name: SHELDON MAYER
Born: 01 Apr 1917
Died: 21 Dec 1991
Last Residence: 12516 (Copake, Columbia, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 089-09-7437
Issued: New York

Name: MORTON MESKIN
Born: 30 May 1916
Died: 29 Mar 1995
Last Residence: 10705 (Yonkers, Westchester, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 071-16-1099
Issued: New York

Name: ALEXANDER RAYMOND
Born: 02 Oct 1909
Died: Sep 1956
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 041-28-6549
Issued: Connecticut

Name: FORREST C SAGENDORF
Born: 22 Mar 1915
Died: 22 Sep 1994
Last Residence: 33573 (Sun City Center, Hillsborough, FL)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 554-10-3700
Issued: California

Name: CHARLES M SCHULZ
Born: 26 Nov 1922
Died: 12 Feb 2000
Last Residence: 95404 (Santa Rosa, Sonoma, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 468-20-4650
Issued: Minnesota

Name: JOSEPH SHUSTER
Born: 10 Jul 1914
Died: 15 Jul 1992
Last Residence: 90049 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 552-49-7503
Issued: California

Name: NOEL SICKLES
Born: 24 Jan 1910
Died: Oct 1982
Last Residence: 85705 (Tucson, Pima, AZ)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 124-01-4441
Issued: New York

Name: JEROME SIEGEL
Born: 17 Oct 1914
Died: 28 Jan 1996
Last Residence: 90292 (Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 061-26-9697
Issued: New York

Name: OTT SOGLOW
Born: 23 Dec 1900
Died: Apr 1975
Last Residence: 10023 (New York, New York, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 079-28-7763
Issued: New York

Name: RICHARD SPRANG
Born: 28 Jul 1915
Died: 10 May 2000
Last Residence: 86301 (Prescott, Yavapai, AZ)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 527-40-9109
Issued: Arizona
[Date of death a week off]

Name: JOHN STANLEY
Born: 22 Mar 1914
Died: Nov 1993
Last Residence: 10520 (Croton On Hudson, Westchester, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 064-01-2616
Issued: New York

Name: SAUL STEINBERG
Born: 15 Jun 1914
Died: 12 May 1999 (V)
Last Residence: 10021 (New York, New York, NY)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 124-28-4104
Issued: New York

Name: JAMES THURBER
Born: Dec 0000
Died: Nov 1961
Last Residence: Not Specified
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 044-26-0762
Issued: Connecticut

Name: ALEXANDER TOTH
Born: 25 Jun 1928
Died: 27 May 2006
Last Residence: 91501 (Burbank, Los Angeles, CA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 089-26-5607
Issued: New York

Name: BASIL WOLVERTON
Born: 09 Jul 1909
Died: Dec 1978
Last Residence: 98664 (Vancouver, Clark, WA)
Last Benefit: None
SSN: 533-10-3222
Issued: Washington

Name: WALLACE WOOD
Born: 17 Jun 1927
Died: Nov 1981
Last Residence: 06511 (New Haven, New Haven, CT)
Last Benefit: 06511 (New Haven, New Haven, CT)
SSN: 381-20-8896
Issued: Michigan

The 1095th step on the last road home.

The 1092nd step on the last road home.

begrudging admiration for commercial animation

Admiring a commercial really is like admiring a pervert's come-on line, but I have to admit that seeing Peter Max/Heinz Edelmann/The Fool-type graphics move is quite lovely, downright groovy. I was looking for something else when I stumbled across the first clip: while I don't remember ever actually drinking 7-Up, it clearly [groan] had the best ads:

Of course, the best print of the best one I've found doesn't allow embedding, but here's the second-best print:



Very odd, very pretty, pretty odd. I like that the audio sounds 20 years older than the visual, even with the fairly decent Elvis impersonation.




Very ink and painterly, isn't it? Strange how it's almost brown monochrome at times -- I wonder if the original film has degraded or if the director intentionally choose to not go berserk with the color palette, unlike everyone else.




Another mix of groovy style and moldy content. Was using the letters of the product to organize your sales pitch ever really that effective a sales hook? I call BULLSHIT on that - B for the bile it raises in my throat; U for how I always say "You gotta be kidding me" whenever it's used; L,L and S for its Lowered Lowered Standards; H and I for "How is a mnemonic supposed to get me to buy a product I don't need?"; and T for the beverage I would at least consider making with my own urine to drink instead of 7-Up. Satisfaction guaranteed, offer void in Utah, etc.




Not an animated spot, but I could listen to Geoffrey Holder read the names out of the phone book just for the few dozen funny names he'd present with relish over the course of a day.




Wow. The perspective animation is what impressed me, but I don't know how this could be any more early '80s short of the dude having a huge comb in his back pocket. I like that it was clearly made in the brief sweet spot when arcade video games where mainly an adult's entertainment; if you look closely, you catch a fleeting glimpse of a nightclub, and a cigarette in the player's joystick hand.




A much more recent ad -- I'm a sucker for this kind of Chuck Jones "Duck Amok" hand-of-the-creator crap.




Because this blog's huge in India: Yana Gupta and Fido Dido love the UnCola.

******
Linkparking some youtube URLs:
Classic New York City TV
The Mother Lode of Oliver Reed clips
Carvel Ice Cream ads
ANIMAL VS. OTHER ANIMAL

Dear Snapple Customer Service [message in a bottle]

hello,

I've been drinking Snapple off and on for 18 years, but something's
been bothering me for a few of those years: It seems that the 64oz
bottles of your Diet/Regular Teas are only available in Lemon and
Peach flavors. Why not Raspberry? Wasn't that the second Tea flavor
added? I remember Raspberry being added not too long after Lemon first
reached our town. I never liked that upstart Peach flavor, and clearly
my instincts were correct. Please show Raspberry some love and make it
widely available in the big bottles. Thank you.

-- milo george

The 1091st step on the last road home.

Shilly Shilly Bling Bang

ALI THE FIGHTER
It's a shame that boxing has been on one of its periodic but drastic declines in popularity at a time when home-theater technology has made the idea of a "Complete Fights of Boxer'sNameHere" feasible. HBO has been packaging and repackaging every drama and comedy it's ever produced, but hasn't released a single piece of the thousands of boxing programs and documentaries it's done. Anyway, ALI THE FIGHTER is William Greaves' gritty, compelling documentary about Muhammad Ali's first fight with Joe Frazier, which feels far more political than "The Rumble in The Jungle," whose hoopla and actual match were more pan-African than particularly American. I would rate this film above WHEN WE WERE KINGS [which suffers from far too many Spike Lee-type excesses and Taylor Hackford-isms] but below A.K.A. CASSIUS CLAY, which remains the best portrait of the man, the fighter and the icon, even if it only draws him up to 1970 and then makes some fairly bizarre speculations about Ali's future.

THE BLACK SWAN
My favorite pirate movie -- beautifully shot, Tyrone Power makes a great rogue and wall-to-wall character actors and cute girls. If the restoration is well done, it will blow our fucking minds.

CRUMB (SE)
After a terribly disappointing first edition, I'm very curious to hear the commentary track Terry Zwigoff and Roger Ebert recorded for this Special Edition.

DOGFIGHTS-1ST SEASON
This show and THE COLBERT REPORT are the only solid reasons I have to justify having cable. I've wrung my hands raw over the last year or so, since the first 90-minute special [a "pilot" retroactively] for the series made its debut, almost buying it as once of those no-bones $25-50 DVDs that the History Channel sells of single shows in a generic case more than a few times. [I stopped wringing when I heard that the response to the special was so great that they were launching a series, of course.]

DOUBLE HAPPINESS
Just as the Golden Age of Comics is 12, the Golden Age of Independent Film is 21. My painting mentor had a passion for Asian art and immigrant culture that was infectious -- either this movie or Zhang Yimou's TO LIVE was the first film I saw on his recommendation, and I've greatly enjoyed both ever since. I admire DOUBLE's Trawna-ness and its often biting commentary about "yellow fever." [Full disclosure: My Sandra Oh fetish is all about her being cute and Canadian; I've not seen ARLISS, SIDEWAYS, GREY'S ANATOMY or that stripper movie that I've heard so much about, although I may eventually pretend that the last one was made in Canada and see it.]

FUNKY METERS: LIVE FROM THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
When did The Meters add "Funky" to their name? It really goes without saying. I've not seen this movie, but the band still puts on the best live shows I've ever seen.

GO GO'S-LIVE AT CENTRAL PARK
One of my interns once convinced me that the Go-Go's made the best music to work to, and I personally haven't found much to counter her claim.

HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE: EXTREME UNRATED EDITION
It's very funny and very stupid, and I like not having to watch two funny/stupid white kids for two hours.

HAROLD LLOYD COMEDY COLLECTION
A little bird told me that this awesome set is going out of print. Of the three kings of silent comedy, I value Keaton's brilliance, Chaplin's grace and Lloyd's efficiency; the latter may not have made the best movies of his two peers but he honed every joke in them to near perfection, whereas Keaton sometimes weakened a joke's payoff for a startling effect and Chaplin regularly jettisoned comedy for pathos. Although Lloyd did get his jokes so right in part because he used the same ones so often, "but if the shit fits, wear it."

HITLER IN COLOUR
I'm a fan of all of the IN COLOUR disks -- I'm surprised there's not a set collecting them -- but this and JAPAN'S WAR IN COLOUR are my favorites. The curiosity factor aside, the films themselves are often gorgeous to look at. But I'm a soft touch for three-strip Technicolor.

JIMI HENDRIX-DELUXE EDITION
The first and still best portrait of Hendrix, made at a time when people were still reasonably frank about his life and death. The recording of him on an all-white soundstage playing "Hear My Train A'Coming" on an acoustic 12-string guitar is still heartbreaking.

LEON THE PROFESSIONAL two-disk Special Edition
If I had as much time to waste as people think I do, I would study of the phenomenon of Natalie Portman's de-evolution as an actress.

MAD MONSTER PARTY
Harvey Kurtzman co-wrote this Rankin/Bass stop-motion takedown of horror movies. I haven't seen it in a million years -- I didn't even remember its name until I happened across the DVD while searching for something else -- but I remember some remarkably Jack Davis-looking big-feet character designs and a STRANGELOVE-like ending. Nobody tell me if I remember it correctly or not, OK?

MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
Monty Woolley rules: He was a Yale professor until he decided to be an actor at 47, was an intelligence officer during World War I, had many fucked-up adventures with his college buddy Cole Porter, and he stole every fucking scene he was ever in. This film and SINCE YOU'VE BEEN AWAY are my favorite Woolleys, but they're everyone's favorite Woolleys.

MGM MIDNITE MOVIES: INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT and THE THING WITH TWO HEADS
I wish I had known that volumes in this series were to go out of print so quickly; I would have picked up more of them when I had the chance. I've not seen TRANSPLANT -- I don't remember it, anyway -- but I have great fondness for the weird, crappy movies Ray Milland made in his twilight years. What was the deal with that, anyway?

NEW ADVENTURES OF FLASH GORDON
Filmation gets a bad rap: Yes, they used rotoscoping, reused shots and long-ass pans of matte paintings to cut corners on their productions, but how is this worse than, say, Hanna-Barbera using the same walk cycles for its characters for the last 40 years? Filmation at least has a few classics [yes, classic by Saturday-morning cartoon standards] to their credit, unlike some studios: A remarkably thoughtful adaptation of the original Burroughs' TARZAN, the STAR TREK animated series and this 16-part adaptation of Alex Raymond's initial story arc for his comic strip. I've heard that the only surviving prints in Filmation's archives are PAL-video dubs, so I have my fingers crossed about the quality on this set, though. [Still, it can't be worse than how the DROOPY set turned out.]

SEVEN SAMURAI
Only Criterion and Kurosawa can make me not mind buying the same movie so many times.

THE SHIELD SEASON 5
Forest Whitaker vs. Michael Chiklis in the ultimate battle of pseudo-Method acting! Who will be the twitchiest? Who will steal the most scenes?? Will any of the scenery survive unchewed???

STRANGERS WITH CANDY: THE COMPLETE SERIES
STRANGERS WITH CANDY-THE MOVIE
At one point, I was convinced that I had dreamed this show, not actually seen it; as I recall, it was on in a terrible timeslot and got bumped a lot for various shitty movies before it disappeared entirely. It seemed then [and now, come to think of it] that a comedy so carefully anti-funny couldn't possibly make it onto American TV, even basic cable. I was a marginally disappointed by the movie -- everyone looks a little too attractive, and the mise en scene doesn't have the clunkiness of an afterschool special -- but it was a treat to spend time with those characters again. Questions linger: Is Roberto Gari dead? Is Dan Hedaya intentionally acting like Robert DeNiro in Jerri's dream? And is Matthew Broderick fat now, or did he gain that paunch for the role?

UNCOVERED: THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR
This is my favorite of Robert Greenbaum's documentaries. It's easy to find these docs online, but I enjoy the DVDs' supplemental interviews more: Unfortunately, the features often come off more like a last-minute poli-sci term paper than a really kickass episode of FRONTLINE, but just letting these veteran intelligence experts talk uninterrupted for a few minutes is a treasure.

W.C. FIELDS COMEDY COLLECTION VOLUME TWO
It's W.C. Fields, it has MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE and NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK. "If you must own only one slightly overpriced W.C. Fields set ..."

YOU ARE THERE: 6-disk set
Produced and aired at the height of McCarthyism, this series has been heartening to watch these days. The show still shows its age, of course. It's hard to grasp what a ballsy thing it was for Walter Cronkite to anchor an entertainment program at the time, though.

YOU ASKED FOR IT Volume One
YOU ASKED FOR IT Volume Two
What sold me on this was the mildly disturbing OUR GANG reunion on Vol. 2. But in the earliest days of TV, people wrote in ask to see some weird shit: award-winning canaries, Hawaiian cowboys, a race between an abacus and an electric calculator, fire-eating, World Champion horseshoe pitching, Buddy Ebsen dancing, a German Oompah Band, milking poisonous snakes, the world's largest collection of miniatures, a recreation of a John L. Sullivan fight, wrestling chimpanzees; a performance by Ivory Joe Hunter, wrestling octopuses, a theremin solo, a Hindu fakir on a bed of nails, a man shot while wearing a bulletproof vest, carnies, French clowns, Inuits building an igloo, America's tallest man, the largest star sapphire in the world, a log-rolling contest, etc. How could anyone who's not dead inside not love a show this enthusiastically random?

The 1082nd step on the last road home.

music link-parking, mostly about Vox amps

I think I love the idea of Vox guitars and amps more than their reality. The "Mark VI" model [the teardrop-shaped body that Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones made iconic] was/still is my favorite body shape; if I'm doodling a guitar, I'm probably drawing a teardrop body for it. But I've never actually played one. I've been offered one before and seen the here-today-gone-today reissues in stores, but never taken the opportunity to actually try one. I think I know that the real thing will undoubtedly slide off my lap immediately, although I'm still bitter about being outbid on a rare 12-string-tremolo Mark VI [Mark XII?] on eBay a few years ago. Once I have room and the tools, one of the first things I'll probably make is my own Mark VI [or XII, whatever] anyway. I also had lust in my heart for an Italian-era 12stg Vox of a friend's; a violin-shaped semi-hollow body loaded with a few onboard effects, including the cool-looking but incredibly unreliable handheld wah-wah rocker. Here's an interesting Vox/Eko custom shop, that offers sprayed ash Vox-shaped bodies for 150 pounds.

The first time I ever wrote to a company for brochures and more information about one of their products was when I wrote to Korg/Marshall after they announced they were reissuing the Vox AC-30 Top Boost combo amplifier. I was fascinated by how one amp could be so versatile, providing the sound of the Beatles' early albums, Queen's entire oeuvre and the bulk of U2's and Peter Buck/REM's output. I read and reread the pamphlets and sheets they sent for months afterward and still had them all, in the envelope that they were sent in, in my files when the flood destroyed everything. Unlike their guitars, I actually have played through many Vox amps but foolishly never kept The One: a blonde-tolex Korg-reissue AC-30TB from either 1993 or 1994 that was beautiful to look at, dynamic in response to my playing and not quite as ball-rattlingly loud as the average AC30 [which is my personal dealbreaker with the model]. "I only played her for a few minutes. She didn't play me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that amp." It seems that Tom Jennings is back in the amp-making game, producing replicas of his former company's classics.

More Vox links:
Collection of Vox articles.
Fascinating essay about AC30 myths.
The most gloriously ugly wah pedal, ever.
The Vox AC-1 [oh, aren't you WIDDLE? YES you ARE! YES you ARE! Yes yes yes!!!]

Other guitarly stuff:
a swell Charlie Christian transcription page
Roger McGuinn has a blog

Xmas Whole-Wheat Vegan Lasagna .... six months later

I forgot to post this a while ago -- it's copied & pasted from an email I had to send to various friends and acquaintences at least once a week for a few months. The typos have been retained for your entertainment and my shame. Enjoy!

So, vegan lasagna:

for the sauce, you need:
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped leeks [or 1 cup onions]
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 6oz. can of tomato paste
3 28oz cans of peeled tomatoes, chopped with juices saved
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp. dried oregano
Salt and black pepper to taste

Not for the sauce, but while you're frying:
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced

In a big saucepan, heat the oil. Add the zucchini and red pepper; stir regularly until both are soft. Plonk onto a plate or bowl and cover. Save as much liquid as possible in the saucepan; if needed, add more olive oil. Fry the onion/leeks and garlic until soft. Add the tomato paste and let cook for a minute or two. Then add the tomatoes and their juice, basil, parsley and oregano. Cover and simmer over low heat about 1 hour or until you get impatient. [The last time I waited about 20 minutes, uncovered the pan and turned it on high to steam out some of the juice so it's not so watery. Never ever cook on Xmas Eve evening. Both methods are equally good.] Then add the salt & pepper you'd like.

The peppers and zuke are to be a layer in the lasagna, I'll have you know. All right? ENOUGH WITH THE THIRD DEGREE I CAN FEEL YOUR EYES BURNING INTO ME I'LL YOU EVERYTHING I KNOW JUST STOP LOOKING AT ME WITH THOSE ACCUSING EYEBALLS.

so, the pasta:
1 Tbs. salt or olive oil
1 lb. box of Hodgson's Mill whole-wheat lasagna noodles

Boil water. Add salt/oil. Add pasta. Stir it a few times. Cook until al dente. Drain. Rinse with water. Drain again. Succinctness feels less patronizing.

Turn your oven to 400 degrees sometime around here.

and finally, the guts:
2 16oz packages of firm tofu, drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Tufurkey Italian Sausage links

Crumble tofu into a medium-sized bowl. Add the garlic, basil, parsley, salt & pepper and any other herbs/spices you like on tofu; see if I care. Beat it like an annoying little sister until it's well blended.

I guess if I thought you really needed instructions on how to boil pasta, I should go the whole way and do the layers instructions too:

In a 13x9-inch baking dish, something close to it, spoon a thick cup [1] of the sauce onto the bottom. cover with a layer of noodles. The second floor holds about a third of the tofu mix and another cup [or a cup & a half if it's still watery] of the sauce. Throw on another layer of noodles. Third floor is where Mr. & Mrs. Peppers and their "roommate" [wink] zucchini live. If you add more sauce to their floor, that's A-OK but don't tell me about it; I'm all about not knowing what goes on behind closed doors. Now I've lost track of how much sauce, tofu and noodles we have left, so just wing it. Or count how many noodles you have and do the math so it all equals out; the Peppers should be in the center, with a sauce/tofu level on the top. Unless you add the Tufurkey, in which case there should be a layer of tofu/sauce in the center with the Peppers and Tufurkey living on the floors above/below it. Actually, it doesn't matter much since there's nothing really holding the levels together anyway; when it's done, it looks like lasagna [holy crap, I wrote "looks like a vagina" first. My mind is shot; I needed help remembering what leeks were called, for Christ's sake] until the first cut, when it basically turns to soup. It's delicious, regardless. Looks nothing like a vagina, I swear.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand about 15 minutes before serving with the remaining sauce, if any.


UPDATE: I've been taking private lessons with a very patient lady to learn the differences between vagina and lasagna. If this was an '80s teacher-beats-the-odds movie, we'd be at the tutoring-for-the-final-exam musical montage where the lunkhead [me] just had an epiphany and everyone high-fives.

The 1075th step on the last road home.