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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Eddie_bracken Back from our trip to California, and still digging out from under paperwork and suitcases. Meanwhile, a little slide show for the folks at home.

Homesickness and nostalgia all mixed together when we spotted former neighbor Eddie Bracken's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Milf_tshirt T-shirt shopping in Venice Beach. I want a girl just like the girl who married dear old dad -- 21st century version. Who, we wonder, buys this?


Pylons: Who said they all have to be orange? Again, Venice Beach.

Liz, when it comes to pools, it's time to set your sights higher than the Maplewood Town Pool -- 1,600 feet higher in fact. The Neptune Pool at Hearst's Castle in San Simeon. Now here's something to drool about.

And now, your moment of zen.


August 25, 2005 in Really Freaking Weird | Permalink


The Neptune pool at San Simeon reminds me of some big catering joint or another in North Jersey...

Posted by: conan the grammarian | Aug 25, 2005 7:51:42 AM

Re: that T-shirt. I believe, given the acronym, that they want the *actual* girl who married dear old dad...

Posted by: The Prop | Aug 25, 2005 7:57:45 AM

I've seen that pool and it is spectacular. But more importantly -- did you sneak in for a dip?

Posted by: Liz | Aug 25, 2005 8:59:18 AM

Pardon my ignorance on such matters, but can someone please enlighten me as to what M.I.L.F. stands for? The best guess I can provide is Militant-Insane- Lesbian- Female. How far am I off??

Posted by: Todd | Aug 25, 2005 9:30:07 AM

Mother I'd Like to...

Posted by: The Barista | Aug 25, 2005 9:33:20 AM

I am in LOVE with that pool!!! Why can't we have pools like that in NJ?

Posted by: Miss Martta | Aug 25, 2005 9:36:58 AM

"I am in LOVE with that pool!!! Why can't we have pools like that in NJ?"

All it needs is some lights for commuter swimming and a retractable dome so that it can be used all year round and it will be perfect.for Montclair.

Posted by: Bitpusher | Aug 25, 2005 10:33:26 AM

The family and I went to CA on vaca two years ago. We stayed in Marina DelRay but visited Venice Beach and we loved it! Great shopping on "the boardwalk".

Posted by: Surrounded | Aug 25, 2005 10:54:37 AM

Last I heard, MILF stands for Mother-I'd-Like to-F**k. Seriously. You know...when teenage boys lust after their friends' moms? THAT. Think "Stacey's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne.

Posted by: Babaloo | Aug 25, 2005 11:27:24 AM

Or Stifler's mom in "American Pie."

Posted by: Miss Martta | Aug 25, 2005 11:34:38 AM

Or Stifler's mom in "American Pie."

Posted by: Miss Martta | Aug 25, 2005 11:35:24 AM

Montclair could easily have a pool like that. First of all use eminent domain to take over one of the mansions on Upper Mountain Ave., do a teardown and build your pool there (the foundation of the house could be a starting point for the pool). It won't be a mountain view like at San Simeon, but a skyline view is the next best thing. Now, send someone over to Fountains of Wayne to buy some of those plaster statues to scatter around the grounds (or send some of the local iris-vandalizing yoots over to The Manor for a nighttime statue raid). Finally, to put those Maplewood upstarts in their place, hire a rotating stable of celebrity chefs to run the snack bar (Thomas Keller one week, Mario Batali or Emeril another week, etc). The monthly dues should be somewhere around $2000 or so (hey, it is in UPPER Montclair after all).

Posted by: JohnC | Aug 25, 2005 12:13:18 PM

Ewwww, my mom was a MILF. It was awful, once I invited a boy to a party because my friend liked him - and he spent the night wandering around my mom. Finally he asked me about my "older sister". To this day that story makes my mom smile and me squirm.

Posted by: hrhppg | Aug 25, 2005 12:48:20 PM

JohnC figured it out. Bravo. I think Uppity Montclair should levy a colander tax to help defray the costs. Such a pool would be so snooty that anyone applying for membership would be automatically turned down. That way, they could save millions on labor and cleaning costs. And I believe there is an abandoned pond (that's a neat trick, if ever I saw one) in Brookdale Park that's just aching to be the site of a Romanesque / Rococo /Rennaisance Revival Bath and Swim Park. Someone call the County Executive at 1-800-Got-Gelt!

Posted by: conan the grammarian | Aug 25, 2005 1:18:00 PM

LOL! I think they should build the pool but supply no address and phone number (like they do for "in" after-hours clubs in NYC). If you have to ask where it is, you don't belong there.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Aug 25, 2005 1:45:27 PM

LOL! I think they should build the pool but supply no address or phone number (like they do with cool, after-hours clubs in NYC). If you have to ask where it is, you don't belong there.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Aug 25, 2005 1:46:24 PM

Someone call the County Executive at 1-800-Got-Gelt!

Gotta love that!

Posted by: Kevin Lee Allen | Aug 25, 2005 1:59:47 PM

Or, you could call some previous County Executives at 1-800-SLAMMER. Several Chairs. No Waiting.

Posted by: conan the grammarian | Aug 25, 2005 2:35:38 PM

Thanks for the shout out to Eddie Bracken. I did Showboat with him in 1988, a minor claim to fame on my part but merely a hiccup in his universe. By my calculations he'd have been 73 at the time. He played Cap'n Andy to my 2nd-girl-on-the-left. He had a spine of equal parts steel and rubber and did a backbend in the pantomime scene that lasted at least 5 minutes. He was very modest about his other accomplishments (this was in the days before IMDB) and I didn't realize until he died what an extraordinary career he'd had.

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