Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Eat Me - Fast Food Animal Spokesmen

I saw this blog the other day, suicidefood, where someone is outraged that animals are used to advertise their own tasty selves.
I totally disagree. It gives me a warm feeling to be welcomed to a restaurant by a happy pig, cow, chicken, or fish. It's an extra stamp of approval that makes the food taste even better. Over the years, I've also collected pictures of animals advertising food, but only because I like them. Here are some shots I've taken around the country, click on any pic to enlarge.

BB's Bar-B-Q in Franklin Tennessee. What could be more welcoming than this?

Hog Heaven near Centennial Park in downtown Nashville.

The Crab Station at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Notice the neon crab presiding, and the crab hoodie.

King's Island in Cincinnati has the Busytown Grill.

Huckle Cat serves up the grub.

The Fish Market in Atlanta.

Mr. Barbeque in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Miss Fried Chicken and some great pies are there.

Nashville Tennessee has King Fish in the Germantown area.

Back to BB's Bar-B-Q. Had dinner here tonight. A jumbo barbeque sandwich with hot sauce and extra slaw.


Bob and Doug McKenzie Cartoon

There's word that a McKenzie Brothers cartoon is going to air in 2009. Here's the video:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

aiwa JS216 AM-FM Stereo Cassette Recorder

This is one of the coolest WalkMan type devices that I've ever owned. The awia JS216 is a joy to use because it just works. A cassette player and stereo recorder, AM-FM radio, and it records off the radio to cassette!

I used this to record airchecks from radio stations as I went around the country. The aiwa never broke or quit.

It still works today, just put in the two AA batteries.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Omni Hut in Smyrna Tennessee

The Omni Hut is another one of those restaurants that are local treasures. It's in Smyrna, Tennessee, just north of Murfreesboro, and accessible from I-840. Here are some shots from a recent Friday night visit. Click any pic to enlarge.

The interior is just what you'd hope for.

The service is quick and attentive.

The Omni Hut was opened in 1960. You can read more of its history here.

Flaming chicken sticks for an appetizer.

Here's the second larger dining room and the Flaming Volcano dessert.

The waiting area is filled every night. Omni Hut is open 5:30-9:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.

A souvenir! Two bottles of Omni Hut Teriyaki Sauce.

Visit the Omni Hut website at www.omnihut.com

Sunday, April 06, 2008

George Of The Jungle Storyboard

Here's a link to a George Of The Jungle storyboard that I bought from the Jay Ward store in the 1980s. I never saw the cartoon that was made from the storyboard. That's because this is the storyboard from the pilot episode, which was unseen until included on the George Of The Jungle DVD set released in February 2008. Here's a sample frame, the entire Flicker pool of images is here.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Is DirecTV's programming guide racist?

Or, is it possible to be offended by a mindless computer truncation? Here are some shots, click to enlarge.

Two for one, check above and to the right of Ron

Something for everyone. Also seen, but not captured:

Log Cabin Ho (me)
This Old Ho (use)
Collegiate Ho (ops)
and Bill Gaither Ho (mecoming)