BVB’S This Day In History

December 18th 1787 New Jersey becomes the 3rd State of the United States. 1878 Joseph Stalin is born. 1917 Prohibition begins. 1966 How The Grinch Stole Christmas Makes its Debut on TV with narration by Boris Karloff. And the song Your a Mean One Mr. Grinch sung by Thurl Ravencroft. 1943 Keith Richards is born… Continue reading BVB’S This Day In History


My Top 15 Favorite Cartoons Ever!

Looking back, I realized that cartoons were a big part of my growing up. As a kid born in 1979, and raised in the 1980's without any brother or sisters, I had little choice but to watch TV. Believe me I didn't hate it! I never stopped watching cartoons. This is my first "top list"… Continue reading My Top 15 Favorite Cartoons Ever!

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Old enough to die, but too young to think?

In the US, individuals are allowed to join the military at age 18 (age 17 with parental consent). I don't know what the actual odds are of dying while enlisted, but between 2006-2021 nearly 19,000 active duty personnel died. Interestingly, military personnel are more likely to die during training than while in action. Given the… Continue reading Old enough to die, but too young to think?

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White Elephant Gift Ideas I would like to believe I am not the only one who has never participated in this comical Christmas time ritual. In fact, I only learned of its existence last year while binge watching The Office on Netflix (Check out a clip of the episode above). Coincidentally, I have been invited to a Yule… Continue reading White Elephant Gift Ideas