Tuesday, November 20, 2007

All are welcome at the Coral Sands

I am having 30 for dinner for Thanksgiving and I must ready the resort.

Life is good.

It would only be better were you here.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Remembering Mel, on the 2 year anniversary of his passage

Dearest Rube,

We are thinking of you and your dear daddy today.
We know you will be remembering him and his love.

When you talk to him today, send our love
and tell him how much your friends thought of him, too.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Street Art in Paree...Edith Piaf..."La Vie En Rose" Best Film of the Year...go see it.

Ruby and Ruth after walking 20 miles in Paris during the metro strike

Ruby on a lunch date in Paris with Rick Steves...

Happy Birthday to The Coral Sands Experience; Rock On, Blog Nation

It was twenty years ago today!
No, no. Wait. Cut! That was something else.
It was one year ago today that Peaches Chekouras and Ruby Montana sat down at the Green Formica table and launched the blog you are reading now. Here's the first post for you sentimental types (hi, David!):

This is the kitchen clock at The Coral Sands. You'll find most of the after hours action in the kitchen of The Sands at the Green Formica table.
C'mon in!
Ain't it the truth. Of course, we quickly posted photos of Lola and Dusty, Ruby's dad Mel. From there we followed the shenannigans of Ruby and her many pussy posses, boy toys, heroes, winos, artists, gods, and madmen. It's been a fabulous year with over 17,000 visits to the blog thus far and it looks like we'll scream past the 20K mark before 2007 yields to the New Year.
The blog is, of course, thrilled to be a Scorpio, following in the foot steps of several notable Sanders, including our own Ruth Warren, Margaret "Peaches' Sister" Morwood, a certain Mr. Staskowski and many, many more.
Thank you for being readers, cub reporters, R U Hip game players, contributors of photos, and, most of all, THANK YOU FOR BEING SANDERS. My world is empty without you, babe.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Dr. Montana, I Presume?

On this day in history, November 10th, 1871, journalist and explorer Henry Stanley found Dr. David Livingstone in the heart of darkest Africa--deep in the Congo. Dr. Livingstone's European colleagues had not seen or heard from him in years; not since he walked into the jungle seeking the source of the Nile. Five years later, Mr. Stanley found the doctor and introduced himself with the now famous remark, Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

In the picture above, intrepid explorer Peaches Chekouras catches up with Dr. Ruby Montana deep in the Paris Metro system. Using the famous "one arm" approach to photography, Peaches captures the good doctor on her way to Pere Lachaise Cemetery--a trip of its own.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Happy Birthday Joni, give us all the courage

This Place
by Joni Mitchell

Sparkle on the ocean
Eagle at the top of a tree
Those crazy crows always making a commotion
This land is home to me.

I was talking to my neighbor
He said, "When I get to heaven, if it is not like this,
I'll just hop a cloud and I'm coming right back down here
Back to this heavenly bliss."

You see those lovely hills
They won't be there for long
They're gonna tear 'em down
And sell them to California
Here come the toxic spills
Miners poking all around
When this place looks like a moonscape
Don't say I didn't warn ya...

Money, money, money...
Money makes the trees come down
It makes mountains into molehills
Big money kicks the wide wide world around.

Black bear in the orchard
At night he's in my garbage cans
He's getting so bold but no one wants to shoot him
He's got a right to roam this land.

I feel like Geronimo
I used to be as trusting as Cochise
But the white eyes lies
He's out of whack with nature
And look how far his weapons reach!

Spirit of the water
Give us all the courage and the grace
To make genius of this tragedy unfolding
The genius to save this place.

Copyright © 2007; Crazy Crow Music

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Fabulous Moolah wins her final title

Dim the lights around the ring, and raise a glass to the Fabulous Moolah who passed away November 2nd. She was just 84 years old.

World Wrestling Entertainment issued the following statement:

"WWE is saddened by the passing of Lillian Ellison, who was known to sports-entertainment fans as Hall of Famer Fabulous Moolah. She passed away in Columbia, S.C.
In the world of women’s wrestling, there will always be one irrefutable legend that stands head and shoulders above the rest: The Fabulous Moolah. She was the longest reigning champion in the history of her chosen sport, or any sport for that matter. And with more than 50 years in the business to her credit, she established a legacy that will never be forgotten, making her name synonymous with female wrestling."

She wasn't just a wrestler, she WAS women's wrestling. Mary Lillian Ellison was born July 22, 1923, and grew up in South Carolina, the youngest of 13 siblings and the sole girl.
She was 8 when her mother died of cancer and was deeply distraught, so to cheer her up, her father would take her to the local Tuesday night wrestling matches. Ellison immediately began idolizing the dominant woman wrestler of the era, Mildred Burke, who had given the female division added attention and popularity.
At just age 14, Ellison married 21-year old Walter Carroll, the marriage lasted just two years, and Ellison gave birth to a daughter, who she named Mary. Ellison then ignored her dad’s pleas to stay home with the baby and set out for a wrestling career of her own.

Moolah was a young woman in a grimy world. When managers encourged lady wrestlers to sleep with promoters to get bookings, Moolah said hell no. She became a star, winning her first champion title in 1956. She held the belt almost exclusively until 1984. Then Moolah regained the title another three times. Her final reign was in 1999. She was 76 years old.
She was key to the popularity of womens wrestling. Many remember the "feud" between Lou Albano and Cyndi Lauper that ended with Moolah battling Lauper's young protégé, the beautiful Wendi Richter.

Besides running her wrestling business she managed and mentored many female and male wrestlers. She was the focus of the documetary, Lipstick & Dynamite - The First Ladies of Wrestling. She was an animated character on CBS Saturday morning's Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling and an action figure of Fabulous Moolah was released in 2006 by Jakks Pacific as part of their Classic Superstars series.

What a gal!

reporting from Hollywood,
Barbie Doll

Sourced from Wikipedia... read about Fabulous Moolah on Wikipedia

Friday, November 2, 2007


Bon Anniversaire!

Ruthus Rastus Johnson Warren!

The French Ministere de la Defense wishes you a happy birthday and wants to know where the hell you've been lately--they haven't seen you wander by in days.