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May 2011 Archive for Rubes Cartoons - Tales from a Twisted Mind

RSS By: Leigh Rubin, AgWeb.com

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May 29, 2011

Well, I went and did it. Yep, I finally broke down. After procrastinating for months and months, I succumbed to curiosity and temptation. Putting my fear aside, I have stepped off into the abyss and there is no turning back. You’re just dying to know what it is that I did, right? Well, I’ll tell you. I tweeted. ("You have a Twitter account?!" my oldest son asked me the other day. It’s fun to still be able to show the kids that I am not completely stuck in the last century!) Yes, I sent my first tweet. Shocking, isn’t it? The truth is I had registered for a Twitter account well over a year ago and just never took the time to learn much about it. Over the course of the last year, I would receive periodic emails telling me that "so-and-so is now following me on Twitter." Anyone who knows me also knows that following me is unwise, especially when I am driving, as I get lost even when using my GPS. Then, last March, when I was speaking to a very bright group of agri-journalism students at Texas A&M (GO AGGIES!), one of the students very graciously volunteered to assist me (aka "help me get off my butt") with my social networking skills. Still, even after her help, it took me almost two months to send my first tweet. Now, I know this is not as great an achievement as Samuel Morse tapping out the first telegraphic message or Alexander Graham Bell making the first phone call, but hey,I’ll bet they never tweeted, right? So if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, click here: RubesCartoons. Just don’t follow too closely; I’m liable to make a wrong turn.

 

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Leigh's Wild and Twisted Cartoony show comes to Macon, Georgia, on June 21st! For all the details, see:

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What's Aunt Gertrude cooking up now? See the latest silly Rubes video and find out!

...and speaking of cows, have some cow-tipping fun with the latest Rubes book: Rubes Cow Tipping: You Can't Keep a Good Cow Down!

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The Greatest Love of all Time

May 21, 2011

So last year my wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. (How she has been able to put up with me for that long is truly remarkable, but that is another story). In honor of the occasion I wrote a poem expressing just how I felt about us. The reaction was not exactly what I expected. She teared up. Thankfully it was in a good way. (I didn’t think the poem was that bad!) She loved it. (Whew!) Later she shared the poem at our summer family gathering and my brother  Paull (yes, it is spelled with two “L’s”)  liked it so much he said he’d like to put the poem to music and put it on his next album. Now unlike myself who lacks the musical gene my brother is a very talented professional musician so I knew the poem for my wife would be in good hands. He assembled a team of top notch pros (including a Grammy winner!) and I must say I could not be more pleased with the results. The poem really lent itself to country music and that is exactly how he recorded it. I’ll skip some of the details but the song, The Greatest Love of All Time, premiered (World Premiere Song) just before Valentine’s Day (great timing!) on country station Y-102 in The Dalles,(like “Paull" also spelled with two “L’s”) Oregon. I am also happy to hear it in regular rotation on www.brooklynheightsradio.com.  Rodger Nichols, the program director at Y-102 gave the song a wonderful introduction which even included a fanfare and jet fly-by! It would be my pleasure to share with you The Greatest Love of All Time. Wanna hear it?...Then just click here: World Premiere Song ...and yes, you may even purchase and download it as a single or heck, the entire album, titled “Proof” at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/paullerubinpelikanesis.

Happy listening!

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Leigh's Wild and Twisted Cartoony show comes to Torrance, Calif., on May 25! For all the details, see:

 http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html

What's Aunt Gertrude cooking up now? See the latest silly Rubes video and find out!

...and speaking of cows, have some cow-tipping fun with the latest Rubes book: Rubes Cow Tipping: You Can't Keep a Good Cow Down!

 http://www.amazon.com/Rubes-Cow-Tipping-Cant-Keep/dp/0762440082/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_11

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Chained to the Past

May 05, 2011

Several Sundays back, my wife and son and I went for a long hike along the dunes by Guadalupe Beach, which, coincidentally, is located near the town of Guadalupe, Calif. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Guadalupe Beach, it is just south of Grover Beach, which is located next to Pismo Beach. (Does that help?) Actually, many of you are familiar with Guadalupe Beach but may not know it. You see, Guadalupe Beach (or, more accurately, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes) is where the Egyptian pyramids are buried. "How can that be?" you are probably asking yourselves. "Everyone knows the pyramids are in Egypt!" (not counting the one in Las Vegas). Well, you would be correct; however, there really are Egyptian pyramids buried in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. You see, they are the original movie sets from Cecil B. DeMille’s original black-and-white 1923 epic The Ten Commandments, not to be confused with Cecil B.Demille’s 1956 epic The Ten Commandments, which  was also partially filmed on the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. Anyway, it was a gorgeous day for a hike, and I even found some ancient artifacts! Well, "buried artifacts" would be more like it. OK, "partially buried litter" would be even more accurate. As a Boy Scout, I was taught to always leave an area cleaner than I found it, so when I see litter I have an uncontrollable desire to pick it up. As the three of us were hiking back to the car, I noticed something shiny poking out of the sand. I reached down and picked up a pull-top from an ancient beer can. Pull-tops were the forerunners of today’s pop-tops, which actually stay on the can. It is rumored that some people back in the day would pull the top off and drop it into the beverage can from which they were drinking and on occasion would accidentally choke on it...bad move. When fastened together, pull-tops could be made into really cool chains; the remnants of one such chain is still dangling from the rafters in my parents’ garage. It is also rumored that at some of the "open" high school parties that occurred during the 1970s, enough beer pull-tops were removed from cans to make a chain longer than a city block. (Of course, I can neither confirm nor deny that I was ever present at any of those parties..."wink-wink.") I believe they stopped making cans with removable pull-tops in the mid '70s, so this relic of parties past had been lying undisturbed for at least 35 years -- a rare find indeed! But then, just a few yards further, I found yet another pull-top! What luck, a matching pair!!! Who knows how much these gems might fetch on EBay? Just think how many more of these might still be buried, waiting to be discovered. Why, with enough trips to the dunes, I may be able to collect thousands of them. Come to think of it, the rafters in my garage could use a little decorating...

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Leigh's Wild and Twisted Cartoony show comes to Torrance, Calif., on May 25! For all the details, see:

 http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html

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(And see the latest Rubes cartoon at

http://www.rubescartoons.com/)

What's Aunt Gertrude cooking up now? See the latest silly Rubes video and find out!

...and speaking of cows, have some cow-tipping fun with the latest Rubes book: Rubes Cow Tipping: You Can't Keep a Good Cow Down!

 http://www.amazon.com/Rubes-Cow-Tipping-Cant-Keep/dp/0762440082/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_11

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