Saturday, December 31, 2011



It’s Margarita Day! - It’s Margarita Day!
Hooray! - Hooray! – Hooray!
For Margarita Day!

Well, 2011 is in the books, and mostly . . .

It was a year for the birds
That went to the dogs
‘Cause the cats in Washington
Turned out to be rats
Who golfed and fished while
The Eagle flew the coop
Leaving We The People
To clean up the poop.

Or something like that. At any rate, that sentence is a reasonable facsimile of 2011.

Nope, it was not a banner year for anyone I personally know, and for some of them it was downright lousy.

Nevertheless, my Christmas was fairly good. Here’s a few photos of it:

Brother Nappy and I kept alive our “MAKE A WISH FOR TINY TIM” on Christmas Day tradition by driving to Park Central Deli near downtown Phoenix, tossing a couple quarters into the fish pond on the back patio and making wishes with the fishes that Tiny Tim will someday score a second Top 40 hit song.

While we were there to cast our wishes into the fish pond, I took a picture of my “Ron Paul For President” baseball cap to “cap”ture the moment:

My friend the Flying Aardvark sent me a couple things that really tickled me. One was a photo she had seen somewhere of two houses decorated for Christmas... somewhere. Talk about stealing someone else’s thunder, and with minimal lighting:

Also, on a Christmas gift the Aard had sent me, she had integrated into the wrapping a margarita Christmas tree ornament (she wraps beautifully, too!) I loved the ornament so much that I immediately removed it from the gift and hung it on my tree. It’s very appropriate that I am revealing this here on Margarita Day 2012:

The maggie ornament goes perfect next to my other ‘New Year’s Day’ Christmas tree ornament – a pink elephant holding a champagne glass, that I purchased in Westwood Village circa 1988:

And the margarita ornament segues beautifully into the real point of this January 1st blog bit: I want to wish y’all a . . .


“A Tradition Since 1986, Except For 1994.”

To those with less imagination, “Margarita Day” is known as “New Year’s Day”. On this day I always ring in the new year with a margarita or two; a tradition that my dear Pa (may he rest in peace) inadvertently started in ’86, and which we both somehow inexplicably forgot to maintain on New Year’s Day 1994, thus giving birth to what I think is a funny slogan.

I have one pretty hysterical Margarita Day story I could tell, but you’d need to get to know me “personally” rather than “virtually” to hear that one in detail because I’d be too embarrassed to reveal it publicly.

Now think about that for a second. After some of the shit stuffs I’ve written on my blogs, here is something too embarrassing to write! How embarrassing is THAT? Here’s just a snapshot of it and you can fill in the blanks with your imagination:

This was perhaps 1989 or 1990, when I overindulged my enthusiasm for the celebration a bit and Margarita Day turned into Irish Coffee Night at El Torito Mexican Restaurant/Bar in Marina Del Rey. Then, after setting what was almost certainly the all-time point total record on the video game PAPERBOY in a nearby arcade, I got on my “real” bicycle and attempted to ride home. Let’s just say “video games ain’t real life!” and leave it at that.

Anyway, feel free to join me by celebrating a new year with a margarita. Well, you’re only going to get ONE Margarita Day 2012 in your lifetime, so why not?...G’wahn and have two. What the hell! Besides, ya know, if there turns out to be any truth in all that Mayan Calendar end-of-the-world prophecy yakking, you’ll look back with regret that you... only had one maggie on Margarita Day.

You lucky folks living in L.A. can enjoy the BEST margaritas (as seen in the pictures above) by going to El Coyote Mexican Restaurant on Beverly Boulevard. Me, I’m going to have to settle for maggies here in Airheadzona.

Regardless, I raise my salt-rimmed glass and wish a Happy Margarita Day to you all! May we bless and be blessed in 2012.

Oh, and – psst! – don’t be a maroon by
forgetting to remember on election day . . .

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.


Sheboyganboy 6 said...

"It’s Margarita Day! - It’s Margarita Day!
Hooray! - Hooray! – Hooray!
For Margarita Day!"

For some reason this reminds me of the auld, bouncy little slogan:
"Hooray, hooray, the 1st of May.
Outdoor sex begins today!"

Lang Sine, indeed.

Marjorie said...

Hi Stephen! Haven't commented on your blog in a while. My keyboard is broken. Also, the last part of 2011 was real shit. (divorce always is) I'd like to inform you that I had my margarita last night, and I also like Ron Paul for president. So there.


Rae said...

I raise my Margarita glass to wish you a Happy New Year! And I'll be raising my pen to fill in the Ron Paul vote.

julie fedderson said...

I have an incredibly similar margarita ornament on my tree. But I totally covet your pink elephant. Happy New Year/Margarita Day/Diurnal course of red wine.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

I hate to admit both of these things: neither the song you're referring to or "outdoor sex" rings a bell for me. (Although the latter strikes me as something goal-worthy... if a dudeguy doesn't mind a bunch of "nature" stuck to his butt.)

OK, Bro, here's the dirty little secret:

Although I myself composed the lyrics to the "Margarita Day" theme song many years ago, I TOTALLY stole the melody from the theme song to the old "Howdy Doody Show".

Now try singing my words along to the following melody and you will have it EXACTLY!:

It's Howdy Doody Time - It's Howdy Doody Time.
Bob Smith and Howdy Do
Say Howdy Do to you.

Marjorie! - Marjorie! - Marjorie!
Dang, woman, where you been?

I am so pleased to hear from you again.

Due to your last post, the divorce comes as no surprise, but you have come to my mind from time to time. I posted something fairly recently that got me thinking of you and wondering how you were doing.

I'm ecstatic to learn that you support Ron Paul. Please don't be a stranger! I sure hope 2012 treats you better than 2011 did. (Damn! Did ANYBODY like 2011?!)

Although my readers are few in number, I have always suspected that they were smarter than the average American. (Which, I guess, ain't all that much of a compliment considering the fact that the average American is a complete dope!)

Nevertheless, I appreciate hearing from you, and am happy beyond measure to know you will vote for Ron Paul.

It seems everyone I know supports Ron Paul. If he doesn't win the Republican nomination, it means that either the vote was rigged (a very real possibility) or everyone I know is head 'n' shoulders above the average American when it comes to smarts and political acuteness.

Thanks for letting me know you still read my shi-- uhm... "stuffs".

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Stephen T. McCarthy said...


>>..."I totally covet your pink elephant."

EXODUS 20:17
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's, including thy neighbor's pink elephant.

It's in the Bible. You could look it up.


I hope the New Year is good to ya! May you listen to the Blues but never have 'em!

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

farawayeyes said...

Sounds like a whole lot more fun than the New Years Day traditions I've been keeping. I'll have to try it - next year.

As usual blogger hates me. My server is crap. almost two days with no 'net'. Oh well, the beach was nice. The beach bar better. Run is king here, so Margarita's are not big. (No matter, I don't drink.)

Ron Paul? I'm a US citizen, living in a US territory and we don't get to vote for the US President. doesn't that sound like the US government for you. No worries,who ever he is, he'll push us around anyway. (Don't get me started.)

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Best wishes to ya for a great New Year!

As far as Ron Paul goes . . .

Since you aren't able to vote for him anyway, I won't waste a lot of time explaining why your assumptions about him are not accurate.

Just know that under normal circumstances, I would agree with you fully: There's not a nickel's worth of difference between one politician and the next, be he/she a Republican or a Democrat.

However, in Ron Paul (or "Dr. No" as he's been nicknamed because during his approximately 20 years in Congress he has opposed all un-Constitutional legislation) we have that exceedingly rare exception to the rule - a lawmaker who is a true "statesman"; a man of the Old School Founding Fathers' mentality.

Not only would Ron Paul NOT "push us around", but he would do everything in his power as President of the United States to prevent the Federal Government and its disgusting, petty tyrant bureaucrats from "pushing us around".

Ron Paul firmly believes in the Tenth Amendment, which clearly states that Uncle Sam has NO BUSINESS involving Itself in ANYTHING that is not clearly delegated to it in the Constitution.

Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate in either party who represents genuine liberty and a threat to the domineering power of the Federal Government's illegal stranglehold on the American People. He is the only candidate who would bring REAL, TRUE "change" in government if he were elected president.

The others are merely puppets of an unimaginably powerful oligarchy that operates behind the scenes.

Dr. Paul is so dangerous to The Powers That Be, that he is the only candidate whom the International Bankers would have assassinated should he actually win the election. That's how much authentic "change" he represents.

I agree with Ron Paul probably 97% of the time, and should you wish to learn more about what he stands for, you can do that by going HERE.

Have a great 2012!

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Sig Wynne-Evans said...

What?? No good margueritas in Az? I would
Think there is. Shows you what I know. I have my mulled wine warm sweet spicy goes down much too easily can sip it all day

In the warm weather I like rum so the rum version of your libation is the daquiri. Yummy


Pooh Lynth said...

Happy belated Margarita Day! Mine was a virgin, what with the drinkin and all. Margarita day reminds me of the short-lived 99cent club at Azteca. Alas, Azteca is gone too replaced by a California Chicken Cafe. What is happening to America? At least it wasn't California Pizza Kitchen. Actually CCC is quite good, healthy, and reasonably priced. I wish you all the best in 2012 my friend. The books have been distributed and our next bitter is next Sunday which will start with a reading from the book.
Love (JW),

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Ahh, yeah, well there are certainly good margaritas in Airheadzona. Margaritas are probably a lot like pizza: there's only good and THE BEST.

The Best though (of anything) is not to be found in Airheadzona. Heck, even most of the Mexican restaurants here are not as good as one might expect.

Daiquiris - oh, yes, I know about daiquiris. I could tell you a Catalina Island story about daiquiris, but my reputation as a boozehound is already entrenched (and a pint overexaggerated) enough as it is without me adding to it.

Have a grand New Year!

...AND POOH...
Man, I LOVED the .99 Cent Club! Those were some good days. Even better than the Schaefer Club (sp?).

Betcha can't remember what song I most often played on the Azteca jukebox during the .99 Cent Club period. - Wait! What? Did you say, "Willie Nelson's 'Always On My Mind'"?

Why you rascal you! You DO remember!

(But in truth, Willie Nelson WASN'T always on my mind. Some girl always was though.)

Are you serious about you Bitter Brothers doing a reading from 'The Portable Curmudgeon' at the Bitter Meeting? That would be so cool!

Can I make a suggestion? The one thing in that book that made me laugh harder and longer than anything else was the bit about Groucho Marx at the bottom of page 205. I kid you not, I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard!

It's a little "dirty", so you couldn't read it too loud or you'd offend some of the other customers.

A couple other classics (that can be read in mixed company) are: the John Ciardi quote at the top of page 254 and the Ross MacDonald quote about Southern California on the facing page, 255.

I know you guys are going to talk about me behind my back, since I won't be there to defend myself. And that's exactly as it should be.

Have fun, Bitter Brother! Tell all the boys I said, "Hi." Better yet, tell 'em I said, "#### off!"

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Pooh Lynth said...

I got one word about the Azteca juke box song.....BARBAROSA! I would have gotten it PA!

Yes, .99 cent club was much better that the schaefer club, what a horrible but cheap beer. But then agin, my favorites were Coors Light and Mickey's Big Mouth...what the he## do I know?

I do know:
We drank
We drank alot
We drank more
Than we did not

Oh the glorious memories of a wasted youth embelished by time. Remember to save your dough for the 2013 League reunion. Good memories my friend, good memories of good times (and not so good hangovers).

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

>>...But then again, my favorites were Coors Light and Mickey's Big Mouth...what the he## do I know?

Hey, look, man, do you think I'm going to stand idly by while you criticize America like that?

Why you no good so-and-so!

Say what you will about Coors Light, but when you're denigr-- when you're denegru-- denugra-- when you're talkin' shit about Mickey's Big Mouth, you're gettin' on the fightin' side o' me!

>>...Good memories my friend, good memories of good times (and not so good hangovers).

Well, as my Pappy always tol' me: "If it's worth doin', it's worth doin' to the point of a hangover!"

Words of wisdom to live (and party) by.

~ Mr. Intense D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

"...only to find Gideon's Bible."

Arlee Bird said...

I drank a Margarita recently but I don't recall what day it was and it was a pretty crappy Margarita at an Applebee's restaurant. That's the way the year is starting, but hopefully it will get a whole lot better.

My son-in-law (Ada's husband) is a huge Ron Paul supporter. Thought you might enjoy hearing that.

Tossing It Out

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Yeah, well, ya know, Applebee's... I mean, are ya expecting to find ANYTHING really good there?

If you're looking for a woman named "Margarita" ya gotta go to a Hispanic place.

If you're looking for a woman named Susan, then Applebee's is probably a good choice.

>>...My son-in-law (Ada's husband) is a huge Ron Paul supporter.

Ron who?
Ohhh... you mean THAT guy!

Well, I jumped off his bandwagon when I saw that real, genuine Constitutionalist-minded conservatives like Glenn Beck, Michael Medved, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter weren't supporting him.

I mean, if the conservative establishment says he's no good, he must be no good.

Besides that... you should never trust a man with TWO first names!

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'