All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Happy Summer

Sometimes a complete waste of oxygen, like Kid Rock, hits the nail on the head.  1989 was a good year and the girls I dated ranged between 17 and 21 and this song pretty much tells it all.

Waterboy, were you still at home in 1989 or had you left?  I know your stomping grounds were to the west of mine.  I remember some fun times at Black Lake, the Kleber and Ocqueoc Falls.  With the exception of the smoking funny things, which I was never into, that was a great summer and the song nails it.

This was a great swimming hole and a good make out spot.  At least it worked out good during my redhead phase.

Make some summer time memories.


  1. WaterBoy10:25 AM

    I was in Dayton in 1989, stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB as my first duty assignment. My then-wife and I got back home a couple of times a year, but those free-wheeling summers on the water were long gone by then.

    Your 1989 was my 1980-1981.

    Never visited any of the places you mentioned. My stomping grounds were Walloon Lake (Ernest Hemingway's family had a summer cottage there that he would visit as a boy), Bear River, and Little Traverse Bay, as well as several smaller lakes around the area.

    Younger than that, our family used to camp around the northern LP and parts of the UP a bit. Got "lost" once on the trail between the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls; I knew where I was, but the rest of the family didn't because I just took off hiking the trail without telling anyone. They were all afraid I had fallen into the river, so they called out all the park rangers and everything. Beautiful hike, though, if you ever get back there and have a chance to do it.

  2. I've spent some time at Tahquamenon. I asked Mrs Ipsa to marry me in the UP but that was at Munising falls in March. They were frozen over and beautiful. There is nothing back there now for me except memories, but I enjoy them from time to time. We moved down state in the fall of 80 for my dad’s job, but I went back as often as I could to my grandparents farm. Last time I was back was 7 or 8 years ago.

  3. WaterBoy2:25 PM

    Last time I was back there was 2005 for my mother's wedding. I still have extended family scattered all across the northern LP (Mom is one of 10 children), though all my immediate family have left. Would love to get a chance to go back for a long visit...especially if it was in the Fall.

  4. Yooper here, eh? Other than a cigar every year, or three, I don't smoke anything, other than that, that song is one of me anthems. I even get a kick out of his tribute to the wacky genius of Warren Zevon in the opening.

  5. And, because of this song, I've explored the Kid's other songs. Other than Picture, couldn't find one for me.

    Waste of Oxygen, yep, that kinda fits the bill.

  6. da yoopers

    Now that was a band!

  7. Yea they were. Kinda forgot about them. Thanks for reminding me. Now maybe I could find "First Day of Deer Camp" on YouTube...

  8. What if she farts on the first date?