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!


Saturday Nights All Right

Saturday at our house has become Family Movie and or Game Night. The reason is Saturday is my only night off.  We make a special meal, and we have some kind of dessert.  (Just so you know Susan, I looked up "dessert" to make sure I didn't spell "desert")  Then we watch a movie or play a game as a family.  If it's  a movie night then the dog gets to come inside and watch the movie with us.  Believe it or not, he kinda likes some of the movies.  He got into Space Buddies and That Darn Cat.  At least he barked at the TV a couple of times.  My daughter is convinced he likes movies about animals.

The dessert night is fun too.  We don't have sweets or let the kids eat a lot of junk food, so it really is a treat.  Normally the treat is home made.  For my birthday I got a pie.  Sometimes mom makes cookies or brownies.  Three weeks ago Mrs. Ipsa threatened to put a end to the treats.  This was unacceptable so I threw my weight around.  Come to think of it, that might be one of her reasons for cutting out the goodies.

My first intervention was to make Tin Roof Sundaes.  We got a couple of weeks worth of ice cream for our treat.  Then last week I bought the makings for S'mores.  They were a big hit.  So tonight we had them again.  Again they were a big hit.

The thing about S'mores is every time I make them it seems to rain. When we go camping, no matter what the weather forecast is, S'mores seems to make it rain.  It did this when I was a kid.  It did it when I was in Scouts.  It did it when I was in college.  When I go camping with the family it does it too.  Even when I'm at my house and can run inside to stay dry, if I roast marshmallows in the vicinity of gram crackers and Hershey bars, it rains.  Last week I made S'mores and it rained.  This week they made it rain again.  I think I see a pattern.

I can't promise rain.  At least I don't feel I can give you a money back guarantee or anything, but for the low, low price of $25,000 I promise to come to your town and make S'mores.  If the pattern holds, you'll see some rain.  On the other hand, if you have a special event and would rather be safe than sorry, for just $5,000 I can stay home and keep the marshmallows in the cupboard.


  1. With all the bad news in the world this post brightened up my day. And that's not fake sentiment.

  2. Res Ipsa4:59 PM

    Glad I could help.

    Come August I might even get some takers if we have another dry year.

  3. WaterBoy9:18 PM

    Nice Elton John drop. Can't think of all the lyrics right now, because Jerry Rafferty's Baker Street is playing in the background, and I can't multitask music.

  4. This sounds all too familiar... my kids love family nights too.

    Way to go, Res!

  5. I'm just hoping someone will take me up on my S'mores making business.

  6. black9:00 AM

    'Bout ready to pull out the never-used-before chiminea.

    Was hoping to get my garage finished up first, but tired of seeing the summer slide by.