Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Next Movie Steven Spielberg should address, direct and produce.

TITLE: The Phantom Tollbooth
Author: Norton Juster
Illustrator: Jules Feiffer
Copyright Year: 1961

Recommended by two Dear Friends (who do influence me in certain ways, hopefully for 'The Better') and actually physically being given THE BOOK by one of them (which made a real Impact on me by that kind Gesture alone), I felt then obligated to read:


in early May of 2008. Before The Beatles and Rolling Stones arrived; before Corvettes became the Hot-Rod of Choice and even before Flower Children (BabyBoomers in disguise) ruled The World…THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH was written.

However and if, I had read it Forty (40 Years ago), when I was a Teen of 15, Chances are I’d have become a Phantom, a Tollbooth or a Mathematician. According to this Text taken at Face Value, I fit in perfectly with The Kingdom of Dictionopolis. Read on: You'll quickly see why.

The Quintessential Writer & Author, Ms. Anna Quindlen’s Testimonial appears on the Inner Front Cover and states:

“I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was ten. I still have the book report I wrote, which began ‘This is the best book ever.” – Anna Quindlen, The New York Times

Evidently, according to its Line of Credits and Credentials (per the Inside Back Cover):

“Norton Juster…has collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on the libretto for an opera based on the Phantom Tollbooth. The Musical Adaptation, with a Score by Arnold Black, premiered in 1995 and will soon be performed in Schools and Theaters nationwide.”

Unfortunately, being sheltered from some Happenings, I had never heard that News nor did it find its Way into 'my Back Yard' till now. Since there’s no Time like ‘The Present, now (as the Test of Time has successfully proven), THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH ©1961 should really be launched.

BUT BETTER STILL. Because The Book has already influenced so many millions of Readers since its Release in 1961, all Steven Spielberg would have to do is add The Animation, The DreamWorks’ Touch + Name and YES, this BOOK could change The Career of every 9 year old drug runner, potential drop-out, low-life, ne’er-do-well, croppy, sweat bee, prison inmate, etc. who may choose dys-FUN-ction over FUN-ctionality (only because the Choice was unclear and The Guidance was lacking).

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH can even change The Life of a typical and ordinary Person who has the vested Means to change himself, but never took that (crucial and critical) Leap of Faith.

In an instant, Mr. Spielberg could combine the Lands of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis: After all, his Profession is to procure ‘Dreams that Work” and his Numbers prove it decade-in and decade out.

ASK’s RECOMMENDATION: How to ban Laziness in 257 Pages

“Read THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH for yourself and see. At 257 Pages, it doesn’t take long to read. If I could only have read it ‘Back Then’ my Future would be totally different than The Life I’d be living or leading today.”

Quote of : ASK
Thursday, May 29, 2008 – 12:23 PM

KOOPERSMITH’s INSIGHTS: I suggest The Book be read Five (5) Times to pick-up, understand, ponder and ultimately, enjoy its various Levels of Intelligence:

#1: To grasp The Concept;

#2: To uncover (clever) Twists in Language (Structure);

#3: To synthesize The Illustrations and Toons’

#4: To concentrate on each Individual Character as to how he/she/it appeals and is defined by all (The) Cultures that The Reader experiences throughout The Episodes (no matter if it is 1961 or 2011).

#5: To read The Text and visualize yourself as the Leading Character or whichever Character you most identify with.

In the Grand Scheme of influential Books throughout History, the Context of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH applies and is penned for each Individual (ever born). No one can place so much meaning onto each Page as Norton Juster has. Even if you prefer not to read anything else (for Summer Prime Time Reading Adventures) or for any other Occasion (Class Assignment, Book Review, etc.) ever again, this Book should be assigned for your Reading List Selection as its Theme will change your Outlook for 'The Better' (if not 'The Best') from that Pivotal Point on.

Some good Authors are considered great (after a certain Span of Time and Establishing themselves as Repeat Authors with something to say). However, when it comes to putting so much Thought into each Scene (that psychologically affects us all with every ensuing Page, Paragraph & Passage), Norton Juster wins The Prize by a long shot.

“No one (in my humble, yet Valued Opinion) comes close.”

Quote of: ASK
Thursday, May 29, 2008 – 1:39 PM CST

Even the Opening Theme centering on Boredom is instantly dissolved once The Story unfolds on each Page. Marketing Ploys could systematically start with the Poignant Quotes being reproduced into 16” X 24” Class Posters and used for Inner City Schools. THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH ©1961 lets its Reader see what Life is all about and how it should be conducted every Day, no matter what your supposed Limitations are.

I certainly don’t want to give any of THE PLOT away. That’s why I’m writing (and reviewing it) more abstractly than I usually do, but the Justerian Clues are all there, set down on Paper, riding out each Day with each new Reader that picks it up who discovers its Intricacies. Now and more than ever before, THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH ©1961 needs to be immortalized by Steven Spielberg, similarly to how he introduced and produced Sharks, Bees, ExtraTerrestrials and numerous other Social Injustices into our Lives, that are Part of Our Collective Conscience, Memories and The Thread of Life that connects.

TIC-TOC-ing away: The Time has arrived…for The Book named THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH ©1961 to be(come) a Major Motion Picture.

There’s no better ‘Rhyme or Reason’ to read THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH than only because it’s written for The Common, yet astonishing Benefit of Man.”

Quote of: ASK
Friday, May 29, 2008 - 6:46 AM

Wish I would have written it...However, for the Billions of us Writers who didn't cease that Angle (before the Spirituality Slant rolled in), at least We live in Mr. Norton's Era in which THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH appeared, knowing that any 'Sea of Knowledge' can be crossed and fathomed.

To paraphrase the insightful 3-Page Dedication called: “The Appreciation” that Maurice Sendak wrote in 1996 (12 Years ago) in Commemoration of a new Printing of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH:

“We need this Book to ‘rescue and restore our World,’ which…the last 12 Years has fallen into more disarray and dire Times than The Era and Decades in which The Text was first penned.

Enter: Steven Spielberg…hopefully, your Google Alert ® is working today…

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH ©1961: That is such a Book…
Quote of ASK: Thursday, May 29, 2008 -12:23 PM

Better late(r) than never at all…

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Unveiling the Top 19 Companies at the 2008 ALL CANDY EXPO

The Who, What, When, Where and Why nut...of Candy in May, 2008

Bite by Byte, the ALL CANDY EXPO (ACE) defeats the 'Moderation' Issue a Gain.
When Excess 'Sweet it is.'

Once again and a Gain, it's time to look at the State of the Candy Nation and figure (no Pun intended) out WHO from WHERE exhibited WHAT (a/k/a: the Best Product Line(s) for the 12TH Annual ACE: ALL CANDY EXPO transpiring in Chicago on May 20-22, 2008. Known as the largest Confectionery Show in North America, the 'ACE' was created and produced by the National Confectioners Association, one of the oldest and most respected Trade Associations in the World in order to acknowledge, advance and publicize the immediate Interests of the Confectionery Industry, its Customers and Consumers.

In other Words, ALL of us.

Needless to say, it's the Sweetest Event (albeit Halloween) to attend and primarily sets The Wheels in Motion and eMotion to sample and ultimately, discover, purchase, consume and share the Moment with others of (a) Tasty Confection(s) that are making and/or premiering on 'The Scene.'

"Is it a Trend or is it Mars?" is the consistent Question I have been ASK-ing since I learned to speak and speak-up, out-on, for and behalf of CANDY. At times, I feel the Family's last name should be changed to Candysmith instead of Koopersmith, but then, alas, there would go the Inheritance...

It is safe to say that Chocolate is past 'The Trend State,' coming into its own Sphere with a Giant Leap from the Mega-Bar Corporations to finer Designer Chocolate Boutiques that can only be culled, called and classified as 'elegant.' You know WHO you are and WHY you're in Biz!

Whether The Candy is a Trend or not, long or short-shelved, a Lifestyle Choice like Chocolate, the #1 Titillation of 'all Things Candy,' that endlessly grabs the active Consumer after the aromatic Smell is unleashed is: THE PACKAGING. Candy just makes you smile, especially if it's wrapped up and can be(come) a Collectible. It takes a Village to design and harvest a Crop of Confection, a new Candy Concoction or Snack. It takes The Planet (with all its little Villages and Villageteers) to accept and embrace it as its own. Then, add in the Price Factor even without accounting for transporting the Product to The Town Square Grocery. The Profitability Factor erodes away (and a weigh) before the swallowed and digested 'Bar' finds its home on your Hips. Confections + Snacks are a Sweet and Tasty Business, but it is a Business, nevertheless with every (perishable) Pitfall imaginable.

Inquiring Minds are curious as The PQ: Pervasive Question so many asked was: "How much do 'they' have to give away before someone will actually buy the Product at the(ir) local grocers and food outlet? With what People were hauling off the floor, it looked like their Household would be sufficiently set-in-sweets till the next Expo came to town!

"Business is baffling, but it's sweetened up quite a bit(e) by Candy."

Quote of: ASK
Friday, May 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM

Unfortunately, few 'Sweet Dreams" remain on the Open Marketplace. Products flop. It depends on a vast Array of Circumstances and endless Factors.

However, Three of the primo deciding Factors are:

Taste, Timing & Trends.
(The 3-T's have you).

If you got those Mileposts (as in: "GOT CANDY?") set in place, the Customers will come; the Bloggers will blog; the World will live as one big happy Candified Lot and Junior's College Education will be paid off.

Therefore, in order to get your Sweets Allotment for Memorial Day Weekend (or any Weekend for that matter since Candy is a Universal Commodity when People have The Tendency (yet another T-Term) to SPLURGE more,

ASK's Top 'Sweet 16' Sweets' List ®

(that originated in June of 2004 begins with these Morsels all found, tried and sampled during the ACE (All Candy Expo). It was demanding work. Rumor had it that if you sampled and kept walking up and down The Aisles (even at a slower, less brisk pace or clip), the Calorie Content of each Morsel would lessen substantially. That made perfect Sense to me. This was an Impossibility to do many times with a mouth-overloaded with Sugar. Furthermore, Talking burnt up numerous Calories. Listening and its Side-Kick, Concentration ate up more. After all, Somebody had to DO IT on my Way to Eternal Martyrdom.

Since Candy is strictly (of) a Personal Taste and what I like may not be enjoyed by another, the Name and Website are only listed. Easy Access to their Website is given so you can locate a Seller in your Region in order to try these New Treats. This Tip-Off-Sheet lets you know WHO rated at the Candy Convention. If you only need to eat Candy & Snacks, this 'Top Sweet 16 Selection of Recommendation' are the preferred Elites in which to indulge. Contrary to popular and unpopular Belief, I am only human. Besides, I'd rather spend my time eating Candy than reading about Candy. Priorities rule. After all, it was (the other) Dr. Koop who told you so.

GO AHEAD: Be brave. Go forth and savor-their-flavor while flavoring-their-savor. On a more serious Note, the One Main Criteria that was honored and upheld to the last Shred of Coconut was the Golden Rule of Sustainability and how Earth-Friendly or 'GREEN' the Parent Company was.

After all, like the Red-Eyed Tree Frog (whose Family lost 179 Species to Extinction) although Frogs outlived the Mighty Dinosaur and have inhabited the Planet the last 217,000,000 years now, it is Our Generation that is diminishing their Numbers and killing them off. That is past SHAME-FULL. Said in a differnt, more alarming and all-encompassing Diagram or Diorama: that direly and directly affects YOU and YOURS:

THE TIME TO WISEN UP: 'Do the Math' is now.
In a nutshell, or in just 1,511 Words, 212 Lines and 7,696 Characters (with no Spaces) here...

If there's no Amazon, there's no Rain Forest.
There's no Cashews; no Chocolate.
No amphibians and therefore, ultimately, no All Candy Expo.

Such is the Shuffle of Life that operates here on this Plain We call Planet E(arth) in a Domino Affect which is more of a Defect these Days. There is nothing too sweet about that Eye-Opening stark Koopersmithian Realization & Revelation (that too few do not consider in their Daily Regiments and Routines to GO GREEN). Except, by that time, it won't really matter, if at all, will it?

Without further adieu, ASK's Top 'Sweet 16' Sweets' List ® Candy-dates (ie: that's really 'Candidates,' but the Pun was just too clever not to include here) are:

1. Storck, USA, LP.

2. Walker's Shortbread, Inc.

3. Chocolate Impressions.

4. Otis & Betty's.

5. The Incredible Chocolate Company. "Where Crocs rule."

6. Betta.

7. Wondertreats, Inc.

8. Landrin Waferatto Gold from Russia.

9. Sahale Snacks.

10. Java Rocks. 'Get beaned.'

11. Hazelnut Council.

12. Arabian Delights. Chocodate with Almonds. Laronda Emirates LLC in Dubai.

13. Stewart Candy Co.

14. Goetze's Candy Company, Inc.

15. Choclatique.

16. Yummy Earth. "Phil Lempert-approved."

Three additional Awards that deserve a Citation are given out as:

Most Innovative Award to: Hardwood Products Co., LLC in Maine.

Most Elegant Award to: Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates (Handmade).

Most Eco-Logical Award to: Mellace Family Brands, Inc. Mama Mellace's Nut Hut; Old World Treats. All Natural. No Trans Fat. No Cholesterol. Pure Snacktrition. A likely Motto for them (it seems would be): 'Get out of your Rut, eat a Mellace Nut!' Found online at:

ie: 'Bar' none...

Today, it is not enough if it's an Iconic Brand. The Competition is fierce. The Battle for the 'Best Bar' is ongoing with each T-T: Techno-Trend that pops up. To get to that Level of Iconicism, that means you've arrived and are 'branded.' If it tastes good and now is good-for-you (with Diet and Longevity leading the Way and in Total View of what gets to the Plate and subsequently, the Palate), then gracefully rising through The Ranks to ICONicism is just a few strategically-sweet Steps away...

As Jennifer Walker of Madison, Wisconsin poignantly stated on our Ride back into the City on Wednesday, May 21st at 5:02 PM: "The All Candy Expo is a dignified Trick-or-Treat Event. Everybody comes dressed in the same Business Casual Costumes."

Truer Words were never spoken or eaten.

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Monday, May 19, 2008


DateLine: Monday, May 19, 2008

EDITORIAL NOTE: After spending two sensation Days at the GREENFEST in Chicago at Navy Pier on May 17-18, 2008, I decided to do some Self-Introspection to see exactly why I am as ‘Green’ as I am. Therefore, this Reflective Issue of KOOPERSMITHin’ ® is entitled:

Going the Green Distance with Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, Chicago Personality; Green Advocate & Promoter of GORF: ‘America’s Greenest Mascot’ ®

and details THE TOP 10 REASONS as to my lifelong Fixation with The GREEN Movement. In it, you may find Similarities that can further help SAVE THE PLANET and increase the Life of all its Creatures.

1) Grandfather Srul Koopersmith founded a Scrap Metal Yard in the early 1900s in Mendota, Illinois, my Hometown (a small Farming Community located 100 Miles southwest of Chicago) where I grew up with Green Grass under my Toes. Inheriting the Business, my Father, Louis’s Profession or Livelihood was that of a Junk Dealer along with being the Mayor (for nearly 16 years). Therefore, my Family can be categorized amongst ‘The First Recyclers’ in the USA. I was born with the R-Gene: Recycle ingrained.

2) I have been biking since age 6 when I hopped on my First Tricycle, a Taylor (which I still have). As a Lifestyle Enhancement today, I can proudly boast of Bicycling non-stop since Tuesday, February 25, 1997 in The City of Chicago well known for its extensive Bike Paths and sound Mayoral Endorsements for The Sport. Not only have I permanently reduced 4 inches of Baby-Fat from My Hips (due to The Manifestation commonly known as ‘Writer’s Spread’) in that Period of Time, but I have found lost $; returned Cell Phones for Rewards and even beat the CTA Elevated Train (Public Transportation) Home on Scores of Occasions -- all completed while ‘BIKINGREEN ®’, undoubtedly as ‘THE GREENEST SPORT’ with numerous Cardio-Respiratory Benefits attached. Whereby my Indoor Stationary Bicycle allows me to R&R: Read ‘n Ride as well as E&E: Exercise & Educate (myself) with each Push of the Peddle(s).

3) Another Form of REcycling, much of my Wardrobe is composed of Second Hand Clothes; all in top-notch Condition, Stylish and distinctively One-of-a-Kind. It’s no longer the ‘Little Black Dress,’ Girls, it’s the ‘Little Green Dress’ that grabs the most Attention these Days for obvious designing Reasons. And, you’ve read it here first! Today, Haute Couture can make you stand apart from the average Crowd while embracing THE RULES of how to get-&-stay GREEN and fashionable while being affordably in-style.

4) My Diet is healthy as it is strictly regulated and affected by the 10+ Miles I bike every Day (see #2 above). Yes, even in Chicago’s coldest, windiest and nastiest Weather, I’m cycling, as it’s Part of my OHC: Optimal Health Cycle. Furthermore, I no longer possess that nasty ‘Guilt Complex’ so many have while trying to enjoy their Meals. With (some) Moderation in place, because of my Daily Workouts (that are most enjoyable and not cumbersome), I can splurge and not be ashamed of my Consumption after that Indulgence or any others for that matter. Most People can’t claim that. If they don’t admit that, (just by looking at them) confirms they are not healthy and caring for themselves. If they cannot care for themselves, they cannot care for THE EARTH. Checkout and analyze the latest Stats on Obesity in America if you don’t believe me. But that aGAIN, is yet another TV Segment.

5) Automobiles are extremely limited in My Sphere. With severely limited Car Usage, I only drove (possibly 3-4 times a Week) from the Ages of 16-20 and 23-25. Now @ 55 (I’ll be 56 on August 9TH), it is 30 YEARS that I have not emitted any Carbon Footprint, (ob)noxious Fumes, dire Pollutants and poisonous Chemicals into our Atmosphere. For a ‘Little Gal from Mendota,’ that’s a pretty stiff Assignment and tall Order. However, the RE-Assurance is: IF I can ‘DO IT’ – every Body can and better than that: SHOULD make GREEN a Daily Priority, as important as 3 Square Meals a Day and calling your Mother (but not necessarily in that order).

After arriving in Chicago in May of 1974, like tens of thousands of others, I began taking Public Transportation (Trains and Buses) to my Jobs (located in The Loop – the Heart of ‘The Windy City’) from 1974-1991. With a home-based business operation, commuting suddenly became non-existent. Besides gaining 10 Hours back into my Schedule weekly from ‘The Commute,’ those added Expenses and Complications disappeared with my Onslaught of ‘Biking Everywhere’ (regardless of what the Weather decreed). The Benefits are too many to account for. Since that Pivotal Date of February 25, 1997, I have biked 10 Miles daily and am, undoubtedly, the Healthiest BabyBoomer (i.e.: Poster Gal) who graduated with the Class of 1970.

6) I never saw a Need to litter while ‘Growing Up Koopersmith.’ That’s what Garbage Cans were manufactured for. It’s not complicated to ‘put-back, restack & refile the Pile.’ By the same Token, I never saw a Need to ‘litter-up’ my Inner Environment with Alcohol, Drugs, Pill-Popping or Smoking Cigarettes. I pride myself on keeping both my Inner and Outer Environments puRE, well-groomed and consider each and every Day ‘Earth Day’ without being constantly REminded by those nouveau Green-Gone-Mad Mavericks who have REcently jumped on THE GREEN BANDWAGON for self-satisfying and capitalistically, gREedy REasons.

7) Channeling into GREEN and its Ideologies is strictly a Personal Undertaking. However, for those of us who have experienced Healthier Days (and my Track Record here on Earth goes back 55.5 Years), it’s frightening and appalling to see what Man(kind) has destroyed. Few would dispute that The NATURE of THE PLANET is completely different from The Days of My Youth. This Phenomena is what I see as:


(and the entire Planet for that matter). With Populations living longer, the Findings REport that LIVING GREEN(ER) will add more years to One’s Lifespan. For many Individuals, Longevity (itself) is expanding. This is spelled out as: L-O-N-G-E-R. In the Past, Quick Fixes haven’t worked. Team Efforts that produce Green Events and ongoing Programming are Two of the better-rated Mediums besides Great (GREEN) Parenting that I (fortunately) had which molded me into a GREEN PIONEER even before FLOWER CHILDREN took root and the ‘Strawberry Fields (bloomed) forever…’ Will People decide TO GREEN THEIR WORLD without being bribed by Incentives? That Angle will be interesting to follow as The Concept evolves moreso.

8) ‘ASK’ me about GORF that I conscientiously use as a daily Marketing Ploy & Prop to enhance THE GREEN MOVEMENT to all People of all Ages, Makes, Models and Denominations. GORF is symbolically utilized as a REminder to all HE comes in contact with to be GREEN. Separate Pages (compiled from over 1,000 Pages already penned about ‘THE GRIN REAPER ®’) are enclosed for your Perusal and ultimate: Entertainment and Enjoyment.

“Why is this so? Why is GORF so magnetic?”

MIXING THE BILLION DOLLAR TOY INDUSTRY WITH GREEN: With a strong Visual Message, (as a Plush Toy), GORF adamantly and adoringly confirms that every Picture conveys 1000 Words and Messages that contain the Potential and Capacity to drive others (in)to Action. These Actions may not have formerly have been undertaken on One’s own Prerogative. GORF inlays a Seed of GREEN Consciousness to those he meets that is unforgettable.

EDITORIAL INSERT: Email me at: for a photoGORF of GORF. KOOPERSMITHin' is structured as strictly Words without Visuals...

9) ‘GREEN’ is much more than a Secondary Color on The Color Wheel. It’s a fixed yet flexible Lifestyle Choice and Selection that (once Decades pass) will only prove that Life (as well as improve Living) can be lengthened substantially if a Greener-Cleaner-Keener-Leaner Path is imparted and consistently followed. I firmly believe that:

“GREEN begins in The Womb.”®

As a matter of fact, this Quote (now found in GORF’s Introductory Pages) could be The Opening of your TV Program Debut. If you design a Segment where People are interviewed for their FAVORITE GREEN QUOTES, I definitely would tape this One for you as its Meaning is universal.

Feel free to quote unquote me on ‘The GREEN Womb’ Phrase, if you like. To celebrate the blessed Occasion, a limited Edition of Baby Green T-Shirts with GORF embroidered on the Front & Back (designed by me) are available for Newborns & their Parents for a reasonable Charge.

10) Due to my Green Eyes, Brunette Hair and August Birthday (with the Peridot as its Birthstone), I look GIG: Good In Green, no matter what other Talents Mother Nature bestowed me with including Kindness, Human Compassion for The Underdog, Love of Challenges & Chocolate, Pop Culture and being able to write, create, ideate, visualize and trendset till THE FROGS come home. The Color GREEN alone speaks for itself. With Bands of ‘Green People’ involved in Green Actions, the Momentum builds stronger every Day.

The Test of Time and correct Lifestyle Choices have allowed me to be the LEADINGREEN ® Personality that I am. The Brand of ASK is THE GREENEST found anywhere. It doesn’t get any GREENER than me!

IN FINAL SUMMARY: The Entire Green Cycle Round-Up per ASK

Since Birth, by utilizing Parental Guidance, Higher Education and Wisdom, combined with eating the proper Diet and incorporating Exercise into each Day, the Secondary Factors as Family Dynamics, Historical Insights, Healthy Habits, Networking, Sports as Biking, Reading, Communications, Promotions, Transportation, Wardrobe, following a Green Lifestyle, it has been ‘ONE GREAT GREEN ADVENTURE.’ To continue my accomplished yet ever-expanding Cycle, sharing its Fine(r) Points via this Blog, KOOPERSMITHin’ ® would “show others that a GREEN STATEMENT is The Mindset to mine.”

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thirty Years Ago Today...May 1, 1978, Italian Style.

That would have made me 30 years younger.

DateLine: Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 1:57 PM CST

It's hard to imagine that Monday, May 1, 1978 was 30 complete years ago. That's a large stretch of time. A portion of life that has brought a slew of experiences..except Blogging, of course, which is a newer phenom on this Millennium.

30 years ago, is more than 1/2 my life ago...You can figure 'The Math' there.

But on that Date in Fleeting Time, if my memory doesn't sway, I was vacationing in one of my favorite places: Italy. May 1 is a national holiday there and much of Rome was closed to siesta, commemorate and observe. The tour guides told we Americana Tourismos that we could either take a train to Florence or to Pompeii for an outing.

Being awed by what happened to Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 since I was in Second Grade, I immediately decided the trip to The Volcano would fulfill one of my childhood dreams. Many of the tourists I knew ventured to Florence instead. However, on their way to Florence a funny thing did not happen. Their train was stopped in an open crop-field and the Red Brigade (the Italy Terrorist Group of the time) boarded the train, holding the People up; making them lay on the floor and stealing purses, wallets, IDs, identities, passports -- everything.

I, on the otherhand, had opted for the open countryside and the southern part of 'The Boot,' where I happily shopped my afternoon away and brought back many souvenirs that still remind me of that infamous day so many years ago...

Italy: Love it or leave it. History is made there every Day.