Rainbow Bridge @ Riverton, Kansas-A Visual Delight

In May of 2013 I bought $5.00 worth of raffle tickets when I was back visiting in Kansas. The town of Galena, Kansas has several events of this nature during it’s annual “Galena Days” festivities. I believe that the town’s Fire Department benefits from the sales of the tickets. I saw this wonderful photograph of Rainbow Bridge, and just hoped that somehow I might end up with this prize. I was with my cousin, David Outt, and yammered on & on to him about how much I liked the photograph. This bridge is a place that, like Nelson’s Old Riverton Store, goes back to some of my earliest earth-bound memories. I returned home to my father’s house well before the raffled tickets were spun & randomly attached to their lucky winners. About 10:00 pm of that evening, my cousin called me to let me know that I had won an outside cooking grille. I thanked him, and told him that he could keep it, that the only prize in the array to be awarded that interested me was the photograph of the Rainbow Bridge. “You really would rather have that?” he asked me. “Let me see if I can do something,” he told me after I indicated the affirmative. Ten minutes later, he rang me up again, asking if he could drop by & deliver the photograph. I gather there were two happy campers from this raffle swap. It’s nice to be lucky, and to have a bit of benevolent nepotism once in a while. At any rate, it worked for the benefit of all concerned, and I am the happy owner of this lovely photograph of an old bridge that is still standing, beautifully doing what bridges have done for centuries, quietly making our journey easier.

Research on the Internet indicates that it was “slated for destruction but was finally saved with the help of the Kansas Route 66 Association.”
It must have taken all the powers of Heaven & Earth to keep it from being torn down. The Midwest is not a culture that shows much kindness for the preservation of historic architecture. Throughout most of the small towns in that area, wonderful, old buildings, mainly in business districts, are treated like old growth forests, and get torn down, or are allowed to turn into a state of perpetual dilapidation. Doubtless a lot of factors go into this, but some ‘need’ other than dollar value by square footage must enter the collective consciousness to reverse the trend of mindless Walmart takeovers. That this bridge still exists & was spared the usual destruction, is nearly up there with a Lourdes miracle.

Wikipedia adds that this bridge is “the sole surviving bridge of this type” on the Old Route 66. It was built in 1923. On 10 March 1983, it was protected from destruction by being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Zoning laws often are the last resort over rampant profiteering in terms of saving these treasures.

This You Tube Video Tells of Route 66 Demise

One footnote, in the year 2000, country singer Brad Paisley performed "Route 66" on this Bridge for the The Learning Channel special "Route 66: Main Street America.”

You Tube Showing Brad Paisley, Rainbow Bridge, and Nelson’s Old Riverton Store–all within easy access of our Kansas home.

Thanks to the efforts of those who had the vision to put their collective talents together in the saving of the Marsh Arch Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, near Riverton, Kansas.

This is Rainbow Bridge-East of Riverton, Kansas.

Route 66 Theme-Television Series

Friend of Tonto!-The Lone Ranger

ACiD WESTERNS: THE LONE RANGER!!

He rode again…only with more reason & much more finesse. It’s not a remake of the television series–but goes where no television series of that era dared even take a peek, let alone take one giant step for mankind. This film took us to the moon while still here on Planet Earth, direct from Planet Hollywood.

Tonto, rather than being the side-kick, was the top banana in a film that really took deep breaths during its two & a half hour journey & gave our cultural map a serious going over, but did so by employing skillful use of the sardonic & second helpings with generous doses of sarcasm.

The Manifest Destiny theme showed how the West was really won. It was not won, it was stolen. The buffalo were there to be shot at & the native inhabitants were at best a nuisance. At worst, they were subjected to near annihilation. The compromise ended up being the Reservation System, not the subject matter of the script, but common knowledge for anyone who has seriously studied American history.

I am grateful that Jesse Hawthorne Ficks included THE LONE RANGER in this lineup of ACiD WESTERNS. I did not have time to take it in during its all-too-brief theatrical release. Those critics who lambasted it were just plain wrong. The film ranks up there with Able Gance’s Napoleon, Epic, but funny. You get the accidental meetup of two men who forge an unlikely friendship that just works. They evolve into caring about each other, faced with bizarre circumstances that brought them a sort of involuntary cult status, as crime fighters. Good guys who don’t really look the part.

The arrangement of the William Tell Overture, brought in during a ludicrous scene with Armie Hammer riding Silver on top of the moving train was theatrical, over-the-top brilliance. And Johnny Depp, Tonto. He was splendid in a role that was meant to be. It’s just too bad that others in a position to help this film along, withdrew their support. The film went by quickly, and these two guys were loveable & enjoyable characters in a world gone ACiD MAD due to the misplaced values of the Industrial Revolution & technology without humane compassion. Get this, and you get the film.

ACID WESTERNS were presented 8 November 2013 @ The Castro Theatre-for more fun there was Dead Man & Walker. It was a triple bill! Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Bill Murray?  No, but they'd make a great team for an ACID WESTERN!  Why isn't Paramount calling me?

ACiD WESTERNS were presented 8 November 2013 @ The Castro Theatre-for more fun there was Dead Man & Walker. It was a triple bill! Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Bill Murray? No, but they’d make a great team for an ACID WESTERN! Why isn’t Paramount calling me?

Maybe Paramount is calling me, but I can’t print that in a review about a film from Disney Studios.

His Imperial Highness, Prince Roland Bonaparte II, dressed as The Lone Ranger!

His Imperial Highness, Prince Roland Bonaparte II, dressed as The Lone Ranger!

There comes a time when a good man must wear a mask…

The Unexamined Life Of The Wild West—
Soldiers were sent to make peace with the Indians.

Imperial Bonaparte Award for the Most Authentic Lone Ranger Mask of the Century!

Imperial Bonaparte Award for the Most Authentic Lone Ranger Mask of the Century!

Of course, I am a friend of Tonto!

Of course, I am a friend of Tonto!

I found my prop gun on the street.  That is probably appropriate!

I found my prop gun on the street. That is probably appropriate!

How To Get A Royal Runaway Elected As Detroit’s Mayor-Del Shannon

When Her Imperial Highness was in the 4th grade, staring out the window, not paying strict attention to her Latin instruction, she dreamed about running away from The Tatoi Palace to Detroit. She wanted something different, she wanted something Supreme! She had not yet met Miss Ross.

Here was her dream: Del Shannon, The Runaway–the dream of Princess Melita Bonaparte, before she matured & Imperial thoughts entered her mind.

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, looking for work as a model, no computer skills, did not even know how to wait tables in restaurants, or do the fries in fast food joints. All she wanted was Detroit!

"If the telling of my life is a novel, then it will be a bestseller," proclaims Princess Melita Bonaparte.

“If the telling of my life is a novel, then it will be a bestseller,” proclaims Princess Melita Bonaparte.

PRINCESS MELITA BONAPARTE’S DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO FIND NON ROYAL WORK! SHE BEGGED THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM TO FEATURE HER AS PART OF THE GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING PUBLICITY MACHINE, BUT WAS DEEMED TOO MUCH A LIABILITY–“More Suitable for eye-level supermarket reading,” sniffed one high-ranking board member.

“I know I can bring back Detroit, if the people do not mind electing a Royal Runaway for Mayor,” pleads Princess Melita Bonaparte.

“Once I get Detroit back on its feet, then on to the Tatoi Palace.”–Princess Melita Bonaparte, regarding her 4th grade dreams as a Runaway Royal.

“LET ME BRING PEACE THAT DOES NOT HAVE ELEMENTS OF WAR!”-Princess Melita Bonaparte–“Join me in Prosperity for All.”

Premature Death of Hostess: Or I Am A TWINKIE ZOMBIE?

Just a few, short months ago–union workers were blamed for the demise of Hostess. I needed them for Glen Acornn, who is sort of like Pandas who can only eat bamboo shoots. Glen Acorrn can only eat Twinkies, it’s the only source of nutrition his fragile inner-ecosystem can tolerate. With any other food, let us gloss over this part. Let’s just say, it’s not a pretty journey!

Now, on to topics that would not cause me a scolding from Miss Manners. You see, the whole Twinkie/Hostess hostage thing was totally rigged. In that respect it’s like going to college, getting a good job, and buying a house. You can’t do any of these things any more in America, not legally. It used to be a mantra: “To get a good job, get a good education.” That turned out to be a load of crap, worse than any non-Hostess product would cause Mr Acorrn to produce, or outsource. You can’t afford to go to a good college. If you do go to any college, you won’t find work in the area you studied–so, enter as a data entry operator, with some other name, get paid low wages (I forgot Walmart is an option for some), and be willing to work 12 hour days, with no time & a half. Buy a house, you will find out that (1) you can’t keep up the payment. And (2) if you live there for a while, and try to sell it, you won’t be able to fetch the remaining costs of the house. Forget about any profit on the house thing, that’s no longer part of the American way, unless you are already rich.

So, back to Twinkies, they are back! You can get them @ Safeway or other fine supermarkets, and they have a longer shelf life, longer than ever, so I have read. If I had only been clever enough to buy a gross of them, froze the damned things, I might have made enough to get myself in debt for a house payment. But, alas, I did not think of this.

Tell you this, they don’t taste as good as the pre-bankruptcy ones did. And the ones that we had back when I was a mere wisp of a lad, tasted even better than the pre-bankruptcy ones. Perhaps, all that was because my taste buds were underdeveloped, or maybe they had not refined the preservatives, and preservatives before the British Invasion were more flavourful? I don’t know, can only speculate about these horribly scientific matters.

For now, they are back, you can eat them while you still have a desktop computer with Windows, or your mobile device actually starts calling you on its own, and you no long know anyone off-line, your life is virtual–no more real-time–now, get to eating!

THEY ARE BACK–THE ZOMBIE FOOD GROUP HAS COME BACK FROM THE DEAD!

They are back--Risen from the dead!  Sate your inner vampire!  Eat them!

They are back–Risen from the dead! Sate your inner vampire! Eat them!

Can't they bring back Woolworth's & Pan Am?  Nuns?   Catholic schools?  Connie Francis?

Can’t they bring back Woolworth & Pan Am? Nuns? Catholic schools? Connie Francis?

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Macy’s, Downtown San Francisco, had a charming & high spirited way to share this day set aside to celebrate our National Identity. They shared a vision that allowed the viewer to enjoy American icons without being suffocated by tunnel vision as to what it means to have a positive identification with the American flag. Congratulation & applause to Macy’s for finding the right touch of American symbols without hitting us over the head with it! Job well done, clever, in good taste, yet accessible.

Start with stars.

Start with stars.

Make sure there are Hollywood Stars too!

Make sure there are Hollywood Stars too!

Here is a more defined image of Old Glory with a New Glory.

Here is a more defined image of Old Glory with a New Glory.

Here is a reference to the American flag without a direct replication.

Here is a reference to the American flag without a direct replication.

[caption id="attachment_3754" align="aligncenter" width="460"]Design construction, generally behind the scene, steals this one! Design construction, generally behind the scene, steals this one!

A star is borne with clever design that provides a hint of an earlier Era.

A star is borne with clever design that provides a hint of an earlier Era.

Add the Stars & Stripes Forever, made with old license plates, assembled to replicate Old Glory!   I noticed this one got a lot of tourist attention.

Add the Stars & Stripes Forever, made with old license plates, assembled to replicate Old Glory! I noticed this one got a lot of tourist attention.

HAVE A HAPPY 4th of JULY–THANK YOU, MACY’S FOR ADDING THIS LOVING TOUCH THAT ALLOWS US & OTHERS TO APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER TO EACH OTHER & TO THE WORLD!

Princess Melita Bonaparte Begs Paramount To Remake, Not Repave, Sunset Boulevard

Princess Melita Bonaparte, ready for her close up, says that she will base her interpretation of the part of Norma Desmond upon her exhaustive research of the life of Pola Negri.

Princess Melita Bonaparte, ready for her close up, says that she will base her interpretation of the part of Norma Desmond upon her exhaustive research of the life of Pola Negri.Princess Melita Bonaparte, klaar voor haar close-up, zegt dat zij haar interpretatie van het gedeelte van Norma Desmond zal baseren op haar uitputtend onderzoek van de levensduur van Pola Negri.

With resolve generally associated with Dutch determination to make things work, Her Serene Highness has consented to take a direct call from Paramount Executives, to begin filming “a more authentic remake” of the Gloria Swanson-William Holden classic, Sunset Boulevard. Gasps could be heard from pillar to post, at the outré of such suggestions, but never one to shirk adventure, it would not come as any surprise that Paramount might rise to the occasion. It won’t be to rent her car, she hasn’t one. “And if Paramount should fail me, then profile me on one of those American Greed episodes, so I can get my cut of the green stuff,” she implores.

Her Serene Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, found something that is made in the United States of America. She wishes the best of advice as how to handle this rare item. “Should I put it with my Gutenberg Bible, or with the jewels that were handed down to me by Cleopatra? It is an extremely rare item and it is our wish to make certain that it finds the right home, to exist as proof for future generations that things were once actually manufactured here in this country.”
Hare Doorluchtigheid, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, iets gevonden dat wordt gemaakt in de Verenigde Staten van Amerika. Ze wil het beste van advies hoe u dit zeldzaam object behandelen. “Moet ik het met mijn Gutenberg-bijbel, of met de juwelen die werden overgeleverd aan mij door Cleopatra? Het is een uiterst zeldzame voorwerp en het onze wens om er zeker van dat het juiste huis vindt, op te bestaan ​​als bewijs voor toekomstige generaties die dingen ooit daadwerkelijk hier in dit land werden vervaardigd.”

“I will put these rare American manufactured items up for collateral, in order to encourage investors for such a project, she has promised. “I will promote it with my heart and soul. It will sweep the Oscars, or at least the streets,” so she says.

“They were too tall to get complete focus in one shot, but I wanted to prove to investors that they were made here.”-Princess Melita Bonaparte

"You cannot find such items as this now. It is worth more than my entire jewelry collection!"

You cannot find such items as this now. It is worth more than my entire jewelry collection!”


These priceless & historic items from DART CONTAINER CORPORATION "Made in the USA."  They should be worth enough to finance my breakthrough role & provide Paramount with enough profit to buy another country for me."

“These priceless & historic items from DART CONTAINER CORPORATION “Made in the USA.” They should be worth enough to finance my breakthrough role & provide Paramount with enough profit to buy another country for me.”