You have just entered the Etiquette Clinic.  You are being 
attended by two masked clinicians.  You are wearing the face of your ancestor.

WELCOME TO THE ETIQUETTE CLINIC




A 1940's era photograph of a smiling woman holding a bullfrog in each hand.  
She is holding them upside down, suspended by their feet. The bullfrogs are not smiling.  
Soon there will be trouble.

Young lady with bullfrogs

Portrait of the author in front of an early hideout.  
He is dancing in the street.  There is an open can of beer in his shirt pocket.  
He is very glad to see you.

Young man without bullfrogs



SEASON'S GREETINGS
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE SUSPENDED HONDURAN MEAT EXCHANGE

Hi, boys and girls!

! Felices Frogidad !

I hope each of you is behaving like mature young adults and minding your parent(s) and/or court-appointed legal guardian(s). The Big Gig is just around the corner, you know. In the words of the Right Rev. Gordon Collins, "How You Gonna Act?"
Ha ha ha ha ha ha. I jest. I am a jester, is true.

Allow me to take time from my busy schedule to introduce myself. My name is Merciful Lee Dickens. I am a practicing Sagittarian with a Cancer moon. Turn-ons include romantic twilight strolls along the beach with my Bunny Rabbit.
Turn-offs include pushy girls who won't take NO for an answer.

I am a direct descendant of two Grand Finalists from the 1950's televised Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour.
My father was an Irish tenor and my mother his lovely accompanist (piano). It is perhaps historically noteworthy to mention
that in the process of becoming Grand Finalists, they defeated a then-unknown teenaged pop singer -
a wholesome "boy-next-door" - whom the world would come to know as Pat Boone.

As you may have learned from your little history books, my parents' mighty reign of terror was brought to tragic standstill by a small child who managed to tapdance while simultaneously playing the accordion. There was no shame in this defeat.
Who among you would NOT have folded in the inexorable onslaught of such raw unyielding Talent? I ask you.

But enough of the Past. Let us jettison back to the Future where we belong...

I live on the planet Earth.
That's me down there, waving up at you.
See? In the black shirt and matching skypiece? On the upper lefthand side?
Down and out from Seattle a bit? Look: I'm jumping up real high now! See? That's me!

Yeah, Earth's cool. I wouldn't live anywhere else. It's an excellent place to raise a family. We've got good gravity - hardly anyone goes flying off anymore - and there are plenty of old refrigerators for the kids to play in! 

Too tired to cook? Get with the program and switch to sidereal time - It may be earlier than you think!

You got a problem wit dis? Tell me about it, Chumpo! Send all correspondence, in awe, to:
His Most Arrogant Male Majesty, c/o Merciful at mindspring.com .

Operators are seated, but will gladly stand by on request.



AND NOW FOR SOME
LINKS OF VITAL INTEREST:

AP (Associated Press) update
WUTZ HAPNIN?

SEATTLE & ELSEWHERE

THE STRANGER


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THE LATE NIGHT TV PAGE @ interbridge.com

HEY, SEE IF THERE'S ANYTHING GOOD ON!

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Live Camera On Bourbon Street -  New Orleans, Louisiana
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE PAVEMENT - LIVE CAMERA ON BOURBON STREET

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Claymation Superstars, Wallace and Gromit
WALLACE & GROMIT!

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The Insouciant Rictus of My Pal, Tom Waits WAITS, YOU CRAZY MUTHA!

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Walter Becker and Donald Fagen - Steely Dan - in the studio

TURN UP THE EAGLES/THE NEIGHBORS ARE LISTENING

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GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY!

THE ABSOLUTE BEST MUSIC YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD:

The incredible Lionel Loueke! (photo from his website)

LIONEL LOUEKE

I'm speechless - this cat is amazing!

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THE PHENOMENAL CELLIST, ASHRAF HAKIM


(photo by Doug van Kampen)

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The Cover of the Freak Mountain Ramblers' 3rd CD 

FREAK MOUNTAIN RAMBLERS
Hungry Freaks, Daddy!

 

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The Incredible DANA FUCHS!!!


 

What a singer!  What a performer!  What a FOX!  

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My buddy Bill Homans a/k/a Watermelon Slim and his great band, The Workers. 
L-R, Cliff Belcher (bass), Michael Newberry (drums & trivia), Watermelon Slim 
(guitar, harmonica, vocals, mass hypnosis and genial diplomacy), Ronnie  

The Absolute Best Blues Band Working Today, period.

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SUE  BELL

 

The beautiful and talented Sue Bell - my new favorite singer!

THE GREATEST JAZZ SINGER IN THE WORLD

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MY FAVORITE RADIO STATION

DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!

 

WHAT TO DO UNTIL THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU

WHAT TO DO UNTIL THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU

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BLUES WORLD
WOW! CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE! TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL!

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MY CD STASH
(6-23-2008)

 

 
 

HEADS UP, HOTSHOTS

 

J-PASS - SATELLITE PASSES
THIS IS A NIFTY LITTLE GIZMO FOR TRACKING SATELLITES AROUND THE WORLD

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And

WITH THIS AMAZING SCIENTIFIC DEVICE YOU NOW CAN
PINPOINT WHICH SPACECRAFT ARE DIRECTLY OVERHEAD,
WATCHING YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY...

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ASTRONOMICAL APPLICATIONS
COOL STUFF FROM THE U.S. NAVAL OBSERVATORY

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THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
IF THE THUNDER DON'T GETCHA, THEN THE LIGHTNING WILL...

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WORLDWIDE EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION
STANDING ON SHAKY GROUND?

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RECENT EARTHQUAKES IN THE NORTHWEST
I KNOW *I* AM...

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  ANAGRAM INSANITY
NO HOME IS COMPLETE WITHOUT THIS WONDERFUL LABOR-SAVING DEVICE

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 America's favorite wallflower Daniel Foss taking notes at someone's party while hallucinating a tiny cartoon cat named Snowballs.
THE DIVINE MESSAGE OF THE ENTITY KNOWN AS FOSS

R.I.P. Daniel Aaron Foss  26 july 1940 - 20 august 2014

 

 

The ONION updated every Wednesday
YOUR SOURCE FOR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE HILARITY

 


ART COMICS - so many from which to choose!

David Rees' brilliant clip art comics 
'GET YOUR WAR ON'
and other assorted clip art comics

 

THE PERRY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP:

 

PLUS!

THIS MODERN WORLD

ZIPPY THE PINHEAD


POINT OF REFERENCE:

Portrait of the artist as roadkill (with fancy racing stripes)

IN MEMORIAM
PANCAKE J. DICKENS
HUSBAND * FATHER * PHILANTHROPIST * MARSUPIAL




MUG SHOTS



STUDYING TREES IN THE EBRIARY
WITH SWEET LAWZY BEE DICKENS

Callaway Gardens, 1999

"We survived for several days 
    on nothing but food and water"

 --- W. C. Fields


self portrait with new camera, Summer 2003

Self portrait - 2003


Tree planter and polite social reformer, Tom T ("The T Stands For Baloney") Pickett, Esq.

THE ONE-AND-ONLY
TOM PICKETT
GOD'S LONELY MAN



Gordon Collins Rasputin's got nothin on this guy!

THE RIGHT REVEREND GORDON COLLINS
(QUITE POSSIBLY THE FUNNIEST MAN IN THE WORLD)



Bobby Wheat and four misguided souls
CALLOUS SOPHISTICATE AND CELEBRATED
GOURMAND OF THE SNAKE HEART
JUNGLE BOB WHEAT
(FAR LEFT/FAR OUT)



Live from the very stage where Little Richard fired Jimi Hendrix - it's FMR!  (Look hard and you'll find Dave and Roger!)

THE FREAK MOUNTAIN RAMBLERS
LIVE AT PORTLAND'S CRYSTAL BALLROOM



one of my favorite fellow beings, Fall 2004   

My Best Friend and Fellow Disc Jockey

Katie Hinds

R.I.P. LOVE
4-29-2016



Way back when, seeing God in the eye of the beholder, Auburn, AL

 AH, YOUTH!


  Sublime sketch by memory of my crib in The Ghetto, circa 1975, by the beautiful Erin Lightel McGill (crashed on sofa, front left)

 THE GHETTO, 1975
by Erin Lightel McGill


(left to right: Erin, Crazy Frank, Spider John, Boogie Dog, Your Humble Narrator)


 

AND A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW FOR A PAL WHO WENT ON AHEAD

LaMont "Monster" Johnson - one of the best musicians who ever lived
REST IN PEACE, LaMONT
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
10-21-99




TODAY'S ART MASTERPIECE
MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS ENDOWMENT FROM THE EAST ALABAMA PSYCHEDELIC
CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION AND YOUR BENEVOLENT COUNCIL OF FNORD ELDERS

One picture worth a thousand and three words.  I can't describe it.  Sorry.

TRAGEDY NARROWLY AVERTED


 

 

R.I.P.   WASHOE

THANK YOU FOR THE NICE WORDS

 


"Let's get one thing straight, Perkins!  You were hired because you're a cat!!"

Rest In Peace, Callahan

Thanks for the laughs

 



 

YA'LL COME BACK NOW, HEAR?

Skeet-shooting computer frog - what else?

MERCIFUL







And Remember, Boys and Girls:
Anything 3 dogs can do,
4 dogs can do better.
(I think Abraham Lincoln said that)