It’s a magical day! (Some say. They would be silly.)

For many it’s Veteran’s Day (and here’s to those folks). For others it’s just a big round scary birthday. Oh well, they say 1/20th of a millennium is the new 1/25th of a millennium …

“What are you going to do at 11:11:11 on 11/11/11?” a few people asked.

The answer to that question? Have a wee dram of 23-year-old Black Maple Hill rye whiskey. Why? Well … why not?

All that aside, we should celebrate elevens today! You did have your elevenses today, didn’t you? My elevenses consisted of the aforementioned whiskey, good New Orleans coffee ‘n chicory au lait, and a banana. (Remember, life is good if you eat seven meals a day like a hobbit — “I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.” “Breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper!”)

This one about killed me — Scottish comedians Iain Connell and Robert Florence of “Burnistoun” are presented with an American-made voice-actuated elevator …

And of course … Happy Nigel Tufnel Day!

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel: Exactly.
Marty: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty: I don’t know.
Nigel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel: [pause] These go to eleven.

[P.S. — Yeah, it’s been weeks since I posted. I guess I lost my mojo for a bit, and needed to recharge my batteries. I’ll be back soon, I promise.]


4 Responses to “ELEVEN! ELEVEN!! ELEVEN!!!”

  1. Andy S. said:

    Nov 19, 11 at 5:20 pm

    And I hear a voice say, “Kindly call out your floors, please.” …and on the way up I began to feel very self conscious, because I talk, I think, with a slight New York accent. And the elevator spoke quite well.

  2. Ryan Morrison said:

    Nov 25, 11 at 6:03 am

    Happy belated quarter bicentennial, Chuck! I’ve been virtually following your life via this site for about 15 years now, and enjoying checking in every now and again. Hope you had a wonderful birthday (and Thanksgiving).

    I also admired your drink of choice to celebrate your birthday. I recently purchased a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask. If you like peaty, smokey single malt Scotch, I recommend it. Great stuff.

    Keep up the great work, and I’ll keep a-readin’ as long as you keep a-goin’!

    -Ryan Morrison

  3. Chuck said:

    Nov 25, 11 at 11:35 am

    Thanks Ryan! I do love me some Laphroaig, but I haven’t tried the Quarter Cask yet. Hmm, time to start dropping hints for Christmas …

  4. Bill said:

    Nov 26, 11 at 9:16 am

    Happy belated Birthday Chuck!! Your b’day is also a high holy day in the Radiators world, 11/11 and 11:11 hold special significance as 11:11 is/was “stage time” for the band. Unfortunately they haven’t been playing since June but an aggregation called Raw Oyster Cult, Frank, Dave, and Camile from the Rads, did do a show at Tipitina’s that night to comemmorate the occasion………