Bubba Day, Rocky Road Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
June 2, 2013

Woodpecker Babies

★~ Today’s Quote: Happier than a woodpecker in a lumber yard. ~ Bubba

★~ Bubba Day: 

Both the man who Roto-Roots my pipes and my plumber are named Bubba. The man who hauled a bunch of stuff away for me several years ago was named Bubba. I’ve never been let down by a man named Bubba.  Comedian T. Bubba Bechtol created this holiday to honor Bubba’s everywhere.

★~ Rocky Road Ice Cream Day:

Here is the scoop on this delicious ice cream treat. Rocky Road ice cream was invented in 1929, after the stock market crash, when the founder of Dreyer Ice Cream, William Dreyer, calmed his Black Thursday nerves by creating the Original Rocky Road. Mixing chunky almonds, mini marshmallows and delicious milk chocolate ice cream, he created a flavor of ice cream that would make people smile during the tough economic times of the Great Depression. It instantly became an American favorite and its fame soon spread to the rest of the world.

Did you know that in Australia, people add jam to their Rocky Road ice cream? And in the United Kingdom, people add cherries and raisins? Rocky Road is mostly associated with ice cream, but you can also make….

Rocky Road Bars

Rocky Road Brownies

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1897 – Responding to rumors that he was dying or perhaps even dead, humorist Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal in London as saying that “The report of my death was an exaggeration.

♥~ 1928 – Kraft’s Velveeta processed cheese (“Digestible as milk itself!”) was introduced. It was wrapped in tinfoil and packaged in a wooden box. When melted, it became smooth as velvet.

♥~ 1996 – The Mt. Vernon Ladies’ Association, which owns George Washington’s Virginia estate, insisted that the cellular telephone relay tower being built on the property disguised as a tree. Cellular One agreed to erect a white fir “treepole” with plastic needles and bark.

♥ ~ 2005 – 13-year-old Anurag Kashyap won the U.S. spelling bee championship by correctly spelling the word appoggiatura (an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size)

♥~ 2007 – In Tempe, Arizona, U.S. hot dog eating champ Joey Chestnut surpassed the record of 53 3/4 hot dogs — held for six years by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan — by wolfing downing 59 1/2 wieners in 12 minutes.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1937 – Sally Kellerman actress: M*A*S*H, The Boston Strangler, Brewster McCloud, Fatal Attraction, Meatballs III, Murder Among Friends, Boris and Natasha, Columbo: Ashes to Ashes

♥ ~ 1904 – Johnny (Peter John) Weissmuller swimmer, actor. Born in  Freidorf, near Timisoara, Romania. From the age of three, he was raised in the asphalt jungle of Chicago, but reached the pinnacle of his fame in a tropical jungle. Johnny Weissmuller played the role of Tarzan more than any other actor in a decade of Tarzan films. Weissmuller was a star athlete, however, way before he became a Hollywood star. An Olympic Gold Medalist, Johnny Weissmuller won a total of five gold medals in swimming in the 1924 and 1928 Olympics. He also collected 52 U.S. and 67 world swimming records. The first [1932] Tarzan movie was Tarzan the Ape Man; the last together was in 1942, titled, Tarzan’s New York Adventure.

♥~ 1941 – Charlie Watts musician: drummer: groups: The Rolling Stones: [I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Women; solo: LPs: Live at Fulham Town Hall; Charlie Watts Quintet: From One Charlie, A tribute to Charlie Parker with Strings, Warm and Tender, Long Ago & Far Away

♥~ 1944 – Marvin Hamlisch Academy Award-winning pianist, composer: for adapted score: The Sting [1973]; original score and song: The Way We Were [1973]; Grammy Award-winner: The Way We Were & Best New Artist; Tony Award-winner: A Chorus Line [1976]

★~ Good to Know:


♥~ June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera. At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Cancer.

♥~ June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

♥~ The month of June—in the Northern Hemisphere—is in Spring until the 21st, when Summer begins.

♥~ The traditional June birthstone is the pearl.

♥~ The June birth flower is the rose, or the honeysuckle, as roses and honeysuckles bloom throughout June.

♥~ 2.3 million couples wed every year in the US. That breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day. 10.8% of those wedding are held in June.


Bubba was bragging to his boss one day, “You know, I know everyone there is to
know. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them. “

Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff, “OK, Bubba how about Tom
Cruise? “

“Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it. ” So Bubba and his
boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise’s door, and sure enough, Tom
Cruise, shouts, “Bubba! Great to see you! You and your friend come right in and
join me for lunch! “

Although impressed, Bubba’s boss is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise’s
house, he tells Bubba that he thinks

Bubba’s knowing Cruise was just lucky.

“No, no, just name anyone else, ” Bubba says.

“President Obama, ” his boss quickly retorts.

“Yep, ” Bubba says, “I know him, let’s fly out to Washington. ” And off they go.
At the White House, Obama spots Bubba on the tour and motions him and his boss
over, saying, “Bubba, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but
you and your friend come on in and let’s have a cup of coffee first and catch
up. “

Well, the boss is very shaken by now, but still not totally convinced.

After they leave the White House grounds, he expresses his doubts to Bubba, who again implores him to name anyone else.

“The Pope, ” his boss replies. “Sure! ” says Bubba. “I’ve known the Pope a long
time. ”

So off they fly to Rome. Bubba and his boss are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Bubba says,

“This will never work. I can’t catch the Pope’s eye among all these
people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I’ll
come out on the balcony with the Pope. ” And he disappears into the crowd headed
toward St. Peter’s.

Sure enough, half an hour later Bubba emerges with the Pope on the balcony. But by the time Bubba returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics. Working his way to his boss’s side, Bubba asks him, “What happened? “

His boss looks up and says, “I was doing fine until you and the Pope came out on the balcony and the Japanese tourist next to me asked, “Who’s that on the balcony with Bubba? “

It is written that this joke must be told and passed down through the generations every Bubba Day!


Dearly departed Joe died today in 2009.  I’ll be back to muse, share some thoughts and pictures a little later. . .


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14 thoughts on “Bubba Day, Rocky Road Day

  1. Morno,
    I’ve known some pretty good Bubba’s. They seem to get the job done. Rocky road is a good flavor for a cone. My daughter was born in late June, so I’ve always thought it was a pretty good month. Old joke, but funny.
    I’m getting some stuff done today and taking my sister and family out for dinner tonight. It’s my turn to cook
    RIP Joe.
    Have a good one.

    • Old jokes are some of the funniest….Right? Where did you all go for dinner? I like how you cook…I bet clean up is a snap!

  2. I am so glad that your Cole is home now to share your memories of your Joe. Always easier that way (if you can call it easy) to have loved ones around at any time but especially at times like this.
    I sure hope the sun is shining in Chicago. It is cloudy here today and the temp is a COLD 53*. Where is summer???

    • Summer…I have a distant memory…..It is easier having Cole around. . .we validate each other memories.

  3. Morno,
    Home from Church. Loved the joke. Aren’t all plumbers called Bubba? At least the good ones? Rocky Road ice cream is a great flavor. June will be a good month. I am going to Paris for a week with a girlfriend. I can’t wait.
    Cleaning and then heading out to a movie.
    Enjoy your day with Cole. Peace be with you ♥

    • All plumbers should be called Bubba! Paris–well La De Da!! Paris in June–such FUN.
      Peace. I like that.

  4. Joe was one of the good ones. RIP Joe, and I’ll give your old pal Joey some extra pats on memory of you.

    • Thanks Joey was always one of Joe’s favorites. He beagled right into his heart. Odd–Joey was the name of you pup….and Joe’s middle name was Ben.

  5. I’m sorry this is a sad day of remembrance for you and Cole; perhaps sharing good memories of life with Joe will help?

    It’s a cold, gray 62 degrees here. Where’s the sun they promised us??

    Like your stories about Bubba. Funny, but I’ve never had a worker — plumber, electrician, yard man, etc. — named Bubba. I like picturing Bubba on the balcony with the Pope, though!

  6. rocky road is not a favorite, but i’d take a bowl right now.
    i, too, am glad cole was home to share reflections of joe with you today. time does pass quickly, doesn’t it?

    • Time does pass quick. Well, don’t worry I think we celebrate almost every flavor of ice cream during the summer!

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