Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Top 12 Attorney's Comments heard During the Anna Nicole Smith Supreme Court Appeal...

Anna Nicole Smith's ongoing legal battle to receive her late husband's estate worth $88.6 million will be heard on appeal by the United States Supreme Court next year.

The Blog of Pratt imagines the Top 12 attorneys' comments during this landmark case of jurisprudence.


12. "Your Honors, I call to the stand..HEF!"

11. "I'm sorry Ms. Smith, the Justices aren't allowed to go out for tequila shooters during recess."

10. "Ms. Smith,President Clinton has offered his services as 'special legal counsel.'"

9. "May the stenographer read back drunken ramble?"

8. "We appeciate your impression of the statue of Justice ,Ms. Smith, but please button your blouse."

7."I do believe Court TV is doing a jig outside."

6. "We apologize Ms. Smith for Chief Justice Rehnquist's passing. We know how fond you are of dying old men."

5. "When we swear you in to testify and ask you to tell the truth ,just say 'I do'- not "Trimspa Baby!" "

4. "Ms. Smith, please keep your boobs off the scales of Justice.We don't want to know how much they weigh."

3. "Your Honors, I cite Lewinsky v. Thong for this appeal."

2. "Let the record show that Ms. Smith's former husband was a model of integrity, a paragon of sound business judgement,in sound mind when planning his estate, and really really liked big boobies."

1. "I'll ask that the Justices to please cease referring to my client as Exhibit Double D."

Monday, September 26, 2005

Monday Bunday...Baxter Birthday Edition

One year ago today, we adopted Baxter. It's hard to believe a year has gone by already. Look at our first post about her to see how tiny she was when we brought her home. The bunnies will celebrate with special salads in her honor and Baxter will get lots of attention on her big day.


It's Baxter's Birthday!


She has even made some new friends. Baxter has a love triangle with Greyton and Twizzle.


She has certainly matured into a little lady bunny.


We have given her a good home with us.She seems to be smiling here.


The Birthday Girl. A wonderful addition to the Pratt Bunnies.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Assistants...

Mrs. Pratt has gone to Connecticut to do a Lighthouse trip this weekend. She happily called me late Saturday telling me of the several she visited. I had to stay home because our usual rabbit sitter wasn't available and Princess still needs her meds.

So cleaning the house was a big project today. Fortunately I had assistance. They all had whiskers and a tail. I still don't know how Greyton has come to think of the vacuum cleaner as a buddy but whenever I am vacuuming the living room he'll come bounding out of the kitchen and run right up to it. They say their hello's to one another and then he'll sit nearby just watching it go back and forth.

We wondered if we got a Roomba and the thing actually chased him whether he would still love it.

Upstairs, I was changing Princess's blankets and she decided it was a good time not to want to budge. I scooped her up and she gave me a royal grunt of disapproval. Yet as I was straightening her sleeping area out she hopped over to make sure it was done correctly.

Baxter's room is always fun to clean because she'll be curious and fussy as to what exactly am I doing. No sooner do I give her fresh litterboxes than she has her bunny butt planted in it again.

Twizzle generally freaks out when he hears the vacuum cleaner.But if I open the pantry door to get trash bags- he's ready to be of assistance- just in case that graham cracker box happens to come out too.

So I guess the bunnies are in charge of quality control- their fastidious nature is a fascinating aspect to them. They always like things "just so". They make sure I dot every I - cross every T and pass out their salads before there's trouble.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Quite a Splash...

When I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art last Spring to see the Dali exhibition, there was a new acquisition in the gallery that I was really impressed by. It's called Mermaid by Edvard Munch.

The painter of "The Scream" produced this work in 1896 for the doorway of a home of a wealthy Norwegian patron. Seeing it in a photograph doesn't do it's justice. The subtle blue is quite stunning in person.


Mermaid by Edvard Munch.


Acquired by the PMA in 2003, a new exhibit on the Mermaid including over twenty drawings and paintings chronicling the creation of the Mermaid piece along with other works central to its theme will be on display. It runs from Sept.24th- Dec.31st 2005.

Top 12 Things to Do When Stuck in a 100 Mile Traffic Jam...

The people from Houston, Galveston and points in East Texas are trying to get out of Hurricane Rita's path. However, the evacuation has led to a massive traffic jam of about 100 miles. Thankfully, my family members who live down there were not caught in that.

The Blog of Pratt presents the Top 12 Things to do when stuck in a 100 Mile Traffic Jam...

12. Finally memorize all the Capitals of the World.

11. No time like the present to start that 12 step program.

10. Decide what baby gift to send Britney and Kevin.

9. Throw caution to the wind and eat your horded supply of Cheetos.

8. Call OnStar see if they could do something about this.

7. Track down the address of your local traffic reporter-plan to kick his ass.

6. What a great time to finish reading the complete works of Shakespeare.

5. And that symphony you've been working on...finish it.

4. After going through every curse word you know, swear in different languages.

3. Join the 100 Mile Long Club.

2. Notify Alfred you'll be a little late getting back to the Batcave.

1. Try to get up to 88 miles per hour on the shoulder, travel back in time to avoid this whole mess.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

My Kind of Commericals...

Thanks to CanadaDave for sending me this site from a communications company featuring Rabbits in their commercials. My favorite is the Texas Hold 'em.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Memories of a Key West Hurricane...

Watching all the coverage of Hurricane Rita, Mrs. Pratt and I keep recalling where we were this week 7 years ago. In Key West for our 5th anniversary we became trapped on the island (no more rental cars-airport closed) and through the good graces of our innkeepers rode out Hurricane Georges. Some photos from the experience of that Category 1 storm.


Mrs. Pratt lounging by the pool at the Blue Parrot Inn- Key West 1998.


Poolside AFTER the Hurricane.


Key West-Elizabeth St. after Hurricane Georges 1998.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Wait of the World...

I woke up this morning around 7:30. The old hot water heater was kaput and today was the day Joe Repairman was coming out to rip the old one out and install a new one. Yes, this is the cliffhanger here in the Prattcave. Will the old hot water heater turn Pratt's basement into a suburb of the lost city of Atlantis?

After breakfast, and reading the newspaper, Greyton and Twizzle had to be herded upstairs. They would freak out with Joe Repairman lugging a giant water heater past them while they tried to take naps. Upstairs they went- rather reluctantly,but when they realized they got to schmooze with Princess and Baxter they seemed a lot happier.

So I waited..and waited..and waited some more. No Joe Repairman. East Coast Amber called to remind me to talk like a pirate and we exchangfed Arrrrr's(see previous post) and then after being thoroughly bored my phone rang again and it was Mary Ann.

She was waiting too...for her car..which I think hasn't been street legal for a year and ahalf , and now she was taking care of that situation.I rambled on about Talk like a Pirate day and would try to trick her into saying pirate stuff like :

"What letter comes between Q and S? ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!"


I'm surprised she didn't hang up on me. But there we both were just waiting for other people to fix our problems as she put it.

My other phone rang. It was Joe Repairman! He needed directions from one nearby town to my house...and I froze. I was clueless how to get to point A to point B because in this area there are about a jillion different routes, expressways, turnpikes,streets, avenues, and alleyways..so I sounded like King ASSHAT the Magnificent by giving out Mrs. P.'s cellphone so she could guide him to our place.

One of Mrs. Pratt's super powers is her exceptional directional ability. She knows her roads. Meanwhile I have all the navigation skills of the Jupiter 2. Forget Daniel Boone. I'm Daniel Boob.

It was an hour later that Joe Repairman showed up, and thankfully was able to install the new water heater without any calamities. The bad part was since he didn't show up until 3;45 i could have worked almost a full day and just left early. Oh well, I didn't mind spending the afternoon waiting with Mary Ann. Good things do happen to those who wait.

Monday Bunday


Her Majesty Princess Jewel.


Greyton and Baxter.


Preeeeesenting..Greyton!



Baxter


Here's Twizzle!



Greyton and Twizzle on a snoozy evening.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Lucky Me...

It was a beautiful weekend here in Philadelphia so we decided to head down to Atlantic City on Saturday. It was a nice way to kick off our 12th wedding anniversary. Now normally, this was the weekend where Atlantic City is seen by the world. It is usually when the Miss America Pageant is held. So for the first time in 84 years, there were no parades on the boardwalk, or hype about the pageant. Atlantic City is in the process of changing.


Looking at the amusement pier on Atlantic City's boardwalk.

Now some old things, like this old amusement park on the pier still exists, but ever since the Borgota Casino hit town, Atlantic City as a haven for the blue haired old ladies is slowly dying out..uh..like the blue haired old ladies. It's starting to become a younger hipper crowd there. I know I know..you're saying "But Pratt why are YOU there?" ha ha ha.

Mrs. P. and I decided to try a different casino before heading to the House of Blues for drinks and dinner. We went to Caesar's,trying our luck on some slots- I ended up $50 up which bought us more drinks. Hail Caesar.


At Caesar's- a big statue of him..I think he was pointing us to the casino.

Dinner at the House of Blues was great. Mrs. P. had the Jambalaya and afterward we went outside to the boardwalk to walk around, enjoy the ocean breezes and get fresh air.Too much time in a smoky casino is no fun for my lungs. Some more slot playing and we headed home.Another perfect Saturday for us.


Outside the House of Blues-Atlantic City.

Today as per tradition I awoke Mrs. Pratt to the strains of the Flintstones "Happy Annniversary" song along with her morning coffee. After 12 years she silently tolerates my production number. We have been meaning to get to the movies to see March of the Penguins, so decided to catch a late afternoon matinee.

Then onward to a fabulous dinner at The California Cafe. Mrs. Pratt looked wonderful and it was all mushy and romantic and if I keep writing about it you'll all need insulin due to the sugary sweetness.

Lucky me indeed.

Friday, September 16, 2005

In Hot Water...

Yesterday morning I was headed to the basement to get some clothes from the laundry and as I opened the door it sounded like the hissing of an iron.

Me:"Did you just have the iron on?" I asked Mrs. Pratt.

Mrs.P:"No that's the leak in the water heater. Remember I told you about that yesterday?"

I groggily did. Sure enough, the bottom has rusted out a little bit out of our hot water heater and a small drip is occuring. We have french drains surrounding the walls of the basement so the small bit of water leaking out is making its way there.

We called it in to our home warranty people this morning because having an indoor pool if the thing bursts will not be fun.

Mrs. Pratt just called me and informed me that the repair guy will be arriving Monday and will be installing a new one...so 3 day weekend for me.

Ah the joys of home ownership. It's this kind of thing that happens where I miss my old apartment. But since owning the house for 4 years now we've had the new roof- new air conditioner, and now time for this old water heater to be replaced. Our home warranty is really good about covering most of the costs.We'll see.

Keep your fingers crossed it doesn't burst before Monday.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Blast-off...


40 years ago today " Lost In Space" premiered on CBS. This show was the vision of director Irwin Allen, his tale of the Space Family Robinson remains a favorite of fans of sci-fi television.

Bill Mumy as young Will Robinson and the late Jonathan Harris as the nefarious Dr. Smith were some of the more memorable characters from 1960's television. Due to reluctant stowaway Dr. Smith, the Robinson family and pilot Maj. Don West of the Jupiter 2 never made it to its destination of Alpha Centauri, instead finding adventures "Lost in Space".

The Jupiter 2's Robot was always my favorite, and a small talking model of it sits on my desk at home. "My sensors indicates an intruder is present." "Warning..Danger Will Robinson!"And it's great to have all the episodes out on dvd now.

The theme was written by John Williams who later went on to compose many movie scores(Star Wars, Superman, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark to name a few.)

Not as cerebral as Star Trek, but still fun to revisit.Early episodes have a more serious science fiction tone but then due to competition from "Batman" on ABC , the show ventured into "camp" territory where the once dangerous Dr. Smith just appeared rather foolish turning into a space hippie in one episode and chased by a giant carrot in another.

There was talk of a reunion movie finally getting the Jupiter 2 back to Earth with the original cast a few years ago, but the death of Jonathan Harris squelched those plans.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

On the Hook...


Yeah...I can see this happening.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Monday Bunday


Ms. Baxter showing off her pretty colors.


Princess admires the Henri Rousseau print of "The Rabbit" we bought for her Royal gallery.


Twizzle tasting a chair in the kitchen.


Greyton says..The End.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

We Welcome You To Munchkin Land...

Hollywood came to my town this weekend. Turner Classic movies presented an exhibit called Lights, Camera, Classics. This special presentation of movie memorabillia included costumes from some of the greatest movies of all time like Giant, My Fair Lady, Gone with the Wind, and Cool Hand Luke.

They also had a special photo process set up- where you could place yourself within one of your favorite old movies. Given my heart trouble of course I picked the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. The Photo is at the end of this post.

But speaking of the Wizard of Oz...the highlight of my day- I met Munchkins! Two of the original Munchkins from the 1939 MGM version were making an appearance. I got a chance to meet them , get their autographs and havve my picture taken with them.

They were Margartet Pellegrini one of the "Sleepyhead" Munchkins and Clarence Swensen- who was one of the Soldiers who marched to "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead."

They were very nice and you could tell everybody was absolutely thrilled to see them. People instantly smiled, many were flipping out camera phones and taking pictures. Within moments of their arrival a huge crowd gathered and they got some nice applause.

So now I have met an Oompa Loompa, and Munchkins. And I was able to share the experiences with you.

There's no place like Blog. And now for the photos...


Pratt meets the Munchkins! Here I am with Clarence Swensen and Margaret Pellegrini, Two of the original Munchkins from the 1939 MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz."


The Munchkins in popular demand. Signing autographs for us.


Original Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini says hello to a young girl dressed as Dorothy.It was a sweet moment.


We're off to see the Wizard...


Shirt worn by James Dean for his role of Jett Rink in "Giant".


Elizabeth Taylor dress worn in "Giant".


Dress worn by Vivian Leigh in "Gone With The Wind".


Leslie Caron outfit from "Gigi".


Robe worn in a scene of "Adam's Rib" by Katherine Hepburn.


Audrey Hepburn's costume as Eliza Doolittle for "My Fair Lady".


Dress worn by Judy Garland in "A Star Is Born".


An original shooting script for "The Wizard of Oz".


Rober DeNiro's boxing trunks from "Raging Bull".


A shooting script for Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney.


Paul Newman's prison clothes from "Cool Hand Luke".


Through some movie magic...I get to be the Tin Man.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Barnes Stormers...

Today , Mrs. Pratt and I saw one of the most unique cultural spots in the Philadelphia area. This would be The Barnes Foundation.

I think in the entire world of Art, there is no story as peculiar as that of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, born in working class Philadelphia in 1872,he became a doctor, made wealthy by co-creating an antiseptic product called Argyrol, then used his fortune to buy art....a lot of art. So much art that in 1922 he opened up his Barnes Foundation to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts."

When I say he had a lot of art I mean 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 60 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 21 Soutines,18 Rousseaus, as well as a number of works by Monet,Seurat,Degas, and van Gogh.

By the time Barnes died in 1951 he amassed over 9,000 pieces of art , including extensive collections of African art, antique furniture,pottery and textiles.

After some public squabbles with the regular Philadelphia art community, and its snobbery towards him, he refused to let the public see his collection for years. Barnes created art education classes specifically for the "common people" and blue collar workers were always welcome to see his treasures.

Now the really interesting thing about Dr. Barnes was his will- his final revenge on the art community who shunned him decades ago.he stipulated that none of the paintings could be moved, sold, or even loaned. He put his entire collection in the hands of Lincoln University, a predominently black college.

Over the last 20 years though there were problems with the foundation. A financial endowment was slowly depleted, the building was in dire need of repair and modernization. Neighbors in the tony neighborhood sued the Foundation over petty squabbles like parking and hours of admission. Board members sued each other over shady financial dealings. Meanwhile billions of dollars of art was rarely seen by the public.

Eventually, special court orders had to be used for the Foundation to present a travelling exhibit among Anmerican cities for 50 of the paintings. The money raised by the exhibition helped the Foundation for awhile. Finally, an offer to move the collection to a new building in Philadelphia, down the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has recently been approved.

Although dire financial necessity dictates that the Foundation do this and leave its old building. Dr. Barnes' collection and mission about art education will continue to be enjoyed by even more people in the decades to come.

It's still a little difficult to get into the Foundation to see the collection. Reservations must be made 30-60 days in advance. But the visit was well worth the wait.

Some of the works we saw today included:


Paul Cézanne's The Cardplayers.


The Postman by Vincent van Gogh.



Henri Rousseau's The Rabbit. We bought a small print of this.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I Am A Camera...

Mrs. Pratt has become quite enamored with Flickr.com She's on her page practically every night now adding photos. I'm glad she is- for a few months I wanted her to write a blog but she declined. She does however like to use her camera, so inspired by a few of my friends and their awesome flickr pages- she started her own.

Now last weekend we went to a car show. She was snapping away with her camera and I was happy because then maybe that night when I wrote a post I would be able to use some of the car pics.

She's got a little arty with some of her photos lately. They are taken at odd angles and generally unusuable by me. If I'm writing about a car show I'd like to show you the whole car not a quarter of a fender.

So I was teasing my Ansel Adams about this and then declared I would take arty flickr pics around the kitchen...my results:


Silly Greyton.


Shot Glasses.


Cupboard invasion.


I got the Look of Death then from her. I tried to take a picture of it but she was cursing at me worth a thousand words.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Top 12 FEMA Excuses...

A large part of criticism over the slowness in responding to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina has been leveled at the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA).

The Blog of Pratt has discovered the Top 12 Excuses used by FEMA...

12. We thought Oprah would show up with free cars for everyone.

11. Waiting for Tom Cruise to jump on sofa and gives us orders to move out.

10. When told to report to Southern disaster we showed up at screening of "Dukes of Hazzard" Movie.

9. The Fab Five misunderstood our acronym- were giving us makeovers when storm hit.

8. We've been hiding from Geraldo.

7. We thought The Big Easy is how the job would go.

6. All our boats used by celebrities going to MTV's VMA awards.

5. Weather Channel guys sent us on beer run. Missed news of storm as Category 4.

4. Damn We overslept.

3. Paris Hilton had all our emergency numbers on her blackberry - and she lost it again!


2. Dumb President thought we were a leg bone.

1. We just plain suck.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Monday Bunday


Twizzle and Greyton lounging together.


Ms. Baxter is looking extra cute today for Monday Bunday.


Greyton is having a very snoozy Labor Day weekend.


Princess Jewel is wondering when the royal salad shall appear.


Ms. Baxter blends in with the carpet.