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January 15, 2009

This Is Why I Love Mike

Common sense.

Like beer, it's not just a breakfast drink anymore.

Posted by Cassandra at January 15, 2009 03:17 PM

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Are you a "Varga Girl"?

Inquiring minds want to know. :)

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at January 15, 2009 04:31 PM

Maybe in my dreams, Don.

Certainly not in reality, at least anymore :) At any rate, I always thought of myself as more of an Elvgren type though I am more slender.

When my husband was in Iraq, I went to visit a friend in another city. She is a lot of fun.

She has wigs of every color imaginable. Military wives always fantasize about changing their hair color when their husbands deploy. I thought about dying my hair some crazy-a** color this time, but that is so not me. I like make-up and all, but I can't imagine dealing with the roots and the touch-ups. But we had all kinds of fun dressing me up in various of her outfits (she's a lot younger than I am) and different wigs and I mugged for the camera and sent the pix to the unit.

He liked it :p I think that was the closest I will ever get to being a Varga girl!

Posted by: Cassandra at January 15, 2009 05:15 PM

*Vargas* Girl.

The pinup artist was Alberto *Vargas*.

Geez, see what happens when you let amateurs talk about '40s pr0n?

Posted by: BillT at January 16, 2009 02:03 AM

That's funny.

I don't think of pinups (real or drawn) as being in the same category with p0rn at all. I don't like p0rn, but pinups almost never offend me.

There is one obscure pinup artist that I recall not liking because I can tell he doesn't like women much. There is something unpleasant and rather frightening about his work: something hurtful that reminds me of exactly what bothers me about p0rn. But I actually enjoy pinups, when I have seen them. Most of them are quite beautiful and I can easily see why men like looking at them. And they don't offend me in the slightest.

I don't think pinups demean women; to the contrary, they celebrate an ideal of female beauty and femininity and how could that ever be demeaning?

This is exactly what is so stupid about the idea most men have that women object to p0rn because of insecurity. If that were so (at least on my level) certainly pinups should be the most objectionable form of all since they are the most beautiful and threatening from a looks standpoint. Pinups are far more attractive than anything in p0rn. Many are shown without clothes and what's even worse, unlike the women in the vast majority of p0rn, most of their "attributes" are real! That should make us 'insecure' women green-eyed with jealousy! :p

And yet, they don't bother me a bit. Heck, on one or two occasions I've shown my husband Elvgren pinups (and even a few real women) I liked before because I thought he'd enjoy looking at them, and he picked out the one in the VC logo. I don't think men understand how women think at all :p

Posted by: Cassandra at January 16, 2009 07:44 AM

And thank you, Bill :p

Correction duly noted: Vargas.

Posted by: Cassandra at January 16, 2009 07:47 AM

I'd never deny you the opportunity to wax philosophical about sex and relationships.

Ummmmm -- "wax" used purely as a figger of speech, here, y'unnerstand...

Posted by: BillT at January 16, 2009 11:01 AM

*bouncing trivet off Bill's head*

You are such a punk ;p

Posted by: Cassandra at January 16, 2009 12:57 PM

Would that be considered the Princess' version of "counting coup"?

You realize, of course, that you dented it. Now it'll never fly right.

Posted by: DL Sly at January 16, 2009 02:10 PM

Dented it? Darn near *broke* it.

Oh -- you meant the *trivet*. My head never flew quite right in the first place...

Posted by: BillT at January 16, 2009 03:04 PM

Are you guys playing "Trivet Pursuit" again?


Posted by: Don Brouhaha at January 16, 2009 03:08 PM

Beats playing "Privet Pursuit" -- last time, I got scratched to Helen Gaghan diving through a newly-pruned boxwood...

Posted by: BillT at January 16, 2009 05:40 PM

Is it still considered "pursuit" when one thunks their opponent on the head?
Inquiring minds want to know....

Posted by: DL Sly at January 16, 2009 05:41 PM

I thought thunking the opponent in the head signaled the END of the pursuit...?

Posted by: Sly's Wardrobe Mistress at January 16, 2009 06:40 PM

Only if the head-thunk results in knocking the thunkee's brains out.

In my case, however, it's unlikely to happen -- do you have any idea how *hard* it is to jolt a single cell?

Posted by: BillT at January 16, 2009 06:48 PM

I was curious about the Elvgren pinups, since that's where your logo came from. Ones I thought were beautiful:

Dream Date

Pretty Picture


Posted by: Miss Ladybug at January 16, 2009 10:23 PM

"Takes a licking and keeps on ticking!"

Posted by: John Cameron Swayzee at January 17, 2009 12:07 PM

*manfully restraining self from making totally inappropriate comment*

Posted by: BillT at January 17, 2009 12:31 PM

Don, I read your first comment too fast. I thought it said 'Viagara girl.' Naturally, after I cleaned up my monitor, I refrained from reading this thread.

Might I enquire as to what restraints BillT is using?

Posted by: Mean, bad, Cricket at January 17, 2009 11:40 PM

Preferrably 3/4 welded titanium.

Posted by: DL Sly at January 18, 2009 02:31 AM

Bill, your restraint is amazing.

Sly, sounds *kinky*...

Posted by: Sly's Wardrobe Mistress at January 18, 2009 04:05 AM

...your restraint is amazing...

"And not merely linguistically," I admit modestly.

*ducking head-seeking trivet*

Posted by: BillT at January 18, 2009 09:37 AM

Y'all are messed up. Must be why I like you.

Posted by: Cass at January 18, 2009 10:39 AM

Just for the record y'all, I've had that category - "Varga Girls" - in my sidebar for goin' on 5 years and nobody ever popped in to fix me. But I feel vidicated, as per Wiki: A legal dispute with Esquire over the use of the name "Varga" resulted in a judgment against Vargas and he struggled financially until the 1960s when Playboy magazine began to use his work as "Vargas Girls."

Of course now, I may be contributing to the repression of a great innovator due to copyright shenanigans...

But he died 25 years ago and I don't feel like screwing around with my blog's template, so "Varga" it shall remain.

Posted by: Mike the Marine at January 18, 2009 11:20 AM

"...sounds *kinky*..."

It's only kinky the first time.

Posted by: DL Sly at January 18, 2009 01:50 PM

*What's* only kinky the first time?

Posted by: BillT at January 18, 2009 03:27 PM

What were once vices are now habits.

I think that was a title to a Doobie Brothers LP about 30 years ago. Works here, too.

I thought it was "Vargas Girls" all along, too, having stolen a few (ahem!) gazes at a Playboy magazine in my wasted yout. But "Viagara Girls" works for me, too. :)

Kids out there: an LP (long playing) was a vinyl disc that had a whole array of songs on it, impressed into grooves (groovy?), played on a revolving disk (turntable) at a fixed rpm of 33-1/3, with a diamond needle on a pivoting metal arm tracing the grooves in said disc and voila! music was played back due to the subtle piezo-electric signals transfered through the needle and amplified. Precedes the CD now so prevalent.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at January 18, 2009 06:54 PM


I commented over the weekend with several links, but it's not here - is it in holding somewhere??

As for LPs, I have about 30 of them, and my parents have more. Back in December, I purchased a turnable to convert them to mp3. I've been so busy with the holidays and stuff I haven't gotten around to trying it out. Some of that stuff I likly haven't heard in well over a decade... Think it might make some gift-giving this coming year pretty easy (my sisters have a thing for Frank Sinatra, and I my parents have at least one album on vinyl...). Side comment, there were also the 45s - the singles - I have a number of them, as well, but I don't think my converter turntable will handle those...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at January 19, 2009 10:51 AM

It's only kinky the first time.

It's kinky if you use a feather. It's perverted if you use the whole chicken.

Posted by: MikeD at January 19, 2009 10:54 AM

Oooog. Don't give them any ideas....

Posted by: BillT at January 19, 2009 01:21 PM

Sorry Miss L. I have been out of town all weekend with only limited access to a computer.

Will check for you

Posted by: Cassandra at January 19, 2009 04:24 PM

My sister, who was born in the forties, has some kewl Ricky Nelson 45s, but my all-time favorite, the one that *warped* uhh...molded me was Johnny Horton's 'Battle of New Orleans.' My PC sister still doesn't think the song is funny, especially the part about the alligator.

She even has Gene Pitney's 'Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' and the flip side is 'Only Love.'

Posted by: Cricket at January 19, 2009 05:26 PM

No hurry. I was just curious. I think I included 3 links, and I didn't know if that might have set off some sort of "quarantine" on it...

I'm one step closer to getting my turntable set up - I've cleared some space to set it up, I just need to have the time. Been kind busy recently!

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at January 19, 2009 10:04 PM