SocMo Sighting

March 17, 2005

SocMoNme

Those darn paparazzi were out and at it again. You just cant go anywhere these days without one of them jumping out from behind a trash dumpster and snapping your picture. Here is a shot they got last night of SocMo and me on the way over to the Annual BrotherJones St. Pats Day Pre-game Tailgate Party. I gotta tell ya… that SocMo is one crazy monkey.

The Comments

Don Jones

It appears SocMo has taken control of the steering wheel. You might want to up your life insurance Dennis. That SocMo is one stoical monkey.

Dennis Jones

…very observant Don… I put a tight crop on this picture for SocMo’s sake, but that is exactly what is going on here… he is grabbing the steering wheel… that is why I have that shocked look on my face… he is a nut…

Don Jones

SocMo ain’t from around these parts. I think he can drive from the passenger seat ‘cause he used to deliver mail down in Arkansas somewhere.

Doug Jones

Didn’t I tell you guys… SocMo learned to drive by chasing squirrels on my riding mower. He modified the mower… 0-60 in 12 seconds… not too shabby for a lawnmower.

Dennis Jones

I’m sorry about filling him up with Mtn Dew on the way over to your house last night…

I actually threw a couple back myself…

Doug Jones

I heard that Mountain Dew is the new coffee

Dennis Jones

Well… I dont know about that… all I know is it will leave your mustache green…

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~ BROTHER JONES BONUS COVERAGE ~

Big brother Doug got the St. Patricks day fun going on his page which is posted below.

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March 17, 2005

Happy St. Pat’s!

stpatrick

SocMo really got into St. Patrick’s Day this year. After drinking 6 liters of Mountain Dew, he started turning green and glowing. Silly SocMo. Then he started running around the yard chasing squirrels. Good golly bum… that was fun to watch!

SocMo wanted me to tell you his favorite St. Patrick’s Day joke, so here goes…

Question: What is green and sits behind the house?

Answer: Patty O’Furniture (patio furniture)

Laugh it up… fuzzball…

The Comments

Don Jones

That is hilllarrrious… I laughed ‘til I stopped.

Dennis Jones

Doug I think we are going to have to do an “intervention” with SocMo… he’s getting a little outa control… again…

Don Jones

I failed to wear green today… and I can’t stop pinching myself.

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Breaking News

March 18, 2005

Baseball-hearings

Some of baseball’s biggest players told Congress Thursday that steroids are a problem for the sport but denied there is widespread use of them. Mark McGwire, choked back tears at times, and repeatedly refused to say if he took the roids when he was salvaging the sport’s popularity with his home run race with Sammy Sosa. Except for admitted steroid user SocMo Jones, the five other players repeatedly ducked pointed questions on the subject.

The Comments

Doug Jones

SocMo Jones has never used stereos. He prefers to listen to the basic AM mono radio broadcasts. As you can see, SocMo was still under the influence of Mountain Dew during the hearings. This may have caused him to admit to doing things that he has really never done… like use stereos.

Dennis Jones

I really dont see why congress had to go and make such a big fuss about stereo usage in the first place… I’ll admit it, I use stereos…

Don Jones

I recognize that tie! SocMo has once again helped himself to my wardrobe. Moochin’ juiced-up monkey.

mandy

hey put socmo in google and you are the first name

Dennis Jones

well… BrotherJones.com is the place to go for all the latest breaking news on SocMo… maybe the only place to go…

Don Jones

From the size of SocMo there, I’d hate to meet up with him in a dark alley

Latest Breaking News

March 18, 2005

Umbrella-Gig

Michael Jackson is in monstrous financial debt and reportedly failed to pay many of his employees last week, according to many US networks. An emergency financial meeting was called by Jackson family members after staff workers were left off the weekly payroll, according to ABC News.

The Comments

Don Jones

SocMo knows multitasking. Right on right on.

Doug Jones

SocMo is a very snappy dresser as you can see. I think he was also in the movie Forrest Gump. He shook hands with LBJ.

Michael Jackson

Who’s the cute boy in the back….?

Vinyl to Digital

March 21, 2005

My-Computer-Area

Last Wednesday the illustration class from Huntington College came to my studio to see what a real live illustrator looks like. Ken Hopper, their professor, says it’s a lot like taking the kids to the zoo to look at the animals. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of comment that was…

While here, Ken noticed my record collection and mentioned he was converting his wifes collection to digital. Since it was raining on Saturday again and I was stuck inside I thought I would do the same thing. I have hundreds of records and thousands of songs I never listen to because they are trapped on vinyl platters.

Many years ago my son Nick came into my studio while I had a record playing on the turntable (he was probably a 6th grader at the time). He walked over to it, stared at it in amazement and let out a long, low “WOAHhhh… you can actually see it spinning… can you play the other side, too?”

The photo above is my studio and that is where I sat all weekend trying to figure out computer music recording.

The Comments

Doug Jones

It looks like you’ve got a bunch of gourds crying out for a makeover there, Clark!

Don Jones

Dennis, I will pay good money for a tweeked up digital version of the Isle of View album by Jimmy Spheeris. And if I get some Batdorf & Rodney… there’s even more Jacksons in it for you

Don Jones

I just searched for that Jimmy Spheeris album and the cheapest I could find it was for $169! Mint condition brings $200… collectible no doubt.

Don Jones

Apparently Jimmie was hit on his motorcycle by a drunk driver 20 years ago. Therefore, everything is out of print

Don Jones

Scratch that request Dennis I just picked up the Isle of View album from iTunes. Best $9.90 I have ever spent… Excuse me while I sit back now and reminisce. Do you believe in time travel?

Dennis Jones

Hey Don, do you remember the time you, Karen and I had tickets to the Jimmy Spheeris concert over at Drury College and we showed up and no one was there and we went into the concert hall to see what the deal was and it was empty and someone was up on stage playing the piano and we freaked out because we thought it must be Jimmy but it turned out to just be a music student and the concert had been cancelled? I had forgotten all about that…

Don Jones

I sure do remember- it seems like it was in January or February. I was thinking he got snowed in somewhere and had to cancel.

Elaine Breshears

Wow!! I have Jimmie’s original albums. I loved him so much! I moved out to Washington DC in 1975 (from KC MO) and no one had heard of him. How sad for them! I’m going to iTunes!

Dennis Jones

The night I gave Karen her engagement ring we went to a Jimmy Spheeris concert in Kansas City… she worried the whole time that the diamond was going to fall out and be lost in the crowd… it’s 28 years later and the diamond has STILL not fallen out of her ring…

Don Jones

I didn’t know that- So you DID get to see him? DId he have a band or was it a solo deal?

Dennis Jones

Yep… tight band… good concert…

Dennis Jones

Don, I remember taking you to see your first concert… I think it was Pure Prairie League… when we walked out you said, “Denny, was that a good concert?” …and I said, “it was if you liked it.” Oh, the wisdom of the older brother…

Don Jones

You did indeed but it wasn’t PPL it was STYX at the old McDonald arena.

Dennis Jones

hmmmm… is that the one where the bottle rocket hit you in the head?

guy jennings

1973 jimmy was to play on a boat ride down the connecticut river; as we left the dock someone jumped overboard. the concert was relocated to the famous shaboo in mansfield near stoors a great show prevailed -guy east hampton

Rocket Boys

March 30, 2005

Rocket-Boys

Several years ago I read a really great book named Rocket Boys. A few years later a movie was made from it called October Sky. The movie was good, but the book was special.

On one of my recent marathon road trips to Oklahoma and back, I pulled over to take a break and noticed a place that was selling library books for a buck apiece. Low and behold, there were two Rocket Boy companion books on the table. I didn’t know there were companion books. I snatched them up and got busy reading the first one, The Coalwood Way.

Sequels never seem to live up to the originals, but this one certainly did. It was like reading the next several chapters of the first book. I finished it and am currently plowing through the last one called Sky of Stone.

If you like to read, I would suggest these biographies of the life and times of Homer H. Hickam… Rocket Boy.

Not to be confused with Dennis G. Jones… Weasel Boy.

The Comments

Don Jones

Dennis You are a Homeboy Hick Man! Everyone knows us Jones boys don’t read a lick… Tell the truth, those was books on tape you purchased now wasn’t it? You gotta listen to something when you got mucho miles to travel and a dozen glazed orbs to ingest.

Dennis Jones

No those were NOT books on tape… they were REAL books… I propped one up on the steering wheel, had a donut on both thumbs, and read while driving back from SchoonerLand…

ABCizzle

October Sky re-arranged is Rocket Boys… if you wanted to know… (peace)

Dennis Jones

…thats pretty cool… is there a story behind that, or is it just an interesting oddity?

Doug Jones

Dang! I didn’t know Denny could read…

Dennis Jones

Sheesh!… you guys know I have a 9th grade diploma… whatta ya thinkin…

Doug Jones

Yeah, but I thought you got yours over the internet like I did.

Don Jones

I ordered myself a P.H.d for a mere $49.95. Should be here next week and I should be practicin’ by mid-April. RX R us.

Dennis Jones

$49.95… boy did you get ripped off… I got mine for $6.95 at Big Lots…

Dennis Jones

…it is exciting to see that soon I will be Podcasting… uhm… now is that where you bait your fishing hook with a bean of some sort?

Don Jones

That’s real close Den You get yourself a Radio Shack Mike-er-afone and plug it into a hole in your computer box and start talking. And make sure your talking in an entertaining fashion. It’s just that simple!

Dennis Jones

I’m sure my lightning fast DIAL UP connection will work real good with this…

Don Jones

You must save up and swap in that tin-can-string-system you got up there in Indie.

Weasel Boys

April 1, 2005

RocketWeaselBoys

Several years ago I read a really great book named Weasel Boys”. A few years later a movie was made from it called Mtn Grove Nights”. The movie was good, but the book was special.

On one of my recent marathon road trips to Oklahoma and back, I pulled over to take a break and noticed a place that was selling library books for a buck apiece. Low and behold, there were two Weasel Boy companion books on the table. I didnt know there were companion books. I snatched them up and got busy reading the first one, The Mtn Grove Way.

Sequels never seem to live up to the originals, but this one certainly did. It was like reading the next several chapters of the first book. I finished it and am currently plowing through the last one called Weasels of Stone.

If you like to read, I would suggest these biographies of the life and times of Dennis G. Jones… Weasel Boy.

Not to be confused with Homer H. Hickam… Rocket Boy.

The Comments

Don Jones

IT WORKED! I was totally fooled Thought I was looking at the old journal entry from a few days ago… but ALACK and ALASS it’s new text and MORE. I will get these new Dennis G. books on tape as soon as the library purchases them.

the Lama

The Weasel Boys book is bound to be a Best Smeller.

Doug Jones

GOODGOLLYBUM! I took a quick look at this earlier today and didn’t notice the change. I did notice that there were no comments. I thought it was odd that Dennis would delete all the comments on this page, but just went on my way. slick job, Weaselboy!

Dennis Jones

I make a motion that we proclaim April Fools Day the OFFICIAL holiday of the BrotherJones web site… all in favor… do the weasel boy backhand to the forehead salute…

Don Jones

If that’s the case I’m going home for the holidaze. SALUTE and salutations

The BrotherJones New Official Top Secret Motto

April 2, 2005

coffee

The Comments

Don Jones

That hot magenta color contrasts nicely with your posterized green flesh tones. This is a choice coffee slogan and classic imagery ideal for our 1880s Brother Jones feel… vintage Dennis Gee. You guys are killin’ me. I am seriously hooked on RAW SUGAR in my coffee. It is brown and pretty much turns into suped up brown syrup…

Dennis Jones

Well, Brothers… as Indiana still debates whether we should change our clocks like the rest of the country or just keep the same time year round… (Indiana never went along with the daylight savings stuff… we are a bunch of Hoosiers… who needs it) …I think I am now officially on central time with the rest of you guys… or maybe unofficially… I think I am because you never really know for certain in Indiana where you stand concerning time with the rest of the country… just when you think you have it figured out, boom, it changes again…

the Lama

Does anyone REALLY know what time it is? Does anyone really care?

Dennis Jones

If so I can’t imagine why… (about time)… we’ve all got time enough to cry…

Don Jones

And I was walking down the street one day- Being pushed and shoved by people trying to beat the clock, oh, no I just dont know I dont know- And I said, yes I said…

Jim Croce

… if I could hold time in a bottle….

Guess Who

No Time

Bob Seger

Old TIME Rock n Roll

Bob Dylan

The TIMES they are a changin…

Pink Floyd

Time

Doug Jones

time out

Dennis Jones

time to make the donuts…

the Lama

Time flies when you’re reading these Brother Jones posts.

Steve Miller

Time keeps on tickin’, tickin’, tickin’ into the future.

Ray Charles

Night time is the right time.

Karen Carpenter

It’s going to take some time this time

Thomas Edison

There is a time for everything.

Groucho Marx

Time flies like the wind. Fruit flies like bananas.

Charlie Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Doug Jones

6:15 AM-  it is TIME to wake up and smell the COFFEE. (see how I brought this back around to coffee, the original subject?)

Dennis Jones

beautiful… hopefully this will all end now…

Doug Jones

Si

Pancho

Spanish proverb:El tiempo da buen consejo. (Time will tell)

Doug Jones

Many years ago, a friend at work taught me some Spanish. I still remember it, too. Here it is. “El Torro Doodoo” See if you can figure that one out.

Dennis Jones

Doug, I believe that a rough translation of that would be “THE torro doodoo”… if I’m not mistaken…

Doug Jones

The “El” part gives it that authentic Spanish flavor.. don’t you know…

Pancho

Hombres, You makes fun potato cheeps, make fun ponchos, now makes fun mi languish. You test mi paciencia, pero me likes you Jones boys mucho! Pancho

Now With Flavor Chunks!

April 5, 2005

Cookies

I was really wanting some chocolate chip cookies this weekend and since my wife Karen was out of town I decided to go ahead and make them myself. How hard can it be, right?

I found the recipe and started mixing things together.

In hindsight, I think it would be wise to make sure you had all the ingredients you needed BEFORE you started out on a cooking excursion because I seemed to be short on a whole lot of the key cookie components.

Right off the bat it called for two large eggs. I did not have two large eggs I had several medium eggs. I decided the smart move would be to put in three medium eggs to make up the difference. Judging by the finished product I would have to say that was probably one egg too many.

I then discovered there were only about twenty five chocolate chips left in the bag. (I do enjoy a handful of those from time to time when nobody is looking) Since this did not seem to be enough chips for the cookies I started looking around for something else I could throw in. I found a small Tupperware bowl in the freezer containing some sort of obscure crushed nuts. In they went.

The real problem was the brown sugar… it was hard as a rock… literally. I got a hammer out of the garage and started pounding the tar out of the bag but I could only get it crushed down to chunks that were about two inches square. The recipe did not say what to do in a situation like this so I decided maybe if I just mixed the chunks in with the other ingredients perhaps they would soften up and disappear. They did not.

What to do at this point? With visions of chocolate chip cookies and milk dancing in my head, I threw it on into the oven and hoped the cooking process would magically turn my lumpy batter into delicious cookies.

I don’t think what I ended up with could technically be called a chocolate chip cookie… they were more like brown sugar chunk cookies. Since the brown sugar was in chunks and not spread out in the dough, the cookie itself was pretty darn bland. An average of two chocolate chips and one nut per cookie didn’t help things either but hey, when you hit one of those two inch pockets of pure brown sugar it was just like eating brown sugar straight out of the bag… which I also like to do… when nobody is looking.

The Comments

Kellie

Dennis, you didn’t say whether your hammering of the brown sugar took place in the garage or the kitchen….but, for your future cookie making adventures, just put the hardened brown sugar in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or so. No hammer required.

Don Jones

What is it with us Jones Brothers and our clandestine caloric intake? All you have to do is look at our poncho and it’s obvious we are eating more than salad in secret. I have yet to live down my boys discovering my Pringles stash in the garage.

Dennis Jones

sorry Kellie… where the hammering took place is strictly confidential… and perhaps incriminating… but thanks for the microwave tip… Karen told me the same thing when she got home… as she was handing me back a cookie I had offered her… which she had taken only one bite of… and said had no taste… which it didnt… at all…

Dennis Jones

…and Don… only a novice would hide his Pringles in the garage… Don… high in the cabinet… up where they cant reach… duh…

Pancho

Amigo Dennis, You leeve in land of plenty. You has garage. That wheel be muy fino (mighty fine) for yo, Rosita y mi 8 muchachos. Maana we ride burro to the reever. We clean palette, cut grass, eat cookies de chocolate. Gracias Amigo, see you pronto! Pancho

Dennis Jones

Do you have a laptop strapped to the back of that burro or what?

Cheap Gene

He’s probably got wireless internet. It’s a great thing.

Cookie Monster

Quick! Where you live?

A Community Service

April 6, 2005

SockmoWithMates

The Huntington County Chapter of the Indiana Socks Without Mates Support Group will be meeting all this month at my house on the edge of the bed. We are happy to open our home up to this worthy cause. Please keep the light blue sock on your prayer list. It is particularly distressed about the loss of its mate.

The Comments

Don Jones

This gets me excited. Finally we are opening up the Brother Jones website for worthy causes. Hey Dennis, I bet you can take a portion of your bedroom off your taxes since you’re running a non-profit sock ministry in there… great thinking my brother. I just finished reading Les Miserables, and I can’t figure out which of the characters is Les.

Dennis Jones

I noticed the yellow sock was very confrontational during the last group session… we may need to have an intervention for it…

Megan Jones

Hey Dennis you should keep some of those socks to make a whole bunch of sock monkeys!

Don Jones

I can tell of few of these socks have attended church quite a few times… they appear to be somewhat holy.

Dennis Jones

I think that red and green one is a holiday sock who lost its mate around Christmas… how could a sock that looks like that get lost?

Dennis Jones

HEY… did Megan sneak Socmo onto my page!?

Doug Jones

Interesting… but SocMo has a sock collection that is IDENTICAL to yours! Hmmmm…

Megan Jones

I didn’t sneak Socmo on the page! I think Mandy did it!

Don Jones

Looks like the Support Group has turned into a full fledged SocMo convention.

Dennis Jones

Sock monkeys just seem to have a real empathy for this kind of support group for some odd reason…