The View From The Golden Dome

Views on the week's events plus some of mine.

Animals. Bill the Dog. Hollywood Icons. and much much more….

I wonder sometimes, about our love of our animals, specifically, our pets. I had a dog and he was an amazing joy. I still laugh about some of the silly things that he managed to do, and some of the silly things that my kids did with him. The kids decided together on his name as we were coming back from the breeder.


One of the first names proposed was Bill the Dog. And ultimately, they decided that Sherman Berman was acceptable. And that soon became Sherman Herman Berman. Initially, my daughter was afraid of this little guy, but soon enough, she would make her way over to him when he was sleeping, and poke him while asking if he was sleeping. She did it to the dog more often than she did it to her dad. Fortunately.


There were rituals, of course. Every year, for instance, the dog was unceremoniously thrown into the deep end of the pool, sometimes in the arms of my son, so he would be able to make his way to the steps, and get out safely. Other times, when wild rabbits got into the yard, the dog would see them, and be on alert. And as soon as he was let outside, Sherman would run to where the rabbit had been, not even noticing that it had taken off to escape through the fence.


But the best memories were of the pure love that Sherman had for the family members. When the kids came home from school, he would be jumping all over the place. When the garage door opened, he would be there immediately, greeting the driver of the moment. Of course, if the kids were in the car, he would abandon the driver immediately to go to the kids.

And when he was old and sick, the day we had to put him down was traumatic. So I understand what it means to have a pet and to love him.


What I cannot understand is when someone has had a horse for many years, why the horse would be sent to the taxidermist, and stuffed. Recently, at an auction, one of the items sold was that famous stuffed horse who I had seen many times on TV when I was a kid. Yes, Trigger was that loyal horse who was able to all kinds of things because he was so well trained. And he was as big a draw as was Roy Rogers. While doing a little research about the horse, I learned that there were two or three stand ins (or were they called horse ins?). And I also learned that the Smithsonian wanted Trigger in their collection. Love your animal but stuff them and put them beside the fireplace… not for me !


And then I learned about another great Hollywood icon – Pinks. Stories abound about the history of Pinks, but the best I have found is about the annual consumption figures. It is said that last year, Pinks – went through 53,340lbs of hot dogs, 46,800lbs of chili, 51,480lbs of Polish sausage, 128,700lbs of fries, 25,025lbs of bacon, 14,870lbs of burgers, 34,320lbs of sauerkraut and 129,800 tortillas. One day, I hope to contribute to those numbers. I’ve driven by the stand at 709 N. La Brea in Los Angeles many times, and I was always astounded at the line of people waiting for food. Perhaps that explains why it is one of the few places in LA that is open until 3 AM.


I had a summer job in a meat packing plant when I was in my late teens. I saw how the corn beef and pastrami, salami and hot dogs, and other things were made. If you had seen the process, you might never have eaten salami or hot dogs again. However, the bottom line was, and is, that the end result was excellent!


And before we roll into the new year, I want to wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday season, and may your next year be the best ever.

Have a better week.


Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

“Perks” of reaching 50 and beyond!

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.

3. No one expects you to run –anywhere.

4. People call at 9 PM (or 9 AM) and ask, ‘Did I wake you?’

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.


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 Les Berman CMC
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January 11, 2014 - Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, real estate, sports, stuff, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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