Category Archives: Totally random

Teenagers Always Complain, “Westport Is So Boring.” Here’s Why.

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Here’s Why We Call It Long Island “Sound”

This morning — right underneath a sign prohibiting glass bottles, open fires and amplified music — an alert “06880” reader saw this:

Organ at beach

If you’re hoping for a free concert though, you’re out of luck.

An hour later, it was gone.

Sign At Poo Corner

Walking her dogs at Long Lots Elementary School this past weekend, alert “06880” reader Wendy Hunter was surprised to find this sign:

Poo sign - 1

It made a bit more sense when she rounded a corner, and saw this one:

Poo sign - 2

Pretty In Pink

It’s one thing to match your skirt with your shoes.

But this homeowner on Hillspoint Road — diagonally across from Elvira’s — has taken color coordination to a stratospheric new level.

Hillspoint  Road house

Independence Day Weekend — In Westport?!

Bill Whitbeck grew up here. His 1st job was cooking burgers at Big Top, where his customers included Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Bill also was a huge Mario’s fan.

He moved far away in the late 1970s. But he still lives in Westport.

Bill sent along a few photos, and explains:

“Happy 4th of July from Westport, Washington! A beautiful evening on the Pacific Coast.”

Westport WA 1

Westport WA 3

Westport WA 2

An Ace Customer At Crossroads Hardware

If you’ve lived in Westport for more than 12 seconds, you know that Crossroads Ace Hardware is the place — for any home-related item you could imagine, for fantastic personal service, and for that sit-around-the-potbelly-stove community feeling you can’t get anywhere else.

Ace HardwareIf you don’t know and love Jimmy Izzo, his father AJ and the rest of the Ace crew, you should crawl back into your cave.

But if you’re like me, you’ve probably driven by at night after they’ve closed and thought, “Wow, they leave a lot of stuff outside. They must really trust people.”

They do. And here’s why.

Yesterday morning, Jimmy went to open up. Under the door, he found a handwritten slip of paper.

Overnight, a customer had helped himself to some bamboo sticks, copper pipe and plastic tomato stakes.

Jimmy Izzo - Ace Hardware

The customer listed all those items on that sheet of paper. He also slipped a check under the door for the total amount.

Plus tax.

“People are good,” Jimmy says.

Well, yeah. Because, Jimmy, you’re good to them.

Once Again, Westport Drivers Think Perfectly Clear Road Signs Don’t Apply To Them

Alert “06880” reader Molly Alger saw this, while waiting patiently at the Post Road/Compo Road intersection this weekend.

Compo Road signs

“I kept waiting to see cars turn into the sky,” she says. “As usual, Westport drivers ignored the signs.”

Hey, Has Anyone Seen My Hula Hoop?

A few months ago, we learned — via an “06880” photo of shoes dangling mysteriously on telephone wires over Myrtle Avenue — that that signals drugs are available nearby. Who knew?!

So what are we to make of this latest scene, at a traffic light not far away? This was spotted — and photographed — by Bob Weingarten, at the Main Street/North Kings Highway/Myrtle Avenue intersection. (What is it with Myrtle Avenue, anyway?)

Traffic light

If you have any idea — or want to hazard a guess — click “Comments” below.

Happy Father’s Day — We’ll Drink To That!

Father’s Day is not till June 21.

But Bottlerocket — the liquor store by Stop & Shop — knows that if you’re like many Westporters, you’ve got a lot of booze to buy before then.

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

“Saugatuck Cures”: The Movie

Saugatuck Cures

I don’t know what’s weirder about “Saugatuck Cures,” a family-friendly comedy set for release on June 30:

  • The name, which won’t resonate with 99.9999999% of American moviegoers (and does not exactly roll off the tongue).
  • The plot: “Drew and his best friend Brett set out on a road trip to pose as ex-gay ministers using exuberant high jinks to scam churchgoers, all in order to raise money for his mother’s experimental cancer treatment.”
  • The only pre-release review I saw (“dynamic … whole-hearted” — Edge). When was the last time you heard a movie described as “whole-hearted”?
  • The fact that it was filmed on location in Saugatuck. Okay, not our Saugatuck. This is the one in Michigan. But still.

There is one Westport connection — kind of. The TV evangelist in “Saugatuck Cures” is played by a guy named Kurtis Bedford.

Bonus fun fact: The film’s budget was $200,000 — the caterer’s rounding error for major films. 

(Hat tip: Dan Lasley)

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But wait! That’s not the only Saugatuck Westport/Michigan connection.

Alert “06880” reader Kate Davis finally got around to watching “Still Alice.” In the movie, the daughter of Julianne Moore — a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s — performs at the “Saugatuck Theater.”

Intrigued, Kate googled it — and found a link to a “Red Barn Saugatuck” in Michigan.

Is that a Midwest way of remembering that before the Nisticos’ current restaurant by Exit 41, they owned the Arrow down at Exit 17?