Great Discussion & Nancy Responds To Y'all...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, January 08, 2009

Yesterday a long discussion in my comments occurred over the story of the man who sued and won for being asked to cover a shirt other passengers found 'threatening'.

Was the message on the shirt threatening? No, if you knew where the slogan came from. Possibly, if you did not know the origins (I did not know when I began research on the story - I found out doing the research).

Was the whole incident justified? Not in my opinion. As I stated yesterday, Mr. Jarrar could have probably used more common sense while preparing and dressing for his trip. JetBlue and the TSA should have been more professional in their handling of the situation.

Did it warrant a lawsuit? Not in my opinion.

The comments made by you, my most wonderful guests, were thought provoking and both sides of the case were defended.

This is one of the wonderful things about the blogging community. For the most part, bloggers allow anyone who comments to state their opinion.

There was an incredible discussion over the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip over at DIANNE'S "Forks Of The Moment" blog the other day and without getting nasty everyone had their say.

Thanks to all of you who contributed here yesterday!

I mentioned the other day, that Nancy was traveling on Monday and Tuesday on business and she only had brief moments to check comments from Monday's Vlog and big announcement.

She really felt it was necessary to respond to all the comments we received and last night she sat down and did so. I asked her to send them to me, since most of you would not have seen her responses if they just went into the comments section from Monday's post.

I formatted it to show your comment and her reply.

So, today...I turn The Couch over to my fiance Nancy and allow her to speak to each of you who left comments for us...

Nancy...take it awayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...

Starrlight said...OFMG!!! Congrats Vinny and Nancy!!! Details Baby, details!
STARR: You can have all the details you want … just ask me. Sending my sincere thanks for the congrats.

Matt-Man said...Happy New Year and Congrats to you and Nancy. I guess the socks were an omen for you. Cheers Vinny!!
MATT-MAN: Thanks for the congrats … we lurves socks for stocking stuffers.

Turnbaby said...Those are just fabulous! You should do more vlogs--you really have a knack for them.
We had a great time and I am very excited about your great news. I wish everyone could have been there to see the joy in both your faces.
PS--I am a lazy slug and don't have a thing up yet;-)
TURNBABY: We were so happy to have you and Brad here for NYE and your being here made it that much more special

Desert Songbird said...Heartiest congrats, Vinny! I'm thrilled for you and Nancy. I knew this year would be wonderful for you.
So, are you gonna do a commercial now? *big cheesy grin*
SONGBIRD: TY for your warm wishes. Our story is a story made in heaven ;-).

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...congratulations bond! i hope 2009 is fabulous for you both!
personally i was so disappointed when we went to graceland. i guess working in palm beach real estate all those years i was expecting so much more in the actual house. but the "stuff" was great!
smiles, bee xxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
BEE: Thanks for the congrats … Hopefully 2009 will be fabulous for us all.

katherine. said...Vincent and Nancy - congratulations and best wishes! What a very special way to begin the new year.
(even better than Ole Miss winning!!)
It was fun to see the v-log...I can tell there will be more....please just keep the one from the honeymoon private! smile.
KATHERINE: Hmmmmm Ole Miss winning the Cotton Bowl vs. proposal; thinking this through again Ole Miss winning the Cotton Bowl vs. proposal…….Oh Yeah ….. The proposal was the highlight! Thanks Kat for your congratulations & best wishes. It was a special way to begin the New Year.

Micky-T said...Dance to the music....Congratulations!
MICKEY: Music makes everything better and being able to dance …… Ahhhhhh One of life’s simple pleasures. TY for your Congratulations.

Anndi said...Congratulations. Much deserved happiness to you both!
Since we couldn't come I guess I'll settle for learning your news THIS way. *pouts*
ANNDI: I truly wish you and “your honey” could have been here. TY for your Congratulations.

Mimi Lenox said...True love! I'm so happy for you! Congratulations to both of you!
The videos are stopping in the middle...I shall return.
(doing a happy dance about your wonderful news....)!
MIMI: Interesting how the mind defines true love the older you become … this is true love. Thanks for your warm wishes Mimi.

Dianne said...I'm so happy!!
I love when good things come to be for good people.
It's gonna be a great year!
DIANNE: Thanks! It is gonna be a great year.

Julie said...**blinks**
Holy moley! Woohoooo!!! I'm all a-tingly at the news! So happy for both of you! I think my mouth hung open for a bit!
No...I guess that's really nothing new.
JULIE: We tried to give you a heads up …. Why would your mouth hang open????? Hey I’m all a-tingly too. SMOOCH

Dr. Blogstein said...Congrats, VinBo!
DOC: We need to talk ….

Brad said...It was awesome hanging out with you guys. I especially cherish you grabbing my ass at Sun Studios.
Now, I didn't get a Hershey Bar in my gift bag. Who do I see about that?
BRAD: oh yeah about that Hershey Bar …. I was hoping not to have to say anything BUT since you brought it up … Alice “the dog” lurves you!

Phfrankie Bondo said...the bar has been raised...magnificent vlogging!...and congrat's!!!...
PHFRANKIE: TY for your congrats.

Patti said...Dear Vinny,
What wonderful news!!
Congratulations to you and Nancy!! I had a feeling that was going to happen on New Year's Eve. ;-)
The menu looked great. I'll tell Ralph to make all that next year to usher in 2010.
I couldn't hear anything with the Graceland video. I'll try later.
(Laughing at Brad's comment, and your reply.)

Patti said...Oooh! Thanks for the tour of Graceland. This time I could hear Elvis while I was watching.
Very cool.
The vlog was great. I detected a bit of New Yawk in your voice!
PATTI: Next time let me in on your feelings will ya!!! … as for the bit of New Yawk in Vinny’s voice – you can place a Yankee in the South but you can’t take the Yawk out of the born Northerner ;-). Graceland was awesome!

Knight said...Congratulations! What an amazing start to a new year. I'm very happy for you and your beautiful fiance.
KNIGHT: Thank you for the Congrats and it was an amazing beginning.

Judy said...Vinny, I am so happy about you and Nancy. She deserves much happiness. which she has with you. Happy New Year
JUDY: TY! And for the record … He is so Northern and I am sooooooo Southern but in this UNION the south wins (bwahahahahahaha). Thanks for being there my friend.

Kb said...CONGRATULATIONS!! What a way to start a new year!
Loved your Vlog! Happy New Year!
KB: Thank you for your warm wishes.

maryt/theteach said...Oh Wow, Vinny! Congratulations to you and Nancy! I let out a "yea!" when you said you asked Nancy to marry you! All the very best! Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Nancy! BTW that meal looked scrumptious. My Vinny made a "fish stew" for Christmas Eve as he does every Xmas Eve! And the appetizer looked very delicious and very familiar (you know Vinny is Italian right?) Again all the best to you and Nancy!
MARY: Thank you for the congratulations and best wishes. So you already live with an Italian named Vinny, any words of advice???

Mags said...FANTASTIC! The food looks fabulous and delicious an YAY FOR NANCY AND VINNY!!! I'm so happy for you and wish you the best of luck.
Cool idea with the place cards by the way-love the idea that it's all from the same picture.

Meribah said...Crikey! Knock the puppy over with a feather, why doncha? I DID NOT expect that at all...I mean, you had chocolate cream pie??? Yuuuum! LOL
Okay, okay, don't hit me, I meant the proposal, yes I did! Congratulations. You two are so sweet and I wish you both all sorts of happiness. Hugs!
MERI: Thanks puppy – you’re the best!

Joey said...As I said in the email!!
Mazel Tov, so happy for you two!!!
(that means congrats btw lol) :)
Cheers to a wonderful life ahead of you!!! Huggggggggggs
JOEY: OK so I didn’t know what Mazel Tov meant (I’m a born in the south - true southern bred lady) … glad the Yankee bailed me out! Thanks for the well wishes – truly appreciated.

Jay said...Congrats to Vinny and Nancy!
Great news dude! Well done.
JAY: Thanks! You are always welcome here - OB not Memphis ;-)

Ralph said...Wow, theses events are really special when you sweat the details like the onions, I'd guess...)
The menus and grab bags place the exclamation point on the night...
Except for your proposal to darlin' Nancy. That is the creme-du-creme, to use a food term. You have had a great year, and 2009 will be even more special!
PS: I love the Sun Records hat!
RALPH: It has truly been a great year … meeting new friends & finding a partner. TY for your sweet comments.

Roger said...Happy New Year Vin! I can't see the videos drat! Just my ISP I am sure.
ROGER: Happy New Year! Sorry you couldn’t see the videos.

Dana said...LMOO! Love the hat! Sounds like y'all had a wonderful time!
:gasp: You're getting married! WOO! WOO! WOO!
:blinks: Is that a Monkees album behind your head? This post is just getting better and better!
DANA: Don’t you just love Bond in a hat … It was a wonderful time for all!

Dana said...Holy crap!! I'm so glad I left this as unread in my reader and came back to watch it tonight.
You know Vinny (and Nancy), the two of you give me hope - hope that it can get better when I decide I deserve better! Thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
DANA: I’M glad you came back to watch too and very humbled if we give you hope that it can get better. You are an awesome lady and deserve only the best!

Tug said...YAY!!!! That's the news I thought I saw...MANY MANY CONGRATS to you both!
The vlog & slideshow were awesome - next time @ graceland though, I think you & Brad need to be wearing your blinged-out jumpsuits. ;-)
YAY!!!!!!! (k, I'm done)
TUG: Thanks for your many congrats …. Hmmmmm picturing Brad & Bond in blinged-out jumpsuits Bwahahahahahahaha!

Turnbaby said...
Just came back to make sure that the fabulous menu and effort were getting the attention they so richly deserved amongst all the congrats---all y'all should be really jealous;-)
I need Brad in the hat and the Graceland group pic!
You rawk you know--I told you that right?*grin*

Travis said...Outstanding! Pam and I send our best wishes to you both!
And it looks like you still had a great NYE party, even if a few guests didn't show.
I'll have to come back for the other video.
TRAVIS: My sincere thanks to you and Pam for your best wishes. Hope you get to see the video later.

Starrlight said...Well details better be forthcoming!
STARR: Now which details are you referring too? Some are shareable some maybe not ;-).

Twyla said...Yay!!! CONGRATS on the engagement!!! Woo hoo!
I am so far behind on things. LOL
TWYLA: Thanks!

Angell said...I'm sorry I'm behind here.
*glomptackles Bond and Nancy babies!*
I'm so excited for the two of you, and so happy!!
Congrats you guys.
ANGELL: I can relate to that feeling SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE – wow that felt good. TY for the congrats.

Roger said...
Hey I can see it!!! Congrats to you and Nancy WOOWOO! I didn't want to say anything till I saw the videos. Top notch editing to Vin, Graceland always wanted to stop never got the chance.
ROGER: Thanks for coming back to watch, and thanks for your congratulations.

M said...
Loved the videos and congratulations!!
M: Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for your congratulations.

Anonymous said...
Happy New Year Vinny and Nancy and Congratulations,hope you will be very happy
Terry and Paul Stabile
TERRY & PAUL: Vinny and I appreciate your taking the time to wish us well. We truly believe we will be.

Written by: Phil Silvers & Jimmy Van Heusen
From the Album: Sinatra's Sinatra (1963)

If I don't see her each day, I miss her
Gee, what a thrill each time I kiss her
Believe me, I've got a case
On Nancy, with the laughin' face

She takes the winter and she makes it summer
And summer could take a few lessons from her
Picture a tomboy in lace
That's Nancy with the laughin' face

Did you ever hear mission bells ringing?
Well, she'll give you the very same glow
When she speaks you would think it was singing
Just hear her say "hello"

I swear to goodness, you can't resist her
Sorry for you, she has no sister
No angel could replace
Nancy, with the laughin' face

27 Of Your Sparks

  1. Dana Says:
  2. Reading Nancy's comments was like watching the vlog again.

    And yes, bloggers do have the ability to present differing opinions peacefully - but once in a whail - well, you know!

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. What a beautiful and perfect song! I'm very happy for y'all!

  5. DrillerAA Says:
  6. Let me add my belated congratulations to you and your betrothed. Congratulations!!!
    I don't want to say I told you so, but I remember a meme you did several months back and one of the questions to the reader as, "Where do we see you in five years?" My answer for you was, married! Again, congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime together.

  7. Dianne Says:
  8. "nancy with the laughin' face"

    well now you up and done it
    I'm getting all sentimental and gushy
    I hate gushy ;)

    Nancy will always be the beautiful lady in the red coat to me - that was the first time I "met" her :)

    that discussion was still going on as of last night - I pulled back a little because I felt my own stand getting diluted in trying to remain moderator.

    I really love our community

  9. So, Vin - when you moved to Memphis, did you ever think your life would turn out as wonderfully as it seems to be going? What a joy it is for your friends to know that you have found such happiness.

    Heartiest congrats, again, to you and Nancy. You deserve your match made in heaven!

  10. I feel like a dunce. Obviously, for whatever reason I missed the vlog completely. I am very happy for the both of you. I don't think you read one of my New Year's post Vin. I put your pic in int and perdicted your wedding. I didn't know you'd announce it the next day! My best to you both. Cheers!

  11. OBLadyBug Says:
  12. I'll be on the road again today but wanted to send Hugs & Kisses to all!

  13. ...clever idea...comments IN a post...check out Nancy With The Laughing Face by our ol' pal Tony Bennett on his album "Perfectly Frank"...

  14. DANA: So very is not always hugs and kisses here in the bloggosphere...luckily it was so here yesterday

    DANA: HEY did you guys make a pact to post right after each other this is like the second time this week! THANKS!

    DRILLERAA: I remember that meme and your answer...THANKS

    DIANNE: Sorry for making you all gushy!

    SONGBIRD: I hoped, but I did not know...Thanks you dear friend

    BUD: LOL no worries dude - I did miss that post, but went back and found it and left a comment

    NANCY: Drive safe my love and good luck

    PHFRANKIE: I will do so Sir...

  15. BeckEye Says:
  16. Ah, I missed this news! I've been a bad blogger. I've actually had to do some work since I've been back from my holiday vacation!


  17. Jay Says:
  18. I'm a day late as usual.

    I enjoy seeing all the sides of an issue from everyone. It's always makes me rethink my position on things. Sometimes I even change my mind. Crazy huh?

  19. BECKEYE: Are you kidding me??? Thanks so much

  20. AtriaBooks Says:
  21. uh oh. Am I in trouble?

  22. DOC: I don't know....Nancy, is Doc in trouble?

  23. Maggie Moo Says:
  24. I agree with you that it's fantastic that (for the most part) people in the blog world can debate and respect each others opinions. It's wonderful.


    If you and Nancy end up doing a commercial (which you TOTALLY should do) you have to be sure to warn us. I think I might flip out if I didn't know and one day just saw you on TV!!

  25. Ken Says:
  26. That's pretty special...everybody got two answers back from their comment. Vinny and got a date yet?

  27. MAGS: LOL Match has asked us to write something up...I guess now is the time.

    MICKEY: We think all y'all are pretty special and no exact date yet...thinking May

  28. TopChamp Says:
  29. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh how did I miss this!???? I am sorry.

    Loving the Auld Lang Syne background music and the BIG smile on your face.

    (The fish stew looks amazing. Yum!)

    And the important bit!!!!


  30. Travis Cody Says:
  31. This is sort of like the blogger version of thank you cards.

    Congratulations again. You both deserve every happiness.

  32. Tug Says:
  33. heh...your fiance...SQUEEE!!

    Nancy, I totally expect pictures when the blinged jumpsuits happen!

  34. Sparky Duck Says:
  35. E A G L E S

  36. TOPCHAMP: Thanks so much TC...appreciate it

    TRAVIS: Exactly!

    TUG: heheheheh I giggled when I typed it!


  37. I need Dates and Times and Places cause if I can swing it I might have to do a 2 dayer in Tennessee. Providing I am invited of course ;)

    Of course I could just crash. I have a history of crashing weddings!

  38. Julie Says:
  39. Awww Nancy! You're too sweet to go over all these comments!

    Vinny! The song is perfecto!

    **kisses fingertips true Italian style and points south**

  40. RW Says:
  41. Great song Vin and fitting classic old school!

  42. Patti Says:
  43. To Nancy: I will let you in on my feelings next time, if I have any. :-D

    To Vinny: I no can hear the song about Nancy with the laughin' face.

  44. cc Says:
  45. and congrats to you and darling nancy, and on my birthday, well almost my birthday, when i was falling down d.r.u.n.k

    in the rain
    singing out my sunroof
    4 non blondes "what's going on"

    love to both of you

    can i bake the wedding cake

    and the grooms brownie cake?


    i am texting you my new phone #


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