Wednesday, May 25, 2011


While training for combat on the fields of Yale University in 1917, Private J. Robert Conroy found a brindle puppy with a short tail. He named him "Stubby", and soon the dog became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. He learned the bugle calls, the drills, and even a modified dog salute as he put his right paw on his right eyebrow when a salute was executed by his fellow soldiers. Stubby had a positive effect on morale, and was allowed to remain in the camp, even though animals were forbidden. When the division shipped out for France aboard the SS Minnesota, Private Conroy smuggled Stubby aboard. Discovered by the CO, Stubby was allowed to remain after giving him a salute. When the Yankee Division headed for the front lines in France, Stubby was given special orders allowing him to accompany the Division to the front lines as their official mascot. The 102nd Infantry reached the front lines on the 5 February 1918. Stubby soon became accustomed to the loud rifles and heavy artillery fire. His first battle injury occurred from gas exposure; he was taken to a nearby field hospital and nursed back to health. The injury left him sensitive to the tiniest trace of gas. When the Division was attacked in an early morning gas launch, most of the troops were asleep. Stubby recognized the gas and ran through the trench barking and biting at the soldiers, rousing them to sound the gas alarm, saving many from injury. Stubby also had a talent for locating wounded men between the trenches of the opposing armies; he would listen for the sound of English and then go to the location, barking until paramedics arrived or leading the lost soldiers back to the safety of the trenches. He even caught a German soldier mapping out the layout of the Allied trenches. The soldier called to Stubby, but he put his ears back and began to bark. As the German ran, Stubby bit him on the legs, causing the soldier to trip and fall. He continued to attack the man until the United States soldiers arrived. For capturing an enemy spy, Stubby was put in for a promotion to the rank of Sergeant by the commander of the 102nd Infantry. He became the first dog to be given rank in the United States Armed Forces. Later, Stubby was injured during a grenade attack, receiving a large amount of shrapnel in his chest and leg. He was rushed to a field hospital and later transferred to a Red Cross Recovery Hospital for additional surgery. When Stubby became well enough to move around at the hospital, he visited wounded soldiers, boosting their morale. By the end of the war, Stubby had served in 17 battles. He led the American troops in a pass and review parade and later visited with President Woodrow Wilson. He visited the White House twice and met Presidents Harding and Coolidge. Stubby was awarded many medals for his heroism, including a medal from the Humane Society which was presented by General John Pershing, the Commanding General of the United States Armies. He was awarded a membership in the American Legion and the Y.M.C.A. When his master, J. Robert Conroy, began studying law at Georgetown University, Stubby became the mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas. He died in 1926.


Saturday, May 21, 2011


No one speaks more to arbitrary injustices and the perils of modern life more than Biggy. Whether it's selling crack cocaine on the mean NY streets as a teen, attending parties with the intention of finding a lady to give birth to his children, or merely just spending time with his pets and quandering the non sequiturs of life one thing is certain - you don't need pants.

So wear this shirt as it was intended to be worn, pants-less and proud.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Summer is here and so is TUF TAPE #2. This installment sets your cruise control to "smooth" as Tuf friend DJ Rick Moranis(Sarah D) makes easy listening easy to listen to. Soft at times, hard at times but never so hard as to harsh your mellow. Like Susan Dey in a leather jacket. So break out the leisure wear, heat up the fondue pot, and invite your swinger neighbors over and hope they bring coke. This summer is going to be soft and easy.

Tuf E Nuf Mixtape Vol II by tufenuf
Listen in your browser or download it for keepers.

Tracklisting -

Ozark Mountain Daredevils - If You Wanna Go To Heaven
Little River Band - Reminiscing
Clout - Feel My Need
Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love
Al Stewart - Time Passages
Toto - I'll Supply The Love
Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' For You
'Eagles Of Death Cab' Interlude - Big Lebowski
Kenny Loggins ft. Stevie Nicks - Whenever I Call You Friend
Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right
Cecilio And Kapano - Goodnight and Good Morning
Firefall - You Are The Woman
'Kiss & Co' Interlude - Detroit Rock City
Bee Gees - Love You Inside Out
Peabo Bryson - Minute By Minute
Seawind - Love Him, Love Her
Robbie Dupree - Steal Away
'Wide Interload' - Boogie Nights
Walter Egan ft. Stevie Nicks - Magnet And Steel
Ace - How Long
Player - Baby Come Back
'Trippin' Interlude - Detroit Rock City
Rupert Holmes - Answering Machine
'Pussy Song Reference' - The Stoned Age
'All The Ol' Dudes' - Big Lebowski

If you're Tuf in SF you can catch Sarah (DJ Rick Moranis) every 2nd Friday over at Pop's Bar for her set Be Excellent To Each Other and every so often at the soft rock night Sailing every Monday at Doc's Clock.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


In the cold, indifferent eyes of the multiverse you are merely a passing moment clawing for meaning. A spider in a bathtub. Control is an illusion created by your frightened mind. Death rolls the dice alone and no matter how many times he does the number remains the same. Now, you could let this soul-crushing existential notion put a noose around your neck OR you could just suck it up, buy this shirt, and wait it out like everyone else -

I chose the first option this morning but then had some coffee, felt much better, and put on my DIE shirt. Time to roll the rock up the hill again.