Go nuts for Fantasy Donuts in Biloxi

Fantasy Donuts

By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

Go nuts for Fantasy Donuts in Biloxi.

I am.

The new shop is on Pass Road just west of Rodenberg Avenue and it’s on the south side of Pass. I recognized a landmark nearby, a place that used to be called Kelly’s back in the day. It was a bar where high school students were allowed to hang out, and there was some form of gambling in the back of the establishment.

I’m sure very few people remember the Kelly’s location, but Fantasy Donuts is to spot because of its signage, and once you get inside, you will see treats better than anything at Dunkin’ Dounts and Krispy Kreme, which is Krispy Kreme is celebrating its 80th anniversary Friday, July 14, with this deal: A dozen glazed for 80 cents. I wouldn’t take a dozen Krispy Kremes if they were for free.

At Fantasy Donuts, I went for a fritter and a glazed twist to take home for breakfast, and the guy at the counter threw in a cinnamon roll for free.

The menu is straightforward. I have no idea where the name Fantasy comes from. There are no Katsuwatch kolaches,  Kingdom Rush croissants, Zodiac glazed and whatnot.

You can get the basics and there is a lot to choose from. So go nuts for the doughnuts.

Fantasy Donuts
You deserve your own bag of doughnuts. What would you get?/JOHN BIALAS

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Summer scenes on 22nd Street in Gulfport

By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

You never know what you will see on 22nd Street, a mostly residential two-mile east-west stretch that runs into 25th Avenue in Gulfport.

I drive on it every day because it is in my neighborhood of Broadmoor, and if I take my time, I will spot something interesting, unusual or humorous.

Here are scenes from the past few days.

A revival near the old Swahili Lounge in Soria City

The tent hours before the revival

A Mississippi State Bulldog or a Georgia Bulldog?

1917 mailbox: Centennial or address?

World famous? Do they even have snowball customers?

A gold mine on wheels

Warning signs across from Word of Faith Christian Center

What catches you eye in and around your neighborhood? Email me at bialasj@gmail.com and I’ll post your answer.

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$10 Ivanka Trump dresses at Dirt Cheap

By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

There are $10 Ivanka Trump dresses at Dirt Cheap in Gulfport.

Pamela Hampton posted that message on Facebook on Monday, and since I was headed to Highway 49 north of I-10, I stopped at Dirt Cheap two hours later to get two pictures of one of the heavily discounted dresses.

I found a $138 dress and the discount was 80 percent.

I’m not good at math and I have never bought a dress, but that sounds like a great deal if you’re into that sort of thing.

I’m more of a Stella McCartney guy anyway. I didn’t see any dresses from the designer.

If I had, I would have bought a Stella dress for my daughter, though the retail price probably would have been $2,300 and perhaps the discount would have been just 30 percent. Even at 30 percent, it would have been Dirt Expensive.

 

 

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Know a home more patriotic than this?

By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

I’ve never seen a home more patriotic than the one just a few blocks west of our house in Gulfport.

I call it “Merica.” Sun Herald writer Paul Hampton calls it “Home of the Brave.”

That name is far better than mine.

The red, white and blue house is on 13th Avenue south of the Gulfport Little Theatre, which is south of Pass Road, and it looks this way year-round.

It has an All-American driveway, signage, star and stripes and decorated statues with inspirational slogans.  The mailbox and trash can are  also red, white and blue. I’m surprised the grass isn’t red, white and blue.

Every day there looks like a celebration of America’s birthday.

 

 

 

 

I think you have to be brave to even consider knocking on the door of the house. Maybe the owners are private people and would consider a friendly stranger a nuisance.

If the owners are sociable folks, it would be a great idea for them to charge admission and give people a tour of the exterior as well as the interior.

Perhaps they have a red, white and blue TV that plays 24-7 and 365  a colorized version of the 1942 James Cagney film “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” I would pay admission to find out.

 

 

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I miss Andy Devine

By JOHN E. BIALAS
As we celebrate Independence Day, I miss Andy Devine and other great Americans.
I grew up watching these Americans in Westerns on TV and in the movies during innocent times. We had no worries except for fears the Commies might bomb us because the nuns at our Catholic elementary school in Biloxi told us so.
This was around 1962. Thank God we had “The Alamo,” “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “How The West Was Won, “4 for Texas,”  ” Sergeants 3″ and “McLintock!”
Who else do I miss?
  • I miss Nick Adams
  • I miss James Arness
  • I miss Gene Autry
  • I miss Gene Barry
  • I miss Dan Blocker
  • I miss Ward Bond
  • I miss Richard Boone
  • I miss Walter Brennan
  • I miss Edgar Buchanan
  • I miss Spring Byington
  • I Miss Henry Calvin
  • I miss Harry Carey Jr.
  • I miss Chuck Connors
  • I miss Gary Cooper
  • I miss Gail Davis
  • I miss Jack Elam
  • I miss Gabby Hayes
  • I miss Hugh O’Brian
  • I miss Guy Madison
  • I miss Dean Martin
  • I miss Doug McClure
  • I miss Clayton Moore
  • I miss Audie Murphy
  • I miss Ricky Nelson
  • I miss Steve McQueen
  • I miss Maureen O’Hara
  • I miss Jane Russell
  • I miss Fess Parker
  • I miss Harry “Tonto” Smith (born in Canada, but America loved him)
  • I miss Claire Trevor
  • I miss Forrest Tucker
  • I miss John Wayne
  • I miss Guy Williams
  • I miss Chill Wills
  • I miss Roy Rogers
  • I miss Dale Evans
  • I miss Pat Brady
  • I miss Nellybelle

As I finish writing this, I’m thinking of one my favorite songs when I was a kid:  “Western Movies” by The Olympics. It represents the popularity of the genre back in the 1950s.

And the photograph with this post is a free download that represents the tradition of Westerns.

Do you miss Andy Devine or are you from a generation that never heard of the raspy-voiced character actor who appeared in more than 400 films? Shoot me an email at bialasj@gmail.com. Before you do, you might enjoy watching this August 1952 episode of the TV show “What’s My Line?”

July the Fourth Be With You

By JOHN E. BIALAS

July the Fourth Be With You.

That’s my wish to you in case I forget to tell you on Tuesday, the holiday.

“Star Wars” celebrations don’t have to be limited to May the Fourth, when fans of the movie series unite to observe a play on words.

Enjoy the red, white and blue and all you do on Independence Day, which is not to be confused with the Will Smith movie that has been called the 1990s “Star Wars.”

When you take a break from your patriotic activities, channel your Luke Skywalker and do a green lightsaber dance just like wbb in the picture with this post.

Perhaps someday I will teach wbb the connection between “Star Wars” and the Fourth of July. I guess this is what you do in retirement.

The memes are plentiful. Here are a few examples:

  • Happy Force of July:  Star Wars has SO much to do with America’s independence
  • The Darth Vader American flag head
  • The George Washington Revolutionary War lightsaber battle
  • The Lady Liberty Wookie
  • Stormtrooper fireworks display

Tilly has no interest in “Star Wars,” but she went to a meme generator to put together this photo that strives to be in the spirit of the Fourth.

 

 

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What’s going on with Louie & The Redhead?

By JOHN E. BIALAS

What’s going on with Louie & The Redhead Lady?

This question about the Cajun and Creole restaurant is nothing new.

The restaurant originated in Mandeville, Louisiana, on the New Orleans Northshore, where it operated for a few years,  before moving to Bay St. Louis in 2015. It stayed there for about a year, then opened in Gulfport earlier this year.

So what’s going on with Louie and The Redhead Lady now?

I’m certain that was asked before the owners made their moves from Mandeville to Bay St. Louis to Gulfport.

Their Gulfport location on 30th Avenue near downtown has handwritten “closed” signs posted at its two entrances.

I hope it’s not closed for good. I’ve never been to the restaurant in any of its incarnations, but was looking forward to trying one of its egg dishes or one of its Creole lunch specials until I saw the “closed” signs. Now I’ve given up.

The last Yelp  review was posted June 12 and I’ve had no luck getting to the restaurant’s website.

Who has been to Louie & the Redhead? Anybody have any clues about the fate of this restaurant?

Shoot me an email at bialasj@gmail.com and I’ll post your answers if you are OK with that.

Snickers candy bars satisfy hunger for words

Who collects Snickers candy bars?

I do. With all the free time I have in four months of retirement so far, I’ll go through boxes of Snickers at the grocery store in search of just one thing that will satisfy me: A strong descriptive word.

I like candy, though I’m more of an M&M’s and Nestle Crunch fan. I like words, too, and Snickers bars have words I really like. I also like the wrappers’ font, typography and blue letters with a white background.

The words appear on the wrappers in an ongoing ploy to get customers to buy more of the candy bars.

I was going to say chew on that with your sweet tooth, but I might have to edit that out before I publish this.

I’m not interested in eating the candy. I’m interested in collecting the wrappers, and here are my favorite words so far.

 

Some of these words describe me. The other words might describe you, and I think I know you.

All I’m missing is  IRASCIBLE to complete my collection.

What is your favorite word on the wrapper of a Snickers candy bar? What word would you like to see on a  wrapper? Shoot me an email at bialasj@gmail.com

 

 

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Who is oldest player in BIG3 League?

By JOHN E. BIALAS

The oldest player in the new BIG3 League scored just 8 points in his team’s first game Sunday, but he hit two big shots down the stretch in a victory at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is the oldest player and his team, the 3-Headed Monsters, beat the Ghost Ballers 62-60. The screen grab above shows the game’s scoring timeline.

Abdul-Rauf was a spectacular outside shooting point guard known as Chris Jackson when he starred at Gulfport High School in Mississippi and at LSU. He grew up in the Soria City neighborhood of Gulfport, just west of my neighborhood, and would shoot playground hoops at Second Street Park.

As a sportswriter, I just might have covered one or two or three of his high school games.

Some people thought he would become the next Isiah Thomas in the NBA, though he was more like Stephen Curry long before anyone knew Dell Curry had any children.

Abdul-Rauf played nine seasons in the NBA, most of them with the Denver Nuggets, who made him the third pick overall in the 1990 NBA draft. He changed his name to Abdul-Rauf in 1993 after converting to Islam in 1991.

On Sunday, he stood with his teammates and prayed during the national anthem, a practice going back to the 1995-96 season with the Nuggets, when he was suspended one game for sitting out the anthem because of his belief the American flag is a symbol of oppression.

Abdul-Rauf was 29 then and is 48 now, part of a traveling 3-on-3 pro basketball show that will tour the country this summer.

This is the eighth pro league for Abdul-Rauf, a global traveler who played in six countries (the last in Japan in 2011) after his NBA career.

The BIG3 League has eight teams featuring such former NBA players as Abdul-Rauf, Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Mike Bibby, Bonzi Wells and Kenyon Martin. Xavier Silas, 29, is the youngest player in the league and Jerome Williams, 44, is the second-oldest.

Four Sunday games are scheduled at each stop and they are aired on FS1 on Mondays. If you watch the telecasts, you might even see 4-point shots, one of the league’s innovations.

Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Lexington, Kentucky, are among the other tour stops and Las Vegas will host the championship Aug. 26.

Abdul-Rauf’s coach in the BIG3 League is Gary Payton, also 48 years old and like Abdul-Rauf a member of the 1990 NBA draft class.

And where was Payton selected? The Seattle SuperSonics made Payton the second pick overall, one spot ahead of Abdul-Rauf.

 

 

 

It’s time to play the game Tilly or not Tilly?

It’s time to play the popular Facebook game known as Tilly or not Tilly?

Is that Tilly in the photo?  The picture was taken Sunday, June 25, at 4 p.m. Or is that a big old girl from Chattanooga, Tennessee? Chattanooga is close to the town where Tilly was born in 2013.

Email me with your answer and I’ll see what happens.