Smoking Ju-Ju Juice with ‘The Gipper’

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‘Anatomy of a Rogue Wave’

Chapter Four

Don Roscoe met Ronald Reagan at the Hollywood Bowl. Don was acting as a scout for his father who had no say about who was cast in ‘Hellzapoppin’. There is this German Control thing. Don was checking out the Dinning Sisters who looked like they would be singing some of the tunes in the movie. Ron was hanging around in their dressing room in hope they would get him a job as a spokesperson for the Greyhound Bus Company. He was pouring it on as they got ready for their show.

“I think travel by bus is the wave of the future. Americans are ready to abandon their cars and their conceit that goes with. Individuality is in right now, but, too much freedom can be a bad thing.”

Don wondered why the  sister’s were ignoring Ron. As they filed past him on their way to the stage, they whispered him a individualized, but collective musical warning.

“He’s been smoking Ju-Ju Juice! said Ginger.

“He’s high on reefer!” whispers Jean – with a wink!.

“Whatever you do, don’t smoke Ju-Ju Juice with Ronny!” adds Lou.

All of a sudden, Ron has Don by the arm, and is leading him to the grassy knoll above the bowl.

“Come, lie down in the grass with me, and look up at the stars. If you stare up for a while, you’ll see them. Here, inhale some Ju-Ju Juice.!”

Don took a toke, and was surprised at the quality. Then, this popped out of the closet. “It’s true, gay men always have the best shit.”

“This is some good reefer! (Suuuuuuuuuh!) Where did you get it?”

“It’s not marijuana, it’s Ju-Ju Juice. There’s a big difference. Reefer makes you a real liberal and a slave to Communism, while Ju-Ju, enhances your free will and freedom of choice. Chosing to smoke Ju-Ju will prove to be a big first step for you. Wait and see.”

Don oppressed his homophobia, and listened the first tune the Dinning Sisters lay on their audience in the warm LA night. Don began to go on a little – excursion. Who’s driving this bus?

Don let out a chuckle when he saw it was Red Skelton dressed like a clown. He honked his horn and waved! All of a sudden, Ron’s elbow gives him a painful jab.

“Did you see that?” Ron shouts!

“See what?”

“The flying saucer! That one had its landing lights on!”

What reality Don had hoped to entertain – was gone with the wind! As he took in the sister’s next tune, he is grocking on American Imperialism and his friends in Cuba. Maybe they should move their gambling tables and slots to Brazil. And, awaaaay we go!

“You know, I have a fantasy about shooting Mussolini with my brother’s high-powered rifle with a German scope. They make the best optics is the world. I hate that communist!”

Don was about to explain to Ron Mussolini used to be a communist, but was now very anti-Communist, when, Ronny changed the dial;

“Do you know I am the only white man who has mastered the Big Namba language. It has great powers of seduction, I used it on the Dinning Sisters last night, and we all ended up in the sack together.”

It was all Don could do, to keep  himself from saying;

“Funny, the Dinning Sister’s and I had a great time in the sack together last night, with a couple of bottles of Seagram’s Seven.”

This is when Don heard the phrase ‘LA LA LAND” floating around in his brain. Where did that come from? He began to wonder if he did bed the Dinnings. Was he hallucinating? Ron is tripping. Or is he? Oh my God, is Ron telling the truth? I was in bed with a Faggot?

“I heard Bogie kicked your ass a week ago after he caught you and Lauren smoking a reefer stick together. Is this true? Why didn’t you fight back and kick that little braggart’s ass!”

This time Don just had to say something, but, then came the coup de grass.

“To turn around and a do a dope deal with her – took some real guts! When I become the President of the United States, you’ll be a member of my Cabinet.”

“Did you know I am a member of The Thousand Mile Club? “Leave the driving to us!” You got it buddy!” chortled Ronny, and jabbed Don in the ribs again.

“Tell me you didn’t see that one! I dare you!”

Jon Presco

Copyright 2015



Big Nambas (native name V’ənen Taut) is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 1,800 people (as of 1983[update]) in northwest Malekula, Vanuatu. Approximately nineteen villages in the Big Nambas region of the Malekula Interior use the language exclusively with no variation in dialect. It was studied in-depth over a period of about 10 years by missionary G. J. Fox, who published a grammar and dictionary in 1979.

The Dinning Sisters were an American sisters singing group, active from 1941 to 1955.

The trio consisted of Ella Lucille “Lou” Dinning (September 29, 1920 – April 28, 2000),[1][2] Jean Dinning (March 29, 1924 – February 22, 2011) and Virginia “Ginger” Dinning (March 29, 1924 – October 14, 2013).[3] Jean and Ginger were twins.

Lucille left the group in 1946 to be replaced by Jayne Bundeson who stayed until 1952. Lucille was married to composer and pop artist Don Robertson. She made several recordings for Capitol Records as Lou Dinning including duets with her husband Don. [4]

The sisters were born in Caldwell, Kansas, United States, and raised in Oklahoma.[5] From a family of nine children, all of whom sang harmony in church, the three sisters won amateur singing contests.[4] They first gained exposure on the NBC Radio show “Barn Dance”.[5] In 1943, the group was signed by Capitol Records to be that label’s answer to The Andrews Sisters,[5] who recorded exclusively for Decca Records. Lucille (Lou) Dinning once said, “Let’s face it, the Andrews Sisters were way ahead of us. We tried our darndest to be as commercial as they were, but weren’t flashy enough. We were all kind of shy. We came from a farm in Oklahoma. We never took dancing lessons or anything.”[6] The Dinnings sounded rather like The Andrews Sisters in fast-paced recordings such as the boogie-woogie influenced “Pig Foot Pete,” as well as “Down in the Diving Bell,” “The Hawaiian War Chant,” and “They Just Chopped Down the Old Apple Tree,”[7] an “answer” song to “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)“. The Dinning sound could also be compared, especially in slower ballads, to the soft blend of The Lennon Sisters, who appeared in the 1950s on The Lawrence Welk Show.[6]

The Dinning Sisters charted four hits during the 1940s, including two top 10 successes. The group received further exposure from their appearances in the films, That Texas Jamboree (1946)[8] and Throw a Saddle on a Star (1946).[5][9]



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