Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Well, it's almost 0730 here on the right edge of the Pacific, which means it's about 1830 over in Iraq ( World Clock - Time Zones ) and, so far, so good with the election. Let's hope that the ambiance stays nonexplosive and that the turnout stays high.
I'm just wondering what the minimum legal voting age is in Iraq :-)
Monday, December 12, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I am very thankful on many, many levels that so much has changed in the past sixty-four years.
See http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2005/12/07/the-attack-on-pearl-harbor-remembered-64-years-later/ for a whole lot of useful and interesting links.
Monday, November 28, 2005
This is a nice pic of a different mountain, Mt. Cook in New Zealand. It is, I fear, much more dramatic than Mt. Sellery, but, what the hey:
Friday, November 25, 2005
Further to the Thanksgiving post below, Rich Galen has assembled all four of the "Freedom" covers that Norman Rockwell painted for the "Saturday Evening Post" in 1943. Pretty neat and, for me, a bit nostalgic.
From the top, "Freedom to Worship", "Freedom from Want", "Freedom of Speech" and "Freedom from Fear."
Those were simpler times, although in the middle of World War II.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
I am certain that at least fifteen other people besides me in the entire English-speaking world know about the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Gateshead, UK, but I just became aware of it.
Built to celebrate the Millennium in 2000, it was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Gifford & Partners Engineers, for the City of Gateshead, which is located across the River Tyne from the much-better-known City of Newcastle (kind of like Oakland sitting across the Bay from San Francisco.) All this in northeast England.
The supporting structural arch appears to be inclined about 30 degrees from the vertical, and the pedestrian-bicycle bridgeway curves horizontally away from straight across, carried by tension strands from the overhead arch. Quite an engineering feat, and definitely striking in appearance. But, wait!
To permit passage for river boat traffic, several times a day the whole darned thing pivots on its end points to form a double-arched gateway over the river. It is truly an aesthetic and engineering marvel!
I am so impressed that I may make a special trip to Gateshead on my next English vacation.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Anyway, Norman Rockwell painted the quintessential image way back in 1943. "Freedom from Want." Behold...
(That just might be Norman himself in the lower right corner.)
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Yesterday I finally refilled the tank, after 382 miles, with 15.578 gallons of regular. That's 24.5 mpg.
Not bad for a big car with a big whumping 3.5 liter 6 cylinder engine.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
"Some folks ask me what the transition was like from NASCAR reporter to
political reporter. It's easy. In one, you try to explain to your readers the
significance of grown-ups getting paid exorbitant amounts of money to go around
in circles indefinitely, always turning left. In the other, you get to
interview racecar drivers."
I think that's funny. But, that's just me.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Hunting the White Truffle by Maureen Barry | Travel Reviews from Travel Intelligence
We're having a bit of fun here, celebrating the October-November season for hunting truffles in Central and Northern Italy.
I haven't figured out how to put two links into one posting of the blog. Sorribouthat.
Enjoy your Tartufo anyway!
This year's price is only US$120/oz.
Just opened a bag of Purina "Friskies-Dental Diet", which Morris, our cat, dearly loves. I happened to notice the admonition printed thereon:
BEST IF USED BY MAR 2007
You just have to wonder what they put in that stuff.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
We spent two nights this past week in the Santa Ynez Valley just North of the city of Santa Barbara, and the short trip was definitely an eye opener.
I had known that the Central Coast of California grew a lot of grapes but I had thought them to be mostly for bulk wine and the like. No such thing!
We based ourselves at the Ballard Inn ( www.ballardinn.com ) in Ballard CA and started with a wine tasting at the Inn featuring local Syrah and Pinot Noir wines. Dinner followed at the Hitching Post 2 in Buellton, a restaurant/bar made famous in the movie "Sideways." Below is the Ballard dining room with the "ladies is red scarves" on display:
We got smart and used a driver on Wednesday to visit a very few of the many wineries in the neighborhood. These included Cottonwood Canyon (www.cottonwoodcanyon.com), Bridalwood (www.bridlewoodwinery.com), Firestone (www.firestonewine.com), Firestone's neighbor, Curtis (www.curtiswinery.com) (the Curtis daughter married into the Firestone family, quite some time ago) and Bedford/Thompson (www.bedfordthompsonwinery.com). Below is a bit of the Bridlewood Winery.
A superb dinner at the Ballard Inn followed. Their chef is famous and the food was really special. Please see their web site for the dining room menu.
And we closed with a picnic lunch under the oaks on the lawn of Fess Parker's sumptuous winery on Zaca Mesa Road.
All this is not merely to drop names and demonstrate that I'm learning (slowly) how to make Blogger work for me.
It's much more to say that winery watching in California these days is much more than a tour of the Napa Valley. Now there's the Sonoma Valley, the Gold Country, and Santa Ynez!
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
An item yesterday on Unicef's Smurf snuff film stated that Belgians speak Belch. While this is the language of the French-speaking parts of Belgium, large parts of the country speak a variant of Dutch known as Phlegm. We regret the omission.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Friday, September 02, 2005
And then, just because of nostalgia:
Okay, you caught me. I really do like to collect nice images. Both of the above are from pbase.com. Thanks to that service.
(Update. This thing composed well with text, pic, text, pic, text, but it doesn't publish that way. If only I knew someone at Blogger or Google. Sigh.)(Oh, well.)
Friday, August 19, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
So, after Golf Lessons we headed North across the Benicia Bridge and into downtown Benicia, on the water at the foot of 1st Street. Cool weather, lots of pleasant wind rushing off the Bay and up the Delta, and the seagulls loved it.
The food wasn't bad either!