Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
1. I used to be an avid seamstress, and in college, made all my sorority formals.
2. I hate sushi. I have tried dozens of time to develop a taste for it, but it remains for me like being forced to eat peas when I was a kid. Wash it down, and try not to chuck it back up.
3. I was born pigeon toed and had casts on my legs beginning when I was only a couple of months old. The result was that I could talk beginning when I was 9 months old, but was nearly 2 years old before I could walk.
4. I like rollercoasters, but hate rides that spin.
5. I skipped 4th grade.
6. I have never been able to do a cartwheel.
7. I have a pioneer woman fantasy, where I live on a plot of land with lots of animals, and grow my own food.
8. I dislike most chick flicks.
Anybody else care to share any interesting/semi-interesting/uninteresting facts about themselves?
I have encountered some cool things over the last few days . . .
An older gentleman was riding past my house on a motorcycle with a side car - in the side car? His German Shepard . . .
The dogs and I were walking, and passed under a tree. There was a flurry of activity above us, and a hawk emerged to perch on a street sign. This was my closest view of a hawk . . .
I went to get a pedicure, and three women brought in 20 little girls to get their nails painted. I asked the little girl next to me (who was getting her toes painted green) what sort of group they were, but couldn't understand the answer . . .
I had lunch bought for me yesterday by my neighbor to pay off the bet as to which team would win the last Angels/Dodgers series . . .
My other neighbor has volunteered to organize my garage for me . . .
My mammogram results came back normal . . .
The only bummer? Today I go to the dentist!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I’ve been in a dating lull for quite some time (besides this blind date), but I met a nice fella when I was in Maui, and I might give this guy a call . . . hey, who knows? Even though motorcycles scare me . . .
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
I came home a bit early today, after a long week of work, and found Young Frankenstein on TV. Young Frankenstein, the 1974 comedy film directed by Mel Brooks, stars Gene Wilder as the title character. Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman also star. The screenplay was written by Brooks and Wilder.
Young Frankenstein is number 28 on Total Film Magazine's List of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films of All Time, number 56 on Bravo television network's list of the "100 Funniest Movies", and number 13 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest American movies of all time. In 2003, it was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the United States National Film Preservation Board, and selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
It is one of my favorite all time comedies, and one of the few movies for which I can remember quotes, including the following:
[Frankenstein, Igor and Inga in front of HUGE castle doors]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: What knockers.
Inga: Oh, thank you doctor.
Or, after the monster awakens and acts just a bit strange . . .
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Igor, would you mind telling me whose brain I did put in?
Igor: And you won't be angry?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby someone.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby Normal.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby Normal?
Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven and a half foot long, fifty-four inch wide GORILLA? [shakes and grabs him]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME?
What is your favorite movie comedy?
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This is an important, gripping and profoundly disheartening book. I’ve got about 2 hours left in the audible book, and sadly, know how it will end.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Which books and movies make you cry?
The first book that I can remember making me tear up was Charlotte's Web, when the spider dies. I also sob every time I read (or watch) To Kill a Mockingbird. Other movies that are guaranteed tear jerkers are Bambi (when Bambi's mum dies), and Brian's Song when Brian Piccolo passes away.
What turns your taps on?
Aimée's investigations take her into the heart of the unrest surrounding the political status of illegal Algerian immigrants, or sans-papiers. The government has decided to enforce a decree to deport the sans-papiers, and Bernard Berge, a low ranking government official, who is also a pied-noir, or Algerian-born French citizen, is called upon to do the dirty work. Given the situation these days with the debate over how to best deal with the illegal immigrant situation in America, I found this particularly interesting.
The jam-packed plot is some times hard to follow. I also found the intermittent presence of Yves, Aimée's fickle, and possibly married, lover, distracting, as is the frequent (and untranslated) use of French words and phrases, but Black's Paris, at times grimly threatening, is also wondrously vibrant:
"She wondered how Sylvie/Eugénie fit into the melange that swelled the boulevard: the Tunisian Jewish bakery where a line formed while old women who ran the nearby hammam conversed with one and all from their curbside café tables, the occasional rollerblader weaving in and out of the crowd, the Asian men unloading garments from their sliding-door Renault vans, the Syrian butchers with their white coats stained bloody pink, the tall, ebony Senegalese man in a flowing white tunic, prayer shawl, and blue jogging shoes with a sport bag filled with date branches, a well-coiffed French matron tugging a wheeled shopping cart, a short, one-eyed Arabe man who hawked shopping bags hanging from his arms, and the watchful men in front of the Abou Bakr Mosque near the Métro."
I enjoyed this book, even without having visited Paris in person for nearly 20 years.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
My pick for quirky, fun, summer series is Flight of the Conchords, Sunday nights on HBO.
According to HBO, "In the series premiere, transplanted New Zealanders Bret and Jemaine search for romance and gigs in New York City. At a party, Jemaine falls for Sally (who used to date Bret), but Bret spoils the moment back at their apartment. Meanwhile, their manager Murray shares his two-pronged plan for the band that includes making a music video, and Bret deals with the advances of Mel--the band's lone obsessed fan."
I watched it on the HBO website, and spent most of the 27 minutes laughing out loud. Check it out!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
Unfortunately, my father died 30 years ago, a little before my 16th birthday, but I have many fond memories of him. My love of sports can definitely be traced back to my father. I remember climbing the stairs of the LA Coliseum to the very last (and highest) row to watch Roman Gabriel and the Los Angeles Rams. We went to every single Angels' home game from the mid '60s to the early '70s. I remember going to CSULB with him to watch college basketball, and staying up on Friday nights to watch UCLA basketball games (this was in the John Wooden undefeated era) broadcast beginning at 11:30 pm, and going with my dad and brother to the drive-in to watch a James Bond triple feature. My all time favorite Christman present to this day was when I got my own fishing rod from my dad.
I also know he is rolling over in his grave every time I enter the voting booth and vote Democrat - sorry Dad! And Happy Father's Day!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I finally broke down and bought 2 new dog beds, since the old ones were flat, torn, and/or so dirty that the washing machine just wasn't enough to get it clean any more. Here Nanners and Noodles show off their new beds and new chew toys. The chew toys claim to be extra tough to tear apart - we'll see about that.
It's a gorgeous day here in So Cal, and I hope everybody else is having a nice weekend too!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
What do you have planned for the weekend?
Addendum - apparently you need to use teflon tape when you re-attach the trap - fortunately, my brother knew that and had some!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I found that this book holds up surprisingly well, even though written more than 40 years ago. Sure, there are a few colloquialisms that smack of the swinging ‘60s, but overall, McGee is as timeless as James Bond. In "Gold", we meet Mr. McGee as he is between jobs, living on his houseboat in Florida, (the Busted Flush - he won it in a card game) and enjoying the good life - good friends, cold beer, nubile young ladies lounging around the deck. He receives a surprise phone call from an old friend who left town 3 years before. When they meet up, Travis finds Sam world weary and looking like he has been ridden hard and put away wet one too many times. It becomes clear that he is involved in some illegal activities involving ancient artifacts, but also, that he wants to come clean and re-join his old life, including rekindling a romance with the woman he left behind. McGee returns with that woman to find Sam with his throat slit, and the only artifact in his possession missing.
McGee’s investigation takes him to New York, Mexico and California, and it become clear that what Sam was involved with was not just about money, but may also have grave political ramifications for the many Cubans who fled Cuba after the revolution . . .
MacDonald was a prolific author, writing more than 75 books, including more than 20 in the Travis McGee series, all of which include a color in the title. I look forward to enjoying more adventures with Travis McGee.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I really enjoyed this book, which was written in 1965, and its colorful descriptions ("Like Pa always said, Wish in one hand and pee in the other and see which hand gets full the quickest"), and characters. The story revolves around Mordecai Jones, the Flim Flam Man, and his brief partnership with Curley Treadaway, a young man AWOL from the army. They meet while Jones is being unceremoniously evicted from the moving freight train that Curley hoped to catch. Curley quickly realizes this isn’t just any old tramp, this is THE Flim Flam Man, rumored to have escaped from a Georgia prison. Initially, they con a storekeeper with some 3 card Monte to get enough money for food and the basics, and from there plan to pull off enough cons to get themselves each a $500 stake. Ostensibly they are heading towards Wilmington, but they never get far from the tobacco fields and small towns around Cape Fear, North Carolina. The book, for me, has a real depression era feel to it - but for a few references to the Korean War and television, I would have placed the story in the ‘30s.
This book was fairly hard to track down, but I highly recommend it!
Sure, the elections may be many months away, but you wouldn't know it by the amount of campaigning and fundraising activity across the country. In my travels, it came to my attention that 2 of the countries in which I recently travelled - Peru and Ecuador - have mandatory voting requirements. In other words, all able bodied persons of voting age, MUST vote, (and they are provided with proof, which is probably more durable than the "I voted!" sticker we receive at my local polling place) or you become ineligible for government services. So for instance, without this proof, you cannot register your car.
Do you think mandatory voting should be instituted in the United States (or in Canada for our north of the border friends)?
Sunday, June 03, 2007
So this morning was my latest venture into the world of athletics - the Playa del Run 5k run at Bolsa Chica. First off, I'd like to point out to Editthis that I carved a whopping 45 seconds off my previous personal best for the year of 38:15, and came in at 37:30.
Ok, so I didn't reach my goal of 36 minutes, but I also showed up this morning with a bit of poor planning behind me. Maybe drinking yesterday from 11 am to 5 pm (I went to a wedding, I wasn't sitting home alone) wasn't the best race preparation. Maybe not eating anything since the noon wedding buffet the previous day was not the best way to "carbo load". Maybe running twice in the past couple of months wasn't quite enough training. Nevertheless, I cowboyed up, and ran the whole thing. My friends and I rewarded ourselves in the usual way - a heavy, fat and calorie laden breakfast and cocktails. So, in retrospect, making out like I'm an athlete has some redeeming values . . .
Saturday, June 02, 2007
I did quite a bit of reading while on vacation, (oh, the luxury of laying in bed with a good book and a strong cup of coffee) and hope to post my reviews of a couple of books this week - The Ballad of the Flim Flam Man by Guy Owen for the Southern Reading Challenge, and A Deadly Shade of Gold by John D. MacDonald for Liz’s Summer Mystery Reading Challenge. I liked them both alot.
Sunset over Molokai . . .
Had a great time in Maui, though I have now learned that someone got hold of my credit card number while in Hawaii, and is apparently enjoying some online gaming . . . . Citibank picked it up pretty early, so the fraudulent charges are pretty minimal, and the card has been cancelled. I did quite a bit of snorkelling, and hope my underwater photos will be worth posting.
This morning I'm off to a wedding, and tomorrow a 5k . . . I already feel like I need another vacation! Hope everyone has good things planned for this weekend.