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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Maybe You Had to Be There ...

A few years ago we went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a short vacation. It was fairly cold. We were in a hotel on the 8th floor.

One evening it was mild and breezy, so we opened the sliding glass doors onto the balcony. We could barely hear the waves but the air was fresh and mild. Peacefully we sat and enjoyed the calm quiet ... until ....

From the patio below us there arose a very loud drunken man's voice, singing karaoke to the song "That's Life" at the top of his lungs, off-key and insistently emphatic, especially on the lines "I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king ... I've been up and down and over and out ... And I know one thing: ... Each time I find myself flat on my face,I just pick myself up and get back in the race ... "

We have laughed about that ever since, but of course no one else has that association with the song.

Well, at yoga last week, all the students were lying quietly in savasana (flat on the back on the floor), when a certain drumbeat started, emanating from the bar down the street. I could not help paying attention, as it was that throb of "... a puppet, a pirate ... " etc. I tried my best not to burst out laughing.

Just goes to show you, the atman (the Witness in the heart) has a sense of humor!

Secret Agent Man featuring Nokie Edwards With Chicchi

Love this version.

The Original Secret Agent Man

To see this song set to clips from the TV show "Chuck" (one of my faves), click here!

Secret Agent Man

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

And Now, For Something Completely Different ...

The naturopathic physician has asked me to refrain from eating dairy for at least two weeks, to see if that is causing any problems in my system.*

Today I did not drink much tea, because I am accustomed to drinking it with milk, but a little while ago I bought almond milk at the health food store, and used it in my tea instead of cow milk. Interesting delicious flavor. English Breakfast tea, almond milk and Stevia Plus sweetener. Surprisingly good!

I can only hope this helps me and I start to feel energetic and that my plantar fasciae will be less inflamed.

*Yes, I tried to explain that I am from Wisconsin and that means consumption of dairy foods is compulsory for me, but she would have none of it!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Da Toot

Did it make a big difference? BWAHAHAHA!

Vanity Thy Name is Bicuspid

What they saw ...

What I saw ...

I had a followup visit with the dentist for the jaw spicule, which was okay. Then I said, hey this one tooth looks dark when I smile*, but I would not do anything unless it is covered by insurance. They looked at it and decided it had some decay under the existing filling, had an opening in the afternoon, and I went in. Well, it had decay indeed, and now I have to have a crown put on.

So, the moral of the story is, kiddies, vanity can serve health!

*you can see the dark tooth in the blog post below ... "Laugh!"

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pretty Flowahs?

These pretty flowers are mushrooms I saw today on my walk with The Bear. We also saw a pair of Cooper's Hawks turning in the sky, looking for hapless rodents. It is a beautiful day!


I was just sitting here, listening to Radio Paradise on the computer, and reading The Funny Times, when I came across this item from the Harper's Index:

"Number of marijuana plants found under cultivation inside Miami's Mall of the Americas in August: 360"

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ten Best American Movies .... maybe ...

In the International Herald Tribune there was a listing (from Stanley Fish) of the ten best American movies of all time: You decide if they would be your picks as well:

1. The Best Years of Our Lives (OH YEAH)
2. Sunset Blvd. (DEFINITELY)
3. Double Indemnity (PRETTY DARN GOOD, YES)
4. Shane (AWWW)
5. Red River (have not seen it!)
9. Meet Me in St. Louis (NO WAY)
10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (ONE OF THE BEST)


I have changed this blog to the new setup and a lot of things kinda got swallowed up in the process. SORRY!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Who ARE the Bad Guys?

One of Osprey's blog posts features Bill Maher making a plea for sanity and against religion; view it
here. He has a point, and a lot of things that seemed reasonable during humanity's history have been unmasked in the preceding century, because of the unprecedented expansion, mechanization and automation of war.

Religion is definitely one source of the madness that other people are not like us, but there are more. Consider nationalism, for example.
"My country, right or wrong" = Reasonable or Unreasonable?
"I am only following orders" = Reasonable or Unreasonable?

Racism is another form of this insane idea.

"THEY don't think like US" = Reasonable or Unreasonable?
"THEY are not ready for freedome" = Reasonable or Unreasonable?

Sexism is the hippo in the parlor.
"THEY are all fools" = Reasonable or Unreasonable?
"THEY are the cause of all OUR problems" = Reasonable, or Unreasonable"

SO ....

Along with Religion we need to throw out the following biases:

Maybe then we could live in peace?

Imagine there's no ... well, you know the song.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Oatmeal Crispies

For some reason most people seem to prefer soft oatmeal cookies, many with raisins. I, on the other hand, would kill for one of these oatmeal crispies (clipped out of my ancient Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from the 60s):

Oatmeal Crispies

1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 well-beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Thoroughly cream shortening and sugars; add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Sift dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture. Add oats and nuts. Mix well. Shape in rolls, chill thoroughly (I never do). Slice 1/4 inch thick (likewise, I ignore this part; I just make them as drop cookies). Bake on ungreased cooky sheet in moderate oven (350 degrees) 10 minutes. Makes 5 dozen.

I simply CANNOT throw this recipe out. These cookies are ecstasy in round form. Good warm, cool, whatever. Eat them all in one sitting and then call me.

Blogging is its own Reward

I am a person of many notebooks and sketchbooks, but never truly kept a journal with any consistency. Blogging has given me a nice combination of sketchbook and journal, so I am looking back over the year 2008 to see what I can see.

January: Computer woes
February: Laptop
March: Composter!
April: La Boheme
May: Environment
June: Flowers
July: Tropical storms
August: Hurricane Gustav
September: Yellowstone, Hurricane Ike
October: Painting
November: Holiday feasts at our house
December: Holiday parties, Christmas with family all here

A relatively uneventful year, thank goodness. The computers are both running well, the composter moved outside, the back garden was torn apart and then sun-blasted, but it will recover. The fence has not been replaced yet.

I successfully cooked for and hosted both Thanksgiving and Christmas with the family, plus we had a big holiday party. I did not lose my mind doing any of these events (that IS remarkable)!

May we all have a healthy, happy new year.