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The Bush administration apparently doesn’t like the essential ingredient to one of my favorite salad dressings – Roquefort cheese. So, before turning off the lights and heading to Texas, George slapped a 300 percent duty on the real deal. This pretty much means we will either have to pay through the nose for the stinky delight, or do without. I sure hope you enjoy your Velveeta, George.

Legend has it that the cheese was discovered when a young shepherd, eating his lunch of bread and ewes’ milk cheese, saw a beautiful girl in the distance. Abandoning his meal in a nearby cave, he ran to meet her. When he returned a few months later, the mold had transformed his plain cheese into Roquefort.

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Strange

I don’t think this was intended, but a strange thing happens when you scroll this photo from Kim Holterman rapidly up and down. The building seems to “pulse.” Hope it’s not just me (it’s pretty early in the morning) and others see this too.

 

 

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Police say the car, a Skoda Octavia, flew some 30 meters (98 feet) before landing in the roof seven meters (23 feet) off the ground.

If you are going to wreck, you might as well do it right. Police are awaiting tests to see if alcohol was involved. My guess is it was probably a factor, along with luck. If the church roof hadn’t caught the car, the landing might have been a little rougher.

Police on Monday were trying to figure out exactly how a 23-year-old driver in a town near Chemnitz managed to crash his car into a church roof seven meters off the ground.

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Kaiserschmarrn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediakaiserchmarrn

Kaiserschmarrn (“Kaiser”, meaning “Emperor’s” and “Schmarrn” is “Mishmash” in Austrian German) is one of the best know Austrian desserts, popular in the former Austria–Hungary as well  as in Bavaria. In Hungary it is called “császármorzsa” or simply “smarni”. The translation of Kaiserschmarrn has generated some etymological debate. While “Kaiser” is literally translatable as Emperor, the same cannot be said for “Schmarrn”. “Schmarrn” has been translated as a mishmash, a mess, crumbs, a trifle, a nonsense, a fluff or even as a mild expletive.

Gerda made Kaiserschmarrn yesterday from a recipe she found in the German language WIKIBOOKS. Unfortunately, there isn’t an English version of this same recipe. The other recipies I found don’t really come close, but I can translate this one if someone wants it. 

It may be interesting to learn how this Austrian dessert or light meal became known as Kaiserschmarrn. To me though, the only important thing to know is there is no better way to combine eggs, flour and milk. If I were a condemned man, this is what I would want for my last meal.

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Here’s one item on the President’s agenda I can check on myself. I can’t really influence spending, but I can see if there is a change in how government employees spend public money. I’ll give it about three months and see if there has been any change in the way our agency spends money.

We’ll launch an unprecedented effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government, and every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new website called recovery.gov.

via The White House – Blog Post – President Obama delivers Your Weekly Address.

By the way, “recovery.gov” doesn’t quite exist yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Didn’t much care for the program, but loved to watch Sally Field flying around in her cornette.  Sally went to high school with junk bond king Michael Milken and was linked romanticly to actor Burt Reynolds for years. I still hate Reynolds.

When lift plus thrust is greater than load plus drag, anything can fly.

– Elsie Ethrington, aka Sister Bertrille

A painting of cornette-wearing Sisters of Charity by Armand Gautier (1825–1894)

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Broom


Broom

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

I took this one early this morning as the sun was coming up. It’s been pretty darn cold lately, but the sun does wonders for the soul and the picture, if not the feet.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On January 20, 2009, Dr. Lowery delivered the benediction at the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. He opened with lines from “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Negro National Anthem,” by James Weldon Johnson. He concluded with the following passage:

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen.

I watched the inauguration, but wasn’t going to comment on it. This was a public relations event and I don’t like pomp and ceremony. Too much like a coronation for me. But the benediction, or rather the end of it, was the bomb. I was surprised to read that Dr. Lowery’s little beat poem was criticized “as divisive and racist against white people, since it appears to suggest that whites do not currently embrace what is right, while exhorting perceived hardships and hopes faced by other races.” I don’t know who is doing the criticizing, but I didn’t think it was divisive against whites, any more than characterizing Asians as “mellow” is racist or suggesting Native Americans have not succeeded in life is stereotyping. It was a poem for crying out loud, done in a style familiar to someone born in 1921. Get over it.

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Brave and Good

There once was a land brave and good,

Where all who could, would.

But the bold are now old,

Or in the ground cold,

And no one remebers for what they stood.

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Spoons




Spoons

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

Playing around on a dreary day…

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