Tuesday, September 09, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 To Leo Tolstoy (186 – if he were still alive), author of War and Peace, which I once read in 2 weeks so my dad would take me to NYC in 1968 to see the Russian version (6-1/2 hours!) of the movie. Because of the length of the movie the theater that was showing it had an intermission in the middle which was long enough for viewers to leave the theater and have dinner somewhere. One of the things about the movie that I thought made it better than any other version was that all the actors & actresses were unknown, at least to the American audience. Interestingly, the original Russian version clocked in at about 8 hours, but the movie in Russia was actually released as four separate films! The original 2 were released in June 1965, while the filming of the last two films wasn’t completed until August 1967.
 One of these days, planning on re-reading the book, and perhaps watching the movie again and see if they still have the impact they did when I was 15.

Monday, September 08, 2014

BEST SELLER BOOKS - PART 1

From the Publisher’s Weekly bestseller listings: these are some of the books I’ve read,
and the year they were originally on the bestseller list.

1902 - The Virginian by Owen Wister (F)
1902 - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan (F)
1917 - Raymond by Sir Oliver Lodge (NF)
1921 - The Outline of History by H.G. Wells (NF)
1923 - Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis (F)
1927 - Revolt In the Desert by T.E. Lawrence (NF)
1927 - The Royal Road To Romance by Richard Halliburton (NF)
1927 - The Glorious Adventure by Richard Halliburton (NF)
1928 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (F)
1929 - All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Remarque (F)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

CLEA'S MOON

By Edward Wright:

 ‘The street smelled of dust and regret.’

Friday, August 29, 2014

AND TODAY IS...

Chop Suey Day. 
Yes, that holiday based on a food that really isn't oriental, but looks like it is.
We used to buy it in a pair of cans; the top one held the chow mein noodles(the hard crunchy ones).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GELATO? BEER?

Beer gelato! Apparently the latest in a line of odd fair foods, coming this season. And made with “local craft beer” according to the article I read, which would be terrific. I can already taste a chocolate gelato with Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale (beer#649).
Florida State Fair can’t get here fast enough now…

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DO YOU WANT THAT TO GO...OR WILL YOU DRINK IT HERE?

In an effort to help re-launch its sessionable year-round offering Peacemaker Extra Pale as “Peacemaker Anytime Ale,” the Texas-based craft brewery today rolled out an enormous, Texas-sized 99-pack of the 5 percent ABV golden ale. Packaged in cardboard, the multi-pack is seven feet long, weighs 82 lbs., and sells for $99 at Austin package stores.

SERVES HIM RIGHT!

‘A nine year-old girl in the US has killed her shooting instructor by accident whilebeing shown how to use a high-powered submachine gun.’
(from BBCOnline)
(hey, she was only using her second amendment rights)

Monday, August 18, 2014

DIALOGUE FROM 'MOTIVE'

A Canadian police show that is more about finding the murderer than shooting people. A great line from one brother to another…

Brother#2: Who died and left you Mother?”
Brother#1: “Mom!”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A MURDER OF QUALITY

By John LeCarre: ‘Smiley noticed that his wrist-watch faced inwards, conforming with the obscure rites of the military demi-monde from which he seemed to come.’

I found this little quote interesting because of the fact that I wear my watch inwards, though I’ve never been in the military nor have I ever been a member of the ‘demi-monde’. I started wearing my watch like that in the mid-70s when I worked for a compressor manufacturer. During my spare time from keeping the cardex stock cards correct, I would help out in the stockroom. The aisles were quite narrow, and I probably cracked 3 watch crystals while carrying boxes down the aisles before I figured out that I could protect my watch by turning it inward. (I also at one point put a small bolt into the top of my head…but that’s another story.) Well, that was 40 years ago, and it grew so comfortable, I still wear it that way.

Monday, August 11, 2014

RIP: ROBIN WILLIAMS

A suicide at 63? Say it ain't so Mork...
nanu nanu, over and out...