An appropriate quote, - some things never change, do they?
"Let's not be too tough on our own ignorance. It's the thing that makes America great. If America weren't incomparably ignorant, how could we have tolerated the last eight years?" ~Frank Zappa, in 1988
Oh, yes, what a great invention, basically a utility knife with a protected blade so you can't cut yourself. Supposed to make it easy to open those horrible hard plastic clamshells products come in these days. Not sure if it works, but a great idea. I saw this in a store the other day, and the funny thing is...
...It comes in a clamshell so how the hell are you supposed to open it!
by Max Brooks: Everything you need to know in case of a zombie infestation. And I mean everything, including when to shoot yourself in the head!
Written by Mel Brooks' son, and listed as humor, you may not find it so funny when you realize you weren't really paying attention while reading it. After all, with all the secret government experiments going on, who knows when this may come in handy.
...Well, actually, I had to let it go: A History Of London by Stephen Inwood: 900+ pages about London from earliest times to recent times, of which I was only able to slog through 500+ pages before finally surrendering. Now it's not that I don't enjoy large books (hey, I read War AndPeace at the age of 15, in 2 weeks). The problem with this book is that the author apparently wrote this as if it was a text book, not a mass-market history. The book is filled with facts and figures, with little feel for the people who lived in London, except where they intersect with the facts and figures.
A damn shame really, since I lived in London and it's outskirts for about a year and found it to be a fascinating place - where else could you find the actual Dickens's 'Old Curiosity Shop' right next to a high-rise office building; with scaffolding erected above it in case something fell from the high-rise! Which I actually found by accident one day while wandering around London, which was one of my favorite pastimes.
So, I'll just keep reading, and maybe someday I'll find a 900+ page history of London that's actually readable...hey, I can always hope, can't I?
by Alan D Eames: A little book chock full of interesting quotes, historical tidbits, lore, and trivia about...BEER! (duh). If you're a beer drinker, this is a great little book to peruse in little bits, and amaze your friends with useless facts.
Mitch Mitchell, the innovative drummer who anchored the Jimi Hendrix Experience, has died at the age of 62. Mitchell passed away on November 12 in Portland, Oregon of natural causes. The London native had completed an 18 city American tour as a featured performer with Experience Hendrix, a series concert series celebrating the legacy of Jimi Hendrix featuring an all-star line-up of artists including his one-time Hendrix bandmate and dear friend Billy Cox.
...And another one bites the dust...
Of course, never saw The Experience live, but the Hendrix Are You Experienced? album was the first Stereo album
To all the veterans from ALL the countries, many thanks for helping keep us free. And especially to my Dad & his brother, who were in the RCAF during WWII. My cousin Guy purchased the stones in memoriam to the two of them and went to the dedication ceremony at the National Air Force Museum Of Canada.
Yep, finally there, but no picture of the beer. Draught only, but the restaurant I had it at - The Landings - at a timeshare resort (Pacific Shores)in the Nanaimo area (actually not far from where Mom & Dad used to live 25 years ago) had an inside fishtank, a big one as you can see in the above photo.
The beer was called Landings West Coast Lager, and was pretty good; the Vancouver restaurant beers usually are since they're contract brewed by the local breweries for the different restaurants. (More about that some other time.) So we had lunch there with Mom, the food was decent(overpriced)but the beer was better. And watching the fish while you ate was pretty neat too.
This one looks like he's hungry for you, doesn't he...?
Well, been sick for the last week (yeah, sick of the bullshit the Republicans sling around in lieu of actually having something useful to say[Actually had a throat/bronchial infection thingy]). But, finally the big day will be here tomorrow, so remember to vote early (and often), at least if you're voting for the right guy. Let's wake up Wednesday A.M. and hope the world will be a better place...