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May 9th, 2010

03:02 pm: A good day and not yet done!
Don't know where I found the energy for it, but I managed to begin reclaiming our freestanding garage/workspace today. I was fired up about this late last year, but other demands on my time brought all work to a standstill after a few desultory attempts at setting up my (our) studio. Today, I managed to all but finish the first of three work stations/benches. I would have completed it, but decided that I needed a thicker MDF work top that what I had purchased. Not sure what I was thinking there, but it will be remedied ASAP and I will then complete the second workstation to the same specs as the first. The third will most likely be slightly different in height to accomodate bench-top tools (drill press and belt/disk sander). Tools are on the way and others are soon to be purchased. I scored an expensive set of hand-cut Italian sculptors rasps on ebay last night...apparently new old stock and I bought them for about 25% of retail. SWEEEEEET! It is time to rediscover my creative side! I stopped making "art" years ago, but the muse will not be denied!

I also managed to mow the entire back yard.

Where I got the energy for all of this, I do not know. It was a rough work week and my energy was @ a low ebb last night. We'd driven to Alabama to see my mom and take her out to eat. It was a nice afternoon, but tiring for me.

Weremonkey and I are heading to Babette's Cafe in just a bit to meet her mom for a nice Mother's Day meal. Looks like veal piccatta is going to grace my plate.

I need to post more often. May not have much of import to say, but it's good therapy.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers!


Current Location: el Rancho
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Jule's Moby/Massive Attack Genius Mix
09:59 am: The Tooth Fairy Is Dead
This echoes many of my viewpoints on the NECESSARY path back to personal responsibility!


If we want a healthy, prosperous America, we've got to change our way of thinking.


Current Location: el Rancho
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Big Calm-Morcheeba

April 18th, 2010

10:43 am: frustration...
I offer no commentary but feel the need to pass this on to others...


Current Location: el Rancho

March 22nd, 2010

07:33 am: best idea I've heard in a while
To Reduce Partisanship, Get Rid of Partisans
Published: March 22, 2010 NY Times op-ed

States should abolish party primaries and institute first round, qualifying elections with the top two earning the chance to compete in November.


Makes perfect sense to me. It will not level the playing field (money will always trump truth) but could potentially bring some much-needed diversity to politics. I don't need to agree with someone to support his/her right to be heard...and to serve.


Current Location: el Rancho

March 17th, 2010

07:12 am: On St. Patrick's Day
Turning Green With Literacy
Published: March 16, 2010 NY Times op-ed

WHY should we celebrate the Irish? Read on...


I'll only add...Éireann go Brách!


Current Location: el Rancho
Current Mood: contentcontent

February 14th, 2010

11:50 am: The Iberian Pig
I have a restaurant to recommend...The Iberian Pig in Decatur. To quote the website "...a modern Spanish restaurant utilizing the ingredients of Spain as inspiration to create new and unique dishes." Folks, this is SERIOUS food. We started with drinks...wine for WereMonkey, Nelson and Bridget, a frosty Hennepin for me. We went the tapas route and ordered the following amazing dishes to share among us...

Esparragos con Moscatel – Asparagus served with Serrano ham, shaved Manchego cheese, Chilean extra virgin olive oil, moscatel wine reduction - cooked to perfection with a hint of smoke and char from grilling, a little piquant and set off nicely by the cheese and ham.

Cocas Flatbread Mushroom - Black truffle crème fraiche, cremini, oyster, shiitake mushrooms, shaved Mahón cheese - I LOVE mushrooms and this huge flatbread was very rich and fragrant with the oyster `shrooms (my new favorite) every bit as satisfying as any meat.

Albondigas – Wild boar sausage meatballs stuffed with piquillo peppers, Macedonian dates, and roasted tomatoes. Finished with a pimenton crème and oyster mushrooms – The only thing that I could say was "ooh-ooh-ooh" when I was eating this. Incredible with just enough gamey taste and strong but balanced spices with a delicious sage overtone.

BBQ Octopus – Slow simmered all day then char grilled, house made BBQ sauce, fennel, shallots, pork belly, and crunchy potatoes - Octopus is not my bag, but I did try a bite of the pork belly and found the BBQ sauce to be a bit heavy and on the sweet side. The potatoes were great...nice execution with a tender, almost fluffy interior and crunchy exterior. No images on this one as it came late and we were toooo busy with the other wonders.

For "dessert" we had? You guessed it...Jamon Iberico – 1 oz. from the famous black footed Iberian pigs of Spain. This is one of the most prized cured meats in the world - There are not words to describe how incredibly good this is. It literally brought tears to my eyes! The thinly shaved slices practically melted on the tongue. A little sweet/salty/buttery and one of the better pork experiences that I have enjoyed.

A wonderful evening and kind of a pre-Valentine's Day dinner, shared with friends. Best of all, we got out of there @ $60.00 for the two of us, including drinks and tip. Check it out.


Current Location: el Rancho

February 13th, 2010

09:38 am: Snow and opportunities...
While my Saturday mornings are typically spent driving around looking for stuff to sell, THIS Saturday morning is different, see...

I could easily get out and go but what would be the point? It's a snow day for most folks and I doubt that I'll find any places open.

That being said, I had a killer Scott show this month and have plenty of new merch to process. The two best things that I bought...a piece of Shoji Hamada pottery and a beautiful Byron Temple wood-fired covered jar. The Hamada will probably go to auction where it will hopefully realize thousands of bux. The Temple will go nowhere, this because it is almost exactly what I have been searching for over the last few years...one superlative example of his work for my personal collection. I have LOTS of pottery, but almost all of it is for sale. I retain very few pieces for myself and hope to someday have them properly displayed. Big congrats to my friend Laura, who picked up a pot that I walked right by to get to the Hamada and Temple. It turned out to be a Lucie Rie footed vase...big bux are coming her way! Some days are better than others and some days are just the best!

Stay warm, play in the snow, drive safely.


Current Music: Elastica-Annie

February 7th, 2010

05:33 pm: Performances!
Performance # 1...

The Residents were great! I had never seen them live even though I have followed their exploits and listened to their recordings for years. I was a little disappointed that they are now three, one "eye" apparently having retired to care for his mom in Mexico...??? It was loud, alternatively discordant and melodic, and VERY entertaining. I'll take every opportunity to see them from here on out.

Performance # 2...

Sarah Palin is just plain dumb. Cannot speak for any length of time without a crib sheet...written on the palm of her hand. Can you imagine electing her as President? If you can, well...bless your heart!

In other news, the purge progresses! I will be loading up eBay this month with some very cool stuff. Check it out...seller ID is jes1955 .

That's all for now.


Current Location: el Rancho
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Massive Attack-Exchange

February 4th, 2010

09:15 pm: The purge goes on.
Sipping Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager, editing images for ebay, missing my WereMonkey (she's doing the restaurant crawl).

Life is good!

Soon I'll exit cyberspace and read an actual book.


Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Brian Eno - Put a Straw Under Baby

February 3rd, 2010

10:45 am: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Residents.
Yes, it's true. The Residents are performing @ the Variety this Friday night @ 8:30 p.m. If you are unfamiliar with them, YouTube is a good place to BEGIN to understand what these art rock pioneers are all about.

Anyone else going? Weremonkey and I plan to be there somewhat early in hopes of positioning ourselves favorably. It should be an interesting show.


Current Location: Fontana Arte (Work)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
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