Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017

My memory: "Maybe one day we shall be glad to remember even these hardships."

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 19, 2017

Finally tried it. A real nice cream ale.

Saw the movie, now I have to read the book which is in my collection. A real nice piece of work. A cousin of mine was the inspiration for one of the characters. Many young adults at an almost full 7;50 pm screening. Applause at the end, which you don't hear very often.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 18, 2017

Grandma Pie !

Sirius XM started Christmas music on November 1st with two channels. Christmas music already playing in stores like Starbucks. I won't partake until after Thanksgiving.

Holly (channel 70, Nov. 1-Dec. 30)

Holiday Traditions (channel 4, Nov. 1-Dec. 30)

Holiday Pops (channel 76, Dec. 24-Dec. 26)

Country Christmas (channel 58, Dec. 4-Dec. 26)

Navidad (channel 785, Nov. 27-Jan. 7)

Holiday Soul (channel 49, Dec. 4-Dec. 26)

Radio Hanukkah (channel 77, Dec. 12-Dec. 21)

New Year’s Nation (channel 4, Dec. 30-Jan. 2)

Summer with Monika playing at TCM on-demand. Interesting view of life in Sweden.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017

Perfect score !

Nice place in Queens. Real old-school. Robiola Pizza was excellent.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017

The Blue Wizards: Alatar and Pallando. How come I never heard of them ? I even slogged through The Silmarillion. Oh wait, it was in this essay: The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age. That short essay states the three were CurunĂ­r (Saruman), Mithrandir (Gandalf), and Radagast, and there were "others of the Istari who went into the east of Middle-earth, and do not come into these tales." They are later named in Unfinished Tales.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017

New Glarus Spotted Cow from Wisconsin is not shipped out of state. A co-worker who visited her son at the University of Wisconsin brought it back for me.

Only in Wisconsin !

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12, 2017

as Portia in Julius Caesar. Great lines:

Is it excepted I should know no secrets
That appertain to you? Am I yourself
But, as it were, in sort or limitation,
To keep with you at meals, comfort your bed,
And talk to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the suburbs
Of your good pleasure?
If it be no more,
Portia is Brutus' harlot, not his wife.

Julius Caesar → Act 2, Scene 1

She was great in From Here to Eternity. Her recollection of the Halona Cove scene:
[about her famous romantic beach scene with Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity (1953)] "It had to have rocks in the distance, so the water could strike the boulders and shoot upward -- all very symbolic. The scene turned out to be deeply affecting on film, but, God, it was no fun to shoot. We had to time it for the waves, so that at just the right moment a big one would come up and wash over us. Most of the waves came up only to our feet, but we needed one that would come up all the way. We were like surfers, waiting for the perfect waves. Between each take, we had to do a total cleanup. When it was all over, we had four tons of grit in our mouths--and other places."

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 11, 2017

Next year is the 100th Anniversary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

My trip to the Whitney museum was fine until I was told that George Bellows' Dempsey and Firpo was no longer on display.

Unusual settings.

Lots of Hopper including : A Woman in the Sun.

Jimmie Durham's exhibition was thought provoking.

Criterion collection was 60% off at Barnes and Noble. Bought The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. is a terrific Ashe.

Richard Burton gives an understated yet powerful performance as Alec Leamas.

Thanksgiving on the way, cranberries abound.

Friday, November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

Today is Veterans Day observed. Lots of Vets in my family.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017

Clock and Water Tower, 13th street.

Always see long lines at this Dim Sum only restaurant. Wait on Election day was only a 1/2 hour. They take your phone # and call when you are up.

The best Pork Rolls I ever had.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 7, 2017

Vote early and often !

What the Flock ? Sitting close together, or staging, helps protect against predators.

They give you a sticker for voting.

I really wanted a lollipop, to make up for it I made Bloody Marys.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

November 5, 2017

There is a theory that the Tyrannosaurus Rex actually used its arms for gentle lovemaking with partners.

But one paleontologist from the University of Hawaii says the predator was less of a Casanova and those arms were actually “vicious weapons.”

Albeit tiny, Steven Stanley says “It’s short, strong forelimbs and large claws would have permitted T-Rex, whether mounted on a victim’s back or grasping it with its jaws, to inflict four gashes 3 feet or longer and several centimeters deep within a few seconds,” according to National Geographic.

NYC Marathon, I always watch it.

Two days off next week, time for some museum visits.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November 4, 2017

Don't forget to "Fall Back."

From the Queensboro Bridge, I will never call it the Ed Koch bridge.

Irish Exit bar, I won't say goodbye if they don't mind.

Cheez-It Macaroni and Cheese. Begin with: my wife's old recipe. She used the Creamette pasta box recipe as a guide.

The Creamette box recipe:

2 cups elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook macaroni in 5 quarts boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain macaroni.
In medium saucepan, melt butter.
Stir in flour, mustard, and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir until mixture thickens slightly.
Add 1 1/2 cups cheese to milk mixture and stir until melted.
Stir in macaroni.
turn into greased 2 quart baking dish.
Top with remaining cheese.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

Of course, you have to make slight changes. After two failed tries, I added one more Tbs. of flour, one more Tsp. of dry mustard (Coleman's), another 1/2 cup of milk, one more Tbs. of Margarine and 16 oz. (two packs) of sharp Cheddar Cheese. I used two packs to make the mixture and a 1/3 of a cup on top. That worked better.

Now, crumpled Cheez-It baked on top. Turned out good.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3, 2017

DNAinfo and Gothamist are now shut down, I will miss them. The news business is a tough road and digital is tougher.

Shake Shack now has Chili. Of course I went right to the Chili Dogs. Quite good and a little messy.

Christmas lights already up on Bell Boulevard.

Tired of hearing "So fun" used by adults. From the Grammarphobis Blog:

Well then, is “so fun” legit?

The usage is out there, but not as out there as you might think. Although a Google search for “so fun” can get more than 5 million hits, the number drops to a few hundred or a few thousand when you actually call up the results (depending on how you do your search).

We wouldn’t recommend using “so fun” until the editors at a few standard dictionaries clearly indicate that the use of “fun” as a predicate adjective is standard English.

One other problem has to be mentioned. Adjectives generally have comparative and superlative forms, so if “fun” is an adjective, should we also recognize “funner” and “funnest”?

That depends on the dictionary you consult. Most don’t comment on the extended forms, but two do.

This is from the American Heritage usage note: “The inflection of the adjective (as funner, funnest) is another matter, however. Although this practice goes back to the 1950s, the inflected forms are almost never used in edited prose aside from direct quotations, usually of children.”

And this is from the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate entry for “fun” as an adjective: “sometimes funner; sometimes funnest.”

It’s true that we “sometimes” hear people use “funner” and “funnest,” but we have to agree with American Heritage that the speakers are usually children—or adults quoting them.

Louie and Ernie's Pizza in The Bronx deserves it's reputation as a classic Pizza parlor.

This is the fresh Mozzarella / Tomato pie. The crust is similar to Staten Island style: thin and sturdy.

Her Seneca bio was great,now can't wait to start this one.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017

Like add-on,FBI - Full Blooded Irish.

Wandering around lower Manhattan. One of my long time favorites: Lightship AMBROSE.

Brooklyn bridge.

Konditori, or Coffee / bakery shop.