Saturday, 31 May 2008

Unnatural Disasters


Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth
Music: Same Old Man by John Hiatt

Friday, 23 May 2008

The Joy of Fish

- When you go fishing and you catch something, that’s good. If you’re making love and you catch something, that’s bad.
- Fish don’t compare you to other fisherman, and neither do they want to know how many other fish you caught.
- In fishing you lie about the one that got away. In loving you lie about the one you caught.
- You can catch and release a fish, and you don’t have to lie and promise to still be friends after you let it go.
- You don’t have to necessarily change your line to keep catching fish.
- You can catch a fish on a 20-cent nightcrawler. If you want to catch a woman, you’re talking dinner and a movie minimum.
- Fish don’t mind if you fall asleep in the middle of fishing.

Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

Music: Our Mother the Mountain by Townes Van Zandt

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Three


Yesterday was the big "3" in the life Maryse and I have chosen to spend together - our third anniversary. Maryse loves Italian food and so I made reservations at La Roma http://www.laromaottawa.com/ on Preston Street. We had an absolutley scrumptious meal. Maryse had trout with pasta and I had a simply delicious seafood pasta. Maryse's appetizer was an antipasta and mine was snails in a garlic and pernod sauce. We each had a cream of asparagus soup.
The piece de resistance was the complimentary liqueur our server Shawna brought us when she discovered we were celebrating our anniversary. I've never had it before, but I'll be sure to have it again - Frangelico. Here's how one website describes this wonderful liqueur...
We’ve talked about nut liqueurs here on The Spirit World in the past. But to the best of my knowledge this one, Frangelico, is the granddaddy of them all.

From the first moment you see the bottle you know there is a story involved. The bottle, shaped like a monk in robes and often even belted with a little white rope, gives you the first clue that this spirit, like many others was developed by monks centuries ago. What you may not realize is that the name is actually another indicator. Frangelico is an abbreviation of Fra. Angelico, a hermit monk who roamed the Piedmont hills in Italy in the 17th century.

This hermit had a love for nature and using that knowledge created various liqueurs.
Hazelnuts (sometimes called filberts) are prized in many areas of the world and no less so in Italy. So the liqueur based on wild hazelnuts became especially precious. As with many of these liqueurs the recipe is secret but we know that in addition to hazelnuts, this elixir contains cocoa, vanilla berries, and flowers. Once the alcohol is added the mixture is held in oak to give it that final nutty character.

Frangelico is extremely versatile. Sweet by nature it is found in drinks that span the taste array. Often served by itself as an after dinner sweet, you will also find it mixed with tart ingredients or strong spirits where it smooths and rounds the edges.
Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth
Music: Woodsmoke and Oranges/Jack-Knife Gypsy by Paul Siebel

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Now You See Me, Now You Don't



Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth


Music: The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark/Through The Morning Through The Night by Dillard & Clark

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Jackpot

Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

Music: Powerglide by New Riders of the Purple Sage

Saturday, 17 May 2008

In the navy...


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Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

Music: Vanguard Visionaries by Jerry Jeff Walker

Friday, 16 May 2008

Surprise!

Our anniversary's in a few days. Now that I think of it, maybe flowers would be a better idea!

Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

Music: In My Own Time by Karen Dalton

Hillary Campaign a Trainwreck Waiting to Happen

...oops, it already has.


And still with the transportation theme, if she made it to the White House after all...

Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

Music: Live at the Avalon Ballroom (1969) by Gram Parsons with The Flying Burrito Brothers

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Mackenzie King Estate

The National Capital Commission opened Gatineau Park for the season. With the sun shining and the mercury rising I headed off for Mackenzie King Estate and some pics of the ruins. It was a very tranquil morning. Just me and the mosquitos!











Book: Exit Ghost by Philip Roth
Music: Heard It On The X by Los Super 7

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Construction Guys



Book: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Music: England's Newest Hitmakers by the Rolling Stones

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Tip-toeing Through the Tulips

Headed for 24 degrees today. A stroll through the tulips at Dow's Lake seemed like a good idea.




Book: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone
Music: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

Gives new meaning to the word "wake"



Book: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Music: Lifeboat by the Sutherland Brothers

Monday, 12 May 2008

Lost Generation?



Book: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Music: Nine Lives by Steve Winwood

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Visitors

A couple of visitors dropped into the backyard this morning and had a wonderful time in the pool for about half-an-hour or so...

Cleo seemed intensely interested in the goings-on...

Book: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Music: Vanguard Visionaries by John Hammond

Walk of No Shame




Book: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Music: Vanguard Visionaries by Ian and Sylvia

The Voice-over Family




Book: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Music: Insides Out by Jordan Zevon

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Traffic Conditions Ahead


Book: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Music: Great Speckled Bird by Great Speckled Bird

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Damn it Jim, I'm a...



And some medical humour:

**Doctor: "Nurse, how is that little girl doing who swallowed ten quarters last night?"
Nurse: "No change yet. "


**Patient: "Nurse, I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes."
Nurse: "Have you seen a doctor?"Patient: "No, just spots."

**When the x-ray specialist married one of his patients, everybody wondered what he saw in her.

AND BECAUSE HE'S A DOCTOR, HE GETS TO SAY...

Monday, 5 May 2008

At The End Of The Day...





Book: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Music: Dire Straits by Dire Straits

Sunday, 4 May 2008

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