Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Plenty of snow

Hello from Tahoe/Donner.  We got up here on Sunday and it started to snow that evening.  Then, it snowed all day Monday, all day Tuesday, and it's still snowing on Wednesday at at 5 pm as I write this.  So we're pretty much house bound.  Here are a couple of shots that I took at about noon today.  One is a view of a neighbor's house up the hill a bit, and the other is a view of our side deck.  Supposedly it will be finished snowing by tomorrow morning.  The snowshoeing should be excellent.



Monday, January 2, 2017

Sinatra could dance too!

Hey all.  We got up here to our Tahoe/Donner place at about noon yesterday.  The drive up was uneventful except for a stretch of pretty heavy fog.  Then, (per the forecast) it started snowing in the late afternoon and snowed all night.  As I look out the window now at around 9 am, I see that it is still snowing fairly hard with no let-up in sight.  Looks like some snowshoeing is going to be in order once the storm has passed.  I'll post some pictures later.

On the the main topic:  I was surfing the channels and ran across a showing of "That's Entertainment 2" and of course got hooked and ended up watching the entirety of what was left.  As part of that, I saw a number with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly from "Anchors Aweigh" wherein they sang a duet.  But what floored me was that about 1:40 into the number, they broke into a serious dance number with Frank coming amazingly close to dancing as expertly as Gene.  I never thought of Frank as a dancer, but he was terrific in this number. Fortunately, the whole thing is on YouTube.  You gotta check this out.  Leave a comment if you enjoyed it.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mayans were cool

I was stumbling around on the Internet and ran across this very interesting illustrated history of the Mayan's written language.  It only takes about five minutes to read it, and it's well worth it.

Heading up to the Tahoe/Donner place on Sunday for a week long stay.  I'll post some pictures of the winter wonderland.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A kakistocracy -- indeed!

I have been searching for the right term to define the impending Trump government, but nothing seemed quite adequate or accurate.  Then I read this terrific article by Sophia McClennen. There is no doubt about it:  we are going to experience a kakistocracy first-hand.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Grace at Daryl's House

A couple of months ago we watched an episode of "Live From Daryrl's House" featuring Grace Sewell, a 19 year old Aussie singer and song writer.  I recorded the show on my DVR, but until just recently it was not up on Daryl's site, or on YouTube.  The good news is that it is now up on Daryl's site where you can play the entire show or just certain segments.  Check it out right here.  I recommend playing the entire show if you have the time because you will see how Grace, Daryl, and the band grow more appreciative of each other as the session goes on.  By the end of the session the respect on all sides is palpable.  This turned out to be one of the very best shows of the current season of LFDH.  I hope you enjoy it as much as Eileen and I have.  This young lady can really sing up a storm -- nobody owns her, as evidenced by her rendition of "You Don't Own Me."

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A timely quote:

“Since the liar is free to fashion his ‘facts’ to fit the profit and pleasure, or even the mere expectations, of his audience, the chances are that he will be more persuasive than the truth teller.”

~ Hannah Arendt 1967

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Challa

Celebrating Thanksgiving with the in-laws this afternoon and evening.  I am the official bread maker for the dinner.  I made a loaf of herb-onion bread, which uses fresh minced onion, rosemary, and dill weed.  As you can imagine, it makes for awesome day-after turkey sandwiches if there is any left over after dinner.  But the high point of tonight's dinner is going to be the awesome challah that I made this morning.  Check this thing out.  It's well over a foot long.