A Room With A View of The BBC- mstrust's #4
This is a continuation of the topic We Have Always Lived In The BBC- mstrust's #3.
This topic was continued by Fear and Loathing at The BBC- mstrust's #5.
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We stock just about any book in existence, we have a patisserie, a tiki bar, comfortable chairs, occasional live performances and a staff that are mostly rude but can be inadvertently helpful at times.
We have many, many rooms to browse, enough to make you lose the whole day. Come for the Books, Booze and Chocolate, stay for the terrible service!
1. Light Boxes- 4 stars
2. The Indian Lawyer- 4.2 stars
3. Dear Beatles- 3.2 stars
4. Down From The Attic- 4 stars
5. The Pursuit of Love- 4.5 stars
6. Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture- 4.5 stars
7. The Magician's Wife- 3 stars
8. The Know-It-All- 4.2 stars
9. The Victoria Vanishes- 4 stars
10. Pissing in the Gene Pool- 2.5 stars
11. The Brutal Telling- 4 stars
12. How To Be A Woman- 4.5 stars
13. The Third Man- 4 stars
14. My Crowd- 4.5 stars
15. The James River Plantation Cookbook- 4 stars
16. Spooksville: Aliens In The Sky- 3.5 stars
17. My Name Escapes Me- 4.5 stars
18. In A Glass Grimmly- 4.2 stars
19. Interpreter of Maladies- 4 stars
20. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold- 3.5 stars
21. A Taste of Honey- 4 stars
22. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories- 3.5 stars
23. Whatever Happened To Pudding Pops?- 5 stars
24. Nightmare Abbey- 3.5 stars
25. Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History- 4.5 stars
26. Covered Bridges of Vermont- 4 stars
27. Neon Angel- 3.5 stars
28. Champagne For One - 4 stars
29. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -5 stars
30. The Murder of the Century- 4 stars
31. Vinyl Cafe Diaries- 4.5 stars
32. A Fatal Grace- 3 stars
33. Psycho- 5 stars
34. Fodor's Travel New York City- 4.5 stars
35. The Tastemakers- 3.5 stars
36. Fodor's Brooklyn- 4 stars
37. Norse Mythology- 4 stars
38. From Hardtack to Home Fries- 4 stars
39. Tender Wings of Desire- 1.5 stars
40. Maigret in Court- 3 stars
41. South of Heaven- 3.2 stars
42. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- 4.2 stars
43. The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms- 3 stars
Our General Manager, Bernard:
Our patisserie is world famous. That's right, I said world famous.
Our 24 hour tiki bar. Because you never know when your stuff will be stolen and you'll need a sympathetic ear.
Our staff is amazing...ly bad. Eventually you'll find them charming.
We're open. Welcome to the new location of The BBC!
Great to see the BBC open for instalment #4, Jennifer.
Pastries look great.
>2 mstrust: I love the Dude. He is just so.....relaxed about things and sure does love a White Russian.
Love the new thread, and the book store, complete with 'manager' ;)
Happy new thread, Jennifer!
I'll take a comfy chair to read and see who joins us here :-)
Ooh, love the new premises! That second pic looks like the perfect place to have a cup of tea and read.
>2 mstrust: That chocolate cake looks good enough that I might have to get a slice before heading to the tiki bar.
Good morning, people! And thanks for finding our new location.
>3 PaulCranswick: Great to see you too! Pastries are in the Top 5 Best Foods in the World. Along with ice cream, cheeseburgers, noodles and cake.
>4 SomeGuyInVirginia: Of course you're in, you helped move the bar and never left. I just assumed you were wandering around here all night.
>5 Berly: Hi, Kim! I think he's just about stirred it into butter. Can I interest you in a slice of toast?
>6 Ireadthereforeiam: Thanks! The Dude is very much my most amiable employee. While some (all) of the others get shouty, he merely over-stirs the drinks and looks a bit annoyed. He's great.
>7 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! Please do stick around. Your security/napping chair is still in the front room.
>8 PawsforThought: Thank you! That little nook looks perfect to me too. It says, "I'm out in public, which counts as being sociable, but I'm hiding behind these books and you won't know I'm here until I pounce."
>9 Oberon: Hi! Help yourself, and may a recommend a White Russian to go with that cake?
Happy new thread, Jennifer! I'm here to stock up on the BBC's delightfully delicious delicacies!
For our Fourth Grand Re-Opening, we have a special appearance.
The BBC is beside itself with pride. Ladies and Gentlemen...
Dame Edna Everage!
Did you know that Dame Edna spent a part of the 70's shilling for Whirlpool? They were ground-breaking ads and resulted in every single person in Australia owning their own Whirlpool washing machine and cooktop. The company made billions!
And musical talent! What a voice! What moves!
Wave your gladdies in the air, possums! I'm afraid Dame Edna has rushed away, as she's so important and has only so much time for charity work, like entertaining you.
We hope you've enjoyed the show.
Glad to see the new spruced up BBC, and I love Dame Edna! If I don't get back, have a really great Easter!
Happy new thread, Jennifer. Those pastries looks amazing and all those books - a person could get lost in here for years!
>15 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy! I'm glad you found our new location.
Q: LTers who love Dame Edna? A: Me and you. We're an exclusive and discerning group. I'd been wanting to get her in The BBC for a long time as she's one of the funniest people I've ever seen.
Have a Happy Easter!
>16 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! Glad you're here!
>17 FAMeulstee: There she is! Well spotted, Anita! There's only one thing she doesn't do well, and that's blend in.
>18 tymfos: Thanks, and glad you like it!
>19 Familyhistorian: Thank you! And it's true, people do get lost here. That's why you'll occasionally hear our employees barking "Marco!" And if they hear "Polo!" in reply, sometimes they go looking for that lost customer.
>20 Ameise1: Thanks so much, Barbara, and to you too!
We've spent hours over the last three days looking at hotels, but we've finally booked our vacation. A week in Manhattan in last Autumn. I have seven months of researching and driving Mike insane with planning an itinerary.
I don't know what was going on with LT this morning, but my messages weren't showing up for a while. It was letting me type, but when I hit "post" the message would disappear.
>24 mstrust: I had the same, ended up leaving 3 messages at Joe's thread....
I am glad we are back to normal threadbehavior!
Happy new thread! Dame Edna was an excellent choice. Also, her pink dress and purple hair fit in nicely with the Easter theme ;)
I hope your weekend is filled with chocolate and other yummy Easter treats!
>25 FAMeulstee: I suspected that I wasn't the only one, judging from the few posts being made this morning around LT. Yes, nice to not be invisible anymore!
>26 Ameise1: I'm so excited! Around a month before we leave, I'll become unbearable, I just know it.
>27 rabbitprincess: Thanks, princess! I hadn't noticed Dame Edna's Easter-ish look, but you're right, ha! Looks like she was designed by the people who make Peeps. And you'll be happy to hear that I've already opened a package of Cadbury Eggs. Why wait? I hope you have your favorites ready.
Happy Easter, possum! I'd tarry, but this looks like a rough neighborhood!
Happy Easter, Jennifer! Can you think of anything more celebratory than giving babies hammers?
>28 mstrust: I know the feeling, Jennifer. I'm that way too when going somewhere I haven't been yet. Only a load of work can spare me that state.
>29 SomeGuyInVirginia: Happy Easter! I admit, this is a scary place. We bite the ears off our bunnies.
>30 RidgewayGirl: Happy Easter! Look at those little chicks running for their lives!
>31 Ameise1: We spent ten days in Manhattan back in 2009, but with a city that changes as quickly as NYC, it's like going somewhere new. Except we have our favorite places we want to hit again, like The Strand, Rice to Riches, Lombardi's. Also, back then we were staying in an apartment 40 minutes outside the city, so we couldn't go to any shows at night because we had to be on that last train.
But I drive Mike up the wall with any vacation. : D I don't want to come home and then hear that we missed the greatest thing.
>32 Berly: Thank you! Happy Easter!
>33 mstrust: I've never been to the USA but I suppose that one has to stay in the centre for not missing theatres, musicals etc. But that means to find an apartment there. Is it difficult to find one in the middle of Manhatten?
>34 alcottacre: I hope you had a good Easter, Stasia!
>35 Ameise1: Staying in Manhattan is going to be so easy. Not only will we not have to catch a train out of the city by a certain time, we'll be able to go back to the hotel during the day. Before, we had to pack a big tote with everything we needed to get through 12-13 hours of walking because we weren't going to go back and forth on the train. This time we're staying in the Upper West Side, not far from Central Park and the Theatre District.
The hardest thing about Manhattan is that a restroom is very, very hard to find. The businesses are so small and they don't let customers use their restrooms. One time we had to order a meal at an Italian restaurant just so Mike could use the restroom. We'd gone down the street asking each business if he could use theirs, offering to make purchases, and he was turned down everywhere, so we had to go in the restaurant even though we'd already had dinner and weren't hungry. Also, these are old buildings and many of them have their restrooms right in the dining rooms, so you have a line of people standing there going in and out where everybody is eating. Kinda gross when you come from a place where restrooms are always down a hallway, well away from the dining areas.
It's very easy to find a room in Manhattan, and we booked with Expedia this time. It was just a matter of finding one in an area we liked and the right price and good reviews... a lot has to be checked off. We were staying in a friend's apartment back in 2009. This was someone who stayed in Arizona in the cold months, people who are called "snowbirds", so his apartment was sitting empty.
We'll be heading up to visit relatives in NJ in June and the kids want to see the city -- last time we left them behind with their cousins. Getting a hotel for a night sounds like a better option than one super long day.
>33 mstrust: Some guy by the tiki bar just tried to sell me drugs then robbed me. I want my wallet back. And my drugs. And who gave all these babies hammers?!
The trip to NYC sounds like a lot of fun.
I knew immediately who did it. Tiki bar + crime = this guy:
The face of a career criminal, who happens to be our bar back guy. I've retrieved your 18 children's chewable aspirins and you can pick them up at the front desk. Also, your velcro Van Halen wallet.
I swear that I will keep my annoying NYC facts to a minimum. But did you know there's a bar called The Beetle House that is decorated like Tim Burton movies?
I should add that I bought another book a few days ago, Psycho by Robert Bloch. But it's an e-book, so it doesn't count as it isn't taking up room in my house. Oh, I also bought a physical book on trains for a friend, which also doesn't count because it's leaving my house today.
I need to clear out more books over the summer so I have room for the box of books I'll have shipped home from The Strand.
>40 mstrust: Annoying NYC facts? You mean interesting NYC tidbits, surely?
>40 mstrust: That's the man, officer! I've never seen a more menacing viz. With those close-set beady eyes and bullet head, he'll certainly bolster the phrenologist's claims!
Thank god you retrieved the velcro Van Halen wallet, it was a wedding gift. Not my wedding, I got it for not attending my college roommate's wedding. Long story.
>41 PawsforThought: *grins* That's very nice of you. Yes, they will all be very interesting tidbits. Every last one of them.
>42 SomeGuyInVirginia: I knew it! And he must be punished. Take him out back and kick him around the alley like a soccer ball.
I'm glad you're reunited with your wallet. I expect it would be nearly impossible to replace unless you got in a time machine back to 1979.
Remember when I made my own blackberry cordial last year? I made up a bottle of strawberry cordial on Saturday, which will be ready in another 10 days. I give it a good shake everyday and it's already a lovely ruby color. With the blackberry, I used half regular vodka and half whipped cream flavored vodka. With the strawberry I did half regular, half white cake flavored vodka. I'm hoping to have something of a strawberry shortcake result.
New York City - how exciting. Please give us all the interesting tidbits, I doubt if I will ever get there so will have to travel vicariously through you.
I'd be happy to, Judy. A free pass to relay facts, tips and restaurant info!
And to you, Barbara!
32. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny. The second in the Three Pines mystery series, in which Chief Inspector Gamache is called back to the quaint little Quebec village because of murder. A new resident, who had quickly made herself the most hated person in the village, has died by electrocution. That the death took place on a frozen lake with half the village present make it more mysterious.
Well, not so mysterious, as the culprit is pretty easy to figure out. This one went on too long and had too many little sub-mysteries that all had to be answered even if they led to nothing. The best parts were the character backstories and the bits about The Lion In Winter movie. This is the third Three Pines book I've read, and I enjoyed the others, but this one began feeling like a trudge halfway through. 3 stars
Here's a little NYC info: Neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little Italy and Little Odessa are famous, but I'd never heard about Little India. Looks to be a very small section in Murray Hill of just a few blocks.
33. Psycho by Robert Bloch. Mary Crane steals $40,000 from her employer and drives away from her old life in Ft. Worth. Leaving behind her younger sister is difficult, but Mary desperately wants to marry Sam, her debt-ridden fiancee 800 miles away. If Mary can convince Sam that she's inherited the money, he'll marry her and she'll change her name and disappear forever. Mary has been careful about covering her trail so far, but if not for the rain, she wouldn't have made the wrong turn on the highway, the one that leads her to a little motel run by Norman Bates.
I'm going to assume you've seen the movie. This is the book, based on the true story of Ed Gein, that Hitchcock took his story from, and followed Bloch's story very closely. No wonder, as it's suspenseful, chilling and hard to put down, even with knowing what was coming. The famous shower scene is here, yet different, as the job in done in a single sentence, but that sentence is a doozy. 5 stars
What a great cover. That's one thing that eBooks won't ever have, great covers. Ditto streaming music.
Exactly. And the pulp covers of the 50's and 60's are my favorites. We've become too slick, too reliant on computer graphics rather than an artist. It's what bugs me about movies too. So many prop masters, make-up artists and special effects artists have been tossed aside in favor of CGI.
I buy streaming music just to have on the treadmill, but the vast majority of what I listen to is CD and I peruse the inside info and art. A single streaming song doesn't give you much indication of who you're listening to.
Btw, there are two special birthdays today- Charlotte Bronte is one. I just watched a really interesting movie about the Bronte family called "To Walk Invisible". Jonathan Pryce played their father.
The second birthday is Jerry Only, founder, bassist and current singer of The Misfits. He's wonderful.
>48 mstrust: It just gave me goos bumps when opening your thread. I saw the film but haven't read the book.
Re cover, also the German editions had this kind of cover. I adore it.
Happy Sunday, Jennifer.
That cover is great and does give a good indication of what you'll get inside. Maybe her scream cracked the title.
Happy Sunday to you, Barbara!
34. Fodor's Travel New York City 2017 edition. The research begins. This guide covers Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, minus Long Island for some reason. It has brief charts that explains the personality of each neighborhood, the type of hotels and restaurants in the area, and even lists the best coffee shops in that neighborhood at the beginning of the section. It tells the reader which places are popular, too popular and what dishes to order or avoid. The listings range from classic New York to Brooklyn street art. 4.5 stars
We'll for sure be hitting Otto's Shrunken Head Tiki Bar in the East Village.
My strawberry cordial is done. It only took one week for the fruit to lose it's color completely, so it took three or four days less than the blackberry one I made last year. The results are just so-so. It's very sweet, mildly strawberry, yet has retained the sting of the vodka. I don't know if I should have used more fruit, less regular vodka, or if strawberries don't have a strong enough flavor to really come through the vodka. It's fine, I'm sure I'll find it handy, and it has a lovely ruby color.
I'll bet I'll have plenty of pics up of NYC. Otto's is high on the list, along with The Beetle House. I'm working on growing two stomachs and four legs for this trip.
Btw, did you stick with the show "Feud"? The finale was last night.
35. The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes But Fed Up with Fondue by David Sax. Beginning with the surge in cupcakes and cupcake shops, Sax explores the reasons why certain foods become national or worldwide trends. Cupcakes weren't new, but when several factors came together, cupcakes became enormously popular with adults. Looking at other suddenly popular foods like Korean tacos, Chilean Sea Bass and new varieties of apples, Sax discusses how much work goes into creating a food trend, why large segments of the population want that new food, and why food trends exist at all. 3.5 stars
Food fads are crazy. There's an Astro Doughnut a block away. They serve chicken as well, and every time I buy a maple bacon doughnut I think 'this is soooo 2012.' I hope they don't shut down!
Ha, doughnut places have to be real bad to go out of business.
At the back of this book, in the epilogue, he talks about the sudden fame of the cronut. It was mentioned on social media before the bakery making them had even put them for sale, resulting in them being sold out in the first half hour on the first day and then went on to people lining up at 3 am, selling them black market, crying when they were sold out... I'd like one.
36. Fodor's Brooklyn. A little smaller in size but no lighter than the regular guides. This one covers the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, with recommendations for where to eat, shop, relax, drink and encounter artists. The vibe and locals of each neighborhood is mentioned, which involves a lot of the words "edgey" and "hip". If you were spending a few days in the area, this would be a good guide.4 stars
Astro's doughnuts are the BOMB. Even their chicken is really good. It's just a hole in the wall sized place, about as big as an ATM room.
I know I've mentioned before that our best local doughnuts are Le Mars. It's a small chain from back east, but they make the most amazing maple and chocolate frostings, their doughnuts never taste of grease (some doughnut places have doughnuts that taste like nothing but old oil), and in the fall they make both pumpkin spice and apple spice cake doughnuts.
I'll tell you about the last time we were in NYC and went looking for a special doughnut. A place on the Lower East Side called Doughnut Plant was all over the Food Channel. We'd seen it featured so many times, so we spent 90 minutes traveling from Bayside to LES, got there around 9:30 am, just so tired from looking for this place, and they were closed. The hours were posted, there wasn't a sign with an explanation, just a dark shop. Now they're selling their doughnuts in Chelsea and at Zabar's, which is right in the neighborhood, so maybe we'll finally get to have one or three.
Yes, I think I could manage a few Astro doughnuts and chicken:
Hi Jennifer, I am certainly adding Psycho to my list. I love reading these 1940s and 50s books that had movies based on them, it's fun to see what works visually and what doesn't and what gets changed.
>60 Ireadthereforeiam: I tend to hoard up my horror reading for my Halloween reading, but I came across Psycho for $1.99 on Kindle and I'd wanted to read more from Bloch. His writing is scary but not gory. It's easy to see Hitchcock reading Psycho and saying, "This needs to be filmed."
I've avoided American Psycho because of its reputation for being so brutal, but then I've read multiple non-fiction books on cannibalism, so what's going on with me? : D
>61 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy! I like the old ones too. Sometimes you come across one, Like Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me, that's just as shocking now as it was when it was published. Maybe even more so because those were suppose to be more innocent times.
I still want to read the short story that was the basis for "The Birds".
37. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. A collection of stories featuring the gods of Norse myths. Thor is presented with his hammer, Loki plays tricks that cause unhappiness to gods, giants and humans, Odin sacrifices an eye, and Frey gives away his greatest weapon to marry the giant he loves.
I don't know how much comes from the mythology and how much was created by Gaiman, but the stories are wildly imaginative. 4 stars
>63 mstrust: I haven't had time to read that one yet, but am looking forward to it! I love Gaiman and he's probably the only person I trust to tell the tales of Norse mythology (goodness knows Hollywood shouldn't be allowed anywhere near them). AFAIK this book isn't almost a straight-up retelling and not re-workings by Gaiman. But I can get back to you when I've actually read it.
>64 PawsforThought: This was a good one. I haven't seen the Hollywood Thor movies either, because I'm not drawn to anything that can be called "an action-packed blockbuster".
Have you read Gaiman's Odd and The Frost Giants? I haven't, but as Frost Giants are in this book too, it must be Norse mythology too.
The last day of April. We've already had temps of 100F a couple of times this month, but our Summer starts in May and runs through October. *Big sad sigh* We have a few 100F days expected this week.
>65 mstrust: Don't watch them - they're terrible (Tom Hiddleston is a bright spot, though sadly the only one).
I haven't read the whole Odd and the Frist Giant but only the first couple of chapters (to the kids at my old job), and it's definitely Norse myths. The jötunn (frost giants) are a massive part of the myths (they intermarry with the gods on many occasions), and Odd (very appropriate old Scandi name) meets Odin and Loki.
Gaiman loves him some Norse myths, and I love him for re-telling them so well. His version of Thor in Sandman is the only good and moderately faithfull (considering that it's a comic book it's VERY faithfull) depiction I've ever seen in popular culture. He got the hair colour right and all (spoiler - Thor's hair isn't blonde)!
We had snow today - tells you a bit about the climate I live in. It was just flakes in the air, none of it stayed on the ground - though there are still snow patches here and there, because it's been too cold the last couple of weeks for the last of it to melt away. But it's tradition for it to be cold on April 30th (at least here) so I'm not surprised. Just hoping for a warm May.
Tom Hiddleston is the only thing that intrigued me about those movies. But not enough to watch them. ; )
I much prefer cold, dark weather to the heat. I dread Summer.
We've been buying new living room furniture, with a new sofa and chaise lounge a few weeks ago and a new, much bigger coffee table a few days ago. Still looking for a big area rug and a standing lamp. But once we got this big coffee table in, I took some pictures to compare the sizes. Only book nerds do it this way:
Old coffee table
New coffee table
>67 mstrust: Just look at still photos of him, and supplement with other movies he's starred in.
I'm not a lover of the cold, but I'm fine if it's for a shorter while (and snow can be fun). We have 6 month winters here and that more than I can really handle. About 4 of those months are darkness and -10-30 degrees C. That's just not my thing.
Not that I like when it's too warm either - I'd perish in tropical climates. I'm very much made for the "Goldilocks-zone". I should probably move to somewhere like France.
>69 PawsforThought: I much prefer the cold, though we lived north of Phoenix for a few years and driving in the snow was terrifying. The coldest I've ever been was a few weeks in Winter that I spent in Dalarna. Being from Southern California, I'd had very little experience with snow and didn't know how to dress for it.
We're expecting a high here of 102F on Thursday and 104F on Friday. If you go to France, I want to go to Portland or Maine. I like overcast and brisk.
>70 SomeGuyInVirginia: I knew someone would appreciate it! The table is so big that it looked like a display table with all the books on it. I couldn't fit it all in from my height, so I had to get Mike to take the pic because he's a foot taller than me.
I've read The Getaway and enjoyed it very much. After Dark, My Sweet is a really good one too. My favorites are The Killer Inside Me, of course, and Pop. 1280. The only one I've read from Thompson that I felt fell short was The Alcoholics, but it's been about 10 years since I read that and I might like it better if I read it again. I give Thompson the benefit of the doubt and say it was my fault.
>71 mstrust: I'd probably refer to a winter in Dalarna (which is WAY to the south) as a really warm winter . ;) But if you're not dressed for it, I completely understand that you found it cold. Thermal underwear (and possibly ski pants or similar if it's really cold) is a must during winter.
Thermals would have been fantastic. I'd been traveling for a few months at that point and Dalarna was my last stop before heading home. I'd arrived in London during their hottest September in years, then ended the journey in the coldest climate I'd ever been in. My one suitcase couldn't hold enough for those extremes.
>73 mstrust: Understandable.
I live in thermals from October through April (that more than most, though, because I get cold really easily).
My mom is one of those people who is always cold, always has been, even when she was young. She lives in Vegas, and if the temperature is anywhere less than 85F, she's wearing Cuddleduds under her clothes. It still amazes me.
>75 mstrust: *googles cuddlesduds*
Well, it rarely goes *above* that temperature here - and if it does it's a heatwave - so maybe Sweden shouldn't be on your mum's bucket list.
We've actually had short heatwaves the past couple of summers, with temperatures over that for a week or so, and that's more than I can handle. I've been near heatstroke 3 times, and had to sleep in the basement for a couple of nights last summer.
>76 PawsforThought: Ha, you wouldn't want her to set foot in Sweden! She complains bitterly, non-stop, and loudly when she's cold. Everyone around her gets to hear it.
I hope you have a milder summer this year, that must be awful when you aren't use to those temperatures. I'm currently going through the weeks of sleepless nights that occur every year when the temperatures suddenly shoot up.
>77 DeltaQueen50: It just makes sense to measure in books. What do normal people do?
Ooooh, I hope you like The Killer Inside Me! It's a wild ride. Have you read others from Thompson?
>78 mstrust: Well, the rest of the summers were fine, and last year even a bit cold. It was just a week or so that was extreme.
Temperature changes are tough, and it's really difficult to adapt sometimes, especially regarding sleeping arrangements. We had unusually warm temperatures a few weeks ago and I contemplated switching my down duvet out for a cooler one, but decided to wait (and sweat) and see. And then it got cold, so I'm glad I kept it.
There's just something about the temperature change going into summer every year that makes it impossible to sleep very long. I'll get about 5 hours sleep and then I'm awake around 5-5:30 am , groggy but unable to get back to sleep. And I have blackout curtains. *hurmph*
Blackout curtains are a lifesaver for me, because as dark as it gets here in winter, summer is constant light and I'm a light sleeper who can't handle the tiniest bit of light shining through.
I'm thinking about nailing up a heavy bedsheet on top of my blackout curtains, to ensure no light at all gets through. I'm going to be crabby until Autumn. I'll take it out on the staff. : D
It's officially iced coffee season.
Have you ever considered putting aluminum foil over your windows? That blocks all light. I live in an apartment building and I see people do that from time to time. And it lets the Martian scouts know you are 'woke' to their plans of world domination.
Haha! Poor staff. When I move I'm going to buy thick (possibly velvet) regular curtains that I can close complete, on top of the blackout blinds. The curtains I have now can't really be drawn and are 100% decorative.
And I'm not an iced coffee fan, but if I had any iced tea I'd have a glass or two to celebrate the first warm spring day. I had to open my jacket and take off my scarf when I was walking to the bus after work (and didn't need gloves!). Glorious spring!
>83 SomeGuyInVirginia: Wouldn't that be terribly difficult to take off and put back again? Seems like it'd be a hassle. And blackout blinds have a sort of aluminium-like backing - that's what's blocking the light (but a tiny bit always slips through at the sides).
>83 SomeGuyInVirginia: But I've waited all this time for the mothership to come back for me.
I've seen the aluminum in the windows here too, and I'm sure it's effective at keeping all the light out, but I'll stick with the regular old window dressings. A house a few streets over has the windows actually paneled over. Not just for the summer either, it's permanent, and that's weird.
>84 PawsforThought: I do need heavier curtains for the living room too. We used to have blinds on the windows with the curtains on top and that kept the room pretty dark during summer, but Ava got them all bent and twisted by throwing herself through them every time she heard a sound outside. They ended up looking like we we're doing origami with them.
Jeez, that is weird. I wonder why they do that? My first thought would be 'grow operation.' Is the grass high? (No pun.) That's usually a pretty good indicator of lunatic behavior. Lot's of yard signs, etc. Of course, a really good indicator of lunatic behavior would be a SWAT team shutting down the street while they pay a visit.
>85 PawsforThought: Yes, pretty hard to take off every day. Whenever I see it, I figure the people have a baby that's hard to get to sleep or stay asleep and they'll take it off eventually but not today.
You're in for a very twisted ride, Judy. The Getaway is a great book, but it's also one of his more normal ones. Once you've read The Killer Inside Me, Pop.1280, Savage Night, you'll see how strange Thompson could be. Heee!
38. From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals by Barbara Haber. Beginning with the Irish Potato Famine and the immigrants that came to America as domestics and cooks, this book examines significant food moments in American history. There are chapters on the development of diets for the wounded or ill soldiers of the Civil War when little was known of nutrition and food was scarce, the impact of the Harvey Houses that provided well-cooked, elegant meals to train passengers in the West, and a chapter about the food provided to American POWs held in camps in The Philippines during WWII.
For me, the most interesting chapter was about Henrietta Nesbitt, housekeeper to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt for the many years he was president. Nesbitt had been hired for the job by the First Lady because of her baking expertise, but it turned out that Nesbitt was an awful cook at anything but baked goods, and her parsimony caused the President embarrassment, such as when he requested chicken a la king for his inaugural dinner and she served chicken salad, rolls without butter and an unfrosted cake. She actually published a cookbook which includes the recipe for pineapple sticks rolled in crushed peppermint candies.
I read this for the May History group.
>87 SomeGuyInVirginia: My first thought when I saw the house had permanent covers on the windows was, "Hope it's not a murder house!" Maybe that's something with me though.
The yard looks perfectly normal, not neglected at all. But then, if you're a smart murderer, you don't draw attention to yourself. ; )
No. You want people to look at you and think, 'Why, they wouldn't hurt a fly.'
If I lived there I'd totally knock on their door and say "Look, me and a couple of my drunk friends want to know why you've got your windows all boarded up. We've asked your neighbors and now we want your side of the story."
>91 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha! Something tells me that anyone who puts covers on all their windows is either a vampire or really, really doesn't want to interact with the world. Even someone as sweet as me.
Or maybe they're allergic to sunlight, like the children in "The Others", and we know how well that worked out.
>92 RidgewayGirl: Last words SomeGuyInVirginia ever says: "...but I just wanted to knowwwwww!"
>62 mstrust: you'd think I would have known that book was about
I'm glad it is darker for us these days, the kids kick up less of a stink about bed time, and can now hardly even remember that it used to be light til 9pm!! They get to play rugby league in the dark at practice- under lights though, so they think that is perry cool.
Oh, I didn't mean that American Psycho had cannibalism, though it very well may. I was just saying that I hadn't read it because it has famously graphic torture scenes, and I can't stomach that. But other than that, it's suppose to be well-written, so you might like it.
Enjoy your cooler dark weather. I've told Mike many times that if I were wealthy, I'd spend my time chasing Autumn around the world. Is it possible to avoid Summer completely? I'd try.
I'm going between the Murder & Mayhem and the History groups this month. I've started Maigret in Court, and after that, switch back to history.
And I have 14 tomatoes on the vine and one with streaks of red. It's my overachiever.
And I'm sure if you keep trying, you'll reach that goal, because you're a winner!
I am, aren't I!
Have you started to put books on your Halloween list yet?
Sir, do really think me so deranged that I've- okay, you got me. How did you know?! Yes, I've been planning my Halloween reads. So far:
The Dancing Plague
The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac
The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion- really looking forward to this one
Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan's Guide to Disney's Halloween Classic
The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor- novel, not GN
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury- novel
John Dies At The End
The New Dead
The Monster Museum
The list will eventually triple in size by August and I'll put up a full list by then. Anyone can let me know if they want to read along.
Now you might be surprised to hear that I also have a stack prepared for Summer, which I'll be starting in a week or two. I'm a big old stacker, and here's some of what's coming up:
Stephen Fry in America
Pecked to Death by Ducks
The Caliph's House
The Great Railway Bazaar
Ghost Towns of Arizona
The Poseidon Adventure
My Family and Other Animals
Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places
Round Ireland With a Fridge
The one about Disney's Haunted Mansion sounds interesting. Might have a look at that one some day.
>100 PawsforThought: I thought so too. The Haunted Mansion has always been one of my favorite rides, the other being The Pirates of the Caribbean.
And you're our BBC 100th post winner! Hooray! Here's your prize:
Employee Dwight had it custom made. Don't say you don't like beets, I have enough problems with the staff.
>101 alcottacre: I have yet to listen to Gaiman narrate any of his books, but I'll bet he does a great job. And you may have From Hardtack to Home Fries in the Black Hole, but could you reach in and lay your hand on it? Which teetering pile is it on? ; )
It's true! KFC has released a romance novel called Tender Wings of Desire with Colonel Sanders as the stud who whispers "It's finger lickin' good." So far, no physical version but you can download it free on your Kindle. Yes, I did.
>102 mstrust: I've never been to any of the Disney or Universal (or similar) parks but would love to go one day. I'd either find it far too much and want to leave immediately or I'd never want to leave.
And hurrah for me! And I find the idea of beetroot ice cream interesting (I like beetroot cake, which is like carrot cake but, you know, with beetroot). I love beetroot! And I'd much rather eat taht than whatever cookie dough-caramel macchiato-crushed smarties monstrosity that people are raving over atm.
>103 mstrust: OMG. You can't use the phrase "finger lickin' good" in (or in relation to) a romance novel! That just brings up images in your head.
>104 PawsforThought: I grew up maybe seven minutes from Disneyland, so it's ingrained in me. I always wanted to go on my favorites like the Haunted Mansion twice. The one at DisneyWorld is bigger and has a much larger graveyard that the line winds through. The parks are great when it's not so crowded, like a weekday or a day that looks like rain. I went to DisneyWorld in June, which is their monsoon season. It rained suddenly and often, just drenching us, and because of the humidity we walked around all clammy for hours.
Glad you'll enjoy the beet ice cream. Dwight says the best part are the beet chunks.
>105 PawsforThought: I'm 60% through and this book a big disappointment so far. So far, not a fried chicken in sight.
>106 SomeGuyInVirginia: Happy five drink day to you too! Has the party begun at your house? If you stop by the BBC, I've lined up your margarita/cerveza cocktails.
Good lord, that looks like a future tattoo in a glass.
The party won't start at my house until 5:30pm, at which point I blow out of here like a bat out of accounting.
Have you ever read anything by John Blackburn? You may like his stuff and it would make a nice addition to your October list. Bury Him Darkly and Our Lady of Pain are good starts. I'm going to wind down A Scent of New-Mown Hay, prolly tonight.
Ha! Who would ever think a book titled A Scent of New-Mown Hay would be a horror? There are bloody handprints all over the cover shown. "He just wanted to check the lawnmower blades..." No, I'd never heard of Blackburn, so he's one for me to look for. Thanks!
And have fun tonight- don't tattoo or pierce anything I wouldn't.
39. Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders. A big disappointment and a missed opportunity. This should have been hilarious, with the Colonel teaching his love, runaway English Lady Madeline, about his secret eleven herbs and spices, maybe showing her how to butter a biscuit... but instead, it's straight-forward and dull romance with most of the story being about an annoying rich teenager and her stupid angst. *Spoiler* The Colonel doesn't fry a single drumstick! 1.5 stars
Happy weekend, Barbara!
Crazy weather. We hit 108F yesterday, tomorrow is expected to be 71F.
And since we've been discussing Autumn already, Mike found that his office supply company was still selling Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-pods, so that's what I'm having right now.
>110 mstrust: I don't see myself reading that one as it was obviously finger licking bad!
Have a great weekend, Jennifer.
I wouldn't recommend it. But hey, maybe it will open the door to Burger King erotica. Fingers crossed.
Have a great weekend too, Paul!
40. Maigret in Court by Georges Simenon. Maigret testifies in the murder trial of a picture framer named Meurant who is accused of slitting his aunt's throat and smothering her four year-old ward. The aunt had kept a large amount of cash in her apartment, something her debt-ridden nephew was aware of, yet Maigret has a feeling that the surly defendant isn't guilty.
I didn't get into this one as much as other Maigrets. Nearly the first half of the book is testimony, and in the second half, it's mainly Maigret taking phone calls and sending a pack of detectives and officers to stake out suspects and follow. This is an older Maigret, one who is planning his retirement, so his part in solving the crime is mostly short interviews and coordinating his men. 3 stars
I read this for the Murder & Mayhem group. Very cool cover.
Happy Monday, Jennifer! I lost your thread but my super sleuthing skills brought me to the right place. Egads! I'm so sorry to have missed Cinco de Mayo at the BBC! How bout a ocho de Mayo fiesta?! Nothing like a tequila sunrise to start the day
Glad you found me , Lynda, and thanks for bringing the cocktails! Tequila Sunrises are always welcome. And I need them.
Mike and I had a man over yesterday who teaches self-defense and knife-fighting and he beat us both up, lol. He's around late 60's, a grandfather, ex-military who has also done body-guarding. He also has a slash scar on his face and is missing a chunk of his upper ear, which has nothing to do with anything, aside from looking pretty cool. Anyway, turned out that he's not the kind of guy who teaches gently and he's lightening fast, like he's hitting in three places at once and suddenly had a plastic weapon in his hand. He moved so fast that I didn't even see where it came from. He slapped my arms til they were red, stood on my feet, kicked me in the thigh, put me in a choke hold twice, extended my arm til I yelped and twisted my fingers back to show how easy it is to break them. He did all of it to Mike too, minus the chokeholds because Mike is 6'4". He went through a list of how much pressure, in poundage, that it takes to break any bone in the body. It went on for two hours. I took some ibuprofen for my neck and had a Mai Tai with dinner. I mostly feel okay today, but I still feel it in my neck and shoulder and back thigh.
And we had Mother's Day last night with Mike's mom. We took her to Fleming's because she loves prime rib. They also do excellent truffle mashed potatoes and a chocolate lava cake that's big enough for two and comes with pistachio ice cream and pistachio butter cookies that are so light.
Is this something you paid for yourselves? I think it's a good idea. When the caca hits the fan, things happen so quick that it's hard to remain aware of what's going on around you. Plus, PLUS, I was leaving work a couple of weeks ago and had to drive past a fistfight. Two guys one one, beating the holy crap out of him. I don't think it was a robbery, at least the two guys doing the beating were dressed like tourists and not thugs. So you just never know what's going to happen. My Mom was on a cane for years and always carried a pistol with her, even when she went to the mall.
I asked a retired marine to show me some hand-to-hand combat moves, but he's beat the holy crap out of me showing them so I stopped asking. I really do need to take a self defense course. I have a bad feeling about the future.
We expected to pay him, but afterwards Mike asked what we owed, and the guy refused payment, I guess because they are business contacts. So we'll get him a present because we weren't meaning for him to spend two hours with us for free.
A lot of what he was teaching was based on getting your opponent off balance, which made sense to me because I was a blue belt in Aikido as a kid. Self-defense is a good skill, and we have a second day lined up with him for next week. I hope if I give him a present first, he won't beat me up so much.
>119 mstrust: What prompted the lesson in self-defense? Good thing you took a Mai Tai with your ibuprofen! LOL
The man who taught us is a snowbird, so was going back North very soon. My guess is that he and Mike finally talked and Mike just found out about the guy's background, and an offer came out of the conversation. I spent a few years in Aikido, and took a little karate later, so self-defense isn't foreign to me, but it's been many years since I did any training class.
And man, I couldn't wait to get home and get that ibuprofen! The mai tai later was a bonus. I saw it on the menu and said, "Yes, I've been mistreated today, I deserve a cocktail."
I pulled my first red tomato yesterday, and fried it up with a few green ones. It was excellent!
We've cooled down to the 70s for a couple of days, and even had a little rain early this morning. I had an Autumn breakfast: homemade pumpkin waffle with cinnamon in the batter, and pumpkin spice coffee.
I've added more books to my Stack O' Summer Reads. Along with the ones listed in >99 mstrust:, I've added:
The Sun King by Nancy Mitford
Kon-Tiki- nope, haven't read this one yet
Return to Treasure Island and the Search for Captain Kidd
AA Gill is Away
Long Ago in France
The Taniwha's Tear
The New York Trilogy
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned- what a great title.
Beauty Tips From Moosejaw
So lots of travel, some sea, some heat related titles, and a few New York titles just because I need to get them read before Fall.
>123 mstrust: Tomato harvesting? We had snow three days ago, and it was freezing last night. That's not normal, but still. Even with normal weather we wouldn't even have put anything in the ground yet!
You know, I just can't choke down fried green tomatoes. They taste sour. I like sour food, and bitter food, but of the fried green tomato I am not a fan.
I just read where you can infuse bourbon with bacon. I mean, you can do it in your home and without adult supervision.
The hills are alive, withee sound of muuu-sic...
>125 PawsforThought: We've already had a few 100 degree days and lots of 90s, so my one tomato plant is working hard. It's three and a half feet tall, but I'm expecting a lot from it. These few days in the 70s is a great break before the summer is turned on full blast and we all melt like the Ark of the Covenant has been opened.
>126 SomeGuyInVirginia: It's not for everyone, for sure. It's the first time Mike had eaten them and he liked them. My sister has always loved fried okra, which I can take or leave, it's nothing special to me. My father loved crumbling his bitter cornbread into a goblet of buttermilk and eating it with a spoon like ice cream. That grossed everyone else out.
>127 SomeGuyInVirginia: I've been seeing stuff flavored as bourbon bacon or bourbon maple, like BBQ sauce and canned nuts. I think if you did it at home, you'd put the raw bacon in a sealed container with the bourbon in it, and maybe keep it in the fridge for a week? Then fry the bacon, but you couldn't drink the leftover bourbon without getting sick... maybe just adding liquid smoke to the bourbon?
I suggest you just wait. Someone will come out with a bottle of bacon flavored bourbon. Then you'll have something to drink with your eggs in the morning. ; )
>128 mstrust: we all melt like the Ark of the Covenant has opened That is exactly what happens here as well! You guys have it a lot worse for longer, though. Yesterday we had snow flurries :-/
Stopping by to get caught up with happenings here at the BBC and I have say, thank you for reading the Colonel Sanders book so I don't have to.... you know what I mean. ;-)
I'd happily trade you heat enough to melt like the ark of the covenant right now. It's snowing again and our heating had apparently switched off late last night so the house was freezing this morning when I woke up. And no hot water.
The recipe I saw used cooked bacon and in retrospect it sounds kind of gross.
>131 PawsforThought: I'm with ms, I'd rather have cooler weather than the heat in the US south. 100 degrees and 100% humidity, ugh. It's been in the 40s-50s here at night and mid 60s in the day. Bliss.
>132 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'd like to hear you say that once you've experienced -35°C
>129 rabbitprincess: I saw that some places were getting snow storms still, including Flagstaff in northern Arizona. We had a dip of 30 degrees in two days. Well, if you can, enjoy your snow and chilly weather while it lasts. You may look back with fond memories a month from now. : )
>130 lkernagh: Hey, Lori! Yes, I took the hit on that one and I hope KFC has learned a lesson from the many bad reviews on Amazon, at least of the real reviews as opposed to the obviously fake ones. They can't promise people spicy chicken romance and not deliver.
>131 PawsforThought: Oh, that sounds bad! I know you must be really tired of being cold.
>132 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha! I didn't want to say it, but drinking meat or meat flavor just doesn't sound appetizing.
I found an excellent use for my strawberry cordial: About two shots of cordial, a sliced fresh strawberry, and fill the rest of the glass with Perrier and ice, and a twist of lime. It's very good.
Your weather sounds perfect.
>133 PawsforThought: I had to ask Google to translate, and it says that's 31 degrees farenheit, and of course you must get pretty sick of being cold every day.
When it's 115 degrees, there isn't a lot you can do about it, and that's why it's so miserable. We get to 119-120F, and Phoenix, the sixth most populous city in the country, turns into a ghost town from June to September. Anybody who can leave, does, and we drive around seeing nobody on the streets, so it's often silent. We're all indoors with the A/C cranked and dreading having to walk through the parking lot to the grocery store. Entertainment dries up too, as no one comes here during the summer if they can help it.
Which may have something to do with why I love the Fall so much. Other places go into hibernation during Winter and come to life in Spring, here it's Summer into Fall.
>134 mstrust: Those temperatures are unusual, but not unheard of. January is the worst month, temperature wise, though due to climate change we've had a lot of really warm winters the past decade-ish.
It's really the length of time rather than the actual degrees that's the problem. We have temperatures below +10°C for 7+ months of the year. If it was cold for a month or two and then temperate the rest, I'd be fine with it, but it just feels like it never ends.
ETA: And yeah, it's about 31 Fahrenheit. 31 below zero, that is.
Oh, below zero? That's nature's attempt to kill everything. Yeah, you need a vacation somewhere warm, or at least somewhere that it warms up to just freezing.
Warm your hands on a cup of latte kittens?
>136 mstrust: Yeah, I don't think people are meant to live through temperatures like that.
It's going to get warmer this weekend and back to normal for this time of year next week, so I'll soon be warm again. I have been planning my vacation all week, though.
Latte kittens are adorable!
You have a lot to look forward to then. I have six months to wait for my vacation.
41. South of Heaven by Jim Thompson. Twenty-one year old Tommy had grown up with the plan of going to college one day, but those plans changed when his grandparents accidentally blew themselves up with dynamite when Tommy was sixteen. He's been working the pipelines ever since, moving from camp to camp, helping to lay down the first pipelines in Texas. It's the 1920s, a time of few laws or safety equipment, when a man could be killed on the job and buried right where he'd fallen and the work went on.
Tommy's been assigned to work the dynamite with Four Trey, his closest friend in the world, except that Four Trey doesn't want a close friend. Tommy makes his life worse by falling in love with the camp prostitute, then drawing the attention of the camp villains.
I know I said recently on another thread that Thompson's The Getaway was his most "normal" novel, meaning the most accessible with the least amount of his trademark weirdness, but this one is by far the most straightforward I've read from him. The bad guys are a bit cartoon-ish, and Tommy's pretty dumb, but there's actually a happy ending. From Thompson! Never thought I'd see the day. 3.2 stars
Did you see that Los Straitjackets have a new album coming out this month? http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news/listen-los-straitjackets-nick-lowe-tribut...
No, I hadn't heard that! I listen to them pretty often and I was wondering when or if there would be a new one, as the last one was four or five years ago and there had been some serious health problems in the band since then. Thanks for keeping me informed! I hope they do a video I can put up for the upcoming BBC tiki festival.
>141 mstrust: I associate them with Christmas -- probably because 'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets and Yuletide Beat get heavy rotation in our Christmas playlist. They also did a groovy cover of the Lucy and Linus theme from the Peanuts Christmas special.
>142 rabbitprincess: I've only seen them do a Christmas song on YT. I'd probably love their Christmas album. I always play my "Kevin and Bean on KROQ" Christmas CDs, which have Christmas songs from Brian Setzer, Blink 182, Squirrel Nut Zippers, along with comedy bits from Jon Stewart and Ben Stiller.
>143 PaulCranswick: A cup of kittens is always a surprise. Have a great weekend, Paul. We'll be here stocking the shelves and arguing.
Last night was a bust. We went to two restaurants and a bar and couldn't get in anywhere. Hipsters as far as the eye could see, wall to wall man-buns. We finally got to Undertow, the new tiki bar that's in the basement of a coffee/beer bar. Yeah, we squeezed through and went down to find this bar is no bigger than a bedroom, it was packed so that when Mike asked a girl if she was going to sit at a tiny table that was being vacated, she told him that there was a reservation list, and if we weren't on it, we were SOL.
It's great that Phoenix has been revived with all these independent businesses and artwork, but Jesus I hope all the hipsters are going somewhere for the summer. I sound old.
Happy Mother's Day!
I talked to my mom this morning and she's heading to a casino.
>145 drneutron: So that's why I have an urge to grab those things and yank, it's not that I'm just a mean person. Thanks for solving that mystery, Doc!
I'm currently skipping around the thick Penny Dreadfuls book of stories. I've read the brief essay by Charles Whitehead called "Sawney Beane: The Man Eater", which is a non-fiction recounting of the life and capture of the Beane cannibal clan. Another story, "Aurelia; or, The Tale of a Ghoul" by E.T.A. Hoffman, has a little romance, a little ghoulishness. I'm currently reading The String of Pearls, which is included, and also The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
>136 mstrust: I am not sure I can drink kitties!!
>139 mstrust: "but there's actually a happy ending. From Thompson! Never thought I'd see the day." LOL
>145 drneutron: I showed this one to my son, who looks like that when he plays soccer. He cracked a sheepish grin.
>146 mstrust: And yet another post that made me smile. Happy Sunday!!
When you look at those kittens, don't their mouths look like they're saying, "Not us, not us!"
Thompson had me so accustomed to a horrible maiming/suicide at the end of his books that I couldn't believe the ending of this one! That man was full of surprises.
And if it isn't the man bun look, it's the 1900 Lumberjack, with the big beard and checked shirts. We had a next door neighbor for twelve years who took on the latest trends with the consistency of the changing seasons. We only had to see him to know what the hipsters were up to now. He still comes to our street often and he's sporting the lumberjack look. A little, tiny lumberjack.
Have a good week!
Oh dear lord I hate that man bun thing. And the lumberjack thing. I just don't get the hipster aesthetic at all. I mean, kinda, when it was swing and pork pie hats, but now it's just all so cringe-worthy. I mean, they have to know that they are all going to look like mullet-wearing maroons in a few years and put a burn notice on their Facebook pages.
I really liked The String of Pearls, the writing had real power.
Ha! But now you can think of the man buns as a convenient handle. But I know what you mean, someone comes up with something strange and unique, and within months it's everywhere and becomes a uniform.
I'm enjoying The String of Pearls. For being written 150 years ago, it's surprisingly edgy.
Look what I found at a vintage shop yesterday:
pic from the internet
I had to research this. The back has a logo for "Trader Dick's, The Nugget restaurants, Reno". The Nugget is actually in Sparks, NV, just outside of Reno. Trader Dick's was a tiki bar inside the casino that opened in 1958 and closed permanently in 2014. Trader Vic tried to sue when the place opened for trademark infringement, but he lost.
I must admit, I quite like "man buns". But I'm quite fond of long-ish hair on guys and you need long hair for a bun to really work (I don't much care for those teeny tiny ones done on guys with undercuts).
And no to big beards but yes to checkered shirts (I love them for myself too, so...)
The thing I dislike about hipsters isn't their clothes (we're all slaves to fashion in some way or another and I don't really see the difference), but the convoluted way they do things. "Deconstructed food" and bringing a record player with massive headphones to a café instead of just your phone/mp3 player. It's obnoxious. And %#&€ing unicycles! I thought they were annoying when it was clowns riding them but that was nothing compared to hipsters.
Oh, wait. There's something else that just makes me want to vomit- the 'greasy, dirty hair' look. Srsly, it offends me.
>153 SomeGuyInVirginia: Urgh, yeah. It wasn't a good look back in the late 90's, it isn't a good look now.
>152 PawsforThought: I can never bring myself to admire a man bun, and I'm going to say that a big part of the reason is because I've seen the 30's movie "Freaks" a few times. Clearly, here is the origin of the man bun. Someone saw the Snow sisters and said, "That's the look!"
Keep in mind that I'm sorta mean. : D
Unicycles? No, unicycles aren't part of the hipster uniform here. But it makes me giggle thinking about it. Maybe that's the point?
>153 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha, his hair looks gross to touch. It looks like that may be the equivalent to a girl pinning her bangs back while they grow out because there's nothing else she can do with them. He probably hated it too.
I probably wouldn't be so bothered if these weren't looks that everyone and his brother was doing. They start out being about looking unique, and then everyone wants to borrow it because they think it will make them look unique and I guess they don't care that there are forty other guys in the room who look exactly the same. Anyway, in six months there will be some other look to hate. *rubs hands in anticipation*
>155 mstrust: Maybe they'll go back to having super-gelled spiky hair with frosted tips á la 90's boybands?
If they're reaching back to the 30's for the man bun, and back a hundred years for the old lumberjack look, why not this?
Please, universe, just give me this. Our mothers and grandmothers must have laughed themselves into blackouts.
>157 mstrust: My mum had a ski suit in the 70's that looked just like the plaid trousers in the second pic (except it was plain red, not plaid).
Oh, and haven't you heard? Rompers for men are apparently the new thign this season, so you're not far off. https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomvellner/romphim-i-hardly-knew-him?utm_term=.jbRd0WE1W#.qjBlvrLPr
>158 SomeGuyInVirginia: How great would it be to see a guy walking down the street in one of those? The joy!
>159 PawsforThought: Onesies! They look like there would be someone nearby whose job is to pull sharp things out of their hands. You're right, I got close just for the fact that it's something he gets to climb into and zip up. All by himself.
Right on! If hipsters really want to stop being wimps and make a statement, they'll dress like that! You want to make a statement? Dress like Huggy Bear at Gstaad. Meaningful change!
>156 PawsforThought: OK, I have to confess. I never did it, but I considered dying my hair platinum blond and spiking it. Briefly. More of a quickly passing phase, really. Thank god I have a grounded aesthetician!
>161 SomeGuyInVirginia: Well, if you'd done it you would have been like every other young guy in the late 90's. I think half the boys at my school had hair like that.
You're a sharp looking crew. Have fun at the Vampire Weekend concert, but take it easy on the Smirnoff Ices. You don't want to crash the Volvo.
I'm reading two interesting books, yet I'm reading so slowly that I'm not even halfway through either of them. I don't know why I'm going so slowly. And I'm still going through my New York travel guide too, highlighting so much stuff that Mike keeps reminding me that "we'll only be there a week."
And we'll be going to Vegas next month to see Mom for my birthday/sister's birthday/would-have-been Dad's birthday. Our birthdays are all stuck together to form a very expensive month.
>165 mstrust: "we'll only be there a week."
That's what I have to keep telling myself when I plan my holidays, too. There's just so much to see and do! Although, to be fair, I'm very fast so usually get to at least twice as many attractions/places as "normal" people do.
Like we'd ever let Otter drive two weeks on either side of the Derby!
>166 PawsforThought: I'm like that too. A vacation with me is exhausting, but there's so much to see and we haven't been to NYC since 2009. I figure vacations are for seeing and doing, and I can rest when I get home.
>167 SomeGuyInVirginia: We'll have to see how you and your chums handle the tiki party I'll be throwing next month. I'm guessing you know how to watusi.
I'm a little disappointed to have missed the sign up for June's Nocturnal Reads subscription box. It's theme is Stephen King and includes commissioned artwork. They're sold in limited numbers and I twiddled my thumbs too long.
>168 mstrust: Ha! Yes, exactly! Resting is for home. I live in a pretty boring town with little to nothing in terms or culture, so I overdose on it whenever I go away on holiday - to charge my batteries, as it were. So I pack as much as I can into those measly days and then rest when I get home again.
That's why I like travelling alone. No one to slow me down or complain when I'm in and out of a museum before they've made it halfway.
Yeah, that does seem like a good one (June Nocturnal Reader). I'd never heard of something like that before and it does sound like a killer business model.
>169 PawsforThought: I can't rush an art museum, but the rest of the stuff sounds like a good time. One thing I like to do when I'm on vacation is to just hang out with the locals and get the vibe of the place.
>169 PawsforThought: I have such a good time on vacations that I often wonder why I should go home. Well, I'd miss the dog.
Yes, I can see how it would be vital to squeeze as much as possible out of a holiday if you live somewhere that is small or boring to you. Where do you like to go on vacation?
>170 SomeGuyInVirginia: I just found out about Nocturnal recently as someone posted about how happy they were with their box of goodies. It sounds like it's right up your alley as you read a lot of creepy stuff too. I've bookmarked their site and I'll see what theme comes next.
It's great when you can meet a friendly local and get some insight. We don't do that so much anymore because we always go to big cities now. We spent a week on the Hopi reservation once, and went up to the First Mesa and waited for the guide, as you had to be with a local guide to walk around. While we waited, we met a young guy who lived there, and of course he thought it was a boring place but was happy to talk. He filled us in on his family and all the current happenings, which included the recent suicide by a man leaping from the mesa.
There are people who are naturally welcoming. Then there are people like me, who grew up so close to Disneyland that even as a child I'd sneer, "Ugh, tourists." What a brat.
Here's the gang's molls, the Vassar Drags. Caffi's belt has a piano wire in it, so it's both functional and an assassin's tool.
>170 SomeGuyInVirginia: I don't feel like I'm rushing - it's just everyone else who's slowpoking. I spend some time on the stuff I'm genuinely interested in and then breeze past the stuff I care less about.
>171 mstrust: I do quite like coming home - because I'd never rest otherwise! And I can sleep in my own bed.
I go to various big cities in Europe. Berlin, Vienna, etc. They're close enough that I don't have to spend more than a few hours on a plane (also not very expensive to fly there), they're full of cultural sites, castle, museum, etc., and at least some of the time I can understand the native enough to not have to switch to English (I like to blend in with the locals and not be an obvious tourist).
>172 SomeGuyInVirginia: Those girls look tough. The other two are no doubt preparing to fling kung fu stars and acid.
And are you going somewhere nice this year? An assassin's convention in Prague, a rum tasting panel in Puerto Rico?
O.k., I just came up with an amazing idea: doughnuts festivals! They do it with beer, barbecue, garlic- why not doughnuts?
>173 PawsforThought: You would have a lot of great cities to choose from. I remember being a bit stunned to drive by an actual castle. Like, "Is that a castle?! You guys have a castle?"
I spent one weekend in Vienna. A weekend that turned out to be a holiday, so all the banks and restaurants were closed and my friend and I had to share a bowl of soup for a meal because we couldn't exchange money or find anywhere to eat. The palace was open though!
>174 mstrust: Yeah, there are a few. I've only made a small dent so far.
Vienna was great, especially the cafés but a little bit too bureaucratic for me. Liked Berlin more. Which palace was it - Schönbrunn of Hofburg (or any of the others)?
Schonbrunn. It was beautiful of course, and with nearly everything else closed, it was really the only thing we got to see in Vienna.
>177 mstrust: It is beautiful but I was a bit disappointed with Schönbrunn. So many lines to stand in, for no reason really, and sometimes not so much to actually see (the castle itself was obviously worth seeing, but there were queues and tickets for three gardens, the Gloriette, Tiergarten, the stables...). I had a free entry visitor's pass and in Berlin I could just show that and walk right in, at Schönbrunn (and in Vienna in general) I had to stand in the ticket line, show the card, get a free ticket, go to the entry queue, wait until a particular time printed on the ticket, walk in and then stand in another queue to get an audio guide because they didn't have much in the way of signs so audio guide were the only real way to learn what was what. I don't like audio guides because they slow me down.
I actually lived two streets away from the entry to Schönbrunn when I was in Vienna.
It sounds like it's much more crowded now. When I was there, we paid and were just let loose on the place. The only hold-ups were the people stopping on the stairs to look up at the ceiling, and the grounds were all included with the one ticket.
We've just returned from the Humane Society boutique. The store is closing for good tomorrow and everything is selling for 40% off, so Coral now has enough cookies, chew bones and toys for the next 5 months. She is currently working on a chicken flavored dental chew shaped like Tyrannosaurus Rex. She also has some giant doggie cookies shaped like a martini and a fried egg on toast that came from the little bakery case. Spoiled dog! So spoiled!
Because the shop is a charity they received lower rent rates, but the landlord gave them the boot when one of the other regular paying shops decided it wanted more room.
>179 mstrust: Yeah, to get into the castle I had to stand in line for over an hour altogether - despite having a free pass and getting there as soon as it opened. All of Vienna was queues.
Sorry to hear about the shop closing - but the T Rex chew thing sounds cool (all dino things are cool). I've spoiled my cat like crazy today because we've been dog sitting the past week and kitty is scared of dogs so it's been tough on him. Dog's gone home now so he can relax - and mummy has been feeding him snacks and extra food and letting him sleep at the head of the bed.
That would be a tough week for the cat. He's earned his perks.
Mike was going through his business account purchases last night and found that someone had used his numbers to make multiple purchases to Apple downloads this past week. About $100 worth. And we also found out that our bank has no one at all to answer their 800 number on the weekends so we couldn't close the card, and Apple only allows the customer to fill out a form for them to call you within 48 hours. I guess you should get your credit stolen on a weekday.
42. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. You know what this book is about and the amount of research that went into telling the true story of Lacks' life, her death and the invaluable importance of her cells. It was also very interesting to read of the number of doctors who have been discovered experimenting on their patients without informing them, and the laws concerning the rights, or lack of rights, a person might have to their own tissue. 4.2 stars
I didn't think I was ever going to finish one of my books, but a very sleeplessness night pushed this one along. It's going to be in the 100s all week. And then next week. And then for the next five months.
Hmmm. Most of the time it's the bank's fraud line that calls us to tell us there's been suspicious activity, rather than us finding out about it. So, yeah, it seems like there'd be a way to handle it 24/7.
>183 PawsforThought: >184 drneutron: Yea, you'd think that a bank would have at least a skeleton crew of operators that would, minimally, be able able to close the card so that further use would be averted. Not our bank. Apparently weekends are a free pass for thieves. And Apple, one of the biggest corporations in the world, also doesn't have anyone to speak to for the weekend.
It irked me, so I called the police precinct last night to see if there was anything to do on that end, because the thief had to set up an account in Mike's name in order to use the card with Apple. The desk officer said that we have to get the info from the bank and Apple, then they can file a report and give us an I.D. theft kit that will give us the places to call to see if his identity was stolen or if it was a fast food employee just using and discarding customer numbers for a day.
We're lucky that Mike has a friend in the local precinct who will be able to walk us through it all.
Damn, I'm really bad about not checking my credit card statement. I shudder to think...
I have to note that it's Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday. I'll be celebrating by tracking a thief today.
>186 SomeGuyInVirginia: Sure, it's something that can get pushed back til you have more time. If Mike had checked a day or two earlier, we could have had an easier time because it would have been a work day. But at least he caught it.
43. The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms by J.P. Donleavy. At forty-three years old, wealthy Jocelyn's husband leaves her for his young assistant. The reader spends the next difficult two years with Jocelyn as she finds her circumstances reduced significantly while everyone she knew avoids her. She still dresses up and goes to the art museums of NYC.
I'd never read anything from this author before, but judging from this book, he's more of a storyteller than writer. It's an interesting story, sometimes a bit humorous but overall pretty depressing with the reader wondering how much more this one woman can take, but the proliferation of awkward sentences that have to be untangled to get the meaning is annoying. There are some really nice art deco style illustrations by Elliott Banfield scattered about. 3 stars
I've never read Donleavy either. He was all the rage when I was in college, but I picked up The Ginger Man and broke a front tooth on the wordy first paragraph. So, no.
I agree with Michael Chabon. He said that he only reads to be entertained. That's why he's entertaining and famous and rich and Donleavy is popular on campus.
You know, I had a sneaking suspicion that Donleavy must have had a following somewhere because an editor and publisher let him get away with those twisted-up sentences and using about 40% fewer commas than needed. That isn't something that a new author is allowed to get by with, so I had to assume that he had a "reputation".
Hi Jennifer. Stopping by the BBC with hellos and to see what has been happening since my last visit.
>149 mstrust: - And if it isn't the man bun look, it's the 1900 Lumberjack, with the big beard and checked shirts. LOL! While the beard has made a comeback, at least it hasn't been accompanied with the lumberjack "look" where I live. ;-)
>151 mstrust: - Love the tiki find!
I am currently enjoying watching an episode of "Black Books" as my bedtime viewing. I am about to start series/season three tonight and just wondering, did they only have three seasons?
I loved that show. The episode where they were freaking out because the temperatures were in the 80s cracked me up. In Virginia, that wouldn't even cause people to break a sweat.
>193 SomeGuyInVirginia: That's as hot as it gets over here. I've never in my life experiences temperatures over 35C (95F) - and that was in a different country. Here it's never been over 32C (90F) in my lifetime.
>191 lkernagh: Hi, Lori! You haven't seen the "lumberjack"? Well, you're in Canada, so maybe the guys haven't adopted it because around there a lumberjack is an actual occupation. ; )
I'll be dropping by that vintage shop again to see if they get more tiki mugs. That was exciting to find them at all, but especially for $10 rather than $100.
I did a re-watch of "Black Books" not too long ago and enjoyed it even more than the first time. I'm currently watching the third season of "Kimmy Schmidt" and the first season of "Lillyhammer". And "Better Call Saul" is down to the last three episodes of the season. But "iZombie" is only mid-season, so I'll still have that.
>193 SomeGuyInVirginia: 80 degrees- ha! Ha, I say! It's bad enough in the Summer here, but in Virginia it must be a steam bath. Do you get horse flies there? I spent a Summer in Texas once and they were like Tootsie Roll sized Kamikaze flyers.
>194 PawsforThought: We're suppose to hit 107F today. I couldn't take Coral for her walk this morning because it was already too hot by 8:30. I drove home from the store at 9:30 and it was 91F. But we'll have a couple of days this week were it will get down to 95 before shooting back up to the "roasting in hell" setting, so that'll be nice.
I know. The hottest I've ever seen it here was 105 and that's nothing like the 115+ you routinely get in your part of AZ. Still, when it's been 98 for two weeks and 100% humidity, it does feel like I'm living in the mouth of a panting dog.
>194 PawsforThought: Wow, it must be nice. I like cold weather, but I loooooove cool weather, which I guess you've got. If the South consistently got snow in the winter, I'd never consider leaving. Actually, I'll never leave but I'd grumble a lot less.
I'm off the grid until next week, so everybody have a wonderful time where ever you are!
>197 mstrust: Well, yeah, the summer's are great. Love summer. Winters - not so much. Cold, dark and depressing.
I am another who prefers the warm over the cold but Malaysia and it's absence of seasons tends to get to me now and again. It is also the 90% plus humidity on a daily basis that saps me of all energy.
It's a good thing you like warm, because I'm sure you get plenty of it in Malaysia, Paul. I've lived in Arizona for 20 years now, and the last time I went back to Southern California it was a September, still pretty warm, but it was the humidity that made it so hard to breathe. I didn't realize how I'd completely acclimated to the dry desert.
I felt like an idiot having to stop and catch my breath every few minutes.
The new BBC is open!
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