Friday, October 31, 2014
( when did Halloween Snickers get SO tiny ? )
Yeah, I don't even know where to start on this one, other than Neil and I both really liked it. It is very much not for everyone, my first reaction on the way out of the theater was " what the heck did we just see " . It just shreds all of entertainment - movies and Broadway - while at the same time totally not taking itself serious, at all - to the point of self parody and deprecation. Nothing is what it seems - other than Broadway , capital B - it , it seems, is eternal. I said it was as if David Lynch had done a high school production of All About Eve....
Many leaps of faith and willing suspensions have to be taken, but really - just sit back and " let the art flow over you" . So happy that this one got made.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Slow cooked OLD SCHOOL proper beef stew / boeuf bourguignon.
Except this is a boeuf pinot noir - which is what I had on hand, and it was so much better than a heavy burgundy . I really should have done a tick tock for this, and will sometime, maybe I have before -
It is not hard at all, just takes a little bit of time - and the results are so tasty
On the last full day at Pompanuck this year - I lost my wedding ring.
That afternoon we were all cooking something - it's generally " use up leftover day ", an I think I was picking some left over grilled chicken for chicken salad and took my ring off to avoid mess. There was a lot of activity in the kitchen that day . The night wore on....
I did not realize until the morning that it was gone . Now there is close to zero garbage at Pompanuck - so the ring had to be someplace. The Roundhouse where everyone gathers is a large place, but with lots of help we looked all over ,to no avail . I even ventured out into the most creepy , and way bug filled compost bins - no shiny gold band. A mystery for sure.....
Fast forward to this past Saturday night. The phone rings and it is Dahn's dad David - who FOUND MY WEDDING RING - wrapped up in a brisket that he had cooked at Pompanuck . We did not eat all he cooked - we never do - and he wrapped it up to have later on. I guess somehow it got into the bowl with the cooked meat, fell into the gravy something, and spent a few months in his freezer.
And now back on my hand . Funny how things work out.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the 2014 World Series in seven exciting games. I can't remember when I have watched a Series so closely - and Neil and I both enjoyed it. We were simi rooting for the underdog KC Royals, just because SF has won two times in the last 4 years, but very happy for all the Giants fans tonight.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
and not just " the polls " like it has been
this is :
The poll to end all polls, the grand pooh bah of polls, the poll to get the horror of the one time savour of college football the BCS poll out of every one's mind. This is THE POLL.
HERE are the folks that are making up this poll, minus Archie Manning, who dropped out, cause his new knee or hip, I forget, was acting up - he needs to be replaced with Vince Dooley. They are going to meet and release every week, so here it is, at long last , now and forever :
I will find out which traditional bowl will host which game, 1-4 / 2/3 and then the two winners.
Nothing but anti SEC animus floating around all points outside of Dixie - and I'm sure tonight got all of Michigan and points west up in arms, but the folks are smart. This bracket here all but grantees the inclusion of non SEC teams , other than one come January. Auburn plays Ole Miss THIS weekend, meaning bye bye to one of them, 1 has 4 Thanksgiving weekend, if these stay the same..... that frees up two non SEC spots for :
8) MICHIGAN STATE
9) KANSAS STATE
10) NOTRE DAME
ELEVEN! GOSH, WAS VERY MUCH HOPING FOR BETTER THAN THAT - BUT LIKE EVERYONE WAS SAYING ON LINE TONIGHT, WE " WIN OUT" AND WE ARE IN THAT TOP 4
WILL DIG A LITTLE DEEPER IN THIS LATER ON....
A most enjoyable walk.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
- MISSISSIPPI STATE 7-0
- Florida State 7-0
- ALABAMA 7-1
- AUBURN 6-1
- Michigan State 7-1
- Oregon 6-1
- Notre Dame 6-1
- GEORGIA 6-1
- OLE MISS 6-1
- TCU 6-1
- Kansas State 6-1
- Baylor 6-1
- Ohio State 6-1
- Arizona State 6-1
- Arizona 6-1
- Nebraska 6-1
- LSU 7-2
- Utah 6-1
- East Carolina 6-1
- Oklahoma 5-2
- Clemson 6-2
- West Virginia 6-2
- Marshall 8-0
- Duke 6-1
- UCLA 6-2
OK, so half the top 10 are SEC Schools - but now only three of the top five. ( life being hard at the top )
The clock rang midnight for little Ole Miss - only the most die hard rebel fan was not on pins and needles about going into LSU's Death Valley at night with the Tigers' back up against the wall - a three loss season this early would have been a catastrophe for LSU. Playing Auburn this coming week could really wear them down. It is a 7 pm game in Oxford
Leaving only the top ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs as the lone Cinderella team in the magnolia state. I did not think there were all that impressive at all against Kentucky this weekend, so that Alabama game three weeks from now could be a ugly one for the cowbellers.
Florida State is a dreaded Thursday game this week , against Louisville - fingers crossed there.
UGA's annual South Georgia home game - does anyone still call it the cocktail party? Lots and lots of sad jort wearers this go round, so beating us would a) make them all just a bit happier and b) save their coaches job.You can never ever rule out the Gators in Jacksonville.
The play off selection committee meets this TUESDAY - their top 4 will not be this top four for sure - most of the college football world is all a bit pissy that the SEC is sucking up all the oxygen in the room - so I am betting the suits try and spread some love - with Auburn being the red headed step child.... but it is still somewhat early.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
UGA had its annual pre Jacksonville weekend off - leaving me at just loose ends all day long! I even took a nap, something that I don't ever do . Then comes 7 pm and 4 games all at the same time - when it rains it pours. I half watched #1 Mississippi State beat ( not impressively ) a dapper Kentucky.
We mostly watched
LSU beat the Cinderella Ole Miss
switching back and forth between
Alabama ( the return of Lane Kiffen ) at Tennessee
what turned out to be the best game of the night
Auburn beating South Carolina
with a little bit of
Clempson beating our neighbor Syracuse
Rice beating North Texas
and the funniest game of all
University of Delaware at William and Mary
( I have a thing for TINY football )
Back to reality in seven with the worlds largest outdoor cocktail party!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Before going to Bellview, the guy with ebola went bowling in Brooklyn, to bad that his name is not Bob.
EBOLA IN NYC.
It happened a little bit late this evening, so we will report on the blind panic in the morning.
After a couple of cool windy/rainy days we woke up this morning to this!
The trail is just a thick carpet of browns and golds.
Some of us are holding on to that summer feeling as long as we can.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I spent the morning watching the CBC and the horrible shootings in Ottawa, and after the initial shock wore off and it appeared that is was not as wide spread as first thought, just a sadness came over me. We , the US, Canada - NATO, who ever could if they wanted take over all of the middle east - just go full British Empire. But that could not stop something like today - nothing could. One lone gunman - one probably crazy Canadian shuts down a great deal of his county and puts freaking NORAD on high alert. In a system set up to defend against global nuclear war the lone wolf gunman slips through.
And now happy open Canada gets to bring in the metal detectors and concrete barriers - with no end in sight , ever.
The nameless forgotten shooter was killed in the main hall of the Canadian Parliament.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
These guys just win halftime. Make sure to watch their drum major as well....
Monday, October 20, 2014
It was late in getting here, but 2014 turned out to be a great run.
Adios Mi Amigos!
Until next Summer.
Not really even all that many pumpkins left, more than this, but I just really liked this shot with the leaves and mute colors.
and another view of my favorite October shot from this afternoon.
A blaze of Autumn color over a few 200 year old graves!
We saw BOOK OF MORMON LAST NIGHT!
The darling of the 2011 Tonys has NEVER been on TKTS, so we had never seen it. The road show has been in Rochester before - and it was always a " lets go see it! " , but we always forgot. Lucky for us this time, someone wrote Neil an email saying that they had just been and BOOM, Neil had us tickets. Surprisingly good ones... way down and smack in the middle.
Is it possible for a show to live up to three years of big time hype, and in some cases , if not most, the answer is no - but not in this one. It is a wonderful show, smart , funny and that rarest of rare these days SINGABLE! Yes, you can walk out of the theater humming a song from this show.
It is everything you have heard - all sacred cows end up on the grill. But , in the end it comes full circle and is a very sweet , warm - very affirming show!
Many of the cast members have been in the Broadway run - really, it was first rate and most enjoyable.
It was the last night for the Rochester run - this is where Moroni will travel to Syracuse and beyond.
Then we bought some soup.
City Pumpkins at Night