Monday, September 05, 2011
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Usually at these events, I take a picture of the artist/performer, but this was one of the rare occasions the venue made a point of saying "No Recording of Anything - NOTHING".
Tim Minchin is a wonderfully talented, intelligent, insightful and funny performer. His songs are funny, but they also make you think. I have previously shared the song "Prejudice" on this blog, and he performed this last night, along with many others that are loaded on You Tube. If you haven't seen him perform, take a few minutes and go enjoy. Please note, he is not a "G" rated artist, and one of his songs which is a commentary on the Catholic Church and pedophilia is not for the faint of heart or easily offended. In other words, if you're like me and have an issue with organized religion, he's the guy for you.
His final song of the night was the song "Hallelujah", which, as he noted, only is San Francisco can get a 1,000 atheists to sing a hymn. It was almost awe inspiring. 1,000 people in harmony, without any accompaniment singing the final stanza and ended as one. Beautiful. Two plus hours of laughing until you cry and smiling ear-to-ear enjoyment.
I hope he comes back to San Francisco again and again and again.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
(Photo from www.wallpaper.net.au)
(Photo from www.wallpaper.net.au)
I think I’m pretty lucky. Back in October 2002, Kevin and I were in Orlando for 10 days and Atlantis was due to launch during our time there. Not that many people have been able to experience this in person. It’s hard to explain. Just being at the Kennedy Space Center was a cool experience, but to see, hear and feel that shuttle take off was just something that took my breath away. It was a uniquely American experience, being there on the coast with gators taking a peek at us from the waters between us and the launch site. Just a bunch of strangers watching American ingenuity take flight.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
We tried a total of 6 samplers. They were presented on a wooden lily pad.
Hefeweizen - Kevin liked this one best. Light and refreshing. A fairly typical hefe.
Blonde Ale - hoppy
IPA - hoppy
Red Ale - kinda hoppy
Belgian White - bitter finish on a the palette. Overall ok.
Scotch Ale - Though I liked the hefe, I liked this ale better. Nice, complex flavor with a hint of scotch note on the palette.
As to food, we both had Fish & Chips. There was a bit of a twist with these entrees though - the fish is wood-smoked. I had the salmon and Kevin had the basa. Overall, a satisfactory nontraditional version of F&C, but in all honesty there wasn't much smoked flavor to the fish. The salmon held together well, was moist and the batter was crisp and not too oily. The basa, which I wouldn't have considered appropriate for F&C, was ok due to the smoking adding some flavor. The fries were excellent and the coleslaw was crisp with sufficient dressing to add flavor and not drown it. We would probably order the Salmon Fish & Chips again, but probably not the Basa.
The atmosphere is a little on the dark side. We were there for lunch around 12:30 on a Saturday. The place had about 20 patrons. The wait staff was efficient, friendly and attentive. Even for that time of day, the interior was dark, which made the menus a little hard to read. They're going for an English Pub feel, which is moderately successful. We sat in a booth and the benches and seat backs were comfortable, but I did feel that I was sitting a little low to the table. Kevin seemed to be sitting a little higher. The acoustics are kind of loud in the main dining room. For the amount of people, the sounds really bounced. I can imagine it's very noisy during peak hours and may hinder intimate conversations.
As to the beers, on our next visit, we will definitely enjoy a pint of the Hefe and the Scotch Ale. They were very drinkable and of good quality. There were several other items on the menu that looked very tempting and I can't wait to give them a try on our next visit.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Heidi at 15 - 2005
Originally uploaded by solslett.
Today it has been 5 years since my beloved Heidi passed away. It's hard to believe she was part of my life for 16 years. Sometimes, in the wee hours of the morning, I can hear her nails clicking on the hard wood floors.
I pulled a box out of the coat closet last week. A dust bunny came with it. Nothing but downy white fur.
I still miss you, Boo.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Love this song and thought I should share it in case you haven't been exposed to Tim Minchin. He is brilliant! He was on Conan O'Brien this week, and they didn't think this song would appeal to a US audience as they may be somewhat unfamiliar with the term that is used. As I posted on TeamCoco, there was a bit of a brouhaha over an South Park episode a few years ago that launched a Facebook page about "kicking" this segment of the population.
Go find Tim Minchin's videos on youtube. We spent a good part of an evening streaming them to the TV. Good times!