Thursday, August 27, 2009

A pic for Tasha on RD board


Didn't know you traveled all the way from Chicago to Wenatchee often enough to go to Aut-to-Mocha!



Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen.... er......more like fifteen but there's still much more cheese to be had!

My thirteen (fifteen) favorite kinds of cheese.

I love cheese!


Feta is a brined curd cheese traditionally made in countries of the Balkan Peninsula (Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey etc.). A sheep's milk cheese, varying amounts of goats’ milk may be added, as long as this milk makes up less than 30% of the total mixture.

Feta is an aged cheese, commonly produced in blocks, and has a slightly grainy texture. It is used as a table cheese, as well as in salads, pastries and in baking, notably in the popular phyllo-based dishes spanakopita ("spinach pie") and tyropita ("cheese pie") and combined with olive oil and vegetables.

Mizithra is a traditional unpasteurized cheese made from sheep milk - and/or goat-milk whey with some added milk. The cheese is soft, snow-white, creamy, and granular; its flavor is similar to ricotta salata. It is made in various sizes and shapes, most commonly a truncated cone. The fresh, soft, sweet form is called simply mizithra; the sour version is xynomizithra. If it is aged, it becomes anthotyros. It is eaten as dessert with honey, or as mezes with olives and tomato. In the past, balls of Mizithra were hung outdoors in small sheets of muslin to air-dry.


Mozzarella is a generic term for several kinds of originally Italian cheeses that are made using spinning and then cutting (hence the name; the Italian verb mozzare means "to cut"):
Mozzarella di Bufala (buffalo mozzarella), made from domesticated water buffalo milk
mozzarella fior di latte, made from fresh pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's milk
low-moisture mozzarella, which is made from whole or part skim milk, and widely used in the foodservice industry.

Fresh mozzarella is generally white, but may vary seasonally to slightly yellow depending on the animal's diet. It is a semi-soft cheese. Due to its high moisture content, it is traditionally served the day it is made, but can be kept in brine for up to a week, or longer when sold in vacuum-sealed packages. Low-moisture mozzarella can keep refrigerated for up to a month, though some pre-shredded low-moisture mozzarella is sold with a shelf life of up to 6 months. Mozzarella of several kinds are also used for most types of pizza, lasagna, or served with sliced tomatoes and basil in Insalata caprese.

Pecorino is the name of a family of hard Italian cheeses made from sheep milk. The word pecora, from which the name derives, means sheep. Most are aged and sharp.
Pecorino Romano is most often used on pasta dishes, like the better-known Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan). Its distinctive strong, very salty flavour means that it is preferred for some pasta dishes with highly-flavoured sauces, especially those of Roman origin, such as sugo all'amatriciana.


Edam (Dutch Edammer) is a Dutch cheese that is traditionally sold as spheres with pale yellow interior and a coat of red paraffin wax. It is named after the town of Edam in the province of North Holland, where the cheese is coated for export and for tourist high season. Edam which has aged for at least 17 weeks is coated with black wax, rather than the usual red or yellow. Edam ages well, travels well, and does not spoil easily — these qualities made it the world's most popular cheese between the 14th and 18th centuries, both at sea and in remote colonies. It is popular in North America, the Nordic countries, and many other countries around the world.
Edam cheese has a very mild taste, is slightly salty or nutty, and has almost no smell when compared to other cheeses. It also has a significantly lower fat content than many other traditional cheeses being approximately 28 percent with an average protein content of 25 percent. Modern Edam is quite soft compared to other cheeses, such as Cheddar, due to its low fat content.

Gouda is a yellow cheese made from cow's milk. The cheese is named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands, but its name is not protected. Gouda cheese is made and sold all around the world.


Havarti or Cream Havarti is a semi-soft Danish cow's milk cheese. It is a table cheese that can be sliced, grilled, or melted.

Havarti is an interior-ripened cheese that is rindless, smooth and slightly bright-surfaced with a cream to yellow color depending on type. It has very small and irregular openings ("eyes") distributed in the mass.

Havarti has a buttery aroma and can be somewhat sharp in the stronger varieties, much like Swiss cheese. The taste is buttery, and from somewhat sweet to very sweet, and it is slightly acidic. It is typically aged about three months, though when the cheese is older it becomes more salty and tastes like hazelnut. When left at room temperature the cheese tends to soften quickly.
Flavored variants of Havarti are also available, such as cranberry, garlic, caraway, dill, basil, coconut, and jalapeño.


Jarlsberg cheese is a mild cow's-milk cheese with large irregular holes or what are commonly referred to as "eyes", originating from Jarlsberg, Norway.

Jarlsberg has a yellow-wax rind and a semi-firm yellow interior. The flavor is mild, buttery, nutty and slightly sweet. It is an all-purpose cheese, good both for cooking and for eating as a snack. It has a characteristic smooth, shiny-yellow body, and a creamy supple texture. Jarlsberg Special Reserve is produced in Norway in limited quantities. It is aged a minimum of one year and is distinguished by medium to large holes.


Stilton is a type of English cheese, known for its characteristic strong smell. It is produced in two varieties: the well-known blue and the lesser-known white. Both have been granted the status of a protected designation of origin by the European Commission. Only cheese produced in the three counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire – and made according to a strict code – may be called "Stilton".

To be called blue Stilton, a cheese must:
  • Be made only in the three counties from local milk, which is pasteurised before use.
  • Be made only in a traditional cylindrical shape.
  • Be allowed to form its own crust or coat.
  • Be unpressed.
  • Have delicate blue veins radiating from the centre.
  • Have a "taste profile typical of Stilton".
Stilton has a typical fat content of ~35%, and protein content of ~23%.

Cheddar cheese is a relatively hard pale-yellow to off-white, and sometimes sharp-tasting cheese originating in the English village of Cheddar, in Somerset. Cheddar cheese is the most popular cheese in the United Kingdom, accounting for 51% of the country's £1.9 billion annual cheese market.

Cheddar cheese has been widely imitated, both in the United Kingdom and in other countries, including Ireland, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Iceland.


Brie is a soft cows' cheese named after Brie, the French province in which it originated. It is pale in colour with a slight greyish tinge under crusty white mould; very soft and savoury with a hint of ammonia. The white mouldy rind is edible, and is not intended to be separated from the cheese before consumption.

S.A.F.R Port Salut is a semi-soft pasteurized cow's milk cheese from Brittany with a distinctive orange crust and a mild flavor. The cheese is produced in disks approximately 23 cm (9 inches) in diameter, weighing approximately 2 kg (5 lb).

Though Port Salut has a mild flavour, it sometimes has a strong smell because it is a mature cheese. The smell increases the longer the cheese is kept — this however does not affect its flavour. It can be refrigerated and is best eaten within two weeks of opening.

The cheese was originally invented by Trappist monks during the 19th century at the abbey of Notre Dame du Port du Salut in Entrammes.

Munster Cheese or Munster-géromé, is a strong tasting, soft cheese made mainly from the milk of the vosgian countries between Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté in France.
The name munster may come from the little town of Munster, where, among Vosgian abbeys and monasteries, the cheese was conserved and matured in monk's cellars. It may also refer to the Latin word for monastery, monasterium.


Muenster cheese is an American cheese, related to the French Munster cheese. The name Muenster is derived from an English transliteration of Münster, a city in Germany. The original name of the French cheese comes from Alsatian abbey of Munster in the Vosgian mountains. Munster translates as "monastery", altered from Latin monasterium.

Its taste is comparable to that of both typical white American cheese and a sharp jack cheese.

Muenster cheese is a smooth textured cheese with an orange rind and a white interior. This washed-rind cheese is made from cows’ milk. The orange color is derived from vegetable coloring. It usually has a very mild flavor and smooth, soft texture. In some cases, when properly aged, it can develop a strong flavor with a pungent aroma. This cheese is commonly served as an appetizer. Because it melts well, it is also often used in dishes such as grilled cheese sandwiches, tuna melts, quesadillas and cheeseburgers.

American versions are sold younger, and with a weaker taste, than European versions.


Cougar Gold is an American cheese produced at the Washington State University Creamery in Pullman, Washington. Like other cheeses sold at the creamery, Cougar Gold is notable for being sold exclusively in 30oz tin cans. Cougar Gold is a white, sharp cheddar that is aged at least one year. It has a nutty flavor somewhat resembling Swiss or Gouda. When properly refrigerated, Cougar Gold is claimed to last indefinitely in the can. An unopened can becomes more flavorful, sharp, dry and crumbly with age. Approximately 250,000 cans of Cougar Cheese are currently sold each year, 80% of which are Cougar Gold.

The WSU Creamery produces eight different flavors of cheese as well as many ice cream flavors. Washington State University students are employed to produce the cheese and ice cream and to sell products in Ferdinand's Ice Cream Shoppe as well as in the Creamery's Direct Marketing Department that ships cheese nation wide.

Cream cheese (also called soft cheese or Philadelphia cheese) is a sweet, soft, mild-tasting, white cheese, defined by the US Department of Agriculture as containing at least 33% milkfat (as marketed) with a moisture content of not more than 55%, and a pH range of 4.4 to 4.9.
Cream cheese is not naturally matured and is meant to be consumed fresh, and so it differs from other soft cheeses such as Brie and Neufchâtel. More comparable in taste, texture, and production methods are Boursin and Mascarpone.

All cheese info from

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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Alexander Forsytheʼs house is haunted. One wouldn’t think a hundred and three year old vampire would let a little ghost bother him, but this particular house guest has outstayed her welcome.

Alex detests witchcraft, but after discovering his ghost, Abbie, is the ancestor of the local witch, Willow Cowan, his choices are limited. Alex calls on Willow to help evict his ghostly tenant, but he begins to wonder if the sexy spell-caster might be more trouble than the ghost.

Willow thinks Alex needs her magical abilities to remove the spirit from his house. What she doesnʼt realize is that his specter is her long lost ancestor. Sheʼs not sure she wants to help the gorgeous vampire in his ghost hunt, until she sees a long lost family heirloom on display in Alexʼs house.

Alex is adamant that the necklace belongs to him.. Itʼs been in his family since it was created for the wife of a distant ancestor. The necklace had been given to every wife of the first born son. Heʼs reluctant to give away his precious heirloom to a witch.

Can they learn to work together and get past their differences? Or will Abbie be the one obstacle they can’t remove?

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Thought for the day

What's the deal with free will?

If it's so great, why do they have to give it away?

The fourth Chinese Ch’an Patriarch, Tao-hsin (580-651), stated: “The wise man does nothing, the fool ties himself up.”

And in case the above photo does not bring to mind a grave, an ending or a dark night of some sort, let me make myself perfectly clear with a little help from Pirates of the Caribbean:

Norrington: Mr. Sparrow, you will accompany these fine men to the helm and provide us with the bearing to Isla de Muerta. You will then spend the remainder of the voyage contemplating all possible meanings of the phrase "silent as the grave". Do I make myself clear?
Jack Sparrow: Inescapably.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Would someone please crown me a moron?

Yes, me.

I know, it's hard to believe. But I can admit it. I can admit I'm an idiot. After all it's true.

I see two of my favorite peeps today and what do I do? Do I open my mouth and spill out any secret passwords? Flutter my eyelashes? Act coy? Oh heck no! Not me. Nope.

  • One of them I didn't say hello to.
  • The other one I talked to but only to tell him I didn't require assistance.

And who DID I talk to instead?

*slaps forehead with really big spoon*

I'm in line next to a guy wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. He's buying a big gallon of milk, some Busch beer and some hamburger. To this guy I make a smart comment, even knowing that 1) attempts are irony are often misunderstood in the good 'ol U.S. of A., 2) the guy can't spell facetious nor does he know what it is most likely. But, I 'd been standing in line so looooong that my mouth got engaged just out of sheer boredom/need for quackery. So, I told him:

"Beer and hamburger. The two most important food groups!" Heh heh.

He gives me the get away from me you stupid bitch look and ignores me. (In my defense the checker did laugh. Really! She got it!)

I mean, am I stuuuuupid or what?

Will someone please crown me a moron before that need too falls to the wayside in the attention spectrum just like a living wage for everyone?

Geez. How am I ever gonna open a speakeasy if I can't even talk right?



The weirdest horoscope ever!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Years ago, a TV sitcom called *The Andy Griffith Show* ran for seven seasons on CBS. Its star, Any Griffith, played a mild-mannered sheriff in a small town in North Carolina. His sidekick was Barney Fife, a bumbling deputy with a sweet disposition. Shortly after he left the show, Griffith had a dream in which he thrashed and pummeled his co-star. When he asked his psychiatrist about the meaning of this dream violence, the shrink speculated that he was trying to kill off his old image. I recommend that exact strategy to you now, Libra. Don't actually wreak any real-life mayhem. Rather, see if you can have a dream or two in which you destroy a symbol of the life you're ready to leave behind.


Can't I just have steamy dream sex or something? I mean, geez.


Rob Brezny Free Will Astrology Horoscope

Monday, August 24, 2009

Doin' corn

I bet you all wonder what I did this weekend besides write, write, write. Well, if you guessed freeze corn you'd be correct.


And for your viewing pleasure, I now bring you the corn pics!

It's helpful to pick and shuck the corn first:
Then, parboil it for about six minutes or so at a rapid boil:

After that, cool the corn in some cold water:

Ten cut the kernels off the cob. I'm told I suck at this. But I'm gonna blame the wine. Really. It was the wine!

Then, wa-la put in a bag and freeze it in your over stuffed frost laden antiquated upright freezer that you inherited from somebody else and haven't spent the money to replace yet since it costs about $600 for a brand new one:

Under no circumstances should you let the cat package the corn!

When everything is done, eat some other fresh garden produce for dinner. I suggest peppers, tomatoes, bacon and potatoes. These little lovelies will do nicely:

Then, have some more wine and write!



Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

Yes, I know. It's pretty late, but it's still Thursday.

And here for your pleasure are my 13 favorite Star Trek episodes (TOS that is):

"The Devil in the Dark" Dispatched to the mining colony on Janus VI, the Enterprise is tasked to investigate rumors of a strange, subterranean creature responsible for destruction of equipment and the deaths of fifty miners. Kirk and Spock discover a silicon-based life form, a Horta, which lives in the surrounding rock. After wounding the creature, Spock performs a mind meld, discovering the reason behind the Horta's attacks.

"Amok Time" Mr. Spock shows evidence of starting to lose control over his emotions. When he insists that he needs to return home to Vulcan, despite being engaged in an important diplomatic mission, Kirk forces him to admit that Vulcan biology requires him to take a mate. After diverting to Vulcan against Starfleet's direct orders, Kirk finds himself in a life-or-death struggle against Spock, at the instigation of Spock's wife-to-be.

"The Changeling" The crew of the Enterprise deals with Nomad—an indestructible, planet-destroying space probe that thinks Kirk is its creator. Star Trek: The Motion Picture was in part an expansion of this episode.

"Spock's Brain"
Captain Kirk pursues aliens who have stolen Spock's brain.

"The Cloud Minders" Kirk races against time to acquire plague-fighting minerals from a world in the midst of a civil uprising.

"Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
The Enterprise travels with an alien ambassador who must travel inside a special black case because his appearance causes insanity.

"This Side of Paradise" Despite exposure to deadly radiation, the Federation colony on Omicron Ceti III appears to be thriving. A landing party from the Enterprise investigates, finding the colony's population to be healthy beyond explanation. Leila Kalomi, an old friend of Mr. Spock, shows the landing party strange flowers that seem to impose a state of pure bliss on all exposed to its spores (even Spock). The spores effects spread rapidly throughout the Enterprise, causing the crew to mutiny against Captain Kirk.

"Shore Leave"
Captain Kirk orders shore leave for the Enterprise crew on a seemily unihabited planet in the Omicron Delta system. The landing parties begin to see strange sights, such as the White Rabbit, Don Juan, and a sword-wielding samurai. Kirk sees (and fights) an image of Finnegan, a rival from his Starfleet Academy days. Spock discovers that the planet seems to be drawing a large amount of energy from the ship's engines, placing the Enterprise in danger.

"Requiem for Methuselah" The crew of the Enterprise encounters an immortal human who lives as a recluse on his own planet.

"A Taste of Armageddon" On Eminiar VII, the Enterprise finds a civilization at war with its planetary neighbor. Unable to discern any signs of battle from orbit, Captain Kirk leads a landing party to the surface where he discovers the entire war is fought by computer. Even though the war is simulated, citizens who are listed as virtual casualties still report to termination booths to be killed for real. After the Enterprise is destroyed in an attack simulation, Kirk must fight to keep his crew from death.

"Operation: Annihilate!" The Enterprise arrives at Deneva - the home of Captain Kirk's brother, Sam - and discovers that the entire planet has been infested with large, amoeba-like aliens that have attacked and killed much of the human population. One of these aliens attaches itself to Spock, who volunteers to become a subject in Dr. McCoy's medical tests. After McCoy accidentally blinds Spock during one of his test procedures, the doctor must quickly find a way to neutralize the dangerous creatures.

"The Deadly Years" Strange radiation exposes the command crew of the Enterprise to the effects of rapid aging.

"The Enterprise Incident"
The crew of the Enterprise attempts to steal a Romulan cloaking device.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pass codes


As most readers know the old time speak easy was an establishment that sold liquor during the years of prohibition - roughly 1920-1932 according to Wikipedia. (WOW! That long??? Jeepers!) And in most of the movies I've seen there was a pass code used at the door to obtain entrance.

So, in regards to my horoscope for this week, I'm gonna come up with a password. Maybe that will help get the universal juices (energies if you will) flowing my way.

Okay, how about these...?

"Horta!" - No, come to think of it, that password would only likely get me into a secret Star Trek TOS convention.

"Liverwurst!" - I have no idea why I picked this.

But that probably won't do. I need something more...everyday, but a word that will still get the job done. And actually, two different words spring to mind so I'll list them both even though they are entirely unrelated.


Now those secret words I can tell you very little about, only that they titillate me into a state of anticipation for reasons I won't go into.

Well, not here anyway.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Firefly episode 14

Firefly episode 14

The last one...

At 6 and half we have our bad guy – an unidentified ship following Serenity.

The previous minutes were taken up with the world as River sees it. She eavesdrops without meaning to on people's real thoughts or at least their real thoughts as she imagines/hears them. She later picks up a branch but it's really a gun. Nothing quite as it seems.

After the commercial break we see the anonymous ship's pilot is perhaps a bounty hunter, he's got photos of River on his dashboard. If in fact a space ship has a dashboard!

Nice lines from/about Jayne:

Zoe: Sir I know she's a little bit unpredictable, but I don't think she'd harm anyone.
Jayne: Butchers knife!
Zoe: Anyone we can't spare....

At 9:30 we have the Kaylee confession that River has handled a gun before, but that's just a tease 'cause the next cut is back to the ship. Keep up that external tension folks! He's doing a space walk and sneakin' onto the ship.

And right at 10:02 I know how the episode will end – River will shoot him. Yes, shoot him. I betcha.

Oh this is creepy – he's spyin' on 'em sitting in the mess hall! back to Kaylee's confession at 11:00.

Kaylee: Nobody can shoot like that that's a person.
Simon: So, River's not a person?

Simon: She probably didn't even know what was going on. Thought it was a game.
Jayne: Later on you can explain to me how that's a comfort.

All this time we have two eavesdroppers – River and the bounty hunter.

Wash: Psychic though? That sounds like something out of science fiction.
Zoe: We live in a space ship, dear.

Jayne: I don't like the idea of someone hearing what I'm thinking.
Inara: No one likes the idea of hearing what you're thinking.

Simon: I gotta go check on my assassin.

At 16:00 we see the words River heard come out of Simon's mouth come out of his mouth. Will they go in order? Next should be Inara and Mal's words. Not sure about the Zoe/Wash making out sensations. Hmmm...

At 18:00 Mal goes to bed with the issue of whether or not to keep River weighing heavily on his mind. Ironically, the man who seeks to take her enters the ship at the same time. Then it's commercial break.

The Mal /bounty hunter fight sequence starts asap.

Cut to Zoe and Wash asleep in bed.

The bounty hunter initiates a systems lock down and Kaylee is alerted to the change. She is the bounty hunter's next victim.

BH: Strains the mind a bit don't it? You think you're all alone. Maybe I come down the chimney, Kaylee.

We won't go into the nasty threats he makes against Kaylee. But I will say I noted how he talked about the engine - how throwing one little thing off affected the operation of the whole thing - and then equated that with his business/mission on the ship.

Then it's the Shepherd.

Then Simon.

River isn't in bed. Surprise!

Nice half naked shot of Simon. And why the hearing problem? A lion vs. alliance?

BH: I don't think of myself as a lion. You might as well though. I have a mighty roar.
Simon: I said Alliance.
BH: Oh, I thought...That's weird...

Then it gets weirder from there....their conversation is way strange. See link below for a full transcript.

Simon: You're out of your mind.
BH: That's between me and my mind.

BH keeps asking these open questions that end with, does that seem right to you?

EARLY (cont'd)
They make Psychiatrists get psychoanalyzed before they can get certified, but they don't make surgeons get cut on. That seem right to you?

EARLY (cont'd)
(to Inara)
Man is stronger by far than woman. But only woman can create a child. That seem right to you?

(turns to Simon)
You know, with the exception of one deadly and unpredictable midget this girl is the smallest cargo I have ever had to transport and yet by far the most troublesome. Does that seem right to you?

River is gone. Now she's Serenity. Ah, the title of the movie becomes so clear.

Serenity gets a message to Kaylee.

BH: That's somewhat unsettling.

Simon: He's really very gentle and fuzzy. We're becoming fast friends.

Now she needs Mal to do a favor for her.

Serenity to Mal: Don't make faces.

Serenity is on BH's ship. We think she will go away with the BH but that doesn't make sense since we all know she's around to kick a** in Serenity (which, I must admit, I found a leetle too violent for my tastes. Never mind that I have "The Watchmen" movie at home from Netflix. No, just you never mind. I'll probably be bitching about that tomorrow, if I watch it tonight.

Um, where was I?

Oh yeah, Mal comes out and knocks the BH off the ship and River/Serenity kicks him off into space. So I was wrong. She doesn't shoot him. Darn, but good, y'know? Good for Wheedon to surprise/twist that ending. Now if they were all that easy....

To understand how this episode is so "Fire walk with me," you are just gonna have to read the script here.

Are you saying she's a witch?

Yes, she's a witch, Jayne. She has
had congress with the beast.

She's in congress?

And with that, we are out of Firefly episodes. Ah well. Back to Queer as Folk (the British version) and Defying Gravity.



My Horoscope

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): An epic treasure hunt will soon begin. Are you ready for it? I don't think you are. To get yourself in shape to perform at a high level, I suggest that you open your mind wider than you ever have before. The clues that will be most helpful won't resemble any clues you've ever valued in the past, and they'll be arriving from unforeseen sources. I'll give you a hint about what to look for in the early going of the quest for the magic boon: What circumstance in your life has a certain metaphorical similarity to a speakeasy during the time when alcohol sales were illegal in America?



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The Silver Casket
Debbie Mumford

Cat Logan, a young American with a recent degree in medieval literature, travels to Scotland to discover her Celtic roots. She finds more than she bargained for when a mysterious silver casket (rumored to hold the desiccated heart of a long dead Scottish laird) transports her back in time to the 1400s and the man whose heart she holds in her hands.

Publisher: Freya's Bower
Time Travel/Historical
Rating: Tangy
Book Length: Novella

Available Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I don't know how I forgot about this....

But apparently I did.

It's never too late to revisit the death of the Pilsbury Doughboy though!

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs.Butterworth, Hungry Jack, Martha White, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, Little Debbie, Uncle Ben, and Captain Crunch. One of the highlights was the first joint public appearance of Snap, Crackle, and Pop in many years.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin, and the gravesite was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima made a breif appearance and delivered the eulogy. She lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still, as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his young wife, Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had one in the oven. Doughboy is also survived by his elderyly father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

Friday, August 14, 2009

More Micheal Palin's Sahara

Dear Bratty Friends,

Yes, well. I've just finished watching Michael Palin's Sahara, and apart from the octopus bit, I rather recommend it. For nothing else, at least for the bit where he travels through Monastir, Tunisia, the site where Monty Python filmed the movie Life of Brian in 1978. What was really great was watching Palin laying in his hotel bed watching the old flick on a portable DVD player and singing along with the song, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." If you need a fix, click on the link in the previous sentence to see the YouTube video.

Of course, he also showed the landing on the Ribat at Monastir, Tunisia where Palin as Caesar addressed the crowd in his famous Welease Bwian speech that had the citizens of Rome rolling in the aisles.

That particular video is a bit of a long cut. Fast forward to see the speech itself.

The best part about all this is when Palin travels El Haddej. I mean, what's not to love about Palin saying, "How many people can revisit the exact place they were crucified 30 years earlier?"

Geez. I mean. That's a good one!

Turns out Star Wars was filmed there as well.


Next in the Netflix queue? I think Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure, though I may have already seen it. Oh well!

Photos by Basil Pao off the Palin's Travels Web site.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

MIchael Palin's Sahara

In case you all have been wondering what I'm watching in the evening, it is Michael Palin's Sahara series.

The Web site for the show - and all of his other shows such as Pole to Pole - is found here.

I believe I have seen Pole to Pole, 80 Day, Full Circle, New Europe and Hemingway, but I have yet to see Himalaya or 80 Days Revisited. My, that man is busy for a former Monty Python comedian!

Anyways, as the intrepid explorer leaves the relative safety of Timbuktu, he meets up with the Wodaabe tribe near Ingal. There he sees the ritual dance oft depicted in the pages of National Geographic that I've always wondered about. The males that dress up in face paint and all that and stand about rolling their eyes suggestively at prospective mates -- who pick them, not the other way around. Here's some shots from the site by Palin's photog:

Day 55: Near Ingal
Photographer: Basil Pao

And I bet y'all thought I just watched sci-fi!

Okay! Okay! At the same time I was reading this book:

But I wasn't enjoying it nearly as much!