Life is good. And colorful.
MarkH said on August 29, 2009 at 10:58 am
Great photo; think I’ll head upp to our farmer’s market this morning.
Celebrating 22 years of marriage to Deb today. Except she’s not here; the stinker had a chance to spend two weeks in France with a friend! First time overseas and having a blast.
brian stouder said on August 29, 2009 at 11:08 am
Mark – congratulations on the one score and two!
This evening my lovely wife is accompanying me to South Side’s class of ’79 30-year reunion.
She has pointed out to me that when I was a senior in high school, she was in the 3rd grade…
MarkH said on August 29, 2009 at 11:25 am
Thanks, Brian! (You cradle robber…)
Brian, see my last post on yesterday’s thread. Ever see this film?
moe99 said on August 29, 2009 at 11:31 am
Mark H., I’m putting the film on my library queue based on your recommendation. Thanks for that.
Connie said on August 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm
Brian, I sometimes remind my husband that when he was wounded in Viet Nam I was in the 8th grade.
brian stouder said on August 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm
I think I’ve seen a few minutes here and there, but I’ve never watched it. Gotta love Andy Griffith, though.
Probably a non-sequitur, but I enjoyed Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry…’course, in that one, he starts out as a huckster and simply goes up the ladder
Dorothy said on August 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm
That picture looks a little like my garden. We’ve been picking peppers and tomatoes for a couple of weeks now. I stopped to buy about 12 pounds of peaches this morning and I have another adjective to add to your descriptive title: Aromatic!
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm
Ever made peach soup?
alex said on August 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm
Delicious photo. Right now expecting company and just whipped up yemisir selatta (Ethiopian lentil salad) with fresh jalapenos and serranos from the garden. Next I’m doing tomatillo and yellow tomato salsa, also with jalapenos and serranos and everything but the onion is from the garden. Then I’ll toss pasta with fresh tomato, garlic and basil from the garden. Then sirloins and corn on the cob on the grill and then sliced peaches and plums on the grill.
Then a bonfire. And the high today is less than 70—perfect.
Dorothy said on August 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Can’t say that I have, Jeff. If it’s a cold soup I doubt I’d like it. Just doesn’t appeal to me. However we’re gonna make peach jam tomorrow, and I’m making a peach cobbler to bring into the office on Monday. Our mail delivery guy is retiring after 34.5 years at Kenyon.
beb said on August 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm
Peach cobbler….. hmmmmmmmm! Today was supposed to be cold and wet, perfect weather for a hot peach cobbler. Instead it’s been sunny and warm so we went to Culver’s and had ice cream on their patio.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm
Carrots, onions, pureed, add late in the simmer rosemary, thyme, maybe some pepper and salt to taste. Not a cold soup a’tall.
Hattie said on August 29, 2009 at 9:10 pm
Oh I remember that late summer harvest frenzy in the Midwest. Those peaches look wonderful.
basset said on August 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm
I have probably mentioned the lack of good breaded tenderloins here in Nashville, even at a local restaurant which has a branch in Evansville and should know better. Culver’s in Bowling Green, Kentucky is a little over an hour away door to door and the nearest place to get a real tenderloin unless I want to make it myself – didn’t even know they had one there till I wandered past it a few weeks ago and had to stop immediately, fast food tenderloin or not.
Deborah said on August 29, 2009 at 11:10 pm
At the Farmers Market on Division here in Chicago a guy was selling huge bundles of basil for $1 marked down from $3 a bundle. We bought 3 of them and made a giant batch of pesto that we’ve put in a number of small containers and have in the freezer now. We had basil drying on every surface in the kitchen today. It smelled heavenly in the whole place. We are babysitting tonight for a gay couple, dear friends, they adopted the cutest little girl, she’s sound asleep in our library, this is a sleep over so I hope she isn’t too freaked out in the morning when she wakes up in a strange place.
Dexter said on August 30, 2009 at 1:30 am
…had some business in Auburn, IN Friday and then stopped at the Log Cabin Market and bought muskmelons, red and yellow apples, tomatoes and peaches, and the peaches are perfect.
32 years on the leash here, so we celebrated in Toledo at a Famous Dave’s rib joint. I am slipping…I used to be a half rack man, now I can only finish off a regular portion, just 4 large ribs. We love Famous Dave’s. I wanted to go to Smokey Bones but I was voted down. Did we make the right choice? Is Smokey Bones any better than Famous Dave’s?
Any of you Chicagoans know if Leon’s Ribs is still going? I used to love me some Leon’s. Just found it…
Leon’s Bar-B-Q the Original
* Barbecue, Wings
* 8249 S Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619
* (Btwn 82nd & 83rd St)
moe99 said on August 30, 2009 at 2:17 am
This was awesome per me and my 19 yr old son.
crinoidgirl said on August 30, 2009 at 3:23 am
Geez Moe, I don’t know if Jack White qualifies as a “rock legend”. I have hangnails older than he is.
Linda said on August 30, 2009 at 8:31 am
Since it will get into the 40s this week, I’m harvesting like mad–the cheap, luscious red peppers inspired me to roast some for spaghetti sauce, and I will put some basil into pesto and a soup.
moe99 said on August 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm
Crinoid girl: I think it was an attempt to attract as many interested generations as possible. That said, he does not disappoint.
MichaelG said on August 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm
Leon’s Ribs? There used to be an excellent rib joint in San Francisco called Leon’s. It was in the ‘mo – the Fillmore District. My wife and I were there one night when the big fire they maintained got loose and started to spread. No panic. The customers kept eating, business kept businessing and one of the cooks chased it down with a garden hose. The place, always smoky to begin with, got really smoky that night. That was twenty five or more years ago. Leon’s was not a yuppie joint but the ‘mo is yuppified today. Come to think of it they also had a branch on Sloat out by the zoo but it wasn’t as good as the original.
Speaking of smoke, things sound very scary in the San Gabriels, Mary and Catherine. Hope your son is OK, Mary. That sounded like a really bad fall.
While I was down there last week the rental car people at the Burbank Airport gave me a Nissan Cube. It was the first time I had seen one in person. The thing is tiny and roomy, kind of kinky looking and a great urban car. I liked it a lot. The CVT, or whatever they call those belt drive transmissions, is a bit disorientating. It always feels like it’s slipping. I’d rather have the stick. It’s great in city traffic, gets good but not great mileage and you can park it in the smallest space with ease. The price is not bad. I’d encourage anybody who’s in the market for a small car to look at it. I’d consider it if I was looking for a car.
Dexter, just after WWII my father was a grad student at the Univ of Chicago and we lived in a student housing shack right on the corner of 59th and Cottage Grove.
LA Mary said on August 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm
It’s really hot here as well as really smoky. It’s been in the 102-109 range for the past three days, getting down to 75 at night, maybe. The fires were very visible from the top of our hill last night. Lots of lookyloos since this is a prime viewing area. The fire seems to be going north rather than in my direction and everyone in this household is very concerned about Blum Ranch, the 100 plus year old peach and pear orchard we visit every year about this time to stock up for eating, canning and peach jam making.
Son Pete is lounging around drinking smoothies through a straw. He woke up unable to hear in one ear, but it seems to have cleared up and was very likely from dried blood in his ear canal. I suspect he’s going to get very skinny spending six months on liquid diet. He’s already pretty thin, having sprouted up about five inches in six months without gaining any weight. All long legs and arms and giant feet and hands. The human Great Dane kids, that’s my brood. If nothing else, this fall will convince him to not try to sneak out the door without a bike helmet. Every nurse and doctor and imaging tech we saw on Friday night gave him a small lecture about what could have happened.
Danny said on August 30, 2009 at 8:02 pm
Good about the helmet lectures.
Man, 6 months of liquid diet. He might try to hide the kale in a smoothie or two.
Connie said on August 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm
LAMary, I know from my experience with my own kid’s jaw surgery that it is possible to eat baby food with a straw.
MichaelG said on August 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm
Fuck. There’s a big fire In Auburn. It’s burned a bunch of houses and businesses and they are evacuating the area. From the aerial shots on the tube it looks like they are having to run like hell. It’s on the other side of town from my Ex and headed away from her and most of my old friends. We all had lunch last week just where the fire started. She’s safe for now. But still . . . Shit.
nancy said on August 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm
Danny, I think she meant six weeks, not six months. Am I right?
That said, dittos to all the good wishes for Pete. Man, that makes me hurt just thinking about it.
Catherine said on August 30, 2009 at 8:57 pm
Mary, so sorry to hear about the bike accident. At least it’s a good weekend for staying inside. One suggestion: Ensure is not that bad & very convenient.
We woke up this morning seemingly inside a cloud of smoke. I could see about 3 houses down the street. The smoke partially lifted by noon but it’s just disgusting outside. There’s little wind, which is good (not fanning the flames) and bad (not moving the smoke away). Just got the word that JPL is closed tomorrow, as are most schools that would have been in session. Girls are supposed to go back to school on Wednesday, with an orientation Tuesday… we’ll see. Apparently the decision was just made to pull firefighters away from defending Mt. Wilson, the location of most of LA’s radio/TV station transmitters, plus a historic observatory. Very sad. That said, Pasadena is at the southern/eastern edge of the fire, and it seems like the scariest part of the fire is to the north (on the other side of the mountains) and west (Sunland and Tujunga).
Apparently, there is a new fire way east of us in Oak Glen, where we go to pick apples and eat pie in the fall. So, no apples this year, as well as peaches and pears.
MichaelG, sending good thoughts toward Auburn.
MichaelG said on August 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm
KCRA has excellent non-stop coverage on the ground and from their chopper. It appears that the fire started in open ground and raced over it to a subdivision. It’s in the subdivision and many if not most of the houses are gone. The shitty good part is that the fire spreads slower in a built up area and the fire people look like they are getting a handle on it. I watched live drops on the 84 Lumber where I used to shop. It looks like the structure which is a series of metal buildings may be OK but the stuff piled outside is burning. I have a feeling they are going to contain this thing before dark – I hope. The numbers so far: 500 to 600 acres, eight aerial tankers, six choppers and several hundred fire fighters on the ground. One thing here in California is that we have the very best people in the world to fight these fires. Of course, they get plenty of practice.
Deborah said on August 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm
I think someone who comments regularly here is from the Sacramento, CA environs? My husband and I will be in that area over the labor day weekend to meet up with family from LA and are looking for some recommendations for good places to eat? Is it Michael G? or someone else? If anyone has any suggestions they will be appreciated. Thanks.
Catherine said on August 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm
Correction: They’ve pulled the hand crews off Mt. Wilson, but there are still other firefighters there. The crews have been preparing all day, with brush clearance and fire retardant drops. So there is hope.
Here’s a link to a webcam at Mt. Wilson — don’t know how long it will broadcast but it appears to be current now:
MichaelG said on August 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm
They’re talking a minimum of 50 to 60 houses gone at this point.
You’re in luck, Deborah. Sacramento has a large and vibrant restaurant scene. What do you like? Type of cuisine? Expensive? Neighborhood? Sizzler? Red Lobster? The last two were jokes. How many dinners, lunches, breakfasts? Some killer but not cheap pizza?
Jolene said on August 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm
Gorgeous photo, Nance, and sorry to hear about your son’s injury, Mary. Hope he heals quickly and completely.
Have been deep in observances of EMK’s passing this weekend, including commentary on the Sunday morning talk shows. David Gregory did a great interview w/ Maria Shriver on Meet the Press. Worth checking out online if you missed it this AM.
Jolene said on August 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm
Also, check out Joel Achenbach’s office re the Kennedys in today’s WaPo.
MichaelG said on August 30, 2009 at 11:43 pm
The fire news is good. The whole thing has been downgraded from 500 – 600 acres to 275 acres and they are now saying that “only” 30 or so homes have been lost and they are down to 300 fire fighters on the ground from over 500 and the fire is over 50% contained. My Ex tells me she received a call to evacuate but she was never in any danger. This time. This is a tribute to California fire fighters. Anywhere else in the world this would have developed into a catastrophe. One of the things CalFire does is to hit the first flicker with everything they have. There is no waiting to see what develops. It’s all out from the first call. All of this goes to illustrate what a horror is taking place in L. A. County. Despite the best efforts of the best the fires there have become monsters. For what it’s worth, the temperature here yesterday (Saturday) was 105 and today it’s 90. That had to have helped.
Ricardo said on August 31, 2009 at 1:33 am
Thankfully, no fires are burning near my house right now in Orange County. Hot, though. I think the fires here are waiting for windy conditions. Did I mention it is hot? I have a good sized garden this year, but the heat really did a number on most of the plants. I’ve been canning for several weekends and have a few more to go.
LAMary said on August 31, 2009 at 11:00 am
I did mean six weeks. Nancy guessed correctly.
LAMary said on August 31, 2009 at 11:11 am
I can’t swear to it, but it looks like this video was taken from my neighborhood.
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