Everybody’s thinking Super Bowl food.
Dexter said on February 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Now this brightened up my day. For one day only, today, the Belle Isle Aquarium is open.
caliban said on February 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Dexter: Awe-inspiring. Oldest aquarium in the USA in a spectacular old building.
caliban said on February 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm
Just found this in a bin at the Bi-Lo, and it’s a double album, for $4.99. Blessed day! Jints +4 for a double deuce, too. S does not like wagering at all, but like M. Jordan said, I’ve got the money to lose, when he got soaked by a washed-up club pro. God what a moron, “Republicans buy shoes too.” I’m letting my extreme distaste for the Pats decide this for me. I’ve hated sports teams before, but there has never been a more reprehensible piece of shit franchise than the Pats. (They screwed Robert Edwards over beyond belief, and the “don’t breathe on Tom Brady rules are nothing like actual football, and Brady is more obnoxious than Tubby Tubbow with the Uggs and the mullet and treating his former girlfriend like an ovum donor.) The Sister Re album is live at the Fillmore (West), and has Billy Preston, Ray Charles, and the inimitable King Curtis in the band, along with the Memphis Horns, who I’ve seen with both the Boss and the Kinks, live.
This album has the best version of Dr. Feelgood ever recorded, Deadheads going nuts. Segues into Feeling in the Dark, which Aretha wrote.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm
“I want my baby back, baby back, baby back…”
brian stouder said on February 5, 2012 at 12:13 am
The Belle Isle aquarium looks interesting, indeed.
Something I learned (or maybe misinterpreted) from a book called Conquered into Liberty, was that Belle Isle is named for a French Minister of War – Marshall Belle Isle – who fought against the British with his Canadian and Indian allies, before the American revolution….or not!
I don’t specifically know that, and Uncle Google wasn’t very helpful…and indeed, I would have thought it is an island and it’s beautiful, thus “Belle Isle”; but maybe not.
By the way, I won’t go on and on about this book (it’s not as tremendously good as Once Upon a Car was, for example); but it is quite good, once you get past the endless number of players that the narrative covers – French, British, American, Indian (various Iroquois tribes, mainly), German, and Canadian, and the sprawling timelines and the snow and wilderness and so on. (the blurbage on the book cover includes approving puffery from Condoleezza Rice, Bing West, Anthony Zinni, and several others)
And speaking of names that come up, Seth Warner and the Green Mountain Boys get a fair amount of play in the middle of the book, and then a fellow named Joseph Louis Gill (“Magouaouidombaouit”) who was the child of an English couple who was captured and then adopted by the Abenaki Indians, who then went on to marry the daughter of the Chief of the St Francis Indians – and then lost his wife and a child when Robert Rogers conducted a raid. He became a spokesman for the tribe in their dealing with the British, and (as the book says) “seems to have played both sides”, defecting and re-defecting between the British and the tribe.
So, I don’t know if he is related to our mild mannered Gill, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for disavowing him if he was!
Dexter said on February 5, 2012 at 1:49 am
Soul Train Flash Mob hits Times Square…
ROGirl said on February 5, 2012 at 7:09 am
Brian, the French called it Ile aux Cochons, or Hog Island. It was named Belle Isle in 1845 by the Americans, supposedly in honor of Governor Lewis Cass’ daughter Isabella. And the park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed Central Park, among many others.
caliban said on February 5, 2012 at 9:30 am
Olmsted was also responsible for the Emerald Necklace parks in Boston, including the Public Garden, Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum. Extremely beautiful urban public spaces.
heydave said on February 5, 2012 at 10:14 am
What food am I bringing to the super bowl party? Glad you asked!
C3PO! …Cute pulled pork pinwheel oddities.
Pulled pork rolled in tortillas, sliced into itty bites.
beb said on February 5, 2012 at 10:50 am
I’d heard that Belle Isle was originally Snake Island because of the snakes. Then hogs were placed there to kill the snakes and it became Hog Island, and finally renamed Belle Isle. In any case it’s a lovely place but could use a lot of improvements. It has a series of canals and you use to be able to rent canoes or paddleboats to travel on them — according to my wife, who is the native here. The canals were septic ponds by the time I moved here. The great mayor Kwame Kilpatrick closed both the Belle Isle Zoo and the Aquarium to save money. A case of “penny wise and pound foolish” if you ask me.
My daughter and I went to the Aquarium as soon as I hear about it being open. Got there about 4:30PM. They were supposed to close at 4 but so many people had come (around 4000 I was told) that they stayed open later. It was nice to see the tanks they had refilled, and in the others were posters, installations from contributors or paper fish hanging from string. It looked real nice.
caliban said on February 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm
I recall being told that the snakes were introduced on Belle Isle to eradicate rats, which they did with dispatch and proceeded to breed like, well, like rats, so hogs were introduced as efficient snake killers.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm
I know an old lady who swallowed a cow; I don’t know why she swallowed that cow.
She swallowed the cow to catch the hog, she swallowed the hog to catch the dog, she swallowed the dog to catch the cat, she swallowed the cat to catch the rat, she swallowed the rat to catch the fly, she swallowed the fly to catch the spider, that wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her – I guess she’ll die.
I know an old lady who swallowed a horse . . . she’s dead of course.
She swallowed the horse to catch the cow, she swallowed the cow to catch the hog, she swallowed the hog to catch the dog, she swallowed the dog to catch the cat, she swallowed the cat to catch the rat, she swallowed the rat to catch the fly, she swallowed the fly to catch the spider, that wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her — I guess she’ll die.
JayZ(the original) said on February 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm
Close, but no cigar.
Frederick Law Olmsted was the landscape designer for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair also, as readers of the The Devil in the White City will recall.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Olmstead also had a son, Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., who did most of the 1893 work as dad was heading into what sounds like Alzheimers after 1890, picking up most of the Biltmore Estate work, too, while letting his father roam the grounds where he was much beloved by the workers, and always pointed back towards where he was supposed to go by them; FLO Jr. did the landscape plan for Denison University here in Granville, OH, and was the Olmstead who had a major influence on much of the early layout of the first National Park Service units, from the drives at Yosemite to the innovative shelter over Casa Grande Ruins. It was quite a family all around.
I know an old lady who smoked a cigar; sometimes, she sang, it’s just a cigar — I guess she’ll go far.
caliban said on February 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm
Or as Groucho told the lady with 14 kids, I like my cigar too, Lady, but I take it out of my mouth sometimes.
brian stouder said on February 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm
Well, we have our selection of snack-foods and other goodies, racked and ready to go. Pam also has some sort of heel roast in the crock pot, which she will shred and mix with a cheesy sauce, for sourdough sandwich use; plus a selection of heat-and-eat goodies, and one of those shrimp deals, and various sorts of chips and dips.
Presumably that meat rack in Nancy’s picture is now bare, and the ribs are now happily barbecuing
Deborah said on February 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm
Wow Dexter our hotel in ny this weekend was a block away from Times Square (at the Paramount) we didn’t even know that happened, but we were elsewhere at that time I guess. Waiting at Lagaurdia for the flight back to Chicago. We had a great weekend!
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm
Hey, an old friend is back just in time for the Super Bowl!
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