Month: November 2007

  • I've been wrong before.

    Okay, fine, it was Michael Symon instead of John Besh.

    Thinking about it, though, that makes a certain amount of sense, as Besh and Bobby Flay strike me as being somewhat similar.  They both specialize in a particular style of Southern cuisine (Flay: Southwestern; Besh: Southeastern with a Cajun undertone), are roughly of an age and stage, etc.  Symon is also a Caucasian male but that's where the similarity ends, his food tending toward Greek.  Plus, as one of the judges pointed out, while Symon's low points were lower than Besh's, his high points (during the competition) were higher.

    I'm going to miss John Besh, however.  He was a lot of fun to watch.  Don said he wouldn't be surprised to see him wind up someday with his own show, and I hope he's right.

    Today's the day that Jessica is taking Brianna and one of her friends to San Antonio to see the Hannah Montana concert (apparently it was already sold out up here).  Brianna is wildly enthusiastic about Hannah Montana, but I've got to say, having sat through one of those shows (it's on the Disney channel) on Saturday night, I was underwhelmed.  Why do actors on shows targeted to kids have to overact so dreadfully? 

    Still, it's a Big Deal for Brianna, to be able to go to the concert, and in San Antonio to boot!  An out of town concert makes it twice as special, getting to stay in a hotel room with Mama and friend.  Here's hoping they've a safe trip down and a super time (especially I hope the girls can'd be a real shame were their view to be blocked by the people in front of them standing, for instance).

  • Mercy Maud! Talk about egg on one's face.

    The United States Navy is blushing like a rose at this recent incident in the ocean between Japan and Taiwan:

    American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected
    Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise
    and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk - a 1,000ft supercarrier with
    4,500 personnel on board.

    By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric
    attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for
    launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.


    The lone Chinese vessel slipped past at least a dozen other American
    warships which were supposed to protect the carrier from hostile
    aircraft or submarines.

    And the rest of the costly defensive screen, which usually
    includes at least two U.S. submarines, was also apparently unable to
    detect it.

    Don't you know some high command-types are going to be called on the carpet, and there are going to be some serious "re-training" events for all concerned?

    The story, BTW, was reported by a UK news source, the Daily Mail, and may be read here.

  • It's November 7th.

    The 7th of November.  11-7-2007.  Or, if one writes it in the European manner, 7-11-2007.

    Yet what did my disbelieving, appalled ears hear on the way home from collecting Dmitry from school?

    Radio station 103.7 has gone all-Christmas.  "Merry Christmas!" it had the unmitigated gall to chirp before segueing into Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." 


  • And he's off again.

    On Thursday of last week Charles headed out to Lubbock to see about getting an apartment, talking with Tech's financial affairs office, etc., with the result being that tomorrow he's moving back there. 

    To quote what Dorothy said about Oz: "People come and go so quickly here."  e-hairout

  • Just 'cause I thought it was a cool photo.

    Fort Worth skyline

    I'm not the photographer, but I did crop it and add the text. 

  • I'm tempted to print this out and present it as instructed....


    What with one thing and another I didn't spend much of anything at Borders Books last month, and this sad lack of purchase power is reflected in my Borders' Bucks statement.  One would think they'd have some sort of filter in place to prevent customers from receiving cheery emails trumpeting $0.00 in savings. 

    Addendum:  within minutes of posting this I received a "Correction" email from Borders, this time giving me $5.00 in Borders' Bucks.  Wow.  Someone in the Borders Bucks program reads my blog?  I'm impressed.