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The latest addition to our poster collection above. That's an iPhone image. We both love how it turned out and love where we hung it but we will have to move it. There's entirely too much glare where it is and we discovered this morning that the sun hits it a little too long to suit us. Should have chosen the glare-resistant glass but the framer didn't mention it this time and we simply forgot.

I am still not sure how the dictatorship in North Korea works. Usually, a strong dictator emerges from outside and challenges the current dictatorship and wins, usually in a bloody coup. Then, he builds a strong apparatus of people he trusts to protect him and then maybe another secret apparatus to watch over them. Kim Jong-un didn't do any of that. He inherited his power as did his father. Why does he have reason to believe anyone will be loyal to him and why IS anyone loyal to him?

It's Saints-Falcons Gameday: Again ...

GEAUX Saints

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
  2. The Mummers' Dance - Loreena McKennitt - The Book Of Secrets
  3. Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson - Smells Like Children
  4. Boom, Like That - Mark Knopfler - Shangri-La
  5. I Will Wait (Live) - Mumford & Sons - The Road to Red Rocks

Quote of the Day

When a retired Chinese general with impeccable Communist Party credentials recently wrote a scathing account of North Korea as a recalcitrant ally headed for collapse and unworthy of support, he exposed a roiling debate in China about how to deal with the country's young leader, Kim Jong-un.

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Heartbreaking stuff. We'll keep breaking it down for you. In the meantime, it's business as usual in the DPRK. Tours are up and running. Loads of travelers are having a safe and enjoyable time. Could it be that the biggest lesson learned here from this tragedy is not to brag about your time in the Korean War?"

Thursday Tidbits - December 18, 2014 Issue

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No fan here of hactivists, their terrorist threats, or North Korea and their twerp leader. I think The Interview crossed a line by making a movie, even a comedy, about assassinating a real, living person but I also think cancelling the release is a bad idea. That's easy for me to say, though, because I had no intention of seeing it at the theater. I didn't have to ponder the credibility of the threats or law enforcement's readiness for them. I wasn't going to have to endure extra security and whatever that entailed just to get into this movie. That said, the terrorists did not win. That movie was going to have a two or three week run at the theaters and was going to be released to home video. I don't know how many people were going to see it before but it is only a fraction of the number of people who will see it now. That number includes me. Paraphrasing Serenity, you can't stop the signal. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's seat is getting a little bit hotter. It's a bigger story in New Orleans than it is in most NFL cities because there are people here actively rooting for him to be canned. Retribution and schadenfreude aside, I'm flabbergasted that the NFL office in New York has nearly 500 employees. 500? Doing what? It's none of my business, of course. They are a private, non-profit entity. I'm just curious. If that non-profit part makes you giggle a little, well, you're not alone.

About today's BOTD: It's Saints-Falcons week. There's only one thing to say about that.

GEAUX Saints

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Beachcombing - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - All The Roadrunning
  2. Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
  3. Sample And Hold - Neil Young - Trans
  4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives - Pink Floyd - The Wall
  5. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl - The Best of the Pogues

Quote of the Day

Mueller now works in private practice in a Washington law firm. His probe is being overseen by owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the league said three months ago that Mueller would have access to all NFL records and would have full cooperation from league personnel.

Rob Maaddi, AP Pro Football Writer

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Saints Hate Week is on us again. With it being this special time of the year, it is time to spend time with your Falcon family, sit back, and discuss all the special and wonderful reasons you hate the Saints. How is this not a national holiday?"

CrabAppleLane Maple Tree - December 14, 2014
CrabAppleLane Maple Tree - December 14, 2014
The old and the new
Chinese Tallow stump on the right
Red Maple sapling on the left
 
CrabAppleLane Front Yard - December 14, 2014
CrabAppleLane Front Yard - December 14, 2014
The other Chinese Tallow that once graced the yard
 
CrabAppleLane Straw Pile - December 14, 2014
CrabAppleLane Straw Pile - December 14, 2014
Winter yardwork produces five or six of these
 
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia in the ground - December 14, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia in the ground - December 14, 2014
Not far from where it had been thriving
 

Did a half-assed job on the yard yesterday due to poor planning but it still looks way better than it did. I added a couple of trees to the backyard today. Bought a Red Maple from Home Depot last night to replace the Chinese Tallow I cut down earlier this year and I decided to put the Big Leaf Magnolia in the ground today. I think it will be fine. They thrive in climates colder than ours. Was pretty stiff when I finished in the yard today but a couple of ibuprofen are doing the trick. I still need to decide on and plant two more trees. Still looking for the Flowering Quince Marie suggested a couple of weeks ago. Found the shrubs of the same name but not the trees. Leaning toward a Redbud and a pear tree.

Saw Cat Stevens, who now goes by Yusef Cat Stevens, on Jimmy Fallon's show the other night doing a rousing cover of You Are My Sunshine. You can probably find it on YouTube or Hulu. Not bad. It broke my heart many years ago when he stopped making music. Tea for the Tillerman is one of my all-time favorite albums and it bothers me that another album like that might have been made.

Had my coffee swiped at Starbucks the other day. Partially my fault, I suppose. It's one of those places where you place your order here and pick your order up over there. After I place my order, I try to find a spot out of the way but the Type A's stand in front of the pickup area. I order an "au lait" and they sometimes call out a "latte" when it's ready. They did that this time and I actually watched the accidental thief take it and put it in her holder with the rest of her order. This particular Type A was in a school uniform. High school, I'd say, by her height.

Today's QOTD comes from the first book I'm reading with my new Kindle Voyage.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. New Slang - The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
  2. The Saints Are Coming (Live from New Orleans) - U2 & Green Day - The Saints Are Coming (Live)
  3. Knowing Me, Knowing You - ABBA - Gold
  4. Devil's Food - Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
  5. Sad Lisa - Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman

Quote of the Day

He opened his mouth to scream, but something was boiling in his throat, and then a stab like lightning tore through his skull, leaving only darkness behind.

Relic, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "3 Crows in the nest! This is a feast for the eyes and NO, we will not be eating crow here."

A lunchtime drive

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X marks the spot - December 11, 2014
X marks the spot - December 11, 2014
By the time I got a ladder, it was gone
 
Battle of Lake Pontchartrain - December 11, 2014
Battle of Lake Pontchartrain - December 11, 2014
Absolutely never heard of this
 
Tree covered in Spanish moss - December 11, 2014
Tree covered in Spanish moss - December 11, 2014
Mandeville Lakefront - Fabulous moss
 
Taking applications - December 11, 2014
Taking applications - December 11, 2014
For when your ship comes in

 

Just a few images from today's lunchtime drive.

Hillshire Farm Pastrami is one of life's grand, fairly cheap pleasures. I like it on French bread or a Hawaiin bun with brown mustard and zesty garlic pickle slices.

Someday I will understand how single space text turns into double space text when I copy from one document and paste to another document.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Party Hard - Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
  2. The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Motown 1's
  3. (I Know) I'm Losing You - Rare Earth - The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 10: 1970
  4. Easy Lover - Phil Collins - Hits
  5. Lost For Words - Pink Floyd - The Division Bell

Quote of the Day

  • Your love is fadin', I feel it fade, fade, fade
  • Ah, your love is fadin', I feel it fade fade fade
  • Ah, your love is fadin', Woman I feel it fade fade, fade
  • Ah, woman, woman your touch
  • Your touch has gone cold
  • As if someone else controls your very soul
  • I've fooled myself long as I can
  • Can feel the presence of another man
  • It's there when you speak my name
  • It's just not the same
  • Ooo babe, I'm losing you

Rare Earth, I Know I'm Losing You

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "NEEDS' Rare Earths 7" presents a distorted front that is spacious and extremely visceral, fading any lines that exist between guitar, bass, and cymbals. It is a "fuck you" to instrumental essentialism. The crash forms a layer of grain which the rest of the band fills in, building a sound wave as close to solid as possible. Sean Orr's shrieks and shouts seem to be directed inwards, back towards the maelstrom from which it originates, rather than out towards the microphones. The resulting implosions and explosions give way to a droning, self-sustaining energy to create a fission unattainable by science."

CrabAppleLane Sunday - December 7, 2014

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Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which initiated US participation in World War II. Navy's caption: The battleship USS ARIZONA sinking after being hit by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7,1941., 12/07/1941
Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
which initiated US participation in World War II.
Navy's caption: The battleship USS ARIZONA sinking after being hit
by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7,1941., 12/07/1941
 
CrabAppleLane Backyard - December 7, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - December 7, 2014

 

About that first image: It was a Sunday morning 73 years ago today ...

The second image is a black and white image I took as part of a FB meme. That scene doesn't look much different in color.

Those who thought the 4-team NCAA playoff would stem the controversy that every college football season manages to get itself into were sadly and predictably mistaken. This year, there is an undefeated defending National Champion, who played one of the easiest powderpuff schedules ever and still struggled at times. There are also at least five one-loss teams worthy of consideration. That makes six teams vying for a spot in a 4-team tournament. What/who decides which four teams? The opinion of a selection committee. That should make 4 of the 6 happy. The only system that would work and the only true playoff system worth talking about is one that completely removes opinion. The only winners here are the sports reporters because it gives them something else to write about.

Saints take on the Panthers today in the SuperDome and they're heavy favorites. That makes me nervous. They are not a good heavy favorite. They've been favored in almost every game this season and are still only 5-7. I'd like to think they've turned a corner based on last week's performance in Pittsburgh but that was only one game. They've been nothing if not inconsistent. I hope they can make a run and finish the season strong but it is only hope.

Ordered a couple of items from Amazon last week. One was put on UPS and the other on FEDEX. Both carriers dropped their packages off to the local post office for final delivery. What amazes me about that is that it works. Kudos to all.

Mary Landrieu, the last Democratic senator in the old south, lost last night. Louisiana is now officially a red state with a Republican governor and two Republican senators. Louisiana has been heading in that direction for some time.

Finally, the two images below are the two I would take to the Antiques Roadshow. I harbor no illusions that they're worth anything but I'd like to hear what they have to say.

 Mary Louise Moustier Rollins - My great grandmother
Mary Louise Moustier Rollins - My great grandmother. We
believe this is her graduation picture from Hotel Dieu in
New Orleans. She died in 1919 at the age of 28. When her
daughter, my grandmother, passed in 2001, this portrait was
hanging in a room where she stored her ceramic molds
and other assorted things accumulated over a long life.
 
Lily Parish Painting - 2004
Lily Parish Painting - 2004
Lily is or was one of the artists who display
their art outside of Jackson Square in New Orleans.
I paid $45 for this work. I wasn't there to buy a painting
and had to borrow $10 from my Mom to do so. I paid
much, much more than that to have it framed. Not sure
what happened to Lily. She was displaced after
Hurricane Katrina but that's all I know.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
  2. Hill Farmer's Blues - Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream
  3. Classical Gas - Mason Williams - The Mason Williams Phonograph Record
  4. Burning Bridges - The Mike Curb Congregation - Greatest Hits
  5. Cocaine Habit - Old Crow Medicine Show - Big Iron World

Quote of the Day

Drug deal gone bad: Driver and passenger shot each other dead in front seat before crashing into Marrero house, JPSO says

New Orleans Times-Picayune

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says the New Orleans Saints tried to run the score up on the Panthers last year at the end of the Saints' 31-13 win in New Orleans last December."

CrabAppleLane Backyard - November 30, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - November 30, 2014
Liked the contrast
 
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - November 30, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - November 30, 2014
On its way to winter dormancy
 
CrabAppleLane Backyard - November 30, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - November 30, 2014
The bright ones are Crepe Myrtle leaves
It's what passes for fall color around here

Dad loved war books. The first one he gave me to read was Guadalcanal Diary. Most of his reading, or at least most of the books he gave me to read, centered on the Pacific theater of WWII. Another one he gave me to read was The Slot, also about Guadalcanal and possibly not in print any more. He also had the whole W.E.B. Griffin Brotherhood of War series. I only read The Lieutenants. That brings me to the QOTD. I suppose "most" of the 36,000 Japanese soldiers must have thought they were invited to take over Guadalcanal by its inhabitants? Sorry, I give Japanese soldiers more credit than that. I think "most" Japanese soldiers knew exactly what they were doing. The bombers at Pearl Harbor knew what they were doing, the occupying forces in China, Burma, and Korea knew what they were doing, and the soldiers at Bataan surely knew what they were doing. The Japanese soldiers of WWII are NOT victims.

Hurricane season 2014 ends today with zero storms making landfall. OK by me.

Saints take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh this afternoon. Ben Roethlisberger does that gives the Saints trouble. He extends plays. The Saints do a few things that give the Steelers trouble, too. Expect a shootout.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Fire And Rain - James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
  2. Midnight Rambler - The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks, 1964-1971
  3. A Thing Well Made - The Mutton Birds - The Mutton Birds
  4. The Dirty Glass (Live) - Dropkick Murphys - Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA
  5. I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought the Law - The Best of Bobby Fuller Four

Quote of the Day

Mr. Sakitsu said most of the 36,000 Japanese soldiers dispatched here were unaware of the strategic objectives for their country's aggression in the South Pacific.

Martin Fackler, New York Times

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Signs would point to a shoot-out and, given the gaps both teams' defenses have, it wouldn't be surprising to see one quarterback needing to out-duel the other to win this game."

Lazy Saturday

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Mandeville Lakefront - November 28, 2014
Mandeville, LA Lakefront - November 28, 2014
You have a place to sit down when you
crawl out of Lake Pontchartrain
 
Mandeville Lakefront - November 28, 2014
Mandeville, LA Lakefront - November 28, 2014
Not wild about the fuzzy edges and digitizing
Need to keep tinkering with that
 
Mandeville Lakefront - November 28, 2014
Mandeville, LA Lakefront - November 28, 2014
Guessing this fire hydrant won't work as advertised

Cutting down two trees and removing the mirliton cables has seriously hurt our bird feeder business. We have a fraction of the birds we used to have. I'm trying to figure out now how I want to address that. We have more crows than we used to have but fewer songbirds. I think it's because cardinals, finches, titmice, and chickadees prefer to perch nearby and hop over to the feeder rather than swoop in from far away. I'm thinking I'll plant another Bradford pear tree but much farther from the house and maybe a few redbud trees. The big leaf magnolia will also go in the ground in a few months.

So Ray Rice's suspension was overturned earlier this week. I doubt anyone signs him this season but next season is a possibility. He's done his penance, served the legal sentence he received, and has stayed out of trouble. He should get a second chance but it's going to take a pretty strong coach and owner to give him one. Speaking of Ray Rice and the NFL, has anyone seen ole Jolly Roger lately? He's undoubtedly pressed the low-profile, save-ass button but I wonder how much longer the owners can live with that. They need someone credible to front their cash cow cartel league.

The BOTD is talking about Gone Girl, a novel by Gillian Flynn. She's written three novels now. I've read them all. Gone Girl is the third and best in her catalogue and the first one to be turned into a film. A few months ago, I wrote a bit about Dark Places, her second and also one about to be turned into a film. Her writing is excellent and that's what got me through them. Her subject matter is always very dark, which usually turns me off. She writes mystery thrillers about extremely damaged people. All three of her books are like that.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Maybe I'm Amazed (Live) - Paul McCartney & Wings - Wings over America (Live)
  2. 25 Miles - Edwin Starr - The Very Best of Edwin Starr
  3. I Am Dust - Gary Numan - Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)
  4. I Only Want to Be With You - Dusty Springfield - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Dusty Springfield
  5. Home - Phillip Phillips - The World From The Side Of The Moon

Quote of the Day

Twenty-five miles from home, girl
My feet are hurtin' mighty bad
Now I've been walkin' for three days
And two lonely nights
You know that I'm mighty mad

Edwin Starr, 25 miles

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "I cannot tell you how many emotions I went through while reading this book. Talk about psychological thriller. Holy cats!"

Happy Thanksgiving

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CrabAppleLane Lemons - November 23, 2014
Life gave us lemons
Now what?

We endured our first freeze this year earlier this week. Before covering the lemon tree, Patsy harvested whatever almost-ripe lemons were on it. Yeah, she'll be giving some away.

Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo are taking a break from each other to pursue other projects. I hope it's not for long. I've become a big fan of theirs. It all started with Wallander. Their lovely Nostalgia is the show's theme song.

Caller ID indicated a "Wireless Caller" last night. It was from our area code but it was an unknown number. I figured it was just a wrong number so I let it go to voicemail. Here's the thing about that. We live so far off of the beaten path that I can't imagine how we'd be anyone's bleeding-in-the-street emergency contact so I don't worry too much that someone might die if I don't pick up. That said, I would still prefer to pick up the phone. The reason I don't is because the vast, overwhelming, 99.999% of the unknown callers are surveyors, charities, telemarketers, or political ads. I may even care about some of them but I have zero interest in dealing with them over the phone unless I initiate it. I verified this morning that our phone number is still on the "Do Not Call" list ... since October 27, 2008, thankyouverymuch, and we still get a ton of calls, most of them right around supper time. It's almost like they're watching us. Last night's call talked to our voicemail and was a wireless political robocall, which only reinforces my policy.

No Saints game today ... not that Saints games have brought much joy this season. Their effort against the Bengals in the SuperDome last Sunday was downright disheartening. They take on the Ravens Monday night in the SuperDome and I have no idea what to expect but I'll surely watch. They're part of me. In fantasy football, my team is 4-7 and fighting to stay out of the cellar of our division today. The team I'm playing is 3-8 and currently occupies said cellar. Follow along here if you like.

About immigration: Many of those for restrictions on immigration sound like "let's close the door now that we're all in" to me. Mad at government for illegal aliens taking American jobs? Shouldn't you be at least equally mad at those companies and individuals hiring them? Mad at illegal aliens receiving benefits such as education and health care? Do we really want to turn them away? I'm not sure amnesty was the right way to go but it was surely the practical way to go. Do we have the manpower and resources to round up, process, and deport more than 5 million illegals? Do we have the manpower to replace those illegals if we did? Is everyone willing to pay the price to do that and also pay the higher price of goods and services when it's done? Like it or not, they are a substantial part of the economy. Immigration is a hot-button issue with a lot of people and I don't expect a lot of comments on my relatively obscure blog but I have been wrong about that. Six years ago, a post about price-gouging brought unknown commenters out of the woodwork. Fair warning: Opposing viewpoints here will be respectful or deleted.

I'm on the verge of giving up on Firefox as my web browser and moving over to Google Chrome on my home PC. Firefox is always locking up here. In my case, it just doesn't get along with the Flash player and I simply don't know how to fix that. Truth be told, I only went with Firefox because I was on the Netscape side of their war with Internet Explorer and I've only stayed with Firefox due to laziness. It's time to convert, though. When I'm finished implementing my email strategy, moving over to Chrome is next. I have to maintain IE for some web applications because some work websites require it. So what browser are you using?

I'm still somewhat ambivalent about capital punishment but it seems to me that death by firing squad is an honorable death.

Today's QOTD is from a New York Times article with the title, "Music Technology Comes Full Circle". As far as technology goes, that may be true but, at those prices, it will never appeal to the masses.

For the record, I will not be offended if you wish me Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays this season. That is all.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Let Your Love Go - Bread - The Best of Bread
  2. Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams - Reckless
  3. Good Times Roll - The Cars - The Cars
  4. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream - The Cream Of Clapton
  5. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

Quote of the Day

It is a place where customers can spend as much as 8,000 euros, or $9,962, for a turntable in stock -- and up to €100,000 for a customized order.

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: ""Turntable" may appear to be something vintage; something of the past to a lot of people. But for us, analogue lovers, it's more than that. Not just a piece of art, it's the key which leads us into the wonderful world of analogue music!"

CrabAppleLane Saturday Stuff

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Just tiny tidbits for today:

Starting to formulate a new email strategy here. I am just receiving entirely too much junk email and spam at all of my addresses despite all of the defenses employed here. I'm deleting over 100 messages per day. I have one address that I have never given out and it is the only one that has been spared. Any ideas? I have unlimited email boxes here.

Winter came to CrabAppleLane this week in the form of rain and near-freezing temps. The wood pellet stove was used for the first time this Thursday night and it will get a busy workout this weekend ... after I clean it. It's still cold outside.

Had a "Wellness" visit with my doctor yesterday. Not sure what was different about it. Seemed like any other checkip to me. Got a flu shot and will go back in a couple of weeks for a pneumonia shot. The Humira I take lowers my ability to fight off infection so it makes sense to me to get that new one-time shot.

Found today's QOTD on Muriel's Facebook page. Love it. Put the link in for laughs, I suppose. Muriel's is very prolific in their FB postings and you may have to scroll a while to find it.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Honky Tonk Woman - Humble Pie - A&M Records Classics Vol. 14
  2. Now I'm Here - Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
  3. Straight Shootin' Woman - Steppenwolf - All Time Greatest Hits
  4. Ashes to Diamonds - Tom Cochrane & Red Rider - Tom Cochrane And Red Rider
  5. Crimson And Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells - Rock 'n Roll Relix 1968-1969

Quote of the Day

The nature of New Orleans is to encourage the optimum development of New Orleanians: It's an environment for a specific life-form, a dreamy, lazy, sentimental, musical one, prey to hallucinations (not visions), tolerant, indolent, and gifted at story telling. This goes against the very grain of American civilization as we know it. We live incongruously in the way of the thrifty, Puritan America whose concerns are driven by the logic of economies and planning. We and our ways, are marked for elimination; there is no room in an efficient future for what we embody. This is a city of night, fog and mud, the three elements against which all the might of America is mobilized.

Andrei Codrescu, New Orleans Mon Amour, Twenty Years of Writing From The City

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Wine has been produced in Canberra for more than 160 years, but it's only in the past 40 years the region has truly shined. If cool climate, food friendly styles are what you crave, you've come to the right place."

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