Monday, May 29, 2006

The DaVinci Code

Well, we did it. We went to see the movie and WE LOVED IT! Yes, I've read the book, (and in some ways it's better), but the movie was excellent. If you check out the titlebar link, it takes you to the Wickipedia site; at the end is a comparision of the differences between the book and the movie. If you haven't read the book, then so much the better, it's even more exciting!

I have to say one thing that really impressed me, was how history was presented; specifically how historians, (and sometimes writers) perceive space and time. Probably because I often think of historical events the same way.....for example, one scene takes place in front of a famous English Cathedral in London, and the modern scene fades away as the Robert Langdon & Sophie Neveu picture a nearly 350 year old funeral procession into the church.

My father used to stop at nearly every historical marker on roads we traveled, most of the time he already knew more than the cursory explanations provided. I often visualized the people, dress, smells and sounds of the events written on these markers. To say nothing of anyone who's ever read LOTR....we've all seen Frodo, and he didn't always look like Elijah Wood.

I nearly went catatonic at the incessant car crash movie previews (there seems to be about 3 coming out this summer, including an animated one). So glad to see something different, a little intellectual, and just plain fun (not alot of sex, but yes some violence).

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Fire and Ice: The Best Brews and Worst Wort

Hi ho!

Moody the minstrel here inviting you to talk about our favorite letter B! No, not that one! I'm talking about the kind that comes in a can, bottle, or keg! No, not that one, either!

Come on, people! You know what I mean!

According to the Beer Advocate website, these are currently the best 100 brews in the world. The results are interesting. Although I'm sure Rob will be happy, Rogue Ale has been knocked out of the top spots by breweries in Czech, Germany, California(!!!?&#%$*), Indiana, and New England, but it still features strongly in the top 30. Deschutes Ale's Obsidian Stout is in there, too. I might point out that the number one ranked beer (which is also ranked number one on the Rate Beer website) is produced by a monastery in Belgium! (Oh, those evil monks!)

On the other hand, according to the Rate Beer website, these are the worst 50 beers in the world. It's both amazing and truly sad how many of these are produced by Anheuser-Busch, Miller, or Coors. It's also surprising how many are produced by Carlsberg, especially considering Carlsberg itself is usually considered a very classy brew!

I guess it's all in the taste buds of the beholder. Speaking of which, does this look orange to you?

(Incidentally, today a little boy who accompanied his mother to ye olde academy for today's PTA assembly and conferences referred to me as "the fat teacher with glasses". Considering I spent most of my life horribly underweight, well...maybe I need to reduce my brew intake a little...)(No, I don't...)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mother's Day Grand Tour

The Vista House (Crown Point), just re-opened last weekend after a 5 year restoration/renovation. It was an absolutely gorgeous day today, and all the wildflowers along the Historic Highway were in full bloom!
Our family w/grandmother & grandfather (yes, he was born on Mother's Day!) paid a visit, as well as picniced at Bridal Veil Falls, where we made a short but steep hike to the falls. We wisely skipped the dangerously car-choked parking lot of Mulnomah Falls and continued on to Cascade Locks, where we picked up ice cream cones at the local greasy spoon, The East Wind Drive-In. Here's another pic of the same eatery in the daytime. It was the perfect day to have "Mother's" Day & I didn't have to drive, plus received two items I'd had my eye on for several years as gifts!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Quote of the Day

So on my way home from some early morning errands today, I had to follow a huge bright yellow crane truck on Hwy 26, all the way off my exit and onto my street.

In 12 in long letters painted across the back bumper of the truck were these words:


No lie....

Title bar link take you to Quotations Page Quote of the Day.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

May Day!

May Day is not celebrated much in North America, but Bean & I were able to usher in the full bloom of Spring with the help of some local folks. Title bar links takes you to the Wikipedia complete history entry. Beltane, as this festival is also known, has some rather "randy" fertility aspects as well as associations with the labor movement.

We met May Day with a sunrise celebration in Washington Park (in the International Rose Test Garden) by the Renegade Rose Morris dancing group. They had several other English style folk dancing group and of course a Maypole!

We also revived a long dead tradition I did when I was a small child. Bean & I made May Day baskets of liliacs (what we had in bloom in our yard at the moment), attatched them to the various neighbors door knobs, ring the door bell and ran away! It's a nice little surprise that's kind of cute. Everyone seems to enjoy it.

Finally, here's a link to some German customes, and a recipe for Maywein, sometimes known as Maybowle (May punch) in it's non-alcholic form.