Swinging clarinet action

February 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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In the classic Hong Kong movie “Hard Boiled”:

I love this snow, really

February 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dating advice from Miss Manners

February 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“In the proper world, romance is supposed to develop out of friendship. A gentleman and a lady both pretend that they are cultivating each other for common interests, shared humor, or whatever — and then they both act surprised when passion strikes them like lightning. This shock is considered exciting by proper ladies and gentlemen, who regard instant matings, based on the idea that we all have standard parts that may be fitted together interchangeably, to be dull as well as distasteful. You will find that rejection by a friend who does not become a lover is less painful than rejection by a lover who does not want to go on to become a friend.” ~ Judith Martin (“Miss Manners”)

(found on the internet)

Some bossa nova for Sat. night

January 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Twice as much fun

January 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Re museum dates, a two-museum date with an artist is the best. I tend to get a bit excited when looking at modern & contemporary art, and it’s great to be able to share the experience.

(Update: then again, artists can a temperamental lot. Haha: temperamental. Good thing to find out sooner rather than later.)

Recent chain restaurants

January 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I recently ate at three chain restaurants for the first time:

  • Austin Grill: nice fajitas. Need to visit a few more times and try some more dishes, but pretty good so far.
  • Nando’s: Afro-Portuguese chicken. Very good. I’ll be going back for sure.
  • Clyde’s: I had the lasagna, which was a bit underwhelming. Maybe they do a better job with steak, oysters, etc.

Lunch/dinner for two will run about $20 – $30, not including tip & drinks.

Dean Koontz books

January 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve read about a half dozen Dean Koontz books. I liked the first two “Odd Thomas” books, but the other Koontz books I’ve read get a “meh.” Your Heart Belongs to Me was pretty good until the last 30 pages, at which point it went off the rails for me.

How music works

December 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A fascinating set of videos:

Book lists

December 6, 2009 at 7:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Newsweek: What to read now. And why.

Time: All-time 100 Novels

The Western Canon in e-text

Harlan Coben

November 25, 2009 at 6:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I recently read a half dozen mystery novels by Harlan Coben. “Gone for Good” was the best of the lot.

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