Anywho, I digress …

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Archive for July, 2009

The Cheesecake Factory is on fire. Or not.

Posted by episode81 on July 29, 2009

I was in downtown Palo Alto for a quick dinner when I thought I could smell burning.  Then a couple of fire engines screamed down University Avenue.  I have never seen a real fire so I rushed down the street to see what was going on.  I was hot on the heels of a newspaper reporter.  He had no furry microphone.  There were no inexplicable celebrities.  What can I say?

The street was closed off and smoke detectors were going off at Mad and 5th.  It was so exciting!!

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The Noods

Posted by episode81 on July 28, 2009


You know where you are when you've got your towel

On May 1st, I picked up my new bunny from Save-a-bunny.  He had spent his entire life in a cage – albeit a very comfy one once the fine folk at SaB rescued him.  I called him Noodles.


Noodly Jowls

It took the Noodster 6 weeks to come out of his 5ft pen loaded with special Noodly toys and tasty vegetables.  Then there was no stopping him!  I have discovered that the Noodle-Doodle likes to “taste” everything … including me.  He also likes to snuggle, on the sofa, with a towel.  The towel is his best friend.  He is constantly rearranging it to his liking.  I guess you could call it Noodling 🙂

Mr Noodles, as he likes to be called, has a splendid face.  Oh, he is cute, but what I really love are his joggly jowls!  At the risk of sounding weird, I really like joggly jowls.  I often stop to snuggle with dogs on my way into town to joggle some jowls.  When I was in Costa Rica, I spotted a cow with a huge dewlap – sort of jowls.  Didn’t get to touch them, but I tried 😉

Anywho, I digress …

Happiness is enormous jowls

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The end of an era that I was barely aware of …

Posted by episode81 on July 19, 2009

trev_smallMuch has been made in the US media of the passing of the US newscaster and journalist Walter Cronkite.  As a foreigner, I missed his era in its entirety.  I was vaguely aware of his name and of ‘the voice’ from TV clips shown since I arrived in the US, but that is it.  It is a different perspective, looking at this as a spectator.  Someone asked me what I thought about him and I said “He meant nothing to me” … which was clearly insensitive, but true.

I read in a post (and comments) from the NYT MediaDecoder blog, that back in the day, there were only a few newscasts to choose from and that may have added to his iconic status.  Growing up, I had 2 newscasts to choose from (BBC and ITV), but in reality only 1.  My parents would not tolerate ITV, so I watched the BBC.  Frankly, the news bored me stiff until I was in my late 20’s.  Now I absorb news like a sponge from both the TV and the internet.  And yes, I do get some of my news from Jon Stewart!

Anywho, I digress …

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More wordy knickers

Posted by episode81 on July 6, 2009

I have posted before about my love of some words.  I heard a new word for the first time on the news this evening – braggadocios.  What a great word!  I have seen braggadocio written before (in the font list!), but never spoken,  and certainly not the plural braggadocios.  Love it!  The news item itself was incredibly unpleasant, but I am pleased to have been introduced to such a fabulous roly-poly word.

It is odd the first time you hear a word that you have only seen written before.  Sometimes, it has taken me a while to match the two together.  I had lived in the USA for a couple of years before I realized that Arkansas and Ah-Kansas were the same thing.  Yes, really.  If Bill Clinton had come from Idaho, I would still be in the dark.

Anywho, I digress …

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Journalists are odd. But not in the way you might think …

Posted by episode81 on July 1, 2009

synchroswimmersOn Tuesday, I attended a presentation hosted by the Western Automotive Journalists.  It was all very interesting – both the presentation and the audience.  I have never spent any time with journalists and didn’t really know what to expect.  I was prepared to be appalled.  Fortunately, I was disappointed.  The people I spoke to were polite and insightful.  Nothing like the journalists we see on the TV, chasing inexplicably well-known people down the street with a large furry microphone.

Anywho, I digress …

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