April 21, 2007
Not a shrub in the lot. What can I say? I'm a flower guy.
Two new clematis to share a new trellis, one pink and one white, hopefully their bloom season will be different enough to extend the color. I love clematis, and already have one growing in another bed.
In the bed along the front walk will be blue asters, white dragonflowers (variety of snapdragon and a Virginia native, according to the catalog), and pink "pincushion" flowers (a much nicer name than the scientific scabiosa.
The front bed is getting a hedge of lavender. Should smell wonderful, attract butterflies and maybe hummingbirds, and tons of bees too, to keep the (bleepin') neighborhood kids away so they'll quit teasing the dogs.
Not a simplification in the garden plan... not by a long shot. But, they're all perennials. I'll take my small victories when I find them. And the flowers this year should be gorgeous.
April 20, 2007
April 18, 2007
When homey drives, all you can see through the back window is his do-rag and one hand on the wheel as he peers over the dash.
Either granny is hot shizzle, or homeboy looks like a silly fool. I know which way I'm leaning.
April 17, 2007
Invitations are going out to DC metro area friends and bloggers for the first blogmeet game of the year which will be Saturday, May 5th at 7:05pm as the Potomac Nationals take on the Wilmington Blue Rocks. After the game they have a pretty good fireworks show and you might even see Buckethead's son whack me in the jewels with a bat. Again.
No invitation? No problem! Just email me and I'll add you to the list. We've always managed to get a block of seats together ($9.00 a ticket), but that's not garaunteed (never can spell that word).
The P-Nats (I cringe every time I hear the team nickname) play in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County (directions here).
Liz and I will be going to the game this Saturday,
May April 21st, if anyone is interested in meeting up. We're going to check out the wheelchair access seating and see what it's like.
Also, if anyone would like to set up something similar with another local minor league team, let's do it!
*42nd Annual? Yep. If 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, then baseball is the answer to why we bother.
April 15, 2007
Most famous for his song "Tiny Bubbles", the man was a high school football star good enough to get a sports scholarship on the mainland. During the Korean war he piloted cargo planes between Hawaii and Tokyo.
When he returned home and took over his parents' struggling neighborhood bar, Honey's, he put together a band and started performing at his father's request.
"I had no intention of being an entertainer," Ho said. "I just played songs I liked from the radio, and pretty soon that place was jammed. Every weekend there would be lines down the street."
Honey's became a happening place on Oahu, with other Hawaiian musicians stopping in for jam sessions. Ho began to play at various spots in Hawaii, then had a breakout year in 1966, when appearances at the Coconut Grove in Hollywood helped him build a mainland following, and the release of "Tiny Bubbles" gave him his greatest recording success.
Soon he was packing places such as the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Stars such as Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra were known to be in the audience for Ho's shows.
Ho also became a television star, and hosted the "The Don Ho Show" on ABC from 1976-77. One of Ho's most memorable TV appearances was a 1972 cameo on an episode of "The Brady Bunch."
"I've had too much fun all these years," he said in the 2004 interview. "I feel real guilty about it."
He did his final show last Thursday night.
April 14, 2007
Unfortunately though we do have music from the Greeks that are connected to some of the plays that remain, no one knows how to read them.
Opera was created as people tried to approximate the original Greek theatre experience at a time when the Greeks were the idols and Aristotle was studied almost religiously.
April 12, 2007
I'm also (still) playing over at my Minx beta site.
April 11, 2007
April 10, 2007
...to the tune of the theme from Ice Castles!
For those wondering, Robbie Benson said "We forgot about the flowers" to Lexie at the end of that movie. Welcome to the Rocket Jones Sensitive Moment.
And here's a page chock full o' midi files, including *three* versions of "Through the Eyes of Love." The middle version - labeled (1) - is the best.
In simple terms, the rest of the country will now decide whether or not your vote counts. Cal Ripken could get 90% of the vote in Maryland and if George Steinbrenner gets the most votes nationwide then that's who gets all of the Maryland electoral votes. In simplest terms: screw you, Maryland voters!
Think about the implications of this for a minute. Maryland isn't the only state considering this kind of legislation, which means that future elections will almost certainly be decided by the courts as candidates will automatically file lawsuits to have every vote counted or suppressed, depending on the situation.
Third party candidates just became even less likely. Why bother campaigning in Maryland if you know you don't have a chance to win their votes?
This is a terrible decision, and just because it's "popular" doesn't make it correct.
April 09, 2007
The recently added "recently viewed" box over on the sidebar is longer than normal now, because I watched more movies than I usually get a chance to see. There will be at least one new movie review coming up too.
April 08, 2007
I don't hate them, but I have no love for them either. For all the talk about how much baseball means to DC, the fact remains that on opening day they drew 40,000 in a 56,000 seat stadium. It's not going to get better, and they need a miracle of biblical proportions - ala the Amazin' Mets - just to reach up to the level of lousy. Opening day may well have been their high point for the next couple of seasons. So much depends on this new ownership.
...Last in the
American National League.
Here's hoping for a Washington/Baltimore World Series in the very near future.
April 07, 2007
2. YouÂ’re at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome guy. One of your friends goes up to him and, pointing at you, says, Â“SheÂ’s fantastic in bed.Â” ThatÂ’s Advertising.
The explanation for Junk Mail is priceless.
April 06, 2007
A security guard just asked how big my project was... answer? "Self Inflicted 9th Level of Hell."
If I have to look at another portrait I may kill something.... I'm up to 450...
"Saying that it is the parent's responsibility to keep it out of the hands of young people is absolutely ridiculous," Hacker said.
Parenting? Why bother, when we can just pass a law.
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