Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Last night Detroit had its big fireworks display in the Detroit river alongside Windsor, Ontario...

Here's just a bit of the finale; there is panning between the three main explosion areas, but the sense of the energy of the finale is there....

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cyd Charisse

Farewell Cyd... gone at 86, with the longest current Hollywood marriage (I believe) at 60 years to Tony Martin...

This is my favorite number of Astaire's, outside the pictures with Ginger, Dancing in the Dark:

Sunday, June 15, 2008

It's the 793rd anniversary of the Magna Carta today!

I got this sweet Tagging idea from Amba, so let's let her rip! (rule 1 done!)

My Factoids:

1.) No Green Peppers please! Red and Yellow Peppers are fine.

2.) Size 91/2 EEEE feet. Only brand of sneakers (New Balance) will fit.

3.) Haven't spoken to either of my two sisters in many years. Have no idea where my father is buried.

4.) One of the two greatest "Cat Battlers" [fighting by throwing stuffed felines at each other] in America. Camie knows the other one.

5.) Longs to go back to Carmines near Times Square in a way sometimes that is irrational just because I've always had a good time AND something interesting has happened when I've been there. Will accept invites.

6.) Has never been to Europe, due to astonishing lack of money.

7.) Has asked Nietzsche for advice in my head, and usually heeded the advice I've gotten back.

I tag: Camie, Cynnie, Manic Street Preacher, Sippican, Victoria,AckNak, and Cappy.

So here are the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Present an image of martial discord from whatever period or situation you’d like.

I cheat a bit on rule 5, just cause it's Magna Carta day!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Fluffy's White Bean Salad


1 lb dry White Beans (also called cannelloni beans) or 2 16oz cans.

1 red onion

2 cans tuna

1 can minced tomatoes

1 cucumber

dry parsley flakes

1 can black olives, whole, pitted, small size

olive oil and lemon juice (for vinaigrette)

salt and pepper to taste.

if beans are dry: soak beans overnight. Next day, drain beans and with fresh water cover and boil on a simmer for 90 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and let cool.

Cut onion and make quarters, then dice those quarters.

Cut fairly thick slices of cucumber, then quarter those slices.

Cut olives in half lengthwise.

Combine beans, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, tuna, olives, salt, pepper and parsley. Stir together.

Make vinaigrette whisking lemon juice into olive oil. Add over salad.