Friday, September 30, 2005

Progress...

Documented. It's steady and sometimes it's 2 steps forward one step backward and sometimes it's many steps backwards, but inevitably, it's forward. It takes boldness and courage and more and these two had it, in spades.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Greatest

May be the greatest blog ever.

eh, or not.

Yahoo News

The concept of Kevin Sites' daily dispatches is so -- and I don't want to say groundbreaking -- comprehensive and unusual and seemingly right for this time. I don't know if he'll pull it off and I suspect he's very pleased with himself, but I'm guessing that this may be a site to go back to on a regular basis just to see if it is groundbreaking, a trainwreck or somewhere in between.

Color me intrigued.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Mike Marmer

Continue to make God laugh. You are loved.

Don Adams

RIP -- Maxwell Smart. The day ofthe birthday of one of the great writers of Get Smart -- my stepfather, Mike Marmer -- Don Adams moves on.

Now, almost the entire cast and crew are gone. Must make for quite a show up there.

Katrina

Bush rehires Brown to look into what went wrong with the federal response. What's next? A medal of freedom?

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Eating in Chicago

Spent 6 days in Chicago and was really hoping for more spectacular fare. The chop house we ate at was only average, the sushi was less than average, but the Italian and the fast food rose to the occasion.

Details to follow.

Katrina

A most personal chronicle of the aftermath. Get tissue first. Then read.

Fuck

You know you want to. Click.

Duck Fetus

Deep End Dining gives us the lowdown...and, yes, it is fowl.

(oh, and be warned...
this
is
not
for
the
squeamish.)

Monday, September 19, 2005

Support Planned Parenthood

http://www.ppsp.org/PledgePicket-index.asp"Here's how it works: You decide on the amount you would like to pledge for eachprotester (minimum 10 cents). When protesters show up on our sidewalks, PlannedParenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania will count and record their number each day from October 1 through November 30, 2005. We will place a signoutside the health center that tracks pledges and makes protesters fully aware that their actions are benefiting PPSP. At the end of the two-month campaign, we will send you an update on protest activities and a pledge reminder. "

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hooray for the Bay State

The Mass legislature has seen the light. After a year and 6,000 gay marriages, the people of the Bay State have determined that there is no ill effect from gay marriage. Go figure.

Maybe, the Governator will change his mind. Somehow, I doubt it.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Elway's Steakhouse

Denver plays host to a steakhouse owned by fomer Denver Bronco John Elway and, though, it has some issues, it serves amazing plates of meat. Between us, we had a NY strip, Prime Rib, Rib Eye and Filet. Two had their meat covered in some sort of "Elway" sauce made of crab cake and cream and cheese. Well not a light entre, still very lovely.

For me, the prime rib was as good as Lawry's.

What disappointed was the sides... we had asparagus, potato au gratin and creamed spinach. All paled in comparison to previous recent steakhouses.

That said, there was one dessert entre which commands mention: fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and milk.

All I can say: spectacular spectacular.

Eating in Denver

Last night, we ate at a restaurant called North in the Cherry Creek area of Denver. Think that's what the area is called. In any case, it was a big scale, urban Italian trattoria...and it was delish.

I started with a warm artichoke heart appetizer. It was grilled, topped with parmesan and drizzled with truffle oil and balsamic vinnegar. Truly, a great dish.

Moving on, for my main dish I had rissotto with seared scallops and asparagus. Though, each piece of rice was not distinct and not all al dente, it was seasoned spectacularly and the scallops were fantastic.

Michael had the osso bucco which was tender and tasty and Nikos had the seared duck, which was chewy. I won out on the meal.

For dessert, we split a tirra missou, cheesecake and sorbet. None of our choices were standouts, but the sorbet was better than the rest.

Overall, a good meal in a nice atmosphere with great service.

Tonight is steak...probably at Elways. Hope he can cook as well as he quarterbacked.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

That Sounds About Right

Thousands die and Bush's friends end up making money of it.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

USA or USSR

You decide. They will not be let away with this.

9/11 Anniversary

This weekend, Discovery is airing an original movie called THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK. It's a pseudo-doc about flight #93 that crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

It's a moving tale told from the perspective of the family members of those on board the flight and what they think might have happened.

During this time, after Katrina, it's inspiring to see a story about regular every day people who took action.

Hopefully, with the most recent catastrophe behind us, we can look forward to a more proactive government...but, somehow, I doubt it.

Anyway, this doc -- narrated by Kiefer Sutherland -- is compelling.

Find out more about it here.

Gay Marriage in California

Via friends Mike and John August. Read, sign, support.


STEP ONE:
Call the Governor's office. In general, you'll reach a voice mailbox to express your support; if you get a busy signal or a full mailbox, try again later or just call a different office:
Statewide: 916-445-2841.
Fresno: 559-445-5295
Los Angeles: 213-897-0322
Riverside: 951-680-6860
San Diego: 619-525-4641
San Francisco: 415-703-2218

STEP TWO:
Sign the online petition for Equality California regarding this issue (click on "Take Action"). The petition will be delivered to Gov. Schwarzenegger next week.
http://www.eqca.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=9oINKWMCF&b=1022279

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Government Lies

CNN has what the government said and what was really happening. Staggering.

Friday, September 02, 2005

A Story From NOLA

Read and weep.

A National Travesty

Read and if you're american, be ashamed. Then, do something.

Congressional Republican Response

I'm sorry, but this must be noted. How do the republican leaders want to first respond to the disaster continuing to unfold on the Gulf Coast? A permanent repeal of estate taxes.

Have they no shame?

Two Americas

John Edwards says it well. But, in the end, will it -- will we -- make a difference?