This was a fascinating article in this Wednesday’s NY Times Dining section — except for the part where it referred to David Leong, the man who made cashew chicken as a Chinese-American cuisine of Missouri, reading a “Cantonese language newspaper.” Umm, NY Times: there’s no such thing as “Cantonese language newspaper”; there is only one written Chinese language, even if there are many dialects in the spoken vernacular. Sigh…
Filipino fast food in Queens. Cool.
I’m taking my second swimming lesson today at the Brooklyn YMCA. As I succeeded in 1. actually getting into the pool, 2. not actually drowning, and 3. fatefully achieving self-propelled forward motion albeit with the assistance of a boogie board and two of those noodle flotation devices wrapped around my gut, I’m going to call my two year old New Year’s resolution achieved. That does not mean I’m going to be Michael Phelps anytime soon, but I do have confidence that I will be successful, and it only took a few moments to get beyond those personal barriers that reinforced my 24 months of procrastination. Sometimes you just have to do it.
Like last year, I miss my lost hour. I think losing the hour before spring actually is official isn’t that great an idea; it feels too soon.
Fascinating 1 hour conversation between Robert Wright and Slate’s David Plotz on Plotz’s new book, “Good Book,” which is a book version of his blogging his reading of the Bible in Slate some year or two ago; basically, he, Plotz, an agnostic Jew, realizes how much there is in the Good Book than we realize, whether philosophically, theologicially, historically, etc. I enjoyed Plotz’s blogging (but fell behind when I realized he really was going through the whole Bible); so, I’m thinking this book is going to be intriguing. Link to a piece of the amusing conversation between Wright and Plotz – they really covered a lot and could have gone even further.
Great SNL skit: “The Rock” Obama – don’t get the president angry…
It went well, by the way, with the web exclusive (for many reasons) SNL skit of Andy Samberg as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel:
A little Doogie, anyone? Something to put a smile on the face: