I did some online shopping and got an awesome new purse in the mail the other day. But there’s a mystery! All the packaging on the purse was in Chinese. The label plaque on the front says: MEDE DE ITALY – CIANMI VEASRGE GOUTUAH….Via dei Cesa 16 Milano. Google translate says the first part is Dutch, meaning “Also the Italy.” Google translate says the next bit it actually Chinese, but offers no translation. Finally, Via Dei Cesa 16 Milano is actually Italian. It maps to a Via Antonio Cesari, 16.
There is no doorway for number 16 on Via Antonio Cesari, but there is some graphiti on the wall which reads: Muri Puliti Popolo Muto – machine translated as “walls clean dumb people.” …Or, could it be, dumb people clean walls? There is a police station at Via Antonio Cesari, 20.
Sasquatch is almost everyone’s favorite cryptozoological marvel. That’s because he possesses qualities other elusive creatures cannot match. Let’s look at three of them. 1. All natural. Sasquatch is the original nature boy. He lives in the wild and eats nuts and berries (mostly). He has resisted the attractions of urban living. You never see him in restaurants. Fashion holds no appeal for Sasquatch. Not even the practical utility of t-shirts have seduced the hairy beast. His commitment to natural living is an example and an inspiration to all of us who feel that nature has been pushed too far from the center of
Every year when it gets colder (you know, so perishables don’t melt/ooze while sitting in the Florida sun waiting for us to get home) I am tempted into ordering a box of Japanese treats. Part of my compulsion is the knowledge that there are seasonal – never to be repeated – flavors and if I don’t try them now, I’ll never know the joy. I have very fond memories of the tuna and mayonnaise Doritos chips from years ago. This may sound a little strange coming from someone who doesn’t snack much and whose kitchen doesn’t usually contain junk food. But there it is. This is a snap shot of our lovely haul from this year. It is almost gone now… we have been enjoying it very much.
I was at a comic shop for Valentines day because that is what nerds do, and I found The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. The cover was fun, so I picked it up. The back promised cameos from the Marvel Universe of characters that I was familiar with. I was in a buying mood. I bought. And. I. Was. Not. Disappointed.
First, sometimes I have a love hate with comics because so many of them require you to have and have read the 89 to 500 issues that come before. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl didn’t require such fore-study from me. It launched into a world where everyone was making up their own stories and so it didn’t matter that, as I found while reading, I was not actually starting at the beginning of the squirrel girl story.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is smart, and in a world of superheroes, Squirrel Girl seems like a super girl who became super on her own. You know, like us regular Joes and Joanns dream of. Sure Squirrel Girl can talk to squirrel’s, but all her super rocking fighting comes from practice (again, just read volume 2, so if I am totally incorrect here I apologize). To top it all off, she has a friend and supporter who says totally librarian friendly stuff about the internet. And she says it with a ginormous monster in the background. Any comic who calls out the internet for being 85% misinformation and a bunch of mom tricks that don’t work is a forever favorite of mine.
I’ve been slowly replacing my soaps, lotions and cleaning supplies with more simply concocted and natural versions of the same. If you are doing the same and want to get more information (and/or freak yourself out), check this out:
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics works to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.
I had a song stuck in my head. It was playing on a loop through most of the afternoon. I input the lyrics into a search box and found out that the primary refrain of my song was a movie: Yidl mitn Fidl or Yiddle with his Fiddle. According to the National Center for Jewish Cinema, Yidl mitn Fidl was “the most commercially successful musical in the history of the Yiddish cinema.” The story about a penniless father and daughter who become traveling musicians has songs, but not the song stuck in my head. There is a clip of “Yidl mitn Fidl” from the movie on the Jewish Women’s Archive and also a version by the Klezmer Quartett Heidelberg:
A cursory search of the internets found “Yiddle on your Fiddle play some Ragtime” by Irving Berlin.
This was also not the song stuck in my head. When I went home last night, I searched through our newly organized record collection for the song. I knew I had heard it in the house, on our little multi-function record machine. I was unsuccessful. Then, while watching Sense and Sensibility I had a brainstorm and went to our CD cabinet. I found Music From the Yiddish Radio Project and on it was Yidl mitn Fidl by the Barry sisters, and Eureka! That was it, so I share it with you. Enjoy!
Each time I’ve stepped in a bookstore recently I have been amazed at the plethora of coloring books on every end-cap. I understand it is the new cool way adults can self medicate, but the ubiquity of the things has now cemented in me the idea that I just don’t like to color. Not like that. But if I did, Unicorns are Jerks and Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace would be the coloring books I would choose. There were on my wishlist after all.
Now that I know I don’t color, I have removed them. You should put them on your wishlist instead.
A Charlie Brown Christmas is being issued as a First-Class Mail® Forever® booklet. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price. This booklet of 20 stamps features 10 still frames from A Charlie Brown Christmas (two of each design).
I read The Scarlet Pimpernel (Wikipedia) by Baroness Orczy (Wikipedia) right after reading the Count of Monte Cristo. I was desperate for some kind of sequel or anything else of Alexandre Dumas’ that could live up to it that wasn’t about the three musketeers. The Scarlet Pimpernel came to my rescue then, and thanks to project Gutenberg, I am now buried in sequels. You could say, I am making it a new obsession.
Books in order of publication:
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1903)
I will Repay (1906)
The Elusive Pimpernel (1908)
The Laughing Cavalier (1914)
Lord Tony’s Wife (1917)
The First Sir Percy (1921)
The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1922)
Pimpernel and Rosemary (1924)
Sir Percy Hits Back (1927)
A Child of the Revolution (1932)
The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1933)
The Scarlet Pimpernel Looks at the World (1933)
Sir Percy Leads the Band (1936)
Mam’zelle Guillotine (1940)
The novels and other collections of short stories were not typical sequels. They jumped about in time, each a piece of the French revolutionary world that the Baroness had created. Their huge popularity at the time drove her production as much as it inspired movie versions: