Wednesday, March 22, 2017

R.I.P. Chuck Barris and Chuck Berry

(in the style of "Larry and his magic blog")
I'm going to write my blog post.
     What you gonna do?
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     What you gonna do?
I'm going to write my blog post.
     What you gonna do?
I'm going to write that blog post now!

I'm going to write my blog post.
     What you gonna do?
I'm going to write my blog post.
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I'm going to write my blog post.
     What you gonna do?
I'm going to write that blog post now!

OK, all homage aside, Chuck Barris, creator of the Gong Show (and many other game shows) died at age 87. This so soon after the passing of Chuck Berry, creator of so many great songs (and the duck walk). Maybe someone asked, "ready for your close-up, CB?"

Both will be missed, but only one could really play a guitar.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

R.I.P. Stuart McLean

I completely understand the sentiment others have expressed at past passings:
"I don't have to believe it if I don't want to."

I don't want to believe it, but I do have to acknowledge the passing of a wonderful, positive, loving man who was part of my Saturdays since 1994. Stuart McLean was a consummate radio host, storyteller, and (virtual) friend.

Hearing him tell his stories encouraged me to go ahead and tell some of my own. I will sorely miss him, along with Dave and Morley, Sam and Stephanie, and the whole cast of characters who made those stories as real as the essays he also presented.

My condolences to his friends and family. Stuart was a gem and will be greatly missed.


Friday, November 11, 2016

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen died yesterday at the age of 82.
I don't know that I could have enjoyed a whole concert of his singing, but I certainly would have enjoyed a whole concert of his songs.

82 is nothing like as old as it used to be, but it's still impressive that he had just issued another new album. What a way to go out. (Or as the song goes [not his], If you gotta go, that's the way to go.)

He'll be missed, but his music will keep him in our memories for years and years to come.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Carnage du Jour - 01 November 2016

"Do we have anything we can do on the grill? It's a beautiful night."

I love being asked questions like that.

The answer was that we had smoked sausage, hot dogs, and half of a beef tenderloin.
I also got to use my new chimney-type charcoal starter, so double bonus!

The sausage and hot dogs were just the normal "put them on and cook them, smearing mustard (Nance's) on the smoked sausage as it cooks" kind of thing, but what you really want to know about is the beef tenderloin.

I made a rub of dry mustard, rubbed thyme, onion powder, and a touch of salt. I rubbed that on the beef and let it sit a bit before taking it to the grill.
The beef got cooked over semi-indirect heat (semi- because I wanted a bit of a crust on it, but not too much) while we also grilled some rainbow carrots and golden beets.
(There was also a pot of yellow rice going inside with a half can of Red Gold diced tomatoes with chipotle added toward the end of the cooking.)

Once everything was done, the beef rested briefly and then sliced, Heidi took her plate to the table while I finished filling my own. Before I could join her, she came back and told me the extra little piece I had dropped on her plate was the best piece of meat she had ever put in her mouth.
I'm not sure I'd go quite that far, but oh my was that a delicious tenderloin.

Highly recommended.

Monday, October 03, 2016

R.I.P. Sir Neville Marriner

More sad news came in this morning.
The now-formerly-ubiquitous Sir Neville Marriner has died at the age of 92.

The founder and long-time conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was one of the most recorded conductors ever, and he was actually quite excellent at it.

There was even the Detroit connection through his time as artistic director of Michigan's Meadowbrook Festival from 1979-1984.

He will be well and truly missed.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

R.I.P. Arnold Palmer

I'll admit it - I used to watch golf on television.
I still do on occasion, but not as often as I did in the days of Arnold Palmer.

Yep. I was a member of Arnie's Army and mighty proud of it.
In fact, my golf clubs (excepting the putter) boldly display Arnold Palmer's autograph - at least as printed on or forged into them.

He was a great guy, by all accounts, and it would be nice to hoist a mixture of Iced Tea and Lemonade in his memory.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shockage du Jour - 14 August 2016

I'm shocked at times to find that I agree on a topic with someone with whom I generally disagree. There are even times when I find myself embarrassed to agree with someone who is generally repulsive or repugnant to me.
I'll not name names here, but I will give one example that's milder than most.

I think of Mitch Albom as a good writer and generally good guy. I like a lot of his charity work and enjoy reading his columns from time to time.

Still, we don't tend to be in the same part of the political and economic policy spectrum most of the time, so I was pleasantly surprised to read his column on the death tax this weekend.

It's a very nice indictment of the general government attitude of "you don't earn that money, we just let you keep some of it to spend on yourself" that passes for tax policy these days.

Check it out here if you haven't read it yet.

Nicely done, Mitch.