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Jul 27

Bound for Glory!

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The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell – The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) High
Level 2 (Lustful) Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous) Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Low
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Very High
Level 7 (Violent) Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Low
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Low

Take the Dante’s Divine Comedy Inferno Test (more…)


Jul 22

Rescue Me

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Rescue Me is a new television series about New York firefighters post 911. It stars Dennis Leary as Tommy Gavin and a cast of unknowns; or at least unknown to me. It is much like The Shield in that it is gutty, new, and edgy. The network, FX, carries both programs.

These guys are real, or at least as real as it’s ever going to get on television. When they go to fight a fire in a 4 story walkup, and we see them climbing the narrow stairs to get to the fire, claustraphobic is the word that comes to mind.

There is black humor. When the fire in an apartment is over, the guys are outside resting and they look up to see what appears to be a little girl at one of the windows in the apartment that was burning. They freak, she jumps out the window and they rush over only to find a doll on the ground. Tommy has played a little joke on them.

One firefighter, whose name I didn’t catch, has just been examined for colon cancer. He has created a list of 10 people he is going to kill if he has cancer. Liza Minelli is at the top of the list. I don’t know who the other nine are but I figure we could all fill in the blanks.

There are ghosts in the program and Tommy sees, and talks, to them all. Fortunately, this isn’t a sappy gimmick.

This program is sometimes painfully hard to watch. But you should watch it. It’s the best thing on television right now.

Wednesday at 7pm PST. Many repeats during the week. So, if you missed it last night, you can probably see it tonight.


Jul 21

Thoughts to think about [part 84]

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I saw this bumper sticker on a big, old, gold colored Ford Thunderbird a few minutes ago:

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you

Does anyone have any idea what this means? Does anyone care what this means?

What kind of demented bastard sits around and thinks up meanless crap like this? And some poor, simple soul actually saw the thing and put it on her car. Amazing!

Before you were you, were you?

Hmm… Maybe the “p.d.b.” is me.

You think?


Jul 20

Only in the USA, I hope…

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“>Click for large image“>Click for large imageSometimes the stars converge, the heavens align, or something like that… An odd email and an odd news article both arriving on the same day. It’s a damn miracle of small proportions.

A few Deliverance moments with good ol’ Lucy, and then going to work and torturing chickens. I can’t think of anything more fun than that.

Do you suppose that Lucy, and the cretins at the chicken plant, are related? Brother and sister; mom and dad; cousins? Sleep in the same bed?

God bless the south.


Jul 13

Atomic bomb testing results…

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This message was sent to NAAV members. (NAAV is an acronym for National Association of Atomic Veterans.) I am posting it without either permission or comment.

You may have to maximize your browser to scroll, and read, the whole message.


Jul 09

Max’s Wines of the Summer

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We arrived at Max’s around 6:30 last evening and were escorted to the rear of the restaurant where the dinner, and tasting, was to take place.

The first wine, a Domaine Carneros Sparkling wine was poured, and we were treated to a history of this winery, which is in Sonoma, and the wine itself. After a glass, or two, the first course was served. It was well presented, and better yet, delicious. The wine went well with the Foie Gras.

The next wine, an Andlau Reisling from the Marc Kreydenweiss winery in France was poured and the second course was served. Again, information about the winery and the wine. The salad was also, again, well presented, delicious, and the wine, food coupling worked well. The sweet corn broth was wonderful with the crab and avocado salad.

The third course started with a tasting, and description, of Michele Chiarlo’s Barbera d’Asti, an Italian red wine. Very flavorful and not too heavy; actually very nice. The wild salmon, tamed now by cooking, was, once more, well presented and delicious and went well with the wine.

We were getting filled up with both wine and food at this point and there were two more courses to go. Also, I was becoming concerned because I knew I would have nothing negative to write about. Bummer, as we used to say.

Once the salmon had disappeared into the wilds of our stomachs, a Chalone Vineyards Pinot Noir was poured. This winery is located in the Salinas valley and the Pinot was a nice contrast to the Barbera and went well with the Duck Col Vert. Again, well presented and delicious. But, we couldn’t eat it all and had it boxed for home.

Last, but certainly not least, we were served a Chambers Muscat from Australia. This is a marvelous after dinner wine with lots of bouquet and flavor. The wine was coupled with an Apricot Souffle that was, again, well presented and tasted wonderful.

This was the first Tasting and dinner at Max’s and I will have to say that they did it right. Each course was poured and served with style. Silverware was replaced between courses. The wine was described in detail and we were told why each wine was paired with its food partner.

Max’s is planning on offering a Dinner and Tasting quarterly which I expect will shortly be impossible to get into. Those of us who were there last night have first choice next time; we will not miss it.

The cast included:

Joshua S Thornton, Sommelier
Kent Specht, Executive Chef
Doug Hayes, Account Rep, The Estates Group

Joshua and Doug did an excellent job chosing and describing the wines. Kent gets the credit for the superb dinner. And, thanks to the wait staff; great job.

So, was there anything negative about this experience? Well, yes, sort of. I must say that the food portions were too large. I realize that this is not a complaint heard very often in Fresno, but there it is. And, as I wrote before, by the time many of us got to the fourth course, we were full.

Overall rating: A+

Max’s Bistro & Bakery is located at Bullard and West in Fresno. You can visit their website here for more information. Psst… frescoe is, or should be, spelled fresco.


The American people are very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity. - Will Rogers

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