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Shadecatcher

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  1. A big filet of salmon for dinner tonight with tiny baked spuds and spinach souffle. Souffles are so easy I don't know why people don't make them more - one sure way to get the kids to eat their veggies too.
  2. Hi Planted. Thank you for the comments. I found Capitalism the stronger film but Fahrenheit 9/11 is very provocative. I liked when he intercepted congressmen on the street as well. In Capitalism he ropes off the stock exchange with crime scene tape. That about says it all. Back in 2005 I was working in NYC and met a woman from Spanish Harlem. She said her son, who was head hunted by the military in high school was being bombarded with phone calls every morning from the Army to ensure he was still going to turn up for duty. After the recruiters promised his parents that he'd never be deployed to a war zone because he was the family's only son, he was on his way to Iraq. The gov could always depend on filling their ranks with young men and women from economically depressed areas with Ivy Leaguers left untouched. But that began to change back in 2005 as more Spanish Harlem mothers and many others began to speak out. It is an injustice.
  3. Didn't know Jeff Healey was in a film. I met him/saw him perform once at his (then) club in Toronto about ten years ago. So sad that he's not with us anymore, great musician.
  4. Last night: Fahrenheit 9/11 and Capitalism, two MIchael Moore documentaries on IFC. He's not my favourite person, but in his way he hits the nail on the head.
  5. oe Bonamassa on PBS last night, the acoustic concert at the Vienna Opera House. Very impressive, he's such a clean and talented guitarist.
  6. Well said - laughing away at your comments, Chill. I think the most creative meals are what you make with bits and leftovers. It's fun to cook something more exotic sometimes and shop the ethnic markets for ingredients, but if you don't live in a big city that's difficult. Wonder what Nigella can do with beans on toast? I've never seen her with a jar of Marmite either, so how British can she be?
  7. I'm willing to bet there are quite a few people here like me who have zero interest in traveling with a band, LZ or not, whether back in the 70s or today.
  8. It seems there are more than a few making their living off of former liaisons. The one that made me feel a real twinge of pity was the very young girl who said she was "kidnapped" by a bodyguard.
  9. I don't think it's an excuse, and no need to lay blame either: people are going to do what they want to do. Each person chose whether to be on the bus or not. The atmosphere, era and availability didn't compel anyone to do anything they didn't want to do. To expect anyone else to do as we would do or not seems fruitless to me. We are talking about adults here with free will. Pathetic, sad: yes, IMO. What would you call someone who needs to glom on to someone in the limelight to validate their existence? The girls who were just having some fun now and again and didn't take it seriously as the guys, but the ones that lived to be with a guy in a band had something else going on in their heads me thinks, and struck me then and now as sad.
  10. I've decided I'm going completely online TV and Netflix, ditching cable tv. There is practically nothing on worth watching on the standard network channels anymore and cable is extremely expensive here not to mention pretty much a monopoly price wise. So I'm watching home shows back to back to get my fill of what has become mostly uninteresting so I won't miss it a bit when my cable ends April 19. Oh and I love cooking shows online. What's your favourite?
  11. There's a saying that has been around a long time, "what goes on the road, stays on the road". I've been around enough musicians in my life to see what goes on and what doesn't. If you are in a serious relationship with one you know the routine from day one and you either deal with it or not. Not saying it's good, bad or indifferent, just that is the way it is. The problem comes when road girls think they are serious partners in those relationships. I've always felt sad for the girls that glommed onto anyone of profile because it's rather pathetic that they have nothing better to do than to follow some guy around in the hopes of a little attention. Not judging, each to his own. I think generally when the guys get older and realize how sad the girls are, they get past the groupie thing, maybe realize they might be doing some damage. I don't know one musician who didn't indulge back in the day but now that they are older there too many other interesting things going on to be bothered with that scene. I'd be suspicious of anyone that carries on with road antics for very long - makes me think they either suffer from a lack of either self-esteem or can't have a serious private relationship.
  12. How uplifting to hear of all the sunshine some folks here are basking in. As for what is going on outside my window, that Texas low that has parts of the midwest under snow has moved northeast. Giant soppy snowflakes have surrounded my little car and have me wondering if I'm out of salt again. I'll take snow over the sheer ice that was my parking spot. We're sick of the snowstorms already and we've only had little ones compared to New England.
  13. American Masters Sister Rosetta Tharpe last night. Wow, she was quite the guitarist and singer. Interesting how she influenced so many who would follow in R&R including Presley. In '64 she toured England with Muddy Waters for a folk, blues and gospel caravan tour. Footage of the train station performance near Manchester with the audience on one side of the tracks and performers on the other was the most unusual setting for a concert I've ever seen.
  14. Ah, Dylan. Woke me up to music at a young age. Will always have a place in my heart for him even though the last concert I attended was a disappointment. As for Led Zeppelin, they aren't my favourite band, but I like their music. What is the point of having to pick one artist or band when we have so many incredible talents to enjoy?
  15. Funny but in reality, bears are not lovable when they invade your campsite in the middle of the night. Ground vibration from the bear's heavy weight announced its arrival. Then grunting sniffs down the side of our tent (my side of course), the trashing of a neighbour's dinner party (they retreated to their car), and the slapping of another neighbour's trailer with its powerful paws (screams in the night). After surviving that night we were told it was a rare treat to see the "shy" rattlesnakes sunbathe on a granite outcrop. I called it something else and packed the car to leave.
  16. The storm we had yesterday (the combo of two low systems) has now moved on to New England to top up the Noreaster you guys had yesterday. What you are in for: about 15 inches of fluffy, blowing soft snow. Today we have bright sunshine and blue skies. Temperatures on the rise and by Monday we'll be well above zero with rain.
  17. : ) I know, but there is something quite magical about walking in fresh snow especially in a forest. The silence and landscape are very calming. Not that I'm about to move from my desk and book today. Also low pressure systems encourage headaches. Ouch.
  18. CBC news here is saying the weekend will be lovely, everyone should get out and enjoy the snow. Even though my back door is snowed in, I have to admit the snow is beautiful.
  19. It's -8 C/-15 C with wind chill and snowing heavily. About a foot of snow caps everything in my garden, the antenna on my VW has nearly disappeared and no traffic is moving on my street. It would be a good time to escape south, but more than 30% of flights are cancelled. A good day for reading and writing and hot tea.
  20. Lucky you. I miss winter in Vancouver, more rain than London but lovely. Never got how overcast bothers some folks.
  21. I'm sitting here watching a snow storm begin. It's supposed to be the biggest one in five years with a 30cm snowfall in the city. Tomorrow will be a good reading day here.
  22. Oh, rub all that sunshine in : ) It is snowing, big fluffy flakes. Pretty, but not so much when you have to shovel and drive in it.
  23. Hey Missy, good to see you back, enjoy the sunshine!
  24. Catching up on some older Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame DVDs and last night's was the 3 DVD set that covered the Doors, Stones, ZZ Top, Who, Cream etc. in performance. Eddie Vader did a terrific job with Light My Fire. I actually felt Kid Rock fit right in on Sweet Home Alabama and What can you say about Clapton, Bruce and Baker, amazing. Toward the end it was the Jimi Hendrix Experience induction. The "jam" on stage included way too many people crowded together with most doing nothing but there off the the side was Page who took the solo which I didn't find particularly good or bad. Just me maybe?
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