Monthly Archives: October 2007

The Holiday Blend

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On the left: Hauntingly Delicious Brownies.

The veil between living and the dead thins this week. An awesome blend of Pagan, Catholic, and Celtic lore.

Halloween Oct 31.

All Souls and Saints Day each get a day on Nov 1st and 2nd.

And usually the most spectacular, Dia de la Muertes, occurs on the 1st or 2nd of November depending on which calendar you use.

Godzmonkey- Orange County, CA Fires

By GodzMonkey:

Crazy week here with the fires and wind. Heard this afternoon that there are still 7
fires burning around southern California.

It was like a brief glimpse of the apocalypse, fires from Malibu to San Diego and one of
the worst Santa Ana winds ever. They blew for 3 days straight. Blew so hard that it sent
the smoke and ash sideways into the metro areas. Daylight had a eerie yellow glow,
sunrise was the most intense… not only did the wind hit it’s peak just before dawn,
but the morning sun filtered through all that smoke made everything look like it was
being lit by orange neon lights. And it was damn hot!

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The gusts of wind at night were so fierce it sounded like somebody was shaking the front
door. Windows rattled like there was an earthquake. Made it tough to sleep those first
few nights. It was hot at night too. Had to keep the widows closed because of the wind
and ash. Even so, there is still a gritty dust on everything in my apartment. Even in
the car, ash blew in through the vents. Everything smells like burnt grass.

Four days of burning watery red eyes, lots of sneezing, coughing and a sore throat.

The winds started to die down by Thursday, yesterday it cooled off and was even foggy in
the morning which only made the burnt grass smell worse. Today it was cloudy and even
rained a little bit this afternoon but was still in the low 80′s. The weather report
says the winds might kick up again next week. On the news they say that will be a good
thing – it will blow the fires back towards what’s already burned. They figure it will
take another 2 weeks to put the fires out. The estimate on property damage is 1.6
billion dollars.

Smokey the Bear… why have you forsaken us!

Saks, Mac, a New OS

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Leopard Day was a fun success at The Biltmore. I stopped off at Sak’s then on to the reasonable line that wrapped around the gorgeously landscaped building.

Of course, folks were in good mood. It was also the usual Friday night event at The Biltmore so lots of awesome doggies were out and a non-offensive reggae band. They were so inoffensive it took us awhile to figure out they were actually playing reggae.

Everything moved quickly once our 45 minute wait in line was concluded. The mac zealout that nearly fainted in a puddle of his own urine because we had no interest in an iphone didn’t really make the line more endurable. The older gentleman telling us about converting cameras to infra-red, he was very cool.

Inside the store, we were handed t-shirts and shown the line for just the new OS Leopard. It was quick. I don’t think we were in the store waiting more than ten minutes.

Then on to the MindFreezer party beverage from Coffee Plantation and home.

How is this new OS? Eh, it does some new stuff. I just had to have it. I’m kind of a mac zealot myself.

The Associated Press: Wis. Lawmakers Pass Long-Overdue Budget

The Associated Press: Wis. Lawmakers Pass Long-Overdue Budget

Wisconsin was having some trouble getting a budget passed. A few months of trouble. But compromises have been worked out, including free booze. Way to go Wisconsin!

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“Lawmakers quietly slipped a provision into the budget that allows liquor and grocery stores to hand out free samples of liquor.

Each customer could have up to three samples of half an ounce or less, or about a shot-and-a-half. Stores could offer the samples between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Many stores have expressed reservations about allowing liquor samples.

Doyle, who has not warmed to the idea, could veto it.

“We are not commenting on vetoes at this time,” Doyle spokesman Matt Canter said.” ”