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So convenient a thing to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.  –  Benjamin Franklin

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Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native luster about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited; they are like fire and flame, that cannot be painted. –  Benjamin Franklin

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If two persons equal in judgment play for a considerable sum, he that loves money most shall lose; his anxiety for the success of the game confounds him. – Benjamin Franklin

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SteamPunk Anthology

steampunkBook caught my eye at the library. Thought it would be cool to learn about Steampunk. I was wrong.

 

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Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all. – Khalil Gibran

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Sarah Vowell – Unfamilar Fishes

unfamilar_fishesLoved her book of essays, Partly Cloudy Patriot, but not so crazy about this one.

Unfamiliar Fishes is a short book about the history of Hawaii. One sentence summary: Ruled by a monarchy for many years, visited by many foreigner sailors, and then by Christian missionaries, whose ancestors gradually took over the government, which lead eventually to it being annexed by the United States. Like most history, a very sordid story.

In my opinion Vowell get’s a bit carried away with mundane details that most people, including me, won’t find all that interesting. On the other hand, it’s an unfamiliar story, I learned a lot.

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A man can be himself only so long as he is alone. – Arthur Schopenhauer

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Events

Went to Studio Theatre to See Object Lesson

I  wanted the boys to see a play a bit off the beaten trail. Mission accomplished. Play used boxes of stuff stored in an attic to represent our past experiences. Set was a huge attic full of boxes; no seats, the actor wandered around the room, pulling stuff out and looking thru the boxes. No seats -we sat on boxes.  Definitely a worthwhile experience. The bit where he makes salad with ice skates was particularly funny.

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Films

Watched Documentary – The Search for General Tso

generaltsoThe  filmmakers try to determine the origins of the popular dish. Claims a Mr. Peng created it in Hunan, took it with him to Taiwan, then U.S. I’m skeptical, but who knows?

 

There actually was a General Tso!

The most interesting part for me was the explanation of why so many Chinese folks run restaurants and dry cleaners. Film said it can be tracked back to the 1882 (?) Exclusion Act, which basically forced people of Chinese decent to be self-employed.  Makes some sense.

Pretty entertaining little film.

 

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A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little worthy of a nation as of an individual. – Teddy Roosevelt

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Poetry

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by e.e. cummings

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Dahlias

Table of Dahlias Purchased in 2016

A list of the dahlias I got this year from the National Capital Dahlia Society.

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I like that about the Republicans, the evidence does not faze them, they are not bothered at all by the facts. – Bill Clinton

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The Partly Cloudy Patriot – by Susan Vowell

partlycloudypatriotSometimes you read a book by an author and you make a real connection with his work. For example, I pretty much love everything Hunter Thompson wrote. I have nothing in common with him on a personal level. Love books but I don’t think I’d like to have spent time with  him.

Other times, you read a book and you really make a connection with the author. I felt that  way with this book. The contents – a series of short essays mostly on historical topics – is interesting, but from the stories I got the sense she’s a lot like me – a fellow weirdo.

 

 

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Watched Annie Hall Again

annie_hallDefinitely one of my favorite movies. Intellectually lively, seriously funny, and insightful about relationships, and just life in general. I could watch it every year, even more.

ALVY:   “I thought of that old joke. This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, ‘Doc, my brother’s crazy. He thinks he’s a chicken.’ And the doctor says, ‘Well, why don’t you turn him in?’ And the guy says, ‘I would, but I need the eggs.’ Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships. They’re totally irrational and crazy and absurd and . . . but I guess we keep going through it because most of us need the eggs.”

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The easiest person to deceive is one’s self. – Lord Lytton

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Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. – Benjamin Franklin

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People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. – William Butler Yeats

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Dahlias

2016 Dahlia Crop

Potted this year’s dahlias on April 16th. With any luck, I’ll have about 15 plants of various shapes, colors, and sizes. I’ll transfer them to the yard next week sometime.

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Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future. – Jimmy Carter

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The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored. – Jean de la Bruyere

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Went to See Nationals – Greatest Game Ever

We went to see the Nats play the Twins yesterday. What a game.

Game story.

Strasburg started, pitched well until he gave up a three-run homer late. Harper pinch-hit in the eight, homered like the stud he is to tie the game. Nats ran out of position players, so pitchers pinch-hit, hit for themselves. in the 15th, relief pitcher Perez laid down a good bunt, but  the catcher in his rush overthrew first base, and Espinoza scored from second to tie it. Heisey of all people homered in the bottom of the 16th to win it.

Wow.

 

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Poetry

Funeral Blues

by W.H. Auden

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The truth is like poetry– And most people fucking hate poetry.Overheard in a Washington D.C. bar by Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short

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Jungle Book – in 3D

I doubt I would have gone to see it on my own volition, but now that I have seen it, I gotta say I’m glad I did: more than just pretty good. I liked it.

I’m not sure how much i would have liked it without the 3D. It has a good story,  based on the well-known but not  to me children’s story by Rudyard Kipling. Certainly the “acting” was good; Bill  Murray has the friendly bear was at time hysterical.   Scarlett Johannsen  (sp.) turn as a sneaky snake was clever.

Then again, it is a children’s story, so by definition was a bit predictable and sentimental,  and this one was probably above average in  both areas.

The 3D / animation certainly put it over the top. The whole time your asking yourself “how the hell did they do that, and how much  did it cost?”

Anyway, enjoyable movie, easily worth the time and money.