Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sheriff: 10 dead in Moab plane crash
Madrid crash survivor says plane lacked power
Emergency landing of Ryanair plane in France
Philippine plane debris found in southern sea
Relatives identify victims of Kyrgyz jet crash
BNL singer survives plane crash
By CHARMAINE NORONHA – 19 hours ago
TORONTO (AP) — The lead singer of the Canadian pop band Barenaked Ladies and three other people survived a plane crash in rural southeastern Ontario, authorities said Monday.
Ed Robertson's Cessna 206 floatplane crashed in a wooded area near Bancroft, Ontario, on Sunday afternoon as he was trying to take off from Baptiste Lake, Ontario Provincial police Sgt. Bruce Quigg said. Quigg said no one in the plane was injured.
Robertson's friend Gord Peel told The Belleville Intelligencer newspaper that the other passengers were Robertson's wife, Natalie, and their friends Julie and Jeff Jones.
Peel, who said he has known Robertson for about a decade, arrived on the scene shortly after the crash and found the four friends walking on a road, shaken but unharmed.
He said the plane stalled but Robertson managed to set it straight down into the trees with its nose resting on the ground. They had to get out through the windows but did not have a scratch, he said.
"Everyone is fine and that is the important thing," Adam Smith, the band's manager, said Sunday night in an e-mail. "That's all the comment we have at this time."
Spokeswoman Julie Leroux said Monday that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada is assessing the accident scene to determine whether an investigation will be launched.
Robertson, 37, is host of "Ed's Up" on the Outdoor Life Network. The show documents his travels by plane. He received his pilot's license in 2005 and is described on the OLN Web site as a "recreational pilot." Episodes involve landing his Cessna on water near cities across North America.
This is the second time this summer that a member of the Barenaked Ladies has made headlines. Singer Steven Page was arrested in upstate New York last month and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
1 Tbl olive oil
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 chopped onion
1 can of diced tomatos
1 can of beans (white beans, pinto beans, black beans you choose)
2 cans of chicken broth
1 box of penne pasta (or shells or spirals something fun)
heat olive oil in pot. add garlic and onion until soft. add canned ingredients. bring to boil. Add pasta. Cook until pasta is soft.
That's it. It's pretty good.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
608 First Ave.
Science Fiction Museum (on the Seattle Center campus)
325 5th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
The Space Needle
Seattle Center, 400 Broad St.; 206.905.2100;
Pike Place Market
Between First Ave. and Western, from Pike to Virginia streets
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I fondly remember as a child having mom put on the "I Have a Song for You" and listing to the good life lessons of "I'm a V.I.P. in my family, I'm a V.I.P you see!" or "Clap Clap Clap goes the thunder when it rains" or "Grandpa pa Grandpa pa I love my Grandpa pa"
But the song nearest and dearest to my heart is the "Sharing" song:
If I had a penny and you hadn't any
I'd buy a candy stick and let you have a lick
that's sharing sharing
everybody's caring caring
that's the thing to do.
If I had a stick of gum and you didn't have one
I'd break it right in two and give half of it to you
that's sharing sharing everybody's
caring caring that's the thing to do
I may not have the words right, but it really is the thought that counts. I loved listening to these songs as a kid, and as I have gotten older I have desired to have them for my own future generations, so after being mocked my my husband this morning for singing imaginary songs all I have to say to him is ... www.britemusic.com ... So There! pllltttttttt. (that's me giving him a raspberry)
I'm not crazy and I'm not just making up songs as I go. For that, I am buying the complete "I Have a Song for You" set and I'm going to make you listen to it on every road trip.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Dark Knight
I don't really know what to say about this movie. "I was blown away!" seems too strong of a term, but "I loved it!" doesn't quiet encompass how much I liked it. So I'll just settle for "Wow!"
I finally got to go see this movie after everyone and their monkey's uncle has already seen it (including John.) My husband's friends decided to go see it in IMAX so it was me and a bunch of guys just like the old days.
** SPOILERS AHEAD **
If you haven't seen this movie already, and/or you don't want to know what happens then I suggest you stop reading here and accept my review as it is.
First of all, I loved the Joker. He was maniacal, he was nuts, he was perfect. The joker was every bit of the antagonist to Batman that he is supposed to be. His pure evil to Batman’s sense of value for human life. Batman’s “one rule” is that he will not kill, but the Joker kills just to get him all riled up. Health Leger really did a fine job but the Joker character is good on his own, he doesn’t need the stigma of Health being dead to make one appreciate his diabolical genius. His mephistophelian laugh was so contagious, I found myself laughing with him during his evil schemes. I was waiting for him to pop off the line of “where does he get those wonderful toys?” each time he confronted Batman and his arsenal but it never came. The fact that he is constantly making Batman choose between saving one or the other is great. His thought processes and actions are all so calculated. I was very impressed.
Batman is Batman. Christian Bale has come a long way from singing and dancing in the streets of
I am very disappointed that they killed off Harvey Dent (even though Aaron Eckhart is totally ugly with that pencil sharpener for a chin cleft.) I had a hope that he could come back as the villain in the next movie. – There are rumors that the next movie will have Cat woman and/or the Riddler (Johnny Depp is rumored to be up for that part) – Harvey Dent aka Two Face was great. I loved the animation of his bad face a little creepy, a lot insane. It’s sad that it just made such a short appearance.
I’m sorta glad that Rachel Dawes is dead. But at the same time it was nice that Bruce had a confidant other then Alfred. Maggie Gyllenhaal was a much better fit for Rachel then Katie Holmes was I commend the change in that character. I knew before seeing the movie that she was going to die, I just didn’t know when or where or how. How ingenious! Making Batman choose by lying about who was where, again, the Joker is just so clever.
Commissioner Gordon … I was surprised that they killed him off for a while, and as John said to me last night when he saw that he was impressed that the writers had the balls to do that when Gordon is such a huge part of the Batman mythos. But he came back so it was all good. I knew that somehow, somewhere he would come back. J
What else…. Seeing it in IMAX was awesome but I do think we were sitting too close. I hate having to turn my head to see what is happening on the other side of the screen, but I got over it.
I loved it. I may have to go see it again and it will absolutely be added to my movie collection. I think I’ll need to install a IMAX screen in my basement just so I can get the full effect of the movie again when watching it at home.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
by Dean Koontz
This book I plodded through because I hate leaving books unread if I start them. I hear that this book is really good and it's a quick read and so interesting and Dean Koontz is such a great author... um... I'm just going to say I was unimpressed.
the story was too descriptive for me, the names of plants, the phases of the moon, the color of blood dead guy here, dead guy there. Too much!
I'm not a big reader of suspense and realistic novels I prefer to live in the fantasy worlds that other books offer. I think this is the first suspense novel I have read since I was a pre-teen and Nancy Drew.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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Friday, August 1, 2008
So there was a woman at my last job. My pet name for her was Incompetent ______ I'll spare the name because if you know her then you know her name, if you don't then it's better this way. She was the flooffy-est person I have ever met. She didn't do anything very well and my personal favorite was her lack of the ability to take a phone message. Argh! Many hours I gnashed my teeth over her incompetence.
But there was one thing about her that really got to me... I mean REALLY got to me was her endless obsession with the ugliest item known to man. Crocs. Ugh! She had a pair in every color and an outfit to match. Need some thing Hot Pink or Lime Green?? She had it in crocs and clothes. Worse still. She had red hair so she shouldn't have been wearing some of these colors anyway.
This is where I first began my HATE of crocs.
Now that we've had that background story of why this article is so funny to me I shall share:
The case for ending our long national nightmare.