Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Don't Bite!, Swarm!, -and- Der Wiener-man

Don't Bite! - crazed cannibal attacks pensioner
Swarm! - super mosquitoes breeding in Greece
Der Wiener-man - man eats 53 3/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes

On this day in history: July 5, 1946 - Louis Reard's latest swimsuit creation, the two-piece bikini, goes on sale in Paris.

The weather was perfect for Independence Day. It was hot--but not too hot--and there was a nice breeze in the evening.

We watched several episodes of "Simon and Simon" during a marathon on the Sleuth channel, followed by several episodes of "Cops" during a marathon on FX.

I made a batch of Cajun beans and some toasted garlic bread, and Laura roasted two racks of baby back ribs. She cooked them for three hours, bone-side down, on indirect heat, spraying them every twenty minutes--first with a mixture of 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 apple juice, then with a mixture of 1/4 extra-virgin olive oil and 3/4 balsamic vinegar. My mother dined with us. It was a scrumptious meal.

Following dinner, we watched "Monsters Inc." Laura and I had seen it previously. It was my mother's first viewing. It is a particularly delightful movie.

My mother departed for home at 8:30 PM. We watched several episodes of "The Twilight Zone" on the SciFi Channel. We had intended to walk to New Life Assembly for the fireworks display, but the neighbor two houses away from us put on such a stellar display that it was unnecessary to travel!