Monday, June 16, 2008

Hotel California, Free Falling, -and- Gnawing Concern

Hotel California - Alcatraz to become upscale lodging
Free Falling - toddler survives 40-foot plunge
Gnawing Concern - nearly 800 rats removed from Oregon home

On this day in history: June 16, 1948 - In the first skyjacking of a commercial plane, three armed men storm the cockpit of the Miss Macao, a passenger seaplane operated by Cathay Pacific airline. When the pilot refuses to turn over the controls, he is shot dead and the plane crashes into the ocean. The only survivor among the 27 people on board is the leader of the terrorists.

Born on this day in history: June 16, 1917 - Katharine Graham (1917 - 2001) Born in New York City, publisher Katharine Graham took over the Washington Post and Newsweek after the suicide of her husband, and acted as publisher for 10 years. Graham’s memoir Personal History won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

Scripture of the Day: ... what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God. - Galatians 6:16

Video of the Day: Latte Art Printing Machine - submitted by Cap'n Jack

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Friday evening, we produced a wonderful pizza: I sautéed julienned white onion, sliced white mushrooms, and chopped Jalapeños. I thinly sliced a cluster tomato. Laura removed the pepperoni from a Red Baron thin-crust pepperoni pizza, scattered the sautéed items, laid the tomatoes atop this, replaced the pepperoni, and seasoned it with Tony Chachere's More Spice. She then shredded a quantity of Monterey jack cheese over the pizza and baked it until the crust was golden brown and the cheese was bubbling. It was excellent.

Saturday afternoon, we snacked upon smoked Gouda cheese, Italian salami, tomato and olive oil Triscuits, and frozen margaritas while playing Scrabble.

Saturday evening, we enjoyed bacon sandwiches. I placed 15 strips of bacon on paper towels, in a Pyrex baking dish, covered with more paper towels, and cooked in the microwave oven. I toasted sourdough bread slices. At the able, we added Sierra Nevada Stout mustard, sliced cluster tomato, and Vlasic Stacker pickles. It was a delightful meal.

We watched "Déjà vu" [ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) finds himself dogged by that feeling as he investigates a bombing on a New Orleans ferry. Should he shrug off the unsettling sensation, or can it help him unravel the clues he needs to save hundreds of innocent people from disaster? Directed by Tony Scott, this thriller also stars James Caviezel and Val Kilmer.] The movie explores the possibility of going back in time and changing the outcome of events. The movie is exciting, well-acted, and believable. I recommend it.

Sunday evening, we enjoyed sushi. I made California rolls, using Calrose rice, shrimp, avocado, Jalapeño, and green onion. It was delightful.