Happy New Year
Let's have a great start to 2006!
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. - Oscar Wilde
I felt like Gilligan today. I left my house at about 8:15 and went on a three-hour tour (cue the music...Now sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip...). It took three hours for me to get to work today in Center City. Three hours.
Under the direction of restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, Asia de Cuba serves an innovative menu that blends the best of Asian and Latino cuisines in a soaring and beautifully theatrical Philippe Starck-designed space. Featuring a 30-foot long illuminated marble communal table that runs through the main dining area, a 15-foot tall photo lightbox featuring a "running waterfall," ultra-comfortable high-backed white banquettes, and cozy living room areas with fireplaces.I'm going back again. The place melded impossibly beautiful people, groovy lighting, and enough drama to make it north of interesting. (The couple right next to us were alternately having a huge fuss and then sitting on each others' laps and making out like oversexed teenagers. I flashed my camera at them, sort of a proxy for throwing cold water, and that cooled them down). That was a wonderful way to spend an evening in NYC.
Anyone have any ideas about what's the best smoothie maker? Mrs. iFlipFlop wants one for Christmas and I didn't find one at Williams-Sonoma and the one at Kitchen Kapers wasn't all that cool.
This Chronic-al of Narnia rap was really clever on Saturday Night Live. I must say, SNL has been really funny this year, funnier than I can remember it in many years. (That, plus the fact that I'm able to stay awake for most of the show, and if I'm not, it's TiVo to the rescue.)
Etherealgirl has a link to Merry Fitzmas. Since we decorated the tree at my house last night our tree is too full to add the Karl Rove ornament. LOL, E-girl.
A Times-Picayune photographer documented two days of devastation when the levees fell in New Orleans. Lots of good footage here.
George Bush, the War President, gave a speech today at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Even George Bush couldn't have ignored the assembled crowd who were chanting anti-war slogans and booing and whistling. In full disclosure, there was one middle-aged woman who was screaming "We love you Bush." (I'll leave the jokes to you.) George Bush go home was the chant of the day. (UPDATE: Flickr set here.)
I'm going to go over a little early to take some pictures of the protesters, and if I'm lucky I'll get a snap or two of George Bush. Captions to follow.
It's looking bad in New Orleans. This piece in the New York Times hits it: Death of an American City.
A different way to look at a Christmas classic: Ding Fries Are Done.
Just in case you were wondering, Tom DeLay is still a lying scumbag.
Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down.
The Christmas tree lighting was last night at Rittenhouse Square. I took a few minutes out of a very busy schedule to walk over and take a few pictures. I'm glad I did. It's the first connection to the holiday season I've had. Yum.
Isn't it surprising when the President of the United States lies? Of course, for George Bush you would just call that Thursday. Bush lied in a speech yesterday about Iraqi troops leading a battle in Tal Afar, Iraq. An embedded Time Magazine reporter was there. Bush's story was a complete lie.
The United States re-enacted the death penalty in 1977 with the execution of Gary Gilmore. Now, this week the 1000th prisoner will be executed and each state governor doesn't want it to be in his state. I've always been conflicted about the death penalty, but have moved more and more toward eliminating it as I process the idea. And I have a personal reason for saying so.