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Melonious Thunk

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Goin' to the movies.

16 February 2009 - 11:24 AM


I decided to dig back into the movies I saw as a kid and try to identify the ones that had a real impact on me. I mean those that helped form my view of the world and even parts of my character. To my surprise, I was able to go right down the list, as I grew up from six or seven to my early teens, and pluck out those movies that stuck with me. Since this covers the period from 1945 to 1960, it may predate many of you youngsters. But perhaps you've seen the same films at a similar stage in your life. I wonder which ones had an impact on you.

The interesting thing to me is that these films really were a part of my life, my personality and character. They taught me what to fear, what to value and what to lust after, long before life experience tempered the fantasies.

The first lady and the cats.

12 February 2009 - 04:38 AM


"It is strange to think that the wife of the leader of the free world would choose clothes from only one store, when there is a wealth of clothes out there from other designers, including me," Arnold Scaasi said.

Mr. Scaasi, who has dressed first ladies since Mamie Eisenhower, though is perhaps best known for the blue velvet and silk inaugural gown of Barbara Bush, said he could not recall a time when designers did not have direct access to the White House. He was critical of Mr. Wu's design for Mrs. Obama, because of its loose fit. I don't think the inaugural gown was flattering in any way," he said. She could have looked much better.

Mamie Eisenhower and Barbara Bush..fashion icons, indeed!

Michelle looks good to me.

Eating, weight and health.

11 September 2008 - 02:10 PM

I have been posting periodically about my progress in losing weight and changing my way of eating. In 18 months, I made a lot of progress. However.....

I gained nearly six pounds since coming back from summer vacation. This is the first major "hiccup" in the nearly 18 months I've been in the program. It is a wake-up call.

How did it happen? Obviously, I've been eating more than I have been burning. Why? I've given myself "license" to do that? Why? For one thing, I got cocky. I came back from a vacation where I ate "indulgently" and did not gain weight. So somehow, I took that as a signal that I could continue to be "indulgent."

For another, my exercise routine gave me a feeling of physical well being, and translated into the license to take in more calories.

For a final thing, I met with friends recently who had not seen me in six months. The effusive praise for my "new" self went to my head. One friend said "You've made the transition from a fat person to a not fat person."

Translation in my evil brain: "I'm cured."

The behavior that followed was not binge eating, but a return to the high fat foods I ate in abundance before ORC. And, some meals with unrestrained portions.

So the alarm bell tolls. And it tolls for me.

What will I do?

1. Monitor my eating more stringently with Fit Day.
2. Develop plans for weekends that are within my guidelines.
3. Remove the high fat foods from my list of choices for now.
4. Reestablish a daily eating regimen like the one I used in year one to lose the weight. More vegetables, fruit, less protein, less fat.

Remind myself that the weight is easy come-hard go.

Short term goal: lose the five-six pounds I gained in the next three weeks.

Medium term goal: lose ten pounds before Thanksgiving.

Average daily calorie intake necessary to do this is 1750.

Let this be a lesson to me.

Sunday in the Park

08 September 2008 - 01:29 AM

The day was so nice after the hurricane deluge Sat. night that we opted for a drive over to Boscobel, an 18th century mansion on the Hudson River in Cold Spring, NY. We often go to Cold Spring, since it is just 20 minutes from the lake house and has at least one bistro we enjoy, and the views are among the most beautiful in the world. Today was the first day of an exhibit of the work of a handful of Hudson River school artists. What follows, using the cool little camera in my iPhone, are the views that inspired those painters.

Four Story Hills Farm pork chops

04 September 2008 - 01:03 AM

Had a FSHF chop left from the BBQ weekend. Heated it up tonight and added a bit of evoo. It was still delicious. The texture is like a good aged sirloin--firm and chewy with a nice level of juiciness. The meat has a subtle flavor, from the muscle not from any fat, as you can see. It makes excellent sandwiches too! The chops were 3" thick, basted with a BBQ sauce, salt and pepper and cooked on a two level fire--3-4 minutes a side over the intense heat and another 12 minutes over the cooler side of the grill, to an internal temp of 125 degrees. They reseted for 30 minutes before slicing and still released a lot of liquid. I judged the doneness as perfect. More would have been dry and overcooked and less would have been too rare.