Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Latest News From My Brain

I picked up a couple of good movies from Avid during the past week. The first was a Tom Tykwer thing called Winter Sleepers. I liked it, though it got sloppy toward the end (his The Princess and the Warrior is one of my all-time favorites. Wait, no, maybe I like The Lives of Others better; DAMN that's a good movie. I can't decide).

In other news, the newly-opened Dulce Cafe in Sutton Station is a yummy yummy place.

In yet other news, the date has been set (November 19, 2011) for a fall concert combining riverdeep, Avante Singers, and Men in Black. I hope it's fun.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Links For You To Click

This guy is trying to acquire a house the old fashioned "common law" way.

One Day On Earth trailer.

This silly Brady Bunch thing made me check TVLand, where I found these.

"Cherish the Love" was in my head earlier this evening, so here you go.

Persistence pays off.

Don't stay up too late.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Why I Eat The Way I Eat

Back when I was experimenting with strict veganism, I was asked what was most challenging about that way of eating. The answer was easy: having to reassure other people that I was going to be okay. Vegan eating was good for me, because while I'm no longer a true vegan, the Vegan Way informs many of my decisions.

So I eat a lot of plant-based food, but I also pop 2 to 3 grams of fish oil a day (long-chain omega 3s, keeping an antinflammatory omega 6 to omega 3 ratio, etc.), I eat flesh occasionally, and about once a year or so I hork down organ meat of some kind (micro nutrients available there are hard to find elsewhere). I also try to move even more than I used to.

Years ago I had the thought that if I ever received an early-stage cancer diagnosis and was successfully treated, I would probably make some lifestyle changes moving forward. The thought that closely followed was to wonder why I would wait for cancer to make whatever these changes would be. I want to eat like a cancer survivor.

And longtime readers will note that these aren't topics I often blog (or talk) about, because I've learned that, generally speaking, No One Wants To Hear That Shit. Relationships are more important to me than evangelizing about nutrition (or anything else, for that matter). Wouldn't you just love me if, during our 1 pm café meeting while you sipped coffee and I sipped tea, I delivered a scintillating lecture about coffee and cortisol levels? No, neither would I. So it's mainly a journey of silence, silence broken only when someone in my life (possibly someone who is not at peace with his own relationship with food) carps about what I'm putting (or not putting) into my own body.

I love reading books on nutrition and health. I've read so many I've lost track of most of them; there isn't enough time to read everything that's available. But six titles return to me repeatedly:

The China Study
Healthy at 100
Anatomy of an Illness
The Divided Mind
Born to Run

And if you have nutrition book recommendations, gimme.

Friday, July 15, 2011


A lovely Muppets tribute.


David Sirota's article about cheap food is like a very short version of, say, Fast Food Nation.

It is a serious bummer that good, fresh food is more expensive than crap. The few times each year I think to hit the farmer's market in Durham, I come away pleased with my bags of leafy green deliciousness, and shocked at how much cash I had to drop to get them.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Durham Dog Parks

Finally, two days ago, Roxie had her rabies shot and qualified for a Durham Dog Park registration badge. She's been once to Piney Woods and twice to Northgate Park. It's much too early to form an opinion about which is better. I think Roxie liked them both and was good and tired afterwards.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Third Person

There are only 3 musician/singer type people who have sold more than 100 million albums both as solo artists and as members of a band (i.e., both those things separately, 2 x 100 million). The first two are Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Who's the third?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New York Chewing

Has anyone else noticed that people from New York City generally chew their food loudly and with their mouths open? Or am I just being overly Southern? I know one person who is an exception to this (seeming) tendency, otherwise it's smack smack smack smack. Or is it all people from northern states? I'm not sure--still collecting data.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Ball Game

Riverdeep sang two national anthems at the Bulls game last night: US v Japan (rain make-up for the 4th). The fireworks were extremely fireworky, and they even played that awesome awesome Miley Cyrus USA song. And Neil Diamond, of course. And Bruce Springsteen. And Lee Greenwood. And Pete Seeger. Hahahahahahaha, just kidding about that last one.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I've always wondered what it would look like if I applied a full year's worth of makeup in one day.

Two Items

We have returned from three days of camping with our Belgian friends at Jordan Lake. Hot, fun, grueling, swimmy, outdoorsy, and also, there was sangria. And Hoegaarden. One Belgian guy even brought--gasp--cans of Pabst.

In other news, go look at the funny funny laughing babies.