April 11, 2009

oh, and by the way.....

(since you wanted to know)

I couldn't resist sending
one last jolt down the line
before finally cutting you

Making you reel is easy.

~M.D. Killer

on saturday i saw a blue heron take flight
it was headed for the ocean and
i felt like going home

April 09, 2009


with ra-ra-riot and cold-war-kids

daughters of the american revolution
constitution hall, washington, d.c.
08 april 2009: top notch performance
great seats, too, for this sold out show.
thanks to davy, kristin and dave

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Marching Bands of Manhattan
New Year
Crooked Teeth
President of What
My Mirror Speaks
Company Calls
No Sunlight
Grapevine Fires
I Will Possess Your Heart
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Title and Registration
Soul Meets Body
A Movie Script Ending
Long Division
The Sound of Settling
Bixby Canyon Bridge

Little Bribes
Expo '86

April 08, 2009

al·ba·tross - noun
  1. Any of several large sea birds of the family Diomedeidae that have the ability to remain aloft for long periods.
  2. A seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility.
  3. Something burdensome that impedes action or progress.
  4. *Golf. A score of three-under par on a hole. Double Eagle.

April 06, 2009

the last waltz

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au revoir, paris street
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April 01, 2009


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pizza vii

rotisserie chicken
artichoke hearts
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olive oil
red pepper
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crust: acme

March 31, 2009

mission question

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March 30, 2009

a to b

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"You're putting Buster in charge? The guy who thought the blue on the map was land?"

Eleven hour drive/sail for Cornel West, fresh cool young Lu, golf, bourbon, vinyl, Camel filters, Rocky's, Soaring Eagle, send-offs.

March 27, 2009


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March 23, 2009

ev·a·nesce - verb
To disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.

Real Real Gone
I got hit by a bow and arrow
Got me down to the very marrow
And I'm real real gone.

I can't stand up by myself
Don't you know I need your help
And I'm real real gone.

~Van Morrison

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March 09, 2009

paris : paris : paris

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March 01, 2009


butternut squash soup, portabella mushrooms
apple pie, broiled sharp cheddar cheese

February 27, 2009

philly flower show set-up

i had already walked past the guards at the bottom of the truck ramp and eased through the bustle on the loading dock behind the convention center by the time i realized the camera was without its battery (around nine pm). picked up my pass and drove back to wilmington, round and round.

February 24, 2009

February 23, 2009


February 20, 2009

lyricology: WORD

Lupe Fiasco's songwriting is absurd. I purchased The Cool last year; lyrics are a tapestry rich with conceptual continuity spanning from his previous album, Food and Liquor. I'm listening to that disc now, continually impressed by the light Lupe sheds - genuine, sharp, playful, empathetic, brilliant.

This lyric from a track on Food and Liquor caught me off-guard:
A two family habitat for humanity
With a view within the insanity.
Live? My vida loca was built
like Bob Vila villa gone.

Yo, did my man just drop a Bob Vila in there? That's what's up.

February 15, 2009


"The illness that the western world faces isn't liberalism, or capitalism for that matter; it's the distortion of these 'isms' based on the delusional hubris that man has in regard to himself. When people value themselves over their community, society begins to deteriorate."

~ Cliff E.

February 10, 2009

cognitive dissonance - noun
Psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes (as a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful).

February 09, 2009


1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chili powder (ancho/western)
1/2 tsp ground cumen
finely chopped onion & garlic (taste)
1 tbsp flour
8-12oz tomato sauce (one can)
1 cup water
1/2 tbsp salt

Medium/low heat oil in fry pan, add chili powder & cumen - simmer for a couple minutes to infuse the oil. Add onion first, then garlic (about 1/2 onion, 3+ cloves garlic). Add salt, cook until garlic is brown, add flour. Stir in tomato sauce, add water - simmer for 10 minutes to thicken sauce.

Note: this is a flexible dish. I've used boiled chicken, smoked turkey, grilled steak, refried beans, etc. as the base for the filling. If it's going to be all veggie you may need to include some long grain rice for structure. I like to sauté diced pepper (poblano is nice) and extra onion/garlic to go into the filling mix.

Combine your base ingredient (if meat, shred finely) with veggies, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1/3 stick cream cheese, broken into bits. I sometimes put some sour cream in, it's also good as a topping. The goal is a thick, formable paste that will be easy to roll in tortillas.

Preheat oven to 325-50°. Before you roll the enchiladas it's important to soften the corn tortillas. Dip each into sauce briefly and stack 'em up. By the time you're finished dipping the last shell the others should be ready to roll. Divide your filling amongst 6-10 shells (customize based on how they fit in the pan).

Place in an oven pan, pour sauce on. You shouldn't end a sentence in a preposition at. If you only use half the sauce you'll have crispier tortillas and leftover sauce to freeze for next time. Top with shredded cheese, a few dollops of sour cream, black olives, a can of green chiles, whatever. Bake for at least 20 minutes, probably better to go for 30. All the ingredients are cooked already, so your main concerns are thorough warmth, crispy tortillas, and happy flavors.

I like to serve with finely shredded lettuce with a squeeze of lime and a dash of kosher salt. Leftovers are good reheated.

February 04, 2009

January 22, 2009

floo floo bird

from Aaron Britt's contribution to the dwell blog:
President Obama's inaugural address sent me running for William Safire's splendid compendium of great speeches (he used to write speeches for President Nixon), Lend Me Your Ears. I set out to consult Jefferson's first inaugural address - notable for those wonderful lines: "Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle," but found myself wandering around inside the book until I hit upon a doozie from Frank Lloyd Wright.

Given to the Association of Federal Architects in Washington DC in 1938, Wright's speech castigates the direction of American architecture by comparing it to a floo floo bird, "that peculiar and especial bird who always flew backward. To keep the wind out of its eyes? No. Just because it didn't give a darn where it was going, but just had to see where it had been."


Obama may be one hell of an orator, but Wright had him beat in at least one category: orneriness. He closes the speech with two thunderous lines that every libertarian should have stuck to his fridge: "I know of nothing more silly than to expect 'government' to solve our advanced problems for us. If we have no ideas, how can government have any?"

In his 1957 interview with Mike Wallace, an 89-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright betrays his elitist attitudes toward architecture and society (and demonstrates a bit of orneriness).

January 20, 2009

confusion became anger, which yielded to understanding.
understanding has brought only sadness.
and in sadness there is hope.

January 19, 2009

jin·go·ism - noun

Extreme nationalism characterized especially by a belligerent foreign policy; chauvinistic patriotism.

January 11, 2009

a steady, balanced diet of 
it's always sunny in philadelphia,
arrested development,
the killers

January 09, 2009

sub·ter·fuge - noun
  1. Something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity.
  2. An artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion.

January 04, 2009

The Gang

One of the first posts on this blog lauded the merits and lamented the probable demise of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Alas, three full seasons later, the show continues to be a rare gem of reprobate, lunatic, narcissistic, pathological, and antisocial facets.

Adding Danny Devito's character compromised the original continuity "The Gang" established in the first season. But it did unleash the limitless insanity and hilarity possessed by Dennis, Dee, Mac and Charlie.

January 03, 2009

January 01, 2009


Anticipation is a killer.

This new year's eve, much like the past year, was a sleeper. Entered with few expectations; any/all exceeded. I bring new perpective each time I travel to Grand Rapids. I leave with new perspective. Perfect place to ring in twenty-oh-nine. Cheers!

Travel well this year.