|At the recommendation of a friend, I read “Downsize This!” by Michael Moore. I found it a funny and provocative book about the state of business and politics in America. Be warned! – Nobody will be able to read this book without being offended by something. At the same time, nobody will be able to read this book without finding at least one issue that they think is important. If even half the facts in the book are true (and Moore says they all are), then there are a lot of things wrong in America right now. My favorite chapters were the ones on corporate welfare (he tells about how many millions of dollars in aid some large corporations receive from our government and how they repay our tax money by laying off people) and the ones on loyalty that a company does (or doesn’t) owe to the city or state that gave it tax breaks and incentives to do business there. He gives examples of companies that receive $100,000s in tax breaks from a city and turn around and move their plants to other cities.
I guarantee that something in the book will make you stop and think. Something else in the book will probably upset you too. It’s a comedy – mostly satiric – but with a point.
CNN.com – Delivered?meals gaining popularity – Apr 20, 2004
The idea is extremely appealing. Every morning a cooler with three home cooked meals and a snack are delivered to your doorstep. The entire day’s worth of food fit your diet plan, so as long as you stick to the food in the cooler, which is supposedly fresh and tasty, you’ll meet your weight and fitness goals.
That said, in order to benefit from a service like this, you must live in one of a few US cities (Seattle, Los Angeles and New York were listed in the article) and you must be willing to shell out $35-40/day.
I’m not a big vampire fan, but I am a big Robin McKinley fan, so I read her new book Sunshine, and I really enjoyed it. She tackled vampires from a whole new perspective. The setting is the near future in an alternate reality. The reality is pretty close to ours but vampires, werewolves and demons exist as well as half blood humans with magic. Humans, as we know them, are fighting the other races but the real war is passed and it’s kind of in the background when this story starts. The vampires are the real bad guys and they plan to take over the world.
Robin McKinley does a good job of developing the main character, Sunshine, a baker who works in a coffee shop, and the protagonist, who may or may not be a good vampire, if something like that can exist.
We just got back from the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. Although there were way too many people this year, we had a great time. Good music, good food and good company. We stayed at the Sheraton were we got a great deal from Hotwire. We ate lots and lots of yummy food. (Just don’t try to get vegetables in New Orleans!) We started out with dinner at the Red Fish Grill (we had to return another day to try the double chocolate bread pudding, yum!), had hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s, had a muffeletta from the Central Grocer (We brought home some of their olive salad so we can have muffelettas at home too), crayfish at Frankie and Johnys (their poboys were enormous!), jumbalaya and poboys at the world famous Mother’s (great bloody marys!), brunch at Commander’s Palace and oysters at Acme Oyster House. I’ve left out a few that didn’t live up to New Orleans standards.
When we weren’t eating we managed to squeeze in some music (although I was disappointed that Rockin’ Dopsie Jr played less Zydeco than usual and the Iguanas were out of town), wander around the French Quarter and take a riverboat tour of the last battlesite of the War of 1812 where 2,000 men were massaquered in less than 30 minutes.