Archive for July 2009

Guinea Tonic

July 28, 2009

At the behest of Celery Boy, aka Rowan Cavia, and the twenty-toed giant who cares for him, we trooped out to the SF Center to watch Jerry Bruckheimer’s “G-Force” on Monday night. A grand time was had by all. Too bad Mr. Cavia wasn’t able to infiltrate the theater, like his secret agent cousins.

The film itself was … entertaining. If you happened to be in the theater where it was playing, at the time. I’ll link to our favorite Guinea Pig’s review when it appears, but in the meantime, and as a special request, I present here the recipe for the drink that started our evening … just right.

Guinea Tonic

  • 2 oz Tanqueray gin (it comes in a green bottle you know)
  • 3 oz tonic water
  • 1 celery stalk (as garnish, or swizzle stick, or nibbly bit)

Stir over ice in a rocks glass. Don’t forget to eat the celery when you’re done …


One excited Earthquakes fan

July 26, 2009

If you were watching last night’s 2-2 Earthquakes-DC United draw, you may have noticed a cute guy jumping up and down with enthusiasm after the Quakes scored their first goal [you may want to freeze at 2:54- 2:55 –he’s in the top right quadrant of the screen]. This retired member of the “Tennessee Dads of Confusion” apparently was still a little confused –wearing a navy blue Tottenham Hotspur shirt to a MLS game, but at least he was rooting for the right team.

mixed loyalties

mixed loyalties

5 1/2 nephews

July 22, 2009

We had a great good time visiting my brothers’ families in Utah over a long weekend. Sure, the weather was 100º worth of hot, there were no nieces to be found (anywhere!), and our rented Prius was almost run off the road by a monster truck with an axe to grind, but it was pretty much non-stop fun from the moment we met up at the site of the 2002 Olympic Ski Jump competition near Park City.

Some highlights: Dan’s first look at Park City. Seeing Joel and Jenica’s new house and the prototype (currently under construction in Daybreak) of “Emmy Nominated” ® Brad and Susan’s soon-to-be house in Provo. Visiting new sites in SLC like the Gilgal sculptures, the Memory Garden (complete with shady hike/river walk) and various third wave espresso joints downtown. Being blown away by Jonah and Koen’s video-gaming abilities. Playing “Manclada” with Silas. Resounding wins for the “Tennessee Dads of Confusion” (mostly not dads or Tennesseans in this case) vs. the Chinese Characters @ Golden Goals. Brotherly bonding while jogging through rain and thunder along the Jordan River at dusk. Jenica’s Cafe Rio pork. Game-testing Sticheln –”Ein bestechend gutes Kartenspiel” ®. Watching the ultrasound of “Emmy Nominated” ® Brad and Susan’s baby on the way (name TBD). A tour of “Emmy Nominated” ® Brad’s office at BYU.

Thanks to all the Utahns for their wonderful hospitality!

P.S. Congrats to Brad on his Emmy nomination!

Fortress of Solitude?

Fortress of Solitude?

Living Library roof

Living Library roof


Former secret sculpture garden of LDS artist Thomas Battersby Child

Big part of my holiday shopping now done

July 21, 2009

Please–  no one else get Dan this Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Kermit the  Frog creation for xmas.

Siphon in Salt Lake

July 19, 2009

I’ll write more about the fun visit with all the Utah Barbers, but wanted to slap up this quick live-blog of my breakfast. Most Salt Lake recommended coffeehouses are closed on Sunday, but I found lovely nobrow at 3rd E and 3rd S. It’s a sparse industrial gallery space with Intelligencia beans and siphon coffee. Awesome. And bonus vegan Twinkie and extra bonus gay front page SLTrib content.

Croc tears

July 16, 2009

I learned today that the Crocs company is likely to be bankrupt very soon. Demand dissipated, just as the company took on massive debt to expand production. A familiar tale in these trying times. But page two makes the point: “the problem with a nearly indestructible product is that shoppers rarely need to replace it.”

Of course. So anyway, Joel, thanks for that link to Walmart earlier. ;-)

Now craving Chunky Monkey

July 15, 2009

Commuting home, I ran into this new subversive marketing campaign which has taken over the entire Embarcadero station:



Ben & Jerry’s sure know their niche marketing, don’t they? Not that they needed to convince *me* to buy more of their product. Even if they are now owned by some German food conglomerate. I’m curious to see how their ad campaign is used in other parts of the country –maybe emphasizing Vermont’s ruralness? It’s distinction as the birthplace of Joseph Smith?

After the jump, another new “only in SF” ad campaign on Muni. Safe for work, IMHO and rated PG, but I know a *few* readers might be squeamish about cartoon representations of genitalia –even happy, healthy ones.