Archive for the ‘Raleigh’ Category

Arthur C Clarke Arthur C. Clarke died on March 18 – a visionary of the space age. He may be most remembered for ‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’ which was developed from a 1951 (?) story “The Sentinel”. Kudos to anyone who knows what “The Sentinel” was about.

He also said:

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth. Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this universe, there shines a star.

– (from Clarke’s foreword in 2001, A Space Odyssey, 1968)

He was a scientist whose work with satellites led to the coining of the term a “Clarke orbit.” He foresaw the use of communications satellites – without which we wouldn’t have GPS or TV…. He was a visionary award-winning science fiction author who influenced several generations of writers and became an icon of the SF subculture. He was a prolific writer of more than 100 books, several of which, “Childhood’s End” and “Rendezvous with Rama” were startling reading. Resquiescat Intra Astra (and a free trip to the Quicky Mart to anyone who translates that).

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A freshly washed car. 

You forget what a difference it makes. It looks all shiny and brand spankin’ again!

All of a sudden you’re a spoiled princess.

(PS – Raleigh, you probably don’t remember this feeling. That’s okay, I’m sure you will be allowed to wash cars and/or bathe in the next couple of years).

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Raleigh – Just an Update

Raleigh now has the street views on Google maps and I just think it is the coolest thing.

Tell me your address so I can WebStalk you. I won’t. I promise. I’m not like that. You can tell me. I won’t tell anyone. You can trust me. I’m good with secrets. Just tell me where you live.

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Here’s a little website that a few of you should check out. It’s  a photo blog called Goodnight, Raleigh. It’s cityscapes and buildings around Raleigh all taken at night. I love it! It’s just how you picture it – the Biscuit Station looks so dark, naked and alone at night – you would swear it had been abandoned. All cracked cement and 1970s design. Then there were pictures and the news that Harrelson Hall at NCSU (the circular building across the brickyard from the library) is being torn down.

New Raleigh is another great site that covers everything in Raleigh. City planning, reviews of restaurants, pubs, fashion, clothing stores and what is going on with Kings.

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Ovid had three suits,
of blue and black and green.
They were as drab as
any suits you have ever seen.

He’d wear them in and wear them out.
No one seemed to mind
They thought he was a funeral director,
Just mournful all the time

One day he found some tennis balls,
all bright and fuzzy yellow.
He made himself a brand new suit.
Now he’s a happy fellow

He wears his suit all the day
from sun to shining sun
And when he’s not eating,
he’s just having fun!

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And now she’s suing.

This is one of the best stories I’ve heard in a while.  A woman bought 8 acres in the middle of Lake Lynn and then turns around and sues the city of Raleigh to have it drained because the land is worth more to her dry!

How did I miss this? This Cary woman is identified as a Real Estate Investor (although this is her first purchase). The county was only selling it as a bit of paperwork to get it off the books. This woman claims the county is being “malicious” in keeping her land submerged.

Of course, the bad news is if the drough keeps up, she may get her way as an act of God (not the courts). Tut. Tut.

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Locopops, etc

I only heard about these after I moved. And I only hear great things. I know that this is not the season. But please, somebody, try them when the weather breaks for me. (PS Locopops are mexican ‘paletas’ or popsicles which are either water or milk based and made using fresh fruit).

Also check out Varmint Bites for a review of downtown Raleigh’s The Pit and a whole slew of other reviews of Triangle area eateries, including his Best of Hamburgers (where I believe a prerequisite is grinding the meat in-house. SPOILER ALERT: Raleigh Times Bar and Grill is a favorite). Kudos to the Varmint!

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Weather Weasels

Well, its clearly winter here in Raleigh, you can tell by the weather weasels.  The weather weasels get on the evening news and say the magic words and the whole world goes into a frenzy.  Wintry mix, snow or ice are guaranteed to send everyone into the grocery store (I personally feel that periodically the weasels are bribed by the grocery stores, milk, bread and beer sellers).  Not only does everyone rush to the store, but the schools also prematurely delay opening, before even one flake falls. 

So, I end up at work, on a cold miserable day, no snow and nothing fun.  And the kids get to sleep in.  Why did I ever bother growing up? 

Darn those weather weasels.  I hope they get it right next time.  

In the meantime, at least I have bread and milk 🙂

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New Year’s Day Meal

New Year’s Day was quiet here in Raleigh. Late in the afternoon I decided to finish off the beef that we enjoyed on Christmas Day. Luckily I had my trusty Henkle VS (Very Sharp) knives that I had been wanting to try out. Trimming the silver skin and fatty tissue from the leg-o-beef was easy as slicing up hot buttah. I used my potato brush with the finger grip to keep it from slipping to clean two large potaotes. I sliced them lengthwise with another large sharp knife and then into quarters. Tomato, onion, and cucumber slicing is easy when you have a VS knife.

A quick salad, pan baked potatoes, and of course you have to have red beans and rice on New Years Day. All an easy task when I have such great tools to make the slicy bits fly…

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It’ early in the month and a great time to come up with a theme for the year (I mean – look at the Audi wall for some possibilities).

Suggested Favs:

  • The Year of the Rat (Chinese)
  • Ratteriffic (A nice variation on a theme)
  • This year, the world got a little older
  • Party like it’s 2009!!!
  • Where’s my rocket car?
  • Election? We don’t need no stinkin’ election
  • But first, The Primaries
  • Buy more stuff from China – and give it to your enemies
  • 2008 – No Sleepin’ Late
  • Where’s My Jet Pack?
  • 2008 – Cause I’m Sleepin’ Late
  • Oh No – Not Again!!

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  • What do you want to know about Fran?
  • She’s a dead shot. Or at least can kill you dead with a shot (even if you’re a harmless mommy bird protecting her young). She shows no mercy.
  • She can really light up a party. Literally. Set other people’s houses ablaze. She will show no remorse, just giggle and toss her head.
  • She once decided to up and run a 5k race, just to see if she would break a sweat. She didn’t. (Oddly enough, she floated through half of it – and we have the photographic proof).
  • She can talk you into anything. And make you think it was your idea all along. (It brings to mind a story of how four room-less tourists took up with a man on an oxygen tank in his private home in Jackson Hole. Or, how some lovely children got to tour an American Embassy abroad, even though it was closed to the public.).

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