Eat More, not Less!

This is a great article from today’s NYT about eating habits of Americans:

If you’ve read Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” you’ll be familiar with the argument at stake here: eat more, not less, as long as you make sure that what you’re eating isn’t about to kill you. No fast foods, no overly processed foods — hell, cook at home! Food is your friend — not the enemy!

The article mentions Slow Food, an organization that I happen to love (I only wish I were in town for the Slow Food Fest they had over Labor Day weekend in SF).  It also mentions how folks are starting to realize that when you cook at home, you have a greater understanding of that which you’re putting in your body – and which becomes your body – and how important it is to eat foods in a positive frame of mind.

With that positivity and happiness in mind…. I’m going to step out to a bite of sushi at my favorite place. What a happy food thought!

Sarah Palin

We heard the crazy moose-shootin’ lass from Alaska git on her high horse last night and try to knock Obama’s experience. Of course — when she herself has so little experience, and, when she and her running mate (at least that’s what it feels like now – is she running for VP or President?!) have NO PLAN to fix America, they go on the attack. But here’s the record, a side-by-side comparison of Obama and Palin and their experience:

B.A in political science from Columbia University, with a specialization in international relations
J.D. in Law from Hardvard, graduated magna cum laude; President of the Harvard Law Review
12 years (92-04) teaching constitutional law
7 years State Senator: sponsored more than 800 bills
4 years Senator for Illinois, population approx. 12.8 million people

Bachelor’s in journalism from University of Idaho
4 years Wasilla City Council (8000 people)
6 years Wasilla mayor (8000 people)
1 year “Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission”
20 months governor of a state with 660,000 people (and a helluva lot of moose!)

Republican hypocrisy here is astounding. Not only does this conservative crazy yay-hoo have such little experience that I’m amazed she’s even governor, let alone on a major party ticket for VP, BUT, she’s a crazy conservative with NO FOREIGN POLICY OR ECONOMIC EXPERIENCE. I am really, really, really troubled by her nomination.

I am scared.

Quick Recap

So, I guess the purpose of having a blog is to actually use it, eh? I’ve been a bit quiet lately, but not out of laziness; rather, I’ve been traipsing around in the following manner. In the last 15 days, I’ve:
– Been to (or through) Louisiana, Texas, Washington, New York, Boston and Connecticut.
– Seen both Wilco and Yo La Tengo, two of my favoritest bands ever. Concert reviews (ala Pogues, only better!) coming soon.
– Survived a hurricane-cum-noreaster in Beantown. Noel was fun! And wet.
– Had some great meetings for business, and even more wonderful evenings with family and friends.
– Eaten two of the best meals I’ve ever had: one at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, the other at No 9 Park in Boston. Write-ups with pictures coming soon.

Alas, I guess I’ve been keeping busy.

I promise more blog updates soon, as well as some new photos for the Flickr site…

Concert Review: Pogues at the Fillmore, October 23, 2007

Good evening to one and all. I guess it is only apropos to start off this blog’s (hopefully) long life with an homage to good Irish music, great Irish imbibitions, and the such. So here goes, and thanks for joining.

Tonight I was lucky enough to catch The Pogues perform at the Fillmore. Whilst their (drunken) set ended merely 90 minutes ago, or so, Dave and I caught some post-show chatty action with some of the Fillmo’ folks, and then, perhaps most notably, some incredibly fiery Korean food at a Korean BBQ place right next door. I think my mouth is still on fire.

The show was, as to be expected, mostly excellent. While the crowd was kinda thin (guestimate: 700 or so; 3/4 full), the band played a “Greatest Hits”-style set, featuring classics like “Dirty Old Town,” the one about the Greenland whale fishery (a personal highlight), and the great rag where everyone sings about being a “freeborn man in the U-S-A!” Good times were had by all.

The night’s highlights:

– Shane McGowan (perma-wasted. I am amazed his liver still functions, somehow)

– Spicy Korean BBQ Pork. Wow. My herbalogist is not gonna be happy

– Breaking in the blog with a drunkblogging episode

-  I spent $2 for 2 concerts (forgot to mention I caught some of Joe Henry and band at the GAMH – good show!), lots of drinks, Korean BBQ and a good night!

– Biking fast in the overly warm SF night air.

That’s all for now, friends…..stay tuned.