5.29.2009

5.28.2009

This May Look Like a Sno-Cone...


....And it may even be the same flavor as a regular sno-cone. But this is no sno-cone. It is a Jim Jim's Water Ice.
You know when you hear, let's say... Josh Groban... or Celine Dion, or Whitney Houston sing and you think to yourself how crazy of a feeling it would have been to realize you have this voice in you? Well, I think that must be how this Jim Jim character felt about his non-sno-cone treat.
To form an analogy: Whitney Houston is to the words "And IIIIIIiiiii-e-iiiiiii" as Jim Jim is to water ice. They are that good and made with real fruit juice. They are perfect for the days after long nights or long weekends when you can't quite manage to quench your thirst no matter how much water you drink. They may even be good enough to quench the moral side of a hangover. Otherwise, they are just a perfectly tasty, cold, delicious summer treat and you should go get one, now. There are carts all over the place but the one I went to was a block and a 1/2 up from 35 on 6th street.

MMMmmmmmmm......

5.26.2009

Into the Storm



CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for this amazing HBO film coming out about Winston Churchill.

5.21.2009

Nature Calls













This Just In


Fact: Mockingbirds can differentiate between peeps and s'mores. And why wouldn't they? As the state bird of Texas it is only appropriate that these birds would be so superior.
It turns out that after only 2 days of repeated encounters with a Mockingbird they can pick you out of a crowd and remember you. They tend only to really focus on the people who are a threat to them though (Peeps, obvi)... and if you are a threat beware because dive bombing and Mockingbird alarms will sound off. And speaking of sounds, Mockingbirds can sing up to 200 different songs.
Whenever you hear information like this don't you just breathe a sigh of relief? That we figured something out like this and about the way that certain animals actually do think. For instance, how horrible would it be if they were wrong about fish having 3 second memories? What if that's a rumor? Very tricky water...literally.

Very neat, yes?

5.08.2009

Benjamin Button



If you only watch the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,which is beautiful too, you will miss out on sentences like these:

(Read Slowly)

"A full moon drenched the road to the lusterless color of platinum,
and late-blooming harvest flowers breathed into the motionless air
aromas that were like low, half-heard laughter."

"Blind with enchantment, he felt that life was just beginning."

"For Benjamin the rest of the evening was bathed in a honey-colored
mist. Hildegarde gave him two more dances, and they discovered that
they were marvelously in accord on all the questions of the day."


The movie is based on the short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and like all of Fitzgerald's work it is so fun to read. What a great idea for a story in the first place and then as Benjammin grows young you get to see age magnified to the importance that it plays in life. It is more or less a deconstruction of time as we understand it.

I don't know how he wrote the way that he did but I just think his stories are nothing short of delightful. None of his books are very long but you can literally read them over and over and discover something new each time. I think I have read The Great Gatsby five times and my opinion of what the book is about has changed a little bit each time. And the concept of Benjamin Button seems so simple but is really complex and beautiful. In that sense, it is like poetry written in prose. Sentences can be unfolded and meaning hovers above ready to be discovered behind symbols and images.

Plus, do you know what Septuagenarian means?

It's a person whose age is in the 70s.

I think it's a good one. Who knew?

5.03.2009

Jolly Roger


If South Congress was the Indian Ocean, then Perla's would probably get stolen--because as far as treasure goes it's the best booty in town.

Pirates would be especially enthused at their first round of oysters from the raw bar. They would love the mignonet that accompanies the cocktail sauce and horseradish. And because the oysters are so good they would just slurp those suckers right off the half-shell and leave the crackers for Polly. I'm sure there would be a slight altercation when the waiter (dressed in a preppy Vineyard Vine outfit) presents the hush puppies to the pirates. Pirates would be offended that the waiter was telling them to do anything-- especially to hush! But...after eating the hush puppies the pirates would apologize for their behavior and offer to pay (in Doubloons, bones, and jewels) for the damaged patio caused by the peg leg smashing into it during the confusion with the waiter. Basically, the food at Perla's is good enough to make pirates apologize.

After appetizers, the pirates would order a few more Dark and Stormies because Pirates loooove rum. Plain and simple. Plus, dark and stormy weather is a powerful source of adrenaline for pirates. If pirates notoriously loved gin though, they'd be ordering Pimm's Cups, and lots of them because they are so refreshing and delicious. But, then their reputations would be shot and they'd have to get new jobs- and it's just not a good enough economy for pirates to be drinking refreshing and delicious cocktails although there are soo many to choose from.

After eating all of their favorite things including the lobster roll, soft-shell crab dynamite sammy, gazpacho, scallop pozole, lobster grits, shrimp and cilantro hot-dogs with the house made hot sauce and fries with sea salt they would sit back and look around. They would begin conversing about how perfectly detailed the entire Perla's aesthetic is. They would love the weathered look of the wood, the big bright yellow booth, the fish tank, and funny enough the shadow boxes full of lures near the restroom. The look of Perlas is good enough to get pirates "conversing" over interior design.

After a very satisfying meal they would rise from their seats, remove their hats and bring them thoughtfully to their hearts in thanks to Perla's. And then I guess they would steal it. So, if I were you, I would hurry up and go there before it gets stolen by pirates.



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