Thursday, July 2, 2015

Servers and roses, oh my

Yes, it's time for another episode of Now with PT.  This one, the twenty-first and the last before we take a break and prepare for our season two reboot, is probably my favorite.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A movie quiz for this weekend

Will you go see a nearly talent-free male star try to keep his career going in a weak franchise vehicle


will you skip Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL and go see Arnold in Terminator Genisys?

Decisions, decisions.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dashi comes through again

I wrote a couple of months ago about my first visit to Durham's ramen house and izakaya, Dashi.  Tonight, a small group of us tried it again.

I'm happy to report that the food was even better this time, with all add-ins mixed well with the rest of each bowl's contents and superb, rich flavors in each type of ramen we tried.  As before, the local pork meatballs were particularly outstanding; add them to any dish you get there.  The edamame appetizer was also tasty, and the cobia sashimi was delicious.

I definitely recommend a trip to Dashi when you're in the mood for ramen.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Another reason you need Onward, Drake!

I've mentioned this book before, but I'll be discussing it again many times between now and its early October release.

If the names on the cover aren't enough to persuade you to buy this nifty tribute to Dave, consider this:  the book contains the first new Hammer's Slammers story in nearly a decade.

Oh, yeah.

The story, "Save What You Can," is an excellent piece that in my opinion ranks among the best of the Hammer's Slammers tales--and that's saying something.

Yup, you need this book.

So do your friends.  Spread the word.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A simple social tip

If you are contemplating doing something in a group gathering or a public area, and you find yourself thinking, "I wonder if it would be rude for me to...", the answer is almost always, yes.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Seasons, love, me

In 1969, the Zombies' big hit, "Time of the Season," garnered widespread pop culture awareness and entered my listening life.  I knew nothing of love, but I had crushes, and girls were a glorious mystery that made every day both better and more frustrating.  I loved the spooky sensuality of the opening, the lyrics I did not understand, and, most of all, the promise that someday there would be a season for loving.

In 1996, I saw Rent on Broadway with its original cast.  My life had been nothing like the lives of its characters, yet watching that show tore open my heart.  Its take on seasons and love made the then forty-one-year-old me realize how profoundly short our lives are and how important it is to give all the love we can, realizations that only deepen with every passing year.

Stuck in my head tonight, these two songs.

Friday, June 26, 2015

About time

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.

It's about time.  This is a long overdue victory for civil rights, for equality, and for love.

It's a good day in politics, so enjoy it; they are few and far between.


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