Sunday, September 30, 2007

Live at the Hillary Rally in Oakland!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Love Fest Today in San Francisco

Please, please let the sun shine, o god of love fest. I encourage you all to go to Civic Center, enjoy the music, and have a great time--no stress, no politics, no hate, just love. Oh, and Red Bull and vodka. Duh. The photo is from last year's Love Fest. It's the Love Bus and it'll be back this year.

See you there!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Immoral? I'll give you immoral. . .

Here's what I find to be immoral. Not homosexual acts. No. Instead, it would be the act of portraying a concerned Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in front of the Senate. Please, retire today. Yesterday. Just retire. You and those members of your generation who think like you have held power for too long. Move aside.

via SF Gate

Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, caused a stir at a Senate hearing Wednesday when he said he believes homosexual activity is immoral and should not be condoned by the military.

Pace, who retires next week, said he was seeking to clarify similar remarks he made in spring, which he said were misreported.

"Are there wonderful Americans who happen to be homosexual serving in the military? Yes," he told the Senate Appropriations Committee during a hearing focused on the Pentagon's 2008 war spending request.

"We need to be very precise then, about what I said wearing my stars and being very conscious of it," he added. "And that was very simply that we should respect those who want to serve the nation, but not through the law of the land condone activity in my upbringing is counter to God's law."

Anti-war protesters sitting behind Pace jeered the four-star general's remarks, prompting Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., to abruptly adjourn the hearing and seal off the doors.

The hearing resumed about five minutes later in which Pace said he would be supportive of efforts to revisit the Pentagon's policy so long as it didn't violate his belief that sex should be restricted to a married heterosexual couple.

"I would be very willing and able and supportive" to changes to the policy "to continue to allow the homosexual community to contribute to the nation without condoning what I believe to be activity — whether it to be heterosexual or homosexual — that in my upbringing is not right," Pace said.

Pace's lengthy answer on gays was prodded by Sen. Tom Harkin, who said he found Pace's previous remarks as "very hurtful" and "very demoralizing" to homosexuals serving in the military.

In March, the Chicago Tribune reported that Pace said in a wide-ranging interview: "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."

Harkin, D-Iowa, said he wanted to give Pace a chance to amend his remarks in light of his retirement.

"It's a matter of leadership, and we have to be careful what we say," Harkin said.

Pace noted that the U.S. Military Code of Justice prohibits homosexual activity as well as adultery. Harkin said, "Well, maybe we should change that."

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I won tickets to see Morrissey!

Tonight at the Fillmore. Oh Mozz, you shall be mine. Ha ha.

Seriously, I entered a random contest on the SF Bay Guardian's website and got the call on Friday. Thanks to the Bay Guardian!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Rain today

I think I'm dreading the rainy season in San Francisco. Dear Rihanna, will you be my um-ber-ella?

Today's forecast: 62 and rainy. Blah.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dick Wins!

Stop your snickering. I'm talking about Big Brother 8. Congrats, Dick, on a game played, um, well?


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A newfound respect for. . . Barry Manilow?!

Manilow Cancels Appearance on 'The View'

Legendary singer Barry Manilow has canceled a scheduled appearance on ABC's "The View," because he dislikes co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

The mild-mannered "Mandy" singer was scheduled to appear on the daytime show on Tuesday to promote his new covers album, "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies."

But Manilow pulled out of the show, after stating he finds right-wing host Hasselbeck "dangerous and offensive."

In a statement, Manilow says, "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her. ... I cannot compromise my beliefs."

He adds, "I had made a request that I be interviewed by co-hosts Joy (Behar), Barbara (Walters) or Whoopi (Goldberg), but not Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request, so I bowed out."

Manilow's pal Rosie O'Donnell quit "The View" in May after a heated and politically charged public dispute with Hasselbeck.

On the SF Gate

Kathy Griffin is my god now!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Big Brother 8 Finale in One More Day!

Do you think Daniele or Dick should win? Father or daughter? Who cares, right? I think they played an amazing game this season.

On the Emmy® Awards

1. No more Emmy® Awards in the round. It was ridiculous with a side of ridiculous.

2. Next year, let Robert Duvall host. He obviously wanted more airtime.

3. Ryan, dear, we all know. It's not a joke. It's not funny. Come out.

4. Sopranos, Shmapranos. We're over it.

5. Thanks to the Fox Network for ushering in the new era of TV censorship. Cut to the Globe!!!

6. Ellen and Elaine's ad libs were the best parts of the show.

7. Kanye, you deserve to lose. You can't sing.

8. Tony Bennett wins!!

9. Where was Britney?

10. Tune in next year on the Cowboy Network.

Honorable Mention: For "Weirdest Juxtaposition on an Award Show," the Emmy® Award goes to the Jersey Boys' tribute to the Sopranos!!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

My Trip to Seattle: A Photolog

Here's a little slideshow of some photos from my Labor Day trip to Seattle. As I said earlier, I had a great time. If Seattle were like it was on my visit all the time, I'd move back in a heartbeat. I'm so glad I went. Enjoy!

Tyra takes on Britney

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Review: Range

Hamartia (from the ancient Greek) is used in Aristotle's Poetics, where it is usually translated as a mistake, flaw, failure, fault, or sin.

[Greek, from hamartanein, to miss the mark, err.]

Range missed the mark for me last night, and I SOOO wanted it to be great. It was good, just not great. Too many things were just slightly wrong to get the big 5-star rating.

Having said that, here's how it all went down. I made reservations a couple weeks ago for the BF's birthday dinner. We arrived on time and were promptly seated. Points for that.

Very shortly after sitting down, our waiter asked what we would like to drink. Seeing as how we were sharing the one and only drink menu on the table, we hadn't really had time to make our way through everything, let alone make a decision. I humorously pointed this out to the waiter who, in all fairness, offered to bring another drink menu. No thanks: when in Rome and all that jazz.

After ordering a couple glasses of wine, Rand and I also ordered two appetizers: the Little Gems salad and the spare ribs. The salad was good, but I didn't love the dressing and I thought the blue cheese was used too sparingly. The ribs were good, literally sliding off the bone, but I thought the sauce was a bit too sweet? Also, I wanted them to be hotter.

For our entrees, we had the Ono (mine) and the Duck (his). My ono was cooked flawlessly. Kudos for that. I think, in fact, I chose the better dish. It all worked so well together, and that horseradish sauce was the perfect complement to the fish. Rand's duck was good (I'm not the biggest duck fan) and I liked the way the corn puree worked with the flavor of the duck. Still, it was just good. I thought the duck was a little chewy, but then, as I said, I'm not the biggest fan. The presentation of both dishes was quite attractive.

For dessert, we had the bittersweet chocolate souffle and the nectarine and summer berry crisp. The souffle was, of course, good, but I thought it needed a little something to cut the chocolate--creme fraiche or some berry. My crisp was good: the fruit was excellent, but the crisp lacked something--buttery goodness? It was a little to crunchy/nutty for my taste.

The wines we tried were also not the best, I fear. They were good. For example, I was surprised I liked the riesling (which is usually too sweet for me--this one wasn't). The viognier was not my favorite and I love viognier. I also tried the godello. Good but I wouldn't buy a bottle. Rand ended with the syrah which was my favorite of the night.

Finally, I thought the service was just a little too attentive. The restaurant wasn't so busy that we needed to be encouraged to wrap up our meal, but I felt that way. Don't get me wrong: everyone was professional and polite, offering suggestions, etc. I just felt the slightest bit of anxiety that they were going to take my plates and glasses the second after I finished. Personally, I fine with letting them sit a few minutes. Let them enjoy the empty feeling while I'm enjoying my full feeling.

I'll go back, but I would go to Nopa first.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Review: Blue Plate

I had dinner here last night with Rand, Blake and our soon to be leaving for NYC friend, Dave. Boooo, Dave! For our last little outing, we chose to have dinner at Blue Plate. We had reservations at 9pm for the garden and were seated shortly after that.

Here's where I say, if you haven't sat in the garden, I highly recommend it. Although the tables are small, the atmosphere is worth it. There are maybe six tables in the whole space--much less crowded and noisy than the other dining rooms. Plus, there are heat lamps, so now you have no reason not to eat here.

We started with the little gems salad that had peaches and chunks of blue cheese, some nut I've since forgotten and some radish slices. It was simple enough and tasty. For my entree, I chose the pork shoulder with citrus polenta, brown turkey figs and prosciutto. Rand got the chicken with a side of mac and goat cheese for us to share. Dave ordered a pasta dish and Blake had the meatloaf. The also had the soup which tasted autumnal with a hint of nutmeg.

I can't speak for the other dishes because I stuck to mine and the mac and cheese. My pork fell apart at the slightest touch and was really delicious. I feel like I've been eating a lot of pork lately and have been pleasantly surprised every time. Pork is the new black, my friends. The polenta, on the other hand, didn't work for me. On it's own the hint of citrus was too much. When mixed together in the perfect bite of pork, fig, prosciutto and polenta, it worked better. Frankly, I would have preferred potatoes. Gasp!

The mac and goat cheese was also good with its crunchy topping. The goat cheese was rich and the side can easily be shared by two people. We actually let Blake and Dave try some, too.

Oh, and the bread! It was straight out of the oven, hot, buttery and crunchy in just the right way. It was nearly a religious experience for me.

For dessert, we all shared a fig and strawberry. I really don't remember what it was. It was good but didn't blow my mind.

All in all, a really good dining experience with a friendly staff and great food. Add the outdoor seating and you've got a stellar combo.

Refreshing Honesty

If only all kids were like this, what a wonderful world it would be.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

I'm Back!

Pics and recollections to come soon. In short, it was a great trip and the weather was beautiful.