Full and happy

Los Angeleno by birth, Northwesterner by choice, Second-hander by nature. Librarian, housebound chef, father, and lowly subject ruled over by the needs and whims of a very old house.
Partial to Mexican, Italian and Vietnamese cookery but will eat damn near anything. Collector of many strange things..the result is chaos and anarchy and a very pleasant place to live.
There is pleasure in accumulation, not just "collecting": music, books and film, in all their multi-formated glory. Outsider artists and those kinds of prints you would recognize if you took liberal studies classes in college. Cooking implements and gadgets for recipes still untried or those ventured. Glasses for most types of libations. Flowers in the garden, herbs in the pot.
It's a life of the senses and a good home life reflects that. Walking helps take in all the rest. Requires no special equipment, opens up the pores, brightens the taste buds, clears the decks for further adventures, puts on the miles, widens the eyes and helps fuel the imagination.

Live boldly, play graciously and love with all your heart knowing that true love comes only once or twice in this lifetime. Speaking of which..donde estas, Empress of my Heart?


"Lack imagination and miss the better story" Yann Martel

"Life is a great adventure and I want to say to you, accept it in such spirit. I want to see you face it ready to do the best that lies in you to win out. To go down without complaining and abiding by the result....the worst of all fears is the fear of living." Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

"Not I - not anyone else, can travel that road for you
You must travel it for yourself" Walt Whitman

And above all, friends should possess the rare gift of sitting. They should be able, no, eager, to sit for hours-three, four, six-over a meal of soup and wine and cheese, as well as one of twenty fabulous courses.

Then, with good friends of such attributes, and good food on the board, and good wine in the pitcher, we may well ask,

When shall we live if not now?

-From Serve it Forth,
M.F.K. Fisher

Sunday, December 13, 2009

SantaCon 2009

Somewhere, somehow I've missed out on what seems to be the biggest and most fun Christmas party happening out there. Can you imagine a convention hall full of Santas, Santas of every shape, size and description, all having the time of their lives? But then again I have to wonder how many "ho, ho, ho's" a person can stand!

I stumbled upon the photo spread posted below in this morning's LA Times. Man, I need to sign up for that. It'll give me a legitimate reason to grow a beard (that is, outside of the costume needs of the annual Pirate gig here in PO), to go out and find a Santa Claus suit, and, best of all, I won't have to tear down all my Christmas decorations after the holiday. I could consider it a matter of getting in the right mindset!

I can see it now, this somewhat Scroogy ol' Papa Bear being transformed into a jolly man of mirth and giving and happiness once again. Sounds like too much fun. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! Hundreds of them! Thousands of them! Yeah, time to gather up the candy canes and fire up the sleigh, a SantaCon is happening in Boise next week!


This photospread may have changed my life...

General info..
The scrolling Flickr show on this official site is worth a few moments of your time, believe me...

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