Welcome to another edition of half-baked, the half-assed post. This has been a truly crappy week, what with one thing and another, and I just don’t have the proper attitude to do a proper post. I’m cranky, and maybe you’re cranky, too, so let’s just move on to happier things. Ready?
Amy Sedaris — is the sister of author / humorist David Sedaris. She’s also an author, most notably of a book entitled I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. What a gas. My copy of that book is a bedraggled, well-thumbed, tattered, dog-eared and beloved keepsake. With chapters like 15-Minute Meals in 20 Minutes and one called Pantyhose, Crafts, and Good Ideas, there’s something for everyone. If for no other reason, buy it for the recipes, they’re wonderful. There’s hospitality advice for all occasions: blind dates, a visit from a rich relative, entertaining children and / or the elderly. Although, if you’re easily offended, better stick to Martha Stewart. It’s, how should I say this, earthy, yes.
Pink Martini — several years ago a colleague recommended these guys to me. This is a band of twelve musicians from Portland and their music is hard to pin down. According to their bio, they’re influenced by the elaborate musicals of the 30s and 40s, but it doesn’t end there. At times, they sound like a French music hall or a festival in Rio. They’ve played with a number of symphonies around the world, as well. In other words, Pink Martini is very unique. If you’re in the mood for something fun, give them a listen on iTunes. My favorites are Tea for Two with Jimmy Scott and Hey Eugene.
What’s Ahead — I have a couple of ideas for new posts in the days ahead, one or two might be departures from the traditional format. Or they may not. Personally, I like variety, so I’d like to try a couple different things. If they don’t work out as planned, well, at least I will have tried. I’d love to find some fresh, unique ways to entertain and amuse you all. You deserve it.
Oh, my, look at the time. I didn’t mean to keep you this long, so you all skedaddle off to a great weekend. Adios, boys and girls.
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