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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
    *****
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
    *****
    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
    ***
    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
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    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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Everyday a New Attack

Is it only me or has the McCain camp based their whole new strategy on criticizing Obama everyday? The headlines for the last week have been:

1.  McCain accuses Obama of skipping injured soldiers to hang out with foreign leaders

2.  McCain accuses Obama of Paris Hilton likeness

3. McCain accuses Obama of playing politics with race (seems ironic next to accusation #1)

The Republican/Karl Rove (I exposed a CIA operative and got away with it) playbook seems to only focus on attacks. It’ll be interesting to see if all this bashing pays off or if people tire of it.

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Perfect CC Cookies?

Last week, The New York Times ran an article on the perfect chocolate-chip cookies. It can be found here. It is a brief, but interesting read and after Kelly expressed a desire to have a chocolate cookie, I decided I should try them out. The article talks about three secrets that are…

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In the Kitchen

I gotta tell ya, after finishing my cooking series at the FCI, I didn’t do a whole lot of cooking. You’d think with all the new knowledge gained I would want to put it all to good use, but the size of our kitchen along with everything else going on led us to many restaurant trips. We went to Peasant (a couple of times), Dovetail, Supper, Esperanto, Savor, Oh! Taisho (multiple times), etc. After awhile, restaurant food starts to lose its appeal. You crave homemade food.

We started doing a little more cooking at home.

And then I installed MS Money and organized our bills…

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Conversations with Mini Diesel

After three weeks on the East Coast, mini Diesel, aka Drew, is back in AZ.  It’s been fun and at the same time busy.  I’ll miss the little guy and got some unexpected insights from him…

On being asked about whether he has a girlfriend

Mini Diesel (MD):  “Well, I don’t have one.”

Me:  “Why not?”

MD:  “It’s my hair…it’s too long.”

On Diesel’s joke about how the Home Depot should be called the “Apartment Depot” in NY because most people don’t have houses

MD:  “Dad…if you weren’t married and you said that to a girlfriend, she would not go out with you anymore.”

On Asians

MD:  “Ya know, Jing (the Korean guy in “Lost”) is like us.

Me:  “What do you mean, he’s like us?”

MD:  “Well, Asians look different, but they’re not really different from us.”

On his taste in girls

Me:  “So did you have a girlfriend at camp?”

MD:  “Well, no.  Cuz you know, most of the girls were African-American…I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  It’s just that…”

Me:  “I know.  It’s fine. Everybody has their preference.  Some people like blondes, some like Asians.”

MD:  “Yeah, like my Dad.”

Where the Hell Is Matt?

I’ve been meaning to pass on this hilarious and at the same time inspiring video that Molly posted on her site:

A little background on this:  Matt is an average Joe who one day quit his job to trave through Asia.  One day he did his little dance and when the video was posted on YouTube he achieved quasi-celeb status.  He was then able to get a sponsorship from the folks at Stride Gum to travel the world and dance, which was followed by another dancing trip, but this time with locals joining him.  For more on Matt–who currently lives in Seattle!–go to his website.

Extending an Olive Branch

Or a whole tree!

KCS got me an olive tree for my birthday…in Italy!

Actually, the tree is only mine for a year, but we do get its full harvest of oliva oil in spring and autumn packages. You can get more info here.

I’m very hard to shop for and this was an excellent present. Thanks KCS!

Happy Bday Dies

It’s your bday.  You’re OLD.  Almost as old as me!