August 7th, 2001

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Waffles

Sunday night, Sean was talking about his plans, and mentioned that his brother Chuck was coming through Pittsburgh en route from Ohio to Washington DC, and that he was planning to eat dinner with him Monday night. He also asked if Chuck could spend the night. I said that I thought it would be okay, but that I would have to ask Lori. I then forgot to do so. (Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.)

Chuck did stay with us, and it wasn't a big problem. (It's so cool to have a house big enough that we can handle a second houseguest without much difficulty.)

So this morning, we made waffles in our new waffle maker. (For those keeping track at home, I should point out that we also used the nifty new whisk, though it was really superfluous for beating the egg yolks.)

As I made waffles, Lori made Maple Blueberry Syrup. It was all really lovely, with crisp fluffy waffles that nicely soaked in the yummy syrup. This was one of the best breakfasts I've had in quite some time.

Now I'm thinking of going in a different direction and making savory waffles with nice herbs, and topping them with a good tomato coulis. That would be unusual, but I think it could be very nice.
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Chinatown

We saw the movie Chinatown in the Byham's Summer Film Series last night. It was a very good movie.

I really liked the feel of the movie. It was set in Los Angeles in the 30s or 40s, and I liked that feel of men wearing suits and hats and so forth. It reminded me of the Perry Mason books I've been reading as fluff fiction, and it also reminded me of Raymond Chandler.

It also reminded me a bit of The Maltese Falcon, but I found it much easier to follow and appreciate the twists and turns of Chinatown. I found myself able to anticipate many of the twists, but still found it an enchanting movie.

I found myself noticing the film's use of leitmotifs. I partcularly appreciated the use of the water motif, and the way the Chinatown theme was developed. I also liked the use of the Albacore motif, though I didn't pick up on that until I read a spoilerful article after seeing the movie.

I'm not sure what all to say about it, particularly since I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. But it was a very good movie, and it really fit well to see it at the Byham.
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From the Mouths of Babes

My boss, Mark, told this story today:

He observed his 28-month old daughter pounding on her Speak-and-Spell with her fist, saying "Dammit, dammit, dammit!" When she saw Mark looking on, she looked up and explained to him, "This is my computer."

That's really the punchline, but the story does continue: Mark explained to her that those words weren't appropriate for little girls, and she said, "That's what Mommy does."
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