Brimborion Brew

A mixture of things without value or use

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Some new finds

I'm trying something new - Podcasts. Basically, its like a radio show or audio blog that you can download and play on your PC or mp3 player and they have a blog for show notes. It's pretty easy to figure out. You download a program called ipodder, install it, then you search for and subscribe to podcasts, pick an audio file to download and voila, you're in business! There are a couple sites I found to look for podcasts - Podcast Alley and Podcast.net. There are tons of podcasts out there. I found an entertaining podcast called The Whip Report, which is like a short radio show, complete with great sound effects. I also found a great music podcast called The Nashville Nobody Knows that spotlights independent musicians. There is a podcast covering various Las Vegas topics called Five Hundy by Midnight. He posts on the same message board I do. Been having some fun exploring.

Saw this on Oprah, body lotion called Touch Me Then Try To Leave. What a great name for a product! Why can't I come up with stuff like that.

My friend Amy told me about a great newsletter called The Juice for wine tastings sent by Local Wine Events. It's not just for Chicago they have listings from all over. It has the Australian tasting that we are going to go to next week as one of it's listings. I signed up for Chicago and Las Vegas.

My friends Kristine and Doug and found a great restaurant that we went to this weekend out in Lincolnwood called L. Woods. It was like a trip to northern Wisconsin. They have a really good Spinach salad there and their creamed spinach was great too.


I know its seems like I was a little heavy on the spinach that day but I also had a steak. They have Sprecher Beer and Soda on tap.

Sprecherfest 2005 is coming up July 22-23, I went to that a couple years ago, they make a great dark lager there, too bad I'm already going to Ravinia to see Abba: the music that weekend. Ravinia is very cool, you pack a picnic and some wine, grab some lawn seats and enjoy. Some people really do it up and bring practically their whole living room, candelabra and all.

I didn't find this but I wish that I did.
I'm pretty sure this guy could have found a better way!

Monday, May 30, 2005

I feel like throwing the carbs out the window today


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Today Oprah had some famous people's pics for specialty foods in America. The item above sounded so delicious to me! It's in New York at Serendipity 3 (check out the lower right hand corner of this site in the gossip section to see who's been there to eat) and its called Frozen Hot Chocolate! It's got 14 different kinds of chocolate in it. I think this is where they went in the movie Serendipity, yep it was. At this site you can also buy Serendipity 3 chocolatress shampoo and conditioner. I want to plan a trip to NYC around a visit to have a dessert! I can think of few chocolate loving friends that are getting gifts.

Some other things that sounded interesting, a couple are even available in Chicago. Chris Rock liked the shrimp and bacon sandwich at the Cheesecake Factory. The best chocolate chip cookies are supposed to be at Neiman Marcus. I wonder if they would just give me the bowl instead, that is my favorite part. Chocolate Champagne Truffles - hmmmmm...from Teuscher Chocolate of Switzerland available here at 900 N. Michigan. It's their signature truffle and it has a Dom Perignon cream center! No wonder you have to save up to buy them. I honestly did not know that was right down the street. I am not a big fan of champagne but its growing on me. They recommended the La Grande Dame Rosé Champagne by Veuve Clicquot. They have a nice site too.

The best ribs were at Hickory House Ribs in Colorado. They said they won an award at Naperville's Rib Fest, an annual event in the Chicago suburbs that I look forward to ever year around the 4th of July. They have a bunch of vendors from all over the world making the most wonderful ribs. They also have concerts there every day. I wonder if they will be at Ribfest this year? I emailed to ask them.

Nick and Jessica like Roscoe's House of Chicken n Waffles in Los Angeles. The name cracks me up and look they actually serve chicken and waffles at the same time.

The Olsen twins like the hard shell tacos at Henry's Tacos in North Hollywood.

Here is a slide show from Oprah.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Segway

I'm hearing the same things over and over again. Eat a high fiber diet, eggs and berries, supplement with omega 3 fatty acids and avoid junk foods. 11 steps to a better brain. I saw this book on Oprah, You: The Owner's Manual. As I recall he said the same things.

Chicago's Arnold Morton from Morton Steakhouse fame passed away at age 83. He helped launch the Taste of Chicago, one of my favorite summer fests. I recently ate at Morton's for lunch it was the most expensive lunch I ever ate in my life.

We all make bad choices sometimes but these parents have totally lost it.

The Breakfast Club members will reunite at the MTV movie awards to air on June 9th. Maybe they are taking the time that Nine Inch Nails was supposed to take. I must have seen that movie a million times. Here's some Breakfast Club trivia.

Wouldn't you like to send a flower that smells like dirty gym socks or rotting meat to someone? Here is a site with some pics of the corpse flower. Who could I send that to? What a perfect way to say Love Stinks.

The number one beach in the US is.... somewhere in Florida.

It looks a little like a hurricane is going to hit, there has to be a better pic than this.

What is a segway? I wouldn't know.... I don't use them.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Monster in Law really a monster to some

Eddie Albert, star of Green Acres passed away at age 99.

Went to see Monster in Law and it was way better than I expected it to be. It's funny, funny, funny. Wanda Sykes is hilarious. Here are some MIL stories from their site. The MIL survival guide. And talk about hot! This Michael Vartan is the bomb! I'm a bit young to remember the Vietnam War and could care less that Jane Fonda is in the movie, but there are still others to whom the very mention of her name sparks fury.
Star Wars was also better than I expected. This must be the week of low expectations.

Well what do you know, a Royal Blogger.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Creepy

This is so creepy, I read about this on Bacon and Eh's: This guy's blog post led the police to his and his sister's murderer.

Trisha and Garth are engaged. I was wondering if they were still together when I saw both of them at the Academy of Country Music anniversary show.

Didn't you think that homeland security was there to protect us from terrorists?

If you're going to go off the deep end in Canada, do it between the hours of 9-5 please.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

that's the biggest I've ever seen.

Yippee! Big hair must be making a come-back. I'm going to get out my Aqua Net hairspray now. I used to go through about a can of that stuff a week.

Now you can attent Trump U. Now that is one big fish to fry. Call me mean but I love it when and old coot gets arrested. She's probably still complaining. Probably not the best idea in the world.

Went to see Wicked last night and I have to say I was a bit dissapointed. It had some funny lines and the singing was good, the storyline was pretty lame.

Rock star: INXS will premier on CBS July 11th. I sure do love INXS. Michael Hutchence was a great singer. Seems like all the good ones are gone.

I've been to this wine tasting in Chicago for the last two years. It is the best wine tasting ever! Both years we managed to sneak unfinished bottles back home with us. It's going to be big purse night.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Oh I wish I had an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile....

Time published a list of what they believe are the top 100 movies. Here are their guilty pleasures.

On the list, is the movie Bonnie and Clyde which as it happens, on this day back in 1934, was their last day on Earth. The car they were driving that was riddled with bullets, its on display close to Las Vegas! I missed it on this latest trip but maybe on my nest trip. What's this, their car is depicted on the back of the $10 bill? NOT! Bonnie Parker sent poems and photographs about the Barrow Gang to newspapers. This poem was written by Bonnie Parker. You can see Bonnie and Clyde's census records and a some other famous people's as well.

What would you do with the Wienermobile for a day? You could win the use for a day at Oscar Mayer. I'm going to leave that for Vince to figure out, I'm sure he will come up with something. Take a tour of the Wienermobile. Want to be a Hotdogger? It's only a rumor that there are earthworms in hot dogs. That may be a rumor but there is other gross stuff. Maybe you would prefer the Kissmobile? Take the Hershey's Chocolate Blot Personality Quiz. Hershey syrup historical trivia. How about some Hershey Syrup solitaire? And you are wondering how this all wraps up?
Kids were asked what condiment they would use "if their moms weren't
watching," and 25 percent opted for chocolate sauce.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Biggest Wynn Ever


This was a truly fabulous trip and the biggest reason why....my largest win to date, $6,709. The lucky casino - The Mirage. Home of the Siegfried and Roy white tigers.



Here is the newest casino on the strip, the Wynn Hotel and Casino. It reminds me very much of the inside of the Bellagio. It's a pretty hotel, inside and out. It's also very expensive to stay there and the slots are tight. So basically, its a nice place to visit, but...









This is the pool at the Wynn. This is the view from the Terrace Point Cafe, where we had lunch.


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Went to see Barry Manilow, he has a permanent home at the Las Vegas Hilton on the same stage that Elvis performed on. He puts on a great show. After the show we went to the Manilow gift shop. I noticed that Suzanne Somers' book was for sale in his gift shop. I showed it to my friend and a clerk overheard me and told me that Barry and Suzanne are best friends. I'm still singing at the Copa....

Another great show we saw was Le Reve, by the same person who created O and Mystere, two wonderful Cirque shows. The theater was fantastic and the show received a standing ovation.

And now for something completely different. On this date back in 1992, Johnny Carson hosted the last episode of the Tonight Show.

This is sad, Henry Corden, the second voice of Fred Flintstone passed away at 85.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Happy Birthday Sammy!


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Happy 9th Birthday Samantha, my cute little neice. Enjoy that Pokemon game and one more thing, stay away from that Godzilla thing.

Gumby turns 50! I just bought a Gumby when I was in Nashville, he's sitting on top of my pc. And let's not forget Pokey. The history of Gumby. Here is where the shape of Gumby's head came from. Gumby's head reminds me of something else.

Well I'm officially on vacation. Off to the promised land tomorrow morning - be back late Saturday night.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Happy 100th Birthday Las Vegas

Las Vegas was founded as a city on May 15, 1905, when 110 acres of land situated between Stewart Avenue on the north, Garces Avenue to the south, Main Street to the west, and 5th Street (Las Vegas Boulevard) to the east, were auctioned off.


Las Vegas in 1905

In 1906, The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino opened. The oldest hotel in Vegas still in use. Home of the 99 cent Shrimp Cocktail, first served in 1959 and continues to this day to be a hot attraction downtown. I prefer the $2.99 shrimp cocktail because the shrimp are much bigger.


Las Vegas in 1930

On March 19, 1931 gambling was legalized in the State of Nevada. One month later, the city issued six gambling licenses. That same year the Golden Gate Casino changed its name to Sal Sagev (Las Vegas backwards).



It didn't take long before it started to grow by leaps and bounds.


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Of course, as soon as they started building it, it seemed like they started knocking it down. Here is the implosion of the Landmark Casino. Here is a history of the implosions . I've heard some rumors recently of the Frontier and the Tropicana being possible future implosions.



Paving the way for the new...


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Now its looking more like the Vegas I know. More historical photos of Vegas. The history of some of the hotels on the strip are on this site (look towards the bottom of the page).

The newest hotel. Wynn Las Vegas of which I plan to have many photos when I return Saturday night. here is the latest buzz on the new show La Reve at the Wynn, which by the way I have tickets to. I have heard mixed reviews.

OMG! I just want to see one in person! I'm going to try to win a vintage framed photo, I'll also take the $200 winnings!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Your assignment is to go see Crash

Couple of things to remember. On this day, back in 1998, Ol' Blue Eyes passed away at age 82. Frank Sinatra, a wonderful singer and more importantly a member of the Rat Pack, who of course spent a great deal of time performing in my favorite time off destination. Take the Frank Sinatra quiz, click on the answer and see an explanation in the box below.

The other thing to think back and remember was Skylab, back in 1973 the first space station was launched into space. In the words of Blood, Sweat and Tears: What goes up must come down. Remember, reports of Skylab falling to the Earth? I was sure it was land on my head! I remember Steve Dahl the DJ on the Loop at the time, did a parody song called Skylab, but I can't find it anywhere.

Remember that song shaving cream? It was better than Skylab...They used to play it on Dr. Demento.

I can't pass up a single thing. I want to go to this concert sooooo bad, but I just got back from there.

I just got back from seeing the movie Crash. It's about different races and the relationships between them. I laughed and I cried. I don't believe I have ever seen a more thought provoking movie in my life. A big thumbs up for Crash! Everyone should see this movie.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

It's all trivial

Back in 1932 the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped and murdered, today is the anniversary of the day the body of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. was found. Lindbergh flew this plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from New York to Paris! Non stop for 33 hours! No Xanax? He did it all to win the Orteig prize, $25,000 to the first person to fly from NY to Paris. I so didn't pay attention in history class.

Sometimes I feel like after about 10 years of blogging I might have enough info to finally win a game of Trivial Pursuit.

Laura 2 called, she's in Zurich for work for 3 weeks. She told me about the car they were riding in the other day called a smart car. You push a button and it shifts gears for you! She went to Germany last weekend and they are going to the mountains this weekend. I wish I was her but not while she was on the plane. Is it my imagination or are they leaning a little to the right?

T-5 Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

What about Bob

Happy Birthday Mary! - my first boss (well of my first real job)

This cracks me up!

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I like the art of Todd Goldman, he's funny. I especially like the Ex- boyfriend and the One Night Stand pics.

Today is the anniversary of the death of Bob Marley. Did the CIA kill Bob Marley? He was only 36 years old when he died. Look they have an Austin Marley Fest. Never been to Austin, hear its nice. Bet you didn't know that there were Bob Marley shoes...I hear they make you want to move your dancin' feet. Bob's mom gives tours in Jamaica starting at the home he grew up in. Bob Marley trivia quiz. I think One Love is my favorite Bob Marley song.

Oh, by the way I picked Moe.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

just a couple things....

Looks like Rene and Kenny tied the knot while I wasn't looking. And the new Bennifer produced offspring. This past Saturday was Dwight Yoakam Day, I'm starting to feel like I still live under a rock.

Pretty soon I might have to stand up and pay attention to this Sirius Radio stuff, I think its cool that they have a Margaritaville station, however, how many times can you listen to "blew out my flip flop, stepped on a pop top". On the other hand they also have Elvis Radio. How much does it cost? Why do I have to pay for radio when I can go turn on the stereo for free? I'm not sold yet.

Look at the cool cars that this guy George Barris created. He's putting some of them up for sale. That is the longest name dropper list I've ever seen.

Eeny, Meany, Miny, Moe....

T-7

Monday, May 09, 2005

Ever heard of Su Doku?

Here is a puzzle called Su Doku that apparently is all the rage in the UK. You fill in every row, column and 3x3 square with the numbers 1-9. If you finish that one, here are more. Or, if you can't finish the first one here is the answer. Monday is supposed to be the easiest so that is the one I linked to. They get harder each day of the week.

I just want you to know that I'm still not watching American Idol, I still think Bo Bice is hot, and I called it that he would win and he's still in it, he's in the final four. I told my boss today that I thought Bo was hot and he looked at me like I was out of my mind. He said he's missing teeth and he's grungy. Is he missing teeth?

File this under the category of totally useless: Suppose you are out in the country, because there are no cricket noises in the city that I can hear anyway, and you've lost your thermometer. According to Weather Bug, nature provides us with a lot of clues about the current or future weather. Pioneers, sailors and farmers depended on these clues to help them survive and created the weather folklore we know today including calculating the current temperature by cricket chirps.
So, the next time you are outdoors in an area where there are crickets, use the following "equation" to figure out what the temperature is: Count the number of cricket chirps in 15 seconds, then add 39 degrees.

I bet there is no burping either.

I've been having trouble making a decision. Do you think a good way to choose a path is to go eeny, meaney, miny moe....

When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.--Max Lerner, 1902-1992

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Happy Mother's Day

There was a big upset yesterday at the Derby. A horse that had 50-1 odds came in first place. Wow, that would have been a great bet.

Got some time to waste? Play 20 questions online.

Elvis is on CBS tonight and he is a hottie! Coming in June, the 16th season of the Real World from Austin, Texas. I'm never gonna grow up. I still love it. Ahhh, Six Feet Under is returning June 6th! Laura, you've got to tape those for me again.

Hmmmm, trouble in paradise for Nick and Jessica, I would miss that show too.

How do people get these goofy ideas?

Here is the 2005 Movies in the park schedule. Star Wars and ET! Awesome!

Friday, May 06, 2005

The Titanic of the Sky

Today is the anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster, it happened back in 1937 in Lakehurst, New Jersey. I remember hearing the recording of Herb Morrison describing the disaster back a million years ago when I was in junior high school. Click on the Herb Morrison reporting link under the title to hear for yourself. The only part I remember is "Oh the humanity." I didn't realize he was a reporter from WLS here in Chicago.

Today is a lovely day in Chicago. It was a wonderful night to have dinner with friends outside at Bice. After dinner we went to Borders and sat in the coffee shop to continue our chat. Then a leisurely stroll home down Michigan Avenue enjoying the moderate temperature and the tulips in the garden spots along the way. Found this site with lots of Chicago pictures, about 7 down from the top are some of the tulips along the Magnificent Mile.

Don't you just love the internet? I got a post today from Hudson who lives in Africa. Isn't it wonderful that you can connect so easily with someone so far away!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

grüetzi

My friend Laura #2, the marathon runner, is off to Zurich for three weeks for work. Sweet! Well except for the gazillion hour plane ride. How much Xanax would that take? Move around so you don't get Deep Vein Thrombosis. Since, more that likely I will never actually be in Zurich, I will take this chance to find out what Zurich is all about? Holy Crap Tina Turner lives in Zurich. I didn't think I liked Tina until I was sitting at the Stratosphere in a bar where they were playing a concert video of hers and I really enjoyed it.
James Joyce wrote Ulysses in Zurich! and what is with the gnomes? These might come in handy, words and phrases of Switzerland and Swiss greetings.

Yikes, keep your hands in your pockets.

Back to the States, don't forget Saturday, Derby Day, take the Kentucky Derby Quiz.


Auf Wiedersehen

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

And they're off

There have been commercials for an upcoming Oprah show, where Oprah says "Stedman and I have a deep dark family secret, we have a daughter, and she has a problem and I think it's my fault." I thought, how scandalous at first, then I guessed that she was probably referring to her dog.

The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, coverage on NBC, 4pm CDT and Bellamy Road is the favorite to win. It's all about the hat. If you're not into hats, it's also all about the mint julep, I think make mine low carb. Looks like Arlington Park is opening on May 13th.

Today is the anniversary of The Haymarket Riot which took place at Randolph and Des Plaines, a few blocks west of the loop. A plaque marks the spot of the tragedy.

Today is also the anniversary of the Kent State shootings . Photo journalist shot of the University that day. This site shows pics of the four students that died that day. "Four dead in Ohio" (side note to Patti - remind you of anyone?)

What on God's green earth is an online casino going to do with Britney Spear's pregnancy test?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Hey now...don't ignore your colon

If you are looking for me between June 24-July4th I will probably be chowing down on food and sitting at one of these free concerts at the Taste of Chicago.

I love this t-shirt, I saw it in Nashville but it was only in kids sizes.


David Letterman's Top 10 Drawbacks to Working in a Cubicle
10. Being told to "think outside the box" when you're in a freakin' box all
day long.
9. Not being able to check e-mail attachments without turning around to
see who's behind you.
8. Cubicle walls do not offer much protection from any kind of gun fire.
7. That nagging feeling that if you press the right button, you'll get a
piece of cheese.
6. Lack of roof rafters for the noose.
5. The walls are too close together for the hammock to work right.
4. 23 power cords - 1 outlet.
3. Prison cells are not only bigger, they also have beds.
2. The carpet has been there since 1976 and shows more signs of life than
your co-workers.
And the Number 1. drawback to working in a cubicle is . . .
You can't walk out and slam the door when you quit.

Doctor Oz on Oprah said if your poop plops instead of dives into the toilet it's not good. It should come out curved. Don't forget to check your poop. Key lessons are fiber and water. He said 8 glasses of water. Whole grains are better. Foods with magnesium are also important, supplements work.

Dr Oz also said that blood pressure is the most important number, even more important than your weight. Foods high in potassium are good for blood pressure. They include bananas and avacados.

3 things you can do to cut your chances of getting cancer by 50%
- Folate - leafy green veggies, orange juice or supplements
-Vitamin D supplements
- Baby aspirin (2 per day)

And coffee is good for you - but it does have side effects but its a drug

Thanks Oprah.

Monday, May 02, 2005

I'm home!

I'm back from Nashville! The weather was crappy but it was still fun. Here are the results of the marathon. My friend Laura finished the race with a great time 4:02:30, she came in 1167th place, 288th in her gender.
I know she will not finish running marathons until she's qualified and run in the Boston Marathon. She needs a time of 3:50 to qualify. I slept in while Laura got up at 3:30am to get ready for the race. I got up around 8 and rushed down to the 26 mile marker so I could see the finish of the race. There were a couple of interesting runners, such as this fellow in the tutu.



I got so excited when I saw Laura coming up to mile 26 that I didn't get a picture of her till she was past me, but here she is after the end, I have to say I would look much worse if I ran 26.2 miles!


Here is the medal that she got for finishing the race.



She cleans up nice too. Here she is having a beer at the Big River Grille. By the way they have a great Stout at the Big River Grille. Yummy!



I've been to Nashville many times. This is the first time that I stopped by to see the life size replica of the Parthenon, originally built to celebrate the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, 100 years of statehood. It was awesome!



And inside, a statue of Athena. By their estimates Athena wears a size 177 sandal. Yep, she's pretty big.



All over Nashville, they have these huge painted guitars similar to the painted cows we had in Chicago a couple years ago.





One day we went to Robert's Western World to see the local bands. This was a great band, except I forgot what their name was.


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So, this looks like fun. This guy is looking for a committed relationship. (who isn't?) And...he is going to travel around the world for 6 months with that person and he's paying the way. I really think my friend tall Karen should try, I sent her an email about it, we'll see what she thinks. I hope she wants to make the video and send it to him.