Monday, January 28, 2013

Steak Dreams

We've had some bad luck with restaurants the last couple of times we went out. Week before last we went to Cafe Seville where we had the Tilapia special. Very fishy tasting and not what I expected. We like the Cafe Seville because the people there are really great, and the decor is so Spanish. But the food seems to have gone downhill. This past Wednesday, we went to Tropics, to which we haven't been in a very long time. It was Prime Rib night, so that's what we had. I don't know what cut of meat they served, but it definitely was not prime rib. I used to eat prime rib almost exclusively and I know how a real prime rib looks and tastes. This was not it.

I dream every night. Several times per night. I don't always remember all the dreams, but I do frequently remember one or two. The one thing I like most about my dreams, is that in them, I'm still able to do all the things I used to be able to do with no breathing problems. That results in me not wanting to wake up and get out of bed where I'm forced to cope with the reality of being a virtual invalide. Another thing that I find curious about dreams is how really nonsensical stuff seems perfectly logical when being dreamed. Things like having a conversation with animals, or you start out walking someplace and then suddenly you're in a car, an airplane, a train or a boat. Last night I had a dream about people buying up all of one brand of coffee (I'm not even sure the brand exists...White House coffee?) because they could sell it and make money. Then near the end of the dream it turned out to be untrue and everybody was trying to get their money back.


Dumb Law of the Week: In Indiana, it is illegal for citizens to attend a movie house or theater, nor ride in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic.

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sleepless in Lauderdale

For some reason, I seem to have fallen into a period in which I'm destined to get very little sleep at night, which results in my sleeping a lot during the afternoon. I say a lot, but it's really only an hour to an hour and a half. That's about as long as I manage to stay asleep at night. Last night wasn't too bad, but Saturday night I had the most god-awful bout of indigestion, another thing that seems to be occurring more and more often. I may have to look into the cause of that one day. Saturday night, I had a bad bad sinus headache. I understand that and know that it's caused by the quickly changing weather. Normally, I go to bed between 02h00 and 04h00. I guess I really am a "night person". Even at three or four in the morning, I have to force myself to go to bed. I most usually have no trouble falling asleep. My problem is staying asleep. A doctor once sent me to be tested for sleep apnea. It was a very uncomfortable night. The place was way too cold even though I was wearing sweat pants, a T-shirt and heavy socks. I barely slept at all, but somehow they determined that I was not suffering from sleep apnea. I suspect they were probably wrong, but what do I know? Hopefully, this sleeplessness will go its course, and I'll get back to my usual two hours sleep, awake, an hour of sleep, awake...until I finally wake up for the day usually somewhere between noon and 15h00. In other words, a normal night for me.

Dumb Law of the Week: In Chicago, Illinois, it is illegal to take a french poodle to the Opera.

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Monday, January 14, 2013


We went back to Alexander's because Robb wanted to get the steak dish I had last time, which was so very good. He ordered Steak Brazzos and I ordered Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce. He said the Steak Brazzos was not as good as when I had it, and I could see that it did not look the same, neither did it have as much potato as when I had it. The Filet Mignon was marginally better when eaten with the Béarnaise Sauce, but not much.  The baked potato was fantastic!  For dessert, I had Key Lime Pie.  It's not likely we'll go back.

Speaking of stupid laws: an 1872 California law says a suspect is only guilty of rape if the victim is married and the attacker is pretending to be the spouse. A California appeals court has overturned the rape conviction of a man accused of sneaking into an 18-year-old woman’s bedroom and having sex with her while pretending to be her boyfriend. The decision turned on a crucial fact: she wasn’t married and the accused, Julio Morales, pretended to be her boyfriend.

Dumb Law of the Week: In Florida, it is illegal for an unmarried women to parachute on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jail.

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Ancient Aliens

I was watching the first episode of the first season of Ancient Aliens. I was loving it, it seemed so full of fantastic information and ideas. Then I made the mistake of checking one of the ideas that was presented and I came across an article that completely turned me around. Almost every "fact" presented in the show was either deliberately misleading or a total lie, starting with the statement that many of the buildings and objects were made from granite! In fact, most of the things they showed were made from red sandstone, which is durable, but no where near as hard as granite. Some of the things they showed, like the possible models of aircraft, could be real, but now I'm not sure. I am so disappointed. I was really looking forward to watching the whole five seasons. I can't imagine the hosts, writers, producers and editors could compromise themselves so blatantly for a few dollars.  Even if the theories put forth were true, the show raised the question I would most like to ask the aliens and god, if he actually existed: WHY? Why would you travel all those light years across space to help a bunch of aborigines, and then just disappear forever? In the case of god, who is supposed to be all-knowing, why present yourself to man in such a backward time and then just disappear forever?  Then, just to make matters really confusing, it turns out the debunker of Ancient Aliens is a christian nut who believes the bible contains the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Thankfully, the internet is a nearly endless source of information (as confusing as it can be sometimes), and with determined searching and questioning, one can find the answers they seek.  I may continue to watch Ancient Aliens just for the fun of it!


Dumb Law of the Week: In Connecticut: it is illegal to walk across a street on your hands.

À la prochaine, mes amis.