Saturday 9 August 2003
Pix Of The Day: Rotating Wing Across The Desert
CREDITS: © Ian Scott-Parker/PishTush.com
MAPS: flight area, and Sky Mountain (courtesy of Sky Mountain Golf Estates.)
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Once again, on our all too brief jaunt aloft, thanks for a wonderful flying experience to all the staff at a AFlightAbove.com helicopter flight training. Two sets of pictures are available in a special Chopper Flight archive.
This is the second feature about the delights of the Washington County Fair in southern Utah. The first part appeared yesterday. After the helicopter flight, we repaired to the food court. There was a four piece country band playing named Cedar Creek: men on electric mandolin, banjo, electric acoustic guitar, and a lady on an electric bass guitar. They played with gusto, though the finale, 'I Like Singing Through My Nose' had us guessing. There is a Waylon Jennings song containing the lines, 'Was it singing through my nose that got me busted by the man / Maybe this here outlaw bit has done got out of hand'. This must be why Al Gore invented the Internet, so that people who must know everything can sleep at night.
We looked in vain for Irmita, whose Mexican food has won the 'Best In Show' award forever. Chuchi was there, who we have been told is Irmita's brother, but the serving counter was surrounded by men in white & green thick striped uniforms with 'PCF' on the back, waiting for their tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Turns out that they are low risk prisoners from the nearby Purgatory Correctional Facility, once home to unlucky Brian McCluskey. We have been inside, and it is not as bad as the name might suggest. The facility is contracted to provide labor for assembling the Fair, and doing work such as managing the trash. The guys seemed to be having a rare old time on their night out. Before anyone writes to complain that there is an implicit anti Mexican bias in this piece, we hasten to add that only one of Chuchi's PCF customers looked even vaguely Mexican: good food knows no ethnic limitations.
Eventually we chose 'Larry's Fish & Chips'. The Brits in the party were taken aback that of the two pieces of fish in a portion, one was Pacific Red Salmon, and the other was Cod. We decided that hundreds of miles from the ocean, there really is no such thing as 'locally available fish'. The American's in the party were aghast at this breaking of tradition, whereas the Brits just ate up their salmon with much smacking of lips. The chips were made from potatoes with skins, something that gets our full approval. There are many fish & chip shops in the UK that serve less appetizing fare.
At this point things went rapidly to extremes. There was a Baskin Robbins stand, which offered buttered pecan ice cream - wow! Further along they were serving something called 'Buttered Honey Scones'. Clearly this treat had honey and butter, but the scone part seemed nearer to the 'Heavenly Touch of Pennsylvania Dutch' treat known as Funnel Cake, being a fried sweet batter dripping with melted butter and hot running honey. We tried the samples that were proffered, but although they were delicious, we decided it was a pre-packaged coronary infarction just looking for somewhere to happen.
We had a great night out, but every time we drink tea the thought arises, "Wouldn't this be nice with a hot Buttered Honey Scone."
Caricature Of The Day courtesy of Caricature Zone
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American actor (1937- ). We refuse to believe he is old enough to retire and draw a pension. Sometimes credited as Sam Etic.
In July 2001, a federal appeals court overturned the verdict that awarded him $3 million in damages for being depicted in a digitally-altered photograph in Los Angeles Magazine. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that because the image appeared in an article, not an advertisement, the use of the actor's likeness did not constitute 'commercial speech' and was entitled to the full protection of the 1st Amendment.
A megastar described as 'physically unprepossessing', he transcends the more usual forms of charismatic presence by an understated projection of the character he is playing. This entry was prepared using an IMDB (Internet Movie Database) feature.
Quotation Of The Day courtesy of Wordsmith.org
Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, ease after war, death after life does greatly please. - Edmund Spenser, poet (1552-1599).
On This Day In 2002: Two Faces Of War - Friday 9 August 2002
LEFT: 'A U.S. Army member from the 95th Chemical Company Ft. Richardson, Alaska, waits to take off his protective mask during Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical decontamination training at the Valdez, Alaska city terminal on April 27, 2002. Personnel from the 95th Chemical Company and the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobil [sic] Unit 11 Whidbey Island, Washington provided joint Personal Protective Ensemble training during Northern Edge 2002. Northern Edge is a combined, joint exercises hosted by the U.S. Alaskan Command that incorporates theater missile defense, force protection, air to air fighter aircraft exercises, combat search and rescue, and harbor defense and maritime operations.'
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Hannen) (Released)
Photo by: SRA MATTHEW HANNEN, 1CTCS
Record ID No. (VIRIN): 020425-F-9528H-017
LEFT: 'Senior Airman Megan Moriarity of the 128th Air Refueling Wing Personell [sic] Flight, Wisconsin Air National Guard, prepares for a feild [sic] training exercise utilizing the M.I.L.E.S system while deployed at Volk Feild [sic] CRTC, Wis., on June 12, 2002.'
(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Dries) (Released)
Photo by: MSGT CHRISTOPHER DRIES, 128TH ARW
Record ID No. (VIRIN): 020612-F-5042D-001
The quoted captions, and their annotations, are verbatim as they appeared on the Department of Defense web site, but with IDs made into links to the original pages. We have no comment to make, preferring that the pictures and captions should speak for themselves. There are 70 pictures in the DoD images gallery, which may be emailed as electronic postcards.
[When this item first appeared we received by email the question, "What was your point about the two army people?" In view of the fact that this came from someone with a web site offering courses in art philosophy, we were nonplussed. We still think that as a pair, with captions and annotations, that the point is self evident. We decided that this must have been a searching question designed to put us on our mettle.
We are prepared to answer anyone who similarly seeks an explanation, provided we first receive the correspondent's own attempt to give a point to the item. Our mentor was strongly against granting instant erudition: he said it was philosophically dangerous. "In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves." (Edward Bulwer-Lytton 1803-1873) That has to mean that there are no shortcuts, right?]
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)