My good friends Rick and Fran were kind enough to invite me to partake in a feast of Maine Lobster that had just been imported from… well Maine!
We started with wine
Roussanne, Eberle ’06
A lead up to food
I decided to do a little photo-feature on some of the foods that I sampled yesterday from my Star Wars Cookbook (and other galactic recipes). They were so tasty that even Jabba would be jealous! Now excuse me while I pop out to Dagobah and do some push-ups with a Yoda backpack to burn off those calories…
About three years ago I started the biggest knitting endeavor known to geeks: the Doctor Who scarf. This 12 foot, 7 color, all wool tasseled scarf made its first appearance in “Robot” in 1974 when a poor knitter who was friends with the costume designer was handed an armful of yarn and asked to knit a scarf. What no one had anticipated was that A) Begonia Pope was a knitter with ninja-like crafting speed, and B) she would use ALL OF THE YARN to make a scarf for our fourth Doctor. This resulted in the original scarf starting out 20 feet long, but the extra footage did not make it far with Baker’s stunts and shenanigans. It was altered to the beloved 12 foot scarf that holds a special place in every Whovian’s heart today after its big break back in ’74.
Once it became one of the most notable costume pieces in Doctor Who history it also became an integral part of Gallifreyan costuming, especially at conventions. And when this happened geeks and cosplayers all over the world exclaimed “but, but, I can’t knit! How do I get this awesome costume piece?” And thus every Whovian Knitter was bombarded with tear-filled requests to make these dreams come true. What many people don’t seem to realize is the time and effort that go into undertaking is such a huge and daunting project. Sure, it’s just like knitting a bunch of scarves… just all at once… but let’s face it, geeks everywhere would notice if you didn’t use the right shade of colors, altered the pattern, or even wrong yarn materials! And thus, a certain level of
blood, sweat, tears, detail and concentration is required for the construction of this crafting monstrosity. (more…)
Now that I have your attention, I’d like to turn it to one of the best yet perhaps most forgotten holidays of the year: Thanksgiving. Yes we all remember it now while our stomachs are still distended from stuffing our faces the previous day and night, but today also marks the start of the official holiday season. Let’s be honest though, we shouldn’t even be calling it the holidays. It’s the Christmas season, though not necessarily “Christmas” as in anything remotely related to religion. The Christmas season, especially here in California, has become synonymous with buy-lots-of-stuff-and-pretend-we-live-where-it-snows season. Not only that, but each year it creeps earlier and earlier and has done so enough times that it has all but wiped Thanksgiving out completely! Tuesday Morning Quarterback refers to this phenomenon as the Christmas Creep. He recounts that “not long ago, Christmas creep occurred on any observations or decorations before Thanksgiving. Now, holding off on Christmas kitsch until Halloween ends is viewed as incredible restraint.” -Gregg Easterbrook, TMQ