November 27, 2017

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

-Jimi Hendrix

Jimi, today would have been your 75th birthday. Why did you and your genius leave this world so early on? I cannot help but think all the amazing things you would have done in this world. Not that I’m not thankful for the current gifts you have provided while you were a mortal like the rest of us, because I very much am. But one still wonders, you know?

Happy Birthday Jimi!

 

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November 9, 2017

Because you don’t live near a bakery doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.

-Hedy Lamarr

 

True dat.

She was every nerd’s pin-up girl back in the day. She was beautiful and super intelligent. For those of you who don’t know, Hedy was an Austrian actress and inventor. She starred in movies such as Algiers (1938). Not only that, she aided the Allies in stopping the Nazis by co-inventing a “secret communications system”, what we know today as Spread Spectrum Technology. What’s that you ask? Pretty much (ok, very much) the technical backbone for cellphones and every wireless piece of tech you have within arm’s reach.

Happy Birthday Hedy (Hedwig) Lamarr!

 

P.S – Does anybody know if JK Rowling named Harry’s owl Hedwig after Hedy?

Birthday Excursion Part Deux – Sir Duke (Baltimore)

After the heavenly experience of Insomnia Cookies, my friends and I walked the square searching for any place that served food at 10 PM. Bars of Baltimore: please don’t stop serving food at 10 PM. Continue serving food until the bar closes. You’ll get more people in.

We found ourselves back at the hotel’s basement bar. Basement bar at a haunted hotel? Totally not creepy. There was one older fella drying up some glasses with a cloth. He looked lonely considering the place was completely empty. There was something eerie about the place. I couldn’t put my finger on it. It was like an old school movie meets horror film meets lighthearted fun. Does that make sense? The bartender was nice enough to smile for the picture at least. 🙂 Too bad he didn’t have food.

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He recommended that we tried the restaurant next door. We walked in, relieved it was only ten feet away from the hotel. Stomachs growled in frustration when the hostess told us the kitchen had closed. She did, however, provide us with a recommendation: Sir Duke Bar & Liquor Store. It was not on the main square but on the side streets, about a block or two away from us. It was a bar and a liquor store. A part of me didn’t feel like walking in the 40-degree weather but it was my birthday and wasn’t going to stop then.

I ordered a grilled cheese with french fries. My friend ordered Breakfast Poutine for the three of us to try. I’ve had poutine only once in my life and that was at a French party/class assignment at St. Ed’s. The poutine was amazing. The gravy sorta stayed with your breath but totally worth it.

The grilled cheese was also good. It was cheesy, the tomato was fresh and the fries (more fries!) were crispy. What I liked most about it was the fact it was warm enough to heat up my body and protect myself from the chill that came through the door.

The three of us had grown happy with a pinch of homesick when we saw the Tito’s tins used as a receipt holder. We asked the waitress if she knew what Tito’s was and of course she did. We explained we were from Austin and she immediately replied “I love Austin!”. She tried remembering the sparkling water all the hipsters drank (Topo Chico) and says it’s her tradition to drink a bottle of Topo when she goes down to ATX. It’s funny to hear someone say they love Austin, let alone visit. After living in ATX for 11 years and seeing it when it was still sorta in sleepy town mode, you tend to forget it has become such a tourist destination. Nothing wrong with ATX being a tourist destination…just don’t move there (there are plans for a major I-35 overhaul so just warning you).

We headed back to the hotel with leftovers. On our way back we found a couple homeless teenagers outside a closed boutique sitting on a bench. I gave them my leftover sandwich, keeping my oatmeal cookie. My friend took a few steps before turning around and giving them his cookie. The guilt got to me when I saw another couple of teenagers near a lamp post. I gave them my cookie, feeling both bad that I didn’t get a chance to experience the oatmeal cookie, but happy to know I didn’t think of my stomach for once.

It was a great last night in Baltimore. A wonderful adventure full of unexpected people and events. Definitely a birthday I will not forget.

Sir Duke Bar & Liquor Store is located in Fell’s Point at 701 S Bond St., Baltimore, MD 21231

October 25, 2017

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

-C.S. Lewis

Don’t know how I feel about being 23. Don’t feel older. Don’t look older. But there’s this new feeling of wonder that has me thinking with a new pair of sunglasses. I am giddy like a kid but know work must be done like any other adult.

Oh my god there’s donuts.

Happy Birthday to me.

September 27, 2017

Google is my best friend and my worst enemy. It’s fabulous for research, but then it becomes addictive. I’ll have a character eating an orange, and next thing I’m Googling types of oranges, I’m visiting chat rooms about oranges, I’m learning the history of the orange.

-Liane Moriarty

Happy 19th birthday Google! Here’s to another 19 years of the addicting search for the questions that haunt the human mind.

Happy birthday Joe Strummer

Happy 65th birthday John Graham Mellor (aka Joe Strummer). Even though you are no longer with us (15 years!!!! 😦 ), that doesn’t mean we can’t stop celebrating you and your musical talent.

All around the world, folks are celebrating the great frontman’s life. Here are a couple articles from different corners of our globe for your recommendation:

Rolling Stone Italia (Italy) – “Joe Strummer, l’ultima intervista”

Concierto (Chile) – “21 de agosto: Recordamos el nacimiento de Joe Strummer”

Champion (England) – “Town to hold first Strummer Jam Festival”

Irish Examiner (Ireland) – “Remembering Joe Strummer’s early visits to Ireland”

WROR (Boston, MA, USA) – “A Tribute To The Only Frontman Who Matters”

Youtube – “The Clash – Police and Thieves (Live in Munich 1977)”

Zelly & Ol’ Hem’s (Austin, TX, USA) – “Poetry Games: The Clash”

Help honor and celebrate Strummer’s life by checking out The Joe Strummer Foundation and donating to help support musicians.

 

July 4, 2017 – Happy Birthday America!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those are Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.

-Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776

April 21, 2017

Happy 2,770th birthday Rome! April 21, 753 BC is considered the traditional date Remus and Romulus founded the beautiful city. So to celebrate, enjoy this quote about the dreamy city of Roma.

Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.

-Giootto di Bondone, Renaissance painter

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Baroncelli Chapel