Archive for September, 2009

Today’s Quote

“… without darkness
Nothing comes to birth,
As without light
Nothing flowers.”

–May Sarton (1912-1995)

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“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

– Mary Pickford (1892-1979)

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Today’s video and quote is taken from the 1995 film Dolores Claiborne, directed by Taylor Hackford and based on the novel by Stephen King.  The film stars Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh.  In this memorable scene with Kathy Bates (as Dolores Claiborne) and Judy Parfitt (as Vera Donovan, the wealthy woman who employs Dolores as her housekeeper), Dolores breaks down in tears and tells Vera that her abusive husband Joe (played by David Straithairn) has stolen money from her savings account and may have sexually molested their daughter (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh). Vera shares insights from her own life and offers Dolores some advice.

“It’s a depressingly masculine world we live in, Dolores.  Sometimes you have to be a high-riding bitch to survive.  Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to.”

– Vera Donovan, played by Judy Parfitt, in Dolores Claiborne, 1995, Castle Rock Entertainment

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Boyle is Back

Susan Boyle is back and at the top of her game following a powerful performance of “Wild Horses,” a classic from The Rolling Stones, on America’s Got Talent on 9/16/09.  And on 11/24/09, the 48-year old singer will release her much-anticipated debut album, which was produced by Simon Cowell.  Titled “I Dreamed a Dream,” the album has reportedly already sold over a million advance copies.  According to published reports, Cowell is quoted as saying that the album will include I Dreamed a Dream, Wild Horses, Memory, You’ll See (Madonna), and Cry Me a River; other tracks have not been announced.

Above:  A video clip with Susan Boyle’s amazing performance of Wild Horses on the reality talent show, America’s Got Talent, on 9/16/09.

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To place an advance order for Susan’s Boyle’s debut album, go to Amazon.com by clicking here.  To read more about Susan Boyle, go to her official music website by clicking here.

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2010 Calendar

It’s finally here!  The Official Peggy & Lucy 2010 Calendar is now available.  The wall calendar features 12 months of Peggy and Lucy with exclusive, seasonal, full-color 8″ X 10″ photos of your favorite miniature dachshunds– Peggy and Lucy.

Don’t accept any substitutes– get the official Calendar, available exclusively from Jankenpon, for $19.99 each, including shipping and handling.  Click on the “Contact” tab, fill in the information, and you’ll receive an email reply with additional details.

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Above:  The cover photo of the much-anticipated Official Peggy & Lucy 2010 Calendar, available now.  Below: A recent photo of Peggy and Lucy which was not available in time for inclusion in the 2010 Calendar.

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Today’s Quote

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”

   — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

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“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”

   — Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

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Welcome, Fall

Today is the first day of Autumn.  Farewell, Summer. 

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“Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon.  We have the stars.”

– Charlotte Vale (played by Bette Davis) in Now, Voyager (Warner Bros., 1942), Written by Casey Robinson, Directed by Irving Rapper

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Happy Rosh Hashanah

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Happy Rosh Hashanah from Jankenpon.

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“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.”

   — Mikhail Baryshnikov (B. 1948)

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“A martini.  Shaken, not stirred.”

– James Bond (played by Sean Connery) in Goldfinger (United Artists, 1964), Written by Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn, Directed by Guy Hamilton

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“You aren’t too smart, are you?  I like that in a man.”

– Matty Walker (played by Kathleen Turner) speaking to Ned Racine (played by William Hurt) in Body Heat (Warner Brothers, 1981), Directed and Written by Lawrence Kasdan

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“If the events of September 11, 2001 have proven anything, it’s that the terrorists can attack us, but they can’t take away what makes us America– our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights.  No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that.”

– Jon Stewart (B. 1962)

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Remembering 9/11

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Eight years ago today, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four USA commercial passenger jet airliners and intentionally crashed them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan and the Pentagon, outside of Washington, D.C.  The fourth airliner crashed in a grassy field near Shanksville, PA, after passengers and flight crew members attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had directed toward Washington, D.C. after leaving Newark, NJ, bound for San Francisco, CA.

On that date, nearly 3,000 people from over 90 countries died as a result of the suicide attacks.

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Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first learned of the attacks on 9/11/01?

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“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them. “

– Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

IN HONOR OF LABOR DAY 2009

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Merry Margarita

One of the best ways to enjoy to the final days of Summer 2009 is with a tasty, refreshing Margarita, a classic cocktail that is well suited for afternoon backyard barbeque’s or evening patio dining.  While often served as a frozen, blended drink, I think it tastes best when served “over the rocks” and without a salted rim.  There are hundreds of recipes for Margaritas; however, I like this simple recipe which uses fresh ingredients instead of prepared margarita mixes.  Plus, it’s incredibly simple.

Enjoy the Margarita, which is #9 on my list of Top 10 Favorite Cocktails, and the last remaining days of Summer.

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INGREDIENTS

2 parts tequila
1-1/3 parts Grand Marnier (or Cointreau, if preferred)
1 part Simple Syrup (made of equal parts water and granulated sugar, fully dissolved)
1 part fresh-squeezed lime juice

DIRECTIONS

1.  Fill cocktail shaker with ice
2.  Add all ingredients to shaker
3.  Shake vigorously
4.  Strain and serve in double Old-Fashioned cocktail glass filled with ice
5.  Garnish with lime wedge
6.  Add salt to rim, if desired
7.  Serve, enjoy and repeat, as needed

Here’s a short video showing how to prepare the Margarita, using the ingredients and recipe shown above.

To go to previous posts in the Cocktail category, click here.

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Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day from Jankenpon!

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Top Film Songs

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The American Film Institute (AFI) compiles a variety of lists that honor films over the past 100 years.  Among them is the Top 100 Film Songs which showcases the most memorable songs from movies.  An excerpt of the top 35 entries is shown below.

The #1 ranked film song is “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz (1939).

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To view the full list of 100 Years 100 Songs from the American Film Institute, go to their official website by clicking here.

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Today’s Quote

“Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination.”

– Diane Sawyer (B. 1945), who becomes News Anchor for ABC World News in January 2010, replacing Charles Gibson

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“Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby!”

–Anna Christie, played by Greta Garbo, in Anna Christie (MGM, 1930), directed by Clarence Brow, Screenplay by Frances Marion, based on the play by Eugene O’Neill

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Calling 911

 Today’s video is a hilarious audio recording, with added imagery, of a woman’s call to 911 reporting problems getting her cheeseburgers prepared by Burger King.  If you’ve ever wondered why 911 is overloaded with calls and often cannot respond to bona fide emergencies in a timely manner, this recording says it all. 

To go to The Huffington Post to see their 11 Stupidest 911 Calls of All Time, click here.

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“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.”

   — Bette Midler (B. 1945)

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Bay Bridge Closing

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As most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area know, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (which opened in 1939) will be closed to all traffic during the Labor Day weekend in September 2009.  During the closure, a 300-foot long double-deck section of the East span will be cut away and permanently removed.  In its place, a new double-deck section (already completed and sitting adjacent to the span on Yerba Buena Island) will be moved into place to connect the existing bridge with a short detour.  Traffic will flow on the new half-mile detour connecting the East span to the Yerba Buena Tunnel until the new eastern section of the Bay Bridge opens.

This phase of the seismic retrofit effort for the Bay Bridge is reportedly the most complex and technically difficult.  The bridge closes at 8:00 PM, Pacific, today, 9/3/09 and will reopen by 5:00 AM, Pacific on Tuesday, 9/7/09.

An estimated 280,000 vehicles pass over the Bay Bridge each day.

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Above: Aerial view showing the temporary detour bridge and the “cutaway” section that is poised to replace a section of the existing East bridge connector over the Labor Day weekend.

To learn more about the estimated $7.0 billion Bay Bridge seismic retrofit effort and to watch videos showing the planned work this weekend, go to the official Bay Bridge Informatiob website by clicking here.

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Above:  An artist’s rendering of the proposed new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which is scheduled to open in 2013.

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Today’s Quote

“Old paint on a canvas, as it ages, sometimes becomes transparent. When that happens it is possible, in some pictures, to see the original lines: a tree will show through a woman’s dress, a child makes way for a dog, a large boat is no longer on an open sea. That is called pentimento because the painter “repented,” changed his mind. Perhaps it would be as well to say that the old conception, replaced by a later choice, is a way of seeing and then seeing again. That is all I mean about the people in this book. The paint has aged and I wanted to see what was there for me once, what is there for me now.”

  – Introduction to Pentimento: A Book of Portraits (1973), written by Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)

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“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

–Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

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