Thursday, March 27, 2008
My impression so far is that this is what the late lamented WNEW-FM 102.7 might be today if only it had survived into this century. Starting out with old Lou Reed and new REM works for me entirely. I really enjoyed the NY version of Jack FM for 2 years; I discovered a heckuva lot of newer rock and pop I'd been missing for years of not listening to radio at all (not even Q104.3). This is even better! Stones, Talking Heads, Franz Ferdinand (yay!!!!), Dishwalla, Janis Joplin, Coldplay, REM, A3, Elvis Costello, The Bravery, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Springsteen...all in happy juxtaposition!!! My god, a radio station that really is my iPod on shuffle!!!
I have plenty of issues with Jack (as I've kept listening to their 6 or 7 feeds on iTunes radio)...big issues like 99 Luftballons and The Pina Colada Song. At least they don't stoop to dull idiotic boompety boompety crud like Fergie or soul-destroying crap like Mariah Carey. (HELLO people: PAY ATTENTION. ALL her songs sound alike! You only need one!!)
I really hope this station survives. I really hope I NEVER have to hear Sweet Home Alabama EVER AGAIN. Or Captain Jack. Or Take the Money and Run. Or Lying Eyes. Why the hell do classic rock djs think New Yorkers want to hear f**ing Skynyrd every 5 minutes?? Why is 4 Dead in Ohio something people might want to hear at 10 am just as their new day is starting? Life doesn't suck enough, let's hear a rousing song about dead people and injustice AGAIN!
But I will keep listening to Q104.3 Sunday nights cos I need my Little Steven's Underground Garage fix. O yeah.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
As my corner diner makes awesome NY cheese steaks that are dense, tender and filled with both onions and mushrooms, I became addicted and concocted an at-home version that's slightly healthier. Slightly.
For 2 people: Add olive oil to a frying pan. Cook 1/2 of a sweet onion and 2 portobello mushroom caps, sliced thin. When the mushrooms are done as you like, add 1/4 lb of rare deli roast beef , cut into thirds for manageability. Keep these lying atop the vegs, so they don't turn completely well-done too quickly. When the meat is warmed, mix it in with the onions and mushrooms. Then add slices of cheddar, deli munster, provolone or monterey jack cheese. When the cheese melts, serve. (Sorry, I just never do "american cheese" or that wiz stuff. Ever. The deli munster is close enough without being utterly artificial.)
I like to serve this over mashed potatoes, with a side of cooked broccoli or green beans. Or both.
On the whole I was underwhelmed by the vendor area's offerings being so top-heavy in gardening tchotchkes and lightweight in interesting plants. I suppose the Internet is to blame as with so many of these issues...
I was more pleased and amused by the New Orleans theme exhibits than my companion who has truly been-there-done-that where flowers and plants were concerned. I thought the purple, green and gold glitter, props and Mardi Gras masks were entirely in keeping with a life-affirming springtime displays. No real knockouts there either -- acres of bromeliads, plenty of tulips, lots of flowering trees -- but I thought a few displays were fairly sophisticated in recreating a feel of New Orleans or bayou country, including Waldor Orchids.
One of the top honored displays hardly had any flowers in it, but the green material painstakingly arranged around a convincing wood shack and stone paving was delightful. Every bit of moss, every scrap and leaf, just belonged. Wonderful.
I quite liked the three gigantic abstract floral hangings. Taking pictures of them was quite a challenge. The only drawback to such displays is that they force you to look up into the spotlights and then the actual ceiling. Kind of breaks the "magic space" you enter with a show like this.
The horticultural entries are always my favorite flower show thing. Lots of beautiful orchids grown by Lois & Jim Duffin. Lots of gorgeous succulents by folks like Dr Gerald Barad. Meticulously groomed rock garden treasures, lush terrariums, monstrous ferns and clivias, the jewels of the plant world presented with loving care and attention. Sigh. My plants NEVER look that good.
Having last collected and studied succulents many years ago, I was thrilled to be reminded of how odd, sculptural and wonderful they can be. This Haworthia truncata "lime" belonging to Dr Barad was just breathtaking.
This link provides much better pictures of the variety than I took...
Monday, March 3, 2008
OK back to orchids, knitting and other stuff again.