Bourdain Eating His Way Around the World

Have you watched any of the Anthony Bourdain shows on CNN? Bourdain took a camera crew with him on little expeditions all around the world and ate local foods, on our behalf. There is no doubt in my mind that the man knows good food, but frankly I don’t really want to watch this snob stuffing weird food in his face. There are not many many people that I want to watch eat. One time there was an actress in a movie that ate food in a very sexy way. i think it was someone in the Shakespeare play, Taming of the Shrew. But it might have been a different one – I saw the movie and then I saw the same scene in a dinner theater play. But that was a very long time ago.

So, Bourdain does a pretty good job of filling you in on geography and the history of the area, he describes the native foods and films a lot of the food preparation. That was pretty interesting. Watching him eat – no so much. But the show was better than 95% of the garbage that is on TV lately, so what are you going to do?

Shadow? Or No Shadow?

Does anyone but America have this silly tradition of giving the responsibility of forecasting the weather to a rodent? Groundhog Day must be uniquely American – and I wonder if the rest of the world sees this as amusing or just one more reason to mock Americans?

I have been watching a variety of shows on the BBC cable TV channel, and was surprised to see how often the British refer to Americans in such a condescending and mocking manner. Every live TV show that includes interviews or commentary by British hosts has at least one denigrating remark about Americans in it. And this is just Great Britain. What about the more openly hostile countries, like Pakistan or China? I imagine we are slammed and insulted constantly. And I am starting to resent it!

We made World News today for the groundhog having not seen his shadow this morning. That supposedly means that we will have an early spring. Who’s not a fan of an early spring? but truth be told, the first day of spring is officially 6 weeks away anyway – whether the groundhog sees his shadow – or not!

Vacation Plans for San Francisco

This year I want to take a vacation that will be totally different and new to me. I used to go to Florida every chance, because I have so many family and friends there and I love the beaches. Florida has both Atlantic Ocean beaches and Gulf of Mexico beaches, but this year I realized that I have never been to any beaches on the Pacific Ocean. So this year, I want to go out to California and I think the beaches near San Francisco are a good place to start.

Besides all the regular tourist spots in San Francisco, there are many things within an hour’s drive, too. I want to see the Redwood trees and some vineyards. And I will make sure to have dim sun in China Town.

Don’t think I am strange for this interest, but I have never felt an actual earthquake and I think it would be very cool to experience a mild earthquake. I certainly don’t want to be there during a big earthquake with lots of damage and people getting hurt. But if I could just feel the shaking under my feet for a few seconds, I really want to know what an earthquake feels like. From looking at the earthquake maps online, there is a town that has 3-4 minor earthquakes every day. So I am going to try to drive up to that town and have lunch in a local restaurant. I bet if I spend at least 3-4 hours there that I will feel at least one of the minor quakes while there and I can cross that off my bucket list.