So, bright and early, Friday morning, TP and I packed our bags (me with a single backpack and him with an entire half-suitcase carry-on deal . . . holy role reversal, Batman!), hopped onto the Metro, and flew over jewel-like islands and into Portland, Maine. After short 15 minute cab ride down to the docks later, we trolled the streets for the Italian grocery store to stock up on some vittles, for the famous Amato's (apparently the birthplace of the "Italian sandwich"), for some bubble tea, and for some lohbstah (TP selected an ugly two-pounder). Here's Pinchy getting ready to wash some dishes:
We waited at the docks for the water taxi to pick us up and whisk us away to Cushing's Island. It was a gorgeous day so we didn't mind getting lost and going around half of the island TWICE before finally finding the house. We lugged our luggage out of the wheelbarrow we had been carting around, put our stuff away, and immediately headed out for a walk to the beach (all of 2 minutes away).
Upon our return, we spooked four deer who bounded into the woods at our approach. Two big 'uns, however, stood their ground and glared at us as we passed them by and entered the house. A few minutes later, I peeked outside again and saw that they had not moved. Such bossy deer.
For dinner, TP attempted to wrassle Pinchy who, with his thick, meaty tail, was thrashing violently against the slate sink base any time TP got near him. Except for the fact that Pinchy didn't fall onto the floor, it was a scene right out of Annie Hall. TP managed to scoop Pinchy up into a pot, toss him in a bigger pot, and boil the rascal until he turned from muddy brown to bright red.
Ding ding ding! Dinner is served!
The very popular Fulla doll is sold in the Middle East wearing either a black abaya or a white head scarf and long coat. Under these modest coverings, the dolls wear fashionable dresses.
- The Greatest of Marlys by Lynda Barry
- One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
- The Far Side Gallery (1, 2, 3, and pre-history) by Gary Larson
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Beg the Question by Bob Fingerman
- Persepolis (I and II) by Marjane Satrapi
- The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
- Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
- The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherril
- Jenny and the Jaws of Life by Jincy Willet
- Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
- Oh, My Word!; Take my Word For It!; and Upon My Word by Frank Muir and Denis Norden
- Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
- CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
- The Very Persistent Gappers of Fipp by George Saunders and Lane Smith
- Coyote v. Acme by Ian Frazier
- The Art of Survival by A.E. Maxwell
- The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature by Neal Pollack
- Red Dust by Ma Jian
- Waiting by Ha Jin
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
- The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez=Reverte
- Chump Change by David Eddie
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
- Into Thin Air by Jon Karkauer
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
- The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
- Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
- Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
- Gates of Eden by Ethan Cohen
- The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd
- Chip Kidd by Veronique Viene
- Wigfield by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert
- The Griffin & Sabine series by Nick Bantock
- The Venetian's Wife by Nick Bantock
- The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Smith and Scieszka
- McSweeny's Quarterly #5
- McSweeny's 6 Find Them and Convince Them
- Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
- Dorothy Parker Anthology
- Fathers and Sons by Turgenev
- Rudin.On The Eye by Turgenev
- A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth F. Hailey
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- On The Road by Jack Kerouac
- The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
- Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
- Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
- The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
- A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare
- Plays by Chekov
- Spotted Horses; Old Man; The Bear by William Faulkner
- A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Edgar Allen Poe Anthology
- The Decameron by Boccaccio
- Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
- Collected Stories by O. Henry
- Old Goriot by Balzac
- The Stranger by Albert Camus
- The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings by Oscar Wilde
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
- Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
- Side Effects by Woody Allen
- Without Feathers by Woody Allen
- Getting Even by Woody Allen
- Hoidays On Ice by David Sedaris
- Naked by David Sedaris
- Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
- Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
- Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
- The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Stories by Franz Kafka
- Life with Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Adventures of Ibn Battuta by Ross E. Dunn
- Bunch of Dictionaries, Lonely Planets, and Knick Knacks.
Everybody raise your glasses of bamboo juice! Li'l Baji and Gunnar are engaged! I'm so excited because they are very happy. The wedding will be so much fun - we are going to dress up, eat, and party. Soon, I'll officially be a Swedistani Panda! I will be able to make bamboo samosas with one hand and build IKEA furniture with the other! Mabrook and best wishes from all the pandas in Blogistan.
Guest Post by First Year Med Student/Part-time Plumber Oz
My embryology prefessor is an Indian guy. He's got a way thick accent. His lectures are very scattered and he rarely follows his outlines. This wouldn't be so bad in any other subject, but embryology has its own, [seemingly] very esoteric vocabulary, so it's nearly impossbile to keep up.
I was talking to a girl in class and she was telling me that she was going to leave and go study, and not stick around for the next lecture.
"I'm just not getting anything out of this. He's all over the place; and I can hardly understand what he's saying!"
I politely agreed with her, but we all know better: though he was all over the place, I knew perfectly well what he meant by "hot wallv."
Post Script Post
Happy Bananiversay, my little monkey!
Then I went for a ride in my dad's brand old, convertible, lipstick red 1961 Austin Healy today. And it did not bite me at all.
Lesson to be learned? Stick to Austin Healys.