Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Frank Sinatra - "I've got you under my skin"
Diana Krall - "I've got you under my skin"
From seeing Diana Krall perform at the Hollywood Bowl together years ago (sushi, wine, and falling asleep on your shoulder, under the stars while Tony Bennett was singing), to the Frank Sinatra crooner in Arizona who sang this song for us and asked us if we were having an affair - this song always makes me think of you. (And not just on Valentine's Day.) Love you!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
But it's Frances's eyes that have it: Huge pools of "like green, blue, yellow, purple, orange, gray," they are startlingly and immediately reminiscent of her late father, Kurt Cobain. They are inescapable. "I'm very lucky because my eyes work with almost any hair color," Frances notes breezily. "Thanks for the genetics, parents. Rock on!"
"I want to be sublimely happy. I want to be able to live in a way that isn't too hectic. Calm. And I want those around me to be sublimely happy as well.
While many argue that foreign cars are far more reliable than domestic automobiles, here's at least one case for the Big 3.
Talk about the best commercial ever for Chevy! This story has lit up the message boards, and has people talking about Chevy...i.e., "Made in Americaaaa!!!"
When informed of Mr. Oresnik's impending milestone, Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper said, "Most Dependable, Longest Lasting isn't just a slogan, and it applies not only to Chevy pickups but to the people who drive them. We get lots of mail from customers with hundreds of thousands of miles on their Chevy trucks - so much, in fact, we formed the Silverado 200,000 mile club in 2006 - but a million miles is certainly remarkable. We're glad to have Mr. Oresnik on the Chevy team." Congrats to Mr. Oresnik. May your next truck be as dependable as this one.
Frank Oresnik of Medford, Wisconsin bought his used '91 Silverado in 1996. At the time, it had 41,000 miles on the odometer and the previous owner's widow was selling it because it was too big for her. He has since racked up an average of 85,000 miles a year delivering seafood and steaks in the upper Midwest, in three states.
As for how he got this far, Oresnik credits regular maintenance and "a little luck." His detailed service records show 300 oil changes every 3,000 miles. It's had so many changes that the oil pan drain plug had to be rethreaded several times, he said, and "you never hear of that." The truck has had four radiators, three gas tanks, five transmissions and six water pumps, but the engine has never been overhauled, Oresnik said.
Frank Oresnik's trusty pickup truck — he calls it "the old girl" — passed the 1 million-mile mark on Friday with a camera crew filming the event and a public-radio audience listening in. "I can't tell you how much fun it was," he said. "It was really humbling, all this interest."
On hand was a film crew from Chevrolet's public relations and advertising company, and Mr. Oresnik was speaking live to Robert Siegel, host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
A news crew from CBS had been with him earlier in the day.
"I wont say it was relief ... it was exhilarating," Oresnik said later during a stop in Gresham where he has one of his longtime customers. "This truck has been so dependable over the years."
What happens to the truck now?
Even though his truck is still in working order, Oresnik plans to retire it after having reached the 1 million miles. "I feel almost like the longtime NFL player as he goes into his last training camp knowing this is the end," Oresnik told The Detroit News.
Now that it's made history, the truck could be headed back to the automaker or Shell Oil. Oresnik said there's been some interested in GM or Shell Oil buying it.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
The most exciting Presidential Primary ever! It even got my apathetic self (anyone remember the 2000 Bush vs. Gore experience?) to the polling place. I waited until U. got home from work so we could go together as a family to introduce my 2 year old daughter to our voting process. As whacky as it is (we voted in a Mexican church), and no matter how much you doubt whether your vote matters, it still feels good to be apart (and aware) of the process.
Not since a Presidential election have we been so glued to the news watching the votes come in. We are a house divided for the first time this year as well (as is much of the country), so it's doubling exciting.
I'm registered Non-Partisan so I voted for the Democratic candidate. Everyone at the polling place was super friendly and helpful. When they announced the sole Republican voter - "Republican!" (in order to give him the correct ballot), heads turned and everyone had to laugh (even the Republican). He was definitely a rare breed in our neighborhood.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
The NY Giants with little Eli Manning defeated the New England Patriots and their Uberquarterback Tom Brady, putting a kibosh to New England's perfect season, and becoming Super Bowl XLII champions. What an upset! I love seeing the underdogs win!
The NY defense was superb. U. was delighted that "they weren't letting Tom Brady do his thing." And did you see Eli Manning break free from like three New England linemen pawing at him and pulling his jersey, and then make an incredible throw to top it off? That's the stuff of legend there. Plus is was fun to see big brother Peyton Manning and his parents reacting and supporting Eli Manning. It was a much deserved victory for Eli and the entire team. It felt great to see them win.
(I'd be remiss if I didn't mention - It's a good thing the game was so exciting, because the commercials stank this year. What happened???)
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Six more weeks of winter!
Scenes from Punxsutawney, PA this morning
Everything you wanted to know about Groundhog Day
A behind the scenes look at Groundhog Day at the Groundhog Capitol of the world: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Increased popularity thanks to the movie
In years prior, a good year brought out 3,000 to 5,000 people. After the movie, crowds soared to 30,000. It's on my list of things to do and places to visit.
The Cult Classic Movie
Bill Murray in the role of weatherman Phil Connors who is sent to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the story about a weather forecasting "rat" and finds himself repeating the same day over and over again.
I never get tired of watching it.