Wednesday, September 22, 2004

CBS/Rathergate a Briarpatch?

Do you think the Kerry Campaign is clever enough to set up a delaying engagement with the Rather story? Has the blogosphere jumped into the briarpatch?

Saturday, September 18, 2004

IUPAT Apologizes!

Color me surprised! The General President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades actually issued an apology for the actions of a few thugs at the Edwards appearance in West Virginia.

Way to defend the brand! Unlike, say, a certain news organization with "BS" in their name...

Friday, September 17, 2004

A Suggestion for Dan Rather

We all remember the great pronouncements of Muhammed Saeed "Baghdad Bob" al-Sahaf during the earliest days of the latest Iraq War, don't we?

"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"

"My feelings - as usual - we will slaughter them all"

"Our initial assessment is that they will all die"

I think Dan Rather should take to wearing a similar green uniform--including the natty beret.

"The memos could be false... but the story is true. I triple-guarantee you!"

Brave Democrats rough up 3-year-old girl at rally

Al Gore once spouted off about W's "digital brownshirts". Well, it looks to me like the Dems have their own analog version, and they were on display in Huntington, West Virginia the other day. The big, bad Democrats seized the little Bush-Cheney sign that 3-year-old Sophia Parlock was holding, reducing her to tears. Said Mr. Parlock: "She was crying; they were pushing and shoving her," said Mr. Parlock, a Huntington real estate agent. "She was scared." (Washington Times story)

Okay... probably not the smartest thing in the world to bring your 3-year-old to a political protest, but it is enormously stupid to rough up a 3-year-old, especially when AP has photographers around.

If this story gets any significant play outside the blogosphere, it is going to hurt Kerry's already flagging poll numbers.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

And the winner is...

...MK Catering of Rockville, Maryland!

They had the better food of the two caterers we actually got to sample as well as the most reasonable price. And it is run by a nice Brazilian lady, too. (If only we could change the theme to a rodizio-style churrascaria...)

I sent them the first 25% yesterday. I think we've got everything covered now... with the exception of LOML's dress, but she's on her own there.

Soon everything will be finalized and we can sit back and wait for the day to come, while sending the occasional check.

Muito obrigato to my parents who are paying for the flowers.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Wedding Planning: Tour de Crabcake

LOML and I have met with two caterers thus far. The first lady was quite nice, but there was nothing to sample. Hmm....

Last night we visited with a company up in Calverton, MD. (It's near Bal'm're, hon. More about that in another post.) The meeting was held at a reception hall and there were several couples seated at various tables chatting with sales people about linens and dishes and flatware and glasses and lots of other things. Since LOML and I have already booked Kentlands Mansion for the event, we got to skip all that other business and get right down to some eats.

The appetizers were all good--especially the little spanakopita--but there was something missing... oh, wow! They didn't put any crabcakes on the plate! Rather than stomp out in a huff, I asked if they perhaps had any available. They did, and they were fine, if not quite as good as the ones we ate at Legal in Baltimore. ("Bal'm're" ... it sounded to me like that fellow Ballmer who runs Microsoft these days.)

The salad was okay, but LOML managed to find some rather burnt almonds among the toasted almonds. "Away with them!" we decided. "No problem" said our consultant.

We were served two entree plates. Mine had beef tenderloin and salmon. LOML, being a vegetarian, had spinach ravioli. She eats seafood, too, so I gave her some salmon while I snarfed a few ravioli. Nice balance of spinach and cheese. The steak was a bit on the done side for my taste, but the gravy was nice. Likewise for the salmon: a bit too done for me, but the sauce was quite good.

We didn't taste cake because we've already picked Custom Cake Design of Gaithersburg to do that. A nice spice cake, which ought to go nice for our October wedding.

We did try out the chocolate fountain on the way out. Clever thingy, that looks a little like a terra cotta sculpture until you get close and realize that there is chocolate flowing over it... no, wait, it is all chocolate! LOML and I agreed: a nice touch, but messy. I fear she may have nightmares about someone--I can't go all the way and assume it is yrs trly--spilling all manner of red wine, axle grease, catsup, mustard and cranberry juice all over her dress. Can't have that! So, no, we won't do the chocolate fountain.

Tonight we meet with another caterer in Rockville. LOML seems to really like these people, and they definitely seem on top of things from a customer service perspective. The proof will be in the tasting, though.

Especially those crabcakes.