June 2nd, 2015
June 1st, 2015
Memorial Day Weekend, we spent it up in San Jose visiting friends, and on Sunday we took a stroll at a farmer's market...good stuff, too. Anyway, the site included a used book store, and I ended up picking up several books.
One of them I started to read right away, and finished last night. It was Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America which I know sounds kind of hokey, but I have a good friend who's put together a Tiki bar on his roof sundeck, and it's a very cool thing, so I didn't bother trying to resist doing a bit of research.
The author, James Teitelbaum, published this in 2003, and he not only lists Tiki bars all over North America, but mentions several off this continent. Not only bars, too, but also motels, restaurants and a variety of other things. He missed the Mission Tiki Drive-in just up the street here in my hometown, but it's barely Tiki in any way so I'll try not to quibble. He also lists a number of lost Tiki places..a sadness.
I found it a fun read with a hint of nostalgia, and in reality several places he describes still exist, according to Yelp. Now that I'm done, I can't wait to pass it on to my friend who's built the Tiki bar!
May 30th, 2015
A couple of nights back we wasted some time watching another Liam Neeson film, The Grey. Aside from being not entirely believable, it was slow, and painful to watch. If you're looking for entertainment, look elsewhere.
We've lived in this neighborhood for a long time now, and we've gotten to know things pretty well, but there's a restaurant that we'd heard good things about that's been in Chino for decades before we moved here. Finally last night we stopped in to try it out. It's called Centro Basco, and though it's pretty basic fare, you can tell that everything is made from scratch. The soup tasted like someone kept checking it out and adding a little this and a little that until it tasted just the way they wanted it to. The gravy was excellent. Little touches done well. It's a pity we hadn't been here before, but we're certainly going to come again!
May 29th, 2015
May 28th, 2015
May 27th, 2015
I got home late from work to discover a tasty stuffed pizza from a place in Placentia, so I put on Nebraska via Netflix streaming. Odd film; boy discovers Dad in black & white, ostensibly set in the state named in the title. I'm glad I saw it. Liked it? That's the same question I asked myself after watching Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, though honestly I'm not actually trying to compare this film to those...
May 26th, 2015
We're back from a quick visit to San Jose; celebrated a young man's birthday with his family, helped decorate a cemetery with flags on the graves of those who'd served their country, hung out at a farmer's market (best blueberries I've ever had, BTW), visited a used bookstore among other venues. Altogether, it was a nice trip. Our pets were delighted when we got home.
May 25th, 2015
What with the long weekend, and a long drive with my wife (who drove), I managed to finish another novel, this being Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. Another humorous item by the author, and a bit irreverent, I found it to be a pretty good read. It deals mostly with the years between Jesus' birth and his final days. I can't wait to crack the next book by this author.
May 24th, 2015
As it was something of a restful day, yesterday, I got a couple of books done:
First was Unsinkable Mister Brown another novel ostensibly based on the real life of an American working on cruise ships. Amusing, possibly not as good as previous books by the same author.
Then, Osprey Vanguard #25: German Armoured Cars and Reconnaissance Half-Tracks 1939 - 45, a mostly forgettable book from them. The photos were fair, the plates less so, and the text was fair.
May 23rd, 2015
May 22nd, 2015