Friday, March 30, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Defaulting to Cats
Sunday, March 18, 2007
As reported, everything was all about excess in Las Vegas. This was especially true of the new Cirque show, Love. It was based on The Beatles, their music and their creative lives. It was also the MOST visual encounter either of us have ever experienced in theatre.
The show was in a new 2,000 seat theatre in The Mirage. The stage, as it normally is with Cirque , was in the center. Normal ended there. There were all sorts of screens and huge sheeer curtains, entrances from four corners and a stage that submerged and returned in constantly changing forms.
There were few of the usual type acts but lots of coming down from the ceiling and returning there into the darkness. There was even an effect that covered the entire audience. All of this might be imagined but the protean quality of the show defies description and thus imagination. There was no way at any time to see all that was taking place and what was taking place was at once sad, joyeous, violent, funny, graceful, frightening, colorful and beautiful. The performance made me think of a contemporary western mind.
Of course, no pictures were allowed so all you have here is the entrance that changed colors every few seconds and part of a sigh with the title of the show LOVE. It is significant to note( and a theme of the show and it's era ) that the word LOVE is contained, on the flip side, in the word REVOLUTION.
OH, and if you look VERY closely at the green image you will see me!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Ok. Here is the hotel where we stayed. It is located right on the strip and, as you see, there is a waterfall ARISING in it's frontyard. This water fall, atypical of nature but totally typical of Vegas, is also a "volcano" that blasts off intermitently - except, according to a sign in front of it, during inclimate weather. Not sure what inclimate means is in the desert but the volcano operator must.
Impressions of Sin City: everything is excessive - casinos, gambling, food, shows, decor, architecture, pools,sound, shops, crowds. And I puzzle, not particularly critically just in wonderment, that our specie has created and perpetuates this.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Please check again soon.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tom and Jenn E Furr
So, it is cat default time.
When there is no great inspiration, when I am in a sort of fallow, mulching time, when I am indulging in resting my weary right arm, there are always cats to make me grab a camera. In this case it is Cat and Man. Cat and Man and Love for Tom and Jenny most definitely, most sincerely, love one another.
Monday, March 05, 2007
One last post about Cabo before I turn to my default images of the cats!
While at Las Ventanas we signed up for a cooking class. As it turned out, we were the only students that day so we not only had private instruction but also A LOT of food to eat at the end of the class.
Above you will see some of the ingredients including cactus pads. One of the recipes was Arrachera & Cactus Pad Fajitas. (Arrachera is flank steak). The cactus, as all of the vegetables, were very thinly sliced and really did contribute to a fabuous fajita.
We learned, again pictured above, to dry fry vegetables before using them in a recipe in order to have a smoky flavor and to release some of flavors.
I became a ceviche fanatic upon tasting shrimp ceviche. The parrot fish ( similar to sole ) was marinated in coconut milk and was great too.
We learned that real Mexican cooking is the cooking that comes from the grandmothers.
Here is the Grandmother recipe of Guacamole ( serves 4)
2 ripe avocados - cut in chunks, not mashed
1 white onion - chopped fine
1 small bunch cilantro - chopped fine
2 seramno chilis - seeded
Mix all ingredients gently and add salt to taste.