October 10th, 2014

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Well, crap.

2014 is killing too many funny people. Robin Williams in August, and now Saturday Night Live veteran Jan Hooks is gone at age 57. I didn't even know she was sick.

Here's one of my favorite SNL shorts of all time- Love is a Dream, which also has Phil Hartman. This made me sad after Hartman was murdered, and now it's doubly sad. A nice tribute for both of them now. :(

http://www.frequency.com/video/in-time-for-valentines-day-love-is-dream/140078178/-/5-2291

She was a funny lady who didn't get anywhere near the credit she deserved. The Sweeney Sisters (with Nora Dunn), her impressions of Hilary Clinton, Tammy Faye Baker, and Kathie Lee Gifford- and she played well with everybody. Well, except for Victoria Jackson. They hated each other. But everybody hates that bitch Jackson now. :p
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My comics round-up....

Still reading Nightcrawler. #7 was very sad. Starting Hawkeye vs. Deadpool- the first two issues have been very promising. And hilarious. Avengers World is wrapping up, at least it is for the Black Knight. Damn it. I want more Dane! I wish I knew if any writers have any plans for him.

And Starfox is coming back after a long, long hiatus. I think the last time he appeared anywhere was that dreadful She-Hulk story arc from 2006. He'll be part of the graphic novel Rage of Ultron next May. I've seen some preliminary sketches of his opening pages. Eros has a new look (a bit scruffy), and he seems to have gone back to his pleasure-seeking ways:

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Down, boy!

Speaking of graphic novels (and Starfox), I recently read The Death of Captain Marvel. I was a little kid when the good Kree captain had most of his adventures, but I knew enough about him to enjoy (and cry over) the story of his bitter end. It was so sad! Next up, the Under Siege arc from The Avengers. The 80s had some great stories.
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Mom's birthday...

We were planning to go to Bonefish Grill for dinner. So we got there, 20 minute wait. No biggie. We waited. And waited. Dad went to the front and ask if we'd been called. The girl said "We paged you, you didn't answer so we thought you'd left." Um, if we'd left, we would have returned the stupid pager. Then they got snippy when we requested a table instead of a booth. Even the manager acted like we were at fault for all of the delays. Finally Dad just said "No thanks" and we went next door to the Chinese place we love. The food and service was fantastic.

I ordered the scallion bubble pancake for an appetizer- this is what it looks like:

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It was light, airy, and tasty. The rest of the food was amazing, much better than anything at Bonefish! Plus, we have tons of leftovers for tomorrow. So it all worked out.

My problem wasn't the wait at Bonefish- it was the rudeness of the staff, and the manager's bullshitting. When a customer has a problem, the last thing you should do is accuse them of lying, or blaming them for whatever went wrong.

I made Mom a pie instead of a cake. It's from last year's Southern Living Annual Recipes, and I somehow missed it. It's a chocolate chess pie with salted caramel pecans:

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It was yummy but messy. I think I need to bake the next one longer than the recipe suggests.

This was a try-out for Thanksgiving. I'm probably going to make five pies, two of each kind, for our crowd this year. This is going to be me:

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BRING FORTH THE PIES! I need to make a big sign of Thor and Hulk presenting pies to display on the dessert table.

The Nats are already out of the playoffs. The Giants beat them three games to one. It was a great year for the Nats, anyway. I'm still hoping the Orioles make it to the Series, even though I don't really follow the American League.