What could be more Asian than donuts? Here's an image of recommendations of Asian restaurants with a distinctively non-Asian sweet treat. At least the writer could have easily found an image of Pad Thai or sushi or ramen noodles.
The Queen of the Skies was truly a wonderful ship. On the times I was in business class on Pan Am trans-Pacific routes, the upper deck was a non-smoking business class area and it felt like we were in our own private plane. Those were also the days when the entrance to the flight deck was simply a black curtain!
“Hey Pando,” Eddie called to me loudly from across our table, around which were seated various denizens comprising our local native wits, who were trying to enjoy Toni’s powerful overcooked and over-perked copper-colored liquid that she playfully lists as “coffee” on the menu of The Scruffy Dog Cafe. “Um, yes, uh, yeah, Eddie, whazzup?” I replied between sips. “You know
Primarily because they combine elements of great story-telling with excellent three-dimensional characters, particularly her strong female leads. "The Kill Season" was an excellent Kate Reid story with a great plotline, fast action, and continued top-notch players. One thing that is interesting for me is the running subplot of tension between Kate Reid and her mentor, Noah Quinn, which adds a
Today I was reading news articles on my iPad. I noticed that over the past week, every now and then there’s an article where the author appears to be paid by the word, based on the totally superfluous garbage used to set the scene, as if they were writing a play. Here’s what I am talking about: We sat together
Yeah, while Vietnam was a pretty hot zone and pretty screwed up from the beginning, Berlin was a cold war zone, with daily incidents at the wall. We had free access to the East and our visible intelligence officers cruised around in green military vehicles. One time a car was coming through the checkpoint back to the West when the gate
As I did with my recent review with Timelines, which I believe was Bob Blink's first Kindle book, I will divide this review of his latest novel into two parts, The story - 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the excellent plot, the characters, the settings, and the non-stop action and suspense of what's coming next. Bob has a special knack of all good story-tellers in that you
This was an exciting but very descriptive book about a serial killer who targets women who are on the verge of giving birth. He kills then removes the living baby, which he then sells to a broker. There is another angle to the story that is even grittier but ties in over the course of the novel. Here is an
This was a well-written and very interesting sociological sort-of sci-fi thriller that takes place in a dystopian Kingdom of England and Wales toward the end of the 21st century. The author weaves a good story that is almost like taking a mirror to 2019 Trumpism and white nationalism here in the US. The narrative point of view alternates between a
I recently had a discussion with a friend about working in an office in the 1980s. I recalled an experience in 1983 when our word processors were shared IBM terminals. I was writing a fairly detailed summary of how our field support offices would be brought up to speed with docs and training before the release of the next
In the 1990s I worked for an outfit that had developed a reasonably inexpensive way to to transmit voice and data over fiber optic cables. One of the investors was Deutsche Telekom and we had an office in Bonn. Part of my job was to help verify that installation and programming techniques were as simple as possible, so I
Shortly after moving from the San Francisco Peninsula to Bloomington, Indiana, I needed to set up refills for some prescriptions. I made an appointment with a local doctor's office and was checking in with his assistant. She was facing down, looking over my forms, asking me questions and filling in my info. It was difficult to understand her because of
Our neighborhood is served by a community mailbox where all of our mailboxes are contained in one large box on a pedestal where the mail carrier delivers our mail. Since most snail mail is junk mail, I normally walk up there twice a week: Wednesdays and Saturdays. Most of our neighbors know my routine. Neighbor George F. likes to kid
I was in the Army in the mid-60s, stationed in Berlin as a telephone repairman / switchboard operator. Our outfit was a Signal company, which included any job pertaining to communications - telephone, radio, microwave, crypto, whatever. Our sergeants and officers were not the the strict gung-ho types you see in war movies or accounts of life in the Infantry.
Verse by Fiona One afternoon in 1993 or 94, I took our daughter Fiona to Foothills Park above Palo Alto. It's great for enjoying a picnic, hiking the trails, or playing catch. On this occasion, we were wrapping up our visit just as a light rain began to fall. A car pulled up next to us with several youngsters, who
Back in the mid-1980s I had a boss who knew that I liked to spice up soups with Tabasco sauce. One day he gave me a new bottle of Dave's Insanity. Shortly thereafter, I was making a lentil soup and decided to set a couple of cups aside, ~ then added to that two-cup portion a drop - just ONE