Favourites

No, not another list of websites. My Favourite Things, like the song from "The Sound Of Music":

Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
Brown paper packages tied up with strings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

(Chorus)
When the dog bites, when the bee stings,
when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don't feel so bad.

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleighbells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes;
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes;
Silver-white winters that melt into springs;
These are a few of my favorite things.

©1959 Music: Richard Rodgers; Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Well, most of those things are nice enough. Schnitzel and strudels certainly deserve a more thorough examination. Bright copper kettles are superb examples of kitchen furnishings when they are loaded with chili or clam chowder. And around my house you can be pretty sure that any brown paper packages tied up with strings are from the butcher′s shop. But before we get sidetracked by the girls in white dresses, here′s the list of my favourite things:

Food

I guess we should do this by major food groups:

1) Salt: I call this item an "Ildeth", after what some sources say was the name of Lot′s wife. Take a queen olive and stuff it with feta cheese. Then wrap it with an anchovie.

2) Sweet: A big chocolate Easter egg, filled with maple butter. Here is a link to a description: Maple Cream Egg (See Item #89200)

3) Fat: Poutine. Take french fries, cover with squeaky-fresh gouda cheese curds, and then drown in gravy.

4) Meat: Chicken wings, Buffalo style (Broiled or deep-fried, drenched in hot sauce with a side dish of blue cheese dip with carrot & celery sticks). If you need hot sauce, try Peppers. I′ve been to their warehouse outlet in Rehoboth Beach, and these people are truly the hot sauce experts. And I know that the blue cheese sauce is supposed to be for carrot and celery sticks, but I find that it performs well as a condiment for wings and ribs if you′ve run out of tzatziki.

Drink

For some bizarre reason, I had a heart attack a few years ago, and now I seem to have developed a case of gout! With all the medicine I have to take, my doctor told me I shouldn′t drink alcohol any more. But he didn′t tell me to drink any less!

Liquor

Crown Royal (Straight Up.)

Liqueur

Di Saronno Straight up, or over Haegen Dazs vanilla ice cream.

Coffee

Van Houtte Light Roast Mocha Java.

Cola

Coke is better than Pepsi.

Entertainment

Music

Neil Young Maybe it′s because of my age, but I greatly prefer the stuff he did in the ′70s over most of his later stuff.

TV Series

Star Trek There can never again be anything that will compare. I see now that the special effects were childish, and Shatner and Kelly were veterate over-actors. Maybe it′s because I was twelve years old, or because it aired during the space race, but I remember it as sheer magic.

Author

Frederik Pohl  I like everything written by Pohl. I suggest you try the ‘Eschaton’ trilogy: "The Other End of Time", "The Siege of Eternity", and "The Far Shore of Time".

Sports

Baseball Both to watch and to play. You may have noticed that baseball pops up in a few different sections of the web-site.