Monday, February 8, 2010

February 8, 2010

Made fondue yesterday for the first time. I don't think I've even had it since I was a kid. Frederike, whose family in Germany makes it, tested and said it was perfect. Charles, who was the only one to dinner, loved it. Served it with crispy oven fries and a spinach salad. The cooking wine was Sutter Home chardonay, nearly a whole bottle, $7.00. Which I killed, and it was quite good. The recipe is several posts below.

This is hilarious. Just added Amazon, who've always advertised in the magazine, to Garden Journal. Blogger, out platform and a Google product, now has everything integrated. But Amazon only seems to offer new fondue cheese and I was looking for used. Anyway, order whatever from Amazon, new or used, via Garden Journal and maybe Roofscape will actually make some money.

Peter and I worked downtown on two continuing jobs, in Beacon Hill and the South End. Much warmer today, a notch above absolute zero, but breezy. Pleasant riding, relatively. Of course it warmed up. To snow on us. Storm predicted for Wednesday, 4-8".

The photograph at the top of this journal post is the entryway to an abandoned nightclub, uphill from and overlooking Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. Everyone sees it as the entrance to a crypt or something similarly sinister, despite the raging colors. Actually, there is a connection. The terrace outside the seaward (opposite) side of the club overlooks what may be one of the oldest cemetaries in the Carribean. I visited. Graves had been plundered and the pirated bones were strewn around on the ground in the overgrown grasses. It was plenty spooky even in broad daylight. Nassau itself felt ghostly and insubstantial, ephemeral, floating, the way that islands do.

DEAR LISTENERS ... We're thinking about doing a weekly Radio Roofscape listener all-request show with dedications and shout-outs. Is anyone down? Day and time? Title? 'Nights Over Egypt'?

Brooklyn Funk Essentials - My Jamaican Girl
Radioclit - Tutule Dance - Original Mix
Teena Marie - Behind the Groove
Curtis Mayfield - Be Thankful
The Jones Girls - Nights Over Egypt
Young MC - Bust a Move
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Bobby Brown -  Every Little Step
Shakti - Let Me Dance

Image ... Nightclub, Bahamas. Camera: Leica R3 SLR, 50 mm lens. Film: Kodachrome 64. Print: Cibachrome gloss. Scanner: Epson Photo. Size: 10" x 7". Mount: 14" x 11" black rag matte. Frame: Oiled birch.

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