Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A Little Violence

A few weeks ago I received Terry A. Del Bene's The Donner Party Cookbook. It's tremendously funny if you keep an open mind, but don't read it right before bed. It's a very detailed account of the events that left several unfortunate pioneer families stranded and helpless, beginning with a misguided shortcut through the nearly impassable and then uncharted Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah. (Take Parley's from Park City on in to Salt Lake on a weekday morning and you'll get a sense of what they went through.) The book includes accurate recipes of the era and a section with recommendations for throwing your own "Donner Party." I love it. Terry, ya done good.

I killed my biggest hobo spider yet this morning, the first this summer. He came zipping out of the VHS tapes in my entertainment center and headed straight for the less brave of my two cats, who was sitting on the rug. BC jumped and ran, which is smart because a hobo bite could easily kill a cat, even a giant one like BC. I jumped off the rower and smashed the bastard with a black leather Steve Madden ballet flat. It was very satisfying.


Blogger Shepcat said...

Steve Madden ought to think about putting that in an ad campaign. Kenneth Cole makes a better heel for a task like that, but I'm imagining that you performed it with a great deal of finesse and grace.

June 29, 2005 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger A said...

I'm tremendously grateful for your imagination then, because the reality was anything but suave. I had been rowing intensely for 20 minutes and my thigh muscles were in no condition to stand, much less pounce. I almost went face first into the TV.

You're right about Kenneth Cole, but I have a pair of Tommy clogs with 3 1/2 inch wooden heels that make the task an absolute JOY. Sadly I couldn't pause to look for them this morning.

I need to move out of the basement.

June 29, 2005 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger JOB said...

A - What are your plans for the hollidays ??

July 1, 2005 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger A said...

WHAT holidays?

July 6, 2005 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger JOB said...

The holidays .. The 4th of July, it is over now !! Did you do anything exciting ??

July 8, 2005 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger A said...

We ate, and we burned things and caused other things to explode or smoke or destroy the mailbox. I thought you meant Christmas!!! I was about to panic. I'll blog soon. We've had trouble at the plant and I've had Trouble, er, Britan Marie, for a few days, so it's been busy. But tomorrow IS another day.

July 10, 2005 at 10:45 PM  

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