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November 28, 2020

'Baker Street'

This 1978 song electrified me the first time I heard it, and I wasn't the only one.

That sax solo... and the guitar....

November 28, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Still jarring after all these months

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Above, a picture that appears above the fold on the front page of today's local paper, of shoppers on Black Friday on Podunkville's Downtown Mall.

It still looks more like a still from a sci-fi movie than real life.

I wonder how many more years till it becomes unremarkable to people over the age of three.

November 28, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

'The Queen's Gambit'

This seven-part series on Netflix is fo shizzle.

I mean, it's that good.

I read the book by Walter Tevis upon which it's based when it first came out in 1983: it's really good.

Did you know that three of Tevis's six novels — "The Hustler," "The Color of Money," and "The Man Who Fell to Earth" — were adapted into major films?

But I digress.

"The Queen's Gambit" is so good that I think — but I'm not certain — that I read it a second time sometime this century; second readings are rarer than four-leaf clovers in my world.

Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the lead in the Netflix series — whom I'd never heard of before — is eerily good; in fact, the whole show seems to edge up against a kind of uncanniness from moment to moment, in a good way.

The rest of the cast, none of whom I'd heard of nor seen before, is top-notch.

Bonus: The show takes place for the most part in the 1960s and the soundtrack is replete with my favorite songs from high school so I had a blast singing along.

The music sounds way better coming out of my TV's speakers than it did back in the day, when a fuzzy AM car radio was pretty much it.

Highly recommended.

November 28, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Far Out — Philip Larkin


November 28, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Noburo Step Ladder

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From the website:

Noburo means "to climb" in Japanese.

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This is a multifunctional step ladder.

The lower step can slide in, taking up less space and turning the step ladder into a stool or side table.

Under the step, a short handle is milled, so you can easily grab it to pull it out and push it back in.

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This minimalist solid oak step ladder has slim profiles on all sides.


Apply within.

November 28, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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