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  1. This reeks of reality TV and faked tension....or maybe it's a real crazy cash drain. To be continued.........
  2. I've eaten at booiemongers for probably 30+ years. It works. It's more than decent--certainly not great. I've eaten (not dined) at all of them. Its not buggers, its bouie. Get over it. 😊
  3. When in elementary school we had a family trip to the MidWest, Ontario, back East to Niagra Falls, Cooperstown, etc. To this day I recall the time at Taffy Abel's SteakHouse somewhere in Ottawa as the best meal, roast beef and most melt in your mouth meal of my life. My still younger sister ordered shrimp scampi in the tiny voice of a newly born bird. She'll tell you today it was good. Who can say what kids might remember. (I also recall the thrill of getting firecrackers outside of Montreal. That was beyond cool)
  4. News from ARLNOW Well at least it's not political...... "Is Clarendon's Oz Restaurant in Trouble" on arlnow.com
  5. Brian: Tou write eloquently on the topic; far better than can I. Your expressions capture my perspectives. We make decisions on war and peace to lightly. People's lives are at stake, primarily young people. And I am very far removed from a pacifist. Bravo on the response.
  6. From my perspective, in the current environment there is a lot of blind adulation that gets wrapped up in vicious politics that labels people traitors or patriots. It ends up worsening and distorting the important and serious discussions and decisions about the biggest topics--war and peace. In the midst of the worst fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, love and commentary about soldiers was turned into political attacks. On another level, as a civilian, I'm stunned by the multiple deployments. I don't know...I equate it to involuntary servitude. It is not how people conceived of enlisting in the reserves years ago...and for years post Vietnam...but pre Iraq/Afghanistan. Those men and women who are serving are doing MUCH more than I imagined in the past. I've resolved and acted in that it is worth far more than adulation...it requires actions. This tiny tiny percentage of the population carries an astounding load. Those are opinions, not facts. In my mind and experience soldiering is different in many ways from how it once was. I think it deserves deep thought..beyond automatic "adulation". These are people who are subject to life and death and big decisions. It doesn't equate well with other functions and jobs now. It has many more consequences. Currently there is "talk" about the serious conditions vis a vis China (the South China Sea), N Korea, the Middle East, the Ukraine, and who knows where. If something worse evolves its these soldiers lives who get thrown in. Its young people's lives. It merits the most serious consideration...not bromides.
  7. I've been intrigued by this question from 5 years ago. Over the years I've learned that some restaurant/bars use boxed wines in their sangria's. A majority or minority I wouldn't know. But some do. Then I learned of one bar/restaurant that does a great job with sangria. They serve a lot and have for years. Its generally in the $7/glass range. Its been significantly popular at this restaurant for years and its a high volume item. While not a voracious sangria drinker I've had both the white and red. Absolutely enjoy both of them. Tasty, nice body, lush, and rich. Both of them. Both from boxed wine. I can appreciate why they've been so popular for so long. Then I researched several restaurants of better name and higher prices. On their menus they may include ingredients. These typically read something like~~ wine, some other specific ingredients (all specified) and then fruit or fruit with other elements. BUT I have yet to see a restaurant reference the wine (heck I haven't checked them all...just a few). So I'm thinking LOTS of places used boxed wines. Now even as I'm not a voracious sangria drinker or maker I have made sangria's with boxed wines. In fact I suspect most of them. Sometimes they turn out great. A few times they weren't great or even that good. (shrugs). Now I'm thinking at least most restaurants used boxed wines. Any better intelligence????
  8. As I look at history such as Con Thien, My Lai, and a brief summary of conditions in Vietnam the more relevant questions are always what can or did we learn from that period that may be applicable now. Some issues keep reappearing over time: John McCain was one of many American soldiers tortured in Vietnam, he became a member of Congress, disagreed with the Bush administration about torture when it became apparent we were applying it....and the topic continues to be argued: The discussion about levels of soldiers in Vietnam comes up and the general discussion that most enlisted and drafted soldiers served 2 year terms with about 1 year in service. In today's military enlisted and reserves can get called up repeatedly...3,4,5,6,7 times. The draft in Vietnam put enormous political pressure on the military and the nation at that time period. In today's time period repeated call ups, as Brian R noted puts tremendous "strain on the force". Either way you look at that maintaining a large military is going to put strains on the force, the nation, the politics. Should there be a large military that gets involved world wide, should there be alternatives besides an all volunteer army, a very involved reserves and enormous usage of quasi military government contractors? All questions. These and other questions are overlayed by the politics of this age which is so contentious, similar to that period of the 60's and the 70's. Its why I dwell on these topics.
  9. Nice to know the dinner went well albeit for the issue with the "extra". I'm not the poster child for old guard Italian restaurants but I could be in that group probably having dined at most or all of them for a period of about a decade stretching across "old guard" time in the mid 80's to mid 90's. I Ricci was at one time my favorite but it slipped around the divorce of Christine and Francesco in the 90's with Francesco opening a restaurant in Bethesda. Besides wonderful meals I and others often had a nice and better than nice time there. That experience is a nice note with regard to the planned group meeting.
  10. Notti Bianchi might be an alternative. Both it and I Ricci have seen far better days years ago but they currently could offer similar dining quality to La Perla and they are in the area. Certainly check beforehand for appropriate space
  11. As to the paragraph bolded: I entirely agree. and with that I think we are missing a lot. There has been a certain number of more recent vets that have entered politics. I think that is a plus. Their perspectives are needed. Amazingly their perspectives cover a lot of territory. Like the rest of the population their perspectives are quite varied, but at least they add a perspective and experience that is both vital and increasingly an ever smaller minority of the population at large. And there is a lot to consider going forward.....
  12. ...and obviously so it is. The Longley piece above covered a lot of territory. My interest is in the differences between the all volunteer force and the draft force. That is fascinating and not something of which I was NOT aware. I'm in the midst of researching that but have yet to find references. Clearly the length of time with regard to the Iraq/Afghanistan wars and the need for multiple call ups confirm that as a nation "we've figured out ways around that". That is one way to put it. Alternatively one might argue this concept has been ignored, forgotten, and been replaced by a different concept whose result ends up in repeated call-ups and years of service. Boy, somehow the length and demands of the Iraq/Afganistan wars changed things in a considerable way. This is a side perspective on the strain and how it has been articulated in and to the public. Here it is decades later and as I reflect on that period I have no doubt a very significant level of the anti Vietnam War perspective was fear of getting one's ass in the conflict or having one's child's ass in the conflict. Much of the political language of the time might have skirted around that issue but I have no doubt it was an enormous part of the equation. Alternatively, with the Iraq/Afghanistan wars there was a protest movement but it was a tiny shell of the protest against Vietnam. Moreover the people of age for military service didn't raise up with vehemence. College kids and their parents knew they didn't have to serve in Iraq/Afghanistan. What I found interesting is that those who served have had a "muted" voice about the topic. Their perspectives range across the board, as they did during Vietnam...but clearly soldiers in the Army and Marines, the vets of those wars, and members of the reserves have not bellowed against it. Nor did the overwhelming volume of vets from Vietnam. Overall, one of the side impacts of the all volunteer force has been to dramatically reduce opposition to the wars. But way beyond that observation the fact that there are so many multiple call ups is extraordinary and clearly has to strain the Pentagon and put an enormous strain on both enlisted and reserves. Its an amazing change and I find that the topic is way undercovered in any discussions about our nation. And yet its profound
  13. I've been twice in the last year and a half. The last time was with a table of 6, four of whom I've dined with innumerable times. While not necessarily foodies they cook well and enjoy quality restaurants. I think I heard more compliments abt the food than ever. I know we had 4 or 5 half portions of every pasta each of which was exemplary and well praised. Had a couple of mains and some apps. I know that is vague, but every dish was a good to great winner. Recently I've been fairly disappointed at some similarly regarded restaurants but not at Casa Luca. (Not much detail- but you asked for more recent commentary)
  14. A series of posts here in dr.com ( TV piece on Con Thien and a discussion about My Lai with researched comments by Brian R (that I appreciated) about the Vietnam conflict and a recent series of articles in the NYTimes has reawakened me to the Vietnam period: The most recent article in the NYTimes: The Grunts War by Kyle Longley a Professor of History and Political Science at Arizona State University Longley has studied and published extensively on the Vietnam period. I turned draft eligible during the conflict, received a student deferment and by the time the US involvement in the war ended my college years ended. I didn't serve. I was around and affected by the tremendous level of political acrimony attached to that period. In many ways the political environment of that time mirrored the politicization of this period. On top of the politicization around the Vietnam War there were also tremendously violent Urban Race Riots in the 1960's and later. The period was rife with political strife and politicization as it is today. I find similarities between then and now. While currently we are involved in military engagements overseas they are clearly less involving than earlier in the past 15+ years. Our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan are far less involved than during the 2000's. Far fewer American soldiers involved and far fewer American soldiers dying in conflict. Going back to the Grunts War, Longley references that almost 300,000 American's entered military service in 1967. He references that they were all drafted. But records from the selective service state that about 220-230,000 were drafted. (I haven't found data to work through that discrepancy.) Additionally Longley refers to the fact at that time that soldiers entered military service with a 1 year or 13 month commitment (Marines). Once their term was up they left service. Clearly some re upped but most didn't. One year of service. One astounding difference between then and now or in the 2000's when the US was fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan was that during Vietnam a drafted soldier or enlistee has a definitive discreet period of service. During Iraq and Afghanistan and to this day, soldiers and members of the reserves are called up for multiple periods of duty. This could and does go on for years. Prior to Vietnam there were drafts associated with Korea, WWII and WWI and enormous numbers of young men fought overseas. Huge numbers. We live in different times.
  15. I can tell you that a fair number of restaurants in the region use boxed wine for sangria's. How many I wouldn't know but its a good number. I'm familiar with some. I wish I had the recipe's and which wines they use. In one case I'm familiar with a restaurant/bar that probably sells anywhere in a range of 30-150 glasses of sangria/night. Obviously depends on night and time of year. That would be both red and white sangria's. Both use boxed wines, Both incorporate flavored brandies (red or white)...some other mixes and are very generous with fruit. I think both versions are refreshing and tasty. Clearly they are quite popular. Best or not they are extremely popular and have been so for at least a decade. I wouldn't know if they've changed the wines in that time period. I've used boxed wines for sangria, for intermittent use and for larger parties. Its the additional ingredients that enhance the sangria...and I'm not suggesting that far better wines would create far better sangria's--they probably would. ....but boxed wines clearly work in my own experience and are commercially applied in many establishments. They are popular/well liked.