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Steve R.

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  1. Steve R.

    Richmond, VA

    I agree.
  2. Steve R.

    Richmond, VA

    Last week, we once again made Richmond our 1st stop on our way down to Florida. On a recommendation from an eG member who lives there, we ate at Brenner Pass. As I’ve already told her, everything we had was excellent. I especially loved my pasta with a chicken liver mousse “sauce”, while my wife’s duck was similarly excellent. Although I’m not particularly fond of the coldish industrial look & feel, the food more than made up for it. So, I fully agree - this is definitely worth a visit.
  3. "... Can you name one other movie this famous for which you can't name two actors? (I suspect only true, hardcore film buffs can name a second; I certainly cannot.)" Well, actually "2001: A Space Odyssey" immediately came to mind. I even had a little trouble remembering Keir Dullea & I never would've remembered Gary Lockwood had I not just looked it up.
  4. Not cheap, but very reasonable, is the Pub menu at Keen's (in my opinion, the best steakhouse in NYC). Only 3 blocks from Penn Station, its a great bar/pub to hang out at & it (I think) still has free pickled eggs if you ask. Perfect Olde New York. http://www.keens.com/OurMenus/Pub/
  5. MOMA's collection and its availability are great for NYC & we go (albeit with mixed feelings). Its the architecture/design of the place itself that, in my opinion, greatly detracts from the experience and, in fact, hinders the enjoyment of the art. I don't think it would matter if there were half as many people there, since the overall space was utilized in a way that makes for a very dramatic open middle but cuts out any depth for many of the exhibition spaces and places art in areas where you need to stand directly in front of the piece to view it without folks having to walk in front of you (like escalator landings!). Its a traffic design problem that even Ikea understands. The idea was to create as modern a space as the art it holds, but this execution of that concept is probably one of the worst things that they could've done with modern art, as stepping back and appreciating a piece from a reasonable distance is (for me, at least) a necessity. Rant over.
  6. Yes, but I hate it. The design is impressive until you try to find a single place where you can stand (let alone sit) & admire any piece of art without masses of people having to walk in front of you.
  7. Steve R.

    Alligators Moving North - Now Seen in Virginia

    I'm pretty sure that there's a caravan of gators coming North & that they will try to sneak into all of our communities. Some folks think that they're all killers, but others are saying that they're just fleeing the Florida Everglades' pythons, as its just too dangerous for a young gator to remain. 😇
  8. Having just gotten to this thread, I read the 1st post and immediately started wondering if/when the "leap" would be taken to expand this to social and political ideas. Since I don't feel that anyone, including my government, has ever seriously asked me whether they should go ahead and impose anything on others (nor do I think that they're going to start doing so), I'm relatively safe from deep thinking this. However, on a more micro level, I'm sure my life is full of examples where I've done what I could to "enlighten" others to my "progressive" way of thinking & I don't seem to be particularly guilt ridden by it. We do what we do, both individually & as a collective, to push things in the direction(s) we believe in (at the time). And if we happen to have the power (militarily, politically, economically, socially...) to "make it so", we will. "Should we?" is not a question that has ever been successfully answered. That's my opinion/belief and I hope you'll come around to it... or else. ETA: on a purely emotional "gut" level, I certainly hope someone figures out how to "convince" religions to stop looking backward for the answers. If there's any kind of deity, I find it impossible to believe it created us with brains so that we'd let them atrophy.
  9. Steve R.

    CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT OBAMA

    Cycles. With any luck, it continues to be an upward spiral and not flat or downward. No guarantees I guess. So, the 3 of us are all the same age, huh?
  10. In the mid to late ‘70s, when various revolutionary groups were in the process of overthrowing the Shah of Iran & vying for support on college campuses, I remember Eritrean support groups being just as present. And, yes, they were talking about liberating their country from Ethiopia. I was in grad school at the time & remember having several conversations with one of them, an avowed Maoist, who mistakenly thought that his cause would succeed way before the Shah’s foes took over Iran. He was wrong. But he gave me an envelope filled with the most incendiary flavorful spice mix, so I remember him fondly. Just thought I’d throw that in, this being a food board and all.😎
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