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Oct. 27th, 2005

Tuesday night I met up with tzel for another mexican restaurant test; this time Chapala on 198 in Burtonsville. I gave them a semi-rigorous test, includin a margarita (raspberry!) and their queso. While their queso does not qualify for the title of THE CHEESE DIP, it is quite good in texture and in taste. The margarita was out of this world. All in all, I'd say we'd go there before DP's now. Additional bonuses for the evening: new kitten!!! and a different but no less exciting surprise. Then I accidentally stayed up til 1am working on the costume. Which is nowhere near done, btw.

Last night was a fun adventure too, involving metroing down to visit peregrin8 and the craft night attendees. What I didn't expect was that it would be no crafting and all eating. I had vegan cookies and liked them. I even demonstrated the demonic cookie monster voice for everyone. Oh, and as mentioned last night: The Decemberists.

Saw my new favorite license plate: "PSHAW" as well as one on a mustang: "WO HORSC".

Currently reading: Clive Barker's "The Great and Secret Show" which honestly people, is asstastic. Someone here recommended this to me, and I can't remember who, but whoever you are, thanks!!! Not!!!

I re-signed up for puzzle pirates as it's free again. Like I needed more ways to waste my time.

Tonight is softball though I really, really wish it weren't and I could go home.



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Oct. 27th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I may have recommended the Barker? I don't know. I recall liking tha tone, but I read it in, uh. 1989 or something? Back when it came out. Barker's strength is really his short stories. And I adore Coldheart Canyon but it is not a novel for everyone.

I have driven by Chapala so many times and wondered when you might try it out! I'll have to give it a go! I have a coupon for La Fiesta in Columbia I should use also, their cheese dip status is unknown.
Oct. 27th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
I am ready to go back to Chapala right now. I'd better eat my lunch before I just drive right out of here...

(peanut putter and strawberry polaner all-fruit in my sandwich today, fyi)
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Oct. 27th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
It wasn't me that recommended the Barker! I hated that book! Honestly, the only things of his I would recommend unhesitatingly are the Books of Blood short stories.

Then again, I couldn't get into Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett either, and they seem popular enough.
Oct. 27th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Every time someone tells me they couldn't get into Terry Pratchett my jaw drops in disbelief! But I haven't been able to get into Neil Gaiman.
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Oct. 27th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
I love Barker, but that is one of my least favorite books of his. I liked "Imajica" best, followed by "Weaveworld" and "Galilee". If you want gore described in a sexy fashion, the Books of Blood (along with "Cabal", "In the Flesh" and "The Inhuman Condition", in US versions, those are the second three Books of Blood) or "The Damnation Game" are nice, too. :)
Oct. 27th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
I just want spooky. :(
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Oct. 27th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
I loved The Great And Secret Show as well. Brilliant book.

Have you checked out Imagica? That's my favorite of his stories.
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested to know why you liked it but maybe later after I've a) finished or b) given up and tossed it. :)
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
i recommend the books of blood especially the stories" Midnight Meat Train" and "In the hills the cities" and "The skins of the fathers".
I liked the very beginning the "The great and secret show" but the rest fell flat for me.
"The Hellbound Heart" I consider creepy. Hellraiser was based on that book.
I loved Weaveworld but that's more like fantasy. I really liked Coldheart Canyon but I didn't think it was scary. Just a warning there's a heartbreaking scene at the beginning when the main charcters dog is dying of cancer and I was fricking sobbing. Clive Barker based it on his experience with one of his dogs who had died as he was writing the book. :(
Also fair warning: I also remember "the Damnation Game" as being particularly gruesome. There was one scene toward the end that I felt reached new levels of ickiness. I can't remember what it was Ithink I blocked it from memory. ;)
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
I have been hating on "The Great and Secret Show" from the very beginning, honestly. And as I get further it just smacks more and more of Anne Rice only I enjoy the characters less.

I'm not so much into reading gory stuff, I just want to be mystified and scared. "Great and Secret Show" is just making me roll my eyes alot. "The Jaff"??? Wtf, who is he kidding? Is there some level of suspension of disbelief that other people have achieved to be able to enjoy this book?
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Oct. 27th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Seen on a VW Bug: FEATURE

Oct. 27th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 27th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Ok, not seeing other references, so I'm curious regarding your opinion of the Decemberists. I've had them on my wishlist for a while, but not yet taken the plunge. Opinions and thoughts?
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
At first I didn't like them, because at the time I was listening to many whiny-voiced indie rock bands. Then I let the songs filter around in the active playlist for a while and I am not sure what to say but that they grew on me and I found myself humming them over and over. Jack has also had this happen to him, and now he's a fan too. So they have lived on in the active playlist while bands such as Interpol and Sunny Day Real Estate have fallen out of favor.
Oct. 27th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Okay so as a displaced Texan..I have to say that Horchata from a mix is part of Satan's plan to rule the earth. It really is... EL TAMARINDO has pretty good Horchata but they spell it with an O so you all can say it correctly...for a really Great Margarita Go to ROSA MEXICANO They have a Pomegranate Margarita that makes me wish i could drink! I think it works well with the tequila since both Tequila nd Pomegrantes are from cactus...or am i thiking of a prickly pear? Anyway! While your there order the medium spicy Guacamole (made right in front of you) with FRESH corn tortillas and order the Queso Fundido for the best cheese meal EVER...hmmmmm, I am going to lunch!!
Oct. 27th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Erhm, new kitten?
Oct. 27th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
tzel has a new, tiny, and very confident kitten. :)
Oct. 27th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Having never had the chance to partake of the old cheese dip, I am interested in any research into the new cheese dip.
Oct. 27th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
BTW, what is your pirate name? Which ocean are you on?
Oct. 27th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
my pirate's name is carmengio and i have no idea what ocean i am in! is that like different servers or something?
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Oct. 28th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
totally unrelated: check yer email. you are officially hooked up with An Experienced Female Drummer. >;) hope it helps with your shopping!
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