A Midori Margarita recipe for bidding summer adieu.
1 1/2 oz white/clear Tequila (you can use regular tequila, but the color will look bad when mixed with the green Midori)
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Midori melon liqueur
Prepare it as you would any other margarita - moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with lime juice and dip in salt. Shake ingredients together, and pour into a glass filled with crushed ice.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Second Guest: Francis Huntley Cooper and Celia Jackson Discussing the Obama campaign and presumptive nomination.
Musical Breaks: Respect Yourself and I'll Take You There by The Staple Singers from The Best of the Staple Singers a Stax Records recording.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
First Guest: Ron Daniels President of Institute of the Black World 21st Century (among other things) Talking about their Second State of the Black World Congress coming up November 19-23, 2008 in New Orleans, LA.
Third Guest: Mary B. Morrison Author of Who's Loving You (Fiction).
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Half-time Guest: Cristianne Wendler Talking about the upcoming Kidlinks World Africa Alive benefit for AIDS orphans, 2-8 pm, 8/2, Capital Brewery, Middleton, with music by Tony Brown & the 608 Riddim Section, African dancing & drumming, spoken word poetry, auctions, face painting, stilt walkers, crafts, food, brewery tours.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
First Guest: Bill Fletcher and Fernando Gapasin Authors of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice (Non Fiction). A University of California Press book.
Second Guest: Diane Harriford Author, with Becky Thompson, of When the Center Is on Fire: Passionate Social Theory for Our Times (Non Fiction). A University of Texas Press book.
Musical Breaks: Chicago Dawn and New York Times from The Best of Bobbi Humphrey a Blue Note recording.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
First Guest: Susan Quinn Author of Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times (Non Fiction). A Walker & Company book.
Second Guest: Douglas A Blackmon Author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (Non Fiction). A Doublday book.
Musical Breaks: You Know How To Love Me by Phyllis Hyman and Bicentennial Nigger by Richard Pryor.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I want to try this one sometime soon... sounds good to me.
Bushwacker recipe: equal parts of Bailys (or Carolans, a cheaper version of Bailys), Kahlua, Vodka, Rum (Cruzan of course), Amaretto, Cream of coconut. Blend with ice, top with fresh nutmeg. Yummy!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
First Guest: Steven Wax Author of Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror - A Public Defender's Inside Account (Non Fiction). A Other Press book.
Second Guest: Tequilla Nash from Madison's Kujichagulia, talking about Madison's Juneteenth celebration this Saturday (6/14). Parade starts at 10AM in the Nehemiah/Fountain of Life parking lot at 655 W. Badger Road with the events and games commencing at noon in Penn Park, 2101 Fisher St.
Third Guest: Simon Mtuy world record holder for the fastest ascent and descent of Mt. Kilimanjaro, an HIV/AIDS advocate working to build awareness and a community center, and founder of Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience, offering tours and safaris of Kilimanjaro and Tanzania. He is speaking Tuesday June 10 at 6:00 p.m. at U.W. Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St in the Inn Wisconsin room.
Musical Breaks: Color Him Father by The Winstons and Grazin' in the Grass by The Friends of Distinction.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
First Guest: Nancy Goldstein Author of Jackie Ormes - The First African American Woman Cartoonist (Non Fiction). A University of Michigan Press book.
Third Guest: Elizabeth Berg Author of The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation (Non Fiction). A Random House book.
Musical Breaks: Take the "A" Train and Things Ain't What They Used To Be from Satin Doll by Duke Ellington .
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
First Guest: Suzanne Gordon Author of Safety in Numbers: Nurse-to-Patient Ratios and the Future of Health Care (Non Fiction). A Cornell University Press book.
Half-time Guest: Rebecca Kendziorski talking about AIDS in Africa and the upcoming African Youth Outreach Drumming for Hope fundraiser this saturday (5/24) at Cafe Montmarte featuring Atimevu, This Bright Apocalypse, and El Clan Destino.
Second Guest: Hadjii Author of Don't Let My Mama Read This: A Southern Fried Memoir (Non Fiction) a Harlem Moon book, and producer of the upcoming BET program, Somebodies, premiering July 15th.
Musical Breaks: Heat Wave and Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas from Winning Combinations compilation, a Motown Records recording.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
First Guest: Nelson Peery Author of Black Radical: The Education of an American Revolutionary (Non Fiction). A New Press book. Contact him via Speakers for a New America or read him online at The People's Tribune.
Second Guest: Bob Creamer Author of Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win (Non Fiction). A Seven Locks Press book.. He and Stan discuss the election and the Democratic Party.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
No Show Guest: Michael Fauntroy Author of Republicans and the Black Vote (Non Fiction).
First Guest: Norm Stockwell Talking about the trip to Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago that Judith Strasser is organizing this Sunday (5/11/2008). To get more information, contach Judith via email, her website or her blog
Musical Breaks: Grandma's Hands and Lean on Me by Bill Withers from The Best of Bill Withers, a Columbia Records recording, and President by Wyclef Jean from Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101, a Koch Records recording.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
No-show Guest: Steven Sapp Performer in Universes Theatre, performing at Overture Center on Friday.
First Guest: Norm Stockwell Discussing the upcoming Utah Phillips benefit concert to cover his medical expenses and celebrate his work and life, coming up on Wednesday May 14, 7PM at the Barrymore theatre, featuring Lou & Peter Berryman, Anne Feeney, Ken Lonnquist, Larry Penn, Kris Adams, Josh Harty, Stephen Lee Rich, John Wort Hannam, Tricia Alexander, and David HB Drake, with Skip Jones as MC sponsored by the Madison chapter of the International Workers of the World and Madison Folk Music Society.
Second Guest: Dedrick Muhammad Analyst for Institute for Policy Studies, talking about his IPS report 40 Years Later: The Unrealized American Dream", examining the progress in and challenges to economic equality between African Americans and whites since April 4, 1968. (And, of course, a little bit on Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright (also here) and Barack Obama (also here, of course)).
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
First Guest: Brian Schultz Author of Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom (Non Fiction). A Teachers College Press book.
Second Guest: Thomas Kohnstamm Author of Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism (Non Fiction). A Three Rivers Press boo.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
First Guest: Renee Crawford Associate Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin. Her current major project is supporting Felon Enfranchisement to return the right of Wisconsin Felons to vote. She blogs at Crawford's Take.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Second Guest: Scott Bittle Author of Where Does the Money Go?: Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis (Non Fiction). A Collins (a Harper Collins imprint) book.
Musical Breaks: Harvest of the World and So Far, So Near by Ronnie Laws from the album Deep Soul
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
First Guest: Lieutenant William Keegan, Jr Author of Closure: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Recovery Mission (Non Fiction). A Touchstone book. For more information: Healing Emergency Aid Response Team 911, New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project and Clear Body Clear Mind.
Second Guest: Bishop Carlton Pearson Minister in the United Church of Christ Discussing Trinity United Church of Christ and the controversy surrounding Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright (also here) and Barack Obama (also here, of course).
Musical Breaks: Watermelon Man and Cantaloupe Island from The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years a Blue Note Records recording.
Monday, March 24, 2008
If you haven't heard of Smokin', you should have. As Donald
Duck Dunn said in The Blues Brothers, they are a
band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline. It's impossible to describe their sound. Part hip-hop, jazz, ska, reggae, lots of funk. You have to listen to it. Easily my favorite band since the heyday of Natty Nation back before J-Max died.
Smokin's website (smokinwithsuperman.com) has been stolen by domain pirates (so I'm not linking here). Brett Farrey has a list of ways to find them in his blog. There's always their MySpace site or you can buy their excellent CD
Full Price on CD Baby.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
First Guest: Marnia Lazreg Author of Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (Non Fiction). A Princeton University Press book.
Second Guest: Abraham Bolden Author of The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK (Non Fiction). A Harmony book..
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Third Anniversary show since Gene Park's passing, February 28th, 2005
Second Guest: Bob Creamer Author of Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win (Non Fiction). A Seven Locks Press book..
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Second Guest: Sarah Spaeni , an Edgewood College student doing research on bullying.
Third Guest: Christopher Alan Bracey Author of Saviors or Sell-outs: The Promise and Peril of Black Conservatism, from Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice (Non Fiction). A Beacon book..
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
First Guest: Susan L Taylor Editor in Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine and Author of All About Love: Favorite Selections from In The Spirit on Living Fearlessly (Non Fiction), a collection of her columns. A Urban Press book.
Second Guest: Theresa Sanders talking about the Kappa Psi Omega 13th Annual Men Who Cook at the Fitchburg Community Center, 3-5PM on Saturday, February 23rd, Call 608-249-9799 for advance tickets.
Third Guest: Elisa Carbone (Author) and E. B. Lewis of Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog (Fiction). A Random House book..
Monday, February 18, 2008
So, I'm getting married soon (May 25th, 2008), and I'm trying to work out where to go for the honeymoon. I want somewhere green, somewhere nice to the locals, somewhere not a sterile American environment. But, most of all, somewhere with drinks, a beach, and clear blue waters (presumably, for me, on the Caribbean.) Given the nature of the trip, I would prefer somewhere
all inclusive so that if we don't want to care about anything, we don't have to.
I think I've narrowed it down to a few choices:
They're all expensive, but...
Hamanasi will cost over $1,800 to get to and take a number of hops — at least two hops to Belize City, and a hop on Maya Island Air or Tropic Air to Dangriga Airport. But, has excellent
adventures: Mayan ruins, barrier reef snorkeling and diving, nature preserve, kayaking, canoeing, the whole shebang. They are also heavily invested in ECO Tourism. Their
honeymoon package includes all meals, but not drinks from the bar.
Tiamo is a much easier trip (comparably, at least), catch a flight to Fort Lauderdale, and a $400 hop on Lynx Air to Congo Town on South Andros Island — still around $1,200 in airfare. They are completely isolated: no computers, cell phones, TVs. Their power is entirely solar, and they thoroughly recycle waste and water. They are largely non-motorized watersports oriented, with kayaks, sailboats, snorkeling and scuba (along the barrier reef and blue holes). Like Hamanasi, their
honeymoon package includes all meals, but not drinks from the bar.
Manchebo Resort and Spa is kind of the odd duck, not nearly as
out there as the other two — but they are a Green Globe Certified resort and a CAST member. The airfare is much cheaper (only about $800 total), and it is a direct flight from several US airports. They have all of the usual water activities, although the snorkeling probably isn't as good. Their
All Inclusive Honeymoon does include everything, including drinks.
I'm still undecided. I need more information, maybe I need more options. Manchebo seems nice, but mainstream, but easiest. Hamanasi has Mayan ruins and other adventures that don't exist elsewhere, but getting there will likely be a 19-hour multi-hop adventure. Tiamo is less of a flight adventure, has wonderful snorkeling and water, but (maybe this is a positive?) doesn't have any modern toys.
Anybody (is there anybody other than me reading?) have a suggestion?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Entering the Address they give you (6751 N Sunset Blvd, Suite E109 Glendale, AZ 85305) gets you to the wrong place.. Google is completely wrong. It lands you on W Sunset Dr, approximately 7.3 miles from where you want to be -- the Westgate City Center near W Glendale Ave at 93rd Ave in Glendale. If you use this data to plan a trip by bus, you will waste a lot of time.
For whatever reason, Google does not know that this is
N Sunset Blvd .. Or, Margaritaville Glendale made their address up. (Although the mall security agents sure seem to think that it their address.)
Monday, February 11, 2008
I'm leaving tomorrow morning on the 6:05 AM flight, so I blocked this afternoon off to get ready and run errands as needed with a meeting that says
Getting Ready to Leave Please Ask Before Scheduling. Without so much as an email attached to the invitation asking if it is OK, a 1.5 hour
weekly meeting popped on my calendar this morning.
This shows either a complete disregard for the ability of our calendaring system to show available times, or a complete disregard for me. Hopefully the former.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Noticed this when I was checking how nice places like Hamanasi Resort or Turneffe Island Lodge in Belize, Oualie Beach Resort in Nevis or Tiamo Resort on South Andros Island in the Bahamas compare price-wise with the behemouth, gut wrenching resorts like Sandals (Although, they aren't as bad as Couples, at least.) It turns out that among the Luxury Included features Sandals provides is
Butler Service from graduates of the
Guild of Progessional Englisth Butlers.
I've been a long-time listener of Wastin' Away on the North Coast, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to pimp it a little here. They boys discuss the latest Buffett news and gossip and whatever else pops in to their heads (Roger Clyne, usually). They remind me of sitting around with my friends (on the Bradshaw porch, or the Jordan boat). The audio could use a little compression (and normalization), I find myself cranking the volume, and occasionally being blasted by someone too close to a Mic.. but it's worth it.
Just today I
discovered The TropiCast Radio Network (
The Official Soundtrack of Your Tropical Dreams) .. Jimmy Pirate plays great Trop Rock, unfortunately as a 64K MP3 sampled at 22.05Khz, so it's hard listening occasionally. Maybe they'll upgrade someday.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
First Guest: Randall Horton (Editor) and Patricia Eldgidge (Contributing Poet) Discuss Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora (Non Fiction). A Third World Press book. Upcoming: Black HIV/AIDS Day, February 7th, 2008.
Second Guest: Dorothy Pickney Discussing the jailing of her husband, Rev. Pickney. Call to support at 269-925-0001.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
- Lionel Richie -
Zoomfrom the 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lionel Richie a Motown album
Monday, January 28, 2008
Fiber optic needs to just start hanging around with the backhoe's natural enemy: the natural gas line. We'll either have a lot fewer fiber cuts, or a lot fewer backhoe operators.Collected somewhere, long ago:
A tip for all who go to sea in ships:
Always carry a length of fiber-optic cable in your pocket. Should you be shipwrecked and find yourself stranded on a desert island, bury the cable in the sand. A few hours later, a guy driving a backhoe will be along to dig it up. Ask him to rescue you.