Saturday, November 9, 2013

Return To The Old Routine



Well, I am back home inside the Tucson city limits and will soon be once again walking each day the mile over to Fry's Market and back. I went to the website yesterday and took advantage of the Friday Free Download, which this time is a Dole Fruit Smoothie Shaker. I don't know what that is exactly, but since it is FREE, I'll sample it. Of all the free items I have downloaded to my Valued-Customer card and tasted over the last few weeks, there was not a one that I would lay down hard cash for. I wonder if they know how many new products their free samples have saved me from actually purchasing.


Last night I was wondering what novel I should start reading. Looking through the various books on my shelf, I noticed one titled The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. I had recently watched a movie about her, about Sylvia Plath, titled Sylvia (I think) and I remembered that I didn't care much for the movie, nor for the character portrayed in it. But having heard how much others had enjoyed the book, The Bell Jar, I decided to delve into it.

I only read the first chapter before getting too sleepy to concentrate last night, but it seems that (after getting past all the lipstick, eye shadow, which dress to wear, girly-girly crap) I might find something interesting in it.

I'll read some more of it tonight.


Did You Know . . .?

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.



On this day, November 9 in 1971, John Emil List slaughtered his entire family in their Westfield, New Jersey, home and then disappeared. Though police quickly identified List as the most likely suspect in the murders, it took 18 years for them to locate him and close the case.

John List was an outwardly normal and successful father. A Sunday school teacher and Boy Scout troop leader, List was a strict disciplinarian who insisted his children follow extremely rigid rules.

Seemingly out of the blue, List shot his mother Alma (above her left eye), his wife Helen (in the side of the head), and two older children in the back of their heads; he shot his youngest child, a son, several times in the chest and face. He then left the murder weapon alongside their carefully laid-out corpses. List had methodically devised a plan so that the bodies would not be discovered for quite a while, cancelling newspaper, milk, and mail delivery to his home in the days leading up to the murder. He then called the children's schools to say that the family was going to visit a sick relative out of town. By the time authorities discovered the bodies, List had vanished without a trace.

List had assumed a false identity, relocated to the South, and remarried. In 1989, he was returned to New Jersey to face charges for the death of his family. The following year, he was convicted of five counts of murder and received five consecutive life sentences. He died in 2008.



The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult.

According to Wikipedia: Neoteny, also called juvenilization is one of the three ways by which paedomorphism can arise. Paedomorphism or paedomorphosis is the retention by adults of traits previously seen only in juveniles, and is a subject studied in the field of developmental biology. In neoteny, the physiological (or somatic) development of an organism (typically an animal) is slowed or delayed.



(born November 9, 1951)
Lou Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer/consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known for portraying the titular role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk. He also appeared in Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens and the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.

(Nov 9, 1922 - Sep 8, 1965)
Dorothy Dandridge was an American actress and singer. She performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. After many bit parts, Dandridge landed her first notable film role in Tarzan's Peril (starring Lex Barker), in 1951. She won her first starring role in 1953, playing a teacher in Bright Road.

In 1954, she was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a  for Carmen Jones. In 1959, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Porgy and Bess. In 1999, she was the subject of the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, starring Halle Berry as Dandridge.

(Nov 9, 1934 – Dec 20, 1996)
Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. He advocated scientific skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

Sagan is known for his popular science books and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. The book Cosmos was published to accompany the series. Sagan wrote the novel Contact, the basis for a 1997 film of the same name.

(born November 9, 1972)
Eric Dane is an American actor. After appearing in television roles throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he became known for playing Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan on the medical drama TV series Grey's Anatomy, and has recently branched into film, co-starring in Marley & Me, Valentine's Day, and Burlesque.


I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
--Albert Einstein



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