Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I sing praises every day to Kaldi the Ethiopian goat herder, whose accidental discovery of coffee centuries ago makes our pre-dawn hours much more pleasant. Legend has it that sometime late in the first millennium, the Abyssinian goat herder noticed a discerned up-tempo to the frolic in his herd as they grazed on the berries of a certain bush. Not wanting his herd to get away from him, adventurous Kaldi sampled the ruby red berries and soon discovered that he too had added a certain hop to his step. Kaldi soon shared his experience with some monks in his community. They experimented by roasting some of the red berries and realized that they were able to be more alert during their all night prayer sessions after sipping a cup of these brewed red berries. From Ethiopia, the coffee beans made their way north to Yemen and eventually became a staple drink in Arabia. Over time, the love for coffee spread throughout Europe and was eventually exported to various colonies around the world.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Ichiro Suzuki singled in the fifth inning of today's game against the Blue Jays for his 200th hit of 2010, marking his 10th straight season to reach that number. Pete Rose had ten seasons of 200+ hits from 1965-1979, but never had more than three years in a row during that time.
Way to go, Ichiro ! Seattle is lucky to have you.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I saw this news video on the Comcast homepage. I think it's definitely worthy of a post. (sorry for the commercial)
The related story: http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-science/20100913/US.SCI.Gulf.Oil.Spill.Sea.Floor/
Monday, September 6, 2010
Kiplinger's online real estate section features 12 private islands that are for sale. Wouldn't that be nice ?? Here were a few of my favorites on the list:
Snug Harbour Island
Where: On Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
Asking Price: $1,057,000
A two-hour drive from Toronto, this island features a two-bedroom, two-bath cottage with a glassed-in porch overlooking the water, a separate guest cabin with bathroom, hot tub built into the rock outcropping, and a boathouse with deep water mooring. Running water, electric, a septic field. And it has wireless Internet access.
5 Cove Island
Place: Howe Sound, British Columbia, between Whistler and Vancouver
Asking Price: $2,950,000
A 30-minute boat ride from the city of Vancouver, this island is up for sale to developers, with an approved subdvision plan.
Where: North Atlantic, near Bodø, Norway
Asking Price: $1,292,000 (1 million euros)
Acreage: 74 acres
Offshore retreat? This is an offshore town. The property features nine buildings including a restaurant, pub, conference center, marina, boathouses, and a hot tub. Price also includes several boats, an all-terrain vehicle for getting around the island, fishing and hunting gear, and a clay-pigeon set-up for shooting. The Gulf Stream keeps the climate here mild, despite its location in northern Norway.