The Life

September 2006


Anousheh / Daisuke

Anousheh Ansari, the world's first female space tourist, trained as the backup for Japanese millionaire Daisuke Enomoto, who failed a medical exam last month. Here's (1) part of a November 4, 2005 news story about Daisuke, and (2) a September 14, 2006 blog entry posted by Anousheh. Since wealthy tourists will be going into space anyway, I think the Russians were very wise to choose someone like Anousheh. With her charitable work (Make-a-Wish Foundation, Children's Advocacy Center, etc.) and her strong commitment to the development of world-changing technologies, she's a perfect counterpoint to the... idiosyncrasies... of the rich.(1) Japanese space tourist to wear cartoon costume:A self-confessed Japanese cartoon geek said on Friday he will become the world's fourth space tourist late...

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Jewish Year 5767 begins

Rosh Hashanah, commonly known as the Jewish New Year, starts at sunset tonight and continues until nightfall on Sunday.Popular observances during this holiday include: (1) eating apples dipped in honey, to symbolize the wish for a sweet new year; and (2) walking to flowing water, such as a creek or river, on the afternoon of the first day and emptying one's pockets into the river - a ritual "casting off" of sins.L'shanah tovah.

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Atlantis from Orbit

Blogged under Writing By Anousheh:"L.A. just called me to watch the shuttle Atlantis land... What a sight... This trip is just getting better and better. It was beautiful. First just a flashing dot of orange color light then a steady point of light... and toward the final stages it just looked like a beautiful comet in slow motion. A shining orange point with a streak of white tail behind it...."

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Autumnal Equinox

The autumnal equinox, which occurs tonight at precisely 9:03pm PDT, is defined as the point at which the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south.The word equinox means "equal night"; day and night are the same length of time.Hm. Maybe that standing-a-raw-egg-on-end trick will work better during *this* equinox ;-)

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Trek from PS to... leaping tall buildings

The US Bank Tower in Los Angeles is the 25th tallest building in the world, at 1,018 feet. It's the tallest building in California, the tallest building with a helipad on the roof, and is designed to resist an 8.3 earthquake.The Empire State Building (1,250 feet) was the planet's tallest building from 1931 to 1972. Even in this skyscraper-du-jour era, it's still ranked #9 in the world. The distinctive Art Deco spire was originally designed to be a mooring mast and depot for zeppelins.#5: Shanghai's Jin Mao Building (1,380 feet).#4: Sears Tower (1,450 feet).#1: "Taipei 101" (1,670 feet) snagged the crown in 2004. The satellite photo is a bit out of date, showing active construction, but you can see the finished product in these fanciful wallpapers.Today's featured photo is of...

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First blog posting from space

Cool! Anousheh Ansari just started blogging from space: [...] L.A. took his glove off and it started floating in the cabin. I could not stop giggling the whole time... I was finally able to take a look outside and saw the Earth for the first time... Tears started rolling down my face. I could not catch my breath... Even thinking about it now still brings tears to my eyes. Here it was this beautiful planet turning graciously about itself, under the warm rays of the Sun... so peaceful... so full of life... no signs of war, no signs of borders, no signs of trouble, just pure beauty... How I wished everyone could experience this feeling in their heart, specially those who are at the head of the governments in the world. may be this experience would give them a new perspective and help...

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Asia comes to North America

...specifically, to the McCallum Theatre, on Sunday night at 7pm. John Wetton, Geoff Downes, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe formed one of the most successful supergroups of all time, and they're reuniting for a 25th-anniversary tour.I suspect Pink Floyd might have called this Riding the Gravy Train, but I don't want to be too hard on the lads. Their album covers (created largely by Roger Dean) were prized among certain circles as great pieces of eye candy. The one for Arena (below) was done by Rodney Matthews - you can see the full painting, along with a video clip of Rodney presenting the artwork to Geoff Downs and John Payne, here.

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Stripper to author

At 3pm on Saturday, Ducky DooLittle will sign and discuss "Sex With The Lights On: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered" at Peppertree Bookstore."Few sex educators are as well-matched to the task of dispensing safe, honest, affirming sex advice as Ducky Doolittle, a former Times Square stripper, who emerged from behind the peepshow glass to climb to the top ranks of advisors on all matters sexual.For more than a decade, she has toured the country with her one-woman show, visiting hundreds of cities, where she has answered sex advice queries from thousands of women and men--partnered and singled, straight and gay.Ducky's winning humor and rich knowledge of human sexuality have allowed complete strangers to open up and reveal their most intimate thoughts."

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Trek from PS to... power spots

Stonehenge is a place of pilgrimage for neo-druids and those following pagan or neo-pagan beliefs. The midsummer sunrise began attracting modern visitors in 1870s, with the first record of recreated Druidic practices dating to 1905 when the Ancient Order of Druids enacted a ceremony. The Potala Palace in Lhasa was the chief residence of Tibet's Dalai Lama until the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was forced to flee to Dharamsala, India in 1959. Uluru/Ayers Rock rises 1,114 feet above the surrounding desert and extends more than 7,000 feet beneath the surface. The local Anangu people do not climb Uluru because of its great spiritual significance. They also request that visitors not climb the rock, partly because the path crosses a sacred traditional dreaming track, and partly due to...

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''I've got monkeys in my pants'' perhaps one of the best customs declarations of all time. Robert Cusack uttered this classic line in 2002, when asked by U.S. Customs officials at LAX if he had anything else to declare. After confessing, Cusack was sentenced to 57 days in jail for smuggling.Cusack's traveling buddy, Chris Edward Mulloy, sailed past the same 2002 checkpoint with 2 newborn Asian leopards in his backpack.But the long arm of the law waits for no man. Or something like that.This past Monday, four years after the "monkeys-in-my-pants" quote popped out of his friend's mouth, federal officials finally arrested Mulloy, 45, in Palm Springs.Nobody seems to know if he had any monkeys in *his* pants...

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Trek from PS to... classic architecture

When work began on the Parthenon in 447 BC, the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. Do you remember "Doric," "Ionic" and "Corinthian"?!During the days of the Roman Empire, the Coliseum of Rome was called the Flavian Amphitheatre (after the emperor dynasty that built it, starting in 72 AD). Eventually, people simply nicknamed it the Coliseum, which derives from a Roman word meaning "gigantic."Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the construction of the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years (1631-1653) by a workforce of 22,000.From 1541 to 1686, Budapest was occupied by the Ottoman Empire. As a result, this Hungarian city contains some of the world's finest Turkish baths. For example, the...

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Trek from PS to... natural highs

California's Mt. Whitney has been measured at 14,497 feet above mean sea level (AMSL), the highest point in the continental U.S. - and only 88 miles from the lowest point, Badwater!Here's another local favorite: the Mt. San Jacinto station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. At 8,516 feet AMSL, it's a perfect jumping-off point for some great mountain hiking.Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above the surrounding Wyoming terrain. You may recognize this monolith as Richard Dreyfuss' obsession from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.Feast your eyes upon The Big Boy: Chomolungma/Mount Everest (29,035 feet AMSL). Its peak marks the border between Nepal and what was once Tibet.Today's featured photo is Japan's Mount Fuji (12,387 feet ASL), courtesy of Google Maps. What a spectacular shot of this...

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Death and Taxes: 2007

The poster below (normally available at is a visual representation of how the US government spends our income taxes. Not only does it show the amount spent on each item, but it also reveals the percentage change from last year, so you can spot trends. In order to get the full impact, it's critical to view the entire 2Mb file (click the small image after you arrive). Notes: [1] read the center circle first; [2] military funding is on the left side, with non-military funding on the right side, unless otherwise noted; [3] don't forget the national debt - the circle that's so big, it has to peek out from behind the top and bottom of the rectangular frame...

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Trek from PS to... a bit off the beaten path

All this week, we'll be using a powerful interactive roadmap/satellite photo interface (click the links below for details) to take virtual trips into places like:Badwater, Death Valley (at 282 feet below sea level, this is the lowest point in North America);Meteor Crater, Arizona (550 feet deep, "The Best-Preserved Meteorite Crater On Earth");Area 51, Groom Lake airfield (but we all know Area 51 doesn't really exist); andBiscoe Islands, Antarctica (for a quick cool-off).You can click and drag the photos for a better view, or click the "+" and "-" icons to zoom. You might also choose between a regular map, a satellite photo, or a hybrid image. The software will even provide rough driving directions to and from the first three destinations above, if you're...

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Blogging from space

According to AFP: The world's first female space tourist has launched her multi-million dollar adventure, blasting off with two professional astronauts from the Baikonur cosmodrome bound for the International Space Station (ISS).Anousheh Ansari, 40, an Iranian-born US citizen, plunked down the estimated $25 million for her ISS ticket after making a fortune in the telecoms market. Her family has encouraged great leaps in spaceflight by helping sponsor the $10 million Ansari X Prize, awarded in 2004 to SpaceShipOne.Later in this trip, she intends to be the first person to blog from space... but this morning's posting looks like it was written by one of her ground crew.

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7 Deadly Zins

Wine Night rolls around again tonight, at Vino 100 in Cathedral City, 5:30pm-8.The tasting is free.Representatives of the Michael~David Winery (makers of the "wildly popular" 7 Deadly Zins) will be there for the event, along with cheese from the Mad French Lady.I just can't help wondering how the 7 Deadly Zins match up with the 7 Deadly Sins...

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Senior Softball World Series

North American Senior Circuit Softball is bringing the Senior Softball World Series right here to Palm Springs, from tomorrow to September 24th.Competitions will take place in these categories: Women's 50+, 55+, 60+ and Men's 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+.80+?! One can't help but wonder how long it'll take before we hear: "Slide, you bum, slide! Drop that goshdarn walker and slide!"Yes, today was theme day.

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Signs of Life: Seniors Crosswalk

Is it my imagination, or are those date trees leaning just a tad? FYI, don't expect to get past this crosswalk as quickly as you drove through Ped Xing:[more signs]

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Senior Juke

John "Juke" Logan's official 60th birthday party gig kicks off tomorrow night at 7pm Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown!Juke will appear along with the Truth Will Rock You All-Stars (Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes, Mike "Bonedaddy" Tempo and Don Heffington), plus more special musical guests.John Farrell Logan got his nickname by playing Little Walter's harmonica-instrumental gem, "Juke," incessantly. Rockin', multi-media-style, in the music world for over 3 decades, Juke has worked with countless major recording artists and musical trendsetters, such as Ry Cooder, Albert Collins, Leon Russell and Los Lobos. Like attracts like.

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Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Hispanic Heritage Month begins tomorrow, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. According to the Census Bureau, more than 42 million people in the US are of Hispanic origin. That's about 14 percent of us!In case you didn't know: piñatas, found at many Mexican celebrations (fiestas), were traditionally in the shape of a six-pointed star and were filled with fruit, candy, and small toys. These days, they come in all types of shapes, including animals, plants, and flowers. At a fiesta, children are blindfolded and take turns swinging at the piñata, which is hung in the air. Eventually, when the piñata is hit hard enough, it breaks and releases a shower of goodies. To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month,...

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Whatchawannadothisweekend? (14Sep06)

Tonight: Since 'Retha just cancelled her concert, don't forget the free PS Art Museum admission from 4pm-8, to celebrate Villagefest, which runs from 6pm-10! Party hearty... Friday: Maria Teresa Valenzuela is a traditional healer who sits on the Indigenous Board of Elders in the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua, Mexico. At 7pm, she will present a talk entitled The Earth's Evolving Consciousness, exploring the concept of prophecy as a way of understanding the challenge of these times: "The Seven Maya Prophecy, Azteca Prophecy and Inca Prophecy of the Condor and Eagle will also be discussed to predict the collapse of the foundations and forms that do not serve us anymore as we come to a closure in civilization on December 21, 2012 (Maya Cosmogensis)." Uh-oh. Sounds like it's high time...

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I'm so psyched - can't hardly wait for tonight's Route 66 Rendezvous in Berdoo: "Spectators at the Rendezvous can enjoy not only the beautiful vehicles but activities such as: Neon Light Cruise & Contest, the Firestone Burnout & Flame Throwing Contest, Open Header Cruise & Contest, the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino Poker Run Contest, Free Live Entertainment, Firefighter Competition, IEHP Rad Rider Show, Petting Zoo, Celebrities, Awards, Vendors, and much more!" The Burnout Contest (held on Friday) "annually draws over 6,000 enthusiastic spectators to watch contestants burn the rubber off their tires. Warning! This is not a smoke free area." YEE-HAW!

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Your tattoo = .0478% of a story

Shelley Jackson's Skin project ("A Mortal Work of Art"), first announced in 2003, was subsequently covered by the NY Times, Newsweek, USA Today, The London Observer, CNN, NPR, the BBC, etc.It is (or will be) a 2095-word story published exclusively in tattoos, one word at a time, on the epidermides of volunteers.According to Shelley's "Ineradicable Stain" website, the project seems to be nearing completion:Number of participants provisionally accepted to date: approx. 1850 of 2095[...]Prospective participants [...] must sign a contract and a waiver releasing the author from any responsibility for health problems, body image disorders, job-loss, or relationship difficulties that may result from the tattooing process.[...]From this time on, participants will be known as...

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There's a monument in your backyard...

Bonnie Adkins, National Monument Ranger for the BLM, presents "There's a National Monument in Your Backyard," starting at 10am tomorrow in the Highway 74 Visitor Center. Take a photographic journey of the magnificent landscape, plants, animals, and places to visit in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. This is a great way to get familiar with the park. And after getting comfortable with those scenic trails, you can even hike with your dog!

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OTLQ 9/13

Old Town La Quinta's Free Concert Series continues tonight on Main Street, when the group "Sedona" brings a "refreshing bend of smooth jazz with a taste of Southwest flare."Is that like a skirt flare? Or a road safety flare? Or a solar flare? ;-)

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Who's Zoomin' Who?

At 8pm on Thursday night, Aretha Franklin will perform at the McCallum. So cruise on over to the Freeway of Love, and catch Sister Re! In 1987, Aretha became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1999, she was awarded The National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. In 2005, she received The Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bush. She has won 18 Grammy Awards, and currently holds the record--11--for the most Best Female R&B Vocal Performance wins (including 8 consecutive awards from 1968-1975... the first eight ever awarded in that category). Hey Nineteen That's 'Retha Franklin She don't remember The Queen of Soul It's hard times befallen The sole survivors She thinks I'm crazy But I'm just growing old --Walter Becker and...

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Wikipedia defies China's censors

[from The Observer] The founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia written by its users, has defied the Chinese government by refusing to bow to censorship of politically sensitive entries.Jimmy Wales, one of the 100 most influential people in the world according to Time magazine, challenged other internet companies, including Google, to justify their claim that they could do more good than harm by co-operating with Beijing.Wikipedia, a hugely popular reference tool in the West, has been banned from China since last October. Whereas Google, Microsoft and Yahoo went into the country accepting some restrictions on their online content, Wales believes it must be all or nothing for Wikipedia.His stand comes as, a joint campaign by The Observer and Amnesty...

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Temecula Film & Music Fest

This year's Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival begins tomorrow night, with a screening of Terri Farley's film, Beautiful Dreamer, about a pilot (Colin Egglesfield) who is left with amnesia and is later found in a small town by his grief-stricken wife (Brooke Langton). The film co-stars Barry Corbin, James Denton, Tom Everett and Susan Barnes.Also on the opening night program is a short entitled West Bank Story, a musical comedy about an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian girl, torn between their love and their families' dueling falafel stands. USC School of Cinema-Television submitted the short on behalf of first-time director Ari Sandel.The producers, directors and actors of both films are expected to attend.On Sunday, during the festival's closing night black-tie...

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Emmy redux

During the recent Emmy ceremony, one of my favorite films, "The Girl In The Café," took home three awards: Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Richard Curtis) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Kelly Macdonald). Why did this little-seen TV movie impress voters in these major categories? I suspect the passionate dialogue (sample below) was a deciding factor in all three awards.Scripted by the writer of "Four Weddings and a Funeral", "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually", this offbeat political-romance concerns Lawrence (Bill Nighy, "Love Actually"), a 57-year-old Londoner with a successful governmental career and nonexistent social life. One...

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Happy belated statehood day!

We're 156 years old! Or we were, on Saturday. Funny, I don't feel a day over 155...The Mexican War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (February 2, 1848), in which Mexico ceded 525,000 square miles to the US government. This land was further subdivided to become California, Nevada, Utah, most of Arizona and New Mexico, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming.The US Congress approved California statehood as part of a compromise to avoid civil war. On September 9, 1850, President Fillmore signed the bill for California admission, just after the Gold Rush had begun in earnest. So the transition of California from a Mexican region to US statehood occurred in less than three years, without having to go through the territorial stage.

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Free Concert Series

The Palm Springs Fall Concert Series kicks off tomorrow night at 7:30pm with the classic crooners MOM Band and vocalist Barry Minnifield at Sunrise Park.Bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets.Or else. ;-)

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The Day The Planes Stopped Flying

"Some folks like to get away Take a holiday from the neighborhood Hop a flight to Miami Beach Or to Hollywood..." --Billy Joel, "New York State Of Mind" =============================== Surely you remember that crazy Frenchman. What was his name? Phillipe something? He started bringing up his equipment a couple of days beforehand, slipping everything past the Twin Tower guards in a rucksack. By the eve of his big performance, he'd stashed a sizable pile under the open-air tourist platform. He hid there until after everyone had gone home that night; then his crossbow landed a grappling hook on the other building's edge. Was the attached nylon rope secure enough? Would it hold his weight, while he dangled upside-down in the midnight winds blowing up from Battery...

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Sasha Abramsky has been researching the rise of mass incarceration in America, and how it's disenfranchising millions of citizens due to the continued existence of 19th-century laws which place strict limits on the voting rights of people convicted of felony crimes.Sasha is coming to Peppertree Bookstore on Saturday at 3pm.He'll be discussing his new book, Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House.Be there... even if you have to jump bail.

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Tonight at 6:45pm, catch the opening chords of this year's Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven Campout in Pioneertown, continuing through Saturday night:[...] fans of all brands of independent rock will congregate in the spaghetti-western setting of Pioneertown, California, for a music and camping festival sponsored by the headlining bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven.[...] The festival, now in its second year, is put on jointly by the two bands, Los Angeles radio station KCRW, singer David Lowery's own label Pitch-a-Tent, and the proprietors of the legendary saloon and festival site, Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. (Of historical note, the adjoining Sound Stage, next to the Palace, is where Cracker recorded their 1995 chart-topping album Kerosene Hat.)NB: The event's video is...

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Whatchawannadothisweekend? (7Sep06)

Tonight: From 7pm-9, you can take an Intuition 101A course at the Healing Arts Center in Palm Desert. Learn meditation techniques to open up your abilities: clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, remote viewing and psychometry. Ah, at last: a "third eye opening class" has come to our desert oasis...[Also tonight: Don't forget Villagefest from 6pm-10, and free admission to the PS Art Museum from 4pm-8.]Friday: At 7pm, The Last Five Years opens at the John Calveri Theatre in Twentynine Palms. According to the play's website, this musical "tells the compelling story of Jamie, a nice Jewish boy, and Kathleen, a good Irish Catholic girl, who fall in love, get married, and fall apart over the course of five years." The playwright employs "an unusual temporal...

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Healing Field

A Healing Field event will be held on the corner adjacent to Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, starting tomorrow at 9am.The Healing Field will be a memorial to honor every soldier, sailor, airman or marine lost in conflicts in Iraq & Afghanistan.3,000 US flags, as well as the flags of the coalition countries, will be on display for the weekend event.At 7pm on Monday, September 11, the city will hold a dedication ceremony, naming the 8-acre location "Patriot Park."

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Corn Moon

Tomorrow's full moon (at 11:42am here in Palm Springs) is called the Full Corn Moon.Corn, an Indian staple, is now ready for gathering.The moon will also make its closest approach to Earth later (8pm perigee), at a distance of 221,938 miles. As a result, this will be the biggest and brightest full moon of 2006.Very high tides can be expected from the coincidence of perigee with full moon.In addition, a rather small (19%) partial lunar eclipse will be visible from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Eastern Europe. Maximum eclipse occurs at 18:51 GMT.This kinda makes you wonder if they'll ever declare a Corndog Moon...

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Mad Dog in town...

Joe Cocker performs at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 8pm tonight.Do you remember that wonderful Cocker impression performed by John Belushi on Saturday Night Live?This website contains some of Joe's thoughts on (1) Belushi's performance, and (2) the unique Cocker singing style:During the time of "You Are So Beautiful," I was working at Village Recorders, in Los Angeles, and someone comes into the studio and says, "Joe, we've got this video to show you that you're not going to like." I don't know how long Saturday Night Live had been on the air, because I never watched much TV, but when I saw this video of John Belushi doing me, being spastic and pouring beer, I became hysterical.Everyone else said, "Joe, you're not supposed to find this amusing. You're...

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Old Town La Quinta's Free Concert Series continues tonight on Main Street - the "Shaken not Stirred" variety trio performs everything from Jimmy Buffett and Neal Diamond to Bob Marley and the music of today.Hm. What *is* the music of today? Guess I'll have to go and find out...

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...a/k/a "The Michelin Man." For the past several months, I've been plagued by delayed pressure urticaria, a form of hives. At first, it was just a minor nuisance, a few skin bumps which appeared at night, and disappeared by morning. The dermatologist gave me a series of anti-histamines, but nothing worked, and now the bumps have bumps... and I look a bit like Bibendum. The bad news is that my eyes are swollen nearly shut, so I have to see an allergist, hopefully sometime today. Blog postings may be somewhat spotty during the next few days, so please bear with me.

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First Wednesday Art Walk

Q: Is the Backstreet Art District really the "coolest, hippest art district in the desert"?A: We'll find out tomorrow evening from 6pm-9pm, during the First Wednesday Art Walk - when this burgeoning art community will show new and exciting original contemporary and modern art in several independent artist studios and galleries.[This is the kickoff event in a series of monthly art openings.]Most venues will be serving refreshments and snacks.Participants include: Art, Backstreet Art Studios, Dezart One Gallery, Dezart Studio, Trevor Goss/Silverman Gallery, Slaughterhouse Gallery and Studio 13.Backstreet Art District is located off Highway 111, on Cherokee Way, behind the Mercedes dealership, 2 blocks from the Parker Hotel.

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Candidate Roth

David Roth, Democratic candidate for Congress in California's 45th, recently invited me to visit his home. The whole family joined in our discussion, including his wife Anita ("We take time off from the campaign only when we're sleeping!") and his fifteen-month-old daughter (listen to Alivia's political commentary). [Click thumbnail images for larger views. Drummer photo courtesy of Stuart Lynn.] Your campaign recently held a Roth-A-Palooza concert. Did you attempt a bit of drumming at that event? Some members of my staff were a little nervous, as to whether I could pull it off. They had not heard me play before. But after I finished, a couple of folks got up and said... I think the exact words were: "Dude! That was very cool!" And later in the evening, a few...

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Signs of Life: Talk

Yes, our valley is sometimes called "God's Waiting Room," but I think I've passed one sign a few too many times, during my morning commute. Yesterday, I tried to imagine the dialogue (bottom) that might be prompted by this billboard:Wife: Let's talk about that mortuary.Hubby: No.Wife: Why can't we at least TALK about it?Hubby: Because you and I see things differently.Wife: What do you mean?Hubby: I plan to live forever.[Click thumbnail photo for a larger view.][more signs]

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Labor Day

Our country has set aside this coming Monday as Labor Day. The U.S. Department of Labor claims the holiday is: "...a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."PBS says America's Labor Day is " attempt to appease the nation's workers..."Most countries in Europe observe Labor Day on May 1, to commemorate the American martyrs to the labor movement.I'm confused. Does that mean Europeans *stop* wearing white in May?

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