Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
- 1 Sukiyabashi Jiro.
- 2 Ginza Kojyu.
- 3 Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama.
- 4 Hajime.
- 5 Ishikawa.
- 6 Joel Robuchon Restaurant.
- 7 Usuki Fugu Yamadaya.
- 8 Sushi Yoshitake.
But many Tokyoites grumbled that the guide gave high ratings to unremarkable restaurants, prompting wide speculation that the large number of stars was just a marketing ploy.
“Anybody who knows restaurants in Tokyo knows that these stars are ridiculous,” said Toru Kenjo, president of Gentosha publishing house, whose men’s fashion magazine, Goethe, published a lengthy critique of the Tokyo guide last month. “Michelin has debased its brand. It won’t sell as well here in the future.”
On May 20, 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: blue jeans.
If you think that you’re the only one crazy enough to want to buy a typewriter, you are most definitely wrong.
On my personal quests to find typewriters, I have lost track of how many times I have asked an antique store owner or someone running a garage sale, “Do you have any typewriters for sale?” and they think for a second before informing me that they did a little while ago, but it sold. As a buyer, you have competition. There’s also evidence of this online. You can see some extreme bidding wars on eBay over typewriters. That good “Buy it Now” deal you saw newly listed a few minutes ago may be gone the next few minutes if you don’t decide in time. Before this site was setup so you could purchase directly off of the website, I used to have multiple people ready to pay for the same machine, but I had to deliver the tragic news that the typewriter was already sold. So in the end, If you see a good deal, you’d better snag it before someone else does.
Back in the 16th century, the majority of Europeans couldn’t read. In fact, an estimated 61 percent of men in Norwich, near London, couldn’t even write their own name! For shopkeepers and craftspeople, this widespread illiteracy was something of a marketing problem: How could they advertise their businesses to a public that couldn’t read?
One solution was craftsman, or guild, signs. Above the doorway of most medieval businesses hung a metal emblem clearly illustrating the shopkeeper’s profession: A pair of scissors indicated a tailor; a key indicated a locksmith; a fish indicated a fishmonger. As for barbers? A red or blue candy-striped pole usually did the job.
Speaking of barber poles, did I ever tell you about trying to get a haircut as a youngster in my little, mostly Swedish hometown of Kingsburg (near Fresno in the great San Joaquin Valley). People of Japanese descent could not haircuts in town, so we either had to drive a few miles up to Selma to get a haircut from a Mexican barber, or have my grandfather “butcher” me with a pair of hand clippers.
Finally, when I reach junior high, my Dad became friends with a nice, Slavic fellow through the local Lions Club. He said he would cut my hair, as well as my brother’s. It turns out the other barbers in town would not cut hair of Japanese people!
His name was Eddie Pastircak, who had a lovely wife, Pauline, and three daughters, who we grew up with. Bless his heart!
Is there a lesson here? Of course, immigrants, and people who looked like foreigners back in the 50s, and EVEN now, are not treated well. But hey, we are American citizens!!! Yes, the lesson is still trying to get across!!!
On a budget, but have plenty of time? Tired of golf, fine dining, and mall shopping?
In no particular order, here are some fun activities in the Scottsdale area:
1. Cracker Jax Family Fun and Sports Park, water fun and arcade for kids of all ages.
2. The Heard Museum, the best in southwestern art and artifacts. (Still a nice museum)
3. Taliesin West, the living memorial to the great Frank Lloyd Wright (not related to Wilbur and Orville Redenbacher). (worth a visit if you love architecture)
4. Penske Racing Museum, the cars, trophies and memorabilia of one of racing’s most successful dynasties.
5. Arcosanti Project, an urban laboratory and experimental town designed to improve urban living conditions.
6. Desert Botanical Garden, where edible cacti can be found.
7. The PING Golf Factory, but make a reservation and be prepared for the ghost of Karsten.
8. Rawhide Western Town, for you wannabee cowgirls and cowboys, moo moo buckaroo! (only if you have kids with you!)
9. Fiesta Bowl Block Party, only $15 for fireworks and the Doobie Brothers.
10. Have a nice dinner and a quiet evening, like us! (Always a winner!)
- Go to a San Francisco Giants spring training game. After all, hope springs eternal!