Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hello again, it's just me

I'm trying to blog more often; hopefully before the 3 or 4 people who visit give up on me.
The Greek Festival was a success; as usual they had tons of food and lots of visitors. Prices have gone up, but that is true anywhere you go these days. I quite enjoyed kalamaria, dolmathes, keftethes, souvlaki, spanakopita, loucomades, and various other dishes.
The Greek Orthodox Church of Salt Lake is a nice example of byzantine architecture. I got this photo from across the street; to the left is part of the building that housed the kitchens.

In one part of the festival they had Greek dancers demonstrating the various dances from Greece that have been passed down; some are mixed gender, but a lot are either women only or men only, as many dances are in that area of the Mediterranean.
In the other part of the festival there was a local Greek band. I got this picture of the singer/bouzouki player. If you want to hear an example of bouzouki music, there is a clip here.


The presidential campaign is starting to warm up; the sniping is getting busier. I don't know why politicians can't act like adults and talk about issues. Instead, it's like watching a bunch of 13-year old schoolgirls getting all pissy and bitching about each other from behind. And some schoolgirls would be a lot better at it. I still wish one of our choices was "None of the above".

“Washington is a stud farm for every jackass in the country.”
- Mark Twain

"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
- Aesop

"Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing -- and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even."
-Will Rogers

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."
-G.K. Chesterton


More golden oldies.

"If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)" by Willie Nelson
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
"Perfect" by Sara Evans
"You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" by The Lovin' Spoonful
"Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys
"The Fool on the Hill" by Sergio Mendes
"Promises in the Dark" by Pat Benatar
"No Fair at All" by The Association
"Valerie" by Quarterflash
"To Beat the Devil" by Kris Kristofferson


Hammer said...

I like traditional greek music..and food. I guess I need to hit one of those festivals.

skipper said...

I love Greek festivals - we had a huge one in Milwaukee we would go to every year - I haven't found one in CA yet. As for politicians - no comment....

James Higham said...

Utah Byzantine? Wow!

Love the quotes and am going to attribute one later.

GeologyJoe said...

"None of the Above" like Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions. Love it.

terri said...

The church is beautiful and the festival sounds like fun!

I see you got Sara Evans on the list again! She's good!

meleah rebeccah said...

Greek Festivals are such a good time...and I love All Things Rolling Stones!

(dont worry, you haven't lost me as a reader!)

MauserMedic said...

We have a small greek church back at home. They put on a yearly event like the one you described; last year was the first time I've gotten there. I'll be back every time I can, because the ladies there make the best pastries in town. On the other hand, the females dancers in the 40s and 50s in outfits reminiscent of belly-dancing outfits......hell, I'll still run that gauntlet for the pastries.