March 7, 2007, 6:31 pm
Filed under: art, holidays, travel

with respect and credit due to the excellent photographers on the villa steno website, this is the hotel i’m leaning towards in monterosso al mare in the cinque terre.  it’s still in the old town and looks to be in the heart of the village.  i had been thinking about renting a spot in this artists home just a bit to the bottom of the photo in the more wooded area, but i a) haven’t heard back from him yet, and b) not sure i could make it back to the hotel after a night of vino and risotto (it’s quite the circuitous route according to the website). 

i will be travelling to cinque terre by myself – this will be my first time travelling internationally by myself (unless canada counts) and i’m a bit nervous (but in that good way), but i think it’ll be ok. 

i have not even figured out where i’m staying in milan – all my focus has been on this great lil’ spot.

what do you think?



a wish for wings that work
December 25, 2006, 9:35 am
Filed under: holidays, opus

admittedly, you loose something of the context when you have not seen the previous 28 minutes, but this is a small snippet of the greatest animated holiday special ever. opus n’ bill’s ‘a wish for wings that work’.

Opus the Penguin has one aspiration in life: to be able to fly. Unfortunately, destiny–or evolution–has cruelly left his species flightless… until his friend Bill the Cat coughs up a wild idea. Can a Christmas miracle get Opus off the ground? This heartwarming and hilarious holiday romp–based on Berkeley Breathed’s comic strip BLOOM COUNTY–features a fine cast of comedic actors, including an uncredited cameo by Dustin Hoffman, as a cross-dressing cockroach.

woefully, it only played once, back in 1991 – but with the power of vhs it lives to this day (if i can find a vcr)… oh, and the power of you tube…. to see it all (of course, you’ll want to see it all), go here.

’tis the season
December 24, 2006, 11:18 pm
Filed under: holidays, opus
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here’s wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. may the season bring you peace, joy and happiness.