|DIY Pizza, photo by Michael McKinney|
I made a pizza with some asparagus, Feta cheese, brocoli, and tried to discern the difference between tomato paste and tomato
|Cranberry / Walnut Bread, Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Lake Calhoun, Photo by Michael McKinney|
After riding and blogging about the half-century last week, a ride out to Stillwater seemed appropriate. The route I took utilized half of the Gateway trail, then wound past Lake Jane to County Road 12, then a rapid descent on Myrtle street to downtown, and a rapid ascent up Chilkoot hill to Chestnut street.
I stopped in at Chilkoot Cafe, a bicycle shop and bakery / cafe located across the street from The Bikery, another bike shop and bakery / cafe. Although I worked at The Bikery in 2008-2009, I don't frequent either establishment enough to have become cynical of their products or their clientele. The lemon bread tasted like it had been made with Meyers lemons grown from the tears of unicorns. Simply that good.
|Red Earthen Ware, Green and Bisqued, Photo by Michael McKinney|
I am including a review from Goodreads I wrote about a book called The Imperfectionists, concerning a failing English newspaper in Rome, Italy. It's not a bad book, and doesn't have any limiting factor to its success other than being a bit esoteric. If you really enjoy the thought of living by a deadline, and being pursued by editors for some jingoistic malaise on the human condition, it might be right up your alley.
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The newspaper industry is dangerous to Basset Hounds. Because the internet is dangerous to the newspaper industry. Therefore, Basset Hounds invented the internet.
I didn't get much from this novel, just some anecdotes about journalism, the vainglorious lifestyles of foreign correspondents, some mild hedonism and a blatant disregard for reporting accuracy in favor of manipulating the public at their won expense. Does a certain politician pose a threat to your industry? Why not punish that person with disreputable articles? Punish them first with fallacy, and again with the truth. Make their honest and best work seem underhanded and duplicitous by misinterpreting their words and actions.
That is what journalism is about, selling copy.
Creating furor in order to pull back the layers of deception and reveal...journalism.
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Finally - I don't want to speak too soon, but if it's one thing I've learned about cycling the Minneapolis Lakes, don't go the wrong way. Folks are really serious about the unidirectional signals for each lake. A couple of years ago I almost got clotheslined by an irate Rollerblader.