Posted in Reading Materials

On the Bookshelf: 1984

1001 Books to Read Before You Die

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Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Publication Date: 1949
Country: USA
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 328

Synopsis: Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thought crimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

My Book Report: I am not sure if I want to do a book report/review for each one. I will definitely let you know on ones I absolutely hated.

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Posted in Reading Materials

On the Bookshelf: Foundation

1001 Books to Read Before You Die

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Title: Foundation
Author: Isaac Asimov
Publication Date: 1951
Country: USA
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 255

Synopsis: For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future–to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire–both scientists and scholars–and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun–or fight them and be destroyed.

My Book Report: I am not sure if I want to do a book report/review for each one. I will definitely let you know on ones I absolutely hated. This one was a pretty easy read, short chapters of different situations through the years. If I think of more to add I will.

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails: Melon Ball & Pearl Harbor

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Ingredients: melon liqueur, pineapple juice, vodka

Drank on: October 20, 2014

Location: My House in Sacramento, California

Notes: As some friends and I were looking at the list of cocktails, we noticed these 2 drinks shared the same ingredients. So, made the drink and ended up drinking it twice, so I can go ahead and check both off my list.

Good or bad that some drinks have multiple names?

 

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Cocktails: Manhattan

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Ingredients: bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters

This is how they made it:  Rittenhouse Rye Bourbon, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth and Blood Orange Bitters, Garnished with a Luxardo Cherry

Drank on: December 15, 2015

Location: Lucca in Sacramento, California

Notes: My friends joked that I was going old fashioned / sex in the city. I never got into the tv show, so not sure about that part, but it did make me feel old fashioned with a classic.

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Cocktails: Horny Bull & Mai Tai

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I was on vacation and enjoyed both of these drinks so I might as well just put them into one posting.

Horny Bull

Ingredients: Tequila and orange juice

Drank on: June 2016

Location: Talking Stick Resort, Arizona

Notes: none

 

 

Mai Tai

Ingredients: light rum, lime juice, orange curacao, orgeat syrup, dark rum

Drank on: June 2016

Location: Talking Stick Resort, Arizona

Notes: none

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Cocktails: Highball

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Ingredients: Whiskey and ginger ale

Drank on: March 10, 2014

Location: Louis Basque Corner, Reno, Nevada.

Notes: Tasted like watered down Whiskey. A friend recommended I try it with ginger beer next time.

Had no idea this place was on the Diner, Drive-Ins, and Drives show. (I will have to go back to check it off my DDD list) And I didn’t miss out much on their special Picon Punch, according to friends.