Friday, June 26, 2009
Michael Jackson, Farah Fawcett, Shopping and Wild Dolphins.
So, Micheal Jackson died yesterday - aged 50. That's very young. He apparently went into cardiac arrest at his home and from reports, I think he died there. He lived a very odd life, to say the least, but he still seemed to retain his popularity and made plenty of money. The crowds outside the hospital where he died were huge even though he was flown away by helicopter. They were doing an autopsy this morning. Sadly, Farrah Fawcett also died yesterday. Such a beautiful woman. She allowed cameras to film her cancer progression. She had apparently agreed to marry Ryan O'Neil again but cancer took her before it happened. Sadly her death has been somewhat neglected because of Michael Jackson. She was only 62 which, at my great age, doesn't seem very old either. Had a very frustrating day yesterday. Went shopping as usual. We were just about finished when the lights went out. Emergency lights came on but they were saying at the checkouts "cash only" - well we don't carry that kind of cash. We sat around in their cafeteria for a while and then I went to an ATM machine (outside the store, in the mall) and drew out enough cash to pay our bill. I must explain we have a card through our grocery store which enables us to collect points and eventually get free groceries. When I got back into the store, the lights were on again and I was told everything was fine, so I went to the store's bank and deposited the cash (in their ATM which was working now) I had drawn out. With me so far? The woman in front of me paid with her store card OK but then the machine decided it didn't want to take debit cards at all so back I went to the ATM in the store and drew out cash again. When I got back to the cashier I had to wait until the manager with all the unpaid bills turned up, I then settled my account. Just after that a woman used her credit card and the machines were quite happy with it but they still wouldn't take debit cards. Meanwhile, Matt was in the car with some ice cream which was melting. Actually despite everything, we had ice cream for supper and it was OK albeit somewhat runny in the middle. Watched part of a pretty horrifying documentary about capturing wild bottle nosed dolphins for sale to amusement parks, hotels and such. Like the Dubai area which looks like a palm tree. There is a business, run from the Solomon Islands, exporting these animals. It is done with the permission of the Solomon Islands' government - the islanders kill dolphins anyway so the excuse of the Canadian, Christopher Porter, who runs the business is that he is saving the animals. Here is an article which tells you all about it. The programme we actually watched was on the Doc Zone The Dolphin Dealer I couldn't stand watching the whole programme seeing the dolphins being hauled around on the backs of the Solomon Islanders and being held by their noses. Quite a few have died in captivity not too long after being captured. They said, on the documentary, that North American dolphinariums now rely on breeding programmes because of the uproar about capturing wild ones. However, the Swim with Dolphins programmes are a billion dollar industry and Porter is anxious to make money by supplying them. I have mentioned before the ezine I read called World Wide Recipes published by Joe Barkson on a daily basis. This morning he had a chocolate pie recipe which was his grandmother's and he included it as one of his 100 favourite foods. Dottie's Chocolate Pie 12 oz (340 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 Tbs (45 ml) milk 2 Tbs (30 ml) sugar 4 eggs, separated 1 baked pie shell Note: This recipe contains uncooked eggs. If salmonella contamination is a concern to you, be sure to use pasteurized eggs. Combine first three ingredients in a saucepan and heat over low flame until melted and smooth. Be careful not to scorch the chocolate. Allow to cool slightly and beat in the four egg yolks, one at a time. Allow to cool to room temperature. Beat 4 egg white until stiff and fold into chocolate mixture. Put in baked pie shell and refrigerate. Serves 8. Have a great day.