November 2011

The Giving…

November 25, 2011 // 1 Comment

Since this was your first Thanksgiving, I thought I would give you a little snapshot of what it was like.  First of all, you slept through most of it, which your Mom and I are thankful that you sleep so much, but we do, at times, feel a little spoiled because you always seem to cry for a reason.  Throughout most of the event, you were sound asleep and when you were awake, you were bouncing from arm to arm and behaving quite nicely.  I hope it’s a sign for things to come. Grandpa and Grandma Hogg are in England, so we had Thanksgiving here at the Hoggcienda.  Megan, Fargo and Nico were here for the day and Sarah and Captain Ron rolled over for desert and drinks.  We had quite the feast– the first course were Bacon Wrapped Scallops and a Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with a Cheese Plate.  The main course was a Pre-Brined Turkey with the Smith family recipe Stuffing.  The sides were Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans […]

The Rum Diary

November 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

                        The Rum Diary has been on my radar for the last couple of years. Johnny Depp had talked about wanting to do the film a few years after the great gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson took his own life. The Rum Diary was the first work by Thompson, fiction, and it was rejected numerous time and ended up in a bin in the attic.  When Depp and Thompson were working on filming “Fear and Loathing”, Depp found the old manuscript, which Thompson has completely forgotten about.  He read it, loved it and wanted to make a film of it– but the filming didn’t actually start until well after Thompson blew his brains out. The story is a simple one, the down and out yet honest versus greed.  Fear and Loathing Volume 1, if you will.  The most memorable line of the film was something along the lines of “In America, there is no more dream, just greed.”  The book has […]