It’s National Solitaire Day!

It’s National Solitaire Day!

Yes, May 22nd really, truly is National Solitaire Day! I love that old-school game and so here are some thoughts on the subject!

I think I played my first hand around the age of fourteen or so. I can’t even remember who taught me how to play. Obviously, this was way before folks played games on a PC or mobile device. There I was with a deck of real frickin’ playin’ cards, hijacking the dining room table, playin’ that game for hours. Not that I didn’t do “outside stuff”, too. All boomer kids played lots of tag, hot-pot and sandlot baseball. And dodge ball, kick ball and tether ball. We did all of it. But I loved Solitaire then and I still do.

I would sometimes play on my bed with the desk chair pulled right up to. Another confession: I’d rarely make my bed unless I was going to play. The cards don’t lay flat on a bed unless it’s pretty damn tidy! Got the visual yet?

That got me into collecting playing cards, too. Still have about a dozen decks in a storage place; my faves are the Pepsi cards and the zebra-backed ones. It doesn’t get any better than that! I’d had up to twenty or so decks, not sure how many of those I could lay my hands on if I made the trek to storage and started lookin’ around… Hoping the Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles deck is still there…

These days, of course, it’s so convenient to play on a tablet. One of my fave time-wasters. Oh, no! Make that my absolutely fave. Nothing comes close. I don’t play any other games; downloaded Missile Command and some other classic Atari Games, but I don’t put down the Solitaire long enough to play the others. Yeah, it’s an addiction. I don’t deny it.

Unlike many other hard-core players, I don’t really chase points. It’s a bit like wine drinking; it’s better and more fun if you pace yourself and go for max enjoyment and not for shear speed. Not too different from the way I travel; I like to get off the interstate sometimes and check out the local stuff, rather than just jetting around at 80 mph for the sake of making time. You know, the journey, not the destination.

Solitaire. Not a bad past time for a dinosaur like me. But I’m not entirely old-school here; while my fave decks of 52 are languishing in storage, I’m in the recliner with my Kindle Fire, playing an ancient game on a 21st Century tech toy. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

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Passing along some amazing pix

Passing along some amazing pix

As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I really love sharing good photos with folks who come around. Wanting to share good photographic work is, by far, the biggest motivator for me when I’m putting together a new post.

Usually it’s my work. Today it’s not. This brief feature I found on yahoo news is just so very good! I like it better than any photo feature I’ve seen in a very long time.

A smallish ship named Gunilda went down in Lake Superior 107 years ago. Because of the depth at the site and the cold climate, it’s almost perfectly preserved.

Seeing these extraordinary photos is well worth a couple of minutes of your day. Really.

If you like good–and very unusual–photography as much as I do, click on this link.

 

Lover of good photography, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

PS: the banner pic at the top of this post is one of mine and is not, of course, from the wreck of Gunilda. It’s from the “wreck” of a now-sunken restaurant I loved. I chose it simply because I like it and it fits the mood of the post better than any other photo I have at my disposal.

 

 

 

 

 

Just a Real Quick Follow Up!

Just a Real Quick Follow Up!

Just a quick follow up from that earlier post today about National Drink Wine Day here…  I did go with a Pinot Grigio. Yeah, it’s a cheap one. But I still get credit for commemorating this awesome day!

I’ve never been the kind of guy to leave out an important detail!

Hope your day rocked!

 

Enjoying the occasion just a tiny bit too much, I am,

Besotted “Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

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Today is National Drink Wine Day!

Today is National Drink Wine Day!

I’ll bet most of you didn’t know. I’m happy to do my part to let you know about really important things like National Drink Wine Day. It’s what I do. You’re welcome!

This evening, after work, I’ll do my part to celebrate this momentous occasion.

If you pull your weight, I won’t have to drink an extra glass to compensate!

Whether you imbibe or not, I hope this Sunday is  fine day for you; I’ll be checking in again in the near future with another post of monumental importance!

 

 

Bulldog Ben

 

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Bulldog had a ball baking bread!

Bulldog had a ball baking bread!

I truly did. Baked this skillet bread back around the holidays and wanted to try it again. The only difference is a added 1/4 tsp of Fruit Fresh–basically ground up vitamin C–to help it “live” a day or two longer. A tip from a baking web site.

Not sure how that’s going to work but I do like the way it turned out. Gonna go cut into it and toast some cheese over it right frickin’ now! Just try and stop me!

Hope you’re having a fabulous (Valentines) day and like what you’re eating!

 

“Baker Ben” Basile

 

PS: Notice I acknowledged what day it was, but didn’t actually send along an appropriate sentiment; well, if you have a freshly-baked loaf of bread, what would you possibly need a sweetheart for? Just sayin’…

 

 

 

 

Bulldog has a serious Thin Mint addiction!

Bulldog has a serious Thin Mint addiction!

They got me! I tried walking real fast by their table, but one of them smiled at me! That’s some serious high-pressure marketing right there! Unfair!

Yeah, it’s #GirlScoutCookie time, people! Support your local troop! #ThinMints!

 

 

Groggy and with chocolate on my fingers, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

PS: Why does Publix allow them to set up that table by the entrance every year?

 

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Author Ursula K. Le Guin Has Passed

Author Ursula K. Le Guin Has Passed

As I read today’s news, I had to ask myself: was there a better American author in Fantasy or Science Fiction than Ursula K. Le Guin? With multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards and The Newbery Medal, what a literary legacy she left!

This giant of 20th Century American Literature passed away yesterday. She was 88.

Her Earthsea Trilogy is without question the fiction work I love best. I devoured those three delightful tomes in a very short span while in high school.

It’s no exaggeration to say that her writing helped shape my views of the world more than anything outside the Bible. And I’ve no cause now, these many years later, to call into question the things I came to believe about life and human existence from her remarkable work.

Only in silence, the word. Only in dark, the light. Only in dying, life: bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky.   The Creation of Éa

Rest In Peace, Ursula. I’m sailing for #Earthsea at first light.

 

 

Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

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