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With the Beatles

Author: Alistair Taylor
©2003
Kobo edition, $4.99

This book was a test drive for my new Kobo (e-reader) and I bought this title because it was cheap! Poorly organized book, really written in anecdotal style. Lots of interesting bits about the Beatles, but nothing world-shaking. Taylor was with the Beatles from the start, and was their Mr. Fix-it for a long time. He fixed everything – from touring to buying things: cars, islands, you name it.

The Kobo itself is another story. I don’t really like it very much. I have been spoiled by the excellence of Apple products. Start ’em up and they work. Not so with the Kobo Touch. Page slides back frequently. The “touch” required is stronger than any required on an iPhone. I got very frustrated with the Kobo. Eventually I wound up reading the book on my iPhone, where I could speed-read through the pages. I am not thrilled with my Kobo. I was impressed that if I stopped reading on the Kobo, when I went to the iPhone and opened the book in the Kobo app, it started up where I had left off on the Kobo. In other words, the bookmarking was done automatically and was transferred across the platforms. That was a Good Thing (™Martha Stewart.)

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Renaming My Kitchen

Renaming My Kitchen.

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Renaming My Kitchen

I have a kitchen full of junk food. How did this happen?
My condo’s refrigerator used to be full of fresh veggies, with a few nice cuts of meat and a few frozen dinners in its freezer.
In my cupboards I had interesting cooking sauces, frying pans and a wok, as well as my quality Canadian saucepans.
I used my wok about two or three times a week.
I had a stove (and more to the point, an oven!)
I could bake cookies, casseroles, fresh fish – anything!
Sadly, there are no delicious cooking smells wafting from my current kitchen.
It has a refrigerator, cupboards, and sink, but no stove! My one table-top appliance is a microwave oven. How I wish I had room for a toaster oven too, but the counter space is way too small to accommodate two counter-top appliances.
My frig contains litres of ice water, iced tea, yogurt, and orange juice. The lone occupant of the freezer section is a bag of frozen blueberries to sprinkle on breakfast cereal. I who shunned junk food for years, now find myself craving it daily.
These days, in my kitchen I stock large supplies of hard candy, Smarties, popcorn, potato chips, cough drops (and canned dog food for Spike!)

The only healthy items in my kitchen are the milk and OJ, and bran cereal. For evening snacks I keep toasted almonds around. And of course there’s white wine for the days that I choose not to go to ‘Happy Hour.’ How times have changed. No meat in the freezer, no veggies in a crisper. One could hardly call this a kitchen. Maybe, to be authentic, I’ll call it my “Junk Food Station.”

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