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Achenblog: May 6, 2007 - May 12, 2007

Letter From Mom

[From my Mom, who recently turned 70. I had asked her to jot down some thoughts on her big milestone. An envelope arrived one day with the following, written by hand of course, a loopy cursive. (She's never sent...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 11, 2007; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Student Drivers, Cafe Society, Wild Corn and Farmed Salmon

My eldest, Miss Paris A., just turned 16, and within minutes got her learner's permit. I am gripping my chair with one hand while typing with the other. This will be interesting. We've done some driving already, and what...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 10, 2007; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (369)
 
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Gainesville the Best City?

USA Today reports that a new book lists G'ville as the best city in America. This shocks me, since both the Pizza Palace and Skeeter's have long since been closed. As well as the What-a-Burger. And that head shop...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 8, 2007; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (315)
 
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Farmer's Almanac

Got the tomatoes in. Sixteen heirlooms, including the usual suspects, such as Better Boy and Big Girl and Brandywine and Yellow Stuffer, and also some newbies -- Brandy Boy, Kellogg's Breakfast, and Cherokee Purple. We get these great tomato...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 7, 2007; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (234)
 
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