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Social Justice action experiment

My friend Cliff has been going to a soup kitchen in Saginaw once a month. He pastors an ELCA church in our area and is very successful mobilizing his people into action. I went with him the last time they went. Six of us headed out at eight o’clock Friday morning. I’m not much of a morning person, so I was quiet. I had already been up for a while to take my wife and kids to work.

When we arrived, we went straight to work. My first duty was to wash a couple hundred pounds of frozen catfish… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on October 9, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

One of my dream machines

Italians make the best machines!

Added by Chris Hooton on June 1, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The God Machine

Deus ex machina comes to the rescue again. In ancient Greek plays, when the plot was too thick, and a resolution too hard, a god was lowered in a machine and solved all the problems: the god from the machine. The Greeks had it right. Our critics today look and say that you can’t tie up loose ends so neatly, or you can’t introduce new information or characters at the end to solve everything.



I know better. Come what may, Ella breaking a brand new DVD trying to get it out of its case,… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on April 14, 2006 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Phrase of the week:

The Coffee Cognoscenti

Added by Chris Hooton on April 8, 2005 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Coffee Tones an experiment

I have been trying to create a metaphor for describing coffee qualities comparing it to balancing a stereo equalizer. The acidity creates a sharp treble tone that can give the coffee a crisp citrus taste or a mellow wine tone. The midrange is made up by the body of the coffee, or its coffeeness, it could be bold or smooth. Then comes the Bass tone. That is the unifying undertone that resonates in your taste buds giving the coffee a satisfying power.



The question remains, how do I… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on March 7, 2005 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Bay City Coffee and Tea

Bay City Coffee and Tea is back in my good graces. Jeff the barrista confirmed that they don't use "Big Train" powdered crap like the ice rage. The signs are just up for something to look at. Right on! Highjack corporate brand recognition.



Tonight I came for a bluegrass jam and stayed for a discussion about biblical historicity put on by Grace Christian Fellowship. Jeff asked me what I thought, and here it is: It was pretty good, a little more didactic and less relational than I… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on September 30, 2004 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Coffee Tree Cafe review

I went to the new Coffee Tree Café today. It is across the river from downtown Bay City, what is that? Uptown? It has the atmosphere down. Tables of dark mahogany or oak, funky black chairs set off a light airy texture. It has the culture of a hep cat. The Metallic Green espresso machine pulls together a vintage theme—the pigment on the canvas of high ceilings, Art Nouveau metal work and…

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Added by Chris Hooton on September 11, 2004 at 2:00pm — No Comments

People Watching at Bay City Coffee and Tea

I came down to the coffee shop hoping to write. Last night I felt fanciful and full of reverie, I felt impelled to write, but I was in bed, and sufficed to head to the coffee shop today.



Of course, it took me too long to get out of the house, and after the half hour drive here, I don't feel like going through with it... Writing.



So I watch the few people here. The only live ones are a couple who met here for coffee, there is the excitation and light on their faces of… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on September 4, 2004 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Rainy Days and rich Coffee Make My heart sing

I realized something while watching people in the mall today. Everybody is a freak. Some of us try to fit in while others don’t. Makes me feel better about myself.



I sat writing and drinking glorious coffee at Bay City Coffee and Tea for hours. Then I went to Sweet Boutique.



Here is my evaluation of the House Blend at Sweet Boutique in Bay City. It has a light texture, with a sharp, lively acidity. The bouquet is reminiscent of turpentine—a definite chemical taste, not the… Continue

Added by Chris Hooton on August 28, 2004 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Balloon boy parents face sentence in December

FORT COLLINS (Reuters) - The parents of a Colorado boy whose apparent brush with death in a helium balloon transfixed millions pleaded guilty on Friday to staging a publicity-seeking hoax and will be sentenced next month.

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor and will be sentenced on December 23.

The case has sparked outrage over the amount of money spent on a rescue attempt for the six-year-old child, dubbed "balloon boy," after live television…

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Added by Dmitry on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Balloon boy parents face sentence in December

FORT COLLINS (Reuters) - The parents of a Colorado boy whose apparent brush with death in a helium balloon transfixed millions pleaded guilty on Friday to staging a publicity-seeking hoax and will be sentenced next month.

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor and will be sentenced on December 23.

The case has sparked outrage over the amount of money spent on a rescue attempt for the six-year-old child, dubbed "balloon boy," after live television…

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Added by Dmitry on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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