Tuesday, March 03, 2009

A Tuesday Casserole

This is going to be another of those cheapo posts that is neither a story nor an explanation of anything. It's like a casserole. Just a few mediocre ingredients thrown together and called a "meal." Or, in this case, "post."
Snow day proof to come ... I'm working offsite today and therefore do not have any of those captivating and bewildering photos of Snow in Alabama taken over the weekend, but I will aim to do so when I return home and upload from the camera. No promises of quality or content, as I was recovering from TB or malaria or something and reclined in a supine position the entire weekend. I did so from the comfort of my couch, as everyone else had all the fun and went in and out, in and out, in and out of the back door--only three feet from my pounding head--all day long.
My camera occasionally went with them, so whatever pops up on the screen will be as much a surprise to me as it will be to you. I did, however, manage to drag myself to the kitchen window and snap a few shots through the glass myself. I felt like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window. In Sunday's performance, I (like Stewart) played a cool, passively observant, immobile protagonist with a camera and binoculars. Eerie, really.

Catch-up time ... I've been way behind on the book reviews, but if you've been waiting for the next installment, it's here. Head on over to excellentbookreviews.blogspot.com. This time, it's for GIRLS ONLY.

I am not planning to review this particular book on the review blog, but I'll share a few facts about John Grisham's The Runaway Jury. Written in 1997, I think, this legal thriller is set in ... say it with me ... BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI! I ordered a copy of the book from my bookmobile driver who was on his way home from work late last week. I met Bob Mahoney, owner of Mary Mahoney's Old French House Restaurant while in Biloxi earlier in the week, and he effortlessly spilled out a stream of famous references linked to the restaurant. Among them: the judge in The Runaway Jury calls Bob Mahoney and asks him to prepare the back room for the jury's lunch. And it's true; just look on page 57.

And in the movie version, which I have never seen although it was released in 2003, guess who plays Nicholas Easter? John Cusack. I have just amended my Netflix queue. Cusack, Biloxi, seafood, Grisham. Like a little cinematic vacation.