Dee Oh, eh?

Sully Saab, in better days….

I am a little bit hesitant to post this light-hearted take on “death” directly after Eric’s heart-felt tribute to Cos, but here goes anyway.

Since none of you follow me on Twitter or Facebook,  I realized this morning that you may not know…

DATELINE 1/9/13:  Sully Saab threw a rod at 75 mph on Wednesday and was declared DEAD ON ARRIVAL at Sovereign Saab.  Bob the mechanic gave me $250 in order to salvage it for parts. A few of its organs will live on in others. Rest in piece(s).

I am shopping for a new vehicle. Currently, these are the front-runners:

  • Mini Cooper
  • Golf (GTI if I can squeeze it out)
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Ford Focus EcoBoost Hatchback

For those who have an need to know…


Cranberry Maple Pear Pie













My good friend Sophie posted this on Facebook this morning.  Sounds great, so in light of Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I would share it.

Cranberry Maple Pear Pie
by Sophie Christine Bratton on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:39pm ·

3 C. fresh or frozen cranberries
1 lb. pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 C. Maple Syrup
4½ tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 2 TBSP cold water
In a saucepan combine cranberries, syrup and pears; bring to a boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes or until the cranberries have popped.
Stir the cornstarch mixture, add it to the cranberry mixture and simmer, stirring, for 1 minute or until it is thickened.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let it cool.  This mixture may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled.
Make a recipe of pie dough from your favorite recipe.
Divide the dough into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other.
Roll out the larger ball of dough 1/8-inch thick on a floured surface, fit into a 9-inch pie place, and trim the edge, leaving a ½-inch overhang.
Chill the shell while cutting the dough for the lattice crust.
Roll out the other ball of dough and cut out ½-inch strips of dough.
Spoon the filling into the shell, spreading it out evenly; arrange the lattice strips on top, twisting each strip corkscrew fashion.
Trim ends and crimp edges.
Bake at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Let cool on a rack.  Serve warm.

Voting GA GA

I hate to disappoint, but my voting experience was simple and unencumbered.  I voted GA Absentee on October 16th.  I used this device to cast my ballot.


Masha voted at the same time, using the same method (and in fact, the same pen).

Kelly will be voting tonight at the last minute, because that’s just how she rolls.

Apple iPad Event

Apple Live Blog

  • Apple TV now 1080p
  • iCloud supports movies
  • Apple TV L&F is like giant IOS
  • Apple TV has “genius” functionality
  • iTune “match” support for movies
  • iPadHD:
  • 200k iPad APPS in APPstore
  • Retina display rocks (2048 x 1536 pixels. 3.1 million pixels)
  • 1 million more pixels than 1080p
  • A5X Quad core graphics. Dual core processor.
  • 4G LTE band (Also compatible with 3G)
  • Personal hotspot
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Image stabilization (for movies)
  • Temporal noise reduction
  • 1080p video camera
  • Siri dictation functionality
  • Pre-orders start today; deliveries March 16th in US
  • 10-hour battery on Wifi; 9 hours of 4G
  • Starts at $499 (Same prices across the board).
  • Software
  • Updated iWork APP w/jaw-dropping graphics
  • New iMovie: new interface, looks like professional tool
  • New iPhoto for iPad: “Amazing” great way to browse and edit photos. Multi touch editing, Professional Quality Effects, Brushes, photo beaming, Photo journals… $4.99
  • iPad2 will be reduced to $399 (16G); $529 for 3Gs
  • iPad Video Introduction (

Bucket List Trip

Think how cool a trip to Kep, Cambodia could be for the Rector bucket lists. This NYTimes article will give you a flavor. Still unspoiled, with restored French villa hotels and open beaches. French, English, and Russian are fairly common, so between the sibs and sub-sibs, we’d easily get by.