Best of the ‘Gest … from 3/4/2021

Showdown at the Adventure Car Hop Corral SB J's (Mendocino Bonobos) memory of teenage hijinx taking place at the White Hut Car Hop stirred my own memories in the sub-folder labeled "Car Hop." By SB SM (Gilead Brook Silverbacks) It was 1958. Cars had fins and breasts had points. Beer was yellow and bread was... Continue Reading →

The Local News … Saap

[According to the reviews on Google, the top-rated place to eat in Randolph, Vermont is Kuya's Sandwiches on Main Street. According to the judges of the prestigious James Beard Award, however, the top chef in the Northeast toils around the corner at a tiny Thai restaurant called Saap. SB SM] Nisachon "Rung" Morgan, chef of... Continue Reading →

Great Bookstores, Part 3

Zhongshuge Bookstore, Hangzhou, China A trip to the Zhongshuge Bookstore in Hangzhou, China, will make you feel as if you have stepped into the future, or perhaps onto some sort of spacecraft. Books are arranged around columns and behind transparent curtains, and mirrored ceilings and walls make you feel as if the books are endless,... Continue Reading →

Great Bookstores, Part 2

[Originally published in] Selexyz Dominicanen, Maastricht, The Netherlands Selexyz Dominicanen is housed in a cathedral that is more than 700 years old. This tall, ornate stone church was once a place of worship, until Napoleon Bonaparte decided to use it as his personal storage unit in 1794. He left all of his equipment and... Continue Reading →

Great Bookstores, Part 1

[Thanks to Silverback Peter (Hollywood SBs) for forwarding this. Remember when you you used to have great bookstores IN YOUR TOWN? I know, kids, this sounds unbelievable. SB SM] Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France Shakespeare and Company is arguably the most famous independent bookstore in the world. Located at the edge of the river Seine in... Continue Reading →

To Eat a Grouse

[You think The Jungle an exclusive place ... get a load of this. I'd get a kick out of hearing what some of our resident sports think of this. This is from SB SM] BLACKADDER: ‘Basically, it’s a right old mess. Toffs at the top, plebs at the bottom, and me in the middle... Continue Reading →

Trippin’ with SB Alec & Denise

[Silverback Alec and Silverbelle Denise have left Vermont for the wide open spaces of the American. Here is the first of what we hope will be several Trippin' posts. Main photo is from The Badlands National Park, which isn't looking so bad from this post. SB SM] "I am reading Elliot Arnold’s historical novel, Blood... Continue Reading →

Best Meal of My Life … SB Jerry

Best of the 'Gest from SB Jerry, August, 2021 by SB Jerry (Quaker SBs) Ted Trueblood A best meal starts with good food, and if you grew it, caught it, or raised it that makes it a little better.  Next, you need a cook that knows how to prepare those ingredients.  Finally, you need a... Continue Reading →

Bright College Years … Road Trip!

[Mardi Gras was officially March 10, 2022, but the parades began in New Orleans on January 6. As memorable as my time on campus was from 1966-1970, so of the most outstanding times were when we ventured off the campus. SB SM] It was the ultimate road trip. It was senior year in college. My... Continue Reading →

Bright College Years, Part 2 … Tully

(Tully Luke Goldrick graduates from Yale on May 23 with a BA Degree in Psychology, the same degree that Silverback Stephen graduated with back in 1970. Tully, a member of the Yale class of 2021, is graduating a year late due taking two semesters off during the pandemic. Ironically, Silverback Stephen will be in New... Continue Reading →

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