Monday, January 10, 2005

I've got those happy feet...

I blame it on the overpolished, but still affecting, salsa dancing in Josh's DVD of "Dance With Me." Ever since watching that, I have this almost palpable urge to go salsa dancing.

Sara said she'd go dancing with me at the Cardinal Bar. They have salsa dancing on Thursday nights with lessons starting at 8:00. Though neither of us might have a partner, at least it's an excuse to get out there and exercise our wanna-be Cuban hips. Besides, I have a feeling two waxy birds like us would get spun around a few times by anonymous boys, and that'd be fun enough.

What I'm drinking...

2003 Borsao Campo de Borja

This is a damn good value wine. You shouldn't have to pay more than $9 for it. But it packs a ton of flavor into its value status. Deep, inky garnet color, raspberries and oak. It's AWESOME.

Recommended by a guy at Downer's Wine and Spirits in Milwaukee. I, in turn, recommended the Mas de Guiot Cabernet/Syrah blend...even as I took the last bottle they had. :)

Though this is more of a "meat-lovers pizza" wine, I'm going to test it against a leftover bowl of my yummy lentil soup, while watching tonight's reruns of Deadwood. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE THAT SHOW?

Why have I not heard of the Tunguska Event before?

Evidently, on June 30, 1908, there was a huge aerial explosion over the Siberian Taiga. They called it the Tunguska Event. The size of the blast was estimated to be between 10 and 15 megatons. It knocked down 60 million trees.

Early in the morning that day, Siberian tribesmen observed a huge fireball moving across the sky. They said it was about as bright as the sun. Minutes later, there was a brilliant flash, and then a huge shock wave that knocked people off their feet over 400 miles away. In the weeks following the explosion, the night skies glowed brightly enough for people in Europe and western Russia to read by.

They're not sure what caused this thing, but the leading hypothesis is that of a meterorite.

Why have I not heard of this before? If you have an explosion THAT BIG, shouldn't everyone have learned about it in high school? Maybe I was asleep that day...