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Thursday, 2008 July 31 : Volume 11, Number 2

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The San Juan Odyssey Keeps Returning!

Bill Fries, our correspondent in Ouray, Colorado, has filed this report:

Yes, the new San Juan Odyssey Silver Anniversary Edition DVD is now available at the Main Street Restaurant & Theatre (970.325.4223) and the Ouray V&S Variety (970.325.4469) and Buckskin Booksellers (970.325.4044).

It has the original soundtrack with scanned images from both the 1979 still version and the 1992 video version. It is presented in widescreen 16:9 format with several new digital photographs. We have an SJO website under construction and I will give you more about that later. Attendance at the Main Street Theatre [See the previous issue of The Legend-News.] has been quite good so far, and Ouray shows no lack of summer visitors, even with gas at nearly five bucks a gallon!

Thanks, Bill!


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Mystery Science Theater 3000, A Space Odyssey 2001


2010: A Duck Odyssey

As we’ve mentioned before, the epic journey known as “Convoy 2000” is spawning a sequel: C2K+10!

(Yeah, there was that attempt at a follow-up in 2005, but it never got past the development stage.)

Skywalker Chafin, tour guide extraordinaire, is working on the details of the trip. Unlike the balls-to-the-wall driving that was required in the 2000 cross-country jaunt (five days from Los Angeles to Atlantic City; or more like four days if you got stuck in Gallup, New Mexico for a day), the schedule for Convoy 2010 includes six days of driving, plus one day of sightseeing in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

And, while the route of Convoy 2000 roughly followed the path taken by the Rubber Duck and friends in the song “Convoy”, the 2010 route is a bit more creative. Here’s the proposed itinerary, subject to change if the Big One turns Nevada into beachfront property or if the participants decide that they can’t afford gasoline at $10 per gallon:

Day 1Santa Cruz, California to Rachel, Nevada (Area 51)
Day 2Rachel, Nevada to Durango, Colorado
Day 3Durango, Colorado to Silverton, Colorado via train (The Silverton, of course), then back to Durango (it’s a round trip). Then up to Ouray, Colorado for a dinner honoring the Rubber Duck
Day 4Ouray, Colorado to Dodge City, Kansas
Day 5Dodge City, Kansas to St. Louis, Missouri
Day 6St. Louis, Missouri to Zanesville, Ohio
Day 7Zanesville, Ohio to Wildwood, New Jersey

We’ll post the details as they are known. In the meantime, start saving those pennies!


Someone’s in the Kitchen

Critter Dave Alden sent in a recipe by Bill, from an out-of-print cookbook The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook. Page 75 contains Bill’s “Colorado West Stratified Salad” and Lulu Roman’s “Lulu’s Chicken Salad”. (You may remember Lulu from such sophisticated fare as Hee Haw.)

The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook Cookbook page 75

For the visually impaired, here’s Bill’s recipe:

Colorado West Stratified Salad

Tear the cleaned lettuce into small bite-size pieces and place in a 9 x 12-inch glass dish. Layer the celery, eggs, peas, peppers, onion, and bacon in that order. Add the sugar to the mayonnaise and spread over the top as you would frosting. Top with the grated cheese. Cover and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours. At serving time, garnish with additional bacon and parsley.

Yield: 6 servings


Bill Fries
a.k.a. C. W. McCall


Movie Review: The Dark Knight (2008)

(A movie review from The Thinking Chick’s Guide.)

This was a 152-minute thrill ride, with good acting from everyone, enough chase scenes to keep the most fidgety and testosterone-fueled viewer happy, and a great, detailed plot as glue. To give you an idea of how good this thing was — we were all congregated in the back of the theater so we could watch the movie in all its jumbo-screen glory, and once the lights dimmed you could have heard a tissue rattle.

After a bank heist that goes horribly right, we rejoin Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), talking to the perpetually bemused Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) and trying to resume his dual playboy/crimefighter existence. At this point Bruce has all but abandoned any semblance whatsoever of a normal life, and seems more comfortable with that and in his bat suit. Some of this can be attributed to the accomplishments of his D.A. friend, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).

Dent is determined to put away the scum of Gotham City, and not a minute too soon. Gotham has a new criminal, The Joker (Heath Ledger). All that’s really known about him is that he’s a psychopath, he dresses like an Insane Clown Posse reject, and he wants to kill Batman.

This is the third movie this summer that lived up to its hype. Tim Burton’s concept of Batman was somewhat dark, and Jonathan and Christopher Nolan stepped it up to something downright bleak. There’s also been a lot of hype about Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker, and it was warranted. Jack Nicholson was great in the 1989 Batman, but Ledger was amazing. He looked like a nightmare your hippocampus would punish you with after a three AM Taco Bell run. This movie was more than the sum of its parts, but it still wouldn’t have been the same without him or Bale.

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