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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Eat at Ralph's

Today is my mom's 60th birthday. I have to work today, so we actually celebrated last night.

"Mom," I said, "let me take you out to dinner. Pick somewhere nice. Anywhere you want to go."

She paused a few moments. "Let's go to Ralph's."

Ralph's is a roadside barbecue stand in the middle of nowhere, aka Triangle, Virginia. By roadside, I mean roadside. There are no tables. There's barely any parking. They do have really good barbecue sandwiches, though. And their hotdogs aren't bad, either.

I guess mom just had a taste for it. For being from Missouri, her tastes in food are very southern. But then her mom and dad were from Tennessee.

And now I offer up the strangest piece of spam I've ever gotten in my in-box. I fully expected some crazy porn site, but curiousity got the better of me.

Hello, I am an Italian journalist. My name is Giampietro Stocco and
last year I have written an alternate history novel, Nero Italiano. In
the last months I put a website with some italian allohistory- and
sci-fi contents:

http://www.giampietrostocco.it

If you wish, have a look: there is also an English version.
Regards,

Giampietro Stocco


It's, well, strange. I figured since my online identity here is borrowed from an Italian experimental novel, I should showcase weird little things by Italians from time to time. It's animation heavy, so it might take some time if you're on dialup.

Excelsior.

5 comments:

LadyLitBlitzin said...

Happy birthday to your mom. Isn't that funny when people want something really simple? Sometimes it's just what the doctor ordered. I have a bbq joint nearby and sometimes I just go there, it's such good and comforting food.

That spam -- that's very interesting. Wow. Talk about the unexpected.

Giampietro said...

Hello Hebdomeros,
well, I am the spammer, even if I did noty mean to.
What I did not understand is wheter you liked my website or not. Are you interested in alternative history?
Let me know, you have my e-mail.
Have a nice Xmas,
Giampietro

Hebdomeros said...

Well hello. Thanks for posting.

Your spam was good spam. It was just odd that it came into my inbox. I saw it later on some of the sf newsgroups, along with the discussions there you've probably already read. I imagine it came to me by way of the newsgroups, because I post there from time to time under my real-life name.

I do like alternative history. It's an odd and interesting form of fiction. Harry Turtledove's stuff is well done, and I like Thomas Pynchon and Eco for the way they re-use and re-create history.

Your site looks very interesting, but unfortunatley I'm not informed enough in Italian history to know everything you're working out on the page (visually, it's very well done). I have your site bookmarked, and plan on looking in from time to time. Best of luck to you.

Giampietro said...

Nice to hear it! Anyway, I started a sort of translation for what the 1.st chpater of my first two books are concerned. It isn't terribly good, but it is enough to understand how I write. I hope to be abel to put some more in the website. Maybe in th coming weeks.
Merry Xmas again ,
Giampietro

Anonymous said...

Here I am again. If you still are interested, my home page has changed and the English link looks a bit better.
There are new things to look at.
So long!
Giampietro
http://www.giampietrostocco.it