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March 21 - April 19 Aries
Zut alors! It’s been - count ‘em - three months this weekend since I first got bit by the horoscoop* bug in March. Gentle readers, I’ve really come to love doing this and I welcome your comments and suggestions for future columns. Now I just have to figure out a way to make this labor of love lucrative. Again, your input is welcomed on that point as well.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
You have three more days (and it’s open 24 hours a day) to view The Telectroscope, an extraordinary optical device that visually connects New York and London through a tunnel beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Harry Potter step aside, this is the real thing: the stuff dreams are made of. In this case, the dreams of Alexander Stanhope St. George - an eccentric British engineer in the Victorian age. His great-grandson Paul found notes in an old trunk in his grandmother’s attic which explained St. George’s plan to build what he called a ‘device for the suppression of absence.’ So the story goes. This is your chance to wave to people on the other side of the world - in real time.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
Sunday June 15 is Father’s Day and I urge you to reach out and tell your father you love him, if you’re lucky enough to have him alive in the world. This will be my first Father’s Day since my dad passed on last July and I would give anything to tell him Happy Father’s Day one more time.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Spare a thought for Richard J. Hollingshead Jr., the brilliant inventor of the drive-in theater in Camden New Jersey (of course, where else?). The very first drive-in theater opened on June 6, 1933 and in their heyday (1950’s and 1960’s) there were about 5,000 of them in the United States enabling teenagers to get all hot and bothered inside the safety of a parked car. Wired Magazine has a great piece about all this which includes an awesome gallery of photos of some of the 500 or so drive-ins that still exist today.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Today’s the day, Leo. You can be the change you want to see in the world by signing a petition to put the Monkees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame where they rightfully belong. They were eligible for induction a decade ago. Did you know…that in 1967 they sold more records than the Beatles and the Stones - combined? That Mickey Dolenz owned one of the first three Moog Synthesizers ever sold, and that the first album to feature this instrument was by the Monkees? That their only movie, Head, is one of the strangest movies ever made and well worth seeking out and watching if you’ve never seen it? That Mike Nesmith invented MTV but never really got the credit (and certainly did not get the money) for doing so?

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Download of the week is John Prine’s achingly beautiful It’s A Big Old Goofy World. Prine is a national treasure; he brought us unforgettable iconic songs like Angel From Montgomery, Illegal Smile, Sam Stone, Hello In There. This one came a lot later and is from the great collection The Missing Years. But it’s sweet and glorious and fumbling and honest just like all of his best work. And ooh baby, it’s a big old goofy world.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Need a special gift for that special someone? How about Kama Sutra Chocolates. You’ve never seen anything quite like them, I can guarandamntee ya. Overnight Shipping is recommended because you sure don’t want these to arrive in broken pieces.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
Something is missing. You know it. I know it. What in the sam hill is it? It’s been only a week since the drama that was the long long road to the democratic nomination drew to a close ~ is that it? Or is it, perhaps, weather that didn’t make you sweat like a stevedore? Or could it be…yes…I think it is Wainy Days, one man’s absurdly hilarious quest for love and sex in the big city. Damn! You’re in luck. Season 3 of David Wain’s award-winning smash internet hit series starts this coming Monday, June 16 on My Damn Channel. Set your alarm NOW for Monday morning.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
It being prom season & all puts me in mind of one of my favorite teenage angst films ever, Splendor in the Grass. Directed by Elia Kazan, written by William Inge, and starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Just check out the tag lines they used for this classic in 1961: A LOVE STORY UNLIKE ANY OTHERS!! It’s unrelenting moments, its tragedies and splendors! There is a miracle in being young…and a fear. Bud (WB) and Deanie (NW) are terribly, terribly in love in 1920’s Kansas. Societal pressures force them apart via sexual obsession and madness. The movie’s title comes from a Wordsworth poem which is read during a high school English class by Deanie before she completely loses it. OMG they just don’t make movies like this anymore ~ alas!

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
A friend of mine once diverted a cross country business trip to stop in San Francisco just to dine at the family-owned Vietnamese restaurant Thanh Long and having been there myself, I can understand that. It’s worth a trip to San Fran just for the signature dishes of Roasted Crab and Garlic Noodles with Tiger Prawns. Be warned; it’s nowhere near downtown but well worth the ride.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” In that spirit, have a look at this list of the most unusual buildings in the world. There’s the Crooked House in Poland - the Dancing House in Prague - there’s even a really bizarre one in (of course) Florida.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
Portland, Oregon
is chockablock with interesting places and one of its crown jewels is Powell’s Books. You can have your Borders and your Barnes & Nobles and your Amazons, I’ll take this place hands down. You could spend hours, days and weeks in here and you’d still never take it all in. The Seattle Times called it ‘probably the world’s greatest bookstore.’ When you enter, they give you a map because it’s the size of a warehouse - yet it still feels homey and intimate. And their entire inventory is available on the web.

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