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Updated on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM

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Re: “Brave New Restaurant

Ever try to tell somebody from out of town (or here in town, for that matter) how to get to Brave’s? It’s almost impossible, so usually we just take them. Getting there is well worth the effort, though, since we’ve never met a Brave entree we didn’t like, be it veal, tenderloin, or sole. Splendid sauces and great salads, too, and a wide variety of wines. Wait service? Excellent. We especially enjoy dining out on the balcony which overlooks the river. It’s fun to watch the birds (even saw an eagle once), rabbits, raccoons, turtles, and other riverbank wildlife while dining, and there’s a nice view of the downtown skyline, too, which is quite spectacular after dark. Bottom line: This is one of our all-time favorite LR restaurants. We’re what Peter Brave would call “frequent repeats.”

Posted by Durango on 07/12/2010 at 12:34 PM

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Re: “Dead coaches walking: The sad last reel of 2017 Razorback football

My guess is that 20 years from now, college football will be only 50% of what it is today. Maybe less. Already, you can see the beginning of the end, at both the junior high and high school levels.

That's because parents are steering their boys away from the sport due to growing concern about severe concussions. And spinal injuries. And knees ripped apart. And dislocated shoulders. And hip-thigh-foot injuries, hernias, and all the rest that account for those ambulances being parked behind the end zone.

Like it or not, football and the violence that goes with it is on the way out. And soccer is on the way in. Big time.

You heard it here first!

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Posted by Durango on 11/21/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Little Rock Airport reports landing mishap

Whew. Happy to read that Greg and his passenger were unhurt. He is one of the finest men in this city. Has done so many good things for so many.

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Posted by Durango on 11/21/2017 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Monday's open line

"Charlie Rose Suspended By CBS, PBS and Bloomberg Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims."

Geezus H. Kryst. Charlie Rose, my idol, charged with sexual misconduct? What next, Tom Cotton dangling his participle at Discovery? John Boozeman splitting an infinitive in his office? French Hill making a preposition to a cashier at Big Lots?

It's all just too much to contemplate. So I turn my attention to mountaingirl:

Mountaingirl, I doubt there is anything on this link your hubby doesn't know. Nevertheless, I thought I'd pass it along to him. Well, and to you, too, since you're part of the wine-making team up there on the mount.

And to anybody else here on the blog who's interested in the subject.


There's some interesting stuff in the article of which I was unaware: Didn't know the greater Ozark Mountain grape-growing region covers three million acres; didn't know Arkansas is the oldest and largest wine-producing state in the South; and didn't realize the Post and Wiederkehr families have been at it for 137 years, well before inventions of the radio, automobiles, antibiotics, and the airplane.

Must confess that all this history and reading of the vine caused me to crack a bottle of Post's Ives Noir I found in the back of the cabinet tonight. Went well with DSSW's lasagna, salad, and garlic bread.

I'd add that I've been thinkin' about running my bike into the river and breaking my neck in hopes you'd come visit me bearing a bottle or three of your fine, home-fermented Chardonnay.

As I recall, a similar stunt worked for Olphart!

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Posted by Durango on 11/20/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Sunday open line

"Durango--How is the little transplant patient doing?"

She is doing incredibly well, NVR, and thank you for the inquiry. The transplanted kidney appears to love its new home, the lab statistics couldn't be better, the nausea and pain have faded, and her appetite is improving as evidenced by demands for M&Ms, Oreos, her favorite fruits, etc.

Moreover, she is making "good pee," (very important, say the docs) and her little bowels are functioning normally (very important, say the nurses). And to our delight, she's giggling and laughing more each day (very important, say we).

As Hubert Humphrey might exclaim, we're "pleased as punch!" the way everything is unfolding. And, eternally grateful to her deceased donor, her splendid surgeons, and a magnificent hospital staffed by the most caring and compassionate and best-educated and trained healthcare professionals to be found anywhere.

To sum it up in three words, we are blessed.

Thanks, too, to you and mountaingirl for the movie reviews. We'll plan to see one of 'em, and to skip the other!

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Posted by Durango on 11/19/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Sunday open line

Speaking of crowd size:


The sportswriter who "tells it like it is" said 35,000 were there for the kickoff against Mississippi State yesterday.

Those upper-deck seats could be had for $6 and the lower seats for less than $12.

Hotel prices were at rock bottom, and a one-night stay was just fine; none of the usual two-nights minimum nonsense.

But, hey . . . we need those additional 4,200 glassed-in seats (increased from the original 3,500) in the north end zone so the fat cats won't get wet or be cold, don't we?!

And why not? After those bonds + interest are paid-off over the next 20 years, the cost will only have been $200 million plus.

Heard a retired Fayetteville banker say the other day that "Common sense in NWA has left the room."


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Posted by Durango on 11/19/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Rapping Saturday at Little Rock City Hall as protest of music show crackdown

"Nonethless, taxpayers aren't paying The Observer a salary to protect the city and we certainly won't be providing him a car to drive home to Paron . . ."

Spot-on, Max. A point well-worth remembering.

I'm in a part of LR that's several miles west of you guys. And have been for more than 40 years. Thankfully, the kind of disturbances you've described (a blight on our city for sure) are a rarity out here.

In fact, I feel no less secure here than I do sitting on the Bentonville square eating an ice cream cone at high noon.

Yet, I'm concerned about police protection. To wit: The other day, the housekeeper set off the security alarm and couldn't remember the code to shut if off. ADT called; wouldn't accept her explanation, and called LRPD. (Good on them.)

Two officers showed up. 45 minutes later. They'd been dispatched, they said, not from the LRPD's northwest division, but from Asher and University many miles away in the southwestern sector.

I realize that, for whatever the reasons, LRPD is 70 officers short; maybe more. But 45 minutes to get here? WTF?

To cap it all off, a few days later I received notice from the city that LRPD had investigated a "false alarm" at my residence and that if there are two more offenses in the future, I'll be assessed a fine.

Which provoked from me a second WTF?

Ah, well. it's a great town; wouldn't live anywhere else. Hope the Observer decides to stick around. And you, too.

PS: My kids are LRSD products, too. We wouldn't have had it any other way. Nor would they.

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Posted by Durango on 11/17/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Rapping Saturday at Little Rock City Hall as protest of music show crackdown

"[The Observer] says he's getting the heck out of Dodge City, aka LR, as soon as his son gets his Central High diploma."

When his employer, the Arkansas Times, has been so critical of LR cops who have done the same thing?

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Posted by Durango on 11/17/2017 at 9:05 AM

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