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Sunday, July 11th, 2004

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9:45p
Let's have a party

The Snoopy Place, a Peanuts-themed restaurant at Plaza Singapura, is a slightly frustrating restaurant and gift shop: I want to love it, but it falls just a little short somehow. Part of it I think is because attempting to connect Peanuts with food requires pretty strained efforts; past root beer, cookies, and jelly-bread sandwiches folded over, can you name any iconic food from the strip? (Yes: peanut butter sandwiches. But past that, there's just some of Snoopy's fantasy menus.) It'd be too much to ask customers to do the Suppertime Dance when they're served, though they may be tempted to when they receive the bill: the staff will not bring it unsolicited, even if you sit at your table for two hours after finishing your meal. It took me four visits to get this pounded into my head.

The gift shop has a lot of ancillary trinkets -- posters, dolls, dinnerware -- but no books, no tapes, no DVDs, to my eye the things most worth buying. They do have oddities, like CDs of grownups playing synthesizers pretending to be kids pretending to be the characters covering music on kid-musical-instruments. This gives us for example the Peanuts Beatles rendition of ``Blackbird'' on fake-kazoo and toy piano. But they did this weekend have two copies of a Video CD from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. So I leapt into action. The VCDs were taped to the cardboard stand the other music covers were on, so it took several tries before the cashier understood I wanted to buy one. (She had a ``clean'', untaped, copy behind the counter.) This is a very bare-budget thing, just one episode (it opens with Sally bringing Snoopy in for show-and-tell, and her classmates concluding he's a small moose or a kid in a dog suit), and the label identifies it as a ``Collective Item for Peanuts 50th Anniversary.'' The cashier promised there'd be others in the series in about two week's time. I can't wait.

As I opened the pack, the jewel case broke.

Ten Singaporeans survived 72 hours within the 64-degree Fahrenheit room. The winner of a 50-inch plasma TV and an air conditioner unit -- tie broken by finding the persons with the fewest yellow cards for minor violations and then a tiebreaking quiz -- was 30-year-old Lim Shuh Shien, who thanks his wife for her support.

Trivia: The first physician to tend Alexander Hamilton after his 11 July 1804 duel with Aaron Burr was Dr. David Hosack. Source: Jerseyana: The Underside of New Jersey History, Marc Mappen.

Currently Reading: Louis Pasteur, Patrice Debré.

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