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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

People are stabby today

So, I live in a "red" state.  I work in a "red" office.  There's maybe two people working here who voted "blue" yesterday.  (I, of course, didn't vote at all.)  It's really funny to sit in my office and listen to the conversations going on around me.  I admit, it's more difficult than I imagined to not get involved.  Not because I want to defend one person or another, but because I'm such a stickler for facts.  There are so many things being said that just don't seem to be true.  But I am being good.  I'm just sitting here and letting them have their conversations. 

Because the "facts" that I want to correct are human based.  They're things I've heard or read from human news agencies.  Who knows what kind of spin was put on these "facts?"  And even if they are true, they're not based in genuine reality.

The real "fact" is that it doesn't matter which human is in control of the government.  I know what the "real" future holds.  That's the real "facts" that people need to hear.  This is all a fantastic distraction, but that's all it is.  It's the band still playing while the Titanic is sinking.  It's nice music, but don't let it keep you from getting into the lifeboats.  And this time, there are plenty of lifeboats for all who want to get in...just don't get caught listening to the pretty music.  Grab someone's hand and yank them towards the lifeboat with you.

1 Thes 5:1-3

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A list of food

The Polyglot sent me to a blog that lists these food items. I think they're supposed to be stuff that cool people should eat. Well, before I even read the list, I'm gonna guess that I've only eaten 5 things. Check my prediction at the end of the list.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea (don't know what this is)
3. Huevos rancheros (this was the favorite Mexican dish of the man who owns the last company I worked for)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I've had gater, so I'm counting it as croc)
6. Black pudding (isn't it black because of blood?)
7. Cheese fondue (one of my favorite things in the whole world)
8. Carp (I'd try just about any cooked fish)
9. Borscht (I like the brown kind better than the red kind)
10. Baba ghanoush (I would try this)
11. Calamari (not a fan)
12. Pho (I can't believe I've never had this)
13. PB&J sandwich (I'm actually not wild about this)
14. Aloo gobi (it contains ginger, no thank you)
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (sounds delicious)
17. Black truffle (shouldn't I be able to sniff this one out?)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (thank you Chatteau Elan)
19. Steamed pork buns (huh?)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes (I'm just assuming that these have been in something I've eaten)
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans (Seriously? Do I get extra credit for actually cooking this on a regular basis?)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (never met a cheese I didn't like, I just haven't met this one yet)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (uh, no)
27. Dulce de leche (Hey! This was on The Mole finale!)
28. Oysters (again, not a fan)
29. Baklava (BIG fan)
30. Bagna cauda (fire it up, I'll try it)
31. Wasabi peas (thanks to Kimi Stewart)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (probably the only way I like clams)
33. Salted lassi (?)
34. Sauerkraut (keep yer rotten cabbage to yerself)
35. Root beer float (not a fan)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (I suspect that I won't like cognac)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail (I used to go to a restaurant that featured like, never tried it)
41. Curried goat (same restaurant also had this...there's more of a chance of me trying this than the oxtail)
42. Whole insects (I would never eat this by choice)
43. Phaal (Indian curry? no thanks)
44. Goat’s milk (not a big fan of milk, but I'm sure it wouldn't kill me)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (this would be wasted on me)
46. Fugu (OK, so I won't eat POISONOUS fish)
47. Chicken tikka masala (again with the curry, no thanks)
48. Eel (honestly, I have probably had this at some point and just don't remember it)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (duh)
50. Sea urchin (why?)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (this stuff corrodes metal lunch boxes and you want me to put it INSIDE me?)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (um, yesterday...)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (probably, I don't know, I'm not a big fan of martinis)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (?)
59. Poutine (OK, I love french fries and I love cheese and I love gravy, but this just does not sound appetizing)
60. Carob chips (Laughter's uncle used to eat carob while he worked out at her house, he always shared with us)
61. S’mores (Honestly, I only had these for the first time last year. Where had they been all my life?)
62. Sweetbreads (Like cornbread or banana nut bread? No, these are not breads at all. No, I don't eat glands.))
63. Kaolin (only in medicine or toothpaste, not as its own entity)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (I was gonna strike this, but I actually would like to at least try it)
66. Frogs’ legs (Thankfully, I wasn't alive when Daddy made Mama cook a frog he killed on the golf course. True story.)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (Under duress)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (Chitterlings? Who wrote this list? It's chitlins and NO, I have not and would not eat 'em.)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (True story, I loaded up some orange jam onto a piece of bread at someone's house in Russia. It wasn't until I bit into it that I realized that it was not orange jam, but orange cavier. Ugh. I finished it, but with trouble.)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (Do I have to unbold the croc, 'cause the gater I ate was roadkill? Same father who killed a frog on the golf course brought home fresh gater from the side of the road and made Mama fry up the tail. It was delicious.)
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail (Seriously one of my favorite things in all the world...cooked in garlic butter and covered with cheese.)
79. Lapsang souchong (sounds fabulous, just for the smell alone)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum (We used to refer to this soup as "battery acid." Tom Ka was called "creamy battery acid.")
82. Eggs Benedict (Isn't this basically just an egg mcmuffin?)
83. Pocky (I had to look this up to realize that I had it in Japan.)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef (missed my chance)
86. Hare (never, never, never, never)
87. Goulash (I know this is Hungarian, but I'm sure I had this in Russia.)
88. Flowers
89. Horse (never)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (not a fan)
92. Soft shell crab (I'm just guessing here, 'cause I've eaten a LOT of crab in my life - Well, wikipedia says the most common is blue crab. Uh, yeah, blue crab is my favorite of all crab.)
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish (only if I were starving)
95. Mole poblano (I didn't know this had a specific name)
96. Bagel and lox (I would love to try this)
97. Lobster Thermidor (not a big fan of lobster, but it's actually the mustard that would push me away from this. GAG! I hate mustard.)
98. Polenta (Do I get half credit for grits?)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (I'm counting this because these beans are the basis for Tia Maria, which I love)
100. Snake (I see no reason why I wouldn't at least try this)

Wow. 36 items.

(PS. The list has generated a lot of questions, so some dude created an FAQ for it over here!)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Black Tuesday

Well, for now it's only Dark Gray for me...
Yep, it's layoff time again.  So far, I've still got a job.  But, they're not finished with the cuts.  I don't think I'm going to be cut.  They really do still need me around for one big project.  But I have no idea what they'll do after that project is complete...which may not be for another 6 months or so. 
Anyhoo, if anything changes and I end my day without a job, I'll let you know.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

More memories to make me giggle

So, I'm listening to George Michael because I'm going to see him in a couple of weeks.  I'm getting in the mood.  And let me tell you, it's not hard to get in the mood for such great music. 
Anyway, the opening bars of "Faith" start playing on my iPod and I start laughing hysterically.  Faith came out when I was in 10th grade.  In 10th grade, I had Spanish II with, um, kids from every grade, social class, and intelligence level.  Somehow, I became the target of two (sometimes three) "popular" guys' teasing.  At the time, I couldn't understand why they were interested in talking to me.  (Now I see the appeal of "cool" guys hitting on the goodie two shoes with big boobs, purple eyeliner and mall hair.)  I loved (and still do) that album.  One of these cool guys in my Spanish class HATED George Michael.  I don't know what kind of music he listened to, but that wasn't it.  I had the cassette in class with me one day and for weeks afterward that cool guy would mock the opening bars of the song "Faith."  I can't really describe it, but he would repeat (and repeat and repeat) the same four or five bars by making this noise that sounded like a wounded animal.  It was pretty obnoxious at the time, but really funny now.
I wonder what became of him.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Good memories

I know I've told stories before about World Party and how cool their shows are.  But I had a quick flash of a great memory today that I want to share (again).  I was listening to my iPod in the office.  The album Goodbye Jumbo was playing.  At the beginning notes of "Sweet Soul Dream," I had a warm fuzzy feeling wash over me.  I had to chase the elusive memory, but it came to me. 

When T and I saw World Party the first time at The Roxy, we were front and center.  When Karl started playing "Sweet Soul Dream," I got a huge smile on my face and sang that line "sweet soul dream" over the opening notes.  Karl happened to be looking right at me when I did that and got a big smile on his face.  I'm sure that my face was just beaming with pure joy.  Imagine how that made him feel to know that something he created gave a complete stranger so much joy.  He couldn't help but smile.

Anyway, that's not the "connection" moment between Karl and me that I usually tell, but it happened and it made me smile when I remembered it today.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Office

So, we leased out half of our office building to another company.  Over the past couple of weeks, we've all consolidated into one section of our building.  What used to be a sprawling and spacious building is now full...almost bursting at the seams.  The main change for me is that I now sit very close to the owners of the company.  I didn't think that would be a big deal because we've actually closed off the door between "us" and "them."  But I have already seen the owners several times today.  In fact, I had my door closed this morning because I was on a conference call.  One of them opened the door and poked his head in.  I guess he wanted to know if anyone was now occupying this office.  Funny thing is, that's the second time he's done that to me - he did it once before in my old office.  (I keep my door closed quite a bit - sometimes because I'm on the phone and sometimes because I'm cold.)  Anyway, no big deal - it's just odd seeing them and having them say hello to me.
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