Putting The Usual In Casual

Flip-flops have made their return. I’m not exactly a “flip-flop” guy, but when the weather calls for it I have no other recourse. Thankfully, I work in an environment that allows such fashion statements.

Three Body Parts Of Which I Am Proud
Genetics have not blessed me in all areas, however these three body parts make me proud

1. Calves – More than any feature of my body my calves, which are large and well-defined, have garnered unsolicited compliments.
2. Eyelashes – Perhaps the only thing girls in my high school wanted from me; they are long and full.
3. Feet – Unlike most people who exercise regularly (well, there was a day when I exercised regularly) my feet have not suffered from calluses or destroyed toenails. This is why I have no problems wearing flip-flops to work.

ITP Flickr Pic
Last night I rammed a can of Bud Light up a chicken’s butt (the only thing I’d ever do with a can of Bud Light), schmeared the chicken with spices and then roasted it for abuot an hour. Damn it was good! The potato pictured was also baked to perfection. The only failure was the baking of the onion which was stuffed with garlic cloves. I believe that it was Meat Loaf (another fine dinner suggestion) who once said that “two out of three ain’t bad”.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Because I was feeling frustrated with my D50 and lazy this photo was taken with my Pentax Optio s5i point-and-shoot. I think I need to clean the D50’s sensor because I don’t think that my exposures are what they should be. I am having to bump my ISO way up to get satisfactory shutter speeds even when I am shooting wide open in what I believe is decent light. Suggestions?

On tonight’s menu: I am making Jambalaya

Are You Serious?
I couldn’t believe it when Aaron was determined to be physically unable to continue on Hell’s Kitchen. Was it something about him fainting for no reason whatsoever (again)? The fact that he was around long enough to see show number three was more than a crockful of shit to me. What’s even more bizarre was that he seemed surprised, or was acting surprised, by the decision to can him as he received a call in a hospital bed!

If I didn’t know better I’d think that Ramsay was going to have aneurism by making this series. I do believe that he made the right decision in last night’s episode by booting Joanna — the woman who stated that she didn’t care who she had to fuck over to win. And why Jen decided that it was okay to pull pasta off the top of the trash, wash it, “recook it” and then attempt to serve it still confuses the hell our of me. What sort of chef does that?!? Didn’t she see that Seinfeld episode with George and the eclair?

CD Pick Of The Week
If I was from Jersey (which exit?) then today’s pick would be a slam dunk — Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi. However, I’m from New York so I am required to make fun of the Bon Jovi-loving, Camaro-driving, residents who hail from the state on stop south of my home state.

If I follow the critics over at Metacritic then my choice is not that much harder; according to them today’s best is “Icky Thump” by the White Stripes. My other two possibilities today are Polyphonic Spree’s “The Fragile Army” or The Mooney Suzuki’s “Have Mercy”.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – Frustrated although now LMAO because I just read a spam email sent to me which said “The owners of big penises are the owners of the world.” Oh, if it was only that simple…
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing R.E.M. — “Wolves, Lower” (Have I ever mentioned how much I still love early R.E.M.?)
Website Of The DayStreetviewr is collecting all of the weird images that are present on Google’s StreetView.
Exercise (b)Log – none
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

June Goals
1) Lose five pounds. (starting weight 200+ lbs)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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17 Responses to Putting The Usual In Casual

  1. Barb says:

    Did you put the bike rack on the car? Inquiring minds want to know…… As I think I told you previously, I’m going to be ITP on Thursday (at Mango’s for maintenence night). But, I’m not delivering the bike unless you bribe me.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I got home too late to cook and repair the bike rack. That will occur tonight however.

    I won’t be around Thursday night, otherwise I would bribe you and meet up at the bike maintenance night.

  3. Barb says:

    promises, promises……… I know how often you ride that bike, and the fact that it is pretty damn hot out, I’m thinking you don’t care when you get it back right now. Allan is too busy with the paramedic stuff to be messing with bikes in the shop, so it isn’t that big of deal right now.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Beer cans don’t magically shove themselves up the butts of chickens, you know. Since I am the only one who inhabits my house, I am the only one who can do these things. Time has never been my friend. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I’m wondering if pre-cooking the onion in the microwave for a few minutes would help, since that tends to cook things from the inside out. The only drawback would be that the onion’s juices might not caramelize as nicely when you put it in the oven. I wonder if putting a big blob of butter on top would fix that (besides, what ISN’T improved by a big blob of butter?).

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    My belly’s size is about the only thing which isn’t improved by a big blob of butter. 🙂

    I also wonder if “drilling” holes into the onion to allow its juices to drain as it bakes would also help the cooking. This would allow the garlic to get direct heat instead of sitting in a pool of onion juices.

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  8. Gentri says:

    Dude, that post above me is gonna drive visits up, can’t you add a “this site has XXXXXXX” counter ASAP?!

    You can cook garlic in a little ceramic thingy or, conversely, cut the top off of it (leaving it intact), put some olive oil on it and then place that on top of your chicken, like a fake garlic chicken head… I’ve cooked mine a little over an hour when doing this and the garlic was “spreadable” on a piece of bread… yummy! The onion may have blocked the heat needed to cook it……

    I’ve been diggin’ my flip flops this summer, but at times have flip flop envy when I see nice ones, as mine cost me $6 bucks… just not willing to pay $75+ for a pair of Keen flip flops/sandals… though they are way cool.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    So far only sixty hits, we’ll see what it looks like at day’s / week’s end.

    I’ve cooked garlic as you have, I was trying to be “different” and “different” turned out to fail.

    Today I am sporting my Columbia flip-flops which I probably paid no more than $15. I can’t stomach paying much more than that for flip-flops.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    So I finally clicked through to see what potion of what I wrote that the Loaf used and am I ever laughing my fucking ass off now…

  11. Gentri says:

    It was a rather choice selection…. probably got the BDSM crew clickin’ through to have a peek! 😉

  12. Dirt on your sensor isn’t causing your issue. You would have to go all Rolling Stones on it’s ass and paint it black. How wide is wide open? And what, exactly, do you mean by decent light? Do you have similar issues outside at noon?

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Smoove D: I was trying to shoot something in my bathroom. The small (really small) room is lit by three vanity lights. I opened two lens to about f/5.6, anything more I feared that I would lose all DOF.

    One simple thing I will do tonight is to take my light meter into the room and see what that registers. If it tells me the same thing as the camera then it’s a user error (misconception) and not an equipment problem.

  14. Why didn’t you just say you had a light meter? That’s the best way to check.

    Yeah, you’d probably need f/2 or 2.8 in the bathroom – those lights aren’t as bright to the camera as they are to you and I.

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    > Why didn’t you just say you had a light meter?

    Because I just thought of it.

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