If I could change one thing about my hashing experience it would be the regularity of which I turn/sprain my ankles. Yesterday while cruising along I took one misstep and rolled the living Hell out of my left ankle — popping sound effects were provided at no extra cost. I hobbled my way through the remainder of the trail and returned home to begin the painful recovery process of RICE (Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation.) With the Cartersville Century ride on my calendar for Saturday I will be out of commission for the remainder of this week in hopes that I’ll be strong enough for the ride.
Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.
I must do these things in order to communicate: Become aware of you (discover you). Make you aware of me (uncover myself). Be ready to change during our conversation, and be willing to reveal my changes to you.
For communication to have meaning it must have a life. It must transcend “you and me” and become “us.” If I truly communicate, I see you in a life that is not me and partake of it. And you see and partake in me. In a small way we then grow out of our old selves and become something new. To have this kind of sharing I cannot enter a conversation clutching myself. I must enter it with loose boundaries. I must give myself to the relationship, and be willing to be what grows out of it.
To all who have helped me — Thanks.
Just Call Me Rain Man
On Saturday morning I went to Oakland Cemetery to take photos. It rained.
On Sunday I went hashing. It rained.
Sadly, neither weather event provided a whole lot of rain, nor did they cool temperatures significantly.
“Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, CockSucker, MotherFucker, and Tits”
Words by which to live. These of course are the seven words which cannot be said on broadcast television. George Carlin made them popular. George Carlin died yesterday. There goes another one of the legends with whom I am rather familiar. I’ve just gained one more notch on my “Live For Today” belt.
The Bread Is A Lie
I made the Amish Friendship “bread” with great success this weekend. While I realized that this “bread” was not “bread” but more of a muffin or cake I didn’t realize just how much it would make. I quickly found out that the recipe as stated would make one 9″ round cake pan plus two ramekins worth of “bread.”
I’ve got three batches of “starter” underway, one of which will be turned into another “loaf” of “bread” next weekend. I only hope that this process doesn’t expand my waistline along with my knowledge of Amish “bread” baking.
In other news, one of my coworkers gave me a jar of Apple “butter” on Friday. I think that I will spread some of the “butter” onto the “bread” and call it “breakfast.”
Always Know Rule #1 Of Barbecuing
What is Rule #1? Always check the amount of propane in you tank in order to guarantee a sufficient amount is on hand.
I didn’t follow Rule #1 and nearly paid for it on Saturday night. I started a London Broil along with two potatoes, and had two ears of corn still in their husks awaiting their turn on the heat. After about ten minutes I went to check on the cooking process and saw, to my horror, that the cavity of the barbecue was nowhere near my desired temperature. At that time I also noticed that the flame had gone out. A quick inspection of the tank of propane explained why — I was out of gas.
Against my desire I cranked up the oven (for the second time on Saturday) and cooked indoors. The meal was delicious, but I really need to continue to cook outside until air conditioning has returned to the domicile.
RealiTV Update: The Next Food Network Star
First let me say that from what I see none of these contestants will be Food Network “stars”, but I digress…
On last night’s episode the contestants are introduced to current Food Network start Tyler Florence and Michael Simon.
For the Tyler Florence segment the contestants much produce a minute’s worth of instructional video using an ingredient which is revealed to them prior to making the video. I feel for the contestants because one minute is barely enough time to pull this off, and few even come close. The highlight of the contest (because it was so bad) had to be Nipa and her inability to clean a squid. We learn a lot about Nipa, our mid-western Indian girl, in this contest. First, we see that she is absolutely squeamish about touching seafood (more on this later) and second, she obviously has never eaten squid. The second revelation is apparent when she yanks the head, tentacle, and guts from the squid and proceeds to “clean” the squid by ignoring the body (the most commonly eaten portion) and then trimming a small piece from the remaining portion and presenting that as the finished product. The Tyler Florence segment also shows us why Jennifer won’t win. Jennifer suffers from the same lack of confidence that I do — which is one of the many reasons that I won’t be the next Food Network star.
For the next challenge Michael Simon (who last year became the new Iron Chef through a similar process) greets the contestants. The contestants must take one fish and prepare it two ways — one conventional way, and one Iron Chef way using a bizarre added ingredient. As an added “bonus” the “best” dish will be featured on Red Lobster‘s menu and I am reminded why I haven’t eaten at Red Lobster in over twenty years. During the fish selection and preparation we see that Nipa has a hell of a time picking up a dead trout and also has no idea how to fillet a fish! WTF?! This contest produced many “misses” and a couple of “hits” as far as the food was concerned. We also got to witness Lisa slip and fall because her choice of cooking shoes is incredibly impractical.
In the end the selection committee narrows the elimination targets down to two — Nipa and Adam. I fear that Adam and his “over the top” antics are finally going to cost him, but apparently the judges must have watched the tape of Nipa’s inability to do anything with seafood and give her the boot. For some reason this pleased me greatly, after all she did already quit once and got a reprieve.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – bummed
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Dandy Warhols — “Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth”
Website Of The Day – Over the weekend I was introduced to a great little shot for bargain camping gear called The Gear Revival. If you live in Atlanta and do outdoorsy things, then I suggest you find them and do some shopping there.
Exercise (b)Log – walking/running, 4 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 22.75 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 38 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 22
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 82 (82)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 5
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 100 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than twenty times (ten round-trips)
4) Read at least one book
5) Make my bed every day
6) Eat out at a bar/restaurant no more than twice in one week