Today’s post is mainly comprised of topics that I’ve forgotten to add to previous posts. At the end is something that happened last night.
Amazing Race? Not So Much.
After downloading Friday night’s episode of The Amazing Race I finally got around to watching it on Saturday morning (Since I wasn’t riding a bicycle or anything. Hey, I could have ridden on my trainer!)
To say this season hasn’t “done it” for me is an understatement. As I mentioned at the season’s start I’ve found the themed seasons of TAR to be the worst, and this one is going to be added toward the bottom of the list. Maybe I’ve just seen too much TAR and it’s mere repetition at this point?
I’ve mostly been watching in hopes that my fellow former Gators would bring home the million dollars. Spoiler Alert: they won’t be. I think the move that Burnie and Ashley played at the Double U-Turn was brilliant, and I hope that the rulers of TAR outlaw this play in the future. Why? Because it allowed two teams to conspire to completely screw another team. I think that each team should be forced to play the game individually. If this had been a “blind” Double U-Turn and Burnie and Ashley weren’t 100% sure that Tyler and Korey had gotten through the U-Turn already, then that’d be a different story.
Oh well, my life doesn’t change with this outcome, except that I may get a little time freed up since I may not watch the remainder of the season.
I Won The RAGBRAI Lottery
I received an email from RAGBRAI congratulating me for winning the RAGBRAI lottery. I officially have a wristband number! The funniest part about this is that I didn’t realize I was entering a lottery when I filled out my information weeks ago, I just assumed that I was signing up.
I wonder what I will do if the whole BRAG thing falls apart now…
Book Author Coincidence
Okay, follow me on this one.
For over a year I have been listening to a podcast called 99% Invisible. The podcast, hosted by Roman Mars, really appeals to my love of minute detail. (Also: Another reason I respect Mars is because he is an old fan of Hüsker Dü like me.)
A couple of weeks ago I heard that Mars was going to be interviewed on a new podcast called The Thread on which he was going to explain his love for the book Moon Palace. Mars’s description of the book intrigued me, but at a price of $12.99 for the Kindle edition I balked at buying it. I already have more books than I can read, so “saving” $12.99 seemed smart.
After Creative Mornings last Friday, which was held at SCAD Show, I popped into the Goethe Zentrum to borrow a German movie from their library. While I waited for someone to come to the front desk I perused their books for sale and my eye was drawn to a book entitled “The New York Trilogy” (in German, of course). I thought that stories about New York would appeal to me enough to force me to read it in German, and it only cost $1, so I bought it.
“The New York Trilogy” was written by Paul Auster, who also wrote “Moon Palace”. I hadn’t made this connection until I looked at the book again while in my car and thought that the author’s name had a familiar sound to it.
The Great Baked Pasta Fiasco
Last night I tried an experiment, and pretty much failed. Recently I’d seen a recipe for a Ramen noodle bake. Since I was stopping off at Kroger on my way home last night I picked up the ingredients, but substituted a box of elbow noodles, that I knew was already in my pantry, for the Ramen.
The recipe, which made an entire 9″ x 13″ of pasta, took forever to bake; I wound up eating dinner at nearly 9:00pm. And by the time most of the water had been cooked off the pasta was completely overcooked. I should have also known to up the spice level too since I was not going to have the one packet of beef-flavoring that would come a package of Ramen.
On top of it all I had my 1950’s inefficient oven on at 400°F for over an hour, heating up the kitchen. Since I’m still holding off on running the A/C in my house, things got a little toasty even with the kitchen door left wide open in an effort to escort some of the heat from the oven outside.
Oh well, it did serve as dinner and I still have three more large portions to eat sometime this week.
Live and learn…