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|Monday, March 1st, 2010|
|South Padre Island
Goodness, this hanging out on a beach and doing nothing stuff is nice...
|Monday, June 15th, 2009|
Karen's mom passed last night. I'll likely take a couple days off later this week to console her. Norma will be cremated at the place on Nicollet, and buried next to Barkley at Ft. Snelling. It's tentative, but the service will likely be at the Mt Olivet Chapel on Lyndale, maybe Friday.
I gotta call the boss and arrange the time off and also the obit.
|Monday, March 23rd, 2009|
|Saturday, March 14th, 2009|
|Friday, March 13th, 2009|
After a truly awesome time in Vegas (pics to come), I got home to a ssshhhh-ing sound in the house. The cold weather had burst a pipe in the basement, and it sprayed for at least a day, if not two. Not too much was damaged by the wet, as at least it was pretty much right above the floor drain. Also, it was a really simple fix, if you are a professional plumber with all the right tools. (Which I am not) So, for a 20-minute visit, I'm out close to 500 bucks. Wipes out all my Vegas winnings, and then some. But at least the water is on.
|Thursday, February 12th, 2009|
Planning my getaway. I'm off to the Flamingo, in March. This winter is just been too long.
|Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009|
I had an idea in my head for maybe a year, that I ought to go to Clear Lake, Iowa, for the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death, and see if I could get to the crash site, and maybe light some candles or something. It would be a cool thing to do.
As time went on, the Intertubez revealed to me that I was hardly the only one with this idea, and not only was there to be a gala event to memorialize the moment, but it was to be a weeklong festival, some of it in the original Surf Ballroom, which is still standing! What's more, I was too late to get tickets, which would have been pricey, anyhow. So, I resolved to do my own thing, like a good rocker should, and just head to the crash site. Google Maps print-out in hand, I did exactly that, yesterday, with candles. (Since there were 3 men, and they were Texans, the candles were red, white and blue, the colors of the Texas flag.) I brought T along, as she would greatly appreciate the history.
Clear Lake is about 2 hours south of the cities, not a bad drive. We got there after dark, and bopped around seeking the site, eventually getting pretty close. I was was hoping other fans would be around, but we saw nothing. There was a lot of snow, so not much showed that was visible from the road.
We tried another tack, and sought the Surf Ballroom, and while we couldn't get in, maybe some fans would have some idea what the less privileged could do to celebrate the moment. More searching for the place, with some discouragement, but we eventually got there. Many news vans in the lot, but an open "rockstar" parking spot across the street. Likely someone had already left, it was getting late.
So we got some photos of the historical building, and asked around, and as we did a lady was leaving and gave us her VIP passes!!! Talk about being in the right place at the right time! The show still had a couple hours to run, and we saw what was left of the Crickets (3 of them), Graham Nash, Sir Tim Rice, and Bobby Vee. I got a souvenir scarf, though the passes themselves were pretty nice souvenirs, too. Our spirits soaring, we goofed around and had a really good time.
We had learned there would be a bonfire at the site, and headed out a bit early, to avoid the rush. After we saw people starting to head in, we followed, driving on the frozen cornfield. We got more pictures of the monuments there, one of a guitar and records, and another of a large pair of Buddy Holly glasses. It was mind numbingly cold, and the wind precluded lighting candles, but there were electric ones there brought by another fan, and the fire kept at least one side of our bodies warm. We talked with people there, other fans, some media, and the landowner (who was really cool) and his friends, then as the fire died down, we headed out.
It was by this time past 3AM, so instead of driving all the way back, we went to Northwood, and got a hotel room, where we had even more good luck, the place was sold out of regular rooms, so we got a free suite upgrade. Our lucky stars were on us that day.
All in all an amazing trip.
|Thursday, January 8th, 2009|
|George Foreman, FTW
Karen picked up (dumpster dove) one of these grills last summer, and it's just been sitting around gathering dust, so I decided to see if it worked, and if so how well.
Though it's a bit beat up, it heats just fine, and makes for red meat heaven. Fast, too.
I first tried it with a couple sirloin breakfast steaks, and yummy perfection in under 7 minutes. Today, it was 1/4 pound burgers, done in like 4 minutes each. It's kinda small, it can do maybe 3 such burgers at a time, but seems to work well.
As advertised, lots of fat comes off. Good deal.
|Thursday, December 11th, 2008|
I just found out that I'm actually gonna be off work this New Year's Eve, for the first time in years. I don't even know who's got a party or anything going on. Any suggestions?
|Friday, November 28th, 2008|
|What to do with leftover turkey.
We have a tradition in my family, post-thanksgiving, we eat these. Recipe first, then the story:
Make cheese sauce:
Make a roux of 2 tablespoons each of butter and flour, melt butter over low heat, add flour, stirring constantly. Add a cup and a half of hot milk, a half teaspoon each of salt and pepper, (dashes of cayenne and nutmeg optional) whisk vigorously. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, for about a minute. Add 1 cup parmesan cheese. (Feel free to substitute some with shredded gruyere or swiss.) Stir some into an egg yolk, then stir the egg yolk/sauce mixture into the whole. Stir the final sauce till smooth.
In small, single-serving casseroles:
Lay down a piece of toast, a thick layer of sliced turkey, 2 slices of cooked bacon, some sliced tomato, and cover with cheese sauce. Broil till bubbly, and serve. The sauce should be enough for 6-8 servings.
Mom would make batches of these post-holiday, (We'd often have turkey for Christmas or other events, not just Thanksgiving.) She had a set of casseroles just for the purpose. Extras could be refrigerated, and reheated later.
This dish comes from a famous historical hotel/restaurant in Louisville, KY, The Brown Hotel, so these are called "Hot Browns". Back when it was invented, roast turkey was quite an unusual ingredient, so this was an exotic treat, and became regionally famous, i.e. the central Ohio river valley. I don't know if mom knew about it from her own childhood in Indiana, or learned about it from my father's mom or sisters, who came from even closer still to Louisville.
|Wednesday, November 26th, 2008|
I don't get to cook much, but I like it. The daughter and her fam are coming Sunday, so today, I made the potatoes, 5 lbs of reds, 1/2 lb butter, 1/4 cup minced garlic, 12 oz sour cream, salt and pepper. Boiled 'em for an hour and a half, peeled by hand, then add all the other stuff and mash like crazy. Containerize and refrigerate.
Tomorrow, I get a bird, and make stuffing and gravy.
The other stuff is largely ready to go, green beans, baked beans, creamed corn, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce. On the day proper I make the salad, romaine and cucumber with croutons and a Caesar dressing.
I may also make deviled eggs.
|Friday, September 19th, 2008|
Shiver me timbers! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day!
|Friday, July 25th, 2008|
|Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008|
|Front yard party.
Tuesday night, Aug 5. Late afternoon / Early evening.
I'm grilling burgers and brats, and having friends and neighbors over.
Bring a side dish or beverage, if you want, or additional meat of your choice.
Bring stuff to give away, to clean out your house, if you want, I'm putting out junk on the boulevard, so its a bit of a potlatch.
IM for RSVP and the address.
|Wednesday, August 1st, 2007|
So far, no one I know knows anyone that was hurt. The Mayor says at this point there are 6 dead confirmed, at least 6 hospitalized in critical shape, and 22 in better shape.
|Saturday, July 7th, 2007|
|Well, he's gone.
Today, on lucky 7/7/7, poor old Jack had to go. He was twitching, foaming at the mouth, and crying. Karen and I held him under water till he passed. He didn't struggle much as he went, and I think he knew it was time, and now he's free of pain. I buried him under his peony bush, and put catnip with him. We piled stones on top to make a cairn, and I sang him a song and lit a candle. Karen cried and cried, and I did too, a little. She's still crying some. I took her out for Chinese and a cocktail, grief is hungry work. The place does feel pretty empty without him, but really he's out in the yard, like normal. I'm glad we had this last week, to say good bye, he was not suffering much till the end, and purred some, hanging out with us. I think it was for the best that he died at home, instead of frightened at a animal hospital. But doing him in was really hard, and harder still on Karen.
|Thursday, June 28th, 2007|
|A buddy departs
Poor old Jack is breathing his last. The vet today said he's having total kidney failure, and it's just a matter of time. 17 years is pretty good for a cat. He will be buried under the backyard peony bush, where he liked to sit. It's pretty hard on Karen, she was very attached.
|Saturday, June 9th, 2007|
Bishop entered the world Thursday night/Friday morning. A bit premature, but over 6 pounds, and just needing a bit of oxygen. He should be fine, even though Chey is a bit anxious. She's fine, too. I have a grandson.
|Monday, April 9th, 2007|
|Monday, February 19th, 2007|
|Back from Vegas
Whew, 6 days of drinking, partying and gambling. Did pretty good shooting dice, almost paid for the hotel and flight, but not the car, meals, and booze. I think I need a vacation from my vacation. Might go down to see the grandbaby this week, for a couple hours.