Sunday, June 30, 2013
Liverwurst is not all that popular and is definitely not for the faint of hard. The word liverwurst translates into "liver sausage". The picture here is Boars Head brand "Lite Braunschwiger Liverwurst" made primarily from pork, pork liver and bacon. Are you salivating right now or throwing up in the back of your throat? That's how it is with liverwurst, there is no in between, you either are going in full steam ahead or running as fast as you can.
I remember liverwurst from when I was a kid. My mom never really bought it, though it's cousin Bologna was a staple for most of my youth. I recall a couple of kids in school eating liverwurst sandwiches and it making me curious enough to ask my mother if she could buy some for me. A few folks in the neighborhood were more familiar with it as well - I can't pinpoint my first time trying it but I do know that calf liver was something I ate pretty regularly as a kid, so the idea of liver being in my lunch meat didn't phase me at all.
I know that I liked it when I first tried it but didn't have it often, though my mom would get it for me each time I remembered to ask for it. Later on in my 20's, I went through a brief liverwurst phase after working with an older guy who would have a liverwurst and tomato sandwich at lunch and I recall how appetizing that looked; it soon became one of my every so often lunch sandwiches.
At this point in my life, it's become a nostalgic thing. Organ meat is delicious (to me) but really unhealthy, especially with a risk factor profile such as mine; so I stay away from it for the most part with only an occasional indulgence.
I stopped at that deli counter and was greeted by two older women. I asked for a quarter pound of Boar's Head Lite Liverwurst, and then one went to grab it and placed it on the slicer. After the first slice, she help it up asking me if the thickness was okay, I reached over and said, "let me sample it and I shall let you know. (trick to get a free slice). In chatting with the lady slicing, I explained that I order this stuff about once every two years just to remember a piece of my youth. The lady stopped slicing and really appreciated that whole idea; we talked very briefly about "how things were" and how they've changed. I was handed my neatly packaged processed meat and the lady wished me well and said, "enjoy your memories".
I had one sandwich yesterday, then another today and that was that.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
I made a couple of rounds, stopped to listen to a local musician singing her songs and as I was about to make my way off the grounds to go across the street to the library, something hit me; i stopped, pulled out my cell phone and just started poking out words that were coming to me. I walked over to the tent where there was shade and a seat, shuffled around some of the words and added a few and before I knew it, I had written a poem.
strolling through the farmer's market
skies are cloudy and they're gray
the quiet contemplation sometimes
cuts me like a knife
I thought I almost found myself
until I started asking why
I wish I had a clue
what I am searching for
Friday, June 28, 2013
I heard stories about this burger, not served on a bun but baked inside a bread dough along with the toppings of your choice.
I had expectations, none that I thought were unreachable but as I poke this out on my phone I am sad to say that not only did the Tavern Burger not live up to expectations, it just wasn't worth looking forward to.
Now for some live acoustic music that I'm sure will make it all better.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Yesterday, Luke make the announcement he's leaving his morning radio show, in part, leaving him more time to make TBTL a better product.
Mustering up a confused but intrigued mug, she throws out the idea that she's in some kind of mood for cheese. I then immediately fire back, "CHEESE WAFFLES". Again, the mug, eyes bunch up and she utters, "is there such a thing?" I say, "I bet there is, and if not, there will be after tonight."
It was easy to find a recipe, I began gathering the ingredients to discover I had no milk, so I made a convenience store run and was back in business - they were delicious! Here is the recipe as I read it (with annotations by me in red).
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I didn't have cheddar, I had Parmesan Reggiano and Swiss and asked Victoria which she preferred and went with equal parts of both)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
- Supreme court ruling on same sex marriage
- Aron Hernandez arrested
- Windows 8.1
- Ridiculous Rick Perry in Texas trying to put new restrictions on abortion
- Paula Deen
- Nelson Mandela
- Mad Men
- Breaking Bad
- Where I am with the kitchen
- My upcoming trip to Las Vegas
"So much in the news to speak about, but I believe no single more important news story that affects all human beings that the decision made by the Supreme Court today. Clearly, it has the most obvious impact on the LGBT community, but this is a MAJOR accomplishment in the interest of all Human Rights. BRAVO to the Supreme Court, not for making the right decision, but for making the only decision in this case."
I'm disgusted at Aron Hernandez.
Looking forward to seeing the changes in Windows.
Rick Perry needs to be stoned, and I don't mean that he should smoke a fattie with Snoop.
I think that Paula Deen is getting treated unfairly, despite what she said.
Sad about Mandela.
Intrigued at the season finale of Mad Men leading into (a year from now) the last season for the series.
Looking forward to the last 8 episodes of Breaking Bad and see where one of, if not, the best season finale(s) in the history of TV.
Also looking forward to the last season opener of Dexter; this Sunday.
Got a new plan on the kitchen and the quotes. Milling about in thought and strategy on how to move forward.
Vegas soon - glad to get to go to the conference - thankful all of my hard work to get funding worked. I am especially happy to get to hang out with the O'Connor's during my free time.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Thing is, what's the point of doing a stunt such as the ones he is famous for? Is there any actual reason to watch other than the possibility he may in fact fall to his death? I am not in any way saying that's is what me or anyone hopes happens but the mere fact that it very well could is indeed the only compelling reason I can see to watch yet it would not be something I wish to see and I am pretty certain, they wouldn't show...back to my original question then, is there any reason to watch?
More important, does such a stunt and such public validation send a message to our children and if so, is is a positive or a negative one? What kind of message does he send his own family everytime he does another stunt?
Lots of curiousity here. Lots of interesting points of view.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Off we went for dinner, an enormous plate of sushi/sashimi/tekka maki that we shared; it was yummy, especially the salmon sashimi. The Vickles super enjoyed herself so that made it all worth while.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Again, I am not condoning anything she said or did, nor am I implying that it okay to do what she did but be sure it stays hidden - but I think that this particular series of events had deteriorated exponentially because of a real lack of understanding and ability to communicate effectively; a bigger surprise considering her windfall came from being given the opportunity to communicate.
I don't believe Paula Deen has been the only person, even the only "celebrity" who has made racist remarks. While the words are severe, and damaging, that is only true because when given meaning, they become hurtful and derogatory to people, cultures, human beings. What I don't know from any of this is how Paula Deen really feels. It may be that her upbringing in the south when she was raised instilled racism into her, the thing is, if that's true, the society she was raised in didn't consider themselves racist even if they were and as such, those raised with those poor values and judgements are not consciously racist. I know, that does not make any of this right, but I do think this is a bigger problem not just in this country, but in the world; the best examples we see are in the radical acts of terrorism that sadly have become so commonplace.
I think instead of focusing on Ms. Deen specifically, we as a human race need to understand the nature of the greater problem and start with education and finding some way to bridge that cultural gap across all cultures and instill in all humans everywhere that people are people.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
I could go on my loner rant about how we allow too many cars on roads that weren't every but for that many but before we can take cars off the road (it can be done), we need to upgrade infrastructure to support significant public transport, then incentivize people to take public transport over personal.
I guess rumors of the death of James Gandolfini are not so much rumors as truth. As the story went viral, I chose to ignore it as there had been so many hoaxes of late. Rest in Peace!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
"I forgot that I ate asparagus for lunch time, until a few seconds ago."
That was the entire post, nothing more or less. Here were the replies:
Suzanne: Omg, Bruce will like this status!!
Bruce: Magical vegetable. Lol
Paul: Nature's tracer bullet.
John: Your stomach knows
Helio: Did you also have corn?
Is it not possible that all I was implying is that I remembered what I ate for lunch?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I came up with an analogy saying that she apparently never used a GPS. If I am going somewhere with my GPS and I make a turn onto an unfamiliar road, off the beaten path, my GPS bellow, "Recalculating".
A slew of my colleagues all lit up, it was an instant hit and quite frankly, I felt really good about that. Better, later in the day, I was quoted - made me feel accomplished :)
Monday, June 17, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Jen and Sean left the show some time ago and while they make random infrequent appearances (that are always welcome), the show focuses now on Luke and a guy named Andrew. The show still has some of the essence and quirkiness that made it joyful to listen to since the beginning but it just seems to me that it no longer has the same heart.
I feel like Luke has lost his real love for the show and finds himself in the awkward position of not knowing how to leave it behind and move forward. The problem, is he is moving forward with other projects and so many of the shows when he is focusing on other things are just traces of the show that don't hold up.
I find myself as a long time fan in the predicament of wanting to just stop listening but I too am finding it hard to do, even though I don't enjoy it nearly as much as I once did and I know it's lived past it lifespan. Perhaps it is selfish of me to linger and lurk hoping it will die before I kill it from my play list. I feel partly like I am betraying my loyalty because I do genuinely like Luke, who is very likable. I also desperately miss Jenn and Sean who each moment they are not on the show make it painfully obvious how important to what made the show work with the original trio.
Friday, June 14, 2013
- Dad would often doze off on his chair like that. Looks like he may have had a bit of a headache here.
- I now sometimes doze off!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I did complain enough about the paperwork that I was promised a pizza from anywhere I want with any fixin's I want, so I will be taking advantage of that. beyond that, it's just a somewhat exciting story to what would have been an ordinarily dull day.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I spent my day doing what needed to be done but throughout, at the top of my mind were the thoughts I had of you. There was a question the other day about the tel colored silicone bracelet I wear which led to an extended conversation about the whole bracelet thing and the whole cancer thing.
I was a little miffed at the person I conversed with who after hearing that I was wearing a bracelet to raise awareness for Thyroid Cancer responded with a smarmy tone saying,"oh, the good one". "The good one?" I repeated, baffled. "Yeah, they say if you are going to have cancer, that is the cancer you want".
I was beside myself at this idiot and had to restrain myself from punching the idiot in the nose and even engaging in any way. Before walking away, I left these words, "Until someone you love has had to bear the burden of this cancer (or any other for that matter), and as close minded and clueless as you appear, believe me, I hope that never happens, don't make a generalization on something you know nothing about. I wear this because someone I love knows first hand what it means to have it, battle it, and survive it. Think carefully about what you said, and maybe open a book or do a google search - just get out of my face because I can't stand to look at at you right now."
The day this incident actually occured was last Friday. I wasn't sure if I was going to ever post about it but clearly it had taken a spot in my brain and through this exercise, apparently needed to come out so that I can release the frustration brought on by it.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Fortunately, her leg was fine, I ended up with only a bruise and some soreness, and she is safe (the water bubbler doesn't matter).
Turns out a part on the handle where her joystick sits was replaced and it shifted to the right, as a result of that shift and Mary's poor motor skills, she temporarily lost control of her chair. What makes this very dangerous is she was pretty close to stairs - so many bad things could happen - she could just as well be near traffic, small kids, whatever and someone can get very hurt or worse.
Me and the employee from the office of disability services got her to call the company that services her chair and report this, and ask them to fix it right away. Mary was concerned with the damage to the water bubbler and wanted to be sure my leg was okay - I told her I was fine, and I think we were able to convince her how serious this could be and that her first priority should be to get the chair fixed.
Somehing to liven up a summer day I guess!
Sunday, June 09, 2013
For those of you who haven't read the story on the wire and/or are not from Massachusetts, you may not know that Argeo Paul Celucci server as governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1997-2001 before being appointed Ambassador to Canada by George W. Bush .
There's been a lot of talk about Celucci's political life and public service and while I suppose it's a natural turn for the conversation in some respects, the fact that t is politics easily subjects it to bias - and while bias may be appropriate in political speak, it is not in the case of a human being who died from a horrible disease.
The fact is, everyone can have an opinion on whether or not Celucci was a good or bad politician, nobody can deny that that from the moment he was diagnosed, the man Argeo Paul Celucci chose to send a very clear message and leave a real legacy that had nothing to do with politics. As an advocate and spokesperson, Celucci used his diminishing physical abilities to raise millions of dollars for ALS research and be a spokesperson for the disease.
The talk right now about Mr. Celucci, should be one of a respectful tone, may he rest in peace and may his family and friends find peace in their lives to carry on through this difficult loss for them.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
I'm not going to bring this post into the depths of darkness, fear not.
RADICAL TOPIC SHIFT....
Have any of you watched "Maron" yet? The show is really great, very well written and very funny - I have been a fan of Marc Maron for a very long time and it's been a long time coming for him to get the notoriety he is finally getting; deservedly so!
As a brief update to my post from earlier today, I've given Verizon an ultimatum, they came back with a counter offer and while it's an attempt, it really is a big fuck you to me from them - solidifying that as a current customer, I mean nothing to them and they would actually rather give up my business to their competitor rather than give me what I asked for. By the way, I did not ask for anything unreasonable, just the exact same deal I would get were I signing up for the first time. I'll be talking to the competitor to firm up a deal this week and unless the Verizon supervisor calls me and changes his stance, I will tell them to go fuck off for a while.
I feel like there's to much anger and negativity in this post. Sorry!
How about a few more Vine's? Here's the last few I've made:
This one is called, "walking down the corridor":
I had to ask for the equivalent of a new customer bundle, and if they say no, I cut the cord immediately and call the competitor - who will at least for the initial discussion, will treat me like a new customer and give me the deal I need to keep me happy for a the immediate term. when the time comes, I'll give them the same ultimatum...it's not like they are losing money, they are making insane profits so it's time to play hardball.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
This is why I am an educator:
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
the ride to Bridgewater wasn't too bad but decided to experiment with the ride home, and avoid rush hour traffic on some major arteries, and took all streets home (about 35-40 miles). Aside form seeing the deeper side of some towns I've not gone through and having some nice scenery in general, it only took about 15-20 minutes longer than the ride in using highways (but zero traffic); I felt it was worth it.
I am still really bummed that the college is not sending me to the Blackboard World conference this year, it's a real shame to miss that one. I may have run out of chances to find funding too - I may make one last ditch effort and reach out to Blackboard and hope they might help out a good customer - we shall see.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
I made two stop motion animations today - very crude, but the first ones I've ever tried.
here's the first, my little rubber duckie taking a stroll:
Sunday, June 02, 2013
I never really paid careful attention to his leaving the music business and becoming a Muslim. There was a time, I was naive, and thought that was a bad thing. Many years since have passed and I am much older and definitely wiser.
The other day, I got a 4 CD "box set" of his from the library and the liner notes go into some detail about who "Cat Stevens" was, his musical journey and his personal journey. It seems pretty clear that there was a greater calling for him and that he eventually found what it was in the pages of the Qur'an.
The music still stands up, it's timeless it's wonderful, it's meaningful...it's beautiful. If you've never gotten into the music Yusef Islam released as Cat Stevens, I highly recommend it.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
I don't typically patronize Best Buy stores but I had some time to kill and I thought I'd take a walk around in one.
Is it really necessary for all of their employees to be geared up as if they were on a special assignment with the FBI?
Some dude comes up to me and asked if he can be of assistance, I immediately pulled out my cell phone and held it up to my ear and started talking to him. The thing is, he had no idea if I was talking to him or to someone on my phone. The expression on his face was priceless, after a few seconds, he asked if I was talking to him or to someone else. I replied, " now you understand how I feel when you are talking to me with that silly headset on, I will make you a deal, you take off the headset and I will put the phone away."
He had no idea how to react to that, and literally just walked away; then I begin to chuckle almost uncontrollably.